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John Knotts

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  1. ^I respectfully disagree. I understand that the park has made tremendous strides in improving the ambiance of the park. However I don't think anyone; (amusement park, person, sports franchise etc.) should be immuned to criticism. The most effective way to improve anything is to criticize it. Now whether the criticism received is constructive or not can be questioned. In recent months of reading this particular thread, The general theme has been civil, constructive, and positive criticism. Of course there have been a few exceptions, but "park bashing" I think we can all agree is as much a thing of the past as rude employees and trash fluttered midways. Now is the park in it's current state anywhere near what it was in say....2003? Fudge no. But is it operating anywhere near the potential we know it could? I'd also have to say no.

     

    With that said, I would have to say that very little of Tatsu is in Sammuri Summit. In fact, the only part that is I believe is the overbanked turn. X doesn't really have a definitive theme, so it's placement in Baja Ridge isn't exactly a sore thumb, but there are things like the Panda Express in the Latin themed area, and the Pizzeria in the Asian themed area, and so on. My point being...if the effort is going to be made to have themes, do it the best you can.

     

    Good points, and in all fairness I like what they did with DC Universe, obviously with very little money. And most of the theme around the park is pretty light at best, which is fine for a thrill park. The problem I think, has been the schizo way Six Flags has viewed the park over the years. When you go from "extreme" park, to family friendly, back to thrill park. Some theming here, no theming there, this is what you're going to get. The park is in dire need of a clear identity, and they need to wear it with pride. Whatever you're going to do, be the best at it.

     

    You always get the feeling they are one foot in, one foot out all of the time.

     

    Also I see no problem with criticising the park. Sometime I just get tired of the same moaning every year about Scream. Scream is a parking lot coaster...the end.

  2. But Dollywood isn't ruining another coaster's experience with Wild Eagle. Tatsu really murdered the second half of Revolution, but Wild Eagle is very isolated on its mountain. You can see it from everywhere, but you won't be able to come inches from touching its supports on other coasters.

     

    If SFMM cared enough to make Revolution a great ride once again, I might agree with you. As it is, I could care less about what Tatsu does to a ride I will never set foot on again.

     

    Tatsu aside, Magic Mountain has been pretty awful when it comes to ride placement throughout it's history, pre Six Flags included. A park as naturally beautiful as The Mountain, should never have installed more than a few coasters to begin with. It would have made a gorgeous family/animal park. Ironically, had they taken that route, the park may not be around today.

  3. ^ Actually, from certain parts of Colossus, it is. But all that dense wood does help.

     

    With Deja Vu, I suspect it was a corporate decision and unfortunately Tim and crew had little say, similar to what happened with Riddler's third train. Hopefully by playing nicely and giving up a ride both the park and the locals loved, it will mean something special coming down the pipeline as a replacement. As evident by X-flight, the company seems more willing add something major to their crown jewel parks than they have the last few years. And I'd be surprised if they didn't want to continue promoting SFMM as the thrill capitol, especially with the addition of Drop Of Doom.

  4. I'm not getting chocked up about Deja Vu leaving. It was not a great ride.

     

    You know they could fit a mouse back there!

     

    After Green Lantern, please something a little higher capacity than a mouse.

     

    Like Deja Vu was a people eater? Most of their rides have good capacity if they were run right. A mouse would be more reliable than Vu. I don't see why it would have to be a high capacity ride.

     

    Capacity aside, there is nothing about mice rides that excite me in the least. And I find the 4 or 5 we have here in California to be crashing bores. If were going family ride as replacement for Deja (which I doubt), I think they can do better.

     

    Just my thought.

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