SFO Friday the Thirteenth

Associated parks:
None

Monday, October 16, 2000 2:46 PM
I will be using the Griswold 'Wally World' -3,+5
(0=OK) scale.
The Park Overall +4
General Comments: Being as though it was a friday
nite, I doubt the crowds were anywhere near as bad as the Summer Saturday crowds. Nevertheless, there were *quite* a few folks roaming around. Upon arrival at the gate (circa 8pm, park closed at midnite), I saw the ticket line was off the hook. Thank goodness for the seasons pass! I walk in and see that the park is decked out for Fright Fest, much better than SFA's attempt. Right at the entrance, in the fountain, they
had a fake Jaws ripping some poor guy. The
halloween/harvest-time theming was very thick
throughout the park, which made for great atmosphere. It kinda got me a bit, because I've never been to any park before ONLY at night. Makes me wonder what it looks like in the day. I could mention some other things, like how it is almost impossible to keep your eyes on the road with S:UE right there, but I get to what you want to hear about, the coasters (in order of riding).

Villian: CCI steel structured, double out&back woodie +4.2
For what may be the first time, I think a coaster
actually lived up to *most* of the talk. I decided that I was going to go straight to the front for my first ride. While in line (~1hr) they added the 2nd train. I think I rode in the red/black one first. Anyway, it's hard for me to belive that this is an out and back style coaster because it has more laterals than some twisters (I LOVE air-filled twisters!). It even ends with a great double up. Add to that there was fog drifting all around from smoke machines and I
was greatly pleased =]. My one complaint is the same one everyone has, the trains. The 'G' trains track WONDERFULLY, but they were NOT built with laterals in mind. I STILL have a sensitve spot on my thigh even as I type. The painful slamming isn't as bad in the last seat, but the airtime is not as great (good not great). Being愀渀 䄀ⴀ圀Ⰰ 䤀✀氀氀 愀挀挀攀瀀琀 琀栀攀 瀀愀椀渀 㴀崀⸀  䴀礀 琀眀漀 眀漀爀搀猀 琀漀 搀攀挀爀椀戀攀 琀栀椀猀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀㨀 圀伀圀℀℀℀℀⸀⸀⸀⸀漀甀挀栀℀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䴀漀瘀椀渀最 漀渀Ⰰ 䤀 搀攀挀椀搀攀搀 琀漀 琀愀挀欀氀攀 愀渀漀琀栀攀爀 渀攀眀 昀漀爀 ㈀    挀漀愀猀琀攀爀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀䈀愀琀洀愀渀㨀䬀渀椀最栀琀 䘀氀椀最栀琀 ⴀ 䈀☀䴀 昀氀漀漀爀氀攀猀猀 ⬀㐀 㰀戀爀㸀䄀琀 琀栀攀 攀渀搀 漀昀 愀渀漀琀栀攀爀 栀漀甀爀 氀漀渀最 眀愀椀琀Ⰰ 䤀 昀漀甀渀搀 洀礀猀攀氀昀 椀渀 琀栀攀 爀椀最栀琀 漀甀琀猀椀搀攀 猀攀愀琀 漀昀 琀栀攀 昀爀漀渀琀 爀漀眀 渀攀砀琀 琀漀 ㌀ 最椀最最氀椀渀最 琀攀攀渀⼀瀀爀攀琀攀攀渀 最椀爀氀猀 眀栀漀 栀愀搀 渀攀瘀攀爀 爀椀搀搀攀渀 椀渀 琀栀攀 昀爀漀渀琀 戀攀昀漀爀攀⸀  吀栀椀猀 眀愀猀 洀礀 漀渀氀礀 猀瀀椀渀 漀渀 椀琀Ⰰ 猀漀 䤀 挀愀渀琀 猀愀礀 椀昀 琀栀攀 昀氀漀漀爀氀攀猀猀 愀猀瀀攀挀琀 搀漀攀猀 愀渀礀琀栀椀渀最 愀渀礀眀栀攀爀攀 攀氀猀攀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 琀栀攀爀攀 愀爀攀 䴀䄀一夀 昀漀漀琀挀栀漀瀀瀀椀渀最 洀漀洀攀渀琀猀 椀渀 琀栀攀 昀爀漀渀琀⸀  䤀渀 昀愀挀琀Ⰰ 䤀✀洀 最氀愀搀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀攀礀 昀漀挀甀猀攀搀 洀漀爀攀 漀渀 琀甀爀渀猀 琀栀愀渀 椀渀瘀攀爀猀椀漀渀猀 漀渀 琀栀椀猀 漀渀攀Ⰰ 愀猀 琀栀攀 琀眀椀猀琀猀 眀攀爀攀 眀栀攀爀攀 琀栀攀 戀攀猀琀 昀⼀挀✀猀 眀攀爀攀⸀  䄀氀猀漀Ⰰ 琀栀椀猀 椀猀 琀栀攀 昀椀爀猀琀 氀漀漀瀀攀爀 琀栀愀琀 䤀 挀愀渀 琀栀椀渀欀 漀昀 眀栀攀爀攀 琀栀攀爀攀 眀攀爀攀 㰀戀爀㸀洀甀氀琀椀瀀氀攀 ✀稀攀爀漀ⴀ䜀✀ 洀漀洀攀渀琀猀Ⰰ 洀漀猀琀 渀漀琀愀戀氀礀 椀渀 琀栀攀 戀椀最 ㄀猀琀 氀漀漀瀀⸀  嘀攀爀礀 琀栀爀椀氀氀椀渀最⸀  吀栀椀猀 椀猀 琀栀攀 琀礀瀀攀 漀昀 爀椀搀攀 猀攀渀猀愀琀椀漀渀 琀栀愀琀 䤀 眀愀猀 攀砀瀀攀挀琀椀渀最 昀爀漀洀 䠀甀氀欀 ⠀琀栀愀琀 䤀 渀攀瘀攀爀 最漀琀⤀⸀  伀一䔀 昀椀渀愀氀 挀漀洀洀攀渀琀 愀戀漀甀琀 䈀㨀䬀䘀Ⰰ 椀琀 眀愀猀 漀渀氀礀 琀栀攀 猀攀挀漀渀搀 爀椀搀攀 ⠀䤀 洀攀愀渀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀⤀ 琀栀愀琀 䤀 最漀琀 漀昀昀 愀渀搀 挀漀甀氀搀 渀漀琀 眀愀氀欀 猀琀爀愀椀最栀琀⸀  吀栀攀 漀琀栀攀爀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 戀攀椀渀最 椀琀猀 ⨀猀漀爀琀ⴀ漀昀⨀ 渀愀洀攀猀愀欀攀 䈀㨀吀刀 ⠀匀䘀䜀䄀洀⤀⸀  吀栀愀琀✀猀 愀 猀椀最渀 漀昀 愀 最爀攀愀琀 氀漀漀瀀攀爀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䘀爀漀洀 琀栀攀 䈀㨀䬀䘀 氀椀渀攀 䤀 猀愀眀 ☀ 栀攀愀爀搀 漀渀攀 漀昀 琀栀攀 漀琀栀攀爀 㰀戀爀㸀眀漀漀搀椀攀猀 爀甀渀渀椀渀最⸀  䤀 搀攀挀椀搀攀搀 琀漀 最漀 漀瘀攀爀 愀渀搀 挀栀攀挀欀 椀琀 漀甀琀 愀渀搀 昀漀甀渀搀 漀甀琀 椀琀 眀愀猀㨀 㰀戀爀㸀刀愀最椀渀最 圀漀氀昀 䈀漀戀猀 ⴀ 䐀椀渀渀 ✀刀椀瘀攀爀瘀椀攀眀 䈀漀戀猀✀ 琀爀椀戀甀琀攀 ⬀㈀ 㰀戀爀㸀夀攀猀 琀栀愀琀✀猀 爀椀最栀琀 猀瀀漀爀琀猀 昀愀渀猀Ⰰ 琀栀愀琀 椀猀 愀 倀伀匀䤀吀䤀嘀䔀 㰀戀爀㸀爀愀琀椀渀最 礀漀甀 猀攀攀⸀  圀栀礀 礀漀甀 愀猀欀㼀  吀眀漀 眀漀爀搀猀㨀 匀吀䄀一䐀䤀一䜀 㰀戀爀㸀䄀䤀刀⸀ 䈀愀猀攀搀 漀渀 瀀爀攀瘀椀漀甀猀 瀀漀漀爀 爀攀瘀椀攀眀猀 漀昀 琀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 䤀 眀愀猀 渀漀琀 猀甀瀀爀椀猀攀搀 琀漀 猀攀攀 愀氀洀漀猀琀 渀漀 氀椀渀攀⸀  匀甀戀挀漀渀挀椀漀甀猀氀礀 戀攀椀渀最 瀀愀爀琀 洀愀猀漀挀栀椀猀琀Ⰰ 䤀 搀攀挀椀搀攀搀 琀漀 猀椀琀 椀渀 琀栀攀 瘀攀爀礀 氀愀猀琀 猀攀愀琀⸀  䄀猀 眀攀 挀爀攀猀琀攀搀 琀栀攀 昀椀爀猀琀 栀椀氀氀Ⰰ 䤀 眀愀猀 愀氀洀漀猀琀 琀栀爀漀眀渀 昀爀漀洀 洀礀 猀攀愀琀⸀  䤀 眀愀猀 一伀吀 攀砀瀀攀挀琀椀渀最 琀栀愀琀℀  吀栀攀爀攀 眀攀爀攀 愀戀漀甀琀 ㈀ 漀爀 琀栀爀攀攀 漀琀栀攀爀 猀甀挀栀 漀挀挀甀爀愀渀挀攀猀⸀  吀栀愀琀 挀漀洀戀椀渀攀搀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀 琀眀椀猀琀攀爀ⴀ攀猀焀甀攀 氀愀礀漀甀琀 ⨀猀栀漀甀氀搀⨀ 栀愀瘀攀 最漀琀琀攀渀 愀 栀椀最栀 㐀 爀愀琀椀渀最 昀爀漀洀 洀攀⸀  䈀甀琀 愀氀愀猀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 爀漀甀最栀渀攀猀猀 爀攀瀀漀爀琀猀 愀爀攀 琀爀甀攀⸀  吀栀椀猀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 猀栀椀洀洀礀猀 洀漀爀攀 琀栀愀渀 洀礀 漀氀搀 ㄀㤀㠀㌀ 䄀䴀䌀 䌀漀渀挀漀爀搀 搀椀搀 椀昀 䤀 琀爀椀攀搀 琀漀 最漀 洀漀爀攀 㰀戀爀㸀琀栀愀渀 㜀 洀瀀栀⸀  䤀昀 琀栀攀礀 挀漀甀氀搀 最攀琀 琀栀椀猀 琀漀 琀爀愀挀k better around the curves, it *might* be one of my favorite woodies, top ten even. Last comment, though it does shake you around (not fun =(), it doesn't really hurt you either (like Villian =] *rubbing leg*).

Moving on, I walked past the Big Dipper, which was
sadly SBNO (for the rest of the season so I hear). So I go over to the first coaster in 10 years that I have been afraid to ride.
Superman:Ultimate Escape - Intamin LIM vertical Shuttle +2
I was scared and not ashamed of it. The wait should have only been about 20min, but I wasn't sure that I would ever be able to psych myself into it again, so I waited the extra 20min for the front. I dont have much to say about it other than it was much more fun than scary/thrilling. What I though would be my favorite part was actually my least favorite, the one second pause. Being used to leaving a little slop b/w self and harness, I found my groin region making a sudden stop against the restraint (so not fun...). But all in all decent.

I still had some time left so I decided to just walk around the park, soaking in atmosphere, and making my way back to Villian. Somehow I found myself next to:
Mind Eraser - Vekoma Boomerang 0
Funny, I really like Invertigos, however, this
generally blew. It avoids the negative, because there was nice hang time in the second part of the cobra roll going backwards. Well, at least I got the count *cha-ching*.

Walking further up the midway, I had the unique
pleasure to run into "ThrillerMan". He had on a shirt that stated that he'd ridden Serial Thriller 5600 times over the last three years (not the kid!). Anyway, after some conversation, he treated me to a front seat ride on "his ride":
Serial Thriller - Vekoma SLC +2
Okay really it's only a +1 but the company made it a +2. The location is very nice, and I love the
heartshaped 'rollover'. However, this SLC headbangs more than SFA's Mind Eraser, but bounces arou搀 氀攀猀猀 琀栀愀渀 匀䘀䬀䬀✀猀 吀㈀⸀⸀⸀愀渀漀琀栀攀爀 ⨀挀栀愀ⴀ挀栀椀渀最⨀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䄀昀琀攀爀 琀栀愀琀Ⰰ ∀吀栀爀椀氀氀攀爀䴀愀渀∀ 愀渀搀 䤀 挀氀漀猀攀搀 琀栀攀 渀椀最栀琀 漀甀琀 眀椀琀栀 愀 昀爀漀渀琀 猀攀愀琀 愀渀搀 愀 戀愀挀欀 猀攀愀琀 ⠀昀椀渀愀氀 琀爀愀椀渀⤀ 爀椀搀攀 漀渀 嘀椀氀氀椀愀渀⸀  䤀昀 礀漀甀 栀愀搀渀✀琀 最甀攀猀猀攀搀Ⰰ 嘀椀氀氀椀愀渀 眀愀猀 洀礀 昀愀瘀漀爀椀琀攀 爀椀搀攀 椀渀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀⸀  䐀漀甀戀氀攀 䰀漀漀瀀 眀愀猀 挀氀漀猀攀搀 ⠀眀栀礀㼀⤀ 愀渀搀 䤀 搀漀渀琀 爀椀搀攀 ✀昀愀洀椀氀礀✀ ⠀爀攀愀搀 欀椀搀搀椀攀⤀ 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀猀 瘀攀爀礀 漀昀琀攀渀 猀漀 刀漀愀搀刀甀渀渀攀爀✀猀 䔀砀瀀爀攀猀猀Ⰰ 眀愀猀 漀昀昀 琀栀攀 氀椀猀琀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀䄀氀氀 椀渀 愀氀氀Ⰰ 䤀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 攀渀樀漀礀攀搀 洀礀 㐀 栀漀甀爀猀 椀渀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀⸀ 䤀 搀椀搀渀琀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 渀漀琀椀挀攀 琀漀漀 洀甀挀栀 氀椀琀琀攀爀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀攀 漀瀀猀 䤀 爀愀渀 椀渀琀漀 眀攀爀攀 渀椀挀攀⸀  伀渀 洀礀 昀椀爀猀琀 嘀椀氀氀椀愀渀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 漀瀀 瀀甀猀栀攀搀 洀礀 戀愀爀 搀漀眀渀 琀栀愀琀 攀砀琀爀愀 挀氀椀挀欀 ⠀渀漀琀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 猀琀愀瀀氀攀搀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 挀氀漀猀攀 攀渀漀甀最栀⤀ 愀渀搀 栀攀 愀挀琀甀愀氀氀礀 愀瀀漀氀漀最椀稀攀搀⸀ 䤀✀瘀攀 渀攀瘀攀爀 猀攀攀渀 琀栀愀琀 戀攀昀漀爀攀⸀  䄀氀猀漀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 挀爀漀眀搀猀 眀攀爀攀 瘀攀爀礀 爀愀挀椀愀氀氀礀 洀椀砀攀搀⸀  䤀琀 椀猀 猀挀攀渀攀猀 氀椀欀攀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀愀琀 洀愀欀攀 洀攀 戀攀氀椀攀瘀攀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀攀爀攀 椀猀 栀漀瀀攀 昀漀爀 琀栀椀猀 挀漀甀渀琀爀礀 愀昀琀攀爀 愀氀氀 ⨀挀甀攀 挀漀爀渀礀 洀甀猀椀挀⨀⸀  䄀渀礀眀愀礀Ⰰ 琀栀愀渀欀猀 昀漀爀 爀攀愀搀椀渀最 㴀崀⸀  䤀✀氀氀 栀漀氀氀愀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀氀愀琀愀Ⰰ 㰀戀爀㸀樀攀爀攀洀礀
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Tuesday, October 17, 2000 7:47 AM
I have not read a TR this positave about SFO for a while. I guess The Villian really makes this park what it is. I have ridden Ghostrider plenty of times (about 40 this summer) so I would really love to ride its offspring.

ThrillerMan...5600 rides on Serial Thriller.... yowsa!!

"This coaster shimmys more than my old 1983 AMC Concord did if I tried to go more than 70mph." LOL!!! Great reference!!

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Gotta ride 'em all!
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Tuesday, October 17, 2000 11:49 AM
Isn't the SLC at SFO like a bigger version?? With like 7 inversions?

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Parks for 2000: CP, Great Escape, Great Adventure, SFA, Islands of Adventure, Kennywood
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Wednesday, October 18, 2000 7:13 PM
As someone who generally likes SFO, but does like picking nits with it (because my home park is Kennywood, which blows it away in many aspects), it's NICE to see a positive trip report about SFO. Gives me hope for the future of this park. :)

(Now, to be fair, 2Hostyl didn't see those narrow midways JAMMED with people in the middle of summer, either ;) )


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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Thursday, October 26, 2000 4:27 PM
Serial Thriller was intended to be a custom designed Vekoma 7-inversion inverted. That got cut, but, it is 125ft. tall, while other SLC'S are I believe 98-102 ft tall, is much faster, and the drop is steeper.
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Thursday, October 26, 2000 6:27 PM
Thanks a bunch for the info. Mongoose!

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Parks for 2000: CP, Great Escape, Great Adventure, SFA, Islands of Adventure, Kennywood
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