I recommend you ride Batwing first thing in the morning and revisit the ride later in the day in the hope of getting additional rides. The wait will depend a lot on how many trains the coaster is running. The coaster is easily visible from Superman and will be able to tell if it is running or not.
Coasterfreakfromeriepa is right, you will experience some unmotivated employees, I'm not going to deny that. The park has worked hard at improving in that area this season and has had some success. Every amusement park has problems with fights and I don't think there isn't an amusement park out there that has never had an overflowing trash can or CANS as he claims to have seen at SFA. I can say his experience doesn't seem to be the norm for SFA and I would take his experience with a grain of salt since he has visited the park only once and isn't willing to give the park another chance. He's posted six messages on Coasterbuzz and four of them have bashed SFA.
If you want to ride some great coasters and decent flat and rare rides (examples Iron Eagle and Typhoon Sea Coaster) Six Flags America is a respectable park to spend a day. If the park is extremely busy, which I highly doubt since it appears your going on a week day then there is always the Fast Lane option. Five tickets for $10.
*** Edited 7/2/2005 2:04:29 AM UTC by coasterguts***
I think part of the problem is that we've gone from rude employees to employees who goof around way too much. What kind of surprised me is that I've noticed it's the young women who tend to goof around much more than the men, who tend to be indifferent sometimes. I chalk it all up to immaturity. In my opinion, this could be one bad side effect of having a successful waterpark. Because the employees don't feel the pressure of long lines at their rides, they are probably not as motivated to get them loaded and out of the station in a timely fashion.
So, I've come up with the new motto for the employee shirts–instead of "It's Playtime", how about "Slow down–You're at Six Flags America!" Ok, I agree it's not as catchy.
By the way, does anyone have a crain or two to take down Iron Eagle Bam Margera style? This Zamperla monstrosity has suffered enough, and it's time to take it out of its misery. Yes, it brokedown right as we were about to board.
I went to PKD last week, and the good/bad was like this.
-Volcano, Hypersonic have very good launches.
-Most rides tend to have shortish waits.
-Larger coaster Line-up.
-Very worthy water park.
-MUCH MUCH better atmosphere than SFA. Trees, nice employees, etc.
-Woodies are terribly underwhelming, rough, and lacking air or "acceptable" laterals.
-Coaster line-up is generally weak, nothing too wowing besides Hypersonic and Volcano, and those two are REDICULOUSLY low capacity(I.E. All coasters and flats including Firefall were walk-ons except these, which had hour long+ waits).
-Admission is more. Six Flags loooves giving away the gate.
-They upgraded a DDR 3rd mix to Extreme. :)
-Well, it's much further away.
So, go to SFA unless you love atmosphere much more than rides.
And while in Washington, definately hit the War memorials. My favorite part of the trip, well, besides going inside the Pentagon. :)
. *** Edited 7/2/2005 5:51:50 AM UTC by thepinkdoomofmonkeys***
Hershey is also good, but is probably a bit more time than the 2 hours someone mentioned.
SFA is a good coaster park. Much better than some people here seem to think. SROS deserves it's top ten rating and is a "do not miss" for enthusiasts. I haven't been to the new waterpark yet.
PKI is a good park, but probably my least favorite of the group. Some one above criticizes their wood. For the most part true, but Grizzly on a good day can be great. On other days it's a slug. I haven't been able to figure out why.
PKI or PKD?
I didn't see any fights or anything... but then again, I was there near opening and did not stay until evening.
What I did see...
- Closed flats
- A closed Typhoon Sea Coaster (flume) on each of my visits.
- BAD trash problem on my first visit (2001), better but still kind of bad in 2002 and just recently in May 2005... over flowing trash cans, litter on the midways and in queues
- Two train operations on most coasters... but terrible stacking because of the slow moving at best ...incompetent at worst... ride ops who are more worried about socializing with their friends, what time they go on break or go off duty, or just plain down have no work ethic.
- Rides that break down often.
You must be logged in to post