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I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by Paul Drabek » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:17 am

...not only did SFStL get the shaft from corporate this year with a 24 year old coaster but it seems that the past it's prime Vekoma Boomerang is having a hard time keeping up and running as reported on Screamscape.

The current word is it is down until further notice...I guess one can't expect a Reagan era steel coaster (except for Schwarzkopf's as he was a god) to perform like a younger ride.

Oh well next year should bring big things (finally) to SFStL and this years band aid will be quickly forgotten.

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by TNT » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:29 pm

Boomerang valleyed between the second lift and the loop.

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by Sora » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:39 am

TNT wrote:Boomerang valleyed between the second lift and the loop.
Wow.

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Post by CptBeeble » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:23 pm

That brings up an interesting topic... back in the pre-internet days, a park could much more easily recycle its rides and pass them off as a "new" attraction. Move it in, change the color, add some theming... voila!

These days, though, it's far too easy for even the ditziest of the GP to find out that the "new" ride was at another park.

I wonder when the parks will actually start owning up to it in their marketing?

And how'd you like to be SFSL's marketing manager, knowing that it's your job to hype up an ancient boomerang as if it was the coolest thing ever?

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by Paul Drabek » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:02 pm

TC10K wrote:That brings up an interesting topic... back in the pre-internet days, a park could much more easily recycle its rides and pass them off as a "new" attraction. Move it in, change the color, add some theming... voila!

These days, though, it's far too easy for even the ditziest of the GP to find out that the "new" ride was at another park.

I wonder when the parks will actually start owning up to it in their marketing?

And how'd you like to be SFSL's marketing manager, knowing that it's your job to hype up an ancient boomerang as if it was the coolest thing ever?
Chicago's Riverview Park would close a ride after an accident for a few weeks than reopen it with a brand new name and voila we have a brand new coaster. Some of their rides had like 4-5 new names over their lifetimes.

About the GP knowing that the ride is a recycled coaster I had four different people at work come up to me and tell me about how Boomerang was recycled and that Boomerangs sucked. I didn't prompt them...it is just stuff they found out looking around the internet while planning their vacation. Needless to say those four people after doing a little research decided to go to Branson this year instead of St. Louis.

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by Vonni » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:08 pm

When I went to Six Flags in May, the ride op on The Boss actually announced over the platforms PA system that Boomeang was a twenty plus year old coaster from another park! It cracked me up!

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by TNT » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:27 pm

I don't mind relocated rides as long as they do some improvements to the ride, place it in a good location, and make it look good. The only thing I wish they would have done to Boomerang was buy a new train :-( . Even without the new train the ride is really smooth, not quite as smooth as Batman or Freeze. There is no headbanging in the loop or cobra roll, the roughest part is the second lift.

I think what is giving Six Flags the issues with the ride is the new control system and drive motors.

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by TNT » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:29 pm

Vonni wrote:When I went to Six Flags in May, the ride op on The Boss actually announced over the platforms PA system that Boomeang was a twenty plus year old coaster from another park! It cracked me up!
We're not supposed to do that but some people still do

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by TNT » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:19 am

The train is back in the station now. It might be open next week.

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by Paul Drabek » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:38 pm

TNT wrote:The train is back in the station now. It might be open next week.
Thanks for letting us know.
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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by TNT » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:50 pm

Your welcome.

Boomerang began testing late tonight. It might be open for the 4th

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by Vonni » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:46 am

Well the GP should be quite thrilled then lol! In all honesty though, it didnt turn out as bad as I expected. But it still should have been something better. But no sense in complaining anymore. Its here to stay, well at least for the next 24 years! LOL!

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by CptBeeble » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:42 am

If they had installed OTSR-less trains on it, it would've been a "destination coaster" for me.

That's a LOT closer than going back to Vienna to ride their lapbar-only boomerang!

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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by Paul Drabek » Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:21 pm

Yes a lap bar only boomerang would be worlds better. It might even make a 24 year old ride feel new.
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Re: I hate to kick a park when it's down but...

Post by TNT » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:45 pm

Boomerang reopened yesterday. I heard some people say the wait was about 75 mins.

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