Rattler is a very rough coaster that hurts you most of the time. Boomerang is well a Boomerang. Poltergeist is an outside version FoF and without the indoor/dark sensation it is a mediocre ride at best. Roadrunner Express is a fun mine train with interactive animatronics. Then there is Scooby Doo Sally Ride, but other than that - there is not much worth stopping for. If you do happen to stay there until dark the laser/fireworks show on the side of the canyon wall is kind of neat.
Since you are in the area, why not go to Schlitterbahn instead? You would have a much better time there.
Back on topic, though... Swoosh nailed it. S:KC is excellent, and the cliffs just add to the experience. Poltergeist is OK, but if you've been on one spaghetti bowl, you've been on them all. Same goes for Boomerang. Roadrunner Express has a neat location, but it's too rough to really be enjoyable for a ride of its size (as opposed to, say, The Whizzer). And the Rattler just plain blows. Painful... boring... all around bad.
As for the park, it's very nice and clean, but in mid-July, you will melt in 15 minutes. There is no shade whatsoever. I've gotten a sunburn there in March and in October, to give you any indication of how close the surface of the sun is to San Antonio. Crowds are typically non-existent.
You can probably do everything you need to do at Fiesta Texas in an hour or so, then spend a few hours at Sea World (two quality coasters) and then the rest of the day at Schlitterbahn.
That spaghetti-bowl IS "the ghost with the most". Best in breed! Themed, maybe not indoors, but a couple extra mph thru the bowl made ALL the difference to me. MIGHT be because they only HAD the one train...not sure if that's still the case or not.
Krypton IS the star attraction though, and deservedly so. Best Beemer non-invert, and potentially the best B&M overall. Just wow... :)
Rattler....if they'd lose the brakes before the helix, could be a LOT better. Still fun, not rough, but NOT intense or exciting beyond the initial drop/turn...
Do NOT miss...the flume! The shows are also *highly acclaimed*, and deservedly so. Excellent theming throughout. They take PRIDE in their park, and it shows.
SFoT is flat-out my favorite BIG park of any kind, Paramount, CF, or SF.
But if you're in San Antonio, do yourself a favor and get to New Braunfels, that place redefines waterparks... :)
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Seriously, though, it is a very nice park. Personally, though, I'm just underwhelmed by the thrill ride selection (with the exception of S:KC). I've had a season pass for three years, and in that time I've made more trips to other Six Flags parks than I have to SFFT, which is 20 miles from my house.
Do NOT miss...the flume!
I'll second that, with a bullet. Short of Splash Mountain, it's my favorite flume---just plain fun.
(Edited to add: well, maybe behind Knott's flume, too.)
SFFT is a very beautiful park---they use the quarry wall to its fullest advantage, particularly with Rattler (which is worth one ride, but probably not two), Supes, and Roadrunner. Operations are good. Employees are friendly. Service is good. Good (though not BGW or DL-level) themeing. Shows are very good. The Shiner Bock in Sangerfest is not insanely overpriced, and is, well, Shiner Bock. And that's Good Eats.
SFFT focuses on themeing, shows, and has a nice (but not large) ride package. The closest comparison I'd make is BGW. BGW hits this target better, but SFFT makes a good show of it, too. It's not a "destination" park, but I do keep an eye on airfare to SAT, just in case a cheap trip becomes possible.
As far as tips: Obviously Supes is the bottleneck, followed (probably) by either Rattler or the Bugs flume. Also, several rides on the quarry wall close for the (entertaining and *very* Red-State) laser/pyro show, which is not to be missed, regardless of your politics---it is projected on the quarry wall. One of those is Superman, so keep an eye on the time so you know when it closes. *** Edited 7/15/2005 1:22:36 PM UTC by Brian Noble***
Jeez, gator... you'd think the SFFT season passholder would be the one dishing out all the praise!
Olsor, not much I dislike more than having to give a bad review of a park. Never want to be called "hatergator", LOL.
Tony and Mike went to SFFT for the FiestaFest event, and totally fell in love with the place. Events CAN be (and often are) not *representative* of a park's normal operations. Since I flew into San Antonio early, I had a free day to spend at the park before the event...and I was VERY impressed. LOVE to give out good reviews! :)
SFoT definitely has better rides, and more of them....but no park in the chain had better or friendlier staff than SFFT, and no park in the chain does such a great job with theming OR shows. SFFT rocks!
SFAW is the odd park, not sure WHAT is up with that place....
edit for PS: RRE is *the gold standard* by which other mine rides are judged....don't blame me, it's SFFT's fault... ;)
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Gator - how dare you. ;) I like Poltry, but I don't think that it is anything special. Also, you must have caught the Rattler on a good day, because when I rode it lived up to its name as it nearly rattled me to death - not to the levels of say SOB or even the Beast, but it was plenty rough. I agree on the flume ride and I completely forgot about it. The rapids ride isn't bad either. Oh and one thing that I completely forgot was how neat it was that the train went through the quarry wall.
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Upon arrival, I was simply blown away. If youre looking for quality in a SF park, this is it. The Theming is top-notch, the shows are amazing, the employees are friendly, yadda yadda yadda. All the components to a great park experience.
Poltergeist is by far the most intense of the spaghetti bowls, Ive ridden them all, and at night it's got an extremely cool lighting package, with purple lights all over the structure.
Roadrunner Express, while seemingly just any normal mine train, is nuts. Definitely the best and most rerideable of any of the mine trains.
Rattler is of course the runt of the group, but it simply kicks ass until you reach the triple helix, which then makes you really start to wonder what the hell they were thinking when putting this thing in. It is without a doubt the most boring section of a rollercoaster, period.
They have your typical boomerang, which is coincidentally enough, as smooth as silk. Its a newer model, but I definitely think the park has a hand in keeping this thing going.
Finally, the cream of the crop, Superman Krypton Coaster. If you havent ridden this thing, than you dont know what youre missing. It rides the quarry walls like nobodys business and is one hell of a ride. I actually got to enjoy Nighttime ERT with the lights off on this baby that year, and it was insane.
In the end, if youre looking for a quality park with a handful of good rides, and an atmosphere that is sure to entertain, visit this park. Ive been back one more time since then and am just itching to get back, but the 12 hour drive from Atlanta just wont be justified again until they add something new.
Swoosh, your "fifth spaghetti bowl" reminds me of (SFoG) Mindbender's third loop.
Speaking of which, whatever happened to that "third loop?" When I rode it last time I swear I only went through two, but then again I was a little tipsy from the night before so I might have gone through it and missed it. ;)
12 hour drive from Atlanta just wont be justified again until they add something new.
Yeah and that's another reason why we haven't been back for awhile. It is so dang far down there from MIZZOU. However we are driving to Hersheypark here in a couple weeks so we can't complain too much ;)
S:KC is a great B&M coaster and worth several rides. Polty and Roadrunner Express are great as well. Rattler is bearable for one ride. There are also some good flat rides(Frisbee & Chaos). Water rides (Whitewater Rapids and Gullywasher) are very necessary to beat the Texas heat!!
And speaking of water---Don't forget the water park!!! Tornado is lots of fun.
SFFT is very well known for their shows---be sure to catch a few of those, especially the Laser/Fireworks show at the end of the day.
If you have the time, go to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels for a great water park experience. It is less that an hour from SFFT.
Even when the park is busy, all the time, Superman and Polty usually have fast moving shorter lines.
Both are great rides!
Maybe 30 minutes max. The are both excellent.
The Flume and Road Runner are both great rides. Expect longer wait times there. For the flume up to an hour. Great thing is the line in indoors and air conditioned so it's a great place to go when you are melting.
Scooby is ok. Nice indoor queue, so another heat breaker. I dont get the ooh and awe people seems to have for it. IT's ok.
Save the Rattler for the last. You may have a headache or sore body after this beating.
Stay for the laser show. One of a kind!
AS far as others! SFOT is a nice park. I would vote that as number one in Texas!
AW is a great place to get in some rides without waits if you go on a Sunday morning. Cyclone is running perfect this year. It looks like crap, yes, but a perfect ride. Their are some negatives as AW, but a lot of ++'s too. No long lines is one of my favorites! Unique rides is another. If you only have one choice go to OT, but if your here already you should hit AW as well. It could very well be your last chance to do so! *** Edited 7/16/2005 12:32:15 PM UTC by Markieb***
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