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Everything posted by Lotologist492

  1. Fortunately for anyone with a dining pass, there is no surcharge, at least no one has mentioned it to me when I pick up my food. Having said that, this is one of the worst things the park can do. If they need to raise prices, then raise prices. Do not just tack on a junk fee. This is the kind of nonsense we can only hope the Cedar Fair half eliminates soon.
  2. A terrible accident occurred this past weekend at the park. Even though it did not involve a ride, it is still tragic nonetheless. Fright Fest scare actors riding in a van in an employee access area crashed, ejecting one of the team members who later died at the hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with their family and everyone involved. https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/cobb-county/employee-killed-car-accident-six-flags-officials-say/RPQQCOJWGJFWNDOALKUXE4DVSA/
  3. THANK YOU for the report! I look forward to seeing much of this next year! This park never ceases to amaze me!
  4. I agree. It seems as if the park needs to announce a 3-mile long giga coaster to appease these folks. And even then they would still complain about something. Geez...
  5. If true, the new Kid Flash may be intended as an alternative family ride to replace it. Although I have heard no confirmation either, removing the Joker FHC would indeed open up some prime real estate. But I hope not as this would come at the cost of SFoG history if the remnants of the original Spanish Fort are removed. On a side note, I hope our park installs a splash pad / mini water play area or a heavy misting zone in the dry park similar to what SFoT; STStl, and others have. With Hurricane Harbor being an add-on for some guests, not to mention limited hours and a long inconvenient walk to the back of the park, options for getting wet and cooling off are very limited. Maybe the park can add such a feature near (the presumed) Ultra Surf attraction.
  6. If the park does indeed get an Ultra Surf model, hopefully it can operate as a dry ride during cooler weather. This type of addition would fill multiple voids by bringing a launch coaster as well as a badly needed water attraction. Fingers crossed....
  7. Stopped by today for a few hours, mainly for Hurricane Harbor. Glad I did as the weather tomorrow is supposed to be horrible. Anyway, I got to see the new VIP lounge for the first time and I have to say it was a pleasant surprise. The AC on a hot day is amazing - almost an ice box in there! There were drink filling stations, TVs, seating booths and free snacks. Anyone with a Diamond pass / membership or higher can enjoy. The attendants were very friendly and the place was spotless clean. I really hope this is a permanent addition! It is also a great place to bring your meals and sit. The park was pretty busy but I did not see any ridiculous lines anywhere. Goliath is still one-train ops as (I assume) they are refurbishing the second train. Overall, an enjoyable 4 hours, which is saying a lot after spending last weekend at SF Over Texas. Cheers....
  8. Right on. I really hope that Mindbender sign got a home somewhere and did not simply go to the scrap heap. The new sign is awful.
  9. SportsDude - thanks again for sharing! This is so cool! I need to get back to Texas, and soon....
  10. The DC Super Villain swing in SFFT has villains from across the DCU. The version here in GA is identical in style, but all the villains pictured are from the Gotham universe. My point was the park is not going to create a fresh new Gotham City and then change to a DC Universe shortly thereafter.
  11. I too did find it a bit odd they are introducing a non-Batman character themed ride to Gotham, but by the same token, The Flash would not fit into Metropolis either. And there is next to zero chance Gotham City will become DC Universe anytime soon as the park just reimagined the Gotham area with a major renovation a few years ago, becoming (in my opinion) the best looking Gotham City anywhere in the chain.
  12. You are not missing much, my friend. The ride was OK, but any ride that calls itself a "coaster" when it is not needs to just go away.
  13. Sportsdude360 - just curious: Is there a splash zone for bystanders, similar to the old Aquaman ride? At any rate, this does look amazing.
  14. From what I have heard, the powersplash model ride can also operate year-round as a dry ride by simply emptying the splash pool. It is basically a roller coaster with a splashdown option. But as far as water rides go, I like the idea of not being completely drenched (unless I want to stand by the splash pool area). At any rate, I look forward to riding this in the next year or two.
  15. This is almost a bigger better announcement than the new family coaster! The return of the buzzzzzz bar!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. @Sportsdude360 - awesome photos! Thanks for sharing! This park has really come a long way with HitP since I last saw it in 2001!
  17. Highly doubtful SF will pull the plug on legacy memberships. The instant they do that, they lose all that guaranteed cash which is coming in month after month. And I seriously doubt a legacy DEVIP member that just got 'dumped' will opt to buy a similar priced pass which offers much less. That's not to say many years down the road when legacy pass numbers have dwindled they may consider ending them at that point. And as for why there is so much traffic on this thread, while I cannot speak for other park threads, the SFoG page gets far less traffic than this one, likely due to the fact that park has its own unofficial Facebook group with LOTS of discussion taking place there.
  18. I was not comparing STL weather to New Jersey. SFGadv still has HitP currently. I was referring to SFGAM and SFNE - and now DL (although they have not yet hosted Holiday). The STL area has no more unpredictable weather than the Atlanta area. The only difference is that it rains much more in the south, versus cold, snow and ice. SFoG actually rolled out Holiday in the Park for the 1989 and 1990 seasons - incidentally becoming only the second park in the chain outside of Over Texas to host it. The 1989 season featured record cold temps for the region, and the 1990 event was hampered by rain all December long. Granted, HitP was much smaller in scale back then in that it only utilized about a third of the park and a list of about 12 rides, but in any event HitP was scrapped in GA and did not return there until 2014. And yes, it is very easy to justify an individual event that loses money on its own - if it drives pass and membership sales. If this were not the case, SFFT and SFoT would not be open weekends in Jan-Feb. And judging by the light crowds at Holiday in my home park, the event simply would not happen. Perception is reality. A well-rounded portfolio does sell passes, which in themselves are money in the bank for the park. And for proof of this, one has to look no further than the staggering attendance and crowds in recent memory. The strategy of adding events and days, as well as heavy discounting of passes worked. Too well. In walks Bassoul & company with a plan to reduce attendance by reducing demand. They cut hours, events, dates, and raised prices. The plan worked. Too well. Which brings us to today, and the crossroads SF corporate find themselves standing at. Should they start discounting passes again? How about extending operating days / hours? Maybe bringing back Holiday in the Park? What about more new rides and attractions? While nothing is certain, it appears all options are on the table as they attempt to get pass holder and attendance numbers back up. And while you personally are not a huge fan of HitP, and that event or lack thereof does not factor into your pass buying decision, and ditto for some others, there are more than enough GP that does care. Personally, I do not envy the powers-to-be at SF.
  19. Also - SFStl added HitP in 2016, before the event became essentially chain-wide. For a couple years, SFGAM guests were traveling to STL to enjoy Holiday as their park did not yet have it. Therefore I would suspect if the chain is going to bring back HitP to any parks that just canceled it (and if they are going to be selective as to which park), I would expect STL to be at or near first in line. My point about turning a profit is basically HitP itself may lose money on its own, (DITTO for year-round parks in the WINTER) but if it's existence drives season pass or membership sales, then it becomes profitable looking at the big picture. Adding calendar dates, making Holiday nearly chain-wide, some parks going year-round - this was SF primary strategy for years, and it worked, although a little too well with the parks becoming impossibly crowded as season pass sales soared. SF current leadership strategy of attendance reduction has way overperformed and now it appears they are having an about-face trying to get pass numbers back up, given the backlash from the public over the increased prices and loss of Holiday and shortened hours. Given the fact SFStl did not sell off (but rather leased) their Christmas decorations syncs up with what I heard from someone other than the Dippin' Dots Guy (management at SFoG) regarding the possibility of Holiday returning to parks that lost it. But - this being Six Flags, anything could or could not happen at this point.
  20. Furthest south. Plus remember, the event itself does not necessarily need to turn a profit. The goal is to add perceived value to having a pass which benefits the park the rest of the year.
  21. For SFStl sake, we hope this holds true. In fact, it is entirely possible HitP could return to some parks that lost it. One of the managers at SFoG told me there was already some upper level discussion about bringing HitP back in some way in the near future, although when and where is unclear. With the heaps of backlash from guests and passholders, this would not surprise me. One would think of all the SF parks that discontinued Holiday for 2022, STL would likely be first in line to get the event back.
  22. I was talking to our food & beverage manager over at SFoG this past Saturday regarding an unrelated issue I had with a dining location at our park. He was very attentive to my concerns and we had a brief chat about our park and what's ahead in the coming weeks, including our upcoming Holiday in the Park, and as we were wrapping up, I mentioned how I "hope it (HitP) makes good money this year so our park will not lose it like other parks in the chain already have". He then told me verbatim there were "already rumors and talk about bringing it back to some of those parks next year". So take that for what you will. This was not the Dippin' Dots guy but one of the top managers.
  23. If you visit during Thanksgiving week, this will be during "Holiday in the Park". The section of the park containing Blue Hawk and Scream Machine may be closed off. If you want those two credits, you might want to get to this park no later than November 12th - this being the final normal weekend of operations before 'Holiday' starts. Good news is the first two weekends in November should be ultra empty with Fright Fest being over and no festivals taking place. Good luck!
  24. There are not as many 'locals' posting here compared to the other parks' pages. This is likely due to there being a very active Facebook page just for SFoG fans. Lots of discussion goes on there. That said - I plan on visiting this (my 'home' park) possibly Sunday, and definitely next weekend when Fright Fest begins. Park has been very un-crowded all summer. Keep in mind, SFoG is closed this Saturday the 10th for a private event.
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