Six Flags America pictures added to Negative-G

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.

Link: Negative-G

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:18 AM
Thats funny, the man who went to SFA that took those pictures said that Wild One was rough. Wild One rough? Its one of the smoothest woodies out there. Oh well. As long as he had a good time at SFA.

-Colin-

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:41 AM
There are at least two spots on Wild one that I know can be what I refer to as a rib cracker.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:52 AM
Are you thinking Wild One or Roar? Because Roar is just rough all over.

-Colin-


*** This post was edited by Colin Fisher 7/6/2005 10:52:31 AM ***

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 11:24 AM
Well, Paul knows smooth wood coasters (he lives just minutes from Holiday World)...
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 11:37 AM
Wild One is one of the smoothest woodies I've ever been on, no where near rough. Roar would be considered Rough.*** This post was edited by SF Critic 7/6/2005 11:38:54 AM ***
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:25 PM
While I haven't rode the coasters at Holiday World, I've rode rough woodies (The Rattler, HP's Wildcat) and neither of SFA's woodie are that rough. I think by saying

"I think though if it was properly taken care of, re-tracked and had graphite added to the track..."
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.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:35 PM
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. I even warned my sister-in-law about them and told her to sit on the left side so as to slam into my brother when you hit those 2 spots. The both slide you hard to the right hand side of the train. Other than that yeah Wild One is smoooooooooooooooth for wood.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:36 PM
He may have hit Wild One on a bad day. He did say it was early in the season. Paul made a few interesting comments that I'd like to address. Just remember I don't own the park, and I'm not a fanboy, I'm just pointing out the facts and my own observations.

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.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 1:44 PM
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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.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 2:42 PM
Oh I know I love it to... as long as I am the one squishing and not holding my ribs afterwards. To me Wild One is smooooooooooooth. I was just pointing out two spots some people may call rough. Yes Roar is rough all over. I feel like I'm holding a jackhammer while riding it.*** This post was edited by dragonoffrost 7/6/2005 2:43:17 PM ***
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 2:51 PM
Wild One is certainly not rough. I would rate it as smoother than average woodie. Roar is rougher, but no where near the roughness of some of the bone crackers that I've ridden.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 3:08 PM
Actualy, I know I was at the park the day he rode Wild One, I saw his message on r.r.c, even offered to meet up with him since I was going to stop on my way back from BGW. If I'm not mistaking Wild One was running better that day than it is now. I will agree you get a good jolt to the side after the turn around and your headed back through the lift hill but I wouldn't call the coaster rough.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:33 PM
Hey Everyone;

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.

Intamin Fan:

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".

Have Fun

Paul Drabek

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Sunday, July 10, 2005 10:53 PM
Having just visited SFA, it gets my vote for worst ride ops I've ever experienced in the 56 different parks I've visited over the years. They were all slower than slow, generally disinterested in running the rides and doing their jobs, and except for the balloon Ferris wheel ride op, unfriendly. Maybe I just hit it on a bad day. Anyway, I thought Wild One was fairly smooth. One other thing...why does it take 6 or 7 ride ops 45 mins to clean up a protein spill on Superman? I have no idea why so many ride ops were at Superman to begin with.
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