SFOG Saturday 4/6 (Very Long)

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Sunday, April 7, 2002 12:23 PM

First off I will start off with the good news that is I was on the first GP train on Superman. I know they had people ride it before on media day and the construction workers but to be the first GP train ever is quite an honor I think. It was mostly by luck because I had about 50 people in front of me but most went to the right station or were waiting for the front so I got the last seat in the last row for the left station. What was really lucky was that they were going to dispatch the other train since it was loaded and ready but they had to release the restraints and recheck the whole train for some reason. Well I got really lucky with Superman but thats where my luck ended. Well now for the review, I thought Superman was one of the best rides I have ever ridden. I haven't ridden the Vekoma Flying Dutchmans but I will in June but the ease of loading with the comfortable restraints make this one much higher capacity. They only ran two trains but used both stations. The pretzel loop was the greatest part and was probably the only intense part which is fine by me. The feeling of going head first into the loop is amazing. The g's when your on your back are tremendous. My guess would be around 4-6 g's. The rest of the ride isn't too fast or amazing the feeling of flying is great. Also the inline twist was neat feeling because it was executed somewhat slow and drawn out. I beleive this coaster is great for what its suppose to do and that is to fly. If your looking for a know stop intense ride go ride Batman. If your looking for a fast ride go ride somthing else this ride is for the flying effect and it does it well. Also I forgot to mention Superman didn't open till 11:45 which I was shocked about since it was a B&M. They said there was some sort of Mechanical problem but they kept cycling trains through every once in a while and two paramedics rode it probably 3-4 times. Also I picked up an on ride photo which didn't turn out very well and a Superman t-shirt which said Superman Ultimate Flight and SFOG for only $9.59 what a steal I thought. Anyways the rest of my day was plagued with disaster with rides shutting down and the Q-bot not working all the time. Then today I got a call from Lo-Q saying we never returned our Q-bot when I went to the Lo-Q store and gave it to one of the clerks and said Return. I am so mad becuase of this and it cost $30 for two people to rent. Also in my oppinion SFOG is not set up very well with the parking lots on either side of the park and making handicapped parking walk almost a 1/2 mile to the entrance. Also the park seemed pretty dirty. The rides that I got on were Ninja which was ok not to rough. GASM which was terrible and needs a lot of work such as paint, retracking, and new trains. Acrophobia which I though hurt too much especially the brakes. Alot of others came walking off the ride like that too. The Georgia Cyclone didn't do it for me. It was a good ride but they used the first set of trims and well it wasn't as smooth and out of control as Viper at SFGAM. All in all it was an ok day at SFOG and that was only becuase of Superman. This was my first time to SFOG and I probably won't be back unless of course I spend the money again to fly down for a day and just ride Superman.

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Mike
Favorite Wood: Viper at SFGAM,Shivering Timbers
Favorie Steel: Magnum and Raging Bull

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Sunday, April 7, 2002 6:30 PM

Hold up... GASM is terrible because it needs paint, retracking and new trains? Why not buy another coaster if you're going to do that?

OK. I'll concede the repainting bit. It will most likely have a new coast applied for next season.

But retracking? Why? Woodies are not intended to be smooth. I think the smoother a wood coaster is, the more boring it is. The first drop could use some work, but aside from that, the ride it fine (nearly 30 years old and no trims)!

As far as new trains... forget it. Current trains run just fine and they have those oh-so-loved buzz bars. The ride is just not deisgned for anything but PTC 3-row cars. On top of that, it is very reliable, with little downtime as a result of maintenance.

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Sunday, April 7, 2002 6:40 PM
I too thougght GASM was truly great, the trains were fine, I don't seam to know where that one came from, they were in great condition.

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Does CCI know how to make a bad coaster?

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Sunday, April 7, 2002 7:06 PM
Sorry MisterX, but you're an masochist if you think a wood coaster has to be rough to be good. Ever ridden Phoenix, Twister, Roar, or Wild One? Obviously not.
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The word "definitely" is definitely the most misspelled word on the buzz.
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Sunday, April 7, 2002 7:42 PM

MisterX said:
"But retracking? Why? Woodies are not intended to be smooth. I think the smoother a wood coaster is, the more boring it is"

Lightning Racer is extremely smooth. A coaster like that may be boring to you, but I loved it. And just across the midway, Wildcat looked awesome, but gave a very rough ride. Now I can take roughness and all, but it really makes the ride a lot less enjoyable.
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You are bold, but are you also...daring?
And all the sea around Kraken darkened.
SFEG awaits The Flying Coaster-coming in 2002!

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Sunday, April 7, 2002 7:53 PM
It seems like S:UF is also tame, nice report! It's not cool to hear all these comments about SFOG though.
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Sunday, April 7, 2002 8:49 PM
These new B+Ms and Intamins are spoiling enthusiasts. GASM and Cyclone can stay as-is and I will be fine. Complain away, they're still great coasters.
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Sunday, April 7, 2002 9:06 PM
Now, I love almost all the coasters I have been on. Arrow, Vekoma, I think they're all great! I'll ride a Boomerang or an SLC anyday. I'm not spoiled! Bring on the coasters!

-l(who has around 2 coasters in his track record that he would probably not want to go on at the moment)
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You are bold, but are you also...daring?
And all the sea around Kraken darkened.
SFEG awaits The Flying Coaster-coming in 2002!

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Monday, April 8, 2002 1:59 PM

Sorry about my opinion about GASM but the woodie is a little bit on the rough side in my own opinion. Yes we are spoiled by the newer, smoother rides but I still thought the roughness took away a little bit from the ride especially the first drop in my opinion. I don't mind roughness especially on a woodie but I don't like it when it takes away from the ride which it did in my opinion. The roughness also cut back on the airtime in my opinion. The coaster has a great layout but I think with a little bit of work and better upkeep it could be a great woodie. Its still a decent ride.

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Mike
Favorite Wood: Viper at SFGAM,Shivering Timbers
Favorie Steel: Magnum and Raging Bull

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Monday, April 8, 2002 4:39 PM
GASM has so much airtime i think its unbelievable. The roughness to me doesnt make any difference but make it better. :)
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