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  1. Let's not sound like the government now everyone! After all, I fully expect that when they finally build a fence to keep immigrants out, they'll argue for at least one term on what color to paint it Let's talk about instead on how those track pieces look huge compared to some other dive coaster track.
  2. You can go to Guest Services just inside the gate at SFOT and have your child measured and they'll give them a colored wristband for their height. I did this a couple times with my kids, but gave up. It's pointless. None of the ride ops pay attention to the wristband and still want to measure the kids. I really do wish they would take note of Cedar Point's operations. I took my wife to CP for her first time a few years ago after she had grown up going to SFOT. It didn't take her long to notice the efficiency and better professionalism of the operations there. If she notices it, then anyone can see it. See? That's one thing I'm talking about. I grew up in our park here as well and didn't even know they have the wrist bands already lol. They just don't enforce their own policies. I just started visiting other parks last year, it's like leaving the country and coming back with new eyes. The flaws suddenly stick out. Something else I appreciated at CP for example when I was standing in line for Rougarou. They actually had signs in the queue that said "assigned seating will be implemented because of popularity of the ride". You know how many problems they had? None! Our major problem is our guests are not educated, changing of just signs and policies and enforcing them will change that. Not to sound like a know it all, but I am studying parks and recreating management in hopes of being in management of a park somewhere someday. A lot of Cedar Fair parks through signs and enforcing rules have essentially "trained" their guests. Everyone when they sit on a ride know exactly how to put on the restraints, even these old ladies I saw riding Maverick! Loose items, CP and Great Adventure both REALLY enforce the loose item policy. Great Adventure would barely let you take your underwear on the ride, but it creates faster loading times. But the loose item procedure could be handled better, I like the Cedar Fair method, it's quicker and they actually get on the microphone and tell people to hurry up and get off the platform. A lot of these things could be implemented for free, or dirt cheap. Hopefully it happens someday soon!
  3. I've noticed our park will randomly change policies and change them back if someone complains about it. Last year when they were doing assigned seating on NTaG, I had finally had it (this was after all summer and suffering through badly ride operations). I complained to HR because there was A LOT of people in line very pissed about it. To my shock, HR called ME! The little man! lol The lady was great and I gave her kudos for calling me because she literally asked me what do they need to fix. (I had just returned from my first ever trip to Cedar Point about a week prior mind you) and I said send someone to Cedar Point and watch how they manage lines and ride operations and you'll be on the right track. They have some what listened, but not completely yet lol To be honest, if all you said was "Do what Cedar Point does," that's not very helpful to Six Flags. For one, Cedar Point doesn't have an RMC. Also, as I'm sure you've noticed, Texas weather is slightly different from the Great Lakes. Six Flags over Texas doesn't need to, and in fact cannot, do what Cedar Point does. They can improve operations at their own park, but it will be on their own terms, tailored for the rides, clientele, and weather they have. If you had some serious and specific suggestions, then you should have shared them. Otherwise, it really wasn't worth your time or theirs. No need to get snappy and judge-mental. Excuse me for not taking the time to type out page after page of improvements I felt the park could implement based on THEIR COMPETITION that whips their rear ends. I suggested many different things that they could look into. Do you not travel to other parks? I've been to New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and Minnesota just in the last month. Each park typically has their own unique features and how they run things. But since you insist that telling them "Do what Cedar Point does" isn't good enough. How about me comparing our park to Great Adventure? They actually do A LOT of things very similar to Cedar Fair that our park does not. How about pre-measuring kids at the park gate with color coded stickers with their height so they don't have to be pulled off a ride after they've been seated to be remeasured? Great Adventure does this and I saw it at King's Dominion a few weeks ago, that's a great idea! Why does our park average over 3 minutes per train dispatch and stack out 2 trains when everywhere else I visit they can run 3 with no stack out? Customer Service is more top notch at Cedar Fair parks, all the reviews this season out of Cedar Point is the ride ops are really hauling on the platforms and the vendors are being top notch. I gave some kudos to those at Great Adventure as they were really moving also and doing a good job. But, it's been a long time since I could say they were doing a good job dispatching quickly on Titan or TG. Facts are, I love our park, SFOT is supposed to be a flagship park in the chain. It's not anymore, it has a good set of rides but it hasn't seen significant upgrades in years. SFMM and SFGAV are better parks now, even Fiesta Texas is getting some attention and I felt the scenery and charm of the park is still very much intact. Does our park look like a themed "Six Flags" to you anymore? It's lacking and I look forward to the improvements when they finally do come. So now, go visit other parks and you'll see why improvements should be made and complained about and you'll understand my previous post much better.
  4. I believe so, when I flew up there last month, it was raining more than just a drizzle. Didn't stop them though, I got there for early entry and got soaked as I got a few rounds on Gatekeeper as no one showed up. MF was running also and I made the mistake of wearing my poncho...yep...needed a new one after a few rides on it. Otherwise, I think they have a lot looser policy, TTD I was told will open 30 minutes after the last drop of rain falls so the hydraulics can dry off a bit, and they were true to their words!
  5. I've noticed our park will randomly change policies and change them back if someone complains about it. Last year when they were doing assigned seating on NTaG, I had finally had it (this was after all summer and suffering through bad ride operations). I complained to HR because there was A LOT of people in line very pissed about it. To my shock, HR called ME! The little man! lol The lady was great and I gave her kudos for calling me because she literally asked me what do they need to fix. (I had just returned from my first ever trip to Cedar Point about a week prior mind you) and I said send someone to Cedar Point and watch how they manage lines and ride operations and you'll be on the right track. They have some what listened, but not completely yet lol
  6. I totally agree. I love super intense coasters as much as the next guy, but intensity does not make a great coaster automatically, and just because a coaster isn't intense, does not make it a flaming pile of crap either. I personally believe a dive coaster is the perfect fit for CP. But that's just me... This! I really don't understand why most enthusiasts believe that extreme forces = great ride? Obviously, forces don't sell tickets. There is much more to a ride than blackout G's. SheiKra and Griffon both have moments of plentiful positive and near zero G's, so I'd expect the others to have the same. Dive Coasters usually have unique layouts with wonderful ride experiences. That, to me, sounds like a great coaster to ride and to invest in. I agree. I visited King's Dominion for the first time about 2 weeks ago on a SATURDAY. Very busy day...The longest I waited for I-305 was 15 minutes, I could have hopped on and off if I didn't want to try the front seat a couple of times. I kept asking locals what gives? I thought it was great but I can understand why the general public wouldn't re-ride. Sure enough, a lot of the GP said it's a "one and done" for most around there. It's a great ride and I really enjoyed it, but does it benefit the park as much? Not really from a business stance, so a less forceful ride that caters to the other 99% that aren't "enthusiasts" is the better market move. We'll always have our few that have those intense moments if you desire it, but don't expect each new one to be intense. Look at all the uproar over Fury 325 by the enthusiasts, and compare that to the GP and you'll know what I mean.
  7. Random question, does anyone know when school districts start school? Does the park happen to be open during a week when school starts getting back in so that maybe it's less busy? Thanks!
  8. If only I knew someone with lots of money! I had to write a business plan for a class in college as a project, and so naturally being a coaster nerd. I made a plan that would essentially be a Cedar Point for Texas! That way the west coast has SFMM, the north east has SFGAV, and obviously Cedar Point in the north...leaves a big hole for a major thrill park in the south, oh well, one can dream...!
  9. I desperately am hoping for a Wing coaster or a Floor-less at our park someday, that our I'd be happy with a ride like Maverick! I would hope that it's understood that our park is in dire need of that next "big thrill". Sky Screamer is nice, but it's not that huge crowd drawing machine with tons of merchandise that everyone will just eat up. Our park really needs that next big thrill machine. I visit a lot of parks and I visited Six Flags Great Adventure and Kings Dominion last week, both first time visits. SFGAV is ran SO much better I felt like I was in a Cedar Fair park. El Toro IS INCREDIBLE by the way if you've never ridden it. KD has I-305 which was also fantastic. Point is, both parks have those attractions that just welcome you when you drive up.
  10. I'm sure there are some different things they could do that would really make a great dive coaster, I can't tell you how many times in RCT I would build a dive coaster with some top hat elements that gave it some insane airtime numbers. But in reality, this is Cedar Fair and Cedar Point we're talking about, they know how to make them big and bad if they really want too. Between now and the anniversary are going to be some exciting times at the park for park goers of all types.
  11. The backwards trains were at my home park last season SFoT and it only took them about a day once they were on. The ride runs normally so it's not that foreign to them. They were only running one train when I visited on Thursday, so I could tell they were getting ready to shut it down for the conversion. The experience is different though, it was quite disorientating even though most of us know the elements coming by heart. It's a little more intense as now the forces of the ride are pushing you outwards instead of inwards toward the seat and some people didn't like that. So it'll be to each their own, but it's still pretty fun!
  12. It's great teasing on Cedar Point's part, ever since I-305 gave them all those troubles at King's Dominion it seems Cedar Fair has put Intamin aside for awhile. B&M has been dominating the new coaster market for the last few years. It's only a matter of time I think though before Cedar Fair might return to Intamin, if you want edgy and flare...Intamin seems to do it almost every time.
  13. Is it really that serious? Not everyone is going to like what CP is doing and they don't have to. Everyone has an opinion and that's what makes discussions interesting. If everyone was in agreement with everything, it'd be really boring. Yes it can be. You must understand that "we" as in "us enthusiasts" make up about 1% of the general public of paying customers. We're also less likely to spend tons of money because we know the tricks and how to plan a day perfectly to enjoy the attractions. When you hear the horror stories of CoasterMania, or West Coast Bash, or any other events at how rude the people will act towards employees and park managers who are doing something they don't have to do, yes it's frustrating! With that being said, what I stated goes for any park, not just Cedar Point. We very rarely will get what we all will agree on as a "great coaster". Meaning most complaints I ever see about new rides are it's force-less, it's not fast enough, it's not jerky enough. Stuff that the GP typically doesn't like. I visited King's Dominion for the first time this past Saturday because I'd never ridden I-305. I thought it was great and enjoyed it. I still like Millennium Force more, this ride was supposed to rake in the crowds, on a busy Saturday afternoon I waited 10 minutes for front seat and no wait for any other seat. Being from so far away I asked what gives? Everyone said the same thing, it's a one and done because of the forces and Maverick style twisty's. We can all handle it and ride all day for the most part, but the majority of the 99% can't. So therefore, will I'm not a liberal and love everyone's opinion, generally these opinions aren't opinions, they are just general moaning and bellyaching. An opinion about a roller coaster isn't the typical "it's force-less" and so on and so forth, we all know what you're gonna say. The only different opinion that's been stated in this particular conversation is the fact CP has rides similar, but then someone else addressed this with Wicked Twister and Raptor. It's just a different trick even if it's one trick pony, and it's a new pony that CP will make millions on the 99%...not the 1%. I've ran into way too many entitled "enthusiasts" and I only hope for the opinions to remain opinions, not bitching. So if you choose to not go and spend money to ride it because you think it won't be that good, then that's fine! I just think it's then silly to call yourself an "enthusiast" as enthusiasts are supposed to enjoy the hobby of roller coasters and thrill rides. It likely will be another CP style record breaker and all that's here is mostly negativity. Thahere my point came from. This is called an ad hominem attack. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem). You disagree with myself and a few others about the new ride, but instead of simply arguing why you think it's a good addition to the park, you conflate our negative opinions with the kind of a$$hole behavior you see at enthusiast events and declare us all to be "entitled". In reality you've never met me and don't know anything about my general attitude or behavior, and of course my opinion is just that, an opinion, like any other. Turning my opinion into "moaning and bellyaching" is an attack on my character, which is uncalled for and not constructive to the conversation. I love Cedar Point. I love dive coasters. I just happen to love other coasters more. It's all good! It's all love, man. But seriously, how can you visit so many different parks and NOT have an opinion on what would be a good addition, versus what would be an even better addition? Do you really just go from park to park never thinking about what you like, and what you'd like to see more of, versus what you don't like as well? Sounds awfully boring. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't personally going after you as I won't judge someone's character even if I know them. It was more or less overall venting because I visited SFGAV and King's Dominion this past week for the first time and I saw a lot of moaning and groaning while I felt like I was the only one who enjoyed myself. So apologies if it felt personal, wasn't meant to be. As for that comment about visiting so many parks and not wondering, pffft, I think we'd all be happy if every park had an El Toro lol
  14. We rode it five times and i didnt think it was that rough. In fact on my three rides in the back row i think it may have been the smoothest ride on any coaster i have ever had. i was pretty shocked. Shocks the heck out of me! Maybe it was just a rough train or something, cause man it was bad! I was looking forward to it all day and we saved it for last on the way out. Being the enthusiast I am, I'll hope for a better ride when I return someday!
  15. Is it really that serious? Not everyone is going to like what CP is doing and they don't have to. Everyone has an opinion and that's what makes discussions interesting. If everyone was in agreement with everything, it'd be really boring. Yes it can be. You must understand that "we" as in "us enthusiasts" make up about 1% of the general public of paying customers. We're also less likely to spend tons of money because we know the tricks and how to plan a day perfectly to enjoy the attractions. When you hear the horror stories of CoasterMania, or West Coast Bash, or any other events at how rude the people will act towards employees and park managers who are doing something they don't have to do, yes it's frustrating! With that being said, what I stated goes for any park, not just Cedar Point. We very rarely will get what we all will agree on as a "great coaster". Meaning most complaints I ever see about new rides are it's force-less, it's not fast enough, it's not jerky enough. Stuff that the GP typically doesn't like. I visited King's Dominion for the first time this past Saturday because I'd never ridden I-305. I thought it was great and enjoyed it. I still like Millennium Force more, this ride was supposed to rake in the crowds, on a busy Saturday afternoon I waited 10 minutes for front seat and no wait for any other seat. Being from so far away I asked what gives? Everyone said the same thing, it's a one and done because of the forces and Maverick style twisty's. We can all handle it and ride all day for the most part, but the majority of the 99% can't. So therefore, will I'm not a liberal and love everyone's opinion, generally these opinions aren't opinions, they are just general moaning and bellyaching. An opinion about a roller coaster isn't the typical "it's force-less" and so on and so forth, we all know what you're gonna say. The only different opinion that's been stated in this particular conversation is the fact CP has rides similar, but then someone else addressed this with Wicked Twister and Raptor. It's just a different trick even if it's one trick pony, and it's a new pony that CP will make millions on the 99%...not the 1%. I've ran into way too many entitled "enthusiasts" and I only hope for the opinions to remain opinions, not bitching. So if you choose to not go and spend money to ride it because you think it won't be that good, then that's fine! I just think it's then silly to call yourself an "enthusiast" as enthusiasts are supposed to enjoy the hobby of roller coasters and thrill rides. It likely will be another CP style record breaker and all that's here is mostly negativity. That's where my point came from.
  16. We did have a great time! We got to ride everything but Skull Mountain. It was having some issues, I also have to give props to Six Flags for their photo options. If you didn't know, for 30 bucks you can get ALL photos whether it's from the rides or with characters emailed to you for ALL parks! I thought that was fantastic! SFoT hasn't started offering that unless they just started in the last few weeks. I also agree on the launch, I could feel it being a bit rougher than Dragster. I'm one of those that shoots the arms up right at launch and I just didn't like the old restraints. It might be better if they replaced them like they did on Maverick and I-305 and then it would be better. I did like Bizarro (Being the nerd I am, I was telling our group how it used to be called Medusa) Interesting layout for the ride and found it very smooth. I went to King's Dominion 2 days after my visit here and good grief Dominator sucks! I don't say that very often about a roller coaster, but man...that thing needs a trim break...another thing I never say. All in all though, it was a great time. Zumanjaro is also really cool! We enjoyed that view and anticipation of drop. But yes, no doubt that El Toro is a true winner, I'd fly back just to ride that all day.
  17. Greetings everyone, I just had a northeast vacation to D.C. where I also took the time to stop by SFGAV and KD. I really enjoyed the park. I came to ride I-305 and Volcano and neither of them were a disappointment at all! I-305 is the first coaster to make me start losing it a bit with the G-forces, luckily I quickly recover! While I enjoyed it very much and the gift shop had some of the best merchandise for a roller coaster I'd ever seen (they got a lot of my money in the I-305 shop) I still think I prefer Millennium Force. Don't get me wrong, I really thought it was great and I enjoy the Maverick aspect of it, but at the end of a day, I personally enjoy being able to freely swing my arms around and just go with the ride and not have to "ride" the ride if you know what I mean. But there's no doubt that I-305 is a winner in my books and I would happily ride it over and over until my body says stop. With that being said, I went on Saturday and couldn't believe the short line, I never waited longer than 10 minutes, even for front seat rides. Is it always like that? Do the G-forces keep people from taking re-rides so they are only "one and done"? I was shocked. Dominator had to be the most rough floor-less coaster I'd ever ridden, it was a very uncomfortable ride. I had ridden Bizzaro at SFGAV just a few days before it looking forward to Dominator after that and man I couldn't wait to get off. Hurler is a fun ride, but as I've seen, except for that first turn LOL! I was NOT expecting the way I got slung! Still fun though. All in all it was a very fun day and I was happy to finally ride I-305 after just getting to watch videos and see pictures since it opened. Good fun and I look forward to your next major attraction so I can fly back!
  18. Greetings everyone! I flew up from Texas for my first visit to your park this past week and it was a blast! Compared to SFoT it was really being ran well. This was surprising to me as my park suffers from terrible ride operations. I got to ride everything the park had to offer and really enjoyed El Toro and Zumanjaro. I can see why El Toro is ranked one of the best, that ride is AWESOME. I was very surprised being Six Flags that I got a ride on Kingda Ka because it was misty and rainy on Wednesday when I went. To their credit they got it fired up around 2 pm and I got a ride. I'm sorry to say, I think I enjoy TTD at CP better mostly because of the restraints. You can't really tell the height difference or speed difference. Is it just me also, or does the ride not have the same hype that TTD does? When it opened finally, people weren't flocking to it like they tend to flock to Dragster at CP. I found this interesting, anyway, very nicely done park and I enjoyed it. Superman also gets a shout as that was a very fun flying coaster, I also thought Nitro was one of the best hyper-coasters I've ridden. The locals were very friendly as my little group had on some shirts indicating the state we were from. I can't wait to come back and get some more rides on El Toro!
  19. Sometimes I feel ashamed of some of the other folks involved in my enthusiastic hobby. Cedar Point is without a doubt the best park in the country for roller coasters, why complain about another one just because it's not what YOU want? Why cant you just enjoy the fact we are blessed to be able to ride these huge monsters? You're taking it for granted and you should really stop. A roller coaster ride is about enjoying some free time away from the troubles of the world and experience sensations that you otherwise wouldn't experience. Enjoy them for what they are, not being a critic unless you're paid to be a critic. I live in Texas where there is no Cedar Fair parks and yet I have a platinum season pass because I LOVE RIDES! That's all this should be about. I can't wait for this Dive Coaster if that's what they get so I can fly up to ride it, that's all it should be about!
  20. I was just there a few weeks ago and they did not. I doubt it has changed since then. Okay, that is good! And I forgot from my last visit. Do they let you place like your bag in the station while you ride? Yes, every major attraction but Justice League has a place for you bags.
  21. By the 18th, schools are usually out unfortunately. If you want to beat the crowds I suggest going early or even at opening. The lines are usually short until an hour or more after opening. Since it is a weekday, it probably wont be packed but because it's summer vacations crowds may be moderate. If it it packed, you should consider the flashpass otherwise you'll only get a few rides in. The worst crowds are usually around 1PM to 4PM from my experience. A word of advice, never, ever start at the front by Superman or Green Lantern because they are close to the entrance so most will head over there. Thank you for the tips! We'll be there right at opening for sure! I
  22. Hey everyone! I'll be flying in from Texas to visit for the first time on June 18th, a Thursday. I was wondering what to expect with crowds? I'll be in a party of 4, I'm the coaster enthusiast by far of the bunch...Thanks for any advice/tips!
  23. I've always had a vision that they could re-do the entrance plaza like a lot of Cedar Fair parks are doing and shine it up with a new major ride. I also wish they would make a permanent entrance by Titan like they do when the park is super busy when they make the temporary entrance. Space is a problem, but with the right ideas, things can be done. I love Titan and Texas Giant, I really do...but if you've ever been to a park like Cedar Point for example...well our rides feel underwhelming in comparison. We have a nice lineup, but being a "flagship park" and Titan being the last "major" roller coaster (I don't count the NTAG, it was innovative and started a chain of renovations around the world, but it didn't add to our lineup) but that was in 2001 for Titan. I personally find it disappointing that after tossing Mr. Freeze, Batman, and Titan all in about a 5 year span, we haven't had a huge bone to chew on since. Maybe it's just sour grapes on my part and being biased cause I'm a coaster enthusiast; but it got to the point that I've started saving my money to fly to other parks for bigger thrills because locally it's fun, but not OMG THIS IS AWESOME anymore. I'm headed to Great Adventure and King's Dominion in 2 weeks. We'll see what happens, but in the coaster front, we've been pretty neglected while Magic Mountain competed with Cedar Point on coaster count for the past decade.
  24. I praise Alton Towers for walking away from money to see this is resolved quickly. I had mixed feelings here in Dallas when that lady flew off Texas Giant a few years ago. The park remained open that evening and never skipped a beat. I love my rides and was one of the first to ride when it re-opened, but can't help but think that investigations and what not took forever because of "looky-loos" and normal day-to-day park operations to attend too.
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