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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby Josh Linn » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:06 am

Skycoastin Steve wrote:SAVE TEH RAMPAGE!!!


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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby Myself » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:44 am

I'd be all for that idea.
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:54 am

^ Isn't Rampage built on a hill?

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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:13 pm

^Yes, Rampage was custom built for the terrain, it would be insanely difficult (probably impossible, if not outrageously expensive) to relocate it.
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterGuy06 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:20 pm

^That combined with the quality of wood used to construct it make moving it extremely unrealistic. It's sad....the park rebuilt one of the trains last year and never got a chance to put it back on the track.

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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby eddie200330 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:54 pm

Skycoastin Steve wrote:^Yes, Rampage was custom built for the terrain, it would be insanely difficult (probably impossible, if not outrageously expensive) to relocate it.


Didn't Magic Mountain just open up some space on a hill?? :lmao:
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby sfog1985 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:53 pm

Well this is unfortunate. As someone who'd visited AA/Visionland back in 1999 and 2005, it's sad to see almost all of their non-water stuff (aside from Rampage, an Enterprise, 2 kiddy rides, and a Space Shot tower) offered up like this.

I can't say I was a big fan of the park or its overall ride offerings (aside from Rampage, which was incredible in 99 and still quite good but notably rougher in 05). However, it would still be sad to see what is technically my home park become just a water park, although that had always been its biggest local draw and where most of the additions and attention over the years were focused.

At least the waterpark stuff is decent for a park of their size and scope, but not really enough for a standalone experience IMO. Even the park-based water stuff was quite poor, with dull layouts and very little wetness involved (at least for the flume and rapids ride, I can't speak for the splashdown put in last year; it's probably better for getting wet).

And yes, Rampage is primarily built on a hillside, so moving it elsewhere would probably be very difficult.

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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:13 pm

Skycoastin Steve wrote:^Yes, Rampage was custom built for the terrain, it would be insanely difficult (probably impossible, if not outrageously expensive) to relocate it.

Exactly. If Rampage does close (it's not for sale, though, right?), the practicality of re-locating a woodie that is now 13 seasons old, has been tailor made for a specific location, and the cost associated with having to re-profile it to a new location, just doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense.

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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:15 pm

^No, it's not for sale. I heard about this whole sale of rides/closing of the dry side a couple months ago, so I've been preparing for the fact that Rampage will never run again for a while now. Even when I worked there in 2009, I knew the park was on its last few breaths. Surprising it even made it two more seasons if you ask me. It'll be interesting to see how long the water park lasts.
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Re: Alabama Adventure Discussion Thread

Postby XYZ » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:18 pm

I don't think there are many parks desperately wanting a CCI, known for rough, very unreliable coasters of which millions of dollars needs to be spent to renovate it. Look at what mess Knott's has with GhostRider, a formerly amazing woodie now considered one of the worst.
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