Bobbin’ and Leaving! Great Escape to Retire Classic Ride this Weekend
Goodbye to a Classic
Upstate New York nostalgia runs deep, especially when it comes to the legendary theme park that many of us have known and loved since Storytown became the Great Escape in 1983.
“It’s always difficult to say goodbye to a popular attraction, especially something as unique as Alpine Bobsled,” said Park President Rebecca Wood. “We always have our eye on new ways to excite our guests and retiring older attractions is a necessary part of that process. We will continue to evaluate this space for future enhancements we know our guests will love.” Press Release, The Great Escape
Over the years, while much changed at the Great Escape, many things stayed the same, and some of the classic rides and attractions that we remember from our childhood like the Steamin' Demon, The Desperado Plunge, and The Comet are still there.
Alpine Bobsled Trackless Coaster
On occasion, park officials make the hard decision to retire a ride, and after Labor Day Weekend, fans will bid adieu to one that's been inside the park for 25 years, making way for a new thrill ride set to open in Spring of 2024.
According to a press release from the Great Escape, the Alpine Bobsled will be retired after Labor Day weekend, and the last time anyone can ride will be on September 4t
The Alpine Bobsled coaster, inspired by the Lake Placid Olympics, is a trackless coaster that thrills riders who speed down the track in a themed toboggan, gliding around every turn like a champion bobsledder.
According to the Great Escape, the ride was originally constructed in 1984 at Six Flags Great Adventure and opened at Six Flags Great Escape in 1998.