GADV 7/29 A new appreciation for water..

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Monday, July 29, 2002 5:13 PM

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!

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Monday, July 29, 2002 7:03 PM

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.

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Steel: 1)MF, 2)Goliath, 3)Magnum
Wood: 1)Villain, 2)Beast, 3)Roar(SFMW)

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:43 AM

Nice trip report. I'm glad the Lo-Q is working. I'm going to get it when I go next week.

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-Sean

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 2:09 PM
Blitzjade- how much does the Lo-Q Bot cost?

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Out of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 5:36 PM
It costs 20$ for the first person and 10 dollars for every other person. But it was half off when we went so we only paid $15 total, or $7.50 each. Its worth it!
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 5:54 PM

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.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:16 PM
Whats the difrence between Disney and CF fastlane sytems? I think Lo-que on The Chiller was wrong, they had two seats closed off I guess the lapbars wherent working (on the batman side) ,then 4more seats cut off for Lo-que, which left a 15min line with a fast crew up to 30mins or longer with a fast crew. It wasent great,but one good thing I saw a ride operator do was fill in the empty seats from Lo-que when no one was rideing which was good,but they only did it once or twice,it should be like that all the time. As for Rollingthunder I havent waited in line for it for awhile,so I dont see a use for lo-que there,however it could work for me with the low capicty flume rides they have there. Onestly I wont use lo-que unless its a Saterday afternoon,and packed! usaly I plan my trips when the crowds are lighter.

*** This post was edited by WoodenCyclone on 7/31/2002. ***

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 8:22 PM
Hey... I was there on the same day. I could have been possible that I saw you somewhere!
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Thursday, August 1, 2002 10:53 AM
If u did wel heres where I Was at some points.. At opening of the park I went to chiller and was hanging out at the entrance for a while. I talked to some people that came up to me so if you have g lasses I might have met you..
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Thursday, August 1, 2002 11:03 AM
I think it was about 11 when I got there. No, I don't where glasses.
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