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  1. That's the 2018 HitP Map (not that the 2019 map will be significantly different from the 2018 map)
  2. Should be noted that that $79.99 price for the All Access Full day ticket is only for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December. Monday through Thursday in that time period are listed at $59.99 for the All Access Full Day ticket ($49.99 for the General Access Mon through Thur). For comparison, The VOID VR experience just opened a new location near Washington DC. The price for the Avengers: Damage Control VR experience at the VOID in DC is $39.99. The $59.99 price for Mon-Thur access to Nick Universe doesn't seem so bad when making that comparison (though IMHO, both prices seem too high).
  3. This will complement an already great collection of coasters nicely and I definitely like the name and overall concept/theme of the coaster. It has been a good year so far for new coasters with interesting names... Orion, Pantheon, Candymonium...
  4. SEAS seems to be on a spending spree! A pretty good amount of investment across their five main parks in 2019, seems to be coasters (relatively big coasters) for all five of the SW and BG parks for 2020, and rumors/rumblings of additional coasters for (at least) BGW and SWSD for 2021.
  5. I've heard that the date was recently changed to 08292019 (same day all the other SF parks are announcing). Action Comics No. 252 is the comic book where Supergirl is introduced. Some think this could be a clone of the Supergirl ride (Zamperla Endeavour) that they just added to SFStL.
  6. A bit surprised there is no (obvious) Jurassic Worlds section. I wonder if that is evidence that IOA's Jurassic Park section will indeed be transformed into Jurassic World not unlike what they did in Hollywood (there was once talk that IOA would retain Jurassic Park and the new park would have Jurassic World). Nonetheless, I eagerly await the painfully slow release of new information on this project over the next few years! They should have plenty of remaining material for exciting media releases as this project progresses!
  7. In what regards? I can tell you that it is a pre-fabricated restroom (built off-site, then trucked in and just sat on a slab) so in that regards it may seem different from other restrooms. Don't quote me on this, but I believe they actually had to put a septic tank back there for the restroom because extending the sewar lines would have been too costly (swear lines were not already back there and I didn't see any work that indicated that they were extended back that way prior to the construction of the restroom).
  8. The boring locations create a rectangle ~80 ft wide by ~120 ft long. Zamperla lists the dimensions of their Giant Discoveries at 82' wide and 122' long. The boring locations would align (essentially) perfectly with where the footers could/would eventually go to have an attraction where the pendulum swings out towards the midway. Seems a pretty high probability of a Zamperla Giant Discovery coming to SFA...
  9. Fantastic to hear, especially considering they still have four months until (grand) opening. I wonder if that opens the door to the possibility of soft openings/AP previews before Aug 29th... (something I keep hearing won't happen prior to the listed opening date for DL)... nonetheless, looks fantastic!
  10. Are the images/footage provided from Disneyland or DHS? I realize that (in the long range) it doesn't really matter as they will both be more or less identical, but if they are from DHS, I had no idea they were this far along already.
  11. Not sure if you are being sarcastic or not, but painting a coaster by hand (with rollers and brushes) is actually the typical way of painting a coaster. Baynum Painting is pretty reputable when it comes to painting amusement park rides and if you go onto their blog you'll see plenty of images of people painting the rides exactly the same way they are doing it at SFA (not sure if Baynum is doing the painting for Firebird or not, but Baynum did repaint the ride when it originally opened as Apocalypse).
  12. The attached image shows the land that Six Flags America owns (the areas within the yellow lines). According to Six Flags' filings with the SEC, SFA owns 515 acres with 300 remaining developable acres. With regards to total acres, SFA has the second most total acres of all Six Flags parks behind SFGAdv (2200 acres) and ahead of Great Escape (345 acres). With regards to remaining developable acres, SFA and SFGAdv (456 developable acres) are the only two Six Flags owned properties with >50 remaining developable acres (again, all according to Six Flags' SEC filings). With regards to usage of remaining land, Six Flags America has strict regulations to noise levels at their property line. As such, unless they are building a show building or something else that would result in no sound increases, they cannot build to their borders and need to be cautious about putting rides that do cause a lot of noise (like coasters, especially launched coasters) too close to the property lines. Additionally, SFA has a lot of protected wetlands that go right through the center of the property. While it's not impossible to cross or go around these areas, they do present challenges. The best option (in my opinion) is the land to the south and west in the property (about where the blue placer is on the below map). But connecting this to the rest of the park would be challenging. It would be an ideal place for a separate gate water park (allowing them to incorporate the area of the current water park into the main park) or for some other separate gate attraction (like a shopping area or up-charge park) but I doubt that attendance at SFA is sufficient to justify such an addition.
  13. Same error for me... just signed up as well. Chrome and IE. *UPDATE* Seems to be working now...
  14. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. Maverick, SkyRush, Phoenix 2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? Seven... Knoebels, Hershey, Dutch Wonderland, Kennywood, Six Flags America, Dollywood, Busch Gardens Williamsburg 3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? Dollywood 4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? Favorite thing I experienced for the first time in 2018? Lightning Rod; Favorite thing that I experienced for the first time that debuted in 2018? Not a whole lot of options there based on the parks I went to, but the Glacier Ridge section Dollywood debuted for Christmas Town this year was beautiful; Favorite thing I did not experience that a park added in 2018? Steel Vengeance looks incredible and I cannot wait to try that! 5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? Firechaser Express... Lightning Rod I knew would be amazing, my expectations for Firechaser Express were much lower... but wow, what a great family ride! Thrilling, fun, yet tame enough for the masses. Every park should have a ride this much fun! 6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018? Cesari's Pizza at Knoebels (though the skillet cooked sausage at Dollywood comes a close second) 7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson? Time Traveler... didn't get to try, but looking forward to getting there! 8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019. Dollywood (live 8 hours away, but the whole reason we got 2019 season passes was for the planned trip!) 9. Best ride themed to a bird? Phoenix 10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018? Prince Elmo's Spire (BGW)... I've been on kiddie "freefalls" before and this one just did nothing (but ahh, the things you'll ride for your kids) 11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride) Wonder Woman Golden Lasso or Railblazer 12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to? Copperhead Strike 13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind. Six Flags Great America 14. You're in Orlando and magically have a 1-hour ERT session on 1 coaster of your choice at any park in the city. You choose... Manta at Sea World 15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme? WInterfest 16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion? Wicker Man 17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently? America (Maryland) 18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one. Intamin 19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one. Island 20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018? ~20 minutes 21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other? Phoenix 22. Best drop tower under 150 feet? Voodoo Drop (Six Flags America) 23. Maverick or Millennium Force? (If you haven't been to CP, pick what you want to ride more) Millennium Force 24. Log flumes or sky rides? You can only choose one. Log Flumes 25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides? Taking pictures, sampling the food offerings, seeing shows 26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why? Kings Island... good collection of coasters and non-coaster rides, lots of charicter, lots of good food choices 27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit. Six Flags America: 1) Wild One and 2) Superman (those are really the only two reasons to pay it a visit) 28. Launch or Lift? Lift 29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018? Nope 30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster? Of all time? Psyclone at SFMM; Currently existing? Mighty Canadian Minebuster 31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult? There is a lot to love about Disney and a lot to be excited about, however, some of these "super fans" take it to a much more "cult" like level. 32. Best Batman themed ride? Batwing 33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you. Christmas tree ornaments (get one from every new park we go to) 34. Best wooden coaster over 110 feet tall? (rcdb will help you) Lightning Rod 35. Have you ever been hit with something (loose change/a tree/vomit/etc) while riding something? Do bugs count? Than yes... every time I go to Cedar Point 36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case. Begrudgingly, yes...if you can count a powered coaster or a kiddie coaster with a tire driven lift, I don't see how you can claim this is different. 37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss? Not bad, but I rarely get them. 38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode? Wild Eagle (Dollywood) 39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose? Corn Dogs... at least you get some protein that way.. 40. Post a great on-ride shot of you from 2018. (DO IT!) I didn't get any on ride photos this year so I have none to post... ***This was fun! Thanks!***
  15. Not just free parking, free VIP parking. Additionally, you can get a length of stay pass WITH TimeSaver for just $100 per ticket... then again, the Gold Pass gets you 20% off your cabin stay and depending on when you go, you might not need TImeSaver, so you really have to weigh the options...
  16. Would make a good location for something that is really visually pleasing to watch... my money would be on a Zamperla Giant Discovery, but an ABC Tourbillon could be possible as well.
  17. 99% sure there will be a new paint job, but it likely won't come until the spring. Baynum Painting did the original paint job for the ride when they brought it in from SFGAm and I'm guessing they will do the repaint for this transformation. Baynum keeps a pretty active blog and FB page which will likely have pics of the work in progress (as SFA is usually pretty slow with posting any construction/improvement photos).
  18. Was Lightning Rod running? I was not at the park on Friday, but I was there Saturday and Sunday and Lightning Rod was open both days. By the time I got to it Saturday evening, it was only running one train, but the posted wait time was only 20 minutes. Sunday was excellent (crowd wise). Most everything was a walk on and I only waited maybe two or three trains mid-day for a ride on Lightning Rod (still one train op on Sunday).
  19. Apparently, as of a few moments ago Lightning Rod has reopened! Watching some live feeds from across the interweb showing people riding!
  20. ^The one thing I give the current front entrance is that I feel it is very visually pleasing... the architecture, the winding path, the large trees, the landscaping... though one can really only appreciate that if you are getting there in the middle of the day or otherwise at a time when there are minimal people in that area. If you get there at opening, it's just a crowded mess that causes frustration from people constantly pushing forward on the downhill slope to the entrance, strollers and wheel chairs trying to cut across the mob to get to the poorly designated single entrance where those can fit, and otherwise mass confusion. The current entrance way was never designed to handle the crowds that the park currently gets. The new entrance way (though it may lack some of the charm), will be much better designed to handle the crowds the park gets. I feel like BGW suffers from much the same issue (beautifully charming entrance way into the park, but poorly designed for the current crowd levels).
  21. And to be fair, wasn't there ALREADY a full-service restaurant, snack locations, and a shop in their current entrance plaza area? All of that.. yes.. and all before you actually entered the park. As the park has grown, those shops and whatnot have become more or less an afterthought when entering and leaving the park. Most are way too small to spark any interest in going into them. The main Hershey "store" that they had just inside the main gate was/is pretty tiny as well. It will be nice for them to finally have a main retail store and restaurant "worthy" of the attendance the park gets.
  22. That front entrance area seems like it's going to be a mess for the next 1.5 years... I guess nothing worse than what they went through at DCA, but still... it'll be interesting to see how far down you have to go down the original entrance path until you get to an area that will be untouched by this expansion... Since they talked about a new Kettle Corn place and they are moving the Carousel, I have to imagine that all the way up to the Carousel Plaza will in some form be modified/upgraded...
  23. ^If your intent is to get on the rides and you don't mind getting on the rides during the day (as opposed to night rides), go on Saturday and get there early afternoon. The park is generally pretty quiet before dusk during Fright Fest and you could knock out most of the rides before the Fright Fest activities really start to ramp up. After dark, especially Superman tends to get pretty decent lines during Fright Fest and with both Apocalypse and Batwing now closed, it will likely only make matters worse. If you are going for the Fright Fest stuff, Sunday is probably your best bet (if that is even a viable option for you). The Fright Fest stuff tends to draw good crowds at SFA, so unless you are getting the haunt passes to skip the lines, do as much as you can (haunt wise) as early as you can.
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