Questions about Sfmm

Wednesday, August 14, 2002 2:29 PM
I will be making a trip to sfmm and i have a couple of questions.

Is the park worth spending a whole day at?

Also will the lines be long on the first weekend in sept? That is when I'am planning on going.

I know i cannot wait to ride X but are the rest of the rollercoasters any good?

I have read a lot about Sfmm mostly good but my girlfreind sttd she would rather go to Sfgam because she has heard great things of that park.

Can someone please give me insight.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 2:34 PM
There are a ton of trip reports from C-buzzers who have gone to SFMM, including myself. Go to the Trip Reports forum and do a search.

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Saturday, August 24, 2002 9:51 AM

I'll be in LA the entire first week of Sept and I plan on spending at least 2 days at MM. The last time I was there RR was the new ride, I've got a lot to look forward to.

When I was planning my trip I called MM and a really informative lady there told me that they are dead that week (shhh don't tell anyone), aparently all the kiddies are back in school that week. She said they're even dead on Labor Day but I think I'll spend that day at the beach.

I have been wondering about X since it reopened though, nobody seems to be talking about it. Have the lines been crazy? Have they been running more than 1 train?

I hope the little bit of info I have helps you out.

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Saturday, August 24, 2002 10:07 AM

"Is the park worth spending a whole day at?"

If you want to ride as many coasters as possible and get re-rides, you'll have to spend a day there. It's worth it too.

"I know i cannot wait to ride X but are the rest of the rollercoasters any good?"

I'll give you a list with the lowdown.

Riddler - Great! Good forces, great pacing, not braked too bad.

Viper - Hold on, tall people prepare for a beating. Rough, but pretty intense. Too bad it's got so many brakes. Or maybe that's a good thing.

DeJa Vu - I didn't like it, but I'd ride it again. The first drop alone is worth the ride.

Batman: If you've ridden one, you've ridden 'em all. Only thing is this one's grey!

Gold Rusher: 0wnz you! You may not be impressed, but I love it. Give it a night ride in the very back. Nice terrain coaster.

Revolution: Fun, if you know how to brace yourself. The OTSR's make for an uncomfortable ride, but it's a good terrain coaster. A few too many brakes.

Ninja: It's okay. Nice swings by the trees and it's downhill the whole way so you only go faster and faster. The lift into the station sucks since there's nothing after that.

Goliath: Big sucker, nice drop, tunnel, airtime. After the brakes it's okay, but it was much better when the brakes were barely on. Helix is still intense.

The woodies: Psyclone: ouch. Ride only for the count. You might as well ride in the back, too. The first drop's good there. Colossus: Boring, slow, sorta fun. Ride in the back. The drop's worth it. No airtime, and it drags through the course.

Kiddy coasters: Goliath Jr. I'm too big to ride. Canyon Blaster: Fun. Most airtime at the park.

I hope that's enough info for ya about the other coasters.

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Saturday, August 24, 2002 10:37 AM

If you love coasters, you will have a great time. The only reason you've not heard that much about X is that this site is mainly geared towards Midwesterners. Go to Westcoaster or Twisted Rails if you want to know the low down on the west coast. Plus there is so much more to do here year-round because of the weather. We ride our coasters all year long. But back to SFMM...

How could a park with 16 coasters not be worth a full day? I love SFMM and I love Cedar Point (been to both). I can't say one is better than the other, but Riddler's Revenge is the best standup ever. Goliath is soooo smooth and powerful. I guarantee you've never ridden a smoother coaster. Look for the massive airtime on the huge camelback after the turnaround. Superman is OK.

And X? What can I say except it's too bad the track at CP didn't have four riding rails.

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Saturday, August 24, 2002 11:04 AM
no park had 16 coasters. SFMM has 15 and CP has 15. That's is.

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Saturday, August 24, 2002 12:11 PM
1 day probably won't be enough. I would at least do two full days.

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Saturday, August 24, 2002 12:39 PM

I was there for 4 hours one day, and around 11 the next, lol. I got atleast 2 rides on all of the coasters that were open.

All in all though, the park is heavily overrated, i didn't like it as much as I thought I would and Knotts almost proved to be better just because of the atmosphere. I've never been to Sfgam but I can tell you that all six flags parks aren't that great, in my opinion. They may have sweet rides, but their parks are just dirty and dont have great atmospheres.

Although I didn't like Sfmm as much as I thought, half of it was prolly because X was closed both days. I was there about 3-4 weeks ago, and will probably never have the opportunity to go back. The trip was already planned to so I couldnt do crap about it. It was a whole family vacation with a cruise right in the middle of it. Oh well, I still had fun.

PS: Xcelerator was down the day we went to Knotts too.....SoCal didn't really impress me as much as I thought it would. Still Fun though!

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Saturday, August 24, 2002 1:16 PM

Magic Mountain is a really good park ... and the big coasters are pretty well spaced apart ... so, while the line for Goliath or Superman may seem long, don't assume ALL the big coasters have long rides. You cannot let the length of one line determine how "busy" the rest of the rides are...this much I have learned.

I agree with most of what has been stated in this thread ... while adding that Flashback, quite frankly, blows. If it is open, I would suggest that you continue to walk on by. That ride was really bad when it was Z-Force at SF Great America ... it has NOT gotten any better since it found it's permanent home out there in SoCal. Hopefully that ride will just rust away one day.

AND, speaking of SFGAm....coastinghohio....do not diss what you have not experienced. The charm and well thought out layout of Marriott's Great America has not been completely erased by good ole Six Flags. It is a solid, comfortable and CLEAN park. While I am not the biggest fan of SF, I do give them credit for not completely tearing apart what Marriott's so nicely put together 25 years ago. So, anyways, not to go on too big of a sidetrack in this SFMM thread...I just needed to stick up for SFGAm.

As far as going to SFMM over SFGAm...or vice versa....well, that's tough. I think it is a NO brainer to tell you that SFMM simply has bigger and better rides. Several rides are at both parks; Viper & Psyclone, Batman & Batman, Shockwave & Viper, and to a point the American Eagle and Colossus are pretty similar. While highly criticized, I think the fact that SFMM has Superman (and Riddler and Goliath and now X) makes it "the" park to go to between the two SF parks. Though, I have to say Raging Bull at SFGAm is definitely a MUST ride that SFMM does not have..

Anyways, hope that helps...and, have FUN!

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