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Woodie Warrior

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  1. We have three major wooden coasters, all of which require lots of upkeep over the off-season. All of them run pretty well (Boss might not be the smoothest but I don't think any amount of track work could fix those godawful trains). That requires a large maintenance budget alone. Yeah, it's annoying we haven't gotten a major coaster in awhile. But the bellyaching, "corporate-is-ignoring-us" comments are so tired at this point. There's like 4 parks in the chain that get new coasters regularly. Coasters also aren't the only investments parks need. I mean, we were in the first pair of parks to receive Justice League, which is more exciting to me than most of the recent Six Flags coasters. We are also receiving millions to renovate a carousel, which most parks would have discarded of by now.
  2. I mean... you do realize every park in the industry is dealing with these issues at the moment?
  3. So word on the street is that many longtime entertainers at the park have been recently let go, including a large chunk of the Christmas Carol cast. Apparently the park has run into copyright claim issues considering the music featured in both major Christmas shows are all songs ripped from pre-existing musicals (which I assumed the park had licensed years ago, but evidently not). It seems like Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life are gone for now, which is not only a disappointing loss to the Christmas festival, but also seems like a crowd issue, considering the 1,000ish people at a show each hour will now have to find someplace else in the park to spend their time.
  4. It's nice to see investments made into the water park, and Hook's Lagoon has been in bad shape for awhile. Buttt this looks like a downgrade.
  5. I was also at the park yesterday, and by the time we made it over to Lightning Rod (around 12ish?) it was one train operations.
  6. I don't see SFSTL ever doing a drive thru event. STL has a ridiculous amount of well-established drive thru displays already, and as fun as it is to walk around the park during HIP, I'm not sure I see anybody paying money to drive through a lightly decorated theme park, especially with Jellystone being right next door.
  7. Not necessarily, the maintenance costs of Superman might outweigh the costs of a whole new, more efficient drop tower. Especially when the new one can be marketed as a new ride, such as one of the new S&S spinning drop towers (although I feel like that type of tower might have just as much downtime so who knows).
  8. Yeah, rumors about Superman leaving have been spreading among employees the past few weeks. To be fair, talk about that happening has been going on for years now, so all COVID did was probably move up the removal date a couple of seasons. It's been a maintenance nightmare ever since it opened.
  9. Maybe it’s going to run two cycles with riders next year before it closes for a month again...
  10. Thanks for the advice y’all. Is SV overall more or less accommodating than the Intamins?
  11. Hey y'all, I may be making a spontaneous trip out to CP next weekend. I have been on a weight loss journey this year (down 40 pounds so far), that was caused by walks of shame on Outlaw Run and Mr. Freeze. In the past month, I was able to make it on both of those rides. I haven't been to CP in years- does Steel Vengeance tend to be stricter than OR when it comes to the restraints? My issue with OR wasn't getting the green light, it was getting the seatbelt to buckle, which I was able to do recently. I'm also worried about MF and TTD. I'm 6'3" and around 280 pounds for reference. I don't really have a huge gut, most of my weight is in the legs (hence the issues with the seatbelts). For additional reference, Batman @ SFSL is a very tight fit with my shoulders and how my butt fits in the small seat, but the ride ops have always been able to squish me in. On Wildfire @ SDC, I'm able to squish myself in well enough. The only rides I still don't think I could fit on are Superman and Fireball @ SFSL, just due to the seatbelts not closing (which is an unfortunate mix of my weight and height).
  12. Per the park's Facebook page- SFSTL will not open until April at the earliest.
  13. Six Flags St. Louis will be closed until April at the earliest. Edit: Looks like it's the entire chain.
  14. People in the US are being turned away from testing if they don't match every single symptom, because the government is saying we don't have enough tests available. But somehow we have enough to test every member of the Utah Jazz team? Our health care system is fine if you're rich and wealthy enough. It's about to fail the rest of us. Sometimes there is no way to not make a discussion political- this is a global pandemic and governments need to be doing their job. It's simply cocky and (very American) to believe that this virus isn't going to hit us just as hard as it's hitting Italy. The fact that Six Flags and Cedar Fair haven't announced closings yet is crazy to me. It's inevitable at this point, I'd be shocked if they don't announce by this weekend.
  15. GR will be in a new building to the far left side of the plaza. I wouldn't get my hopes up for that, but you never know. The TLC I was referring to is some shops/restaurants getting overhauled.
  16. The gas lanterns will still be there. The plaza will be simple but a lot more open and cleaner. A few other areas of the park will be receiving some TLC as well. Very excited to see how everything turns out!
  17. Anybody see the park's Facebook post about the Moon Cars moving? They're not moving to the go-karts area anymore, so maybe that's what'll take over Tidal Wave's spot. Honestly I think it'd be a nice open spot for them.
  18. I don't even think Voyage is the roughest coaster in the park- Raven has always been consistently rougher on all of my visits, especially towards the end. I love RMC, but I hope they stay away from Voyage.
  19. For a small regional park with 3 major wood coasters, I think our park does a good job taking care of them all. Thunder still rides like it did its first season. Boss is gonna be rough no matter how much work goes into it. I've never thought Eagle was ever that rough either.
  20. It's not like Moon Cars current location is all that shaded either. If the park decides to move em, I think they'd be able to put a layout longer than the current one in the space available.
  21. I'm excited for it. The social media response is surprisingly not as negative as I expected. Although lots of "too many carnival rides" comments, which always crack me up. It's an amusement park! You could call any of the rides in the park "carnival rides". And personally I wouldn't trust a portable version of this particular attraction Also, this new DC area is going to look amazing at night with Supergirl and Catwoman's light packages
  22. Anyone else seen The Farewell? One of my favorite films in quite awhile. Awkwafina really shows off her acting abilities beyond her normal comedic talents. The film itself takes you on an emotional roller coaster while navigating the divides between east/west cultures, as well as what unites us. Cannot recommend it enough.
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