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P. 401: Herschend Enterprises named majority partner and park operator

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Awesome video! I was there on the first Saturday of the fair, I'm shocked how dead the park was. Most of the rides were walk on, besides T3. T3 was only running one train and we waited a good two hours for front row. The only thing in the park I haven't rode coaster wise is Thunder Run

The video was shot the first Saturday of the fair. I was surprised with the crowd level too. I wouldn't exactly call it dead (A Tuesday last year during the fair was a dead day, every single ride was walk on), but I would call it significantly lower Saturday crowd than expected. Still, it was an alright turnout, and a nice day to easily enjoy the rides.

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^^, ^^^ & ^^^

 

That person on FB is still set on believing Dragon Challenge is coming there to replace T3 based on a message reply from the park....lol (I originally shared it on this page: themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=51557&start=9000

They posted it yet again a couple days ago in the same group to say that's why the announcement was delayed & markers near T3. He won't listen to reason and thinks the reply K gave was proof they are doing it, when clearly it was an average PR response they give everyone.

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I was surprised with the crowd level too. I wouldn't exactly call it dead (A Tuesday last year during the fair was a dead day, every single ride was walk on), but I would call it significantly lower Saturday crowd than expected. Still, it was an alright turnout, and a nice day to easily enjoy the rides.

That's crazy, it was actually my first time at the park since it reopened.

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I truly would love a hyper at the park, but we have one just two hours from the park. I'm not sure what coaster would benefit the park the most. I remember watching a Q&A with Ed that i believe Koaster Kids did. He stated that if he knew a big coaster would improve the parks attendance he would add one right then. He mentioned that Holiday World added Thunderbird and saw a drop in attendance so he won't add a coaster until he thinks it will improve the park.

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I truly would love a hyper at the park, but we have one just two hours from the park. I'm not sure what coaster would benefit the park the most. I remember watching a Q&A with Ed that i believe Koaster Kids did. He stated that if he knew a big coaster would improve the parks attendance he would add one right then. He mentioned that Holiday World added Thunderbird and saw a drop in attendance so he won't add a coaster until he thinks it will improve the park.

 

 

I went on Saturday in July and the crowd was underwhelming in the dry park, Stormchaser was a walk on to a max 5 minute minute weight all day. I rode it 25times. The longest wait all day was 25 minuted midday for Lightning Run. T3 had a longer line all day than Stormchaser. The waterpark was busy and it was a low 80's day, not a scorcher that would overwhelmingly drive people to the waterpark. I think the park might be a little disappointed that Stormchaser isn't drawing lines and it's a darn good little RMC that should more than it did. So, they are wary of another coaster investment. More waterpark stuff might be a better move for now.

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^In it's defense that corner of the park has always had issues with guest flow. That is part of the reason Six Flags chose to close that section in 2007 as it was the area with the least guest flow. The openining of the path by eye of the storm and the new crosswalk across the road have helped in that department though. If Storm Chaser were located where Lightning Run or T3 is it would draw much larger crowds. Also keep in mind that Storm Chaser is the highest capacity ride in the park in a historically dead area of the park, not a good recipie for long lines.

 

Also of note, according to the website season passes will not go on sale for next year until November 1st. I thought this was interesting as they have always been avalaible starting in September every other year.

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That area could maybe do with a nice family or kids ride to balance things out and make Storm Chaser more of a staying destination in the park for more people. It's quite easy to hang out around T3, Lightning Run, or Thunder Run's Belgian Village because of the plentiful seating, eating, and wide range of activities and rides. Storm Chaser's area, as nice looking as it is now, seems to lack that 'staying' power for some folks because it seems like you're really only there for the coaster.

 

Having said that, I do see the unfair advantage the other coasters have being in areas where people often need to pass to make it to other areas of the park.

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Do they run multiple trains on the coasters (besides Thunder Run)? I have heard so many stories of one train ops and slow operations... having driven past the park a few times, I'm still reluctant to stop in. My last visit was 2009 or 2010; I always spent most of my time in Greezed Lightnin' as I'm a HUGE Schwarzkopf fan. I was also there on that day in 2007.

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Do they run multiple trains on the coasters (besides Thunder Run)? I have heard so many stories of one train ops and slow operations... having driven past the park a few times, I'm still reluctant to stop in. My last visit was 2009 or 2010; I always spent most of my time in Greezed Lightnin' as I'm a HUGE Schwarzkopf fan. I was also there on that day in 2007.

When I went they had all of the coasters running two trains other than T3 and Thunder Run.

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When I went they had all of the coasters running two trains other than T3 and Thunder Run.

 

Seems strange they wouldn't run 2 trains on T3 as it's so popular. Does the train still only hold 14 people? I remember when that ride opened in the 90s, it had that short train (7 rows of 2 seats).

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My last visit was 2009 or 2010; I always spent most of my time in Greezed Lightnin' as I'm a HUGE Schwarzkopf fan. I was also there on that day in 2007.

I always tell people who have the same story as you that the park is overall significantly better now than it was in the last few years of the Six Flags era. Not just in the attractions, but the overall vibe of the park has gotten much better too. I loved GL too, but its replacement is so much better. T3 has been running 1 train ops these past couple months, but everything else that has been doing just fine it seems.

 

This upcoming weekend is the last two days the park will be open for this season too, just fyi.

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^I did read that, good report! So... did T3 (having the longest line per your report) run 2 trains or 1? Also, how many seats are there on the trains? I'm not super-excited to ride that ride or anything, just wondering about their operations.

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Look for something new, to take the place of The Enterprise, next year. Was told to get our last rides in yesterday, because it's replacement is already on it's way. 2019 will be the next big attraction, around 220 feet.

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