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p. 792 - Camp Cedar campground to open in 2021!

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LOL I just found and watched a POV of that queue. WTF.

 

Isn't the Batman @ St Louis ridiculous also?

 

Several of the queues at SFStL are ridiculous. The Batman, Boss, and Mr. Freeze queues are all really long. Even American Thunder's is longer than your average ride.

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LOL I just found and watched a POV of that queue. WTF.

 

Isn't the Batman @ St Louis ridiculous also?

 

Several of the queues at SFStL are ridiculous. The Batman, Boss, and Mr. Freeze queues are all really long. Even American Thunder's is longer than your average ride.

 

I walked the offensive/passive-aggressive asshole of an entrance/exit walk of Viper at SFGAmerica last night. I really really wanted to ride American Eagle, one of my favorites, but that walk keeps me away unless I'm in the mood for it. Spoiled? Yes. Stupid designed entrance/exitway? Heck yeah. Six Flags loves making you work up an appetite. Every push someone in a wheelchair through one of those? Whoever designed those should have to do that. Every day.

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Had a great time the last Haunt Saturday at KI. I got on Banshee and pulled the horse collar down. My hands were on the top part of the collar. The attendant pulled the adjoining horse collar down and my hand was pinched between the two devices. OUCH! They released the lock and I exited the seat. After several minutes of rubbing, my hand was better. The attendants let me get back on without getting in line.

 

Has anyone else gotten "pinched" on Banshee?

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^YES! You're lucky it didn't happen to you during the ride. One one of my rides, I put my arms in a perfectly normal hands-up position at the top of the lift. Once the first drop started, my arm was trapped in a vice grip. It was so torturous that to say I couldn't wait for the ride to end, or for the restraints to be released in the station (which, of course, wasn't immediately), is an understatement. My arm was weak for at least a day.

 

Has anyone else had that happen with a vest restraint?

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I wonder if a new large scale restaurant will go where the current demolition is taking place. If I were dreaming, I'd wish for something with a nice outdoor patio section, decent food, and drinks with actual wait staff. Until this becomes the norm, I'll continue to eat outside of parks.

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I wonder if a new large scale restaurant will go where the current demolition is taking place. If I were dreaming, I'd wish for something with a nice outdoor patio section, decent food, and drinks with actual wait staff. Until this becomes the norm, I'll continue to eat outside of parks.

 

They had a good place in Reds Hall of Fame grille and neutered it this year to compensate for the large crowds. It was our favorite place for the meal plan even with 1-2 waits you could put your name in and come back and it was full service. This year we went in there once and not again. Actually the food throughout the whole park suffered horribly this year and if we get passes next year we will not be getting the meal plan.

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^ Hmmm...looks like Mystic Timbers might operate according to that map.

 

Looks like a good start for Winterfest - glad to see them bringing this back and hope that it's a great success. Will also be awesome if they can slowly open more coasters (and rides) if the weather is decent.

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LOL I just found and watched a POV of that queue. WTF.

 

Isn't the Batman @ St Louis ridiculous also?

Yeah, because it was one of the first clones (1995), there are very few shortcuts. Back in the 90s, the queue was frequently out to the park section, it was fine. Now that it's a station wait at most unless you suck at planning which days to go the park, it's ridiculous. Great Adventure's park section is very compact and has skippable sections, but St. Louis' park section just meanders for a long while.

 

Boss and Mr. Freeze make a bit more sense considering that Mr. Freeze is in the middle of the rapids ride and that Boss' queue goes over the railroad and the go karts. Both of those do a bit of wandering but basically make their way fairly directly.

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Seeing it on the map just makes it seem even more ridiculous that they're opening Zephyr and not the indoor, temperature controlled coaster right next to it.

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Seeing it on the map just makes it seem even more ridiculous that they're opening Zephyr and not the indoor, temperature controlled coaster right next to it.

 

It even seems like it would be pretty easy to set up some holiday "theming" in the building and rename it a la "mystic mine ride". Even if they used a couple of those cheesy christmas light laser projectors to put pictures on the walls of the building and play some festive music... Either way it seems like a missed opportunity.

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I just find this entire thing really weird. This is no doubt a wonderful event for small kids but there's not much of anything for you to do if you're over the age of 9 or 10 except I guess ride Mystic Timbers like 800 times (slight exaggeration I suppose).

 

If they want to have a family event then that makes sense, but this is more of a small kids event that also happens to have a giant wood coaster running for some reason. By my count, the only other rides open that would appeal to older kids at all are the Scrambler, Dodgems and Swings. I suppose you could also argue Boo Blasters and the Gliders but they're in the kids area and marketed as kids rides. I hope this works out for them but I'm just confused.

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Of their big coasters, Carowinds only had Afterburn open for their event. If I were a local, being able to ride that or Mystic Timbers would be great still in winter months though.

 

Yeah, but when you throw in the Troika, the Top Scan, the Wild Mouse, the Scrambler, the Sky Tower, the Himalaya, Boo Blasters and the Swings they've got a nice mix for basically any age group. At Kings Island, they seem really light on rides for anyone who's graduated from the kiddy area, even in terms of intermediate flat rides.

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I just find this entire thing really weird. This is no doubt a wonderful event for small kids but there's not much of anything for you to do if you're over the age of 9 or 10 except I guess ride Mystic Timbers like 800 times (slight exaggeration I suppose).

 

 

Yep. I'm going to pick a day to get there at 5, ride MT at opening and head out If the line doesn't get too long I'd love to ride it again, but there's nothing else they have to offer to keep me around. If they had a couple coasters open, I'm sure I'd have no problem getting a couple friends together and enjoying the park for a few hours.

 

I can't be aligned with thinking that they're keeping Flight of Fear closed due to the theme of the ride if they're going to have Boo Blasters on Boo Hill open.

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^ I wasn't suggesting that they weren't running or shouldn't run Flight of Fear due to the theming. Sorry if it sounded that way. I agree with Bill that it seems silly not to run an indoor coaster, regardless of theming. I was only saying it seems like it would be easy to throw some intentionally cheesy Christmas theming at it and call it Flight to the North Pole or something.

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^ I wasn't suggesting that they weren't running or shouldn't run Flight of Fear due to the theming. Sorry if it sounded that way. I agree with Bill that it seems silly not to run an indoor coaster, regardless of theming. I was only saying it seems like it would be easy to throw some intentionally cheesy Christmas theming at it and call it Flight to the North Pole or something.

 

Oh no not picking on your post at all. I thought it was funny that they're running Boo Blasters as is and yeah, they've got FoF right there that ...seems? like it could be open, right? No use wasting energy over trying to figure out if it's a staffing thing, demographic thing, or what it. I know it's the first Winterfest in _____ years, but I believe this event could be a lot more fun than it looks on paper.

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