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  1. Had a decent half day at the park today, like people have been saying it's been surprisingly busy. Jokers Jinx and Batwing had decent lines due to one train. Although Wild One was running two, the dispatches were incredibly slow so that had a large line as well. However, Superman was running two all and the crew was hauling ass, often dispatching before the other train hit the brakes. Pretty impressive SFA! Couple other notes: Mask compliance was pretty great but the amount of employees with it below their nose was a little annoying. I've seen multiple measures to combat line jumping, including a phone line you can call. I've always heard that was a problem here but have never experienced it myself. Roar still sucks Actually got the fliers to snap a bit, surprising as I've never been able to do it with the Larson ones. Still think this park has the best employees of any Six Flags park, bar the shoddy operations. My restraint was not checked on Roar. The first time this has happened in over ten years of going to amusement parks.
  2. I'm really curious as to why they are not running two trains, my visit had some decent lines on the coasters as well. You'd think it would be beneficial as they are a ticketed park. Line moves surprisingly fast though.
  3. I'm really curious as to why they are not running two trains, my visit had some decent lines on the coasters as well. You'd think it would be beneficial as they are a ticketed park. Line moves surprisingly fast though.
  4. I've personally seen the first happen as well as had an operator tell me the second. But I agree with the above poster, if it's not a maintenance problem let em rip, this is Knoebels if it scares people they have quite a large selection of other rides to choose from. In my opinion it should run like the best version of the ride it is, like the bumper cars, Phoenix with no seat belts, and various other things at Knoebels, the fun is in it appearing dangerous while not being so. It is listed as a thrill ride. EDIT: Also, In my experience, snapping sometimes gets people in line amped up for the ride as opposed to scaring them, depends on the crowd.
  5. Yeah, the Knoebels ones just allow for such strong whips it's hard to resist the temptation. I've never tried Carowinds or Lagoon but I couldn't get the Kings Dominion one's to do much.
  6. I was there for half of Wednesday, all of Thursday and some of Friday. Impulse had people working on the lift and was testing Thursday. Parking lot guy had some rumors about Impulses lift being made quieter. Anyone else notice the flyer ops being particularly strict this year? I also noticed they were rotating some of which rides were open, Satellite was running only Wednesday, Looper running Thursday and Friday and Black Diamond running Friday only.
  7. I was there for half of Wednesday, all of Thursday and some of Friday. Impulse had people working on the lift and was testing Thursday. Parking lot guy had some rumors about Impulses lift being made quieter. Anyone else notice the flyer ops being particularly strict this year? \ I also noticed they were rotating some of which rides were open, Satellite was running only Wednesday, Looper running Thursday and Friday and Black Diamond running Friday only.
  8. Wow the cities government closed the park? Not something that happens in the US as far as I'm aware.
  9. This is why Knoebles will always be my favorite, over Cedar Point or Disney. No other park today captures that feeling as well as Knoebles does. There was a fair in town recently, they had one of these The operator wasn't checking restraints, so I held mine as high as it would go(there was a secondary restraint that prevented it from going too far up.) I yanked the hydraulic restraint down right before the ride did a full inversion, while there is a cage it really felt like I was going to fall out.
  10. I've been curious to know how the train cut off his leg if he was ridding the back of it.
  11. Hold the sail away from the center as far as it goes. Should cause it to stop snapping pretty quick. I usually do this to keep the stricter ops from slowing it down.
  12. Ops "Surfing" the rides is a problem here in the US as well but I've never heard of an accident like this because of it. Shame, management should have put a hard stop to that practice the second they saw it.
  13. ^Yeah I felt as if I had just been in a really bad ski crash. If you actually land right side up on the slide but still get air on the third hill it's really fun in my opinion and not that dangerous for me personally. Still hurts but not dangerous, but I could see how it could be dangerous for children or the elderly. One day one of the lanes was running like that and we only let adults on it but warned them it could hurt, they all loved it. With the amount of insurance chasers these days that probably wasn't the greatest idea.
  14. Speaking of slides this reminds me of my old job as a ride operator'. We had a dry mat racing slide, and the maintenance guys had just waxed it because it was going too slow. The parks manager was the first to ride it, he went flying off of the last hill and slammed into the fence, I asked him if he was going to try it again and he said "I can't afford the workman's comp" lol. So I decided to ride it, It has three bumps, I got a few inches of air on the second and on the third it maybe launched me three feet into the air, me and my entire mat flip over and careened into the fence way past the end of the slide. Got a pretty bad scrape on my arm but other than that it was amazing, scariest and most fun thing that ever happened to me at a park. It was closed all day.
  15. There are four positions: Flight Suit Person, Expediter, Assistant Controller(AC), and Controller, and you are trained in that order. Each position requires eight hours of training: 2 directly supervised by a Site Controller who cannot do anything else and then 6 where the Site Controller runs the ride but also supervises. You need to know all positions to be qualified for Site Controller, so that would be a minimum of 24 hours since some locations do not use an Expediter. Also you need to be 18, 17 is the minimum allowed age of anyone working the attraction. Once you're on the flight deck the AC hooks up the fliers with two locking steel Carabiners and says "Carabiners Locked" to the controller who looks and says the same thing. The Controller then asks the fliers to lay themselves out prone. Once this is done, the AC hooks up the launch release system(LRS) and checks the straps. One more final check in done with the Controller before the Controller activates winch up and the AC pulls the cart away and tethers it. Since the LRS splits in two when the ripcord is pulled, a new one must be assembled during every flight by the AC. After your training is complete you must pass a difficult written and physical test about everything about the ride, operations, maintenance etc. so you spend a lot of time studying things.
  16. I think most medium-large parks make a nice return on it, they are very cheap rides. Smaller parks I sometimes wonder It's not common at all for people to puke on the Skycoaster, but if puke fell into someone else's area it would in fact be on them to clean it up lol, we would just clean the suit if needed.
  17. Perfectly put. I do believe it is possible to discuss safety regulations in third world countries, but lets go after the engineers, the people responsible for the inspections ect. But it's not fair to say all these rides are dangerous and their people are animals based on a few videos.
  18. Argentina also has an unnamed manufacturer wild mouse: https://rcdb.com/3238.htm Can't say that looks very safe, I'd probably still ride it though ha.
  19. To get this back on rains are there any "developing" countries rides are pretty much as safe as the US or Europe? Maybe Argentina or Chile? Do they even have coasters?
  20. I'm not engineer but are these counterweight models inherently more dangerous? I never see them in the US. Or is just another bad locally built ride?
  21. If you get offended by the words "third world country" on this forum you're sure not going to like the rest of the internet.
  22. This thing is so twisted I'm surprised to see that bit of straight track above the water.
  23. On a slow day, it's normal to only have 1-4 flights, which barely even covers the employee salaries. If there's an event or something it can get really busy, with maybe 40 flights completed by the end of the day. But most of the time it's like you said, completely dead. It's extra terrifying because if you look up when you're at the top of the tower, the cables are slack. When you pull the cord it disconnects you from the launch cable and you go into total freefall for about 25-60? feet, depending on the model, before the cables catch you. So for a second or two there there is literally nothing holding you. It's not like a drop tower since you literally have nothing to hold on to and the suits are much scarier than a drop tower seat. That's what makes it scarier than other rides for me.
  24. Skycoaster is an extremely safe company. They are allowed to say a Skycoaster wasn't maintained properly, and then force the park to remove it. Rumor has it that this is what happened to Six Flags America's Skycoaster but who knows. I've visited the one at Darien Lake and Kings Dominion and both seemed totally up to code, it's a pretty simple ride not too many things can go wrong. One thing I would worry about at smaller parks and parks in other countries is the Overspeed Clutch Assembly, which prevents the winch from spinning out of control in the event of a hydraulic failure. In fact, one of the maintenance people at my park tried to get me to sign off on the test without actually doing it, I of course said no and we ran the test. So that makes me think that fudging the inspections probably isn't uncommon around smaller parks. Even so, you're probably still safe, I don't believe an Overspeed Clutch failure has ever happened. Did she enjoy it? In my experience 99.5 percent of people do.
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