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^I would love for you to be right, and would be curious to know if there was a bump in season pass sales year over year. While we will never know for sure, I don't think a possibly bump would be a result of the Holiday Event. However, I do think expect many Season Pass holders to attend solely because it is something cheap to do.

 

I do think that the park's lower pricing model on the Dining Pass greatly increased the number of people buying the Dining Pass for the upcoming year. I never bought the Dining Pass in the past but did buy it for the 2016 season and already got in 9 meals between September - October.

 

I still stand by my statement that Season Pass holders don't spend as much money per capita at the park, especially when many have parking passes, free drink refills and possibly a dining pass. Also, season pass holders tend to spend less time at the park during each visit. meaning less total meals bought. Even though the weather is milder now than a typical November, drink sales will be less due to less dehydration.

 

The one huge area where SFGAdv got lucky is that the mild weather will draw more people than they probably put in their original projections.

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^I would love for you to be right, and would be curious to know if there was a bump in season pass sales year over year. While we will never know for sure, I don't think a possibly bump would be a result of the Holiday Event. However, I do think expect many Season Pass holders to attend solely because it is something cheap to do.

 

I do think that the park's lower pricing model on the Dining Pass greatly increased the number of people buying the Dining Pass for the upcoming year. I never bought the Dining Pass in the past but did buy it for the 2016 season and already got in 9 meals between September - October.

 

I still stand by my statement that Season Pass holders don't spend as much money per capita at the park, especially when many have parking passes, free drink refills and possibly a dining pass. Also, season pass holders tend to spend less time at the park during each visit. meaning less total meals bought. Even though the weather is milder now than a typical November, drink sales will be less due to less dehydration.

 

The one huge area where SFGAdv got lucky is that the mild weather will draw more people than they probably put in their original projections.

 

 

All good comments! I hear you loud and clear about season passes, dining plans, etc.....but let's assume they wouldn't do it unless SF management felt that it ultimately it drives profit! Again- internally if you have the data, it is "easy" to figure this all out. And yes- the bottom line is you need the people to show up! Hopefully they do!

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If anybody plans on going to Holiday in the Park this weekend could you please report back with crowds/dispatch times/lines?

 

A friend and myself are going next weekend and we want to know if we should expect lines.

 

 

My sense is there will be plenty of updates/posts! Personally- I can't make it due to prior commitments tonight and tomorrow......but would expect to be there sooner than later!

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I'm here now. Crowds are very low although they just opened. Skull Mountain is running 2 trains. Nothing was done to the interior of the ride itself. Nitro is currently testing. It looked like Green Lantern has 1 train running. Batman is running forwards.

 

Edit, Nitro opened at around 1:35, 2 trains running with no wait.

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Skull Mountain is running 2 trains. Nothing was done to the interior of the ride itself.

 

Can you confirm that death metal has a home at Great Adv's HITP?

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We tried to ride it earlier but it was down. Looks like 1 train ops on all outdoor coasters except Nitro which has two... Got to rehab those trains I guess, no complaints here.

 

So far were having a great day. I can't wait to see this park at night. The crowds are low but the cars keep coming in, the place is far from dead. It's strange, this is one of the only times I'm hoping for crowds. This event is awesome and they need to keep doing it. It's so surreal waiting for Superman and listening to music from the Grinch. Lol

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Here right now with the family -- clearly not going to be a big ride day for is. Got here around 3, just got in line to see Santa at 3:30, and now at 4:15 we are ALMOST at the front of the line.

 

Also, can confirm, Jersey Boys Christmas music is definitely a thing here.

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Crowds are picking up... Nitro has about a 20 minute wait even with multiple trains and the midways are pretty crowded. There are a lot of families... It's a fun atmosphere. It's not packed but the crowds are pretty solid. I'm impressed.

 

Oh and yes, the death metal and skeletons are in full force inside "Pointsetta Peak". Lol

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Here now. Just starting to get dark, so the full effect is starting to become visible.

 

Gotta say I'm pretty blown away. There are many details placed throughout the park that I love seeing. Nutcrackers on stilts, fire pits for roasting marshmallows, etc.

 

I haven't heard jersey boys Christmas yet though. Music is great - all the Christmas classics and some original music around the beautiful tree on Main Street. I'm sure the music is what they've used at other HitP events, but I still think it's well done

 

More to come later!

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Can you see anything in old country? (Like the buildings and remnants of rides?) or is it all fenced off?

 

It looks great

 

There are fences on each side of the path, but they're no more than six feet tall, so you can see everything above.

 

Here's a photo:

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You can see the Autobahn to the left in this picture.

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WOW. Great job Six Flags! Park number of guests didn't look like a lot though. I hope this becomes a true success for the company. Very well done with great attention to detail. I HIGHLY recommend watching the tree lighting show which takes place every half-hour. I admit, it gave me chills. A great job done by a great company! Glad to be a part of the Six Flags family!

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A few thoughts on Holiday in the Park...

 

1) The crowd levels seemed pretty high, much higher than I expected since they did basically no advertising besides in-park and social media promotions. The ride lines never got too long but the midways were slammed with people looking at the lights, it almost felt like trying to walk around during Fright Fest.

 

2) The lights themselves were amazing, especially the area around the Carousel and the area around Sky Screamer. Those blue trees were breathtaking, the lights themselves are probably on-par with Dollywood's. I was really, really impressed. Combine that with the "snow machines" and fire pits and the atmosphere all around the park was awesome.

 

3) It seemed like all of the outdoor coasters were down 1 train with none in transfer so they seem to be in rehab. This was never an issue though. Understandable so no complaints here...

 

4) The Christmas tree is amazing and the show is insane. It's not so much a "tree lighting" show as a "holy crap look what our tree can do" show and it's really cool. I suggest getting one of those delicious waffles and then checking it out.

 

5) Before our last ride on Nitro we noticed it was in the 30's so we asked the greeter if he knew what temperatures would require them to close the coasters. He said that there was no temperature limit so as long as there was no snow / ice on the tracks or high winds it hadn't been discussed and they would probably run the coasters. I love this park

 

6) It's great to have Batman running forwards again. The ride was absolutely hauling despite the low temps.

 

Anyway, this event seems like it'll be a huge success. They did an awesome job and I hope they continue doing this every year. Great job Six Flags!!!

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Is Skyscreamer running with those lights on it? Seems like it's stationary with the way it's all rigged up.

 

Also I'm curious how Nitro was running in the cold. I know Steel Force at least starts to slog quite a bit when the temps dip below 45ish. Is it still giving good B&M floater despite the cold?

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Park number of guests today only 1500 though.

 

Based on your posts I guess you work at the park? I'm not questioning you but this number doesn't even seem close to being right. The midways were very crowded last night even during shows... So let's say there were 500 people in the theater at a time (seems close to being right, when we went they just about filled it), coaster trains were generally full even if it was re-rides so Nitro would have about 72 people on it at a time, Batman 32, Green Lantern 32, Superman 32, Skull Mountain 56 (2 trains) and Dark Knight was filling it's pre-show last night so let's say that's 30 people. So just if we count people on the coasters and I'm the theater at any given time that's above 750... So that would mean at any given time half the people in the park (assuming they were all there at the same time and nobody left) was sitting in coaster trains or in the theater. Maybe you take a few off because each coaster will have some empty seas for groups of 1/2/3 that's don't even out but not many. Plus Skull Mountain and Batman had full station waits for most of the day and at one point Nitro's line was back to the old hot dog cart so that's about a 20 minute wait or more.

 

Now how can that number explain crowded midways, long food lines everywhere, long lines for most of the flats, the people on the flats, the people in the stores, the long line to meet Santa. The Mrs. Clause show that was almost always just about filled... Again I'm not questioning you but that number doesn't add up. Not even close... I mean look at the pictures on the last page (and a report of an hour wait to see Santa around 4 which is the same time Nitro's line was at it's longest point).

 

Is Skyscreamer running with those lights on it? Seems like it's stationary with the way it's all rigged up.

 

Also I'm curious how Nitro was running in the cold. I know Steel Force at least starts to slog quite a bit when the temps dip below 45ish. Is it still giving good B&M floater despite the cold?

 

Nitro ran well... Earlier in the day it was a little sluggish but as it kept running it really sped up. The greeter said they plan to keep switching between warm weather and cold weather wheels as needed for the event too (maybe Ryan can shed some light on how that works). Last night the mid course was even kicking on which it doesn't do when the ride really crawls.

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Park number of guests today only 1500 though.

 

Based on your posts I guess you work at the park? I'm not questioning you but this number doesn't even seem close to being right. The midways were very crowded last night even during shows... So let's say there were 500 people in the theater at a time (seems close to being right, when we went they just about filled it), coaster trains were generally full even if it was re-rides so Nitro would have about 72 people on it at a time, Batman 32, Green Lantern 32, Superman 32, Skull Mountain 56 (2 trains) and Dark Knight was filling it's pre-show last night so let's say that's 30 people. So just if we count people on the coasters and I'm the theater at any given time that's above 750... So that would mean at any given time half the people in the park (assuming they were all there at the same time and nobody left) was sitting in coaster trains or in the theater. Maybe you take a few off because each coaster will have some empty seas for groups of 1/2/3 that's don't even out but not many. Plus Skull Mountain and Batman had full station waits for most of the day and at one point Nitro's line was back to the old hot dog cart so that's about a 20 minute wait or more.

 

Now how can that number explain crowded midways, long food lines everywhere, long lines for most of the flats, the people on the flats, the people in the stores, the long line to meet Santa. The Mrs. Clause show that was almost always just about filled... Again I'm not questioning you but that number doesn't add up. Not even close... I mean look at the pictures on the last page (and a report of an hour wait to see Santa around 4 which is the same time Nitro's line was at it's longest point).

 

Is Skyscreamer running with those lights on it? Seems like it's stationary with the way it's all rigged up.

 

Also I'm curious how Nitro was running in the cold. I know Steel Force at least starts to slog quite a bit when the temps dip below 45ish. Is it still giving good B&M floater despite the cold?

 

Nitro ran well... Earlier in the day it was a little sluggish but as it kept running it really sped up. The greeter said they plan to keep switching between warm weather and cold weather wheels as needed for the event too (maybe Ryan can shed some light on how that works). Last night the mid course was even kicking on which it doesn't do when the ride really crawls.

 

I agree. The number does seem a little low, but this is what I overheard from other guests

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