Posted Thursday, March 14, 2002 4:19 AM | Contributed by Brian Grapes
SFMW Online is featuring a new Six Flags Marine World photo/news update, which includes shots from inside the closed park. Take a behind the scenes look at the construction and changes taking place.
Vertical Velocity's back spike has been re-built, but the spiral spike has only been dismantled. The entrance to the park is under heavy construction and the new go-cart track is almost complete. The park opens for the 2002 season this Saturday.
Link: SFMW Online
Thursday, March 14, 2002 5:35 AM
Very interesting behind-the-scenes pictures. Of most interest to me was the installation of the metal detectors. It will be interesting to see if more parks go in this direction in the next several years.
Thursday, March 14, 2002 6:16 AM
Don't alot of parks have Metal Detectors?
I know that SFMM does
Thursday, March 14, 2002 7:32 AM
They've been using hand-held metal detectors at PGA for years.
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Thursday, March 14, 2002 8:09 AM
SFGA has for years I am NOT sure , but I think they were the first............???????????
Thursday, March 14, 2002 8:15 AM
That spike has been definately shortened. I guess we have our proof that it indeed was 185 feet. Oops!
Thursday, March 14, 2002 10:11 AM
I think metal detectors were smart, are smart, will be smart. Afterall, you go through metal detectors at many other large public places....might as well do it at a theme park too.
One problem I have is at SFMM. They have a nice large area for the metal detectors, but they only use maybe 4 or 5 at a time. I mean why have 20 if you are only using a quarter of them. I could understand if it was the middle of the day when fewer people are entering the park, but in the morning they should have as many as possible open.
Thursday, March 14, 2002 11:21 AM
Yeah SFGAm has had them for years, they have a good system so it moves quick.
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Thursday, March 14, 2002 3:57 PM
Metal detectors are a good idea and work much faster then the hand-held ones used at some parks. It is a bit of a hassle but hey in these times you never know what a terrorist is planning next and metal detectors are a good deterant to anyone who might think about causing trouble. As far as V2 jeez they cut off alot of the back spike. It looks very strange now...
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Thursday, March 14, 2002 5:10 PM
SFOG has had metal detectors for a long time.
Thursday, March 14, 2002 6:30 PM
SFNE has had them as long as i can remember - i even remember when they were Riverside having to ditch my wallet chain. Geez. But, then again, it's probably for the best seeing as how most of the GP at that park looks like they'd be carrying a knife anyways. And i'm not saying that to be rude or out of place - go to the park. Tell me you don't see a fight. That'll be you're entertainment in line. and God help you when the rides break down... =)
PS - baddboy: That sounds like typical Six Flags operation. Here we have 3 S&S towers, but only 1 or 2 run at a time. We have coasters with 2 trains, but i'll be darned if i've ever seen them both run (even Superman before the crash!). We have waterslides and flat rides that don't even open half the season because there's no one to run them. Just imagine what would happen if SF parks ran to capacity! People might actually be *gasp* satisfied! Glad to see the problem is the same on the left coast as well. =)
*** This post was edited by nelson324 on 3/14/2002. ***
Thursday, March 14, 2002 7:33 PM
Sfgadv has metal detectors and some people don't even know you walked through them until you see the security in front of you. Metal detectors are much needed these days there is no telling what can happen, but at least we know parks are trying to have a safer atmosphere.
Friday, March 15, 2002 3:34 PM
I guess that they're a few years behind with safty and technology. But better late then never right?
Sunday, March 17, 2002 9:51 AM
Aww man. That shorter vertical spike looks weak. I bet you will barely hit vertical if you are in the front seat.
Sunday, March 17, 2002 10:00 AM
Man, they sure did a lot of improvements. The window washer on the Walrus tank is great. That thing gets super dirty on occasion. The lava rock under Kong is dope! They should do that for Medusa too. A photo booth for Kong though? I wouldn't even ride that thing in the first place, much less keep cherished memories of it, and let everyone else know I rode it. hah***