Hey can anyone shed some light for me. I went to SFGADV on Saturday, 8/20/05. Arrived at main gate at 1100 am. First this I see is a sign that reads: "Kingda Ka will not be open today". What the heck is up with that?
Kingda Ka opened at 1:30 on Saturday, and ran with minimal problems all afternoon and evening. They did experience problems on Friday for the ERT and after that with weather keeping it closed (it rained off and on all day), but it opened Friday Evening. The signs were still out on Saturday morning, but it did open and run for most of the day.
I'll confirm I was at the park on Friday from 9AM to 4PM and KK never ran. When I went to the 2PM Temple of the Tiger show they had security at the KK entrance telling people the ride was closed for the day.
OK. That's good news that it was atleast running somewhat over the weekend.
I (a season pass holder) was with a couple friends (non-season pass holders) who didn't want to pay unless KK was up and running. We waited outside for about 30 mins, and never saw a launch. Didn't bother me, I was at the park about 10 times, while KK was down previosly... We ended up going to Dorneypark...
I am taking another trip to SFGADV on Wednesday, morning. Hopefully KK is up and running. Looking forward to it.
Speaking for myself I'm not shocked the ride is closed, but then I thought it was an insanely stupid idea for Six Flags to purchase the ride in the first place when the existing models have all shown to be at least somewhat problematic. $25m is a lot for a world's record that no one will care about the second another ride is taller or faster [and that's coming, no doubt]. I would have rather they put that money where it would do some real good for the park, or better yet spread it around to some of the smaller regional parks that have gone years without a new attraction or - gasp! - a new employee training program!
Perhaps my standards are too high? Perhaps I expect all rides to be open, staff to be friendly and efficient, and grounds to be clean. If they are too high, so be it...I'll spend my time at parks like Knoebels, Indiana Beach, Kennywood, or Holiday World that meet or exceed my high standards.
From what my friends witnessed Friday at SFGAdv [many rides closed, dirty walkways, ambivalent employees] it still has a long road of improvement ahead.