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Whizzer to become ACE Landmark today

Postby marcos » Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:30 am

Long live Marriott's Great America!!!
http://content.sixflags.com/news/greata ... -august-10


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Re: Whizzer to become ACE Landmark today

Postby marcos » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:53 pm

Last Sunday, I snapped a few pix of the plaque; it's very large and descriptive. Unfortunately, "Marriott's" is spelled incorrectly the first time. :( "Marriott" or "Marriott's" is on the plaque four times, so I guess three out of four ain't bad. Still, I wish they would fix it.

Santa Clara folks, your park is briefly mentioned on the plaque, unfortunately only in a sad historical context. Was there anything ever in Whizzer's place after its removal after the 1988 season? (I'm not counting the upcharge attraction that's currently there.) If not, shame on you KECO or whoever was in charge at the time. What was the reason (public or internal) given for Whizzer's removal? The accidents a few years before, or that it was costing too much to maintain, or it was too difficult to obtain replacement parts? If any or all of those things were true, they should have at least put a new coaster in its place. Was the pending removal made public before the end of the season?

It was dark when I took the pix, and no matter what angle I tried, there was either too much reflection/glare from the flash, or it was slightly out of focus. I will have to take a better pic during the daytime. Anyway, here are the best four of the bunch:
http://greatamerica.info/Gurnee/ACEWhizzerPlaque/
If anyone wants the full resolution version of any of these, send me a message.



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