SFGAM Eagle Questions

Thursday, September 18, 2003 8:01 AM
Having ridden Eagle many times the last several years, one can’t help but notice that the (unused) queue is quite lengthy. I have never personally seen a line past the bridges. Questions: Given that wait times can be up to 20 minutes or so when the line is near the split for blue or red, how long were the wait times when the queue was used under the tent? Was 3-train operation per side ever in place? Was the tent space always devoted to concessions on the left and queue on the right? All of this points to time when Eagle was the premier attraction in the park.
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Thursday, September 18, 2003 8:16 AM
Yes, when the ride first opened, waits typically exceded 2 hours and filled that tent. I do believe they ran three trains on each side back then too but I could be wrong. I just remember them e-stopping the ride all the time with the trains up at the top of the lift hill.

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Bob Hansen
Resident Airtime Whore

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Thursday, September 18, 2003 8:17 AM
I only waited for the Eagle once when the line was in the tent... about 14 years ago. The wait was probably close to an hour, and the tent was only half-full.

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Colin D.
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Thursday, September 18, 2003 8:27 AM
This year and last year I waited for Eagle when it was out of the entrance (but none of the queue was open), it was about a 45 minute wait...

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Thursday, September 18, 2003 8:29 AM
the tent was originally for a circus show, but then an elephant escaped and they decided to use the tent for other purposes.

I've seen the line all the way out by the AE sign, but even then the switchbacks were always empty and that's only on really busy days. I think that the unused area could be used for a flat ride.

as for three train operation, I could have sworn that someone once said that Eagle was never meant to run three trains, but I honestly don't know.

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-Bob (formerly Coaster Jedi)
your resident film major...beyotch!

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Thursday, September 18, 2003 12:22 PM
SFGA Bob, I just noticed something- there is only one transfer track on each side. That means it wasn't designed for 3 trains, because on all other coasters with 3 trains, there are two-three transfer tracks. But, still, they did use 3 trains.

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"If you're thirsty, it's too late to go get a drink." Chinese Proverb

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Thursday, September 18, 2003 2:21 PM
Yes, Back about 12 years ago they did run three trains on both sides, But, the were never timed right.
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Thursday, September 18, 2003 5:30 PM
I saw 3 switchbacks open under the tent 1 time this year. I think it was in August.

Carlo

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Friday, September 19, 2003 7:04 AM
didn't the ricochet used to be over there? I remember it was sitting right where Daredevil dive is now, I was really little, and the ride was called either Big Top or Big Show?

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I am one.
I am Turbo.
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Friday, September 19, 2003 7:06 AM
The ride was called the Big Top and is now the Ricochet in Southwest Territory. I really loved that elevated platform for the ride, much better than where it is now.

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Bob Hansen
Resident Airtime Whore

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Friday, September 19, 2003 7:14 AM
Oh yeah kick the sky, I loved the color better as well

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I am one.
I am Turbo.
Top Thrill in the front row... anything else is lame

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