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  1. I know the ride did encounter a lot of maintenance issues, but wasn’t Dragster often down due to high winds? I’ll be curious to see if changing the launch system could help address that issue at all.
  2. I went to the park with some friends on a very quiet day back in September and we had a really great time. During many previous visits, I’ve encountered short lines for rides with long lines for food and drinks, but this time we were blessed with short waits for everything. We may have been the only ones truly celebrating the park’s beer festival, but they had a few stands with a wide selection, and we took advantage of the short waits! The park was running two trains on most coasters, and although short lines began to form later in the day, we managed several walk-ons. I think SFA has a pretty good collection of rides. Once Harley Quinn opens, I really wouldn’t hesitate to say that. Unsurprisingly, Joker, Superman, and Batwing are at the top for me, but I think Roar, Wonder Woman, VooDoo Drop, and even Mindbender and Fireball round out the park very well. Ragin Cajun was the surprise hit. I think this was my first time on a spinning wild mouse, and man did that thing spin! This was our first ride of the day, meant to be something nice and relaxing, but we were so, so wrong. I also had my first spin on Fireball after the conversion from Apocalypse, and I really don’t think it is much better. There are only one or two head banging moments, but I think I hit my head harder than I did on the standup version. I’m sure the COVID protocols have all been covered here already. As such, I won’t get into too many details, but I have to say the park did a phenomenal job. I’ll add that I am not an incessant COVID freak, but I get annoyed with people who can’t follow simple rules. I was very impressed. SFA successfully managed to have guests standing 6 feet apart, albeit in the short lines they had. While I do think people in Maryland are generally aware of social distancing, the park actually had security guards in some lines enforcing the rules...and people listened. The security guards might be a requirement from the state, but I haven’t seen that at any restaurants, stores, casinos, etc. Six Flags America was far better than Great Adventure with this stuff and light years ahead of Hersheypark. The only other park I visited this year was SDC, which falls dead last in implementing COVID safety measures. Thank you to the whole team at SFA for another great day!
  3. Of course Dragons was still a good ride even after it stopped dueling, but at this point it’s long gone. Obviously Hagrid’s is not a mind-blowingly intense coaster, but I enjoy Harry Potter and they pack a lot in to the ride experience, so I cant wait to check it out. However, I am more looking forward to the new Jurassic coaster. IOA will have two new Intamin coasters right next door to each other, offering very different ride experiences. The Jurassic coaster likely could exceed the intensity of Dragons, so I’m really not complaining much about the departure of Dragons at this point.
  4. Amazing material with the Lightning Run photos. Great faces on a great looking coaster. You captures some great moments. In the first two pictures, it looks like Butthead (from Beavis and Butthead) is riding in the front.
  5. The ride sounds great, basically an updated Cyclone Sam’s (at Worlds of Fun) to me...more importantly, how did GRID sound? Come on, stop letting yourself down. There will be screen projections and Grid will be in it. It's not my fault I'm attracted to some skull robot thing just because his voice is hot and I consider what he does to Cyborg pretty... let's not go there. Anyway, sign went up. And commence my Grid fangirling in 3... 2... 1! OMG GRID GRID GRID GRID...
  6. You take beautiful shots of coasters, but you get the best rider reaction photos. The more terrified, the better. Your second picture from Legoland cracks me up’
  7. X2 for October. I had never ridden it before and it really blew me away. Honorable mention goes to I-305, but the experience of X2 has yet to wear off.
  8. I was told you can take beer anywhere except Planet Snoopy. I am not sure if you will be able to take the beer in lines for rides, though. There are several places that sell beer, especially near the front of the park.
  9. I think it's that part of Virginia. Kids are running around with some pretty wild haircuts, which are usually greasy and some shade of green or blue.
  10. I may agree that the hill before the mid-course had the strongest air on the ride. It really caught me off guard on my first ride, which was in the back row. The first drop in the back is one of the best drops out there.
  11. Apocalypse is front row only for me. Every other row is just too rough.
  12. I'm just going to break this up by the park(s): Busch Gardens Tampa - Montu, Gwazi, and Sheikra Cedar Point - Valravn and Steel Vengeance Kings Dominion - Twisted Timbers Silver Dollar City - Buzzsaw Falls, Wildfire, Powder Keg, Grand Exposition Coaster, and Outlaw Run Six Flags Great Adventure - The Joker Six Flags Great America - The Joker Six Flags over Texas - New Texas Giant Universal Orlando - Dueling Dragons, Woody the Woodpecker, Flight of the Hippogriff, and Rock it! Walt Disney World - Barnstormer, Rock N Rollercoaster, and Everest Worlds of Fun - Wacky Worm in 1993, which may have been my first coaster, but I think my parents took me on the Zambezi Zinger the year before. --Spinning Dragons, Patriot, and Prowler. I am probably missing some, but these are all great memories, with the exceptions of Grand Expo Coaster, Buzzsaw Falls (letdown), and Woody the Woodpecker, which had an awfully long line with painfully slow loading cycles.
  13. I find that interesting, since it was actually my least favorite part of the ride. Maybe it's just that every other RMC hybrid coaster has similar hills, or that Steel Vengeance already had plenty of ejector air on every hill before that, or maybe I just laughed and screamed so much along the way that I ran out of steam, but I felt like the final stretch of bunny hills was a bit overkill. Another inversion, some zia-zags, or even floater hills would have been a nice touch, in my opinion.
  14. Could you describe the restraint check? Cedar Point always seems to know the best way to operate their rides, I'm curious how they do it differently than other parks with an RMC. It isn't any different than other RMCs I've ridden, but they do hustle. I think SteVeUrkle is referring to the rider-facing screen in the station showing which restraints have been locked, which is also featured on Twisted Timbers.
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