speedracer Posted March 28, 2007 Share Posted March 28, 2007 After seeing Sean's great pics of the media preview, decided to go check out all the newness at SFDK for myself last Sunday. Since Sean did a great job showing off the new signage and everything, this is more of a regular TR than duplicating what Sean already covered in his report. First off, just wanted to share some NorCal springtime pics. When time allows, love to cruise the bay area backroads on my way up to Vallejo. My favorite route takes me through the East Bay foothills, through little dusty towns, over and along the Sacramento River delta, past ginormous turbines, and finally drops into Solano County, home of SFDK. Mt. Diablo in the horizon Sacramento delta Last of 3 bridges I cross before heading east Good thing they put in a stop sign, otherwise you'd never know you just drove through downtown Birds Landing "Where the grass, the dirt and the gravel all meet . . . " Sounded like a Stevie Nicks concert out here Big arse turbines mooo Finally make it to SFDK Beautiful new entrance sign All that remains in the infamous Swartzkopf graveyard The lakeside setting makes a nice backdrop for the park Just had to get some close shots of the new sign, really is striking The old Zonga pad is now being used for valet parking About this point I noticed something quite different. Suddenly the air was filled with this Lion King-esq music and rhythyms, along with bird sound effects all around. Didn't get a pic, but throughout the entire entrance area and all around the park, they've installed hundreds of new huge booming speakers that crank out ambiance, sorta reminded me of Adventureland at DL with the piped in jungle noises. First new critter to greet you at the remodeled new entrance This is the first example of something I noticed throughout the day. Notice the "SF" missing from this major new entrance signage? In other cases, the "SF" is so small or nearly transparent, almost as if DK wanted to somewhat downplay their association with the tarnished SF brand name. Or perhaps to allow the park to have it's own identity once again rather than being lumped in as just another SF ride park. Band-Aid to hide Medusas parking lot setting. Looks better than before, just hoping next years investment addresses this problem with something more permanent The new entrance plaza looks amazing now Shouka spewing Intamin track V2's new colors are really spectacular, looks much better in person Entry gate New Explorer Outpost thing, not sure what's it all about, but nice to have the lone park aquarium open for free again (had been converted to a buffet place where you had to buy the dinner in order to see the fish tanks) Few shots of the interior retheme Say hi to Patrick Jellyfish sup! Really do love the new colors of SFDK Even the trashcans are park/section specific, and again, with no reference to SF stores even received an extreme makeover along with all new merchandise It's interesing to note that the main gift shops have been stripped of any coaster related merchandise. The typical generic SF souvenier offerings have mostly been scaled back and replaced by unique, park specific animal items and higher end merchandise, such as these vases that run for $370.00 each These new posters show how the park has returned it's focus back to it's original roots, highlighting only the parks animal offerings. No coaster references in sight, and the subdued SF again Gotta love the new family friendly focus obligatory big cock shot for some odd reason, the shark is already missing from the new signage one PO'd looking gorilla a few flats were out that day, but these purple things smelt so purdy! True sign of quality machinery, a broken down Boomerang This is one of those park sections that are quickly disappearing from today's parks. An entire side of the park runs along this tranquil quiet lakeside trail in the back where no one hardly goes. No rides in this area, and will never be, so most people don't even make it out here. Which makes for a nice quiet escape from the insanity. New banners have been added along the way highlighting facts and info on the parks renewed star attractions again, the animals Also located in the back is the Butterfly Habitat, another great place to escape Koi pond and waterfall Backside of the falls Even the plain bland walls leading to the picnic areas received some love Poor flipper wanted to play Here's one of the more recent additions to the park, the Carribean themed Ocean Discovery Line for Roar, park was actually pretty busy, normally opening weekend is a ghost town and walk on for all rides ROAR! Cobra, now being touted as the "largest family coaster in Northern California". Obviously they forgot about Quicksilver Express Stage that replaced the Medusa Plaza fountain. I normally love fountains, but that thing was so hideous, seriously looked like it was made of feces molded into crude animal shapes, with water spewing forth. So glad they got rid of that eyesore! Random Medusa shots Kong with it's new entrance and slogan, "you'll never escape it". Must be talking about the ear boxing you get new Kong entrance now in Medusa Plaza Foliage around Medusa's station has really filled in nicely over the years Medusa is also being marketing for the first time as the tallest, fasted and longest coaster in NorCal, even though it's always been since it opened Can sorta make out the new train paint scheme here A few last shots of the beautiful new V2 paintjob, thanks for reading Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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