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  1. Multiple people were shot at the park tonight just before close. Over 5 ambulances requested so far. Waiting on more details. We heard sirens near our house probably headed that way around that time (we live 15 minutes from the park). This place is going downhill fast! Guess this is why they are raising prices.
  2. Quick trip report, we spent three days at the park and stayed at the Lighthouse Point campground at the park. Our first time at CP. Campground was very nice, with a pool, and shuttle service if we did not want to walk the 7 minutes to the park. Crowds were light overall. Nice lineup of rides. Loved MF, SV, and Maverick. I can see why Intamin gets such a bad rep for reliability though. MF was down a lot over the 3 days, and we only got one ride on it. We were on the train for ride 2 today when it broke down and we left since we had already waited out one breakdown and they predicted extended downtime for the second. Maverick went down twice, once when we were 5 minutes from riding, the second time on the final brake run, so at least we got a ride and an exit pass for that one! In RMC news, SV was down most of the day yesterday. There was a cherry picker on the structure this morning but it was running today. They were testing it from 10:30-11 tonight. I already described our nightmare 2 hour wait on Tuesday for that one. We got in a 15 minute line for it today as our last ride of our trip, but two minutes in they shut the ride down to transfer a train, which they said would be quick, but my son was just done, so we left the park. Just icing on the cake at that point! It was very hot and humid on days 2 and 3, with people passing out all over the park, including an employee. Not sure if the weather might have affected the coaster operations somewhat. We had free drink wristbands as part of our stay that was a real savior those days. I have to say, that second launch on Maverick might be my favorite coaster element anywhere. The sense of speed in the near darkness and the way the train just explodes out of the tunnel into that hard left turn. Truly amazing! I was howling with delight every time. Glad we got on it 3 times. It is my son’s new #1 coaster, beating out MF from the day before. Good rides (something for all ages), friendly, enthusiastic employees overall, but the mechanical operations of the major coasters leave a lot to be desired. I was very frustrated at times. I got all the coaster credits by day 2 thankfully. I understand now why many people say just to go to KI instead. We had a fun time at the park as a family though, and it was nice to finally hit CP!
  3. That would make so much more sense! Lest everyone think it was just some horrifically busy day at the park, the second longest wait for any of the 9 coasters we rode today was 20 minutes for Valravn, the second ride we rode during early entry. Every other coaster we rode was 15 minutes or less. Maverick showed 90 minutes on the app at one point, but we are saving that for tomorrow after the SV wait today.
  4. We had to wait two hours and we were there when the ride opened this morning. It was awful. We saw a train dispatch with 2 rows filled (!) due to the holdups at the sole metal detector. They finally opened the second one just as we got to it and we used it. One thing I don’t get is even though my son and I had no metal on us, they sent us out of the structure to the lockers to line up behind others just to come right back into the structure rather than let us go right through security and to the station. They need to figure out a different system overall. I watched the security guard spend well over a minute wanding some people, which was one reason they could not move people to the stairs fast enough. This is our first day ever at CP, so not sure if the second detector being down was the biggest reason for the delays, but watching train after train of several empty rows was maddening and I wondered if this was SOP. Loved the ride though!
  5. Man, I knew something was weird when the ride ops were claiming the safe lights were on after seeing the height of that restraint, but this is just criminal and mindblowingly dumb. Anything to make a buck.
  6. ^It does tilt, but 30 degrees I read today, not a full tilt onto your stomach like FF. That said, I can't believe such a ride does not have also have a secondary seatbelt restraint. Less than 3 months of operation and this ride already killed someone. Unbelievable.
  7. ^Very cool! I had never seen TOC in action before. No air gates! Imagine the issues that would cause today. Now we have seatbelts on the carousel!
  8. Totally agree. The full fault lies on the ride operators, and I don’t want to victim blame, but I always ensure my kids are buckled up safely by watching them secure themselves before I restrain myself.
  9. I’ll answer the ones I can: No mandatory lockers. Rides have free storage bins and racks. Get Chicago deep dish at Giordano’s 5 minutes west of the park on Grand Ave. Check hours ahead though, as some nights I know it closes at 9. X-flight seats I always like the back, but I always prefer the back on coasters. Row 4 can be used for larger riders. Rain policy is generally lightning closes the rides. Most run in the rain. Some rides such as Whizzer close in any rain. You can ride solo on Whizzer. Any coasters are good at night to me. Hit Raging Bull or Superman first. Maxx Force, you can come back to a bit later and it should not be too bad. Goliath gets busy pretty fast too, though it is in the very back of the park.
  10. ^Sounds like it is getting rethemed to The Flash. Probably a new paint job to fit too.
  11. ^I am only speculating of course, but I don't think Illinois will go full shutdown again anytime soon. Just today Pritzker sounded very optimistic (for him) and said the cases in Illinois hospitals are starting to flatten. Well over half of Illinois is vaccinated, and even though the delta variant is surging, we are in a better place than last fall. The positivity rate is just over 5% and dropped today, but was around 20% when we went full shutdown last year. I am a public school teacher here, and 4 weeks into the new school year, we have not had one case in our district of almost 4000 students and over 300 faculty and staff. The schools who are having outbreaks are not usually more than 5 cases per school, I just read this week. I think the indoor mask mandate will be the height of the mitigations for the time being, and right now that is the only place SFGAm is requiring masks, indoors. Hopefully you will be okay to take your trip out here. Have fun if you come!
  12. Thankfully, one train ops are not something this park has ever been known for, but no idea what it will look like under COVID. The half full trains, I am fully expecting.
  13. New park opening date of April 24 announced today! They moved it up a week!
  14. I would be so happy if they got the shuttle coaster. I miss Tidal Wave a lot at SFGAm, so to have this less than 3 hours away would be fantastic! I would love to have my son experience what launch coasters used to be like.
  15. ^Last Thursday. It was probably the light rain all day that kept it closed. We got on it the time before though. Glad it is running better this year. Very unique ride!
  16. ^If you get on Lost Coaster, consider yourself lucky. It was only open one of the three times we’ve been there. The lift system (or rain) causes problems. Tig’rr we were told cannot run in the rain due to the braking system. Whizzer at SFGAm is also a Schwarzkopf and cannot run in the rain. Beyond its history and an intense first drop, Tig’rr gets pretty rough and is not the greatest coaster around. I don’t know if the new owner will succeed or not either. Having to reopen during the pandemic is obviously very hard on business, and recent owners have struggled. I am glad he was able to save the park, and we’ll have to give him time to make some upgrades. But IB has always been essentially a glorified carnival, with some decent coasters and a few other unique attractions that take it above that level. The boardwalk atmosphere on the beautiful lake with rides on the water just make it a fun and unique park. It is in the middle of nowhere rural Indiana, so an affluent clientele is not the target market for this park. Better off people from the Chicago suburbs like us or Indianapolis head there because it’s a fun day trip, so it’s not in the worst location, but this is not Disney World. I honestly thought the $40 initial price was too high for the park this summer, and we did not go until they started the mid-week $34.95 price. The waterpark is not very good, and we only did it the first time there many years ago but now skip it. They used to offer a combo pass or just a rides pass, so I miss the rides only price, which was closer to $30. I hope IB can succeed under the new ownership, once we get past this stupid virus. I consider it a hidden gem of a park.
  17. Good idea. I felt bad saying no. They were sitting behind us on SH, not next to us, and my son and I had masks on, so I figured the risk was pretty minimal.
  18. Just to bring this back to the park, I took the family to the park today to get our coaster fix since our governor (IL) will not let SFGAm open (except for the water park). Light crowds due to a light rain most of the day, but most of the rides were open, with only Tiger’rr and Lost Coaster closed, Tiger’rr due to rain and Lost Coaster either rain or because it is almost never open anyway. Got on that one years ago thankfully. It felt so good to get on rides again! We were some of the very few weirdos wearing masks most of the day and on the rides. Even though Indiana issued a mask mandate in public Monday, very few had any on. Oh well. IL and IN are two very different worlds I guess. I just wanted to keep us as safe as possible. We were able to social distance most of the day with the light crowds, so that is probably why many did not wear them. The IN mandate is for when social distancing is not possible or indoors. Not trying to continue the political debate. Just found it interesting. The only time I got annoyed was with an unmasked teenage couple who did not observe social distancing in line on Steel Hawg behind us, asked to ride with us, which I reluctantly allowed, but then the girl started hacking up a lung right in front of us on the exit ramp, not wearing a mask of course. So if I get covid she’s at fault! lol
  19. After reading several news stories on it with the same eyewitness cited, she was ejected over the safety bar, possibly on a turn. Her husband tried to grab her by the foot. Apparently someone else was ejected from this ride and also died in 2009 but the park was not cited then because the rider was behaving inappropriately.
  20. But the new owner of IB is from Chicago, which is in a state that has one of the strictest and slowest reopenings in the entire nation. I am surprised they are not taking more precautions at IB, though Indiana does not have nearly the problem with case numbers as your home state right now, since you insist on politicizing the issue.
  21. Wow. Shocking news. I knew it was not in as good a shape as it used to be, but I am surprised they could not find a buyer. Maybe someone will still come in to save it. We enjoyed our two visits there. Cornball Express has great airtime, Steel Hawg was fun and unique, and we were lucky enough to get a ride on Lost Coaster the second visit.
  22. I have been taking Dramamine an hour and a half before I get to the park for several years and can ride everything as long as I do not go on too many spinning rides in one day. My motion sickness started when I hit adulthood.
  23. The Mindbender accident was due to lack of proper maintenance on the axles. That has been well documented. I read something years ago about the manuals being in German, so the Canadian staff could not translate them properly and did not do proper maintenance. Not sure about this tragedy. It is interesting it happened on a similar ride though.
  24. I don’t know if you had a target weekend or not, but opening weekend (this weekend) is usually not that bad, but October in particular is pretty busy, and warm days get very busy in October. Cooler days are good days to go, but it is generally busy overall due to the waterpark being closed. Arriving at park open will give you a couple good hours to get on rides quickly. The last weekend will probably be busy too. Up to you if you want the ERT.
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