Sunday, August 19, 2001 7:35 PM
It’s raining like crazy and I’m going to the themepark. Typical behavior for an enthusiast. Well, by the time I get to the park (around 4:30), I find sunny skies. I know it rained earlier in the day and the thinner crowds I was hoping for didn’t materialize. First stop was the newly reopened Superman Ride of Steel. It was great to see it running again, and with two trains. But, this was the first of several frustrating experiences today. It’s taking way too long for them to load the trains, and the employees are also socializing with each other instead of loading/unloading the trains. Everything seems to operate the same, but I do notice a new clanking sound in the brake run that might be a modification. Next I got to stand in line for Batwing, but after waiting for 10 minutes, I decide to get out of line. Before leaving Gotham City, I take one ride on Joker’s Jinx which barely has a line. Next it was onto Wild One and again I found a short line. I decide to ride three times. I ride in the front two times and it’s really impressive. The last ride in the back is kind of slow in comparison. Two Face is my next ride, and I’m sitting across from a guy who looks extremely nervous. There’s only one person checking OTSR’s, but he’s doing the best he can. I went to ride the always dependable Roar next, and I rode it twice. I go back to Gotham City and I rode S:ROS again, this time in the front row. What could’ve been a 10 minute wait at the maximum, took about 20 minutes because of the lazy ride ops. The front row kicks butt as usual. Lastly, it’s back to Batwing who’s queue is only half full. The line is moving slow, but I get to ride at night again which is awesome.
Well, the usual problems which people complain about materialized in a bad way today. The employees were slow, several flat rides were closed, and the park was trashy. The really sad thing is that I found out why some of the things were the way they were. An employee who works on Batwing told me that they can’t people to show up for work. (see my forum SFA’s problems explained). As many people know, I’ve been an ardent supporter of SFA over it’s almost three years. But today I felt like I started to drift over to the critics who tear this park apart. Let’s hope I don’t feel that way permanently.
Monday, August 20, 2001 7:03 AM
Wow, I'm sorry you had a bad experience. I know I ripped this park on my visit this year, but I went twice last year and enjoyed it. Given the comments from the park's fans, I was really hoping I'd just hit the park on a bad day.
It's not a good sign when a park's SUPPORTERS come away unhappy.
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Monday, August 20, 2001 7:27 AM
Well, it is August and so some of the employees might be going back to college. That could explain the shortage. But why can't they close some of the unnecessary attractions like the rock-climbing wall, games, and some of the vending booths and put people to work on the rides? How about some of the managers working the rides? When I worked in retail, my manager would work the cash register if no one else could show up. I usually have a good time at SFA, even when it's crowded. But yesterday was not one of those good days.