SFMM Tatsu's Media Day Event

Thursday, May 11, 2006 5:46 PM
You can check out todays official opening for Tatsu at
http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=33694

If you are getting bored with the speaches, make it a drinking-game: Take a shot everytime Shapiro mentions "Family" in his speach and you will have a blast!

BTW, Tatsu is amazing, i am sure a lot of ride reviews will follow in the next days. *** Edited 5/11/2006 9:47:54 PM UTC by AlexInLA***


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Thursday, May 11, 2006 8:43 PM
Evidently, you are unaware that the general census on this site dislikes Magic Mountain, therefore, interest in Tatsu will be zero to none.

Meanwhile, Patriot, a most common of common inverted rollercoaster, is a hot-topic must. ;)

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Thursday, May 11, 2006 8:55 PM
Tatsu looks awesome!!! I cannot wait until this December to ride this beastof a flying coaster.

I am definitely not one of those SFMM haters!!!:(:(:( *** Edited 5/12/2006 12:56:27 AM UTC by Hamster Boy***

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Thursday, May 11, 2006 8:57 PM
eightdotthree's avatar There is a lot of interest in Tatsu from what I can tell. How was the ride?
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Thursday, May 11, 2006 9:35 PM
There definatly is interest. and there is plenty of that in this forum.
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Thursday, May 11, 2006 9:50 PM
"Evidently, you are unaware that the general census on this site dislikes Magic Mountain, therefore, interest in Tatsu will be zero to none."

Sorry if you feel that way, thought a lot of people would like to watch a grand opening of a new rollercoaster, no matter what place or park it is located.

Magic Mountain really is improving on a lot of different levels and they learned from there mistakes with Scream. There went a lot of thinking(even little details)into this ride.

You dont like the park, ok, but can the rest of us enjoy having a brand new rollercoaster that we actually enjoy(taking from everyone i talked to today)

It's a beautiful ride, just to quote another rollercoasteraddict, which basically summs up the ride

I was actually totally blown away by Tatsu. I did not expect it to be the way it was, very fast, AWESOME visuals while riding. Even going up the lift is a trip, really makes you appreciate your harness.

And the pretzel IS intense, especially in the very front or very back. I have never been on an element like that and think that it has the ability to force a scream out of just about anyone.


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Thursday, May 11, 2006 10:02 PM
Has Del Holland always been the most boring speaker on the face of the planet?

-Nate

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Thursday, May 11, 2006 10:05 PM

Sorry if you feel that way, thought a lot of people would like to watch a grand opening of a new rollercoaster, no matter what place or park it is located.

Magic Mountain really is improving on a lot of different levels and they learned from there mistakes with Scream. There went a lot of thinking(even little details)into this ride.

You dont like the park, ok, but can the rest of us enjoy having a brand new rollercoaster that we actually enjoy(taking from everyone i talked to today)

It's a beautiful ride, just to quote another rollercoasteraddict, which basically summs up the ride


Eh, don't be so quick to talk, although I can understand how you misinterpreted my post as a personal viewpoint.

I've probably followed Tatsu's construction more closely than anybody else here on CBuzz (I can make that safe assumption ;)), and I'll be at the park tomorrow between 8:00am to 12:00pm for the Xtreme Play Pass holder preview event for Tatsu. I've heard an overwhelming amount of positive reviews as well, and will tell you, tomorrow can't come any sooner.


Has Del Holland always been the most boring speaker on the face of the planet?

Yes. Not only is he boring to listen to (absolutely monotone voice), he hesitates during speech, which makes it a lot worse to hang with.

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Thursday, May 11, 2006 10:06 PM
Oh good, I'm glad to hear he isn't slipping. Especially hilarious is the fact that he can't seem to figure out how to pronounce the name of his own ride.

-Nate
*** Edited 5/12/2006 2:08:12 AM UTC by coasterdude318***

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Thursday, May 11, 2006 11:24 PM
I thought Del got fired! How did he survive the Shapiro sweeps?
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Friday, May 12, 2006 12:16 AM
I'm not sure that all of SFMM's problems (or even a majority of them) can be attributed to Del Holland, but I am surprised he's still with the company. I don't know exactly how many general managers got cut, but it was a pretty significant number. And given SFMM's (overall) poor performance over the past few years, I'm surprised he made it through. Apparently I'm not the only one.

-Nate

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Friday, May 12, 2006 6:15 AM
Some quick impressions from media day (I'm tired):

- Nice day put together by SFMM. There was media everywhere, and it's always fun to talk to people who don't know a thing about coasters. lol

- Paul Rueben is indeed a tool.

- SFMM provided food all day long. Donuts, coffee, bagels and muffins in the morning, hamburgers, turkey legs, soda and even churros later that afternoon. Nice touch.

- The presentation was nice actually. I actually talked with Mark Shapiro for about 10 minutes afterwards. He's a very nice guy, and completely "with it". Away from the media he mentioned that big changes are coming to the chain, but this will happen slowly. He's got a 5 year plan set up, and will consider thrillrides again once the 5 years are up (hymmm... just in time for the 50th anniversary). He likes wooden coasters more than loopers, and remembers SFMM as Wally World. For SFMM specifically, he says it's the park with the most competitive market in the chain and the key is bringing back the "fun" aspect of the park. He wants people to want to come from all over to visit like they did in the 80's. After speaking with him, I'm convinced that he knows what he's doing.

-Acers and coaster fans seemed to come from all over to ride Tatsu, and were extremely well behaved and ready to promote the park's latest coaster. We were all talking it up to the media, and just having a great time.

-Tatsu impressed me. I got several rides in and was never bored like I was after one ride on S:UF. The views you get on this coaster are spectacular, and of course the pretzel rules all. The back seat is definately the money seat, pulling terrific G's over the second half of the ride. A much better ride than I expected. What a great year for B&M!

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Friday, May 12, 2006 8:03 AM
Did anyone here the quote that Shapiro said at the event? He said that CP is called America's roller coast and that we are more than just about roller coasters? He didn't state that most of there parks are poorly run and most of the time nothing is running when you go there.
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Friday, May 12, 2006 11:24 AM
I, too, was at Tatsu's Media Day. The coaster is great, but the best part of day was that I got to meet a guy who commanded three Space Shuttle missons. They had several fighter pilots and people in the military there for publicity.

For several cycles of the ride, I was sitting in the back row next to the Space Shuttle commander. I had a 15-minute conversation with him while we were waiting for a news reporter to board and for the news crew get their live feed ready. He was very friendly and described his experiences in Space.

By the way, he choose to sit in the back because of the "G" forces. He is right. The back row is intense...especially the pretzel loop.

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Friday, May 12, 2006 11:54 AM
crazy horse's avatar I found it kind of amusing that they had people from the "disney" channel there.

Funny thing is, it made the news here in detroit..abc. *** Edited 5/12/2006 4:49:49 PM UTC by crazy horse***


what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Friday, May 12, 2006 8:20 PM

Antuan said:
I thought Del got fired! How did he survive the Shapiro sweeps?

I think he's "retiring" at the end of this year.

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Friday, May 12, 2006 8:31 PM

DWeaver said:
He likes wooden coasters more than loopers...

I like the man even more now =)

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Friday, May 12, 2006 8:49 PM

AlexInLA said:

And the pretzel IS intense, especially in the very front or very back. I have never been on an element like that and think that it has the ability to force a scream out of just about anyone.


Totally agree, can understand why everytime a train rolled through it, every single person let out a huge scream, so knocked the wind outta you! Not a dead spot on the entire ride either, Tatsu is nothing less than astounding!

Check out these local news clips with POV's, the second one with the chick reporter is especially funny, the insane experience obviously left her completely stunned!:

http://cbs2.com/video/?id=18396@kcbs.dayport.com&cid=71

http://cbs2.com/video/?id=18372@kcbs.dayport.com&cid=71

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Friday, May 12, 2006 10:40 PM

jwhoogs said:
Did anyone here the quote that Shapiro said at the event? He didn't state that most of there parks are poorly run and most of the time nothing is running when you go there.

Yeah, I'm really shocked he didn't mention that to all the Southern California media. That would have been a good selling point.

-Nate

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Saturday, May 13, 2006 1:37 AM
looks good to me:
http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/sixflags/24058/
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