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Everything posted by bill_s

  1. It's now at least 7500 with speculations of higher, or maybe I'm behind too. Reports are that you can usually get in without a reservation. Whatever, it is possible for it to become crowded at their current staffing and opening level, especially to get food.; Spring Break was bad. Don't buy a huge tasting plan in advance you might spend all day in line.
  2. Like the case of Busch Gardens, I can't imagine they'd want to change the name unless they had to, even if everything beyond that is debranded. There are some disadvantages though of the association,, not everyone likes country music or Dolly, and she's not becoming more popular. Hershend is expanding though, so it could become "Silver Dollar City's Dollywood" or "... a Hershend Park"
  3. Negative: new ride not open Positive: less chance of overcrowded hell.
  4. ^^-- By quality, Supes and Wild One are the stars. Your personal choice for #3. I might take Roar but Jinx is more popular and good. Batwing for somebody. I enjoy Firebird sometimes but started riding it for shorter lines first.
  5. ^^-- That's definitely not SFA's top 3 even by line length on average, but going by lines, I'd say Nighthawk might be the most popular ride at Carowinds. Throughput is poor on the awful, but funny, things though. Anyway, due to SFA being SFA, they'll run Batwing until it dies or they close the place. It may even outlast Mind Eraser as it's a few years younger.
  6. The actual space occupied by rides is piddly. Of course, some of those many buildings might have something of interest if I'd ever been there. But from maps view, the infield of Hellcat is large enough for a standard Raptor. And, to complete my fantasy, the whole purpose of a custom launched Golden Horse mine train is to wind around everywhere. Fitting in an existing coaster with a distinctive shape could be a problem though.
  7. I was there too! Definitely got some Wild One rides once it finally (re)opened, 2nd best ride in the park. I hadn't ridden Mind Eraser for a while, actually enjoyed it more than Firebird this time! Got a couple pops of inverted air in the back row and my ears weren't cold anymore . 2 train ops on Superman was so welcome.
  8. Park looked pretty good to me last year and they have months to work on it before opening every day. It's so much better than 10-15-20 years ago. SFA was my temporary home park for a while last year and it really is decent when you don't have 2 better parks closer by.
  9. It does look likely it won't be "The Best Coaster in the World" after all, but that still leaves some room before it sucks.
  10. ^^-- unless the rest of the coaster is also mostly underground, everything after the first drop would be rather lackluster.
  11. Back in December, Firebird was missing from the newly upgraded SFA website. They eventually caught the problem.
  12. The Rocket at Ocean View Amusement Park. I recall passing it several times (mid-70s) and parents would never stop. I had chances to ride Hercules at Dorney and Rolling Thunder at GrAdv but for others disinterest. Lesser loss there though. Steel Vengeance. Not sure when it went down but it was possible for me to ride it, or I could have stayed another day sort of on speculation, which just sounded frustrating (it did reopen sometime the next afternoon). 1000 mile trip with no specific plan to revisit. CP was good and I made a point to just enjoy it but that burns a bit at every mentio
  13. That deal makes a lot of sense and typically would work better for me than Platinum. Not as good as giving away the whole thing like SF, but that makes little sense.
  14. I considered some criticism and then noticed ... Best Parks by Top 25 Overall Coasters: 1. Cedar Point (3) 2. Kings Dominion (2) 3. Liseberg (2) and all the others in order of their one coaster on the list And tomorrow someone else will claim BGW>KD for coasters again.
  15. If we're going to open the past, Carowinds 1998, first time I went. Hurler was the best ride in the park -- running great, but still... what is now a top-heavy park before all its top. If any park in this area might be mentioned in this thread, it would be SFA. I still can't figure out why anyone would say BG has a better lineup than KD. It may actually come true with Pantheon ... Incidentally, don't judge KD if you haven't ridden Racer with the new lift synchronizer, a good race on it is amazing.
  16. Social distancing without enforcement/grouping depends on crowds. 1000 person limit BGW was very nice with little enforcement, maybe partially due to being mostly BGW-going adults not just the packing; good w/ current rule. At Great Adventure I was passed in line by a couple of kids due to not walking fast and tight enough before even getting to the temperature check tent. SFA was 2nd best due to crowd control measures and moderate crowds. KD was safe but annoying.
  17. Several comments here imply that no one here realizes the trains were already replaced by Premier in 2006 either. As to improvement, lapbars would help, even with comfort collars, but I wouldn't expect any other difference.
  18. Big Bad Wolf was a true example. Having the big lift halfway through the ride will really do it. Wild One is good fun on the "out" but tries to hurt you good on the "back". Runaway Mine Train at Gr Adv, due to a lackluster first half. Other coasters try hard to have their second half keep up, but coasters go downhill.
  19. I get a survey only when I go to GrAdv, asking how was my visit to SFA on that date! That said, I think SF is great chain, and went up a couple notches this year. Also their move in recent years towards surviving and not taking a lot of risks is vindicated.
  20. Ideal: Virginia parks proceed to kick ass and I feel no need to travel. Optimistic: Lightning Rod and Steel Curtain, both first park visits. Realistic: Pantheon, LR, November Days again at GrAdv.
  21. I think that once anyone who wants it can get a vaccine, that might be sufficient. That may mean a need to repeat vaccinations later though, since it will still be "around".
  22. As SFA was my home park for a while this year, I actually learned to ride Firebird and like it a lot. Didn't at first. Just rode it today, still decent. You can actually get a little hangtime in the loop in rows 4 and 5 -- not 6. Don't recall that on Bizarro. Ride left or center. There's still a bad headbang spot in the corkscrew, or if in the front, continuing some past it. Force your head hard against the seat for that and the hate goes away. I don't have the "be tall" option so can't vouch for it. Good visit today, rode almost twice as much in half the time, on more coasters, as KD las
  23. The one time I rode the GNE during the day, I found it sluggish and the roughness more noticeable. At night it was bonkers and, at the time, I didn't consider it rough for doing what it was doing and its speed. It always seemed faster than Mind Eraser at night maybe due to something with the temps, humidity and sea salt. Near misses were plenty visible and the feeling of coming to the top of the lift over the beach was unmatchable. However this was at least 20 years ago, when I was younger and more GP, B&Ms weren't everywhere, and they had just painted the ride orange after its original pi
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