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  1. It looks like a couple of the Cedar Fair parks have new passes. The two bring a friend free tickets might make it worth it. I don't know it I want to wait in line for one line skipping pass.
  2. It is sad that they need to permanently close the park. This looks like a nice bobsled coaster.
  3. Or, they could put in a food court where you can play corn hole, Connect Four, or Jenga https://www.northjersey.com/picture-gallery/entertainment/dining/2022/07/28/first-look-food-hall-american-dream-mall/10169931002/
  4. I haven't had the opportunity to visit either Nick U. parks but the Youtube videos make the Minnesota park look somewhat busy where I don't see hardly any customers at the New Jersey one. I didn't know if it was because people actually go to the Mall of America for other reasons or if just more of their rides actually work but I hope something can be done for the American Dream Mall. I do agree that a giant Amazon warehouse sounds like a more profitable use for the mall though:-) Prime member should get free coaster rides if they are willing to pick up their own packages.
  5. Thanks for letting me know what type of ride that is. I wanted to put they did "loop-de-loops" on a tornado, but wasn't sure.
  6. Knott's made a new change to the adult chaperon policy. One adult can bring in up to four kids 17 or under from Fri - Sun. This is a change from only two kids per adult. I do hope that NBC4's park news is current because they started the news article with aerial views of the park with close ups of WindSeeker Talk about pulling old stock footage. I wonder if the park fights will tilt the park back to mostly family attractions. https://www.knotts.com/code-of-conduct KNOTT'S BERRY FARM CODE OF CONDUCT NEW CHAPERONE POLICY For decades, Knott’s Berry Farm has been a place where families and friends come together to enjoy our one-of-a-kind park. Millions of guests have counted on us for their daily dose of wholesome family fun, and we’re committed to keeping that promise going forward. As part of this commitment, we are implementing additional security protocols and operational policies. Following the well-received chaperone policy that went into effect this past weekend, we have decided to extend the chaperone requirement to be in effect on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and may add other days of the week as necessary. This extension is in effect until further notice and subject to change. Under the policy, all guests ages 17 years old or younger must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 years old to be admitted to the park. The chaperone must present a valid photo ID with date of birth. One chaperone may accompany no more than four guests ages 17 or younger per day. Chaperones must accompany their party during entry, remain with their party at all times during their visit to the park, and be available by phone throughout their stay. Guests ages 17 years old or younger who are found inside the park unaccompanied by a chaperone will be subject to ejection. This chaperone requirement applies to all Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark ticket and season passholders. The following behaviors or acts are strictly prohibited at Knott's Berry Farm: Carrying firearms, ammunition, knives, and weapons of any kind and any other prohibited item. Knott's Berry Farm reserves the right to prohibit any items at their discretion. Unsolicited photographing or video recording that disrupts a guest’s experience or interferes with park operations Unruly or disruptive behavior that interferes with guests’ enjoyment of the park including running, the incitement of running, and blocking midways and exits. Fighting or physical aggression of any kind, including verbal and physical assaults Acts or behavior that park management determines is a safety concern or that interrupts park operations or guests’ experience Harassing/threatening behavior, sexual misconduct, or lewd behavior including inappropriate interaction with park guests or associates Offensive language or gestures Clothing with offensive language, obscene gestures/graphics, or nudity or clothing that does not sufficiently cover undergarments Intoxication or substance impairment that results in irresponsible behavior Smoking/Vaping is not permitted inside the park Entering restricted areas including but not limited to ride Danger Zones and behind-the-scenes areas Line Breaking- includes leaving and re-entering a line for any reason or place holding in line Theft of any kind Selling park tickets or soliciting and distributing literature not sponsored by the park Refusing to follow verbal or printed instructions or cooperate with park personnel or security Themed Attire Family-oriented themed outfits/attire are permitted. Attire must not represent or resemble any official Park character, disrupt regular company operations, or potentially harm another guest or associate. Attire and accessories must meet Code of Conduct dress requirements and may not be offensive or violent and may not disrupt the general safety of guests or associates. Guests wearing character-themed outfits may not sign autographs for other guests or represent themselves as a park associate. Costumes that conceal identity are prohibited. Rides and attractions may also have additional restrictions on dress attire. Themed outfits/attire may be prohibited during evening Halloween events. Personal Conduct Conduct deemed by Knott's Berry Farm to be inappropriate for the peace and good order of the park, guests, or associates, and which may adversely affect the safety of others is not permitted. Anyone who violates the Code of Conduct may be subject to ejection without refund. Guests are encouraged to report any violations of the Guest Code of Conduct or suspicious activity to the nearest Knott's Berry Farm associate, Security associate, or call 714-220-5016. Knott's Berry Farm reserves the right to revise or modify this Code of Conduct with or without notice. Notice: Knott's Berry Farm Security personnel utilize surveillance cameras and body-worn cameras as part of their overall security program.
  7. Just in case people think that a park with several new coasters can't go out of business within a year; here is an example below of a brand new park with 17 new coasters that closed within a season. Even if Nick. U. gets their debt forgiven or renegotiated in bankruptcy, if you don't have enough revenue to cover employee and other continuing variable expenses then the business will not survive. The fact that the major attractions are unreliable and attendance is low when it is still new amusement park, makes me think that the rides will be auctioned at some point. Does anyone here have an idea on what could make this park survive? https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2021/09/photos-abandoned-wonderland-eurasia/620011/ Wonderland Abandoned: The Swift Fall of “Europe’s Biggest Theme Park” ALAN TAYLOR - SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 19 PHOTOS (redacted) IN FOCUS Wonderland Eurasia, billed as “Europe’s biggest theme park,” opened in Ankara, Turkey, in March 2019. Political turmoil, uneven ride quality, and a lack of attendance caused the massive park to close its doors permanently after less than a year of operation. According to an AFP story, the park’s abandoned dinosaur statues now piled in fields tell a “tale of grand ambition, waste and troubles facing the long-ruling party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.” The project, built by the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and featured 17 roller coasters and dozens of other attractions spread over a 320-acre park, which now sits empty.
  8. I had to drive out to Palm Springs for an insurance claim this morning. I drove by the old Wet and Wild and found construction signs. I checked the internet to see if they were re-opening and found this video. As an insurance adjuster, I can't condone this conduct, but this skating is absolutely insane. I can't skateboard on flatland, let alone a whole water slide and neither can them. Sorry, if this is in the wrong forum category and please delete or remove if inappropriate.
  9. Perhaps the pass expires on September 30th because that is the earliest they can be foreclosed on? How many bond payments can they miss before the lender takes it over and either finds a new operator or closes the park? It looks like the water park has a similar pass deal. https://www.americandream.com/dreamworks_season_pass/tickets DREAMWORKS WATER PARK SEASON SPLASH PASS $179 Enjoy the best of DreamWorks Season Splash Pass. For one price, dip in again and again, as often as you want from now until September 30.
  10. I worked at The Wherehouse music and movie place a couple of miles south of Knott's during early 1990's when I was at CSUF. I had to sweep up the used heroin needles and condoms out of the parking lot before we opened in the morning. We also had people steal items and walk slowly out the front door as the shoplifting alarm went off with no sense of urgency. Cops would take a couple of hours to arrive and just give you a report number for your insurance before they walked out on you. I asked if I needed to make a list in case the police found something. The cop just laughed and kept walking to the door. I quit calling the police and wasting my time as they were either worthless or overworked on more serious crimes as they never resolved a shoplifting issue for us. Shop lifting, hookers and panhandling were daily. The whole neighborhood between Disney and Knott's has been trash for years. My brother in law was a security guard for Disney on the west side of Disneyland behind the hotel. He got rocks thrown at him nightly at the guard booth with the occasional gun fire. I was also a manager for Savon drugs and our worst crime ridden Orange County stores were all central OC from Santa Ana to Buena Park. Unfortunately, most of the trash is moving east out near me to Riverside or San Bernardino as entry level homes in OC are a million dollars and apartments are also painfully expensive. The crime hasn't gone away in OC though as the weather is more mild for the homeless criminal class that can't tolerate the 100+ temperatures out here most of the summer.
  11. I am curious why this park is dead when all of the So California parks are packed. Is it the heat or are your locals getting sick of amusement parks? Knott's and SFMM have hour plus waits on most of the good coasters. Why does SFGA have station waits in peak summer season?
  12. Per an Orange County Register article on June 9th, Knott's has announced that they currently have no plans to add a giga or hyper coaster in the near future. It might be hard to access the article behind the paywall but the short story is no new big coaster for a while. There is another article on the site from June 7th, saying Xcelerator is waiting on parts from Europe and there is no set re-opening date. https://www.ocregister.com/2022/06/09/knotts-berry-farm-shoots-down-giga-coaster-speculation/ https://www.ocregister.com/2022/06/07/when-will-knotts-berry-farm-reopen-the-xcelerator-coaster/
  13. Here is the special renewal offer for people with passes extended to 5/5/2022 that want to do it online: https://www.knotts.com/season-passes?keyword=SpringTwoSeasonPassesRenewal
  14. And now the Knott's class action suit over not issuing refunds when closed during COVID instead of extending the passes is now moving forward: Can't a theme park catch a break? https://www.ocregister.com/2022/04/22/knotts-berry-farm-season-pass-class-action-lawsuit-can-move-forward-judge-rules/ By BRADY MACDONALD | bmacdonald@scng.com | PUBLISHED: April 22, 2022 at 11:13 a.m. | UPDATED: April 22, 2022 at 11:50 a.m. A class action lawsuit filed by a Knott’s Berry Farm season passholder who was refused a refund when the Buena Park theme park was shuttered for more than a year by the COVID-19 pandemic seeks restitution for millions of passholders. A United States District Court Judge in Ohio denied a motion on Thursday, April 21 by Knott’s parent company Cedar Fair to dismiss the class action lawsuit and ruled the suit over non-refunded season passes during the coronavirus pandemic can move forward. Judge James Carr said in the ruling that any reasonable passholder would have expected a prorated refund when the Ohio-based Cedar Fair closed its 11 theme parks during the pandemic. Cedar Fair and Knott’s Berry Farm officials declined to comment on the pending litigation. Cedar Fair offered 2020 season passholders an extension through the 2021 season when the pandemic shuttered the company’s theme parks in March 2020. Knott’s, California’s Great America, Ohio’s Cedar Point, Virginia’s Kings Dominion, Canada’s Wonderland and other Cedar Fair theme parks reopened at varying dates based on individual state health and safety guidelines. Knott’s reopened in May 2021 after hosting a series of food festivals without rides during the pandemic closure of the park. The lawsuit was brought by Washington state resident Moneva Walker who purchased a 2020 season pass for Knott’s Berry Farm when she lived in California.
  15. Disney should play this correctly and: 1. State that all new development including new attractions will be delayed or canceled in Florida until we take a 10 year period to evaluate if we have reached market saturation in the Orlando area. Make the locals feel better by stating that we will not need to increase prices by 10% a year if we are not adding new $100,000,000 plus attractions every year. Instead, state you will spend $20,000,000 per year on attraction rehabs until the classic attractions are all in prime condition. 2. Dump all of Disney's fire and police department pensions, healthcare and municipal debt on the local or state government. I have heard that they could transfer well over a billion dollars of debt to the government as part of the process of dissolving the special district. 3. Layoff all Disney corporate staff that was moved to Orlando from California except for what is needed to run the parks and cruise ship. State that the company is entering a cost controlling stage because of lower attendance then expected.
  16. The last couple of times I was at the park, it doesn't look like they were working on the ride. If they are waiting on a part from Europe, in the past it has taken 6 to 9 months approximately to have the part manufactured and shipped here if that is any indicator.
  17. There is still a big giant gap that he obviously slipped through. The operator has some responsibility to know that it was unsafe whether his company trained him/her correctly or not. It sounds like the design, training and operator were all deficient. This is coming a 25 year claims adjuster.
  18. I wonder if they decided to wait for a Polercoaster to be available? I hear they are coming soon too.
  19. on Thursday they had two teams painting Xcelerator with lifts. There was another team at the other end of the track. It looked like they were using paint rollers and a bucket. And the lucky BBQ meal of the day was flank steak with White Claw Black Cherry.
  20. We listened and our customers demanded that we cut expenses to the bone and charge extra for every service that was included with admission; so I would like to welcome our new leader from Spirit Airlines, Selim Bassoual!
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