I decided to do a quick Photo TR of me and Alicia's day at SFoG yesterday. This is more of a piggyback, I guess, of the previous guys TR of the park just 2 days prior. No need to rehash.
It's also mostly in bullet form cause I accidentally hit the pinky button on my mouse, and lost everything so, I lose, you lose... we all lose.. But I still got pictures
-Alicia and I were the participants on this journey to the drrrty South's finest amusement park. We got there about 11:45. No hurry really, after all it was 91 degrees and we both were none to pleased with the combo of sheer heat and sheer people in the park.
-Solitary goal of the day was to get Alicia her credit on Deja Vu. We figured it was time since she was on her 5th visit in less than a calendar year without it.
-SF forced our hand into getting the Goldbot because seriously, it was probably the busiest day I have ever seen there. That said, overall, the ops did a great job of loading peeps and getting close to interval on most coasters. That meant that Deja Vu was under 5 minutes
-Mindbender was running 2 trains which was great, because that's easily the longest ride in the park when you include it's slowass lift hill. That said, they did great dispatches... til it broke down about 2:30. No clue if it reopened. You'll find out why.
-Mindbender has a real problem with people not knowing which line they're supposed to be in. The normal line, which snakes back towards Freefall, is usually empty at the main entrance of the ride (aka under the ? sign), and the Qbot line is the closest to the station and usually has a line, so normal folk get in that line, only to be sent away. It was very frustrating for everyone involved. Most every other coaster has a completely different way of getting to the station, but these are literally side by side. Some folks waiting 10-15 minutes only to be turned away.
-^That was a long bullet.
-Skull Island is a HUGE success with the crowds, but I can see a few problems. First of all, their bucket that fills and spills draws a huge, enthusiastic crowd, which is good. That bad part is this bucket dumps a ridiculous amount of the wet stuff, and the surface folks stand on is a very slick concrete surface. It needs some texture to it for folks bare feet to grip or they need to put mats or tire-tread surface. SOMETHING. Kids have already been flattened face-first cause of the tremendous force and ended up with bloody noses.
-Secondly, the entire Skull Island is wedged VERY tightly in a little nook between the Superman gift shop, GASM, and the Amphitheater. Lots of folks with little room to maneuver and navigate. Hopefully, they'll bite the bullet and rip out the Amphitheater and expand back that way.
-At roughly 6PM, God opened up the heavens and dumped water on the entire state with an even greater force than that poor bucket and proceeded to completely show up Skull Island emasculating it.
-Because we're stupid and had nothing else to do, we piddled around for basically the rest of the night walking around looking to see what WAS open. About 2 of the restaurants stayed open. All the shops (of course) stayed open, but NONE of the rides. Not even bumper cars or Monster Plantation. Boo.
-At 9PM, we gave up the ghost, turned in our Goldbot and headed out to catch the tram back to our car. Except that whoever pulled the plug on all the rides, also did so for the trams, so with tired feet we trudged through water dangerously close to the tops of our sneakers.
-That pond that had been drained, is completely full again. LOL to that wasted effort.
-By the time we got to the parking lot area in front of Mindbender, we were greeted with quite a sight. The entire parking lot was at least 4 inches deep. With amazing high spirits after all this, we doffed our socks and shoes and took off through the Chatahoochie River v1.2
-Note pic below. That's all I have to say
-Final ride total : Deja Vu twice
Bumper Cars once
Total park experience before rain - 6/10
Total park experience after rain - 8/10
Enjoy the pics!