Tee hee...We did have fun up there in '98, didn't we?! Of course this
year they'll probably have IR-71 all torn up so we'll have to do the
return trip through Sandusky as well...
<my pattern for the last few years has been to go get my season pass
processed at Cedar Point, then head over to the I-X for the afternoon.
Hey, wait a minute! I don't have to get my CP pass processed this
year...! But I have to get the parking pass, but it always rains that day...>
There is a link to the Bates Amu***ts web site on the Eli Bridge
page...Bates is having a Wheel rebuilt, and they're adding a couple of
kiddies and a bumper car this season, not a word about whatever that tower
ride is. So whatever it is, it's being booked in. It isn't the Moser
Gravity Tower; that's about 160 feet and it is a haul-up-drop-down
Intamin-style tower...the I-X web site describes this thing more like a
launch tower. I'd say the new Chance is a good bet. It seems that the
I-X Center is a good place to see new rides that actually make it out to
this part of the country...it was there that I first saw the Tornado,
Cycloid, Construction Zone, Inverter, Chaos, and Top Spin...and this year
they're bringing in a Dartron Cliff Hanger. It seems they're unusually
willing to book in a prototype ride, probably because of the month-long
run. The Chaos, for instance, in '96 (?) was booked in by Chance
themselves before they had even sold one.
It will also be interesting to see what portable coaster shows up. Last
year it was one of the last dates for the old Holiday World "Firecracker"
before it was sold to Amu***ts of America to become the "Avalanche." I
wonder if it will be that one, or something else......
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
(who has been out of town for a week...)
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