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On 3/2/2021 at 2:10 PM, prozach626 said:

^No. SFSTL had the "absolute worst" example. American Thunder (GCI) ran one train ops and loaded it half empty. When the cycle finished, they would soak it in cheap smelling sanitizer and let it run empty for a cycle to dry off, which only partially worked.

That reminds me of the time I was riding Mr. Freeze during and ERT and the park was trying to "impress" someone present, obviously, as they were drenching those nasty headrests with Fabuloso.  I rode once and didn't go back, I thought my eyes were turning purple from the smell.  Cheap aggressive smells (gain, windex, air freshener, AXE stuff) more than anything add a big dose of air pollution.  But it's gotta smell clean....

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On 2/28/2021 at 7:49 AM, prozach626 said:

So about Six Flags Great America...

Hopefully they're not stuck with one train ops and half full trains like SFSTL was all season. It wasn't worth visiting.

I went to SFSTL - Evil Kinevil, The Boss, Mr. Freeze were doing 2 trains in August. Can't remember on Batman... Screechin Eagle definitely was not.

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Did you go on a weekend, or a week day?

I think we went shortly after they reopened, then again for Winterfest. Both days were fail.

American Thunder was one train ops:

They ran one train, every other row. The train would be unloaded and drenched with the (seemingly) cheapest worst smelling sanitizer in existence. They would cycle the train empty to dry it. Then, they would load every other row, again. 

We walked by the entrance attendant carrying a bag. We waited about 30 minutes for those operations. When we went to get on the train we were told we couldn't leave our bags on the platform. We're not used to carrying bags. We should have known better, but it also would have been great for the entrance attendant, maybe the easiest job in the park, stop us.

Everything else we saw was one train, every other row, with an unmotivated sanitizing session in between. The park was depressing, it was hot, and we left.

#karenstrong

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Every single time I went to SFStL last year I saw everything except Eagle and Freeze running two trains. Freeze did a lot, but I also think they had issues with one of the trains a couple times. I never saw Thunder with one train. You must have been super unlucky. And cleaning was only done once an hour pretty quickly after the park opened last year - sanitizing after every passenger load didn't last long at all. Did you also get unlucky visiting each ride at the top of the hour?

This year everything was 2 trains on the Wednesday I visited in March. And according to a trip report from yesterday it looks like the park is installing dividers to be able to open every row.

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We're heading to Great America (our home park) on May 8th.  Apparently there is a Taste of Six Flags event scheduled to begin that day.  Bonus?  This is what is posted on their website:

Taste of Six Flags Food Festival

May 8-9; 15-16; 22-23

Rides, Tastes, and Brews!

Spring is in the air and the thrills are back in action! All that screaming on the roller coasters is going to work up an appetite. The new Taste of Six Flags Food Festival will bring the best bites from around the Six Flags family of parks right to you in Hometown Square. With treats for all ages, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

The Taste of Six Flags Food Festival will occur the following operating weekends in May:

Saturday, May 8 & Sunday, May 9

Saturday, May 15 & Sunday, May 16

Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23

Scheduled event hours of operation are Saturdays 12pm – 8pm and Sundays 12pm – 7pm.  

To experience the Taste of Six Flags Food Festival, you will need a reservation and valid form of admission to the theme park – just like any other day you plan to make a visit. This can be with your Six Flags Membership, Season Pass, or one-day admission ticket. 

Once inside the park, the specialty food and beverage items will require an additional fee. Punch cards featuring 12 credits will be available for purchase at Sidetrack Soda for $29.99. All-Season Dining Pass Holders receive 3 bonus credits with a punch card purchase!

Punch card credits can only be used to purchase items at Taste of Six Flags booths and cannot be redeemed at locations outside of the Taste of Six Flags special event. 

 

Anyone have more details?  Menus?  We enjoyed our first food and wine festival at Busch Gardens and loved every minute of it.  I know this will be a much more mellow affair.  I'm really curious about what they mean by the "best bites from around the Six Flags family of parks".  Are there Six Flags parks that are known for their food?

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1 hour ago, mulfdog said:

Are there Six Flags parks that are known for their food?

🤣

Will probably be a Six Flags version of what you saw at Busch.  Probably not as nice but sounds like it could be worth checking for sure.

 

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Oh I am going in with very low expectations.  At $2 a punch it can't be that good.

We have a gift card coming to us for the months we paid for the membership but couldn't use it.  Considering we weren't likely to buy anything in the park anyway this seems like a good use of sunken cash.  I was able to find a food fest that Darien Lake held in 2019 (I think).  

https://www.sixflags.com/darienlake/newsroom/all-american-food-fest

The pricing structure looks similar so I wouldn't expect the event to be all that different.  Here was the food lineup for that event.


Specialty Craft Food Items:
• Pulled Pork Mac N Cheese Twister Fries/Sandwich/Nachos
• Gourmet Tater Tots
• Red, White & Blue Funnel Cake/Churros
• Roasted Corn on the Cob – Siracha & Beer Butter/Bacon & Basil
• Chicken & Waffle Sandwich
• Turkey Burger Sliders
• Buffalo Chicken Pizza
• Mango Soft Serve
• Sparkling Ice Cream Sandwich
• Confetti Cotton Candy

There isn't anything there that is a standout but I'll give it a whirl since we were already planning on being in the park that day.

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I think it's a bit more complicated than that.  I do believe that the park management wanted to open the park last year but weren't able to because they didn't get approval from the state.  The positivity rates, daily cases, and deaths are now significantly lower than they were last summer.  In addition about 25% of the state is fully vaccinated at this point.  Dining is open throughout the state.  I don't see a reason SFGAm shouldn't open (with  limited capacity) and be able to serve food at outdoor kiosks.

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11 hours ago, mulfdog said:

 The positivity rates, daily cases, and deaths are now significantly lower than they were last summer. 

Sure about that?  IL has had more cases daily the last few weeks than they did from May to Sept last year. In no way saying they shouldn't open, just pointing out they probably could have opened last year without issue....like so many other states/parks.

 

 

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Well Illinois is also testing near 80,000 people a day.  By comparison we didn't test 40,000 a day until August 5th.  But I digress.

I completely agree that SFGAm could have opened last summer.  We visited King's Island in July of last year and felt completely safe with the protocols in place and reduced capacity.  What I fail to understand is how Six Flags was allowed to open Hurricane Harbor but not the theme park.  Why were indoor entertainment venues open at a reduced capacity when an outdoor entertainment facility couldn't?  

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On 4/15/2021 at 9:24 PM, prozach626 said:

So the overly COVID cautious park remained closed in 2020, but it opens its doors in 2021 by serving food during the pandemic... 

I think it's more along the lines of the requirements that were put on them by the state last year. This year states seem to be a little less "strict" on parks since they are banking on the majority of people being vaccinated by the time parks open. 

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On 4/16/2021 at 3:54 PM, mulfdog said:

What I fail to understand is how Six Flags was allowed to open Hurricane Harbor but not the theme park.  Why were indoor entertainment venues open at a reduced capacity when an outdoor entertainment facility couldn't?  

Pritzker.

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I went for opening day yesterday, it was a mess.

No consistency with rows. For example(s), Raging Bull and Whizzer were loading every row, Viper was most but not all rows, and then Maxx Force was less than half the train.

Most restaurants were closed. For lunch, Chop Six was still closed at noon. We went to Johnny Rockets and their computer software was not working in the kitchen. So after you placed your order they took your receipt to fill orders. It was a gigantic mess and they fell way behind. They would come by every 5-10 minutes and ask for your order number, and nobody knew theirs because we did not have our receipts anymore!! We ordered two burgers and they ended up throwing away our receipt after we got the first burger. I reminded them three times that I had only received half my order, and overall we were there for 75 minutes. Later in the day I ordered on the app for dinner. I got the notification it was ready half an hour before my window. When I went to pick it up later, the restaurant was flat out closed, shuttered at all. Mind you when I ordered the food they had windows until park close, and this was around 6:30. I tried to get the employees attention and they didn't acknowledge me. The app said the order was completed and it used up my dinner and snack. Luckily I went to Chop Six and told them what happened and they gave me two entrées free of charge.

I had an experience I will never forget with Maxx Force. SFGAm is my home park and when Maxx Force was announced I was morbidly obese, so I wanted to get on it but I knew I had work to do to get there. I did not get there for 2019. By 2020 I had lost enough weight to get back on coasters, but you know, COVID. So I was on a mission yesterday: the only thing I wanted to do was ride Maxx Force. Especially visiting the park with my sister, who does not do coasters. I told her I did not care what happened, as long as I got on Maxx Force I would be happy. Let me tell you, Maxx had a rough day and did not make it easy for me. I met up with Zero Credits Remaining and we joined the line, and we did not know what was ahead of us. In short, it broke down 4-5 times and we waited 3 hours. After the first hour, we were "too close" to leave the line, and after waiting 2.5 years for this, I was more than determined and refused to give up. My poor sister out in the park waiting three hours for me, she kept calling me all mad asking how much longer I would be. One breakdown forced them to move to single train operations. Finally we got in the station. We were next to ride, and sure enough, it broke down. Eventually they were able to move the train from the brake run to the station to get the riders off. They ran three cycles and allowed us on. We rode, and it was awesome! #2 in the park, top 25 for me! The only problem, sure enough, was that we got stuck on the brakes! For whatever reason the mechanics had a harder time getting us in the station, we were probably stuck for 20 minutes. My sister was calling me and came up the exit to talk to me and make fun of me, she was happy I got stuck after all the waiting I put her through. Only fitting this is what it took to get on after I couldn't for 2.5 years!!

Despite the day going really poorly, my ride on Maxx Force made it a great day, and I am genuinely extremely happy now!!

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I'll give SFGAm a pass because this was their first weekend open in what, like 18 months!?!? But yeah, I really need all of the parks to get their food operational. They make so much money off of it and it's so overpriced that it at least deserves to be served to you in a timely manner. 

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How do they not realize faster food would mean more money for the park? It really should be a top priority and with internet ordering, more people can cook.  I heard it was slightly better today food wise. It blows my mind I can enter my order on the mobile app in about a minute or two with customization, drink selection, discount applied, etc.  It takes the kid at the registers 5+ minutes for each order.

SF mobile ordering is actually pretty nice when it works and the workers pay attention.

 

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Congrats on riding Maxx Force.

Based on what they’ve done elsewhere on the chain this seems to be the methodology they use to determine what rides load all rows.

- If a state recently let them open they run a lot of rides where they don’t load all rows so that they can pretend that they care for awhile. Sure, other rides in the chain with the same ride vehicles have been loading all rows for half-a-year but they’re assuming that the people running these the states and making these rules are unfathomably stupid. They assume this because the people running these states and making these rules are unfathomably stupid. Rides where riders are clearly really far apart like wing coasters and flying coasters will load all rows but not much else will. B&M hypers didn’t used to be in that category but they might be now. Nitro skipping rows lasted about 8 seconds. They probably realized that they had to load all rows for Holiday in the Park anyway or the train might not come back so they might as well start early. Raging Bull is probably in the same boat. That ride is also abused and will have the same issue so just rip that band-aid off now. PS: No clue if they announced it yet but Holiday in the Park is happening. They’re Six Flags, not Cedar Fair. Fright Fest is happening too but they might give it a stupid name. Note that they will cap capacity at just 99% of the normal Fright Fest crowd levels for safety.

- A few weeks / months later they throw up dividers in the stations and declare that any ride that has dividers in the station can safely load all rows now. They usually start with rides where the ride vehicles kind of / sort of seem far apart so it’s not too egregious. They’ll ease people into it.

- A few months later they put up dividers on everything and load all rows on every coaster that’s even moderately popular because nobody cares any more.

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6 hours ago, Dan the Coaster Man said:

I went for opening day yesterday, it was a mess.

That's disappointing to hear that you had a terrible experience with food service.  I'm hoping they have it ironed out in two weeks.  

Congrats on getting to ride Maxx Force!  I've only taken one lap...after two breakdowns while waiting.

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I was very lucky this weekend and I also attended Great America’s opening day. With the park not opening in nearly a year and a half I was expecting utter chaos, and ended up having a great time! 

We pre-purchased gold flash passes because we knew it would be a busy day. Now my group is kind of crazy, but knowing Maxx Force isn’t on gold flash pass with the park opening at 10:30 we were at the toll booths at 9:15am and when we got in we rope dropped Maxx Force and ended up on the 4th or 5th train of the day. With flash passes getting on every ride in the park we wanted to was a breeze, Justice League was closed but I don’t think that’s a huge blow. We were planning on skipping Little Dipper & Dark Night before we got to the park. (the latter of which was closed also) 

In terms of ride operations, for a park that didn’t open for a year and a half I think they did a darn pretty good job! There’s were multiple occasions throughout the day where we never stopped on the brake run and rolled right into the station!

Maxx Force was the only new ride for me and WOW what a launch! You can absolutely feel how much more powerful the initial thrust is than rides like Dragster or Kingda Ka! 
 

This visit ended up being my favorite visit I ever had to this park!

Final Tally
Maxx Force x1

Whizzer x1

Viper x1

Raging Bull x4

Demon x1
X-Flight x3

American Eagle x2

Goliath x2

V2 x1

Batman x1

Joker x1

Superman x1

 

 

 

 

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^That wasn't luck, that was super smart of you!

The early bird gets the Maxx Force! =)

We always tell people to go ridiculously early to parks and it makes sense and makes your day better. 

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For real. All jokes aside that is my only real beef with going to parks with "GP" friends. They never wanna get to the park by opening, let alone early, and I keep it cool but its so clear throughout the day how badly it can hurt. Glad it was an excellent day!!!! 
Can't wait to get here. Prob next year. 

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I have a tough time getting to parks early when it’s Orlando or something where you have to be at Animal Kingdom at like 7:15 but when there’s a time change in your favor like with Great America and the park opens at 10:30 local time then I can be an early bird. 😂

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