[Photo Gallery] Parks removing icons to gear up for 2013 new rides

By | August 21, 2012

Walt Disney once said: “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” And so is the case with virtually every other amusement and theme park. Their ride lineups are fluid, malleable things; they are in a constant state of flux. This month AT examines various parks that have officially announced the closure and removal of certain attractions.

Six Flags Over Texas
Guests were invited to say farewell to Texas Chute Out and Flashback over the Labor Day weekend. Modeled after the old Parachute Jump at Coney Island, Texas Chute Out (Intamin) opened at the park in 1976. More than 29 million riders have travelled up and down the ride’s 200-foot structure. One of the most popular modes of travel on this ride was the basket, which allowed guests to stand to take in the picturesque skyline. The baskets were removed in 1994 and replaced with the standard chairs.

Its neighbor, Flashback (Vekoma Boomerang), opened in 1989. The coaster was one of the first built in the U.S. It has thrilled over 17 million park-goers for more than three decades.

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