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Absolutely Insane Reopens
Posted By Chris on Thursday 19th July 2007 @ 2:03 PM | Filed Under: Absolutely Insane

Absolutely Insane Reopens

After being closed since September of last year, Absolutely Insane reopened on Friday June 22nd. The 240ft high sky sling had been subject to ongoing maintenance as the cables were being replaced. In May, we reported that two deliveries of the wrong parts for the control panel had occurred from the ride manufacturer S&S; prolonging the length of time that the ride remained closed. Remaining closed during late May, one of the busiest times of year for any park, the cables were beginning to be replaced. Absolutely Insane was seen being tested on June 20th, reopening a few days later.

The amount of downtime is likely to have had a negative effect on the park financially. This is something that the new owners are likely to take into consideration in regards to their future plans for the amusement park.

Downtime: VI & Beast
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 18th July 2007 @ 10:52 PM | Filed Under: Maintenance

Downtime: VI & Beast

Between June 28th and July 7th, 2007, The Beast wasn’t operational whilst essential maintenance work was carried out. The period of closure was necessary as the gondola bearing of the Top Scan was being replaced. Last year, when the gearbox was replaced, the procedure took a similarly short period of time. The Beast has now re-opened.

In related news, Volcanic Impact is also subject to ongoing maintenance work. Speculation about the removal of the S&S Space Shot is unlikely as the ride takes up a relatively small footprint that would be difficult to replace with another thrill ride. The work being carried out is more likely linked to the replacement or removal of the remaining rails for the tilting seat function.

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