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Unfortunately this cold is just unprecedented. I've never seen a stretch of single digit temps last this long here midwinter nevermind in December. Im sure the park was ready for a frigid day or two but nothing like this ever lasts for weeks like this around here.

 

Bummed I never made it out for Christmas as I really wanted to see it. Based on the reports of good crowds early on I'm sure it'll absolutely be back next year and maybe we'll have temps back to average (or maybe even 70 on Christmas like 2 years ago lol).

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Yeah they can't be getting into this without knowing weather varies. BGW had a year they were running only Griffon and the water kept freezing, which it didn't for the previous 1-2 years they ran it. Their Christmas Town seemed like an experiment the first few years anyway, kind of a good thing. They still have the unusual little local vendors market, though smaller. SFA's HitP makes me wonder if it will make it though.

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I'm most likely flying to Boston in late April, looks like SFNE is a reasonable distance away and is open by then, should I do it or is it not worth the trouble? If it is could I maybe get some tips on getting there and anything I'd have to keep in mind etc? (plus are there any other real worth it parks near Boston?)

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If you love ejector air it's one of the best parks anywhere. I've only been once so I don't know about that time of year, but it is a popular park, so it would be better to avoid Saturday or have money avail. for Flash Pass. But then we should all know that.

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If you love ejector air it's one of the best parks anywhere.

 

This. WC and Superman are both worth a trip for sure.

 

The rest of the lineup is a bit of a step down but Batman and Joker are really good, Goliath is fine (based on one ride I had on it), Mind Eraser is a decent SLC, Flashback isn't terrible, etc etc. But Superman and WC are incredible. Also New England Sky Screamer is a pants wetter and a must do.

 

Agreed with Guy that if you're going from Boston to SFNE you might as well stop at Compounce as well. I'm not a big Boulder Trash fan but lots of people love it for some reason. Phobia is awesome and its a nice park for a stop otherwise.

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I'm most likely flying to Boston in late April, looks like SFNE is a reasonable distance away and is open by then, should I do it or is it not worth the trouble? If it is could I maybe get some tips on getting there and anything I'd have to keep in mind etc? (plus are there any other real worth it parks near Boston?)

 

Will you have a car for your visit? If so, Six Flags New England is about 2 hours west of Boston on the Mass Pike. It's an easy drive as long as you don't leave between 2-7 on a weekday (Boston traffic is awful). Depending how much time you have, Lake Compounce and Quassy are worth a visit for Boulder Dash and Wooden Warrior. They're about an hour south of SFNE.

 

I'm a huge Canobie fan too (hence my screen name). It's a half hour north of Boston if there's no traffic, but I'd recommend the other parks before Canobie. Canobie is a great traditional park, but they don't have the top notch coasters of the other places.

 

If you don't have a car, getting to SFNE could be a bit trickier. SFNE is located in Agawam, a small town just south of Springfield. The T (Boston's subway/train system) only goes as far west as Worcester and Springfield is another 60 miles west. That leaves your public transit options as the Amtrak train or Greyhound bus to Springfield and then calling a cab or Uber to finish the route to the park. Both the buses and trains will leave around South Station. Logan has a free Silver Line bus that can connect you to South Station.

 

SFNE has a Greyhound bus extension in the summer, but I don't believe it will be running in April. I also don't know anyone who has ever taken it so I don't know how good/bad it is. I took my fair share of Greyhound buses in college and it goes without saying they're usually not in the best of neighborhoods. The one in Springfield in particular is in a really bad area, so I don't recommend it. In general, Springfield isn't really a place worth visiting outside of the Basketball Hall of Fame or the Big E in the fall.

 

Hopefully you will have a car, but if not it is possible to get to SFNE via public transit. It'll just take a while. I don't think you can get to any of the other parks with just public transit.

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should I do it or is it not worth the trouble?

 

Yes you should definitely visit SFNE. For all the reasons others have already said. WC and Superman are worth it alone. If you’ve never been on a free spin The Joker clone is short but fun. The rest of the coaster lineup is solid. Even Thunderbolt is a fun classic woodie. Don’t skip ME / Riddler? thinking it’s going to be a rough SLC. The new trains added this past year with vest restraints have made it a really fun ride. You still get tossed around but no head banging at all. In April the park can get busy but nothing like the summer or fall so you should be able to ride everything even without a flash pass. Maybe just budget for it just in case.

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Wicked Cyclone has great airtime. Superman's air on the other hand is pretty overrated and apart from the shield hill really doesn't deliver much.

 

It also doesn't help that the restraints kill like 90% of the airtime.

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Wicked Cyclone has great airtime. Superman's air on the other hand is pretty overrated and apart from the shield hill really doesn't deliver much.

 

It also doesn't help that the restraints kill like 90% of the airtime.

 

The only hill on Superman that doesn't have any air is that first S-hill before the spaghetti bowl portion. Even when I'm stapled by those restraints, I can still feel plenty of air.

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There is a need to separate the subjective impressions from the objective facts, been noticing this a lot lately. For example "Superman's air on the other hand is pretty overrated and apart from the shield hill really doesn't deliver much" this implies excessively that airtime is subjective, and if we take it as a statement of fact it is simply wrong in this case. There is nothing subjective about the fact that Intamin airtime defines ejector, you are pressed up into your restraint and then pressed harder, over an extended period of time, in every seat varying only in degree. Nothing at all ambiguous about it, this isn't just getting some air and then a bump sending you into the bar like an old woodie. I was going to say "Superman hurts it's so forceful" which is also partially subjective, but this is different because the amount of pain was a result of actual force. Actually Wicked Cyclone's air is more subjective since a lot of it is quick and harder to brace for.

 

Thing is that extreme ejector airtime doesn't necessarily make it a great ride for you. The need for heavy restraint is inherent, for one thing. My own experience varies quite a bit but I'm not going to claim it was any lack of airtime. Along with fatigue when I rode it, It probably has more to do with the way it makes these forces fairly casually, it could break you with no trouble at all. You either like it or you don't, the experience just grabs you or it doesn't. Or try again at a better time.

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All you need to do is go to youtube, search for any rider videos/reverse POVs from when they had the VR on it last year - there are tons of them but I couldn't find TPR so I'm not linking any others. But you can clearly see riders getting airtime.

 

Even with my fat meaty thighs resulting in me being stapled on every single ride I took on Superman I still was getting air throughout the ride, front back and middle. The hill right next to the photo booth is obviously the strongest moment on the ride but the bunnyhops are comparable and every other hill gives really strong floater air.

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^^--I don't recall any floater air. Maybe there was one mixed in there with all the thigh-pain inducing hills and I missed it. I did find the big train to get a bit lumbering and awkward on the smaller later elements but the yanks were strong.

 

Tight restraints can't eliminate airtime even if they kill your enjoyment, the forces are the same and not subjective. Even if the restraint kept you from moving at all, with ejector air the force switches from weight on your butt to pressure against the bar. There has been claims of no airtime on coasters where you are pressed against the restraints hard for extended periods, which is absurd. Maybe it doesn't feel like airtime to some people to be pressed up against the restraint snug as a bug (as long as it stays there) but the fact remains that the coaster is spending airtime potential much faster to create these strong forces. I find myself that good B&M floater causes a freaky butterflies in my stomach sensation that is completely missing in these Intamins, but they lack intensity.

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All you need to do is go to youtube, search for any rider videos/reverse POVs from when they had the VR on it last year - there are tons of them but I couldn't find TPR so I'm not linking any others. But you can clearly see riders getting airtime.

 

Even with my fat meaty thighs resulting in me being stapled on every single ride I took on Superman I still was getting air throughout the ride, front back and middle. The hill right next to the photo booth is obviously the strongest moment on the ride but the bunnyhops are comparable and every other hill gives really strong floater air.

 

Here’s the video you were looking for. My chubby self can easily show you the airtime!

 

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The 2018 Calendar has been posted. A few things of note:

 

Opening day is Saturday, April 7th.

 

Fright Fest appears to start on September 22nd. Once October hits, closings jump from 10PM to 11PM.

 

Holiday in the Park appears to start on September 23rd, which is Black Friday. Personally I think they're insane for not starting a week earlier. Great Adventure does that and they generally make bank that weekend. Starting Holiday in the Park earlier is much safer than pushing it later since weather will likely be much better and it will likely bring large crowds. Hopefully they change that.

 

Right now, Holiday in the Park is going to end on the 30th (which is a Sunday). Hopefully they push it to the 1st.

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Glad to see this year's overly frigid temperatures haven't caused Holiday in the Park to get the ax! I'm definitely going to be there for opening day.

 

One other interesting thing I noticed is that they only open half the water park on a few days, specifically the South Harbor area with most of the newer slides. I've never noticed that in the past, so is this a new thing?

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