SFA/ BGW park questions

Tuesday, March 27, 2001 11:26 AM
1)When will Batwing open?

2)How long does it take to get from SFA to BGW?

3)Is SROS as fun or almost as fun as the SFNE ride?

4)Is Roar east at all like Roar west? Are they clones?

5)Will there be any rides in the new Ireland section at BGW?

Thanks!!!
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Tuesday, March 27, 2001 11:38 AM
1. I am not exactly sure when Batwing opens, but it will open some time in mid-May. Not April!

2. I don't know how long it takes to go from SFA to BGW. I think it's between an hour to 2 hours, probably closer to an hour.

3. SROS is a great ride at SFA. The first drop is intense at about a 70 degree angle with about a 200 foot drop. It is great, u get lifted out of ur seat alittle on the drop. Then, right after the drop is a major banked turn to the right. Then a hill, then it goes in a mega 720 degree helix, then the best part in my opinion occurs. The ride goes about 40 to 50 mph after the helix, travels a little bit straight ahead, then there is a bunny hill. This bunny hill is veru small, so it provides MASSIVE airtime! U feel the train lift off the track in ur mind (does not happen) and u will get lifted out of ur seat, it is great. Then a 540 helix and then a series of bunny hops back into the station, it is a great ride.

4. I dunno bout the roar in the west. The first drop is about 90 feet that curves downward, as a lot of speed and criss crosses the track alot. It's a great woodie.

5. As far as new rides in Ireland, I am not too sure exactly what's being put in. I know for sure that there are no coasters going into Ireland, but there will probably be some flat rides. That's as much as I know at the moment.

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Dave
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Tuesday, March 27, 2001 11:48 AM
1. Look for Batwing to open late May.
2. PKD is around 2 hrs from SFA, so expect SFA to
be about 2.5-3 hrs from BGW.
3. SROS is fun, but I hear the SFNE one is
better. SFA's version may have slightly more
intense airtime.
4. Roar East is very similar to Roar west, though
I hear Roar west is better. Roar east has PTC
trains, whereas Roar west has the GCI trains.
5. There may be a new 3-d sensory attraction, but
no new coasters : )

Ben Ashley
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Tuesday, March 27, 2001 12:01 PM
That leaves me in a big debate on whether or not to go to SFA. So far, my only "inspiration" to go is SROS. Can anyone help change my mind? Worth a 3 hour drive out of the way: I'm coming from Cinci, Ohio to PKD and BGW. Any good dark rides, water rides, etc.? Rest of the coasters good?

Thanks again ACE and Ben! :)

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A Monster is Rising!! Be afraid...be very afraid!
Reptar's revenge-April 7, 2001
PKI-Kings Mills, Ohio-Wooden and Kiddie Coaster Capital of the World!
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Tuesday, March 27, 2001 12:05 PM
SFA is amazing, it's my second favorite park. Every coaster, except for maybe Mind Eraser, makes the park worthwhile.

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"When they come for me I'll be sittin at my desk, with a gun in my hand wearing a bulletproof vest!"
-Catch 22
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Tuesday, March 27, 2001 1:53 PM
Superman at SFA is an excellent hyper. The air time is terrific from about half way back to the end of the train. My only complaint is the second helix is a little weak. Roar is an excellent woodie, and Wild One proves that they could build a woodie in 1919 that is still wild today. Jokers Jinx is a head banger but an interesting ride. Two Face is a standard invertigo but interesting if you haven't ridden one. Yes, Mind Eraser is a Vekoma SLC, but it is probably the best of the six or so that I have ridden.

If you go to PKD, the high points are Hypersonic and Volcano; but don't miss Scooby's Ghoster Coaster, a neat little John Allen Junior Woodie.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2001 2:33 PM
Koaster King, there are no dark rides at SFA and there are no dark rides at PKD except for James Bond: License to Thrill and Outer Limits: Flight of Fear. At SFA, there are no dark coasters and no dark rides if I remember. At PKD there is Outer Limits: Flight of Fear coaster and the James Bond: License to Thrill ride which is a ride where the seats move and shake while watching a mini movie of James Bond fighting bad guys. Those are the only dark rides at the two parks if I remember correctly.

Now for the water rides question... at both parks, there is a pretty big waterpark. There are rapids rides and water slides and shoot the chute rides at both parks. At SFA there is a ride called the Typhoon Seacoaster which is a coaster on the water, but it is not that great at all. It basically stunk.

The coasters at SFA are 1. Roar 2. Joker's Jinx, 3. Two Face: The Flip Side, 4. Wild One, 5. S:ROS and 6. Mind Eraser. The Mind Eraser is not too bad. It's a little old but has some good inversions and a decent first drop. Wild One is a little rough of a woodie but still decent. Roar is great and was a fast and ferious coaster. It has a twisty 90 foot drop with many crossovers and speeds of 50 mph. Two Face: Flip Side is an invertigo where the seats face each other. Expect long waiting times at Two Face. S:ROS is just a great hyper. Read my first post for the details. Joker's Jinx has a good exceleration which many many turns I think about 32 vertical and 27 horizontal turns or something like that. It gets a little slow at the end and is rough on the head. There are many inversions packed extremely close together and the inversions are near supports and the ground which is pretty cool.

For PKD, there is 1. Volcano: The Blast Coaster 2. Rebel Yell 3. Grizzly 4.Hurler 5. Hypersonic XLC 6. Scooby Doo ride 7. Shockwave 8. Anaconda 9. Avalanche 10. Outer Limits: Flight of Fear
11. Taxi Jam The Taxi Jam is a kiddie. Shockwave is a standup and rough it is a clone of the King Cobra at PKI. Avalanche is a nice smooth bobsled coaster next to Volcano. Volcano is an LIM with speeds of 70 mph and goes through a volcano and mist and fire shoot out and there are many zero gravity rolls. Outer Limits is the same at PKI. Scooby Doo is a great ace classic that is a very fun woodie to ride. Rebel Yell is the coaster that started ACE and is a forwards and backwards coaster that is alright. Grizzly is a coaster that has some fast speeds at least one tunnel and some cool drops through a forest. The Hurler has some sharp turns a decent first drop and is a pretty good woodie. Anaconda is one of my favorite rides at PKD. It resembles the Vortex at PKI and has about two less inversions. It goes under water and through two loops and then through an insane corkscrew that feels like u are falling out of the car. I have not ridden Hypersonic XLC yet so I can't tell u bout that coaster. I hope this all helps cause it took a while to write down. Have fun wherever u go.


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Dave
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Tuesday, March 27, 2001 3:48 PM

1. Mid- to late-May

2. 3-4 hours. Depends on traffic near D.C. and Norfolk.

3. Couldn't say, never been to SFNE

4. More like cousins. ROAR west is a slightly different design and it has Millenium Flyers.

5. Yes, a 4-d simulator attraction called corkscrew hill.
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2001- the year of flight!
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Tuesday, March 27, 2001 4:26 PM
Thanks for the great info everyone. PKD is starting to look like the bad one out of the two now. I'll be going to both anyway. I'm getting a SFKK season pass and a PKI pass. Most likely, I'll be hitting SFGAdv, SFGAm, and SFWoA too with my pass this year so it should be excellent. :) :) :)

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A Monster is Rising!! Be afraid...be very afraid!
Reptar's revenge-April 7, 2001
PKI-Kings Mills, Ohio-Wooden and Kiddie Coaster Capital of the World!
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