Superman at SFMM

Thursday, August 12, 2004 10:23 PM
Does any one know why Superman escape at SFMM hasn't been running for so long?
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Thursday, August 12, 2004 10:30 PM
Its down due to the weather. *** Edited 8/13/2004 2:30:38 AM UTC by Ride of Steel***
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Thursday, August 12, 2004 11:14 PM
Short story...it's been shut down for some time, due to maintenance issues. It is expected to be shut down the rest of the year. The State of California is also involved, due to the Intamin restraint issues. There are shadowy rumors about the structure itself being suspect and not certified by the State (similar to the rumors about the Sky Tower) but that has not been confirmed anywhere in any way, shape or form (translation: Six Flags, don't sue me).

Don't expect to ride it before 2005, or possibly never again.

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Thursday, August 12, 2004 11:25 PM
(insert lame applause here and a "way to go six flags")

"Welcome to six flags Magic Mountain, where we have 16 coasters, but have never run them all on the same day"

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Thursday, August 12, 2004 11:28 PM
They have the ride down right now because they want to cut back on their electric bill. Honestly, the only reason I could think of the ride being down is the restraints. *** Edited 8/13/2004 3:29:03 AM UTC by cdrpointcrazy44***
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Thursday, August 12, 2004 11:56 PM
Why couldn't they just put the restraints on that the Sros brothers use?

It can't be JUST the restraints.

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Friday, August 13, 2004 12:18 AM
you're right, it isnt just the restraints.


Its also the amount of energy it takes to operate that ride, SF feels it better to spend their resources elsewhere, right now.

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Friday, August 13, 2004 12:31 AM
Like the excellent customer service? ;)

Seriously, it's a MAJOR (and highly visable!) ride in their arsenal? Why wouldn't they run it even if it's expensive? Name another park that doesn't run a launcher because it costs money.

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Friday, August 13, 2004 12:45 AM
" Name another park that doesn't run a launcher because it costs money".

SFGadv and the Batman side of Chiller. It obviously isn't in this year's budget to fix either one.

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Friday, August 13, 2004 12:48 AM
Ah, but Peabody...is there any other launched ride in the world (besides the S:TE clone in Australia, of course) that uses LSM instead of LIM or cables for acceleration? I know nothing about how much power costs in Australia, but I know it's DAMN expensive out here in Ca.

I don't know for sure if it's power issues, structural one, or restraints keeping the ride closed, but it is worth noting the park hardly ever ran both sides simultaneously after the first 2 years and that the ride ran "one side only" exclusively the last 3 years before this current downtime.

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Friday, August 13, 2004 12:49 AM
At least they get half credit :) SFMM doesn't even run half of their ride.
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Friday, August 13, 2004 12:52 AM
Well, it's SFMM. They always do things *bigger* than everyone else. ;)
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Friday, August 13, 2004 1:35 AM
Mike...the ROck 'n roller coasters and superman in Holland are LSM. They seem to be ok, but two of the 3 are run by Disney :)
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Friday, August 13, 2004 3:21 AM
Ooop, did not know that. My bad.

OK, I have no good reason then why Superman is down, LOL!

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Friday, August 13, 2004 9:00 AM
Of course you do Bass....it's Tragic Mountain! :)

I can't take credit, but I don't know WHO to give it to (bASS and mOOSH do I think): Upon arriving at the tollbooth, give you your parking slip AND a small note that says: "We apologize for the day you are about to have".

Seriously...Psucklone, Colossuck, understaffing, Sky Tower, Supes, Monorail, the filth, *Revulsion*, single-training RRv all year, what on EARTH is up with that place, and why is their GM not "under fire" for the way that place is run...*into the ground*...

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Friday, August 13, 2004 10:06 AM
Don't be hating on Revvie, just be hating on those restraints... :)
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Friday, August 13, 2004 10:10 AM
Aye. I finally got to SFMM for the first time in my life two months ago, having wanted to visit for years, and what an anti climax.

I got on thirteen of the sixteen coasters; two SBNO and one for kids only. Psyclone wasn't open until the evening, but was sufficiently brutal that once was enough. B:TR, RR, Goliath, and X are the only coasters I would have reridden, though X had a wait of two and a half hours (one train op) so I could only manage one go. Sigh.

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Friday, August 13, 2004 10:12 AM
Not to rain on the ride's parade or anything, but I had more fun on Goldrusher, right down the hill.

Ok, maybe I said that to rain on Superman's parade a little. ;)

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Friday, August 13, 2004 3:58 PM
Methinks X is the only saving grace for that park, and the only reason I would want to return. I say take Superman out. It's ugly, it's loud and it's as thrilling as staring at a bag of leaves.
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Friday, August 13, 2004 4:02 PM
on this ride, do the restraints really matter?

I am no designer, and I don't know about the anthropomorphic data, but since the only airtime I felt is floater, and doesn't pop you up into the restraints.

does anyone have any pics of the new SROS restraints?

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