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Lightnin Loops

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  1. I was hoping that they would stop the delayed openings after the Jaro/Goliath delayed openings were further delayed due to actual setbacks. If I'm not mistaken, Jaro didn't open until July. Thats where is teters from teaser to plain old bad press.


    Instead of delaying a ride opening to get more passes sold, how about they stop running the park like crap and pissing off the people that buy passes so that they might actually buy one again.



    maybe the park should first start with selling gold passes for way over $100.

  2. Oh hey.... guess what has come to SFGADv.... parts for Looping Dragon!


    Source: http://flyinphilsflighthighlights.blogspot.com/2014/12/from-flight-on-sunday-december-21-2014.html



    shouldn't this carnival ride already be installed by now? its already Jan 2nd, next we will get some huge snowstorm, and come opening day, the park will blame the winter for not having the ride open. this park really needs to get moving.

  3. This has been bothering me for a while. This is the answer to this debate.


    If you live by the park, your pretty sick of all the gimmick rides (SUF, Kingda Ka, TDK, GL). Take of the family coasters (Blackbeards, skully, RMT), and your left with Bizzaro, Nitro, Batman, and El Toro. The three B&Ms are getting into their 20s now.


    No matter how amazing El Toro is, you can only ride it so many times. Since a majority of park guests are locals (proof: closest hotel is 20 minutes away), they've been riding the same coasters for 9 years.


    If your an enthusiast living elsewhere, GADV has tons of major credits that you havent ridden many times or at all. From an outside point of view, GADV looks stacked, but from a local perspective, GADV is a stale shell of something that used to be.


    Source: Ive had a season pass every year since 1998.


    very well said. I have had a season pass since the mid 1980's

  4. I honestly don't want to see a new coaster until we see the improvements made around the park. (fixing of old queue lines, paint, etc.)


    Any word on if the park is trying to put nets around Ka to try to let both Zumie and Ka run together?


    And will we likely see the path between Toro and Ka reopened next year with Looping Dragon coming in?


    good luck, the reason SF doesn't fix many things is because of $$$$$. The new ownership is more concerned with pocketing the money for shareholders. Plus, selling SP's at 61.99, does not help. all the other parks in the area are over $100. That is also why they run every coaster at min staffing minus GL and Ka. Go to a cedar fair park or hersehy, just look how much more staffing they have on coasters.

  5. Being as it's off season and gadv has not gotten a brand new coaster in a few years...


    I keep thinking about an awesome spot gadv could put a coaster.It would require removing the flat next to skull mountain, and the boat driving attraction. But I think it would be awesome if gadv added an intamin giga coaster that went around switlik lake. It could be a cross between millennium force and i305 with tons of twisties, low lying air time, and a crazy fast run through those woods. Maybe even call it the Jersey Devil. Nitro and El Toro are the air time machines of gadv, and this would be an intense run through the forest. This is just me dreaming though. Is there anthing preventing gadv from building back here? They built on similar land when they built nitro.


    The park has a lot to fix before they should even consider a new coaster. The park IS NOT lacking in large coasters.


    the park hasnt added a worthwhile coaster since 2006. They need something. Hershey Park is a much better park for coasters. Only worthwhile coasters to ride are Nitro, El Toro, and BTR

  6. This year was a pretty good year for ride crews. One thing that always bothers me is at the Nitro station the line at the gates gets so long and over crowded its crazy. They need someone there to limit it like at superman kingda ka and El Toro.


    Nitro's station is a flat out disaster on busy days. Last year during Fright Fest we waited 3 hours and the line was only as few hundred people beyond the entrance sign (near Batman's drop). We had a Flash Pass but we had reserved El Toro so we figured we'd go ride Nitro since it's a people eater but that station is horrible and the line didn't move at all.


    The Flash Pass line was all the way down the stairs, the amount of exit passes on that ride is insane so the exit path had a huge line too which was blocking people from walking down the stairs when they got off the ride and the stand by line wasn't moving. On busy days they need to do a better job managing that line because it's insanely crowded with people trying to force their way by the Flash Pass people.


    This is never a real issue except during Fright Fest though but with the boatloads of money they make on Fright Fest Saturdays I agree that they can pay someone a few bucks an hour to make that line flow a little better.


    god forbid the park hires a few more employees for betting staffing.

  7. This year was a pretty good year for ride crews. One thing that always bothers me is at the Nitro station the line at the gates gets so long and over crowded its crazy. They need someone there to limit it like at superman kingda ka and El Toro.


    totally disagree. with my 31 visits this season, bizarro and superman were bad like they always are. ka was ruined by the addition of the drop tower. I never seen so much triple stacking on Nitro in one season like this past season. and el toro, with the horrible restraints was terrible. this was one of the worst ride operations yrs ive seen. I also went to a bunch of other parks, and mainly, they were all better, except for SFNE, they sucked. oh well. just hoping for a better 2015.

  8. What makes the bizarro crew so bad? Do they just take their time? Or do they talk to the other ops and get distracted?


    They take their sweet time. And it is harder to hit cycle times on that ride due to the floors cause they actually slow down dispatches more than you would think. I think I mentioned this earlier in the thread but in order to not double stack, you have to dispatch when the train on the course is leaving the MCBR. Any later than that and then the train double stacks. Dispatching that early is completely doable with only two people on the train. Me and a few others were pretty good at it, but most of the Bizarro crew did not care enough. lol



    well if they don't care, then supervisors need to yank them off coasters. get people who can do their jobs.

  9. Kingda Ka's capacity has been cut in half since the addition of zumanjaro. and many of the other rides operations are pretty terrible, since for the most part, all the coasters are run with min staffing. usually except for Green lantern and Ka. get the platinum flash pass. its totally worth it. the worst ride in bizarro. they stack 3 trains all the time, the 2014 bizarro crew stunk, and nitros wasn't so good either. hopefully 2015 is a lot better.

  10. I think in the upcoming years the park could use some much needed TLC to the infrastructure, along with a few more newer flats and maybe, just maybe a new family coaster to replace the enormous gap Rolling Thunder left.


    how about tear down old country that is just rotting away. how about demolish the disgusting greatlake grandstand. such a eye sore. the park needs to be cleaned up. its very dirty. and the park hasn't added a good coaster in just about 10yrs. its time for something big. also, they need to improve ride staffing. all their coasters always run min staffing. I feel so sorry for them. always stacking trains. the park ride operations has really fallen at SFGadv. Medusa and Nitro this past season had the worst ride crews I have ever seen. just terrible.

  11. ^Agreed. Cedar Fair parks have clean, well maintained bathrooms, SF decided to go with the filthy, not-so well maintained approach. Dare to be different!!



    my local SF park has clean bathrooms. But they always run their coasters and rides at min staffing. always lots of coaster trains stacking in the station and break area. oh well

  12. They need to make sure people won't bring their loose articles on the ride to injure others. Maybe for Sweden it's easier but for the rest of the world it's quite dangerous. *cough*Dueling Dragons etc*cough*


    No they don't... why would you bother with mindless mumbo jumbo like doing your due diligence? They should just build it and assume it will all work out. Then if it doesn't they can just send one train on each ride before alternating with another ride that will then send one train so only one of their star attractions with already limited capacities can run at a particular time... crippling capacity and making the guests absolutely miserable.






  13. from what I hear, SFGadv has sent dozens of proposals to the state of NJ since the ride opened in July, and so far, the state has knocked everyone down. I guess we will know more come opening day.


    So is Great Adventure planning on doing anything to get Kingda Ka to run with Zoomanjaro? When I went about two years ago I got on Kingda Ka in about an hour. I went to Great Adventure again over the summer on a week day and thank God that I got two of those skip the line tickets for haveing a bad experience at SFNE. I got to go in through the exit and got on in no time but the line was literally 3 hours long! I waited in the single rider line for Zumanjaro because no one in my party wanted to ride it. And I waited about 3 hours. It ate up my whole day and I was pissed! I used my other skip the line pass for a last row ride on Toro. And even El Toro had a 2 hour wait! I waited around 2 hours for Nitro and after the first ride there was an extra seat on a train so I just sat in it and got 2 rides on it. I'm from Florida to so its not like I get to go here everyday. My total ride count came out pretty bad... I just got my season pass for six flags so hopefully I stop at GA again this summer. My home six flags park SFOG has way better operations...


    Kingda Ka X1

    Zumanjaro X1

    El toro x1

    Nitro x2

    Batman X1

    Skyscreamer x1

  14. For those complaining that the park hasn't been using both sides of the skyway, apparently the one side the park hasn't been using has been having problems since early in the season. So, using one side wasn't because the park was trying to save a few bucks like we all thought, but actually for mechanical reasons. Two sided use should return for 2015 when the other side is properly fixed.


    Well why haven't they fixed it. its been broke almost the whole season. They are being cheap. They are not fixing it.

  15. its time for SF to raise the cost of a season pass. $61.99 for a Gold season pass is way to cheap. time to get with the other chains out their and raise them. CF charges $180 for platinum, Hershey charges $140 for the SP. this will also help SF make more $$$$$ and get rid of some of the trash that visits the park. and maybe they wont have to close rides 20min early.

    Also, maybe if SF would pay a living wage, they would have more ride ops. more people would want to get a job at the park.

  16. I'm going to GADV tomorrow from 11 to midnight. Locals/frequent visitors: What kind of crowds might I expect? How are the mazes and are they extra charge ? I see that there is a "pitch black" haunted house. I love these ! Is this one any good?


    Also wondering if any of the major attractions are in refurbishment or closed ?


    Fright Fest haunts are EXTRA $$$$$$. Lines should be huge. its Saturday. Buy Flash Pass

  17. ^ I know the general hope is that the path to El Toro from Kingda Ka gets reopened next year with this new addition, but did anyone confirm any of this with the folks at ROTB?


    I didn't hear any mentions of the path from El Toro to Kinda Ka being reopened at ROTB, but I remember hearing like 2 yrs ago it was closed for the games in the boardwalk area to get more foot traffic.

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