Friday, October 14, 2005 10:57 PM
What are the highest winds an average coaster can operate at? I'm going to Darien Lake Sunday and the weather report says winds 25-30 mph. Will coasters still run when they are that high?

Thanks.

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Friday, October 14, 2005 11:24 PM
I don't think its possble to answer your question. It depends on the coaster, the direction the winds are coming from, the weight of the trains, and many, many other factors.

I thought you started a post earlier this week complaining that most of the coasters were closed during Fright Fest? Why would you expect them to be open this time? And more importantly, why in the world would you go back to the park again?

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Friday, October 14, 2005 11:32 PM
Moosh, that's not my question. Viper and Superman ARE open for Frightfest. Even if the rest are closed, those will be open. I'm asking whether or not 30 mph is borderline, no problem, or a definate closure for the rides.

I called the park today and asked them what coasters were open, the lady claimed all FIVE were open. I asked her if Mind Eraser was, she went to check, came back and said yes they were all scheduled to be open. I don't know how accurate her statement was but if it's true that would be great.

Predator was running last weekend and boomerang was testing so there is still a chance Boomerang,Predator, Viper, and Superman will be running. But getting back on point, is 30 mph of wind too much for any coaster to run?

The reason I'm going back is because I like halloween and I don't hate the park, I just wish it was run better. If 3 or more coasters are open that's enough for me to go. Sure I complain about and state the different ways i think it can be improved. Besides no one agreed with my complaints. Are you saying you agree with my opinions on the park and if you were me you wouldn't return again? I'm confused.

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Friday, October 14, 2005 11:50 PM
"I don't think its possble to answer your question. It depends on the coaster, the direction the winds are coming from, the weight of the trains, and many, many other factors."

You must've skipped the first part of Moosh's reply. :)

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Friday, October 14, 2005 11:57 PM
I understand but is 30 mph considered a lot? Should I be concerned at all that the coasters may close because of this wind? Or is it borderline in that it could go either way?
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Saturday, October 15, 2005 12:02 AM
It depends on the coaster, the direction the winds are coming from, the weight of the trains, and many, many other factors.
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Saturday, October 15, 2005 4:57 AM
None of the SFDL coasters can operate in winds of 20MPH or more. Stay home.
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Saturday, October 15, 2005 5:03 AM
Does that include the bean powered coasters Moosh?

;)

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Saturday, October 15, 2005 7:21 AM
Haha, very funny...ok I get it. You really don't want me to go do you? ;)
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Saturday, October 15, 2005 10:45 AM
I don't care if you go. But why would you continue to go when you always have such a bad time?
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Saturday, October 15, 2005 12:26 PM
Seriously though, even though Moosh's post was joking around, the first part was accurate. We have no idea, it all depends on the ride. TTD and Magnum will shut down if the winds are right, but the other rides in the park will still run. So it really does depend on the ride.
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Saturday, October 15, 2005 12:45 PM

Ride of Steel said:
I called the park today and asked them what coasters were open, the lady claimed all FIVE were open. I asked her if Mind Eraser was, she went to check, came back and said yes they were all scheduled to be open.

she lied, and really crappy of them to even think of telling you that.

as for high winds, if it's really cold out, they WILL most likely shut down superman in those winds. From i remember reading on the sign in previous years, i think the sign said close the ride at 35 MPH winds, but I do not remember for sure. The cold is a big factor too, and I wouldn't doubt they would close it w/ less winds because the train crawllllls the tracks at night in the cold, and usually they fill in EVERY seat, at least that is what happened in years previous.

Good luck.

-- alan j *** Edited 10/15/2005 4:48:34 PM UTC by SFDL_Dude***

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Saturday, October 15, 2005 2:56 PM
Thanks alan, that's what I needed to know. I know Superman has been known to roll back during Frighfest. I'm only staying til 5 or so so hopefully it'll stay open!

I just called the park, spoke with Guest Relations this time and they said Boomerang has reopened and will be open along with Predator, Superman, and Viper.

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Saturday, October 15, 2005 3:50 PM
You keep calling in they are gonna get angry and tell you anything. They don't want to hear the same person calling in asking the same question over and over again.
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Saturday, October 15, 2005 8:13 PM
The highest winds that Windjammer could tolerate was 2 mph. No joke. The cars would stall in 3 -5 mph winds. Thought it was an interesting tidbit that related to this topic ;)
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Saturday, October 15, 2005 9:21 PM
Yeah, I remember that when Windjammer was still with us. Tomorrow could be a really good, fun filled day or it could be awful. We'll have to wait and see. There is supposed to be 20-30 mph winds so who knows what'll happen. Say a prayer for me lol :)
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Sunday, October 16, 2005 4:58 AM
I just called the park, spoke with Guest Relations this time and they said Boomerang has reopened and will be open along with Predator, Superman, and Viper.

OMG how many phone calls does that make this week? Coastercraze is probably right...if you continue to pester them with phone calls they're going to tell you what you want to hear just to get you off the phone.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005 5:56 AM
'Freak, Party of one...'
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Sunday, October 16, 2005 7:38 AM
What's wrong with calling the park?

1. I called the park twice because the first time I spoke with Operations and they lied to me or were misinformed, so the second time I spoke to guest relations and they gave me the correct information.
2. Yesterday's weather was about the same as it's supposed to be today so I was wondering if the coasters were open. They are.
3. I'm not pestering them, I never talked to the same person twice, and I didn't complain about anything. I asked one question, said thanks for your help, and then hung up.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005 11:07 PM
You've obviously never had a job where you have to deal with people calling and asking unanserable questions.

Calling a park and asking something like 'Is this going to be open' is pestering, even if you don't talk to the same person. That is time they have to take to answer the phone on a call where there is no definite 'yes' or 'no' when they could be doing things to improve the park.

By law, I am not allowed to tell anyone who calls whether it is busy at the hospital I work at or not. But I get the call asking that every nite. Even if I could answer them, I all I know is what is happening the moment they call. I don't know what disaster is going to happen within the next 10 min. it takes them to get here. We may be dead, and then have a 3 car accident. We may be busy, but then get all of the patients admitted upstairs or transferred by the time someone gets here.

Seriously, I think RoS may understand things better when he gets a full time job in the real world and has to deal with kids like him calling in ;). As for your problems with the park, though, again, speak with your wallet (or your parents wallet, or your grandparents wallet, who ever pays your way) and don't go back until things change.

For an example, see vacoasterfreak's latest SFGAdv TR.

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