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3 big pieces of NEWS!!! BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST hmmm what are you guys thoughts on this?

 

My thoughts

Big - Dippin Dots Cart

Bigger - Dippin Dots Stand

Biggest - Dippin Dots Store

 

No, that's absurd. Maybe the first two, but even that would be a bit much for the same year. Realistically it can only be either 1 & 2, or just 3 by itself.

 

And a hotel.

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I think we know what two of the three might be (hotel and safari renovation), but the question is what the third will be. I'm saying a new flat ride. While a coaster would be good, I don't think they're ready for another one just yet.

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Here's a quick report from my visit today -

 

I had one last free admission ticket remaining for the 2012 season and, since I'm moving to Louisiana on the 7th for 5 months, I figured now would be the best (and only) time to use it. Lucky for me the weather this morning was crap and it scared a lot of people away.

 

I got to the park at 10:15 to find a virtually empty parking lot. I went inside and, once the ropes dropped, headed for Green Lantern because Kingda Ka wasn't ready for the park's opening (surprise...?). I was one of the first people into the queue for Green Lantern and nobody in front of me opted for the front row. Sweet! First ride out for the day and I scored the front row. Yeeha!

 

The ride ran alright. I got a few headbangs here and there, but it seemed to be running slower than I remember from a month ago. It was still fun. When we got back to the station I jumped in the back row and had a glass-smooth ride! That really surprised me since a month ago, the back row tried to remove my head.

 

Superman was Superman. Slow and boring, nothing to see here. Moving right along.

 

Kingda Ka opened while I was on the Parachute Drop (BEST RIDE IN THE PARK!) so I headed over there. I walked into the second-row queue and a nice guy in line for the front was also a single and told me I could ride with him if I waited one train, so I did. Unfortunately we didn't roll back (one of these days, baby!) but the ride ran well. The first car always rides smooth, it's the rest of the train you need to look out for.

 

El Toro was up next and, due to the place being a ghost town, I got to ride upwards of 10 times in a row without leaving the station. 5 times in a row without needing to get up. All times in the last car. You could say it was a hell of a morning! For those of you wondering, yes, my legs do have bruises right now from the airtime. This thing was riding even more insane than last time. The only problem I noticed was getting blasted with wood shavings or something for the first drop and first two hills. I don't know if the ride is tearing itself apart or what, but it was really detrimental to the enjoyment of the opening section of the ride. It wasn't a one time thing. Every single time I rode I would get hit with what felt like sand for the beginning of the ride. I had to shield my eyes. Does anyone know what's going on?

 

Bizzaro still has the world's absolute worst ride crew. I kid you not, the ride was a walk on, yet it still took me 20 minutes to get from walking into the station to walking out of the station. The crew BLOWS! There is no reason that, when running three trains, you should wait for the last train to hit the final brakes before checking the restraints of the train in the station. When the ride was finished we just sat on the final brakes in the blazing sun going nowhere, listening to that god forsaken Bizzaro chant on loop for what felt like an eternity.

 

Batman was running super-forceful (extreme tunnel-vision), Nitro was doing its thing, and Dark Knight is still a wild mouse with broken effects.

 

Now is where the day took a turn. The entire morning was great, rides were running well, crews were excellent (except Bizzaro), all that jazz. Then I went to Sky Screamer. After buckling in, an angry ride op comes up and demands I get out of the seat and move to the one behind me. No please, no excuse me, just a very stern "You need to get out of that seat and move to that one." I indicated that I was already locked in. She lets out a very loud "UGH!" as she walks around to unlock the seat belt. I then go sit with my new friend in the seat behind my original (had to move so a twosome could sit together) only to find he put the seatbelt in the wrong buckle. After Ms. PMS sees this, she calls for a different ride op to deal with it because "she's had it with us." I almost punched a teenage girl today. I couldn't even enjoy the ride.

 

I made my way back over to El Toro. While walking through the line, I was going through the switchbacks and watched in disbelief as 10 preteen kids hopped the rails and deliberately cut me in line WITH A LINE MONITOR STANDING 2 FEET AWAY! The line monitor didn't do anything. She watched it happen, then went right back to staring at her phone. I mean, come on! You have ONE JOB. That is to make sure little idiot kids don't hop over the rails or deliberately cut the line. Apparently that is way too difficult for her. I confronted her about it and she just shrugged her shoulders. I rode El Toro one last time and just left the park before I blew up at someone.

 

I've had a strong dislike for Six Flags for a while now, and I must admit that after my last visit to Great Adventure and the morning today, I was starting to think they might actually be getting a clue at this park. But then I get two insanely out of line employees in a row. Screw you, Six Flags. Burn in hell. Just leave El Toro behind for us.

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The only problem I noticed was getting blasted with wood shavings or something for the first drop and first two hills. I don't know if the ride is tearing itself apart or what, but it was really detrimental to the enjoyment of the opening section of the ride. It wasn't a one time thing. Every single time I rode I would get hit with what felt like sand for the beginning of the ride. I had to shield my eyes. Does anyone know what's going on?

 

I've been wondering this myself. It's quite the mystery, especially considering that it doesn't happen every time. Also it sucks about the awful employees. Luckily I haven't had any problems at the park (knock on wood).

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I've been wondering this myself. It's quite the mystery, especially considering that it doesn't happen every time. Also it sucks about the awful employees. Luckily I haven't had any problems at the park (knock on wood).

 

It happened every time I rode today. Granted, some rides it was more noticeable than others, but it always happened. Very odd indeed.

 

When it come to the employees, I take comfort in the fact that they're all going to keep on being miserable human beings back in high school in one week. Deal with THAT, horrible employees!

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I have noticed employees have been getting worse as the season goes on. Just last Sunday, the Kingda Ka operator went through the locked, checked, visual scan speech without noticing there was still an employee checking restraints. The flash pass attendants on El Toro and Kingda Ka were also letting the stations get almost empty then letting people in all the way to their stand. Aren't they supposed to keep a short wait outside of the station?

 

As for Bizarro, operations, they are varied. Some days they're downright terrible. I've had days where I waited longer on the brakes then to get onto the ride. Other days, they have the train ready to dispatch as the previous one is clearing the cobra roll. Four attendants are really needed for that ride.

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I've been wondering this myself. It's quite the mystery, especially considering that it doesn't happen every time. Also it sucks about the awful employees. Luckily I haven't had any problems at the park (knock on wood).

 

It happened every time I rode today. Granted, some rides it was more noticeable than others, but it always happened. Very odd indeed.

 

Not wood shavings, coasters don't do that... Maybe bugs?

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The only problem I noticed was getting blasted with wood shavings or something for the first drop and first two hills. I don't know if the ride is tearing itself apart or what, but it was really detrimental to the enjoyment of the opening section of the ride. It wasn't a one time thing. Every single time I rode I would get hit with what felt like sand for the beginning of the ride. I had to shield my eyes. Does anyone know what's going on?

 

I've been wondering this myself. It's quite the mystery, especially considering that it doesn't happen every time. Also it sucks about the awful employees. Luckily I haven't had any problems at the park (knock on wood).

 

This happened to me at the beginning of the month on Toro, but I couldn't determine what it was. I just felt it hitting my face almost like rain.

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The Bizarro crew is horrible.

 

We went to the park in late June and they had a woman on the microphone trying to get people to sing songs and talking about how excited she was that the park was closing soon and she could go home. Everyone in the station was annoyed, the people behind us in line kept yelling "Send the Train" (and they weren't whiny enthusiasts either, just regular people) and most people left the line so they could go ride something else before the park closed.

 

This past Saturday, they were running three trains for some reason but they really only needed two. You were lucky if they had even started checking restraints before every train was in the brakes. I never saw two trains anywhere on the circuit at the same time. This happened early in the day when there was a station wait but later in the day the entire first set of switchbacks was full and this was still going on. This crew sucks!!!

 

Another complaint I have about the ride ops is their blatant disregard for line jumping. Almost every time someone wanted to cut the line because "there friends were up there", they were allowed to. The Sky Screamer crew went way out of their way to let two people cut the entire line to ride with their friends and an employee in the El Toro line asked me (right in front of a group of teenagers that wanted to cut the line) if I should let them do it because "she wasn't allowed to make those decisions". I said yes so I wouldn't have to be uncomfortable standing next to them for the duration of the queue line so I guess part of the blame is on me, but it's not my job to enforce your rules.

 

I never complain about line jumping because it's usually not the parks fault, but it annoyed me that they were not only allowing it right under their noses but going way out of their way to accommodate it.

 

Despite this we did have a good day. Since I'm being negative about the employees I should point out that the Nitro crew was cranking out trains like crazy and the Kingda Ka crew was doing a great job pumping up the crowd and having fun without delaying operations which I thought was pretty cool. We also had one of the best rides I've ever had on Batman. This ride is flying this season, especially late in the day. Luckily the park has awesome coasters which really makes you forget about the bad operations.

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^Sunday, Bizarro was running three trains but only single stacking. They were consistently sending trains while the previous one was clearing the last corkscrew.

 

Also, none of the staff care about line jumping. I'm usually relaxed about it but when a group of 8 cut me in front of a security guard....I got very angry.

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The Bizarro crew is horrible.

 

We went to the park in late June and they had a woman on the microphone trying to get people to sing songs and talking about how excited she was that the park was closing soon and she could go home. Everyone in the station was annoyed, the people behind us in line kept yelling "Send the Train" (and they weren't whiny enthusiasts either, just regular people) and most people left the line so they could go ride something else before the park closed.

 

Sounds like they got their inspiration from SFA!

 

Since I'm being negative about the employees I should point out that the Nitro crew was cranking out trains like crazy

 

I noticed how motivated these guys were back in June too, would be interesting to hear from someone who has visited recently if this is still the case, seems like the long hours with the summer crowds and heat often leave the staff knackered at this point in the season as everything is winding down.

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Since I'm being negative about the employees I should point out that the Nitro crew was cranking out trains like crazy

 

would be interesting to hear from someone who has visited recently if this is still the case, seems like the long hours with the summer crowds and heat often leave the staff knackered at this point in the season as everything is winding down.

 

This report is from this Saturday (though I brought up the one Bizarro incident from June) so I'm happy to say that yes... this crew still rocks.

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I'd expect some type of coaster to be in for the "Biggest" part of the announcement. What I'm thinking is, unfortunately, the takedown of Bizarro (they will ship it out to another park) to make room to access a re-themed, remodeled safari section of the park. I expect Six Flags GA's first wing-coaster, which I expect to go through animal enclosures (similar to Cheetah Hunt down in BG Tampa). I also could see walking paths being added to view these amazing animals (should be part of park admission). I also find the drop tower idea added to Kingda Ka as a very intruiging thought, maybe something that could be added for 2013 or the near future. Either way, I'm expecting a wing-coaster for 2013. If not that, all's hoping for a nice drop tower that beats Lex Luthor over at SFMM.

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I'd expect some type of coaster to be in for the "Biggest" part of the announcement. What I'm thinking is, unfortunately, the takedown of Bizarro (they will ship it out to another park) to make room to access a re-themed, remodeled safari section of the park. I expect Six Flags GA's first wing-coaster, which I expect to go through animal enclosures (similar to Cheetah Hunt down in BG Tampa). I also could see walking paths being added to view these amazing animals (should be part of park admission). I also find the drop tower idea added to Kingda Ka as a very intruiging thought, maybe something that could be added for 2013 or the near future. Either way, I'm expecting a wing-coaster for 2013. If not that, all's hoping for a nice drop tower that beats Lex Luthor over at SFMM.

Yo do realize that If it were a coaster getting put in, especially in Bizarro's spot, we already would have seen some demolition. They started taking down GASM in July. Also, I'm really hoping that one of the announcements is putting in paths that connect the zig-zag pattern that is SFGAdv.

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^^Like he said, GASM had started to be demolished in July, and if they relocated Bizarro, I'm sure that they would want to be extra careful while taking it down, and if you remember, they just tore down GASM without caring. As for a drop tower, I doubt it would happen. If you look at TPR's backstage tour of Kingda Ka from 2011, you'll see that there is machinery back there for the ride, and I don't think SFGAdv would want to move it.

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I know I'm kind of late to the whole weird substance that hits people in the face on El Toro, I think it was either sand or dirt that's been getting kicked up from the ground. When I rode it earlier in August, it didn't hurt, which is why I doubt it's wood chips, or anything like that. It more felt like I was getting hit by sprinkling rain, except it wasn't wet. I got some of whatever it is in my mouth and spit it out after the ride.

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I'd expect some type of coaster to be in for the "Biggest" part of the announcement. What I'm thinking is, unfortunately, the takedown of Bizarro (they will ship it out to another park) to make room to access a re-themed, remodeled safari section of the park. I expect Six Flags GA's first wing-coaster, which I expect to go through animal enclosures (similar to Cheetah Hunt down in BG Tampa). I also could see walking paths being added to view these amazing animals (should be part of park admission). I also find the drop tower idea added to Kingda Ka as a very intruiging thought, maybe something that could be added for 2013 or the near future. Either way, I'm expecting a wing-coaster for 2013. If not that, all's hoping for a nice drop tower that beats Lex Luthor over at SFMM.

Yo do realize that If it were a coaster getting put in, especially in Bizarro's spot, we already would have seen some demolition. They started taking down GASM in July. Also, I'm really hoping that one of the announcements is putting in paths that connect the zig-zag pattern that is SFGAdv.

 

I'm not saying I agree with it being a coaster or anything, but what if part of the announcement is for attractions opening in 2014 as well? They could be announcing plans for future expansion, which might include the taking out of Bizarro. Just something to consider.

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I know I'm kind of late to the whole weird substance that hits people in the face on El Toro, I think it was either sand or dirt that's been getting kicked up from the ground. When I rode it earlier in August, it didn't hurt, which is why I doubt it's wood chips, or anything like that. It more felt like I was getting hit by sprinkling rain, except it wasn't wet. I got some of whatever it is in my mouth and spit it out after the ride.

That makes much more senses than wood chips. It doesn't hurt as much as it is strange and mildly annoying.

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