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  1. I vote for KK and Dollywood. Holiday World is cool, but for me as a coaster only person, Voyage is amazing and Thunderbird is fun. The rest, meh. Lightning Run and Storm Chaser trump The Voyage and Thunderbird for a 1-2 punch, IMO. Dollywood has at least 5 coasters that are worthy of re-rides for me. I'd take Dollywood over KK or HW, even if Lightning Rod weren't running. Never been to SFGA, so I can't comment on that one.
  2. Is there any reason BGW calls their passes memberships and all the other parks call them annual passes? I checked the fine print on all the sites and they all say that if you are on EZPay, it will renew every month at 1/12th the cost of the pass after 12 months unless you cancel. Might head to Texas for my next pass.
  3. I Iog in every once in a while to check on whether my 2022 pass expiration date has changed from 2023. It hasn't, but now when I click on my 2021 pass it says it expires 12/31/2022. That definitely changed since the last time I logged in. Probably still a glitch, but curious.
  4. With Amazon Prime you are paying a flat fee for a year of service. I have no idea if they pro-rate if you cancel. With Six Flags, after twelve months you are essentially on a monthly contract that you can (and at least two of us in this thread have done) easily cancel. I can easily afford $220 a year. But if somebody wants to sell it to me for $90, I'm taking that. I don't understand the disdain for monthly payments. But I don't have to, it's your money.
  5. From SFOG's website: Your home park is the Six Flags park that you purchased your Membership from. Likely the location closest to where you live – which is probably why you signed up for your Membership here to begin with. This is important to understand for 2 reasons: You must activate your Season Pass or Membership at the park you purchased it from. For example, if you purchase a Six Flags Over Georgia Membership you cannot use it at any other Six Flags theme parks until you first pick up Six Flags Over Georgia. Bring a Friend tickets may only be used at your home park (the park where you signed up for your Membership). The switching of season passes to being valid only at your home park just makes sense for SF. I'll be switching to the lowest tier of membership at the end of the year because I plan to visit at least 6 SF parks next year.
  6. I rode Nighthawk once. I rode Batwing once. I went to KI while Firehawk was still running but its removal had been announced. I skipped it. I will not be sad when all of the old Vekoma flyers are removed. I'd be happy to try the new style flyer at least once.
  7. Wow. That is definitely not a park I thought would pop up in this thread. Crazy talk.
  8. Darien Lake. I didn't think it could be as bad as described here on TPR. It was worse. I might change my mind if they ever add a giga coaster.
  9. After eyeing the platinum FL+ pass for a while, I pulled the trigger for 2022. I figure this will incentivize me to visit more CF parks next year.
  10. They could run it during the day sessions. If Hurler is running they are not blocking off the path to Fury.
  11. I paid $49 for my last SF season pass. Hard to imagine they will be deeply discounting that. I think you are right, Bert. Has to be a membership offer. Was thinking of switching back to membership next year anyway.
  12. So I re-upped my CF Platinum pass for 2022 this week and just checked the Carowinds site to make sure it showed up. Maybe this is a temporary glitch?
  13. I have only bought them in advance on CF's President's Day sale. I have purchased FL+ in person at Cedar Point on one occasion and Kennywood once. Now that I have the means to do so, I wouldn't hesitate to buy skip the line passes, especially at faraway parks. If a park is so crowded that fast passes sell out, I'd rather be somewhere else anyway. Most of my faraway park visits are midweek and generally not as crowded. When you think about the number of rides you can take with a skip the line pass vs. without it, it's a no-brainer for me.
  14. How the mighty have fallen. 1. Maverick 2. Phoenix 3. Iron Rattler 4. Skyrush 5. Fury 325 6. Intimidator 305 7. Steel Vengeance 8. Afterburn 9. Ravine Flyer II 10. The Voyage
  15. Yes. It's been going on a while for me. Also figured it was just me. Edited to add: When I hit 'submit reply' on this comment, it took about 15 seconds to post. I'm using Chrome. The progress circle spins pretty much constantly on TPR.
  16. If it is a big park or a park I may never visit again, I'll do some research and figure out a plan of action. This forum is a great resource for that. On my Cedar Point visits I knew to go to the Magnum gate and run back to Maverick and Steel Vengeance at early entry. I also knew that as a platinum passholder I could get FL+ for the FL rate. When I rediscovered my love for coasters in 2017 after a 22 year hiatus, I went to KD and BGW with no research whatsoever. That made Volcano a huge surprise because I had never heard of a launch coaster. Verbolten was also a big surprise. Had no clue about the drop track. We were lucky that we went on a Tuesday and Wednesday and a plan of action wasn't necessary. In general, I would definitely recommend doing research here for new parks. If it is a smaller park or one that would be easy for me to visit in the future, I like to go in blind. I recently went to Seabreeze and had only ever heard of Jack Rabbit and it was the reason for my visit. That made Bobsleds a pleasant surprise. Same with Knoebels. Phoenix was a revelation and is in my top 5 coasters. I knew nothing about it going in. I find most of the parks I visit here on TPR. I get comments on park t-shirts all the time. Twice in the last two weeks I had someone comment on KI shirts. They were Ohio natives who couldn't believe I had been there and asked how I'd heard of it. I almost exclusively ride coasters. So for new parks I like to go in and ride all the coasters once and then do re-rides based on my favorites. I like to try out front, middle, and back seats and both sides of a train. You didn't ask but I usually wait until I'm in the park and after I've gauged the crowd to buy fast lane passes. I have no qualms dropping $100+ to get more rides, especially at far away parks and those I may never visit again. I went to Kennywood and the line for Steel Curtain was 2h 15m. I walked straight back to the front of the park and plunked down $123. I lapped the folks in line about 8 times before moving on to another coaster. They had a sign-in sheet for the fast passes and I was only the third name on the list.
  17. The Amtrak Rewards card bonus offer is now 50,000 points if you spend 2,500 in the first 90 days. I couldn't find the Choice Hotels transfer as an option anymore, but I went for it because I take the train quite a bit and can use points for tickets for friends. I signed up for the card today because I am booking a train trip and wanted to start earning points right away. When I clicked through to checkout, there was an additional $100 bonus if I signed up for the card from that screen. Damnit! Shoulda waited, lol. At the moment it appears to be best for people who take the train regularly. Points are worth 2.5 cents for train travel. I checked a few rates for booking hotels through Amtrak and they were all around 1 cent per point.
  18. Day 3: Seabreeze I thought about knocking out SFDL and Seabreeze in the same day. A brief brewery stop in Rochester led to three brewery stops so I decided to spend the night and do Seabreeze the next morning. It was a cool overcast morning and I arrived at the gate as the park was opening. I walked straight to Jack Rabbit, which wasn't running just yet. I decided to wait for it as I really hadn't done any research on this park and wasn't sure what else I was going to ride. I just knew I had to ride this one. The queue pretty much the whole time I was there: Them's the brakes: Since the ride operator was on the opposite side of the track, I took a quick selfie: I loved this coaster! Nice little pops of airtime in the front seat on the hill to the turnaround and the last hill before the helix. The tunnel at the end was great. This coaster is amazingly well maintained. I got 12 or 13 rides all over the train in between rides on Bobsleds and WhirlWind and I think the front was my favorite. Bobsleds was a really cool, funky ride. I have really enjoyed all the park-built rides I've been on the last four years. This was no exception. I rode WhirlWind 3x because it was fun and I hadn't been on that exact model of Maurer Spinning Coaster. There were nice views of the lake from there. Eventually the overcast day turned into a drizzly day. I don't like getting caught in the rain so I headed to the nearest brewery, K2 Brothers for a Piña Colada Milkshake IPA (I know, I know). It was tasty. All in all, Seabreeze was quite the gem of a small park and well worth a stop for Jack Rabbit alone. I drove to Utica before deciding to stop for the night, with visions of riding Alpine Bobsled the next day dancing in my head. That's as close as I got.
  19. DAY 2: Six Flags Darien Lake and Letchworth State Park June 29, 2021 Darien Lake is a park I've heard nothing but negative things about. So I set my expectations low. And was still disappointed. I understand staffing issues and pent-up demand by park goers to get out. But this park just didn't do it for me. I did not arrive at rope drop as planned because my hike at Letchworth State Park went a little long. The first thing I noticed was a lack of shade. And the blacktop. It was a scorching hot day and the heat from the blacktop made it a little worse. I wandered over to ROS and the queue looked a bit long and mostly in the sun, so I decided to come back later. That lead me to Viper, just to ride the coaster that stripped my first big coaster Carolina Cyclone of its inversions title (not really, I'll try any Arrow looper once). The wait was brief and the ride was okay but a bit jarring as expected. This Ferris wheel makes me sad: The boomerang was looking good, but they are not my cup of tea: I was walking by the boomerang looking for a path to Motocoaster. They had what looked to be a temporary exit set up. I asked the person there how to get to Motocoaster. He explained that I could exit there and re-enter the park right by Motocoaster. Strange. Motocoaster was okay, but I wasn't expecting a thrill ride. From Motocoaster I could see that Tantrum had started testing, so I headed over that way. I hadn't done this particular model of Euro Fighter before, and they are fun rides. When I got there the queue was almost back to the covered area. Brutal wait in the sun. Then I thought to myself, at least they are running two cars, even if they are low capacity. For reasons unknown to me, they were only loading the front seats of each car. After the Tantrum ride I figured I'd grab the ROS credit and boogie. Of course ROS was running one train operations and the dispatch times were awful. At least the queue was now in the station so I didn't have to bake in line. The ride itself was great. I left with the idea of possibly doing Seabreeze the same day. Predator and Mind Eraser never ran while I was there. I had no intentions of riding ME, but I would have given Predator a shot. I drove to Rochester and hit a few breweries (Iron Tug, Three Heads, and Nine Maidens, all were good) and decided to save Seabreeze for the next day. No coaster content below this point! The Letchworth park hike was amazing and highly recommended. I did about 9 miles total, but you can drive to most of the overlooks as the trail never got too far from the road.
  20. My epic California trip was postponed due to my daughter's schedule. I still had a week off, so I decided I would make a trip anyway. My friend announced he had booked a show in Hoosick Falls, NY. Where? I looked it up and it wasn't that far from Lake George. I really needed another reason to justify a visit to SFGE based on what I've read here. So I hatched a plan that involved going to Waldameer for Ravine Flyer II and then working my way across NY state to the show Friday night. The trip also included Darien Lake, Seabreeze, SFNE, and Kings Dominion. These reports are not in order. DAY 4: Great Escape and Prospect Mountain Hike I woke up in Utica, about two hours from SFGE. I arrived at the park for rope drop. There were more people than I expected waiting to get in. I hadn't seen Steamin' Demon listed on the SFGE website as running, but it was testing. It is a Steamin' pile of something. Not the worst Arrow looper, but one and done. It is in an odd location and probably the ugliest part of this park. Canyon Blaster was kinda meh for a mine train. There appeared to be a start on a repaint job. My real reason for making the trek was to ride Alpine Bobsled. I had my doubts that it would be running based on what I've read on TPR. And... I don't know why I haven't read more about Comet. It was a fantastic ride. I maybe did 12 rides overall, because it was the best thing in the park by far. Second SBNO Ferris Wheel at a Six Flags park this week. Sad... This guy kinda looked like a prospector, so I asked him about the prospects of the bobsled running. "Outlook not good." I lost all hope for Alpine Bobsled when it began to rain a bit. I've been trying to get some hiking in when I can. I selected the Prospect Mountain trail for today after leaving SFGE. It is listed as 2.8 miles out and back. The elevation gain is 1535 feet in the 1.4 mile hike up. Brutal elevation gain. The trail is mostly rock and reviews said not to do it in the rain. I'm not a good listener. The views up top were pretty good: After the hike I started making my way to my airbnb on the NY/VT border. I hit the 'avoid tolls' option on most of this trip because I wasn't in a hurry and I was using a cheap rental car company that reams you on photo tolls (they are not all EZPass either). I ws passing through the tiny hamlet of Greenwich (pronounced Green Witch), NY. I was a bit parched and lo and behold there was a brewery in the town. I got to talking to the bartender and he was from my hometown of Greensboro, NC and we knew a lot of the same people. Crazy small world. Having quenched my thirst , I made my way to my airbnb which was on a working farm. There were chickens, turkeys, alpacas, etc. I left the window open at night because the temps were cool. View from my room:
  21. Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion on Sunday. What an intense coaster. I love it!
  22. I was at KD Sunday. I rode TT 10x and they were allowing re-rides if there was no one waiting in your row. There are no loose items allowed. And the lockers are for small items like cell phones and keys. If you have a bag, you can't even enter the queue. You walk through a metal detector mid-queue and they steer you to a locker if you have any loose articles. The lockers seemed to work fine for me because there was no crowd. It has to be a complete clusterfuck when the ride is crowded. One caveat, when you re-open your locker, it is easy to shut the door by mistake before you grab your stuff. I was able to retrieve my stuff by entering my DOB and symbol again. When I got my locker, it said my number was 36. When I found 36, someone else was putting their stuff in there. The person said they just assumed it was theirs because it popped open when they entered their info. I entered my info on the screen on the far right (there are three) and my locker was pretty far to the left side. The lockers have two doors and you can access the locker from the exit line. On my last ride, there was a logjam at the lockers/metal detectors, so I bailed for a tasty IPA at The Parched Pig afterward. I checked TPR's facebook group to find that Intimidator had started running so I went over for 4x rides with no lines.
  23. I was at Darien Lake last Tuesday. Reading threads here for the last four years prepared me to be underwhelmed. And I was. The park has no character whatsoever. The layout is strange. Predator and Mind Eraser never opened while I was there. I probably would have ridden Predator but not sad I missed it. ROS was pretty great but the queue was a bit more than I wanted to wait for a second ride. Ops were terrible. Tantrum didn't open with the park, but I saw it was running as I was preparing to leave. So I hopped in line. The queue was almost back to the shaded shed area. Why not cover the part of the queue that is usually full? The sun was blazing and they were only loading the front row of each car. SMH The SBNO Ferris wheel with the cars removed just looked sad. As I was looking for the entrance to Motocoaster, I actually left the park and re-entered a couple of hundred feet beyond. Strange. After Viper, ROS, Motocoaster, and Tantrum, all x1, I bailed. I can't see myself going back unless they add a huge new coaster. So, I'm never going back.
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