SFNE Superhero Celebration or lack thereof

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Thursday, September 2, 2004 2:43 PM
Arrived at 10am to find a very crowded ticket booth. Fortunately, we were getting in with our season passes (not actually there for the event). Unfortunately, there's no season pass entrance. Why not?

First stop...

Thunderbolt - 15 minute wait, soon thereafter, 60+ minute wait for the rest of the day. There's new wood (natural color) all over Thunderbolt, are they holding it together, or is it getting some rehab or something? Anyway, it was a little daunting, and I heard several GP point it out and said they didn't think Thunderbolt was safe. Anywho, the ride wasn't running as good as last year. I got 0 airtime. The ride wasn't rough or anything, it just lacked airtime, that I received plenty of last year. 7/10

Walked over to Scream to get in before the lines. 2 tower op, both running combo. Waited about 15 minutes, but later in the day it was probably 60+ minutes. This is one of my favorite drop towers. Crews were pretty efficient. 9/10

It'd be nice if they could widen the walkway in between Scream and Thunderbolt, it's about 5 feet wide.

Walked back to Superman to find a 45-60 minute wait. We took a chance on having a fast crew, we probably shouldn't have. Dispatching trains every 4-5 minutes. The spiel playing over the loudspeaker in the entire line is very very very annoying. It repeats endlessly. "Guests of unique body proportions may not be able to ride..." haha

Before the restraint alteration, S:ROS was my #1. After the restraint alteration, S:ROS remains my #1. The new restraints take absolutely nothing away from the ride. It was just as fast, intense, and airtime filled as ever. Even upon being stapled to the point of castration, I still received the greatest ejector airtime of all time. As we were exiting the ride, we noticed that the line had grown to 60+ minutes long. 10/10 (mist was off in the 1st tunnel, but on in the second tunnel)

We next rode Poison Ivy, fun little ride. Can anyone confirm if this is a clone of Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train at GADV? 6/10

Next stop, Twister (Top Spin), was running the exact same program as I had gotten at gadv the previous night, 4 consecutive flips followed by a locked upside down position traveling straight towards the ground. Too short, IMO. 7/10

In the second row, in the middle section of seats, there is gum and gunk allll over the lights/mirrors, it was absolutely horrid. It had to be the most disgusting thing I'd ever seen at a Six Flags park, and something tells me it's been there all year, and that it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

On a side note, the park was very clean.

On another side note, at around 12noon, the line for buying a qbot was almost to the entrance gates, had to be a good 150-200 people in line and it wasn't moving at all. They'll end up waiting longer in that line than the time they'll save with the damn thing.

We walked past Mind Eraser, deciding it wasn't worth a 40+ minute wait, straight to Batman: The Dark Knight. The line was all the way to the switchbacks, but fortunately, the switchbacks weren't open/queued. It was about a 40 minute wait. 2 train op. The first drop, loop, dive loop, and zero g roll are great, the corkscrews had some major headbanging. I've never had headbanging on any B&M, but this was horrible, only in the corkscrews. Left me with a headache. Oh well, i'll stick with Medusa, 5 years old and still smooth as glass. 8/10

Flashback, broken down a few times, with the back two cars of the train stuck on the "lift hill". 30-45 minute wait. Skipped this one.

Time Warp, 2 cycle wait. It was fun, especially going forward, it was very fast and intense, but going backwards was a little brain rattling, left me with another headache. Not as good as the Zamperla Hawks, and the restraints are rock solid, very uncomfortable.

Cyclone, 2 train op, walk on - 15 minutes, sat in the middle. This is the last time that I will ever ride this. I seriously thought I was going to break my back. It's rough and there's potholes, and the train jumps the track several times (or so that's how it feels), and it bounces you around the entire time. I was almost crying with pain. (This coming from someone who loved Psyclone) I was screaming the entire time, because I actually feared for my life. 0/10

By now, it was about 3:45, so we decided it was time to head to Superman for our last ride or two. What should have been a 30 minute wait ended up being a 60 minute wait. For whatever reason, the line stopped moving for 10 minutes at a time. At one point, they were letting Qbot people into the station, about 50 of them. We were in the front row, 3 trains from getting on, when the chain stopped, with a train near the top of the lift hill. About 15 minutes later, the chain was back on the train finished its course. Then they ran both trains empty 2-3 times each. Then the same train got stuck on the lift hill again. My guess is that it was e-stopping, maybe a sensor problem. We waited another 10 minutes, then they closed the line and told us it could be two hours. We didn't have two hours, so we left.

Left the park at 5, pretty happy with our day, just bummed about not getting to ride S:ROS one more time.

The reason I call it "lack thereof of Superhero Celebration" is because we weren't there for the event. Anyone know why there wasn't Batman: The Dark Knight ERT? I mean, it is Superhero Celebration.

Part 2 coming soon...

Onto The Lake (or "I've found two woodies worse than Cyclone?")...

*** Edited 9/2/2004 9:19:09 PM UTC by SFGAdv lover***

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Thursday, September 2, 2004 3:02 PM
There isn't B:DK ERT probably because it hardly has a line anyways and its not really worth more than one ride per visit.
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Thursday, September 2, 2004 4:26 PM
Poison Ivy is a clone of BlackBeard's LT Train. If its an EXACT replica, not 2 sure about dat.
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Thursday, September 2, 2004 4:32 PM
HAHA I felt the same way that loud speaker in the wait for Superman is really annoying. I think I memorized it. The scariest part of the ride.

And the Cyclone its not a rollercoaster but a torcher machine especially in the back. It makes Mean Streak smooth. I wish I rode before they remodeled it. Wonder if it was smoother?

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Thursday, September 2, 2004 4:49 PM
Gigaforce,

I totally disagree with you. Mean Streak was far worse than Cyclone, and I rode both in the back. (Granted, I did ride Cyclone in 02', but still.)

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Thursday, September 2, 2004 4:56 PM
Was Cyclone ever smoothe? While I'm sure at one point it might have been, it hasn't been IMO in the past few years. I stopped riding it in 2002, and don't plan to again. Keep in mind that this is comming from someone who loves Viper at SF GADV. With Viper you get tossed around, but at least it's a fun ride, with Cyclone you really can't wait for the ride to end, and when it does you want to run as far away from it as possible.
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Thursday, September 2, 2004 5:09 PM

SFGAdv lover said:
Arrived at 10am to find a very crowded ticket booth. Fortunately, we were getting in with our season passes (not actually there for the event). Unfortunately, there's no season pass entrance. Why not?

That's pretty typical, other than SFGAd I can't think of any other park that has a separate season passholder entrance. And more and more parks (especially SF) seem to be getting away from the season passholder gate (not to be confused with entrance), you just get in any line whether you have a ticket or a pass.

*** Edited 9/3/2004 2:13:08 PM UTC by Jeffrey Seifert***

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Saturday, September 4, 2004 10:00 PM
Cyclone used to be my favorite coaster. It had Morgan trains originally when built back in 1983 and when SF purchased the park back in 1999 they replaced them with the current PTC trains. The trains are too heavy for the old coaster and being SF they don't maintain it at all. Instead of correcting the mistake they reprofiled the track as an alternative. The result is a rough horrible ride on a neglected coaster. It used to be an amazing ride, smooth and fast.
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Saturday, September 4, 2004 10:27 PM
Sounds like typical six flags. Now I really wish I rode the Cyclone when I went to the water park there in 1998.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2004 11:48 AM

palwine said:
Cyclone used to be my favorite coaster. It had Morgan trains originally when built back in 1983 and when SF purchased the park back in 1999 they replaced them with the current PTC trains. The

Morgan trains did not exist in 1983. The Riverside Cyclone opened in 1983 with two 3-bench PTC trains with a single lapbar. They had a collision in 1984 and the two trains were consolidated into one. They purchased two new Morgan trains in 1985. It was the second Morgan installation after the Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz installed Morgan trains in 1984. Even though Riverside owned two trains, they never ran a two-train operation.

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Friday, September 10, 2004 12:38 AM

GIGAFORCE01 said:

And the Cyclone its not a rollercoaster but a torcher machine especially in the back.


If that were the case, the roller coaster would be on fire. The word is "torture".

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