Chang may not be opening at Six Flags Great America (near Chicago) as everyone had thought. Rumors have the stand-up roller coaster moving to Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ), arguably the company’s flagship theme park. The rumor also has Chang replacing the Arrow looper, Great American Scream Machine.
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom’s Chang started coming down last winter only to resurface at Six Flags Great America. The move seemed a bit weird as that park already had a stand-up coaster in Iron Wolf, but 2011 was thought to be a year with a lot of shuffling around of rides as it will be Six Flags 35th anniversary.
The rumor appears to be based on a Coaster Fusion message board thread that where a long-time member (I’m assuming the site owner) states:
We have confirmed with a supervisor in rides that Six Flags Great Adventure will be closing Scream Machine as of July 1, 2010. The ride is getting to old to find parts for, since S&S is only focusing on their new rides and the X coasters. The park will become home to Chang from Kentucky Kingdom which will replace Scream Machine. -Coaster Fusion
Shockingly, this news upsets some people. I know that the reputation of stand-up coasters is not good. If you’ve never ridden Chang then you may not know that there are good, even great stand-up coasters (2 or 3, at least). This makes sense to me, but there are actually people who are sad to see Great American Scream Machine go!
On Six Flags Great Adventures Facebook page there are comments like: “SAVE THE GREAT AMERICAN SCREAM MACHINE!!!!!!! It’s a park Icon.”
There’s obviously something in the Jersey water. Great Adventure fans should be happy that they’re getting a much, much, much better roller coaster. I gave Chang an 8.0 (Great) and Great American Scream Machine a 4.0 (Below Average). The ratings should speak for themselves, but here are links to my Chang review and Great American Scream Machine review. I like this new CEO if he’s behind this move as rumors suggest.
What’s Your Take?
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