West Coast Coasters Part One: SFMM (long)

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Sunday, July 22, 2001 12:34 PM
We arrived Tuesday night (7/10) around 7:00 pm to get a few rides in before an all-day trip on Wednesday.

First ride we headed to was GOLIATH. Wow, what an intense ride! I’ve never felt as many g-forces as on this ride. After the first turnaround I was pushed down into my seat so hard it hurt! While I really liked Goliath, it didn’t impress me as much as some comparable coasters I’ve been on (MF & RB). Still a very very good coaster.

Next, took a ride on COLOSSUS, and I wasn’t expecting much. What a pleasant surprise, it was a rather good ride. There were some moments of air, even though it crawled through the course a lot.

Rode BATMAN: THE RIDE and found it to be the same as the one at my home park, SFGAm, just with less theming. The two Batmans (or is it Batmen) are top notch rides, the all-out intensity can’t be beat. You can never go wrong, it seems, with a Batman: the Ride.

Next came the ride I was really looking forward to—RIDDLER’S REVENGE. I wanted to see why it is considered the best standup around. I’ve never been a huge fan of standup coasters, having ridden Mantis and Iron Wolf, the pain took too much away from the ride. But Riddler blew me away. The smoothness through all aspects of the ride, and perfectly placed inversions, and the other elements such as the little bunny hops all came together in my new favorite looper. WOW, what a ride!

Headed to GOLD RUSHER, it was a fun mine ride, not much else to say, I liked it.

Next came SUPERMAN: THE ESCAPE. The launch didn’t seem as intense as either V2 or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and I didn’t get the feeling of height on the tower because you face upwards. S:TE kind of disappointed me.

Took two more walk-ons on RR, one in the back row (even more incredible) and one more on Goliath, the last train of the day for the GP.

Now onto the next day:

Went straight to Goliath for front row. The first drop really is amazing when there’s nothing in front of you.

Wanted to ride FLASHBACK next, but it was closed. Ride op said it caused too much noise for the people at Hurricane Harbor next door. :(

Rode REVOLUTION next. Quite a nice looper, a little rough though. I liked it.

Next came VIPER. It was definitely faster than Shockwave at SFGAm, and more painful. Still, I do like coasters, so I liked Viper.

NINJA was a fun and fast suspended, I really liked how it runs through the log flume ride.

PSYCLONE was a very good wood twister, IMO. It doesn’t quite measure up to Viper at SFGAm (another wood twister), but it still was good. My mom even speculated that when Psyclone was newer it probably was better than Viper. I don’t agree, but Psyclone was a good ride.

Next came three trips on ARROWHEAD FALLS to cool off.

Another wait for Riddler. What a ride.

Ninja and Psyclone came up again, seeing as how I liked ‘em a lot.

Next waited for Riddler front row. I just can’t say it enough, what a ride!

Took another ride on Goliath before leaving.

In all, SFMM was a nice park, it was clean. I just wish more of the rides had been open, not just the new ones, but Flashback too, it looked fun.
*** This post was edited by BIG ED on 7/22/2001. ***
Sunday, July 22, 2001 7:16 PM
Wow, I'm glad you had a great time at one of my home parks. It seems that not one coaster there disappointed you!(except for STE, which also disappoints me) You had a great time, and that's always good to hear. You even liked Psyclone, which amazes me, even though I like it too.
Sunday, July 22, 2001 8:56 PM
Psyclone is great! Not many people like it, but I have found it to be a really cool ride. It is even a little better than Colossus in my opinion. Psyclone has a cool layout, and is not at all as rough as it is made out to be.

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