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  1. For the record, I was using this as an opportunity to make Hershey candy brand puns...and that's about as high as my opinion of Wildcat goes...
  2. Well, that be a whopper if it happens! Are we sure this is RMC, or is it just GCI and their whatcha ma call it track? Whatever it is it should be good & plenty more fun than Wildcat currently is. Or maybe it's just an Ice Breakers tie-in? Oh (almond) joy....
  3. Hi Everyone, Trying to do some planning for my annual "coaster desert escape", and was hoping to get some help. I have the parks picked out (looking at WoF, SDC, HW, KK, and KI), and I'll probably ask more specific questions about them later in their respective threads once I confirm which ones I'm actually going to. Here I just have some more general questions: I know both will be busy weekends in July, but is it better to do King's Island on a Saturday, or SDC on a Sunday, assuming no Fast Lane/Trailblazer? Sadly, skip-the-lines are just not in the cards for this trip! Assuming we skip the water parks (yes, I know Splashing Safari is an amazing water park...), is it reasonably possible to do Holiday World and Kentucky Kingdom in a single day and enjoy both parks (i.e. not credit-whoring!), if you start at HW? Or would a day at each be better? Can KK fill an entire day or even at least most of a whole day, even without the water park? Thanks everyone in advance! I really appreciate any advice you could give!
  4. Hi @Jellowithdacoastercredit! Welcome to the forums! Uhh...not trying to tell you what to do but...I would not waste your time with Elitch Gardens...and I think a lot of people on here would agree... I would do Glenwood Caverns (if you don't have a problem with their management), Lakeside (if that place is even open), or Silverwood (if your ok with a ton of driving), over Elitch any day...just saying... Also I'd say SDC over Six Flags St. Louis is probably a better choice. But that one might be more debatable... Otherwise it looks fun! Hope you have a great trip!
  5. Hey now, give'em a break... they are probably just now learning what it means to own an SLC and an Intamin launch coaster...they got bigger problems to worry about... Besides, it's an island theme, it's not like they promised a "Wildwood Grove" or anything...
  6. Confirmed: Both Tremors AND Timber Terror are receiving 208 ReTraK this off-season! Doesn't look like any profiling changes are happening, just the track replacement. Really looking forward to this, as the ReTraK on Tremors made a world of a difference on the helix. Should be good! Oh...and Stunt Pilot is getting a new shade structure for it's queue...maybe? (Whoot! Whoot!) Didn't post it, but the park previously announced that they have hired a couple from Nashville to re-do the train show this year, which is really exciting! They also will have a new show in the High Moon Saloon this year, which should be fun! Only 24 days left till opening day!
  7. And...here's (allegedly) the layout for Circuit Breaker! No clue how accurate it is...but supposedly it's straight from the park to ACE. (Images from ACE South Central's Facebook) Now THAT looks like a solid layout to me! None of that "anticipation turn" garbage... I agree with everyone else though...the more I hear about this place...the weirder it seems to get... Also, they put these images out on April Fools day so maybe we should all take them with a grain boulder of salt?
  8. Well apparently the president of COTAland wasn't joking... (Congratulations, you've got even more reason to celebrate Bert!) They've "announced" (more like put in a random news article) that COTAland will (supposedly) be receiving America's First and Only TILT Coaster, in 2023!! https://www.fox7austin.com/news/full-amusement-park-with-roller-coasters-coming-to-cota-in-2023?fbclid=IwAR3YYH-L8VvL9ZeDPPBYF2gjeyX-uRjMSiZXG9nE8wiC6mEFVIkYeJvTEp4 From the article: "It'll [COTAland] be equipped with at least 25 rides when it opens, including five roller coasters. "We expect the kiddie park to open sometime this year and then the thrill rides and entire park to open in 2023," he said. One of those coasters will be the Circuit Breaker, which will provide a truly unique experience. "It’s a tilt coaster, it’s going to be the first of its kind in America. It does have a sister overseas. It’s just the most neat experience to be dangling facing downward waiting for it to drop," said Matt Hughey, Sr. Manager of COTA Karting and COTALAND." Sadly, no other details were provided, at least that I could find. I have seen some photos and stuff floating around of Vekoma working on something mysterious at their facilities in Europe, which makes me wonder if this is what they are working on? Allthough, I've also heard that a tilt coaster is planned for Energylandia as well. Gotta love that name though..."Circuit Breaker"...I can hear the puns now...
  9. All of the major rides have TVs showing a the current wait times, and there's a few of them just scattered around the park. (They will also tell you if Lightning Rod is closed or not) The app will show wait times once you get to the park (It might also work in the parking lot, can't remember now). I didn't get Timesaver when I went since I went in a weekday where it wasn't needed, but if your going on a weekend it seems like it would be a good idea to get it ahead of time. At the very least it will be great for Firechaser, Tennessee Tornado, Dragonflyer (if it's on there), and Mystery Mine as thoose had the worst lines when I was there. I would say that even with Timesaver that if you have any inkling about LR being closed to make a left upon entering and beat it back to Firechaser/TT/Mystery Mine. Other stuff: -The train is ok. I don't think it's as good as some people say it is, but if you want to ride it line up early as it's super popular and they do count people so it doesn't overfill. - Gotta get Cinnamon Bread from the Grist Mill. Period. No going around it. Also, be sure to say high to Earl the Turtle - The right side of Wild Eagle (going left at the split in the queue) has better views of Wildwood Grove and Thunderhead, while the left side (going right in the queue) has better views of the Smokey Mountains. Congratulations and have fun!!
  10. Looping Starship fans rejoice! Someone on Twitter saw Phoenix testing...
  11. I've seen those Vortex comparisons too (which for the record I think KI made a big mistake with that whole thing), but I agree I think this is different. I thought KI was also kinda playing to the "will Firehawk or Vortex be removed?" deal leading up to that first tweet so perhaps context is needed? Plus Vortex was an old Arrow, who has had few if any rides age particularly well, while Kumba is a B&M, which from I'll I've heard builds significantly superior products than Arrow ever did. It seems to me that unless Kumba is riddled with hidden problems, or is sinking into the ground (oh for crying out loud, did I just start that rumor...), or Busch just wants an excuse to use the land behind it then I don't think it's going anywhere. If anything, we know that based on KI's timeline, we all have one more year (to the day...that's hilarious I can't believe I never noticed that...) to ride Kumba! Either that...or the marketing department hasn't gotten the memo yet...
  12. Lol, At least the theming looks better than Pantheon's...where's the "Corporate hates our park" crowd when you need 'em...
  13. Whoops... https://www.kwwl.com/news/waterloo/breaking-fire-at-lost-island-theme-park/article_bf086ee4-a0e2-11ec-a3cc-5b1bb21af10c.html Apparently one of the under-construction queue buildings burned down last night. Luckily it didn't spread, and it sounds like they only real damage is the destruction of the log flume's controls. They said it wouldn't impact their plans for a soft opening in may or june. The only truly worrying thing is they also basically said "We are grateful to the people that called the fire department...because we didn't have anyone one working there to call..." Hmmm....
  14. Gotta love that investment in improving guest experience...
  15. Pretty sure it's been talked about somewhere one here, but we can officially add Racer to the list of rides being painted this off-season: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2022/march/bringing-back-original-color-scheme-on-the-racer Looks pretty snazzy to me! Was kinda hoping they'd bring back the backwards train though, now that sounds fun!
  16. I don't think anyone was surprised by this (it's been "when" not "if" for a few years now I think), I'm still excited. Plus knowing Knoebels, they'll probably find a way to make it the best version out there...
  17. Saw on the Valleyfair thread that they are doing the same thing over there. Kinda hard to get info since both pages are exactly the same as far as descriptions and concept art. Kinda sounds like they are trying to do a more family-friendly approach, focusing on food and shows rather than "scaring the cr*p out of you". They did mention that in the Land of Tricks that they would have "mazes" but that they would be spooky, not scary. Also thought it was interesting that this is not a hard ticket event, and season passes are good for it. I always heard/thought that the most profitable part of haunt events was that everybody had to buy a ticket. Haunt is still scheduled for Worlds of Fun, Dorney, and Kings Island with no mention of Trick or Treats (as of right now). Kings Dominion and Carowinds seem to be trying to take a page from Knotts and doing both Haunt and a Trick or Treat Festival (which apparently is different from what Valleyfair and CGA are doing...yeah I know it's confusing...). Interestingly, Cedar Point has neither listed on their website...
  18. Six Flags released their Q4 earnings today: https://investors.sixflags.com/news-and-events/press-releases/2022/02-24-2022-110026329 ARLINGTON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, today reported attendance of 6 million guests and total revenue of $317 million for fourth quarter 2021. Results for fourth quarter and full year 2021 are not directly comparable to the same prior-year periods due to the company’s COVID-19 related suspension of operations and operating restrictions that began in mid-March 2020. The company believes it is most relevant to compare its results in 2021 to the same periods in 2019. In the fourth quarter (October 4, 2021, through January 2, 2022), attendance at the company’s parks was approximately 98% compared to the comparable fiscal period in 2019 (October 7, 2019, through January 5, 2020). Attendance by pre-booked groups, inclusive of school groups who typically book in advance, has been significantly diminished due to the pandemic. Excluding pre-booked groups, attendance at the company’s parks in fourth quarter 2021 was approximately 100% compared to the same period in 2019. “In my first 100 days, we have established a new, customer-obsessed culture, a lean and empowered organization, and a strategic focus on delivering a premium guest experience” said Selim Bassoul, President and CEO. “With our foundation now in place, we are moving quickly to invigorate the magic of Six Flags.” Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights Attendance was 6 million guests, inclusive of a negative calendar shift of 363 thousand guests due to a change in the company’s reporting calendar, for a decrease of 354 thousand guests compared to fourth quarter 2019. Total Revenue was $317 million, an increase of $56 million compared to fourth quarter 2019. Net Loss was $2 million, an improvement of $9 million compared to fourth quarter 2019. Adjusted EBITDA1 was $95 million, an increase of $23 million compared to fourth quarter 2019. Net cash outflow for fourth quarter 2021 was $54 million. Full Year 2021 Highlights Attendance was 28 million guests, a decrease of 5 million guests compared to full year 2019. Total Revenue was $1,497 million, an increase of $9 million compared to full year 2019. Net Income was $130 million, a decrease of $49 million compared to full year 2019. Adjusted EBITDA was $498 million, a decrease of $29 million compared to full year 2019. Net cash flow for full year 2021 was $178 million. ... Total guest spending per capita in fourth quarter 2021 increased 32% compared to fourth quarter 2019. Applying the pro forma allocation from admissions spending to in-park spending for 2019, admissions spending per capita increased 28% and in-park spending per capita increased 36%. The increase in admissions spending per capita was driven by higher pricing on single day tickets, particularly during the company’s Fright Fest event, and a higher mix of single-day ticket attendance. The increase in in-park spending per capita was due to strong consumer trends and a higher mix of single-day guests, who tend to spend more than season pass holders and members on a per day basis. They also are scr*wing around with their fiscal year calendar for some reason...yeah I don't get it either. On the conference call apparently the new CEO talked up food and guest experience, and wants to focus less on attendance and new rides. Seems to me that this new CEO (this was his first earnings call) wants to move a way from the "every park gets something new every year" strategy, and instead focus on increasing in-park spending. Being he's from Spirit Airlines, I'm not sure if he really wants to invest in guest experience, or if it's code for "We're gonna cut costs like crazy". The company is still loosing money, so maybe he wants to fix that and than invest more? I don't know...kinda hard to say. They did emphasize that in-park spending is higher with "single-day guests" over season pass holders and members, so that might help to explain the current pass situation. My guess is that they found that while the monthly income from members was great (especially during COVID), the members didn't spend as much in the parks and the new CEO said "If they're not making us as much money, let's force them into categories that will make us more money". We'll see what happens I guess though, would expect a quiet 2022 for sure it seems.
  19. SeaWorld Entertainment Released Q4 Earnings today: https://www.seaworldinvestors.com/news-releases/news-release-details/2022/SeaWorld-Entertainment-Inc.-Reports-Fourth-Quarter-and-Fiscal-2021-Results/default.aspx ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021.[1] Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights Attendance was 5.0 million guests, an increase of 2.7 million guests from the fourth quarter of 2020. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, attendance increased by 0.3 million guests or 5.4%. Total revenue was a record $370.8 million, an increase of $216.7 million from the fourth quarter of 2020. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, total revenue increased by $72.8 million or 24.4%. Net income was a record $71.5 million, an increase of $117.1 million from the fourth quarter of 2020. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, net income increased by $95.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA[2] was a record $152.8 million an increase of $130.0 million from the fourth quarter of 2020. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, Adjusted EBITDA increased by $68.8 million or 82.0%. Total revenue per capita increased 7.9% to $74.87 from the fourth quarter of 2020. Admission per capita increased 5.3% to $43.65 while in-park per capita spending increased 11.7% to $31.22 from the fourth quarter of 2020. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, total revenue per capita increased 18.1%, admission per capita increased 15.2%, and in-park per capita spending increased 22.3%. Fiscal 2021 Highlights Attendance was 20.2 million guests, an increase of 13.8 million guests from fiscal 2020. Compared to fiscal 2019, attendance declined by 2.4 million guests or 10.7%. Total revenue was a record $1,503.7 million, an increase of $1,072.0 million from fiscal 2020. Compared to fiscal 2019, total revenue increased by $105.5 million or 7.5%. Net income was a record $256.5 million, an increase of $568.8 million from fiscal 2020. Compared to fiscal 2019, net income increased by $167.0 million or 186.7%. Adjusted EBITDA was a record $662.0 million. Compared to fiscal 2019, Adjusted EBITDA increased by $205.1 million or 44.9%. Total revenue per capita increased 9.9% to $74.43 from fiscal 2020. Admission per capita increased 5.2% to $42.17 while in-park per capita spending increased 16.5% to $32.26 from fiscal 2020. Compared to fiscal 2019, total revenue per capita increased 20.4%, admission per capita increased 18.9%, and in-park per capita spending increased 22.6%. ... [CEO Marc Swanson:] "While we have made good progress on our plans, as we look to the future, we continue to be highly confident that we can deliver even more operational and financial improvements that we expect will lead to meaningful increases in shareholder value. In particular, we believe our forward ride, attraction and park enhancement investment plans are the most robust they have ever been, and currently reflect the cadence, focus areas and strategies we have been working towards. We continue to improve our commercial functionality with investments in talent and capabilities in revenue management and marketing and have opportunities for continued improvement in these areas. We also continue to identify, track and execute on additional cost reduction and efficiency opportunities that we expect to continue to help offset inflationary pressures and lead to structurally improved profitability. With respect to our digital capabilities, including our mobile app and CRM implementations, we are encouraged by the early results and are in the very early innings of realizing the full potential. And, we continue to make progress on our inorganic growth initiatives related to hotels, new parks and international expansion and expect to have more to share later in the year," "We are also pleased to have ended 2021 in a particularly strong financial position, as a result of the proactive and decisive decisions made over the last couple of years as well as our record financial performance in 2021. Our available liquidity, including cash on our balance sheet and capacity on our revolver credit facility, was over $800 million and our total net leverage was less than 2.50x. Our strong financial position provides us significant flexibility to invest in our business, fund high growth ROI initiatives, consider strategic opportunities and / or return capital to our shareholders," concluded Swanson. They also say that the increase in revenue, despite decreasing attendance, is caused by: price increases, changes in "admissions product mix" (lol), and "enhanced or expanded in-park offerings when compared to 2019". Sounds to me like SEAS has found success with their current strategy and that they plan to continue with it! It also sounds like they have a lot of stuff planned, so it might be interesting to watch what they got going. They seem to be trumpeting the fact that they are in a good financial spot, which I guess is good considering that a few years ago it looked like they were really struggling. Oh, and apparently the CEO said on the earnings call that "We have a lot of respect for Cedar Fair - the assets and their management team." Hmmm...maybe I'll just leave it at that...
  20. Alrighty! Herschend finally figured it out (maybe)! Kentucky Kingdom's opening day is April 30! Calendar and Hours: https://www.kentuckykingdom.com/plan-your-visit/calendar/#/2022/4
  21. Knoebels is also cutting hours, only being open Noon-8 during the summer. They also increased wages, unsurprisingly. https://www.dailyitem.com/news/knoebels-hours-reduced-park-offering-employee-incentives/article_f65f95cc-933e-11ec-b216-1f2e86f00f5e.html Seems like even Knoebels, which seemed to be immune from staffing problems forever, is having trouble. Hope they are able to figure it out as it was definitely noticeable that they were having trouble last year.
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