SFOT In December

Friday, July 25, 2003 1:41 AM
This Six Flags website lists SFOT as open in December (see here). And well, as luck would have it, I'm headed that way around that time of year. Because this is essentially in the middle of my trip (around two weeks in California/Nevada, and two in Florida, and about one in between), and we're having to work around the limited time frame we have to visit the park (looking at the "magenta days", 26-31), and other complications associated with flights over etc., I'm curious to know more about the park and in particular, its status on these days.

Is the park fully operational on these days - would it be realistic for me to at least expect a majority of the rides open? Has anyone visited the park during this Christmas period, and what sort of crowds should I expect? How does the park hold up? - Keeping in mind my "limited" exposure to "quality" rides, and the fact that I'll ride literally anything, regardless of queues, "recommended" (starting to think that the " might replace Gator's * replacement for ") age or preconceptions.

And let me say that planning a coaster trip around Greyhound routes is particularly frustrating (plus they don't go to Commerce, TX nearly often enough). :)

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Friday, July 25, 2003 8:18 AM
I haven't actually been in December, but I don't see anyone helping you out here.

Last year I was told, and read, that most but not all of the coasters were open. I'm all but certain that Titan and Texas Giant were running, and those two alone are worth the stop over, imhp. Also if you like combo towers, Superman: Tower of Power is great (350ft). Being the latest addition to the park, I would expect it to be running.

As long as it's near the top of the forum, maybe some of the locals will catch this thread and give you some more accurate info.

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Friday, July 25, 2003 9:48 AM
The park usually shuts down a few sections of the park during Holiday in the Park (the event's name)... In years pre-Titan they shut down the back half of the park to get an early start rehabbing Texas Giant but last year they shut down the Gotham City area. Don't expect all the major rides to be open, but at least Titan and Superman are scheduled to stay open. If I find out any more info, I'll pass it along...

As for crowds, they tend to be very light crowds during Holiday in the Park. The atmosphere is probably the best also, with thousands of Christmas lights strung around the park and a real snow hill that the whole family can sled down.

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Friday, July 25, 2003 12:09 PM
For not being a local, Slurk did a pretty good job. At least one section of the park is usually closed. Texas Giant will be hit or miss. Some years its been closed, others open. The water rides (log flumes, river rapids, boat flume) will be closed. Usually about 7 or 8 of the 13 coasters will be open. The simulator is usually open with Kid Coaster. There will be a few Christmas shows, but the stunt theater will be closed. The train usually runs, unless they need to do construction on the tracks (last year). We don't have many flat rides, but if the section is open, the flats in that section are usually open too. I don't think I've ever seen the Dodgems open in the winter.

Despite the fact that not everything is open, it is one of my favorite times to visit the park. Crowds are usually light.

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Friday, July 25, 2003 7:12 PM
Thanks for the help. It sounds like a goer from all the positive opinions on this time of year. If anything, it'll at least be a break halfway through a three day trip from Vegas to Orlando.

What would people recommend, one or two days (they're 12-6 days(? I'm all for taking it slowly and leaving plenty of time for taking photos and videos. :)

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Saturday, July 26, 2003 9:59 AM
You can probably get it all done in one day, but the atmosphere is so nice you may want to take 2 days and take as much time as you want in riding the rides, seeing the shows, and taking photos.

I'll second the notion of bumper cars being down for Holiday in the Park... Flashback closes August 11th for rehab and since it shares its crew with bumper cars, they'll probably both close.

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