Monday, September 20, 2004 9:26 AM
Screamscape has some pictures of Great American Scream Machine and Mindbender under water! Check out the pics. Mindbender is really under water.
Monday, September 20, 2004 10:01 AM
I saw footage on the news on Saturday. The whole parking lot looked like a lake (the only indication that it was a parking lot were the light towers rising from the surface of the water). Just about every coaster seemed to be underwater to an extent.
Monday, September 20, 2004 10:24 AM
Wow. Does anyone know how this compares to SFoT's flooding several weeks ago? I wonder if it will take as long to reopen Mindbender as it did Shockwave (or if
they will be able to before the end of the season).
Monday, September 20, 2004 10:25 AM
Is it safe to say that they did not open over the weekend?
Monday, September 20, 2004 10:58 AM
I was so confused about the flooding there. From what I saw on the Weather Channel on Saturday, I thought for sure the park was a goner. But then I went to the SFOG site and saw the following notice:
Ivan no match for Six Flags!
Park opens at 10 am
If you click on the link you are taken to a blurb about the status of the park, including a statement that "No rides or attractions have been significantly affected by the rain and great weather is expected for the weekend".
Very strange. Anyone expereince the park first-hand this weekend?
Monday, September 20, 2004 11:00 AM
The Weather Channel said that the park opened over the weekend (after the flooding subsided, I imagine). Not sure if that's true or not as TWC is not always the most accurate source of information.
Monday, September 20, 2004 11:12 AM
The area that floods is built for it. The only thing that becomes unusable are the picnic pavilions and (if the water is quite high) the Go-Kart track.
Parking moves into the Premium lot if needed, and the waters go down as quickly as they rise.
Planning for floods put Deja'Vu's electronic "house" up a story so that if it were running it could run in high-water conditions.
Mindbender's pool floods but the 2nd inversion is built to take it. It was the only ride affected by flooding over the weekend.
The best thing about flooding is not that GASM becomes a water ride (the water was already down to the banks on Saturday) but that people see the pictures and stay away, making it ERT-like conditions on all the operating rides.
Monday, September 20, 2004 7:26 PM
SFOG is getting a new water park. Didn't you guys hear?
Monday, September 20, 2004 7:57 PM
Everything was open this weekend except for Mind Bender (and Dejavu, but that isn't because of the flooding).
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 12:18 AM
Wow. What a weird year it has been two of the original 3 SF parks flood (the third is built in the hills so I doubt it will flood). Somehow though I feel a new verse to "now we know what hell on earth is like" coming soon.
(we'll see how many people remember that online animation).
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 12:29 AM
Damn, Mindbender is submerged pretty good in that pic.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 12:10 PM
Hmmm... When that place floods, it floods! (From what I can see on the pics)
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 12:15 PM
Interesting that the park and its rides are "designed" to flood. Must be pretty interesting to ride some of those coasters will cruising over a brown lake!
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 4:59 PM
I'm pretty sure they all feature funnel cakes, but certain parks probably feature regional specialties...oh wait a minute...fLoods! Doh! ;)
Anyway, the pictures make me wich they'd design more coasters over water...brown or not.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 8:08 PM
Those pictures are crazy. I'm so glad that I do not live in a flood prone area.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 8:14 PM
I personally like this pic of Hershey's Great Bear:
Imagine riding through that flat piece of track after the loop, be just like waterskiing with your shoes on!
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 8:19 PM
Waterskiing? LOL, you'd be plunged headfirst. Your entire body would be submerged. Not to mention, it wouldn't feel good to have water flushed into your sinuses, even though it'd be chocolatey water from the looks of that pic ;)
Thursday, September 23, 2004 1:40 PM
The river looks like a scene right out of Willy Wonka!