Mr Freeze (SF St. L) Question

Wednesday, August 25, 2004 5:48 PM
Not sure if this has been covered or talked about, but Im hearing reports of Freeze having some downtime. Im thinking of heading to SF StL, and was just trying to figure out if I would have a good chance of hitting that ride or not.

Any other advice on that place would be helpful in terms of getting around the park or any other closed down rides.

Thanks, JP

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 6:51 PM
You shouldn't ever have a problem hitting everything at SFStL. However, starting from the back does help.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 7:39 PM
If you want to hit Batman at SFSTl without waiting forever, hit it first thing when the park opens.

The rideops on Batman are extremely slow.

Mr. Freeze was down on my recent visit there, but I expected that. It did open back up after being fixed and seems to be running consistently now.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 9:33 PM
Like stated above, you will have no problem hitting everything you want to in one day. Starting from the back helps just because the park is so hilly. Towards the end of the day it becomes a real drag to haul yourself back up the hill for some more ride time on the woodies. If this is your first trip there for the season, I would suggest checking out the new restaurant. I was fairly pleased with it. Freeze should be good to go, but I haven't been there in a few weeks, so I am not 100% positive.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 10:04 PM
Alrighty, sounds good.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 10:49 PM
Make sure you hit the Scooby dark ride. This Scooby ride easily blows away PKI's Scooby.

While alot of people rip on Boss, I found this woodie to be great and provides air and extreme laterals on the final helix.

As others have mentioned about the hills, they do indeed suck. :)

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 11:08 PM
Everytime I've been there freez's line gets shorter later in the day at like 4. Both times the wait was only like 10 minutes.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 11:50 PM
All the rides have been running very well, rarely any downtime. Freeze was only down for some maintainence for a couple days, but it has been running consiently since then. Only time I know its down is when I don't hear that roar from the Eagle station.... Make sure you hit Eagle multiple times, its a great coaster with what the carpenters did during the offseason.....
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 11:55 PM
I went back in July and the Freeze was the first thing I did that day.

Later in the day, Freeze was shut down and not re-opened.

So, I would tend to say to try to get to Freeze as soon as you can to guarantee a ride. The Freeze and the Ninja were having a bad day the day I went. Batman was about a 40 minute wait even during a week day. But, yeah, I noticed the Batman ride ops were slow. They typically seemed to have been faster previous years. But, the Freeze ride ops were also slow.

I agree about the Boss. They have done some extensive re-tracking on the hill after the mid-brakes. The ride is awesome now; and I almost think it is better than the Legend after the work they've done on it.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 11:57 PM
RCTyrant,

What did the carpenters do during the off-season? Screamin Eagle to me still seems to be almost in dis-repair with the way it looks. I will have to say, when I went that day in July I had one of my best rides I ever have had on that ride... EVER. It just didn't seem as bumpy and had some extreme air on it. Boss was a little more rough than the Eagle this year which I thought was odd.

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Thursday, August 26, 2004 12:19 AM
Spraker,

Obviously you missed the real reason for the new found smoothness of the section after the mid-course. Next time you ride sit on the left side of the train and look to the left on that hill and notice all the new support stucture. the roughness was caused by structure shake and was fixed with a bunch of new supports(different color than the rest of the ride). They poured the footers mid way through last season and did the work this winter.

As far as freeze is concerned, they had a series of problems with one lim on the spike until one day about a month ago it went poof, spewed smoke, and shut the ride down. Had to be replaced, and problem solved.

BTW John if you come on a Saturday, stop by Highland Fling or Dragonswing and say hi. I'll be the only J.C. there, mid thirties, look outta place with all the teenie boppers, having a blast. I use my one day a week there to relax away from real life! ;)

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Thursday, August 26, 2004 12:27 AM
If both queues are open on Freeze, go to the hidden left entrance side. Most people don't notice it and go to the right. I found that the left side had a much shorter wait.
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Thursday, August 26, 2004 1:25 AM
Hey whats up I went to SFstl. in late July and a friend of mine went there in early August and Mr. Freeze was closed both times. But I have ridden it before. Also those hills aren't that bad. the very first time I was at the park was with the youth group at church and we got there when it opened went from from to back then after we had ridden all the coasters we went back to where the Rip Cord is. Me, My Friend Andy, and our Friend Jessica went on the Rip Cord and she was shaking so bad she couldnt walk so I carried her on my shoulders back to ride The Boss and The Screaming Eagle again. She was 5'8 and 125 lbs & I did not have any problem with the hills. and this is at like 4 o'clock in the after noon and we got there @ 10 am. Well anyways its a beautiful park I am pleased everytime I go back.
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Thursday, August 26, 2004 12:12 PM
I'll probally be there on a Sunday, i just did some research and found out I can't ride the kiddie coaster due to a height issue, unless that has been waived.

Has Excalibur been operating well?
Dd excalibur replace anything originally?

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Thursday, August 26, 2004 2:41 PM
Xcalibur should be open this weekend, it broke last weekend, but it is being fixed during the week more than likely. It operates fairly well (better than in NJ), it replaced the Great Escape arcade last year.
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Thursday, August 26, 2004 3:05 PM
Yes, I did check the kiddie coaster (shuddap Tina, LOL), NO adults were allowed to ride last year when I was there.

Ride Boss in/near the front.
I loved Eagle, in various seats it was always a good ride.
Freeze remains my top shuttle coaster, an awesome ride.
Great pics available from the BIG wheel, Colossus.
And definitely do NOT skip the Scooby interactive...:)

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Thursday, August 26, 2004 5:50 PM
I'm excited to get back to Stl this Saturday. Xcalibur was aways down when I visited Gadv, so hopefully I can finally catch a ride.
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Thursday, August 26, 2004 10:48 PM

BTW John if you come on a Saturday, stop by Highland Fling or Dragonswing and say hi. I'll be the only J.C. there, mid thirties, look outta place with all the teenie boppers, having a blast. I use my one day a week there to relax away from real life!

Well thats one less person on the board that I dont know who they are in real lfe. At least in apperence. Arnt you the only older guy that works on DW? ANd did you work there durning to preseason doing testing/training?

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Saturday, August 28, 2004 1:20 AM
Bossstl,

To answer your 2 questions. 1: Believe it or not I am the 3rd oldest op there. James(sorta short and skinny, mid 50's) and Ralph(late forties, more chunky, only works occasionally) are older.

2: yes I was there for preseason tests.

Just look for the older fat(235lb) white guy and you found me! ;)

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Sunday, August 29, 2004 3:51 AM
Whats parking up to now? $8?

Any other "don't miss" NON pay-per rides?

I saw they have a scrambler, a rotor, a yo yo, bumper cars, a pirate ship, the streetcar themed falling star and excalibur, but is there any other good flats? their website didn't seem too informative

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