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  1. Glad to see Hershey testing their new for (likely) 2021 coaster already! IMHO, it's iffy if Hershey opens at all this year based on the work they have to do on the main gate even if other area parks open such as Dorney and Knoebels.
  2. IMHO, the Six Flags reservation system might also reduce the riff raff that has been known to occur at several Six Flags parks. Also IMHO, I think the majority of major chain parks will be open at some level by July 4th (the possible exceptions would be CA and northeast parks).
  3. I wonder if RCDB will eventually get around to updating Excalibur and Wild Mouse to be SBNO. However, it took over a full year after it last operated for Green Lantern @ SFMM to be listed as SBNO
  4. Oh, how things have changed. I visited Disneyland and DCA on New Year's Day. Then Knott's, SWSD, and SFMM the first week of March, just before crap hit the fan. Once Lagoon opens this summer, I will definitely be going. I will also go back to the SoCal parks in the fall and winter. Outside of those parks, I am not doing any east coast traveling this year. I am using this year to rack up my savings for a large trip next summer (2021) after I graduate college. Fingers crossed Ms. Rona is gone by then. At least you were planning on a light year!
  5. IMHO, the movie Tommy Boy sums up what Sandusky would likely be like with no Cedar Point
  6. Already visited (just before fit hit the shan) Universal Studios Florida Islands of Adventure WDW Magic Kingdom Almost certain to visit (assuming they open) Cedar Point Kings Island Michigan's Adventure Would like to visit Canada's Wonderland Carowinds Dollywood Holiday World Indiana Beach Kennywood Kentucky Kingdom Mt. Olympus Six Flags Great America Six Flags over Georgia Six Flags St. Louis (if some parks in the deep south open before CP/KI, I might think about doing a road trip)
  7. I stayed up until 2:30am this morning catching up on this thread since the last time I was on this forum
  8. The next month will be big. I would expect some parks to announce opening dates (barring setbacks) and others to announce they're staying closed in 2020 (which will likely happen for many smaller Northeast parks and maybe even a big chain park or two)
  9. Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Florida on March 12. Thankfully my scheduled Orlando trip was just concluding when the parks announced their closures!
  10. IMHO, the first major regional park to open will be one of these: Six Flags over Texas, Six Flags over Georgia, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Carowinds, Six Flags St. Louis, Kings Island. I wonder if some parks with new for 2020 coasters will hold their new rides until 2021, even if their park is able to open at some point (looking at you, Hershey/SFGAdv/BGW)
  11. Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. I met up with some friends of mine from my hometown and I was asked to move up to the front row. I felt the wind on my face!
  12. The gold passes will likely increase attendance slightly for 2020 overall. What will also increase attendance is that the calendar grants an extra week next year between Memorial Day and Labor Day (Memorial Day is on its earliest possible date and Labor Day is on its latest possible date). Weekdays before mid June will likely still be fairly quiet except for days with lots of school groups. When I was at CP on the 19th, I noticed plenty of volunteers sitting at ride entrances and controlling the FL merge points. I also noticed Schlitterbahn employees manning the Magnum gate turnstiles.
  13. That's not exactly a high bar. Hopefully Six Flags' 2020 rides are all open by Memorial Day (or July 4th at the latest; the later date would apply to the northern/northeastern parks where schools remain in session until mid/late June)
  14. They should have to wear those signs Bill Engvall came up with in his "Here's Your Sign" skit. In all seriousness, I wonder if Saturday set an all-time record for single-day attendance at Cedar Point. If the weather forecast for this coming Saturday holds (56 degrees with no chance of rain), could we see a repeat of this past Saturday?
  15. Sweden's top two exports: ABBA and IKEA (but I didn't see any IKEA mentions in your TR)
  16. Before Diahann Carroll and Jessye Norman, we lost rock and roll icons Eddie Money "The Money Man" and Ric Ocasek (of the Cars). Both had quite a bit of coverage on a national level, but Money's death was breaking news in Michigan (for over 25 years, he was the opening act for each season at DTE Energy Music Theater, the primary outdoor concert venue in Michigan; also, he seemed to play in Michigan at least five times every year (and probably more some years)) TL: DR, Eddie Money was to Michigan as David Hasselhoff was to Germany (in the late 1980s/early 1990s)
  17. Theory of a Deadman - Rx (Medicate) [side note: I've never had opioids, but the opioid epidemic has really affected my part of the States]
  18. I saw Instagram comments of people complaining about not getting into the Point, but when reading them, the people commenting were bellends for not even attempting to get on the peninsula before noon. The crowds were extreme due to several factors: - Beautiful weather (perfect to wear a sweater and very few clouds; it seems like every college within a four hour drive had at least someone wearing a sweater representing it) - Ohio State football played on Friday night - Michigan State football had a bye week and Michigan football had a night game Speaking of the Point, I was there Friday and yesterday. Apologies for length and no pictures (I have a platinum pass, so I used early entry both days.) On Friday night, I went around and parked at the back gate so I could rope drop Steel Vengeance. That strategy worked very well as even though SV didn't open until around 5:30, I was far enough up so I was able to get on its third train of the day. By the time I had gotten around from riding, everyone that entered at the front gate had made it to the back of the park, so SV already had an hour and a half wait. Following Steel Vengeance, I hopped in line for Maverick and waited about 30 minutes. CP has a very good one-two punch that are lucky enough to be located next to each other. From Maverick, I headed to Millennium Force. It ended up being an hour and a half wait in part due to two delays (the first of which involved a train being taken off the tracks (so Millie was running two trains Friday night), and the second involved someone that couldn't fit in the seat likely due to their sweater). After Millie, I watched part of the Boneyard Battleground show which had some incredible stunts. The next stop was Blue Streak, which had a 15-20 minute wait. Following that, I walked through Blood on the Bayou on my way back to Magnum, which had a 20 minute wait. I had so much fun on Maggie that I went around and rode it again. (Note: this weekend was the first time in years I have seen Magnum running three trains.) When leaving the peninsula around 11pm Friday night, most of the main lot was still full. Yesterday (Saturday) morning, I made sure to arrive at the Point early. I pulled in to the parking lot around 9:30 and there were already quite a few cars in the front rows of parking. I rope dropped Millennium Force, but it didn't open until just before 11 (with all three trains). With the FL+ wristband I had bought at the front gate, I was able to get on the first train of the day. Following that, I went over to Rougarou, which actually had developed a (short) line by that point. Next, I headed back to Frontiertown and noticed that the FL+ line for Maverick was almost spilling onto the midway, so I kept walking up to Steel Vengeance and walked into that FL+ line, which took about 45 minutes, but was much shorter than the then-posted 3-4 hour regular line. After Steel Vengeance, I decided to get food and waited about 20 minutes for a slice of pizza (Maverick had just gone down and the line had been evacuated, so everyone in that line went into the food lines). After lunch, I took a whirl on Skyhawk, which had a short FL+ line but still beat the 30 minute regular line. Following my flight, I headed over to Gemini and rode both sides within 15 minutes thanks to FL+, which comes out at the opposite side of the station from the regular line (which was posted 45 minutes most of the day!!). After racing on Gemini, I walked to the front of the park to drop in on Valravn, which had a posted 30 minute FL+ wait, but I only ended up waiting 20-25 minutes, even with a guy two trains ahead of me being a bellend and pulling his phone out on the lift hill, which led to a staff member stopping the lift, walking out onto the lift, and then grabbing the phone in front of everyone to the cheers of the line. Next, I walked over to Raptor and waited about a half hour for FL+ (the FastLane line spilled onto the exit path, but it still beat the posted three hour regular line). It would have been a little shorter, but someone sitting in the front row came back to the station with a bloody nose on the train I would have been on, so it had to be sent around a couple of times empty to dry it off. By then, it was mid-afternoon, so I walked over to GateKeeper and while climbing the lift, I got to see how full the parking lot was and a little bit of the backup past the toll booth. After getting off, I took some time to walk around the park and take in the crowds (at one point, at least 15 rides at the Point had posted lines of an hour or more). Around 6pm, I hopped in the FL line for Magnum and while climbing up the stairs, I could see that most (if not all) of the switchbacks were being used. After a fun Magnum ride, I hopped in line for Top Thrill Dragster. While climbing up the ramp, I was spotted by some people from my hometown, who were not far behind me in the FL+ line. I ended up waiting for them so we could end up on the same train. As the combined group had an odd number, I had the opportunity to move up to the front row (which also had a single rider) as a group of two was behind me in my picked row. I think this might have been my first time riding front row on Dragster, and it was a very good way to end my coaster riding season. After we got a group picture, I headed out and noticed that all the food places had insane lines. Once I returned to my car, it took me about 20 minutes just to get off the peninsula due to all the cross traffic (they had resumed letting cars in by that point). The drive to my sister's in Grand Rapids was uneventful, and I safely arrived there after midnight. I can only imagine how long it took traffic to get off the Point at close last night! The longest lines I saw per ride (regular line): Blue Streak - 1 hour Cedar Creek Mine Ride - 45 minutes Corkscrew - 1 1/2 hours (!!) GateKeeper - 2 hours Gemini - 50 minutes Iron Dragon - 1 hour Magnum XL-200 - 1 1/2 hours MaxAir - 1 hour Maverick - 2 hours (although it was down most of the day) Millennium Force - 2 1/2 hours Pipe Scream - 1 hour Power Tower - 1 hour Raptor - 3 hours Rougarou - 1 1/2 hours Skyhawk - 45 minutes Steel Vengeance - 4 hours Top Thrill Dragster - 3 hours Valravn - 2 1/2 hours Wicked Twister - 45 minutes
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