Wednesday, July 7, 2004 7:24 PM
I've gone to SFDL a few times since they reopened SRoS, and I think the restraints have changed the ride dramatically. In the back seat, you used to get whipped up over the top of the lift hill, and every hill after. Now it kinda just goes... No airtime at all. Going up and over the second hill, I threw my arms up, and brought them down because I thought I mistimed it but we were already on our way down the hill. Where's the air? Alright, third hill. The AIR HILL. DUD... Nada... Don't get me wrong, the ride is still a blast, but I think these new restraints really anchor you into the seat. Anyone else feel the same? Oh by the way, SFDL really needs to change the springs on the wheel assemblies Jeff always mentions... The train shuffled all over the place. In the back seat you could see it moving laterally on the track.
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 7:38 PM
The restraints have nothing to do with the amount of airtime you feel, maybe they prevent you from leaving the seat, but the feeling doesnt go away.
Perhaps its the fact that the trains are so poorly maintained that you are not feeling the air you used to? SM at sfa is the same way, it doesnt seem to carry the speed over the second hill. For the record, I rode it before and after the restraints were modified and the ride was the same. *** Edited 7/7/2004 11:43:11 PM UTC by eightdotthree***
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 8:15 PM
Or perhaps he needs to stop trying so hard and just relax and enjoy the ride?
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 8:51 PM
Moosh- Back off. See the end of the post where it says "Don't get me wrong, the ride is still a blast"? I did enjoy the ride... Man you've been in a pissy mood lately.
Anyway, eightdotthree may be right. Maybe I'm just not used to being held so tightly into the seat. But I do still think those springs need to be replaced... Sad to hear that SFA's model is the same way.
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 10:13 PM
Shane - I just think perhaps you were trying a bit too hard to anticipate and/or accentuate the airtime and, in the process, ruined what would have normally been there. It's just a guess! Maybe you got some bum rides...it happens and it sucks. I'm glad you enjoyed the ride. Sorry my post came off so angry.
BATWING FAN SFA
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 10:34 PM
The only bad thing about the new restraints are the extremely slow loading times due to the new restraint check procedure,I rode it before & after the new restraints were added & still got good air.
How's SFDL's version running as far as downtime? SFA's has really gotten bad & seems to go down constantly throughout the day,also it's been shuffling like mad when going over the 2nd hill for the past couple of seasons almost as if that section of track were somehow out of alignment or something.
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 10:49 PM
Moosh- Sorry... I mistook your post. No harm, no foul...
BWFSFA- SFDL's SRoS hasn't really had any downtime that I see, I'm there at least once a week. But then again, the park is DESERTED. Other than 7/4 weekend, they've only run one train which REALLY slows load times. And the shuffling is exactly what I'm describing... It feels like the track is screwed up.
Anyone else seen the ops watch the train go up the hill after every dispatch? They walk to the back of the station and watch the train climb. Kinda sucks in the evening b/c the lift "rides off into the sunset" so the sun is right in their eyes. Are they looking for unbuckled belts, or what?
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 11:05 PM
I went on S:RoS @ SFNE today and trust me the air is still there, you just dont come out of your seat as much as before, but you can certaintly feel it and on the hill before/after the camera's you do leave your seat with all the great airtime.
BATWING FAN SFA
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 11:07 PM
I don't think they're looking for that Shane.
I think they're looking to see that the train makes it up the lift without stopping....ours seems to just love using the lift as a vertical parking lot.
When I was at SFA back on june 12th it seemed as if the red train was the source of the problems,whenever they tried to add it (3 times total throughout the day) it would run fine for a couple of cycles & then stop right on the lift,but with only the blue train running it seemed to work just fine.
I also saw them have to actually back the train up just after dispatch once because someone's belt had not been properly secured that day,it seems that despite the new loading procedures the ops still managed to miss it.
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 11:36 PM
I'm sure it has nothing to do with the restraints and everything to do with the fact that the ride has always been inconsistent. I've been on early rides that were boring and night rides that seriously popped you hard. It just depends.
Thursday, July 8, 2004 12:48 AM
So, telling by Batwing Fan SFA's post, I take it that SFA has both trains fitted to the new restraints. I've been holding out going to SFA because I wanted both trains to be working, or at least available for that possiblity.
Don't worry about Moosh, he turned 21...he is now realizing he is old. (or....at least I THINK he turned 21 ;/)
Thursday, July 8, 2004 8:55 AM
I was at SFNE this past weekend, SROS is running pretty well there. the air is there, and finally getting more used to the new restraints. plus they don't seem to be trying to neuter anyone when they check them now. they have increased the # of ops so the trains are going out pretty quickly again.
the only problem they had while we waited was pretty funny. we were waiting for the back seat and were next to get on when they said the ride was down. we waited about 15 minutes for the mechanic to get there, he went in the secret technical room.....and came out to change a lil light bulb on the dispatch button next to me. afTer a good laugh, the ride was up and running. *** Edited 7/8/2004 3:15:01 PM UTC by COASTINGTHRU***
BATWING FAN SFA
Thursday, July 8, 2004 11:03 AM
LOL,when Moosh hits the big 30 then he can officially call himself old.
Thursday, July 8, 2004 12:36 PM
30? LOL @ Batwing for being completely snowed. I'm gonna be 30 in September and the Mooshinator has a good 10 years on me!
Brian, who's feeling saucy about 9/11 and #30 coming.
Thursday, July 8, 2004 12:53 PM
I didn't mind 30. You're still closer to 21 than 40. For me this year and 31 was bigger. Now, 40 is closer than 21.
I'll get my third S:ROS credit (at SFDL) in August. (an attempt to stay remotely on topic)
numbers make my head hurt - age just make me nostalgic
Thursday, July 8, 2004 12:59 PM
even 40 wasn't bad. age is only a number! of course its only us old folk who use that expression......
Thursday, July 8, 2004 1:36 PM
s:ros credit one coming soon when i get back to sfa later this year and no they can't staple my rear end in it since i got no rear end... all back and legs :-P I will find that missing air... and shout ... oh schnikes air every time i get lifted into the restraint!