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Posts posted by gr8LAboy

  1. I have to agree with everyone about Boulder Dash being almost unbearable. I was there July 31st and was so incredibly disappointed...the majority of the ride was probably really fast, fun and furious but the triple up was so incredibly painful it is the only thing I took away from ride. It was so bad I waited alongside the ride on the path to the rapids ride out in the rain to video a train hitting the massive pothole. You can hear the rapid SMACK SMACK SMACK SMACK SMACK as the train traverses upward. My spine has sense memory whenever I watch hahaha


    Boulder Dash Roughness

  2. Also when a brand new ride goes down sometimes there isn't anything to announce. Sometimes the ride ops and maintenance might not know why a ride goes down...It could be a simple easy to fix issue or the train fell off the rails. The point is when you are still learning a ride you never know how serious an issue is until you have experienced it and when you don't know you have nothing to communicate. They could have cleared the queue each time a minor downtime happened Would that have been ok with you?

  3. I will repeat myself again: yes the ride is brand new and it should be expected that there will be technical issues. However, the problem is that SFMM doesn't do anything to communicate this. I'd be disappointed too if I made a special trip to SFMM and missed out on dueling and had an extended wait time, even if I knew going on downtime is to be expected. But I wouldn't be as disappointed if SFMM employees were doing spiels, apologizing, providing updates...



    They absolutely gave everyone a heads up. They sent an email to the passholders announcing the preview. Granted not everyone got the email but those who did not get the email likely heard about the Gold Passholder runs from an enthusiast site or other media source. If you are an enthusiast you should know that a brand new ride is going to have some hiccups.


    The fact that it stayed open and operating nearly the entire time with only brief moments of downtime is amazing. Not even Disney or Universal can do that. Hell I was opening crew of a MAJOR attraction at Disney and during the first few months we would be lucky to have the damn thing operate for longer than 15 minutes without going 101.


    SFMM is actually doing a really great job. If you don't like it that's on you.

  4. People...it's a PREVIEW which SFMM was kind enough to invite you to. When something "soft opens" or "previews" the expectation should not be of "normal operations" but more like a "test and adjust". In exchange for being somewhat of a Guiney Pig you get the pleasure of being one of the first to ride this awesome brand new attraction. So yah, they might be only running one train or the line might be moving slower but you get bragging rights!


    I was able to ride it 9 times in a row media day Wednesday morning without getting up. I was completely blown away. I had a real hard time walking after getting out and was a tad nauseous but it was completely worth it. Green Side Stall. Its everything.


    Incidentally we didn't have much of a choice but to ride continually as after a few laps...and to keep the trains timed properly for racing... they were only letting 4 people out of the train at a time.

  5. Yah. I rode it a few times this morning also and it also exceeded my expectations. The film seems very interchangeable and adaptable to any of the other parks. We were told that the outcome would differ based upon how you performed in the game but after riding a few times actually trying and scoring many points and then a few times just sitting there and not shooting anything the outcomes seemed exactly the same.


    The preshow was...interesting (the old man can really dive!)...but it set up the story fairly well.


    overall it's a pretty solid attraction and a welcome change from an empty building.

  6. I would not give the Indiana legislature a 50 cent highway toll, never the less support any business that pays taxes to them. Humanity needs to stand up for eachother now, today. I would absolutely boycott any business, company, state, or organization of any kind that supports discrimination.


    Some things in life are more important than Rollercoasters and I'd advise people to postpone their trips to Indiana until this law is repealed. If you allow any tollerance towards hate, even marginally, it will only grow


    But this isn't a poltical forum, so let's do our best to stick to discussing the park instead of the state. I apologize if my post seems opinionated and preachy!


    I suggested this on Facebook but maybe the park can get some positive publicity by donating the equivalent of the sales tax paid to the State of Indiana to a charity upholding equality. It would be amazing publicity for the park...especially if they do it first. Many people I have spoken with have a problem with giving tax money to the government who passed the law and thus are boycotting all things Indiana. This includes my friends and family who were planning a trip to HW but now are planning on going elsewhere.


    Anything the park can do to help convince my friends and family and thus get me back to Holiday World would be amazing.

  7. At the park now. Here is a quick construction update...


    The Twenties Roar no more...


    Dippin style construction wall with attraction poster.


    Glorious dirt behind the wall. This used to be the ramp that would take ya up to level 2 boarding.


    Peek up into the old KOD loading area. Ya can make out a little of the mural that was behind the loading area.


    Overall construction area. Arcade is closed and they took down all awnings up top

  8. I don't think asking for something is a violation of park policies. If he was maliciously line jumping while flipping the bird to the queue or if he asked the employee to ride as a single and the employee said no and went ahead and did it anyway then it's a violation.


    Sometimes asking for something can reap benefits and sometimes not so yes I guess there is a bit of a gamble there but it can't hurt to try. As long as you can accept no for an answer should the answer be no.

  9. Going through some old Magic Mountain footage and I found this! I think this might be one of my favorite "old school" coaster clips. It's just so cheesy, borderline creepy, and the 80s porno music just makes it AWESOME! Check it out...



    Is that porn music being played in the background?!

    Shoulda named it John Holmes the Ride. Could've advertised it as the largest woody in the world.


    Ha oh this video!! It was a VHS that Kodak put out in the late 80s. I had it then and watched it till the tape broke. I never realized how "I have candy in my van" and "have you seen my lost puppy" the ice cream man was till now.


    Also...was that Stevie Wonder in the front seat of one of the cuts?

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