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In all likelihood it's going to the scrap heap, but idle speculation sure beats studying any day of the week Assuming some park is willing to handle this ride's baggage (perhaps switch to LSMs?), where do you think it would go?

 

EDIT: Another random question I just thought of. What's the longest a coaster has been in storage and lived to tell about it?

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^I keep hearing very strong rumors that it will live again...not in the US, but it may live!

 

This would be awesome. When it was running well, which was not often....it was my favorite ride at the park. You'd definitely think with the technology going on today behind some of the rides out there they'd be able to resurrect it.

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I too hope it gets new life somewhere else. When I made my first trip to the park in 2006, it was a bummer to see it sitting there, looking like a cool ride I'd enjoy, but idle and closed. I'm always a sucker for lapbar-only inversions!

 

As for their new Star Flyer, if I'm thinking correctly, won't this one be the tallest one built in the US so far? I think it will add nicely to the park's skyline.

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EDIT: Another random question I just thought of. What's the longest a coaster has been in storage and lived to tell about it?

 

Just a guess...the former Londonderry Express from Lotte World closed in 2002 and was resurrected in Kuwait in 2009. Although RCDB states it could actually have opened earlier.

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Is there any reason why Chiller was down so much more than the Mr. Freeze's? They're similar rides, Chiller just seemed to not work.

 

The two Freezes were made after the Chiller, so there was slightly more time to work out the kinks with the LIM systems. Plus I'm sure it didn't help that for a little while they tried to launch both Chiller tracks at once.

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Oh how much I miss Chillers roar. You new from the other side of the park when it was running.

 

It's funny, I only got to ride the Batman side with the lapbars and the zero g roll. While I never got a chance to ride Robin with the zero g rolls. I only got t o ride Robin with the S-Hill. I seriously miss it.

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^I'm sad I never got to the park earlier when it was open. My first time to great adventure was in 2007. (I went once in 1992, but I wasn't tall enough to do anything so I don't count it, lol).

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Is there any reason why Chiller was down so much more than the Mr. Freeze's? They're similar rides, Chiller just seemed to not work.

 

The two Freezes were made after the Chiller, so there was slightly more time to work out the kinks with the LIM systems. Plus I'm sure it didn't help that for a little while they tried to launch both Chiller tracks at once.

 

While this is true, they dumped so much money into the ride trying to make it reliable...wouldn't they have updated the technology to that similar of the Mr. Freeze rides, if those actually ran well?

 

I'm still in the dark on why the final decision was made to cut it all-together.

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Is there any reason why Chiller was down so much more than the Mr. Freeze's? They're similar rides, Chiller just seemed to not work.

 

The two Freezes were made after the Chiller, so there was slightly more time to work out the kinks with the LIM systems. Plus I'm sure it didn't help that for a little while they tried to launch both Chiller tracks at once.

 

While this is true, they dumped so much money into the ride trying to make it reliable...wouldn't they have updated the technology to that similar of the Mr. Freeze rides, if those actually ran well?

 

I'm still in the dark on why the final decision was made to cut it all-together.

 

From Great Adventure History:

For the 2005 season, the ride was given a fresh look with new paint. The Robin side was given a fresh red color replacing the chalky looking pink color it had become, and the Batman side was given a much darker blue color.

 

During the 2006 season, an intensive effort was made to get the ride fully operational as the park had promised for several seasons. The Robin side was opened, with the Batman side scheduled to follow in the summer. In June, an incident involving the Robin train closed the ride entirely for the remainder of the season.

During the off season the rumors were fueled by insiders who reported the removal of track sections. The removal was part of a re-profiling effort in which the ride's barrel rolls were removed and replaced with new track.

 

In spring of 2007, reconstruction of the Chiller tracks was underway, with the modified support structure in place and the Robin track in place.

Though the new track configuration was supposed to have eliminated inherent design problems which caused the incident on the Robin train in the 2006 season, a second incident occurred in spring of 2007, and the ride was closed again, this time permanently.

 

Neither Freeze had such incidents (as far as I know anyway) that closed them entire seasons. Think about it- they had a season ending accident, made new track to fix it, and it failed. Why spend more money to try to get it up again if that might not even work, especially when Kingda Ka had been having plenty of its own issues that needed constant attention?

 

It was a great ride and it's a shame it had to be removed, and I don't think the park wanted to- it had a Flashpass Entrance built that I don't believe was ever even used! Unfortunately, it was just too much to keep fixing.

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Here's a update on SkyScreamer!

Topped off picture!!!!!!!

Just posted on SFGAdv's FaceBook!

 

10,000 lb. piece makes its home atop 24-story SkyScreamer!

 

Here's a close-up of the action!

 

Lookin' Good!

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Sky Screamer looks really nice with Big Wheel.

 

That doesn't look like it's taller than Nitro at all... Maybe because there's nothing to compare it too, but it only looks about as tall as Bizarro if even.

 

It's definitely 200'+ just by looking at it. Also, coasters look much more massive than a tall flat ride.

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Neither Freeze had such incidents (as far as I know anyway) that closed them entire seasons. Think about it- they had a season ending accident, made new track to fix it, and it failed. Why spend more money to try to get it up again if that might not even work, especially when Kingda Ka had been having plenty of its own issues that needed constant attention?

 

It was a great ride and it's a shame it had to be removed, and I don't think the park wanted to- it had a Flashpass Entrance built that I don't believe was ever even used! Unfortunately, it was just too much to keep fixing.

 

I understand that, but why did this particular ride have issues if neither of the Mr. Freeze's did? Weren't they fairly similar rides technology-wise?

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