Me and my buddy went on Saturday for opening day and it was more crowded than last year for sure. The longest wait was only about 15 minutes all day though. Ninja and Superman were closed that day too. I still thought that the employees and such didn't have it together. The only crew that was fun was the Goliath crew. They were shouting and having fun.
Nice TR and pics.
Quick story: The last time I was at SFOG last July, my friend and I decided to be crazy and marathon on the Cyclone (yes I'm a cyclone lover). We got maybe 5 to 8 rides in a row without getting off. By the end of it my body felt rather distorted, but it was really fun nonetheless.
I'll be headed to SFOG next weekend to start off my coaster season. Hopefully all the coasters will be up and running when I go. I'll bring some photos back, too.
coasterbear30 wrote:Me and my buddy went on Saturday for opening day and it was more crowded than last year for sure. The longest wait was only about 15 minutes all day though. Ninja and Superman were closed that day too. I still thought that the employees and such didn't have it together. The only crew that was fun was the Goliath crew. They were shouting and having fun.
I went Saturday and was seriously surprised by the lines. Normally on opening day they are non-existant, but there were some serious lines. Cyclone was in the switchbacks beneath the station, Acro was closed, Goliath was backed-up down the stairs and in front of the station. I headed over to Gotham, where Batman's line was backed up all the way to the sewer entrance (!). Mindbender was a one train wait, so I rode that. Then Scorcher was out of the station with only one train, so I just left.
Sounds like Sunday was a better day as far as crowds.
SFOGdude25 wrote:Nice TR and pics. Quick story: The last time I was at SFOG last July, my friend and I decided to be crazy and marathon on the Cyclone (yes I'm a cyclone lover). We got maybe 5 to 8 rides in a row without getting off.
I did 32 in a row on opening day back in 2005. They had the trims off. I totaled 40 on Cyclone that day, and had huge lapbar-shaped bruises the next day on my thighs. Great ride though.
SFOG has a rep for starting the season off well as far as friendly staff then slipping as the summer moves along. Being a life long resident of Georgia, I can safely say that it's the heat. LOL Who in the name of hell wants to be working in a theme park when it's 115 degrees out? They try. Personally, I've never been disappointed at SFOG. Ninja being closed is never a biggie for me. It's probably one of the better riding Vekomas that I've been on, but it's still nothing so much like three blind monkeys f___ing a football. SOMETIMES, you can get a good ride out of it if you get a non-wheel seat. David can tell ya where the sweet seats are on that thing. Personally, I wish they had just kept Z-Force.
GASM in the first part of the season rarely runs more than one train. I've never understood this mentality. It remains this way until about the first weekend in May.
Superman DESPERATELY needs B&M to come in and make adjustments to the restraint system and the sensors on the lift hill. That is THE ONLY REASON this ride is ever closed. The around the ankle restraints are too venerable to kids AND adults who go to Denny's and eat the Grand Dumbass breakfast before going to the park. I've seen skinny kids legs slip through the space and force the ride to stop. The sensors on the lift hill also fail with great regularity. OPS are usually pretty decent on this ride though and engineers are quick to respond when it's not working.
My love in that park though is still Georgia Cyclone. Yah it's a crap ride when you put it up against the El Toros, the Phoenixes, and the Boulder Dashes of the world, but it still scares the hell out of me exactly the same as it did when I rode it 20 years ago.
David and I go every year to SFOG on Easter Sunday. We're going this year with a small TPR gathering. Then we're going again on the Deep South trip. One thing that I think I'll be doing is a comparison TR from Easter to July and see what happens.
The sharing of Stengel's designing skill is only one possible reason. Schwarzkopf also created this track type due to it's strength (compared to the sandard bi-rail track type). Only two Schwarzkopfs use this: Mindbender @ SFOG and Shockwave @ SFOT. They were designed as PERMANENT installations. The stronger track allowed for fewer supports spread out over greater distances, which is exactly what Intamin does with Kingda Ka, TTD, or any other launch with a tophat.
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