Inside the parks things were just as crazy. Wild One’s queue was completely full at one point in the day and was at least half full most of the rest of the day. Batwing’s queue was consistently filling half of it’s main queue all day and with only one train running, lines were well over an hour and slow moving. Superman even filled the first row of its main queue before I left. Joker’s Jinx, which was running on the last day of the season for probably the first time in a few years, even began to spill over into the main queue several times throughout the day. Mind Eraser filled about half of its queue while I was there as well. Remember though, I left by 3:40, so lines could EASILY have gotten much longer by the time the park closed.
Throughout the park they had all sorts end of year deals. Probably the best was the drink deal they had at the front of the park. You could buy one Fright Fest Souvenir bottle for $10 (tax included). With it, you got a wristband that gave you free refills all day. But the deal gets better. It was buy one get one free, so for $10, you got 2 Souvenir bottles and two wrist bands for free refills all day. I had thought of trying to find someone who was only looking to buy one so we could split the deal and only pay $5 each, but I gave up trying as there was quite a hectic mob around the few employees selling the cups on Main Street. As for other deals, well all the merchandise was on sale for 35% off, unfortunately I really didn’t see any “must have” merchandise, even with the discount.
As for the rides, Tower of Doom was running all three sides all day. Superman was running both trains with little problem most of the day. The Jinx seemed to be running fine. PBR and Wild One both opened about an hour late but ran pretty good the rest of the day. ROAR had a pretty big hiccup midway through the day that closed the ride for at least an hour or so. Other than that…there was pretty much standard operation. All the water rides (except for PBR) were closed as expected and all the flats had lines much longer than normal, many filling up at least a row or two in their main queue where they usually are walk-on rides.
Not much else to say. The ops were no faster or slower than normal. Roar’s final turn is just as rough as it’s been this season. Two Face didn’t open (durr) and Iron Eagle was down as well (Interestingly enough, it was closed with the car at the top of the arc and upside down). Still no work on the water park or any ride pieces to be seen anywhere. They did have the “Shortcut” between Wild One and Gotham City open during the day so I did get some nice pictures from back there. I think that’s it.
So it’s now officially the off-season for SFA and the next big thing is the 2005 announcement. Now just have to be patient and wait for that…
Was alpine bobs open at all? on saturday it was closed all day :(,I would've enjoyed just one more spin on the bobs for the season but I guess it'll have to wait til next year.
Hopefully Roar will get some much needed TLC for 05....it's getting almost to the point where it's un ridable for me & is catching up fast to PKD's Hurler as the woodie I'd most prefer to avoid riding,new trains & some track work would certainly solve that problem,of course I didn't see any activity going on with the waterpark so now we just gotta sit tight & wait for the official announcement to be made.
One last thing:did anyone try midnight express this season? we did saturday night & thought it was actually pretty good although the "chase scene" over by Supes for some reason was not as good as there were no screams when we went through that section,the next scene over by JJ made up for it with all the wrecked cars,fog & various degrees of lighting however.
Can't believe the 04 season is now officially behind us....at least we'll have some construction,both at SFA & PKD to keep us occupied during the long cold winter...see ya at the park again next April.
All getting new attractions in '05
edit: Added DP per Coaster Lover's suggestion below. hmmmm... Should I purchase a season pass to CF? *** Edited 11/1/2004 5:22:48 PM UTC by coasterguts***
Coasterguts, can't forget Hydra at DP, then again, that coaster could be pretty much completed by the time winter officially starts...
The park was pretty crowded when I got their after the Redskins game. I've never seen SFA this crowded before. It makes me wonder what this park is going to be like, when they begin to approach the 2 mil and 2.5 mil per year mark.
If you weren't there Saturday, you missed the "BUSY" day! only about 8,000 were in the park on Sunday, over twice that amount were in the park Saturday.
Coaster Lover said:
Sam, over 16,000 on Saturday?!? Wow...crazy. Do you know off hand the park single day attendance record? I thought I had heard somewhere that on opening day back in 1999 (first year as SFA) they did over 20,000. Is that true?
If it is, they probably beat it Saturday!
With the waterrpark open the capacity is close to 30,000, I doubt it's ever been to that extreme, but they've gotten close on occasion.
That was right around the time the metal detectors were added to the front gate,which was due in part to those fights in particular.
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