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  1. After reading a few of the posts, especially the fanboy posts, I'm a bit discouraged.


    The park hasn't had a major attraction addition since 2003- and I'm stretching that quite a bit with PBR. The park has REMOVED a coaster, and yet to replace it with something (ANYTHING) to make up for it's loss. The waterpark has had a HANDFUL of changes and additions- and has just recently renovated their oldest slides in the park for re-use.


    And you're not seriously suggesting adding a small theme area with a couple of flat rides?


    A modern-era park needs to add a 'heavy' class of ride every three to four years in order to stay competitive in a market. When you have: A 305 foot tall, 94 MPH speed-monster with great coverage to the south, and a park adding it's 12th coaster to the north, you'd better be ready to handle the competition. To add a small re-themed area with a handful of attractions would be suicide in this market.


    SFA has made changes in the past few years to prepare for major works (I'm being optimistic here and giving the benefit of the doubt) such as a new coaster. The park doesn't need a new theme area with some flats. It needs a hard-core, bring them in through the front gate and make them wait an hour or two coaster. SFA needs to make a statement that says "We're here, and we mean BUSINESS."


    Anything less, and they should just send in the bulldozers now and get it over with.


    Well, I had an idea that could get the parks feet wet before we just add a big coaster. I was trying to take into consideration that less people could be attending SFA right now, based on the economy. If things are worst in 2012, they may not get the return on it that they were expecting. Of course their expectations on money return for such an investment should be spread over a longer period of time, give or take the condition of our economy. But check out this next idea I have.


    Now here is where I get back to an old idea. I still think it would be a cheaper investment in this economy to remove Tower of Doom and install a Drop Zone Tower in Gotham City. Yea the park could use another monster to top Superman, but wouldn't a new drop tower get SFA's feet wet before we add another rolling monster? Again, it's only a suggestion for a 2013 attraction. They could just fill Tower of Doom's old spot with a few flat rides while the new monster tower is in Gotham City. The flats, would be family oriented so that nobody gets neglected.


    So you're suggesting that SFA take out their drop tower so they can build a different drop tower? I don't understand why SFA would waste their money on that. Their current drop tower is perfectly fine, there is no reason to build a new one. What the park does need is a new coaster, and there is no reason to wait any longer.

  2. Just got back from a weekend at SFOG. The park was great -not too crowded, friendly employees everywhere, good efficiency on rides, etc.


    Wanted to give everyone a heads up about Dare Devil Dive. In order to ride everyone must reserve a time. It is similar to the Ticket To Ride program Cedar Point did when Millennium Force opened... starting at park open they give everyone an one hour time frame to return between (they stamp your arm). When you return you are allowed in the queue - this was the only way to to ride during the day. It actually worked out quite well. We got our stamp around noon for 4-5pm and walked by shortly after 4pm to see a 60min wait, decided to grab some food and came back around 4:45 and only had to wait 30 mins... not too bad for a holiday weekend/second day of operation for a new ride!


    So this means if you get there too late in the day and they run out of tickets, you can't ride? It's nice that the system reduces lines, but it would be a bummer if you didn't know this system was going on and there was no way to ride because of it.

  3. I've seen very well-run Flash Pass systems, and very poorly run Flash Pass systems (SFA isn't the only one that sometimes has issues). I can see why some people would be happy to not have Texas Giant on Flash Pass, but overall SFOT seemed to do a good job with the system on my visit, and I don't think it will affect the normal wait very much.


    And if the Flash Pass people didn't have Flash Passes, they would just be in the normal line, making the line longer. Either way, you're waiting about the same amount of time. I can see why Gold and Platinum Flash Passes upset people, but they are so expensive. How many people really pay $90+ for a Platinum Pass?

  4. I wanted to let everyone know that Amusement Park Authority has been granted an interview with Ed Hart, the redeveloper of Kentucky Kingdom. If you have a question for Ed Hart that you would like us to ask in the interview, you can click the link below and post your questions there. You can submit your questions until Monday, March 14. The interview will take place soon after and we will post the answers to your questions soon after.


    Submit your questions here: http://amusementparkauthority.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18634

  5. Couldn't you just get all of this information from doing a little searching through this website? A little digging using the Search function goes a long way.


    Anyway, I don't find Hulk "rough" at all. It has a little bit of B&M rattle in the back seats. It certainly won't beat you up.


    I find most of the things that you are asking to be a matter of opinion. I suggest just riding the rides and enjoying them. Go to the parks and have a good time.


    What is B&M rattle????


    It's kind of a mild case of the shaking felt on wooden coasters. Hulk is still very smooth, it just has a little bit of shaking smilar to that felt on a wooden coaster.

  6. Most lines shouldn't be outrageous, probably not much more than hour in the worst rides. If you are riding by yourself, it's probably best to get the Express Pass just to avoid complete boredom in lines. Dueling Dragons rarely gets a signifigant line, Hulk's line can usually be avoided with Single Rider line. The water rides are kind of hit or miss based on when you get in line. ROTM has very high capacity, I waited through its entire queue (which is ridiculously long) and only waited 1 hour. ROTM has a singly rider line, but if it is out of the building, the regular queue will probably be quicker.


    If you are just looking to get the major attractions, you should be able to do both parks in 1 day. If you want to enjoy the park experience and get on most of the rides, you probably want 2 days. If it were me, I would probably take 1 day and use Express Pass and Single Rider lines.

  7. The public transit infrastructure to accomodate your suggestions simply does not exist here





    Thing is, they are spending hundreds of millions on a stadium, so infrastructure improvements should logically occur at the same time. The stadium owners can't just expect to plonk it down without thinking of these things. Furthermore, I think my original point still stands...It would be significantly cheaper to upgrade the two train adjacent stations with extra platforms to deal with game day crowds etc, and perhaps even go for even more capacity with a bus station similar in format to the ones at Suncorp Stadium and the Brisbane Cricket Ground, then it would be to try and build huge multideck car parks (That would suck anyway due to traffic congestion when everyone tries to leave at the end of the game)


    I mean, fair enough, other stadiums might have been built around the notion of providing acres of car parking, but if it's a new stadium, a with an amusement park next door to worry about, and a virtual clean slate then why would you do things the "wrong way" ?


    I see what you're saying and it does sound like a logical idea, but I just don't think it would work. People in America with the exception of some people in large cities (ex. New York City) drive cars everywhere. I just can't see the majority of people taking mass transit unless it was required. I don't know much about that mass transit system you were referring to, but that probably isn't equipped for 70,000 people to ride either.

  8. As far as football goes, most teams usually only have 8 or so home games a year, excluding playoffs and preseason. How much of an issue would this really cause for the park. Six Flags America kinda has to deal with the Ravens and Redskins both within a 1 hour drive of the park albeit that is pretty close to the end of the season anyhow, and they seem to do just fine.


    That's not even close to the same thing. CGA will have all of the traffic issues and the stadium built in their parking lot. People attending Ravens games don't park in SFA's parking lot.

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