I completely missed the news of Alabama Adventure’s transition to a water park. In a Geauga Lake-like move, the dry portion of the park will close and only the water park will remain. Its new name is Splash Adventure, and it sounds like its put some money into revitalizing the water park by adding attractions like a water maze. Obviously, the proverbial ship has already sailed and management has decided its best to let the dry park go. So, I won’t attempt to start a “Save the Rampage” petition. At least not one aimed at the current owners.
Rampage Roller Coaster – A Wooden Gem in the Deep South
For amusement parks in the market for an excellent wooden roller coaster, look no further! Fun wooden roller coasters are somewhat rare. Many range from tolerably rough to downright punishing. But Rampage was surprisingly smooth and incredibly fun. During a trip to Six Flags Over Georgia, I took a chance and trekked nearly 3 hours out to Birmingham, Alabama (6 hours round trip) mostly for this one coaster. And, I wasn’t disappointed. It offered great airtime throughout its interesting layout including an awesome helping of ejector air on the first drop (in the back seat).
In 2008, I described it this way: “Rampage has found the fountain of youth. Nearly 10 years old it runs like its brand new with speed and intensity without roughness.”
I’m not the only one that enjoyed this coaster. Rampage’s wikipedia page has a table chronicling the ride’s high rankings in Mitch Hawker’s Coaster Poll.
In case you’ve never ridden it, here’s a POV video of Rampage:
If you’d like something more compact, the park’s Vekoma Boomerang, Zoomerang, is listed for sale here.
No parks come to mind as perfect homes for the Rampage. Has anyone heard of any heard of potential buyers? Can you think of a good home for this roller coaster? Leave a comment below. Image via (cc) Flickr User – Milst1