Superman: Ride of Steel:
This was the first (and last) ride I hit up in my short visit. Rode this a total of three times, with me missing a fourth attempt by one train (more on that later). All I can say about this ride is WOW! I now see why it was named #1 last year, and have placed this coaster in my top 3 steel (the other two being Phantom’s Revenge and my number one, Magnum). S:ROSes new restraints weren’t bad, and my one complaint is the trim on one of the final bunny hops (which I presume was added after the collision). The airtime on this ride was sick, and it just delivered a complete package, which cannot be found on the MilF! Also, the ride had only two people checking restraints, but they were most likely just short staffed.
While I still hate Intamin for their poor designs and maintenance issues, I have to admit that they can design some great rides. Now I may get flamed for this, but except for the first drop, S:ROS is MUCH BETTER than the MilF, which is currently rated #1.
Batman: The Dark Night:
Two rides on this great little B&M. While not as great as Kumba or Dominator, this little coaster packs quite a punch. The elements were great, and the ride was nice and smooth, except for some trimming. Only two people checking restraints though. If this is normal, I feel sorry for the crew, that has to suffer under Six Flags making their budget too small to run the ride right.
Thunderhak, I mean Serial Thriller, I mean Mind Eraser:
Now I know why SLCs are called Hang & Bangs. Much rougher than Thunderhawk used to be (I have yet to ride it since the paintjob), and not really re-ridable. That thing needs some paint badly, along with new wheel assemblies. That this bangs way too much, though the padding is nice.
Amazing wooden coaster. Only ran one train, but the operator was great. That ride had some excellent pops of air and great laterals. I don’t know why I haven’t heard more abot this ride, but it is great.
Riverside, I mean Six Flags Cyclone:
I was looking forward to it, because I had heard of it, though I didn’t have much to look forward to. Ride was ok at best, and nothing to write home about.
Head…, I mean Mind Eraser, I mean Flashback:
Standard Boomerang, though newer train than Headspin. It was my first boomerang outside Geauga Lake, and it wasn’t bad. Station was much more like Face/Off than like Headspin though.
I didn’t ride Mr. Six’s Pandemonium, though that ride looked amazing. IF I visit again, that ride is a must!
SFNE is a nice little park, and it reminds me a lot of what GL used to be like, being both parks were owned by Premier/Six Flags at one time or another. The Ride Operations department had a lot of minors, and I think that hurt their performance. While they were not terrible, for the most part they were nothing special. They did their job, but they were not excited about it, and many were like a lot of the ops at SFWoA. There were some great ones though, and some good crews, but overall, I think operations there could use an older workforce.
I may get flamed for saying this, but in general, the park is an example of what SFO/SFWoA should have been. This park, having no major competition, seems to have grown much more slowly than SFO/WoA, and the old charm of Riverside is still there. This park was neither better nor worse than I expected. It still had the problems people often see at Six Flags parks, but it was also a park where I was able to have fun. If Six Flags/Premier followed a similar plan with Geauga Lake, the park would be in much better shape than it was when it was sold. With GL, I think the worst thing the park did was to try to compete with Cedar Point. SFNE doesn’t have the problem SFO/SFWoA had, and by not trying to compete against the best, they were able to make a nice, though small, Six Flags park, which despite normal Six Flags issues, such as dirty ride queues, was very fun to visit.
I think SFNE is a great little park, with a lot of potential. If Six Flags corporate ever gave them the money to improve operations, it would be better, but given what the people there have to work with, I would say I liked my trip. The only sour note of the trip itself it the S:ROS crew denying me a final ride after closing, despite my being in line by the time the line was closed. But I did complain to the department supervisor (as well as compliment all the positive things), and he was nice enough to both give me a ride-again, and chat with me about our parks.
Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!
Yeah, I am a TL in rides. So that is why there are so many references to it. GL was my home park growing up (Cedar Point became my home park 2001-2003), and now that I work there, it is once again a great place;).
-Sam (who is probably a little too cocky about his role in GL's turnaround)
I also don't know what S:RoS I might have been riding, but every time through that trim at the end, the train slowed noticably. I could feel myself leaning forward slightly as we went through it as the train slowed and my body didn't.
I love the way the cars flex when going around the curves before and after the lift.
And after the drop, it is a great ride to the end. I may get flack for this, but i love it even more than supes.
Cyclone is just too rough. It is a shame that it has gotten to the condition it is in. It used to be my favorite, now i ride it maybe once a season.
Oh and don't worry what the rankings are, If you like it, Who cares? Right?
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