Yesterday I took a spontaneous trip to SFDK! I had been camping with my family all weekend at a concert fest in Amador and was driving home when I realized SFDK was only 10 miles away... I couldn't help myself!!
So I arrived at the park around 11:30 expecting huge crowds with it being Labor Day. I went to Superman first, and to my surprise, it was only a 15-minute wait! When I got back in line, the wait was 4 switchbacks, and the time after that was slightly longer (but I got to skip some of it as a single rider). Operations seemed alright on Superman and I only saw one break-down all day. There was an employee by the Flash Pass entrance getting people's e-mails for a contest to win season passes. She said the e-mails are not for a mailing list, just for the contest. I didn't understand why Six Flags would want people's e-mails if not for a mailing list.
Rolercstrluvr was insanely jealous of my getting to ride Superman without him, so he took off speeding down the road to meet up with me at SFDK. While I waited, I rode Roar and V2 which had about a one train wait. In the back, I got some decent air on Roar on the first drop and a couple of the floater hills. I really don't see why people hate on Roar so much, it's rough but not painfully rough and I think it's still really fun.
Rolercstrluvr and I rode Superman twice more (in row 4 and 6). I want to ride again in the front, but I keep getting assigned to rows 4, 5, or 6. Not sure if they reserve row 1 for priority boarders or if it's just luck of the draw. Anyone know? After Superman we rode Roar and V2 again, then did some of the animal stuff.
In the butterfly exhibit, we got to see some real life butterfly porn. A male butterfly was attempting to mate with the female, but he couldn't figure out how to grab onto her and was just fluttering on her wings. We stopped and rooted for the guy for a good five minutes or so, but eventually the female lost patience and flew away. Poor guy, must have been his first time.
In the evening, we rode Kong, then finished the day with two rides on Medusa. When you brace yourself well on Kong, I really don't find it too bad. Call me crazy, but I actually enjoyed it in an "I'm fighting for my life" kind of way...Maybe I just like it rough?
Medusa seemed to be running well and I actually had a slight gray-out on the first loop on our last ride... and we were the last train of the day!!
--It wasn't too busy yesterday, but apparently Sunday there was 25,000 people! My roommate said she went and it was horribly crowded and all day only got to ride three rides. Glad I wasn't there!
--We noticed quite a few whale-related stuff in the gift shops as well as posters and signs around with pictures of Shouka. The main sign for Shouka stadium was gone, but the one by the viewing tanks was still there. Does anyone know what will happen to all these signs? I will gladly accept any Shouka signs or giant whales that the park doesn't want.