SFWoA 7/10/03

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Saturday, July 12, 2003 7:20 PM

My friends and I arrived at the park around 9:50 and were allowed into the park. We were a little worried that we would be spoiled having been to CP on tuesday and having been to the park once last year, were a little skeptical about going to SFWoA again.

At 10, we went straight to:
X-Flight: walk-on, 3 rides. This is my favorite flying coaster, it has plenty of flying time and the loop is one of the most intense elements on any coaster. The only bad things about the ride are the slow loading times and the fact that the sun is in your eyes all the way until the top of the lift. I thought it was supposed to recline on the lift. 8/10

Next was: Superman Ultimate Escape: walk-on, 5 rides. Fun ride and definately better than Wicked Twister. Does this ride ever have a line anymore? 10/10

We then decided to head on over to the Villain only to find out that it doesn't open until 11. Why is this? Budget? Staffing? After finding out we couldn't ride until 11, we decided to head on over to:
Batman Knight Flight: 7 rides, walk-on. Definately my favorite floorless coaster. The layout is so much better and even though it doesn't have a zero-g roll, I still find it a lot better. They were also running 2 trains! 10/10

Next up was Raging Wolf Bobs: 1 ride, walk-on. One word can describe this ride: Ouch. The second half is better than the first half, but we didn't really feel that the second half made up for the first half that was complete torture. 2/10

We now decided to go ride: The Villain: 12 rides, walk-on. Definately my favorite ride in the park. How anyone cou;d not like this ride is beyond me. Great laterals and airtime. 10/10.

Next we decided to ride Double Loop since it was right there. 1 ride, walk-on. Smooth for an Arrow looper, nothing special though. 6/10

After eating a very expensive, but tasty lunch at the Mandarin Cafe, we decided to ride Serial Thriller just to see how bad it was. It wasn't as bad as some SLC's that I've ridden, but it was still pretty bad, but not RWB bad. 3/10.

As we were walking to Hurricane Harbor, we decided to ride Big Dipper: 2 rides, walk-on. First we rode it in the front and had a great ride. Plenty of airtime and head choppers. But then we decided to ride in the back. Never again. The back was horrible and we will never ride in the back again. 6/10

Next up was Hurricane Harbor. Great water park. Hurricane Mountain is insane. The body slides are very intense and the tube slides are just as fun. Shark Attack was nothing compared to HM. We stayed in Hurricane Harbor until it closed at 7. We went back, hit X-Flight, SUE, BKF, and then rode The Villain until they made us get off at closing time.

Overall, this visit was leaps and bounds above last year's visit and we will be looking forward to returning next year. The staff was friendly and quick, and all of the rides that can run 2 trains were except for Big Dipper and Double Loop. The park is definately starting to make a turn around and hopefully will get the hyper coaster for next year. Next up is Kennywood and then we will be heading back to our home park SFMM. Can't wait for my first visit to Kennywood!
*** This post was edited by X Maniac 7/12/2003 11:22:06 PM ***

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Saturday, July 12, 2003 7:52 PM
SUE never has a line. My dumb theory is that the when the park guests see the swaying tower, they think the ride isn't safe and they just screw it. But thats cool with me.

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Jab uf mo yo ha an ams isid da vee eh col ah al ti

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Saturday, July 12, 2003 8:41 PM
great trip report.i'm hoping to go to sfWoA one day this year.
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Sunday, July 13, 2003 7:54 PM
I commend your spine for withstanding all of those rides on Villain. Maybe I just think too much about the trains shuffling because I can't handle that ride...

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Sunday, July 13, 2003 8:08 PM
Yeah the Villain used to be cool. I don't know what happened to it, but it's just too painful for me to handle a reride anymore. The trick track and the little hill into the final brake run are killers. That would be bad on any train, but the G-Trains really make it worse. They need to run PTCs on this ride.
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Monday, July 14, 2003 11:33 AM
the villains red train runs like crap but the black train is very smooth
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Jab uf mo yo ha an ams isid da vee eh col ah al ti
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Monday, July 14, 2003 5:45 PM
So, does anyone know why the Villain, Double Loop, and all the other rides in that area don't open until 11:00am?
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