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Hmm thats really weird and bizarre I bought my pass at the end of September using EZPay and I live in Ohio so nowhere near TX, wonder when it changed to only allow TX residents to use EZPay

All the parks changed their passholder structure this month (BGW started last year). So anyone buying passes after they went in effect (October 4th), may not be able to get EZPay depending on where they live. If you have EZPay already, you should be good as long as you keep in good standing since you have a contract. I know I can't get it because I live in FL. It's not even an option when trying to buy online, but can buy it all at once. That's understandable in my case since well, we have 4 parks here.

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With SEA struggling it is nice to see them allowing the passes to be valid even for those living outside of Texas. It they denied people it would cause them more bad PR since it is not explicitly stated on the website. It will be interesting to see if they allow out of state residents to continue to purchase the Texas Platinum pass at the discounted price (as they allowed 7-8 years ago) or if they change the verbiage on their website.

 

As I mentioned in the SWO thread a few weeks ago, I inquired in August about buying a 2019 pass/membership and Guest Relations informed me the low price was online for in-state residents.

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Just came back from a quick Thanksgiving visit. The park was a lot less crowded than I thought it would be given the holiday. Does this park ever get crowded? I have been getting email ads for cheap day tickets for the entire year even though my pass is with one of the other parks.

 

The Beluga whale / dolphin show was sad, but the other shows were fine. I was shocked by how few animal exhibits they had in general (I didn’t realize that the shark exhibit is actually outside the park proper...). Christmas lights and the corresponding late closing time were super nice.

 

Steel Eel : fun floater air time for the first half, but the block breaks take much of the momentum out of the ride and occur much earlier in the ride than you’d expect. I ride twice in the back and once in the front.

 

Great White : supposedly this is a Batman clone, but I guess I haven’t ridden enough of those to notice. Aggressive snappy positive g forces and disorienting inversions, but neither of those is really my thing.

 

Wave Breaker : kind of ugly on the lake, and it felt meandering in spite of the launches. This rollercoaster did nothing for me, and I just rode once. I guess the marquee was nice.

 

Anyhow, I’ll be visiting some of the nearby Six Flags parks a bit later in the week.

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Just came back from a quick Thanksgiving visit. The park was a lot less crowded than I thought it would be given the holiday. Does this park ever get crowded? I have been getting email ads for cheap day tickets for the entire year even though my pass is with one of the other parks.

 

The Beluga whale / dolphin show was sad, but the other shows were fine. I was shocked by how few animal exhibits they had in general (I didn’t realize that the shark exhibit is actually outside the park proper...). Christmas lights and the corresponding late closing time were super nice.

 

Steel Eel : fun floater air time for the first half, but the block breaks take much of the momentum out of the ride and occur much earlier in the ride than you’d expect. I ride twice in the back and once in the front.

 

Great White : supposedly this is a Batman clone, but I guess I haven’t ridden enough of those to notice. Aggressive snappy positive g forces and disorienting inversions, but neither of those is really my thing.

 

Wave Breaker : kind of ugly on the lake, and it felt meandering in spite of the launches. This rollercoaster did nothing for me, and I just rode once. I guess the marquee was nice.

 

Anyhow, I’ll be visiting some of the nearby Six Flags parks a bit later in the week.

 

The park can certainly get crowded. It was slammed on Saturday for example. Also since this is the biggest Sea World even if it’s moderately busy it can seem like the park is dead.

 

I’ve always felt that Steel Eel is vastly underrated when it comes to airtime. I can’t help but feel that you didn’t get a good ride on it since the bunny hops at the end are sometimes crazy.

 

With Wave Breaker a lot of people were expecting something different since it was built by Intamin. A ton of people immediately thought it would be more intense but that kind of ride wouldn’t have fit well with the parks clientele.

 

Luckily, the turtle addition will help with the lack of animal exhibits. There are a ton of rumors out there about additional exhibits/restaurants/rides. The last few years have been such a great improvement and the next few will help the park even more.

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The park can certainly get crowded. It was slammed on Saturday for example. Also since this is the biggest Sea World even if it’s moderately busy it can seem like the park is dead.

 

I had to check Wikipedia to confirm, since I was thinking there is no way that San Antonio is the largest. Orlando is much more of a chore to walk around (although that may have just been the heat and humidity being unbearable in Florida).

 

I’ve always felt that Steel Eel is vastly underrated when it comes to airtime. I can’t help but feel that you didn’t get a good ride on it since the bunny hops at the end are sometimes crazy.

 

I did _like_ Steel Eel. It’s nice get rides from less prolific manufacturers.

 

It’s very likely that Steel Eel wasn’t running well. Since it the park was uncrowded, they were sending out trains that were half empty (if that).

 

With Wave Breaker a lot of people were expecting something different since it was built by Intamin. A ton of people immediately thought it would be more intense but that kind of ride wouldn’t have fit well with the parks clientele.

 

Yeah, I get that it was supposed to be a family coaster. But I’m the type of weirdo that likes mild coasters. I’m not quite sure why I was unimpressed by Wave Breaker.

 

Anyhow, I’ll upload pictures later. It is pretty painful for me to forum on a cell phone.

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With SEA struggling it is nice to see them allowing the passes to be valid even for those living outside of Texas. It they denied people it would cause them more bad PR since it is not explicitly stated on the website. It will be interesting to see if they allow out of state residents to continue to purchase the Texas Platinum pass at the discounted price (as they allowed 7-8 years ago) or if they change the verbiage on their website.

 

As I mentioned in the SWO thread a few weeks ago, I inquired in August about buying a 2019 pass/membership and Guest Relations informed me the low price was online for in-state residents.

 

Struggling? Past few quarters say otherwise but.......

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My daughter is going to San Diego for spring break, so we are going to Texas next month to pick up our SW/BG passes so she can go to SWSD on that spring trip. We are going to do SFOT and SFFT as well. We are driving, so probably hitting OWA Foley and SFOG on the way back.

 

We are taking 8 days to do this so we will probably have time for a little sightseeing as well (Alamo, River Walk, ???).

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Riverwalk is a must if you have the time, and if possible I'd reccomend staying along the riverwalk. It's so nice to be able to go out drinking and have a nice albiet tipsy walk back along the river haha. Alamo is kinda you've seen it move on kinda thing haha but enjoy San Antonio its by far one of my favorite cities I've ever visited.

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Riverwalk is a must if you have the time, and if possible I'd reccomend staying along the riverwalk.

 

 

Thanks for the tip. I've already booked a room on the River Walk. Looking forward to adding Texas to my list of visited states.

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Any idea what kind of winds shut down the coasters here? Weather app says 21mph gusts, but it feels stronger than that.

 

I'm more concerned about SFFT this evening. Hopefully the winds die down.

 

BTW, after our first night in the hotel on the River Walk I cancelled our budget hotels in the burbs and splurged on the River Walk for two more nights. What a great town. Trip report coming next week.

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas has the most ridiculous wind policy I've ever encountered at any park in my entire life.

 

That's what I'm afraid of. Winds should die down this evening. We can come back to SWSA tomorrow at 1, but SFFT doesn't open until 5. That throws a monkey wrench in the travel plans if we can't ride coasters tonight.

 

On the bright side, we've had two great days being tourists in San Antonio and my daughter already wants to come back.

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Keep an eye on the app and (assuming you're whoring), make Pandemonium and Iron Rattler major priorities if you actually see them running. If you're not whoring then obviously Pandemonium is skippable.

 

As for San Antonio... yeah, it's an amazing city. We loved it there. The Riverwalk is insane.

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Steel Eel was great! Nothing fancy maneuver-wise, but what a solid airtime coaster. After Iron Rattler ( the clear choice for best coaster this trip), my daughter liked Titan and Steel Eel the best. She is a hyper girl, I guess. Great White was good, but just another B&M invert. Wave Whatever was a one and done, but good on SWSA for having a family friendly launch coaster.

 

I am now back in NC after a hell drive through Houston, Atlanta, and Charlotte. TR coming next week.

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The MCBR on Steel Eel was working hard the day we were there. We still got decent airtime. The farther we sat to the back, the more violent the return to the seat was. They strangely let us ride twice without re-entering the queue, but made us exit and re-enter after every two rides, even though there was no one in line at the time.

 

We had zero issues getting our passes, BTW.

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^ Sounds like you got some good rides on it. Even in the back the return run didn't do much earlier this year, but the outward leg still had some fantastic air. I really wish Steel Eel had better padding on the seats though for that reason.

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Anybody know if you can get the Platinum benefits (preferred parking, bring a friend for free, bring a friend for 50%, etc.) at the Florida parks if you buy the San Antonio pass and not just basic free entry?

 

The verbiage is a little vague on parking on SWSA and SWO's websites. It does say that free parking is not available at Aquatica or Adventure Island in Florida on SWO's membership benefits page. Then again my pass order receipt says my pass is only valid for Texas residents and that was not an issue.

 

We are going to be visiting BGW, BGT, and SWO this year, and my daughter is going to SWSD, so we should get our money's worth even if we have to pay for parking.

 

It says this about free tickets on SWO's page:

Florida Platinum Annual Passes receive 2 free guest tickets to be used at 2 parks of your Florida parks of membership, excluding Discovery Cove.

 

I'm going to visit these parks without expectation and just be happy if we get any perks.

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Anybody know if you can get the Platinum benefits (preferred parking, bring a friend for free, bring a friend for 50%, etc.) at the Florida parks if you buy the San Antonio pass and not just basic free entry?

 

The verbiage is a little vague on parking on SWSA and SWO's websites. It does say that free parking is not available at Aquatica or Adventure Island in Florida on SWO's membership benefits page. Then again my pass order receipt says my pass is only valid for Texas residents and that was not an issue.

 

We are going to be visiting BGW, BGT, and SWO this year, and my daughter is going to SWSD, so we should get our money's worth even if we have to pay for parking.

 

It says this about free tickets on SWO's page:

Florida Platinum Annual Passes receive 2 free guest tickets to be used at 2 parks of your Florida parks of membership, excluding Discovery Cove.

 

I'm going to visit these parks without expectation and just be happy if we get any perks.

 

I live in Florida, and I was thinking of booking a flight and hitting up SWSA, SFOT, and SFFT to take advantage of this. I'd hate to fly all the way out there and get screwed if I didn't dot my i's and cross my t's. I'm very unhappy with how ambiguous the details are on the official website.

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I live in Florida, and I was thinking of booking a flight and hitting up SWSA, SFOT, and SFFT to take advantage of this. I'd hate to fly all the way out there and get screwed if I didn't dot my i's and cross my t's. I'm very unhappy with how ambiguous the details are on the official website.

 

I'd shoot them an email. They were very responsive to me. There was nothing anywhere that said I had to be a resident of Texas until after the passes were purchased, so I was definitely going for a refund if it wasn't going to work at all. It's my gut that parking is only at your home park. If SFFT and SFOT weren't close, it wouldn't even have been a consideration for me. That said, now that I know how much fun San Antonio is, I'd do it again.

 

Then again, it may actually be different if you are from Florida. Looking at BGT's site, the only difference between Florida resident passes and visitor passes is that residents can do EZ Pay.

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I live in Florida, and I was thinking of booking a flight and hitting up SWSA, SFOT, and SFFT to take advantage of this. I'd hate to fly all the way out there and get screwed if I didn't dot my i's and cross my t's. I'm very unhappy with how ambiguous the details are on the official website.

 

I'd shoot them an email. They were very responsive to me. There was nothing anywhere that said I had to be a resident of Texas until after the passes were purchased, so I was definitely going for a refund if it wasn't going to work at all. It's my gut that parking is only at your home park. If SFFT and SFOT weren't close, it wouldn't even have been a consideration for me. That said, now that I know how much fun San Antonio is, I'd do it again.

 

Then again, it may actually be different if you are from Florida. Looking at BGT's site, the only difference between Florida resident passes and visitor passes is that residents can do EZ Pay.

 

No, for BGT and SWO, the websites were more clear, and they mentioned that Platinum benefits were only offered to the Florida parks for the Florida platinum pass (but you get free admission at the other parks). It was just wasn't that explicit for the San Antonio website. I was hoping that its just very rare for people to fly all the way to Texas just to scan in, so they were hoping people would. If there's no parking and guest passes for the FL parks, I may just pay the $360, because paying $25 a trip would get pretty expensive, and I like having the passes to encourage new people to come out with me.

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