Big Chief's 9/22

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Saturday, September 22, 2001 6:39 PM
http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumID=13&TopicID=8913 has my opinions on the coasters. Read them if you want. I will only post newly formed opinions about the coasters.

I got to t0he park around 10:10. Get a wrist band right away, go ride Cyclops. Back seat, and no, they do not enforce the "18+ only back seat" rule. My group of 3 people had the train to ourselves, each with our own row.

Next we went to Zeus. Each got our own row, but not the whole train. The pond on the turnaround has shrunk since June, and is now merely a puddle of green scum. Yuck! I have found something about the ride itself I don't like. The double-down on the return. The first down is fine, provides airtime. The second does little more than suddenly jerk you up and slam you into your lap bar. I bet if I would check where the lapbar always hit me, I have bruises. It still is a great ride, though.

Pegasus, train to ourselves, had the first ride of the day for it. Nothing special about it other than they need to trim a tree around it. It could take an eye out! (not really, but I almost hit my hand on it.)

I went on 2 go karts this time, Posidon's Underwater track, already was on it. Also, the Trojan Horse track. That is better than I thought it would be, but unfortunatly, I started 2nd, passed the person in front of me right away, and never saw anyone again. Darn defensive drivers! They never go fast!

After about 3 hours of riding the coasters and 2 go karts, we left because someone in our group wanted to go on a Upper Dell boat tour. I almost fell asleep, I would have if it wasn't for the 2 stops. Watching a dog jump a 5 foot gap 50 feet in the air was the high point... but lost all excitment due to the fact there was a net.

Before we got to Big Chief's in the morning, I was mad to see the Sky Scraper at a mini-golf place was closed. There was no activity in any of the buildings around it either, and it was already 10. But I guess I was lucky. After the boring... I mean boat tour, I saw it running, and we made a stop there. After waiting 1 cycle, I went on. The guy running the thing was cool. After you were strapped in (I didn't think it needed such a complex restraint system. It took a good 5+ minutes to get both seats set for the ride) the guy moved the platform partially out of the way, and jumped down to the ground while holding the car, forcing you to spin. So, the ride starts, I'm going up and down, flying toward the ground 160 feet up head first, and eventually stopped at the top. I flip myself for a little bit, and stop to see whats taking so long. Nobody was loading, and I ended up at the top for at least a minute. It's a nice view because the ride is at the top of a hill. I could see everything that wasn't covered by trees. So, there goes the 2nd half of the ride going backwards, and the only opinion on the ride I've come up since then is that it's relaxing. How many people you know can say a giant loop-o-plane like ride is relaxing? As for me, 1. Myself.

In all, I had a good time, just I was getting annoyed with my group. Only once did I convince them to ride the same thing twice in a row. It's a simple concept. If we are going to ride it later, ride it now and save the walking distance.

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Hey, SFGAm management, can I buy a couple cages of Sky Whirl?

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Saturday, September 22, 2001 7:25 PM
TriBiggar, I read both of your posts, and they both make me really want to ride these, some of the only real, permanent coasters in my entire home state! Yes, I am from Wisconsin (near Milwaukee to be exact).  Oh, and BTW, Big Chief claims that Zeus is the fastest wooden coaster in the Midwest. Now, it depends on what you define the Midwest as, but I don't think that's really true. First of all, there's American Eagle, which is the 10th fastest woodie in the world, and there are probably other woodies faster tham Zeus around (I believe Zeus's top speed is about 60 MPH). Zeus is probably the fastest woodie in Wisconsin, though.  
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Sunday, September 23, 2001 12:42 PM
I had fun "trimming" the trees along Pegasus Labor Day weekend. I came back with a handfull of leaves everytime!!  As for I the double up on Zeus, I tought it was a great element, I guess each his own.  We had a strange time on the underwater track, they were letting little kids that had no business behind the wheel on. Every cycle while I was waiting there was massive whiplash, in the pits, as one of the slowpoke kids rammed the entire line of cars without breaks.
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*** This post was edited by kneemeister on 9/23/2001. ***

*** This post was edited by kneemeister on 9/23/2001. ***

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Sunday, September 23, 2001 1:10 PM
kneemeister, the double up isn't a problem, it was the double down. And don't you know what to do in the pit of the go karts? Always, and I mean always, keep your foot on the brakes, hard. that way if someone does end up ramming the line, you won't get shoved forward as much.
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Hey, SFGAm management, can I buy a couple cages of Sky Whirl?
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Monday, September 24, 2001 9:07 AM
Did they have POP wristbands?  I called on Tuesday of last week, and was told they weren't offering them for the rest of the year.  We cancelled our trip because of this.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2001 5:54 PM
Last Tuesday was September 18th, right? Well, I went September 22nd, and they were selling POP wristbands. They didn't sell the night time ones, only daytime. The night time listing has a white piece of wood over it, but they forgot to cover the price. Looks funny, 3 items, 4 price listings. They don't have the night time ones because they close at 5, which is when that kind goes into effect.

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Hey, SFGAm management, can I buy a couple cages of Sky Whirl?

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Wednesday, September 26, 2001 5:07 AM
Hey TrBiggar, I guess I wrote too soon after work, I didnt personaly have the whiplash problem, I meant that it happend while I was waiting in line, and BeastiBrent thought the Double Down was great.
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*** This post was edited by kneemeister on 9/26/2001. ***

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Saturday, October 6, 2001 4:34 AM
Whoops...

I was wrong about American Eagle's speed, it's tied for 4th (not 10th) fastest woodie in the world!

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RCT hypercoaster crazy!

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