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Sunday, October 27, 2002 8:12 PM
People who know me, know that I love to take a person to a park I've been to several times for their first time. So it was tonight that I took my friend Tash (who's been with me several times over SFA's 4-year history) and his new girlfriend Tamara. I heard that she does like roller coasters, which is always a good start for any newcomer.

Pulling into the parking lot, I was surprised to see a fairly empty lot, considering that it was 60 degrees, and that it rained Friday night. Well, maybe since they caught the snipers, people decided to do other things that they hadn't been doing outdoors for the last two weeks.

We immediately went to Gotham City and got in a few rides on S:ROS. The crew was kicking butt today, and with few exceptions were making dispatches as far as away as the 2nd helix! Way to go SFA. And, because there was a male crew, nobody was stapling lapbars (sorry ladies), so we were getting plenty of space between our laps and the lapbar. Tamara loves Superman. We're off to a good start.

Next we moved onto Batwing, which was running two trains, but out of a single station. Things would have moved faster if things that were working earlier in the season a) the rows were coming up one by one when they came back into the station b) the trains were reclining on the lift c) the trains weren't reclining in the station were working now Damn Vekoma. The wait wasn't terrible, but it seemed bumpier than usual tonight.

Next we moved onto the Southwest Territory and took rides on Two Face, Wild One-which had a fairly packed queue, and Tower of Doom, which also had a fairly long line. One of those mysteries I wish we could solve is why the one side of TOD never works. If you look on the permit from the State of Maryland, it even says that only two sides can run. Damn Intamin.

We then moved onto a very dark Roar, and Tamara and I headed for the back seat which has the ejector air on the first drop. Tamara loves Roar, and was quite surprised by it.

Those keeping count, know that he had one last coaster to do, since Joker's Jinx wasn't open (and had no trains to boot). Of course I refer to Mind Eraser. Good God, I hate this ride more and more everytime I ride it. My ears got a severe bashing tonight, which always feels good when it's 40 degrees outside. Damn Vekoma.

We then headed back to Gotham City for two chilly night rides on S:ROS where we had a scary amount of lapbar room. I thinks it's the first time I felt supported more by the seatbelt, than the lapbar. We decided to take the always laughable Terror Train. Hey, it's the one time of the year that non-church group, corporate people etc. can actually ride the train. The speakers were so loud and full of high end, that I couldn't wait to get off. I've had enough loud sound in my ears as a live sound engineer, and it never sounded as bad as this did. As for the train ride itself, I did enjoy one prop involving a dinosaur, but it wasn't scary. The only thing worthwhile is to see an alternate view of Superman's lift. Man, that is one tall ride!

The next and last decision was whether or not to do Brutal Planet. Tash says, "If the lines not bad, we'll do it." I also offered to pay. So after plopping down $15, we started our journey. I haven't done Brutal Planet since it was Alice Cooper's Brutal Planet, and many things have changed, but I was happy that some of the props still existed. I kid you not when I tell you that there is one part where it is impossible to see anything and it's not dark. We were feeling around trying to find each other, and the walls. I won't explain anymore if you want to do Brutal Planet yourself.

Lastly, if you should make it SFA next week, a sign advertised that you will get a free ticket for the 2003 season. Sweet!


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Dude, you're getting an Intamin!

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Monday, October 28, 2002 11:18 AM
Yeah, me and T did Brutal Planet and that one instance we were both like "it isnt safe". Heaven forbid you had to get out of there in a hurry. *That* was freaky.

Funny about ToD though. I *have* seen them use all three sides once, during frightfest 2000. But that was the only time.

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"To get inside this head of mine, would take a monkey-wrench, and a lot of wine" Res How I Do

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Monday, October 28, 2002 3:46 PM

2Hostyl said:
Yeah, me and T did Brutal Planet and that one instance we were both like "it isnt safe". Heaven forbid you had to get out of there in a hurry. *That* was freaky.

Funny about ToD though. I *have* seen them use all three sides once, during frightfest 2000. But that was the only time.

I haven't seen all three sides of Tower of Doom working this summer at all and it's not like they couldn't have used all three sides, I saw some pretty nasty lines there this summer.



*** This post was edited by coasterguts on 11/3/2002. ***

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Tuesday, October 29, 2002 8:04 AM

A funny thing is that they have never run all three sides on ToD ever since SF took over.

It had been running at full capacity from 96 through the 98 season but in 99 that's when they started using only two sides,I wonder if it's possible that the ride could be converted into a gyro drop model,that way capacity would certainly be improved.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2002 8:44 AM
BWFSFA: You mean *you* have never *seen* them run all three sides. *I* have *seen* them run all three, but again it was an isolated incident. :)

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"To get inside this head of mine, would take a monkey-wrench, and a lot of wine" Res How I Do

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Sunday, November 3, 2002 6:39 AM

I've never seen TOD running all three sides ever since SF took over the park,it always ran at full capacity back in the AW days though.

Of course I rode it yesterday & it was still running only two sides but the line was rather short despite the crowds at the park by mid to late afternoon even in 35- 40 degree weather.

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