My First Trip to SFA 7/11

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Monday, July 14, 2003 6:47 AM
Well, this park somehow managed to exceed my expectations, after all the negative things ive heard and read about the place on this site. Granted, they still have a ways to go, and god bless their one train operation on their major coasters, but I enjoyed the park, and I can say I'd probably definitely visit again. Anyways, I'm just going to touch on the rides, and my thoughts on them.

BATWING : After reading how this had only been running with one train all season long, imagine my surprise when i saw that they were running not one train, but TWO :) My buddy and I managed 2 laps, each with about a 30 minute wait. However, Vekoma if u are reading this, please, for god's sake, use spring loaded wheels! I observed that ever single wheel on the Batwing train that grips the bottom rail of the track, were not even close to touching the track. The result? I have never been vibrated or rattled so hard in my entire life. I love the Veko flyers, because of their intensity, but I had such a monster headache after my second trip on this that i said no more. For a coaster that is only 2 years old I could not believe how hard it shook, even my buddy who is not a die hard enthusiast was surprised.

SROS: WOW! Intamin is God. Despite the fact that the red train was down for the count, we managed 3 rides on this beast, with 20 minutes being the maximum time we waited. 2 laps in the front seat, 1 lap in the back seat, and while the back seat offers alot of ejector air, I totally preferred the front seat. To me, that was where you could really feel the speed of the ride, my cheeks were flapping in the wind and my eyes teared up. The third hill? Airtime nirvana...even in the front seat i was thrown against the lap bar with my butt totally off the seat. Now if only my home park of PKD would invest in an Intamin hyper......

JOKERS JINX: We have a spaghetti bowl at PKD, and having ridden both of the FOF twins, the Jinx took the top spot as my favorite Premier. It was glass smooth, no vibration at all, and most of all, no mid course brake. It was screaming through the end of the course and through the corkscrew. I never knew that Premier coasters were so loud though. You could hear it roaring all over the park, just like a B&M invert..LOL Two train op the entire day, and we managed 3 laps on this great ride.

TWOFACE: To my dismay, it was still closed. We saw them crank the train up the first lift hill several times during the day, and let it back down very slowly, but that was about it.

WILD ONE: We took 2 laps on this nice woody. I for one was shocked at the laterals on this thing. That last helix before u head into the break run had me holding on for dear life.

ROAR: Ok, this is definitely an underrated woodie, and it soared into my top 5 favorite woodie. Great first drop, lots of twists, and this thing was FAST. Unfortunately, we only managed 1 lap, because AGAIN there was only a one train operation, and the line spilled out of the house down the ramp. It was definitely our longest wait of the day, 35-40 minutes.

MIND ERASER: Ok, Ive heard alot of negative things about the headbanging on this ride. It was my second hangnbang, the first being Serial Thriller at SFWoA. Maybe because i'm tall, but the headbanging was minimal on Mind Eraser. My buddy is only 5'2'', and he loved it. Intense, fast, and it just snaps over the inversions. People dog out Vekoma, but as I said before, I love the intensity of their coasters. 2 laps on this one, 15 minute wait both times. There was a 2 train wait, however, there were only 2 ride ops, one running the ride and one checking restraints. So, we ended up sitting on the brake run for a good 5 minutes or longer while they were reading the next train, and it was hotter than 50 hells. I've got the sunburnt face to show for it.

All in all, it was a fun day, SROS was a gem, and I hope to someday make it to SFNE to ride its counterpart. There was no need for a fastpass, as the longest we waited was 40 minutes or so. Gotham City could stand a little more theming and landscaping, I got the impression that they just threw down 3 roller coasters in the middle of a field and connected them with one really long cemented walkway. Thanks for reading guys.

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Monday, July 14, 2003 9:01 AM
Sounds like you had a good time. Nice TR! Bummer you missed Two Face, it opened around 3 or 4:00 on Sunday. Perhaps you can ride it the next time.

Out of curiosity, on Batwing which seats were you riding in? I have heard interior and exterior seats make a difference on this ride.

Kind of surprise you liked JJ more than FOF. I rode Poltergeist at SFFT and found that JJ cuts the increase in speed 3/4 of the way through the tunnel. I used to think the ride ran rather slowly once reach the top but it didn't seem to do that yesterday.

Rode Roar front seat in the Black Train yesterday and found this coaster to be even more exceptional than before.

Glad you had a good time, hope you can make it back soon.

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Monday, July 14, 2003 2:18 PM
Hard to believe, but Batwing is actually 3 yrs. old, S:ROS 4yrs.old, and Jinx and Two-Face 5yrs. old.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:27 AM
Both of my laps on Batwing were in the center of the aisle...could that possibly be why it was rougher? I'd imagine it would be more vibrational on the outside seats, but i dunno.

Yeah i loved JJ better than FOF. The cut in speed didnt seem any worse on JJ than on FOF, because to me FOF seems to slow right before it goes into the cobra roll, u can hear the train grate on the track as it is slowed down.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:58 AM
Yeah I loved batwing. Just such a different ride experience.

I am surprised that Roar made the top 5 though. It is my favorite GCI, but I still think it needs more air on the small hops.

I need to get back to do JJ because it has been down both times I have been there.

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I hate it when "cooaster enthusiasts" put down coasters. Why can't we just have fun on all of them?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 10:07 AM
Actually, I have heard the inside sides are better than the outside. So, If you had problems with the vibration on the inside seats, I would hate to feel what the outside are like.
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