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50 minutes ago, prozach626 said:

Vest restraints? The whole park is ruined now.

in all seriousness, I've raised that point several times with President Siebert, and have been assured that these are the "newer, softer comfort collars". .and "will not impact airtime on that final airtime hill"

I'll believe it when I experience it, but trying to keep an open mind.

(the vest restraints on Batman are super snug, and truly *suck*. . but I dont' mind those, as you really do want to be locked in tightly on an S&S freespin).

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Life gets in the way so took me over a week. .but here's my TR from Fiesta Fest at SFFT on 4/9/22

FiestaFest is an event put on by American Coaster Enthusiasts, but ACE also invited those in the Thrill Seekers United (Texas based group) to participate as well if they wanted to.

SFFT goes all out for events like this, and I try to attend when I can- and it's great to see all my friends from TSU (and ACE as well).

here are LOTS of pics:

best thing about these events, is that the check in is usually well before the park opens. . so even tho there were other events going on today (a cheer competition, and a car show in the parking lot). . still ended up with really up close parking.

right next to the Valet parking (which - shocking to me- some people later in the day DID use, at $70 a spot!).  Guess that's why Six Flags is doing that now.

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Got checked in and met up with my friend Sean (a local Austinite whom I often drive up to San Antonio for TSU events with)

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once we were all checked in (think the total count was ~125 people if not mistaken), we were brought into the park, and past rope drop area where Jorge gave us a welcoming to Fiesta Fest, and explained the agenda for the day (and how our badges would act as Flash Pass - yay!! that was super unexpected, and super appreciated!). .and then they brought our group back to Wonder Woman where tho we didn't have ERT, we did have 1st rides of the day on it before the park officially opened.

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Here's Jeff (not Jeffrey Siebert, who'd we see later, but the other Jeff in Promotions), who also "managed' our group today, and was telling us about the up close tour we'd be getting of Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger Coaster in about an hour. . they had just finished putting in the last piece of track the day before and it was now a full circuit!

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skipping past Wondy rides, and the other assorted stuff to about an hour later, and here's Jorge leading us back into the construction area, and giving us the stats and directions about being careful where we step and where we could and could not go.

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the construction guys were working on the lift hill, and stopped to wave hello to us.

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yeah. .we were gonna get really close!

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see?

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either a paint test for the Patina. . . or Dr. Diabolical has already started her experiments on unsuspecting workers!

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the transfer bay to work on the coasters, and the work that had already started on the Station (all that wood, and foundation work on the right)

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this is truly looking impressive as hell in person!

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and it just LOOMS over the biggest outdoor stage at the park.

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the great lawn, where we'd be later to watch the 30th Fireworks/cliff show.

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YEAH!!!!

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since the Train is not operating right now during construction, we were able to walk along the track to get some unique views of the new coaster

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LOVE this rare picture. . and have to thank Chris from SFFT for taking this pic of me.    really love it.

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but here's the main reason we went up the tracks. . to see the Golden Bolt - the last piece input to complete the circuit.

This will be visible from the Queue line if you know where to look for it. . . really cool.

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Unique views from the train tracks:

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after the tour, we were free to enjoy the park until 5 pm, when it was time for a performance of Rockin at Rockville High - one of the classic shows the park has brought back for it's 30th Anniversary.

even tho we had ERT on it after park close, we also had Flash Pass, so we headed right over to Iron Rattler.

I really like how they have added Single Rider lines, in addition to Flash Pass lines to several of the Big coasters now.

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then we tempted fate and got in line for DareDevil Dive.   I've actually only once before gotten in line ,and ridden it without having to wait out a shutdown and maintenance having to come reset.

but the universe was on our side today, and we not only - using Flash Pass - got up to the station pretty quickly, but we actually got on it and got a ride with no breakdown!

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since we hadn't really eaten yet today (tho I think that there were perhaps cookies handed out in the morning. . can't recall. . LOL). . but it turned out that SFFT is doing a 30th Anniversary Food festival too, and added bonus to our event were some food/drink coupons to the special booths (most of the food is also avail as a "snack" on meal plan, so I recommend trying them out.

Of course, I headed here - and ended up convincing everyone I was hanging with to try the Armadillo Egg. . OMG . .it was so good.

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nearby at the Pour Haus festival pop up, I got the 30th. . . wow, this thing is kinda scary, in that it tastes like a wonderful fruit punch. . .but man does it sneak up on you!  

Recommended :)

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and of course, we can't go into Sangerfest Halle without stopping to grab a pic with Sweet Connie.

I love the renovations in here, and I'm not sure that Jeffrey Siebert really knows just how much I appreciate that they "saved" Sweet Connie when they re-did everything.   Yes, I've told him multiple times how much I appreciate it, but not sure he "gets" how wonderful I think it is that she exists in this park.  

She's an ICON. .LOL

me, Paige, Conne, Sean, and Juan (my "hang out crew" for most of the day)

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it had gotten hot, and the water rides were pulling huge lines . . so we took advantage of the Flash Pass to ride both Gully Washer (the waterfall was on, and we got soaked. . so no pics, because phone was put away), and also Bug's Whitewater Rapids. . .  I did not feel guilty at ALL bypassing this massive hour + line.

Sam and Dragon at the Flash Pass entrance!

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Sean didn't want to get wet, so he took this pic of us as we left the station:

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and yes, we got a bit wet - much of it from that darn spitting dragon, that TRACKS the log, and gets everyone soaked!

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around this time, I left the park for 30 minutes to run across the freeway and check into my hotel (had to do it in person to make sure everything went smoothly since i had a free night I was using to make up for a major S#!tshow the last time i stayed there). . worked out well, and had a nice stay this time.

Soon enough was back in the park. . and stumbled across a Sylvester and Tweety photo op.  

Yes please!

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since all we'd eaten was that Armadillo Egg, and was feeling the 2nd drink.. we headed into the Sangerfest Halle to grab a light lunch as we knew we had dinner at 7.

the area is looking so nice. . hard to believe it's a Six Flags, but SFFT really is a jewel in the chain.

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my "snack" - Brisket stuffed Baked Potato.  Yum
 

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and the entertainment is back in the Halle too!

German themed band. .but for the life of me, I dunno why they played "Sweet Caroline". . tho we all sang along to the "BA DUMP BUM BUM" parts.

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we can't be in Sangerfest and not ride the Carousel right next door tho.

unfortunately, they were running it with no music, and when I queried why no music?  I was told that it had broken (I responded "what?  they just refurbed this within the past couple of years!". . . so we sang "Sweet Caroline" while riding 😛

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and here's the infamous pic that my Spouse thought looked like an Orgasm . . . . LOL

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we headed to the Boardwalk next - letting the food settle - and took a spin on Pirates (where my glow in the dark boots really live up to the promise)

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I do not like Disk-O's. . so I rode "bench" while Sean, Juan, and Paige rode Hurricane Force 5

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after it was time for our special seating at Rockville High.

the show was great, and even tho they have made some changes to it?  well worth seeing (and bonus:  indoors/air conditioned, with cushioned benches!).

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the whole cast is great, and all the female leads have really strong and great voices.

after the show, everyone there for Fiesta Fest got to go up on the stage, and they took a group picture of us.
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The show is not as long as it used to be, but it's still a good 30 minute show. . so after it was over, we made our way over to the Picnic Grove for dinner.

oh, before the show, we had seen Park President Jeffrey Siebert and said hello to him.  When he asked how my day had been, I mentioned my surprise that the Carousel music had broken already and wasn't working anymore.  He made a confused face and got on his radio immediately, and made a call.   

And as we passed the Carousel on the way to the Picnic Grove?  yeah, the Carousel music was playing loud and clear.
That's why he's such a great Park President.

this is me "not too hungry". .but I had a really decent Pulled Pork Sandwich, a spicy hot link (so good!), and potato salad.

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after some speeches and door prizes were handed out, we were interrupted by Dr. Diabolical's assistant who crashed our dinner, to announce that we didn't NEED the Doctor.   She was able to create the anti-aging formula on her own, and if we followed her she'd perform the procedure on us.

who could say no to that sweet face?

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she led us back to the lab, and as she was getting ready to bring us in?

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Uh oh. . .she looks pissed.

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but since we were at the lab already, and had shown her respect?  why not?

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after this wonderful train reveal, we headed back into the park for another hour or so until it was time for the evening fireworks.

this park looks so good at night, and in particular the new paint on Poltergeist looks so great at night.

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the skyline forever changed (from the Poltergeist porch)

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ooo.. we got reserved seating for the fireworks/cliff show.   with chairs even!

I've not ever actually seen the fireworks here, as they take place so late, and I always have to drive back to Austin. 
But since was staying across the street this time and was closing out the park?  I was excited to see them.

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really impressive the projections, lasers, and animation they show on the cliffside wall - they turn off the waterfalls for this.

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dancing fountains and FIRE !!!!

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a great fireworks show. .with some gigantic fireworks.. some of the biggest I've seen.  and so close to us.

and then it was time for Iron Rattler ERT.    (but on the way over, Jeff, Jorge, & Chris brought out a mobile Ice Cream cart and handed out frozen Snickers, Twix, and all kinds of ice cream treats for us to enjoy, while the park finished draining the general line (~20 minutes).

most of the FiestaFest folks stayed for at least the 1st ride on Iron Rattler. . but even then, not too much of a wait:

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but by 20 minutes in, the ERT crowd dropped to only ~30 people.. so got multiple night rides on Iron Rattler.

including the front row (which I rarely do, since this is a back row coaster, and front row always has longest line anyways).

But too fun.

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soon enough tho..it was time to call it a night, as I was exhausted (having been up since 6am to leave Austin. . and it was closing in on 11).

and I had to be at SeaWorld San Antonio at 9am the next morning for Great White's Birthday.

so we slowly made our way towards the front gate - taking the opportunity to snap a pic with the 30th Anniversary statue in the front plaza (rare to get without so many people around).

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the back side of it:

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all in all, a fantastic day at a fantastic park.

(and we rode a lot more that I didn't take pics of. . but we got a lot of riding in and enjoyed the event).

hope you liked the pics shared.

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^ Awesome trip report, Bert! I giggled at the term "Austinite". We're "Vancouverites" here in BC.

And I looooove Austin BBQ! What I remember from a trip back in ..... the Fall of 1992?

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Bert glad you had such an awesome day! But showing us your orgasm face may be too much information................😜😜!!!

We may have to make it back down next year to do the event again, especially since Dr. D's will be open. Totally jealous of all your 30th anniversary stuff, we didn't get near that much for our 50th, although to be fair it was much earlier in the Pandemic. 

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1 hour ago, bert425 said:

^ not MY face. . . that was Paige he thought was experiencing that :)

 

Ohhhh. I see. You might want to clarify that next time, lol. I mean you DO look happy in the picture.......!

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28 minutes ago, teacherkim said:

Ohhhh. I see. You might want to clarify that next time, lol. I mean you DO look happy in the picture.......!

HAHAHA. . well.. you just have to read the SWSA trip report first 😛

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^ My hubby is an older gay man. . he has NO idea what a woman's orgasm looks like.

which is why I (and all the folks I was with) found it so hysterical that he responded to my Text message of the pic with the response "the woman behind you looks like she's having an orgasm"

and no, he didn't realize Paige is my friend and whom I was hanging out with. . . LOL

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4 hours ago, CaptainUnknown said:

I mean if that's an orgasm,

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Ha, ha if you go to Katz's deli in NYC where they filmed this they have a sign hanging over the seat Meg Ryan sat in. It is a Very good deli, certainly capable of giving you a foodgasm. 

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4 hours ago, bert425 said:

^ My hubby is an older gay man. . he has NO idea what a woman's orgasm looks like.

which is why I (and all the folks I was with) found it so hysterical that he responded to my Text message of the pic with the response "the woman behind you looks like she's having an orgasm"

and no, he didn't realize Paige is my friend and whom I was hanging out with. . . LOL

Yeah, I heard your story in the SWSA thread. At least your group pic that day looked like pity orgasms. I did my best to copy Paige's face in the original pic. Ask your husband what he thinks and report back.

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Expect it to be hot, and crowded (holiday weekend, Summer in Texas).

 

if you're asking if it's worth it for the "Summer Pass" at $69?    well. .that's up to you, but I say *NO* because it doesn't include parking (which is ~$30 each time).

Personally, I have the level of pass that's good at Multiple SF parks, as it tends to include parking as well .

SFFT is one of the best parks in the SF chain.     Since you're there over several days in SA tho? 

I'd absolutely just spend the $89 and get the Thrill Seeker Pass.

it includes free parking, and would make your entrance ticket just $59 (since you're saving parking). . . it also include entry to Hurricane Harbor/Splashtown outside of Houston. .if you wanna daytrip for a waterpark (besides the free waterpark that's included as part of Fiesta Texas, which is pretty good anyways).

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or actually.. if you ARE interested in Hurricane Harbor?   I'd go there FIRST, and get the pass for $25 cheaper (as that includes the free parking and unlimited access to Hurricane Harbor & SFFT):
 

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so I'd either go with one of the above?  or perhaps a "GoCity" pass . . so you can do multiple attractions. . since San Antonio also has a pretty good SeaWorld, and lots of other attractions.

but yeah.. you're gonna wanna go to SFFT multiple times during your visit.  It's THAT great of a park.

 

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2 hours ago, Jellowithdacoastercredit said:

Going to SFFT this summer,going to be in san antonio from june 29th to july 6th.

Avoid Sat. July 2 to Mon. the 4th, preferably motivate ASAP after arrival. The season often takes off on the Fourth or its weekend, weather dependent. In general, never been to SFFT, like to.

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^ um. .  SFFT is a year round park. 

so yeah. .there isn't really a "season" to "take off" . . . SFFT goes daily ops in late May (and that's when Whitewater Bay waterpark section opens daily too).

tho as I noted earlier, 4th of July week will be packed regardless.

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20 hours ago, bill_s said:

The season often takes off on the Fourth or its weekend, weather dependent. In general, never been to SFFT, like to

If I am not mistaken,its a year round park so...I can handle waits and afford a flash pass.......

Plus isnt texas 99% sunny during the summer (Been there before)

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20 hours ago, bert425 said:

o I'd either go with one of the above?  or perhaps a "GoCity" pass . . so you can do multiple attractions. . since San Antonio also has a pretty good SeaWorld, and lots of other attractions.

Good idea and I would be in the city alot 

 

Only thing I aint doing is seaworld

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On 4/25/2022 at 1:00 PM, Jellowithdacoastercredit said:

If I am not mistaken,its a year round park so...I can handle waits and afford a flash pass.......

Plus isnt texas 99% sunny during the summer (Been there before)

A regular April to Oct. season is enough time for plenty of highs and lows. At any rate, the most crowded day of the entire year is probably in your date range, along with some days that maybe aren't close. But you knew that. I think most people have a good idea what days are good and bad, the underestimation is how much different it can be, both in person counts and the effect.

True though, the Fourth may not kick off an entire crowded month there.

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if it's a hot day, the waterpark will take majority of the crowd (other than Bug's flume & Gully Washer Rapids). 

Flash pass will save you at least 1-2 hour lines on those two alone. . . seriously. . big coasters can be almost walk on, and these two will have massive lines if a hot day (and the Gully Washer line is "hidden". . so you dont' realize exactly how long it is, even after you are in the line). 

so if you like water rides?  yeah, the Flash Pass is worth it.

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Regarding the vest restraints, I will say that the ones on Emperor felt a little more comfortable and forgiving than Valravn's/Gatekeeper's. During the hold on the drop the vests actually "gave" quite a bit and my whole body leaned forward a lot. No super tight locking, but I'm also only 5'9" so I can see how they could ruin the experience for a taller or larger person.

Obviously the original restraints will always be better and more freeing due to their ratcheting nature but I do think B&M has improved their vest restraints from the days of their early wing coasters. The beyond vertical drop and airtime hill on Dr. D will be awesome.

 

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^ best that I've been to.

I rank it as #1, but have not been to Great Adventure (which I've heard is fantastic) or Magic Mountain (which I've also heard some good - and not good things - about).

My top 3 that I've been to:

1) Six Flags Fiesta Texas

2) Six Flags Over Georgia

no #3. . .I enjoy parts of Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Over Texas, and Six Flags America. . but none of them were "great"

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