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Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:58 pm

Great report!

Single train operations on one of the raptors is scary, but I'm glad you were able to ride it twice. It really is an awesome coaster. That's too bad Gold Striker has started to get bumpy. It was running like a dream when I was there all summer in 2014.
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Postby Jew » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:31 pm

SharkTums wrote:Bummer to hear about more poor operations at SFDK. You're the second person to go in the last month to report this kind of crap operations. It's a shame as this used to be one of the best 'Six Flags' parks that acted more like a Busch park!


I'll 3rd it! Very Six Flags. Including an operator joking that Joker would be down all day with a station full of guests who could not exit because the ride operator at grouper said you had to exit through the train...which had airgates closed because the mechanics were working on the ride.
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Postby larrygator » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:09 pm

Next up is a park that just has a great vibe to it, probably second only to Knoebels. By far my favorite seaside park, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I was planning to arrive at 5PM to take advantage of a $15 ride all night promo in conjunction with Coke. The Boardwalk area was packed so I had to park about 3/4 mile north of the boardwalk in a cheap municipal lot. I bought the $15 wristband and spent $10 for unlimited rides on the upcharges, even though I only cared about FrightWalk. The park had a few new rides since my previous visit, but the sights, smells, and setting create a sensory overload and great overall experience.

Giant Dipper still delivers a great ride at almost 100 years old, The Haunted Castle had the longest wait but was well worth the wait, FrightWalk is the top walk through in the United States, Cave Train Adventure is well maintained and Wipeout shows that flats can be run properly in the USA.
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The park is full of both nostalgia (in the form of Laughing Sal)
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and the new (in the form of a huge indoor mini golf course)
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I headed to FrightWalk first, as I wanted to do it again later in the night. Two woman were ahead of me and I soon caught up the them, they were happy to have someone to walk through with, but quite frankly their screams caused me to jump quite a few times.
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There is the new credit for me, hiding behind the Disc-o.
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I rode Giant Dipper twice to admire not just the ride but also the beautiful art deco station.
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Both times I walked right past the entrance to the ride and had to double back.
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I should have ridden this early when the line was short, I remember closely following the construction of this project and being extremely pissed when it was vandalized so soon after completion. I wish I had time to ride it twice.
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Where did I stop to eat? Here?
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Here?
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Here?
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Here?
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or Beer?
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This is a clue!
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I ate here, I'm mystified be the machine the creates the potato twist.
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It appears that the inside was spruced up recently.
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Indoor Breakdance with lights run in Fast mode. EXCELLENT!
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I even tried a game, since I've never seen this at an amusement park.
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Classic 1911 Looff Carousel with a brass ring grab
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My camera died just as the boardwalk was starting to light up.
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Postby pfalcioni » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:24 pm

Board Wok! Brilliant!

We've been to Santa Cruz a couple of times, but have never made it out to the Boardwalk for various reasons. Every TR on here that talks about this place shows me what an idiot I am for not insisting on including this in our itineraries.

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Postby larrygator » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:38 pm

^Well you are close enough to correct past mistakes, I'm upset that I didn't get to Santa Cruz early enough to visit Mystery Spot (cheesy roadside attractions appeal to me also)
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Postby pfalcioni » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:48 pm

Now Mystery Spot I've been to, twice! It's definitely funky and happily it doesn't take itself too seriously. Somewhere in one of my old 1970's scrapbooks is a Mystery Spot bumper sticker. For awhile they were all the rage here in Oregon, like every station wagon had a Mystery Spot bumper sticker, I have no idea why.

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Postby SoCalJasonland » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:10 am

Nice report but what is wrong with Gold Striker? I always wanted to get up there to ride it.

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Postby Philrad71 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:29 am

Great report so far, Larry!

CGA always seemed to be one of the more "incomplete" looking CF parks in the chain.

Disappointing to hear about SFDK as that is one of the few remaining SF parks on my bucket list. Hopefully they will get themselves straightened out before I visit (which likely won't be for a while).
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Postby cfc » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:31 pm

Thanks for your take on Rail Blazer, as I've been curious about whether it lives up to the hype.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:57 pm

Great report! The Boardwalk really does have an awesome vibe to it. I'm also glad to hear Wipeout is still running well too. I was really surprised just how disorienting an enclosed break dance would be.
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