Six Flags didn't fix the problem because of course they didn't. **** tier company.So remember last season when El Toro's wheel exploded and closed it for the year?
Having ridden it on 22 August I would say that it was running pretty horribly in places. Very rough. But then I do like my coasters to be as smooth as a seductive saxophone soloHere's a link to a news story. Apparently there was some type of malfunction at the end of the ride that caused some minor injuries. I can't find any specifics so if anyone knows more I'm definitely interested.
It's a shame this happened and luckily only minor injuries were reported. Since the retrack El Toro has been running incredibly well.
I've been wondering a lot about that myself. All those coasters built in the early 2000s - in particular, the boom between 1998 and 2006 - are starting to show their age, and some come with pretty big maintenance obligations these days. Just their upkeep - retaining the lineup they currently have in functional order - is getting heckishly expensive. And after that is taken care of, there's little money left to invest in renewal. Six Flags as a chain has barely built any rides coming close to the size of El Toro since the financial crisis of 2007. Yet refurbishing it to good-as-new standard would probably cost approximately the same as building it from the ground up. Would SFGAdv have the money to do that? And if they do, how many years of the investment budget would it require? And it's just to maintain the status quo. You don't pull in many new guests with "Look, that coaster you've known for the past 16 years is still in operation!", even if it cost millions to make it so.Honestly these have been some rough times for Six Flags, it really makes me question the chains future.
Between Kingda Ka and Nitro, SFGAdv would still have a couple of big headliner coasters even if El Toro was removed. But still, El Toro is one of the park's defining coasters, easily overshadowing every single coaster they have built in the years since. Heck, I don't think the chain has built any coasters that come close to Toro in terms of impressiveness since 2006, except SFGAm Goliath. Its absence would be heavily noticed, and it is not something Six Flags could make up for with a spinning Wild Mouse or a Larson Looper, which seems to be around the level of ambition they're building with these days.i could see el toro being shut down indefinitely unfortunately. this incident is getting a lot of bad press, and it's the second incident in two years. Logic dictates that a large company with new leadership would blame an older attraction that the current leadership didn't build rather than the operations practices that it currently oversees. If six flags was in growth mode, then maybe it would re-track or RMC or do something helpful. But I'm not sure that's what's happening here.