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I made a 1 PM reservation for today. I figured a hot Saturday and after lunch would be worst possible time.

 

No temperature checks and no metal detectors, enter the nice new entrance and one scan of my card with no line and I was inside. Quickest and easiest ever.

 

I made my usual loop and was out by 3:30 including eating. WW was down when I was back there. A black cloud made me skip BW.

 

Sanitizer at the entrance and exit of each ride. People were distanced and masked. All staff had their masks on correctly and the only people I really saw with their masks off were well away from others and moving with their group. As a society we need to nail down what you do with the mask when eating / drinking and walking.

 

I was extra aware of not touching railings etc... and my face between sanitizing so I felt OK. Riding with a mask is weird.

 

I did not see any cleaning of rides or tables which is area for improvement but, overall for this park, staff and patrons were about as good as they get.

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Did you have to walk through that white tent to enter? That's where they were doing temperature checks and metal detection, it was just set up so that you walk through and barely even notice that they're checking those things.

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I walked through the tent. Holy cow, how in the world does that work? Is it like a thermal camera?

 

We were back in yesterday. We saw staff cleaning railings and spraying down rides. Superman they sprayed and then sent it off empty to dry.

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Six Flags America Announces All-New HALLOWFEST Event features Halloween Thrills by Day and Scary Chills by Night

in a Safe Environment

 

UPPER MARLBORO, MARYLAND — August 17, 2020 — Six Flags America, DC’s Thrill

Capital, leads the way for Halloween thrills and chills with a new event for the entire family—

HALLOWFEST. The event will feature Thrills by Day with plenty of family-friendly activities and

Chills by Night with rides on monster coasters in the dark and haunting Halloween theming

throughout the park. HALLOWFEST will kick off October 3 and run weekends through

November 1, operating from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with limited capacity admission to ensure

social distancing. Reservations will be required and slots are expected to fill up quickly.

Comprehensive and ongoing safety protocols will be in effect for the entire run of the event.

 

“Our HALLOWFEST celebration represents exactly what our Members, Season Pass Holders

and guests have asked for…more opportunities to spend time together and create family

memories this year,” said Park President Rick Howarth. “This newevent will still be scary,

provide lots of thrilling rides and Halloween fun, and most importantly, will be safe for our guests

and team members. HALLOWFEST will operate the same way we have operated our parks all

summer, with daily temperature checks and face masks required for guests and team members

prior to entry, social distancing, and enhanced sanitization measures.”

 

During daylight hours, families and young thrill-seekers will experience HALLOWFEST Thrills by Day including:

 

- Back by popular demand, a Trick-or-Treat Trail with individually packaged candy and treats;

 

- Kid-centric hay bale maze in one direction along with Great Race and Tea Cups receiving a spooky, fun Halloween treatment;

 

- Four family-friendly Halloween shows, featuring verbal interaction only and no physical contact;

 

- Over-sized seasonal décor throughout the park perfect for festive family photos; and

 

- Halloween-themed specialty treats, like gooey caramel apples and funnel cakes made with Snickers candy, available for purchase.

 

For Chills by Night, creepy fog, eerie lighting, and sinister music will create the perfect backdrop for nighttime scare-actors and chills and:

 

-Six Flags’ signature collection of world-class roller coasters ramp up the fear factor for a heart-pounding HALLOWFEST experience as guests fly through the air at high speeds on SUPERMAN: Ride of Steel, Wild One and Firebird in total darkness;

 

- JOKER’S Jinx: The lights that would normally illuminate the coaster’s knot of twistedtrack will be shut off, enhancing the thrills with every turn and inversion obscured in theinky darkness;

 

- Fan favorite WONDER WOMAN Lasso of Truth – backwards in the dark;

 

- The return of four themed scare zones; and

 

- Halloween gear, such as themed masks, light-up devil horns, and scary apparel, will be

on sale along with everybody’s favorite glow-in-the-dark swords, wands and headbands.

 

Six Flags worked in partnership with its epidemiologist consultants to create a safe Halloween

experience that meets or exceeds federal, state, and local guidelines. Park attendance will be

carefully monitored to ensure social distancing and all Members, Season Pass Holders, and

guests with single-day tickets will be required to make a reservation to attend HALLOWFEST.

 

- All team members (including scare-actors) and all guests 3 years and up will be required to wear masks covering the nose and mouth while in the parks;

 

- No indoor mazes, haunted houses, or indoor shows will be operated;

 

- A limited number of nighttime scare-actors will remain at least six feet away from guestsand each other;

 

- Guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by at least six feet;

 

- Props, rides, restraints, handrails, and dining and restroom facilities will be cleaned andsanitized regularly; and

 

- Multiple hand-washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations will be locatedthroughout the parks for guest and team member usage.

 

For more information on HALLOWFEST and Six Flags’ comprehensive safety guidelines, visit https://www.sixflags.com/america/special-events.

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Visited yesterday, had a great time! Crowds were light and distancing was easy. Mask wearing varied a bit from time to time but overall was maybe 70% wearing it correctly, I was more disappointed with the number of staff members wearing their mask incorrectly, maybe 1/8 employees were wearing it wrong.

 

Impressively, most of the queues I waited in actually were adequately distanced, which was very nice to see.

 

I'm glad to report that all rides as far as I could tell were open. I arrived around 1:30 and stayed to close. Lines were very short for pretty much everything, and operations on the coasters were acceptably efficient given the low crowds. All coasters except Ragin Cajun and Wild One ran one train. Superman and Mind Eraser's other train was actually nowhere in sight. An op on Superman told me they expect the blue train to be out of service for the season, and I think I was able to spot it partly disassembled in a backstage area from Wonder Woman.

 

Harley Quinn looks like the ride itself is largely complete. The seats are installed and it looks like the platform is too. They just need to put in the operator's booth (unless I missed it) as well as landscaping and the queue line. Tip: for the best views of the construction, ride the riddler ride, you can see it up close without obstruction as you exit.

 

Both Wild One and Roar are getting fairly rough, but their still fun, and Wild One's roughness is largely because they don't let you sit in the middle rows of the front and back cars, which usually give the smoothest rides. They were both running fairly fast, which is nice.

 

Jokers Jinx, in addition is its great repaint, also has a new automated pre-ride spiel spoken by some guy doing a Joker impression, which while I'm not sure whether it will ultimately help or not, was fairly loud and easy to hear and understand.

 

I got my first front row ride on Mind Eraser (or on any SLC for that matter). The ride was snappy and intense, and while I don't mind the headbanging too much (the padding is softer than on a B&M OTSR), the shoulder restraints are really painful, and literally prevent you from putting your arms up. Vest restraints would really improve this ride.

 

I also finally did the kiddie coaster. Unfortunately, since I was riding with my sister, the seat belt (which crosses both riders) barely fit over the two of us, and the metal part dug into my gut painfully the whole ride, which made it more difficult to enjoy the surprisingly good laterals, particularly in the last turn.

 

I also rode several of the flats, and the biggest takeaway is that SFA has my favorite Scrambler I've ridden. It has a reasonable long cycle, and it runs fast. 10/10.

 

Oh, and Wild One's ACE landmark plaque has returned, now prominently positioned on a brick pedestal!

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I got my first front row ride on Mind Eraser (or on any SLC for that matter). The ride was snappy and intense, and while I don't mind the headbanging too much (the padding is softer than on a B&M OTSR), the shoulder restraints are really painful, and literally prevent you from putting your arms up. Vest restraints would really improve this ride.

 

 

 

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They need to Riddler Revenge with new Vest restraint trains to this and Kong at SFDK. Then send the the old trains to DL which could really use the old parts

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I got my first front row ride on Mind Eraser (or on any SLC for that matter). The ride was snappy and intense, and while I don't mind the headbanging too much (the padding is softer than on a B&M OTSR), the shoulder restraints are really painful, and literally prevent you from putting your arms up. Vest restraints would really improve this ride.

 

 

 

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They need to Riddler Revenge with new Vest restraint trains to this and Kong at SFDK. Then send the the old trains to DL which could really use the old parts

 

I say give Mind Eraser the full on treatment (new trains & re-tracking) that Great Nor'Easter got.

 

And as far as SLC's go, some have said that Kong is even worse than ME.

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I got my first front row ride on Mind Eraser (or on any SLC for that matter). The ride was snappy and intense, and while I

 

I say give Mind Eraser the full on treatment (new trains & re-tracking) that Great Nor'Easter got.

 

And as far as SLC's go, some have said that Kong is even worse than ME.

 

 

Knock it down, build something else...

 

ME needs different trains. SFA has been pretty receptive the last few years. I still can't believe we got the Superman bathrooms. New trains are more likely than the RMC Roar especially with this year being a wash.

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I say give Mind Eraser the full on treatment (new trains & re-tracking) that Great Nor'Easter got.

Moreys spent like 5 mil on that. But they're a pay-per-ride park. What benefit would SFA get from doing this to Mind Eraser besides pleasing enthusiasts who insist on torturing themselves with it and the whining about it?

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Riddler was 20 years old when it got the new trains, ME is now 25 years old. The GNE got new trains back in 2008 and that was $1.2M. It's also the park's top, signature attraction, in a wonderful location unsuitable for replacing it with something else. I think there's a limit to how old these can get before the cost of new trains/restraints is excessive.

 

Surprisingly, I think ME may run a little better now with the train shortened by one row.

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I say give Mind Eraser the full on treatment (new trains & re-tracking) that Great Nor'Easter got.

Moreys spent like 5 mil on that. But they're a pay-per-ride park. What benefit would SFA get from doing this to Mind Eraser besides pleasing enthusiasts who insist on torturing themselves with it and the whining about it?

Eh, they could always repaint it, retheme it, and present it as a "new" attraction. Wouldn't be the first time.

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That would be awesome, honestly. Mind Eraser in New England is much better now.

 

And yeah like others have said no park would do what Morey's did except Morey's. They charge per ride and they have other things so woven into that space that there's nothing else that they could realistically put there. There's also a water slide and a log flume built all throughout the layout and a lazy river, restroom and tiki hut thing under it. If you watch a POV of it it's actually kind of insane.

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