Wednesday, July 24, 2002 7:32 PM
This was my second 2-day visit to the park this season. My opinions about some of the rides have changed since my last visit. I now love the Scorcher which at first I didn't really care for. Acrophobia still scares the mess out of me. I now love the Ninja. The lines were short so I took several quick rerides on it 3 times in and near the back. I braced myself for the jerkiness this time. I only got to ride Superman only 3 times, mainly because they were running only two trains. I actually had some enjoyable rides on the Georgia Cylone...in the back. One time I rode it near the front and the ride was so jerky that I couldn't stand it. The back seat rides however were off the chain. Every single drop is sweet. I'm thinking that the red train runs rougher than the blue one... The Scream Machine gave good rides as usual. My favorite, the Mindbender, was running good even though it seemed to me that the trim brakes were on a little harder than they were my last visit. It still gave intense rides though. Deja Vu ran consistently both days and I rode it once each day. After learning about how much Deja valleys, the test cycles had me worried because it kinda crawled through the loop going forwards and crawled through the cobra roll going backwards. But it seemed to run just fine with fully loaded trains. Fun and intense ride...I love the freefalls. The mine train was running alright. I rode it once. The more I ride Batman:TR, the more I love it. It has one of the coolest stations. I almost want to say that I like the ride more than Top Gun at PC. I tried Monster Plantation...and hated it. Reminded me of Killer Clowns from Outer Space. The movie is ok..the ride is not. I saw MisterX there working that Sunday but didn't get the chance to speak to him. Well, once again, I'll say that this is a very nicely themed park. There are plenty of souvenir shops to browse through, and this was the first time that I actually took time out to browse through any kind of shops looking for shirts. I bought two cool shirts, a white Scorcher one and a black GASM one. I had another great time at SFOG and hope to go back sometime this season.
-Hurler Crew 2002-
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:12 PM
Well glad to see you had another good visit to the park. I know MP kinda sucks but it's on its 21st year... in dire need of a rehab at least.
On both the woodies, the blue train runs faster than the red train does. Strange but true. And Cyclone in the front is kinda boring IMO. The back seat like you said is insane. I love that ride.
I still agree with you that TG is slightly better than BTR. But hey you really can't go wrong with either one.
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 10:33 PM
I have to agree that GC is SO much better in the back. I love the first drop visual in the front, but the back delivers the entire ride.
Does anyone know if Mindbender originally ran w/o trims? That last loop is intense enough as it is with trims on hard.
My two favorite coasters are named Superman.
Thursday, July 25, 2002 6:45 AM
Acrophobia looks so awesome.
Thursday, July 25, 2002 9:07 AM
Why does everyone hate Monster Plantation?? I thought it was such a fun darkride. It's like a Disney ride, with the theme song and all. You don't see many darkrides at Six Flags parks.
P.S. Acrophobia is one awesome ride!!
# of Wicked Twists: 5
Launched only 4 times on Hypersonic XLC, but still hoping for more!
Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:59 AM
Good TR. I got get out to Georgia.
Steel: 1)MF, 2)Goliath, 3)Magnum
Wood: 1)Villain, 2)Beast, 3)Roar(SFMW)
Thursday, July 25, 2002 3:23 PM
Astro, the mindbender question has come up in my group before and we all came with the decision that the ride *must* have had those trims when it originally opened. The ride is so intense already that without them, it mught come across as dangerous.
PS - I will agree that the trims have been on a bit hard lately. Oh well, the ride actually doesnt seem to be lacking at all in intensity.
Thursday, July 25, 2002 5:14 PM
Yeah Bender has always had those trims (called slow-down brakes by Schwarzkopf). They have been on pretty hard this season. However in the mornings when the trains are run for daily tests, those brakes are fully open. Let me tell you... that ride is insane without them. Unfortunately, it's a ride that few (besides employees) will ever experience. Ditto for Cyclone.