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I have an idea on what they can do in the DC Area. they renamed the area to Metropolis, rename Catwoman to maybe "Wonder Woman Lasso Coaster" or something, and either renamed Gotham City Gauntlet to something Superman related or remove to ride and put in some flat rides named after DC Characters

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^ Good to know. I don't think I'll make it to Darien this year, but I would probably be going that way for Canada's Wonderland next year.

 

I know it's been mentioned on here before about just how close HQS will swing to Joker, but now that it's open, has anyone gotten a good picture of just how close it gets?

 

I have a picture on my digital camera I can fetch when I get home. It'd say it's a bit more than 10 ft of clearance, but definitely noticeable when you're on the ride.

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The ride looks good but operations on this one are abysmal. During a 16-minute off-ride video I have watched the ride ran TWICE. Taking into account that this ride holds 40 people per cycle, that's about 8 cycles per hour, so 320 pph... Come one, SFNE, you could do better than that!

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These Zamperla giant discoveries have extremely long cycles. They take a while to reach their max swing, but the airtime is incredibly once they do. Conversely, they also take a long time to slow down at the end of the ride. I think the ride cycle may be about 3-3.5 minutes on its own.

 

The problem I saw on dispatches was the loading procedure. You are cattle penned into two groups A and B. When it's time to load the ride, the gates open and it's a complete free-for-all for seats. When groups can't find seats next to each other, they walk around the ride a few times, ask the operator if they can wait for the next cycle, and then I saw their request being granted. This led to the ride not running at full capacity and slowing the loading.

 

I really wish the park assigned riders a seat number 1-40 (or however many seats there are). That system works well for Canobie's Star Blaster on a smaller scale and it worked well on Silver Dollar City's Time Traveler as well.

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The problem I saw on dispatches was the loading procedure. You are cattle penned into two groups A and B. When it's time to load the ride, the gates open and it's a complete free-for-all for seats. When groups can't find seats next to each other, they walk around the ride a few times, ask the operator if they can wait for the next cycle, and then I saw their request being granted. This led to the ride not running at full capacity and slowing the loading.

 

I really wish the park assigned riders a seat number 1-40 (or however many seats there are). That system works well for Canobie's Star Blaster on a smaller scale and it worked well on Silver Dollar City's Time Traveler as well.

 

At SFOT they assign you a seat as you walk into the waiting area for your turn. If they're not doing this here, I can't imagine the cluster f it causes.

But even with the assign seating here, on a slow day it's a 30 min wait. Wait times are usually 60+ min on a normal day. I've been lucky the past few times here and caught it after it had an issue and was temp closed (which happens often) and was reopening so got on the first or second cycle. Which makes it a little scarier for me too.

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I’ll be posting a media day report for HC later this week. It was last Thursday and we drove straight from there to Cedar Point for Coastermania so I just haven’t had the time to do it yet. We left Ohio today and decided to drive down to Great Adventure before heading home. We’re going to GA tomorrow so I’ll get the report up either Friday or Saturday. HC is by far my favorite flat in the park now. It’s awesome having it swing so close to Joker.

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I enjoy how HQS sucks up riders away from the real coasters in the park......I will never ride HQS but I hope to profit off the reduced lines she causes at my fav rides.....STR, WC, and Batman.....

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And what's funny is I actually really liked Deja Vu at SFMM the few times I rode it. But those new Premier trains on Goliath are just awful in every way. I'm excited to try Aftershock at Silverwood whenever I bite the bullet and decide to drive up there, apparently that one is the best of the bunch.

 

I too, enjoyed Deja Vu when I rode it at SFMM! If I ever make it over to SFNE (an over a decade-long dream that STILL hasn't happened! lol), I will have to really think on whether I want to bother with Goliath, given how painful it sounds like the new trains make the ride. Combine that with a long line, for a coaster than I have actually ridden before (I personally would tend NOT to count it as a new coaster, though the new trains would give me pause there), as well as coasters like WC and Superman that could be re-ridden, and I'm not sure I'll even bother with it.

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I have only gotten one really bad ride with Goliath's new trains, but I know I'm in the minority here. That being said, I usually do skip it due to the line.

 

Back to Harley Quinn, this is the best photo I have showing how close it gets to Joker. The ride looks outstanding in its location, particularly at night. The lighting package can be seen all the way from the North End.

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I know Harley Quinn is going to have a long line, but I just wish the throughput was as high as it could be. I remembered Riddler Revenge having a better loading procedure and that explains it.

 

Riddler Revenge loading procedures have changed since the ride initially opened 3 years ago. Originally, guests chose their own seat, but rides ops began assigning seats not long after. Guests are told they have 20 seconds to place their stuff in the bins and take their seats. Otherwise they have to wait until the next ride cycle.

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I am very reluctant to ride HQS.....but was curious....on HQS how do the forces compare as you go through the bottom at full swing to say the bottom of the first drop on Superman? I have no problem riding Superman or WC but for some reason I can’t wrap my head around HQS enough to venture on....

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I've definitely been on coasters with stronger Gs on the pullouts, but Harley Quinn is up there. The rush of wind at the bottom on the max swings feels like the front row of a fast coaster.

 

Harley really shines at dishing out copious floater air.

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Harley Quinn looks fun, but it does not hold a candle to this version of the ride....

 

 

That looks like a shorter arm than HQS and except for going all the way around it looked sorta meh....but hey I’m the one reluctant to ride....

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Six Flags New England invited TPR to attend their media day for the all new Harley Quinn Spinsanity. Harley Quinn is a Zamperla Giant Discovery that has been added to the newly themed Gotham City section, South End, of the park and fittingly it sits right next to last year's addition The Joker.

 

The new SFNE Park President, Pete Carmichael, kicked off the event by introducing the ride and also recognizing several who were in attendance. Communications Manager, Jen McGrath, was up next and she shared more stats about the ride and then introduced the Western Massachusetts President of Dress for Success, Dawn Creighton. As part of media day SFNE was supporting Dress for Success, which is an international non-profit with the mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Impressively as an organization they have helped over one million women already. Some of the clients of Dressed for Success were in attendance to be the first riders on Harley Quinn. With the help of several companies SFNE was able to present a $6,000 check and also they donated 200 tickets to the park to help further the non-profits reach. With all of the craziness and mistreatment of women in Hollywood and elsewhere I just wanted to share those details since it really is awesome that SFNE was supporting this organization.

 

OK, back to the ride! Jen then got the media event rolling again by introducing Batman, Joker, Riddler & finally the star of the day Harley Quinn. The ride itself is now the second fastest in the park with a top speed of 70 MPH. Only Superman is faster. The ride starts off a little slow but with it's forceful swing Harley Quinn and the 40 passengers on board really get moving and max out with a 150 ft. high swing in each direction. The views of the park are incredible and it's crazy how close you swing next to The Joker adding even more fun to an already thrilling ride. At it's max height and depending on where you are spin wise it almost feels like you go somewhat upside down.

 

Harley Quinn Spinsanity is absolutely awesome and by far my favorite flat in the park. Honestly it's up there as one of my favorite rides in the entire park. SFNE has another huge hit on their hands and I think it will be an insanely popular ride addition. A big thanks to Jen and the Six Flags New England team for the invite to another fun media day and also to Robb for having us cover it!

 

Here's some pics from the event. I added a couple of park provided ones too.

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Welcome to Six Flags New England! Sorry guys I'm not here to see you today but thanks for the friendly welcome.

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Now we're getting warmer.

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Heading through Rockville towards the South End.

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Which is now Gotham City.

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Of course Batman is here.

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However this is the reason why we are here today.

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Last year SFNE added The Joker. This year's new addition is Harley Quinn Spinsanity.

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Along with the Joker the Riddler was in attendance welcoming his Gotham City newly themed ride The Riddler Revenge. If you haven't ridden this with the new trains from last year you have to check it out. It's nothing like your standard SLC anymore. No head banging and a super fun ride now.

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Here's today's main star. Harley Quinn!

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A big welcome to Six Flags New England's new Park President Pete Carmichael. Had a good time chatting with him for a bit.

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Here's the donation check that SFNE and other sponsors presented to Dress for Success. Great job SFNE!

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Jen and Harley Officially Opening Harley Quinn Spinsanity!

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Hey Harley let's check out the queue.

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Here's several shots of the ride in action. Check out how close it comes to The Joker :)

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Nice overview of Gotham City with The Joker, Batman, Riddler Revenge & the awesome new addition Harley Quinn Spinsanity. Superman is lurking in the background as a bonus.

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Thanks again to SFNE and Robb for having us cover this event. Thanks to everyone who checks out the report as well. Goodbye from Six Flags New England for now.

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^The ride looks fantastic and you got some really impressive photos (thanks also to CanobieCoaster for your shots). Also, I've heard nothing but good things about Dress for Success, so that's a cool choice for a fundraiser.

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