Sunday, May 16, 2004 9:39 AM
Ok Ive been to this park twice and it's not that great for me. Being in a large city it is very dirty and poorly kept, unlike being compared to parks like BGW. The only ride really worth riding here is Superman Ride of Steel, and maybe Batwing.Has anyone else been here?Anyone agree?
Sunday, May 16, 2004 9:50 AM
I see you're new here Tawny, so I'll be nice. We don't talk trash on parks. Also, this topic has been discussed to death.
Sam A. Marks
Sunday, May 16, 2004 9:55 AM
Tawny Jacobs said:
Ok Ive been to this park twice and it's not that great for me. Being in a large city it is very dirty and poorly kept, unlike being compared to parks like BGW.
Ummmm Very Dirty? when were you there? It's not and probably will never be a BGW or a PKD. This park has one BIG thing working against it The County they're in!
The other problem is the layout of the park, they bought the park with this layout, and it would almost take an act of god to get the county to allow them to re-design parts of it.
Also. SFA has spent their money on new rides (4 coasters in 5 years) how many coasters has BGW added?
Its simply not a GARDEN park, and the original owners were OBVIOUSLY DRUNK when they layed out the park, Six Flags simply did what they could with what it was.......
Sunday, May 16, 2004 10:24 AM
I went to SFA last summer, and didn't care for it much. I'm not gonna go into details about that park, but I will say is it's a typical poorly ran SF park, one of the worst ones, IMO.
Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:23 PM
I was there yesterday evening for the first time. Just got home a few hours ago. Despite SROS being down (which I knew about beforehand) I loved the park and glad I decided to visit.
I spent the last two hours there yesterday evening (went to Hersheypark earlier that day). Batwing, Roar, and especially Joker's Jinx was awesome. I don't understand what the fuss is about and why this park is always bashed.
I found the park to be clean and the employees were very friendly. I was a happy camper, despite being tired and already worn out from Hersheypark. :-D
I can't wait to go back once SROS is back and I have a chance to spend more time there.
Maybe I caught the park on a great day, er, great couple of hours? ;-)
<----who is grouchy and tired but happy and about ready to crash.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:42 PM
I've been to SFA twice [2002, 2003] and enjoyed it both times despite the standard Six Flags operational BS and lackluster employees. But I understand SF is attempting to correct those problems chain-wide this year.
The park has an excellent coaster line-up, certainly better and more varied that BGW. Roar and Wild One are two of my favorite woodies, with Wild One in my Top Ten. Throw in some nice flats and water rides to boot... I don't see how anyone could be bored there.
So no, I would not agree with you.
BATWING FAN SFA
Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:43 PM
Perhaps maybe you should return this year for a visit?sure while it isn't the best park in the chain they have made great strides at improvements this season & some of the staff have been rather good this year.
The only problem they seem to be having is getting some rides up to capacity(Batwing has been a major problem since day one) but most of the other rides in the park are run rather well...does anyone know if Iron eagle & TSC are open yet?
When last I was there I spoke to an employee over at TSC who said that while they had hoped to open it that day(5/1/04) they were going to try to get it running by the following week,so if anyone has visited the park since then can they tell if it has finally opened for the season or not?
BTW Tawny I'd have to agree that superman is probably the best ride in the park & probably the only redeeming factor that gives a real reason to visit....at least til the next new ride comes along.
"BTW Tawny I'd have to agree that superman is probably the best ride in the park & probably the only redeeming factor that gives a real reason to visit..."
Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:51 PM
I agree that Superman is the best coaster in the park but the only redeeming factor and reason to visit? Boy, you really need to get a clue. I also suspect you need to do some travelling outside the SFA/PKD/BGW/Hersheypark area.
"...at least til the next new ride comes along."
Seen any new track lately? Know anyone who has seen any new track lately? Know anyone who knows someone who has seen new track lately?
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 1:14 PM
I though SFA was actually running pretty good this year. The employees were actually polite and being helpful. The park wasn't littered with garbage either. I though the park was rather enjoyable compared to a few of my other visits. It's amazing how much of a differance a polite staff can make.
As for Superman being the best ride in the park. What about Wild One? It's an airtime machine and is a well maintained too. It's probably one of the most overlooked woodies out there because of where it is!
Ok so maybe they have improved it. The last time I went there was in September, so I guess they are really trying.
Sunday, May 16, 2004 2:08 PM
Sunday, May 16, 2004 2:58 PM
I think a lot of people's problem with the park is the fact that it's one of the few parks a white person can go to and feel like a minority and that's just not something they're comfortable with. I mean, DC has something like 75% African American population and the surrounding counties, including Prince George's County (where SFA is located), are not much different. I guess the fact of the matter is a lot of white people who may not live so close to a major city relate African Americans with gangs, and rap, and violence, and all those other things that are quite steriotypical and untrue. I could easily see how someone visiting the park from rural America could either conciously or unconciously make a bad judgement about the park because of the guests that visit. I guess I've lived in the area that it doesn;t affect me at all and I can see through all that to the park itself and I think it's a just fine park. I mean, sure, it's no Cedar Point, but it's not the horrible park everyone makes it out to be. The rides, with the exception of the prototype rides (Typhoon Sea Coaster and Batwing) all reliably with only minor breakdowns through the day as would be expected of any park, the park is reasonably clean, there are lots of staff all around the park, and they have a great collection of coasters, flats, and water rides. Personally, my biggest complaint is the fat and spoiled little white kids who come in thinking they own the park and can jump in line and otherwise be rude, then again I found that just standing in the middle of the queue line with hands on both rails stops that problem pretty efficiently.