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  1. I just got back from the park. Does anyone know why The Flash (V2) has not been open? It was open for a few weeks if I recall but has been closed for the last month.

     

    Joker is still on one-train ops. It is unacceptable for Six Flags to be running their marquee attraction at SFDK this way in the middle of peak season. I would not be surprised if the ride will just permanently run on one train at this point.

  2. ^To your last paragraph, I say they get rid of Kong and free up that space for a Gravity Group wooden coaster or (if they wanted another upside down roller coaster) a Gerstlauer Infinity coaster. However, that may be too much to ask for from Six Flags to add to SFDK. In my opinion, it just seems that Six Flags treats the park as the lower tier of their parks with SF America and SF St Louis.

  3. I went to Knotts on Monday and I was pleasantly surprised to see Ghostrider running. The website said it was scheduled to be closed on weekdays in May before Memorial Day. I was expecting not to get any rides on it and I was very disappointed since I made a road trip from Santa Cruz to get to Knotts before the summer crowds hit (my first visit in a few years). When I arrived to the parking lot, I saw Ghostrider testing which got me hopeful. Then I was elated that as I walked in the entrance, the queue line was open! There was a two train wait max for it all day which was incredible. Got four amazing rides on it; three rides in the back, one in the front.

     

    Does anyone have insider info why Ghostrider was scheduled to be closed but now Knotts is letting it run? Will they end up closing it next week and/or the week after?

  4. I may make a trip tonight to check out Winterfest. How are the crowds for Winterfest typically? Should I expect to wait an hour or so for the big three: Goldstriker, Railblazer, and Flight Deck?

     

    Sorry I have been posting so much here lately. Just getting back into the enthusiast scene and I am new to NorCal and the parks here. I appreciate all your guys’ help.

     

    UPDATE 12/2: So I ended up breaking down and got a Fast Lane wristband. They were only $42 after fees and I wanted to finally get some good rides on Railblazer without worrying about the long, slow-moving lines that it always gets. The park was dead from 5 - 6:30. All of the rides were walk-ons, including Railblazer. I thought I had wasted my money. However later in the evening I went back over to Railblazer and it had a 45 minute wait. It was very nice to just show my wristband and the ride operator let me choose whatever row I wanted. I got 10 rides on Railblazer, four times in the back, four times up front, and twice in Row 7. Thanks to Fast Lane, I finally fell in love with this ride. In the regular standby line, the ride ops always assign me a row so it was nice to feel like a "VIP" for the night and be able to sit where I wanted to. $42 well spent.

     

    The other star of the night was Goldstriker. Holy smokes, that gives one heck of a night ride, especially in the back seat. With those night rides, it almost topped Ghostrider as my favorite woodie, but GR will always have a special place in my heart. Flight Deck was in and out of operation all evening. Not sure if it was from the cold weather, but it was going down quite frequently. Still got five rides on it. Got a few rides on Patriot as well.

     

    I got to say, CGA puts on a fantastic Winterfest event. The park was beautifully decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, and lights everywhere. They also put on several shows throughout the part of the park that was open. I did not stop to watch the shows as I was quickly running from coaster to coaster, but next time I go, I will try to spend some time enjoying the festivities. Only bummer of the night was a run-in with a patron in the Railblazer standby line who cussed me out while I was just about to board the coaster. If you want more of the story, I would be happy to share. Just disappointing behavior by some people, but that is what happens in any public space. Unfortunately, rude behavior by the public is prevalent at many theme parks. No knock on CGA, but I feel for the employees that have to put up with the clientele that comes through.

  5. Thanks! I used it for one of my three rides on Railblazer today, but the last time I was going to ride it, the CGA employee at the front told me “we don’t do that” and turned me away. The line must have been two hours long at that point. Do they shut down single rider line when the standby line gets too long? It was pretty disappointing to say the least since I did single rider earlier that day when the standby was lengthy. CGA needs to stick with one policy or another.

     

    Besides that, I had a great day of riding coasters. Got on everything except for Grizzly and Psycho Mouse, which are just not worth the wait for me. The park was pretty crowded today. Maybe because this is the last day of full day operation of the season. I ended the day at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with two sunset rides on Giant Dipper. What a great day!

  6. I went to the park today. It was my second time this year but the last time I went in May, Railblazer was not open yet. My main goals were to get on Railblazer for the first time and to process my gold pass. I got four rides total on Railblazer. It did not disappoint, especially my first ride on it. Non-stop intensity and positive/negative g's. The second and fourth times I rode it, I got a really bad Charley Horse in my leg. I am not sure if it was from putting my hands up, or slouching in the seats to accommodate the restraints. I am just above average height-wise, yet I still felt uncomfortable in the trains. I was in agony from the cramp from the cutback element until I exited the train in the station. The pain was to the point that it spoiled both of those rides. I am going to make sure I watch my posture on future rides on it.

     

    Another unfortunate occurrence was that the ride was only running one train mid-afternoon. The line moved excruciatingly slow which is understandable since only eight people can ride at a time. Honestly, I think they should just close the ride if only one train is available instead of making people wait in the baking sun. To give you an idea (if you are familiar with the queue), I timed with my phone stopwatch and it was an hour wait from the stairs descending below the brake run to when I got on the train. Ugh.

     

    Other than that, I did enjoy my rides on Railblazer and the rest of the coasters. Goldstriker was just as exhilarating as I remember it and Flight Deck is still its awesome intense, old-school B&M invert self. Those three coasters make the 2019 gold pass I just bought worth it. I also got some rides on Patriot, Demon, and Grizzly. Those three are good for what they are, supporting coasters to the top three mentioned above. It was a beautiful, warm, fall day in Silicon Valley. The park was pretty slow in the morning but got busier as the day went along in anticipation of Haunt. I didn't wait longer than 10 minutes for anything else besides Railblazer.

     

    Overall, I had fun today at the park. I am going to try to return two weekends from now in its last weekend of normal day operation. I hope to get some more good rides on Railblazer without any Charley horses or getting caught in a slow moving line due to one-train operation.

  7. I'm not a NorCal local, but I visited CGA about 2 years ago during the same period, and it generally means that while the major rides will be open, some of the flats (including Eagle's Flight, their skyway) and shows/entertainment won't be, or only open for certain hours. That said, last time I did it, the vast majority of the park was open and operational. But YMMV.

     

    Thank you for the response! I do not mind shows and some flat rides being closed. As long as I could get on Gold Striker and Flight Deck (possibly many times because it will be a pre-summer weekday), I will be totally content!

     

    UPDATE: I went to the park today. Again, first time ever, so it was a blast getting to experience Flight Deck and Gold Striker for the first time. I rode Flight Deck seven times and Gold Striker five times. I got a few rides on The Demon and Patriot, as well as one ride on Psycho Mouse and Drop Tower: Scream Zone. As expected, Flight Deck and Gold Striker kicked serious tail. Those coasters were worth the trip alone. Otherwise I was not too impressed with CGA. I had some high expectations since I grew up in SoCal and went to Knott's Berry Farm very often. I thought CGA would be similar, but it was just kind of meh. Most of the park's flat rides and shops were closed because it was a Thursday. The Grizzly opened at 2 PM and swarms of teenagers went over to ride it as soon as it opened so I did not bother with getting that credit.

     

    I think what really spoiled the trip for me was the amount of teenagers there today. I can confidently say that 90% of the park attendees were high school groups. I was just there by myself so it was not the best time being in line and riding coasters with a bunch of obnoxious, loud teenagers. Maybe I am just getting old. I don't know. I had a great time on Flight Deck and Gold Striker and I would say those two rides were worth the money to get in, but I am not going to rush back to the park anytime soon. Maybe after the initial buzz of Rail Blazer being open, I will try to catch CGA on a weekday mid/late summer and get some rides on it.

  8. Thank you for your help! I bit the bullet and decided to go to SFDK today. First time! I will let you know how my trip goes!

     

    UPDATE: It ended up being a good day overall! All the major rides were operating, besides V2 being down for about an hour (I've heard that happens quite a bit). The park was absolutely dead for the first three hours. I guess everyone was sleeping in from their NYE gatherings last night, despite the park opening at 11:00 AM. The longest I waited for a ride was a two train wait for The Joker toward the end of the day.

     

    I got multiple rides on The Joker, Superman, V2, Medusa, Kong, and Boomerang (plus one ride on Wonder Woman) by 2:00 PM. The Joker was my first RMC and I absolutely loved it. I've heard it's the worst RMC but I still found it to be a very fun ride. I rode it 9 times total, with most of those rides in the back seat. It was great getting some B&M back in my life with Medusa. That's a solid floorless roller coaster. I loved the straight drop and that sea serpent element is a nice departure from the standard cobra roll most floorlesses have. Kong was my first SLC. I felt like a masochist as I endured four rides on it. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but my expectations for SLC were very low. It was still very rough and I ended each ride with a headache.

     

    I've heard really bad things about the customer service at the park. I got to say that the Ride Ops were very kind and enthusiastic for the most part at the beginning of the day. However, I heard some attitude from several employees as the park got more crowded. Some of them got visibly frustrated with the smallest things that other guests were doing. That was a bit disappointing. I did not bother getting food in the park which was a wise choice after seeing the lines at the places that were open.

     

    I am glad I went. It was a very full day and relatively stress-free with the lack of crowds. I was thinking about upgrading to a pass while I was there but I don't think it is worth the 2 hour trip again. Unless they get another major roller coaster, I do not plan on visiting it again in the near future. I definitely got my fill of SFDK today. Now, time to check out California's Great America when it opens for the season.

     

    Thanks for reading my mini trip report!

  9. Thank you for the quick responses. I may end up getting the season pass since I do spend time down in SoCal and I may do a trip to Magic Mountain. I do plan on flying solo on my trip to SFDK so the group of four discount will not apply.

     

    The park is open such a short window of time (10:30 AM - 6 PM) and I am going to do all I can to avoid eating in the park (probably means an early lunch). If either The Joker or Medusa are not operating, I am not even going to bother making the trip. Have those rides been consistently running even during the winter season?

  10. Hey guys, it has been a long time since I have posted. I am new to Northern California and I was thinking about making a trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom this Monday (New Years Day). I have never been to SFDK before and I am just wondering what I should be expecting in terms of rides operating (or not operating) and crowds?

     

    Just seeing if it is worth shelling out $90 for a day ticket and parking as well as a nearly 2 hour trip from the Santa Cruz area. Thanks for your help!

  11. Be careful though, especially if you're driving from far away, as SFMM has been closing quite easily now with rain forecasted on days when they're not expecting large crowds.

     

    That is very disconcerting to hear. I may switch my trip to Thursday when it is dry because I don't want to drive 3 1/2 hours in rush hour traffic (in the rain too) from the San Diego area just to find out the park is closed. Better to be safe than sorry. I also want to ride Superman: Escape From Krypton, which apparently is closed at any sign of rain.

  12. MLB (go Padres!) and College Football are my two favorites because they are unpredictable and you see something new on a day to day/weekly basis. I do find the NFL a bit too pretentious but I do enjoy watching the Chargers every Sunday in the fall. I also enjoy college basketball but it depends on the matchup or otherwise watching basketball bores me.

  13. Peter: Hey, you guys the trainers here?

     

    Phineas: Why, look, Barnaby, a new recreation enthusiast.

     

    Barnaby: We'll start off your workout with vigorous calisthenics executed in rhythmic time with acetate pressings of the new musical craze called jazz!

     

    Phineas and Barnaby singing: "Steak and eggs and eggs and steak, that's what you should have for breakfast. Delicious. Steak and eggs and eggs and steak, just making sure you heard. I got it."

  14. Manny Ramirez is returning tonight against my Padres at Petco Park. The whole place is going to be overrun with Dodger fans. I hope he gets booed loudly by both Padre and Dodger fans. This guy cheated the game, he doesn't deserve to come back to a standing ovation. When I go to the game tomorrow, I'm booing him louder then when I booed Barry Bonds when he hit is 755th homer in San Diego.

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