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^ I think it's a sign Hell has frozen over, and maybe the GOP Senators will vote to convict

Now, Bill. . you have to search for the clinical term:  "Blueprints shaped like penis"

Park President Jeffrey Siebert has been sharing some wonderful pictures online! (I did mention to him I was going to post them here at TPR)  

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3 hours ago, Charles Wagor III said:

Kind of surprised to see it become an upcharge for season pass holders and members but I still think it's great to see SF's trying new things.

I'm still trying to get clarification, as the email I got (and the website, which I linked to above) says that Passholders & Members get a "discount" but see your portal for more info.

when I finally got thru to the portal - there's no mention of the drive thru lights event.

so I emailed them to ask, and got a response saying that "Holiday in the Park is free for all current Pass Holders and Members"

I wrote back to clarify that I'm not asking about "Holiday in the Park" - because, remember, SFFT *is* open for that. . but rather the drive thru lights event on evenings after park close, and on days they are not open.      So still waiting to hear back.

but maybe it's *not* an upcharge, and they just have a confused person in their promotion write-up department?

regardless tho, we're planning on doing this!

EDIT to update - got response from them. . . it's just a confused person in their promotion write up department:  you only have to buy ticket for anyone without a pass who's riding in your vehicle.

here's the gist of the response:

"Thank you for contacting Six Flags Membership Support Center. Yes, that is correct. You would need to have a reservation but you may get in with your passes without purchasing a ticket. Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact us."

 

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3 hours ago, bert425 said:

I'm still trying to get clarification, as the email I got (and the website, which I linked to above) says that Passholders & Members get a "discount" but see your portal for more info.

when I finally got thru to the portal - there's no mention of the drive thru lights event.

so I emailed them to ask, and got a response saying that "Holiday in the Park is free for all current Pass Holders and Members"

I wrote back to clarify that I'm not asking about "Holiday in the Park" - because, remember, SFFT *is* open for that. . but rather the drive thru lights event on evenings after park close, and on days they are not open.      So still waiting to hear back.

but maybe it's *not* an upcharge, and they just have a confused person in their promotion write-up department?

regardless tho, we're planning on doing this!

EDIT to update - got response from them. . . it's just a confused person in their promotion write up department:  you only have to buy ticket for anyone without a pass who's riding in your vehicle.

here's the gist of the response:

"Thank you for contacting Six Flags Membership Support Center. Yes, that is correct. You would need to have a reservation but you may get in with your passes without purchasing a ticket. Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact us."

 

Well even better!  Thanks for sharing the clarified info and look forward to seeing a trip report when you visit.

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hurm. . . ok, so DESPITE being told from Customer Service (in an email response no less), the official site says there is a charge for Pass holders and Members:

"Members and Season Pass Holders do not require reservations. Present your pass upon entry to purchase discounted tickets for only $7.49 plus tax per person. This offer is available every night of the Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience from 6 – 10:30 PM. Card and digital payments only, please."


reservations seem to have filled up - although this notes no reservation required for Members/Pass Holders.   (ok, that's strange).

So I guess we'll try for a day next week, and if shows sold out online, will just drive up with email in hand, and see what happens - if they charge us, and if they will let us in without a reservation.

here's the page from SFFT website if you want more info:

https://www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas/events/fiestatexas-events-hip-drive-thru

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18 minutes ago, Nrthwnd said:

Man, I would really love to ride Poltergeist, some day. Some day. <sighs>

it's the exact same ride as Joker's Jinx at SFA (and run the same way), as well as the same ride as Flight of Fear at Kings Island/Kings Dominion (tho its' indoors there, and they slow it way down at the MCBR).

so you've been on it, sorta, right?

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^ Nope. Never been to those other parks, except Kings Island in 1995, before theirs was built. All my park traveling was usually all overseas, and any in the USA was an 'extra' thing I didn't think about visiting, beforehand. For example, my only visit to Astroworld happened in 1992, due to a convention I was attending, and the hotel was within walking distance of the park. So I took the Sat. afternoon off and went to the park! 

But no. The only messes of track I have been on, is the Disney indoor one in Paris Studios (now becoming a Marvel adventure), and the outdoor version of it at Walibi Holland. Truth! 🎢

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Those Premier spaghetti bowls are works of art. Hopefully one day Kings Island will stop destroying theirs with that mid course brake...

Thanks for the report!

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4 hours ago, DBru said:

Those Premier spaghetti bowls are works of art. Hopefully one day Kings Island will stop destroying theirs with that mid course brake...

Thanks for the report!

On the plus side, I believe the MCBR allows the Flight of Fears to operate 3 trains.  I'm not sure if KI's still does but I believe that KD's still operates that way.

That said, I didn't notice the MCBR slow the train all that much on Kings Island's Flight of Fear during my rides this summer.

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7 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

On the plus side, I believe the MCBR allows the Flight of Fears to operate 3 trains.  I'm not sure if KI's still does but I believe that KD's still operates that way.

That said, I didn't notice the MCBR slow the train all that much on Kings Island's Flight of Fear during my rides this summer.

the restraints on Poltergeist cause loading to be so slow, they don't often even run 2 trains - and when they do, the 1st train is always sitting out in the sun on the brake run while the 2nd train takes forever to load as people try to figure out where that "side seatbelt" clicks (it connects to the lap bar), and struggle to figure it out.

but at least they (and SFA) don't use the MCBR, so the train just flies thru the 2nd half, and that "hidden" inversion towards the end is taken as an amazing speed.

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18 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

On the plus side, I believe the MCBR allows the Flight of Fears to operate 3 trains.  I'm not sure if KI's still does but I believe that KD's still operates that way.

That said, I didn't notice the MCBR slow the train all that much on Kings Island's Flight of Fear during my rides this summer.

Interesting, every time I’ve ridden Kings Island’s Flight of Fear for the last 8 years or so, the mid course has brought the train to an complete halt before releasing it into the second half of the layout. That includes this summer.

The Flight of Fears also have a block between the load and unload stations, so they could run 3 trains, regardless. Unfortunately, Kings Island’s now only has 2 trains on site.

Neither Poltergeist nor Jokers Jinx even have the mid course brakes installed, so those things run like bats out of hell.

While most of the Premiers track smoothly, Kings Island’s FOF is one of the roughest rides in the park. When the train hits the mid course, you can feel (and see) the entire structure shaking back and forth. I just can’t imagine that’s good for the ride’s longevity.

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I've been on all 4 Premier "spaghetti bowls" in the U.S., and Poltergeist and Joker's Jinx are miles better than the Flight of Fears. It's kind of weird to me since you think the two that run faster would be more prone to roughness and discomfort, but the opposite is true. The Flight of Fears are slow and rough, and the Six Flags ones are glossy smooth and incredibly fast and intense. Joker's Jinx is actually my favorite ride at SFA.

I wonder what those rides would be like backwards. I remember when the Mr. Freeze rides were turned backwards, I predicted it would happen to JJ or Poltergeist as well. I guess it would just be a puke machine at that point? lol

Nice photos, by the way!

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15 hours ago, bert425 said:

the restraints on Poltergeist cause loading to be so slow, they don't often even run 2 trains - and when they do, the 1st train is always sitting out in the sun on the brake run while the 2nd train takes forever to load as people try to figure out where that "side seatbelt" clicks (it connects to the lap bar), and struggle to figure it out.
 

Yeah that plus if I remember correctly from my last trip to SFFT back in 2006 the second train can't even advance from the brake run until the previous train clears the high point after the third inversion. I remember that day the crew was pretty good, but by the time you stop on the brakes the other train has only been parked in the station like 20-30 seconds. It can't really increase capacity that much. 

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KIngs Dominion FoF runs 2 trains. The brake was intended to allow 3, but after they figured out that doesn't really work, later models didn't have it. However I think the brake is necessary for the coaster to run as originally designed, with the first half total insanity, a slowdown at the top accompanied by space sounds and atmosphere, the curves later not too intense, and a bit of hang in the final corkscrew. I used to far prefer it over JJinx, but have noticed while Jinx has a weaker launch, you do come out of your seat some going in and out of inversions, so while the end is still too fast, the slower first half has something going for it. Subjectively though, I find more variation in my impressions of either than the rides themselves are different.

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I find the Kings Dominion Flight of Fear to be really smooth and the Kings Island one to be much rougher but I still enjoy those more than the outdoor unthemed ones. They're honestly great rides and I find them incredibly underrated.

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I prefer the outdoor ones as well.  Not having the mid-course bring you to a stop mid-ride results in a far wilder second half.

That being said, I still enjoy the indoor Flight of Fear clones.  The Kings Island one is a bit shakier, but I still have no issue with it thanks to those lap bars.

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On 12/8/2020 at 6:59 AM, coasterbill said:

I find the Kings Dominion Flight of Fear to be really smooth and the Kings Island one to be much rougher but I still enjoy those more than the outdoor unthemed ones. They're honestly great rides and I find them incredibly underrated.

The experiences are literally (and figuratively) night and day between the indoor and outdoor models. FoFs give me that "I'm kind of boarding Space Mountain feel". 

Runaway Mountain at SFOT was pretty damn fun as well. Definitely surprised me 

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14 minutes ago, coasterbill said:

What a weird post. 

My Google search for “Blueprints that are just shaped like dicks” let me down so I guess rather than making a joke I’ll answer this honestly...

No.

Now, Bill. . you have to search for the clinical term:  "Blueprints shaped like penis"

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