Shockwave to be Removed
Chicago's Daily Herald has confirmed that the Shockwave at Six Flags Great America will indeed be removed to make way for Great America's 2003 steel coaster.
Shockwave, which opened in 1988, will be dismantled to make way for a new flying coaster from Bolliger and Mabillard due to a lack of space for expansion elsewhere in the park. Six Flags' original choice for removal was the 1976 Schwarzkopf twister Whizzer, but public outcry spared the classic coaster.
Dismatling proceedures for the Shockwave have already started and the 7-inversion steel coaster will be relocated to another park, most likely remaining in the Six Flags chain.
Track sections and supports for the new coaster, to be called Superman, have already begun to arrive and officials hope to have the attraction open by next May.
Steel Venom Announced
Valleyfair! park has announced Steel Venom, a new 185-foot tall Impulse coaster from Intamin AG, ending rumors from the past few months of a new inverted coaster to arrive at the park in 2003.
The eight-and-a-half million dollar Steel Venom coaster will feature two vertical tower sections much like Superman: Ultimate Escape at Ohio's Six Flags Worlds of Adventure and V2: Vertical Velocity located at Six Flags Great America near Chicago.
Riders will be blasted forwards and backwards five times through the vertical U-shaped course, climbing a twisting spike and backwards straight ascent and at one point coming to a stop while facing straight down.
Steel Venom comes as Valleyfair's seventh coaster, following 1999's Mad Mouse and the Morgan-crafted Wild Thing which opened in 1996.
The new ride will be the second Impulse coaster for the Cedar Fair park chain. Wicked Twister, which opened at Cedar Fair's flagship park, Cedar Point in 2002, was the first.