Hell Freezes Over: Moosh visits SFMM

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:12 PM
Mike "Bassistist" Miller and I spent a few hours at the park Sunday to renew our passes. This is our second trip to the park, having visited in early January to renew our passes for this year.

Total cost of season pass: $48.

Total amount of money spent inside park: $0.

Total amount of money spent for parking: $0 [we used a coupon for free parking].

Total amount of money SFMM will receive from us in 2005: $0 [we'll use our passes at other parks].

Attractions listed at ticket booths as not operating:

Sky Tower
Sierra Twist
Flashback

Attractions not operating at 1pm when we left:

Sky Tower
Sierra Twist
Flashback
X
Ninja
Superman
Deja Vu
Colossus
Metro
and all up-charge attractions.

Highlight - Getting a trim-free ride on Goliath! Shocked the hell out of both of us.

Lowlight - trash cans blocking the entrance to Scream. We saw many people turning away, thinking it was closed. We would have done so oursevles had two kids not walked out of the exit and told us it was open. We informed the ride ops about the trash cans but none of them did anything. They were still there later.

Sad & Humorous Incident - the CD in the main gift shop was skipping, much to the annoyance of shoppers. After about 5 mins one of the employees advanced it to the next track. We joked that it was the new dance mix...Bass even did his Robot Dance ;)

Coasters ridden: Golith, Scream, Batman, Gold Rusher, Psyclone, and Viper. All were two train op except Gold Rusher and Psyclone.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:20 PM
You didn't go on Riddler?
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:20 PM
I almost ran into you. My friend Anne and I planned on going on Sunday as well to get the play pass. The cold and rain deterred us though. We decided SFMM wasn't worth it. I might try again this weekend. I also am only getting the pass to use it elsewhere, although some visiting friend will probably want to make the trip up there at some point.

I'm going to hit Knott's friday afternoon to get my pass there. Difference? I will use it at Knott's as well as CP and GL.

*** Edited 12/7/2004 8:21:23 PM UTC by Blaster_1578***

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:28 PM
Me likey Goliath...great trains for a hyper...:)

I take it you rode Psyclone based on the advice of an *underemployed* chiropractor? ;)

"SFMM, the SF season pass processing center for enthsuaists from the SoCal region"...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:29 PM
sorry to inform you but the season passes for cedar fair park do not include geauga lake. I was gonna do the same as well, but it is the only park you can't use the season pass at
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:29 PM
6 Coasters closed? Geez....
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:45 PM
I suspect most of those closures were due to weather and I can understand that. However NONE of them were listed on the "closed atttractions" list at the ticket booths. I checked all of the open booths as we left the park and it still listed the Sky Tower, Sierra Twist, and Flashback. To not list the others is just bad customer service, IMHO.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:45 PM

MForce Aholic said:
sorry to inform you but the season passes for cedar fair park do not include geauga lake. I was gonna do the same as well, but it is the only park you can't use the season pass at

Hmmm. Then why this from the Dorney site?

"A Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Season Pass is also valid for admission to other Cedar Fair, L.P. amusement parks across the United States, including:

  • Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH
  • Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA
  • Michigan's Adventure in Muskegon, MI
  • Valleyfair! in Shakopee, MN
  • Worlds Of Fun in Kansas City, MO
  • Geauga Lake in Cleveland, OH "

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:46 PM
George - we passed on Riddler, although it is one of my favorite stand-up coasters.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:48 PM
Wrong... all Cedar Fair passes get you into Geauga Lake except for a CP pass without the add-on.

It's absolutely astounding to me that SFMM really is that bad. I just don't understand how the flagship park (according to some) in the chain could be run so poorly.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:54 PM
They do for the 2005 season. They didn't in '04.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 3:57 PM
2004 season pass rules are so 2004.

Catch up with the times, man!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 4:00 PM

Jeff said:
It's absolutely astounding to me that SFMM really is that bad. I just don't understand how the flagship park (according to some) in the chain could be run so poorly.

Because, it's the *SFI* flagship park...leading the way...to ruination...;)

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 4:04 PM
thats what i thought i read anyways *** Edited 12/7/2004 9:07:12 PM UTC by MForce Aholic***
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 4:25 PM
Since we all love coasters we should get together and rescue SFMM from the hands of the obviously inept managment.
SFMM is almost like a city in itself with all its workshops and storage facilities - how can it become so run down that more than half of its rides just close by noon?

Maybe SFMM is the looser of the ruinous "most coasters on the planet" competition - the last installment (Scream) really seemed like a generic "give me another cool coaser really quick" solution to preventing Cedar Point from taking over.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 5:08 PM
Nice Cold War analogy... USA & USSR go at it in an arms race, both vying for world supremacy and to keep each other at bay... USSR suddenly dissolves, leaving it in ruins with thousands of weapons and no idea how to use them... Such as it is at SFMM....

edit- I know SFMM & CP aren't in direct competition, but superman's post made me think of this... *** Edited 12/7/2004 10:09:51 PM UTC by ShaneDenmark***

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 5:14 PM
Shane,

by your analogy, would you then consider all of the little parks popping up with kick-a** woodies (Avalanche, Tsunami, etc.) to be akin to coaster terrorists? ;)

Later,
EV

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 5:18 PM

Mamoosh said:
I suspect most of those closures were due to weather and I can understand that. However NONE of them were listed on the "closed atttractions" list at the ticket booths. I checked all of the open booths as we left the park and it still listed the Sky Tower, Sierra Twist, and Flashback. To not list the others is just bad customer service, IMHO.

Does anypark list all the rides that are closed due to weather at ticket booths every time it rains? Ive never seen any park do it before...nor would I expect them too.

SFGAm, seems to do it the same as SFMM. They also list just the ride's that are closed for maintience at the ticket booths. I don't see anything wrong with doing it that way since on every ticket and season pass it says weather could cause ride closures.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 5:20 PM
This is Prob why Six Flags Great Adv is Getting KINGDA KA. I mean the park looking better and better everyday.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 5:31 PM
Jeff, have you ever been to Magic Mountain? If not, you and Steph should take a trip out there just to see for yourself how it is run. Of course, if you do decide to make the trip, make sure you hit Knott's as well. After all, you wouldn't want a trip out to California to be a complete waste! ;)

-Michael

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