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.
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.
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.
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.
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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