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^ And we don't even know if it's back. Remember, with the original ride rotation program, new rides were bought with the intentions of moving them around every two or three years. I don't think that's what we're seeing now. I think we're simply seeing the new management realizing that certain rides would just perform better at other parks.

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I was at SFNE's Goliath Media Day this morning. I'm having tecnical glitches with my laptop but will have a PTR posted as soon as I can. I wish I had known of those comments by John Winkler ahead of time so i could have asked him for clarification.

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Yesterday I was at the park for Goliath Media Day.

 

Although the coaster may only be a relocation for enthusiasts, it's a big deal for the general public as the tallest looping coaster in the area. SFNE had a very well coordinated Media Day, with the press riding a few times along with contest winners. I missed the quick presentation by John Winkler as I was locked on the train awaiting the first "official" ride.

 

The park pulled out all the stops with excellent food and also free Sno-Cones, Dippin Dots and Kettle Corn.

 

For those that haven't ridden any Giant Inverted Boomerangs, they are fun. Much smoother than traditional boomerangs but the backwards loop in not as intense.

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I'm in the right place.

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Looney Tunes characters were out in force.

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It certainly is big but looks out of place in Crackaxle Canyon.

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But the awesome food they gave us made me completely forget about the looks of Goliath.

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I think these were the first riders of the day.

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Bugs Bunny chickened out and didn't ride.

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It's only a Vekoma

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This is where you sit.

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Some guy with a magnifying glass is trying to take down Goliath.

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Oooooh, there's a train.

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Cobra Roll or whatever they call it.

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I run into DaveH2O who was covering the event for My9News out of Hartford.

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I think these are radio contest winners. They were announced as the first "official" riders. Making my ride "unofficial". Or maybe I'm a test dummy. Whatever!

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On to the food. Buffet with baked beans, beef and pork brisket and what appeared to be macroni and cheese, except the macaroni with replaced with corn.

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My first plate of food. I went back for more of the corn and cheese later, along with some Dippin Dots.

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Coke Freestyle machines, I rarely drink soda nowadays, but did have to get a Vanilla Coke. Love, Vanilla Coke. Reminds me of Malubi Rum and Coke.

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oooh aaaah. Footer enthusiasts rejoice.

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I grabbed a couple of bags of Kettle Corn to share at my softball game later in the day. But my day didn't end at SFNE. I stopped by Wild Bill Nostaglia Store and made another foodie stop. Those will be posted in the Wild Bill's thread shortly.

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I also have A PTR from media day. ^Were you there at 4:30 with ACE or did you show up at 10:00 with the contest winners. If you showed up at 10 you missed the awesome lights that Goliath had on in the morning.

 

I arrived at SFNE around 4:30, as asked, and proceeded to check in. We were brought into CAC and stood around staring at Goliath for maybe a half hour/45 minutes before the finally began testing. Once testing was completed they let us all onto ride for the next 4 and a half hours. It was awesome. The queue was always empty, and re-rides were possible 100% of the time. I took a lot of this time to take the pictures for this TPR, as well as just look around. All in all, SFNE put on a fantastic event, I was so pleased and it exceeded my expectations for my first media day. Everything (except for merch) was free which made my day so easy because everything was right there when I needed it. I'm gonna quit the rambling and move onto the pictures, enjoy!

 

Arriving this early gave everyone there a peak at Goliath's lighting package, which looks amazing in person!

 

 

Goliath began testing around 5 I think. Maybe a little later?

 

 

Then the sun came up, but it was cloudy. So the next few pictures aren't that spectacular

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally the sun came out, and Goliath looked beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riding Goliath with absolutely no body there was awesome. I'm so happy I got all my riding in today so I won't have to wait in those horrific lines this summer

 

This was one of two places where we were able to get our lunch (this photo was taken around 7:30. We didn't have lunch until 11:30.) The other place was at Riverboat Cafe

 

 

 

I think this one looks really cool, even though it really isn't that special. It's just balloons.

 

Shipwreck Fall's old station looks awesome as Goliath's queue house. I'm so happy they kept it.

 

This, as well as the next, are probably my two favorite from the whole report. As well as the very first night picture in this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artsy

 

Artsy

 

Artsy. These three were so hard for me to take.

 

 

Around 10 the contest winners showed up and media day kicked into high gear. Actors, magicians, free stuff, music... It was just a great atmosphere!

 

The stage where the ceremony happened as well as where the DJ was during the day. He played really awesome music!

 

 

 

I have definitely never seen those two costumes in the park before. (Not the cowboys)

 

Yup!

 

I really love this. SFNE did a fantastic job on Goliath's landscaping!

 

 

Perfect

 

So is Shipwreck's old entrance a new viewing area? Because it wasn't fenced off but there wasn't anything there...

 

 

But what the hell, it provides great views!

 

Flashback looks so pathetic right next to Goliath. It's just so small and sad.

 

Balloon race was running briefly!

 

Goliath absolutely dominates SFNE's skyline.

 

I thought this was a cute touch

 

To conclude, I just want to praise SFNE for doing a fantastic job with today. Everything was perfect! Goliath never broke down, the free stuff was a nice perk, and the weather couldn't have been any better.

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That looks great! One question though (sorry, haven't really been following this coaster) but wasn't this supposed to get new trains from Premier? Or did that fall through/get pushed back? Thanks for the info. Looks great in its new home.

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That looks great! One question though (sorry, haven't really been following this coaster) but wasn't this supposed to get new trains from Premier? Or did that fall through/get pushed back? Thanks for the info. Looks great in its new home.

 

The new trains are not ready yet.

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I have yet to ride one of these "Deja Vu" clones, but I think Larry has actually ridden them all. I give SFNE high marks for putting out a good food spread for this event.

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I enjoyed Deja Vu at Magic Mountain, especially the rather intimidating backwards lift. Kind of wish they themed it to the area it's in a *little* - I dunno, paint it black and theme it to mining or something! But it does look impressive.

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I have yet to ride one of these "Deja Vu" clones, but I think Larry has actually ridden them all. I give SFNE high marks for putting out a good food spread for this event.

 

And incredibly on my first trip to each park with one of them I was able to ride. I have no idea how I got that lucky.

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^Better luck than I had! I was in the parks of each of the US rides and every one was closed. I did eventually make it onto the SFMM and SFGAm versions, but the SFOG one moved on before I got to ride it. I'm pretty sure I have photos of me somewhere standing in front of the "closed" signs at all the parks.

 

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I'll never forget waiting to ride the SFOG version and talking to the park manager about the ride. He said something funny about Deja Vu being "challenging" to operate consistently. The rides I got that day were amazing. That first lift is frightening. It looks like SFNE did a really nice job with it.

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^ As soon as this thing went vertical I realized how much the towers resemble old west oil derricks. They so easily could have picked a different color scheme (since they repainted it anyway) and made it fit into Crackaxle Canyon. Oh well. It's still a good addition.

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^ As soon as this thing went vertical I realized how much the towers resemble old west oil derricks. They so easily could have picked a different color scheme (since they repainted it anyway) and made it fit into Crackaxle Canyon. Oh well. It's still a good addition.

I realized the same thing, especially with the towers labeled "Goliath Towers." Yeah a different color scheme would have been better, but it still looks better here than at its previous residence.

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I know we've talked about it a lot, and it seems we're still talking about it after the ride has opened, but I really would have liked to see a darker paint scheme and a western theme. Maybe brown and a dark red would have been nice.

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Really now? I've never gotten to ride one, but I know from the videos here that people were often making fun of Deja Vu at SFGAM, and how often it was closed. I guess it's a different story with SFMM, whose version I don't know much about.

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