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There is an early entry line for Gold pass holders, it's all the way on the right. When I was there in June, they let us in at 10:15 and I was on the first Goliath train at 10:20. I got 4 rides in before 11:00, and then I went and grabbed my Flash Pass. Goliath is a fantastic coaster, the drop is nuts and it has some incredible RMC elements. Yes, it's too short, but that doesn't take away from how good of a ride it is.

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With Yankee Harbor moving towards a Gotham theme, would you guys be opposed of renaming/retheming the other rides in the area to match? Like the swings could become Crime Wave. V2 could become a villain (Riddler?).

I think at this point they may as well re-theme the f'ing merry go round to some DC property. It was fine up until about Superman Ultimate Fluff.

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There is an early entry line for Gold pass holders, it's all the way on the right. When I was there in June, they let us in at 10:15 and I was on the first Goliath train at 10:20. I got 4 rides in before 11:00, and then I went and grabbed my Flash Pass. Goliath is a fantastic coaster, the drop is nuts and it has some incredible RMC elements. Yes, it's too short, but that doesn't take away from how good of a ride it is.

 

Actually, the Gold Pass line is not an early entry line at our park. Maybe they did it once when you we there, but not anymore. It has opened at the same time as every other line every time I have used it, and I even asked management once if it got us in early and they said no. Once you are through security, which is really what the Gold Pass line gets you through, all the lines are together in the same area now.

 

They do have early entry for GP holders in some parks, like SFStl when we visited last year. It would sure be a nice perk.

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There is an early entry line for Gold pass holders, it's all the way on the right. When I was there in June, they let us in at 10:15 and I was on the first Goliath train at 10:20. I got 4 rides in before 11:00, and then I went and grabbed my Flash Pass. Goliath is a fantastic coaster, the drop is nuts and it has some incredible RMC elements. Yes, it's too short, but that doesn't take away from how good of a ride it is.

 

Actually, the Gold Pass line is not an early entry line at our park. Maybe they did it once when you we there, but not anymore. It has opened at the same time as every other line every time I have used it, and I even asked management once if it got us in early and they said no. Once you are through security, which is really what the Gold Pass line gets you through, all the lines are together in the same area now.

 

They do have early entry for GP holders in some parks, like SFStl when we visited last year. It would sure be a nice perk.

 

I was at SFGAdv and they let all season pass holders in early, not just Gold. It was pretty cool as it allowed me to go straight to Nitro. I got the first train of the day , first row. After the 1st ride, there was people waiting for front, so I just asked the attendant if I could switch to back row as there was no line. I road back row 4 rides in a row before somebody was in line for back.

 

Btw, what was the reasoning SFGAm gave for not letting pas holders in early? It's not like we want the rides to start early like Cedar Fair does for pass holders. It would just be a little season pass holder benefit to be in front of line on your favorite ride to start the day.

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Does anyone who has a membership know whether it has to be processed like a season pass does? This year I was told at Six Flags America that it does and at Six Flags St. Louis that it doesn't. Thanks.

 

My situation was a little unique but I had a SFStl membership for 2016 (12 month commitment was up September 5th), and I wanted to switch my membership over to SFGam for 2017 as it was actually cheaper by about $0.50/month + the dining pass was $10 cheaper and I wanted to eventually add a season flash pass.....Why don't they make this good at all parks :(

 

Basically my SFStl membership was canceled after I emailed them seeing what I needed to do, and my 2017 membership is being treated as new. When I got to the park yesterday, they attempted to issue the new card at the gate, but were having issues so I just went to pass processing to have the card they gave me activated and picked up my sport bottle for next year.

 

Word of advise, get your pass taken care of as early as you can because the pass processing lines at the beginning of the year can be up to an hour and a half long. Yesterday I waited about 30 minutes and the line was moving quickly and half as long as I saw it early this season.

 

 

Thanks for the information. Did you have to have your membership processed, or is that required only for season passes?

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^So, what is the purpose of a Gold Pass line then? Is it just supposed to be a shorter wait, as it's presumably a shorter line?

 

Supposed to get you through security faster, as there are about 4 lines reserved only for gold pass members. Kind of depends when you arrive though. It seems a bit faster than the GP lines, but who knows. Not too exciting, though, because if you get there before the main gates open like we usually do, you are then waiting with the rest of the herd anyway.

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Six Flags Great America is very inconsistent with the way they do things. There have been a few times when they let gold pass holders in early this season. Once, they decided to let gold pass holders in three minutes before they let in regular season pass holders. Everyone else was going to be let in four minutes after that. I was standing at the front, when they told the employee’s at the scanners what was going to happen. Another time, they let all season pass holders in a few minutes before everyone else. Most of the time, everyone gets let in at the same time.

I’ve been to the park over twenty times this year, and those were the only two times that gold pass holders were let in early. To be fair, things have been a little more consistent this year. They never let people in, and then hold them back somewhere along the way. They did that often last season.

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^The inconsistency with getting into the park drives me up the wall. No consistent front gate opening times, whether you get stopped at some point before rides open, whether they scan the fingerprint or not, etc.

 

I was very annoyed this week that even though our season pass renewal voucher said the new passes would be issued at the front gate, we still got sent to the pass processing center on Monday to wait in yet another line to get them, because as the line attending said, "We want to get people through faster." Well, as it turned out, in some of the front gate lines they were indeed giving the new passes out, while in others they didn't. That's ridiculous. Last year we got them at the gate, and it was really nice. Thankfully we still got on the rides right when they opened.

 

I shared my thoughts in the survey I got. All I ask for is consistency and honoring what their documentation claims will happen. Really strange management.

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Does anyone who has a membership know whether it has to be processed like a season pass does? This year I was told at Six Flags America that it does and at Six Flags St. Louis that it doesn't. Thanks.

 

My situation was a little unique but I had a SFStl membership for 2016 (12 month commitment was up September 5th), and I wanted to switch my membership over to SFGam for 2017 as it was actually cheaper by about $0.50/month + the dining pass was $10 cheaper and I wanted to eventually add a season flash pass.....Why don't they make this good at all parks

 

Basically my SFStl membership was canceled after I emailed them seeing what I needed to do, and my 2017 membership is being treated as new. When I got to the park yesterday, they attempted to issue the new card at the gate, but were having issues so I just went to pass processing to have the card they gave me activated and picked up my sport bottle for next year.

 

Word of advise, get your pass taken care of as early as you can because the pass processing lines at the beginning of the year can be up to an hour and a half long. Yesterday I waited about 30 minutes and the line was moving quickly and half as long as I saw it early this season.

 

 

Thanks for the information. Did you have to have your membership processed, or is that required only for season passes?

 

If their system wouldn't have been down at the gates, I would not have had to go to pass processing for the membership part, however the dining plan would have needed to be done at pass activation. They are also giving out the yellow sport bottles at Primo's in hometown square.

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I'll be going on the first day of Fright Fest, September 24th. I'll also be getting my 2017 season pass when I go. However it looks like Fright Fest is not going to be as good as last year. No new haunted houses have been announced and it looks like we lost two houses from last year.

I just saw on Twitter that East River Crawler will be renamed The Lobster, it's original name.

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Demon could be revamped into a Chance Hyper GT-X like Lightning Run. They could keep the station, lift hill + high turnaround, corkscrews, and helix finale, then the rest of the ride is all new track. The drop would be steeper, the loops ironically replaced by Turn of the Century style airtime hills, and then the rest of the space would be Lightning Run style banked turns and smaller ejector airtime hills. The corkscrews and helix could of course be replaced by small ejector air bunny hops, but I'd prefer the corkscrews be retained and retracked.

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Demon could be revamped into a Chance Hyper GT-X like Lightning Run. They could keep the station, lift hill + high turnaround, corkscrews, and helix finale, then the rest of the ride is all new track. The drop would be steeper, the loops ironically replaced by Turn of the Century style airtime hills, and then the rest of the space would be Lightning Run style banked turns and smaller ejector airtime hills. The corkscrews and helix could of course be replaced by small ejector air bunny hops, but I'd prefer the corkscrews be retained and retracked.

 

 

How about just give it Soft Straps instead

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The goal would be for it to be the steel airtime machine that the park needs, and for it to have only a lap bar like Lightning Run. Thus they would replace the loops with the airtime hills on the original Turn of the Century, and not go too much faster through the corkscrews or just replace the corkscrews with airtime hills or the ski-slalom turns on LR at KK. Alternatively, the Demon could be removed entirely and a Chance GT-X built ground up in its place for only 7 or 8 million $.

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Demon could be revamped into a Chance Hyper GT-X like Lightning Run. They could keep the station, lift hill + high turnaround, corkscrews, and helix finale, then the rest of the ride is all new track. The drop would be steeper, the loops ironically replaced by Turn of the Century style airtime hills, and then the rest of the space would be Lightning Run style banked turns and smaller ejector airtime hills. The corkscrews and helix could of course be replaced by small ejector air bunny hops, but I'd prefer the corkscrews be retained and retracked.

 

Honestly Demon isn't even that bad of a ride, especially for an Arrow built 40 years ago.

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Demon could be revamped into a Chance Hyper GT-X like Lightning Run. They could keep the station, lift hill + high turnaround, corkscrews, and helix finale, then the rest of the ride is all new track. The drop would be steeper, the loops ironically replaced by Turn of the Century style airtime hills, and then the rest of the space would be Lightning Run style banked turns and smaller ejector airtime hills. The corkscrews and helix could of course be replaced by small ejector air bunny hops, but I'd prefer the corkscrews be retained and retracked.

 

Honestly Demon isn't even that bad of a ride, especially for an Arrow built 40 years ago.

 

I just rode it last month and it's still great. It's way smoother than I expected.

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I do love how the Demon has become progressively smoother in recent years, and I think that is a good reason to update the ride using half of the existing track. Either for of before the Park's and Demon's 45th anniversary in 2021, they could do the Chance GT-X remodel, or at the very least remove the unnecessary OSTRs and replace them with lap bars and possibly bring back the Turn of the Century airtime hills.

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Yeah, Demon isn't bad at all. The corkscrews were the only part that really batted me around, but that's to be expected from Arrow, and it wasn't really that bad for Arrow.

 

I would love to see better restraints, but it's really not necessary, because it's not too rough yet.

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Just remove the VR and give it to some other coaster. Trust me, I rode it less than a month ago with and without the VR (I had a flash pass)

 

The Demon without the VR is okay at the least, fun coaster as usual.

 

Demon with the VR is bad. This thing gives you no room to move your head around unless you're tall enough that your head isn't stuck between the restraints (I'm a shortie), and it's (censored)-ing basic (The VR I mean)

 

But yes, I'd say give it the restraints that are on Blue Hawk.

They probably won't remove it for a while though...

Go to 55 seconds in to see what I mean

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Wait you guys want to eliminate Demon? SFSL home park here - I'd kill to have our Arrow feel like yours. Ninja makes you feel like you went a couple rounds with Bruce Lee.

 

It may be an Arrow, but it is a really well done Arrow. I felt pretty good about Raging Bull's airtime. Then again this is coming from someone that has a park with basically zero steel airtime.

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^ My wish for 2017 was Ninja getting replaced with a Zamperla Giant Discovery

 

 

I also love that airtime moment, so I only ride Demon in the back. I say just replace the OSTRs with lapbars, as the corkscrews are taken slowly enough that OSTRs or vests are both completely unnecessary.

 

 

I've heard the reason why it has OTSR's is cause people (Let's assume stupid teens) threw rocks at lights in the tunnels. Course they also say Batman has to be yellow is because DC decides colors.

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