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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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! ;)
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.
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.
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...:)
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?