SFMW June 8- birthday bash

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Tuesday, June 10, 2003 7:12 PM
For my birthday I wanted to go somewhere with my friends, what better place than the local amusement park, Six Flags Marine World! So I woke up nice and early at 7am to head off to the park by 8. After picking up my friend Lorenzo, we left the quite, sleepy city of Santa Rosa and were off to the park. We got there about 8:45 (were dropped off so we didn't have to wait for the parking lot to open) and walked right up to the front gate. An interesting note was that Roar's track was still being walked and adjusted, while one of Medusa's trains sat dormant on the very top of the lift hill. At about 9:15, the Medusa train started moving VERY slow (like seriously less than 1mph) and slowly traveled over the top of the lift, slowly making it through the course. Lots of pictures, then the gates opened at 9:30.

So we were in the park with about 200 other people, but only the plaza was open. Just about everything was testing at this time and the sounds of coasters filled the air! me and Lorenzo grabbed lots of pictures before they dropped the ropes at 10am, letting us get our exercise jogging over to Zonga.

Zonga- 9/10

This ride seems to runner better and better with every visit to the park. We were on the first two public runs (there was no one else in line) and this was the first time I had been on the red train. For some reason the red train seems to run faster and smoother than the purple train (which sat dormant on the transfer.) Such a great ride, I do not understand why people don't enjoy it as much as me. There isn't very much headbanging, just the train jumps a lot giving the effect of being totally out of control, especially that last purple loop! OMG WOW! So then we headed over to V2... which was closed and acording to the op probably not going to open that day, this meant a ride on Roar would be acceptable.

Roar 7/10 (morning)

Hadn't been on the front seat of Roar in over a month or so, and felt it was about time. In the front there is a lot more airtime than there has been in the past, it is really quite surprising. The moring runs on Roar are always a little on the slow side, so we didn't hold that against it. After Roar, my girlfriend called saying she was waiting for us at the exit with two of her friends. We met up with them, said hello, and decided it was about time we rode Medusa.

Medusa 8/10

The backseat of this thing is flying! Great ride, great forces, great visuals. It was also my girlfriend's first ride on Medusa so of course she was freaked out and screaming the whole time- just added to it. Lindsey's (that's my girlfriend's name, Lindsey) friend really wanted to ride Tazmanian Devil so we hiked up the hill and took a "spin" on it- relaxing as usual. Then headed down to Boomerang.

Boomerang 6/10

A 6/10 is a pretty good score. Lindsey loves this ride and it was great fun without being too rough, although it has gotten significantly more rough since the beginning of the season. Still GREAT Gs in the backseat, that's probably the only reason I ride. Lindsey saw Voodoo running and INSISTED on riding it... so we did. It was spinning very fast, but the programing has been tweaked so it brakes a little more than it did at the beginning of the season. Oh well, still a great ride. We needed some Roar, so off we walked. On the way we checked out where they are filming the new Adam Sandler movie 50 First Kisses, not a lot to see.

Roar 9/10 (afternoon)

Another front seat ride at Lindsey's request, and my 100th ride on this beast. It was running VERY fast and had even more air than before. This was the last ride on Roar for the day because Lindsey said it made her "chest area" hurt and so I was happy to leave the park with 100. V2 had opened, so we decided to ride.

V2 8/10

It was running very good today, not rough at all and seemingly faster than usual. What else is there to say, everyone loved it. Kong was what everyone else wanted to ride at this point, so we walked up to it.

Kong 6/10

This thing can be a ball crusher, but isn't horrible on the headbanging. The last two inversions are a lot of fun, and the lift gives some nice views. Lindsey really liked it as did her friends. Lindsey's friends needed to go study for finals, so we said our goodbyes and went to ride Medusa again.

Medusa 9/10

Lindsey hadn't been on a front seat ride, we waited the extra 20 minutes for it. She was scared again, but said it was "way better than the first time." I thought it was running nice too, if not a little rough through the Sea Serpant. One more ride of the day, I had to force Lindsey onto Zonga.

Zonga 7/10

Having to wait in line for an hour wasn't bad, but I really wish they would run two trains. Lindsey really did not want to ride because people had told her it sucked and that she would having burning ears and a killer headache... I really had to talk her into it. So we waited, and got on in my favorite seat 5-1. When everything was fine then when they checked Lindsey's restraint the guy STAPLED HER WITH EXCESSIVE FORCE. Ugh, it was bad because right after they check 5, they dispatch and her restrain was cutting into her leg. I felt bad the whole ride and especially after waiting an hour. The conclusion from her is that "my head didn't hurt, but my legs did. I don't want to ride that again." Oh well, I tried :(.

So we left the park, overall satisfied and Lindsey slept onmy shoulder they whole way home. It was a great birthday, and I much prefered it over getting presents. Spending time with the people who matter to me is enough of a gift.

Oh, and Zonga kicks some major ass. ;)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2003 5:57 AM
Happy birthday, GK! Mine, too. :)

Later,
EV
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Wednesday, June 11, 2003 9:15 PM
I was there the same day. And boy did Zonga kick my ass. This ride is really popular with the public though.

That was the most crowded I have ever seen Marine World, and my longest wait was 20 minutes for the front seat of Medusa.

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Thursday, June 12, 2003 5:17 PM
Yeah, we knew it was going to be crowded, so no huge surprises. If you *really* wanted to see crowds, go during Fright Fest. The overflow parking gets full and waits become extremely unreasonable. Front seat of Medusa was running well wasn't it? :)

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