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Just a quick question... it may seem ignorant but I honestly am curious haha. So last week when I visited the park Scream was only running one train, but at the front of the quene they had a sign I'd never read before that said something like "For maintenance reasons or checks or something we are only running one train"... I'm guessing that they actually were only running one train for maintenance, I just was shocked since Scream usually always has two trains.

 

And also, Riddlers just doesn't even have another train to run right? For almost two years now everytime I go its running one train and I'm pretty sure a few months ago I heard they sent one of its trains to Green Lantern @ SFGAdv.

 

Thanks!

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That sign has been on Scream since at least early April when my company had an event there...it was one train at that time...seriously, does it take that long to rehab another train?? Really...? So glad we are skipping Saturday of WCB this year to focus on Sunday...I'd like the Yolo credit but I can wait...I hope its a great day on Sat for those going but I remain skeptical...

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^I wouldn't hold your breath!

Especially since we already announced there won't be a Q&A at Magic Mountain: http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1330101#p1330101

I loved the SFMM Q&A last year, that sucks! So I guess that means no Log Jammer pieces for me.

 

It's not like they actually said anything of interest besides "I can't answer that" anyways...

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^I wouldn't hold your breath!

Especially since we already announced there won't be a Q&A at Magic Mountain: http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1330101#p1330101

I loved the SFMM Q&A last year, that sucks! So I guess that means no Log Jammer pieces for me.

 

It's not like they actually said anything of interest besides "I can't answer that" anyways...

Still, the questions were amusing.

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I wish California would publicly grade amusement parks as the state does with food establishments. I'd be interested to see what SFMM would get...

 

Thoughts (mostly negative ones, I warn you) from my visit on Tuesday:

 

  • -Has the park passed out third party promotional materials at the parking booths before? Definitely not a fan of receiving a Famous Footwear catalogue upon entering... (It really cheapens the park experience, IMO.)

  • -Full Throttle still looks like it's sitting in a construction zone, even though I suppose the park has technically finished the project. Everything about the ride area screamed, "We want to spend as little money as possible on this!" From the temporary queue rails to the afterthought of a station canopy (not to mention the red rope light sloppily hung around the entrance to the tunnel), the whole setup felt cheap and lackluster, even screaming of laziness.

  • -Can someone explain to me how Full Throttle's theme is different from X2's?

  • -The Full Throttle ride experience is surprisingly great. I was shocked at the ride's quietness and smoothness. The hang time on the loop is plain awesome.

  • -Scream is still running one train?! What a joke! It was running one train when I visited last spring. Is the maintenance department totally incompetent, or are they running on a shoestring budget? Either way, this speaks very poorly of the park. (On the bright side, though, it prepared me for what Full Throttle will be like in a few months.)

  • -I had trouble finding many attractions that weren't in urgent need of paint.

  • -The Scream / Colossus midway is looking especially neglected and trashy, IMO. (Now that Scream's colors have faded so significantly, the parking lot motif has become, unfortunately, much more prominent.)

  • -Much of the park's infrastructure (e.g. buildings) looks like it's ready to crumble, especially in the back half of the park.

  • -While employees were, for the most part, fairly friendly, I was rather surprised at the collective casualness on display. There seemed to be a lot of fooling around on ride platforms, with employees more interested in joking around with one another than doing their jobs. I understand it's nearing the end of the season, but still. The fact that a Goliath employee joked over the sound system that her co-worker hadn't actually checked any of the restraints was rather off-putting.

  • -I realized how very little there is to do at the park other than roller coasters.

 

I enjoyed my visit, and appreciate having so many roller coasters so close to LA, but the in-park experience was rather craptacular when compared to my other theme park destinations this past summer. The place could definitely take a few years off from adding anything new and invest that money into some much needed TLC throughout. I can't help but feel that the park has fallen back into some of it's pre-Shapiro bad habits.

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^ I was completely unaware of this practice. I guess nobody's mentioned it while I've been on here, but I agree that it's pretty cheap-looking to already put ads in your face before you step foot into the park. Oh well, whatever gets the $$$ I guess.

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Yup, I've gotten adverts for food products when entering the lots at SFDK... I usually forget the coupons by the time we're parked and entering the gate. Still though, it leaves a weird first impression...not to mention the string of billboards with advertisements as you pull up to the plaza.

 

I rode Scream for the first and only time back in April and honestly that whole corner of the park felt like it was the forgotten area, almost felt like the back alley. And the fact that Scream's fadedness is present adds to it.

 

Speaking of scream...I was using a polarizer on my camera and honestly it made the ride look that much more faded when the sky's blue deepened. Here's a few shots I got of the coaster back in April (in which I still have yet to write up my trip report from the said visit).

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Faded track and polarizer don't mix too well.

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"Back Alley" exit

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Shooting in RAW and pumping up the color still can't save the ride's appearance. I've actually never been a huge fan of its color scheme to begin with.

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