Opinons on SFoG

Friday, May 17, 2002 12:18 AM

I will be visiting SFoG in three weeks. I plan on riding S:UF, but what other rides should I be looking foward to. Has anyone visited this park recently.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 12:32 AM

Well S:UF is great, but there's been lots on the boards about it, so I'll move on to other things. Here's a quick primer on the other rides:

Scorcher: Small B&M Standup. This coaster is right by the front gate area, and is pretty fun. 2 inversions, nothing amazingly intense, but a nice fun ride.

Cyclone: If you like rough (in a good way) woodies, this is the ride for you. Lots of airtime, crazy laterals - the whole package. It's very nice.

Acrophobia: Intamin Gyro Drop. Scariest Drop ride ever. Tons of fun, but ride early as the line can get way backed up throughout the day.

Mine Train: Arrow Mine Train. Fun if you like mine train rides. It seems to be a little faster than I remember from years past. A good family ride, but not too many thrills.

Deja Vu: If it's working, it's great. I recommend front or back seat if you can choose. Nice freefall and the speed in the front was cool.

Ninja: Stay away from this ride unless you really like abuse. This ride gets worse every year and this year is no exception. I rode it once on my first trip and I am still regretting it. Painful but great looking Vekoma Multilooper.

Scream Machine: Classic Dogleg out and back woodie. Very fun, nice air, and no breaks until you get back to the station. Be careful about those station breaks though, they slam on hard.

Mindbender: Great steel looper, lots of g's thanks to Anton's almost circular loops. Well themed and among the trees makes for a great ride.

Batman. If you've ridden one, you know what i's like. Good intense fast ride. There's a reason they clone them. Besides S:UF, this will probably have the longest lines all day.

You'll notice that SFoG is short on flat rides. It's unfortunate, but that's the way things are right now. Make sure you hit Monster Plantation - it's a fun dark ride with a pretty unique theme. Nice to get out of the heat as well.

Hope some of this helped. Enjoy your trip!

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I sing sometimes for the war that I fight, 'cause every tool is a weapon, if you hold it right. -Ani Difranco

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Friday, May 17, 2002 5:17 AM

If you are going on a weekend, I highly suggest getting a QBoT. We went 3 weeks ago on a Saturday and the place was a mad house. If we wouldn't have rented a QBoT, we wouldn't have ridden half the rides we rode.

Superman is awesome and ride Cyclone in the back seat for major standing/ejector air.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 6:41 AM
If you do wish to ride Ninja make sure you sit in the back. I've had odd experiences with Ninja, last year I only rode it twice and the first time was horrible, I had a headache the rest of the day. The second time it was actually lots of fun. No pain at all, just a little jerky. And the headchoppers on this ride are simply amazing.

Also, on Scream Machine, if you're a hands up person make sure to pull them down before you hit the breakes because unless you're short you'll hit the roof over the breakes.

Have fun!

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Friday, May 17, 2002 7:32 AM

Ninja is great I got, it is not nearly as rough as everyone puts on. It has a great spaghetti bowl layout and the beast headchoppers ever put on a coaster, add in some great Inversions that aren't found on many other coasters and you have a pretty good ride. Not B and M smooth by any means but a little rough like all steelies before B and M used to be.

Oh Yeah and Mindbender is an awesome coaster as well, such awesome, awesome positive G's.

On GASM I really don't think you can hit your hands when you go into the brakes as I didn't. But it is a great handcoper. Its fun to atch people ducking down from the front of te train to the back everytime. GASM is pure John Allen goodness.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 8:30 AM
I've always got my hands up on GASM, but I put them down quickly at the end, NOT because you can hit the roof, but because I got tired of smacking the people in FRONT of us, rather embarrassing that can be. I don't like knocking some kid & his mom in the noggin too much;).
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Friday, May 17, 2002 10:48 AM
I was told to ride Deja Vu early since the lines get upto 3 hrs long, then it breaks down for the rest of the day.

I'll be there June 15th. What do you think of this plan?:

Enter front area at 9:30. Ride Acrophobia. Depending on time, ride GA Scorcher. Should be after 10:00 now and rest of park should be open. Start heading back to Deja Vu. I hear DV and S:UF don't usually open until ~10:30. After riding DV, ride Batman (going by what Fafolguy says it's lines are like), or S:UF. Probably not both since by then, since all those are adult rides, I probably gotta ride some of the 48" ride height rides for one of the kids (mindbender! ). Then maybe catch the rest of the biggies late in the day when it dies down. Too bad it'll be a Saturday, but at least it'll be open until 10. What do you think?

Last time I rode Ninja ('94), I didn't think it was too rough. Course having ridden the Wabash for many many years, I guess I got used to the older Arrow & Vekoma loopers.
Funny I guess, yesterday at SFKK, my girlfriend thought Chang was rougher than T2. More odd, they did feel close in roughness to me. But I plain hate OTSR's.

Edit - forgot, we'll be getting Q-bot.

*** This post was edited by Raptor Pilot on 5/17/2002. ***

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Friday, May 17, 2002 4:48 PM
About the brake shed roof... I don't think it's possible to hit it, although it DOES look like it. At any rate, put your hands down and brace yourself for the brakes. They are HARD and stop you FAST. Unless we get the other train out of the station, then it's more of a gradual stop.
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Friday, May 17, 2002 5:21 PM
Sounds like GASM has the same thing that Great Bear has, except with hands instead of feet. When I rode Great Bear, I thought my legs would be cut off as we hit the station.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 5:22 PM
Avergae when I went in 95
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Friday, May 17, 2002 6:26 PM
S:UF is awesome. The pretzel loop is great. The other rides are decent at SFOG. GA Cyclone is good but not as good as Viper at SFGAM. GASM is another good woodie except watch out for that pot hole on the first drop. GA Scorcher is a very good Standup and rivals Iron Wolf for Intensity. I didn't like Achrophobia becuase it hurts if your a man and those powerful brakes at the end. All in all its a good park with good rides.

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Favorite Wood: Viper at SFGAM,Shivering Timbers
Favorie Steel: Magnum and Raging Bull

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Friday, May 17, 2002 7:50 PM

Raptor Pilot - If you're over at Deja Vu, go ahead and hit S:UF since you're pretty close to it. The wait is not that long since they've got the 3 train, 2 station operation running well. Then I'd head over to Gotham City for Batman or Mindbender...There is a great guide out there for tackling SFoG. I cannot for the life of me think of the url, though!

And yes, since you're going on a Saturday, GET A Q-BOT!

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I sing sometimes for the war that I fight, 'cause every tool is a weapon, if you hold it right. -Ani Difranco

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Friday, May 17, 2002 8:39 PM

Fafolguy said:

...There is a great guide out there for tackling SFoG. I cannot for the life of me think of the url, though!

And yes, since you're going on a Saturday, GET A Q-BOT!

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I sing sometimes for the war that I fight, 'cause every tool is a weapon, if you hold it right. -Ani Difranco



perhaps you were thinking of www.playride.com/tug2sfog

And if you simply must go on a Saturday

1) think about going on another day
2) see #1 and really consider the possibilities
3) if 1 and 2 are unacceptable, rent a Q-Bot and be prepared to wait and wait and wait

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Friday, May 17, 2002 9:08 PM

I'll actually be giong on a Sunday, June 9th. I'll be visting the park during a flight layover on my way to Ohio and CP. I'll have about 5 or 6 hours to spend at SFoG.

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TITAN RULES!

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Friday, May 17, 2002 9:30 PM

p_c_r said:
I've always got my hands up on GASM, but I put them down quickly at the end, NOT because you can hit the roof, but because I got tired of smacking the people in FRONT of us, rather embarrassing that can be. I don't like knocking some kid & his mom in the noggin too much.


Think yourself lucky. I was sat in the back and smacked some 7ft basketball player in the back of the neck. Fortunately, he was okay about it.

Next time, I pressed my hands against the headrest in front.

GASM is a great ride by the way, in fact most of the coasters at SFOG are good. I thought Ninja wasn't too bad either, but haven't ridden it since 2000.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 9:53 PM

WHERE is the love for MindBender.....the wood at SFoG is great thanks to the work on Ga Cyclone - I always loved GASM, and the tracers throughout just improves the ride, S:UF has the single best element out there, even Deja Vu makes a beautiful monument (even if it IS a monument to stupidity). B:TR running well, the mine train (Dahlonega for those who care) is fun, and one of the oldest around. Ga Scorcher is one of my top stand-ups....*the newer the better is my motto on Beemer standups*. Acro's a cool gyro-drop (even if I don't get the "standing" thing).

All that being said, what coaster has graced the park's entrance for SOOOO long, hides beautifully in the trees - I've yet to see both loops at once, has the green river/pond, has two perfect vertical loops WITH LAPBARS, changes forces with amazing fluidity and grace, has rails so thin you could barely stand on them, has cool themed trains, and has been thrilling riders for almost 25! years......that's right, Anton's MindBender! So let's hear some love for this ride, shall we?

Edit: I have to admit I always wondered why SFoG claims three inversions, and rcdb says it was the "swooping" drop...now I love the spiral/swooping drop as much as anyone, but hardly consider it an inversion......just a note......

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 5/18/2002. ***

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Saturday, May 18, 2002 4:21 AM

rollergator said:

WHERE is the love for MindBender.....Edit: I have to admit I always wondered why SFoG claims three inversions, and rcdb says it was the "swooping" drop...now I love the spiral/swooping drop as much as anyone, but hardly consider it an inversion......just a note......

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 5/18/2002. ***



They've never called it a triple-inversion coaster.

Mind Bender is touted as the world's first triple looping coaster. According to Webster's Dictionary a loop is: "a curving or doubling of a line so as to form a closed or partly open curve within itself through which another line can be passed or into which a hook may be hooked." So while many may quibble, the inverted helix is a loop and they have every right to claim it as a triple looping coaster.

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Sunday, May 19, 2002 7:32 PM
Yeah, when I worked Bender I got tired of people asking me where the third loop was. I just told them to re-ride and try try again.
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Sunday, May 19, 2002 7:44 PM
Call me crazy but I consider Son of Beast to be a lot like Mindbender. The crazy helix's have so much power and positive G's they remind me so much of each other. And the loops on both coasters are some of the best in the I have ever experienced.

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Sunday, May 19, 2002 8:41 PM
You heard it here first, folks! SOB is the worlds first triple looping wooden coaster!

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*** This post was edited by Legendary on 5/20/2002. ***

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