SFGAm Day Trip

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 1:19 PM

My graduating class went to SFGAm as a reward for the school year. We left at 7am and arrived about a half hour after Opening Time.

Six Flags Great America Trip Report

My best friend and I rushed off the bus, ticket in our hands. We ran to the enterance, and got in the enterance line. Once we arrived inside the park, I told him I didn't want to do Shockwave first. He had never been there before, but this was my third time. We turned left at the carousel, and where did we end up, Shockwave. I wouldn't have agreed to it, had the line been longer. We ran through the empty holding areas, and got in line. Within ten minutes, we were boarding.

Shockwave: Rating - 5.5/10, Coaster Rank - 28th

Shockwave's chain ride might have been the most smooth part of this ride. The first drop is fun, but once the sequence of inversions start, one experiences a major headache. I found the headbanging problem terrible. However, the thrill level was high. Overall, Shockwave is fun, but painful.

After the first ride, we decided to go again. The second ride wasn't as painful and fun. I still had a headache, though. After Shockwave, we walked over to American Eagle. We decided the line was too long, and walked over to Demon. The line was about 20 minutes, and then we boarded.

Demon: Rating - 6/10, Coaster Rank - 24th

The lift was short, with a view of Raging Bull. The first hill was exciting, and the consecutive loops were fun to go through. I thought the theming was decent, but not great. The corkscrews were fun, and overall I thought Demon was a good ride, but very, very tame.

After Demon, we had to check in. Then, we headed for Raging Bull. After what looked like an Hour wait, but went very fast and turned out to only be about 40 minutes, we boarded.

Raging Bull: Rating - 9.5/10, Coaster Rank - 8th

The lift on Raging Bull was fast. I loved the openness of the restraint. The drop was fun, as it went into a tunnel. I loved the turns, and the photo was in the right place. Overall, Raging Bull's color scheme was easy on the eyes, and the only down side was the wait.

After Raging Bull, we headed for Viper. The wait was about 15 minutes long and hot. Then we boarded Viper.

Viper: Rating - 7/10, Coaster Rank - 18th

The appeal of Viper is it's twists and turns. The chain ride is fast, and the steep drop is surprising. Just when you think it's going to end, it turns and goes up another hill. This is a first rate wooden coaster, which is perhaps underrated. Overall, I like this coaster, but the wait needs improvement.

After Viper, we had to check in again. Then we decided to head for Iron Wolf. It was about a 15 minute wait from the time we got in line. Then we boarded the Iron Wolf.

Iron Wolf: Rating - 7/10, Coaster Rank - 19th

In the past, I have heard many people complain about a head banging problem on Iron Wolf. I did not experience this problem. Iron Wolf does not compare to Mantis, but it is still a good ride. The inversions are fun, and the drop was auxilirating. Overall, Iron Wolf is a good ride, but not the best stand-up coaster out there.

After Iron Wolf, We headed back to American Eagle. After about a 25-30 minute wait, we boarded American Eagle's Backward train.

American Eagle (Backwards): Rating - 6/10, Coaster Rank - 25th

American Eagle backwards is fun. I loved going down hills, and seeing where we had just been. The helixes were fun, and I liked the bumpiness. As far as wooden coasters go, American Eagle is a great ride. I did think Viper was superior to American Eagle, though.

After American Eagle, we split up. He had never been on an Inverted coaster before, and did not want to start today. He also wanted to go on a water ride, so I headed for Batman: The Ride. The line was about an hour long, but with the theming the time passed quickly. I finally boarded around about 6pm.

Batman: The Ride: Rating - 9.5/10, Coaster Rank - 10th

The lift on inverted coasters is always fun. I loved the drop, and the inversions were great. The theming is great. The best part of the ride is the first drop. Overall, the theming is great, the drops are fun, and the inversions are exciting. The only down side is the long wait.

After the ride, I met up with my friend at Shockwave. We rode Shockwave two more times, and then realized it was time to go. I boarded the bus, and we returned home.

Six Flags Great America: Rating - 8.5/10, Rank - 2nd

Great America doesn't have very good scenery, but they make up for it with great rides, as do most Six Flags parks. Six Flags Great America is a good park with great rides. The atmosphere is good, and there is unique food. Overall, I would suggest a trip to this park for anyone looking for a day of thrills.

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D-Mon of Darkness
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*** This post was edited by D-MONOFDARKNESS on 7/30/2002. ***

*** This post was edited by D-MONOFDARKNESS on 7/30/2002. ***

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 1:41 PM
Nice TR, sounds like a fun day. I'm curious, why do you think Batman needs a mid-course brake? Given the short layout where would you suggest they put it?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 5:33 PM
Uhhh.....V2 and Deja Vu????

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


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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 6:21 PM
I didn't get to go on DejaVu, it was closed all day. As for V2, I had gone on S:TUE at SFWoA, so I didn't think it was worth the wait to go on basically the same ride.

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D-Mon of Darkness
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 7:10 PM
What day did you go on, as far as I know Deja Vu has been opened everyday lately.

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Top 5 Coasters 1.Deja Vu(SFGAm)2.Raging Bull(SFGAm)3.Millennium Force(CP)4.CornBall Express(IB)5.Viper(SFGAm)
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 7:50 PM
It was back at the end of May.

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D-Mon of Darkness
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:13 PM
How do you remember so well all the way back then? You must have a good memory.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:44 PM

It's really not that hard... The last time I went to SFOG was last year, and Icould still write an accurate TR.

Next on tap... MCBR on Batman? That's the first time I heard an enthusiast suggest such a thing, and hopefully the last. The whole point of Batman is a quick, intense layout with no dead spots at all. A MCBR would kill that, and Batman would be just another inverter.

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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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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 10:04 PM
I didn't remember the order of the rides exactly, but the ride itself, the most important part, is easy to remember. And the MCBR, that was one thing I didn't remember, I thought it already had one, and I saw no reason to get rid of it, but I would never change anything about Batman, which is why I edited my post to retract that statement.

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D-Mon of Darkness
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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 6:36 AM

BullGuy said:
"The whole point of Batman is a quick, intense layout with no dead spots at all. A MCBR would kill that, and Batman would be just another inverter."

No CRAP! Batman is great as is. A Batman with a MCBR would be...would be....Raptor (perish the thought!)
lata,
jeremy
--Montu rules my sky. Would you rather trust your fate to a bird, a man, a dragon...or a god?

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002 6:43 PM
^ believe me, I agree.

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D-Mon of Darkness
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