SFGAd - 4/8 Nitro rerides!!

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Sunday, April 8, 2001 10:02 PM
What can I say. A new hypercoaster and no lines = a good time!

At 10 when the gate opened, the sign stating which rides would not be operating listed nothing! (I didn't believe it for a second. By noon it listed 20 rides)

Nitro -
opened at 10:30 and we hopped right on the front seat. B&M has topped themselves again. I've been a big fan of both Raging Bull and Apollo's Chariot, and could never pick a favorite. Well, now I have one, Nitro! B&M took the best of what Apollo and Bull had to offer, added some more height and speed, and came out with a real winner. The longest wait all day was 15 minutes for the front seat. I lost count of the number of rides we did, as from time to time we were able to reride! (Six Flags was very good about that today) After sampling all the rows, I can't pick a favorite. They all offer something special.

An interesting observation: I've never noticed this on a B&M before, but the computer told the ride-op at the controls when a restraint wasn't down at least 2 or 3 clicks. When a larger person boarded, the op would call out something like "Row 4 not locked", the other ops would try to get another click down on the restraint. If the computer was happy with how far down it was, they would say "row 4 locked" and be good for dispatch. I don't know if this is new or not, I've just never noticed it before.

Also, leave it up to those geniuses who designed those heavenly trains to come up with the most simple, non-intrusive, and efficient seat belt system I've ever seen. It didn't seem to slow loading/unloading at all.

Batman -
A classic, what can I say. Another walk-on.

Skull Mountain -
A fun little coaster in the dark. They left up some Halloween theming which was kind of fun.

B&R The Chiller -
Down all day. (Didn't bother me, I didn't want to ride it again, but, I feel sorry for those who hadn't ridden it that wanted to.) I had this nice thought that maybe they were putting lapbars on it like FOF. No such luck. Around 4:00 they cycled the Batman side empty for about 2 1/2 hours. The same bad restraints are still there.

Viper -
Down all day. Again, didn't bother me!

Rolling Thunder -
Green side operated. OUCH. Man this thing is in such disrepair. Six Flags should be ashamed of how they are treating this ride. I have many fond memories of this ride when it was well maintained. But one ride was more that enough today, and had me reaching for my Asprin.

Runaway Train - Typical Arrow mine train. Fun, what can I say.

Great American Scream Machine - Typical Arrow multi-looper. Not my cup of tea. I took one ride and passed at the chance for many rerides. It pales in comparison to Medusa which is just down the midway.

Medusa -
Another walk-on, and more re-rides! There was a one train wait for the front. Medusa was much more intense than I remember it. What a great ride!

Anyway, it was a great day. I used my $44.99 SF America season pass to get in and was shocked to see that one days admission is $48.99!!!!!! Parking was $10.00!!!!! What a rip off. But, what are you going to do? If you can go this year, it's definitely worth it just to ride Nitro!
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- Peabody
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Monday, April 9, 2001 5:43 PM

Peabody said:
"An interesting observation: I've never noticed this on a B&M before, but the computer told the ride-op at the controls when a restraint wasn't down at least 2 or 3 clicks. When a larger person boarded, the op would call out something like "Row 4 not locked", the other ops would try to get another click down on the restraint. If the computer was happy with how far down it was, they would say "row 4 locked" and be good for dispatch. I don't know if this is new or not, I've just never noticed it before."

Wow, you mean the computer has a messaged relayed to it with the position of each and every lap bar on the train? Wonder if Jeff believes me now. ;)

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"Don't you hate pants?"
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Monday, April 9, 2001 5:52 PM
Dude... let it go! :)

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Monday, April 9, 2001 6:15 PM
I had no idea that such a system existed. I wonder how that works exactly. Another thing I noticed is that the ride-op at the controls seemed to be able to lock and unlock a single row on the train if necessary to avoid a total recheck.

The Nitro crew was, for the most part, doing a really speedy job yesterday. I hope they keep it up when lines get horrendous.
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- Peabody
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Monday, April 9, 2001 10:58 PM
Do you know when the park is usually that empty? Any time during, say, August? If we can get there sometime when the park is that empty, then the LONG drive would be worth it.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 10:57 AM
I thought of a criticism for Nitro. It would have been nice to see a tunnel on it.

That's a small detail, but the ride was so darn great, I was trying really hard to think of a criticism!

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- Peabody
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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 6:27 PM

Lothar said:
"Do you know when the park is usually that empty? Any time during, say, August? ...it."

I would definitely try for a Tues or Wed. The very last week is sometimes ok, I think some NJ schools start back around then, which could mean less people...
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Saturday, April 14, 2001 8:36 PM
Peabody said:

Rolling Thunder -
Green side operated. OUCH. Man this thing is in such disrepair. Six Flags should be
ashamed of how they are treating this ride. I have many fond memories of this ride when
it was well maintained. But one ride was more that enough today, and had me reaching
for my Asprin.


I hear ya on that one. I rode it today for the first time and I couldn't believe how bad this thing is. It's really really sad how they can't maintain this thing because it could be a really good woodie with lots of good air.

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"Nippy!! Where the hell are ya?"
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Sunday, April 15, 2001 2:35 PM
I know this would start a war on the General Buzz board, so I'll ask it here. Have any of you who have ridden Nitro ridden SFNE's Superman? I really want to know how those two coasters compare.

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E.J.
Webmaster: Theme Park New England
http://tpne.8m.com
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