SFEG 8/31/02

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Sunday, September 1, 2002 9:59 AM

The day started off pretty good as the parking lot was basically empty. We figured this to be because everyone was spread out with a huge food festival that was supposed to attract 500,000, the Denver Grand Prix aroud the Pepsi Center (SFEG had good views of this) , and a CU vs. CSU game at Invesco Field. We got right into the park and headed for our first ride. My friends wanted to go on Tower of Doom but I don't like drop rides so I went with one friend on Boomerang. It was a walk on and even though it seems very standard, can be fun. Next, we went to TFC because some of my friends hadn't been on it yet. It, too, was a walk on but we waited for about 15 minutes in our cars before they finally got us out of the station. After unloading, we decided to go on Sidewinder to watch the race. The line stopped for a while near the top, giving us a chance to view the race. I rode in the back row which I think is much better than the other rows because it gives airtime on the way back into the station. This ride was no different and was very fun. While we were up on the platform, we saw something that we had not seen all year, Shake, Rattle, and Roll was running so we immediately headed that way. After taking two rides on it, our legs needed a break, so we went to our car and ate lunch.

Once back in the park, we headed to the waterpark. We hit Swiss Family Taboggon first. This was great with my friend's dad who is 6' 4" and 300 lb. because we got very high on the walls. Right after, we headed to the lazy river for the usual time of pushing under waterfalls and log jams. We then headed to the wave pool to be pleasantly suprised. The waves have changed from being in little sections to spanning the whole width of the wave pool.

We went back into the main park for Chaos. It had no line and the op let us run twice. We then went to the best ride in the park, Twister II, again this had no line and WAS RUNNING TWO TRAINS! Finally they had gotten a clue, or maybe they fixed the problem. It was fun in the back, except the double-up didn't seem to be as good as it used to be. On our way out of the park, we stopped for a ride on the tea cups. My friend's dad again came in handy; he spun us the fastest I have ever gone.For our last ride we went on the Merry-Go-Round.

Sunday, September 1, 2002 11:22 AM
Twister II was running two trains? Finally! :) I took my first spin on SR&R a few days ago, and found it pretty fun. I couldn't believe how much it hurt your legs! Are all Top Spins like that?

I was at the football game, and because I arrived so early, I walked to the top of the stadium and took a few pictures of SFEG and the Grand Prix.

Sunday, September 1, 2002 1:12 PM

Twister II can only run two trains when the line is a certain length. It has been running both trains all year, its just they won't put the second one on till the line is REALLY long. I have been to EG 11 or 12 times this year, and have ridden TII every time, but have only seen it run two trains a couple times. I don't understand why they don't run both trains more often...maybe they want to make the guests mad? I think they are just really cheap and don't want the to put too much wear and tear on the trains then they have too.

I was there today, and saw some of the race, it was pretty awsome. The line for TFC was almost a walk on when I went. And I got a quick ride on Shake, Rattle, and Roll as well, it is nice to see it up and running. BTW-If you want to see some pics from my visit...http://community.webshots.com/user/rubberducky1313

It sounds like you had a good time though, I can't wait for Fright Fest!!!

*** This post was edited by RubberDucky on 9/1/2002. ***

Monday, September 2, 2002 8:13 AM

RubberDucky said:

maybe they want to make the guests mad?

You should hear us rides people in the back. We just sit there and think of all of the people we can piss off in the park if we don't add the second train.
There are reasons that the park doesn't run two trains sometimes. Now I don't work on the side of the park with Twister, but I believe that these are the main reasons. Sometimes if staffing is short, the additional two train attendant can keep another ride open. If the line gets too short, the guests actually slow down the loading procedure, they don't move as fast, which can cause other time delaying issues. Also, it is to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the ride. Most days when the crowd warrants it, the ride does go to two trains, it does happen folks, so please go easy on the insults, you are insulting me and my colleagues.

Big Bucks, No Whammies, and Stop.

*** This post was edited by J. on 9/2/2002. ***

Monday, September 2, 2002 11:16 AM

I was just joking with that, I understand it costs more money to operate two trains. But the park should seriously look into running two trains more often. The Mind Eraser is always running two trains, and I understand it is a little bit more difficult to transfer those trains, but if they do it for one major ride, they should do it for the other. I know the lines are rarely as long for Twister II as they are for Mind Eraser, but if the line is ever going to be more than half an hour, they should put the second train on. I have waited 45 minutes for that ride before because of 1 train operation, that shouldn't happen.

It may be additional money for the park to spend, but it sure would make the guests a lot happier.

I never intended to insult SFEG or any of it's employees, in fact, I have more respect for the park than most. But no park is perfect, and I just can't seem to figure out why Twister II doesn't run both trains more often.

*** This post was edited by RubberDucky on 9/2/2002. ***

Monday, September 2, 2002 3:40 PM
The wierd thing was there was no line for it at all, it was a walk on and had two trains. My guess was just that they expected more people to be there on Labor Day Weekend, but were wrong and didn't feel like taking the other train off.

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