Six Flags Silences the Roar; Roller Coaster Shuts Down After 16 Years

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VALLEJO –

Sunday was the last day Roar, a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, was operational.

After 16 years, the ride is being torn down to make room for future park expansion, according to Six Flags.

"It is awesome, one of my favorite rides," one young rider told FOX40.

But for one couple, Roar represents one of the happiest days of their lives. Michael and Carol Valenti won a radio contest in 1999, the first year Roar opened, to get married on the ride.

On Sunday, both rode Roar for the first time since their marriage and for one of the last rides on it ever.

"It's like knocking down my church," said Carol Valenti. "They pronounced us man and wife at the top of the first hill and we went down... It's been like that ever since, life has been a roller coaster."

While the wedding was one of the ups on that ride, one of the downs has been Michael Valenti's fight against cancer.

"I'm in stage four, but the doctors are saying that I'm getting a little bit better," Michael Valenti told FOX40.

"I wanted him to have a fun memory of when we got married and this is actually perfect," said Carol Valenti.

Meanwhile, exactly why Roar is being torn down is still being kept top secret by 6 Flags officials. But park employees told FOX40 they expect to make an announcement in September.

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