Six Flags Worlds of Adventure 8/8/02

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 3:02 PM

In between visits to Cedar Point, we had two days off, one of which we went to Ontario, Canada to visit Niagara Falls...again. My second time in less than two weeks. The next day was set for SFWoA. We drove 90 minutes to Aurora, and the first two things that hit me after being at Cedar Point were 1)This place is in the middle of nowhere. 2)This is a tiny park. We got to the parking lot to see very little cars. One person from my party joked that I had taken them to a ghost town, as we had only seen 2 half empty trains on Villain cycle in 10 minutes. We entered the park around 1 pm, flashing our SFGAm season passes. From a distance I saw Batman: Knight Flight, and that would be our first ride.

Batman: Knight Flight- I have never seen a line this short for a B&M coaster other than right before closing time. We got on in 4 minutes. I really like WoA's method of only sending a trainload of people to the station at a time. We grabbed a front row seat and in good time, we were off. The ride itself is IMO the best B&M floorless ride I've ridden, and the best B&M ride in Ohio. Smooth, Fun, Fast, Forcceful. I love the low overbanked turn the train takes after the vertical loop. I'd love to see more loopers incorporate that into their layout. Oh yeah, did I mention it was fun? :) 9.5/10

Next up was Serial Thriller. Hearing only bad reviews about this ride, and expecting our luck with lines to run out, we were treated to an even shorter wait than on Batman. We took a last row ride. I'm sure the layouts of SLC's have been reviewed more than enough times already, so I'll focus on the headbanging... or the lack of it. This was even smoother than Hangman at Wild Adventures. The padding on the restraints were great. I was very surprised because I was in all honensty expecting to get off with a headache. We enjoyed this one 3 more times. the etting over the marshy area is another plus. That's somthing we don't have back in Chicago. 8/10

Next up was the surprise of the trip- Big Dipper. Not too long ago, I had picked a new favorite woodie in Wild Beast, at Paramount's Canada's Wonderland. Truely a great woodie. But The Big Dipper just recently stole that claim. This was hands down the best airtime on a woodie ever. Standup airtime on every hill. I was speechless. The only downside was the wait, our second longest of the day, at 15 minutes due to one train operation. This one is old, and simply amazing. 10/10

Just across the path was the Mind Eraser. Another Vekoma clone I had ridden at PCW just a week earlier. Another walk on, and another surprising ride. From this moment on I wil ignore anyone who says Boomerangs or SLC's are rough. Unless I'm that damn lucky that the rides are only smooth when I ride 'em, these aren't as bad after all. Smooth, virtually no headbanging, and an apparent General Public Pleaser, this one had me smiling he whole way there and back. 8/10

Superman: Ultimate Escape was closed for the whole day, so we went on to X-Flight. Our longest wait of the day at 25 minutes. That wouldn't have been so bad, but this is hands down, the WORST line for a steel coaster I have ever encountered. You wait under picnic tents. You'd think that a "modern, hi-tech coaster such as X-Flight would have some kind of themed line, alas, the only theming I noticed was painted numbers resembling a runway at the entrance.It was funny to see shoes carefully arranged on the footers, perhaps a warning to all with sandals? We grabbed front row, and later on in the day, we took a middle row ride, but I didn't see a defferance. The ride itself is good. I would quote Jeremy and call it a case of anticipointment, but it wasn't a total let down. It was outdone by Serial Thriller in my book, because I didn't really feel like I was flying. I did however feel like I was slipping out, and I was holding my pocket the whole time to keep the cell phone from falling out, I'd heard too many horror stories. The loop was fun, and the ending helix was cool too. The restraints were comfortable, I like the vest. We were kept on the break run for a while, 3 or 4 minutes, but it was comfortable so I didn't mind. One thing I forgot to mention was that the trains were put into the flying position in the station, I remember reading that it was now done on the lift... A good ride, but I hope B&M's version puts more emphasis on flying. 7/10

Next up, a ride on the Double Loop. The crew was very friendly on this one, the operator kept the entire line laughing the whole time. That was somthing I wasn't expecting after reading about the "Borg Employees" at WoA. The ride itself wasn't anything huge, I liked it a little better than Corkscrew at the Point, but they're virtually tied in my book. I liked the trees on the turnaround, made the ride look nice. 6.5/10.

Right by The Double Loop was the eye candy woodie, Villain. Another short line, less than 5 minutes, and we took a last row spin. This one was, well, rough. The hills were fun, but it was rattley. Cursed G-Trains... Rode it again twice. Once in back, and then in the front This CCI ranks just above Hurricane at Myrtle Beach for me. It's funny in an odd way that the worst woodie (use that term loosely, it wasn't bad) at WoA was a CCI maded giant. 7.5/10

Next up was Raging Wolf Bobs. Here's yet another one that wasn't as bad as you naysayers said it would be. :) Rode it once in the front row for an airtime deprived, but realtivley smooth and fast feeling woodie. It was a fun woodie. This was another walk-on, but we walked all the way to the Animals side looking fro the entrance, which ws clevarly diguised as a Fastlane entrance. We weren't the only ones... I liked it just a little better than Villain, but not enough to bump it's rating a whole .5 up. 7.5/10

Well, I can say i was surprised with this park. Firnedly staff, fun rides. Quoting their slogan, Wild Rides, Wild Life. That one cracked me up. This was a fun, small Six Flags park that only lacks a hyper, though I can't see where they'll fit it. My trip seems to go against nearly everyone's expreiances, though with Cedar Point not taht far away, I can see how this park fails to meet some people's expectations. As for me, a trip to WoA is in store for next season. Park Rating 9/10. :)

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*** This post was edited by BullGuy on 8/16/2002. ***

*** This post was edited by BullGuy on 8/16/2002. ***

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 3:56 PM

SFWoA has a ride called Corckscrew? Cedar Point has a ride called Corckscrew? Hello? Double Loop/Corkscrew.

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 8:20 PM
My bad, I was in a hurry to finish the report and got mixed up... It's fixed now.

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 8:35 PM

Another edit check.

Mindbender is actually Mind Eraser. Please dont confuse a Schwarzkopf for Vekoma. BAD, VERY BAD!!!!! :)

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*** This post was edited by Chitown on 8/16/2002. ***

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 8:49 PM
No your experience isn't that far off of other peoples. Most TR's are about half good half bad. I have had nothign but good things to say about the park. I would really love to see it do well.

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 9:25 PM
It's a good thing you had a good time there. Some people have to try to have a good time. I would say that the G-Trains on Villian should definantly be replaced with some brand new PTC's. Oh well. I think that the park has a lot of potential, it just need to work out some minor things. No, rides is NOT one of the problems, but it's other small stuff that can be somewhat easily fixed.

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Friday, August 16, 2002 5:08 AM
Glad to hear you had a great time! I love the park this year and have seen the good and the bad from the old Geagua Lake days. Did you get to see anything over on the lush Wild Life side? They do have some pretty impressive exhibits.

As for the hyper, rumor has it right now that the station will be around the SFWoA aquarium on the Wild Life side. It's tough to see but if you're overhead thier is a little path it could follow to stretch towards Batman's Stadium...which could be a good thing since it has to be custom to fit into that space ;)

Only thing...TINY park? Stay away from Sticker's Grove ;) LOL See ya around at the parks!

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Friday, August 16, 2002 6:57 AM
I'm guessing you didn't go to the wildlife side. Anyone that says SFWoA is small never goes on the "other" side. Nice TR, glad you just went to the park to have a good time instead of counting the number of trashcans.
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Friday, August 16, 2002 2:54 PM
No, I did go to the Wildlife side. The park isn't actually small, it just feels small. I can't quite put my finger on it. It has a cozy feeling. I love it. :)

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Friday, August 16, 2002 3:03 PM
Glad you liked the SLC and Boomerang.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 7:51 PM
when I visited SFWOA this past monday I was extremely impressed with it. It is really a nice park, but Im different from you in how I gave X-Flight a 10/10. I thought that it was truly an incredible ride. Also, did you see Shouka?? She is incredible! A must see if you go to SFWOA.
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Sunday, August 18, 2002 8:19 PM
I loved the villian. Maybe i had a good day. I did ride it after it rained both days. I absolutely hated RWB. I loved the big dipper although a bit rough but not too rough. The Mind Eraser wasn't as bad as other ones there was only headbanging when you went into the cobra roll and very little of it. I still though it was boring, even for a walk on. I went the 12th and 13th of Augut and S:UE was open. Rode it five times. BKF 6 times. XFlight 3, Double Loop 2, RWB 1, ME 1, Big Dipper 2, Serial Thriller 2, and Villian 2. On the serial thriller. It was a bit rough. Not as rough as others I have rode before but still rough. The trick for minimal headbanging is keep your head on the right side of the OTSR. They have alot of room for the hyper on the Wild Life side.
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Monday, August 19, 2002 8:32 AM
X Flight isn't a bad ride, it's just that after seeing and hearing enough about it, I was expecting somthing greater. It certainly felt different, but the rides main purpose, to give riders the feeling of flight, didn't exactly work for me. I still think this ride was a great addition to the park, because even if it may not "do it" for me, it certainly works for others.

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