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Postby montezooma » Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:58 pm

RIP Psyclone wrote:^Fresno!

I did get to ride it when it was indoors as well. I ever happen to be in Fresno I'd like to ride the extended version. I believe Shane was involved in its sale.


Yes at one time I was the owner of all the major rides that were in MGM. We bought the rides for a park that was planned for Seattle...that is a whole other post if you are interested in seeing that let me know. Anyways the rides were recently sold to Granite Park which is being built in Fresno. The coaster was pretty decent once it was added on to. It was quite short in it's Intamin carnation, the Arrow portion of the ride is the better part.

Even though it was designed by Duell I thought MGM was a complete dud of a park, it was no surprise to me when they announced the closure. From my dealings with the park they had designed the park to handle 35,000 to 40,000 guests per day. They were lucky if they got 5,000.
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Postby montezooma » Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:16 pm

Here is another look at the MGM Grand Adventure park in its first version. Later the park was majorly changed. About 1/3 of the park was closed, including the back lot boat tour and the original Lightnin Bolt building, and it was converted into a large pool and convention center.
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Postby montezooma » Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:04 pm

And just for S%$ts and giggles here is a little promotional piece we put together for the park that was going to be built for the Seattle area. As mentioned above. All the rides were purchased from MGM grand adventures and disassembled. They were stored in Vegas and ready to be moved up to Seattle when we ran up against a local indian tribe that opposed our project. Unfortunately they controlled the water rights and that put a huge hurdle in front of the project. We ended up selling off 60% of the land that was going to be used for the park. We still retain about 20 acres off of I-5 and we will be building a new FEC in place of the park.

So as a TPR Exclusive, here is a look at a park that was almost built in the Northwest.

PS. We also had a wood coaster that was designed by GCI, I will try to find the layout and post it later.
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Postby astroworldfan1 » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:06 pm

Wow! Shane, you had a brother that was working on the new park???

And is there anything that don't have history on, or have pictures of? =)

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Postby montezooma » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:24 pm

RAPTOR 1993

Well I am off to San Antonio for Spring Break. I am taking the kids and were are going to get some Texas History at the Alamo and some Texas Thrills at Fiesta Texas and Sea World.

I thought I would put up a quick update before I take off. As I was going through the attic last week I came across a big box of old videos. Tons of stuff on coasters that I had recorded years ago. So I have converted a lot of the stuff to digital and will be doing some video updates as well as all the old brochure and other print stuff.

This first one is a promotional video I received from Cedar Point back in 1993, the year before it opened. This quirky storyline and video introduced the parks 11th roller coaster..."Raptor"

I believe Raptor was the 5th B&M inverted coaster. It opened in 1994 and at the time is was by FAR the biggest, longest, fastest and all the other "est". This video has some interviews with some of Cedar Points top brass including Dick and Claude from B&M. It also has some pretty primitive computer animation that shows the ride layout and POV. Boy animation sure has come a long way since then.

Enjoy the video and see you again after Spring Break!!!

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Postby cycamps » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:08 pm

Great video!!! It was very fascinating to see the aeiral views of the park, and to see the skyline without Millenium Force and Top Thrill Dragster. I must agree that animation has come a long way...

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SAVE THE METRO!

Postby Vintage Disneyland Ticket » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:43 pm

"It does not meet today’s codes” I’m not buying that for 2 seconds. The Matterhorn does not meet today's codes, nor does the GoldRusher or the Log Jammer. The Metro has not been modified or taken out of service (notice it's been on the "not operating today" list since 2004). This attraction would be "grandfathered" with safety codes of 1971 applying to most systems.

Whoever claimed, "It does not meet today’s codes" was not giving the real reason for the Metro not reopening. What happened to the prior excuse "the company that made the Metro is no longer is business, can't get parts" that was laughable too. Part's can be fabricated, and most of the electronics are off the shelf stuff.

I wonder what the REAL reason is for it not re-opening, then again, I have heard no formal announcement, so….. SAVE THE METRO!!!!
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Postby RIP Psyclone » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:58 pm

^I think the real reason has been said before. Basically, they would have to spend money on something that can't be advertised and won't boost attendance.

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Postby robbalvey » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:11 pm

^^ Why are you not buying it? Do you work for the state and know for a fact that it would still comply? Do you work SFMM maintenance and have an insight about the ride?

Or are you just talking to talk and really have no clue about the ride and are just pissed off because you're a Metro Enthusiast and they have stopped operating your favorite ride and no excuse other than "We are opening it JUST for you tomorrow" will suffice?

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Postby montezooma » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:19 pm

Finally a heated debate in my thread!!!

Bring it on!

I can see many reasons for not operating the Metro again and the one that stands out the most is the ride not meeting code. That does not neccessarily mean building code but for that ride to comply to todays ADA codes would require a major retrofit. And unfortunetly when you are a big company like Six Flags you don't really get to go with the "grandfathered" excuse when it comes to handicapped visitors.
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