Thursday, April 12, 2001 7:30 PM
The day started cloudy, but gradually cleared. Almost all rides were operating, but there seemed to be quite a number of mechanical difficulties. Superman, Two Face, Jokers Jinx, and Typhoon Sea Coaster all suffered break downs during the day. Roar and Wild One were running two trains, all of the other coasters were in one train operation.
I was surprised to see that the blue train for Superman was not even on the service track, but it was not badly needed since the wait never seemed to be much over 30 minutes.
The operation of the park seemed much better in every respect than it was for my early visit last year. Not only were more rides operating, but the park personnel seemed better trained.
Construction on Batwing was continuing nicely. Nearly all of the vertical steel is now up. Since the pictures that I saw on the news last Friday, one side of the station has been tracked, the trackage has been extended from the top of the lift to the bottom of the first drop. This is quite a bit of track on this coaster since the rollover and a fully 180 degree turn come between the top of the lift and the first drop. I would estimate that they put up about 100-150 feet of track while I was at the park today.
Th park map shows a new skycoaster, but there were no signs that construction had begun.
The line for processing season passes was long in the morning, so we waited until 1:00 to get our mug shots taken. By then, the total time required was less than 15 minutes.
Thursday, April 12, 2001 8:02 PM
Jim read my trip report above to see what I think is happening with the blue train on Superman. Also in regard to Superman we saw something unusual on opening day. The train was really sluggish coming back over the last bunnyhill in the morning. They had to cycle the train around quite a few times to get a warning light to turn off. It could have been because of heavy rain that had accumulated on the track, or perhaps cold weather. We also agreed that the staff was very nice and professional, especially on Superman. It's early in the season yet, let them have another week to get jaded:)
Friday, April 13, 2001 10:20 AM
I was at SFA on the 12th too (trip report coming soon). I also noticed the lack of the blue train on the transfer track. I was lucky enough to get on S:ROS shortly after they started running it again. I waited till 4:30 before getting my pass processed and there was no line. :) I got about 75-80 pictures of the park, including Batwing, that I will post somewhere within the next few days (once I finally get the new KWBLVD up). I had a great time and I think SFA is a wonderful park. I especially liked the colonial themed midway.
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Sunday, April 15, 2001 9:17 AM
I also went to SFA this day.
Did you check out the WHFS booth that they had open?
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Sunday, April 15, 2001 10:44 AM
My kids checked out the WHFS booth and got a window sticker that it now adorning my wife's car.