Friday, November 3, 2000 3:16 AM
My wife, two friends and I set out to put our annual passes to some good use last weekend. Stayed at a Hampton Inn near the park (the only kind we'll stay in anymore for the most part) so we could get an early start.
The park wasn't very busy on either day and we decided to do Gwazi first just in case it got longer lines later. As the first time I have ridden this since it's opening, I was prepared to give it a second chance. I hadn't liked it before (rode Tiger side), but after riding Lion side I really liked it. Still not the best of the woodens I've ridden, but pretty good. Definitely more air-time on Lion. Laterals on Tiger almost threw me outta the train! Rode 3 times.
Now I have to move on to the major complaint of the day, carry on items on Gwazi. I have a camera bag that is only big enough to hold a small 35mm camera (non-professional). It has a shoulder strap that I usually wear on a ride like Chewbacca's chain (pagent style) so that it won't fall off at all. Or I'll actually attatch it to my belt. I've never had a problem with this on any ride at any park EXCEPT Gwazi! Even Montu operators never gave me grief. I attached it to my belt and went on the ride twice before the ride attendant at the front noticed me (the 3rd time past her). She wouldn't allow me to go without putting the case/bag (it's like a belt pouch) in a locker.
Now, if they had lockers like Universal does at IOA (60-75 minutes free, then you pay) I'd have no problem. But they want to charge you 50 cents every time you go on a ride just to store something. Isn't that like paying the admission, then paying per ride? Especially when they sell drink bottles and such for you to walk around the park with. Well, I asked to see their lead/manager to plead my case.
He came out and was nice enough, but really didn't have a worthy argument. He said they are operating by the rules set up by the coaster companies themselves and that all park 椀搀攀猀 愀搀栀攀爀攀 琀漀 琀栀攀 猀愀洀攀 爀甀氀攀猀 ⠀椀攀⸀ 䴀漀渀琀甀 愀渀搀 䬀甀洀戀愀⤀⸀ 䤀 琀漀氀搀 栀椀洀 琀栀愀琀 䤀✀搀 渀攀瘀攀爀 栀愀搀 愀渀礀 瀀爀漀戀氀攀洀猀 琀愀欀椀渀最 琀栀攀 挀愀洀攀爀愀 戀愀最 漀渀 琀栀漀猀攀 爀椀搀攀猀 愀渀搀 栀攀 猀愀椀搀 琀栀愀琀Ⰰ ∀圀攀氀氀 眀攀 挀愀渀✀琀 挀愀琀挀栀 攀瘀攀爀礀漀渀攀⸀∀ 吀栀攀 漀渀攀 琀栀椀渀最 琀栀愀琀 戀氀攀眀 洀攀 愀眀愀礀 琀栀漀甀最栀Ⰰ 眀愀猀 眀栀攀渀 䤀 愀猀欀攀搀 眀栀愀琀 琀栀攀 搀椀昀昀攀爀攀渀挀攀 眀愀猀 眀栀攀渀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 眀攀爀攀 眀愀氀欀椀渀最 漀渀 眀椀琀栀 愀挀琀甀愀氀 ∀昀愀渀渀礀 瀀愀挀欀猀∀ ⠀洀礀 眀椀昀攀 愀渀搀 愀 昀爀椀攀渀搀 椀渀挀氀甀搀攀搀⤀⸀ 䠀攀 猀愀椀搀Ⰰ ∀圀攀氀氀Ⰰ 琀栀漀猀攀 搀漀渀✀琀 栀愀瘀攀 挀愀洀攀爀愀猀⸀∀ 䤀 愀猀欀攀搀 栀漀眀 栀攀 欀渀攀眀⸀ 䠀攀 猀愀椀搀Ⰰ ∀圀攀氀氀 眀攀 搀漀渀✀琀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 礀漀甀爀猀 椀猀 漀戀瘀椀漀甀猀氀礀 愀 挀愀洀攀爀愀 戀愀最⸀∀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䤀 洀愀搀攀 栀椀洀 最椀瘀攀 洀攀 㔀 挀攀渀琀猀 漀昀 栀椀猀 漀眀渀 琀漀 瀀甀琀 椀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 氀漀挀欀攀爀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀吀栀攀 爀攀猀琀 漀昀 琀栀攀 琀爀椀瀀 眀愀猀 最爀攀愀琀 琀栀漀甀最栀 ⠀渀漀 瀀爀漀戀氀攀洀猀 漀渀 䴀漀渀琀甀⤀⸀ 䐀椀搀渀✀琀 搀漀 䬀甀洀戀愀 愀猀 䤀✀洀 猀琀椀氀氀 戀愀琀琀攀爀攀搀 昀爀漀洀 氀愀猀琀 琀椀洀攀 ⠀椀渀 䴀愀礀⤀⸀ 䤀✀氀氀 挀漀渀猀椀搀攀爀 椀琀 渀攀砀琀 琀椀洀攀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䰀愀琀攀爀 椀渀 琀栀攀 搀愀礀 眀攀 最漀琀 琀漀 洀攀攀琀 䘀氀漀爀椀搀愀䘀氀礀攀爀 眀栀椀挀栀 眀愀猀 最爀攀愀琀℀ 吀栀愀渀欀猀 愀最愀椀渀 䘀氀礀攀爀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 ∀洀攀攀琀ⴀ渀ⴀ最爀攀攀琀∀⸀ 伀甀爀 搀愀礀 挀漀渀挀氀甀搀攀搀 眀椀琀栀 愀 爀漀甀猀椀渀最 最愀洀攀 漀昀 洀椀渀椀 最漀氀昀 愀琀 琀栀攀 䌀漀渀最漀 刀椀瘀攀爀 愀挀爀漀猀猀 琀栀攀 猀琀爀攀攀琀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀匀攀挀漀渀搀 搀愀礀 眀愀猀 樀甀猀琀 洀礀 眀椀昀攀 愀渀搀 洀攀⸀ 䴀甀挀栀 漀昀 琀栀攀 猀愀洀攀Ⰰ 渀漀 氀椀渀攀猀℀ 䐀椀搀 䜀眀愀稀椀 ㈀ 洀漀爀攀 琀椀洀攀猀⸀ 䌀愀洀攀爀愀 戀愀最 愀琀琀愀琀挀栀攀搀Ⰰ 猀栀椀爀琀 挀漀瘀攀爀椀渀最⸀ 圀攀 愀氀猀漀 瀀甀琀 洀礀 挀愀洀攀爀愀 椀渀 洀礀 眀椀昀攀✀猀 瀀漀甀挀栀 愀渀搀 栀攀爀 眀愀氀氀攀琀 椀渀 洀礀 挀愀洀攀爀愀 戀愀最 ⠀樀甀猀琀 椀渀 挀愀猀攀 眀攀 栀愀搀 琀栀攀 漀瀀瀀漀爀琀甀渀椀琀礀 琀漀 匀䠀伀圀 琀栀攀洀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀攀爀攀 眀愀猀渀✀琀 愀 挀愀洀攀爀愀 椀渀 洀礀 戀愀最⤀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀伀瘀攀爀愀氀氀 䤀 猀琀椀氀氀 氀椀欀攀 琀栀攀 䜀愀爀搀攀渀猀⸀ 䨀甀猀琀 琀栀攀 漀瀀攀爀愀琀椀漀渀 漀昀 䜀眀愀稀椀 琀栀愀琀 戀甀最猀 洀攀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀ⴀ匀栀愀搀礀 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀ⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀ 㰀戀爀㸀刀攀洀攀洀戀攀爀Ⰰ 渀漀 洀愀琀琀攀爀 眀栀攀爀攀 礀漀甀 最漀⸀⸀⸀琀栀攀爀攀 礀漀甀 愀爀攀⸀
Friday, November 3, 2000 3:53 AM
Thats not a surprise Shady, that they gave you a hard time. The guy I rode with, they made him take off his BEEPER just to ride. I would understand a cellphone, but a beeper. The ops on that ride went just a little over.
Friday, November 3, 2000 6:48 AM
Oh joy, I can't wait to see how they react to my insulin pump... :/
Friday, November 3, 2000 8:11 AM
Well, it is a safety issue. Maybe YOUR camera will not fly off, but you never know about John Q. Gwazi-rider.
Charging for the lockers is another issue. The "cubbies" at SFMW, PGA, many other smaller parks that are always available work fine. I have never had anything stolen.
In 1998 when Riddler's Revenge opened, they had the perfect solution. On a 3 train operation, there were 3 sets of closet doors in the station. As one train loaded, one of the sets of closet doors were opened by an operator, allowing cameras, purses, sippers etc. to be placed inside. The other two remained closed, as those 2 trains are somewhere on the circut. As each train arrived, the appropriate set of doors were opened. ***Presto!*** I guess this proved to be too labor intensive and zero ROI. Now they have the locker rental thing, sounds like the one you described at BGT, BOOOOO!!
So you want a coaster in your backyard? I hope you have a big backyard.
*** This post was edited by Soggy on 11/3/2000. ***
Friday, November 3, 2000 2:09 PM
Accually when I rode RR in July they had the locker rental area there. But I had a back pack on and there was lockers there for rent. But after going on B:TR and Colosus with no problems at all just wearing it backwards does the trick. So I kept it and what do ya know there are free cubbys at the station!! Wow what a rip off!
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Friday, November 3, 2000 3:29 PM
Shady...what happened on Kumba last May?
Was there in June for 2 days, rode it 10 times each day (love them walk-on summers in FL), and never had a problem, other than, of course, my brains melted out.
Just curious. Thanks.
Saturday, November 4, 2000 1:48 AM
Maybe it's my tolerance for the ride. I love it, I just come off all dizzy and such afterwards. Usually it's due to the G's, but it's weird because I know I've ridden other rides with more than Kumba. Or at least seemingly more intense. It's gotten a lot rougher since it's early days. But then again, that tends to happen on any ride.
As for the cubbies, Gwazi doesn't even give you that option. I'd use them if they had them. I'll probably just get a "fanny pack" like my wife has, that way they won't give me a problem. I figure the only reason they won't allow the camera on (even in a bag) is in case someone tries to take a picture from the lift hill. :-)
Now that I can see being a problem. Also Coasterr, I can't believe they made him take off his pager. That's just insane! And you know, if you try to put it in your pocket in front of them they get all bent out of shape too. The ride ops on Gwazi are just plain anal!
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