SFO- A Gloomy Report 06/10/00

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Saturday, June 10, 2000 5:01 PM
I was out at SFO today 06/10/00 and as usual went home unhappy and early, very early. I was not intrested in the park itself but the water park. We started off by going to the wave pool for some fun. We were in it for about 30 minutes and decided to get out and see what other water things that they had. We went to the inner tube river which had a VERY LONG AND SLOW line. In order to go down the river you were required to have a inner tube. The problem is they only had maybe 30 inner tubes for this attraction, and about 60 people wanting to go in the river. First of all, they were horribly under stocked on the inner tubes, plus you can go around the river as many times as you like without getting off, thus making people wait forever in the sun and 90 degree heat! They need to have a better process like Soak City at CP were everyone can get in with many inner tubes on hand.

We went on the slides which we did not have a problem with, but when we got back to the wave pool they had evacuated everyone out of it. As we were walking around most of the day it seemed that they kept letting people in the wave pool and having everyone evacuated about every 30 minutes or so. Finally I got around to asking one of the lifeguards why they would not let anyone in. She said that someone pooped in the wave pool, but she said the four letter word that begins with "s" right in front of a lot of little kids. Classy. Nice Job. First of all, they kid who decided to take care of business should of known better or told his or her parent they had to go, and the lifeguard should have known better than to shout out the "s" word so the world can hear it including little kids. Now I know how Jeff felt at CP when those kids urinated of of MF's ramp.

Other things that aggravated me was how they make you take rest piriods every half-hour for about 20 minutes from the wave pool, and how they charge you money to use an inner tube in the wave pool. The paths in the water area were als 栀甀爀爀攀渀搀甀猀 愀猀 眀攀氀氀⸀ 吀栀攀礀 眀攀爀攀 渀愀爀爀漀眀 眀椀琀栀 氀漀琀猀 漀昀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 琀栀甀猀 挀爀攀愀琀椀渀最 戀漀琀琀氀攀渀攀挀欀猀 愀氀氀 漀瘀攀爀 琀栀攀 瀀氀愀挀攀⸀㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀圀攀 愀爀爀愀瘀攀搀 愀琀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 ㄀㈀㨀㌀ Ⰰ 愀渀搀 攀渀搀攀搀 甀瀀 氀攀愀瘀椀渀最 椀渀 搀椀猀挀甀猀攀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 ㌀㨀  ⸀ 圀攀 琀栀攀礀 最漀琀 漀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 琀甀爀渀瀀椀欀攀 愀渀搀 眀攀爀攀 琀栀椀渀欀椀渀最 愀戀漀甀琀 栀攀愀搀椀渀最 昀漀爀 䌀倀✀猀 匀漀愀欀 䌀椀琀礀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 眀栀攀渀 眀攀 挀愀氀氀攀搀 琀栀攀礀 猀愀椀搀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀攀礀 眀攀爀攀 漀渀氀礀 最漀椀渀最 琀漀 戀攀 漀瀀攀渀 琀椀氀氀 㜀瀀洀 眀栀椀挀栀 眀愀猀 渀漀琀 眀漀爀琀栀 琀栀攀 搀爀椀瘀攀 昀漀爀 愀渀 栀漀甀爀 漀爀 琀眀漀⸀ 匀椀渀挀攀 眀攀 眀攀爀攀 猀漀 搀椀猀愀瀀瀀漀椀渀琀攀搀Ⰰ 眀攀 愀爀攀 瀀氀愀渀渀椀渀最 漀渀 匀漀愀欀 䌀椀琀礀 渀攀砀琀 眀攀攀欀攀渀搀⸀㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀吀栀攀 漀渀氀礀 琀栀椀渀最 琀栀愀琀 䤀 眀椀氀氀 挀爀攀搀椀琀 匀䘀伀 昀漀爀 椀猀 栀漀眀 琀栀攀礀 栀愀瘀攀 挀氀攀愀渀攀搀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀 甀瀀⸀ 吀栀攀爀攀 猀琀椀氀氀 愀爀攀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 琀栀椀渀最猀 琀栀愀琀 愀爀攀 甀渀搀攀猀椀爀攀愀戀氀攀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 漀瘀攀爀愀氀氀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀 眀愀猀 瘀攀爀礀 挀氀攀愀渀⸀ 䠀漀眀攀瘀攀爀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 瀀攀爀猀漀渀愀氀 愀渀搀 挀爀攀眀 愀爀攀 樀甀猀琀 愀猀 戀愀搀 愀猀 漀琀栀攀爀 礀攀愀爀猀⸀ 吀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀 愀氀猀漀 氀愀挀欀猀 愀琀洀漀猀瀀栀攀爀攀 愀猀 眀攀氀氀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀਀㰀戀爀㸀਀吀漀 攀渀搀 琀栀椀猀 琀爀椀瀀 爀攀瀀漀爀琀Ⰰ 䤀 搀攀挀椀搀攀搀 琀栀愀琀 䤀 眀椀氀氀 渀攀瘀攀爀 最漀 琀漀 匀䘀伀 愀最愀椀渀 甀渀氀攀猀猀 䌀攀搀愀爀 䘀愀椀爀 戀甀礀猀 椀琀 漀甀琀⸀ 䤀 眀攀渀琀 氀愀猀琀 礀攀愀爀 愀渀搀 眀愀氀欀攀搀 漀甀琀 攀愀爀氀礀 椀渀 搀椀猀挀甀猀猀 昀漀爀 猀椀洀甀氀愀爀 爀攀愀猀漀渀猀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 搀攀挀椀搀攀搀 琀漀 最椀瘀攀 椀琀 漀渀攀 氀愀猀琀 猀栀漀琀 琀栀椀猀 礀攀愀爀 猀椀渀挀攀 椀琀✀猀 渀漀眀 愀 匀䘀 瀀愀爀欀⸀ 䈀甀琀 匀䘀伀 昀愀椀氀攀搀 椀渀 洀礀 戀漀漀欀 愀猀 眀攀氀氀 愀猀 䜀䰀 搀椀搀 愀渀搀 栀愀瘀攀 渀漀 椀渀琀攀渀琀椀漀渀猀 漀渀 攀瘀攀爀 爀攀琀甀爀渀椀渀最 愀最愀椀渀⸀ 吀栀愀渀欀 最漀搀 䌀倀 椀猀 氀攀猀猀 琀栀愀渀 愀渀 栀漀甀爀 愀眀愀礀 昀爀漀洀 洀攀⸀㰀戀爀㸀਀
Saturday, June 10, 2000 6:56 PM
They charge you for tube use in the wave pool? Unreal. That crosses the line from capitalism to greed. It's sad that people will pay it.

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Saturday, June 10, 2000 7:59 PM
Yep! $4 all day for a inner tube for the wave pool. I passed it up of course.

Forgot to mention one other thing. I went with my cusion, brother, and my 7yr old nephew. Most of the day my cusion and I did the water park while my brother and neph. did the rest of the park. I just got off the phone with him and since he doesn't have a comp. I will speak on his behalf. He said that all of the rides that my nephew could go on were shut down all day. My nephew is under 48" tall which means he could only ride the shut down small rides. Then he went on the new kiddy coaster which ended up getting stuck on the lift and had to be evacuated. My brother and neph. were just as P.O. as my cusion and I.
Sunday, June 11, 2000 3:33 AM
Just for the record, charging for tubes in the wave pool is a common thing. I've seen it at Wet and Wild in Orlando, Mountain Creek in Jersey, SFO, Dorney, and others.
Sunday, June 11, 2000 6:14 AM
NO NO NO, Dorney doesn't charge for tubes in the Wave pool, atleast not in the past 4 years I've worked in the foodstand right in front of the wave pool. Cedar Fair wants to treat the guests well enough so they return, which I don't think is SFO's prerrogative.

Long Live Cedar Fair
Monday, June 12, 2000 3:16 AM
OK, I may have been mistaken about Dorney, but I've seen the tube charge at several different places including a water park 25 minutes from my house-Roaring Springs. You think charging for a tube is cheap? Well, at Roaring Springs, they don't even have cubbyholes for you to put your towels and shoes in. You have to spend $3 to put it in a plastic bag which they store for you. That's really cheesy.
Monday, June 12, 2000 12:33 PM
Just a note about the Lazy River and the tubes:

1) Yes, the line moves slowly, but contrary to what Vince said, individuals who do NOT have their own rented tubes can not ride it for as long as they want. One lap with a ride tube- as long as you want with a rented tube. That's a big difference.

2) Renting out tubes isn't that uncommon actually. They've done it for years and it shouldn't shock anyone- just so ya know. Now at least it's more than just the wave pool where the tubes can get you some worth.

3) I agree- not enough 'park sponsored' tubes on the lazy river. Though I do feel the park is doing this to encourage folks to rent tubes of their own.

4) Side note- I believe there are some coupons in the SF season pass coupon book that can save you some scratch on the tubes.

I like the waterpark and I like what they've done with it- how they laid it out. One thing that's going to be a problem is having only one employee at the main stand where they dole out the locker keys. THAT, is a legitimate beef and they better increase the help at that place or all kinds of folks will grow frustrated.

Monday, June 12, 2000 1:04 PM
this is kind of changing the subject but isnt it annoying when you rent a tube and someone steals it. I hate that
Monday, June 12, 2000 8:42 PM
Jason you make a very good point. That's why I didn't rent one. Didn't want to run the risk.
Tuesday, June 13, 2000 3:07 AM
Jason brought up:

"this is kind of changing the subject but isnt it annoying when you rent a tube and someone steals it. I hate that..."

YES- incredibly annoying. That's why we came up with a funny kind of solution.

1) Take about four feet of standard fishing line (10-20 pound test is best- and there's a reason :)).

2) Tie each end of the line to fishing clasps or two leaders so that you can interlock them.

3) If you need to leave your tube for any reason at the park, simply drop one end of the line through the center of the tube and wrap around the leg of your nearbye plastic lounging chair.

4) Tell some of the folks around your seat that you'll be back soon and hopefully they can help watch your tube.

We used this little technique in the summer of 98' and NEVER came back to find our tube gone. Once I even saw a young punk try to swipe the thing, and this is where the nearly invisible fishing line comes in.

The kid looked around for a sec, slowly strolled over to the tube, bent down, grabbed it and tried to walk off. He got about a step away from the chair when he was yanked back- like a dog running out of chain- and didn't know what the hell was going on. He looked back down at the chair for a second in bewilderment and quickly changed his mind.

He dropped the tube and walked away ... briskly.

We laughed.

Cool thing about it all is that you can nab the kids you catch because rather than being turned away by something they can see they think they can just walk away without noticing the line.

Plus it's cheap, it's fun to watch if you catch one, the line easily fits into any pocket, it's reusable each time you rent a new tube- and it WORKS!

I call it 'fishing for punks'.

You should try it sometime.


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