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Was hoping Harley would've been open when I went back in 2019, but it wasn't meant to be. Oh well.

Cyborg was apparently back up and running this last weekend, so I think it may be safe (for now, at least).

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32 minutes ago, Canobie Coaster said:

Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster has been removed from the rides page on Discovery Kingdom's website.  While it is possible this could be an error, the timing is suspicious since we know Six Flags is removing 15 rides and a similar thing has happened to other rides in the chain that are confirmed removals at this point.  Considering how much downtime this ride has and the awful reception it has, I wouldn't be surprised to see it go.  I honestly prefer when it's closed since the ride is deafeningly loud and awful.

If Six Flags is willing to cut bait with a new ride this quickly, Cyborg at Great Adventure better take notice.  🤣

Yeah, I think Harley Quinn is gone.  I never got a chance to ride it myself, but from all accounts it was a VERY underwhelming ride.  Plus it had extensive downtime and I heard the noise was pretty much unbearable.  I don't think anyone will miss it.

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So that's half of Skyline's operating Skywarp coasters possibly removed after just a couple of years. How does Sea World's version compare to this (experience and reliability)?

To be fair I think these would be decent filler rides if they used LSMs instead of their clunky tyre-drive system and used a nicer train design. But they don't, so they aren't.

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6 hours ago, KarlaKoaster said:

So that's half of Skyline's operating Skywarp coasters possibly removed after just a couple of years. How does Sea World's version compare to this (experience and reliability)?

To be fair I think these would be decent filler rides if they used LSMs instead of their clunky tyre-drive system and used a nicer train design. But they don't, so they aren't.

For what it's worth, a friend of mine has been going to SeaWorld San Diego now and some photos they sent me showed some parts of the ride covered in cobwebs.

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I've been on both Harley Quinn and Tidal Twister at Sea World.  Harley was a tad better than I expected, but it still definitely wasn't great (I did have an end seat).  Once was more than enough, and I certainly agree with all the criticisms of the ride.  Wouldn't miss it a bit if it were gone.

Tidal Twister, to me, was moderately enjoyable.  Depending on where you sit, there's actually a small pop of air.  It reminded me a bit of a Bayern Kurve, which I enjoy.  But it was slow and clunky, the train jogs a lot, and the load process took forever.

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On 4/8/2021 at 9:15 AM, Canobie Coaster said:

Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster has been removed from the rides page on Discovery Kingdom's website.  While it is possible this could be an error, the timing is suspicious since we know Six Flags is removing 15 rides and a similar thing has happened to other rides in the chain that are confirmed removals at this point.  Considering how much downtime this ride has and the awful reception it has, I wouldn't be surprised to see it go.  I honestly prefer when it's closed since the ride is deafeningly loud and awful.

If Six Flags is willing to cut bait with a new ride this quickly, Cyborg at Great Adventure better take notice.  🤣

Never rode it, and I had no intentions of ever doing so. I definitely have no regrets. This move (if it comes to pass) makes sense. My ultimate dream is for Kong to be removed and replaced with, well, any other roller coaster.

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I went to SWSD in March 2020, just days before the shutdown, and I completely forgot Tidal Twister existed. It was closed of course. And Harley Quinn was closed during my July 2018 and 2019 visits to SFDK.

These Skyline "coasters" are really cool in concept, but man, it seems they have been executed quite poorly - both reliability and comfort (from what I've heard). They've got some other cool concept layouts from IAAPA that look interesting but I wonder if parks are eyeballing SFDK and SWSD and saying "yeah... no."

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  • 2 weeks later...

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is responding on Facebook that Harley Quinn is no longer an operating attraction at the park.

Very rarely do I celebrate the removal of a ride.  This one is one of them.

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5 hours ago, Canobie Coaster said:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is responding on Facebook that Harley Quinn is no longer an operating attraction at the park.

Very rarely do I celebrate the removal of a ride.  This one is one of them.

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Was it ever really an “operating” attraction? That seems a bit generous.

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I saw it operate for one hour during a visit late in 2018.  And the whole park knew it was operating between the ride's loud scream and the screams of pain from riders.

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Looks like Ride Entertainment has a used skywarp available for sale for immediate delivery from California.  I'm almost certain this is Harley Quinn.

I'm surprised they went with an animation over actual ride footage, but I'm guessing footage of the ride operating was rare.  And the video is quieter with that background music than it would be if the ride were actually running.

The one weird thing with the animation is that it shows the ride operating with just one half of the train.  Maybe that's just an accidental omission in the animation?

 

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Weird about the one ride vehicle... it's almost as-if they realized that forcing the park that bought it to needlessly hire at least one additional employee to staff a second station at all times that exists for no reason was a feature that nobody wanted.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I was just at this park a few days ago, and it's super disappointing that it 1) still requires reservations  2) every single flat ride is closed (exception for Penguin and some kiddie rides), and 3) most shows were not performing, including the Odin's Temple.

Harley Quinn is still standing.  Superman and Wonder Woman never opened as far as I saw, but left by around 2, because there was literally nothing left to do.  Plus, it was super hot.  Also, does The Flash: Vertical Velocity ever operate anymore?  The last 3 times I've been at this park, it's never been open and usually undergoing heavy maintenance.  Didn't see any progress on the site of the new coaster.

The only perks were that it did have an open Freestyle Coke machine (SFMM still has not opened theirs), and the food on mobile ordering was surprisingly fairly efficient--though it may have been more luck, haha.  Also, wasn't very crowded... but can't say I'm surprised when they still require reservations for a park that barely has anything open.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I was there last Monday and the Flash's train wasn't even on the track. (It was the same situation when I visited in Fall of 2018.)

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