CP 7/7/2003 bird hit on TTD (long)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 9:49 AM
I came in the back entrance by Soak City hoping that TTD would be up and running. It was not and neither was Magnum. I was running late and it was about 9:45. I used the restroom and then walked over to MF. About a 45 min. wait for the back seat. I was going to hit Mantis right away, but there was about a 45 min. wait there now and I did not want to miss the freeway for Millennium, so I waited in the line for a freeway. I also got a freeway for Mantis. They were both for 2-3. Then I took a ride on Mantis.

After Mantis, I worked my way up to Raptor. The Queue was full and it took about an hour to get on. That was the longest that I have ever waited for Raptor. After my fight on Raptor, I walked back and took a few rides on Blue Streak.

After blue streak, it was about 1:30. I started back to MF hitting Power Tower on the way. I entered the freeway line right at 2pm. I waited for the front seat and had a great ride.

I then walked over to Mantis to use my freeway there. The sky was getting really black and it was starting to thunder. Just as the op was about to stamp my hand, they closed the ride. The op said that if he stamped my hand I would have to stay in line or lose my spot. If I waited, I could come back even after 3. I said OK and headed out to the photo booth. I got there just in time as the rain let loose. It came down long and hard.

They finally opened Mantis up just before 4pm. The ride op at the gate said that I could not use my freeway stamp because it was for 2-3. I told her that the op that was stamping them said that I could. She would not let me in though. No biggie, the line was not that long. I asked the hand stamper about it when I went past him and he said that it just depends on who is at the gate at the time. I waited for the front seat and when I got off, the ride op who was stamping pulled me aside. He had talked to his boss and explained what had happened and that he had told me that I could use the freeway stamp after three. His boss said that I could get a reride. Cool! I just found a row with three riders and got back on. Thank you.

It was almost 4:30 and I hadn't been on Magnum yet, so I headed that way. They were just opening it back up. I took two rides in 1-3 and then one in 6-3. I'm sorry, but I like the back much better than the front. I get much more air time in the back than I do in the "ejector seat."

I walked over to TTD which had been testing while I was in line for Magnum. It broke down before the storm and had not reopened. It was about 6 now and there were still people in the queue who had been in line before the storm hit. What luck. They opened up the line and I was able to get in. I made it up to the second section of queue area. My lucky day. It was running good. Only one little break down and a down time when I think that the blue train hit a bird. The train came into the brakes and one guy in the front seat had blood on him and he was telling his buddy that it was not his. You could see people talking to the guy and the ride ops were wiping of the front of the train and the first 2 or 3 rows of seats He looked ok, but had blood all over his shirt. I don't think the bird will be begging for any more fries. ;)

I waited for the front seat. I rode with a guy from Seattle. He is here for the week. This was his fifth ride and my third. We got the green train this time. I have now been on the black train, the red one and the green one. A few more trips and hopefully I will be able to say that I rode in all six trains. The front is definitely worth the extra wait. Take the line for the second train. I think that the wait for the front seat is shorter for the second train. What a great ride(as long as you don't hit any birds :) )

After that, I walked back and hit Gemini a few times and then Mean streak. Then started back up towards the front of the park. I hit Magnum one more time on the way.

I walked up to WT and tried the test seat. I finally lost enough weight to ride. I waited for the back seat. Wow, that is great. I took a spin on Chaos and then headed over to my favorite bird of pray for a front seat night flight. I love this at night. No trim at the block brakes, just fast and furious.

Back to MF for a front seat ride there. I got in line at about 10:30 and about a 45 minute wait. About half way through, TTD had a roll back. The crowd went OOOHHHHHH!! Man, why couldn't I have been on that train. I wonder if you get your photo taken twice on the launch track. :)

All in All it was a great day. It stormed the whole way home and it took over 3 hours to get home. I slept real good last night.

Keep your Head back, arms down and hold on!

Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:21 AM
The line may be shorter in terms of number of people for the front row of the second loading station, but that station gets skipped every 3rd loading (assuming 5 train operation), so it moves slower.

If there is an even number of trains, the line should be about the same, and you'd get the visual of the train in front of you launching!

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*** This post was edited by Matt D 7/8/2003 2:23:52 PM ***

Tuesday, July 8, 2003 10:43 AM
There was 5 train operation, but our station never got skipped. It made it really hard to figure out which train we were going to get though. The red train was in storage.

Keep your Head back, arms down and hold on!

Tuesday, July 8, 2003 1:11 PM
Good - there's something wrong with red, not sure what it is. When I was there on the 5th, it was launching with all the others, but green hit 123, yellow hit 121, red only clocked 118 and every time that thing launches empty on a test run, it barely clears the hill. Maybe a wheel problem?

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Tuesday, July 8, 2003 3:25 PM
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CP ismyhome said:

I waited for the front seat. I rode with a guy from Seattle.

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