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  1. If Kings Island wanted a flyer, they would have refurbished the flyer that they already had. I think that they're trying to go in a different direction now.
  2. Judging from all of the others with similar style and size, I'm betting it'll be 6 cars. That's not so bad if they make a commitment to two train operation. One train operation will be pretty brutal with only 12 people per ride.
  3. Wal-Mart lives and dies off volume. Their margins are so low that if I saw an appreciable decrease in foot traffic, I'd run, not walk, from investing in them. Every business model is different. We have a pretty fair idea what the business model for Cedar Fair is. Clearly attendance is a relevant metric, especially as we see revenue increasing at roughly a similar rate. But you still need to look at the audited financial statements. Number of customers means nothing unless you look at the facts and figures. Its a business, not a charity. They're in business to make money.
  4. SV literally drew no one. Why can be speculated and argued at length, but them's be the facts. Mystic Timbers drew a lot of people. Gutting that building would be a total waste of that space IMO. Which of course is why I'm convinced at some point they'll do it. Well, Steel Vengeance drew me and friends, so I think that what you meant to say was "figuratively." We flew in and took a mid-west road trip mainly inspired by the draw of Steel Vengeance. And I think that it will benefit from great word of mouth. The locals probably didn't know what to expect from an RMC coaster, and with the opening day incident, I think a lot of families had a wait and see approach. But assuming that locals loved it as much as I did, they'll probably tell the people in their network, and over the next five years, the ride will slowly become the star attraction, and will be for years to come. For now, I think that the fact that it was in the back of the park, that people who aren't familiar with coasters just thought it was a Mean Streak Refurbishment, and that they didn't really understand what Steel Vengeance was led it to being the crazy opening year attraction that it was -- but as I was saying before, I think it'll have great staying power, and will have long lines for years to come.
  5. You need to get people in the door in order for them to spend money on the things that actually have high yields---which is everything but the price of admission (Front of Line and VIP not withstanding of course). Thing can have as high yields as you want them to. If you want to trick people to come into your park so that you can gouge them while they're in, that's one strategy that you can take. If you want to charge a high cost for admission, and keep the margins on the in-park items low, that's another strategic decision that you can make. But that's another discussion. Personally, if I'm trying to judge the financial health of a company, I'll look at the audited financial statements, not look at one arbitrary metric that has nothing to do with their financials. Would you judge a company like Wal Mart by how many people walk through the door, as opposed to audited financial statements?
  6. I don't know, a few counterpoints to the argument that people just love getting wet on amusement park rides: --Water rides always have terrible capacity,so the long lines are attributable to the poor capacity as well. --People may like the idea of getting wet, but when they're on the ride, they're always trying to avoid the splashes.This is repeatable, and I've observed it from 99% of guests. --There are many fun aspects to water rides that transcend the wetness that other rides often don't match. And the water rides are often the only themed rides at some of the regular amusement parks. The theme parks really go crazy with the theming for their water rides. --There's a certain luxury to being on a boat and floating around. One of Disney's bread and butter is the floating boat ride that's all theming and not much else. My hypothesis is just that you could take a regular water ride, and re-design it so that you give the illusion of getting wet, and tease people -- but never actually get people wet -- and it would be a home run attraction that people would love. Splash Mountain attempts this -- as you drop underground (a move that the Imagineers made to keep you dry) -- but there are some accidental splashes that they couldn't help.
  7. Personally, I think that looking at attendance is a very lazy person's way of judging the financial health of a park and its parent company. Remember, your scoresheet is the financial statement that you send out to investors, or the distributions that you are able to take if the company is very closely held by a small number of investors. The scoresheet is not the attendance figures. Yes, higher attendance does mean that you have a better potential for revenue, and ultimately turn a higher profit, but attendance and profit are not one in the same. Arguably, you turn a much higher profit compared to the equity in the company by having fewer guests, but making sure that the profit per guest is high. You can give away tons of dirt cheap season passes or a lot of dirt cheap tickets to flood the park with people, but you're running a business -- not a charity. The object isn't to fill your park, its to find a way to reach your hand into the pockets of the guests, and take the money out of their family's wallet, and put it into your family's wallet (sorry for being crude, a Wolf of Wall Street reference).
  8. Oh man, I love your reviews. I literally LOL'd at several of the parts. I completely agree about how stupid Transformers is. It seems like Universal and Six Flags have the "Universalisms" where they end the ride with the actors turning to you and saying "Great job, you can join our team any time." As the actors take a shot of JD and a snort of coke and swear that they're going to fire their agents for booking them on an amusement park ride. Personally, I think that if you're a stickler for theming, you'll hate Universal. If you love great theming, you need to go to Disney or one of those European parks, where they actually have theming that transcends just watching a video whilst sitting on a conveyor belt.
  9. I get the impression that when the Six Flags executives got together at their meetings a few years ago, there a big consensus and a big park to have their parks stay open for more days throughout the year. SFMM is going 365, and the northern parks are staying open into December now. They figure that the costs to operate the parks are relatively low, and the big costs are the fixed costs (the rides, real estate costs, financing costs, salaries, etc.). Same reason that movie theaters are open 365, and open in the morning when they're dead most of the time other than Friday nights and Saturdays. So even if a park is dead, its still probably making money, as most of the costs are fixed. Personally, I think from a customer relations standpoint -- especially if a park expects tourists -- its nice to be able continuously from the opening to day to closing day as much as possible. Not everybody is great at checking the operating schedule, and if you're only open weekends, guests have no choice but to go on very busy days.
  10. This is factually wrong. Why wouldn't you look this up before you posted? Chill dude, no need to be like that. But you're right, I did make an error, and I'll give it up to you for that. My bad. I'll admit when I'm wrong. Yeah man, I'ma be like what continent rivers are on. That's my hill to die on. Can You Name a Country? - YouTube More like this:
  11. I don't quite think that the sky is falling for Cedar Point yet. I think that Steel Vengeance will get very good word of mouth, and will hit its peak popularity 2-3 years from now. I think that a ride like this will take some time for the GP to come around to.
  12. Doesn't not being able to use your fingerprint cause a problem? The park won't let you bring anything on the ride... because they're afraid that something might fall out and hit someone on the face. So... if there's no way to keep this stuff from falling out, what's to stop your ticket from making its way out of your pocket, and now you have no access to your phone, keys, wallet, etc.? If your ticket is assumed to be safe and snug in your zipper pocket, why can't your phone, keys, and wallet be safe and snug in your closed zipper pockets?
  13. This is factually wrong. Why wouldn't you look this up before you posted? Chill dude, no need to be like that. But you're right, I did make an error, and I'll give it up to you for that. My bad. I'll admit when I'm wrong.
  14. If they could re-use the mountain, it would great to use the mountain for a dark ride, but from what I've heard the problem was mostly the mountain itself, so the mountain will probably be coming down with the ride. Its anybody's guess as to what KD will add next. B&M inverts aren't that common to build anymore. Only one has been built in America in the last 10 years. Source: https://rcdb.com/r.htm?ot=2&ml=6717&page=1&order=-8 I think that the better money would be on a dive coaster, traditional B&M hyper, or wing coaster. Or they'll just add some kind of kiddie area. sincerely doubt they would put a Hyper *right next to* I305. and would be genuinely shocked if they installed a Dive Coaster (not that it woudln't be a good fit for the park, as they don't have a coaster of that style. . but because it's so close to Griffon at BGW just up the street). at this point, I think many would be happy if they just put a bathroom over there.. but I really think it's likely gonna be a flat / flats going in that spot, as that area of the park is pretty coaster heavy. but hey, what do I know? Sorry to see Volcano go, but I understand why . . and I'm just glad i got a chance to ride it a few years ago. I wasn't saying that they would put it right next to i305. Did I say that? In my suggestion, they put somewhere in the park that's not right next to i305. And there's precedent: every other Cedar Fair park that has a giga also has a hyper... for whatever that's worth. And even if they didn't find any room other than i305, a traditional B&M hyper would be a totally different ride than i305. I305 is all G-force and tight banks/turns, while a more traditional B&M hyper would be about bunny hills, floater air, and getting to have a clambar.
  15. If they could re-use the mountain, it would great to use the mountain for a dark ride, but from what I've heard the problem was mostly the mountain itself, so the mountain will probably be coming down with the ride. Its anybody's guess as to what KD will add next. B&M inverts aren't that common to build anymore. Only one has been built in America in the last 10 years. Source: https://rcdb.com/r.htm?ot=2&ml=6717&page=1&order=-8 I think that the better money would be on a dive coaster, traditional B&M hyper, or wing coaster. Or they'll just add some kind of kiddie area.
  16. I know this isn’t what you meant, but remembering the three names that were trademarked for Tigris (Tigris, Uproar, Twisted Tiger), I’d make a safe bet on RMC Gwazi’s actual name being Uproar. Twisted Tiger is the more logical choice (hence Twisted Cyclone, Twisted Timbers, Twisted Colossus), but that sounds a bit too similar to Tigris. If the 212’ lift hill with the 91° drop rumors from First Drop are true, Uproar would make lots of sense given that the coaster would be the tallest in Florida. I think that Tigris is supposed to be named after the Tigris River... but it is confusing that in the logo there's a picture of a tiger with a paw. Maybe it will be a play on words? But it will still be a tongue twisted if one is called Tigris and the other is Twisted Tigers.
  17. True I was thinking the same thing this isn't so much taking the old and making it new, its almost an entirely new ride. Also any word on when Tigris may be opening? The GF will be going to St Pete soonish, I believe in the next 2 months, and that's usually a good time for me to scoot away to BGT. Ive always wanted to try one of these Sky Rockets so Im kind of excited actually They've been pretty hush hush about the actual opening date. They always mention "spring" for the opening though. It looks like the track is complete now though. I don't think that they've started testing yet, so I'm not sure how close they are to closing the deal. The fact that they always say spring without an actual date leads me to believe it will be late spring though. I hope it comes soon though.
  18. Anybody else buy the annual Quick Queue? Its $300, and I just bought it, as I'm thinking that the price will get jacked up once Tigris opens. Its pricey, but not a bad deal considering that its good any day of the day - including the weekends and holidays when it would be $90. I think that with the capacity issues of Tigris, it will be the only way to get more than 1-2 rides on it in a day.
  19. Yeah, I liked Volcano. It was fun, but I didn't get the hype. I probably just didn't ride it enough. Emily really liked it. I actually hope they get rid of the volcano. I think it looks ugly. Agreed all around. When I was younger it was like top 10 omg amazing, with more experience I grew to feel it was fun but not anything great. Launches and fly out the top were A+ but all the slow rolls and turns, meh. It was plodding and I always found the end disappointing, a great dive...into the breaks. I get space was limited but it kinda just built me up just to kill it. And yeah the Volcano is kind of ugly. I imagine they'd also have alot more freedom to do stuff without it there. I hope it goes as well. Besides, IDK if I want the reminder there, just have a clean break and start totally fresh Its a rare coaster that combines thrills with Disney/Universal style theming. Those kinds of coasters are more common in Europe, but in America they seem pretty rare. So even the though Volcano was old and surpassed by other thrill rides, it was still the #1 drawing attraction at the park when it was actually running.
  20. Yeah, I find it pretty odd how parks close so early Monday-Thursday. I'd thinking that it would make sense to only open parks early Saturday-Sunday, and holidays, and close pretty late Monday-Friday. I think that fairs and beachside parks are like that. The parks could get a much better after work patronage than they could people burning off PTO just to go to the park for a day.
  21. Live footage of a guest trying to go to an outdoor event in Sandusky, Ohio in February:
  22. Its all pretty silly to me. I could see making the prices dynamic for different park admissions (although to me, maybe that just means that they should do a better job of balancing out the attractions among their different parks), but that's crazy for the food part of it. And really, they should be celebrating guests who would take the time out of their schedule to travel to go to their different parks, not punishing them. If Six Flags wants to compete with the big boys, they'll have to learn how to get people to cross state lines just to go to their parks.
  23. LOL at the unambitious GP who won't fly across the country just to scan in a pass for a cheaper rate.
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