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The end of the Orbit??

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Postby CH820 on August 8th, 2016, 8:34 am
I just heard from someone that last night The Orbit was shut down permanently and is going to be torn down to make room for next years ride???

As someone who's been going to the park for over 30 years, this is sad!
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Postby maxwellt on August 8th, 2016, 8:46 am
Well, today will be the day to find out. If anyone is going to the park today (I know that cam and rolling coasting are going) please report back here on the status that this ride is in. Its now on screamscape if you go and look there about orbit, ERC and JWR, but its not much, there's soooo much more on the forum right now than on screamscape

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Postby Iron Wolf 90-11 on August 8th, 2016, 9:11 am
maxwellt wrote:Well, today will be the day to find out. If anyone is going to the park today (I know that cam and rolling coasting are going) please report back here on the status that this ride is in. Its now on screamscape if you go and look there about orbit, ERC and JWR, but its not much, there's soooo much more on the forum right now than on screamscape

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Postby Muck Finnesota on August 8th, 2016, 9:11 am
Was at the park Sunday; got in the line and got out shortly after. Would have been nice to know ahead of time.
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Postby maxwellt on August 8th, 2016, 9:12 am
Iron Wolf 90-11 wrote:
maxwellt wrote:Well, today will be the day to find out. If anyone is going to the park today (I know that cam and rolling coasting are going) please report back here on the status that this ride is in. Its now on screamscape if you go and look there about orbit, ERC and JWR, but its not much, there's soooo much more on the forum right now than on screamscape

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Postby Viper 88 on August 8th, 2016, 9:48 am
It's gone :evil:
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Postby jmanporty7 on August 8th, 2016, 9:50 am
It's already gone, or is it just closed off?


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Postby Viper 88 on August 8th, 2016, 9:53 am
Closed off. Last ride was yesterday 9:58pm according to #BareMike.
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Postby Muck Finnesota on August 8th, 2016, 10:09 am
Sucks. Hopefully this isn't because of any Ring of Fire garbage.
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Postby SFGAM_Hog on August 8th, 2016, 10:13 am
Just guessing, but maybe it's because of maintenance issues.
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Postby stergmi on August 8th, 2016, 11:13 am
Rumors I've heard are:

Orbit done for good. East River Crawler relocated there.

Jester closed. Maybe relocated, may leave altogether.

New for 2017 announcement is a 4D Free Fly in Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras also gets a new flat.

Bridge b/w Yankee Harbor and Mardi Gras may also be removed.
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Postby Iron Wolf 90-11 on August 8th, 2016, 11:16 am
stergmi wrote:Rumors I've heard are:

Orbit done for good. East River Crawler relocated there.

Jester closed. Maybe relocated, may leave altogether.

New for 2017 announcement is a 4D Free Fly in Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras also gets a new flat.

Bridge b/w Yankee Harbor and Mardi Gras may also be removed.

If those rumors are true I still don't see why they would remove orbit and move east river crawler there. Just seems unnecessary. I understand jesters wild ride though.
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Postby stergmi on August 8th, 2016, 11:17 am
Iron Wolf 90-11 wrote:
stergmi wrote:Rumors I've heard are:

Orbit done for good. East River Crawler relocated there.

Jester closed. Maybe relocated, may leave altogether.

New for 2017 announcement is a 4D Free Fly in Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras also gets a new flat.

Bridge b/w Yankee Harbor and Mardi Gras may also be removed.

If those rumors are true I still don't see why they would remove orbit and move east river crawler there. Just seems unnecessary. I understand jesters wild ride though.


Maybe ERC is cheaper to run and maintain?
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Postby maxwellt on August 8th, 2016, 11:21 am
Maybe. We still have no idea of reasoning. Six flags has said absolutely nothing
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Postby stockboy300 on August 8th, 2016, 11:49 am
I will be at the park later this afternoon.

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Postby CoasterDemon on August 8th, 2016, 12:12 pm
This is sad if it's true. I've been riding the Orbit since 1981, I would hate to say goodbye with out saying goodbye. (Of course the park "doesn't owe me anything," etc., but as a fan, it would have been nice to give it a proper send off).

Also, just a reminder for anyone who uses the excuse of needing space (same goes for when Goliath was built; it's short because the park didn't want to invest in a full roller coaster, NOT because there is no space). There is enough space at the park for as many rides and roller coasters they ever want to put in. Coasters and rides can be built over, under and through anything. Google Gröna Lund, Liseberg, Blackpool Pleasure Beach or even little Indiana Beach.

Of course nothing is permanent, and we have one of the best collections of vintage 70's rides. When a "service life" has completed, rides can be partially or completely restored and rebuilt. Hulk in Orlando is a great example of that. One of the best things about the old Orbit (Schwarzkopf Enterprise) is riding in that car with no restraint. It's almost a feature within itself. I'm sure the new shoulder bar versions are fun, but vintage is really where it's at.
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Postby Muck Finnesota on August 8th, 2016, 3:13 pm
Damn this is really going to nag at me forever if true.
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Postby RollingCoasting on August 8th, 2016, 7:19 pm
I can confirm. Orbit's gone. I'll have a picture of the sign in a few minutes.
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Postby Dan The Coaster Man on August 8th, 2016, 7:26 pm
I am very interested in seeing how all of this will pan out. Hopefully some teasers are around the corner!
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Postby RollingCoasting on August 8th, 2016, 10:26 pm
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My heart stopped for a second when I saw Orbit not operating. It wasn't until I walked past it a second time that I noticed the sign. :cry:

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Postby anewman35 on August 8th, 2016, 10:32 pm
Any signs of anything happening at any of the closed rides? Or just the closed signs?
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Postby RollingCoasting on August 8th, 2016, 10:34 pm
Nope, just closed signs and no form of life whatsoever, unfortunately. :cry:
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Postby JaminOut on August 8th, 2016, 10:36 pm
RollingCoasting wrote:
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R.I.P


SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE. My first theory appears to be correct in that this is only maintenance and the rides will reopen next season. King Chaos and such were closed for the pre-season, and now Orbit and such are closing at the end of peak season.
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Postby RollingCoasting on August 8th, 2016, 10:44 pm
That's what I was thinking, I was expecting to see "THIS RIDE WILL NOT OPEN TODAY" at all three rides. Oh, also, the Scenic Railway was not running today.
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Postby anewman35 on August 8th, 2016, 10:46 pm
JaminOut wrote:
RollingCoasting wrote:
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R.I.P


SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE. My first theory appears to be correct in that this is only maintenance and the rides will reopen next season. King Chaos and such were closed for the pre-season, and now Orbit and such are closing at the end of peak season.


Or... They don't have a "this ride is closed forever" sign and just grabbed the scheduled maintainance one instead. Not saying that it's NOT scheduled maintainance, I just don't think that the sign is a binding contract or anything...
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