SFA 5/10 Fairly Dead

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Sunday, May 11, 2003 1:22 PM
My first time back to Six Flags America since the beginning of April, I was somewhat eager to get back to riding again. After paying my $9 for parking, I soon found a spot that was close to the enterance. It seems the threat of bad weather had scared off a lot of people. The next step was to get my season pass, after I handed over $63 at a local Safeway (I missed the lower priced pass period). The whole process took a matter of one minute. So, what I lost in money I gained in convenience. I was then handed this years season pass book which is a calendar. It’s a nice thought, but it meant a trip back out to the car as I didn’t want to carry it around with me all day. Where the hell did I park the car? Looking at the closed ride board, I see all three of the constructed water rides are closed. I don’t see Two Face listed though (more on this later).

Normally my pattern starts at Roar. Today I decided I’d start with the other woodie, Wild One. The wait was minimal, but it would’ve been even less had they not been running an empty train. Why they weren’t loading the other train I don’t know. As we were ascending the lift hill, I noticed two trains on Joker’s Jinx which was more promising. After a great ride on WO, I made a stop at the exit of Two Face the Flip Side. Three of the back-to-back seats have been put back together, and workers were on site continuing the rebuilding process. Hopefully, it’ll be back up by next weekend. I then joined a group of people trying to board Iron Eagle. There’s only eleven of us, and and they need seventeen to run the ride. Eventually people start bailing out of line, and soon everyone gave up. Oh well, maybe I’ll get my ride next visit when it’s more crowded.

Heading into Gotham City, I stopped at Joker’s Jinx first. The line was somewhat long, but tolerable. It was then that I noticed that they were cycling the yellow train empty. Again, why? I then stopped to look at Penguin’s Blizzard River. The station is mostly assembled, and the lift looks to be almost complete. I’ve heard that the grand opening will be next weekend, but with the bad weather projected for the whole week I’d say that’s optimistic at best. Most of the site is still dirt. Next was Superman Ride of Steel which was running one train. Why? After three unannounced lapbar rechecks we were on our way. Next up was Batwing, which of course was only running one train. I can forgive them though as the line was less than 15 minutes. It was a little bumpy, but I came off with very little of the Batwing shoulder rash. I then headed back for one more ride on JJ.

It was then that I ran into my friend Paul. He tells me that the park is due to close at 6pm, and he thought it’d be 9pm like last weekend. So he goes and rides Wild One, and I go and ride Roar! While on Roar!, no one announces last ride of the night. Hmmm....I decide to ask a ride op what time they close. Of course it’s 9pm. Going up the lift of Roar!, I see Roaring Rapids is open. Shipwreck Falls is open also. So that makes four things that were wrong on the closed ride board. It seems that someone didn’t update both sides of the board.

I went back over to Gotham City and saw Paul riding Wild One. So, I joined him and we rode Wild One a few times in a row. We decide to head back to Gotham City, and we pass a school group of girls who need riders for Iron Eagle. They have even fewer people than before, and Paul doesn’t do spinning rides, so we pass. I mentioned that I hadn’t gotten my bashing on Mind Eraser for the year, so we head over to Coyote Creek. At the base of Coyote Creek we notice the most peculiar way to waste you hard earned coinage. A well-themed old-style western shower marked his and hers can be had for only 25cents. One thing’s for sure, you’ll probably smell better than getting off of the nearby Shipwreck Falls. Mind Eraser looks to have some kind of setup as their are trains in the brake block and the block before the station. A maintenance worker is on site, though, so we’ll come back later. It’s time for a little DDR. I get an “A” in simple mode on a moderately paced song, my best showing yet. Not noticing the clock ticking away, the machine picks the last song I stopped on. I get my ass kicked.

We get back on Joker’s Jinx and finally they are loading both trains. Why the change now? Who knows. Things are a little hazy after this point, but I’m sure we rode Ride of Steel a few more times, then I got my head bashed to hell by Mind Eraser. One welcome change is that they have added multiple trashcans to the queue for ME. Hopefully, people will use them instead of throwing their trash over the railing. We have a good laugh at the price for snacks in the vending machine at the exit. At first it looks like .50cents. Upon closer inspection it says $1.50. Ouch.

One last thought; They have a show opening at the end of May in the main theatre called “Cirque du Six Flags”. After working with the real Cirque du Soleil for the last month (“Dralion”), it’d better be good.


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Sunday, May 11, 2003 2:29 PM
Nice trip report. Was it the red train they were running empty on WO, 'cause when I was there in late April they were doing the same thing. I actually got a couple nice rides on ME, not too rough, I was surprised about that. I also saw those vending machines and I thought the same thing when I saw them.
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Sunday, May 11, 2003 7:31 PM
Umm, I havn't heard anything about any bad weather forecast for the upcoming week,this weekend was a waste weatherwise though & as a result I didn't make it to SFA yesterday but I'm going next saturday instead.

Judging by the way your trip went I'm actually glad I didn't go yesterday what with the park not loading both trains on Wild One & single train op on S:ROS,I hope those problems are solved by next weekend.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 7:30 AM
I've seen them cycling trains several times this year and I ask myself why as well? The only thing I can think of is a lot of the coasters got worked on at the end of the season and perhaps they are trying to break them in. I'm not a coaster expert so I don't know. Perhaps Sam Marks will chime in and give us an idea.
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Monday, May 12, 2003 8:31 AM
On opening weekend they weren't having any problems on Wild One at all other than the fact that the ride was a walk on & they had to wait for peeps to show up before sending the train out.

If there's something wrong with the red train then it's time for them to simply put it on the storage track,there's no sense in running both trains if they're only gonna be loading one.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 12:11 PM

BATWING FAN SFA said:
On opening weekend they weren't having any problems on Wild One at all other than the fact that the ride was a walk on & they had to wait for peeps to show up before sending the train out.

If there's something wrong with the red train then it's time for them to simply put it on the storage track,there's no sense in running both trains if they're only gonna be loading one.


The red train on Wild One or S:ROS? The red train on S:ROS was on the transfer track when I was there on Saturday evening.

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Monday, May 12, 2003 6:46 PM
The red train on Wild One,I already know about S:ROS's red train being down for the count,I was reffering to Crookedcoaster's post.
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Thursday, May 15, 2003 11:10 AM
They probally only running one train on Wild One is because of low capacity at the park. We do the same thing at Roar when there aren't alot of people in the park.
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Thursday, May 15, 2003 1:14 PM

Next was Superman Ride of Steel which was running one train. Why?

Because Its a six Flags Park thats why, they always run one train on all their coasters even on weekends(Just go to SFWOA on a weekend for an example) ;)

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Thursday, May 15, 2003 1:57 PM

PaulD said:

Next was Superman Ride of Steel which was running one train. Why?

Because Its a six Flags Park thats why, they always run one train on all their coasters even on weekends(Just go to SFWOA on a weekend for an example) ;)


No! SFA consistently ran two trains on each of their coasters last year (with the exception of Batwing, which keeping one train up seemed to be a chore). Even this year, SFA has consistently ran two trains. Now the problem with S:ROS's red train is unclear, but I know it has been having quite a few problems with the lift hill this season so I suspect it was pulled off for repairs and being it was a lousy weekend, they left it off the track and worked on Two Face instead.

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Friday, May 16, 2003 10:59 AM
I'm Visiting the park next Friday and Saturday (23rd + 24th). Can anybody give me any idea of how busy it usually is/will be on these dates. Any help would be grateful.

Is it a worthwhile park to visit?? (i'm from London!)

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Friday, May 16, 2003 11:16 AM

N: Inferno 2K3 said:
I'm Visiting the park next Friday and Saturday (23rd + 24th). Can anybody give me any idea of how busy it usually is/will be on these dates. Any help would be grateful.

Is it a worthwhile park to visit?? (i'm from London!)


Friday would probably be a really good day to visit as businesses are open and kids are in school. That is the beginning of a three day weekend also so I would expect it to be busier on Sunday and Monday.

However, I think you will get bored spending two days at Six Flags America. The park isn't that big and if it is a slow day at the park, you could ride everything in as little has four or five hours. If you can, I would spend one day at Six Flags America and then spend one day at either Paramount's Kings Dominion or Hershey Park. Both are about two hours away. If you can drive three hours, Busch Gardens Willisamsburg would be an excellent choice and you could probably spend two days there easily. If you wanted to drive 3-4 hours (depending on how fast you drive) you could hit Great Adventure and ride the new Superman:Ulitmate Flight B&M Floorless.

If you do both Six Flags America and Great Adventure then you could ride two flyers, the B&M Model and the Vekoma model. Okay, is that enough information, if not let me know and I can give you more.

Is it worth a visit, and there will probably be some disagreement here, I think it is worth a visit. The coaster collection is pretty good.
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Friday, May 16, 2003 11:21 AM

Thanks alot for the info! I've been to Busch Gardens Williamsburg actually and it is an amazing park but we haven't really got the time or the patience to drive anywhere as we're only visiting for a weekend trip as it's half term that week here in Britain. I've also ridden a B&M flyer in the form of AIR at Alton Towers. I'd still love to get on one of those pretzel loops!! Thanks for the info!
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