Hey all, I was wondering if you can help me out a bit.
I have planned my 15th b-day party to be at SFDL this Sunday. I'm bringing five of my friends and we are hoping to have a great time. However since SROS is most like going to be down (any opinions about that?) I've been sort of wondering if its worth going.
The problem is 1. Finding a weekend where my friends can go 2. Knowing when Superman will reopen.
Maybe we'll be lucky and Superman will be open but I doubt it. It's a 2 hour drive, so its not like its right next store, in that case I wouldn't hesitate to go.
Don't look for any of the three Supermen to be open anytime soon. I suspect not before July 4th. The modifications are not going to happen quickly...it's not as if SF or Intamin has all those new lap bars sitting around somewhere.
If you enjoyed SFDL before they had Superman why wouldn't you go with Superman closed?
Ship them out? Possibly to Intamin's US facilty (if it is more than just an office), or they'd do the belts on site. After all, parks do tear down the trains every off-season. Their mechanics should be competent.
Do any of you read the News Section on CBuzz? It's more than seatbelts being changed:
"We are currently conducting the engineering to modify the lapbar to fit more securely and restrict those individuals who may be too large to be safely accommodated by the existing restraint system. We also are looking into extending the seat bottoms forward to improve rider position and further enhance the effectiveness of the restraints. By extending the seat bottom, we will help ensure riders maintain the proper position for the duration of the ride cycle."
These are not an easy, overnight fixes. Don't look for these coasters to be open anytime soon.
Having read the six flags release, it sounded to me as though they were hoping to shorten the belts ASAP, but redesign the seats/bars "later". However, screamscape (I know, I know...) claimed today that superhero celebration is being rescheduled to late Augustish---but the park is not promising that S:ROS will be open even then.
So, it looks like 'moosh gets to wear the "I'm right and you're wrong" button today.
I can't help but think, if they can do it, they will have sros running again by memorial day weekend, seeing as they will lose lots of business without it. SFNE has a couple of other decent rides (sadly, i have my season pass thru there). but as for going to SFDL, i would still go. i was there a couple of years ago and they have several other coasters that make it worth the trip! we only made it on sros once when i was there because of the line, but still had a great day!!! sros is just one of only 3 great rides at SFNE and leaves a big ole gap in the day there. go to SFDL!!!!!
Six Flags is probably going to be real cautious in whatever they do and take all the time that they feel they need.
SFA has previously changed the seat belts on their SROS. The trains did not leave the park. However, if I recall correctly there was a delay in the delivery of the belts that delayed the opening of the ride that year. One of the trains sat for weeks after the park opened because the parts came so late that the park worked to get one train going then worked on the second as mechanics time allowed.
In other words, past history woule lead us to expect that we shouldn't expect the seat belts to arrive real soon