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  1. I have to giggle at how it's been suggested elsewhere (non-theme park people) that Disney can just up and find another location and establish what they have in Orlando as a result of this political mess. That being said, could this result in Disney at least floating the idea of spending cash/improving their other properties and trying to deflect guests into going to their other parks if things continue to be problematic in Florida? Obviously Disney alone is probably 1/3 of central Florida's economy, so they hold many of the cards here. It seems like Disney has the power to do this subtly over time, and could result in a "death by one thousand cuts" scenario for Orlando if things play out long enough.
  2. Do you honestly think that you will be skipping every other year on a SF pass? Cause that is what you are paying. Even if you run a month or two extra before cancelling, you are only $50 or less over the yearly membership cost instead of double. Over 5 years, you are paying an extra $500-1000. That's an entire theme park vacation in many cases. It's your money, you can spend how you want. But this is NOT solid financial advice for anyone who actually has to watch their income/spending, and can't just throw money away without thinking...
  3. The issue is going to be finding a ride back to Cleveland. Sandusky isn't that big and the pool for Uber/Lift is fairly small. Finding a driver who wants to do the 2.5 hour round trip could be difficult, especially if you need to travel at an off time.
  4. The weekend of Sept. 25 should be the first weekend of Freight Fest assuming that we are back on the "traditional" schedule. Fright Fest is just a single admission for the day, open to close. All major rides should normally operate except for water rides. Flash Pass would need to be either Gold or Platinum. FF is the one time where having a Platinum can be a bit more efficient than a Gold. You also will have Maxx Force on Platinum.
  5. SFGAm and yes, it held true. Because of the slow ops you were 20-40 minutes till you were exiting and yes, you were able to just walk right to your next ride and get through.
  6. Fair enough. My reference is Great America, Great Adventure, and New England. Platinum was absolutely a waste of money (save for PLATINUM ONLY rides) because of what I described. We gained zero extra time on our days using the pass. I will admit that I am crowd savvy however and actively avoid obvious busy days (Holidays, Saturdays, etc).
  7. The TX parks must be different then. Almost none of the rides that I have come across put you directly in the station and outside in less than 15 minutes. Also I've never had it to where the person scanning/clearing your flash pass isn't well outside the station. Unless you are stuck going on July 3rd or a Fright Fest Saturday, I have NEVER seen a gold wait time over 40 minutes. That certainly ISN'T the norm by far. Like I said, 90% of the time your next ride is ready by the time you are walking out the exit turnstile and another 7% of the time your ride is ready by the time you lazily walk to the next location. If it's stupid busy, then yea, take a break. But that is by far the minority exception to the FP use pattern that most of us will experience.
  8. Also point of note for those new to the system used by Six Flags: Realize that "Platinum" level is basically buying you access to an additional ride or two and not necessarily saving you time, per se, despite what the marketing material may say. In many cases after you go through the FP entrance, it will take you 15-30 minutes to complete your ride and reach the exit. If you have "Platinum" FP, your next ride selection will start buzzing shortly after you select it. With Gold, you may have to wait 20 minutes before the FP is buzzing saying it's ready. Well, since it takes 20 minutes to complete your current ride, and another 10 minutes to walk to the next ride, both the "gold" and "platinum" FP people will have the exact same wait in reality.
  9. God Dammit. I picked up the Sapphire in the beginning of May since I was going to purchase new furniture and had the cash on hand to cover it along with some other upcoming travel expenses that would easily cover the $4,000. I got 80K points. >=(
  10. At $20/hour, you are probably looking at $1100-1300 for 80 hours per paycheck since there are no benefits taken out. It's not bad. But at the same time, turnover will still happen. People won't want to be talked down to. People will be sick of dealing with other people. It's also a job that has "full time" pay for only 3 months. The other 4-5 months of employment are significantly less than that. It's a band-aid on a knife wound.
  11. Mostly clones? V2, Joker, and Superman, sure. But everything else is unique. Batman is the ORIGINAL B&M Invert, so sure, that coaster is in 10 other parks, but this was the start of that. That alone has to be worth something.
  12. Yes... I posted about it in the SF Corporate thread... It was company wide as I am a member at SFGAm...
  13. What exactly is a "Golden Friend Ticket"? That along with two additional skip the line passes are the incentive for me to keep paying into my Diamond Elite membership that has been unused since Dec. 2019. As I stated in this thread earlier, I kept paying during 2020 as I viewed it as an advanced payment for 2021.... At this point I really don't see the benefit for me to pay an additional $100 to keep my membership active until March 2021. As is, I am already getting 2021 free since SF owes me March-Sept. + 3 months "free" at the end of my membership.
  14. Well, here we are in Aug. and I've been paying into my Diamond Elite membership for a full season now without any use. I think it's time to pull the plug since I can essentially get 2021 for free now since SF has said that I will be comped for any months that I paid in, but was not able to use my pass at my home park (SFGAm)... This really kind of sucks and I really hope that they will stand by their offer, given that the overall picture looks bleak heading into 2021, 2022 and beyond.... I'm curious how many people they were able to convince to keep paying in....
  15. Like I said, Illinois has been one of the most cautious states in opening. Because of that, Amusement Parks are going to be one of the last things to open. It sucks, but that is how IL is handling this.
  16. In Illinois, theme parks would fall under Phase 5, which is the final phase in reopening. At this point I wouldn't expect there to be a 2020 season. Illinois has been one of the most cautious states in reopening and given the results that FL and TX are seeing with their reopening, I firmly believe that large scale gatherings won't happen here for the foreseeable future...
  17. I'd wager to say that although it's unlikely, damage seems plausible with this. This isn't something new however. It went so far as to become a sitcom gag (Simpsons Season 2 ---> Discount Lion Safari). I dunno how prevalent drive thru safari types of places were, but the concept was out there enough to establish itself in pop culture.
  18. I wonder what the penalty will be for this. I'd like to see it carry some weight, like a $50 no-show fee, but I'm not holding my breath
  19. Many of the jobs that are still working are jobs that most people wouldn't have given a glance at six months ago if they were offered the job. It's not as cut and dry as people want to make it seem.
  20. At this point it's quite clear that COVID isn't going away anytime soon.
  21. I don't think you can conceive how much most of the populace still has. Unemployment in the US is hovering around 13%, which yes sucks, but that still means there's 87% of the working population that is still working. Many industries haven't felt any hurt from this (and may actually be benefiting financially) and most major corporations are keeping their employees on the payroll. Yes, entertainment, food sector, and small business employees are hurting, but many, many are not. Let's not also discount the fact that people that are working (or otherwise being paid) are basically forced to have zero entertainment spending right now, and thus will have a large cache saved up when things are open again. I also think you're grossly overestimating the paranoia level of most "normal" people. Once this situation, which thus far isn't much worse than H1N1 was back in 2009 (60.8m infected, 13k dead compared to 466k infected, 16k dead so far for COVID-19), is under control and business start opening back up, I imagine you'll find most people eager to get back to their routine...going to bars, movies, and amusement parks. That is, if businesses return to normal at some point over the summer. If in fact this turns into a protracted thing, with this "stay-at-home" nonsense and all "non-essential" business closed for a year or more, then of course all bets are off. However, I don't see that happening...I predict that a certain "risk level" will have to be assumed and then life will return to normal, without any such special "social distancing," "virtual queue for everything," or everyone-wearing-a mask, in place. Here's the major problem with your assessment: Those are total numbers for H1N1. COVID numbers are still growing and will continue to do so for at least a month if not longer. This is not a situation that will fix itself by June 1. As it stands, we aren't that far away from Fall events starting to come into question (NFL/NCAA Football are the biggest entities with the spotlight on them). Within our hobby, we're quickly approaching a time where seasonal parks will have to ask themselves if it's worth it to even consider opening up in 2020. Many people seem to be quite reluctant to admit that this isn't some 6 week ordeal. We need to start playing the long game here, cause COVID isn't going away.
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