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Rolling Thunder isn't terrible. There is only one reason why it's my least favorite roller coaster - the insane jolt on the right track at the first turnaround.

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Interesting rumor from Screamscape:

Park News - (11/19/12) I’ve posted a few rumors lately about how parks in both Six Flags and Cedar Fair may have been asked to each pick an older coaster for possible future removal. In virtually every case so far, the rumored ride selected for future removal has been a steel coaster, but in the case of Six Flags Great Adventure, I’m hearing that the park decided to put Rolling Thunder on the chopping block. What makes this interesting, is that the location of Rolling Thunder also opens up a large piece of park property for future development, stretching all the way over to the Kingda Ka tower. Makes more sense if they want to open up a big pathway down to the Kingda Ka tower to eventually put in a giant drop ride mounted to the back side.

Just a remainder… this does not mean Rolling Thunder is being removed now, or anytime soon. This is just a rumor that the park may opt to remove this older coaster at some point in the next five years or so for any number of reasons. Just a possibility… nothing more at this point.

So, each park in both chains might have to remove a ride in the coming years.

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Since they're re-tracking it I don't see this happening. If they do remove it that's fine with me... it's a really pointless ride. But I'm very skeptical of this one.

 

Rattler just recently received topper track, and now SF is doing a complete overhaul on the ride.

 

"Spend money to improve a ride, few years later.....completely rebuild the ride and scrap all the materials that were just used to improve it"

Six Flags Logic at it's finest!

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Rattler just recently received topper track, and now SF is doing a complete overhaul on the ride.

 

"Spend money to improve a ride, few years later.....completely rebuild the ride and scrap all the materials that were just used to improve it"

Six Flags Logic at it's finest!

 

Please explain your logic. Why do you think this was a bad move? Do you think it would have been better to not put Topper Track on Rattler at all and potentially have it SBNO for a while or potentialy have it viewed as rough and "unridebale" by the general public? In either case you would have either upset passholders who viewed a SBNO situation as losing a coaster or alienating the general public who would view a rebuilt coaster as the same old coaster.

 

In real life people who can not afford a new car pay to fix their old car and keep fixing it until they have the money to buy a new car. That's the same thing amusement parks do with coasters. Actually, that's pretty much how most of the world works.

 

Also, the rebuild of NGAT was the first of it's kind, you want to see how new technology holds up since there is no proven track record.

 

So, let's hear you logic.

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To get back on topic, I wouldn't seeing Rolling Thunder getting the ax, either. It's just kind of boring, at best.

 

Agreed don't see it getting the ax. I hate the ride but the park needs rides for families and this I one of the few coasters at SFGAdv that doesn't intimidate families.

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Not only that, but the only thing I could see happening would be for them to take it out to put in a GCI or something of that nature, but I find it hard to believe that they would do that AFTER putting in El Toro... I wouldn't mind seeing RT get completely retracked by Rock Mountain. Not a redesign though, just a retracking.

 

Though the concept of removing the ride to have access to the back section of Kingda Ka would be nice. Since we are reorganizing the Safari Park, the car entrance is no longer needed, which means we could open all that land behind the tower to expansion...

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I don't think Rolling Thunder is horrible, but I also don't think its worth more than about a two train wait. When they are actually racing the trains, it can be fun, but otherwise it's the worst big coaster at the park and I definitely wouldn't care if it was removed. Out of all the coasters in the park, it seems like the most likely candidate for removal as well (if the park is indeed removing a coaster in the near future, that is).

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To get back on topic, I wouldn't seeing Rolling Thunder getting the ax, either. It's just kind of boring, at best.

 

Agreed don't see it getting the ax. I hate the ride but the park needs rides for families and this I one of the few coasters at SFGAdv that doesn't intimidate families.

 

Losing Rolling Thunder would leave them with just the mine train and Skull Mountain for "family" coasters, so that makes sense.

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To get back on topic, I wouldn't seeing Rolling Thunder getting the ax, either. It's just kind of boring, at best.

 

Agreed don't see it getting the ax. I hate the ride but the park needs rides for families and this I one of the few coasters at SFGAdv that doesn't intimidate families.

 

Losing Rolling Thunder would leave them with just the mine train and Skull Mountain for "family" coasters, so that makes sense.

 

Don't forget the Dark Knight (I hate that waste of space ride).

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Hey everyone!

 

I work as a mechanic for great adventure. Right now, we are in the process of completely retracking Rolling Thunder. The updated ride will be much smoother. We purchased 4 new PTC trains. Each has 2 lapbars per row (sorry) but no seatbelts. The skids will now be magnetic brakes.

 

Sounds good right?

Totally missed this, but not like it's badly out of date or anything. Sounds acceptable to me. Admittedly, I am the type to mourn the loss of buzz bars, even on rides that don't offer the right kind of airtime to enjoy them to the fullest. But I remember Rolling Thunder in 2011 as an airtime-free ride. Though incidentally, 2012 on a rainy day was a different story, as it surprised me by being just a bit of an airtime machine (and nowhere near the back row, at that).

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