Standing but not operating
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Standing but not operating (often abbreviated SBNO) refers to an amusement park or amusement ride that still exists but is no longer operating. Reasons may include damage, pending lawsuits, lack of funding, changing location, or incidents. The status is not used to describe seasonal operation in which closure is the result of a yearly schedule.
Kentucky Kingdom had been SBNO since the end of its 2009 season, after Six Flags closed it indefinitely amid bankruptcy proceedings. Former proprietor Ed Hart led efforts to reopen it and negotiated new lease terms with the Kentucky State Fair Board on January 24, 2013. It officially reopened on May 24, 2014.
LeSourdsville Amusement Park (Americana Park) has been SBNO since 2003. Many of its rides have been relocated or demolished, including its two roller coasters: Screechin' Eagle and Serpent. Serpent was relocated to Saginaw, Michigan, in 2009 and Screechin' Eagle was demolished in 2011. The park was featured on the History Channel's Life After People: The Series.
The Hero, a flying rollercoaster at Flamingo Land Resort in North Yorkshire, England, has been SBNO since May 22, 2015, when a piece of foot rail came off a moving carriage and struck two riders in the head.
Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, Kansas, has been SBNO since 2006. However, its roller coaster was extensively damaged by strong winds on the morning of April 3, 2015, including the destruction of large portions of elevated track, and may no longer qualify as SBNO.
One of the best known examples of an SBNO roller coaster is Vertigorama at Parque de la Ciudad. While the track is complete, the electrical systems are not. Although built in 1983, it is unknown if the ride will ever be finished.
Pattaya Park in Pattaya, Chonburi Province, Thailand, has another curious example of an SBNO roller coaster in an abandoned section of their park. Their coaster, a compressed air-launched reverse freefall coaster called Formula One, has been standing since at least 1999 but has never opened.
The Thunder Dolphin roller coaster at the Tokyo Dome City Attractions amusement park has been SBNO since 5 December 2010, when a 25 cm long bolt fell from the ride while in motion, injuring a 9-year-old visitor. As of 2013, the ride has now re-opened to the public.
Cedar Fair currently owns one property, Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio, that is partially SBNO. Formerly known as Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, the property was acquired in 2004 and closed at the end of the 2007 season due to declining attendance. Cedar Fair closed the amusement park side of the property but kept the water park open. Many rides were transferred to other parks but several remain SBNO. Cedar Fair has not announced future plans for remainder of the park, however, several companies have shown interest in the land.
The Smiler at Alton Towers amusement park has been SBNO since June 2, 2015, when a train carrying sixteen people crashed into an empty, stationary train that had stalled on the track. Eleven riders required medical treatment, four of which were transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
Six Flags New Orleans has been closed since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Before the hurricane, the park's six roller coasters were fully functional. Two of the roller coasters – Batman: The Ride and Road Runner Express – have been moved to other Six Flags amusement parks.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa has been fully closed since February 1, 2015. During the late 2012 park season, the Tiger (Blue) side of Gwazi was closed due to severe budget cuts while the Lion (Yellow) side stayed open. However due to its still declining of popularity, budget costs, and roughness the ride was announced to be closed later in early 2015. When Gwazi was officially closed down, it remained SBNO due to its budget constraints because of its size.
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Space Mountain at Disneyland was temporarily SBNO after being voluntarily shut down after receiving Cal OSHA citations in April 2013 for inadequate fall protection. In November 2012, an employee fell from Space Mountain while cleaning its exterior and suffered broken bones. Disney was fined $61,000 in relation to the incident. In May 2013, the ride was reopened. Also at the Disneyland Resort, the PeopleMover/Rocket Rods track still stands today, almost 13 years after the ride closed. The track was last used as a highpoint for stormtroopers in the grand opening of Star Tours—The Adventures Continue. River Country was the first water park in Walt Disney World, which opened in 1976 and closed November 2nd 2001 due to a change in Florida law that forbid non-chlorinated bodies of water being a part of waterparks and is currently SBNO(8/18/15), since fall of 2014 a great number of no trespassing signs have been added as well as more fence with serrated edges on top of the links.
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- List of Standing But Not Operating Amusement Parks at the Roller Coaster Database
- List of Standing But Not Operating Roller Coasters at the Roller Coaster Database