SFGam in Sept

Thursday, September 12, 2002 1:52 PM

Last time i was at SF Great America was when it was Marriotts and it was opening day of the American Eagle. Waited 2 1/2 hours, but well worth it.

I am going back Saturday, September 21 and was wondering what the crowds will be like on Saturday? I am unable to go on Sunday when I'm sure the crowds would be lighter. Any help would be appreciated.

Watch out Bull, here I come!

Carl

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 1:59 PM

I was at GAm last Saturday and, surprisingly, the crowd was not too bad. Not too many walk-ons but the only wait all day that was more than 30 minutes (RB, V2) was for Deja Vu and that was *only* 75 min.

September weekends have always been a good time to go to GAm. October and FrightFest is a different story.

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 2:06 PM

If you have the choice to go on a Sunday, go on Sunday. Sunday's have been the least crowded all year long I have found.

No matter which day you go Deja Vu's line will probally be around 2 1/2 around midday, but if you get in line for it in the morning or an hour before closing you can get on in 45 min. or less. Raging Bulls line will probally be about 15-20 min. on Sunday.

Stay away from V2 and Batman from about noon until 5, since these are the only 2 coasters on this side of the park the lines are usually packed.

Eagle is hit or miss but you probally won't have to wait more than 20 min. for it if you go on a Sunday and the same goes for Iron Wolf.

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Deja Vu Count = 27
SFGAm CoasterWorld

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 2:06 PM

Yeah, I am planning on going this weekend, and from past experiences, the park shouldn't be very crowded. Lots of kids have sporting events and school work to do.

Edit: Hey, we posted at the same time, lol, strange huh?

Also, IBSteve, how long was the wait for the eagle last saturday? Usually you can tell how crowded the park is by the length of the line on AE.

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Cedar Point 2003, and it begins...

*** This post was edited by CobraRoller on 9/12/2002. ***

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 3:06 PM
American Eagle's line also depends on if both sides are running with 2 trains on each side. Even if the park is crowded and AE is running at full strength, the lines move very quickly.

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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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Thursday, September 12, 2002 3:18 PM
Good point, Chitown, but a lot of the GP don't go on wooden coasters because they are old looking. My friend once said "That ride was great, even if it was wooden." I suppose I should refraise it for the Demon. If that ride has a line...well, have fun waiting in line.

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Cedar Point 2003, and it begins...

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 3:20 PM
Will they be really crowded on Saturdays in October????
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Thursday, September 12, 2002 3:25 PM
NEVER go to SFGAm during Fright Fest which is in October. The lines are HUGE.

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 4:35 PM
Hehe... Cobra Roller? There is a HUGE cheerleading comp this weekend. You go, expect lines. How do I know? My sister's in it!

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

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 6:15 PM

I was at SFGaM last Saturday and I would have to agree with the light crowds that everyone said before. I got 18 coaster rides for the entire day. One note: If the lines of Whizzer looks more than 20 minutes (on a day like last Saturday).. just wait until later in the day. The line will go down (I waited 8-10 minutes around 5:00).

About AE.. It did not open until early in the afternoon. The wait was originally about 15-20 minutes, but shrunk to 5-10 minutes later in the day (depending on what seat you chose).

They tried racing both sides earlier in the day, but later in the day it was hit or miss (depending on how how many lap-bars get stuck). Why do they have so many problems with their lap bars?

Hope this helps.

-Jesse

*** This post was edited by jesbob21 on 9/12/2002. ***

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 6:57 PM
It's not the lap bar's fault. It's stupid people who don't understand the simple concept PUSH DOWN THEN pull up.
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Thursday, September 12, 2002 7:01 PM
I agree, it is peoples fault. I see people all the time just tapping the lap bars expecting them to come up. The ride op usually has to walk over and get them out because they are afraid to push it down for some reason. Some people don't understand when they say push down they mean push down!

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Deja Vu Count = 27
SFGAm CoasterWorld

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 7:37 PM
The thing I don't understand is that on Deja Vu (and other coasters), the recording says to 'push down, then pull up on the harness'. I would consider it pulling down, then pushing up... but I shouldn't get too technical about things. :)

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 7:47 PM
The only advice I can give is to get there an hour before the park opens. Usually they let you into carousel plaza a little early. At park opening, head straight to Deja Vu. I only waited 45 minutes on what I was told was the busiest day of the year (50,000+), but an hour after park opening the line was upwards of 3 hours.

Bull's lines didn't get long until midday - i guess it took people a while to get over there. Other than that, there's not much i can tell you. V2 was only a 45 min. wait, which I'm told is reasonable (even though I marathoned S:UE the week before). Good luck!

~me

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 7:48 PM

Yes, I do believe that the people is the majority of the problem. (I'm thinking that there is some greater issue).. But I do see people (with ride-op help) trying to push down, but failing on loosing the lap bar. Then they would have to get their hex-key tool and disable the lap bar that way. All of this while the next train is sitting on the break run. Oh well.. as long as I get to ride. Thanks for answering..

-Jesse (who keeps correcting spelling and other mistakes in his posts - sorry)

*** This post was edited by jesbob21 on 9/12/2002. ***

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 8:06 PM
Last October 12th I believe Kneemeister and I almost had the park to ourselves during Frightfest. Of course it was 40 degrees with 20 MPH winds but still ;)

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Thursday, September 12, 2002 8:27 PM

You got lucky MagnumForce because I have been to FF with weather like that and it was still packed.

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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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Friday, September 13, 2002 5:44 AM
FrightFest was easily the best idea ever. Dress up the park in cheesy Halloween Decorations and people will come in droves, what an idea to make money off of folks.

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BMCOASTER

bmcoaster@wi.rr.com

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Friday, September 13, 2002 6:50 AM
Be glad they have Fright Fest BMCOASTER. It keeps the park open an extra month. Before this event was established , the park always closed up shop at the end of September.

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""To be the man, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!, You got to beat the man""!!!

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Friday, September 13, 2002 6:59 AM

CobraRoller said:


Also, IBSteve, how long was the wait for the eagle last saturday? Usually you can tell how crowded the park is by the length of the line on AE.

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A little late in responding here but AE was about a two - three train wait - both sides.


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