The Longest Trip Report EVER

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 6:16 AM

Wow. That's all I can say.

:)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 9:57 AM

The sad part is that Legendary types his response in the same fashion as Badnitrus' TR. Ease up on him. I don't believe that I saw a TR from any of you. If it isn't in a format that you can read, 2nd grade english, then don't read it.

Great TR Keith. That was hilarious. If I had known that you needed a ride in exchange for a pass on Xcelerator, I would have done it in a heart beat. OOOOHHH, that is why Joe was calling me! OK. Hope you enjoyed the trip.

To Everyone:

Make sure you pay attention to the video on the monitors while waiting in the cueline. Keith's video is plastered throughout. Great video Keith!

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"Sit down, enjoy much airtime and put your feet IN the fire!"

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 10:53 AM

Great TR! I am glad that you were able to go one your trip even though you had so many difficulties along the way. Seeing that I am only 17 my parent's won't let me go to Cali. with a friend, more or less anyone. Anyways, I'll make it to SFMM and Knott's one day :) Xcelerator sounds great but, i'll stick with Hypersonic: XLC for right now. As for all of the rude people you can into contact with.....just ignore people like that. They are the ones with the real problems.

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Top Gun: The Jet Coaster flights-Approx. 304-(93 in 2002)
Ricochet laps-Approx. 30

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 10:57 AM
Great TR.........

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Dayuum, Your HOT!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 2:44 PM
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Not that it really matters, but:

"you don’t go to a grocery store, buy your groceries, and then come back later with coupons asking for a refund.” Says the Magic Mtn employee of the month.

Y'know, that's what I'd think, too, but a couple weeks ago I had the coupons in my pocket, paid and was walking out of the store when I realized I hadn't used them.

"Ah, crap" or some sort of family-friendly expletive I said, and the cashier girl asks what's wrong. I tell her, and she says "no problem, just go to the customer service window." So I go over there feeling like a nitwit, and the woman there just hands me cash for the coupons, not treating me like a nitwit at all.

So if Foodland can do this, why not Magic Mountain? Upper management needs to hear stuff like this for it to get better. Please write or email them. There's no excuse for treating a potential season pass holder this way.

Oh, and I'm mighty impressed you still could laugh it off. Nice TR.

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"When I was growing up, we were taught something called manners. You'd understand that if you weren't such an idiot." - Jack Handey

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 2:45 PM

that outdoor mall is awesome! I spent every night there.

Great TR! I want to get to Knott's next visit. You really missed out on X, its the best ride ive ever been on!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 5:35 PM

Keith,

Dude! What a TR!

I just read the whole thing from start to finish and laughed a lot of the time. The only times I wasn't laughing was when I was reflecting back on a couple of my bad trips and could actually feel your pain.

While you may not have felt a whole lot when getting a roll back on Xcellerator, I sure felt charged after getting one on Volcano. However, a lot of that was probably due to the fact it was my first ride on it, front seat, and people behind me were freaking out. Had you had the same type of folks sitting behind you as I did on Volcano, I think you would have enjoyed it more.

-Sean (who might be up in Keith's neck of the woods this Friday if something isn't still Lost)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 6:03 PM

Thanks! Glad you guys all liked it! I almost didn't want to write that TR because I had told so many people the stories already that I felt like I was repeating myself!

Yes, I should write SFMM but I think we lost the guy's business card to write to... and how do I write it in a way that is polite yet gets the point across without seeming irrational? I think the guy who we are supposed to write to was actually behind the wall at the Guest Relations place cuz the girl went back there to talk to someone about it and then came back with the card... so I am assuming he already knows what he will say if I write.. It's one of those situations where I feel like it is a wasted effort and nothing will come of it, and if something does, it will take probably a month :( .

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-Keith "Badnitrus" McVeen

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 7:36 PM

Ya know, kpjb, that was a great example. I was thinking about the situation they were in and all and thought how *easy* it would have been for the GR chick to avoid any confrontation and make the guest happy. Yet, she failed miserably and pissed them off.

At the very least, I think y'all should get your $20 back from them. You had the coupon, it was in the park map which everyone gets (why didn't the GR chick ask you if you had a map anyway?), it's not some elusive item you have to hunt around for. I say write the park and make them realize the GR staff needs to be retrained at the very least.

Scorcherboy, if your cell phone wasn't such a piece of crap you could have had a VIP ride on Xcelerator! :-P And my format is all my own, thank you very much. LOL.

Sean, I totally think a rollback would have kicked serious butt. Especially the way you described in on Volcano where you were in the front and almost upside-down. Something not many people can say they've done! And while at IB, watch out for um...puddles on the ground. LOL!

JC, who thinks he needs to include a "Stupidity Rating" on future TR's as well

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"Whoa that was pretty cool." -- Reaction to first flip over on X-Flight

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Wednesday, June 26, 2002 5:13 PM

Lol great TR and it reminds me from my trip to England when alot of things goes wrong but without those rude people you encounted (britts are actually really nice peoples)

But afterwards it's pretty fun to laugh at how everything goes wrong but i'm still glad i made that trip and it gave me some great experience for my future trips (like always be sure that you gets on the the right train and such).

Again thanx for the TR :-)

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Thursday, June 27, 2002 9:16 AM
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Badnitrus said:

Yes, I should write SFMM but I think we lost the guy's business card to write to... and how do I write it in a way that is polite yet gets the point across without seeming irrational? I think the guy who we are supposed to write to was actually behind the wall at the Guest Relations place cuz the girl went back there to talk to someone about it and then came back with the card... so I am assuming he already knows what he will say if I write.. It's one of those situations where I feel like it is a wasted effort and nothing will come of it, and if something does, it will take probably a month .

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-Keith "Badnitrus" McVeen



Something you may want to consider in future situations to always speak to a superior if you are not satisfied with what a certain employee tells you. It is obvious from what you just said that her supervisor was present in the building. I had a problem one time at Great America and I eventually got what I wanted after talking to three different people and a profuse apology from the third person for his subordinates wasting my time. Always remember, "The squeaky wheel always gets the grease." When dealing with bad customer service you have to be that squeaky wheel.

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Bob Hansen

A proud CoasterBuzz Member

"So you think your'e really brave, gonna see the DEMONS cave.
You silly dude, your'e only food, for the DEMON"

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Friday, June 28, 2002 10:27 PM
Out of curiosity, how much did this trip end up costing you?
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Saturday, June 29, 2002 6:25 PM

Sounds like it cost about $731...just a random guess! :)

Joe, who did all of NorCal, both Disney parks, SFMM for three days, Knott's, and a couple small parks for $700 last March (incl $255 for airfare, all food, all hotel costs, and rental car). I rule at cheap trips!

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"Whoa that was pretty cool." -- Reaction to first flip over on X-Flight

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Sunday, June 30, 2002 12:25 AM

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed reading this trip report. It kind of inspires me to write my whole senior road trip experience I had a couple weeks ago. We went to Vegas and So. Cal, it would be a lot of fun to write it all out, all of our interesting vehicle breakdowns, hotel mishaps and inconveniences. It would be a lot to write since it covers 8 days, but maybe I'll do it. I missed Xcelerator though, it saddens me everytime I see a review of this ride as well as X, ( a streak of tear has just made a pathway down my face). All I can say is it is a must for me to go back in November to take the 750 mile trip and ride these two rides and hope that X is opened, you southern Californians don't know how lucky you are.

P.S. 2:30 a.m. is a very strange time for me, I better quit writing while I'm still somewhat sane.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 8:38 AM

Wow, What is your problem with time management?

They tell you to get to the airport 2 hrs early for a reason. O the sillyness of youth. And they sell discount season passes I think mine was $59 at the Rite-Aid 1 mile north of Magic Mountain.

I made the same trip in March using Amtrak and Southwest, Try getting from a LAX car rental return to Union Station, takes two buses, two Light Rail rides and a Subway.

BTW- I am just messin' with ya.

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Whats life if you never get to the Po!nt?

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