SFWOA Drive-By Report 12-29

Friday, January 3, 2003 5:26 PM
just an observation, but any post made on the 'Buzz about SFWoA eventually becomes a flame post.....i know every park has its downfalls, but come on.....be a coaster enthusiast and enjoy the things that you claim to love.

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Friday, January 3, 2003 8:25 PM

It does seem to be an issue in WOA that the company is always looking to lay-off full time help. (Even though it seems that reatil in general has its hands ful already). But it's not because they don't make money. I mean how can anyone NOT make money when you charge 4 bucks for a burger!!! Oh wait, maybe they are...

Secondly there are no gangs roving the park. I mean come one this is Cleveland not LA (or any other real big city that has a population and reason for gang violence). To say that there is a gang issue in the area is laughable. First it's to far out there for cleveland or akron "gang" members to bother with. And second, the white trash down the road to the east are far more dangerous when they get a six-pack in them. Those good ol boys out past Mantua really love to get all greased up and start some fights.

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Friday, January 3, 2003 8:27 PM

john peck said:
. The X-Flight trains are sitting behing the maintainence building all covered in snow. Good Job Six Flags.


Beautiful. Just beautiful.

I'd go and cover the trains with a tarp myself if they'd let me. They should be reported to the RAA (Rollercoaster Abuse Agency).

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Saturday, January 4, 2003 7:16 AM
If they are covered in snow how does anyone know if there is a tarp under there covering the computer parts.

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Saturday, January 4, 2003 7:37 AM

THe computers coudl be removed for all we know. I wouldn't worry about it too much. They wouldn't jeapordize 100's of thousands of dollars in equipment I am sure.

I am just looking forward to getting back on B:KF again and riding the new RWB. Maybe I will finally get my elusive S:UE credit.

Personally I love SFWOA, everytime I have went it's clean, the staff is freindly and busting their butts, its not their fault management won't allow them to run more then one train. Its a very pretty park with a great collection of rides except for two of the three Vekoma's that i coudl do without, you figure out which ones.

In the CP, SFWOA market I would even say SFWOA is by far the better park for a family to go to. So much more to do besides just ride coasters.

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Saturday, January 4, 2003 8:02 AM

MagnumForce said:
"So much more to do besides just ride coasters."

Yeah - Cedar Point doesn't have anything besides coasters. Four children's areas (plus two in the water park), a spectacular family ice show, mile-long beach, etc, are all just in my imagination.

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Saturday, January 4, 2003 8:37 AM

MagnumForce said:

In the CP, SFWOA market I would even say SFWOA is by far the better park for a family to go to. So much more to do besides just ride coasters.


I couldn't agree any more. For the price of admission to the park, families don't just have one park to choose from, but three worlds in one! I went to Cedar Point as a little kid and was scared of all the rides. But SFWoA has tamer coasters, all the animals, and the water stuff as well.

*** This post was edited by coasterzak on 1/4/2003. ***

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Saturday, January 4, 2003 8:38 AM

Walt, when compared to WOA CP doesnt have much to do for the OLDER family members. I consider things even when it comes to kids, but if I were to take my almost 60 year old non coaster riding parents to one of the the two it would be SFWOA. Seas World just gives them so much more to fill there time then a day at CP.

Given the choice for a younger family CP is the way to go, but this is no way shape or form takes away from the awesome kids area at SFWOA.

I am sure you understand what I am saying.

As I Cedar Point Fan Boy I am also entitled to enjoy WOA as well right or is there some law againt that?

-Brent "Who drove from west of Toledo two times past CP to get to WOA this year, but still visited CP 10 times" Kneebush

*** This post was edited by MagnumForce on 1/4/2003. ***

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Saturday, January 4, 2003 8:57 AM

MagnumForce said:

THe computers coudl be removed for all we know. I wouldn't worry about it too much. They wouldn't jeapordize 100's of thousands of dollars in equipment I am sure.



You're right, all of the electronic equipment has been removed. The restraints and shells of the trains are left outside. Actually, only two of the cars on one train are uncovered. The rest are tarped.

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Saturday, January 4, 2003 9:03 AM
As for a little update, that some of you might want to know after I also did a little drive by last week, but not much has gone on from an outside the park point of view...BUT

A) The road they are working on. It has actually come A LONG way. everything is smoothed out and ready to be paved. But as every engineer knows (at least should know) you DON'T pave in the winter time, unles you HAVE to :) SFWoA obviously doesn't have to, so why pave right now, wait untill it gets warm, and do all the prepping in the mean time. Which they have done. That road should look pretty nice when finished. They have cleaned more land than I was expecting, width wise.

B) The train that I just saw sitting outside was the GREEN train, which has not been used all year except for some parts. Also, believe me, as a Mech. Eng. Major, I hate those stupid computers on the train too. Makes you wonder what the heck they were thinking? Anyways, back on topic. The computers are "suppose" to be protected by stainless steel, and weather proof casing...but we all know how all computers are "suppose" to be. On, a second note about the trains. According to the park, X-Flights trains are usually the last ones to be overhauled and put back together, I'm assuming this would mean, new wires, wheels, etc. if they are bad. And yes, SFWoA themselves know about the whole computer issues and are not happy with Vecoma, just ask some fo the mechanics when they are up there fixing the thing....The main problem according to them is the curve between the station and the lift hill. They are actually pretty smart (despite some evil rumors) LOL

C) There looks to be some construction going on inside the park around the Happy Habor/Stadium area...nothing BIG just seemed to be a lot of movement over there from the picnic bank point of view.

D) There seems to have been some more work in Hurricane Habor, few more markings, but not much more.

Hope this clears up a little thoughts, more or less, I would look to see just A LOT of small park improvements improving on the quality of one's visit overall, rides, looks, and empolyee's.

Now let's go sled riding!!!!


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Saturday, January 4, 2003 12:44 PM
Remember, the trains are designed to be out in the weather. They run outside. In the rain from time to time. Though this may not be the best way to store something, it is not going to hurt it. Your car has sensitive electronics in it and it sits out in the rain and snow and does fine.

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Saturday, January 4, 2003 7:16 PM
We went to SFWoA last summer 'cause they were handing out free passes to any one foolish enough to pay to see the Tigers play. Park attendance was fairly low according to a security gaurd who directed us to the open parking lot(the geague lake entrance and lots were closed). The wait for X was over 45 minutes for what looked like a 5 minute CP line. B:KF was open all of 5 minutes during the day. We covered every square inch of the parks, and were unable to find all the great family attractions. Most of the shows were only run twice, with schedules that guaranteed you couldn't catch half of them. My daughter (8) and nephew(10) were so bored we left the park before 6pm. I would recommend PKI as the more family friendly park in Ohio. Until she hit 48", my daughter absolutely loved PKI's HannaBarbera and Nickelodeon areas, and her grandparents got some shows in to entertain them as well.
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