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Postby TheStig » Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:29 pm

Humm for some reason I don't beleave it at all. Over the last few months they've been working on train #2 and I've seen new fiberglass bodies and whatnot go from laying on the ground under the track to being put on the rolling stock in the maitenence area. I attached a picture from my HOS visit back when the bodies were new but off the train itself.

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Postby pvcoasterguy » Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:18 pm

I don't think that it will be leaving. The area that it is in is very small; they just refubished the ride last year or the year before.

Personally, I didn't think the ride was very bad at all. Granted, I am very tall, and my legs hardly fit in the cars. However, I totally enjoyed it. The airtime was great in the back, and I didn't get any headbanging (though I'm really far above the harness.) :)

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Postby Shockwave » Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:23 pm

Argh! It better not leave before I get the credit! :x

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Postby ebl » Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:04 pm

I got my credit on it in July 2002. If I recall, I didn't get any headbanging on it, but then I've learned to ride Arrow coasters sitting up as high as I can so my head gets above the OTSR.

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Postby woah_killa » Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:12 pm

Oh no!!!!!!! The better not remove it until after this summer because I need to ride it!

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Postby SharkTums » Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:55 pm

Honestly, it doesn't seem to get much ridership anymore and it is quite rough. Scorpion should stay because it has a 42'' height restriction which is great for kids. Also going upside down once is a lot less intimidating for a kid than doing it twice.

I won't miss it if it goes, but I'd rather they replace it with a flat ride (does Florida know what Flat rides are?!?!?) instead of more monkeys!

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Postby DATman » Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:55 pm

Imhotep wrote:I dont think Kraken is 'ignored,' IMHO its just in a park more focused on the overall family experience. Enthusiasts seem to go out of their way for it, and Im sure if you were to put it in a park like BGT it would be just as well received by the GP as any of the other coasters there.

Python however is in a park advertised for its coasters and the thrill. Enthusiasts will ride it for the credit, but thats usually it. And even on the busiest of days it seems like the GP isnt interested in it.

Kraken IMO is not ignored, its just neglected! Maybe the solution is to swap Python for Kraken. :lover: :b

Umm ignored and neglected are basically the same thing.

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Postby OldJJman » Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:19 pm

Slacking wrote:It also looks like Haunted Lighthouse will be replaced by Pirates 4D (yay Leslie Nielsen!). This would sound like an odd rumor since it is an old film, but Screamscape already reported that this film was going to be replacing Haunted Lighthouse at Sea World in San Antonio, so it actually makes a bit of sense.

I actually hated Pirates. (IIRC, I saw it at Sea World, SD) I thought that HL (BGW) was an improvement!

Each to his own.

Back to Python, not a great loss. Not really a pain to me, as I learned to ride Arrows defensively many moons ago. The only redeeming quality that I liked about it was the headchopper caused by sitting on the right side of the train as you passed the queue house.

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Postby BarryH » Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:33 pm

SharkTums wrote:I won't miss it if it goes, but I'd rather they replace it with a flat ride (does Florida know what Flat rides are?!?!?) instead of more monkeys!

There used to be a flat ride across from the Python that was called the Monstrous Mamba. It was like the Monster ride at Cedar Point. Now it's a restaurant.

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Postby Guy T. Koepp » Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:15 pm

3 Words... Dueling Screaming Squirrels.

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