Well the Black Hole track was being hauled out of the tent into a truckbound for Bulgaria the other week, so if removals are anything to go by then I should imagine there'd be little reservation about heaving ole' Corkie out and sending it packing (be it to a scrap yard or otherwise - the prices paid for scrap metal these days could very well start a theming fund for the resort!). I heard a whisper on the grapevine that it is indeed on its way out with a rather sad ending sooner rather than later, and to be honest Stigz never makes the effort to go to the park when he's invited, let alone making the effort to get his facts right! :P (Hahaha, I jokes, I jokes, friend).
Obviously there are a few conflicting stories as to what the fate of Corkscrew will be, though I'm inclined to believe the rather sad truth - that this iconic coaster has come to the end of its operational life and will get the boot at the end of this season. Remember its over 25 years old, its Vekoma, its an 'old skool' design, and it has a fairly revolutionary coaster sat next to it.
I'm not going to agree that Corkscrew is unpopular, as the past few times I've been mid-week the queue for Corkscrew has been a lot longer than that for Rita.. Though watching Corkie riders slide into the brake run is funny - 20 odd people all giving the consensus chorus of 'ouch!'.
Personally I haven't ridden it in years - I despise the thing. Its old, uncomfortable, painful and annoying in the respect that you have to take all your baggage onride with you. As much as I was attached to The Missile at American Adventure (which, if any of you konw the park, will remember its iconic status), I only rode it as a matter of tradition - it hurt!
Corkscrew looks an absolutely eyesore, too. I was sat in my seat on Rita and looked over at a dirty, unkempt heap of metal that passes for Corkscrew. Not a good look!