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There are so many people that have been to the park in the past and had terrible experiences so now they are not willing to go back and give the park another shot. The park used to have terrible customer service and it used to be really dirty. .

 

I haven't been to SFA in about six or seven years, but my friends and I are visiting this Sunday to give it another shot. While my past experiences haven't been "terrible", they weren't exactly great either. It seems like the park has improved since last year, but we'll find out for ourselves. On that note, how should crowds be this Sunday? I understand school opened for most (if not all) of MD, so I suspect crowds should be ok in the afternoon/evening?

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Was down in MD visiting friends this weekend and after making a quick stop at American Dream on Friday on the ride down (threw a couple pictures on FB), I started the ride back with a stop at American

I was at the park on that day, too. It was actually my first visit, and I couldn't have picked a better day to experience the desolation that is Six Flags America on a November Sunday. There's no way

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^ I love my home park. Its not the best and its not the worst. It is kinda just there and I can go for a day of fun if I go with the right people who won't tear it apart. This park has come A LONG way in just 2 seasons. The park is FINALLY clean and they are starting to update signs/paint all over the park which was mentioned above. All they really need is to start adding rides, primarily flats. They have lost so many flats over the years.

 

Sundays are usually not crowded at all in the park. You will not need Flash Pass more than likely. Get there when the park opens and as long as every coaster is up and running (they are getting 100% better with this) you will have all them all finished in 2 hours if that. There are not many flats so you could potentially have the entire parks (minus water park and if you like a lot of the spinny flats) finished in a about 4-5 hours. The draw for this park is the water park. If you go over there the lines can get to about 25-30 minutes for the bigger attractions (Tornado, Half Pipe, Bonzai Pipelines) but that is more on Saturdays. Schools starts the next day is most of MD so many people will probably not stay till closing. I would use that to your advantage. The EFX 2.0 show near the front of the park is the most decent show if you ask me.

 

Keep in mind to just take the park for what it is. Its clean and there are rides there, nothing spectacular. Try to focus more on having fun instead of criticizing everything about the park. I always tell people this when I go with them.

 

I was thinking about going to the park Sunday as well.

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So my friends and I finally got to visit SFA yesterday. I must say that ride operations haven't changed much since my last visit in 06 or 07 (Slow ride ops), and they were slacking keeping their restaurants clean. The Johnny Rockets next to the Looney Toons section was pretty gross. But we didn't let any of that ruin our day. We got to ride every single roller coaster, thanks to the light crowds. Every ride except for Joker's Jinx and Wild One were running one train which I thought was pretty weird.

 

Roar-Rough but still a fun. First drop is great in the back seat.

 

Apocalypse-It's a shame the park couldn't get a better roller coaster, but it's better than nothing. Had quite a bit of head banging.

 

Wild One-Good to see this ride still kicks major ass, but to bad it had the slowest ride ops. With two trains running, you'd think dispatch would be much faster.

 

Mind Eraser-Not as bad as a lot of people say it is. But like UrbanLegend mentioned, the restrains smelt pretty bad.

 

Joker's Jinx-Still of one the best coasters in the park. Two train operation and had almost no one in line every time we got on.

 

Superman-Best ride in the park (Obviously). They actually had a great crew working too.

 

Batwing-I found it an ok ride but I can see why Vekoma only made three of these.

 

Overall it was good day. I might come back for Fright Fest soon.

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I went to the park for an hour last week with a friend. Like everyone says, the operations are meh, but the park has always been empty when I have gone. if they are only ever used to empty stations I can get why the ops are not rushing to dispatch at any sort of pace. Not that it's excusable but just an observation. And given we walked onto every ride we wanted to I didn't feel the need for speedier ops that day.

 

It was interesting riding Jokers Jinx after just ridding Poltergeist at SFFT. The pacing is noticeably slower on JJ, those extra few MPH really make a difference in the ride experience. I also felt Mind Eraser wasn't too bad after giving it a curtsey ride, there are far worse running SLCs out there. Surperman while still a fun ride, seems to have gotten quite the shimmy and shakes. It's not painful but noticeable especially along the straight aways and in the both helixes. I recall Darien Lakes running much better when I rode it last year. Oh and their swing ride was making some god awful squealing noise that I hope gets taken care of soon.

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So, there is a rumor on Screamscape about SFA that I think is pretty neat:

"According to an e-mail sent my way, we may see some or all of the Southwest Territory at Six Flags America given a new Mardi Gras theme. In which case, it would see clear that if the Ragin’ Cajun coaster from Six Flags Great America is coming to SFA, it will go here as well."

 

So, to me that means one of two things. 1: SFA removes the rapids (because it does not match the theme) and puts this new (used) coaster (a wild mouse, maybe spinning) in its place. 2: They finally expand past Mind Eraser and the Rapids, giving SFA the opportunity around to loop to Whistletop Park.

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^ They could also remove Rodeo. It never has a line. The river rapids ride can get a decent line on weekends. Perhaps, they could put it on the "island" in the middle of the river rapids ride.

 

Even though I do not like the Mardi Gras theme because in my opinion its way too over done a revitalization of the area is definitely needed.

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^ They could also remove Rodeo. It never has a line. The river rapids ride can get a decent line on weekends. Perhaps, they could put it on the "island" in the middle of the river rapids ride.

 

Even though I do not like the Mardi Gras theme because in my opinion its way too over done a revitalization of the area is definitely needed.

 

Rodeo is the only flat I like at SFA, send it to SFGAdv, still upset ours went to SFoT

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^Maybe they could retheme Rodeo to hopeless drunks riding mechanical bulls--now that would go with Mardi Gras.

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So, there is a rumor on Screamscape about SFA that I think is pretty neat:

"According to an e-mail sent my way, we may see some or all of the Southwest Territory at Six Flags America given a new Mardi Gras theme. In which case, it would see clear that if the Ragin’ Cajun coaster from Six Flags Great America is coming to SFA, it will go here as well."

 

So, to me that means one of two things. 1: SFA removes the rapids (because it does not match the theme) and puts this new (used) coaster (a wild mouse, maybe spinning) in its place. 2: They finally expand past Mind Eraser and the Rapids, giving SFA the opportunity around to loop to Whistletop Park.

The rapids ride is on the opposite side of the park from where the Southwest Territory is located. I am willing to bet money that Ragin' Cajun is going in the spot where Two/Face used to be. I really hope this area renovation rumor is true because much of the buildings looked pretty sad and un-used. Same thing with the theming too.

As for Ragin' Cajun, As much as it might be a good move to put a ride into a park that doesn't attract as many people as where it used to be, it certainly won't improve the park's coaster collection. I still wish that they got something brand-new and not something relocated after 10 to 20 years in another park.

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^With the new restriction relaxations from the county... I think big things are on the way for SFA. Anything added this year was probably already pre-determined in the parks plan from prior years. Honestly, a cheap relocation of a ride will do wonders for that area... especially if the re-theme rumors are true. That section of the park is outdated... and needs some sprucing. Adding a cheap ride to this section will add a new coaster while leaving alot of room assuming a small budget for upgrades and infrastructure improvements in that area (new paint, themeing)... As much as people say Apocalypse is used and old... I look a the impact id made for the park... in 10 years the park finally had a coaster that it could market to the public it also allowed them to concentrate money on updating that section of the park... the skull mountain got an update and it looks great, the pavement was updated, the stores were updated, the surrounding flats got new paint, the landscaping was much improved... I expect the same improvements to happen to Southwest Territory. I am excited. SFA is basically being smart. They are adding a "new" attraction but one that allows them to still focus money on improving park infrastructure. No need to splurge on a 15mil dollar ride if it will not allow them to make a decent looking area... Just look at YOLOCOASTER! If such an area was placed in SFA...(with a half a$$ed queue, no station structure, pi$$ poor landscaping... you know everyone would $H!T on the park like there's no toilet paper. So long as SFA continues to improve something and fill holes in the park... I am fine... I have a feeling something big is on the horizon. Personally I want (another double twisting impulse or a Euro Fighter with indoor section or even a wing rider but the dead would raise from the ground if that ever happened) Why do I have such hope?..... well I too hoped that Batwing would, one day, get painted ... never thougth I'd see the day.... but look at what happened. Change may not come when I want it, but alas it came!

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So, there is a rumor on Screamscape about SFA that I think is pretty neat:

"According to an e-mail sent my way, we may see some or all of the Southwest Territory at Six Flags America given a new Mardi Gras theme. In which case, it would see clear that if the Ragin’ Cajun coaster from Six Flags Great America is coming to SFA, it will go here as well."

 

So, to me that means one of two things. 1: SFA removes the rapids (because it does not match the theme) and puts this new (used) coaster (a wild mouse, maybe spinning) in its place. 2: They finally expand past Mind Eraser and the Rapids, giving SFA the opportunity around to loop to Whistletop Park.

The rapids ride is on the opposite side of the park from where the Southwest Territory is located. I am willing to bet money that Ragin' Cajun is going in the spot where Two/Face used to be. I really hope this area renovation rumor is true because much of the buildings looked pretty sad and un-used. Same thing with the theming too.

As for Ragin' Cajun, As much as it might be a good move to put a ride into a park that doesn't attract as many people as where it used to be, it certainly won't improve the park's coaster collection. I still wish that they got something brand-new and not something relocated after 10 to 20 years in another park.

 

Yeah, I just realized that. Maybe they will finally build a connection from Southwest Territory to Gotham. Right now, you have to cross the train tracks twice to get the Gotham.

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Poor SFA only gets hand-me-down coasters from SFGAm when they don't want them anymore...

 

Also, it looks like Flyers are making a huge come-back! In the past few years KBF, TGE, MA, and now CP and SFA have gotten Flyers.

 

The Screamscape Spy Network is everywhere… and Six Flags America apparently let the cat out of the bag this week by setting up new signs showing off the 2014 additions at the closed park during the week ahead of the big announcement. One of our spies nabbed some pictures to share.

The signs confirm our rumors that a Mardi Gras themed area will be added in 2014 with 2 new rides: the Ragin’ Cajun spinning coaster (imported from SFGAm) and a new Flying Scooters ride to be called French Quarter Flyers.

 

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Oh well.....it's better than nothing. The families will enjoy it. Maybe 2015 will net SFA a bigger investment.

 

Any ideas on where this would be in the park? Google map screen shots anyone?

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I don't get it. For years people complained "Oh, SFA doesn't get anything new" and now that the park is getting something new even though one of the rides is a used coaster, people still complain. Between Apocolypse and now Ragin' Cajun and French Quarter Flyers those three rides are more than what the park has added within the last five to ten years.

 

Has anyone ever thought that maybe the direction Six Flags wants to take with SFA is to keep it more family focused? (you can luagh). I have not been to the park yet it's on my want to visit list but it is also my understanding that Great Adventure is only a few hours drive from the park and seems more focused on the thrlll rides.

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2014 is shaping up to be the "Year of the Flying Scooters" in the U.S.--Knott's this year, and now Cedar Point and SFA.

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I don't get it. For years people complained "Oh, SFA doesn't get anything new" and now that the park is getting something new even though one of the rides is a used coaster, people still complain. Between Apocolypse and now Ragin' Cajun and French Quarter Flyers those three rides are more than what the park has added within the last five to ten years.

 

Has anyone ever thought that maybe the direction Six Flags wants to take with SFA is to keep it more family focused? (you can luagh). I have not been to the park yet it's on my want to visit list but it is also my understanding that Great Adventure is only a few hours drive from the park and seems more focused on the thrlll rides.

 

I feel the same way especially for this park, they received nothing for years. The park does need work still but if this area is going in the area of Two-face it will be a big improvement. That is a major area that needed a facelift since it looked untouched every year after Two-Face left. So they get a coaster and a flat, that sounds like a win for everyone. (Of course depending on height restrictions)

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^Great Escape opened one as well in 2013.

 

My god! It's the "Decade of the Flying Scooters"!

 

I'm not complaining about this, as I rather like those rides.

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