SFWoA - Opening Weekend

Saturday, May 3, 2003 12:17 PM
Because of school purposes, I was not able to make it to SFWoA today, but am planning on going tomorrow. I'm going to take my friend who has never been there before and wanted to know if anyone knows what rides are open for the season. Is everything up and running, or are there numerous rides down? I don't want to get there and to my disappointment see that my friend won't get to experience X-Flight or S:UE. Thanks for your help.
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Saturday, May 3, 2003 12:28 PM
Hate to bust your bubble, but I was there today (Saturday), and S:UE had all the cars off the track. Other than that, the only thing I noticed not running were the Space Spiral and the Parkview Express (monorail) or whatever name they gave them this year. Both were cloesed do to the water slide construction. Raging Wolf Bobs had the new trains on this year, and looked to be running pretty good. Do to a neck injury, I was not able to ride it, but it appeared to be running a lot better. There are a couple of new flats on the life side, and we now have a dolphin shoe where Dolphin Encounter/Stingray Bay was. There are bleachers set up for this. Shuka has an all new show which is a must see. The Sealion show is still the "Do It Yourself" show, but with some new tricks added in over the off season. It was VERY crowded today. Not the worst I have seen it, but still crowded none the less. I have not saw that many people on the life side since it was Sea World. Hopefully that is a good sign, and not just beacuse everyone wanted to see Aaron Tippin.

1ej


*** This post was edited by 1EyedJack 5/3/2003 4:30:25 PM ***

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 12:33 PM
Thanks 1 Eyed Jack. When I came through 2 weeks ago they had the trains off of S:UE and there were men hanging from the twisted spike working on it. Wonder why V2 and S:UE are still yet to have their trains on them. Poor planning on Six Flags part. Well I appreciate knowing what to expect going to the park tomorrow. Hope it isn't too crowded. How many trains were operating on the Villain, BKF and X-Flight?
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Saturday, May 3, 2003 1:02 PM
Not to sure, as I didnt spend much time on the ride side. I wanted to ride, but just getting over a strained muscle in my neck, it was in my best interest not to. I walked past RWB, and I did notice one train running. Not sure on the rest though. Sorry....

1ej

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 1:30 PM
1 train op on XFlight. Will probably be like that tomorrow too, although they MIGHT have 2 trains in 1 station but I doubt it. I heard it will be 1 train for the 1st couple weekends.
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Saturday, May 3, 2003 1:58 PM
I will post a trip report later today, but to answer your questions: Superman, Monorail, Skyscraper, Haybaler, and Texas Twister were all down. Many stores were closed. Villain had 2 trains, Batman started with 1 then switched to 2, Big Dipper had 1, X-Flight had 1, Double Loop had 1, Serial Thriller had 1, and Raging Wolf Bobs had 1. For the most part, the park was fine for opening day, but I would expect to see more things opening up in later weeks.

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-Bubba

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 2:21 PM
I'm really interested in hearing the reaction to RWB's new trains.

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Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 2:31 PM
Me too. I missed opening day, and probably won't be going to SFWoA or CP or anywhere for quite a while, becuase of private family problems. But I hope SUE will get up soon, and that RWB will actually be a GOOD ride finally.

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A.K.A. Batman Bastard

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 2:44 PM
Raging Wolf Bobs was amazingly smooth, to me. With the new trains, the first half was not as bumpy and the train was flying through the turns. The second half was like riding on a cloud. The second half is smoother than both Villain and Big Dipper. However, the second half is slower and the turns are lessed banked, making the second half less intense. But the people seemed to enjoy it! A fellow coaster enthusiast (I think it was ShiveringTim) said that his ride was very rough. He said that because he sat over the wheels in the second seat of the car, while I sat in the first seat of the car. I guess it depends what seat you sit in, but I enjoyed it.
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-Bubba
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Saturday, May 3, 2003 3:50 PM

I think RWB isnt as good as it used to be. Its boring, slow, and just isn't fun. BRING BACK THE OLD TRAINS! At least it would of been jumpy, the trains would have more room, and it would be a better overall ride.

I dislike the new trains..
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Saturday, May 3, 2003 4:05 PM
I agree. The retracked part is very smooth but just seemed so slow to me. I didn't really like it all that much, but maybe that will change as I ride it more.
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Saturday, May 3, 2003 5:29 PM
I thought RWB went from being a slow boring painful ride to a fast painful ride. I can't stand it now, where as before I could drag myself through it just to say I did the whole park. The new trains did nothing more than give me a shiny new place to hurt myself than make the ride experience better.

X-Flight's second train is in the infield below the ride, so depending on how much work is required to get it on the tracks, doubt you'll see it on there this weekend. Plus, I overheard an op saying that management wanted to let them get used to one train operation this weekend before they tried to introduce 2.

Other than that, S:UE will be down until the construction is finished since its exit is blocked by a construction trailer.

I'd like to make an overall comment too - SFWoA has impressed me this time. I've been a SF-basher due to this park since it opened, but this year, I give them credit, at least on day 1, things were very very good. Ride ops on X-Flight were real "in to it" and talked with the guests and such and on most every other coaster, although they really didn't interact with the guests much, there was still a very precise attitude, good checks, etc. I was impressed with the work ethic and the few times I asked a question, I got a plesant and quick answer (plus the cute blonde op that kept smiling at me on Mind Eraser contributed to my opinion ;) ). Good job SFWoA, keep this up and you'll be off my &$^@* list.

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"You know we got a good thing goin and I don't wanna see it end" --Reel Big Fish
-- Brett

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 5:39 PM
As for Raging Wolf Bobs, I was not impressed at all. The first half of the ride was pretty much the same as it used to be, but the second half was so smooth it was boring. You went from bouncing all over the place not moving at all.

Thats all I have to say for now, I'll have more in my TR.

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Rob - Who believes it is possible to like both Cedar Point and SFWoA...
"A gun is not a weapon Marge, it's a tool. Like a butcher knife, or a harpoon, or... or an alligator" ~Homer J. Simpson

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 6:18 PM
PittDesigner said:I thought RWB went from being a slow boring painful ride to a fast painful ride. I can't stand it now, where as before I could drag myself through it just to say I did the whole park. The new trains did nothing more than give me a shiny new place to hurt myself than make the ride experience better.

I agree 100%. This was the first time I literally wanted to get off. The ride was wicked, and extremely painful to my ass, thighs, ribs and stomach, not to mention my head (ache). If I could, I would opt them to get some other type of train or something. I know that while I was waiting in line, People were talking about the new train and they hoped it would be better. as they got off all I heard were complaints. At least with the old trains, people were used to it. I think that was my last ride on the Raging Wolf Bobs...

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It's all in Twisted Wicker... Can't you see?!

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 6:07 AM
Actually the new train runs 10-15seconds faster throughout the course then the old trains. Most of that is picked up on the new track.

Also SUE is closed due to the fact of waterpark construction. The park couldnt get a big enough crane in to check the back spike. They hope to get it done in time for next week. But no gaurentees.

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SFWoA TL 2003!

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 5:33 PM
Yeah I was there today, I"ll add a trip report. Kinda different, but all in all a nice day. RWB is terrible now, I don't like it. The first half beats the crap out of you and the second half is smooth as glass. It's gotta have something, at least airtime or G's, not just a bunch of slamming and then nothing. Big mistake with the G-Trains.
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Sunday, May 4, 2003 5:39 PM
PittDesigner... the blonde op on Mind Eraser loved me! I rode 11 times and she was really something. We talked quite a bit and I learned a lot about her. I guess this was because I was the only one on the train. But hey, she is a Junior in college and will be on S:UE so look for her smiling there in the future!
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Sunday, May 4, 2003 6:07 PM
You just can't please people I guess. The G- train is a BIG improvement over those shoddy trailered PTC crap the ride had all these years.

I enjoyed it. My friends enjoyed it. Always hated getting off of it all banged up.

X Factor

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 6:46 PM
Pittdesigner,

Thank you for the compliment that made it all the way through the higher up management at the park through a printer and posted up at X-Flight. People like you make us putting up with all the pidly small complaints that some guest blow way out of proportion all worth it!

Thanks for the compliment, the ENTIRE X-Flight crew greatly apreciates it!

As for SUE it was not SFWoA's fault... Try Intamin.......

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X-Flight ATL 2003

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 6:59 PM
Just like SF not to get the job done for opening with SUE.
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