SFwoA-Getting better everyday

Monday, June 30, 2003 7:57 PM
I was at SFWoA today and noticed a few things, friendly employees, multiple trains running on a very dead day, and they also lowered the price of a bottle of Coke from the machine to 2 dollars. This place looks to be headed in the right direction

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Monday, June 30, 2003 8:00 PM
We were there two weeks ago, Had a great time. The wildlife side is a bonus.

Actually some guy in a country music show right in the middle of singing seen my Legend shirt and said, SOmebodys been to Holiday World.

Great day, They just need to run two trains on Villian all the time though!

Chuck

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Charles Nungester.
It's official Lesourdsville Lake is closed for 2003

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Monday, June 30, 2003 8:01 PM
Coke machine selling bottles for $2?

Sounds like they are in desparation mode right now. That is sad that this park is low on attendance. While I wish SFGAm had the lower attendance so I could power ride everything, I know that isnt good for business and could mean the demise of the park.

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Arena football has arrived in the Windy City. Go "Chicago Rush"

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Monday, June 30, 2003 8:47 PM
I am overly impressed with SFWoA this year. You can tell, just by the overall atmosphere, that they are trying to make a difference. And, I have noticed it. The ops are so much more friendly and efficient this year, it's cleaner, and, I just can't say enough.
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Monday, June 30, 2003 8:58 PM
Our bottles have been $2 since 1997. Where have you been?

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"Step on that lapbar and make it nice and tight!"

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Monday, June 30, 2003 9:02 PM
I've heard a lot of good things about SFWoA this year. How has attendance been? If there are crowds and the good service continues, than they are on the right track. If attendance has been poor, it's not that hard to look good.

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I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks,
than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 2:43 AM

Charles Nungester said:

Great day, They just need to run two trains on Villian all the time though!


Villain has been running two trains I would say at least 97 percent of the time as of all the visits I've made this year, only once have I seen it only run one train (and that's quite a few visits).

It seems attendance has been up this year as the park appears more busier than year's past. Of course Hurricane Harbor has always been a very popular spot during the summer but the Wild Life side has seen a big increase of visitors this year.

SFWoA has been doing great thus far this season. All rides are running (except Skyscraper and Texas Twister, which is getting its control panel revamped and should be opening soon).

X Factor

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 2:57 AM
Now if they'd only grease villian we'd be in business! :)

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Corey
"Another disadvantage is that people, in their enthusiasm, not only aim for the bottles but also for my head. And a wooden ball can hurt a lot." - From an article on Ananova.com

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 3:21 AM
Rollocoast, Villain was greesed and flying on our visit. Big Dipper though was wasboarding terribly.

Chuck, who noticed SFWOA was pretty busy for a thursday :)

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Charles Nungester.
It's official Lesourdsville Lake is closed for 2003

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 4:18 AM
I'm getting pretty excited for my first trip out to SFWOA next month! I'm going for 2 days, on a Tuesday and Wednesday, and I hope this is enough time to do all three sections of the park. I'm glad to hear things are going so well there, and now just hope for good weather and low crowds.

Take care and God bless!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 4:19 AM
Ohhh!!! Looks like I'll have to stop by this week :)

Thanks for the Info!

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Corey
"Another disadvantage is that people, in their enthusiasm, not only aim for the bottles but also for my head. And a wooden ball can hurt a lot." - From an article on Ananova.com

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 4:35 AM
I was also there on 6/30, as well as Friday 6/27. Night and day between the two visits. I left the park with the standard feeling of not having the best time I could have on Friday night. Monday night, complete opposite. Everything was running great, especially Villain after 8:30pm :) Employees were wonderful. No lines. Made me glad I'm only 15 miles from the place.

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Scott W. Short
scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
http://www.midwestcoastercentral.com

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 5:54 AM
I was there on Sunday for my first visit of the year. I didn't know it was "Cleveland Clinic Foundation" day ahead of time, or I might not have gone.

Which would have been a mistake. In spite of the PACKED park, I had a great time.

3 trains on Batman, 2 on Villain, 2 on Serial Thriller (didn't ride that one, just noted it), 2 on Big Dipper (I was in the station when they put the second on, and caught the procedure on video -- great timing :) ) I saw sweepers, I saw people emptying trashcans. Bathrooms were cleaned. Ops were MOVING -- Batman stacked a few times, but the ops worked to get it back on interval when that happened (and when it did, it was due to a patron, like the guy standing on the platform complaining that he couldn't find his keys. Duh)

Rumors of Villain's demise have been greatly exaggerated. No, it's not up to the first season, but it's not NEARLY as bad as I'd been led to believe. Big Dipper is washboarding a bit, as Charles said. I love that term. It also has a weird "lurch" going on, where it seems to get caught up and almost freeze going over the hills. In seat 1.3, the effect is pretty cool actually -- you get ejected, then HOVER for a bit. :)

The wildlife side was as busy as the rides side from what I saw. The tiger show is pretty good. I like the aquarium, especially the octopus and jellyfish tanks.

Some non-enthusiast friends had been there during the week. When they got back I asked them if they'd noticed any problems, like dirty bathrooms, full trashcans, or the like. They hadn't, but also hadn't really been looking. Still a good sign, because that's the kind of thing that if you aren't looking and DO notice, it must be bad.

This park has great potential. From what I saw Sunday, they're living up to it. Hopefully, that will continue.

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--Greg, aka Oat B
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"Another visitor. Stay a while. Stay FOREVER!"

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 7:22 AM
Keep those comments coming! The more SFWoA knows they're doing good, the more likely they'd build that damn hyper!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 8:34 AM
I wonder if the people that make that decision actually read on forums like this.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 9:17 AM

Chitown said:
Coke machine selling bottles for $2?

Sounds like they are in desparation mode right now. That is sad that this park is low on attendance.

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$2 = Desperation??? I don't get it.

I don't think the park's low on attendance....... Maybe it doesn't have any four hour waits for its rides, but who wants to have that?



*** This post was edited by ophthodoc 7/1/2003 1:17:44 PM ***
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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 9:48 AM
the park is awsome this year..i live like 5min away and my Friends work up there so i go visit them all the time..the park is looking good and all the coasters but double loop and RWB.....are running 2 trains......Word to the wise>dont go to HH On a saturday..its Packed!......as far as that....SFWOA is great.....i was also there sunday for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation..and that was as packed as i seen it all year..the only bad thing i noticed was the 1 1/2 hr wait for X-flight....Keep it up SFWOA......ill get the scoop on anything new for 2004...When i go again....I'll see what i can do.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 9:57 AM

ophthodoc said:


$2 = Desperation??? I don't get it.


Has that been the price for a 20oz bottle of Coke? I am basing this on SFGAm having theirs for $3 a bottle. I figured SFWoA lowered the price to generate some business.

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Arena football has arrived in the Windy City. Go "Chicago Rush"

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 10:00 AM
I was there on Saturday and despite it being "Cleveland Clinic Day" the lines were very manageable. In fact, the coasters were a near walk-on the entire day and the only significant lines I encountered were for the Log Flume, Bumper Cars, Merry Oldies, and the Ferris Wheel (I'll never make the mistake of riding that thing again).

The Wildlife side of the park is a nice place to relax when you need a break from the coasters. I never visited it when it was Sea World.

I was pleasantry surprised by Raging Wolf Bobs. The first half is fairly rough but the second half is amazing. It even sounds different. I had a lot of fun on that one. Big Dipper was another story as I found it almost unrideable. Thank God for the thick padding on the trains!

I'm curious about a couple things though.

1) Who lives in the house behind RWB?
2) Why does the Geauga Lake side have such a shortage of water fountains? I asked an employee where one was and she said she didn't think there were any (I later found one near the Ferris Wheel).

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Ripple Rock Amusement Park
*** This post was edited by millrace 7/1/2003 2:06:53 PM ***

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 10:05 AM
I've had great days at SFNE, SFA, and SFGAdv this year. Ride ops were friendly and fast on the dispatches; parks were clean [well, except for SFA's bathrooms...ick!], and most if not all rides were at full capacity.

Perhaps all our "bithcing" has paid off and someone at the parks or up in SF corporate has been listening and taking action?

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