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joelwee

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  1. Cool, can't wait to ride this thing at its Christmas Eve 2022 opening day.
  2. ^SFDK did the same thing during my visit. It was a slow weekday in late August of 2018, but the ride ops only opened the gates for 3 seconds and then spent nearly 2 minutes checking restraints.
  3. I went on a couple of weekdays last week. Crowds were light, but there were one-train ops on everything except Twisted Colossus (which ran two trains). Everything had about a 5-10 minute wait except for X2, Full Throttle, and Superman - which were both close to 30 minutes. X2 was running 4-minute dispatches in addition to one-train ops, and only the forward side of Superman was running. Apocalypse, Viper, Riddler, Batman, and Scream were walk-ons. I would expect this week to be similar.
  4. The first three that come to mind are: Goliath (SFNE), which has been SBNO for a while and is slated for demolition. Riddler's Mindbender (SFOG), which recently reopened with its new name. Wicked Twister, which closed for good about a month ago.
  5. New signage hung at the park yesterday about the new vax/mask requirements: The new rules are just one more incentive to avoid the park on weekends, IMO. I typically swing by the park on my way home from work during the week, and it sounds like those days won't be affected for now. If I get the coaster itch on a weekend, I'll just drive a little further to Knott's. In other news, it looks like a Tatsu repaint is in the works:
  6. ^^ Yeah, L.A. County loves to boast its low COVID numbers and high vaccination rate, yet keeps adding restrictions as if the pandemic is still in full swing. Looking over the park's schedule, it looks like the vaccination mandate will be enforced Fri - Sun until the end of Fright Fest. No days are denoted after October, but I'm sure it will be enforced during weekends around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. No mention of which days masks will be required, though.
  7. I would say Denver, but their lives are about to improve with the impending demolition of Elitch Gardens.
  8. The price was $70 for SFMM. I still have not renewed - mainly because I may or may not be moving in the next few months and don't want my pass tied to SFMM if I won't be living nearby anymore. If the passes still included all SF parks, I would've already renewed.
  9. So it sounds like they'll only be checking vax cards on crowded days - or days when they expect large crowds.
  10. I've noticed the side that is closest to Viper (in the station) is significantly rougher than the other side, too. There are some points on that side of the track that cause all of those seats to rattle as they pass over them. The other side doesn't have that issue.
  11. I'm 6'-2", 225 lb., with long legs. On Raptor trains, my legs tend to cramp up if the harness is tight enough to push my legs down. That was the only pain/discomfort I had on those rides.
  12. Just noticed that, starting in 2022, season passes will only grant admission to the park where you purchased them. I usually visit 1-2 other SF parks besides Magic Mountain per year, so I may make the jump to a membership for next year. Or, if tomorrow's season pass renewal deal is ridiculously good, I may just be a cheap @$$ and buy a season pass.
  13. The only time I've bought one was at SFNE. The park was slammed and I only had one day there, so I splurged and bought a Platinum Flash Pass. It was worth every penny. I came close to buying one at SFFT, but Roller Coaster Rodeo ERT was happening that night, so I decided to hold off and save some money. At my home parks, I've never bought one.
  14. I missed out on Half Pipe and Sidewinder. Even if I happen to be in Denver again while Elitch is still there, I don't plan on going back.
  15. Surprised nobody has mentioned Elitch Gardens. Their whole mindset seems to be, "We're closing and getting bulldozed in a few years, so.... why bother?"
  16. CGA's 5-year plan a few years back included installing an Intamin Impulse, and showed a picture of Wicked Twister. I'm curious to see if it gets relocated there, but not getting my hopes up. WT is almost 20 years old at this point, and Cedar Fair rarely relocates old rides.
  17. ^ The park was replying to IG comments yesterday that Tatsu is still closed, and "an official reopening date has not been determined".
  18. I still wouldn't rule out a Six Flags announcement day. SFFT also announced Wonder Woman separately from the other park announcements.
  19. I don't know if other SF parks did this, but while operating under COVID restrictions, SFMM would hand you a paper cup of whatever drink you ordered with your drink plan. But you still had to carry your refillable cup and show it to the cashier to prove you had the drink plan. They could've gone the Cedar Fair route by scanning guests' passes, noticing whether or not they have drink plans, and handing out paper cups instead of making guests carry around a plastic cup that they won't end up using anyway.
  20. It seems like summer is the only time of year SFMM has their fire effects working. Personally, I'd rather get blasted in the face with heat during Holiday In the Park than on a 108-degree summer day.
  21. Millennium Force - world's first giga coaster Top Thrill Dragster - world's first strata coaster Magnum XL-200 - world's first hyper coaster X2 - world's first 4D coaster and Arrow's last coaster Revolution - first modern coaster to feature a vertical loop Matterhorn Bobsleds - world's first coaster to use tubular steel track The Beast - world's longest wooden coaster Jack Rabbit - one of the world's 10 oldest coasters still in operation Montezooma's Revenge - last Schwarzkopf shuttle loop still operating in the U.S., and the only one still in its original location. Scream - most inversions on a coaster installed over a parking lot
  22. While not on the Elitch Gardens level of suck, Kennywood was a letdown for me in 2018, as well. Phantom was awesome, Bayern Kurve (RIP) was a lot of fun, Exterminator had us laughing the whole time, and Jackrabbit was definitely a sleeper hit for me, but.... operations were painfully slow; Sky Rocket was closed; the grumpy-looking ride ops pushing a button that played a recorded, cheerful, "All clear!" was simultaneously depressing and comical; and we only got one ride on Phantom because it kept going down throughout the day. But we had also just come from Cedar Point - which was a stark contrast to Kennywood. I think we might have enjoyed Kennywood more, had we gone there first. All that being said, I would go again if I happen to be in the area - mainly for more Phantom and Jack Rabbit rides, and to ride Sky Rocket and Steel Curtain.
  23. Naw, they clearly bought SFDK's Skywarp that was recently put up for sale. RMC fabricated its track, thus making this project an indirect partnership with RMC. Who else can't wait for 35-MPH flybys, now that it only has one train?
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