SFA 4/14 Opening weekend day 2

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Sunday, April 14, 2002 4:49 PM
Seeing that the rain held off, and being that I was only 1/2 hour away from SFA at work, I made a return visit today. Pulling into the parking lot, I see an uncommon site for a nice April day-barely any cars in the parking lot. I guess the rain forecast for today scared people off.

The first ride of the day was Roar, which is running really well again this year. Thank you PTC and ride maintenance. Upon walking towards the yet to be ridden Wild One, I ran into two Coaster Zombie members from Pennsylvania. After talking for a while, they mentioned they had never ridden Typhoon Seacoaster, because it’s usuallybeen closed when they visit in September. It’s pretty hot and humid, so we all went and got wet. Then we went and rode Roar again. I split up from the couple and went to the Southwest Territory, where I didn’t make it yesterday.

Walking over, I noticed something looks different on Tower of Doom. The seats are red, and they look new. Upon actually riding ToD, I discover that they finally painted the faded, original seats. Besides the red seats, the handles are a dark green.

Walking up to Wild One, I peep the new logo on a small sign at the queue, but didn’t see the new sign (yet). They’ve also replaced a lot of wood over the winter. All I can say is that Wild One was amazing today. I swear it was running smoother than S:ROS. On return to the station I see the giant new sign on the station house. It’s very smart looking and well done. The sign says in big country-style letters “Wild One” and then in small letters underneath “part of the Southwest Territory”.

Next I rode Two Face, and took advantage of the one-train wait. Here I met an enthusiast named Chip who was enjoying his first ever trip to Six Flags America. He was also excited to be a first-time season pass holder. I then ran into my pal Paul, who is prominently featured in the Alpengeist pre-boarding video. Paul pointed out something in the map brochure that I didn't even think to look at. Under Joker's JInx, it says "The twisted steel maze features a brand new safety harness for more thrilling ride enhancement". So I guess you can advertise lapbar modifications. The three of us went to Gotham City and rode S:ROS, and then we went to Batwing for the non-existant lines. We took two rides, and I didn’t experience as much shoulder soreness as yesterday. I found it amusing that there were now two Vekoma engineers in the station, versus yesterdays one.

Splitting apart from Paul, Chip and I headed towards the front of the park. Chip mentioned that he hadn’t ridden Typhoon Seacoaster. So because it was a walk-on, I gladly got wet again. We rode The Rodeo next, and Chip commented that it looked like a Scrambler. He quickly rethought that comment after the ride started. Mind Eraser was our next desitnation, and since it had no line, we hanged-and-banged. Noticing that we had about 10 minutes left till close, we took our chances with one more ride on Wild One. They said they were closed, but noticing the park still had 3 minutes left to be open, we talked them into one more ride. Thank you, nice SFA people.

I’ve been impressed with the ride employees for the last two days. They’ve been courteous and quite nice. My only complaint is that they’ve been stapling a lot, but it’s better than not checking at all (which has happened in the past). I only recognized one employee from last year also, which is either a good sign or a bad sign. Lastly, closed rides today were Shipwreck Falls, which sprung a leak or something, and Iron Eagle (like that ever happens-sarcasm).
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The word "definitely" is definitely the most misspelled word on the buzz.

*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan on 4/14/2002. ***

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Sunday, April 14, 2002 6:26 PM
Looks like you got off rather lucky today,I sure wish I could've been there because it's not every day that two face as well as Batwing are walk ons.Was tower of doom finally operating all 3 cars?
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Sunday, April 14, 2002 6:57 PM
Tower of Doom was still running just two sides, I believe.
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The word "definitely" is definitely the most misspelled word on the buzz.
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Sunday, April 14, 2002 8:17 PM
Nice report! What does Typhoon Sea Coaster do besides get you wet?

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X-Flight World's Only flying coaster!
Batwing World's only flying coaster!
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Monday, April 15, 2002 6:11 AM
Typhoon Seacoaster has two tunnels and also has three turntables which spin the boat in various directions, including reverse.
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The word "definitely" is definitely the most misspelled word on the buzz.
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