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  1. The top 2 are also reversed besides being upside down. They did maintenance on them and since then they have been messed up. I sent a message to the park about it but haven't heard anything back. I like looking at the Winterfest lights since we live in Arizona and can't attend.
  2. All the ride needs is something erected to block debris from hitting people in the queue.
  3. The FastLane wait time for SV depends on the worker at the merge point. We found it was usually 15-20 minutes on the 3 days we rode it back in early June.
  4. Fast Lane Plus works great at Kings Island as it dumps you in the station for all the big rides.
  5. Kings Island is by a major city so families do drop off their kids at the park while they work. We have friends that used to live about 2 miles from the park and they would drop their kids off during the day at least once a week while they worked. Cedar Point isn't by a major city so they seem to cater more to families in the summer. You do get quite a few school trips at the end of the school year. I noticed on the webcams on July 4th that the park was empty with walk-ons for Diamondback. It looked like almost all the rides were walk-ons.
  6. Cedar Creek Mine Ride was one of the first of its type. There isn't much terrain to work with except when it drops towards the water. Steel Vengeance needs to be ridden in the afternoon as we've found it to be slower in the morning and a much wilder ride later in the day. The midway at the front hasn't changed much since early '60s. It still has the charm of the skyride running down the middle that brings back many childhood memories.
  7. The 2 lines to the station seemed to balance out the 3 days we were there. Only issue was the left side had a slow person doing the wand the one time we went on.
  8. Pantheon was more intense than we thought it would be. We did 2 rides in a row and after the 2nd, I was feeling a little ill which doesn't usually happen to me. Alpengeist is super rough. We rode it once and that was it for us.
  9. We need a decent amusement park here in Phoenix. Summers are hot but the rest of the year is decent. I've been to Florida in the summer and the humidity makes it feel just as hot as Phoenix. Castles and Coasters doesn't have any more space unless they tear out some of the mini-golf courses. They have no room to expand.
  10. We rode row 17 a few weeks on the Beast and was amazed how smooth it was. Park looked dead yesterday.
  11. We were at the park a couple weeks ago. Steel Vengeance never sent any trains with empty rows during our whole stay. The person at the end of the long straight just needs to go down the line every couple minutes to ask if anyone has loose items and immediately get them to the lockers which is what occurred most of the times we rode. Most of them would have the people going to the lockers hit the left side and the other people going to the right side. It was best if all in a group went to the lockers. We did run into a couple operators at the metal detectors that were slow wanding people. The biggest hold up were the people who refused to put everything in their lockers so it would trigger the metal detectors. We thought it was running smooth though for us for the 4 days we were there.
  12. They will shut down all the rides if there is lightning in the area. Certain rides such as Gemini and Magnum will shutdown with light rain. It took forever for these Gemini to even test last week after a light rain. Some of the other rides like Millennium will still run in the rain. 40% chance of rain isn't a washout and sometimes these are the best days to go as it usually keeps the crowds away.
  13. It was a very disappointing Coastermania this year. Maverick was listed as a 90 minute wait but it was only 40 minutes since there was no fast lane to slow it down. The Maverick crew was very fast. We decided to do a 2nd ride on Maverick after looking at the SV line. It was just 20 minutes for that one. SV was still not open at that point so we decided to ride Mine train and Gemini. Gemini had no trims for our ride and was the fastest I ever remember it going. We were in the front row and were actually getting good air time. We were whipped into the helix at the end. We were pissed about the Millennium Force ERT as it was almost 30 minutes late starting because some idiot had their cell phone out on the lift hill so the E Stopped the train. It took a bit to reset and then they had to clear out the queue of the daily riders. We were able to get 4 rides in and then someone vomited on the yellow train. Then it got stuck on the lift hill. We knew at that point it was going to be a bit before it ever was working again so we ran over to Valravn to get a ride before ERT closed. Coastermania 2018 we were able to get 12 rides in for ERT and that only took about an hour. The lines were less than half the length that year and got down to just a few trains worth of people by the end with us going right from the exit gate to the loading platform. They must have sold at least 2,000 ticket this year versus the 1,200 tickets in 2018. Our tickets were 1276 and 1277 for the Cruise and there were quite a few people in line behind us. Steal Vengeance was late starting because it took all night for repairs on the ride. Someone in line for Maverick was staying at Lighthouse Point and said they were working on it all night. In the Q&A they let us know that they are hiring 8 carpenters for that ride so they can get it opened earlier.
  14. We were able to get a night ride on The Beast last night and it was a major improvement from 4 years ago. Helix was smooth and fast. We are in the park again today and park operations on all the rides have been great. The longest wait we've had today has been 20 minutes which has really surprised us for being a holiday. We were able to ride the majority of the coasters by 2pm. Did 4 rides on Orion and a couple on Mystic Timbers. Crowds actually seem lighter than they were on the Tuesday after the holiday 4 years ago. Only complaint we have is the lack of shows. The shows seem to be starting later this year as well as not as many of them.
  15. We are actually live in Chandler. I hike South Mountain on a regular basis from the Ahwatukee side. We did Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Thursday and today. Was really packed today but we did get a decent amount of rides in the first 2 hours.
  16. We went to the park today and it was pretty empty because of the rain chances. Pretty much everything was a walk-on. We were the 1st people in line for I305 and there was only 3 or 4 of us on the train. Did a re-ride immediately upon getting off. The station was still pretty empty but they made us walk all the war around for a 3rd ride. They were have issues with one of the trains not showing all the seats closed. They were finally able to get it out of the station but with no riders. They took it off after it went around. We were able to get 3 rides on Twisted Timbers after that and then on a few other coasters before the rain hit at about 11:10. It rained for almost 3 hours after that. We were able to get quite a few rides on everything else after 2:00. The park was still pretty empty with just a few school groups. It ended up being a great day even with the rain. We were able to do everything we planned with an hour to spare. Ride operations were excellent at all the rides. Staffing was quite good with quite a few supervisors working.
  17. I would recommend 2 days at the park if you plan on seeing all the shows.
  18. We always stay at the Holiday Inn Express Suites across the road. They have a free shuttle to the park.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
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