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  1. Soooo what are crowds like in say... early April, assuming it opens up that early? Realized I'm going to be half an hour away in Burlingame for an event and highly thinking about making a day trip. I can't find the 2020 hours; typically weekend only that time of year or open most of the week?
  2. Had the GC really become that painful in the last few years? I last rode it in 2013 and it wasn't as bad as I had expected. It used to be one of my favorite coasters despite a light degree of hip bruising every time. I should've suspected that they meant another RMC conversion instead of complete removal when I heard the closing announcement, but it didn't cross my mind, heh. I like the old Georgia Cyclone but I'm eager to get to the park in the next couple years and ride its descendant. Then again, I also need to get to Dollywood to catch Lightning Rod now that it's actually open... so very close in my last visit, so very close. Always loved the white wall of wood appearance of the GC support structure at the park's entrance from the outside, so I can't wait to see the updated look once TC is complete!
  3. A really good friend of mine from outside the enthusiast community worked at Knott's for several years, and if I'm recalling our conversations correctly was a ride op on Montezooma's Revenge for a good while. His stories of less-than-brilliant GP questions, amusing things the ops did to mess with particularly ornery GP, and entertaining observations during the park's Halloween festivities have the group in stitches when I happen to be in California or at an event he's also attending. I know people are at amusement parks to have a fun time and generally aren't super knowledgeable about every part of coaster operation or coaster statistics (nor should they be required to be!) but some questions are just... not that bright by any standards. There were frequent questions from those already seated in the train asking if the ride has any inversions, while sitting in plain sight of the track ahead with the famous loop. Similarly, questions asking if the loop ahead was part of the ride, in full view of the continuous track from station to loop (though, there are so many coasters so close together at Knott's, this isn't as dumb a question as at other parks; though one only needs to watch the launch one time to get an answer) And best of all, there were also complaints about why they were not running two trains to cut down on wait time... on a Schwarzkopf shuttle. Obviously pretty common comments as noted through the thread, but I'll listen carefully for more specifics next time.
  4. I'll be sure to grab plenty of photos of everything, as we'll be there for two days and I'm quick with the 'ol camera
  5. I sleep above the covers and sweat at night even during winter, yet find it hard to stay out when it's much below like 50 or 55. I've got like a ten degree comfortable temperature tolerance range. MISERY, I SAY!
  6. Well, tomorrow's the day. Should get there at or before opening Saturday and Sunday, myself and the other four folks heading out on our little Opening Weekend adventure. Weather is supposed to be unseasonably warm and mostly sunny both days, so I imagine there will be hordes of people, but getting a season pass should offset this by being able to head back several times during quieter parts of the year, ahaha. Given that few trees have begun to leaf out yet, it'll probably be rather warm in the direct sun, though it's supposed to be pretty breezy... sweatiness ahoy!
  7. Okay, I know this has probably been asked numerous times in this thread, and I hate to ask it again, but I figured I'd ask around to see what the current opinion is amongst those who frequent this glorious park more than I. Though, I shouldn't be so absent in the park considering its proximity - we Alabamians consider SFOG our home park since Alabama Adventures decided to shoot itself in the foot, but prior to my last visit last August, I hadn't been since 2004. Sad panda is sad. However, now that I'm 22 and employed and have money (well, a little) I can change that easily! Alas, I digress. A friend of mine from work has proposed (and already asked off work) that we go to the park on opening day, March 16th, maybe with my brother and a few friends. However, my search for information regarding the operating hours and days has proved futile thus far, so I'll ask here. 1: What kind of crowds can we expect on opening day? I've heard in this very thread that it's usually not that bad, but given SFOG's legendary status amongst Southerners down this way, I find that hard to fathom! I can take chilly weather (and of course, down South, it could be either 87* or 35* in mid-March) and slow operations, if crowds aren't bad. I'm a sucker for short lines. But who isn't? 2: Is the park going to be open the next day (Sunday March 17th) after opening day? We REALLY want to make it a 2-day trip, catching a night at a motel and returning the next day, but I have no idea if the park is open the day after opening Saturday. If it's open two days in a row I'll go ahead and buy a season pass when we get there, as we plan to go back in the fall again anyway. Also I was told that the 17th was St Patty's Day, so if that's the case, how will that affect crowds? Assuming, of course, it's open on the 17th. 3: What are the hours they usually offer for opening day? I assume the park opens at 10 and closes somewhere between 4, 6, and 8, but I honestly have no idea. 4: Are there rides that are usually still not operating until the season gets underway? Would hate to get there and find my favorite rides still being prepped for the 2013 season. Sorry for the incredibly noob-ish line of questions; as I've only recently been working enough to afford trips to amusement parks, I've got a lot of work to do when planning these things in advance, ahaha. FURTHERMORE. I note a lot of Georgia regulars here on TPR forums - assuming that this trip works out (my brother and I will still go even if the friend backs out, unless opening day is going to be a dreadful time to go) I expect I'll see a lot of jolly ole folks from this fine discussion place in the park that day?
  8. I have been on exactly one wooden coaster under 75 feet tall, and it's not exactly the most well-known coaster on earth. Cannonball Run in Waterville USA, Gulf Shores, AL. It's a nice little 1995 CCI out-and-backer standing 65 feet high. It's less than 2,000' long and a ride generally consists of two circuits. While not a particularly intense coaster, it's pretty fun, and is extremely picturesque against the sand and palm trees. Haven't been on it since Hurricane Ivan did a serious number on the park in '04 but it has been lovingly restored and still operates, though the park itself isn't that large or well-off and despite having some nice slides I'm shocked it has stayed open as long as it has... nevertheless Cannonball Run is the last significant coaster in Alabama since Rampage went SBNO so I do hope the park keeps operating for years to come!
  9. A few years ago, I'd have been talking about Alabama Adventures as my home park, but... now since it's a coasterless waterpark only (a water park I haven't been to in aeons) I do suppose SFOG takes this honour, despite being a state away. Ah well. Goliath's awesomeness cannot be overstated.
  10. As I am limited by finances and not owning a car, I really only dream of visiting new parks, unless the family pulls together the cash on vacation. Our trips to SFOG and Dollywood this year mark the first time I've been to an amusement park since 2004! That said, a return trip to SFOG (pretty much our home park at this point haha) is almost guaranteed - I will hitchhike if necessary - and Dollywood is already planned for the fall. I also hope to visit Lake Winnie for the first time in aeons, and if we are very very lucky indeed, Carowinds is a possibility. Should the vacation - if we get one in 2013 - take us to the Gulf Coast, I'll be heading for Waterville USA (I might even walk there, short little jog from the condo) to re-ride Alabama's only operating wooden coaster... actually, the state's ONLY operating full-sized coaster. It really is a boring state for coaster fanatics, but good thing I also like hiking. If things work out properly, I'll be going with my grandparents to West Virginia for the third year straight (then to Washington D.C., and back to Tennessee for a couple days) so it's not totally out of the question to hit a couple of parks along the long route from 'Bama to WV... though such a deviation from plans would be difficult to persuade. We'll see; the future is open wide. Silver Dollar City is kind of a distant dream in '13, as is BGW, but as they're both within a day's drive, I'm not gonna totally discount miracles here.
  11. If there was a "Free Million Dollars to All Patrons" attraction, yes. Otherwise, five hours is just not worth it. Unless I lived next door to the park and had a season pass, in which case it would still be ridiculous but slightly more doable.
  12. The photo hardly even looks real. It's glorious! If Cedar Point were closer or I had money, you can bet I'd be storming the gates the second GateKeeper opens next year.
  13. This looks very promising! If it's going to combine the limitless flexibility of realistic track layouts (and realistic physics) of NL with the park experience + ride variety of RCT2 and the camera angles of RCT3, I'll start salivating now.
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