Flashback Height Restriction Question

Monday, August 26, 2002 11:02 AM

I was reading through an old TR and I noticed someone said you have to be 6 feet tall to ride. Is that true. It doesn't sound right considering an average person is only around 5 feet 10 inches.

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-Sean

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Monday, August 26, 2002 11:04 AM

Whoever told you that was either an idiot or they probably pressed 6 instead of 5.

Also, why didn't you just check the official site for flashback they have the height requirement up there.

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This is a message from don corleone it says shockwave sleeps with the fishes.

*** This post was edited by Coaster Sam on 8/26/2002. ***

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Monday, August 26, 2002 11:54 AM
Flashback at SFMM? Nope. Maybe this guy heard you had to be less than 6 feet tall to ride. Either reason is bunk. Then again, Flashie may not be worth the trouble.

-JP

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Nothing... NOTHING... can prepare you for... the Fourth Dimension!

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Monday, August 26, 2002 12:11 PM
What flashback are we talking about? You know there are more than 1
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Monday, August 26, 2002 12:47 PM

At SFmm.

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-Sean

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 5:55 AM

When Flashback was Z-Force at SFGAm I was like 8 years old and was able to ride it. Being that I am only 5' 11" now, I know that the 6' height limit is not right. If I remember right, it was 48". I am pretty sure my younger brother was able to ride this the last year that it was there, but not some of the bigger rides.

Anyhow, unless they changed it for SFMM, it is definitely NOT 6'.

*** This post was edited by tappakeggadae on 8/27/2002. ***

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 10:25 AM

From SFMM's park map:

FLASHBACK -- The world's only hairpin-drop roller coaster. (48")

The map is from my last trip to SFMM (last Monday), so that information should be up to date.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 12:00 PM
Wasn't Flashback Z-Force at SFOG?
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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 12:22 PM
Yes, yes it was Z-Force in Georgia....but, first, it was at SF Great America in lovely, leafy Gurnee, IL. I did not get a chance to ride it when it was in Georgia, but I'm sure it sucked there too. What a bad ride. The fine people in Georgia were smart enough to pass that horrible ride to the left coast.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 12:25 PM

And if it gets passed any furthur to the left, it will be where it truly belongs...At the bottom of the sea. ;)

"Flashback sleeps wit da fishes."

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"The perfect machine, you seemed to be, when I built you up in my mind..." - Reverend Jon Autry

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 2:39 PM

No! Not until I get my credit on it!! :) Then, I could care less because I haven't heard one good thing about it except that it's one-of-a-kind.

(Somebody prove me wrong and say something good.)

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Raging Bull= 107

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 3:13 PM

Well, well I agree with the "no need to HATE a coaster" theory that some people go by .... Z-Force/Flashback is the exception!

I rode it when it was at SFGAm .... it sucked. It really is one of those rides you are just cannot wait to end ... you spend the whole ride waiting to slide into the station and for the restraints to let loose their ninja grip so you can get the heck outta there.

Many years later I ran across Flashback at SFMM ... for some reason I thought, like wine, this ride may have improved with age......yeesh, was I wrong. Bad, bad and bad.

That coaster IS truly their to serve only as a tally mark for SFMM ... and they basically admit that by:

-NOT caring about the rust/peeling paint on the ride

-NOT having it run on any sort of normal schedule

Anyhoo, I will gladly cough up my "I survived Z-Force/Flashback" title to you.....just let me know if you need it overnighted or just first class.

PS--As I type this, I think to myself that they need to kill Flashback (yes, sinking it in the ocean with the fishies sounds good to me) and bring over SFGAm's old Tidal Wave (SFOG's Viper) to replace it ... yah, yah, that's the ticket! Georgia isn't using it anyways .... at least if they sent MM that coaster they'd be doing MM a favor....not just unloading a bad coaster on 'em like they did with the infamous Flashback!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 3:32 PM
What is it about Flashback that is so rough? Was it those diving turns or ("the restraints to let loose their ninja grip") the restraints or what?

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Raging Bull= 107

*** This post was edited by coasterzach1 on 8/27/2002. ***

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 5:05 PM
I don't remember it being too bad at SFOG, but I was much shorter then!!

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- Peabody

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 6:21 PM

About a year ago, I thought Mean Streak was a little rough and crazy, but now I have found that Mean Streak is lovable and yet a truely amazing creation because I found two pieces of crap at SFMM that really were "pieces of crap". One is wood and one is steel, but they both have two things in common.

#1. They suck

#2. B&M worked on both of the rides.


In conclusion, I will leave you guessing with this mind boggling riddle to solve, what two coasters are these? Riddle me this, riddle me that, who is afraid of the big flashback?

Now I am not one to hate or "put down" (lol) other coasters, but yet these two I just can't "get out of my head" or should I say cure my head.....ache. Either way, if you do manage to make it on the steel mystery that I speak of, hang on and for the love of god try to move your head with the turns, or else.

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Cedar Point 2003, and it begins...

*** This post was edited by CobraRoller on 8/27/2002. ***

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 6:24 PM
Well Psyclone and Flashback, but could you tell us why they "suck"? I understand Psyclone just being a rough woodie but what was it about Flashback?

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Raging Bull= 107

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 8:21 PM

Why is it whenever Flashback is brought up, the rumor that B&M built it pops up too? Track style means nothing, people... Nor does 4-across... Yes, I know B&M worked for Intamin. The "track style is the same" theory can be put down the crapper, though, because Shockwave at Drayton manor was built in 1994 by Intamin, at least 4 years after B&M left.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2002 6:59 AM
shockwave was designed by B&M when they were still at intamin, but no park wanted the design until 1994, so even though B&M werent at intamin anymore the ride is still credited to them. and B&M didnt build flashback, they were just involved in the design of it
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Wednesday, August 28, 2002 7:07 AM
EVERYONE who has ridden it tells me it "plain sucked", but hey, at least they got to RIDE it....;).....just one spin, please.....
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