A quickie at WoA- 7/21/02

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Monday, July 22, 2002 4:52 AM

The busiest day at WoA I have ever attended because of the two major picnics held in the parking lot. Spent more time walking and drinking as many fluids as possible since it was 95 degrees and miserable.

Overall, to make it more miserable, the major coasters were completely understaffed and weary from the heat. Here's a quick overview of the day, then have at it, because I'm hitting it again on Thursday and I'll give more then.....

1) Understaffing: Villian had two on the platform and one controlling the line downstairs. The platform did not fill up, but the dispatch times were a joke, while trains stacked the entire day. The operator controlling the line downstairs was, basically, a nightmare, two line jumpers right in front of us.....when I told her, she shrugged it off (go figure). Lapped it twice, but the ride seemed tame for some reason, cannot wait for Thursday, hopefully the Villian is not depressed from the recent CCI closure.

Batman only had two trains running, the third, lonely in the transfer area. Wait time of 20-25 minutes, but why? 3 workers on the platform and one downstairs again, while line jumpers again gained 5 minutes of less wait. I narced again, but it didn't make any difference, it was "too" busy to alert security, right? X-Flight was never ridden today by us, one train running and low staff = 1.5 hour wait.

Wildlife side: I haven't been to this side since the 80's, and I loved it. The shows were outstanding and the staff was very friendly considering the conditions. Just to watch the Sea Lions bark for food was enjoyable enough to take away from the "fishy" taste in our mouths from the Wild Rides side of the park.

I did happen to ride S: UE and Big Dipper, too.

Opinion: Where the GP is concerned, yes, SFWoA may look like the best bang for your dollar because of the 3 different attraction areas of this park, BUT please, for the enthusiasts, STOP touting that this place is "better to drive by Cedar Point to get here". What a joke!

Why am I returning on Thursday, you ask? I have a friend from Seattle and a brother that are going on a 5 park, two day event. WoA will be a small portion of the trip, boy will he be disappointed. We are hitting KW, CLP, WP, WoA and CP in two days. We are only hitting the major attractions, which is fine with me, but wished we could stay longer.

Capacity, capacity, capacity.....Six Flags doesn't have a clue!

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Monday, July 22, 2002 6:16 AM
I don't understand WHY Six Flags can't just get some more staff. Wouldn't they gain more money by cycling guests through lines faster, therefore making for happier guests who can spend more time on the midways making money? No, instead we have to pay (how much money is it ?) for a Lo-Q to get short lines. I think it is ridiculous.
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Monday, July 22, 2002 6:21 AM
Batman always runs 2 trains.

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Monday, July 22, 2002 6:26 AM

I guess SF hasn't degraded the wildlife side yet. lol.

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Monday, July 22, 2002 7:11 AM
And they wont degrade the wildlife side. Those trainers over there love their marine animals and know how to take care of them. All the wildlife look very well fed. Very well trianed too. Shouka has only been there like 9 weeks and she is doing excellent. She hits the ball like 20 feet above her head all the time. I cant wait till they start doing shows in the water with her. She is absolutely beautiful. The rides are great. They just need moret time and to take care of what they got. They are understaffed but didnt they just lay off like 30 percent of their staff when they changed their hours? Kennywood runs like three people on the Bumper cars. WoA has one operator with a long line all the time. Also Kennywood lets you go both directions. WoA is one way and everyone gets stuck and the operator has to stop the ride and move everyone. It gets tedious. Just little things like that all over the park and it will be great.

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Monday, July 22, 2002 7:33 AM

Rockrc480 said:
Batman always runs 2 trains.


I wouldn't say "always". I was there in June and we ended up waiting 25 minutes because they only had one train running. Heck, even Jani Lane from the defunct hair band Warrant (who was in the queue next to us on the loading platform) noted that the ride was taking a long time to load. :)

Ray P (who wonders if SFWoA is the place where the "Down Boys" go)

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Monday, July 22, 2002 7:57 AM

Youll have a better time Thursday hopefully. Ill be there with my friend and cousins looking to get X'ed up. Dont know what that is? Ride XF, and look at your feet the whole ride. Then when you get off the ride your Xed up. Everytime I do that I come off the ride feeling high. Its so awesome..

Oh and those employees by the lines arent the parks employee's. They run the Q-bot, and they are hired to run that, not to run the ride. If I remember correctly, I think Q bot hires them, and sends them to SixFlags.

Yea, Thursday should be dead like all weekdays except Friday, expect no lines. I went last Wednesday and everything was walkon, except XF that ran one train since the other one was broke. ( they were ripping wires out of it ;) ) But it was still only a 20min wait. have fun :)

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Monday, July 22, 2002 11:04 AM
Batman was running one train when I went there.

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Monday, July 22, 2002 12:00 PM

1) Steve: a) I've had about 10 flights on X-Flight and I know it's not worth an hour and a half on a hot, I mean HOT summer day. b) And yes, those were park employee's next to the Q-bot portion of the que. I know this because the woman that I alerted the first line jumpers to was a park employee (how do I know? Well, she told me, plus she was up in the Villian station stapling us in later in the day).

2) I was there last year 6 times, they had ALL 3 Batman trains running on 3 of the 6 days...weekdays, too....thus, stick the other one on the track when the GP pulls a quickie on you and comes to your park!! It's not an "always" requirement there. In 2002, 4 trips and not one day where I saw all three boarded.

3) And oh, I'll have fun once Six Flags parks remembers to place proper trains on their roller coaster tracks that can coordinate with the attendence during that day. Have fun! LOL!

If I sound like I didn't have a good time, then I came off wrong. It was a good day, but I sound like a broken record when we speak capacity at a SF park. SF lost the definition among their gate receipts.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Monday, July 22, 2002 1:24 PM
is it just me...when a guy named Woody posts about "a quickie", I start to think I've typed in a bad URL....;)
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Monday, July 22, 2002 3:34 PM
R-gator, you know, I'm sitting here in the horrible heat and you post that!!!!!!! I'm LMAO! And yes, the quickie at WoA was on three Woodies.

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There's nothing like a woodie...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 9:34 AM

Batman has run 3 trains pretty consistently on Saturdays. Thats about the only time they run all 3. It's sad that SF has the staff to put more people on the platform but choose not too. They require all rides to be minimum staffed. All they seem to care about is their budget. It's unfortunate because it seems the few people they do have working their coasters work pretty hard. If they had up to 10 people on a coaster like CP it would be different but they don't wanna pay the extra people. Pathetic.

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