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Some dorms at my school were taking a trip to SFMM and I could not turn it down. This would be my ninth visit to the park and my fifth year in a row. I was also going to meet Tom Zeliff there. It would be great to hang out with another enthusiast!
We left the University of Arizona about 20 minutes behind schedule because the bus people gave us a bus with four less seats than the number of people we had. Or something. Somehow the four people who didnít have seats found seats on the other bus and we were on our way.
We stopped at least three times on the way. I guess the driver was tired because he got coffee at one place and stopped to walk around at another. He was also swerving a little bit which is a bit unnerving. A guy sitting up front decided to talk to him the rest of the way, so they chatted about driving across the country, high winds, ATVs, and other random things so we wouldnít wreck.
We stopped for food before heading to the park. I finished my pancakes and we were off!
It sure was windy and chilly! There was a relatively strong breeze and the wind chill made it a bit cold today. Good thing I brought a jacket! I was with my friend Michelle and we hung out the whole day.
We arrived at the park about five minutes after it opened and waited about ten to get our tickets. I got mine and went to the gate where I was to meet Tom. He wasnít there, so I called him and left a message on his voice mail. I headed off to see if X was running and ran into Tom! He said X wasnít running yet so we decided to hit Flashback. There was a goose sitting in front of the ride.
I rode this coaster about four years ago and was not impressed. The head banging was not fun and the ride was incredibly rough. Darn those trains! The ride was a walk on! Tom told me how to ride it correctly and it was enjoyable! Thereís some airtime on it and itís actually pretty fun. It also has some nice forces in the helix. Those space dives are something else.
Up next was Goliath (I know. I cut off the 'H'). After waiting for about 50 minutes to get on and listening to Tom tell me the funny mishap in the design of the ride (basically, there was a six inch gap between two track pieces when they finished the ride. Giovanola miscalculated), we went to the back seat and we were off! Goliath has nice airtime down the first and second drops and the camelback offers great floater air. The brakes didnít seem to be on too bad and we got some nice forces in the helix. I like this ride a lot!
Climbing the lift hill, I saw Scream! You get a great view of the park from Goliathís lift. That coaster looks great! All three trains were in the transfer table and one had water dummies in it. It didnít test.
Batman was next. This is one incredible ride. Itís short, but packed with intensity. We sat in the front row. The wind must have slowed it down a little since the forces werenít as strong as normal and it went a little slower through the elements. Itís still a great, smooth ride!
After Batman we went to one of my favorites, Gold Rusher! I still love this ride! Of course it was practically a walk on. We went to the back seat and started our ride. Most of this ride is covered heavily with trees. Itís a great terrain coaster. Watch out for the gum support on the first lift hill! Yuck. I love the head choppers on GR. The helix finale is great, but it seemed to be running a little slower today. It may have been the cold.
We walked by some dorks on the Ham on Rye. Iíll skip that, thank you very much. I can make a fool of myself for free. Tom knows this.
ThrillShot just sat there closed.
Michelle stepped into a shop and noticed how crazy it was inside. Fuzzy dice, fuzzy pens, crazy hats, and lots of things to waste money on rested in this store. The cheerleaders here today would probably eat that up. SFMM has fuzzy dice!
We walked to a candy shop where Michelle bought a chocolate covered strawberry. Tom and I stood there looking at the candy. Tom noticed that SFMM was selling jam! His comment: ďTheyíre trying to be like Knottís.Ē Haha!
X was still closed and we were hungry. Tom told us it was better to leave the park to get food, so we left for lunch. We got our hands stamped then took the ghetto tram to his vehicle. Scream! sits out in the parking lot, which offers nice views of it.
We passed by the two raven turns on X and Tom got out to fiddle with his CD player while I snapped some pictures. Two trains sat on the transfer track and one was in the transfer area of the brake run.
So we drove off and found a place to eat. The food was good and cheaper than a meal at SFMM. Good idea, Tom! Hey, we drove on Magic Mountain Parkway.
On the way back before entering the area to pay for tickets, Tom heard Xís reset siren going off. That meant they were resetting everything and possibly preparing to test it!
We got back to the park. I had no idea parking cost $8, but Tom had a ticket thingy to let him park again the same day. Itís a nice system! From his new parking spot, we got some great views of Scream! and took some pictures of it. Mmmm. It looks good.
We went over to X and waited on the steps by the bridge, where a line had begun to form. They were testing the ride and it was crawling through the turnaround. It sped up a bit after each run though.
People must know what that siren means! After a while, they opened it up and the running of the bulls began! We got to the queue where an employee told us to back up a little so he could open it. He opened it and people crowded. Some people started running and jumping queue rails, knocking into trees, cutting in front of people and other stuff. It was utter chaos! You get some good views of Viper from Xís queue.
We walked through the queue and got into the station, parking lot side! Yes! Tom and I queued for the back and Michelle got in the row in front of us. Boy I hope she wasnít annoyed by our crazy antics. Anyway, we waited about 45 minutes to move the ten feet to the seats. Arg. It was all good, though.
This ride is simply incredible. Words cannot describe it. The view on the lift is great! I would have taken a picture, but I figured it was better not to. Iíd rather throw my arms in the air instead of securing my camera. This ride has the craziest drop I have ever been on. Nothing can match having an unobstructed view of the ground from 200 feet up! Wow. Just ride X. I canít tell how disorienting and great it is. The half-and-halfs canít be beat!
After X we tried for Revolution. We got into the station after about a 15-minute wait and the darn thing broke down! Mechanics were called over so we decided to leave. People were sitting in the last brakes and they started dispatching empty trains. Darn.
Next was Viper. This rideís a lot more fun when you donít have sunburned shoulders. Itís got great lateral forces down the drop and in the turnaround. The three loops have great positive Gs and the trim brakes donít take too much speed away. The MCBR takes a lot of speed away, but itís good since you get nice hang time in those incredible Arrow corkscrews!
It was night now and that meant a ride on the great Riddlerís Revenge! We chose the back seat, of course. This was one incredible ride. The forces are great. I canít imagine what itíd be like if we were in the fast train (Tom told me train #2, Jerry, is the fast one). The brakes were hardly on in the MCBR and we flew around the track. I love this ride so much. Itís packed with positive Gs and I still stand (Get it? haha!) in saying the last corkscrew is the best corkscrew I have ever been through.
A night ride on Goliath was needed so we headed over there. On our way we saw some people jumping around and chasing some furry creature around. I took a couple pictures of it. Isn't it cute? Itís some muskrat monster or something. I have no idea. It was neat!
The Big G. Tom and Michelle chose to sit in the back while I sat one seat in front of them. I think Tom was a little nervous about it, though. The lift is lit up green at night, which really stands out. Why is it green on an orange ride though? This ride is spectacular at night in the back! The helix seemed more powerful. Goliath is outstanding.
Up next we hopped on Bench: The Ride. Tom and I had an excellent time!
We rode Gold Rusher a couple more times to bring the total to four. I love it at night! It was crawling through some spots though. The hill before the second lift and the hill after the big drop off the second lift were crawlers. I would have hated to think what would happen if we rolled back. We might have missed the bus! Itíd be quite the experience though.
It was time to leave now, so we walked to the bus. We chatted for a bit and decided to meet at In-N-Out. Tom took my order and headed there. Our buses drove there and Tom had the meal ordered. I got our drinks and sat down as he took Michelle to Taco Bell. Our order came up and we sat down to eat it. Man those burgers are good. Too bad about the fries though. Theyíre only decent. When we were eating, I took a video of Tom, which caught him off guard. You see, he was eating and thought I was taking a picture, so he paused. It resulted in this! We finished our meal and had to get back on the bus. We said bye to Tom and went on our way. This was a great visit to the park! Tomís a really cool guy. I hope to do SFMM again or visit Knottís with Tom sometime. Weíll see.
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