Photo TR: SFA & Clementon/ J2!!!

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Photo TR: SFA & Clementon/ J2!!!

Postby pkdcoaster » Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:40 pm

Summer is almost gone so I figured I needed a good day trip to take. My buddy had a free ticket to SFA so we were just gonna go there for the day but after some research, we noticed that Clementon and J2 were only about 2.5 hours farther so we figured “what the hell” we will have to try J2 out.

Part 1- SFA
Now I have heard many things have changed here this year, but honestly it seemed exactly the same as it did my last visit in April 2003. We got there right at opening (10:15) and one major improvement since the last time I was here at opening was they actually admit you and hold you at the end of the shops rather than not let anybody through the park gates/detectors till 10:30. This was a good sign and all the rides pretty much opened by 10:45 with the exception of Batwing (11:45a). All the rides ran at Max. trains with the exception of Jokers Jinx (Yellow train nowhere to be found) and Batwing.

The employees have not changed a bit, I have heard that they were much friendlier this year but no dice. The Superman Board operator talked on her Cell Phone for about 8 cycles and most of the others acted like we were bothering them by riding the rides. They were a little more efficient in dispatching though.

Superman was still good but the trains had about 3 different types of wheels which made the trains feel really weird while riding, It just vibrated much more than usual but still a great ride.

Batwing had about 10 seats on its “working” train out of order.

Roar seems to have lost some of its airtime and the trains were just vibrating like mad. I wouldn’t call it rough though.

Wild one was still good as was Jinx

In 2.5 Hours we got on
Superman-3 times
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Jokers Jinx
Roar- 3 times
Wild One
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Roar still Kicking
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Everybody smiles after an Intamin
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Batwing
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Jinx
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yeah, we're High
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Green water is full of life
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Everybody loses their "Balls of Steel" when they get to this part.
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Postby pkdcoaster » Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:50 pm

Part 2-Clementon lake Amusement park

We got to the park around 4:30 and headed for J2.
The park is really small and the main draw is the water park. They have what pretty much every park has, Ferris Wheel, swings etc. They do have a decent Log Flume, Inverter and a Chaos and of course J2. Sadly the SBNO Jack Rabbit is in Really bad shape and every employee we talked to said it would never re-open but they could not take it down due to it being a historical landmark. Quite a shame =(

First off, J2 is one of the most intense things I have ever ridden and I am very surprised Clementon built it (cause it is a small family park) It is full of airtime and the turns are Extremely tight, fast and aggressive. I would not want to ride this thing in 4 years though!

I was talking to the manager at the ride and asked him why it opened so late in 2004 (9-18-04 their closing weekend) He said it was finished in June but the state of NJ failed it cause of its roughness not once but TWICE, so re-profiling had to be done. You can tell that the first U-turn just doesn’t look right and if I had to guess I would think that this was the biggest problem spot but there are a lot of funky quirks in the track here and there that actually give it a lot of airtime in some spots but re-allign your spine in others. It is a great coaster but it does not track well in a lot of spots (especially the bottom of the 1st drop) It is a Great coaster though and was well worth the trip up there.
Line was never more than a 3 train wait (1 train op) and we got 9 rides on it.
Night time rides were just insane!

Look for a J2 POV video and off-board Video soon.

Robb-Feel free to use these pics for the park photo pages
(I noticed you do not have any)

Enjoy, JEFF
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excluding J2 that is about 90% of the park
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RIP Jack Rabbit
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Log Flume has a small leak
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Postby Hercules » Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:56 pm

Great report. I absolutely love J2. It is a great coaster, IMO. I am happy to say that I am now just about 25 minutes from it and plan on heading back there before the end of the season as long as my back lets me.

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Postby pkdcoaster » Sat Aug 26, 2006 1:11 pm

Hercules wrote:Great report. I absolutely love J2. It is a great coaster, IMO. I am happy to say that I am now just about 25 minutes from it and plan on heading back there before the end of the season as long as my back lets me.


Thanks.
Hey Jay do you or anybody else know why they just stopped operating Jack Rabbit in the first place?. I just checked out Robbs video and it looked like it had just got a Brand new PTC train before it closed.
Its depressing seeing an old Classic just sitting there rotting away. :cry:

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Postby robbalvey » Sat Aug 26, 2006 1:48 pm

Great stuff Jeff! Looking forward to the videos and I'll certainly use these photos when I get around to doing the index pages!

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Postby redfoot12 » Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:08 pm

Nice TR.
It just reaffirms my impression of SFA--some great coasters, crappy park.
At least you got to ride Joker's Jinx (closed when I was there in June).

Never been on J2. Maybe I'll do that next year. I usually go to the Jersey Shore Memorial Day weekend.

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Postby Shavethewhales » Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:48 pm

pkdcoaster wrote:
Thanks.
Hey Jay do you or anybody else know why they just stopped operating Jack Rabbit in the first place?. I just checked out Robbs video and it looked like it had just got a Brand new PTC train before it closed.
Its depressing seeing an old Classic just sitting there rotting away. :cry:

JEFF


That's exactly what I've been wondering for a long time now, kinda makes me mad at clemeton. I'm assuming it has something to do with maitenance and it costing to much or some such matter, but who knows. :?r

btw, nice report.

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Postby niiicolaaah » Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:24 pm

Wow. SFA looks like a big crappy lawn that they just plunked down some rides and called it a park. Am I missing something? :?:

Nice photos.. J2 looks like fun and pain at the same time.
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Postby pkdcoaster » Sat Aug 26, 2006 7:19 pm

niiicolaaah wrote:Wow. SFA looks like a big crappy lawn that they just plunked down some rides and called it a park. Am I missing something? :?:

Nice photos.. J2 looks like fun and pain at the same time.


Yea SFA is easily one of the dumbest layouts out there.

It wasn't too bad till they built Superman (lets walk a mile to get to this coaster) then Batwing let them walk another mile.
You Know they used a satelite pic and darts to layout the park in 2000 & 2001

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Postby pkdcoaster » Sat Aug 26, 2006 7:48 pm

J2 POV AND Music Video up in the video forum

J2 POV link

J2 Music video link


Enjoy, JEFF
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