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Heide Park Colossos retracking (2019)

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by Thekingin64, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Thekingin64

    Thekingin64 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like Colossos at Heide Park won't be opening at all this year:





    Considering it closed early last year after breaking down, it must have something seriously wrong with it if the park know it won't be opening for the whole of this coming year!
     
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    I'm destined never to ride this, aren't I. :emoji_zipper_mouth:
     
  3. davidm

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    Wasn't this rumoured a while back - like the end of last season. Then they decided it wouldn't be open at the start of the season but would be trying to get it open later?
    (Can't find that discussion though, might be making it up)
     
  4. NeoXIII

    NeoXIII Best Newcomer 2016

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    Yeah, they did say it wouldn't open for the start of the season, but later in 2017.
    Really a shame, I was looking forward to ride Colossos at the end of the year. I wonder what's wrong with it though that it would take an entire season to fix :(
     
  5. gavin

    gavin Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    Annoying. I'm almost certainly going in the summer. I've ridden it before, but would've liked some rerides.
     
  6. SimonSays99

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    Rumor in German forums has it that they have extensive damage to the woodwork.
     
  7. davidm

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    ^ the "woodworm" rumour is a few years old ; might be true I guess! :(
     
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    Will Active Member

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    I'd already cut my trip in 6 weeks from two days to one after the initial delay was announced, but this can't be good news at all :(
    I see they've responded in true Merlin style by building a fence around it and whilst my German isn't the best, I could tell the facebook comments they were receiving yesterday were not the friendliest - a few people seemed to be saying they'd rather do Hansa this year. I hope they can get it sorted sooner rather than later.
     
  9. NeoXIII

    NeoXIII Best Newcomer 2016

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    Reading through the FB comments, a lot of people are actually quite upset about the fence as well for some reason? Even going so far that it's a measure to hide how broken down the ride looks and saying it's going to be demolished soon. I don't think they'll take down their biggest ride, but not sure why they would put up a fence either tbh.
     
  10. Pokemaniac

    Pokemaniac Mountain monkey Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    First Son of Beast, now this... Why is it that the height record for operating woodies keeps decreasing? Good thing we still have Mean Streak to look forward to...
     
  11. Hixee

    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    It could be a couple of things:
    • I'm not particularly familiar with the regulations in the UK, but there are some H&S requirements in boarding up construction sites to prevent site activities straying into public spaces. It's very common to see boarding like this on construction sites in the UK, and I wouldn't be surprised if there's a similar regulation in other countries. It means work is much better separated from public spaces - including things like flying debris or falling objects.
    • The boarding will provide better sound proofing, meaning you might be able to get away with running machinery (diggers or power tools) close to the public areas without having as much of an impact on the guest experience.
    • It would also help keep any debris from the construction contained.
    That, or they're trying to keep something secret... ;)
     
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    Maybe Merlin are moving it to Alton for SW8? :)
     
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    CrashCoaster Formerly ATI

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    ^I :emoji_zipper_mouth:ing wish. ;)
     
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    Hopefully they will rebuild the valleys between the airtime hills. When I rode it in 2015 it was so rough it actually hurt by back on some of my rides on it. If it wasn't for that, it would be a No.1 coaster for me!
     
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    This is awful news, one of the best coasters in Europe imo. Hopefully they do a Hex and bring it back better than ever in 2018.
    But it's merlin, so they won't. :emoji_zipper_mouth: sake merlin.
     
  16. GuyWithAStick

    GuyWithAStick Captain Basic Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    I'd like to say RMC.

    But it's Merlin, so no chance of that happening.
     
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    NeoXIII Best Newcomer 2016

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    ^I'd lose it if they RMC'd it. :p
     
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    Hope it gets a proper fix out of this long wait. It rode so badly last season.
     
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    Balls, big park trip in Europe was gonna be Heide Park this year.
     
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    Back when I rode it (must have been in 2012 or even earlier) it was already bad. Not "it's a little rough" but jack-hammering bad on the lower parts of the hills. It says a lot when a park can't maintain a coaster that big while Six Flags can (El Toro rides like a baby as of last year).

    Colossos not opening in 2017 sounds a bit like Merlin trying to shave off some bucks in maintenance...
     

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