SFGAm, CBCon03, May 17th

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Saturday, May 17, 2003 7:55 PM
Let me just start out by saying it was great meeting alot of you from these boards. I will name what I can remember and if I left your name out I apologize.

Gregleg, STChick, JoNoJ27, Kick the Sky and his wife, Danny S., redman822, Stephanie(Jeff's wife), Lumpy72, Arrow Guy, and his brother B&M Guy..

To the rest of you that I cant remember your name or screenname, I enjoyed your company (albeit short) :)

The day started out with some serious power riding on Superman Ultimate Flight. Wow, my daughter and I got in between 12 to 15 rides. I was definitely sick of Superman after that for the day. We were spoiled for that hour, no doubt. Thanks Jeff for making that happen. 1 of those rides was takin in your absence.

The ride experienced some problems around 9:50 am so by the time they had it back up and running, it was time for the public to ride. Felt sorry for some of the CBuzzers who were stuck in the flying position for about 20 minutes.

After the ERT ended, my daughter and I just made our rounds throughout the park. The crowds started to build during the afternoon but it wasnt horribly crowded.

My daughter kept asking when the picnic lunch was all day and finally at 3:00 we were on our way to section 5 of the grove. They served up hotdogs, potato salad, pasta salad, rolls, mostocolli, and fried chicken legs, fountain soft drinks, and ice cream bars.

After we were done pigging out, Bugs Bunny paid all of us a visit, and Stephanie made her rounds getting pictures of people. She also did a group photo which took some creativity to get everyone in the picture.

After the lunch, we were back out and about hitting all the coasters , a bunch of flats, and playing some games. Final ride of the day for us was Triple Play which I still love.

The result. Great rides on S:UF, great meeting you CBuzzers and great having a picnic grove lunch. I really hope Jeff and Stephanie have future CBuzz events at SFGAm.

Thanks for reading.

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Saturday, May 17, 2003 8:22 PM
Good to hear it was quality ERT. Wish I could've been there!

So what do you think... good event?

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com - Sillynonsense.com
"Pray that your country undergoes recovery!" - KMFDM

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 4:12 AM
Enjoyed every second :)
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 4:37 AM
Absolutely.
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 5:36 AM
It was great. Thanks Jeff. Can't wait for Beastbuzz.

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Chris Tyson
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www.pkiunlimited.com

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 5:46 AM
Sounded like fun! I wish I could have been there. Too bad I live in Jersey...

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-Sean Newman

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 6:50 AM
Bah Hambug. Wish I could have made it. Sounds like it was a lot of fun...

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Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 6:57 AM
I Must say my Son and I had a great Time. We stayed at the park open til close (which we normaly don't do).

Thanks Jeff & Stephanie

20 Days til Beastbuzz

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 7:42 AM
I cannot think of anything I did not like about the day. Truly a great event. The ride-ops on Superman were excellent the whole time (and some of them even remembered me when I went back later in the day) Thank you very much Jeff and Stephanie. I am surely looking forward to more events in the future.

My friend and I were running a little behind schedule in the morning so it was pretty awesome to come rushing up to the gate, see all the people waiting to buy tickets/get in, and then have someone come up to me and say, "You must be Kevin," and let us in right away (I assume this was Susan Storey, but I am not sure). We were only a few minutes late so we didn't miss anything.

I've always had my doubts about Superman, but I've learned to never again judge a coaster before I ride it. I was really surprised at the comfyness of the seats and restraits and loved the entire ride (the pretzel is way more intense than I expected!)

The rest of the day was a little crowded, but not too bad for a nice Saturday. I've never seen so many buses in the parking lot though! Lunch was great, and it was neat to finally meet some of you in person that I've been reading posts by for a couple years now. And while I forget your name and never got your screen name, it was nice riding/chatting/eating with the guy wearing the B&M shirt from Park City, IL.

Thanks again,

Kev
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FIRST Robotics 2x National Champion

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 7:49 AM
AHHHHHHH you guys are soooo lucky i wanted to go so bad. But i had to go to this boring graduation. Add I cant go today either this is bad.Luckys

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Fly with the Man of Steel in 2003
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:04 AM
So... Is it safe to say that we'll see another CBuzz event at Great America in the future? :)

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Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:12 AM
Sounds like a great day. I wish I could have been there.
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:17 AM
Very nice report Chitown and I'm happy how impressed everyone has been with S:UF. The intensity of the pretzel loop is almost unrivaled compared to any single ride element. I guess there aren't too many Buzzers (or GAm visitors in general) out there who miss Shockwave? ;) I've always thought Shockwave was one of the best eye-catchers coming up to a park I've ever been to, so I can't wait to see what park's skyline it graces next.

As for SFGAm as a whole, it's been my favorite coaster park since '99 (with Viper, Bull, Whizzer, B:TR, and AE), so with the additions of Deja Vu, V2, and S:UF since then, I think I'm in for another excellent trip there.

Did V2 or Deja Vu open during the day or have they been open this year at all? Thanks!

-Danny
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Coaster Insomniacs- Coastin' the Night Away

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:24 AM
V2 has been open the whole year. Unfortunatly, Deja Vu's train is still nowhere to be seen.

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Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 8:50 AM
Chitown: That wasnt my wife, that was NoLimitChic and her friend!!! :)

So you met another buzzer!!!

I had a great time at the park meeting what little people I did get to meet. I wish the nametags would have had the screen names on them so it would have been easier to know who was who. Great event though. Lot of great ride time, the park did a fantastic job of getting everything to go right. BTW, who all here got stuck on Superman??? I bet the crowds waiting to get on the ride were upset to see us all riding it and our last train of ERT breaking the ride!!!

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Bob Hansen
Resident Airtime Whore
*** This post was edited by Kick The Sky 5/18/2003 12:50:50 PM ***

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 9:58 AM
I arrived at the park about 8:55 am to attend the Coasterbuzz club's ERT and was greeted by Susie Storey the park's Public Reations Manager. Some of the non-Buzzers looked frustrated that they could not enter the park with us. The ERT started a bit late.

I was one of the riders who got stuck above the platform before the station around 9:50am. It wasn't too uncomfortable, although it was hard to keep my head up any longer. after about 10 minutes I saw the ride mechanics vehicle arrive at the station as well as the crowd from the general park population walk up to the station. I knew the ride would start back up soon and that I would not get another ride.
I managed to get 10 rides, one on each row plus 2 others.

Around 8 pm I entered the que for S:UF and the wait was around an hour and a half due to the ride experiencing a temporary delay in operation a few times with it doing it again as I was standing behind the air gate waiting for my last ride that was about 9:30 pm.

I went on 19 other rides for a total of 29 rides.

It was a great day.
*** This post was edited by coasterchild 5/18/2003 2:10:41 PM ***

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 10:30 AM
I had a great time too at my first ever coaster event.
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 10:53 AM
I also really enjoyed CoasterBuzz Con '03. It was my first coaster-related event, and the ERT was amazing. The ride-ops were really friendly, and they were very efficient with getting everyone on the ride quickly (no stacking). My first ride ever on S:UF was in the back on the far right... all I can say is WOW! I know everyone always says it, but that pretzel loop was more intense than even I was expecting after reading previous TR's..

I had 3 back row rides, 2 in the front, and 4 in the other rows. I went on the back row when the break down happened, and they made everyone get off of the ride and back in the station... Instead of waiting for the back again, I headed to the front row figuring it would be the last time I'd ever see a 3 train wait for the front on S:UF :) Also, the entrance is now completed and looks great, not tacky, but really classy. I was just a little surprised at how long the walk is from the queue house to the station.

I wish I could have stayed the whole day but had to leave early around 2:30 p.m. due to my job (after riding several rides with a couple of buzzers, both of whom were really nice.) My only regret is not being able to stay the whole day and meet some more buzzers when everyone got together again for the picnic at 3:00. Like Chitown and Bullguy, I really hope future CB events can be held at SFGAm.. :)
*** This post was edited by StealthNet 5/18/2003 8:52:38 PM ***

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 11:19 AM
This was a great day for my girlfriend and me. It was our first coaster event and her first trip to SFGA. The ERT was awesome except for hanging in the brake run. We knocked out 34 coaster rides between the 2 of us(thank you fast lane). Thank you for having this event. I know we will be back if their is another one.

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Damn Cornfields

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Sunday, May 18, 2003 12:03 PM
Can't say enough good things about it! My wife and I had a great time. It's just too bad she can't get off of work to make it to BeastBuzz as i'm sure that would be sweet also!

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CoasterBuzz club member 316 says I just kicked your @$$!

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