SFA 7/22 We Broke S:ROS

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Sunday, July 22, 2001 10:19 PM
Me and my riding partner from last week, Matt, went down to SFA fully knowing what we were getting ourselves into. It was a beautiful day, a Sunday, and 87 degrees with almost no humidity. We also didn’t arrive until 2:30pm. Yes, you guessed it, there were huge crowds. We tried to get Fast Lane for S:ROS, but they had already run out for the day. A new sign appeared at many of the major attractions-No Casts. You've got to wonder what happened to inspire these signs. Load times were really slow on some of the rides, but riders were equally to blame in most instances. Too many people were trying to take on loose items (purses, backpacks), or they didn’t put on the seat belts. Maybe they need a video before every ride...Credit does go though to the Roar crew again, who were very effecient. I also saw a couple bad instances of line jumping (is there ever a good instance?), including two people who climbed over the railing on Two Face from the queue. I followed 2Hostyl's advice and just let it go. Here's the trip rundown:

Batwing-As expected it had the longest line. I do give them credit for trying to fill every seat on every train with single riders, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. They’re unfortunately back to one train, so it helps. The wait was about an hour, 20 minutes and we both agreed that the ride is still amazing. I hope they never recline the seats on the lift, as it was awesome to watch the clouds overhead while on my back.
S:ROS-We waited a four-train wait for the front and it was worth it. After riding Steel Force last week, we couldn’t get over how much more intense and powerful this is, and we’ve ridden it hundreds of times. It was also very smooth up front. But, a problem crept up at the end of the ride. We only made it half way into the station. A maintenance guy came out and got us all the way back into the station, but it never reopened (although we saw some cycling later on).:( While walking down the exit ramp, we looked at the blue train which is undergoing a major overhaul. It looks like they are replacing every wheel on the train.
Krypton Comet (Chance Chaos) I think we got eight full inversions, including one very scary flip near the end where we had a sustained inversion while diving towards the ground.
Joker’s Jinx-The train was making some really cool noises between elements. Kind of a swoosing noise. It’s quite possible that they’ve changed the wheels recently.
Food Break
Wild One
Two Face
Roar-Back of train
High Seas
Roar-Front of train
Iron Eagle (Zamperla Rotoshaker)

Batwing-Bow Down
Monday, July 23, 2001 7:12 AM
WOW! They were still playing with the blue train Sunday? I went to SFA on Saturday and they had removed every one of the side guide wheels on the blue train. Since there were no less than FOUR repairmen working on the train, something made me think it was more than just "routine maintenance". With them still working on in the next day it really makes the mind wonder.

"Nobody writes about the planes that land." Steve Salerno Washington Times 7-10-01
Monday, July 23, 2001 7:42 AM
"I think we got eight full inversions, including one very scary flip near the end where we had a sustained inversion while diving towards the ground. "

Those are the best! Face-first diving towards the ground is sooo.. much fun! My friend and I ride Chaos just to try to do those.
Monday, July 23, 2001 6:45 PM
That's what Chaos is all about, glad you had a good ride on the Chance scream machine!


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