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Canobie Coaster

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  1. As many of us expected, Six Flags New England is skipping rows on Superman and Wicked Cyclone. What did surprise me tonight is that they are allowing guests to wait for specific rows. Superman is absolutely flying right now considering it's the first day it has run with guests in a long time.
  2. My goal tonight is to just get a handful of rides on Wicked Cyclone and Superman.
  3. I'm excited to hear how the lockers turn out since I heard Cedar Fair did something similar with Twisted Timbers. I'm glad the park listened to guest feedback and found (what's likely to be) a better solution.
  4. Storm Runner has not opened yet. When I was there last week, the train had water dummies loaded on the train. As far as I can tell, no one has seen it test yet.
  5. That's great to see Alpengeist is confirmed as open on weekends now.
  6. I think one of the big differences with Velocicoaster is that it was a ride type Intamin has built several times (LSM multilaunch). Most of their unreliable rides are either prototypes or things no one else would build like Ka or Dragster.
  7. Speaking of that, one dark horse I have for that record breaking Gerstlauer is Lake Compounce. In the past they had looked at adding a spinning coaster and I think that mountain terrain would count as a challenging location. They could build a spinner that's larger than Shredder to take that ride's records. I'm just being optimistic today between that and two train Boulder Dash operations.
  8. The optimist in me says they're doing this so they can transfer a second train on without having to dispatch the first from the station. The realist in me suspects the control system just broke and they waited until the last minute to replace it. On the bright side, every other ride was open including Thunder Rapids. That ride was closed all of last year and rarely runs outside of peak season due to its asinine location.
  9. Today was Lake Compounce's opening day. Unfortunately, Boulder Dash is closed until next weekend since it's waiting on a new control system.
  10. I've never done the membership preferred parking at Six Flags New England before. It is the lot on the side of the street where they put people for the Holiday in the Park Lights event or do I got to the main parking area?
  11. And I'm reading some reports they have the single rider line open. I think it'll be interesting if it switches to a virtual queue at any point during the soft oepning, especially this weekend if people suspect it'll open again.
  12. Ah ok. I'm usually pretty luck while in line for Ka (getting into line is the issue) so I never realized they parked on that side.
  13. I was surprised Kingda Ka was down as well, but it allowed me to focus on El Toro and get nearly 30 rides on it. From atop El Toro's lift, I noticed Kingda Ka had a train parked on the side of the dual load platform that hasn't operated in years. When Kingda Ka is closed, do they usually park trains on that side of the station? The reason I ask is because if people did see Kingda Ka and Zumanjaro operating together, maybe they're thinking of bringing back the dual load platform on Kingda Ka to boost its throughput.
  14. I love how the POV lists the forces throughout the ride for us nerds.
  15. I saw it operate for one hour during a visit late in 2018. And the whole park knew it was operating between the ride's loud scream and the screams of pain from riders.
  16. Kemah Boardwalk I was trying to figure out how to cram Kemah Boardwalk into my December Texas trip figuring it would be on weekend only operations. But much to my surprise, it was actually open on weekdays still and it was an absolute ghost town. As a result, I was able to marathon Boardwalk Bullet to my heart's content. While that ride was fully staffed all day with two operators, the other rides had a limited quantity of rotating ride ops, which was completely justified given the crowd levels. Adding Kemah Boardwalk onto my Texas trip was one heck of a detour, but Boardwalk Bullet was worth it. I only got two rides on this wood coaster back in 2018 due to crowds and time, but this time I got well over two dozen rides on this Gravity Group creation. It's impressive Gravity Group crammed a coaster of this scale into just one acre of land. This ride may be one of the finest layouts ever made given the available space. Boardwalk Bullet is running like a dream. I rode Boardwalk Bullet both during the day and night. And with full trains and empty trains. And it ran consistently regardless of the time of day or train load, which was great to see. The ride is remarkably smooth despite its twisted layout and PTC trains. The ride has many pops of airtime. The large drops are incredible in the back row, but I prefer the ride up front since the airtime is more consistent start to finish. The coaster also feels ridiculously fast because of all the near-misses and it seems to go on forever. It just barely missed my top 10 wood coaster list. 9 out of 10 The rest of Kemah Boardwalk is a compact cluster of flat rides, many of which are from Chance. The best flat ride is the Drop Zone drop tower, which is one of those intense Larson/ARM towers with a powerful drop. It also helps the ride offers a great view of Galveston Bay. The only ride I wasn't able to experience that I wanted to was the Observation Tower. This ride was closed in my 2018 visit and it was down for maintenance this visit, although it was testing non-stop all-day. I imagine the views of Boardwalk Bullet and the bay are incredible. The one other ride of note is the park's train. Kemah Boardwalk is more than just an amusement park. It's a full-fledged entertainment complex with a hotel, shops, and restaurants. The train ride gives a tour of the entire complex and it even includes a themed tunnel with a shootout. I was not expecting that! While Kemah Boardwalk alone may struggle to fill an entire day for coaster enthusiasts, Boardwalk Bullet is a coaster well worth the trip.
  17. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is responding on Facebook that Harley Quinn is no longer an operating attraction at the park. Very rarely do I celebrate the removal of a ride. This one is one of them.
  18. I'm glad this ride is every bit as good as it looks. I can't wait to check it out. I'm going to wait until I see how Universal handles the opening. I want to make sure I can ride it a few times in a visit before heading down.
  19. Thanks for the update. Do you know if Alpine Bobsled was open and how Comet was running?
  20. Hopefully this one flips more than the one at the Kalahari since I think the concept is good on paper.
  21. Your meals count for the entire calendar day regardless if you have two separate tickets. So it sounds like the same situation as Great America and Hurricane Harbor. Overall, yesterday was fantastic. Despite the extremely windy conditions, Great Adventure had almost everything open except Kingda Ka, Zumanjaro, and Sky Screamer. And most rides were running at full capacity. Nitro almost valleyed at a few points from the gusts, but the park just kept sending trains. For Power Hours, El Toro went down to one train to ensure they were fully loaded. Despite that, it wasn't more than a 10-15 minute wait and it was a walk on for the final hour. Most things were great, but I do have two issues. One was a policy used during Power Hours though. El Toro was loading front to back. If you wanted to stay on, you were allowed to fill in any open row. So the same group of people were able to sit in the back car for an hour straight and there was no way for anyone else to get that car unless they got up or El Toro got a full train of new riders. Neither happened for the last hour. I get why El Toro had to be front loaded at minimum, but a lot of people who wanted the back had no way to get it unless someone back there was kind enough to swap seats. One other warning for those looking at all-season Flash Passes. I purchased one for Great Adventure last fall that was good for the rest of the 2020 season and 2021 season. I deliberately purchased the all-season one (not the membership one) since my home park is Six Flags New England. This just meant I had to scan the original purchase barcode and it wasn't linked to a pass. This worked fine the 3 times I used it last year and the first two times this year. Yesterday, I was told I could no longer do that. Apparently, they waived the rule that the all-season Flash Pass can only be purchased for your home park while Six Flags New England was closed. Once they announced their reopening, I was told I either needed to get a full refund, switch my membership to Great Adventure, or buy a season pass for Great Adventure. I took the refund, but I wish there was a way the Six Flags system could allow the all season Flash Pass to be linked to another park's pass that isn't a home park.
  22. I'll see if my app updates. I always wondered if the meal plan reset if you visited 2 Six Flags parks on the same day as well. I probably should have tried that when I did Six Flags America and Great Adventure on the same day a few years ago.
  23. Tomorrow Great Adventure is open 10-5 and then 6-11 for Power Hours. I separate reservations for each. Does anyone know if meal plans reset for Power Hours? I wasn't planning on going to Great Adventure tomorrow, but it looks too risky to go to Hersheypark with the winds. I saw Candymonium close last November when winds were in the 15-20 mph range and tomorrow is calling for 20-25 mph sustained winds with 40-50 mph gusts. Meanwhile I know Great Adventure is willing to play with fire as evidenced by that Nitro test run I witnessed last month when winds were approaching 40 mph on a cool 40 degree morning. Days like this are especially why I love Great Adventure.
  24. The original plan was to hit Hershey on Friday for minimal crowds and then do Great Adventure on Saturday since I have the all-season Flash Pass. I agree Power Hour and all those night rides at Great Adventure sound awesome, so that's not a bad consolation prize.
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