SFGAm 8/13 - Luck of the Irish

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 5:06 PM

Me and my coaster bud, Adam, made another trip to old Six Flags despite the severe thunderstorm warnings, after all, coasters are faster after it rains. Anyway, we got to the park at 1:30 PM in the middle of the downpour. All the water was running downstream and we got everything on us below the waist soaked. We headed for Deja Vu under our trust red umbrella, which we found ourselves happy under most of the afternoon. Deja Vu was closed, so we made a jump for Vertical Velocity. We were behind this huge group of other coaster buffs waiting for the ride to open up again. We got to talking about the rides here and they told me all the rides they'd been on. Apparently, they had come from Ireland for the summer to ride all of America's finest coasters! Nice guys, the Irish.

No sooner did we get to talking then the storm cleared up. 15 minutes later, the ride was functioning.. After about 15 more minutes of waiting in line, we had front row seats. Now THAT is a ride where front row rules! After V2, we hightailed it to the bumper cars where we re-enacted The Fast and the Furious. Needless to say, the guys who caught our front end are still rubbing their shoulders.

For Viper, I chose a clicker ride in the last row. The airtime today was out of this world. I swear at one point, my butt was out of my seat for at least 5 seconds. That was one heck of a ride.

Carbo break after that. Dinner was cheeseburgers, funnel cakes, and Cokes. Dinner of coaster enthusiasts.

Iron Wolf got us worried. The cars seemed to flying tonight. Nonetheless, we boarded, despite threats that the ride would shut down due to weather. That wasn't very shaky. I pinned my head to one side of the OTSR and had a rather smooth ride.

We hit our last ride, Batman, after that. And what do you know? The Irish guys were in line right next to us again! We had another lovely chat and boarded the train. The thunder was getting closer. The tracks were so slippery it felt like we would hit 5 G's! The train was tearing out the track and it was the greatest ride on any coaster I had EVER had! Interestingly enough, the Irish guys were with us on it. As soon as we hit the brake and entered the holding area, they announced the ride has ceased operation. For us to be on the last ride, that was sheer luck.

All in all, it was a good day. My first rainy day adventure was a success. Unfortunately, that was my last visit for this summer, as school starts Thursday! ___ Well, happy riding, coaster buffs!

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Take it up a notch, Mr. Operator! I wanna feel my brains in my feet!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 5:11 PM
No Raging Bull?

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-Sean

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 6:55 PM
No weekend visits when school starts? :)

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Ric Flair was hitting on the female host, he told her - "Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line." WOOOOO!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 7:22 PM

Darn, my group high-tailed it out of there around 2:00, not listening to any of my rants against doing so... But, SFGAm did give us free tickets for another day, so hopefully tomorrow will be fun!

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002 8:58 PM
Well, not going tomorrow, but I was utterly surprised at how smooth Demon was today. I have never has such a lack of headbanging on that ride! The corkscrew was perfect...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:51 PM

I went on the 13th as well. We waited it out at Gurnee Mills 'till around 6. When we came back it was Walk-On City, USA. We got at least 10 on the Bull, and the rest of the time spent (until closing) was on Batman, Giant Drop, Viper, and V2. It was some of the most fun I've ever had at a park. No crowds, no lines, insane rides in the rain.

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Thank You for challenging TOS: The Ride. We hope you enjoy the rest of your day, here at SFCB.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 6:54 PM
I was there too! Of course, DV was closed the entire day, which pissed me off. However, I will state that riding RB while being pelted by huge drops of pouring rain is something all enthusiasts must experience. I literally had my hands in front of my face for most of the ride -- and Bull was actually hauling some booty for a change. One of my greatest coaster experiences ever.

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SFGAm: 1)DV 2)V2 3)AE Blue 4)Viper 5)Bull


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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 6:56 PM
I feel like such a pawn... I tried to get my group to stay... but no...!
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Thursday, August 15, 2002 10:11 PM
Man I hate high school! But i love going to Great America all the time especially in the rain! That's one of the reasons i've been able to get on the bull 600 times!!!!!! Man i love thunderstorm warnings because most of the general Public wont come!

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Have you ever been to SFGAm and seen Deja Vu closed? If you have then go again and it WILL BE DEJA VU!

Sorry I couldn't hear you, The voices in my head are drowning you out.

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