With a heat index of 108 degrees, I knew this was going to be quite the day. I got to the park around 10:00, seperated from my cousin (she drove me) and went off with my friend. I ran in quick with my season pass and tried to get a Q-Bot. They were having computer problems.. Great. So we headed over to chiller to find men walking both tracks. For this trip report im just gonna review the rides.
Lo-Q review: At about 10:30, I finally got a Qbot. They were taking half off of what the price would be so that was a welcome suprise. The Q-bot is nice and fits in the pocket easily. Its very easy to reserve rides, and in MOST situations, it worked very well. Rides like Chiller, Nitro and Medusa had excellent ways of dealing with it. But Rolling Thunder was TERRIBLE as I had to take someone elses row, not something that happened on the other rides. Overall, its a great device and I highly recommend it on hot days. We spent our free time sitting in shade, drinking water or just riding another ride. I give the Lo-Q system a 9/10. It will get a 10 as soon as they fix the problems on Rolling Thunder.
The Chiller: 9/10. 4 Rides: 2 Batman, 2 Robin. This was going to be my first ride on Batman with lapbars so I was very excited! We were right near the ride when it opened, so we got 2 rides in quick sucession (Thanks Lo-Q!), and 2 rides later in the day. Every ride had less than a 10 minute wait.
Ok Batman was awesome, no doubt about it. The top hat was INCREDIBLE with lapbars and the launch was more powerful than I remember it being. The backwards roll was great. But the ride was pretty shaky, it was most likely due to the heat.
Robin was even more shaky than Batman. It was very disorienting and intense (I greyed out) and it actually made my friend and I sick. I rode it again later though and had a much better ride. I rode robin with lapbars before in colder weather and it was silk smooth, so I blame the roughness on the heat.
Nitro- 10/10, 9 rides. What can I say? I love this ride. It has a short line pretty much all day, and with lo-Q, there was no wait! (It was a 6 minute wait with lo-q. It takes a minute to walk from the entrance of nitro to the lo-q entrance so by the time you get there you can hope right on.. Afterall, you can get there 5 minutes early) More airtime than I remember and a very intense ride. I had a full blackout (once again due to to heat) where I lost my vision and hearing. Very scary!
Medusa- 8/10, 2 rides. Medusa is a great ride, smooth fast and intense. Too bad they were running 2 trains though or we would have gotten more rides.
Rolling Thunder. 1 ride. Im not sure what to rate this, but GADV, please give it some TLC. Im begging you.
Thats about it for the roller coasters, but we got plenty of rides and by 5:00 we were ready to leave. Great day in all, Lo-Q saved the day.
Park Review: The park is looking better than ever. It was very clean (for the most park. some of the eating areas were bad) and I saw rides open that I have never seen open before. Well, mainly the log flume right near nitro. The park just looks prettier and there were very fast crews. Good job!
Maybe Six Flag's attempt to shorten our wait isn't such a bad idea. I have never tried Lo-Q or fastpass but I might next time I'm at Six Flags. Good TR.
Steel: 1)MF, 2)Goliath, 3)Magnum
Wood: 1)Villain, 2)Beast, 3)Roar(SFMW)
Nice trip report. I'm glad the Lo-Q is working. I'm going to get it when I go next week.
Out of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most!
I think Qbot is a good idea but I don't think that its fair that SF gets money for other people to cut us. That money should go to the people waiting not SF. I like Disney and CP's idea better.
*** This post was edited by WoodenCyclone on 7/31/2002. ***
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