Favorite 'ill-fated' Ride or Attraction?What's your favorite ill-fated ride or attraction? Something that flopped or had mechanical issues frequently. Maybe it's gone, maybe it's days are numbered.
From Randy StellarMine is Batman and Robin: The Chiller. (R.I.P.)
Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Other favorites are Hypersonic and X.
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From Mike GallagherI don't see how you can include X. It's still running, albeit with added effects. And I don't think it's going away anytime soon.
Posted July 6, 2011 at 9:26 AM
I'd agree on Hypersonic, and add Hercules. I was also a fan of Son of Beast (my e-mail address comes from that ride)
These are rides that had a bad rep in the "coaster community." But I enjoyed them, and I'm sad they're gone..or in the case of S.O.B, S.B.N.O.
I hated Viper, but if it wasn't for its "ill-fatedness," I wouldn't have Toro. So thank you, Viper, for leaving. I hope the door hit you on your way out.
From Tony DudaI agree with The Chiller, great ride but doomed with problems which seems to be a Great Adventure theme.
Posted July 6, 2011 at 11:47 AM
I hated Viper, it was the only coaster that I actually hurt my neck on. It didn't look much different than other coasters but it was.
This was in the late 1990's. The best extreme ride I remember that had a short life was, I think, called Evolution at Great Adventure. It was a spinning wheel of cars at the end of a long central bar. The wheel spun around with the people being pushed into the seats. As the speed increased, the central bar started to pivot and the wheel rotated to the top and spun with the cars now facing outward. Before being at GA, this ride was at Casino Pier in Seaside Hgts for a year or so. At Casino Pier, the ride operators were excellent and it was the most amazing experience. However, when GA ran it, the ride operators were terrible and never got it right. After a year or 2 of mostly down time, the ride was removed from GA. I am happy that I got to ride it at Casino Pier the way it was meant to be done.
From Randy StellarEvolution is now at Six Flags St. Louis. Yeah, it was hardly ever open at SFGAdv.
Posted July 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM
I included X because of its numerous long-term closures requiring redesign, bankruptcy of Arrow Dynamics, and the unanticipated expenses and headaches it caused.
And yes, Ultra Twister was cooler than Viper. Although it was visually appealing.
From Mike GallagherCount me as a member of two clubs: The Ultra Twister Fan Club (I think of it every time I rise on Fahrenheit's lift hill, and last week on Untamed) and the Never-Saw Evolution-Run Club.
Posted July 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM
From Rod WhitenackI vote for The Bat at Kings Island! I loved that ride and the coaster's cars were some of the coolest I've ever seen, but it had a lot of down time and technical problems so it didn't last long at the park.
Posted July 6, 2011 at 12:23 PM
From chris lincolnIm probably in the minority but i loved 20000 leagues under the sea at mk
Posted July 6, 2011 at 2:12 PM
From Thomas CaselliRegarding 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I don't think that you are in the minority. I loved it too.
Posted July 6, 2011 at 2:28 PM
From Nick Markham^you would be surprised, as many people, especially on this site, miss that ride too!
Posted July 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM
Drachen Fire looked like a pretty awesome coaster before it was torn down.
From Margaret PearceKi's Bat. It was fun, but short. The new flight deck doesn't seeem to have the same charm. The hydrualic pumps that allowed for the swinging gave off a horrific noise, but that was one of the things I liked.
Posted July 6, 2011 at 4:26 PM
From Mike Gallagher20K Leagues was my favorite ride at MK. I hadn't known prior to my visit that it had been removed. You know, in my pre-internet days. I think that was around '94-95. How long is it gone now?
Posted July 6, 2011 at 4:43 PM
From Mike GallagherNick, Drachen Fire was a great ride. That should have been part of my post above. I still have my DF t-shirt and wore it on my trip last week!
Posted July 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM
From Robert NilesI believe that I might have been the only person in the world who thought that the Creature from the Black Lagoon show at Universal Studios Hollywood was really, really funny.
Posted July 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM
From Anthony MurphyShockwave was ill fated. It hurt my head!
Posted July 6, 2011 at 8:39 PM
From Rob PI'm another 20K, L.U.T.S fan.
Posted July 7, 2011 at 2:58 AM
From Ed NewmanI have to give an honorable mention to the ill-fated "Deja Vu" at my home park of Six Flags over Georgia. In the 6 or 7 years it was open, I only rode it 8 or 9 times. I have met others here in GA who never rode it all due to its frequent downtime. It was an intense and fun "inverted coaster" boomerang experience.
Posted July 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM
From Carrie HoodShame on you, No one has said Horizons yet?
Posted July 8, 2011 at 9:04 AM
Okay, I'll say it then.
Okay now that my Fan-girl duties are fulfilled, let me add in some of my other favorites.
20k is naturally on my list, it was the first ride we always went to when I was a kid. I always cheered that the lagoon was such a thorn in MK's side when I saw it. Even all closed down, it gave me a small thrill that it refused to go down without a fight.
The Original Steel Phantom. Yeah it was wicked, it was sometimes painful but it never failed to give you one hell of a ride.
Python at BGT, yeah it was a baby compared to the newer coasters but it was a classic and was the first they'd built. Yet another little piece of my childhood sent to the scrap yard.
I'm also a fan of the "Hercules" fan club, that was another wicked ride.
From Tony DudaCarrie, the question was about ill-fated or mechanically challenged attractions. There are a lot of closed attractions that had long and productive years of operation that I miss. They just weren't ill-fated.
Posted July 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM
From C SchmuckI dont recall the exact name (I think Alien Encounter) at WDWO's MK was fantastic. Pitch black, everyone screaming, crying kids, the "monster" flying around the room...very well done. Actually too well done as they simmered it down to Stich's Great Escape. Went with my 8 yr old girls years ago - great memories.
Posted July 8, 2011 at 8:13 PM
From Carrie HoodTony,
Posted July 9, 2011 at 5:21 AM
On a technical level all the ones I named with the exception of Python had issues. Mechanical and Upkeep problems with Horizons, 20k and Steel Phantom which caused an end before their "proper life" span. Horizons and 20k where both leaking badly due to lack of maintenance. Horizons was also supposedly "Sinking". Steel Phantom was having rusting and maintenance issues also in addition to the natural roughness a coaster gains during it's life-span.
So I think those would count, so even though they made it more then ten years their fate was rather fairly sealed with various issues per each attraction.
From Mark FairleighVote for Kongfrontation. I so miss that ride. But a close second to 20K. Not sure if this counts but special mentions to the Hitchcock and Extreme Ghostbusters shows at Universal Florida.
Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM
From Adrienne McDonaldMine hasta be The Big Bad Wolf...OMGOSH THE best suspended coaster EVER. I WISHED soooo badly it was still here. Thank goodness I was able to at least ride it once! I would've done just about anything to have gotten to ride Drachen Fire but alas, I never got to. I chickened out on Hypersonic but now that it's gone, wished I had sucked it up & rode it anyway. Just b/c it was unique. I also miss UltraTwister but maybe SOME day it'll be rebuilt. I think it's still just in storage at SFNE I think is where it got off to. There are a great many coasters & rides I'll never get to ride, like Steel Phantom, b/c I just never got the chance to but at least there are usually videos I can enjoy & pretend with.
Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:49 PM
From Dennis GonsoulinI got several rides in on the rarely-open and very ill-fated Texas Tornado at SFAW before it got re-profiled into the mess that was Zonga, then eventually sold to some Mexican carnival. It was one helluva Schwarzkopf. Seriously intense and completely awesome. I guess the whole park turned out to be pretty ill-fated though. :(
Posted July 10, 2011 at 11:46 PM
From Rob PCan I add a diner to this list ?
Posted July 11, 2011 at 3:53 AM
Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer's Island.
From Martin GardnerAudience members acting out the Hitchcock shower scene, murder she wrote....I'm digging deep here...
Posted July 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM
From Daniel EtcheberryCarousel of Progress. It is not very popular, but I always end up with a smile. It's nostalgic, it's optimistic, it's about family. Is there anything more important than family?
Posted July 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM
From Tom Rigg@Arienne
Posted July 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM
The Big Bad Wolf wasn't in any way a ill fated ride. It had an incredibly great run and always had a decently long line. While I agree that it was awesome its not ill fated simply because its gone.
My vote would go to 20k as well. I always had such huge fantasies as a kid about that ride. I seemed to think we were actually way under water. I didn't connect until I was older, right before the ride was shuttered, that the subs stayed partially surfaced the whole time...lol
From steve leeSo Big Bad Wolf lasted 20 years and therefore doesn't count, but 20,000 Leagues lasted 23 years and does count? I'm confused.
Posted July 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM
Put me down for Deja Vu and pretty much all of Hard Rock Park (pretty sure there's no argument about that place being ill-fated).
From Tim kingTwo words - Rocket Rods!
Posted July 12, 2011 at 7:52 PM
This Disneyland attraction was my favorite - for a very short time.
From Sarah MeeksX2. But X2 isn't going anywhere because it hardly ever has issues anymore. X2 is top #1 roller coaster!
Posted July 13, 2011 at 9:16 AM
From travis traymooreMy list would include 20k(if it counts) and Chiller at SFGAdv.
Posted July 13, 2011 at 1:06 PM
From Fred KouryThe Bat for sure. Classic.
Posted July 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM
From Tom RiggBig Bad Wolf never had the problems that 20k did. Just because a ride closed doesn't make it ill fated. Leaky submarines and infernally long wait times make 20k ill fated.
Posted July 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM
From Anthony MurphySo I gave this a thought and I am going to go with....
Posted July 13, 2011 at 7:35 PM
From Steph RamosHmm....Ill-fated rides?
Posted July 13, 2011 at 10:44 PM
In that category I definantly have to include the Rocket Rods ride in Disneyland...I only ever got one chance to ride it during its short lifespan, but man was it awesome!! The infamously long lines however, not so much...
In another category I probably have to include the Terminator: Salvation wooden coaster in SFMM too...
R.I.P Terminator Salvation and Rocket Rods...you were awesome while you lasted!
From Tiffany J. L. AlfonsoHoly Handel! I can't believe that no one mentioned the Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera at USF! I found it worlds better than Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, which will be replaced by a Despicable Me 3-D simulator soon.
Posted July 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM
From Bob MillerCedar Point
Posted July 14, 2011 at 8:32 PM
Six Flags Great America
both are standing but probably not much longer unless MS gets a Texas Giant makeover
From Charles ReichleyCertainly for me Son Of Beast is the ride. I went out to Kings Island right after they closed it to remove the loop; after that it was still my favorite wooden coaster, and then they shut it down for good.
Posted July 15, 2011 at 7:10 PM
Drachen Fire probably would have been my other one, if I had ever managed to ride it before it shut down.
Intimidator 305 might have ended up in this category; look at all the minor and major changes they made to it in just one year: from having to replace the tires every day, to a brake on the drop hill, to the water-spray whell coolers, changing the harnesses, and then having to rework the track.
But I think they have it down now, so it looks like it was just growing pains. Hopefully, no more ill fates.
From Zack McDonaldThe Villan at Geauga Lake was a great ride. It would have been a better ride to save than the Big Dipper. Thanks alot Mr. Kinzel.
Posted July 20, 2011 at 8:11 PM
From N BSix Flags Gurnee - Shockwave, Z-Force and Deja Vu
Posted July 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM
Deja Vu was never working any of the times I had been there, Z-Force was awful in so many ways and Shockwave had a lot of problems with the expensive wheels that had to be replaced.
So, they put up the Dark Knight "coaster" and all you hear is people complaining when you exit the ride about how bad it is.
From Anthony O'NealYeah, I remember ShockWave. However, Superman: Ultimate Flight is now where it stood, and we got to keep The Whizzer.
Posted July 24, 2011 at 5:13 PM
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