OP AWESOME said:
I realize that all coasters are different but you stated that you liked Batwing and not X flight. Did you realize they are the same layout?
Yeah, I did. I just don't know why I like Batwing. I felt X-Flight was iffy, and maybe it's just riding the ride more that got me really liking it now. I still feel that Superman Ultimate Flight is better, but Batwing is high up there.
Would I rush to get to SFA or PKI when I could go on Superman? No, it's not the same thing, but yet it kind of is. It has different elements, but yet they still have a loop (pretzel's better), and they both have in-line twist elements. It's just that Batwing is a little rougher.
Timbers crew 08
I was thinking that the ride should be moved to a spot in the park where it'd recieve more guest traffic & octopus's pad in Nantucket sounds like an ideal location to me.
As for operations they really need to work on that more,I'm still rather ticked at how the ops on two face didn't even open the gates for those of us in the queue after loading about half the train with flash passers last week,
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
Batwing has corkscrews and X-Flight has zero-g-rolls.
(hint: see Borg Assimilator)
Add it all together (and there were more smaller attractions added at some other parks), and you've got a heck of a lot of money being spent on specific parks and not others. There are a lot of rides that need new paint.
Thankfully, Joker's Jinx got a new paintjob in the past two years, but the tunnel has already faded (they should see if they have a warranty). Batwing, unfortunately, looks absolutely terrible right now, and it looked good up until last year.
At least they redid our existing waterpark with new paint and put in two new slides for the change to Hurricane Harbor in 05', but so much more could've been put in.
I totally agree with you about load times. For example, S:ROS takes two-minutes from station to brakes. A train can be released out of the station when the other train is out at the last helix. They used to be able to pull it off from time to time. Now, they just wait until the other train comes back and the train in the station might still not be loaded. Even the gp were noticing how slow things were going last weekend.
SFA is falling appart, they are so far understaffed because of the new HR director thats clueless. Then people that have worked at the park for a couple of years are getting fired because of minor mistakes, past enployment history no longer counts for anything. They'd rather have new kids that don't know anything than people that know the park inside and out.
I renewed my pass online again this season, and still have yet to make a visit. I have been to Hershey, Dorney, Kennywood, Knoebels, Cedar Point, Busch Gardens Europe, Kings Dominion, and Great Adventure. They burned so many people in the past that they don't even want to give the park another. I am not talking enthusiests. I am talking about the general population that maybe visit one or two parks a year. I know that just by talking to friends, family, and coworkers that have visited.
In talking to people the complaints are all the same. "Most of the rides weren't running." "The staff, and patrons were all very rude." Then add to either, "I'd never go back again." The park has just earned that kind of reputation, and it's really hard to turn that around. People don't want to go and spend their hard earned money where they aren't treated good, or aren't getting the value for their hard earned money.
I always at least try to visit once a season just to see how things are running. They do have a few good coasters, but when it comes down to it I am going to spend my time at a park that I know pretty much every ride is going to be operating. That's why I opt to go somewhere else.
coastin' since 1985
Quit your crying and give them your money already. If you don't like SFA, why don't you just send them a check or money order for a few hundred dollars or so and stay home and watch TV? Same price, more fun.
...And y'all think you always know what I am going to say next? I showed y'all, didn't I. ;)
We don't have Q-Bots at SFA Dexter,just those stupid flashpass tickets.
Seriously though, I've had fun at the park a few times. I really like their coaster lineup (for the most part), and TSC (Skull Mountain) was a blast the few times it was open.
Speaking of SM, did they remove the turntables or does the ride still travel backwards sometimes? The ride was so cool that making it a forward only ride wouldn't be such a bad thing. I love the skeliton pirate theming.
A day at the park is what you make it!
It really was a fantastic and unique ride (even though the backwards part has changed to forwards) and I am happy to hear that it may be working better. I only wish that they would enclose the final drop a little more because you can see behind the ride from the mouth of the skull, but that's just nitpicking. Why isn't there more discussion here about Skull Mountain?
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