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  1. Yes, he was there Monday. I met him in the queue on American Thunder. He's visiting all the parks in the SF chain on the down low to get a feel for what each park might need. He is the nicest guy I have ever met that worked in the corporate office. He was super incognito, just trying to be a regular guest. The guy has a vision, and he sees every six flags as becoming a premium experience that rivals places like Cedar Point and Hershey Park. And he cares about every park, even little old us. No, I didn't get any secret plans or anything, although not for my lack of trying. Gives me hope our park won't be left behind anymore. (And if you believe any of this I have a bridge to sell you)
  2. And people called me a pessimist when it comes to the park Our park is far from mediocre, sure I think there are a ton of areas that could use improvement and bigger investments, but it's by far not mediocre. American thunder, Mr freeze, and The Boss are some of the best coasters in the chain. They aren't hyper coasters with record setting inversions, speed, or length but they are absolutely incredible. And with the massive maintenance done that was, well let's be honest, way overdue, we've had new decking, new rails, new paint, queue improvements. And the entire section over by Catwoman being redone. The park now is way better than 4-5 years ago. It's got more to go, but even little ol corporate hates us me can see the vast improvements and know we aren't mediocre.
  3. The carousel is being redone by hand mostly. They are spending a metric butt ton of money on this already. There are very few qualified people who can even do the work to begin with, on top of that it's being done in the middle of a pandemic. Which I'm sure slows down work even more. When it comes to restoration jobs like this. You either do the job right or you don't do it at all. Let's appreciate the fact that the park is spending this kind of money on a carousel rather than just replacing it, which would have been far cheaper.
  4. Don't worry I've already seen most of the area from my own sources . It's a little minimalist for my taste, but at least it isn't as bad as Supergirl's area. I'm overall extremely pleased with what I've seen, theyve done a fine job. The only thing I don't know about is what happened with the mosaic. I really hope that's been kept. That was art.
  5. The only thing wrong with the ninja is the janky old arrow trains. They were garbage when put in, they are more garbage now. The new vekoma trains would make ninja 200% better than what it is now. Personally, I like the ninja, I just wish it wasn't so bone breaking. Speaking of updates, I've heard from some employees that a lot of park maintenance was done this winter since everything has been so mild. Lots of new paint, new roofs, even some AC work, although I have no idea which AC's we're worked on. I'm genuinely excited about everything that's been done. Finally getting caught up on the maintenance.
  6. Every themepark should be required to have a minimum of two hypers
  7. That's exactly what I thought when I heard that. I cannot fathom their reasoning for that, but, its the truth. It's literally the same coaster from expo 86, which for some reason was popular even if neck breaking then.
  8. That's the way Ninja was designed though, Ninja was designed to be a steel coaster with a "feel" of a wooden one, same with Blue Hawk from SFoG, but its gotten a lot worse as it's aged though. I could be wrong but I think they are still using the original trains from Arrow, which.. Werent great to begin with.. Most of the parks who have the same track type have upgraded to the 6 car Vekoma trains and a different style of restraint system which reduce the awful jerkiness of the ride by a ton. Blue Hawk in SFoG a few years ago got some track refurbishment and new trains which apparently makes the coaster (which is identical to ninja in terms of roughness at the time) basically smooth and has the added benefit of making the coaster run faster.
  9. You guys can criticize me all you want, but it doesn't make me any less wrong. In the last five years alone, five attractions were removed in the main park, and one of those was just half removed and looks awful. In the last 5 years, we have gained three rides in the main park. Three. Just three. That's a net loss of two full rides. And one of them was delayed for two full years while literally every other park had their ride open in 2021. What the chain is doing for the park is literally the bare minimum. I'm supposed to appreciate the bare minimum? That's like going to a franchised steak house that calls itself the best steakhouse in Missouri, ordering a moderately priced steak and they give you a plate that had a thin steak that's mostly all bone. Would you send it back and demand something better, or would you accept the moderately priced steak and just say "well the cooks tried their best, its okay". That's literally what most of you sound like. Anyone remember our 50th park anniversary? What a dismal display. Some fireworks, some dippin dots, and a pin, I seem to recall many of you being disappointed in what we got for that. That disappointment is what us hardcore fans have felt for the last 10 years I dont care if you like me or hate me, although it's pretty obvious it's the latter. But good lord, it is not too much to ask for the chain to do more than the bare minimum, which they havent even done that sad to say.
  10. Also, to add, it was corporates decision to delay the ride for two full years, not our parks management. Phil Liggett in the time he has been park president of our park has done a tremendous job of catching up on the maintenance of the park in the last year alone. 99% of the people here were just fine accepting less than the bare minimum after all these years. How dare someone else actually expect more effort from the corporate overlords, it's a sin to want such a thing.
  11. Which is fine, Six flags used to not put up an attraction every year anyway, I'll be the first to admit that having something new every year was neat, we have a number of rides that in my opinion, could use refurbishment. Mine Train and The Ninja come to mind there, both of them are basically falling apart it seems, mine train especially, it has sensor troubles everyday it seems. ninja is just cosmetic, although they could make it not be so jerky too, more people would love that. I think Eagle is due for some love, I dont remember when it was last retracked but I know it's been a little bit. Mr Freeze is another one that could use some love, while I dont expect it to be converted to a newer LIM style, which would cost a fortune, or so I've been told, the cars could use a refresh, and a coat of paint on it would be nice. While I really do wish they would put down a new coaster, I dont think that'll happen any time soon. Ands before someone chimes in saying to RMC the boss, yeahhhh no. they spent a fortune retracking and refurbishing the cars a few years ago, if that happens, which i dont think it will, it's gonna be 10+ year out.
  12. Corporate, actually. Although with the new CEO looking to hand more power back to chain management like it used to be, we may finally start to see some larger investments like we used to. I wish Dave Roemer was still park president, he did a damn fine job when the corporate office was willing to open their wallet for the park, was a nice guy too, genuinely loved the park and wanted to make it better.
  13. I suppose we should be thankful we got the four seat version and not the two seat version. Funtime makes up to an 8 row configuration, but I don't think I've seen it anywhere.
  14. Assuming the renders are correct, which I'm sure they are, then yes it's pretty much a copy of that and you are absolutely correct. 164 feet would seem to be the total ride height as well.
  15. At full vertical length, the riders will be 164 feet above the ground, the total height is unknown, since I'm assuming there will be some part of the ride that is taller than eye level of the riders. To put it in prospective, Superman Tower of Power was 230 feet when the riders were at the top. The actual height with all the theming at top and everything was closer to 260 feet, although i could be very wrong with that number total.
  16. Fine then, enjoy getting the bare minimum from the chain. I guess you all are used to it by now. It's obvious that's all you people care about anyway. So I'll shut up here for pushing for more and let you enjoy getting the bare minimum. Happy riding there.
  17. Magic mountain and fiesta Texas don't need new ones to draw in crowds either. Yet here we are. They wouldn't be putting coasters in there back to back if they didn't draw in more crowds than normal. They seemed to have noticed something to equate them to drop yet another coaster in each park again. You're also missing my point, you seem to be assuming major investment equals coaster. And no, a coaster is just one of the major investment ideas.
  18. If it was that easy, we would all be running our own theme parks trying to outdo each other with bigger and faster roller coasters. That would certainly be entertaining for TPR videos, that's for sure. Sadly, the real world doesn't work like Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 does. The reason I know there are investment returns to be made is the fact the park has almost hit capacity every weekend for fright fest so far. Granted, fright fest is the most popular event for six flags, the park hasnt hit anywhere near capacity for fright fest since what, 2012? There is also the fact the park hasnt exactly been empty since they reopened in 2020. I've seen more people at the park since the reopening than I did anytime in 2019, including fright fest, and that's even with eagle missing from action for some of 2021, which is one of the best coasters in the park. They've added no attractions in the park for 2020 or 2021, all they did was spruce up the place, and yet, the crowds have came anyway. Imagine what would happen if they did do some major investments. And no i don't just mean coaster, a lot of the shops and food places could use sprucing up on the inside, a remodel of them certainly wouldn't hurt, and it could save labor if they went to a fully automated kiosk type deal for the food places, instead of using cashiers. People stopped coming to the park because it was looking so run down. Now that they are sprucing up the place, the crowds are returning. We have a great park, I just think there is more they could do to make it better. That's all.
  19. Ah yes. Me wanting the chain to do more with the park instead of doing what they are doing makes me hate the park. I guess thats why I went there 17 times in 2019 and 19 times in 2020? Yeah I sure hate the park alright. Speaking of, it costs about 8 dollars a square foot to demo a commercial building. It also costs about $1.5 a square foot to regrade land. and a typical concrete slab with rebar is about $9.51 a square foot. anyone know the square footage of the area? I'll gladly do the math, using the extreme high end of costs like I just provided. Also, we were one of 3 six flags parks that im aware of that didnt get a new attraction or some ride refurbishment in 2021. Even frontier city got new trains for one of their woody coasters. My point is, considering the park has hit capacity every weekend since fright fest started, the park hasn't exactly been empty all year either. And six flags is expected to beat expectations when their earnings are released the 27th. Why is it too much to ask for the chain to do more with our park? Why does everyone act like its such a big deal to have something bigger done every now and again? Everyone always says we should be thankful for what we have, or they wont invest without a promise of return, or the money isnt there. It's a pile of crap. The money is there. We have the people for it. There is certainly a return of investment worthy of a real major project. Everyone else can sit there in their compliancy. I however, won't. I will continue to push for our park to get better investments, and quite frankly I don't care if you or anyone else has a problem with my way of thinking. At the end of the day, I just want the park to become better, and I won't settle for the peanuts we get.
  20. I find it funny. It'll be more of the same when our park is passed over for major investments next year, and the following years. And no, I don't just mean a coaster. That would be nice, yes. But really any major investment would be good for our park. We are sitting on 40 acres of undeveloped land. Hurricane harbor could have a minor expansion. Or they could add a new area to the park, they could completely move the kids area and add a kiddie coaster, which imo would be better. But they don't, and it just makes me sad. Im grateful we get the minor investments and the area around eagles queue is getting work. But I can't imagine much will go up there yet. I bet it's going to remain a little empty for a while, the exception being for whatever queue they do for Catwoman.
  21. You may consider me a troll, and you may consider it immature all you wish, but all I'm doing is calling it as I see it. Let's put it this way. When was the last time our park had a major investment put into it that? Flat rides don't count here, while they are an investment to be sure, they aren't considered a major investment. In 2020 we got the updated entrance, and really all they did was give us a fountain and knock down the ticket area. I'm not sure that counts as a major renovation. But it was a welcome one, to be sure, the ticket area had been looking run down for.. ever.. Anyway, back to my point. 2008 we got Pandemonium which brought to it a major renovation of that area, American thunder in 2007 brought a major redesign on the pavilion area, and the unfortunate shortening of the moon cars that would be to come. 2006 brought us the looney toons kids park which besides hurricane harbor in 1999, is one of largest renovations in the parks history that is not a coaster. How about the carousel? Again, an investment, and a welcome one, but not a major one. Xcalibur? An investment again, not a major one though. In 2012 we lost the bumper cars for boomerang, there is an argument to be made that it is a major investment, but all they really did was take down the building, they really didnt do anything to the surrounding areas except ruin the view of the screaming eagle. Every time someone ranks all the chains in the park, ours always comes in near the bottom, which is extremely unfortunate. Our park has 40 acres sitting unused, not to mention a huge section of parking lot by hurricane harbor that was quite literally full of weeds that could be used. We get a little thing every year. The last major investment? Either 2013, or 2008. Which would be 8 years ago, or 13 years ago. Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly thankful the maintenance backlog has been caught up, the new decking has been put down, and what not. But to say corporate likes our park? In my opinion, no. I personally believe corporate doesn't like our park. And the lack of major investments shows.
  22. It's still like that. Which is what these people don't understand. There are people in corporate and in park management who hate our park. There was a time when corporate would invest big money in our park. Our park got the only coaster in 2008. Mr freeze was a colossal disaster when it was first built. But corporate stuck it out and went way over budget to get it to work. We had some big licensing deals back then. And magically, they got pulled. If we had management on both sides who loved our park and would put the money into it, we would see crowds like we used to. And I'm talking hour long crowds for every ride like we used to get. We absolutely have the population for that. Catwoman doesn't open until next year. A ride that was meant to open up in 2020. Meanwhile, a lot of other parks got their rides in 2021, some in 2020 anyway, and we go two years without a new ride. Our 50th was an absolute joke. Other parks in the chain celebrating theirs got a lot more money and effort put into their celebrations. But please, everyone tell me our park isnt hated. Our park is hated. And it's time everyone accept that.
  23. It's exactly how it works. We just dont bring in the revenue to warrant spending the money on a new coaster. Look, face the facts. the ROI on a coaster just isnt there for our park. And don't get me wrong, I absolutely love our park, what we have its amazing. But we aren't getting a coaster this year, next year, or anytime in the next 5 to 10 years. It is what it is. I'm still gonna enjoy the hell out of the park. But we should stop living in some fantasy land that cooperate is going to spend that kind of money on it. It's not gonna happen.
  24. The maintenance budget is pennies. Only in the last couple years have they finally allocated a decent budget to catch up on the backlog. When was the last time we had a NEW coaster? 2007. 14 years ago. Boomerang was 8 years ago. Every ride we have gotten has been a generic clone other parks have gotten. Great America got a new coaster in 2019. But sure, keep telling yourself corporate doesn't hate our park. They do.
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