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  1. Here's a second vote for holding off on purchasing a Flash Pass until you arrive and check out the crowds. Bear in mind that it is EASTER Sunday, which could mean that not many people are at the park, instead doing Easter things with their families. Furthermore, even if it is crowded, I highly doubt that it will be Flash-Passes-sold-out crowded. As for V2, it certainly is fun, but certainly not the best coaster in the park. Missing V2 is nothing to pout over. Have fun! -Doug P.S. - Run straight for Superman at rope drop. They assign seats, so getting there first guarantees you a front row seat...which you definitely want.
  2. Well put! I do think that it's placement looks cluttered. However, all you BGW people are getting a solid coaster. Over here in the SF Bay Area, we've had this for a few years. I've ridden it well over 300 times by my estimation, and it's the best ride in the park. Unique, smooth, fun, and some serious g forces. You'll love it.
  3. Thanks everyone. I remember it being $250, then going down to $100. I just wanted to make sure it hasn't changed since then. Looks like it hasn't. I've been asked how much the fee is in a "What's the password" kind of way, I've also just gone straight in after telling them that I've rented before. Not sure what'll happen, but I want to get all my ducks in a row, just in case. As for gold vs. platinum, I'm thinking platinum. I just want to ride over and over...and having YOLO on there does sweeten the deal. And, considering I have a season pass, that's money I don't have to spend in the first place. Makes springing for the top-of-the-line pass a little easier. Thanks again for the help, everyone. I appreciate it. Can't wait to get back to the Mountain and ride the vast collection of big coasters!
  4. I'm not concerned about losing it. I simply don't want to sit through the presentation, as I've used the Flash Pass many times before. I've been allowed to go straight to the rental room before, but was asked the lost/damage fee first. So, that's why I was asking. If I have to sit through the presentation, so be it. However, if I can manage to go straight to rental, all the better. Thanks for your input, everyone.
  5. Oops, I wrote the wrong date. I meant to say 4/6. Still getting a Flash Pass, as it's spring break time. So, to reiterate my original question, does anyone know the lost/damaged Flash Pass fee? Thank you. -Doug
  6. Hello everyone. I'm visiting SFMM sometime during the week of 8/6...probably Tuesday or Wednesday. It's been a year and a half since I visited last, and I want to ride everything...multiple times. I've made peace with the fact that this will require a Flash Pass, and plan on buying one (unless you all think that it'll be really quiet that week...during the spring break event). I was wondering if anyone knows how much they charge for a lost Flash Pass. Does anyone know? Thanks.
  7. I would've thought that after that incident they'd be more chill about that because it could keep the materials from flying into your eyes but then again it might just make it worse by shattering the glasses. And did they let you go on any other rides at KBF with your glasses? Yeah, you would think that some polycarbonate in front of your eyes would be better than nothing at all in case of flying debris. However, that was not the case. This was back in 2010, however, so rules might have changed. I was able to wear my glasses on all the other rides.
  8. I've ridden a wide variety of coasters with and without straps with no problem. Six Flags doesn't care one way or another (from my experience). I've ridden everything at SFDK and SFMM without straps and have never had any problems. With straps, I've ridden all the rides at: Cedar Point (including TTD), Hershey Park, Knoebels, Dorney Park, Busch Gardens (both), Kings Dominion, and SFGAdv. No ride ops objected, and my glasses stayed firmly on my face. The only time I've ever been asked to remove my glasses was on Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm, and that was right after the Intamin cable incident, and the park was simply reacting to that. That's my experience.
  9. Just tell her you are going to search for a sister wife to watch the kids!
  10. It's a pretty quick flight from Oakland to SLC, and only 20 miles from there to Lagoon. Now, to find a way to say to my wife "Honey, watch the kids for a few days while I go to Utah to ride this new coaster" without risking divorce...
  11. Went for a visit yesterday (2/22). It was surprisingly busy. I stayed for about an hour before my allergy to long lines forced me to leave. Roar was still 2 train operation, while Medusa still appeared to be 1 train operation. V2's train was in pieces in the station, undergoing rehab. Despite rumors to the contrary, Superman still has its usual lap bars, no OTSRs.
  12. Yeah, I saw that as well. I have no intentions of going, as I simply foresee longer waits. However, I'll definitely be there this Sunday. You as well? Yeah, i'm going Sunday unless anything major happens that prevents me from going. Sent you a PM.
  13. Yeah, I saw that as well. I have no intentions of going, as I simply foresee longer waits. However, I'll definitely be there this Sunday. You as well?
  14. I was about to go yesterday too but Friday night I wasn't feeling up to it. Glad I put it off till next Saturday/Sunday. I forgot to mention but Superman took about half an hour and Medusa was about 35-40 minutes. This was about midday. Next weekend will surely be better as it's not a holiday weekend. I might go next weekend too. I'll be there next Sunday. I'm hoping everyone went this past weekend, and the park is quiet next weekend. I went the Saturday before last and the park was the quietest I've ever seen it. Even with one train operation, Medusa was still a one to two train wait for the front. I was watching Roar dispatch completely empty trains. When Superman finally opened around 2, it took a while before people figured out that it was open. I went right to it for maybe the 2nd train of the day, and I got 10 rides in a row without getting off. That's happened a lot this season. Superman definitely rewards loyalty first thing in the day. So, perhaps I'll see some other TPR people at SFDK next Sunday?
  15. Considering that Superman was listed as closed last weekend, I'd say they updated it. This is very good news. Hopefully that storm predicted for this weekend ends up going easy on us... I don't like its coming over the weekend but we (California) still need a lot of rain and a lot more snow in the mountains. Then again, I suppose rain more towards the east of the bay area would be better, otherwise most I think will simply go right back into the ocean. Agreed. We desperately need the rain. It looks like there should be precipitation in the mountains, but no significant accumulation predicted. Even the rain here in the Bay Area will help, as we have local reservoirs. I'm still keeping my eye on the weather and might go to SFDK Saturday, but it looks to be pretty wet. Oh well, there's always next weekend.
  16. Considering that Superman was listed as closed last weekend, I'd say they updated it. This is very good news. Hopefully that storm predicted for this weekend ends up going easy on us...
  17. Update: It looks like you are correct! I spoke with someone from park maintenance, and they said that as long as everything goes according to plan and there are no unforeseen mishaps, Superman should be open this weekend. Looks like I need to alter my weekend plans...
  18. While that would be nice, I wouldn't get my hopes up too high. I just called the park and was informed that Superman's downtime should be 6-8 weeks (maintainance began 4 weeks ago next Tuesday), though they are trying to make it shorter than that. I spoke to a park representative who might not have the most up-to-date details. I'm going to call their administrative offices next week and see if I can get more detail. I'm betting on the weekend of 2/21, though wouldn't be upset if it opened sooner. Needless to say, I want it done soon. I'm going through withdrawals! Glad you had a good time. If you come back on a weekend that I'm there, I'd be delighted to meet up with you. It really is a nice park, a total Six Flags outlier.
  19. I'm with you on this one. I really like Roar. I shouldn't, it's rough, but I have so much fun on it. I find it to have a dynamic layout, good floater air, and great laterals. The re-tracking has certainly made a huge difference. The bottom of that first drop was murder...much better now. Before the re-tracking I usually didn't ride more than twice in a visit. Now, I'll do a half dozen and still want more. And, yes, I also have noticed that cooler weather makes for faster, wilder rides. I had a night ride on it in December that was an absolute delight. I didn't expect to be out of my seat so much. Loved it. Glad you had a good time. Come back when Superman is open to get the missing piece of your SFDK puzzle.
  20. Tons of options if you are considering everything between SFDK and SFO. The one that stands out to me is great, if you like Chinese food and don't mind taking a little stop in Oakland's Chinatown. Shan Dong makes amazing food, the highlights being their house made dumplings and hand-pulled noodles. I've never had chow mein that good. It's mostly on the way, just a bit of a detour. Could make a good dinner option after your day. As for stuff in Vallejo, I can't help you there. I always bring food with me and eat in my car when I get hungry.
  21. Head banging isn't a problem for me. It's the roughness that's the issue for me. I've found that the best way to avoid Kong pain is to simply not ride it. Works every time!
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