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  1. Huh, Colossus opened up on June 29th 1978. Even back in the 70s Six Flags couldn't get its rides opened up before the start of summer.


    In 1979 the park was sold to Six Flags and became known as Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1980.


    Great pictures, fatdaddy -- that had to be a pretty surreal thing to do. I can imagine that you must have had several "why the hell am I doing this?" moments, right? Not that it's not cool, but I'm sure your brain started doing some funky stuff after awhile!

  2. Funny how the old school rides like The Edge (SFGAm) and FreeFall (SFMM) and others like it really did/do provide a much better free fall experience....obviously it was a true free fall experience, and I think that all of that clattering sound really added to the fear factor.


    I've tried keeping up on, then reading back through, this thread - but why do the seats need to start returning to the "home" position" that early? I see that 130' of the tower is brakes, too! Sorry if this has been discussed, or is an insanely easy explanation, but why don't they stay in the face-down position until, say, 20 feet up - then rotate back to load/unload position?


    What I'm wondering is why the rotation back to the sitting position seems to be PART of the drop? If anything, it seems like it would be easier to rotate without the ride is motion, right? Or maybe I'm wrong. Clearly, either way, I'm confused!

  3. It would be interesting to see how many non season pass holders they have to turn away - and how angry people get. I don't really understand this perk, as it seems that it would only cause bad PR for the park.


    I don't know, just seems odd to have an entire? day where the ride is having trains sent out with people on it - but only folks who bought a season pass get to ride (the day before they literally start tearing down/modifying parts of the ride structure.

  4. ^Maybe I do? Maybe I don't? Maybe I'm sworn to secrecy by the unholy brotherhood of new ride construction and re-location society. Or as we like to be called UBNRCRLS. Pronounced like, "up in her curls." And yes, it's a subliminal reference for oral.


    But I've already said to much.


    Great, thanks for the clarification.



    Anyway, back on topic: I didn't realize that a couple of the rides had already found their way to a local Myrtle Beach park (Seaside) - http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/08/01/4383202/seaside-amusement-park-keeps-fun.html

  5. ^Yes, wishful thinking.


    C'mon people! You gotta work for this answer. Wow! I just wish there was a tool that was at our fingertips that could key into the vast source of the worlds information instantly. Kinda like a system of tubes that could can transfer the answers right to our laps. But that'll never exist! It's science fiction! Guess I'll just have to stick to the Dewy Decimal system at my local library.


    Did you have an actual idea where these rides are going, or were you just busting balls? Clearly no one "followed" your trail, and this thread has been buried....if you know, would you mind posting it?


    I checked out screamscape, and apparently that really cool "Whammy Bar" neon sign is up for sale on eBay - I wonder how in the heck a guy from VA got that sign, and why he's just now deciding to sell it (unless he just picked it up during this recent flurry of activity at the old park)? Also, for a sign that size $2500 seems really light for a starting price...especially because it's fully functional!




    (edit to add: the guy selling this sign has some other Hard Rock/Freestyle stuff for sale -- I wonder if he was some sort of amusement vendor who was allowed back in to reclaim items, and was given/allowed to take some other stuff??)


    They also mention a tweet that states that several pieces of track have already been removed from the park.

  6. Have to agree about Raging Bull's trim - an absolute killer. Has anyone who has attended an enthusiast/TPR/ACE event had a chance to get a clear answer on "why" - both to this brake AND to the death of the holding brake on V2? They seem like small things, but both of those really do change the experience on two of the park's excellent coasters.

  7. So I went to the park yesterday and had the worst single most customer service experience I've ever had at a park.


    Would it be worth it to complain or would it even go anywhere?


    We also had one of the worst single customer service moments at the park as well. I honestly don't think they care. Between how we were treated by the president of the park, their group sales, and their guest relations office, and it seems our experiences are the norm not the exception, I really just don't think this park cares any more. Calling to complain I feel would just fall on deaf ears.


    On one hand I'd like to say that it's Six Flags company-wide, as Great America is not the only park in the chain we've seen a recent decline in customer service, but we had an absolutely AMAZING visit to Great Adventure a few days later. I think it's pretty clear that some parks get it and some don't. Perhaps the team at Great Adventure should spend some time in Gurnee showing them how a park should be run.


    Do you care to expand on this - or maybe you have somewhere else, already, that you could point me to? I understand it was something about your daughter's height - and even after you got a height wristband, she was given a hard time by the ride attendant? I'm sorry if this is posted in detail somewhere else, I've only seen references to it here and there.


    I'm curious, as I've been to this park every year since it opened - and while it's quite a bit of distance (in every aspect) from the Marriott days, I'm with most others here when I say that I've never come close to anything other than a minor inconvenience...and have multiple "wow, that was really nice/thoughtful" type stories from the park (both things I've observed and things I've experienced).


    The situation with the beer sounds pretty ridiculous, but having read prozach's attitude, in general, over several years in the SFSTL thread - it doesn't surprise me, and I'm certain that any amount of real fault on the employee's part was at least matched by the customer.


    Anyway, sorry for the long post - it, as it did others, just strikes me as odd that this park is suddenly getting a bad rep (at least here).

  8. Fair enough - seems strange that there isn't someone with a "guy" at the park that might have mentioned what is going on, right?


    And I did note that there was off and on downtime lately - but based solely on that, I'm not sure how you can flatly say "no" when someone suggest that the noise may be an issue (again). I get that it's not as likely as some mechanical/track issue (based on the recent downtime), but seems like it could be a possibility (as the noise issues did cause downtime early on, right (meaning they had to shut it down until they erected more tunnels etc>)).


    Anyway, curious if anyone has tried calling or emailing the park and simply asking what's up -- or, what the employees are telling people when asked?

  9. No.


    What does that mean? Assuming your short response indicates that you know why it's been closed, why not post that? If you have no idea, I'd think that the sound issue wouldn't be an absurd idea to throw out there.


    I always find it strange when people post "I know something but can't say" type posts -- I noticed that in the Hard Rock/Freestyle thread, too. Apparently some here KNOW where those rides are going/gone, and it should be obvious to everyone else, but the poster can't just come out and say it.


    Sorry - got off track there. That just seems like a very short response, and assuming you are correct - surely you must know why.


    ALSO: is there a specific reason why there is no " 's " on the end of California in this thread's title? For a long time I assumed it was branded as California Great America - but after seeing a map or something, it is California's Great America.

  10. Thanks, I wasn't paying attention to the actual length of the marathon, and that they'd be mandated to actually stop the ride to do their usual inspection(s).


    That's a bit of a haul from the front to the back of the park -- and I'm guessing people basically sitting for hours on end will probably have leg cramps, right? I'm assuming they'll have golf carts or something? Or maybe now I'm over thinking it!

  11. Here is some additional information about the marathon:



    Say goodbye to Colossus in a Colossal way! Six Flags Magic Mountain is hosting a 36-hour coaster marathon on Colossus and they’re looking for riders. The Colossus marathon will start on Monday, August 4 at 9 a.m. and will end at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail the park at sixflagsevent@gmail.com and tell them why you want to be one of the 24 participants in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Each participant will receive a Six Flags 2015 Season Pass. Grand Prize will be four GOLD Passes and extra surprises!


    A few key points for the marathon riders:


    Each hour, riders will ride for 45 minutes with a 15 minute break. At 3 a.m., the park will move you to the “other” wooden coaster, Apocalypse, for three hours while Colossus receives its regularly-scheduled maintenance. At 6 a.m., you’ll be back on Colossus to finish the marathon.


    Riders will be required to sign a medical waiver. If rider is under 18 years old, support person must be a parent or guardian and will be required to sign the medical waiver on the rider’s behalf.


    The park will provide regularly-scheduled meals to the riders throughout the marathon. Any special dietary needs are the responsibility of the rider and will be allowed to be brought in.


    Each participant is allowed to bring one “support” person. This person will be asked to wait in an area next to the ride and will be available to supply their marathon rider with any additional food and drink throughout the duration of the marathon.


    Marathon riders will be encouraged to document their marathon experience on social media during the 36 hours. Prizes will be awarded for best posts during the event.


    Additional information will be provided to riders by the park in a follow up e-mail.


    Good luck to everyone who applies!


    This seems incredibly tone deaf and pointless, no? What's the point of this? It literally sounds like they're trying to convey that "hey, we'd have to PAY you to ride this ride for an extended amount of time!!"


    Am I the only one confused by the elaborate nature of this? And what exactly do they do during the three hour "scheduled" break?


    Also: why are they using a @gmail.com gmail address for the contact? Seems like amateur hour, right?

  12. Incredible job by the team at Holiday World - how many other parks have been this successful at allowing ZERO leaks ahead of time? I know it helps that they're not a GIANT park, but still...impressive.


    I don't follow this park too closely, but it's interesting just how quickly they chose to go big steel after the "split" in the family...right? Seems like they were pretty consistent with what they did for years, and now that a part of the family is down in AL, you get a BIG deal like this.


    unrelated: prozach continues to make really impressive contributions to the forum

  13. So if you literally spread out entering the single rider line (group member #1 walks up .... member #2 waits a 15 MISSISSIPPI then walks up .... then member #3 strolls in a few beats later), that's ok? If they can "tell" you're together, that's a no-go? Really?


    I've actually wondered about this, as I could imagine me and my friends/family just choosing to go to the single rider line together...and wondered why "everyone" wouldn't do this?


    This is an interesting topic I don't think I've seen discussed.....the park is leaving it up to a 16 year-old attendant to make the judgment call/to tell people "no" when an obvious group shows up to save some time in the single rider line?

  14. Is anyone here going out to the park soon, and interested in doing a photo trip report?


    I understand they cut down quite a few trees, and did a lot more trimming, in Ninja's course. Also, have we seen a current picture of the track where the tree fell? I'm assuming there was no damage to the track, just wondering if there is any visual evidence that anything happened there?


    Also interested if anyone has ridden the new kid's coaster - from pictures I've seen, it looks decent.



  15. By your reaction I'm guessing that they don't disclose this at time of purchase, saving it as a pleasant surprise for you at the ride platform?


    Seriously, I don't know what you think would be a better option for a new ride - especially THIS ride. If I were into paying extra fees to avoid waiting with the unwashed masses, I'd certainly be appreciative/excited that they at least had some option for me. Price point seems high, but it's all supply/demand....why not gouge those who can't be bothered with waiting? I know in your shoes there is no way you'd ever give them credit for this, but for the vast majority of guests that DO wait I think it's a smart move to not further slow up the wait time by allowing/selling multiple re-rides etc.


    Sounds like a crappy deal to me, but that's the choice you make - again, while you'd never do it I certainly give them credit for giving some consideration to the thousands of people waiting in line (by not further clogging up the throughput with multiple rides for people buying their way to the front).

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