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Postby Glorfindel7 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:59 pm

The only time Sky Whirl ever got to me way the day I rode it in the rain with NO raincoat or parka (it was one of the ONLY rides open that day...)
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Postby redfishpaw » Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:32 am

yankee Clipper91 wrote:Yeah I know that they are tearing it down. I would have to say a new roller coaster would be put in their spots. Since they are tearing out splash waterfalls could the great america raceway be in trouble too? I would hope not.


The raceway track could be redone to fit around a new coaster. It was already changed once before when Splashwater falls was installed. (the original track was 3 lane figure 8 with bridge, now it is a two lane loop.)
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Postby yankee Clipper91 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 2:21 pm

Yeah you are right about that.
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Postby Demonlover13 » Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:26 pm

I honestly don't want another coaster in County Fair unless it replaces iron Wolf, one of the kiddie areas in Yukon or if it's so compact that it fits into only Deja Vu's spot.
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Postby ttd rox » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:37 pm

Demonlover13 wrote:I honestly don't want another coaster in County Fair unless it replaces iron Wolf, one of the kiddie areas in Yukon or if it's so compact that it fits into only Deja Vu's spot.


That would be awesome if a smaller compact floorless coaster such as BTR at SFNE replaces Wolf. But I highly doubt it. A good dive coaster should replace Vu but not gonna happen I bet.
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Postby Demonlover13 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:05 pm

I still say we'll never get a coaster unless another one comes out.
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Postby yankee Clipper91 » Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:43 pm

I was surprised today now that deja vu is now leaving that i was able to see part of the creek that was behind the sky whirl was still there and not turned into grass.
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Postby ttd rox » Sat May 03, 2008 10:54 am

^Ha! I didn't even though there was a creek back there. :lol: I still wonder what's going to go in. A couple of flats or a coaster. More towards the flats but you never know, but part of me is saying a coaster since we only have 12 or if you count AE as 13. Still curious to see what's going to go in it in the next couple years.
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Postby Demonlover13 » Sat May 03, 2008 2:45 pm

SFGA doesn't need another coaster unless one comes out. Flats would be appropriate there.
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Postby ttd rox » Sun May 04, 2008 10:56 am

^People are really looking forward to a new coaster. SFGAm is one of the most popular SixFlags parks in the world and coaster attract mo eguest than flats. I understand that's SixFlags but you still never know. A smaller coaster could replace Vu and a flat or where SWF is at or viceversa.
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Postby Demonlover13 » Sun May 04, 2008 1:11 pm

It would get attendance up, yes, but still, do you think Shapiro's really going to go after getting a huge coaster any time soon. Honestly...
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Postby dwp49423 » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:20 pm

Only rode SkyWhirl once Not a ferris wheel fan but being with the parents and my mother wasn't a roller coaster fan, compromises had to be made.

Waiting in line and watching the mechanical system operate was cool. And the ride was gentle compared to the Ferris wheels I'm used to (not a fan of "bench style" Ferris wheels).

Believe it was 1990 or so. Iron Wolf had either debuted that year or the year prior.
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Postby RLAiello » Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:22 pm

Here's an interesting article I found in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/28/busin ... =permalink

Ferris wheels are big business again. They're once again becoming "all the rage." Wouldn't it be something to see a new version of Sky Whirl back in its old spot? Or even a massive Ferris wheel?

Think about it. It really is a possibility...
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Postby Demonlover13 » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:28 pm

I would loooooove a ferris wheel. Any kind.
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Postby redfishpaw » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:18 am

^ Interesting ferris wheel article Rick posted. I didnt realize there was a movement towards building the largest ferris wheel. Reminds me of the coaster building years when people cared about the tallest and fastest coasters. I still think that the Sky Whirl land will be tied together with the Splashwater land with a coaster of some type which spans over the walkway.
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