My sister and myself were really looking forward to visiting SFMM. Not so much for the new coaster, but to ride many of the classics that were always featured in the roller coasters specials when we were kids. My family lives in the Cleveland area and we always thought of MM as the west coast Cedar Point. So we were excited about riding Superman, Colossus, Revolution, and Viper.
Our group included my parents, sister, brother-in-law, aunt, uncle, and their four daughters. We got stuck in some of the famous L.A. traffic and didn’t arrive until after 11:00. Judging by the crowd of people lined up at the ticket booths, it looked like it was going to be a busy day.
We were all very impressed by the parks skyline as viewed from the parking lot. Colossus, Goliath, Superman, and Scream all grouped together make an awesome sight.
Our first destination was Goliath. The line was extremely slow moving because of a one-train operation. For those of us that frequent Cedar Point on a regular basis, this was extremely frustrating. The theming in the queue was well done. The lush plants and trees combined with a line that zig-zagged in different directions made waiting almost enjoyable. The ride itself was only OK. The first drop didn’t seem as exciting as the other hyper coasters I have ridden. The best part of the ride was unquestionably the helix, which packed a ton of G-Forces. I would place Goliath at the end of the list compared to the other hypers I have ridden (Millennium Force, Magnum, Phantoms Revenge, Dragster).
Next we got in line for Colossus. I was surprised to see that they were running the trains backwards. The ride turned out to be a lot of fun with nice airtime on the start of each hill. Plus we had the double element of surprise, not knowing what the layout was like and not being able to see were we where going!
We decided to skip the Trio of B&M coasters since we had all ridden similar rides and each coaster was only running one train. I would have liked to have ridden Batman, but no one else was really interested.
We were also disappointed to see that Superman wasn’t running, as this is one of the rides we really wanted to try.
As an aside, do Californians ever were shorts? I think that my brother-in-law and myself were the only people in the park not wearing blue jeans. Or is it that Californians consider temps in the low 60’s to be cold? Considering it was in the low 30’s back home in Cleveland, we were very comfortable.
We decided to go on Ninja next. It took some wandering around before we figured out that he station was at the top of the hill. We were all very happy to see that the ride was a walk-on and was running two trains. Ninja was a big surprise for those of us used to riding Iron Dragon. The ride is pretty much non-stop and has comes very close to the trees and water. We had so much fun we rode it again.
We then took the Orient Express down the side of the hill and walked over to Revolution, which was also a walk-on. This ride would be so nice if it wasn’t for those stupid headrests. The scenery is incredible and layout is unique. We all liked the long build-up before the vertical loop. I would have loved to been able to ride Revolution when it first opened. We did two laps on this ride also.
My sister, cousin Stephanie, and myself decided to take a walk over to X while everyone else was souvenir shopping. On the way we saw that Viper had a short line, or so we thought. Thanks to the ridiculous one train operation, a line that began at the base of the station took 45 minutes. The ride itself was great. It was dark by this time, which really added to the ride. All of the loops were surprisingly smooth and I really liked layout and pacing.
We never made it to X because everyone was ready to go and find a place that was serving turkey (ended up eating at King Hawaiian in Torrence, which had an excellent Thanksgiving buffet). Despite the crowds and slow moving lines, everyone had a good time. I would like to come back some day and ride all of the stuff we missed. Unless it’s a really dead day, I think 2 days are needed to cover MM. *** Edited 12/8/2003 8:33:46 PM UTC by JustBob***
Fate is the path of least resistance.
You should have given Riddler a spin. It is a unique layout, and (IMO) the only standup coaster worth riding. Some consider it boaring, but I sure don't.
Thanks for concentrating on the plusses and not dwelling on the minuses. Good report.
Pass da' sizzrup, bro!
As an aside, do Californians ever were shorts? I think that my brother-in-law and myself were the only people in the park not wearing blue jeans. Or is it that Californians consider temps in the low 60’s to be cold?
I thought it was pretty cold that day... actually I wore a sweatshirt all day in addition to jeans.
It really is silly that nudity is such a big deal in this country, whereas like you said, in Europe, it's no big deal at all. I would have loved to ride Air in my birthday suit like a few folks got to do a few months back!
I would not like to be the next patron in line and have to sit where someone else's gadunkadunks was rubbing up on.
Fate is the path of least resistance.
But then again, what do I know?
I really did want to get on X. But out of our large group, only three of us were willing to wait for it. So we couldn’t make the rest of the group sit around while we rode.
Scream did look very cool. I don’t know if it was running two trains, but it appeared to have a very long line. Because of the slow lines and the 8:00pm closing time, we couldn’t have possibly ridden more then one more coaster anyways. *** Edited 12/9/2003 12:38:26 PM UTC by JustBob***
peace - love - happiness *** Edited 12/9/2003 5:17:05 PM UTC by superman***
On a more serious note, the privacy rules in the EU actually have teeth in them.
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