Six Flags America, Largo, Maryland, USA
I last road Roar in 2009 and it was great then (though it's bad rep already started).
I wish that the 2 RoSs had gotten the same restraints as Bizarro in NE. Not as good as the original, but better than what's on them now v
I never thought the restraint on RoS @ DL was that bad. But I do agree the helices can get a bit tedious. Even if they had shortened the track a bit so that the down slope of the second hill started to bank into the helix (instead of going to the ground, then back up, and into the 540 helix) it would feel so much more... Dynamic? Is that the word I want? Fast paced? But that straight across the water into the third hill builds such great anticipation. I often wonder if that was intentional.
Nor did I realize Bizarro got new restraints in it's transformation... What are they like? Bizarro is on my Must-Do List. And SFNE is even more appealing now that a Deja Vu moved there as Goliath.Last edited by ShaneDenmark, Saturday, November 1, 2014 12:02 PM
I think Bizarro got all new trains, not sure if they kept the chassis or not. It currently has restraints like El Toro.
Nice TR. I've been increasingly pleased with my SFA visits over the years. I actually enjoy Apocalypse enough to reride. People seem to be a bit slow to get back to S:ROS at opening....I've enjoyed many morning laps over that awesome airtime hill.
Its unfortunate incidents involving other Intamin hypers resulted in them installing less comfortable restraints, I still think its a great ride, though.
IIRC, SFA's ejected a rider as well. (And if I really recall correctly, he walked away from the incident).
My mistake, I've either never heard of or entirely forgot about that.
I think SFA's S:RoS is the only one NOT to eject a rider... 2 at DL and 1 at SFNE. There was the collision in the station at SFA that shut down all 3 though.
From what I understand, its chain broke once as well. ;)
I'm going with Andy on this one. I remember that incident too, although I can't seem to find it online anywhere.
He must have had mad ninja skills.
Are you guys sure you're not thinking of the incident at (then-SF)DL where the man was thrown on the bunny hills coming back to the station? He fell about 9 feet and had minor injuries... That's what prompted the addition of seat belts during S:RoS's opening season in 1999.
I think I recall the SFA Ride of Steel ejection incident year ago. I remember my disbelief that the ejected rider was not injured.
Hi there. That was a very nice trip report. I love big amusement parks. (Of course, I wouldn't be on this site if I didn't love roller coasters.) Well anyway, your trip report made me want to go to Six Flags America. I live in Central Pennsylvania, so it's not far away. I love taking trips with my family, and around my birthday, we always try to take some sort of a big trip, which is usually to a theme park or some other place with rides.
Now, this Six Flags park sounded great, especially towards the end of the season, when you went and when I plan to go. But, I have had some major problems at Six Flags parks, some of which have left me in tears and made Dad want to call a taxi instead of waiting for Mom to drive us back to the hotel to get out of the park as quickly as possible. Below, I have a list of questions. Perhaps you know the answers to them.
I cannot stand for long periods of time, so waiting in line can be a bit of a problem for me. So, when we go to amusement parks, we always get a disability pass that works something like this; You have a list of 10 or so major rides, which you have to get a time stamp for. For example, I will go up to the exit of the Batman the Ride Roller Coaster at 3:00 and they will write 3;45 next to the ride name. During this time, you can ride smaller rides, i.e, the carousel, the swings, play games, eat, etc, the only thing you can't do is ride another major ride, i.e The Superman Ride of Steel. The Six Flags Park that I went to, Six Flags Great Adventure, had a seriously-unfair version of this pass; You still had the time stamp, but instead of going to eat, you had to sit on a bench in the hot sunshine until you were called. Not very nice! I know that Six Flags parks have the Flashpass program, but, is there a special disability pass that allows handicapped people to do the same thing without extra cost.
On our last, and only, trip to Six Flags America, the two rides that I wanted to ride the most above all others were The Batwing and The Joker's Jinx; They were both broken, as were many of the other rides. Many of the rides that were still running weren't working exactly right. I got bumped around on the Mind Eraser, The boats on the log flume were filled with water and the guided-rail turnpike cars kept bouncing on and off the rail. Also, when we went to Six Flags Great Adventure, many of the rides were broken, and we had to wait 2 hours until Kingda Ka (A roller coaster that I really wanted to ride) opened up. Have you been to Six Flags America more than once? If you have, do you know how often the rides are running? Do they break down often? Many accidents have occurred at Six Flags parks, so I want to make sure the rides are working right when I go there. Let me know if the rides are working, because what's the point of traveling 100 miles to an amusement park, and finding out that my favorite ride is broken.
I'm on a salt-restricted diet. Are there any places in the park where I can food that isn't so salty?
My old parents can't walk around the park like me. Mom needs an electric scooter/cart device to get around the park. When we looked at Six Flags availability of such things, they stated that wheelchairs were available for rent, but didn't say anything about scooters. A scooter, not a wheelchair, works best for Mom. Some parks sell scooters on a 'first-come', 'first-serve', basis while others had them available anytime they were needed. Do you know if Six Flags America offers scooters, and when they are available?
Hope to hear from you soon
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