GAdv. Coaster After Dark

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Friday, April 2, 2004 8:29 PM
Crap after dark?

The park was to close at 8p instead of the scheduled 10p.

It was rainy and wet and cold. Nitro was running pretty well, but 5 spins in a row (2 in front, 3 in back. Never left the train) in the rain (I had ski goggles on) just about did me in. Two years ago I started the season in the dark in the rain and I ended up getting sick also. Maybe it's the fact that I end up looking down most of the ride instead of forward?

The crew appeared to be in training as there were 2 or 3 people for each position and they were trading off the various parts of the jobs (checking train, dispatching etc.) This could be a good sign if it means the staff is being thoroughly trained. It could be a bad sign if the staff is still being trained right up to the day before opening.

Neither side of chiller was running, but Batman was yellow. Very very yellow. "Safe while jogging at night" yellow. I don't know how I feel about it. I think I liked the black much better. Yellow is really only an accent color in Batman's scheme.

S:UF went down before I could ride it (5:45) and the op at the entrance said it was down for the night. Looks like Supe's gets CAD jitters a lot (He was also down for CAD last year). Oh well.

Spongebob was open and I thought it was quite fun. The 3D uses polarized glasses and while the sound track is a bit loud, there are some good uses of 3D and just a whole bunch of Spongebob fun.

I also actually got a *good* ride on RT. I'm not sure if it was the dark, the rain, the (presumably) freshly maintained trains, or the fact that I hadn't ridden in months, but I caught quite a lot of air on the back stretch of bunny hops. I was riding front on the right side. AND an RT op in the station asked me how my day was going. I felt like it was some weird parallel universe. I took off after that, not feeling very well and just being a bit too cold and a bit too wet. I did stop at guest relations on the way out to claim two bring a buddy free passes because of the rain closure, so I'd say it was a pretty successful trip, overall.

And no, the old bald guy from the commercial was not at the park.

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Friday, April 2, 2004 8:50 PM
I have to wonder why Chiller wasn't running.....

Good news that RT wasn't terrible! :)

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Saturday, April 3, 2004 10:05 AM
Just gonna add my TR onto this one:

Arrived around 5:30.

Rode GASM, white train, best ride I've ever had on it, I was bracing myself for pain, but there was none.

Next up was Rolling Thunder, right side, green train, was running pretty well, and it didn't squeal on the turnaround into the station.

Next up, Medusa, 5th anniversary to the day, and its still running perfectly, 2 train op, ride was very fast, probably due to the rain, slight headbanging in the cobra roll, but other than that, it was great

Next up, Nitro, 2 train op, not much to say, it was running as good as ever, there were yellow paintchips all over the queue line, (from batman)

Left the park around 6:20, rain was getting to be a little too much, and had to make it to Philly for an 8:00 concert, which I missed the opening songs, grr.

Anywho, general improvements that I noticed, all new toilets, (in the bathroom that I went in), all new walkway into the park, sound system sounds great, and others...

On the downside, S:UF, Viper, and Chiller were closed

*** Edited 4/3/2004 3:05:52 PM UTC by SFGAdv lover*** *** Edited 4/4/2004 1:25:16 PM UTC by SFGAdv lover***

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Saturday, April 3, 2004 3:08 PM
Sounds like a delightful evening, Andy. Glad I wasn't there to catch a cold! ;)

At least you have a season starting out there. Here? Nada....

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Saturday, April 3, 2004 3:16 PM

This could be a good sign if it means the staff is being thoroughly trained. It could be a bad sign if the staff is still being trained right up to the day before opening.

Obviously you've never worked in a theme park. Training happens every single day of the season. I certainly hope they're training the day before opening day, especially with a park that opens so early in the season.

Good news all around.

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