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Soooo late last night I was tumbling down a Youtube coaster rabbit hole and came across this video of a review of El Toro (I know we're not supposed to link to certain channels but for the sake of thi

Just came back from a visit here. I chose this day specifically because it was a weekday during the magic time between fright fest and HITP where the whole park is open but there are no special holida

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Just got back from the park. Some notes and pics...

 

-GREAT day at the park!!! Perfect weather, station waits for everything, and every important ride was open.

 

-...unfortunately, most food places were not. I understand the staffing issue, but BOTW, Mach Nacho and a bunch of places were closed. Took 20min to get chicken tenders on the Boardwalk with only one person in front of us. My only real knock on the day.

 

-El Toro valleyed on the first test run I saw it have of the day (got there around 10ish). We were approaching the ride by Macho Nacho when I saw it crawl over the RT hill, and it eventually valleyed right before the brakerun. An hour later I saw them use a pulley system via crane to SLOWLY bring it to the brakerun. An hour later they already had it open! Got second train of the year by pure luck, in the 2nd to last row (the magic seat!). First half ran faster than I expected for this early in the season, second half crawled a bit.

 

-Joker looks great! Fits like a glove at the end of Main St. To my surprise, it has NOT been "topped off" in terms of the citcuit being complete. There is one piece missing in the brakerun area.

 

-For the first day, ride operations were on point. They were cranking out trains everywhere except El Toro, but I'm assuming that had a little to do with the morning valley.

 

-The lakefront looks awesome without the vacant Grandstand taking up space. They still closed the area off, but when it opens it should look good.

 

-Overall, awesome day to start the season!!!

 

Part 1 of pics:

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The new view heading down Main St.

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El Valley...Ole!!

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The only redeeming quality of Zumanjaro's ridiculously long queue.

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Pulling the train into the brakerun.

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New view of lakefront from near BBNP.

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The lake.

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Generic Bizarro shot.

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Maybe it's because I haven't waited more than 10min for Medusa/Bizarro since circa-2002 I never noticed this...they REALLY were this lazy with the theming?!? Hahaha.

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Back up and running! Kudos SF!

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No lines all day. This is common for Bizarro but you get the point...

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Generic view from skyride.

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Generic view from skyride #2.

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Part 2:

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Grandstand-less lakefront.

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*cue dramatic SF new coaster music*

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Last piece of missing track.

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Can't wait for the grand opening. Looks really cool in person.

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Nitro/Batman.

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#Skull Fountain

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Nitro's queue at 2:30.

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Had a great day!

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The park looks fantastic! Glad to hear that the ops were on point. I really can't wait to get down there on Friday, just one more pesky day of work to get through before the fun begins.

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Just wanted to say that based on the opening day reports I'm really proud of this park.

 

Just to recap, they painted the Skyway cars that desperately needed it, they fixed the fan theming in the Batman queue which hasn't worked in years, they valleyed el toro, winched it out and opened it within about an hour, they painted Nitro's supports and ops are generally solid. I'm impressed!

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Just wanted to say that based on the opening day reports I'm really proud of this park.

 

Just to recap, they painted the Skyway cars that desperately needed it, they fixed the fan theming in the Batman queue which hasn't worked in years, they valleyed el toro, winched it out and opened it within about an hour, they painted Nitro's supports and ops are generally solid. I'm impressed!

 

What supports did they paint? On my ride I looked at the lift supports from the brakerun and they definitely weren't freshly painted.

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Just wanted to say that based on the opening day reports I'm really proud of this park.

 

Just to recap, they painted the Skyway cars that desperately needed it, they fixed the fan theming in the Batman queue which hasn't worked in years, they valleyed el toro, winched it out and opened it within about an hour, they painted Nitro's supports and ops are generally solid. I'm impressed!

 

I gotta say I'm very impressed with the direction SF has gone in the last year. I went in the first half of the 2015 season and was disgusted with the state of the park, operations were downright god awful. I ran into 2 separate ride ops (On Superman and Kingda Ka) that were exceedingly rude for no apparent reason. Not to mention the park itself was very, very dirty (There was actually a puddle of vomit right inside the gate, park services were sweeping all around it, but not bothering with the puke itself. No petro or anything on it)

 

However, I went again in the second half of the season, then again for HiTP, and I had zero issues. I'm happy to hear they've painted some rides, Nitro looked like complete shit, and has for years now. Really gave me the impression that SF doesn't take care of their rides, runs them until they're unsafe to run, then just tears them out.

 

Can't wait to see how the park looks on Monday!

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So a quick snapshot of my opening day at SFGA:

 

- Made it out of NYC around 3:30pm

- Got home, exchanged the suit/tie for some cargo shorts and a tee.....and made it inside the park around 5:30pm

- I have the good fortune of a flexible work/travel schedule, so figured with the good weather/opening on a Wednesday- how can I not take advantage?

 

Mission accomplished tonight- hit the right-hand goodness first, follow-up by the left-hand goodness (I could do without anything in the middle!)

#1 Nitro- walk on back row

#2 Skull Mountain- walk on back row (almost skipped it, but someone on this board is very passionate about this ride- so I didn't want to let him down!)

#3 Batman- walk on front row (damn, damn, damn- I forgot how awesome that front row is! And BTW- no secret on this board, however- what an unbelievable coaster this is! I can't believe how it continues to be so awesome for its' age!

 

A quick dinner break at J.Rockets at the fountain- no wait! (BTW- watching them operate, this/food at the park will be a major cluster-____ this weekend!)

 

#4 El Toro- one train running tonight, sat in the back, maybe a two-cycle wait

#5 Bizarro- walk on front row (like Batman, I forgot how awesome that front row is! Maybe b/c I NEVER wait to be in the front!)

#6 Ka- two-cycle wait for the front row (I don't know what the hell got into me tonight....I was so NOT up to get on it, but how could I not, with no one in then park? shame on me b/c I forgot how AMAZING that front row is!)

 

At that point- it was about 7:40pm.....boogied over to Nitro; walk on front row (loved it!), and stayed on for another run, but moved to the back

 

Ding! Ding! 8pm- and had my fill!

 

For those of you lucky enough (like me) to make it today......I doubt we'll get another day like today this year! (with such great weather)

 

For those of you headed to the park within the next week and a half- welcome back and enjoy! Let the season begin!

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Yeah once they found out the President/CEO/Chairman and also a client of the Cult of Skull Mountain* was in the building they got that bull bucking real f*cking fast. Valley deez nuts baybee! Got 5 much needed laps on that monster today. Station waits for mostly everything. Rode a ton, had a weird yet awesome opening day. I'm exhausted but I'll have a report tomorrow. COASTERBILL: I FINALLY RODE KA IN THE FRONT ROW.

 

P.s. Really nice meeting you @coneyislandchris and it working out perfectly that we got to share a lap on Toro, always nice to put a face to a name, and getting to ride one of the best coasters on planet earth with another TPR'er!

*ironically I didn't even ride Skull Mountain today. We height checked my nephew but he's got at least another year to be inducted into The Cult.

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Part 2:

 

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I never realized how beautiful the location was for this coaster. Looks like it is in an awesome setting with the water nearby. Cant wait to see this thing testing!

 

Also, how the hell does El Toro valley?! That coaster seems to always be flying into the brake run!!

 

Anywho, Thanks for the photos, and the report!

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^ Toro always considerably slows over the hill right after the twister section, and takes those last two hills sloooow. Its not uncommon for it to valley on cold mornings at that very spot. I very rarely feel like there is still a good amount of speed going into the brakes. Maybe a on a hot summer night but it was limping into the brake run on all of my laps today. That's not to say that all 5 of those rides weren't 5 of the best coaster rides of my life, but that's just because El Toro is simply awesome.

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Glad they got El Toro open today. I felt really bad for everyone who headed out when I heard they valleyed it. It sort of reminded me of my opening weekend experience last year where Nitro stalled, Toro valleyed and Ka and Zumanjaro also never opened due to wind. We still had fun because (as usual) someone hit the Beast Mode button on Batman that day but it was a real bummer.

 

So how was Row 1? Lol

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Yeah, Toro is always slow this time of year. Today it was actually pretty fast the first half considering the time of year, but 2nd half was very slow. The highlight of a "fast" Toro ride is light ejector on the hill after the twister section, which offers nothing in the cold. Reminds me of a "fast" Wicked Cyclone ride including similar airtime on the 2nd outward banked hill, and very light floater on a slow ride.

 

And boldikus, looking at your avatar I'm pretty sure I was in line right behind you when Toro first opened. You beat me by a few seconds to the first magic seat ride of the year

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^ Haha! Yes! That was in fact me, in the magic seat on the first train of the year. Quite proud of that, yeah? Ha! We even got the three horns while going up the lift! LOL

 

I had stalked out Toro a few times trying to stay in the area after we got there and got word of the valley. I bugged a few ops around the entrance annoyingly more than once asking what he deal was, and by luck I saw they finally opened the queue and about 10 people had lined up. Within the next 5 minutes, the ride opened and I got that first train. Just lucky timing!

 

I had to move up a row after that and then rode again with coneyislandchris who spotted me with an empty seat next to me. I met up with some other friends and rode it again two times later - the last time they had taken one train out of service creating lametown.

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^ Haha! Yes! That was in fact me, in the magic seat on the first train of the year. Quite proud of that, yeah? Ha! We even got the three horns while going up the lift! LOL

 

I had stalked out Toro a few times trying to stay in the area after we got there and got word of the valley. I bugged a few ops around the entrance annoyingly more than once asking what he deal was, and by luck I saw they finally opened the queue and about 10 people had lined up. Within the next 5 minutes, the ride opened and I got that first train. Just lucky timing!

 

I had to move up a row after that and then rode again with coneyislandchris who spotted me with an empty seat next to me. I met up with some other friends and rode it again two times later - the last time they had taken one train out of service creating lametown.

 

I got there by pure luck. I happened to just check up on it real quick and noticed the queue open but no testing. Got in line and as I got to the build up they announced it was open. Completely made my day

 

I was with my gf who never lets me play the marathon musical chairs game, but 2 rides was cool. Gotta make my own solo trip in the summer so I can marathon 'till my thighs bruise haha. Empty morning El Toro rides are the park's best kept secret, which Joker should only help!

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Damn I'm jealous of you guys that made it out to the park today. I was there on El Toro's last operating day back in November, so I guess we were only a few hundred riders apart, lol. I actually don't even have a SF pass this year since I'm doing the whole Kimgs Dominion + Ohio parks thing and I thought it would be fine (I'll be on I-305 this Friday) but man I already miss El Toro. And the park in general sounds like it's doing very well.

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You guys are so lucky to have El Toro at your home park, not to mention Skyrush a few hours away. Oh the sorrow of living on the west coast

 

Ha! Ha! Yes indeed! I will be on Skyrush a week from Friday! 1st time.....

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Quick recap for me:

 

From 10:30 to 2:30--

Kingda Ka: x1

Zumanjaro: x2

Superman: x2

Green Lantern: hell no

Runaway Mine Train: x1

Bizarro: x3

El Toro: x2

Nitro: x1

Dining Pass: 1 lunch (grilled chicken Caesar salad)

 

Highlights--

- Having the entire west side of the park open again. Man, I missed these rides!

- Spotting Boldikus on El Toro and sharing an awesome, airtime-filled, non-stapled ride on the bull!

- Absolutely beautiful weather and a mostly empty park made for great rerideability!

 

Lowlights--

- The totally racist bro-dude I was seated next to on Kingda Ka who felt the need to complain about the slow operations and blamed it all on "Six Flags not hiring Americans, these people can't even understand English and will be gone in 90 days anyway". Ugh. Can people please just keep that crap out of the parks?

 

Overall though it was a great start to the season and was glad to get in some quality riding!

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Damn I'm jealous of you guys that made it out to the park today. I was there on El Toro's last operating day back in November, so I guess we were only a few hundred riders apart, lol. I actually don't even have a SF pass this year since I'm doing the whole Kimgs Dominion + Ohio parks thing and I thought it would be fine (I'll be on I-305 this Friday) but man I already miss El Toro. And the park in general sounds like it's doing very well.

 

Oh come on pony up the cash for a membership. It's basically free, it's like the cost of one Happy Meal each month. Lol

 

Also you know you can't resist Holiday in the Park when all the Cedar Fair parks are closed. Lol

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The Solar Panel project was finally approved.

 

Jackson gives OK to Six Flags solar farm

 

Mike Davis, @byMikeDavis

 

JACKSON – From the top of the Nitro roller coaster 400 feet in the air, Six Flags Great Adventure visitors may soon glimpse a sea of solar panels tucked into a pocket of preserved forest.

 

After nearly a year of protests and outcry from residents and environmentalists, the planning board on Tuesday night gave Six Flags and KDC Solar LLC its blessing to clear-cut nearly 15,000 trees on an undeveloped piece of park property, where a 21-megawatt solar farm is to be built.

 

 

A total of 18,965 trees are slated for removal. Environmental activists denounced Six Flags Great Adventure's plan to build a 90-acre solar farm at this site in Jackson Township.

To a crowd of nearly 50 people, many wearing white stickers reading "don't kill the Earth to save it," it was a disappointment.

“This gives green energy a black eye. You cannot cut down a forest for solar panels. That’s the opposite of being green,” said Jeff Tittel, executive director of the Sierra Club of New Jersey, one of the groups formally objecting to the project. “You don’t destroy a habitat in a forest in the name of clean energy. You have to do both.

 

“You have to have the right project and the right site. This was the right project but the wrong site,” Tittel said shortly after the vote.

 

The facility will consist mostly of ground-mounted solar units, topped off with a few canopies in an employee parking lot.

The six environmental groups formally opposing the project had long argued for the installation of solar canopies over the 100-acre parking lot, as it would provide comparable solar energy without removing trees. Six Flags has dismissed that concept, as it would require the removal of cherished parking spaces.

 

“The opposition would have you believe that they care more for the Earth than the applicant,” Six Flags attorney Raymond Shea said. “Even when the applicant scaled back its proposal with a solar array and even when the applicant agreed to cover its employee parking lot with canopy-mounted panels, it was not enough.

"It is never enough with these organizations because it seems to me it's either their way or the highway," Shea said.

Last year, those organizations – Clean Water Action, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Save Barnegat Bay, Environment New Jersey, the Sierra Club of New Jersey and Crosswicks-Doctors Creek Watershed Association — filed suit against the town, Six Flags Great Adventure and KDC Solar, arguing that a township ordinance allowing solar facilities in conservation zones was directly in violation of the township's master plan.

That suit was held up until the planning board decision, but Clean Water Action campaign director David Pringle was sure of a legal victory, which means "we'll have to go through this all over again.

 

"The planning board was in the pocket of the developer from day one. They had more than enough discretion to vote no and we think they violated their own ordinances. We'll be here again unless they wise up because the courts are going to tell them they did it wrong."

Throughout the planning board process, opposing attorney Michele Donato argued against nearly every aspect of the project, from the negatives of ground-mounted solar units to the inefficiencies that new grasses would have in stopping the flow of storm water.

“Do you want to live with that the decision the next time K. Hovnanian or some other developer comes forth and says, ‘You let Great Adventure destroy 70 acres. Why can’t we just knock them down? Look what you did with them,’" Donato said. “This application is fundamentally not O.K. and not in any sound planning whatsoever.”

Neighboring residents, many who live along Reed Road, told the board they feared a physical damage and a dip in their property values due to flooding, as the trees are the only thing mitigating runoff during storms.

 

 

One of those residents, Marina Shapiro, has since hired the law firm of Gasiorowski & Holobinko to represent her and the Jackson Citizens Coalition, a grassroots group of residents against the project. Funding for the attorneys at least partly came from a GoFundMe donation drive, which had raised $1,115 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Shapiro's attorneys were denied when attempting to produce two expert witnesses at a meeting on Monday.

"It shouldn’t have come down to us residents banding together to spend countless hours and thousands of dollars to become visible to this board and this town," Shapiro said in February. "Our concerns should be front and center above any corporate interests because you’re our neighbors."

Mike Davis: (732) 643-4223; mdavis@gannettnj.com

http://www.app.com/story/news/local/redevelopment/2016/03/23/jackson-six-flags-great-adventure-solar-farm/82168606/

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