SFMM - My Rundown

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 5:45 AM
Ok, I was in LA over New Year's, and instead of writing a big long TR that nobody will read, I thought i would just give a little rundown of what this always loyal Midwest/Eastcoaster has to say about the experience.  I also visited Disney Land, and Knotts, which I will get around to later.   

SFMM -

Viper is the best old school Arrow looper I've ridden.  The first drop is just plain killer, the ride was nice and smooth, and the little hop and dip under the lift at the end was a nice little addition.  Over all, this is a grade A ride, and truthfully not just one of the best in the park, but one of the best in the world.  Most Pleasant Surprise Award. 

Deja Vu rocked my world.  We rode it at night, and it was quite, quite dark.  There was a guy going up the first spike that kept yelling and laughing "I been tellin' yalls!  I don' like this part!  I don' like this part!"  Just the way he sounded...guess you had to be there, but it was hilarious.  As for the ride, it was fast, smooth, disorienting, and just plain wacky.  This is a definate winner in my book.  I don't see how anybody could not like this ride, as I was laughing the whole time, and a long ways down the exit ramp.  Perhaps some of us are letting the delay's jade our opinions a little bit?  The Just Plain Fun Award. 

Psyclone is not as bad as some people make it out to be.  I rode in the front car, and while it is quite a physical ride, it doesn't compare at all to the meanest of Mean Streak, or the time I thought I was going to die on Wolverine Wildcat.  I agree with some...different trains would help.  The tunnel was well apreciated.  Second Biggest Potential Award.   

Gold rusher is a fantastic mine ride.  The setting is just undeniably pretty, pretty, pretty.  I loved the hidden nautre of the ride, the giggly helix, and the nice veiws of what looked to be a fantastic log flume, which unfortunately wasn't running.  *brr*  Hidden Gem Award.

Ninja wasn't running.  Too bad, I was really looking forward to it.

Riddler is just one of those coasters that breaks my heart...in a bad way.  Highlights are the fishtail curve into the MCBR (much different from the other 2 mega standups, but still great!) and I really, really liked the surprise dip after flatspin 1, and the wonderful floater hill afterwards.  Great airtime.  Other than that, an unremarkable, mediocre ride.  I'll take Mantis or evern Iron Wolf any day.  Biggest Dissapointment Award. 

Superman is Super-lame!  I dont care if its a coaster or not, its just nothing to write home about.  Predictable Award. 

Batman was running like a bat out of hell.  I don't know what was different about this version, or perhaps what was different just this day or this ride, but my group and I had ridden just about all of the Batmen in the country, and this was the most violent, wild, and fast ride we had ever had on one.  It was so fast, and I wasn't expecting it, that I literally had a hard time walking for a while afterwards.  The "Didn't see that one coming!" Award. 

Collosus is great, I thought.  Of course, I would love to ride it with its original trackage and PTC trains, but I still had a good time none the less.  Biggest Potential Award.  Only quip is that the walk to it is kinda weird. 

Goliath is one of those rides that breaks my heart...in a good way.  Pure masterpiece from start to finish.  The first drop is excellent, excellent, excellent, especially with the perfect floatage in the back of the train.  The wonderful, incredibly tall turnaround has an awsome lateral g, and the hill afterwards provides for the biggest sustained float I have ever experienced.  The second half...sweet lord.  I'm just in love with this coaster.  Am I gushing?  This coaster is gush worthy.  Those wonderful Schwarz - like graceful turns, that wonderful drop into the trench at the end of the ride...and that thing that happens in between.  That incredible, near death, OMG OMG OMG centrifuge.  Its one of the most incredible elements ever put on a coaster, and it deserves all the praise it gets and then some.  Night rides are also incredible.  The I Want to Wrap You Up and Take You Home With Me Award. 

Revolution, or poor revolution.  What are we going to do with you?  You have OTSR which are't needed, which I kept bashing my head against at pretty frequent intervals.  I was almost happy you had so many brakes for fear of bashing my head any more.  The setting of this coaster is just wonderful, and the layout is, too.  If it would do any good to get on my knees and beg for the old trains I would.  Biggest Shame Award. 

Yes, I rode X.  I think I'm going to have to leave it at this:  Best Steel Coaster in the World Award. 

People that haven't been to SFMM just don't understand, do they?  I think that the whole SFMM vs. CP thing is inherently stupid, but it all originates from that fact that lots and lots of people in the argument haven't been to both.  Some people have this image of SFMM being this huge, evil corporation park only content on building coaster after coaster with no regard for park experience at all.  Its not true.  For one thing, this is the cleanest, and best operated Six Flags I have been to.  The layout is excellent, the food is above average, especially if you eat at the right places, and the rides were all run well.   

And the one thing that surprised me the most:  SFMM is incredibly beautiful.  That walk from Viper to Psyclone underneath Revolution is so wonderful...so intimate...so, so pretty.  The whole mountain area of SFMM is like a little slice of BGW in the middle of Valencia.  Its a shame that all of the talk about SFMM revolves around the coasters, and not around the park itself.  I suppose talking about how pretty the park is...how wonderfully landscaped the park is...how enchanting the park is just isn't very interesting.  Sure, the Riddler's area and Batman area is pretty garish, but that's the point. 

I grew up riding coasters at the huge coaster parks of the mid west, and I can say without a doubt that SFMM is just as good as any of them.  They all have their strengths and weaknesses which makes them all unique and fun to visit.  I'll make this clear though - the only weakness that SFMM really, really has (besides being so far away from me) is the lack of flat rides, but that's about it folks.  If you haven't been, its well, well worth the trip, especially I would think in the off season.  Its a park that gets well enough attention for its excellent coaster collection, but its the park itself which makes it all work. 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 5:58 AM
Awesome report. Lookin forward to my trip later next month! Hopefully Ninja will be open. It'll be tough for Ninja to beat Top Gun at PKI though...how does colosus compare to Am. Eagle?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 5:58 AM
Ravenguy, I'm glad you had a good time, but this TR proves to me that the experience at any given park changes drastically from day to day. 

Last time I went to SFMM (my second time), it was super-packed, coasters that should not have been shut down (Goliath) were shut down, and every single employee we talked to either was rude or completely inept.  And the walk under Revolution, while pretty, reeked of some sort of vomit/grease combo all day.  And we had to wade through 3-inch deep water in the Ninja queue.  And we witnessed some hideous food preparation techniques (i.e., dipping ungloved hands into vats of lemon ice). 

btw, I read every single TR that's posted here... trust me, they are read.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:03 AM
Colossus compared to American Eagle - geez, that's a toughie.  They are very similar.  Personally, I would take Collosus because just so much of Eagle seemed pretty dull (the helix, mainly.)  Both are fun rides. 
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:13 AM
Wow, you find Collossus and the American Eagle similar? Other than the fact they're both wood, and both white I didn't find any similarities. Though I haven't ridden Collossus in quite sometime.....I do remember liking it just about as much as Am. eagle

*** This post was edited by khyron2014 on 2/13/2002. ***

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:22 AM
Ravenguy,

 I am glad you had a good ride on Deja Vu. It sounds like the day I was there, it wasn't running up to par. I was one of the 'unlucky' ones to have gotten a pretty unenjoyable ride on Deja when I was at the park and it has nothing to do with the ride being delayed. I was actually looking forward to my first ride on Deja. I really enjoyed the spikes and vertical loop, but that boomerang was violent. Just as violent as a bad SLC IMO.

 The way I look at it, I can skip Deja the next time I am at the park and it won't feel like I am missing anything. I am looking forward to riding another version of Deja to see if I get a better ride. I hope I do because I really want to like the ride.

-Sean

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:38 AM
I found Collosus and Eagle similar in feel and nature. 

Sean - Yeah, I just don't know what to tell you.  I am really in love with at least the SFMM of Deja Vu.  Of course, I only rode it once, and you only rode it once, and we both rode the same version.  It will be interesting in the future to see how our opinions change (or don't change for that matter) as we get more rides in on different versions. 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:48 AM
The locals take it for granted, the media overhypes it, out of town visitors expect to much and the kicker is, people who have never been there, still manage to have opinions about it.

I have lived all over the US and had several home parks including Cedar Point. Never have I lived near a more missunderstood park where opinions on it ranged so drastically. Whatever, I have no agendas and I enjoy parks for what they offer, and SFMM overall is a winner in my book.

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Have you ever considered that maybe it's not the park that's the problem, but YOU?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:51 AM
Fine!  Make it a trip report, see what I care.  ;)
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 7:35 AM
ravenguy98-

Glad you also noticed the out-of-control Batman.

BTW- You're a wonderful writer.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 3:49 PM
Just what I was gonna say Chad.  Batman The Ride at SFMM left its effects on me for hours after riding it, good effect for that matter.  Its just so powerful in my book.
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 6:30 AM
What about flashback? was it closed again?
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