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One of the first things I did when I started looking into this trip was look at the Giants and A's schedule... Unfortunately both teams are off/out of town June 2nd-6th... I'd love to check out the Giants' stadium, but it just ain't happening here...

I believe they still do tours of AT&T Park and I think theyre free..might be worth looking into. It really is the most beautiful park there is. I love sitting up in right field where you get views of the cove to the right and the bridge to the left while you watch the game.

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If you want to do Alcatraz, make sure you buy tickets plenty of time in advance. It's a very popular tour.

 

Just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge is the Marin Headlands, which offers absolutely amazing views of the bridge and SF. Muir woods, a forest of giant Redwoods isn't too far away either.

 

Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 are both pretty fun for tourists. There's even some "rides" at Pier 39.

 

CGA is definitely worth going. Some similarity to your Great America, but enough different to make it worth it. Plus, there's Goldstriker.

 

if you're also keen to it, this wine tasting tour takes place on a boat and they take you out under the bridges, around Alcatraz, etc. It's really fun, plus, alcohol!

 

http://www.sanfranciscobayboatcruise.com/wine-tasting-on-the-bay/

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I can't wait for Joker to open. I live right by SFDK and love Twisted Colossus. If there is any sort of commercial shoot/passholder event/ ANYTHING where I can ride this thing, I would love to go! When Superman opened, they did this thing early in the morning where passholders could come and ride the ride a bunch before it opened to the general public. I'm really hoping there is something like that for Joker!

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I can't wait for Joker to open. I live right by SFDK and love Twisted Colossus. If there is any sort of commercial shoot/passholder event/ ANYTHING where I can ride this thing, I would love to go! When Superman opened, they did this thing early in the morning where passholders could come and ride the ride a bunch before it opened to the general public. I'm really hoping there is something like that for Joker!

 

I'm right there with you on all points. I already told my son that we might have to camp out before opening day to make sure we're on the first train. And if Rob can't make it out, I'm 100% down to do the media stuff for it too.

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I can't wait for Joker to open. I live right by SFDK and love Twisted Colossus. If there is any sort of commercial shoot/passholder event/ ANYTHING where I can ride this thing, I would love to go! When Superman opened, they did this thing early in the morning where passholders could come and ride the ride a bunch before it opened to the general public. I'm really hoping there is something like that for Joker!

 

I'm right there with you on all points. I already told my son that we might have to camp out before opening day to make sure we're on the first train. And if Robb can't make it out, I'm 100% down to do the media stuff for it too.

 

Hopefully I can get the time off work to do the same.

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I can't wait for Joker to open. I live right by SFDK and love Twisted Colossus. If there is any sort of commercial shoot/passholder event/ ANYTHING where I can ride this thing, I would love to go! When Superman opened, they did this thing early in the morning where passholders could come and ride the ride a bunch before it opened to the general public. I'm really hoping there is something like that for Joker!

 

If they do a commercial/promo shoot, I'd highly recommend doing it. I was able to participate in the promo shoot for TC at SFMM and it was a blast. They fed us breakfast and lunch, plus I got to ride TC about 20 times two weeks before it opened to the general public. There was a certain amount of waiting around while they changed camera setups and whatnot, but it was totally worth it to marathon a brand new RMC before anyone else. As a bonus, they gave us a voucher for a free ticket when it was finished. (Which I didn't really need since I had a season pass, but it was a nice touch.) I had never participated in anything like that before, but I was pretty impressed with SFMM and the whole process.

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I visited Discovery Kingdom today. Here's a quick photo update featuring The Joker's construction and some other stuff they're working on around the park.

 

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Some Joker track.

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Coaster parts!

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Track in the parking lot, very Six Flags.

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A nice view at the entrance of the park.

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Lots of rides were closed today.

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The Joker's first drop

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Transition after the first drop into the first inversion.

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View of Joker's first inversion from outside the park's entrance.

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Joker's first inversion from another angle.

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The trick track before the lift.

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Overview of Joker's construction so far.

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Chop Six is coming soon.

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They're adding a sports bar type place too.

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Looks like this train on Medusa has been refurbished.

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Goodbye Discovery Kingdom, see you again soon.

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We were there on Sunday too. Progress looks amazing in person, that inversion just looks insane!

 

We got to try the 5D ride.... super disappointing and I'm usually not a huge critic of rides. I haven't seen Pacific Rim but the ride just looked like scenes from the movie. We weren't even viewing it from a first-person POV perspective like most 3D rides. Super bizarre.

 

I had to ask myself, why, after all these years, they suddenly and randomly reopened this theater with such a sub-par movie. I really don't think it's because of CGA. I theorize they got a really good deal on this that they couldn't pass up (like "hey, mind as well!") and that's why they announced it and opened it in January instead of waiting for the usual Six Flags announcements/opening times. I don't think this film will last (I hope not!) and I predict the September announcement will find us something better. If we got something Justice League themed, I could see them putting a giant animatronic or statue in the queue where they used to have the raptors.

 

Regardless of the suck (and too much spray) of this ride, I'd rather have something there than nothing.

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Today I was passing by the park (it was closed ) and was able to watch some construction from the Chevron station across the street. As I pulled in, the crane was rising a purple piece of track to be installed. By the time I parked, it looked like the track was almost in place and ready to be secured. It was amazing to watch how quick and organized the RMC crew worked. If I only had all day to watch the crew's progress on this beauty. (also notice the sketchy positions the workers are in, pretty awesome)

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