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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby thrillrider » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:20 am

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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:01 pm

Great report of Great Escape! Glad to hear Comet is running as great as always.

It's a shame to hear the Bobsled has only run 5 days this year. That ride has seemingly always been on the chopping block, but if it really is running that infrequently, that doesn't bode well for its future.
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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby thrillrider » Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:46 pm

The next park up, was unfortunately the worst park on our trip. This is a park I have not been to in a while, and was really looking forward to returning as I had good memories of the park. Unfortunately, six flags New England really let us down as far as operations and employees go.

This park has some of the weirdest rules, and some major safety violations. Here are just a few examples...

1. This is the only park I have been to that they have maximum height requirements that are so low, and they enforce them religiously. I got denied access to the krypton ride(wipeout type ride) that I have had no issue riding anywhere else in the world.
2. The weather policy. We were there at park opening knowing that rain was in the forecast. However, a one hour rain storm should not shut down the park for the day. After the rain cleared out, it was sunny and hot the rest of the day. They closed the park at 3pm, an hour before you can use your dinning pass. Being that the crowds were light that day, I'm guessing that they were using the rain storm as an excuse to close early.

3. Safety...
This is one that is just totally unacceptable to me, and you would think that it would be to them as well. The water rapids ride was running with the entrance wide open. So just like many other people, we made our way to the ride station to get on. That's where we were greeted by a ride running on its own with NO EMPLOYEES anywhere. People were actually getting into the ride, and once realizing that no employees were around, they got out just before the ride was dispatched. Anybody could have taken a ride or fell into the water, and nobody would know. So I contacted the parks security on the phone in the line, and told them the situation. They sent a security guard over to the ride, and he was at a loss of words as to why this was happening. This is where it really got interesting.
So he contacted a rides supervisor on his radio and explained what was going on. It took nearly 15 minutes for someone to show up. The only explanation she had was "there was a chain blocking the entrance, and someone must have removed it". Seriously...a chain? Chain or no chain, why was this ride running with nobody around? A chain is not going to stop anybody like a child from entering the ride area and falling into the water. She also claimed that they let the ride run, because otherwise they have to Estop the ride and it's hard to restart the ride after. That's total BS. Even the security guard was questioning the rides supervisor about the safety factors of letting a ride run with nobody around. After a short talk with the ride supervisor that had no answer other than "sorry", she recommended that we visit park services on the way out of the park. I did that, and the only response I got was a half hearted "we will look into it".

4. Rude employees.
Unlike the other six flags parks we visited, the employees here all seem to be in pissy moods. None of them greeted us at any time, and all seemed unhappy.

5. Ride clenleness.
There were several incidents of dirty ride stations and areas, but one that stood out to me was thunderbolts station. Tgere was garbage just laying everywhere. In one area, you can tell the trash had been sitting there for quite a while as it was mixed with leaves from last fall. 5 minutes with a broom could have made a huge difference.

6. Closed kiddy rides. Why do they close the kiddy rides so early? I can understand closing them early on late night closings, but not at 8pm. And the one day it rained in the am, and were told that several of them can't run because it rained? Sounds like a budget move to me. The bus ride, frog hopper, car ride, and trucks were all closed.

Anyways...I'll be posting lots of pictures today...stay tuned
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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby thrillrider » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:00 pm

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Six flags new England
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It seems that more parks are starting to use a large paper map now, instead of the brochure style maps. Not a fan of this new style.
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Our first stop was Houdini.
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The pre show area. You watch a short film on Houdini that sets of the attraction.
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The show/ride area.
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Superman.
This ride has the potential to be a top ten coaster on my list, but the restraints ruin this ride.
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Lift hill porn.
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Lots of airtime...and lots of bruises from the restraint.
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Lots of twistyness.
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Station shot
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Apparently, I was too tall to ride this
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Harley Quinn ride. I'm loving the light package.
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Ride entrance
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Plenty of clearance
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Fun ride!
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The one good thing I can say about this park, was the food variety and portion size. I couldn't even finish this salad.
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Goliath has been one of the hardest credits for me to score. The last day we were at the park, I was finnaly got the chance to ride.
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After all the anticipation, the ride was just meh...
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The teacups seemed to be a popular ride.
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This was another ride with great theaming at the park.
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Flashback is the parks boomerang coaster.
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They had a weird policy that the back of the train had to be loaded.
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I did see more loony tunes here, than any other six flags park.
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The justice league is the place to be if you want to meet your favorite DC superhero.
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Lots more pictures coming up tonight from six flags new England.
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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby thrillrider » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:26 am

More pictures!
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Batman knight flight.
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This is a fairly short coaster.
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More lift hill porn.
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Station shot.
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We hopped into some air conditioning to check out this 80's show. Decent show.
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I wonder how much is cost them to put in an elevator?
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I failed to get a picture of the mouse coasters sign.
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They did a good job theaming the cars. They were all theamed to a different villain. We ended up riding in the scarecrow car.
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The riddler revenge. Seems like they are missing an S at the end of riddler.
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This is a standard slc, but with much better restraints.
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I really did enjoy this ride. It was like a mini steel vengeance.
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RMC is by far my favorite manufacturer out there.
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Station shot
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For some reason, I am missing some shots of this coaster.
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So here is blizzard river running and dispatching without any ride operators.
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None over here either
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The parks spinning coaster. This one was spinning like crazy.
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So yea...just about every ride was closed, even though the rain was over and no lightning anywhere near the park.
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The joker coaster. I really do like tgese coasters, even though they are on the short side.
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Station shot
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Catwomans whip
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Station shot
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The thunderbolt.
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It was hard to get a good shot of the thunderbolt, as it was behind trees and buildings.
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The great chase kiddy coaster
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The kids really enjoyed this one.
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The park has a huge star flyer ride. I believe it was 400 feet tall.
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That's all from this park. Quassy park is next up.
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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:07 pm

^ Great photos. I still can't believe they had Blizzard River running like that with no one there.

As for Riddler Revenge, for some reason Six Flags doesn't have the right to use the possessive. It's an odd quirk of their licensing agreement.
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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby Srosdude » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:05 pm

As someone who works at the park, I want to apologize for the negative experience you had during your visit. First off, many of our maximum height restrictions are set or recommended by the manufacturer, and for some reason, I believe Kryptonite's restraints lock lower than other models.I find it very tight when I ride. Next, many of our employees are usually very polite and engaged in what they are doing, not usually "pissy". Also, with weather, the park uses radar systems to detect storms, meaning that even though you do not see or hear. bad weather, it can still be close by. And finally, while Looney Tunes Movie Town does close one hour prior to park closing, we do have Kidzopolis which remains open, so it's not like the kids were missing out on much.

With that out of the way, I hope you choose to return to SFNE in the future! We are a great park with a great ride lineup, and hopefully your next visit can provide you with what me and my coworkers always strive for. Also, be sure to email the park with your concerns, because improvements cannot be made if they are not aware!

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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:13 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:^ Great photos. I still can't believe they had Blizzard River running like that with no one there.

As for Riddler Revenge, for some reason Six Flags doesn't have the right to use the possessive. It's an odd quirk of their licensing agreement.

A lot of global brands try not to use 's since it exists only in English. People who don't speak English have an easier time picking out the brand name when it's in its usual form. Hence Disney California Adventure. This isn't a slight agsinst Six Flags, it's a part of DC Comics's global marketing strategy.
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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:11 am

^ Thanks for clarifying! I knew there was a reason.
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Re: Mega coaster trip 2018 Photo Trip Report.

Postby thrillrider » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:15 am

Srosdude wrote:As someone who works at the park, I want to apologize for the negative experience you had during your visit. First off, many of our maximum height restrictions are set or recommended by the manufacturer, and for some reason, I believe Kryptonite's restraints lock lower than other models.I find it very tight when I ride. Next, many of our employees are usually very polite and engaged in what they are doing, not usually "pissy". Also, with weather, the park uses radar systems to detect storms, meaning that even though you do not see or hear. bad weather, it can still be close by. And finally, while Looney Tunes Movie Town does close one hour prior to park closing, we do have Kidzopolis which remains open, so it's not like the kids were missing out on much.

With that out of the way, I hope you choose to return to SFNE in the future! We are a great park with a great ride lineup, and hopefully your next visit can provide you with what me and my coworkers always strive for. Also, be sure to email the park with your concerns, because improvements cannot be made if they are not aware!

****These are my thoughts. I am not speaking on behalf of Six Flags New England!*****


I should clarify that not "all" employees were miserable, but a large percentage of them were.

As far as the weather goes, the radar was clear after the single rain storm passed. They closed the park at 3pm. We left at 2:30 to go see a movie nearby since the park was closing. We got out of the movie at roughly 5:30, and the sun was blazing with not a cloud in the sky. It remained that way for the rest of the day and evening. It was because of crowd size, not weather.

I totally get the height restriction thing, however this park was the most anal about this that I have ever seen. Holding up the line to measure people to make sure they were not too tall, and what seemed to be lower height requirements than any other park I have been to. They even had height sticks that were like 8 feet tall that they were measuring people with. I don't ever recall this in the hundreds of parks I've been to. Just seemed weird.
I did visit guest services on the way out about the safety issue. I do have to mention that we have only had maybe 2 bad park experiences in the past 10 years of hitting multiple parks every summer. This was one of those 2. Very rarely do I ever complain at a park services, but the whole safety issue with the water ride was important. At the same time, there have been multiple times I have visited a parks guest services window and complimented a park worker or crew for a great job. If you don't stop and let the management know about how well a worker or crew is doing, they will most likely never be rewarded for there hard work.
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