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Six Flags Great Adventure confirms closure of Great American Scream Machine

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Six Flags Great Adventure has confirmed that its Great American Scream Machine rollercoaster will close on July 18, with Kentucky Kingdom's former Chang rollercoaster expected to replace it.

The New Jersey park announced the coaster's closure on its Facebook page, while also announcing the arrival of a "major new attraction" in 2011. That attraction is widely expected to be Chang, the stand-up rollercoaster which was due to be relocated to Six Great America until a recent change of plans.

The Great American Scream Machine opened in April 1989, briefly becoming the tallest and fastest looping rollercoaster in the world. Featuring a 173-feet first drop, reaching speeds of 68mph and featuring three vertical loops, a boomerang and a double corkscrew, it was one of the most advanced rollercoasters in the world at the time. Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics built similar coasters at Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Magic Mountain, with the latter's Viper set to be the only survivor following the closure of Great Adventure's version. Fans will be given a final chance to experience the Great American Scream Machine when the park offers double rides on it on July 11 and 18.

The original decision to move Chang to Six Flags Great America had been questioned by many, with the park already being home to a B&M stand-up coaster - Iron Wolf, which opened in 1990. Six Flags Great Adventure, meanwhile, has been without a stand-up coaster since the removal of Shockwave in 1992.

Chang set several world records when it opened in 1997. At the time it was the tallest, fastest and longest stand-up coaster in the world - reaching 65mph and over 4000 feet in length.

The coaster was removed from Kentucky Kingdom shortly before Six Flags closed the park in January this year. Kentucky's State Fair Board has since sued Six Flags for fraud, after it originally claimed that it had removed Chang to make way for an expansion to Kentucky Kingdom's water park.

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