The Giant Inverted Boomerang from Six Flags Great America will find a new home at Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho. The coaster is currently being dismantled and Silverwood hopes to have it up and running by July. The 191 foot tall structure will stand more than twice as high as Tremors, the park's woodie. The coaster is being billed as the largest and most expensive attraction ever for Silverwood. The final purchase price for the coaster is still being negotiated but Silverwood expects to spend $3 million just to dismantle, move and reassemble the inverted boomerang.
The coaster was one of three Deja Vus to open at Six Flags parks in 2001. Six Flags Over Georgia announced their Deja Vu would be removed from the park as well. The Deja Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain continues to operate, but its days may be numbered. A fourth Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang is also in operation at Parque Warner Madrid in Spain. No other Giant Inverted Boomerangs have been installed since the one in Spain opened in 2002.
From the very beginning the coasters have been problematic, with the opening of the first three delayed until almost the end of the operating season. Over the years the coasters were often down for repairs or maintenance issues, sometimes for months at a time. They were also criticized for their peculiar seating arrangement which tended to split groups of four, and for the ultra-low capacity. That low capacity may have lead to the decision by Six Flags to ultimately remove the coasters.
Silverwood seems well aware of the problems and feels that most of the kinks have been worked out over the years. Reports from enthusiasts over the last year or two, seem to indicate that the boomerang was running fairly reliably at Great America. The park is holding a naming contest for the inverted boomerang, the details of which can be found on their website, www.silverwood.com
Silverwood is no stranger to used coasters, having moved the original Arrow Corkscrew from Knott’s Berry Farm in 1990. We wish Silverwood all the best with their new investment. Let’s hope it runs much better in its new home.