GASM at SFGADv

Tuesday, February 4, 2003 11:52 AM
Shock Wave at SFGAm has always been my favorite coaster and always will be, but Since the Shock Wave has seen its last of days at SFGAm the next best thing is the GASM. So the first week of summer vacation I'm heading to SFGADv :-) I would like to know what the GASM is like for those who have seen it or been on it.What type of theming does it have? (if any) How are the lines generaly, and does it have parking lot underneath it lik Shock Wave did or was it torn out? And for those of you who have rode it what do you think of it? Thanks guys!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 11:57 AM
I liked it, but it definatly felt a bit rougher than Shockwave. I managed to hit GAdv on less crowded days, so there wasn't much of a wait.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 11:59 AM
I don't really remember much but I remember it was semi-crowded when I went and there was still no wait for any seat and they were actually waiting for full trains to dispatch.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:03 PM
It's a lot rougher then Shockwave was. It's theming is patriotic, the parking lot was actually tore out from under it, and the lines are non existent.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:10 PM
So I guess Viper is the roughest of the threesome. I thought GASM was smoother than Viper. That ride has the shortest line of all the coasters in the park (partly because of location). Boardwalk was where most of the PPR rides where...and gaming. Other than that the ride count was small. I'm sure Superman will change that. The themeing is nice...I like the placards they have on the queue about the various Six Flags rides across the country.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:13 PM

Under the ride is red and white gravel that covers the pavement, if seen from above it looks like a flag, there isn't much themeing except patriotic colors, the signs in the queue are nice but old and faded, there usually isn't a line longer than 5 minutes on a normal day and 30 minutes on weekends, but with superman being built right next to it might get lines that are a little longer as stated
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*** This post was edited by UltimateFlightNJ 2/4/2003 5:18:54 PM ***

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:17 PM
In my rides of Viper/GASM/SW Viper has been a cream puff (relative) compared to GASM. SW caused me the worst headache.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:19 PM
It's hilarious to argue about which of these coasters hurts the worst. Suffice to say they all hurt and each experience will vary.

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Da Poodle

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:28 PM
Shockwave hurts the least now.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:35 PM

boblogone said:
Shockwave hurts the least now.

Which half? ;-)

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 12:46 PM
Which half of the head, or which half of the ride? I'm confused now....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 1:23 PM
Its been since early 90's when I rode it last. Back then the wait for that was pretty long and I don't really remember it being to garsh awfully painful. Can't compare it to Shockwave since I didn't get to SFGAm for the first time until after it closed.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 1:33 PM

SFGAMNUT9302 said:
Shock Wave at SFGAm has always been my favorite coaster and always will be, but Since the Shock Wave has seen its last of days at SFGAm the next best thing is the GASM. So the first week of summer vacation I'm heading to SFGADv :-) I would like to know what the GASM is like for those who have seen it or been on it.What type of theming does it have? (if any) How are the lines generaly, and does it have parking lot underneath it lik Shock Wave did or was it torn out? And for those of you who have rode it what do you think of it? Thanks guys!

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The Demon He's gonna getchya!


The lines for the great american scream machine are always packed. The lines mostly go from and 45 to an hour 1/2 everytime I go using 3 trains. If you hit the coaster when the park first opens for the day, u should be able to ride a good 5 times before the crowd comes for it. I also love this coaster. It is my fifth favorite ride in the park. It isn't that much headbanginnig to me when I ride it. Just follow the rules in the staton and keep your head against the headrest. The themeing isn't much but has a pariot themeing to it and some pictures of other coasters while waiting in line.
Ride all the coasters espeically Nitro, Medsa, Batman: The ride, Superman:Ultimate Flight, and B&R: The Chiller if you plan to stay all day!
Viper is a must to ride at this park.
*** This post was edited by Derrick Whitsett 2/4/2003 6:38:53 PM ***

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 1:39 PM
I would personally express the opposite of pretty much everything Derrick said. GASM has been a walk-on for every trip I've been to GAdv. except on a crowded Sat. in which case it's about 20 min. (This is over 7 trips in the last 3 years, 5 this year). Thus, you want to save it for peak time and avoid the 1+ hr. lines on Chiller etc. I've found that if you lean forward into the restraint you take most of the brunt on your neck instead of your head, so that's how I always ride these days. With S:UF coming, though, there will definitely be a much bigger crowd in the area (it's in a dead end with pretty much nothing else).

I think Viper is the worst coaster in the park. I'd rather just sit on a bench than ride it. There's never a line, even on the busiest days, which is a testament to it's lack of popularity, even among the GP. It hurts and while it does have some decent elements, the transitions in pretty much every part of the track are so jarring, you'll feel like you just got in a fight with a professional boxer.


e and ignore the idiots. - rollergator
You must be this dumb to ride Viper. -SFGAdv.
It was like that when I got here. -Me

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 1:48 PM
ApollyAndy: Everytime I go to Six Flags Great Adventure on a Sat. The lines for GASM are always 45 min. to an hour when you ride from 12-6. And Viper's Line wa long when I went on Jun 7, 2002. We had to waitat least an hour to ride it. I personally love everything about that ride. That's why I would recommand it to anyone who just wants to ride a coaster. Everyonehas their on opinion and that's mine.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 2:13 PM
And I'm just expressing a different opinion and recounting a different experience, as I mentioned in the opening sentence of my post. I never said I didn't believe you or that you were wrong. Sheesh. Notice the intentional use of the phrase "I think."

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It was like that when I got here.
*** This post was edited by ApolloAndy 2/4/2003 7:14:35 PM ***

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 2:17 PM
Well, my best friend liked Viper too. She called me and my other friends a bunch a punks for coming off the ride cussing. Then again, she is from Brooklyn and she went to Wingate High School.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 2:20 PM
I love it! But then again I Love Arrow! I never rode Shockwave but rode Viper at SFMM. Those two give the same style ride, either your neck gets it or your ears depending on your size.

I never had to wait more than a few trains for GASM. My favorite is the back seat because I like to watch the front of the trains thru the loops.

I already did a mini marathon on a miserable Wendsday for almost an hour! Most of the rides in the back seat! The one ride op was super cool! When we'd get bumped from the back he'd let us fill in anywhere then told us when the back was open again. Very cool!

If you love big Arrows you'll love GASM!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 2:50 PM
Thanks for the info. Guys! I can't wait to ride it and all the other awesome rides at SFGADv :-)

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 2:58 PM
ApolloAndy: I understand what u saying I'm just saying what happen when I went.
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