SFA 8/5, Weekday Trip-Mystery Solved?-Part 1

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Sunday, August 8, 2004 1:23 PM
OK, the trip was great but the beginning was bad. It was me, my mom, my dad, my sister, my best friend, and my sister's friend. We drove into the parking lot. We were given maps. We parked and then walked to the gate. My sister and her friend were looking at a map and then I heard my mom say "Oh my gosh!" She showed me the map and the map said "F this Sh!" with the real words. We showed it to a ticket lady, who then gasped. My mom went to park relations and got new maps. After my dad reconfigured all of the bags, my friend and I headed off to Gotham City. But for once, the Iron Eagle was open. Me and my friend (Thomas) had never ridden it. So we gave it a try.

As we got on the ride, the people gave their little speech. "Please do not pull on the restraints. It will cause the ride to malfunction." The restraints closed but many people pulled. They lifted the restraints. On the second attempt, the person next to me pulled. I told her not to pull. She said ok.

On the third try she pulled it again. Once again I told her to stop. She said, "OK, OK!" On the fourth try, she pulled.

"Please exit the ride to your right. The ride will be closed for 10-15 minutes."

I was pissed. Thomas was too. We headed over to Two-Face which has not had any kind of line on weekdays since the day it got stuck (i was there on that day with Thomas). We started forward, which had a short line. It was great. Then we tried Iron Eagle again. We got on and this time, they repeated the last part of the speech about the restraints.

The ride was really cool.

Then we finally went to Gotham City. Superman was running one car. We waited a good 25 minutes and then got on near the front. But Superman was great, as always. We pointed and shouted "The house, the house!" on the second hill, as if it was the biggest thing in the world. Then we went to Batwing but decided to skip it for now because the line was reasonably long.

Joker's Jinx was almost a walk on. It would have been but they were testing the second train. The ops were just saying enjoy your ride and weren't saying "all clear, dispatch". The ride was fun but it's not my favorite.

But as I was sitting on the block breaks, I saw some plastic wrapped black poles. I thought they looked like supports. They were in a 3 way fenced off area. You could also see them from the train. Could they be the supports of a new coaster?

Stay tuned for part two, which is from the same day. It's coming soon!

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Sunday, August 8, 2004 6:59 PM
No they're probably not for a coaster but are simply more posts for the safety fencing going up around various rides in the park,I saw them yesterday while sitting on the brakerun on JJ as well.

I was at SFA yesterday & when I asked a mechanic working over at S:ROS while waiting for it to open in the morning he told me this about possible 05 improvements "if you don't like getting wet then you're probably not gonna enjoy our 2005 capital investment plans" it sounds like they plan on doing something with the waterpark next season if you ask me.

Some funny stuff happened on some rides yesterday,a case in point was with a rider on alpine bobs who asked to get off when the ride stopped as they were prepping for the backwards part of the cycle....we're like you would've known from watching the ride while in line that it went backwards at some point.

Not only that but they were running the thing wide open for once :) now if only high seas could run a cycle that intense then I'd be pleased.

Over at JJ things got rather funny between the unload op & the panel op,for some reason it looked like the panel op was about to kick his a$$ over something however it lead to some majorly slow loading & dispatch times....2nd slowest was superman.

Even more fun ensued over at Chaos when these guys decided they wanted to go to Batwing & chose to go under/over the empty switchback rails,one of them was doing some great single handed vaults over the rail but misjudged his approach on the last one & landed in a rather painful looking & embarrassing position.

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Sunday, August 8, 2004 7:21 PM
that's really weird! Ok, maybe not a coaster, but maybe some big water ride or something. But do those poles really have to be that big for a fence? I wonder if the ride op was just playing with you. Or maybe Six flags will change it's plans.

You never know! Especially with Six Flags!

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Monday, August 9, 2004 5:35 PM
Where's the other half of your TR Austin?

Now I just thought of something here,it might...just might be possible that SFA could be adding a setpoint swing thing to the park next season,that would be an inexpensive coaster that's suitable for families & as we all know can dish out quite a fair share of the wet stuff.

I really cannot see any other types of water rides being added to the themepark side as of now when they've already got a rapids ride,shoot the chute,flume (tsc)& a spinning raft ride(PBR),my guess is it's that or a rennovation/relocation of the waterpark for the 2005 season.

BTW it was someone in maintenance who told me about it,not one of the ride ops because at the time I was still in the queue near S:ROS's brakerun while he was working on some minor glitches with one of the trains.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004 7:20 AM

BATWING FAN SFA said:


I was at SFA yesterday & when I asked a mechanic working over at S:ROS while waiting for it to open in the morning he told me this about possible 05 improvements "if you don't like getting wet then you're probably not gonna enjoy our 2005 capital investment plans"


Gosh, it seems like every time you go to SFA you have "another story" I suggest asking the Dippin Dots Guy what the park is getting next year, his report will probably be as accurate as the maintenance guys!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2004 10:09 AM
sorry, i haven't had time to post the other half yet (which is more like the other 6/7). I will get to it sooner or later.
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Thursday, August 12, 2004 1:09 PM
^Austin: there seems to be even more conffirmation to back up the info that I heard while at the park on the 7th,I'm not gonna go into detail about it just yet however only to have certain members scoff at my post.

All I will say right now is that it's gonna be wet & it's gonna be good.

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Thursday, August 12, 2004 5:20 PM
BATWIMG FAN SFA, all I have to say is, that this is a public website. Not everyone have to agree or disagree with your statements.

My point is stop being greedy and let the people that want to know information know!!! Get my flow. I am pretty sure its good.... JUST MAKE SURE YOUR INFO IS TRUE OR RELIABLE! *** Edited 8/12/2004 9:23:01 PM UTC by SFAmerica***

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Thursday, August 12, 2004 5:26 PM
SFAmerica: it's been the exact same for years now. SOme people are always spouting what they've heard about various parks...it's almost never true, reliable, or even close to being right. Just ignore :)
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Friday, August 13, 2004 11:53 AM
All I'm gonna say right now is it's gonna be wet & fun & will involve the waterpark in a major way.

In fact it'll involve the waterpark in more ways than one,but until we get more confirmation & the official announcement you're all just gonna have to wait to get the details.

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Friday, August 13, 2004 1:06 PM
could you at least tell me (in a message)? I don't care if your wrong.

At least now i know it's not a coaster. We'll have to wait for '06.

When are the Choice Awards? I wouldn't of known about this site if it hadn't been for them.

Were those poles for the waterpark? Are they adding a Master Blaster slide? That must be it.

They don't have any good slides!

I will post part two soon. I really haven't had time this week. (Yesterday i went to my local D&B's and played DOCWE for 2 hours straight-best game ever).

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Sunday, August 15, 2004 12:31 PM
Don't be so sure Austin,signs are pointing towards something more than just waterpark improvements.

I did some research into HP's Rollersoaker & get this: the track length matches that of attraction #40(runaway car ride,80ft tall & 1,300ft in length) on SFA's conceptual site plan from 99,also the height is just 10ft short of the proposed height for attraction#40 at 70ft tall.

With that in mind along with what some others have heard from a few "higher ups" last week it sounds like a strong possibility that they'll be getting a new waterpark & a setpoint interactive swing thing coaster as well,which can be tied into what I heard while I was at the park last saturday.

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Sunday, August 15, 2004 1:06 PM
Seems odd that SFA would get a ride that there are only two others of in the US (at HP and at PC), one of which is at a competitor park only an hour or so away, but it's still an intreguing idea. Roller Soaker is an extreamly fun ride and would be a great centerpiece for a new waterpark. We all know how popular Paradise Island is and a new waterpark would complement the park well. Also with Great America getting a new waterpark, another batch of water rides to make a new water park at another park wouldn't be so out of the question (think how both PGA and PKI got new water parks this year). I'm not saying I believe you because I have no solid evidence, I'm just saying it's all a possibility and COULD be possible. Personally, as long as SFA gets a reasonabbly good addition for 2005, I'd be happy. A new waterpark would be just fine for me.
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Sunday, August 15, 2004 8:27 PM
^

Let's not forget about the four Premier Lims in the United States, one just so happens to be a hop, skip and jump down 301 from SFA.

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Sunday, August 15, 2004 11:29 PM
What have SFA accompished so far? What have they done for 2004 or what have they done to prepare for 2005 (apart from the "fences")?

I truely hope that SFA do fix their waterpark because PKD is highly competitive with their innovated slides and pools.

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Monday, August 16, 2004 12:40 PM
It just so happens that I'll be at the park for a couple of hours tomorrow with my sister & her kids & I'll try to get a look at the stuff in the lot next to JJ.

Now I have no way to verify this info just yet but I recently heard some more news regarding the possible setpoint ride:you know those posts that are shrink wrapped & sitting in the lot closest to S:ROS? it turns out those might be the supports for the new ride,I've also heard that what might be aqua colored setpoint style track has also been spotted in the same area.

The fences awaiting construction were all shipped pre-assembled so there's a good chance that it could indeed be the parts for the new ride sitting back there,I'm gonna try to get a good look at things while going through wild one's turnaround section as it's hard to see it from JJ's platform & will post a short TR later on in the week with the results of my investigation.

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Monday, August 16, 2004 3:25 PM
Just to cast a little doubt here, what I saw today were black fence posts most likely for the fence at the end of PBR.

Oh and just so that you know and aren't complaining you don't know, Two Face is down as well as Riddle Me This. S:ROS didn't open until twelve today, feel sorry for the guy that had to darn a harness and climb to the top of the lift to get it running and Batwing hadn't opened as of 1:00. *** Edited 8/16/2004 7:28:17 PM UTC by coasterguts***

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Monday, August 16, 2004 8:01 PM
Ohh man does that stink,now I know back on the 7th that RMT wasn't running at all,now tomorrow they might be able to get two face & Supes up & running again though.

Since I'll be with the kids & arriving at around 4 or 5 pm I probably won't be able to get in the usual rides that I typically can get in on my saturday trips once a month,although I hope to get my 7 year old nephew on Wild one & a few other rides if he meets the 48 inch height requirement for them & I hope to get in at least one lap on Supes as well.

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Saturday, September 25, 2004 7:50 AM
i didn't particularly like roller soaker.

A new waterpark would be really nice though.

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Saturday, September 25, 2004 7:51 AM
right now it's terrible, even the slides aren't great. They should get those 70ft. body slides that are at PKD. Those were great.
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