Thursday, February 12, 2004 9:35 AM
My brother and I are heading to SFWOA around September. We are going there to experience some new coasters and not really that interested in the wildlife side. Anyhoo, is it possible to get rides in on all of their coasters in a day? What I mean is all major coasters, not including kiddie coasters. We are really looking forward to X-Flight and Batman Knight Flight. What others can we look forward to? This will be our first trip there.
Thursday, February 12, 2004 9:42 AM
If the park is slow you can do what I do, hit all the coasters once in about two hours and then drive west to Sandusky. :)
Thursday, February 12, 2004 9:45 AM
Getting all the coasters in a day shouldn't be a problem. If it's crowded, you may not get multiple rides, but you should get them all in.

Dan's suggestion is what I sometimes do, too :) Other times I'll hit Big Dipper, Superman, Batman, and Villain over and over.

Thursday, February 12, 2004 9:47 AM
You will most likely be able to do everything in one day. Monday-Friday would be the best days to visit. Weekends are *usually* crowded. Assuming you're entering from the North Rides Gate, Here's how I would recomend you route: Go into the '50s area with Mr. Hyde's, X-Flight, Mind Eraser, Superman, and Finally Big Dipper. If you were to follow these rides in that order, you would not be back tracing.

Personally, I would recomend going to the wildlife side. The Starfish is worth the trek alone, but the Batman show is entertaining, as well as Mission: Bermuda Triangle. From here, you could wrap around the far side of the park to Raging Wolf Bobs, over to Batman. You should be in the Western midway now. Next, Texas Twister is a must ride, and then on to the Villain.

After re-ticulating your spine, the Double Loop is a quick credit. After that Walk down the midway past the Log Flume, Serial Thriller will be you last coaster to ride. Of course, odds are the park won't be busy enough to worry about a "Stradegy". But don't be afraid to try the Wildlife midway. It is by far the better maintained side, and you will find some much needed shade, as well as plenty of fine places to eat.

Good luck, you'll have a great time! *** Edited 2/12/2004 2:49:21 PM UTC by Zero-G*** *** Edited 2/12/2004 2:50:23 PM UTC by Zero-G***

Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:22 AM
You can only do everything in one day if everything is actually open.
Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:26 AM
Even on the crowded weekeends you can get all the coasters in. In September Big Dipper and Corkscrew may not be running on slower days.
Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:28 AM
Cool, thanks for the suggestions. Maybe we will hit the wildlife side if there's time enough after the coasters. I'll try to remember to enter from the North Rides Gate. How does the Superman ride compare with Wicked Twister? I have a whole separate trip planned for CP in early June. I am going for two whole days and staying at the Breakers Hotel.
Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:30 AM
If you're going in September your days will be limited to Friday nights, Saturdays, or Sundays (except for Labor Day of course). I've never had any problem riding all the open coasters within only a few hours on a normal day. It should be pointed out that it is quite possible that at least one coaster will be closed for the day or that it will not open when the park opens. I'm partial to Superman - if your brother doesn't know about the holding brake, don't remind him, just ride in the front row and watch him freak out when it is activated.
Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:33 AM
Yeah, I heard something about the holding brake. I also realize that one or two may not be open, but it doesn't matter too much. I'm just trying to up my coaster count and see what SF has to offer.
Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:36 AM
I missed that September.

Honestly I take back everthing I said. You should try very hard to visit another time. September= Very Few Employees= Closed Rides=Grrr.

Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:41 AM
So, say mid-summer or so? My June trip will be to CP, so I can't plan on another one at least for a month.
Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:50 AM
September = very few guests = many many rides

I went multiple times in late summer/ early fall and it was so much fun. All the coasters were walk ons. My only dissapointment is that Big Dipper was only open at certain times of the day.

Thursday, February 12, 2004 11:00 AM
You shouldn't have a problem hitting all coasters in a day assuming they are all open. I like the holding brake on Superman but am still a little partial to WT. If you find that's the park is really crowded, you can always get a QBot.
Thursday, February 12, 2004 11:03 AM
I prefer WT if the two were sitting side-by-side in a park, but that's not to say that I wouldn't sit on either for hours at a time and still enjoy myself ;)

You'll have no problem on almost any day getting in a majority of the rides. Unless they really do have marked customer service improvements AND the word gets out quickly, there won't really be that many people there to impede your progress.

Speaking of Superman, anyone know if there's any issues coming up with Intamin or whatever the hell was wrong with it last year that it wasn't open on opening day? I'm probably headed there for opening day ... just curious.

Thursday, February 12, 2004 11:21 AM
What about this Serial Thriller coaster. What is your opinions of that one? How many inversions?
Thursday, February 12, 2004 11:24 AM

eightdotthree said:
...In September Big Dipper and Corkscrew may not be running on slower days.

I thought Corkscrew was in India now... ;)

Weekday crowds in June the past 2 years have been pretty much non-existant. I'll sometimes stop at the park after work and get on 5 or 6 coasters plus a few flats in less than 90 minutes... and that includes walking to the Wildlife side.

No matter when you go, try to have a good time. The park does have its good points, and I'll be the first to admit they have their bad as well, but if you go with an open mind, you should have a positive experience.

ray p.

Thursday, February 12, 2004 11:52 AM

Impulse-ive said:

Speaking of Superman, anyone know if there's any issues coming up with Intamin or whatever the hell was wrong with it last year that it wasn't open on opening day? I'm probably headed there for opening day ... just curious.

From what I've heard is that the back spike was having some stress problems and at one point, a steel bolt from the back spike came off. They did do a little bit of work to the back spike during the season last year, but didn't help since it closed down periodically.

Thursday, February 12, 2004 11:58 AM
I am going with an open mind. I've heard some bad things, but I like to judge for myself. I'm not going to really critique the service so much as I'm going to get some new coaster experiences.
Thursday, February 12, 2004 12:19 PM
Superman wasn't open opening day last year because of the Hurricane Mountain construction, I believe.

You may notice some new, erm, additions, to Superman this year. *** Edited 2/12/2004 5:20:51 PM UTC by Zero-G***

Thursday, February 12, 2004 1:13 PM
Yes superman will look a little different this season and its realiblity problmes should go to a minimum dur to certain lets say additions to the ride. Rumors will probably start to fly in a few weeks but dont get hopes up to soon its all for SUE.

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