Tuesday, July 10, 2001 3:17 AM
Before I start my rant, I would like to make some postive comments first. SFWoA has some excellent rides in S:UE, Villian and BKF. ALso, the Sea World side is very nice. Also, Kudo's to the employees in the Rockville area who had to work in an unusually difficult environment.
Now let the rant begin:
My story actually begins at 10:00 PM the night before when I pulled in to Six Flags Silverhorn campgrounds. When I went to register I accidentally allowed a moth to fly in. I wasn't aware that I wasn't supposed to allow moths to fly into the camps main office. Thanks to the moth I was treated to an employee running around the registration desk carrying on about how scared of moths she was and nothing could get done until the moth was removed. Next came parking in my lot. When I made reservations 6 weeks ago I had informed them that I had an RV. Therefore, I was surprised to find that they had placed my in a lot in which my RV wouldn't fit. THere was a small tree at the end of the blocks so I could not back up all the way and my front end stuck out in the road all night. I have what is considered a small RV so I was quite surprised. Then I went to take a shower. The showers are too small, they have no bench to place your clothes on so you have to place them on a muddy floor and only three of the showers had shower heads. I had to use the one that didn't have a shower head. Then the next morning, without warning, the electricity went out, leaving everyone in the park without electricity. I paid $45 + tax for this?
On to the park. Actually, things started out well, waits for rides were small, except for X-Flight which was only running one partial train. However, I blame Vekoma and not SFWoA for this problem, as SFA seems to be having similar problems with Batwing. I made the big mistake of riding the Log Flume. Apparently the ride ops were having some king of problems today because they were only using about six boats and it took 45 minutes to finally get a ride. The water on the ride was a lovely shade of brown. I don't understand why the water was so dirty. Other parks, PKI comes to mind seem to be able to keep the water clean. However, we rode some more rides and life was better.
We then went to the Sea world side and for $38.00 we all had lunch. The Batman ski show was fun.
The problems began when we return to the rides section of the park. We noticed that BKF and RWB weren't running and that a large crowd of people were heading out the door and there was a crowd at the guest relations desk. I asked what was wrong and I was informed that Aurora had lost power and that 1/3 of the park was down. Fortunatly Hurrican Harbor was still operating so we went there. On the way, my wife had to use the bathroom and so did my nephew. Here I encountered the nastiest sight I have ever seen in a bathroom. All the toilets were backed up and overflowing. My wife reported the same in the women's bathroom. To make matters worse flowing through rockville, next to El Dorado, was a stream of sewage that smelled so bad that people were becoming ill from it. Around 6:30 my family had enough of the park and decided to go home. I spoke with guest relations, and was told that the power had just come back on and that the rides would be starting again soon. My youngest daughter and I decided to try to ride BKF. Soon after we got in line for BKF the ride started to cycle through without riders, then eventually, people were able to start riding again. After waiting for 1/2 hour I was violently thrown against the railing by a man who felt he was too important to wait in line like everyone else. Apparently, the guests of this park have decided to take line jumping to new heights.
Overall I had quite a negative experience at this park.
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 5:57 AM
Wow... you couldn't make up a worse story. Bummer.
If you like to camp, might I suggest most any of Ohio's state parks. Most of them are top notch, and relatively inexpensive. I grew up camping at places like Findley, Deer Creek, Salt Fork, Dillon, Heuston Woods, Pymatuning, the islands, etc. The state parks are one of Ohio's most well kept secrets. Punderson would be your closest bet to SFWoA (though it's one of the most expensive in the state): http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/punderson.htm
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*** This post was edited by Jeff on 7/10/2001. ***
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 6:13 AM
Is it something in water around SFWOA? I've seen line jumpers before, but no one has violently thrown me aside to ride anything. As for the brown water you mentioned, when I looked at the water in Kennywood's white-water rapids ride last year, I swore it looked like something from the Toxic Advenger. The cleanest water I've ever seen was on Escape from Pompeii at BGW. I'm surprised this hasn't been a forum before-Dirtiest water in a water-ride (or has it?).
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 6:17 AM
The water in PKI's Wild Thornberrys rid is crystal clear. I was amazed.
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 6:39 AM
I went Sunday also and had a very good time. We just got lucky and was on the wildlife side when the power outage occured. We had dinner and by the time we got back to the ride side most everything was back up.
I'll try to post a trip report later.
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 9:39 AM
We had lunch at SwampWater Jacks, the Chicken Fajita sandwiches, while expensive, were very tasty.
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 10:34 AM
Intamin Fan said:
"Is it something in water around SFWOA? I've seen line jumpers before, but no one has violently thrown me aside to ride anything. As for the brown water you mentioned, when I looked at the water in Kennywood's white-water rapids ride last year, I swore it looked like something from the Toxic Advenger. The cleanest water I've ever seen was on Escape from Pompeii at BGW. I'm surprised this hasn't been a forum before-Dirtiest water in a water-ride (or has it?).
The water on the Raging Rapids at Kennywood varies day-to-day. Sometimes, it's clear. Other times it can be a greenish color, or most of the time, a brownish color. But I'm pretty sure the water is safe ;).
I think the general consensus is, SFWoA sucks! All I know is that I will *NEVER* go back there, no matter how many coasters they add.
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 10:40 AM
That is nothing new for SFwoa, that is just your average typical day. Six Flags Waste Of an Afternoon! Everyone out there avoid this park at all costs it really is bad. Poor management, Rides breakdown all the time, and the place is down right filthy!! My advice to all is to bypass this place and go to either Cedar Point or Kennywood for some good clean wholesome family fun in a clean and happy environment.