California’s Great America will continue to shrink as they have announced plans to move Invertigo to another park according to the LA Times. Fans of the park can’t be confident in the its future as this is the third coaster to leave the park in a decade. Meanwhile, the Great America’s last new coaster was 2001’s wild mouse coaster, Psycho Mouse.
Brady from the LA Times goes on to point out that there are now only four serious coasters remaining at the park: small-ish, but unique B&M inverted coaster Flight Deck, 20 year-old B&M stand-up coaster Vortex, old Arrow looper Demon, and the multiple-time winner of World’s worst wooden coaster, Grizzly. Great America’s lineup is the exact opposite of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s old Fear the Four arsenal.
Invertigo is a Vekoma inverted shuttle looper. It was involved in a roller coaster accident back in 2009 where were riders left hanging on Invertigo for hours. The incident might be more of an issue with that particular model rather than an issue of park maintenance and operation. A clone at Six Flags America seemed to have an accident nearly every summer before it was sold and moved to another park.
ScreamScape is reporting that rumors suggest Invertigo may be heading to Dorney Park (Allentown, PA). The park already has an inverted shuttle coaster in the Intamin inverted launched coaster Possessed. And, it already has two inverted coasters in Talon and Possesed. You would think that there’s another park that could use Invertigo. I’ve never visited World’s of Fun, but looking at its lineup, that park seems to be a better home for Invertigo in my opinion.
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