Typhoon SeaCoaster

Sunday, November 17, 2002 8:34 AM
What is the deal with ths ride? I've heard that it almost never ran. Does anybody know why? Just curious.

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Sunday, November 17, 2002 8:57 AM

It "runs", just you have to remember that some folks "run" at a SNAIL'S pace....for whatever reason, they get more empty seats in the average boat than you can get on most coaster TRAINS....brings the line to an absolute crawl. It's operating both times we were there, but with the platform and loading, they could EASILY double capacity just by *caring*....

It is a flume, but a cool one....going uphill on a flume ride is ALWAYS cool!

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Sunday, November 17, 2002 9:30 AM
I've only seen it run twice. Once I actually rode it because there were only 25 people in line. It was still about a 15-20 minute wait! Kinda fun ride, though!

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- Peabody

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Sunday, November 17, 2002 10:19 AM

I got to ride this cool flume twice back in '99. I can't quite figure out why it isn't running all of the time. If I had a park with a ride as cool as TSC, I would make sure it was running consistantly.

If they are stil haveing problems with it, why don't they just replace it with something a little more dependable, and still keep the awesome skull head.

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Sunday, November 17, 2002 11:23 AM
Directly from Scott head of operations at SFA, I'll paraphase "We paid Intamin all kinds of money to get the prototype working properly. They failed, so we took over." It takes a lot of people to run Seacoaster. You need three at the station, and then one person at each of the turntables. This is the best year I've ever seen it run. On Memorial Day, my eyes bugged out when I saw eight boats out on the course, and no set-ups.
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Sunday, November 17, 2002 11:32 AM
Anybody have any pictures of it? It sounds very interesting.

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Sunday, November 17, 2002 12:42 PM
I rode it and it was alot of fun hearing everyone scream etc, but the crew was so ,so, so slow that there was constantly boats being stoped by every single block on the ride. No Lie! The drop backwards dident do alot for me ,but it did something, the whole traveling backwards throu the tunnel made no sence, but it had suspsense. The final drop was nice!, prop the best part of the ride, if it went foward down the first drop, and backwards down the second it would be alot better of a ride, but it was good from the start. Everyone on the boat was soaked , I only had a few drops of water!
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Sunday, November 17, 2002 5:16 PM
Are you sure it's the crews, or the boats which travel at a snails pace through the station? I've seen people try to "row" by pushing off on the sides just to get some momentum going before leaving the station. Once I get this whole web thing figured out, I have several pictures of TS to share.
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Monday, November 18, 2002 3:12 AM

Intamin Fan said:
You need three at the station, and then one person at each of the turntables. This is the best year I've ever seen it run. On Memorial Day, my eyes bugged out when I saw eight boats out on the course, and no set-ups.
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Probably the reason you don't see it run, is the fact that it never opens before noon. The reasoning behind that, I believe is that they want to make sure the entire rest of the park is staffed as well as possible, prior to comitting 10 people to that ride.

I also heard that there may indeed be a solve to the turntable issues, which they'll be looking at this off season.

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Monday, November 18, 2002 6:16 AM
Where exactly is TSC??
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Monday, November 18, 2002 6:28 AM
SFA

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Monday, November 18, 2002 6:45 AM

I have been to SFA 3 times now since coverting from Adventure World, and in all of my 6 visits I still haven't got to ride it. This past season I did actually see it open for the 1st time, and then when I went to get in line it closed. I am hoping one of the times I visit I wll actually get to ride it.

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Monday, November 18, 2002 8:17 AM

It seemed to be operating more often this season than seasons past, but the wait was still just as lengthy. If you ever go to this park as a "once-in-a-lifetime" type of visit, make sure you ride this ride...but you need to keep an eye on the line and try to get on as soon as it opens. The line is extremely slow as people have mentioned.

It seems that the slow load time is partly due to the slow speeds of the boats through the loading station. Is it necessary to move the boats so slowly?!?! I am not sure...I know that they need a good bit of time between sending each boat out because of the time that boats are sitting on the turntables.

Hopefully they get the "bugs" worked out soon..this is too good of a ride to be SBNO most of the time.

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Monday, November 18, 2002 8:42 AM
I *understand* that dispatch is dictated by the slow-moving turntables, and that the boats need to go SLOW thru the loading station....kids and elderly people want to ride too! But what I don't *get* is why each individual person needs a boat to themsleves...(ok, I'm stretching *a bit*, but not by that much)....
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Monday, November 18, 2002 2:29 PM

A good way to solve the slow loading process would be to wait until the boat reaches the front of the station,it always stops there anyway & if they were to load at that position instead of from the very back end of the station it would be much easier for most guests to safely enter the boat,not to mention all the seats per boat being filled.

Another option might be to add a seperate unload station,remember folks guests must exit the boat just after it enters the station & while it's still moving no less,of course that option would be too expensive for the park to consider at this point in time & would probably result in Wild One getting re-profiled even more than it already has been but my first option would be much easier to implement & would possibly make for a shorter wait even with only 4 to 6 boats running.

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Monday, November 18, 2002 5:28 PM

So does anyone have a picture of this ride?? It sounds like a sweet ride.

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Monday, November 18, 2002 5:55 PM

You can find a few pics of TSC at this site www.sfa-source.com

This time I made sure to post the correct link unlike the last time I mentioned the site in another topic a few months back.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2002 6:29 AM

BATWING FAN SFA said:

A good way to solve the slow loading process would be to wait until the boat reaches the front of the station,it always stops there anyway & if they were to load at that position instead of from the very back end of the station it would be much easier for most guests to safely enter the boat,not to mention all the seats per boat being filled.

basically you're saying that LESS time for loading would solve the problem? I don't think so. The ride op can stop the boat at any point before it exits the station, so as soon as a physically challenged person arrives, they stop the boat.

TSC Runs from noon to dusk daily when there's staffing for it, if people would read the signs they wouldn't miss the ride.

Next year HOPEFULLY the LoQ system will operate for that ride, and everyone will ride, line or no line!


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Tuesday, November 19, 2002 8:07 AM

There isn't any way to stop the boats in the station except for the front end of the station,if you've ever ridden TSC you'd know that you are told by an attendant to go towards the rear of the station & load into the next available boat & that's while the boat is still moving.

The boats only stop at the front end to allow the boats ahead on the course to maintain enough space so that a blocking error doesn't occur.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2002 4:35 PM

WlCKEDTWISTER said:

TSC Runs from noon to dusk daily when there's staffing for it, if people would read the signs they wouldn't miss the ride.



I guess they must have been short staffed this year an awful lot because the ride only ran once or twice this summer when I was there (I was there almost every other weekend).

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