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  1. ^I agree but a B&M hyper would still be great. Also, not all of them have those trim brakes going into each hill but I too absolutely despise those!!! They ruin Intimidator at Carowinds. Luckily Goliath at SFOG doesn't have them. Diamondback has one, but I can deal with just one and still think that's one of the best B&M hypers.
  2. I don't fully understand here. What would make us concerned that a B&M hyper would be anything like Mamba? Mamba is not a B&M or in my opinion, anything like one. I quite like Mamba, but B&M hypers are a different breed entirely. I agree, that's what I am saying. I do feel like the twisty aspects B&M could bring to a potential hyper would really differentiate it though. I imagine something like a mini Fury but with half the course focusing on camelback hills.
  3. That video of Xcelerator testing is INSANE! Can I sign a waiver and try it out? That airtime!
  4. I think if the park does eventually get a B&M hyper (even though Six Flags rarely works with B&M now) it could be small but definitely take advantage of the landscape to add to the drop height and just how tall it appears to be and I'm sure B&M could incorporate elements that would make it stand out from Mamba.
  5. I'm not sure how this could be any different from any other SF park I've ever been to. Actually, even my experience with CF ride ops/food service within the last year has been garbage. The economy is coming back and the money is there for larger capital investments, so why care about the little things like customer service anymore, eh? From our observations it's easier to count the good experiences with large chain park staff as opposed to keeping track of the bad experiences. Front gate staff is always the best, but it just goes downhill from there. Maybe it's because I'm familiar with SFSTL's layout, but we found SFoG's layout to be a little odd. If I recall correctly, Superman is just tucked in the back kind of awkwardly. SFoG is an OK park, but it's not the high and mighty you seem to be making it out to be. BTR clones aside, the only memorable rides for me were Goliath and Mind Bender. I actually just had to look at the list to even remember what was there and that was only four years ago. Dare Devil? Meh. Would I rather have SFOG as my home park over SFSTL? Well they have a B&M hyper... so yeah. However, there's a reason why we haven't even thought about going back. It's just not that memorable. From my experience the employees at SFStL were much worse than those at SFOG. Every time I have to raise an issue to an employee at SFOG it gets resolved and every time that happened at SFStL the employees (and security) were not in any way interested in doing their jobs, did not know what to do, and just wanted to do anything but fulfill their role. It was actually very concerning. Like I said maybe that is just bad luck since I have only been to the park a handful of times. SFOG isn't the world's best amusement park but I would put its layout, aesthetics, and coaster line up in terms of quality above pretty much any park in the chain. They do have their issues with poor employees and shady clientele though (although it has drastically improved from years ago when the clientele was scary at times). Uh... If you are having that many experiences with security or making complaints... did you ever think that the issue could be... you? SFOG may have your 'personal' favorite line-up, but I think you're high if you really are convinced it's one of the best line-up in the chain. I'll give you 'solid', but anything over that is an over statement. However, with a surrounding population as large as Georgia, 'm par' might be more accurate. Dare Devil gets points for being unique to the U.S., but for me it stops there. I'd even take the version of Mr. Freeze that I don't prefer over that snooze fest. Again... personally... if that sets the standard for all eurofighters, then I see them as junior coasters on steroids. I am talking about simple security issues like line jumpers. I rarely have any issues at any park, so no the problem is not me. I am just not afraid to say something if something needs to be said, unlike most sheep in our society. I am in no way "high" by saying it's one of the best parks in the chain overall (most people who have been to SFOG seem to agree it's one of the best overall, along with Fiesta Texas which gets even higher regard) and their coaster line-up is often considered to be of quality and consistent. I have nothing to gain by their success so I have no reason to defend them really. I have been to most parks in the chain and I am more than thrilled that I get to go to SFOG and not parks like SFStL or SFA. I enjoyed SFStL but the park needs a lot of work in most categories/departments, more than most in the chain.
  6. I have been to SFOG, SFGAdv, SFGAm, SFSL, SFOT, and SFFT and none of them have never shut rides down early when I was there...Hell, sometimes they'll be late shutting the lines down. Six Flags and Cedar Fair are really great about leaving the lines open until closing time. When I was at SFOT they proved their terrible ability to handle lines and closing times quite well. They closed the queue for New Texas Giant early, but then additionally an employee came up and cut the line at around the point of being half an hour deep and told everyone behind that point they had to leave. It was unbelievable. I have never seen anything like it. I really hope that isn't normal at SFOT
  7. When I had it, I thought it was humorous how many people got absolutely set off by my wristband. Ninja had a 2 hour line, and after my first ride, when the gates opened and I stayed the woman who was next in line started screaming at me and actually ended up kicking me rather violently once I was locked in my seat. At that point she left the ride still having some weird ghetto adult temper tantrum. Jokes on her because she stood in line for 2 hours just to leave when she was next in line.
  8. If you arrive before opening, you can easily ride everything within 5 hours even if the park is slammed, as long as the operations are good and things aren't closed in the morning. Georgia Scorcher and Georgia Cyclone often open a half hour early so you can possibly ride those before the park officially opens. I would then get in the crowd waiting for the rest of the park to open in the direction of Goliath. When they open, go STRAIGHT TO Dare Devil Dive. That line pushes 2 hours on not-so-busy days so on a Saturday that's the only way you will ride it. After that go to Goliath if the line is just within the station still. If it is longer you can come back to it later. I would then hit Batman followed by Mindbender. After that go to the back of the park which will likely still be pretty dead and ride Superman first, then Great American Scream Machine, then Ninja. Jump on Sky Screamer too if it interests you. I would also recommend the mine train and even the kiddie coaster if you have time and the lines aren't bad. Other than that Acrophobia and Monster Mansion are the only must rides. Both get a pretty long line. Thunder River is one of the best looking and most exciting rapids rides are well (I've never seen a more realistic rapids ride. You'd think it's a real river) but you might not have time to even consider that. I have done all of these within 3-4 hours before on a few Saturdays, so it is much more realistic than it sounds. Thanks. I found this from July 02. Regarding the Flash Pass, do you have a recommendation? Perfect! I am glad you could find that. It really is the ultimate way to sweep the park at opening. If you are spending an entire day at the park and it is extremely busy, I would say go for the Flash Pass. I always buy fast passes if I am visiting a park for the first time and likely won't be back for a long time. I think considering all that is invested in a trip, it really is worth it since it will add so much to your day. Regular Flash Pass will wait in a line for you, and you can only reserve one ride at a time, so if the lines are all 2 hours you can reserve one coaster and it will be ready for you in 2 hours, meanwhile you can wait 2 hours for something else. So it can double the number of rides you get in. Gold Flash Pass will significantly reduce the wait time, often more than the promised 50% or whatever the exact percent is. Platinum is expensive and will essentially reduce the entire wait time, but you still have to wait a few minutes. I have gotten it before, but it is only really worth it if they are offering the double ride wristband that day (and if they do have that, get ready to be verbally and possibly physically assaulted by the person next in line. That happened to me. Not kidding lol). I would say if the park is packed, feel out the lines and if they are just too long, go to Flash Pass Processing and buy a Gold Flash Pass.
  9. I hate to seem lazy (I am busy at work) but I've provided a few lengthy suggestions for first time visitors in this thread before, maybe some 10 pages back. If you can find it, I promise it will help you immensely with making the most out of your day. If you do the park right you can easily double the success and enjoyment of a day at the park!
  10. B&M dive coasters are great, but I can't say I am that impressed by this announcement for what it is (and please don't attack me for being less than 100% impressed and excited, I am still at least 70% impressed/excited). Yes, it is an awesome big dive coaster, but I feel like it falls short for Cedar Point overall. The "barely the tallest dive coaster" height, the lack of a splashdown, the layout just seems minimal, not utilizing the 10 across seating, and very likely another clean but dry and generic plaza/entrance/station with no character (we will see). Still a great addition and I am sure it will go over extremely well with the GP, but considering the reputation Cedar Point has I was hoping they would push the envelope a bit more. It's still a top notch addition to their stellar line up.
  11. Yes, and correct me if I am wrong but the old Thomas Train has not operated since Thomas Town, there are no other rides there, and the playground is being moved to Looney Tunes Boomtown. Earlier this year the park president said that area would stay as it is because the park needed more for parents with small children and it was a haven of sorts. With these 2 new kids areas, tons of rides, and moving the playground, there is nothing left at Whistlestop Park and that area is essentially going to be a vacant lot right beside a vacant part of the parking lot, so the expansion possibilities are pretty endless! Keep in mind that area also floods, so I don't think we will see something like Justice League there.
  12. I love Cyclone! The ejector air is amazing and it really is an intense ride. I really hope it doesn't get the RMC reprofile although I would love it if they finished the topper track. The section with topper track is amazing. I would like to see a custom RMC built or really just any custom coaster. I assume they will use the area where Déjà Vú used to be.
  13. I'm not sure how this could be any different from any other SF park I've ever been to. Actually, even my experience with CF ride ops/food service within the last year has been garbage. The economy is coming back and the money is there for larger capital investments, so why care about the little things like customer service anymore, eh? From our observations it's easier to count the good experiences with large chain park staff as opposed to keeping track of the bad experiences. Front gate staff is always the best, but it just goes downhill from there. Maybe it's because I'm familiar with SFSTL's layout, but we found SFoG's layout to be a little odd. If I recall correctly, Superman is just tucked in the back kind of awkwardly. SFoG is an OK park, but it's not the high and mighty you seem to be making it out to be. BTR clones aside, the only memorable rides for me were Goliath and Mind Bender. I actually just had to look at the list to even remember what was there and that was only four years ago. Dare Devil? Meh. Would I rather have SFOG as my home park over SFSTL? Well they have a B&M hyper... so yeah. However, there's a reason why we haven't even thought about going back. It's just not that memorable. From my experience the employees at SFStL were much worse than those at SFOG. Every time I have to raise an issue to an employee at SFOG it gets resolved and every time that happened at SFStL the employees (and security) were not in any way interested in doing their jobs, did not know what to do, and just wanted to do anything but fulfill their role. It was actually very concerning. Like I said maybe that is just bad luck since I have only been to the park a handful of times. SFOG isn't the world's best amusement park but I would put its layout, aesthetics, and coaster line up in terms of quality above pretty much any park in the chain. They do have their issues with poor employees and shady clientele though (although it has drastically improved from years ago when the clientele was scary at times).
  14. What makes you say that the park is a mess? Especially in EVERY department? I am just wondering what you saw and I didn't. Every time I have visited the employees were either rude or did not do their jobs, the service was slow, they were not attentive at all, etc. The park layout was all over the place and you can point out from basically any place you stand a corner they have either given up on or forgotten about. The queues are set up so you have to walk forever to get to the stations. Most of the classic Six Flags charm is gone. The entry to HH was a cluster. The parking lot looked like a bomb had gone off. The landscaping in most areas was either non-existent or heavily neglected. The rides are almost all dated which is fine if they are well maintained but instead they were all showing age and in some cases neglect. A handful of rides never opened all day. Don't get me wrong, I am overall very easy going and I don't like to nitpick at parks, I just expected my visit to be similarly pleasant in comparison to my visits to SFOG and SFOT (which both, especially the latter, sometimes have significant ride operations issues, so I am not saying they are perfect) but it was definitely a few notches down. I could've just been unlucky with my visits too. It really is not a bad park. It just didn't meet my expectations. I still really enjoyed the visit though! American Thunder is right up there with the very best GCIs, I love classics so Screaming Eagle and even Ninja really had me pumped. I thought Boss was awesome just because of its size. Mr. Freeze is one of my favorite coasters. Excalibur gets credit for being so unique too. I just am glad it isn't my home park and I've been more impressed by every other Six Flags park (not because of coaster line ups, but because of overall experience and the charming vibes some parks give). I didn't visit until recent years so it is hard for me to see where the park is going but I hope it is vastly improving each year like most parks in the chain seem to be!
  15. I can't wait to get out to Fiesta Texas because I love SFOG and have been slightly disappointed by every other park in the chain I've been to by comparison. Which other ones have you been to?? I've been to SFMM, SFSTL, SFGAM and I agree, they definitely don't have the charm that Georgia has, although they all do have pretty good collections of coasters. I have been to SFStL, SFA, SFGAdv, SFOT, SFDK, and SFKK during its Six Flags days. I could go into detail about each one, but basically they are all nice parks that just need work in certain areas. I'm just glad SFOG is my home park because it is the only one I wouldn't get bored with (well SFOT and SFGAdv would be decent). I'm definitely interested in getting to SFMM and SFGAM soon since they are 2 of the biggest parks in the chain.
  16. This doesn't really make sense to me. As someone who visits SFOG frequently, I would say we have been one of the luckiest parks in the chain. In the past 5 years we have received: 1. A brand new custom Eurofighter, which is the only one in the chain. 2. A 242 foot tall Sky Screamer 3. Hurricane Harbor. While small this is only phase one and it is still a huge addition, and by far the nicest looking HH in the chain. 4. Unlike the other parks in the chain, we got a Super Loop AND a customized Tilt-a-Whirl, both of which are the most attractive in the chain. SFOG's Gotham City is now by far the most appealing in the chain as well. 5. Most of the buildings throughout the park have been repainted, further making it the nicest looking park in the chain. 6. The addition of Holiday In The Park, which extends the operating season through early January and will include the entire park and all dry rides this year. I went to this a few days after Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas and thought it would be a joke but it was actually amazing. 7. And now a huge kid's area renovation and expansion with many new rides including adult friendly rides (flyers and a 65 foot drop tower). I'm not sure how any of that is weird or why you would think SFStL is lucky to not have all the great investments SFOG has had. I have been to both parks and while I enjoyed SFStL, the park is a bit of a mess in pretty much every department.
  17. I am just so happy about this announcement!!! It is about time. What is going on with Magic Mountain lately? It's like they are actually trying to restore their reputation. Honestly, I am greatly satisfied with all of the Six Flags announcements. All very good decisions throughout the chain (although I do feel bad for a few parks that don't get a lot, but even those parks are vastly improving in experience).
  18. I can't wait to get out to Fiesta Texas because I love SFOG and have been slightly disappointed by every other park in the chain I've been to by comparison.
  19. I'm guessing the Harley Quinn Mirror Maze is going in the building as well, which is probably why they are switching the theme. It is funny they had Fearless Freep's Dare Devil Dive when they build Dare Devil Dive and now they will apparently have The Joker Chaos Coaster and The Joker Funhouse Coaster I don't hate the name, but it is kind of funny and I hope they don't beat a dead horse with Joker themed rides throughout the chain (as much as I love the character). The only reason I'm not totally annoyed by the retheme of Canyon Blaster is because the fun house aspect really adds a lot of potential. Also, I am sure the re-branding will work in the park's favor which is always a good thing. More ROI.
  20. WOW! What an amazing set of flats. Seriously those are 3 of the best possible flat rides out there. Is the giant Frisbee a Zamperla Giant Discovery (like Black Widow at Kennywood)? That model is far superior to all the other giant Frisbees. Seriously it makes MaxAir seem average.
  21. While I am sad to see the Spanish section of the park go (I am still a fan of keeping the old while building new as well, and I think SFOG has room for it's original theme and new themes), this expansion overall is more than I would've ever imagined! Pros: - Overall a really big expansion with 2 excellent themed areas! - I like that the rides range from kiddie rides to intermediate rides (That drop tower and those flyers are things I am excited to ride!) - While Canyon Blaster's new name is silly (considering we just added The Joker Chaos Coaster) and I feel like the original theme was perfect and could've easily marked the entry to Looney Tunes Boomtown, the funhouse theme could be really exciting with the queue, the amount of structure they are working with, and that garage tunnel mid-course of the coaster. Cons: - Nothing new in terms of thrills or to make Hurricane Harbor the capacity it really needs to be - It's sad to see the Spanish theme die - Canyon Blaster was already one of the best themed rides in the park, it utilized the Spanish fort for basically what it was, and made a great back entry to Bugs Bunny World (I think the ride could've stayed the same and marked the entrance to Looney Tunes Boomtown perfectly, leaving more room to invest). However, the retheme will give it attention as a "new" coaster. Overall this is a pretty great expansion and a park that had barely any flats and a mostly dated kid's area now has tons of flats and kid's areas expanding from near the front of the park to nearly the back! (if you include Carousel Hill, which I absolutely would!) SFOG, already probably the nicest park in the chain, has become so much nicer with Hurricane Harbor, by far the best Gotham City, many flats, and now great areas for kids. Hopefully this means a new coaster is on the horizon too, since we are caught up in pretty much every other department.
  22. And flatten out the park while adding a lot of trees near Superman. Haha I thought both of these things while watching the video! Hopefully that just speaks for the inaccuracies of the video because the whole expansion, while great, looks like a generic Cedar Fair job. Hopefully it's more charming in real life (which it will be with hills, more plants, hopefully variations in fence types, small details, etc.)
  23. People who have anything negative about something on this forum seem to get bashed, but I'm going to put in my bit anyways... I pretty much hate this addition. 1. Low capacity (for a park this size, and with the lines they get, they really need a high capacity new coaster). 2. Personal opinion but the name is silly. 3. Why would they open up that beautiful lake front just to plop a coaster like this in front of it. I feel like there are so many better ways to use that space. I love Great Adventure, but I feel like they make so many awkward, disjointed, random plans/additions that don't seem to really fit with any long term goal. With that being said it will still be a great ride in its own right, and I'm sure the GP will love it in its debut year. Those wanting a new coaster should still be happy that they are getting a new, thrilling, and fairly unique coaster (considering there is just one other like it).
  24. Fright Fest is always a crazy busy time for the park. From my experience it can easily be as bad or worse than peak summer Saturdays. Some Friday nights are not as busy, especially if it is chilly. Sunday sometimes isn't too terrible either. The park operations can be horrendous on some rides but are usually good on most rides. There is always a non-headliner coaster or 2 that have terrible operations. Cyclone and Scorcher come to mind. Overall the operations have vastly improved compared to previous years. Season Passholder Appreciation Night used to be quiet but last year was ridiculously busy. Years ago when the park did it the first Saturday or November after the park closed for the season it used to be DEAD.
  25. I haven't been on Prowler, but considering all the other newer GCIs, I believe it! American Thunder, White Lightning, and Goldrusher are all AMAZING and on another level from pre-2008 GCIs (except for Thunderhead which holds its own with the newer GCIs).
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