I grew up near SFGAm, and I've been to SFKK (of which I hated) How does SFMM compare to those two parks?
X looks like an awesome ride! I would love to try it sometime. Flashback was at SFGAm(aka Z Force) when I wasn't tall enough to ride it. My dad rode it and said it was very jerky, I assume it's still that way?
I look forward to reading about your thoughts!a
I also miss a lot of the mellow rides like the monorail or skytower. But hey, the good news is that the skytower is now open. Don't miss it. Have fun and then come back and tell us what both of you think.
*** Edited 5/23/2006 3:12:32 PM UTC by janfrederick***
I went in March of 2003 and we expected the worst possible experience because everybody told us so. We went in with very low expectations and ended up having a blast, we managed to snag 4 rides on X, which to me is my personal favorite. The rides they have in place are top notch when running.
While we had a blast at the park because it wasn't *too* busy, my friends and I could see the potential for the park being a bad experience. I say try it out.
An example is the onride photo booth for Viper which is built into the station on the ground level. When they decided to close it and stop offering pics they just slapped a hunk of plywood over the old window. This was a few years ago, mind you, but it's an example.
Many people have complaints on the service they recieve at that park as well. Frankly, to me it looks as if most of the employees want to slit their wrists. (harsh, I know, but that's what I thought last time I was there).
Also, many complain about the number of closed rides on a given day, or that rides don't run enough trains to handle the crowds.
On the plus side, they do have some cool rides. Well, they have X and Tatsu. Obviously you can ride Deja-vu, Batman, and Psyclone at other places.
If you're in the LA area, it wouldn't be a bad trip, but I wouldn't recommend going to LA just for SFMM.
When we visited during WCB, friendliness was improved, cleanliness was improved, characters were all over the place, and I saw MANY positive changes.
Operations-wise, this is one park that needs to maintain HIGH capacity during the busier times (but never really HAD, under the old regime). But overall, SFMM is on the comeback trail, IMO...
You should know that Flashback is SBNO for about 3 years now and it's likely not coming back from the grave.
SFMM had a history of rolling the dice on new coasters that never worked well in their first year of operation. So it was kind of a big build up in hype, so when people showed up and the new ride wasn't working, it creates a negative impression. Also, the problem coasters drained money and resources away from other areas that needed attention, leading to a overall rundown appearance in the past few years - which seems to be being corrected currently.
One thing though, it can get pretty hot in the summer. The park isn't all that far from the desert.
*** Edited 5/23/2006 4:38:55 PM UTC by janfrederick***
Anyway...thanks for all your input! When my husband and I go to California, we'll make it a week long trip. SFMM will not be the only thing we do. I would love to visit Knott's Berry Farm again. Last time I went was about 20 years ago! Damn...that makes me feel old and I'm not even 30 yet. haha!
I'm looking forward to this weekend. 8 of us are headed up to CP. Next month we're going to the Dells to visit Mt. Olympus. Then in July we are going to Holiday World! The Voyage is calling my name!
Thanks again everyone!
Holy cow! I'm amazed at how many replies there are in such a short amount of time! Do you guys work? ;-) Just kidding! I'm having a slow day at work and I hate it.
Let's just say this is a hot topic. ;)
Thanks for all your input!
The *major* issues at SFMM seem to finally be working themselves out somewhat. Capacity, cleanliness and rude employees are much improved this year. The park also looks more alive than it has the last 3 seasons. Buildings have been painted, long closed attractions are reopening and characters are roaming everywhere. They've also cleaned up the bathrooms and beefed up security lol.
There are still issues that will certainly disappoint. My main problem is that the park is a major hassle to navigate, especially on hot days. Shapiro really needs to invest in some type of monorail or people moving system and some sort of modern water attraction for the southeast area of the park (near Batman). Also, if your primarily a wood coaster lover, the park will leave *alot* to be desired.
But keep your expectation in check, and I think you'll enjoy the park actually. Like other SF parks, things seem to be on the upswing. *** Edited 5/23/2006 7:22:27 PM UTC by DWeaver***
Also, I liked X the first few times, but last year it banged my head around so bad I had tunnel vision.
It's not a *horrible* place, IF you're in the area, but I wouldn't make a trip for it.
I'll take a litle place down the highway that has a rodent for a mascot.
I think the lanscaping at SFMM is pretty good for the most part. The topography is very unique, albeit tiring in the heat, but its the charm of the park.
My biggest peeve with the park is them not listing the rides that are actually closed. Knott's has this problem also.
But then again you cant beat a play pass for $60 for all Six Flags parks.
My main problem is that the park is a major hassle to navigate, especially on hot days. Shapiro really needs to invest in some type of monorail or people moving system...
This was my thought about SFKK. I thought the layout was horrible However, the layout for SFGAm is perfect! One continuous circle. Pick a direction once you pass the doubledecker merry-go-round, and you'll never have to back track. Shouldn't all parks be designed this way?
Our first stop in the park was at guest relations for a list of what wasn't open and then we headed straight for X. We only had to wait about 35 min. to ride and I have to say it definitely lived up to its name--EXTREME!
The rest of the day we waited no more than 15-20 minutes for any ride. By 3:00 pm, everything was virtually a walk on.
Overall, I have to say it was a wonderful day. We also visited Universal Hollywood on that trip and it was great as well. It was very crowded but we had the front of the line passes and they were well worth the money.
I had a great time and basically everything with the exception of Flashback, and Viper were open. I deffinately enjoyed SFMM more then I enjoyed KBF. I enjoyed is so much, that I will be going back this October.
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