Full throttle is a very short ride and it takes them a while to load the trains and dispatch them. we waited an hour for this. If you want to ride this i would suggest sprinting there right as the gates open. We waited about 20 minutes and the line was HUGE.
Goliath is a fun ride if you are looking for big drops and g forces. We waited about 30 to 45 minutes for this ride. It was fun but it wasnt the best in my opinion.
Lex Luthor Drop of Doom was better than i expected. The line only took 10 to 15 minutes and the ride itself was quite fun. It was also very high but it didnt give me the stomach feeling i was hoping for.
Batman: The Ride This was a fun ride but it is your typical suspended looping coaster we waited about 30 minutes for it.
Gold Rusher Is a family ride the only reason we rode it was because there was no line and it was right after lunch. this coaster is very calm but quite jerky. it was one of the jerkier ones we went on.
Riddlers Revenge was a very fun ride but the line was horrible. it said 25 minutes but it took an hour. We didnt notice the single rider line or we wouldve used it. (this is one of the few rides with a single rider line i suggest using it)
Tatsu was one of my favorite rides. It is a whole different experience and feeling than ive ever felt before. This is a must if you go here. The Huge Pretzel loop felt awesome. This was one of my favorite rides.
Thats all for now i hope to go back next year so i can ride X2 and all the other rides i didnt get to ride.
You report sounds pretty typical for an off-season experience, and the experience I've typically had at the park. In March, we actually decided to plan 2 days in the park to make sure we got onto everything we wanted.
What did you think about spending an additional day at Disneyland with Big Thunder Mountain down? That's a pretty big marquee attraction that's been down for over a year, and may not be up again until early 2014.
In both cases, at least the parks notified guests in advance that those "big" attractions would be down. X2 was obviously important to your trip to SFMM, so you chose to skip the park. Perhaps BTMRR is important to someone else, causing them to choose a day at SFMM instead of Disneyland.
My point is, it sucks when you start planning a big trip and find out a few weeks before you leave that a ride you've been looking forward to experiencing for years is not going to be running while you're there. It took me 4 years to get onto Rip Ride Rocket because I missed the grand opening by 1 week, and it was down for major rehab my second try 2 years later. It also took me 3 days to get on Dragster in it's opening season, and that was on a trip I deliberately planned in July, when I thought it was a sure thing the record breaking coaster would be operating without glitches.
It's the nature of the business, and people planning trips around specific rides should be prepared to alter their plans or just enjoy the rest of what the parks have to offer. I'm hoping all of the new big Central Florida attractions (Falcon's Fury, Diagon Alley, and Seven Dwarves Mine Train) will all be open next October, but I know that there's a chance one or all of them may not be running next fall. There are dozens of other rides at all of these parks to experience, and while I would be sad if I could not get on all of those next year, I know we'll stil have a great time.
In the case of X2, the downtime was unexpected and unannounced. It was rumored on Screamscape and took several emails and phone calls to Magic Mt's PR folks before anyone would admit to me that the ride would be down for the foreseeable future. In all honesty, I had to completely reschedule my plans just a few weeks before my trip, including moving my Disney dates, because of Six Flags' reluctance in spilling the beans.
Again, I agree with your point, but the comparison between Six Flags and Disney is apples and oranges (as it usually is).
The following week, I attended the ACE Riding Of The Bull event. Our tour of El Toro, Kingda Ka, and Rolling Thunder was led by GA's ride operator training manager. He and I talked about Toro's issue. Toro did not receive a new motor. The kaput one was sent to MD and repaired. That was the way I had heard it went down, and our tour leader confirmed that. I had also understood that if it could NOT be repaired, the ride would not have re-opened this season. This was confirmed by the manager as well.
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