Posted Wednesday, July 6, 2005 9:51 AM | Contributed by Paul Drabek
Six Flags America pictures have been added to Negative-G. They include Penguin's Blizzard River.
*** This post was edited by Colin Fisher 7/6/2005 10:52:31 AM ***
he was overly harsh. The park does a very good job of maintaining their wooden coasters. Sure, it may not be "The Raven" but by no means is it rough or not properly taken care of.
"I think though if it was properly taken care of, re-tracked and had graphite added to the track..."
a) Paul is the first person I've heard mention the canopies in front of Joker's Jinx. Those didn't arrive until way late in the first season. Back then, the overflow queue was necessary since it was the only coaster in Gotham City, and as most of us know, it's gets ridiculously hot in Maryland in summer! By the way, the canopies are just for shade, they don't protect you from the elements. It's interesting to see the paintjob before they repainted it this year. Wow, it was pretty faded.
b) The main entrance was added from the change to Six Flags America. The original entrance used to start at the bridge.
c) Paul should know better, but remember, Six Flags America never got bought out by anyone. Premier Parks bought Six Flags who of course owned Adventure World etc., etc.
d) Two-Face is not the only superhero ride to appear outside of its supposed "borders". Superman Ultimate Flight at Great Adventure, for example, appears in the Boardwalk section.
e) I agree the arrangement of the rides and paths is strange, but again, this is a problem that started well ahead of the name changeover. To fix it would be a monumental undertaking that would obviously cost lots of money.
f) I'm hoping that one day the placement of Batwing will make sense. Fingers crossed.
g) The Octopus isn't so bad. It's only made me want to throwup–once:) They run a real nice long program too.
I am definitely thinking Wild One... one spot is right as you come up through Typhoon Sea Coaster's structure and make the slight left turn. The laterals can get you good right in the ribs.
Don't confuse the useage of 'rough' - what you're describing is intended and for those who relish laterals, it's a great moment.
The quote from Paul's site is: "The Wild One was frustrating to me as I could see that it'd be a great airtime filled coaster if properly taken care of. Unfortunately when I visited it the whole ride felt like a car speeding over a gravel road with no shock absorbers."
That's what enthusiasts mean when they say a ride is rough.
As for the opinion, I may not be in a position to say as I haven't been to SFA in 2 years, but I include Wild One among my favorite woodies.
I rode Wild One in the back seat and it was rougher than the standard woddies at the six flags in my neck of the woods (SFKK, SFSTL, SFGAm, SFOG). It may be a smooth woodie and maybe my expectations are too high from the Raven and Legend but for my ride it was rough. It also reminded me of the Hoosier Hurricane where it felt like it was on the edge of giving you airtime but never quite makes it.
I don't really know much about SFA's history because I have never had any plans to go there and just lucked into this business trip where I could weez a few hours at a park.
In general I had a good two hours at SFA even with all of its quirks and great rides. I do have to say though that with the weird layout and graffitti I have given it the label "SFKK East".
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