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14 minutes ago, Dan the Coaster Man said:

Sounds like a decent effort at best from Six Flags. It really is more of a mask compliance thing than anything. I am interested in visiting SFFT in the coming months, and it sounds like I would be okay as long as it is not as crowded as it was for you. With the staggered entrance times, it will get increasingly busy throughout the day/night. Some people are paying a full ticket price only to be allowed to enter at 6pm, so I think people will stay longer than average.

To be honest, that's what came to mind while I was there: they're doing the best they can. I'm assuming they've had to scale back to a skeleton crew, and that was perceptible on rides like iRat that appeared to be running trains with just two ride ops, one of which was both checking restraints and manning the controls. Given the circumstances, I couldn't help but think how challenging it must be to work under those conditions, with that kind of a crowd. It was disappointing to see employees with masks worn incorrectly, and I suspect that an increased security presence might prompt a little more pressure to uphold the rules. But I think it really comes down to the fact that peoples' experience of the pandemic and their response to it is all over the map.

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I'm in line for Dare Devil Dive in technical rehearsal. This is not a drill. I repeat: this is not a drill!

Superman is my favorite floorless coaster.  I love the forces and that layout.  It also surprised me last time when I stopped at the nearby shopping mall and saw it poking above the quarry up there.

^^ It was today, Bert — from about 11:15am to 2:00pm. The mask business was bad. I'm over getting bent out of shape about such things, but I did get a few stealth-creeper snapshots to send to fri

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^ sorry you didn't have as good a day as us.

if you take a look at my TR, you'll note most everyone is wearing masks properly (tho there are a few cases where the noses are peeking out).

I did note folks were making use of the "Mask Break Zones" - several areas around the park. . . so I was thinking that was helping keep folks following the rules (and the ride ops on all major coasters were repeating every few minutes how masks MUST BE WORN EVEN DURING RIDE).

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^ I agree with this idea, of creating Rest Zones for people who just want to chill w/o the mask on, for a bit of time. Properly distanced, of course. Especially for those big parks, like this one and others. 😷

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2 minutes ago, bert425 said:

if you take a look at my TR, you'll note most everyone is wearing masks properly (tho there are a few cases where the noses are peeking out).

I did note folks were making use of the "Mask Break Zones" - several areas around the park. . . so I was thinking that was helping keep folks following the rules (and the ride ops on all major coasters were repeating every few minutes how masks MUST BE WORN EVEN DURING RIDE).

I did see your pics! It looks like the young women you're sharing a flume ride with would benefit from hearing that message a little louder 😉 It was really only the Wonder Woman crew who were announcing the mask mandate today, and it didn't have a great deal of impact for anyone in that queue or on the ride.

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^ they were two rows away, and facing away from us, so I honestly didn't' worry too much about that :)

(and keep in mind, to be fair, this is a water ride, and they were telling folks they could remove masks to keep them from getting wet - since not everyone has cloth masks that can take the moisture).

but yeah, your comfort level is up to you.    I wasn't concerned in this case, so had no issue sharing a log with them.
Would I have sat RIGHT BEHIND them?  nope. . but two rows back seemed safe enough - especially since we all kept our masks on.

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Just saw a commercial promoting the "Freaky Car Show" display that Fiesta had going on.

and *NOW* I understand why the crowds were so insane (and so busy when you were there on Sun, @Arthur_Seaton)

apparently if you buy your ticket via the "Freaky Car Show" website?  you can get in the park for ~$19.

That's an amazing price for anyone that is not a Member, or PassHolder.  
Didn't catch if it includes parking or not, but I kinda bet it does - since it's a Car Group running the promo.

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This past Saturday- October 24th, The Texas Thrillseekers were invited on a behind the scenes tour of Superman: Krypton Coaster by park President Jeffrey Siebert! Here are a few photos from that tour.

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Those are some great pics, Superman is by far my favorite floorless coaster.  The way that it interacts with the quarry is just incredible and so unique.

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Superman is my favorite floorless coaster.  I love the forces and that layout.  It also surprised me last time when I stopped at the nearby shopping mall and saw it poking above the quarry up there.

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So currently it appears we cannot make reservations for January yet in SFFT's reservation system. Does anyone know when this will be available? 

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33 minutes ago, IronWolfman said:

So currently it appears we cannot make reservations for January yet in SFFT's reservation system. Does anyone know when this will be available? 

I don't know that anyone here works at SFFT in HR (or IT) support, so I'd suggest either calling them or chatting via the link on the SFFT website?

 

it's a year round park, so they will be open in Jan. and the park calendar shows they are open weekends in Jan/Feb.
so yeah. . a glitch with the reservation system, that's only allowing thru end of year.

reach out to them.

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^Thanks again bert425! I'll give them a call. The have hours listed in January for when I'd like to go, so I found it weird that they didn't have an option to reserve past December.

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looks to me like just a glitch - maybe they weren't expecting to need reservation system into 2021, so it's not enabled and they need to tweak it.

Fiesta is my home park, if you've never been you'll love it.

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^When I spoke to a Six Flags rep, they said they likely just need to update the dates, so you're probably right that they weren't thinking they'd still need it. 

I haven't been to any of the Texas parks before, so I'm very excited! I was originally going to do SFOT, but with the way pricing/dates were working out, it's only ~$75 more to do SFFT & SWSA instead for MLK Day weekend. Hoping that weekend won't be too busy, but would you recommend a Flash Pass?

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4 hours ago, IronWolfman said:

^When I spoke to a Six Flags rep, they said they likely just need to update the dates, so you're probably right that they weren't thinking they'd still need it. 

I haven't been to any of the Texas parks before, so I'm very excited! I was originally going to do SFOT, but with the way pricing/dates were working out, it's only ~$75 more to do SFFT & SWSA instead for MLK Day weekend. Hoping that weekend won't be too busy, but would you recommend a Flash Pass?

It really is going to depend when you are going. . if you're in late Jan, then they probably are already ramping up for Mardi Gras (it ran for multiple Months last year), so that might draw in bigger crowds for the special food offerings/parades/shows, etc.

keep in mind, in Jan, the waterpark section (Whitewater Bay) will *not* be open.    Honestly, the best time to visit Fiesta is in the hot Texas summers, as the waterpark will drain a LOT of the crowd from everywhere else in the park until late afternoon - leaving really empty ride queues for most of the morning/early afternoon.

Can't say how it's gonna be when you visit, tho I wouldn't pre-purchase.  I'd wait until you see how the crowds are first.   

note: at the moment, Wonder Woman is NOT on the Flash Pass (it might be by the time you visit, but for now, it's not).
so the real benefit you'd get would be for Joker (giant pendulum), Iron Rattler, Poltergeist (Flash Pass drops you directly in the station), and possibly Superman (if the park is packed).

it's also good for cutting lines on Bugs Whitewater Rapids (flume) & Gully Washer (Rapids) - tho if it's cooler, which it will be in Jan, they might not be operating (or might have no lines regardless).

and *maybe* they'll open the new ride in Jan. . it's ready to go, I could see them opening it for Mardi Gras Celebration.

the Flash Pass office at Fiesta is to the Right of Boomerang - which you dead end into when you enter the park, and keep walking straight ahead.

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^Thanks for the advice! I'd be visiting on the 16th & 18th (SWSA on the 17th), so Mid-Jan weekend. Definitely will wait to see if I'll need the Flash Pass, if it picks up it'd be very nice for IRat at least. Definitely understandable that water stuff wouldn't be open, though I might brave Bugs even in 65* weather just since it seems like a really cool flume. Also would be cool to catch the new ride, recently rode the normal Air Race at Lagoon so I'd bet this one will be even better!

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^I thoroughly enjoyed Dare Devil Dive. You know how SF ride ops tell guests which ride to go ride next? While waiting to board Joker, the op recommended DDD. Obviously I thought he was playing true to his attraction's name and Joking around.

So on my way to an Iron Rattler Flash Pass reservation, I see activity around the attraction. There are riders on the thing! Some people were just standing around the entrance, so I asked the ride op at the entrance and they said the ride actually was open TODAY ONLY (11/14) for Technical Rehearsal and that I could get in line.

There is some very excellent theming within the attraction's queue. But, there are some overly aggressive sound effects that caused a couple people to leave the queue.

The attraction itself: The added elevation of the tower does add something to the ride--especially when hanging inverted at the top of the tower. And the flame towers around the perimeter function as near-miss elements. I hope Six Flags brings these rides to more parks.

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As for the crowds, it was probably the best decision for you to stay home, Bert. Crowds everywhere with little social distancing (despite my best efforts at times) and rampant mask non-compliance. While it would have been fun to meet up, let's just say that I'm impatiently waiting for the day when my blood no longer boils at the sight of nostrils.

 

And I have no idea how controversial this is but: Iron Rattler>Wonder Woman.

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On 11/15/2020 at 12:36 AM, CaptainUnknown said:

As for the crowds, it was probably the best decision for you to stay home, Bert. Crowds everywhere with little social distancing (despite my best efforts at times) and rampant mask non-compliance. While it would have been fun to meet up, let's just say that I'm impatiently waiting for the day when my blood no longer boils at the sight of nostrils.

And I have no idea how controversial this is but: Iron Rattler>Wonder Woman.

Not controversial at all, in my opinion. I think Iron Rattler is a significantly-better ride than Wonder Woman, but I'm one of the outliers not particularly enamored by RMC's more chaotic, implacable designs. Out of the handful I've ridden, I still think New Texas Giant and Iron Rattler are the standouts. I'll ride Wonder Woman if there's no line, but I don't find it to be a particularly enjoyable or thrilling ride.

And yes, I visited a few weeks ago and the place was slammed with next-to-no social distancing (on or off rides) and little mask compliance. It's possible to keep a distance through certain areas of the parks, but not if you plan on actually riding anything. It was disappointing to see, but not entirely unexpected. I ended up leaving after a couple of hours.

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yup. . add SFFT to the drive thru experiences being offered. (just got the email notification)

Like others, it's $20 per person in the car if bought onsite, but $14.99 if pre-bought online.  Tho reservations are required, so I guess, they are expecting folks to "join" and want to go, so they can get an extra $5 per ticket when a car that's reserved for 3 people, shows up with 5 people.

*UNLIKE* others?  it's not free with Season Pass, or Membership.  Only "discounted"
(not sure how much discount, since the server is down right ow for purchase - or possibly just overwhelmed). . but I'd guess $10

https://www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas/events/fiestatexas-events-hip-drive-thru?utm_source=park-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SFFT&utm_content=2020-11-25&utm_custom[NewsContentID]=46712&utm_custom[IssueID]=5127

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