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Two news stories about standup coasters in one day?

Toronto Sun said:
TORONTO - Thrill-seekers may want to head over to Canada’s Wonderland and ride the SkyRider one last time.

The stand-up roller-coaster is retiring on Sept. 1.

“After 29 years and over 22 million riders, we had to make a difficult decision and look to the future,” Dave Phillips, vice-president of marketing and sales at the amusement park, said Wednesday.

Opened in 1985, the one-and-a-half minute ride was the first stand-up coaster to be built in Canada and the second in the world with a loop. It also became Wonderland’s fifth roller-coaster addition to the park.

After being strapped in with feet flat on the ground, riders climb 88 feet (26 metres) in the air before taking on a vertical loop.

Classified as a number five on Wonderland’s thrill factor scale, the park says popularity wasn’t a factor in the decision to shut down the ride.

According to Phillips, Wonderland will be undergoing a large redevelopment program after Sept. 1. Currently, SkyRider sits on 5,100 square metres of prime space right between the Splash Works and the mountain. Here, Wonderland saw an opportunity.

“We like to space out (our ideas) over time and we always want to be innovative and leading the industry,” Phillips said. “Guests still like it and it’s a great attraction, but you have to look within the park to understand what’s best for the future.”

Though Phillips was mum on any details about what will be happening next, he said there were “certainly” concepts in mind for a new attraction.

In the upcoming weeks, Wonderland will be announcing a special chance for the last few riders of the roller-coaster to receive commemorative memorabilia. The last chance to race through the skies on SkyRider will be at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1.
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MAZ

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They are my least favorite too Nicole. A stand-up wing rider might spark my interest, but all TOGOs must go the way of the Dodo.
 
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b.mac

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I figured CW's first coaster to go would be Dragon Fire or this. Oh right, for those not savvy about international parks Canada's Wonderland this will be the first coaster they have ever removed.
 

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If Wikipedia is to be believed it was relocated and expanded:

The coaster opened on May 23, 1981, and operated until 1985 as Blauer Enzian, but in 1986 it was relocated, extended, and incorporated into the mountain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunder_Run_%28Canada%27s_Wonderland%29

Does anyone know if this is correct?
 

Ben

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Two stand ups in one park?
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Zimmy

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KD already has a ball busting, boob bruiser Togo. It needs to go away, not receive a sibling.
 

Nicole

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While both the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the 1984 UN Convention Against Torture likely apply, what is the validity and enforceability of any international agreement in the context of the modern state system?
 
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