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TXthrills2010

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  1. I actually had the opportunity to visit LA in October. Our trip planned all around Knott's, USH and SFMM. I would stay away from Universal. While yes, the mazes are great, the waits are outrageously long. We waited 2 hours for Walking Dead until we gave up (and we were still far away from the entrance of the maze). We were at the park from 7 until midnight, we tackled the Halloween and Insidious mazes, rode Jurassic Park and the Mummy before we decided to leave, the park was getting unbearably overcrowded. We visited Six Flags Magic Mountain for the first time ever (and on a Saturday) The park was a pleasant surprise, there were a few great mazes (Red's Revenge, Aftermath and Willoughby's Mansion) the rest were just okay. Overall it was a fun day. Knott's Berry/Scary Farm however was unforgettable. If you are ever in LA from September-October, i would *HIGHLY* recommend visiting the park both day and night. The separate tickets (for KBF & Haunt), the waits for the mazes and the crowds are worth it. There's no other experience like it.
  2. The Walking Dead Maze at Universal Studio's Hollywood Horror Nights. Initially an "80 minute wait" upon entering the line turned into 1 1/2 hours under the covered queue, followed by another hour to the overflow portion directly in front of the maze entrance followed by another projected hour long wait onto the second overflow portion behind the maze between sound stages. Truly frustrating.
  3. RCT3 usually. I'm a vulture when it comes to carnivals, they pop up often. Since i'm in the Houston area Kemah and Pleasure Pier are open year around so i'll usually make a trip once in a while.
  4. Thursday should be fine. We went last thursday without any sort of express/fast pass and the longest line we encountered was their Paranormal Investigators maze which was about 30 minutes. The majority were either 15 minute waits (Voodoo) or walk-ons (Forevermore, Toothfairy, Gunslinger's Grave)
  5. Hello all, I will be in the Los Angeles area October 7-12th. I'm planning on hitting up Knott's Berry Farm both for the park AND for Haunt. Does anyone have any tips for this visit? This is my very first time going for Haunt and i am aware that Knott's Berry Farm and the Haunt are two entirely different tickets. Any help works, thank you!
  6. Drop towers for me are such a pill. It's such a hard task to get myself into riding it because i absolutely hate the anticipation, wait and sudden launches & drops. I hate the idea of riding them but after riding them i'm usually stoked to go on again, but again the cycle then repeats itself.
  7. Both Superman and the Sky Screamer close 30 minutes ahead due to the Lone Star Nights.
  8. Question, I'm planning a visit to the park this upcoming (early) August on a Monday. What's the park usually like around this time of year and early on in the week? What are operations like and what could I expect?
  9. Hi guys, for whatever reason i lost a vital CFR file on my computer- Would you guys happen to have Advanced Ride's Dream Tower CFR?
  10. This is late and all but i just saw your 2001 park map and I absolutely love the park layout!
  11. I agree with the "big" parks but I would probably leave Six Flags Magic Mountain out of the mix if you're trying to rank these parks based on how well rounded they are. Ranking them all would be very difficult anyways. Six Flags over Texas, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America are probably shoe-ins. I would also like to push for Fiesta Texas and New England, but again it may be a push.
  12. ^ I'm actually really happy Fiesta Texas has stepped up their game when it comes to Fright Fest. Now let's wait and see if it's as good as it reads on their website!
  13. Spent my sunday at the park, and unfortunately Iron Rattler was closed the entire day. The park was somewhat busy but most lines were less than 20 minute waits. I'm not sure if it's just me being a little tense about SFOT's accident or what but there were alot of mistakes missed by ride ops and security. My first of several instances were at the security stations at the gate, my backpack wasn't even searched at all while a lady after me had her entire purse cleaned out. Also while waiting for Roadrunner Express none of the ride ops were checking lapbars and if they did it were only the first few cars. While waiting in line for Superman, i had to say something to a ride operating before they gave the all clear to dispatch a train because someone was still holding their waterbottle even after having their harness checked. Now like i said before, i may be a little tense after friday's accident, but should we be worried at all that many precautions were skipped? Aside from that the park was running pretty efficiently and smoothly. Short wait times and the weather wasn't too bad!
  14. The Pleasure Pier is definitely worth every penny. Plan to hit some rides early afternoon then take a stroll and have lunch along the seawall and the beach. Finally finish off your night with more rides at the Pier. I loved how the security guards greeted us as we walked into the pier over and over and over again throughout the day.
  15. I would say Houston, Texas? I mean before 2005 you had AstroWorld but now you have: 20 minutes to Splashtown 30 minutes to Kemah Boardwalk 45 minutes to the Pleasure Pier 2 1/2 hours to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels 3 hours to Six Flags Fiesta Texas & SeaWorld San Antonio 4.5 hours to Six Flags over Texas & Hurricane Harbor Schlitterbahn South Padre and Louisiana aren't too far either.
  16. I think that is using part of the CGA parking lot that never got used. Correct me if I'm wrong I had completely forgotten about the stadium's close proximity, do you think it could affect the park in any negative way like lets say... Six Flags AstroWorld and Reliant Park? Just curious...
  17. I could definitely see Catapult making it's way to Magic Mountain, but part of me wishes it comes back to Texas. Imagine Catapult sitting next to Goliath at Fiesta Texas?
  18. Everyone keeps mentioning Scream as a terrible name. I would imagine that Magic Mountain's Scream takes the cake here, but what about Fiesta Texas' and New England's? Atleast Fiesta Texas has some sort of originality and theming built into the ride's name. As for my worst pick, it would have to be Dragon Wagon or Manhattan's Express name change to Roller Coaster. Just awful!
  19. It's really interesting to be able to read all of these requirements. I'm curious to see what Six Flags America has planned over the next few years. Maybe we can see something big like a Sky Screamer? But on another note, where do people find these kinds of documents? I'd like to read up on some more of these from different parks around the nation.
  20. Now usually, i can handle crazy rides on the Zipper, but a few months back me and a friend rode a Zipper at some random carnival in Houston on a really quiet night. The ride cycle must've been atleast 2+ minutes forwards and 2+ minutes backwards since there were no lines for the ride at all. It was terrible, the most awful ride experience of my entire life. I could also feel myself about to vomit during the ride. I've never been sick from a ride ever and this ride has scarred me for life. I am aware my story doesn't seem as intense, but it was....
  21. That's how Wagon Wheel at Fiesta Texas was but with Iron Rattler announced, it seems as if Wagon Wheel's removal had nothing to do with Iron Rattler (atleast directly...). I mean i could understand why they'd remove it for construction but permanently? I hate how Six Flags is starting to remove some of their better flat rides.
  22. A 400 Star Flyer? Why are some people so sold on a 400 foot tall Star Flyer? Isn't Six Flags New England supposed to get the world's tallest Star Flyer at 385 feet? They're calling it the world's tallest swing set, so how would SFoT get a 400 tall Star Flyer if SFNE is getting the 'world's tallest' at 385 feet? This doesn't add up, maybe a 300 foot Star Flyer but i wouldn't say 400 foot.
  23. ^ I agree on every point, Six Flags Fiesta Texas goes high in my book as a Six Flags THEME park. As for theming in general, i would care if Six Flags decided to stop trying. Theming adds to the ambiance and the general feel of the park and rides, it definitely plays an important role in my experience in the park, on rides and other attractions.
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