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Re: El Toro Indefinitely Down

Postby East Coast(er) General » Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:01 pm

robbalvey wrote:First off, no offense to CF's "East Coaster General" but I'm not going to take some forum guy's hersay information as any kind of factual infomation.


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No offense taken, I was only trying to pass along what I had heard & never claimed it to be factual.
I found out today that the gentleman that gave me the information I posted on CF was not a ride engineer (that was the term I used to differentiate him from ride operations staff), but part of the ride maintenance team (the guys that actually do the work on the coasters).
As you know all too well, the park will not give out any information other than saying that rides are closed from time to time for maintenance, that is why I tried to find out more. It was never my intention to cause a stir, rather just to inform people who were thinking of going to the park that the coaster is closed for an unknown period of time.
Today I did find out that El Toro is still closed, but I also got 'official' confirmation that the park hopes to have it opened by the weekend. I will be attending Saturday's Rise & Scream, so hopefully El Toro will be back up and running for the event. Even if it is not open by the weekend, I am sure they will have it fixed long before the TPR event.
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Postby robbalvey » Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:39 pm

^ I do appreciate you telling us what you know. Just want to make sure people understand that in cases like this no one person really knows for sure how long something will take.

And if anything, I think it was more how VerticalZero quoted you and the topic title that created the stir.

I've been in touch with the park as well and without really getting anyone's hopes up one way or the other, they don't seem that worried about it which make me not that worried about it.

But that's all I say....

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Postby dammie16@vt.edu » Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:38 pm

If it was down for the trip, and people said the trip was ruined by not riding it then they would be greatly under-appreciating the work of you and Elissa.

I doubt anybody would say that but you never know, since it is the supposed (I say supposed since I haven't ridden) #1/#2 woodie.
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Postby BuddyChrist » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:05 pm

There is no need to worry about El Toro being down for much longer. I was informed today by one of the higher-ups in rides that the ride should be operational this weekend, if not tomorrow. It just needed some parts to get replaced after a severe thunderstorm blew through the area.

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Postby thrillgeek » Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:09 pm

Good to here it's close to reopening. I was getting worried for all of you going on the east coast trip.
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Postby East Coast(er) General » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:50 am

El Toro remains closed today (Friday), but they still say that they are hoping to have it open for the weekend.
I will be attending Rise & Scream tomorrow (Saturday), so I'll post an update after the event.

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Postby coasterbill » Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:20 pm

ttd rox wrote:Well that stinks and I'm glad it didn't catch fire either. That would have been terrible! I hope it gets back up tomorrow.

I would think that every coaster at Great Adventure is grounded very well, they're not going to catch fire.

It is kind of funny though that people are saying "x coaster was hit by lightning and it took this long to fix". When something is hit by lightning it's very random what components it takes out and what components it doesn't. Even if you surge protect them, if it hits the component itself or anything after the surge protection box it might blow out anyway. I'm sure no 2 lightning - coaster incidents are alike.

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Postby Josh Davidson » Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:32 pm

Just got a call; Toro is testing right now, and staff are stating it will be operating tomorrow for Rise and Scream as planned.
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Postby East Coast(er) General » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:42 pm

I am happy to report that El Toro is back to normal operations. Today's Rise & Scream event featured ERT on Kingda Ka, Medusa, Rolling Thunder & the Wild Bull!

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Postby yankees15 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 3:58 pm

^That is great to hear! I should be heading out there the 12th or the 13th. I'm just wondering, I have been hearing El Toro is getting rougher. Is that true?

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