SF Worlds of Adventure 10/18

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Tuesday, October 28, 2003 10:41 PM
This was my first visit since 2001. I was not overly impressed then, but they were coming of a rebuilding season.

I have visiting Geauga Lake and SW Ohio since 1974, so I always bring the memories.

Arrived at 1130am, and witnessed the running of the bulls to X-Flight. Ran nice. 8/10. Took front seat. Bird pooped on guy two seats over. Hit Superman. Awsome. No wait. 9/10. Mind Eraser. Standard. Girl doing homework. 6/10.

Headed to Sea World side. Why pray tell was a italian ice cart open on that bridge? Phantom of the Otter was terrific. Just like the Spooky Kooky Castle days. 9/10. Great organ music. Slightly concerned at the RIP Seamore headstone. Penguin gig smelled like fish. Still nice. Shark gig was great. That turtle needs another turtle for companionship.

Saw the Killer Whale show. Shouka is a great whale. I hope the trainer will ride her next season. I remember the good ole days when SW Texas was behind in opening, so SW Ohio had THREE whales doing one show. 8/10. The show will improve.

Dolphin Harbor. Dolphins were impersonating sharks or something. Its good they separated the dolphins from Shouka, unlike SW Ohio in which all were together. Shouka may get frisky. 6/10. These dolphins were from SF Marineworld, and they better pick it up a notch and stop being lazy.

Saw the tigers hamming it up for the photos. They should let one or two out to roam Happy Harbor to add a new element of excitement. No pearl divers, but water was real warm. Don't ask.

Did lunch at the Mandarin Buffet. Probably the best meal I have had in a theme park since God only knows. 9/10. And I am a f/b manager. I hope they stay for their whole lease. Indoor seating. What a novelty in October. Are you listening 'other theme parks?'

Plenty if f/b outlets open, as were the gift shops. That side of the park is making a come back. Walked back to Geauga Lake. Saw these Zebras who were up to something. Asked me for keys to the car. Not sure what they meant.

Rode the Bobs, one of my favorite. Felt like I was punched in the stomach going down the first drop. Then, its like we floated the rest of the way. 7/10.Smooth. BKF in the front. No wait. They need to stir that water up below. Probably Nile virus attraction new for 2004. 9/10. Double Loop always a crowd pleaser. 7/10.

Villian is the best CCI going now. I do not care what anyone else says. Its just what that park needed, and it is the best woodie in the mid-west. 10/10. Serial Thriller was suprisingly smooth. Slighlty better than ours. 7/10. What is up with that long walk to the station?

Dipper was good. 7/10. Road Runner was actually busy. 6/10. Headless women needs work, but the kids love it. 5/10. The retail employees were all friendly. It is because they have heat. Game operators where slowly freezing. Foam Factory very busy. The best thing from SCS. Saw giant dice. Not sure why they were there. I tried to steal them, but they would not budge.

This park has turned the corner, and IMO, it is the by far the best balanace of any SF Park. And AJ here has been to many of them. Once word is out on Shouka being in residence, those crowds will return. I was emotionally overwhemled at the continued upkeep of the wooden coasters, and the old Sea World section. WofA will continue to grow.

"Step on that lapbar and make it nice and tight!"

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:20 AM
Please excuse my ignorange but what *exactly* does "f/b" stand for? I assume the f = food, but elswise I'm lost.


I'll do it to you like Billy White Shoes baby!

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:27 AM
Did they do any work on Ranging Wolf Bobs, because I can't imagine anyone using the words 'floated' and 'smooth' to describe the ride I rode last month.

Villian is a very underrated and in my opinion the best ride in the park.
Bob M.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:29 AM
B = beverage. The Bobs were much much improved on the second half of the ride. The first half was extremly painful.

"Step on that lapbar and make it nice and tight!"

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:45 AM
Agent, you said "Mind Eraser...girl doing homework." Do you mean that the ride op was doing her homework instead of watching the train and the people in the queue?


Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:55 AM
It was the book and the yellow tablet. Looked like physics or bio.

"Step on that lapbar and make it nice and tight!"

Wednesday, October 29, 2003 10:22 AM
Your TR completely reminded me of the Victor segment in The Rules of Attraction. The TR was practically reading itself to me in rapid motion. It was very amusing to say the least.

The Villain is one of my favorite CCIs (painfully underrated), Raging Wolf Bobs was actually worse this year than I remembered in the past even though it had been worked on. It's so bad, it's funny... But not until the day after. I adore SUE. It feels more intense and crazy than WT to me. Knight Flight works the speed much better than any of the other floorless coasters I've been on, but Kraken defines perfection in a steel looper. Every element is right on key. Serial Thriller is without doubt the best SLC I've had the privelege to ride. I would rate it up with my least favorite BTR, and I love those.

It's hard for me to have a bad day at WOA. There are so many things to do and it has great potential to be a destination park with better operations. I didn't mind any one or two train ops since lines have been non-existant on every visit I've made. The overall park capacity combining rides, shows, and other attractions people are actually interested in seeing has to rival some of the big boys, even where they stand now.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2003 11:51 AM
I think one good outcome is that Geauga Lake has been there since 1888. Its not going anywhere. The side privledge is that the marine shows will continue to get better, and therefore the shows will draw more folks to the marine life side of the park, and that means shorter lines for the rides.

Put this in perspective. Hot summer day, Hurricane Harbor is full house. The shows are crowded like the Sea World days. Sea World clearly had better capacity at its food operations, which menas the better food is across the lake. The rides then are virtually no waits all day.

That park should concentrate on operating internally better in all areas, and the people will come. They have enough rides. More than I ever thought I would see in my lifetime on the Geauga Lake side.

"Step on that lapbar and make it nice and tight!"


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