When is SFGAdv going to open the drop ride and Kingda Ka?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:59 AM

I'm here in Wildwood enjoying my vacation, and I leave on Sunday. I've been holding off on visiting SFGAdv all week because I'm waiting to hear when the drop ride and Kingda Ka are going to open. It would be a shame to miss these two rides when I go, especially since KK was closed last time I was there. Has anyone heard?

Last edited by LostKause, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:25 PM
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:56 AM

Kk has been opening on the weekend as they only work on zumanjaro on weekdays. Theres still no word on when zumanjaro will open but its been testing for the last 2 weeks and the que is finished so it should be opening soon.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3:16 PM

I am also in the very soon boat. I was there two weekends ago on Sunday. They were definitely testing Zumanjaro, and I had heard that Kingda Ka was open the weekend prior to my visit which was Memorial Day. However, when I was there Kingda Ka was not running although it was available on the Flashpass attractions lists. I think they are really going to have it ready by the weekend if I had to guess.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:00 PM

A friend of mine is a new rep for a coaster club in that area and is supposed to be getting info on when the Media Day and opening is. If I hear anything, I'll let you know.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:14 PM

They heard you were coming and intentionally closed it so you'd have a reason to go back next year.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:47 PM

Or at least a reason to complain.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6:23 PM

They are waiting for the hotel to be finished before opening KK and Zumanjaro

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:15 PM

Then the heat should definitely be off of Intamin over the matter. For a long, long, time.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:52 PM

It seems random on if they will open Kingda Ka on the weekend. I was at the park last Friday and after the construction workers left for the day, there was a line forming around 7:00 because they were considering opening it. About 30 minutes later, they decided they weren't going to open it even though there was no work being done on Zumanjaro.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:14 PM

They've been running Kingda Ka off and on. As was mentioned, it was open Memorial Day weekend. It was also open the weekend before last although not until the evening. It wasn't until I was already out of the park and at the bus stop that I saw a train in operation. Oh well. As to Zumanjaro, that's a good illustration of why no-one should ever expect a ride to open on schedule. Media day had been provisionally scheduled for May 22, LMAO, although the park's email said that this was not written in stone - blimey, I would bloody well hope not - and I have heard nothing further from them. The suspense is killing me.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:22 PM

Oh, look who suddenly became the expert on "not expecting a ride to open on time."

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:47 PM

Yeah, I learned that lesson the hard way - where it hurts most, the pocketbook.

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Friday, June 13, 2014 10:33 AM

I went yesterday. The lady at the guest service window told me that they would both open in late June. I did not see anyone working on the drop ride construction. I had a good time, even though both El Toro and Bizarro were both closed for part of the day.

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Friday, June 13, 2014 12:44 PM

I'd love to hear your take on the park since you haven't been much of a fan of the SF chain in the past. Have you noticed improvements?

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Friday, June 13, 2014 7:40 PM

I'll probably write a trip report when I get back home on Sunday or Monday.

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, June 16, 2014 12:01 PM
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Sunday, June 15, 2014 9:23 PM

FYI, Kingda Ka was operating on Saturday, June 14 as of about 11:45 am. I had seen a lot of empty trains make the circuit and while going up the lift hill for ride #8 on El Toro, I saw that there were actually people in the trains so headed over there before there was a line. Got in two rides quickly, as there was a single rider waiting for my row after my first ride. At Six Flags strictly by default. The original plan was to go to Hershey, but in order to do that I had to take a train out to where my dad lives and borrow his car - and regional rail service was suspended due to a strike, so that was out. Turned out well anyway. Rarely have I had such a good day at the park. Timing is everything and I managed to hit the ride queues at exactly the right time. To get in 18 rides without a Flash Pass is beyond cool. As to Zumanjaro, my prediction is that it will open on either this Thursday or the following Thursday, but I could be completely wrong. I'm going only by the fact that Goliath at SFGA is going to open on June 19, which is a Thursday, and the original opening date for Zumanjaro was scheduled for May 22, also a Thursday. Thursday seems to be a popular day although Iron Rattler opened on a Tuesday. Off next Saturday to Canada's Wonderland for the first time - can hardly wait!

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Monday, June 16, 2014 7:04 PM

Kinda Ka was closed. An employee at the guest service window told me that the drop ride will not be open until mid-July. I probably will not get back there for a very very long time. It's unfortunate and disappointing, but I'll just shrug it off. I had a decent time at the park, but it's not nearly as fun of a park as Cedar Point, Kings Island, or Kennywood. Here is my trip report.

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, June 16, 2014 7:07 PM
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:28 AM

LostKause said:

Kinda Ka was closed. An employee at the guest service window told me that the drop ride will not be open until mid-July. I probably will not get back there for a very very long time. It's unfortunate and disappointing, but I'll just shrug it off. I had a decent time at the park, but it's not nearly as fun of a park as Cedar Point, Kings Island, or Kennywood. Here is my trip report.

I hope that mid july is wrong, I was told on fri june 13th, it would be opened in the next week or 2. but you know how sf is. things can change in a sec. SF sucks at getting new rides opened on time, im pretty sure sf hasn't even gotten a relocated wild mouse open yet at six flags America.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:45 AM

Someone agrees with me that Six Flags sucks at opening rides on time, here on CoasterBuzz? Am I in The Twilight Zone or something? :)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:49 AM

SF isn't alone. Busch Tampa is now theorizing that Falcon's Fury might open "sometime late summer." Something tells me that the testing didn't go as originally planned, bcause "we're waiting on parts" seems suspicious when a new ride typically arrives with all needed parts included (batteries, OTOH)... ;~)

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