SFGAm 7/15 - The good and the bad

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Wednesday, July 16, 2003 7:42 PM
After all my friends had one thing or another come up (All-Star game, work...), I decided to take my brother so he could ride S:UF. Well as we pulled up in the parking lot, I noticed a rather empty station and no testing...and no second train in the brakes. I figured something was wrong. Sure enough, the ride was closed for most of the day. I assume the storms that morning had something to do with it, but I really have no idea what was the problem.

So instead of waiting in the morning line for a non-opening Superman, we decided to hit Condor, a ride I haven't ridden in a good 10 years or so. Not nearly as scary as I remember, but a good alternative to Sky Trek and Giant Drop for a view.

Headed on into the park to find Batman closed and V2 recovering from a breakdown (this was at 10:30ish). Of course, this meant the line was empty, so why not ride!

On to Iron Wolf, which I had no idea didn't open till 11. Fortunately it wasn't a long wait and we were on the second train, front row.

Accross to Fiddler's Fling, which still packs a nice punch.

Eagle blue, Bull, and Chubasco were all as good as always. After spinning ourselves to near death, we decided to take a small break and finally find a Roller Coaster Tycoon pinball machine. Not the greatest pinball table ever created, but it does the game justice. Very nice. Got in line for Demon after blue to have it break down on the lift when we were sitting in the next train out. Short delay, but we had already gotten out of line...

On to Viper, which I surprisingly didn't fit in as well as I did earlier in the year. I'm not a LARGE guest, but I am a bit wide. The seat divider therefore tends to get in the way. Eagle is usually uncomfortable till the ride rearranges me. Viper is never usually a problem. This time Viper was like Eagle. Not a big deal though...still enjoyable.

Orbit then gave us a good spin. Checked up on the man of steel, ate at the cajun grill that seems to always be closed, and then hit up Batman. Fast, intense...yay!

Hit up Eagle red and then got in line for Giant Drop. Right as we were up to the turnstyle, one of the cars decided it didn't want to be pulled up...this halted operation for about 15 minutes. No biggie though.

Gave Demon another try and found it be just the same, not rough like another trip report noted.

Whizzer may be getting a bit rougher...there's a nice jolt as the train pulls out of the ground-hugging turn and into the hill that goes around the lift.

Triple Play is as I remember it, but some of those trees may need to be trimmed a bit.

Continued around the park to find V2 broken again, so we took advantage of the short line and then proceeded to get a front row Batman flight before heading out. The train stopped on the lift for some reason, but didn't halt things for long.

On the way out, we found a line for Superman and got in with a 20 minute wait for back row. Found it very interesting..and sometimes annoying...when everyone in the station cheered every time the train changed positions.

Now for the fun part (its much shorter...congrats if you've made it this far!). I made several observations throughout the day: A lot of people complained about the 15 minute wait for Eagle. Did they expect every ride to be a walk on?? In July?? With Superman closed???? Park was kinda empty for July, but it was All-Star game day and there were bad storms that morning. The park seemed to be very understaffed (1 op on several flat rides, rides not open, rides opening late..) but everything was still handled well and at full capacity. The Superman debacle resulted in friendly and professional staff and they stood outside the entrance all day letting people know what they could. Too bad the one girl told us at 6 that the ride was closed for the day...and it opened at 8:15. Glad we didn't leave. Lots of breakdowns this day...more than I've ever seen before. There were infact at least two mechanics inspecting the bottom part of the pulley on the second half (above where the sled would start). Some people think that the Fastpass gives them the right to go to the front of the line...some people in the Batman queue were trying to fight their way through because "we have a pass." (yes, it was a fastpass and not something else...which would have been an exit pass anyway). This was about 7:30, right as some new music was being played in the batcave...I dubbed it "The Rave in the Batcave" as it was kinda trancy. It turned out to be the Batman Forever soundtrack I THINK, since "Kiss from a Rose" was played two songs later. This was always when people found it fun to pick the flowers in the park section of the queue.

In all, some people do some things that will never be understood, they are always being watched by others.

And Chitown, I think I saw you in line for Eagle Red midday..back row.

Kev

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FIRST Robotics 2x National Champion

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Thursday, July 17, 2003 10:32 AM

On to Viper, which I surprisingly didn't fit in as well as I did earlier in the year. I'm not a LARGE guest, but I am a bit wide. The seat divider therefore tends to get in the way. Eagle is usually uncomfortable till the ride rearranges me. Viper is never usually a problem. This time Viper was like Eagle. Not a big deal though...still enjoyable.


I agree about Viper's seat dividers. I sort of stapled myself by accident on Tuesday, but had a much better ride because I wasn't being lifted up so high off my seat that I crashed down onto the seat divider.

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