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On 12/14/2020 at 12:21 PM, KBrylczyk said:

I thought Roar ran Millennium Flyers.  Then again I've not been to SFA since Joker's Jinx was brand new so...

Roar is the only GCI Coaster that runs with PTC trains (if I'm wrong, my fault).

And well another SFA season comes to a close; I didn't even go yesterday because it was raining. I am looking forward to Harley Quinn Spinsanity for the 2021 season; as well as more rides on Superman: Ride of Steel (and hopefully the blue train will be back). I also hope that next season will be it for Batwing/Blizzard River or both of them!

And of course I must give an appropriate salute to Mind Eraser ..... 

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I never said thank you to those of you who replied with the status of Superman, so thanks guys, I really appreciate it! We visited the park this past Friday 5/21 and had a decent visit. It was my

Wow. It is hilarious that Six Flags America is opening a whole month early, and BGW is now year-round, and Kings Dominion isn't opening until MAY? I think I'll join Coasterbill in laughing at Ced

Eh... Superman being closed would totally be a dealbreaker for me on SFA. It's not that great of a park and it's clearly the best thing there.

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Six Flags America is opening a full month early this year!

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If the governor gives up on the insane restrictions in MA, I'd love to see SFNE open in March with 2 feet of snow still on the ground. The place would still be mobbed.

Maybe a SFA/BGW trip is in order this March, and I'll wave at Kings Dominion on the way by.

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Maybe a SFA/BGW trip is in order this March, and I'll wave at Kings Dominion on the way by.


Honestly I'll probably end up doing the same. I've still never been to SFA despite driving near it to get to BGW/KD, and having a SF pass... but with KD not opening until May, I may finally take the plunge and visit.
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Wow. It is hilarious that Six Flags America is opening a whole month early, and BGW is now year-round, and Kings Dominion isn't opening until MAY?

I think I'll join Coasterbill in laughing at Cedar Fair.

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I literally to do a double take to make sure what I saw was real ..... March 6-7 opening weekend! At the very least, Roar will be good in cold weather and I'll make sure to give Mind Eraser another #1 salute!

And why has Cedar Fair dropped the ball on opening dates this year?

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Honestly maybe I’m wrong but I’m totally expecting them to just open the whole park except maybe Batwing because... it’s Batwing.

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I would've thought the same thing... but I remember reading 3-4 months ago that they were going to close a ride at each park. I was figuring Penguin's Blizzard River was getting the ax and went to check. 

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1 hour ago, jconsolmagno said:

I would've thought the same thing... but I remember reading 3-4 months ago that they were going to close a ride at each park. I was figuring Penguin's Blizzard River was getting the ax and went to check. 

that was an assumption made, when SF revealed it was planning on closing 15 rides.

someone thought 15 parks - 15 rides, one at each park.

I don't believe SF ever confirmed that was the case, it's very possible some parks lose several rides (ie: walling off a section) and other parks lose none

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6 minutes ago, bert425 said:

that was an assumption made, when SF revealed it was planning on closing 15 rides.

someone thought 15 parks - 15 rides, one at each park.

I don't believe SF ever confirmed that was the case, it's very possible some parks lose several rides (ie: walling off a section) and other parks lose none

Right - it was screamscape.

But considering no closures at SFOT & SFFT and nothing out for SFA yet... perhaps it won't be one at each one.

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https://www.sixflags.com/america/newsroom/new-park-president

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New Park President Named for Six Flags America & Hurricane Harbor

Bowie, MD — February 2, 2021 — Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, today announced that Richard Pretlow has been named park president of the company’s Maryland- based Six Flags America theme park and Hurricane Harbor waterpark. Pretlow succeeds Rick Howarth who was promoted to a new role of vice president of procurement after more than 10 years at the helm of Six Flags America. Pretlow most recently served as director of in-park services at Six Flags Great Escape Resort, located in Lake George, N.Y.

“We are thrilled to have Richard guiding the Six Flags America team into the next decade of growth for this dynamic property. He brings a fresh perspective, proven track record of success, an understanding of the market, and a collaborative leadership style that will serve him well as park president,” said Six Flags Regional Vice President of Park Operations Chris Thorpe. “I am confident he will make an immediate, positive impact as we continue our work to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever.”

Pretlow began his theme park career in 2009, at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, in culinary operations, where he found his passion for the theme park industry. After graduating from Hampton University in 2010, he relocated to Langhorne, Pa. as culinary operations manager at Busch Gardens’ sister park, Sesame Place, before departing to become the revenue manager for the Crayola Experience, based in Easton, Pa. He joined the Six Flags team in 2018 as director of in-park services at Six Flags Great Escape Resort, prior to being promoted to this latest role. Pretlow also holds an MBA from Norwich University.

“It is an honor to join the vibrant and innovative Six Flags America & Hurricane Harbor team,” said Richard Pretlow. “We have made major investments in this park in recent years and we are well-positioned for long-term growth. I look forward to working with the team to continually enhance the guest experience and solidify our status as the preferred entertainment provider in the DMV.”

Six Flags America will open for its 22nd season on March 6, 2021—the earliest opening in park history. The 2021 Season will offer more opportunities than ever for families to spend time together in a safe, outdoor environment.

 

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Interesting resume, if SFA were its own stock market I’d be putting my money in the food scene. I wonder how his food background will be able to make an impact on other park operations. 

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I'm hoping his history in Food Operations can bring some DC Comics themed fun to the Gotham City section of the park. 

 

While there are nicely themed eateries in Coyote Creek and Mardi Gras, Gotham City is just barren food kiosks with cityscape cutouts on a roof. 

 

Some villain-themed cocktails in souvenir mugs would be great for the rumored Villain's Club Bar.  What about Catwoman's Tuna Melt or The Flash's FlashFried Chicken?

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Comes off as bit of cheap hire to fill a role. I feel they would bring in a seasoned vet if they were prepared to invest in this park, seems like a tread water type of move.

Promoting someone from Great Escape that background is mostly in food, doesn't exactly scream park expansion coming soon to me... Great Escape is one of the smallest operations in the chain...

Most of these Six Flags park have the same food anyways, Primo's Pizza, Johnny Rockets, Totally Kickin' Chicken, etc.

Hope I'm wrong though...

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Mostly in food? Maybe read the rest of the sentence? 🤣

On 2/4/2021 at 7:10 PM, boldikus said:

 before departing to become the revenue manager for the Crayola Experience, based in Easton, Pa. He joined the Six Flags team in 2018 as director of in-park services at Six Flags Great Escape Resort, prior to being promoted to this latest role [in-park services at Six Flags Great Escape Resort]. Pretlow also holds an MBA from Norwich University.

 

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I recently moved closer to the area. Six Flags America is about 2 1/2 hours from me. I have never been before. I want to give the park a try since I already have a six flags membership but I'll be busy the next few weeks outside of opening day. I was wondering if making the trip next Saturday would be worth it given Six flags history of not opening rides on time. I'm mostly interested in riding superman. Is it worth it to make the drive or should I just wait until April?

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I'm not sure that SFA is worth a 5hr round trip. I'd wait at least 1-2 weekends of the park being open to get a sense of what's open and how well it's running this year before committing to a trip.

 

Edit: Just to clarify, I do like SFA and would recommend if you're within an hour away, just not 2.5hr each way

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Agreed.  I mean, if you were passing by on the way to a better park (or anything else more enjoyable, like a root canal), sure stop in and get your ears flattened on Firebird and your spine tweaked on Roar, but otherwise totally not worth it.  It's certainly not worth it for one of the weakest hyper-coasters in the world.

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If you've never been, it's definitely worth checking out.  Wild One is a gem, Superman is decent fun, and Batwing is a dying breed worth a ride.  Personally, I would wait a couple weekends until they work the kinks out.

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Ace Midatlantic recently uploaded this 2021 update video from the SFA management. It covers various updates among all aspects of the park, Harley Quinn progress, various improvements, and even teasers regarding possible ride additions and removals.

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7 hours ago, JG-77 said:

Ace Midatlantic recently uploaded this 2021 update video from the SFA management. It covers various updates among all aspects of the park, Harley Quinn progress, various improvements, and even teasers regarding possible ride additions and removals.

As for SFA ride removals, I've always speculated that one of these three could be taken out:

1. Shipwreck Falls - well it seems to be a trend lately of these 'Shoot the Chutes' rides being taken out. That and said rides; while they don't take up large plots of land; do not operate early/late in the season because of colder weather.

2. Penguin's Blizzard River - same reasons as #1. And the water in PBR seems to smell really bad.

3. Batwing - lot of downtime. I remember in 2019, it barely operated at all.

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55 minutes ago, Jason Maier said:

Batwing - lot of downtime. I remember in 2019, it barely operated at all.

I may be totally wrong, but I hear this was actually because they were waiting on a custom part from Vekoma, or something along those lines.

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18 hours ago, bengalsguy601 said:

I recently moved closer to the area. Six Flags America is about 2 1/2 hours from me. I have never been before. I want to give the park a try since I already have a six flags membership but I'll be busy the next few weeks outside of opening day. I was wondering if making the trip next Saturday would be worth it given Six flags history of not opening rides on time. I'm mostly interested in riding superman. Is it worth it to make the drive or should I just wait until April?

I think new parks always worth checking out 

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