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P. 1989: Wicked Twister's permanent closure announced!

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^ but I don't do waterparks. . . LOL. . . even tho been to CP twice, still haven't been in theirs (and when I was at Coastermania in June 2017, Bill and I dipped our feet in the lake, and it was freaking COLD). . .so I dunno!

 

I mean, we didn't even go on Tsunami Soaker with you on Sunday. . . so maybe me trip weather mojo doesn't work on waterparks, since the universe knows I don't like them

 

 

Ha,ha.....Well darn it, so much for help from you, are you worried about your hair getting messed up? I think going to the waterpark may be a game day decision depending on if we get lucky enough to get above 80 degrees.

 

The boy is super jealous that GK riders were evacuated and he wasn't one of them. Weirdo

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Wow! Cedar Fair is buying Schlitterbahn! Coaster 101 has posted the news today ( https://www.coaster101.com/2019/06/13/cedar-fair-signs-agreement-to-acquire-schlitterbahn-water-parks):

 

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire two iconic water parks and one resort in Texas – Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort New Braunfels and Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston for a cash purchase price of $261 million, subject to certain working capital adjustments related to the timing of the closing.

 

Additionally, Cedar Fair has the right to acquire a property located in Kansas City, Kansas, for a cash purchase price of $6 million.

 

 

“We are very excited about the opportunity to bring these two award-winning Texas water parks into the Cedar Fair family,” said Richard Zimmerman, Cedar Fair’s president and CEO. “These properties represent new markets for us with attractive demographics in the growing Central Texas region, and they align with our strategy to identify compelling opportunities to accelerate our growth and profitability. The investments we have made over the past five years to strengthen our back-of-house and customer-facing systems will support a smooth integration of these properties by ensuring a premium guest experience, strong team collaboration and superior execution.”

 

Zimmerman continued, “Schlitterbahn employees are known throughout the industry for their innovation and dedication to the quality of the guest experience. Because of their work, the water park located in New Braunfels has been recognized as the ‘Best Water Park in the World’ for 21 straight years, and Galveston has received recognition as the ‘Best Indoor Water Park in the World’ for a decade. We look forward to adding these parks to Cedar Fair’s industry-leading portfolio of regional entertainment resorts.”

 

In 2018, Cedar Fair entertained 25.9 million guests, reported $1.35 billion in annual net revenues. The two Texas water parks and the resort entertained 1.2 million guests in 2018 and generated annual revenues of approximately $68 million. Following this transaction, Cedar Fair’s portfolio will consist of 15 parks, resort accommodations totaling more than 2,000 rooms across six parks, more than 600 luxury RV sites across four parks, and two marinas.

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"Cedar Fair has the right to acquire a property located in Kansas City, Kansas, for a cash purchase price of $6 million."

 

In other words, that property is essentially valued for its real estate, only, due to its extreme mismanagement.

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I can't find any updates about Jeff's arrest or indictment but this article is interesting and how could you build a slide like that without hiring any engineers?:

 

https://people.com/crime/schlitterbahn-owner-jeffrey-henry-drug-arrest-domestic-abuse/

There was a lot of discussion on that back in the Schlitterbahn thread here on TPR....

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Sorry for the double post but thanks to TBpony for hooking us up with our (or at least my) new favorite ornament.

 

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Yeah, Cedar Point apparently sells this now. Between this and the Parched Pig at Kings Dominion we’re doing our part to bump up FUN’s in-park-spending revenues this year. You’re welcome, shareholders.

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that's great! and so cool of Liz to grab for you.

 

^reminds me of Bill who sometimes sends me unexpected stuff in the mail too

 

TPR forum members really are some of the best folks around!

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Is Top Thrill Dragster back running? Wednesday AM it went down. Had the weakest launch I've ever seen, only halfway up the tower. They tried launching one completely empty train after that and it did the same. Didn't sound right either. Never reopened the rest of the day that I saw.

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Has anyone gone to Frontier Fest this year? Last time I went was 2 years ago and found it to be very good. Was wondering if the changes are better?

 

I haven't tried nearly all the food but the stuff I have tried has been really good. The menu this year seems much more extensive. The festival itself also has a really nice atmosphere this year with all the different things they have going on.

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Potentially big news:

 

Steel Vengeance is open right now. This is the first time the ride has been open for Early Entry on a weekday all season so it looks like the days of it being quietly swapped out for Magnum and having a scheduled (but not advertised) noon opening are potentially over.

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Potentially big news:

 

Steel Vengeance is open right now. This is the first time the ride has been open for Early Entry on a weekday all season so it looks like the days of it being quietly swapped out for Magnum and having a scheduled (but not advertised) noon opening are potentially over.

 

This is great news if it keeps up. I will be there sometime in the next week, most likely Friday or Sunday.

 

Which brings me to a question. I have a platinum pass and have no qualms buying FL+. So which is the better day? I assume Sunday would be a bit less crowded. My only visit to CP was on a Wednesday/Thursday after all the schools in the area were back in session. This trip will most likely be KK>KI>CP but could also easily be CP>KI>KK. I bought KI FL+ on the President's Day sale and assume it would be best used on Saturday.

 

That first visit to CP I rode all the adult coasters in one day. Then did laps on Maverick and Millennium Force during early entry the next day. AFAIK, Steel Vengeance did not open at the start of early entry either of those days last year, FWIW. It may have opened at some point during early entry, but I had moved on to the best two coasters in the park.

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I will be there this week, Thursday and Friday. Forecasts show some pretty awful weather coming Thursday, and I’m thinking that odds are Thursday could be a flop and Friday might be extra packed. Should I tough it out or reschedule?

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Perfect, that’s what I was hoping. They are saying that theses storms are going to continue into the evening (there goes my hanging out on the beach during my one night at Breakers plan) but I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’re short.

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So which is the better day? I assume Sunday would be a bit less crowded. My only visit to CP was on a Wednesday/Thursday after all the schools in the area were back in session. This trip will most likely be KK>KI>CP but could also easily be CP>KI>KK. I bought KI FL+ on the President's Day sale and assume it would be best used on Saturday.

I would personally aim for Sunday. At KI, FL+ even on a Saturday will be great. Enjoy minimal waits.

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So which is the better day? I assume Sunday would be a bit less crowded. My only visit to CP was on a Wednesday/Thursday after all the schools in the area were back in session. This trip will most likely be KK>KI>CP but could also easily be CP>KI>KK. I bought KI FL+ on the President's Day sale and assume it would be best used on Saturday.

I would personally aim for Sunday. At KI, FL+ even on a Saturday will be great. Enjoy minimal waits.

 

That's what I'm going to do. Right now plan is half-day at KK Friday, then go to KI for night rides. Saturday, half-day at KI with FL+, drive to CP for evening. CP early entry and full day Sunday, with FL+ if needed. This long weekend is designed to take the "death march" feel out of an August trip that was to include KI and CP, but will now just be Kennywood, Waldameer, Darien Lake, Niagara Falls, and Great Escape.

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It may effect your plans, but be aware KI is open until midnight on Saturday. You'd get a ton of night rides with FL+.

 

*IF* it were me, I'd do a half day at HW and close Friday out with KK. Sleep in and get your rest to spend Saturday night at KI until 12 with FL+. Get a few hours of sleep and snag a FL+ for CP. You'll need it at CP, but it should be pretty effective on a Sunday. After it's all said and done, sleep like a baby on Sunday night. I'm also a big fan of mid-day 20-30 minute car naps with the AC blasting and the seat back.

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