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So, I moved to California about three months ago, and I just had a stunning realization: I'm an hour from SFMM.

 

If I make the trip Saturday by myself, what should I expect? Crazy crowds? Are the holiday decorations up yet? Is X^2 operational? (I've been trying to ride that darn thing for 11 years now.)

 

Never never NEVER go on a Saturday unless you get the platnum pass.. even then...Saturdays are normally taboo for going to amusement parks

I used to say this too but someone earlier brought up a really good point. If there is a bring-a-friend-free day on a Sunday, going on the Saturday before is actually a good idea as so many people wait for the baff day that the saturday ends up being less crowded. Other than that, normally Friday is least crowded, then Sunday, then Saturday is the most crowded.

 

Holiday In The Park is underway and X2 is generally operational though I've heard lots of reports that it has been very finnicky lately and going up and down throughout the day. It is actually a great time to visit the park - I've seen reports of very unusual things happening throughout the park on a regular basis recently, such as letting gold pass holders in the park 30 mins early for a rope drop so that the fingerprint scanners dont make them get in after the general guests, using more than one train on everything except Superman (which has the other car in rehab), Tatsu using both sides of the station simultaneously (usually practically unheard of)..they seem to actually be trying to run decent operations for a change.

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So, I moved to California about three months ago, and I just had a stunning realization: I'm an hour from SFMM.

 

If I make the trip Saturday by myself, what should I expect? Crazy crowds? Are the holiday decorations up yet? Is X^2 operational? (I've been trying to ride that darn thing for 11 years now.)

I went the Saturday before last (Saturday before Thanksgiving) and I've never seen the park so dead. Most rides were a walk-on or a short 10-15 min wait. We rode 14 rides in about 6 hours (which included lunchtime in the parking lot) and ended up leaving early. X2 was open that day. I also went on the following Tuesday (2 days before Thanksgiving) without knowing it was BAFF day and just rode X2 (an hour wait). I didn't stay but the park seemed more busy like a typical Saturday would be. Again, I've never seen the park so unbusy on a Saturday as it was on the day I went, so I guess it's possible but maybe it was because the park was open all week for Thanksgiving and at least one of those days was a bring a friend day?

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If I make the trip Saturday by myself, what should I expect? Crazy crowds? Are the holiday decorations up yet? )

 

I don't think Saturday the 6th should be to bad. There is a Jamz Cheer and Dance going on all day and gates open at 8:30 am. Even though gates open early i don't think rides will start to function until regular opening time of 10:15. Not sure if you need a special ticket to enter that early so its on you to find that out. As far as Flash or Gold pass I would play it by ear as your just a single and take advantage of single rider lines you just might knock out the park in under 3 hours. Just enter early and beast on FulThro or X2 or Tatsu, or Goliath, really should be good day and seems only discount that day is pass holders can bring a guest for $35 so not a deal by any means.

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For those who were around when SFMM opened a major new attraction... do they usually do any perks for gold pass members? As in, do they have special preview days before it opens to the public? If so, how is it handled? Curious if there will be any chance in h*ll I'll get to ride it without waiting for half the day

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For those who were around when SFMM opened a major new attraction... do they usually do any perks for gold pass members? As in, do they have special preview days before it opens to the public? If so, how is it handled? Curious if there will be any chance in h*ll I'll get to ride it without waiting for half the day

When tatsu opened, they invited premium members out to be apart of their b-roll filming. That was a fun day. Got 14 rides in. One of my fondest memories as a 16 year old.

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I believe they did a soft opening of Yolo and Lex for SP holders too. I don't remember the opening of GL.

 

Gnome, I got to do one of those promo shoots when Gold Striker opened at CGA and agree that is so awesome to get to marathon a brand new coaster like that. I rode 8 times in a row before they shut it down for the night. They ended up doing 3 more sessions on consecutive days but since it was a 2 hr drive on a work week for me I just did the first night. I did end up being the 5th ever public rider loaded onto the first train though

 

SFMM is about a 6 hour drive for me in ideal conditions, so the timing would have to be just right for the TC opening.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQPuA6YPXmE Look how clean and tidy the park looks! Bright and shiny paint, no OTSR, no MCBR...sigh...

 

Wow, this looks like a waaaay better ride than the current state of Revolution. Was this video taken in the late 80s or early 90s? Hopefully Revolution will be restored to its original glory for its 40th anniversary with new trains with lab bars and eliminating all those unnecessary trim brakes.

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Amazing how after all these years, the ride STILL makes all the familiar noises throughout the course, including the chain dog click speeding up as it starts up the lift, and that patented 5 tempo rumble right after it goes through the loop. Funny you hear that rumble on Montezuma's loop too.

 

Also, the ride rode A LOT faster through the course which would make it more enjoyable, however even in the video, you can still see those jerks at the top of some of the hills that you may have overlooked with only lapbar restraints. But they definitely are now more noticeable because you feel the OTSR's smack you on your head if you don't brace yourself as you hit those points. Understandable why they'd slow down the chain lift and heavily brake the course to minimize that type of impact after they were added.

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Wow, this looks like a waaaay better ride than the current state of Revolution. Was this video taken in the late 80s or early 90s? Hopefully Revolution will be restored to its original glory for its 40th anniversary with new trains with lab bars and eliminating all those unnecessary trim brakes.

 

I believe the video said 1987. I always find it strange watching coaster videos from before I was born (1991).

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What's even more frustrating is that SFMM now has one (and soon to be two) coasters with inversions that run with lapbars. Now Full Throttle and Twisted Colossus both have shin bars along with the lapbars, and it wouldn't surprise me that in the case of a train conversion on Revolution, shin bars and seat belts were added to the trains, but I wouldn't mind those additions if it meant getting rid of the OTSRs.

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^I'm not getting my hopes up, but that would be a really good follow up to Twisted Colossus for 2016. The trains on Sooperdooperlooper at Hersheypark were great, so SFMM could get those, give the ride a repaint, and promote a restored Revolution. Given how much capital investment has gone into the park in the past few years, it would be nice to have a year more focused on upkeep, but a restored Revolution (along with possibly a flat ride or two) could be their marketed addition for the year.

 

As for the Revolution video, if the ride still ran that way it would be one of the top five coasters in the park for sure. The ride is an excellent bridge coaster for those who are getting bored with the family coasters but aren't quite ready for an extreme thrill. With the effort SFMM has put into Holiday in the Park and next year's Screampunk District, it seems that they do care about the park to some degree so I hope they'll preserve the ride for years to come (whatever form it may be in).

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I'm predicting new trains for the ride's 40th. Tim Burkhart said a few years ago that the Revolution trains were nearing their end of life. I think they will work into some kind marketing plan for the ride. Just my guess though.

 

Gerstlauer still makes parts to Anton's coasters and supplied SooperDooperLooper's new trains, but knowing what happened with NTAG, I doubt Six Flags would want to buy something from Gerstlauer ever again.

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I think I've said this already...but why is everyone so obsessed with Revolution? Just my opinion, but I don't think a restored Revolution would crack any top-10 lists (except for those people blinded by nostalgia). Of course the ride would be better by default, but I'm guessing it would only take to slightly above average (read: make it at least rideable again).

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^ I'll take a rideable Revolution. It's not a bad ride but the OTSR make it unenjoyable.

 

But to answer your question, perhaps everyone thinks that by removing the trims, those hills will suddenly have forceful air hills, epic pacing, and strong g's throughout the helix and else where.

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knowing what happened with NTAG, I doubt Six Flags would want to buy something from Gerstlauer ever again.
I don't think you have any idea what you're talking about.

 

I think I've said this already...but why is everyone so obsessed with Revolution? Just my opinion, but I don't think a restored Revolution would crack any top-10 lists (except for those people blinded by nostalgia). Of course the ride would be better by default, but I'm guessing it would only take to slightly above average (read: make it at least rideable again).
I think it's just the nostalgia. It's not a particularly thrilling coaster anymore but it is a historic one, and with comfortable trains could be a very nice relaxing ride through the trees. Slightly above average has always been it's potential, and that's worlds better than what it is right now.
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I think I've said this already...but why is everyone so obsessed with Revolution? Just my opinion, but I don't think a restored Revolution would crack any top-10 lists (except for those people blinded by nostalgia). Of course the ride would be better by default, but I'm guessing it would only take to slightly above average (read: make it at least rideable again).

 

I see what you mean, but it would be nice for it to be at least a "good" ride again.

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