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One of the problems with La Ronde is that the park is too small/not enough rides for the size of the city and suburbs.  Other parks around are far.  And now they've  removed 2 major attractions so it can't be good!

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Sad news, the park is reopening soon. (May 22nd)

For my own sanity, I'd rather La Ronde get Vipere than something I might get the urge to ride...

"Super Manège was a rough ride" "Hold my beer"

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On the other hand, the only other major amusement park is a 6 hour drive away.  They're fine.

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It could be worst, imagine if Vipère was also opening 😆

The canadian-american border is still closed though, so La Ronde will have to do (for me) for the moment...

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La Ronde is such a beautiful location... such opportunity.  Now if someone else had it, like Cedar Fair.  It would be all clean, user-friendly and operational.  And I love Monstre as well; with it's weird slow sections and car-crash bits, great views, a coaster with surprises - the way Bill Cobb meant. 

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I dont know if Le Monstre will be open this season. It was closed all last (short) season.  

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It's hard to say, they have not announced anything regarding closed rides this year. Last year there was a list of rides closed for the season on their website, but the list is gone now. If I had to guess, Le Monstre will probably stay closed again for the year, which is fine with me, it sucks with its PTC trains.

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It can't be good for a large and old wood coaster to be closed 2 years in a row.  Yes it ran much better with the Morgan trains!  But I heard a couple years ago the park inquired about having it RMC'd, but it somehow fell thru!

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The park is opening today and again this season just like last season, Le Monstre is closed for the season!  Sad news.  The park doesn't have many rides now.  SuperManege was scrapped in 2019, Cobra a few years ago, and the new old coaster from SFMM is not up yet and might never be!  It's always been an overcrowded park and now with less rides!  Anyway I don't know what to think about Le Monstre.  I doubt they will take it down as it is a staple at La Ronde and a real eye catcher for drivers on the bridge but they do spend a lot of time and money maintaining it.  It seems it is the case for many big woodies from the 80's.  With the Morgan trains it tracked very well and was enjoyable to ride but when they switched to the PTC trains they started to have a lot of tracking and structural problems.  I hope they take care of it and bring it back to life soon.  RMC drafts were done a few years ago to have it transformed but apparently RMC could not work in Canada for some reason!?!

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^ Canada didn't give them tax breaks, possibly, like filming tv and movies seem to get. like here in Vancouver (X-Files; Arrow; The Flash; Supergirl; Batwoman...). That could be a Big Reason they didn't come up to do it. Back then. Things could be different, now.

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12 hours ago, ricklap77 said:

the new old coaster from SFMM is not up yet and might never be!

Loving the optimism. I hope you’re right.

As for Monstre, it’s absolute garbage and it’s just a giant waste of space. I feel like an RMC is almost inevitable if for no other reason than to save them money maintaining it. Or they could leave it rotting forever like half of the other things in the park. Lol

I really do think RMC is coming eventually though. It’s just begging for it...

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11 hours ago, coasterbill said:

 

I really do think RMC is coming eventually though. It’s just begging for it...

Yes I think it's a matter of time.  It would fix the coaster for good and give them a NEW COASTER!  And Six Flags NEEDS to bring in cash into the park and bring it back to its glory days like in the 80's.  A lot of things are not right about that park!  But with the money being lost in the pandemic, I don't have much optimism about SF pouring money into the park.  

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On 5/22/2021 at 7:55 AM, ricklap77 said:

The park is opening today and again this season just like last season, Le Monstre is closed for the season!  Sad news.  The park doesn't have many rides now.  SuperManege was scrapped in 2019, Cobra a few years ago, and the new old coaster from SFMM is not up yet and might never be!  It's always been an overcrowded park and now with less rides!  Anyway I don't know what to think about Le Monstre.  I doubt they will take it down as it is a staple at La Ronde and a real eye catcher for drivers on the bridge but they do spend a lot of time and money maintaining it.  It seems it is the case for many big woodies from the 80's.  With the Morgan trains it tracked very well and was enjoyable to ride but when they switched to the PTC trains they started to have a lot of tracking and structural problems.  I hope they take care of it and bring it back to life soon.  RMC drafts were done a few years ago to have it transformed but apparently RMC could not work in Canada for some reason!?!

I have no way of confirming this (I don't work at the park nor do I know anyone that does...  pure speculation on my part). I believe that Le Monstre has been closed the last two years because of COVID restrictions, not because of poor maintenance. It had actually started to run fairly reliably again in the last few years before the pandemic hit. I think they're keeping it closed because the capacity of the PTC trains is only 20 riders per train at best, and they usually ran a single train per track, alternating dispatches to lower stress on the structure, so the capacity was atrocious. If they were to run it with an empty row in-between rows of riders, the capacity would be 5-10 people per train. The lines would be insane.

However, I wouldn't care if it was demolished and I would love if it was converted to an RMC, (a man can dream). I used to like Le Monstre, but as you stated its new trains ruined it.

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There has been the rumor that RMC can't work in Canada for a while. If I remember right, it was something to do with needing to contract a certain percentage of the work to Canadian contractors and the company not being able to, or at least not being interested in doing so. It sounds plausible so internet pundits kept repeating it for a long time but comments from the company itself seem to suggest that there isn't much truth to it and that they could work in Canada if someone paid them to do it.

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Also, from a meta-coaster nerd perspective, I really always enjoyed Le Monstre. It never did enough to get rough enough to be a real problem and the way it just sort of pointlessly meander that massive structure was always really funny to me. Le Monstre is my "movie that is so bad that I love watching it" coaster.

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I know nothing about this but my gut is heavily leaning towards this...

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There isn't much truth to it and that they could work in Canada if someone paid them to do it.

 

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