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  1. The same process (IPads - taking photos, no scanners) is in full effect at SFOT. Most likely will be rolled out to all the parks, if I had to guess.
  2. That is exactly where it is. I am surprised at the location as well. At one point it was 95% going where the Caddo Lake Barge is. The CLB was supposed to be sent to Frontier City but after the major flooding at the park damaged the CLB along with the Cheesesteak place and Yosemite Sam's a decision was made to put it in Spain with a new name. There were maintenance workers cycling the CLB yesterday, so not sure if or when it is going reopen. The Cheesesteak place has been reopened already. It is pretty good and a nice change from the usual park offerings, IMHO.
  3. We stopped by SFOT for awhile today. I won't bore anyone with a trip full trip report, but a few observations. NTG and Titan both down to one train operations. Signs up at each saying that this is due to scheduled maintenance. Good look to anyone going during the rest of spring break, especially once it warms up. Riddler is open and running, although there is some talk about it not running as well as it has in the past. A few folks are saying that it is not reaching quite a high on the swings as before. I rode it and I really didn't notice a difference myself but I have only been on it a handful of time, so I am no Riddler expert. Oil Derrick is open - sort of - Apparently it opened on Saturday and this was confirmed by multiple people. Today it was closed due to inclement weather (according to the sign). The inclement weather was a about 4 drops of rain and I am barely exaggerating. So who knows what is really going on. The Spain area was closed during opening weekend due to the EL Diablo construction. It is now reopen and just the construction area is fenced off. Chop Six still has a ways to go. Signage is up but the interior is just a shell. I added a few phots of the construction. Nothing new at Yosemite Sam's that I saw. We had a good time overall. It wasn't too busy due to the cool weather. The food lines were non existent and the longest wait for anything was Riddler at about 30 minutes, which included a breakdown while waiting. El Diablo Construction 1 El Diablo Construction 2 Chop Six 1 Chop Six 2
  4. It was at the epic waters event. I was not there, however I did see the stream of the announcements, not just for SFOT but all of the area parks.
  5. The news about Yosemite Sam came directly from the park during an ACE event in Arlington, last month. I was kind of surprised to hear that, due to the extensive damage, but I am happy that they will be repairing it. I will be at the park next weekend and see if there is any work being done.
  6. We were at Fiesta last weekend and the kids rode Hustler. It was taken apart this week. Whirligig Is being re-themed as D.C. Supervillans. I guess to fit better with the D.C. Universe theme instead of just Gotham City.
  7. In addition to the items in the previous post of all the changes and upgrades at Fiesta. The All-American Nacho stand will be converted to Aztek Nachos The games area near Superman will be re-painted and updated with the DC Universe update Hustler, which was taken down this past week is getting a total refurbishment and should reopen within a month or so. Lots of exciting things at SFFT. Really looking forward to the re-theming and riding Joker. I enjoy the Riddler at SFOT and excited to ride a bigger version.
  8. Some news from the ACE Winterfest event in Arlington. According to the park; - Yosemite Sam's Gold River Adventure will be opening back up, at some point. The timeframe was not given. - The Oil Derrick will be re-opening this year, as well - The park announced "Splash! Water Parade" that will take place a couple times a day during July and August - There will be nanocoasters for both New Texas Giant and Titan. Also a Coasting for Kids event will take place at some point this season. Date was not given.
  9. Not sure about an Uber from Downtown. Certainly doesn't seem like it should be an issue. I do know there is a drop off lane at the front of the park. Almost everything will be open. There aren't any areas that are closed off. Most of the rides are operating. The only exceptions I am aware of are Yosemite Sam (due to flooding), The Oil Derrick (closed most of the year), Caddo Lake Barge and of course the water rides. I also don't know if Riddler is back up. It seems to have been down a lot this fall/winter. Heard a rumor it was waiting for a part but haven't stopped by since 11/18. Enjoy your time and be sure to enjoy Mr. Freeze, it usually is not open during HitP but was a surprise announcement this year!
  10. Hopefully 2019 will be (hopefully) a big year for us. We have a couple large trips tentatively planned and a few smaller ones. A lot of new parks for us. * = new park SFOT (home park) SFFT ZDT Sea World San Antonio Kemah Boardwalk * Galveston Pleasure Pier * Silver Dollar City Worlds of Fun * Frontier City * May/June Trip Dollywood * Carowinds * Busch Gardens Williamsburg * Kings Dominion * Dorney Park * Hersheypark * Kennywood August Trip Kings Island Holiday World * Kentucky Kingdom * Cedar Point Beech Bend *
  11. For anyone that is heading out to Fiesta, Road Runner Express is finally back open. It had been down for at least 3 months waiting on a lift chain, is what I heard. Missed it my last 2 times down to SA so looking forward to riding it in August. Also the carousel opened in it's new location a few days ago. Can't wait to check that out as well!
  12. Riddler has been down since at least July 1st. While we were there we saw maintenance working near the top of the ride.
  13. Jack Rabbit at Kennywood. Rode it for the first time this year.
  14. On the way back to Texas, we figured we would hit a couple of Six Flags parks that we had not been to yet. First stop was; Six Flags Great America - Since my photos from here on out were lost, I will just hit on a few observations and review the rides we were able to experience. The park was a lot busier than I expected it to be on a non-holiday Monday. I couldn’t believe how many large groups of teenagers were in the park. I went in knowing that to get everything ridden I may have to break down and get a Flash Pass, which I eventually did later in the afternoon. The park also was closing at 8:00pm so the time was against me as well. The Dark Knight – Indoor mouse coaster that was very mediocre in just about every way. It was different with the entire ride being enclosed and the theming was alright. Even the kids were not too into this one. We hit this first due to the low throughput. 4/10 The Joker – Similar to the one here at SFOT. Not a real fan of these. They just don’t do it for me, for whatever reason. I think I got 3 spins and mercifully it was over. Waited about 10 minutes. 4/10 Batman: The Ride – We always like these B&M clones, and it was cool to ride the first one. It was smooth and intense. Two things I look for in these inverts. Front row ride was a 3 train wait. 7/10 Little Dipper – This is the parks kiddie wooden coaster. You don’t find too many of these around, so didn’t mind this ride at all. Plus there is some cool history with this ride. For a kiddie coaster this wasn’t half bad. I actually would rather ride this than Joker . X-Flight – My second wing coaster in a week. I really enjoyed this one as well, just not as much as GK at Cedar Point. Pretty compact layout that did have some decent theming. It was smooth, although I thought there was a bit of rattle. Nothing jarring or uncomfortable but I didn’t think it was as smooth as GK. I did like the two near misses that you fly through, one vertical, one horizontal. I thought those were the best elements on this one. We did wait about 35 minutes for this as it was starting to get more crowded. 8.5/10 American Eagle – This was a pretty decent wooden coaster. Really impressive to look at due to the size. The ride was fine, nothing mind blowing. It was mostly smooth, although the last helix was a bit rough. There were a few pops of airtime as well. Long ride, which was appreciated since it seemed like we walked halfway back to Chicago to get to the station. They were only running the red side. About a 20 minute wait due to the slow operations. 6.5/10 Viper – Really enjoyed my ride on this. Liked the twisted layout. Delivered some good laterals through the turns and some nice airtime. It was not rough at all. This is a seriously underrated coaster in my opinion. Rode this one in the back. 8/10 Raging Bull – So I may catch some flak for this but I thought the Bull gave a great ride. The first drop was outstanding and there was some really nice floater air throughout. The restraints are great and make the ride even better. Yes, the MCBR trims were noticeably on, but I still loved this ride. Something like this is what I always imagine Titan at SFOT could have been instead of the positive G machine. I rode the front and back on RB and enjoyed both about equally well. Second best coaster in the park. Waited about 10 minutes both times as by this point I had the Flash Pass. 9/10 Whizzer – This classic Speedracer model was an underrated hit. This was so different with the bobsled type cars and the odd spiral lift. It had carried some good speed throughout the ride. I really enjoy the classics and hope this stays around for a long while. 6/10 Superman: Ultimate Flight – This was my second flying model ever and first B&M. I had ridden Stealth at California’s Great America and remember that being OK. I have to say this was about the same, although it was a more comfortable ride. This is another model of coaster that I guess I just am not a huge fan of. Nothing wrong with it just not worth going out of my way to ride. Glad I had the Flash Pass for this. The wait was at least 90 minutes but I was on in 5 minutes due to the Flash Pass dumping you right in the station. 5/10 Sprockets Rockets – Great America’s other kiddie coaster. It was short, only running 1 cycle around. A little bit of theming as well. It was not terrible. Demon – I put this ride off as long as I could. I approached this ride with much trepidation due to some of the reports I have read on this thing. I am not a dedicated hater of arrow loopers, but I am a big hater of bashing my head on a ride, so I was concerned. I figured as long as I ride defensively it would be alright. How wrong I was. During the first part of the ride, I was actually starting to feel like I would make it through without any pain. The theming was actually pretty good with the tunnels and lights (and the theme song). It wasn’t even that rough. Everything was fine until the first corkscrew. And (cork) screwed I got. As the train jerked violently, the side of my head was thrown into the OSTR (even though I was braced for it). I actually thought I may have broken my jaw or had a concussion, or both. Seriously, I cannot remember hitting an OTSR harder than on this ride from hell. Thankfully this was a walk on so I didn’t waste too much time getting thrashed. 2/10 – only for the theming and the weird song. Goliath – This was an outstanding (albeit short) ride. This thing packs a lot into its small footprint and shorter track length. The elements are exciting and they come seemingly non-stop. The air-time was ejector and it was fabulous. The zero-G stall was awesomeness. Definitely one of the best wood coasters that I have ridden and top 15 overall for me. Still behind Outlaw Run but not by much. While waiting there was an issue with the restraints so that turned a 10 minute wait into a 30 minute wait, so I only rode this once, in the front. 9.5/10 Vertical Velocity – I debated whether to ride this as it was getting near to close. I figured I might as well get the credit, even though these are not my cup of tea. The launch was forceful and I like the inverted aspect of the trains. The twisted spike was a good too. I am not the biggest fan of shuttle coasters but for what it was, it was good. 5/10 I really didn’t get the opportunity to ride much other than the coasters due to the time constraints and having the family with me. I will always try to get all the coasters but if it means I have to death march a park, especially with my family, I just won’t do it. It is not that important. We did ride the bumper cars and Justice League: Battle for Metropolis together. While I was riding a few of the coasters the kids wouldn’t go on, they rode Condor, The Lobster and the Carousel, which looked terrific. The food was actually not bad. Mostly, it was typical Six Flags fair, however the Italian Beef was very good as were the street tacos. The park was definitely not the best looking Six Flags park, but it was clean for the most part. A couple of areas did stand out. The theming in the Southwest Territory was pretty good as was the entrance plaza, with the fountain and carousel. Maybe it is just me but the park felt oddly small. It seemed to me that every corner of the place was packed with rides, stands and buildings and not much in the way of open/shady spaces. All in all, it was great visit. This park has a couple of terrific coasters and bunch of pretty good ones. There was plenty to do and I wish that we would have had more time to enjoy some other things in the park. Definitely will try and plan a return trip in the future.
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