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Everything posted by haydn12

  1. Six Flags over Georgia shuts everything down when it rains and it takes forever to open the rides back up once the rain is gone. I have never had that happen at Cedar Point. There are always a few coasters running in the rain.
  2. My daughter got hit by something that came off the yellow train on Millennium Force a few years ago. She was bleeding a little bit from it but she still wanted to ride some more. There was only a couple trains worth of riders that day so we were waiting in the station to board when the yellow train started up the lift hill. It started making this really weird loud noise going up the lift hill which caused the workers heads to quickly look at the coaster. The train finished going around the course but was immediately removed after that. They were not running it the next day.
  3. It's always been really since upgrading to the new forum. I visit quite a few sites and this one is the slowest of all. My speed is usually around 800 Mbps as I have Gig fiber. It does seem slower today though.
  4. Mike, That is old news you are quoting from a couple days ago. Read today's article where Dr. Christ is telling the hospitals to 'fully activate' emergency plans: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/06/08/arizona-hospitals-have-been-told-fully-activate-emergency-plans/5321075002/ Our hospitalization numbers have almost doubled the past week for Covid. As long as people don't wear masks, it is just going to continue to go up. We'll see what happens at the amusement parks. The numbers should be interesting in another month. Jim
  5. The numbers here in Arizona for positive Covid cases has skyrocketed in the past week. We've almost doubled are numbers in a little over a weeks time. The numbers of hospitalized has jumped dramatically with some of the hospitals hitting capacity. This is what happens when you open up and people don't wear face masks and act like the pandemic is over.
  6. I think the 80,000 deaths from the flu include Covid for 2019-2020. This is the highest number recorded in the past 40 years. Here are the numbers for 2018-2019: CDC estimates that influenza was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, more than 16.5 million medical visits, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season. This burden was similar to estimated burden during the 2012–2013 influenza season1. The average deaths from the flu is between 12,000 and 62,000. So at 112,000 right now for Covid since February, this is no regular flu! We have only 2 million infected right now so the death rate is running over 5%. Some countries are running over 10% death rates. I'm in the age bracket that has a 13% death rate right now. That is sort of scary. I'm in Arizona and are new cases have skyrocketed this past week. People refuse to wear face masks going to restaurants, stores, bars, etc. At the rate we are going, they may have to close the state down again. Jim
  7. I'm doing a roller coaster vacation with my 25 year old son and 21 year old daughter. We are doing the following: Six Flags Over Georgia Carowinds Dollywood Kings Island Cedar Point - ending up with Coastermania Will probably hit Knott's Berry Farm and Magic Mountain in December. Jim
  8. I've never seen rider operators at Cedar Fair parks on cell phones while operating rides. I have seen this though at Six Flag parks. We had to yell at a rider operator who was talking on a cell phone at Magic Mountain to stop the kiddie ride our kids were on. It had been going for over 5 minutes and the kids on the ride were all yelling to stop it. Haven't been back to Magic Mountain since that day. Jim
  9. We used to go in October when our kids were on fall break. We rode in the cab area of the Galloping Goose quite a few times. The engineer would tell the kids stories and all about the Goose. Kids loved it! Jim
  10. I gave Vortex a spin a few years ago after not riding it for many years. Through the first half I was thinking that this ride isn't too rough. Then I hit the 2nd half and remembered why I skipped it for so many years. That was the last time I rode it. BTW, I don't ride Cork Screw either. Jim
  11. I didn't realize how many miles I walked at Cedar Point until last year when I had my Garmin GPS watch on. We walked 10.5 miles on the Thursday the day before Coastermania. Walked 13.2 miles during Coastermania and we left slight early at the night ERT as it was getting windy and quite chilly. Jim
  12. We had one of those days about 5 years ago where it rained all day and then the rain cleared out a little after 8:00. We hit the park and everything was a walk on. It was Platinum Pass ERT on Millenium Force that night and there was maybe 4 loads worth of people. After about 3 or 4 times they opened the exit gate right into the station. It got down to just 2 trains worth of people. Had a dozen rides that night in an hour's time! Jim
  13. Check out Ghost Town. Many little details there that are easy to miss. We seem to find something new each time we go. The park has all sorts of things that you'll miss if you rush from ride to ride. So take your time!
  14. Golden Corral's are usually pretty good in the Phoenix area where I live. Definitely better than Midway Market. We still like to hit Midway Market as I have picky kids that like the food there. Jim
  15. I would put a travel day in between Cedar Point and Kings Island. It takes about 4 hours to get there. We usually will hit the park in the evening the day we get to Kings Island and then a full day the next day. Jim
  16. Delta and Air France have nonstop flights into Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). It's a 4 hour drive from their to Kings Island and 90 minutes to Cedar Point. We always fly into Detroit and then drive to Kings Island and then go to Cedar Point. Jim
  17. We were at the park at the very end of May and I thought the Racer was rough compared to prior years. I've been riding it since the 2nd year Kings Island opened. We used to marathon it back back when it just had the buzz bars. We also found Blue Streak rough this year at Cedar Point compared to how it was a couple years ago. Both parks need to give these woodies some extra attention as they are both great rides when smooth. We hit Kings Island and Cedar Point every other year as we live in Phoenix so we can really feel the ride differences from each visit. Jim
  18. The park was packed when we went in early June. The waterpark is a big draw there every time we've been there. Jim
  19. 1992 was the year my wife and I rode Blue Streak 24 times in one hour. It was in May and the only other people riding it were Cedar Point workers. We would take turns riding the front and back seats. Get off and then get back on the same train we just got off of. I think that may have been the first year they put the seat belts on it but no one was wearing them. I don't ever remember it being rough until the trains were changed out. Hate the new trains after riding the original trains with just the buzz bars. I've been riding Blue Streak since 1965, the first year my brother dragged me on! I was 7 years old and it scared the crapped out of me. My brother dragged me on again and since then I've been hooked on roller coasters. Jim
  20. The webcam issue appears to be hitting more than just Cedar Point. Same thing happens with the Kings Island and Knott's webcams. Jim
  21. There is a Holiday Inn Express on Mason-Montgomery exit. It's actually on Natorp Blvd. We always stay at that one when we go to Kings Island. They have a decent breakfast plus there's a Graeter's Ice Cream parlor right out front. Only 2 more weeks and we'll be staying there. Comfort Inn's are usually pretty good. Jim
  22. The helix at the end was just worked on this year and was amazing. ST was definitely great this year! Jim
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