X-Flight's let down

Thursday, July 18, 2002 7:48 PM
I've been to the park at least 6 times this year and every time I've been x-flight has broken down more than twice. Is this a normal thing for flyinf coasters?

Even the station attendants get mad after it's fourth test run after it breaks for the thrid time during the day.

X-flight has become a big joke and no one even expects it to be operating when they arrive at the park.

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:45 PM

I personally found the ride experience to be a let down... Too slow to feel like flying to me...

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:49 PM
This is kind of bad news for me. I'm going to Cleveland next week, and was hoping to get my first experience on a flying coaster (I know the B&M version is supposed to be better, but Georgia isn't on the way.). Is it really broken down on a daily basis, or are you exaggerating a little? Has anyone ridden it this year?

Please let me know, because X-flight's the only reason i was going to stop at WOA in the first place, and not just spend 2 days at CP. It's the only coaster there that really excites me (As for S:UE, i'd rather just ride WT; and as for B:KF, i've already ridden Medusa and B:TDK at SFNE). If it's not going to be working, i might just skip the park alltogether (although it is free w/ my season pass).

OK, that sounded confusing, i know. Basically my question is this: do I do 2 days at CP, or one day at WOA for free, and one day at CP? Thanks in advance for the input.

*** This post was edited by nelson324 on 7/19/2002. ***

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Thursday, July 18, 2002 11:45 PM

OK I have rode S:UF and X-Flight and to tell you the truth I liek one just as much as the other. they are both great rides. I know the operations are a mess but some decent management would help this.

Nelson, go to WOA. They have an awesome collection of rides and a neat atmosphere. Things are getting better there too. It is not just X Flight that is awesome. To me Villian and Big Dipper are worth the trip alone. And if you want to forget anythign you ever said about a coaster being rough take a ride on the Bobs. They make Mean Streak as smooth as Millenium Force. While rough the ride has crazy air and laterals and is not painful just extremely bouncy LOL.

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Friday, July 19, 2002 4:06 AM

X-Flight does seem to have its share of downtime. We were there on a Wednesday a couple of weeks ago. It ran most of the time we were there with a 20 minute wait but did close down for about an hour in the mid-afternoon.

Does this ride tear up anyone else's shoulders? Mine hurt when I got off, and the tops of my shoulders were discolored from my neck to my arms for days afterwards. My kids didn't get the same result, so maybe it's a build/weight issue?

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Friday, July 19, 2002 4:13 AM

It goes down some, but the line is long enough that if you're in line when it breaks down, just stay in line - you'd wait that long anyway. And no I had no problem with the restraints, I think its one of the most fun and definitely weird experiences I've ever had

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Friday, July 19, 2002 4:28 AM

nelson324, you won't know if X-Flight is running until you get to the park. And if there is any breakdowns it isn't like it is down the WHOLE day, at least not for me. ;)

Batman is different than Medusa. I think you'll like it. The Villain is also a great wooden coaster and Big Dipper follows up it with its great airtime. :)

And if you're going on a weekday, eat lunch at Jade's Chinese, which is right outside the park by Superman. From 12-2pm, the place offers a lunch buffet for 6 bucks. Great deal, great food. I love the chicken there.. :)

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Friday, July 19, 2002 4:30 AM
Personally, I love the flying dutchman that I have been on, Batwing. Even if you do not like it, the least you can say is that it is very different and unique. I have no problems with the restraints, and in fact find them very comfortable.
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Friday, July 19, 2002 5:08 AM
nelson324 if you are going to sfwoa just to ride xflight, in my opinion I wouldn't bother. The ride is slow, rough and it sucks. You also can get black and blue marks on your sholders from it . John H
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Friday, July 19, 2002 5:49 AM

I haven't seen the ride down that much. I have been to the park 20 times this season (and no I dont work there) and it has been down maybe 5 of the times, and it has never been down more than an hour or two.

Even if X-Flight is down, you should still have a great day at the park. Go against everything you hear. If you can just have fun and not be critical of it and do nothing but compare it to Cedar Point, you should have a great day. Let me know if you have any other questions about the park.

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Friday, July 19, 2002 5:59 AM
I was at SFA this past Wednesday (7/17) and twice that day (both times while we were in line) Batwing had an "error" of some sort that shut down the ride. I assume it was only the computer thinking something was wrong since the only thing the mechanics had to do was "reset" the ride computer, run a test run, and go from there.

It wasn't down for more than 15-20 minutes each time. More annoying was the fact that they ran only one train all day. Grrr. Since that was my first and only visit (so far) to SFA I don't know if they have the same sort or number of problems that X-Flight does.

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Friday, July 19, 2002 6:19 AM
Nelson- You should have no problem getting to ride X-Flight when you come. Has it been down sometimes this year, yes. Is the park worth coming to this year even if it didn't have X-Flight...WITHOUT A DOUBT! Just the great atmosphere and all the things they have to do there this year makes it worth it (not to mention some top coasters).

I was just there yesterday and X-Flight ran all day (I personally have not had a problem with it breaking down lately...and I have been there a lot). But it can break down. Some people will tell you X-Flight has been broke every time they go. But that's like me saying MForce has been broke every time I've been to CP this year :) They always get both up and running. As for liking X-Flight as you can see everyone on this board has their opinions. It looks slow but don't let that decieve you. Just watch the public's faces when they get off...and that will tell you SFWoA has a great ride.

They do have the Texas Twister and Mind Eraser up and running now after modifications to the rides and they are both running great. The ONLY thing closed in the park yesterday was Double Loop...that is suppose to open with in the next two weeks according to the park.

In all I hope you have a great time at a GREAT park in Ohio!! If you want to know anything else, feel free to ask! C-ya around at the park!

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Friday, July 19, 2002 6:21 AM
Was at SFWOA yesterday. X Flight went down a few times. While standing in line, I saw the black front cover that is at the front of the train (it says X-Flight on it) hanging on by only one side. When the train faced the riders down, the front cover would hang by one side. I thought the thing was going to fly off as it approached the raven turn over the q lines. All and All, I will never go back to SFWOA unless they build a giga. I will make a full trip report soon.
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Friday, July 19, 2002 6:31 AM

Since you have a SF season pass, go and ride X-Flight, Villain, Batman, Big Dipper and SUE then leave and go to CP for a twillight pass. That way you'll ride the best of what WoA has to offer and still have a day and a half at CP.

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Friday, July 19, 2002 6:52 AM
Why couldn't Vekoma have gone out of buisness instead of CCI? IMHO all Vekoma's are horrible!

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Friday, July 19, 2002 6:53 AM
I will just say that I went for my first time to SFWoA last year for one day. X-Flight ran all day. It is not as bad as eevrybody thinks, I think some people just get unlucky.

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Friday, July 19, 2002 7:25 AM
Stitch: Have you been on every coaster Vekoma has made? I doubt it. CCI's going out of buisiness is horrible, but it's not an excuse to take cheap shots at an innovative company such as Vekoma. Most people hate Vekoma beacause of their Boomerang and SLC coasters being rough. I have this to say. Ever notice how some parks have smooth SLC's and Boomerangs and some do not? Let's compare Wild Adventures in Georgia to SFWoA. WA has the smoothest SLC and Boomerang you will ever sit your butt in. And while WoA doesn't house the worst SLC/Boomerang, it gets blown away by WA. The key word here is Maintenance. And to maintain a ride after it's signed off by Vekoma is not Vekoma's job.
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Friday, July 19, 2002 7:47 AM

X-Flight is rough??? since when? I've taken about 10 laps on it and never had a problem. In fact, it's probably the smoothest coaster at WoA (B:KF gets a lil rough in the 'screws).

Vekoma also made one of the smoothest coasters I've ever been on, Rock 'n Rollercoaster at MGM. IMO, that coaster gets NO run (I've never heard it mentioned on this site ONCE), yet it's one of the best coasters I've ever been on.

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Friday, July 19, 2002 8:19 AM
I don't understand the "rough X-Flight" factor either, but to each thier own. I have been on X-Flight over 150 times now and find it quite enjoyable...intense but still fun.

As for WA compared to SFWoA boomerang. I would rank them the same. I think SFWoA's bommerang is one of the smoothest in the USA (and I've been on a lot.) I also think SFWoA has the smoothest Vekoma suspended around. Like all it has it's days but I can actually reride Serial Thriller.

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Friday, July 19, 2002 8:30 AM

I haven't ridden X-Flight, but I've always found Batwing to be quite smooth. The Vekoma flying dutchman restraints can cause bruies on your collar bone if you tense up too much. If you just relax and hang they are extremely comfortable. I've ridden Bawing over a dozen times in one day with no bruises and found it still comfortable at the end of the day.

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