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  1. So I'm planning a trip to Southern California for mid-late July and would like some advice on the matter. This would be my first time in the area. The basic itinerary at the moment is as follows: Friday: Fly to LA, see a Dodgers game, drive to Six Flags Magic Mountain Saturday/Sunday: SFMM. The plan is to get Flash Pass the Saturday only. Monday: Universal Studios Hollywood Tuesday/Wednesday: Knotts Berry Farm Thursday-Sunday: Disneyland Resort (2 full at Disneyland, 1.5 at DCA with the other half going to an Angels game) Monday: Fly home to Minneapolis. I know LAX can be a bitch to deal with, but right now flying there is $300 cheaper than SNA. I also like the flight times better at LAX. Rental car prices are about the same. Is it still worth it to fly into SNA, or is there another airport to look into? For Sunday night, I was looking into a hotel closer to Universal, but the best options don’t have a lot of parking available. Is it still worth it to stay closer, or should I stay the extra night near SFMM? For KBF, I'm thinking about staying at their onsite hotel for the convenience. I also am looking at the Quality Inn about a half mile north of the park. Is the convenience worth the extra cost? For Disney, I’m looking into their partner hotel deals. As long as it has a shuttle to the park, I’ll consider it. Any that are NOT recommended? For Time/Money, not really planning on doing any other Hollywood touristy things this trip. Only Line-Skip service I’ll look into is Flash Pass for the SFMM Saturday only due to budget. More park-specific questions will be posted in their respective threads closer to the trip. Any other tips would be appreciated.
  2. I'll laugh if any attractions at Canada's Wonderland get the DC branding. The park was used as a filming location for Amazon's The Boys--which largely satirizes DC.
  3. ^I'd almost say Fiesta Texas needs her more, Bert. They have an actual Poltergeist.
  4. They'd have to beat boost mode on Tornado at Bakken. Which I don't think anyone* would have a problem with. *Except whiny thoosies who bemoan that it's "no longer a launch."
  5. They'd say similar if Boss got RMC'd. "They just painted the rails," is a common one I've seen from other RMC announcements.
  6. When those licensing deals happened could be a big factor. It takes a lot of time to design and create these attractions. Every IP used this year is one that existed prior to 2022. M3GAN was a breakout hit this year and thus all licensing deals were completed by that point. Also, if it was a house, you'd need about 14-18 people to play M3GAN. The character has the body of a 12 year old and an uncanny valley face. Or if it was a scare zone, the character would be mobbed constantly with people trying to take pictures with them. And again, appearance of a 12 year old girl. The film was also marketed for a younger demographic--one the park may not want at the event.
  7. I've heard that rumor when the rumor was a Mack Power Splash. The MPS is larger than the Intamin Ultra Surf in such a way that would necessitate the removal of Joker. Odds are that's where the rumor came from.
  8. Nopuko Air Coaster at Lost Island. Pretty, but a steaming pile of shit. Rest of the park is great, though. Somehow, this was my first SLC.
  9. Tomorrow, August 10th, is Snoopy's birthday. Dorney is also announcing their new project tomorrow. Wouldn't surprise me if we got the announcement tomorrow here as well.
  10. That ride is 40 years old. It's headed to the scrap heap. But that plot would make a good place for a Planet Snoopy expansion. Maybe for the 2024 season.
  11. Ride's circuit is not yet complete. No signs of work in the area. Look like it's a "for next year" sort of thing.
  12. Just got done with 2 days at the park and wanted to share some thoughts. Of note: I was previously at the park in 2006. Wildcat was closed both days. The only sign of life it showed was I maybe heard some work going on. The park was advertising a limited time run of lights out night rides for a small handful of rides-wildcat included- that started tonight. Laff Track was a neat idea, but flawed execution. I think the park could've added more theming to the standard model spinner. Why the hell has no one really bought another vertical lift coaster from Intamin? Love Fahrenheit. I'd heard the "Thigh Crush" jokes before and thought they were a tad hyperbolic. But now I realize that if you don't come off the ride without bruises, you probably didn't ride Skyrush. No wonder the park wanted a nice, floaty B&M. I wasn't able to ride Stormrunner back in 06, but I made up for it this trip. Nothing quite like an accelerator launch from Intamin. And I quiver to think about how the flying snake dive is on Ride to Happiness compared to the original here. The park could use more flat rides. An S&S Screaming Swing and a Starflyer immediately come to mind. Small thing, but I loved how many easy places the park had where I could fill up my water bottle with ice and cold water.
  13. Goddammit. I'm at the park Sunday and Monday. Hopefully it's back open Monday.
  14. Today I found out that the last 2 days of work I put in were for naught as I messed up royally. I spent today and will go all day tomorrow fixing my mistake. This job is already nearly 2 weeks late and will take about another week to finish. And I have 6 days off after tomorrow.
  15. So I've got my first visit to the park coming up next week. I have my all day wristband paid for. I'm planning my food route around the park. I know Flying Turns is a good ride to hit early. I know the park is free to enter, but how early can I park and get my wristband? Haunted Mansion isn't included in the wristband, but can I purchase tickets for it anywhere or just at the attraction?
  16. So I'm going to be at the park pretty much open to close this coming Saturday the 22nd for the opening day of Grand Carnivale. This will be my first visit to the park. I'm not touching the waterpark. Yes, I like rerides. My plan is to pretty much stop riding once Carnivale starts at about 5pm. My ticket includes 3 Carnivale samplings so I'll be taking in the festivities the rest of the day. My plan is to start with the mouse due to capacity reasons. And then head towards Demon Drop for the uniqueness. Where is the best place to sit on Hydra for hangtime during the jojo roll? Any rides good night rides?
  17. I have a day and a half planned for this park for 2 weeks from now, full day Thursday and half day Friday before going to the Pirates game. I expect Steel Curtain to be down for my trip, or by some miracle if it is running, it's on one train. I heard one of the woodies bans single riders. Which is it if true? My hotel is about 10 miles from PNC Park. Any parking recommendations for the stadium or should I just uber? The only things that can't fit in a zippered pocket are a hat and water bottle. Any mandatory bunnies I need to worry about? Food in park recommendations beyond Potato Patch fries?
  18. What the duck? That's one ducking weird story I didn't have on my ducking bingo card.
  19. Even now, those Knotts plans are more believable than whatever smoke Magic Mountain's PR team is blowing.
  20. And just like that, the ride has reopened. Odds are the retracked sections will ride like butter, and everything else will still be rough as hell.
  21. Tina Turner passed this morning at 83. Didn't realize she was that old.
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