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These rides do absolutely nothing for me, but it makes for a great "weenie" (visual landmark for the park). I hope the next capital improvement is a major (new) roller coaster as the park already has a good mix of flats and family rides. A wild mouse, relocated boomerang, and star flyer may all be compelling for the local market, but I don't see any of these attractions nspiring people outside of an 80 mile radius to make the trip.

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These are getting a bit too much for me. They were good with some height, but after a while it just gets boring. It's fine for say a roller coaster where the park can advertise a huge drop or such, but these starfliers have almost no extra thrill when they get higher in my opinion.

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I doubt SFNE will ever get a ZacSpin. As I'm sure you know, they were originally getting the one that is now at SFMM. I actually think the park needs a rehab. In one off season they could do some minor improvements, like fixing the lights in Bizarro's queue to be blue or purple, not red, from it's Superman days (you know what lights I'm talking about right?). They could also fix some of the pathways, and re-open the bridge near the Antique Cars, so there's easier pathways to the south end. Buzzsaw's area just get's so cramped from all of the traffic.

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^I do think that Flashback needs a replacement, but I do like your idea of general park improvements as well. I really want SFNE to bring some higher quality rides in as opposed to bringing in a higher quantity of rides. They have plenty of rides right now, they just need to improve the ones they have.

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^I agree with the Flashback replacement. A ZacSpin would be nice, but it probably won't happen. SFNE looks like it needs to get some more "fresh" coasters. I mean, right now the park has a standard Boomerang, GIB, SLC, Wild Mouse, and a Pandemonium clone. Not including Catwoman's Whip and Great Chase, I believe, they have four original designs in Batman, Bizarro, Cyclone, and Thunderbolt. I'd like to see something new, something fresh, a brand new design that wows. Not just another clone or relocated coaster. (3 of the 5 I mentioned were relocated)

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^Zac Spin sounds about right...seems like SFNE has installed several low capacity rides recently (minus Bizarro) despite insanely busy times during the summer. This park needs something like a Leviathan to chew up crowds (although I'm not sure if they have the room).

 

Even though I was on the page of "What was Canada's Wonderland thinking" when they originally announced Leviathan, it now makes perfect sense. Balance out both sides of the park with a great coaster capable of handling heavy summer crowds efficiently.

 

SFNE really needs to do something like this...

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I would cry if SFNE ever got a coaster like Leviathan, but there's not enough space. The park has very little space left to expand.

 

The park has very little space left to expand

 

very little space left to expand

 

ORLY?

 

 

I think you should call up Grona Lund and tell them they can't expand anymore!

 

Nah, I'm just kidding with you. Parks will always have room to expand, and this is the perfect example.

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The park added leg guards to Bizarro to keep people from sticking their legs out of the restraint. They didn't effect me much, but the thing that attaches the guard to the restraint kept rubbing against my leg.

 

Ug. I thought these new uncomfortable trains were supposed prevent the need for adding more parts that would make Jigsaw proud... What else can they do to make it even worse?

 

This new Star Flyer sounds cool though. If done right, they can be an awesome landmark, like at Tivoli and surprisingly, a challenge to ride for many. It is kinda high though. Six Flags will probably add a cage around each seat for its second season.

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^SFNE can certainly find room for new coasters if they get creative, but it would be a huge challenge if not impossible to fit anything Leviathan sized. My fantasy for SFNE would be to see Mind Eraser removed and replaced with a WB Movie World Superman-esque Intamin launcher.

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Building over other rides would be difficult because of how compact every ride is. People often suggest SFNE goes the Hershey method and build over other rides, but everying is too compact. My dream for SFNE is they sell Flashback, get a log flume to put in Kidzopilis, get rid of Kidzopilis and bring back the wooded themed area, and bring Superman back.

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^ I agree with getting a better wooden coaster out of Cyclone, but I would just tear Cyclone down instead of trying to alter it any further... Put in something awesome in it's footprint, even if it has to extend over (or get rid of) any of the surrounding rides. I wouldn't miss Catapult or the river rapids ride... or for that matter, Flashback is right in front of Cyclone too... they can all go. Losing 3 really sub-par rides is worth 1 awesome one... especially since SFNE is kind of a "meh" park at this point anyway (except for Bizarro, obviously).

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^ I think maybe I'm just jaded when it comes to this park. I've been going there since I was really small (I'm 30 now) and it was Riverside... back when it had the Black Widow, and a pretty cool log flume, and the Cyclone wasn't half a pile of crap.

 

I feel myself less and less interested in going to SFNE every year. I don't feel like the park has really improved much at all over the years, of course with the exception of Bizarro and even Batman. They did a great job updating Thunderbolt, which I would ride a million times over the Cyclone at this point. When I think of SFNE, all I see are a few worth-it coasters, and the rest of the park full with awful head-bangers that aren't even worth riding (at least more than once). Every time someone asks if I want to go there (since technically it's one of my home parks), I just suggest driving the extra couple hours and hitting Great Adventure instead (and then of course, you're so close to Hershey, might as well stop there too )

 

I don't think Six Flags really kept up the park as it should have been after they bought it, and they definitely haven't added too many quality coasters/rides. I know they have a height restriction, and land restrictions, but it just seems they've half-a$$ed it for years.

 

Last time I went to SFNE, I grabbed a Gold FP so we could ride everything we wanted all day with minimum waits, but honestly, I felt like it was a waste of money, because after a while there was almost nothing we cared about riding anymore... my SFNE trips just turn into Bizarro trips (which I guess isn't SO bad), but still... I don't know, it's just missing the quality that would make me want to be there more. I choose to spend my time now mostly at Canobie, or even trek to Great Adventure.

 

This is just my opinion though--watching and experiencing the park through the years. I know there's a lot of TPR members on here (and in this thread) that are perfectly fine with SFNE.

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^^That's exactly how I feel too I went to SFNE once this year to process my season pass and ride Bizarro, but I just go to SFGAdv instead. There is nothing other than Bizarro that makes me want to go to SFNE.

 

^I'd love that, but I really don't want a clone of Superman from SFDK. There are too many clones at the park already!

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I haven't been to SFNE in years, mainly because I live in Boston and don't have a car, and it's not worth renting one for SFNE.

 

That said, they have a REALLY good water park. So, going in the summer is worth it, if you like water parks.

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The park added leg guards to Bizarro to keep people from sticking their legs out of the restraint. They didn't effect me much, but the thing that attaches the guard to the restraint kept rubbing against my leg.

 

Ug. I thought these new uncomfortable trains were supposed prevent the need for adding more parts that would make Jigsaw proud... What else can they do to make it even worse?

 

This new Star Flyer sounds cool though. If done right, they can be an awesome landmark, like at Tivoli and surprisingly, a challenge to ride for many. It is kinda high though. Six Flags will probably add a cage around each seat for its second season.

 

The leg guard alteration was probably for insurance reasons, as is so often the case with unpleasant modifications to rides. It just takes one moron to ruin it for everyone.

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Here's a picture of the single rider line that I took when I was there yesterday. I'm so glad they added this. Great job SFNE! (P.S. Sorry my finger is in the corner.)

 

You know the phrase "too good to be true"? The sign was gone during my visit, and security continued to direct single riders through the regular queue. It seems that the external single riders queue has been reverted back to a station-only queue.

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