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Then at Nathans, I had the worker who barely spoke and understood English. I didn't know Hot Dog was that hard to understand.

 

You should have just pointed down and said wiener beener. What?

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I was paintballing at Top Gun yesterday, and from most of the fields you can clearly see the park. One thing I noticed was that they didn't seem to be running the coasters around 11:45, anybody else notice that?

 

All of the coasters were running when the park opened except for Kingda Ka. Kingda Ka started testing around 11:30 or so.

 

Has anyone else noticed this shirt in the gift shop?

 

 

Why is that many parks have Incredible Hulk silhoulletes. In CGA, you can see a red Incredible Hulk silhoullette, I remember finding it next to the restrooms near Barney Oldfield.

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My guess would be that there are ton of shots of Incredible Hulk on the subscription image services (which are sort of like the Associated Press but just for stock photos/video) and it's an easy image to get and looks like a generic roller coaster. Those are the kind of services graphic designers often use when putting together stuff like this merchandise. Who cares? The gp will never notice.

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^Even knowing parks do stuff like that, I seriously assumed it was Bizarro and maybe bits of the other B&Ms at SFGAdv. Although that did leave me wondering what was funny about the shirt...and now I know.

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I made a pit stop there this afternoon, and they have the new metal detectors up and running. And I'm pretty sure the El Toro crew were in cahoots with the crew from Superman on Saturday.

 

Then at Nathans, I had the worker who barely spoke and understood English. I didn't know Hot Dog was that hard to understand.

 

Bummer on the El Toro crew Nicole. Hope you still got enough ride time in.

 

Only got one ride in, but it was enough for my fix

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I don't recall seeing this mentioned before.

 

Skyscreamer will be open for only season passholdres from May 17th - May 20th. This is a great way to add value to passholders.

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The ERT for season pass holders seems to be a chain wide change this year. I know at least X Flight and Mr. Freeze at SFSTL are doing the same.

 

I thought it was a great bonus with Green Lantern last year at SFGAdv

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First off, this is my first PTR and I left my camera at home so I had to use my phone's.

 

Ride Count

-El Toro (4)

-Bizarro (2)

-Kingda Ka (1)

-Nitro (1)

-Green Lantern (1 too many)

 

Breakdowns

-Green Lantern- for about an hour around noon

-Runaway Mine Train- In the morning for close to an hour.

-Parachute Tower and Sky ride- Because of wind?

-El Toro- For about an hour in the early afternoon

-Kingda Ka-In the afternoon

-Rolling Thunder- Removed one train, and added another.

 

They were using the new security screening and it seemed to move much faster. The worker, an older man, told me to be sure to check out Batman and Robin: The Chiller. Hahaha.

 

We entered about 5 minutes after opening and the park was dead.

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We went over to El Toro first. We walked right onto the front row. What a way to start the new season! After, we stayed on 2 more times, but on a different row. I was shocked that they had 2 trains going. The operators struggled to get each train half full.

 

We then started to make our way over to Bizarro.

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While we were walking over, I noticed that the Runaway Mine Train had one train on the track and was broken down.

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We first rode Bizarro front row. They were running two trains. The third was on the transfer track though. As you can see, there was no one there. The only seats that were filled were the first 4. The audio was working and sounded great. After, we switched rows to the back.

 

We then went over to Kingda Ka. We waited about 20 minutes for front row! Yea, 20 minutes for front row! The ride did break down twice while were in line but nothing major happened. The train before us rolled back though. Our barely made it over. Around 1, the ride broke down, and stayed closed and we didn't see it reopen before we left at 3.

 

Then, we rode Nitro. There was a 40 minute wait for front row because there were only two trains. The third was in pieces behind the storage shed. Congo rapids was drained.

 

We then went to lunch...

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On our walk back in at around 1, and the sky ride stopped for about a minute. That would be scary to have been on! The sky ride never reopened after that. The winds weren't too strong, but the Parachute Tower was closed too.

 

After lunch we went back to El Toro for our fourth and final ride on it. There was about a 20 minutes wait for last row. The crew for that ride was AMAZING. They didn't stack once when we were in the station.

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El Toro's second drop

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While in line I noticed Rolling Thunder was running the Blue and Yellow trains on the right side. Earlier in the day the Green and blue trains ran on the right side. The left side never opened.

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Too slow

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Too early

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Just right!

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Somewhat of a nerd shot

 

Lastly, we went to Green Lantern. We waited 60 minutes for front row as only 2 trains were running. The third was still in pieces behind the transfer shed. The crew was also incredibly slow. Painfully slow. There was 6 attendants checking harnesses but they still managed to stack for a few minutes each time. Not good.

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Artsy short. Too bad the incline loop is incredibly rough, almost painful

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Corkscrews. The worst part.

 

At that point, the park was getting crowded so we left.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Edit: I forgot to mention that the railing in Green Lantern's station were covered with this sticky black substance. It was disgusting and stuck to your clothes. There also was a few park maps stuck in it.

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I noticed that about the paint in Green Lantern's station too. It didn't come off on my clothes, but it did feel sticky. It seems that you went on a good day, it was packed from opening to closing on Thursday.

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^ The day was pretty good. But did you see park maps stuck in the sticky stuff? There was two or three in it yesterday.

 

Also, does anyone know then the third trains will be ready?

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I bet they repainted that wierd textured black coasting on the railings. It's been almost completely scraped off by guests who try to scratch their name on it, so I wouldnt be surprised if they slopped a new coating on. Thats probably what the black stuff was.

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^ The day was pretty good. But did you see park maps stuck in the sticky stuff? There was two or three in it yesterday.

 

Also, does anyone know then the third trains will be ready?

 

Are you talking about Green Lantern? If so, then I hope that train gets on a truck and makes its way back to the park it originally came from, Six Flags Magic Mountain! But in seriousness, is the train from The Riddler's Revenge supposed to come back to California?

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^Why would they send it back? The two-year-old ride at Great Adventure needs it to handle the crowds plenty more than the almost 15-year-old one tucked away in the back of Magic Mountain. I was there in June and the thing didn't have more than a station wait, but I've yet to see Green Lantern die down to less than at least a half hour, and that's on a slow day.

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^Because SFMM can run only one train on Riddler's for several months out of the year, wheras SFGAdv can run three trains the entire year. Now, SFMM probably needs a third train just as much as SFGAdv does. It really annoys a lot of people to have a 2 hour wait with one train running. While Great Adventure can easily pull 1500 per hour, SFMM struggles to hit 500 per hour, and usually gets much lower than that.

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^Because SFMM can run only one train on Riddler's for several months out of the year, wheras SFGAdv can run three trains the entire year. Now, SFMM probably needs a third train just as much as SFGAdv does. It really annoys a lot of people to have a 2 hour wait with one train running. While Great Adventure can easily pull 1500 per hour, SFMM struggles to hit 500 per hour, and usually gets much lower than that.

 

Great Adventure cannot pull off 1500 per hour with 3 trains. Running two trains they were averaging 600 riders per hour so I doubt that one more train would do that much. Even during the summer last year with 3 trains the capacity was low. The ride was at least a 2 hour wait from the one hour mark sign on the queue.

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^Hourly capacity= (3600/per second dispatch rate)*number of people a train can hold. Green Lantern is just over two minutes long, but let's assume 2:30 just to be safe (actually, this is the length RCDB has listed). This means that, running two trains, the capacity of Green Lantern is at least 672 per hour. However, with a third train, the MCBR is located about 90 seconds into the course. If the trains can dispatch right as the MCBR is cleared, the capacity is increased to 1120 per hour. Riddler's Revenge's has a duration very similar to GL's, but has a higher theoretical capacity due to having 8-car trains. SFGAdv may need their third train more in the summer months, but SFMM definitely needs the third train in the winter months; SFGAdv can manage 90-150 second dispatches, while, during the winter months, SFMM gets about one train loaded every 4-6 minutes.

 

When I visited in August, all three trains were running, and were being cycled very consistently. I believe the ride was being run to its full capacity, whether it is 1100 or 1500. Right next to GL, Superman had to deal with 4-5 minute dispatches with two trains. I can probably say that there will come a year when SFMM will need their train more than SFGAdv does. Maybe now now, but this will probably be true a few years down the road.

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