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According to Screamscape:

 

2012 - Waterpark Expansion - Rumor - (6/14/11) A new off the wall rumor has come in claiming that The Great Escape may be looking at removing the Alpine Bobsled in order to make more room for a waterpark expansion. Of course this does seem entirely plausible, as the ride is located next to the waterpark and has been bounced area from park to park (3 in total) since it was first built at SFGAdv in 1984.

 

Although I don't think the first thing Great Adventure needs is ANOTHER coaster, I think the bobsled ride would be an EXCELLENT addition to Great Adventure's coaster collection.

 

The ride could be a major addition to a revitalized Old Country section that could open in 2013, which happens to be the 25th anniversary of when the ride left Great Adventure.

 

Great Escape's close proximity to Great Adventure would keep relocation costs to a minimum and the ride would be introduced to a whole new generation of park goers. It would make an excellent and much needed FAMILY addition to the park.

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I dont like it when big parks such as Great Adventure gets used rides, but when it is a ride that already been at the park, such as the Sarajevo Bobsleds, I think we deserve to have it back.

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Today I was in the park and under the red and white striped tent I saw a bunch of old signs and thing from Great Adventure from years ago, including the brown sign to Sarajevo Bobsleds. I thought that it was really interesting that they still had all of this stuff, decades later. Too bad the room was locked and I could only see it through the glass window, really interesting though.

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This was and still is my favorite ride at Great Adventure. It was pretty cool to be on a coaster type ride without being on a track. I'm still mad that they removed it.

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There is a portion of my street that somehow was missed by the plow and has frozen rock solid. Whenever I drive over it my tires shift right into the frozen tracks from the other cars. Each time that happens it reminds me of the Sarajevo bobsleds running through the brake runs!

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I rode this at Great Escape back around 2009, and loved it. I never got the opportunity to ride it at GA. There a similar ride a Knobels in central PA, called Flying Turns. The ride had quite a few problems related to ride smoothness over many years, and unfortunately I was there at a time they hadn't brought the coaster on line yet. As described in Wikipedia:

 

Construction began in January 2006. In July 2007 the maintenance crew ran the first test car test runs which were completed successfully. Then in October 2007 the same crew ran the first powered complete test runs of the same test cars, and gave the roller coaster enthusiasts a tour during the Phoenix Phall Phunfest 2007. Later that month they began to run test runs of a five-car test train which will be the full length of the train.

An initial delay was due to an issue with the roller coaster car's wheels. The wheels were shipped back to their manufacturer in California and the issue was corrected. However, the ride did not open by the end of the 2008 season due to the cars travelling too quickly for passenger comfort.

According to Knoebels' website, the ride was to be opened during the 2009 season. The ride was re-tracked and profiled to accommodate new trains.

In June 2011, Knoebels posted an update to their blog, stating "We've been testing the newest version of the Flying Turns ride vehicles and are VERY encouraged. There's still plenty of work to do but this is a very positive step in the right direction." They also posted to their Facebook page a video shot from a camera mounted on a prototype chassis.

As of 26 May 2012, a section of track at the brake platform, as well as the brake platform itself, had been removed.

As of 30 July 2012 the removed sections have been rebuilt to accommodate the newest trains that are being delivered.

As of 21 August 2012 Knoebels said that they planned on beginning testing for the newest trains soon, and that they believed they finally figured out how to get the trains to run smoothly.

On October 5, 2013, the ride officially opened to the public, though the ride actually began operating the previous evening on 4 October 2013. It operates three trains with three cars apiece, and each car accommodates one large rider or two small riders, with a weight limit of 400 pounds per car. One train is painted green, one is painted yellow and the third is painted mauve. A fourth train is planned.

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Check this out! Direct from 1984, August 9th on WOR Channel 9 during the Monday Movie Classics to be exact, is a vintage ad for the Sarajevo Bobsled coaster!

 

Click below to view the commercial:

 

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Here is the 1989 Six Flags Great America rack brochure promoting "Rolling Thunder" - Great Adventure's relocated Sarajevo Bobsled.

 

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Inside front cover:

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