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That rule doesn't make any sense. I need my phone with me because sometimes I split up from my group and need to keep them updated at how long I'm going to be, where I'm at in line and more. I also can't imagine the rule lasting very long with all the complaints they'll be getting from the GP once the summer season starts to roll around.

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Bro, Jersey legalized pot not crack. Put it down.

OH. MY. GOD. A SPIRAL MAINTENANCE STAIRCASE!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO WALK DOWN IT!!!!  

I don’t know who needs to hear this but stop doing this: so you can make people stand in this twice as long in the name of social distancing. Just load every seat.

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I really don't want to be punished for other people's stupidity. I understand that sometimes that's just how the world works but I feel like this is completely overkill. I'd much rather they make the punishment much more severe for people taking their phones out on rides (because let's be honest, that's what this is really about) and actually enforce the rules they put in place.

 

Every time they stop a ride for a cell phone, I see security meet them at the exit, talk to them and then let them off with a warning. If you're that concerned you should really try enforcing the rules you've already put in place before you put stupid policies in place that operate on the honor system and will only have an impact on people that were already following the rules and weren't the problem anyway. If you're enough of a dumbass that you'll whip your phone out on Kingda Ka then you're not concerned with the rules anyway and will have no issue lying to security.

Honestly, it's cause when someone is "kicked out" of a park, odds are they won't be coming back for a long, long time. They will view Six Flags in a very negative light and will share that opinion with others. Six Flags doesn't want to take the PR hit...

 

It's no different then going into a retail store and basically being able to get away with murder if you threaten to call the "Corporate Office" and lodge a complaint. Same line of thought.

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Good. If this new policy is really because you're concerned about safety and not because you just want to sell more lockers then you shouldn't want people who break the rules coming back to the park.

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I really don't want to be punished for other people's stupidity. I understand that sometimes that's just how the world works but I feel like this is completely overkill. I'd much rather they make the punishment much more severe for people taking their phones out on rides (because let's be honest, that's what this is really about) and actually enforce the rules they put in place.

 

Every time they stop a ride for a cell phone, I see security meet them at the exit, talk to them and then let them off with a warning. If you're that concerned you should really try enforcing the rules you've already put in place before you put stupid policies in place that operate on the honor system and will only have an impact on people that were already following the rules and weren't the problem anyway. If you're enough of a dumbass that you'll whip your phone out on Kingda Ka then you're not concerned with the rules anyway and will have no issue lying to security.

Honestly, it's cause when someone is "kicked out" of a park, odds are they won't be coming back for a long, long time. They will view Six Flags in a very negative light and will share that opinion with others. Six Flags doesn't want to take the PR hit...

 

It's no different then going into a retail store and basically being able to get away with murder if you threaten to call the "Corporate Office" and lodge a complaint. Same line of thought.

 

 

I think kicking out people for endangering others makes them look good in the PR department. At least it does to me.

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Honestly, it's cause when someone is "kicked out" of a park, odds are they won't be coming back for a long, long time. They will view Six Flags in a very negative light and will share that opinion with others. Six Flags doesn't want to take the PR hit...

 

It's no different then going into a retail store and basically being able to get away with murder if you threaten to call the "Corporate Office" and lodge a complaint. Same line of thought.

 

I can see this as PR hit too. No one, especially if they're alone, is going to want to stand in line without their phone, and we all know of these families with attitudes that will have no issue raising hell because they're told to get out of line because they have their phone in line with them. I can see it becoming a big issue.

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Nobody mentioning the new loose articles policy that went into effect this weekend? No items even in zippered pockets on Ka and Toro. See bottom of screenshot:

 

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As I understand, security was asking every guest coming through, and if they saw you in the queue on your phone they would ask you to get out of line.

 

They are not wanding or putting people through metal detectors yet, but they have been enforcing pretty heavily... at least for now. Obviously you can't stop someone from lying and they aren't frisking anyone, but there you go.

 

Note: I have not been to the park this weekend, just passing along the news

 

The Ka and Toro special note makes little sense as those two don't even go upside down while most of the other rides mentioned in that part do go upside down. I wonder if SF will put more of those lockers in before high season.

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You do know that stuff can fly out of your pocket even when you're not upside down, don't you?

 

Don't you?

 

Seriously, that's just basic physics.

 

Yes, the rule makes no sense, but not at all in any way for the reason you've said. It's that stuff doesn't fly out of a properly secured pocket, no matter your physical orientation.

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Unless they are using wands or metal detectors I'll just be responding with no when they ask if I have anything in my pockets since I put my stuff in zippered pockets and have never had an issue

Likewise. I feel as the season wears on, and people inevitably complain the park will stop enforcing this. And to echo what other people say, they don't have nearly enough lockers to make it work especially in the summer.

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I'm honestly surprised people are getting so worked up over this. This isn't the first time they've had a sudden blanket all-loose-article ban on Toro. As with past attempts at enforcing this, it will likely only last a couple weeks. They can ask me all they want if I have loose articles in my pockets, I'll tell them I don't. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Unless they are frisking/wanding/making people walk through metal detectors, what is the big deal? Not to mention this will be impossible to enforce on packed summer days as there are simply not enough l.ockers for everyone.

 

I really don't want to be punished for other people's stupidity. I understand that sometimes that's just how the world works but I feel like this is completely overkill. I'd much rather they make the punishment much more severe for people taking their phones out on rides (because let's be honest, that's what this is really about) and actually enforce the rules they put in place.

 

Every time they stop a ride for a cell phone, I see security meet them at the exit, talk to them and then let them off with a warning. If you're that concerned you should really try enforcing the rules you've already put in place before you put stupid policies in place that operate on the honor system and will only have an impact on people that were already following the rules and weren't the problem anyway. If you're enough of a dumbass that you'll whip your phone out on Kingda Ka then you're not concerned with the rules anyway and will have no issue lying to security.

100% this. The park doesn't need to worry about taking a PR hit - need I remind you people we have the tallest coaster and the best woodie, and we're the cheapest season pass on the east coast? We'll get the crowds regardless. I think a bigger PR hit is becoming known as a park where people constantly get hurt by flying projectiles.

 

I think the park should really reconfigure/reconsider its entire rules/regulations for filming on rides. For one, I think people with gopro's strapped to their bodies SHOULD be allowed to ride (I don't own a gopro, for the record) but there should be a system in place for people that want to do this - check in @ the park, get a special pass, etc.

 

And then on top of this the park really needs to crack the f*ck down on people with any loose articles on rides. Put those glass cases with peoples broken phones everywhere, make it part of every ride schpeil, make people aware this is astrict rule and serious consequences will result, and kick people the hell out when they get caught doing it.

 

Enforce it and people will know the rules and they'll follow them. But they need to be enforced.

 

The Ka and Toro special note makes little sense as those two don't even go upside down while most of the other rides mentioned in that part do go upside down.

You can't be serious.

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I'm honestly surprised people are getting so worked up over this. This isn't the first time they've had a sudden blanket all-loose-article ban on Toro. As with past attempts at enforcing this, it will likely only last a couple weeks. They can ask me all they want if I have loose articles in my pockets, I'll tell them I don't. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Unless they are frisking/wanding/making people walk through metal detectors, what is the big deal? Not to mention this will be impossible to enforce on packed summer days as there are simply not enough l.ockers for everyone.

 

I really don't want to be punished for other people's stupidity. I understand that sometimes that's just how the world works but I feel like this is completely overkill. I'd much rather they make the punishment much more severe for people taking their phones out on rides (because let's be honest, that's what this is really about) and actually enforce the rules they put in place.

 

Every time they stop a ride for a cell phone, I see security meet them at the exit, talk to them and then let them off with a warning. If you're that concerned you should really try enforcing the rules you've already put in place before you put stupid policies in place that operate on the honor system and will only have an impact on people that were already following the rules and weren't the problem anyway. If you're enough of a dumbass that you'll whip your phone out on Kingda Ka then you're not concerned with the rules anyway and will have no issue lying to security.

100% this. The park doesn't need to worry about taking a PR hit - need I remind you people we have the tallest coaster and the best woodie, and we're the cheapest season pass on the east coast? We'll get the crowds regardless. I think a bigger PR hit is becoming known as a park where people constantly get hurt by flying projectiles.

 

I think the park should really reconfigure/reconsider its entire rules/regulations for filming on rides. For one, I think people with gopro's strapped to their bodies SHOULD be allowed to ride (I don't own a gopro, for the record) but there should be a system in place for people that want to do this - check in @ the park, get a special pass, etc.

 

And then on top of this the park really needs to crack the f*ck down on people with any loose articles on rides. Put those glass cases with peoples broken phones everywhere, make it part of every ride schpeil, make people aware this is astrict rule and serious consequences will result, and kick people the hell out when they get caught doing it.

 

Enforce it and people will know the rules and they'll follow them. But they need to be enforced.

 

The Ka and Toro special note makes little sense as those two don't even go upside down while most of the other rides mentioned in that part do go upside down.

You can't be serious.

 

Six Flags should really put bins in the stations, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. It'll definitely reduce the amount of loose articles brought on the rides.

 

Great trip report BTW!

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No bins in the station is the only reason why Nitro has decent capacity. It's good in theory, but in practice it almost always hurts capacity.

 

I can agree with this. Bins kill capacity, when Magnum had the bins taken away in 2014 the actual hourly numbers raised by 300-400 riders per hour.

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I really don't want to be punished for other people's stupidity. I understand that sometimes that's just how the world works but I feel like this is completely overkill. I'd much rather they make the punishment much more severe for people taking their phones out on rides (because let's be honest, that's what this is really about) and actually enforce the rules they put in place.

 

Every time they stop a ride for a cell phone, I see security meet them at the exit, talk to them and then let them off with a warning. If you're that concerned you should really try enforcing the rules you've already put in place before you put stupid policies in place that operate on the honor system and will only have an impact on people that were already following the rules and weren't the problem anyway. If you're enough of a dumbass that you'll whip your phone out on Kingda Ka then you're not concerned with the rules anyway and will have no issue lying to security.

 

And who is going to throw the guests out? The guys in the flourescent jackets picking up trash? Nobody respects security because A, nobody is ever kicked out, and B, they look like a joke.

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And who is going to throw the guests out? The guys in the flourescent jackets picking up trash? Nobody respects security because A, nobody is ever kicked out, and B, they look like a joke.

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No bins in the station is the only reason why Nitro has decent capacity. It's good in theory, but in practice it almost always hurts capacity.

 

I can agree with this. Bins kill capacity, when Magnum had the bins taken away in 2014 the actual hourly numbers raised by 300-400 riders per hour.

 

Guess wearing pockets with zippers is the new theme park norm. Note to self. I understand removing bins leads to quicker dispatch times. I think it causes an inconvenience for those non-theme park enthusiasts.

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Completely changing the subject. How are crowds usually during Spring Break? My mom and I are thinking of taking my nephew to Great Adventure the day after Easter and we are wondering if there is an advantage going on a weekday or if we should just go on a weekend. My nephew finally hit 48" and he is really excited to ride El Toro so I cannot wait to take him! If I could get any advice that would be greatly appreciated.

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I have actually never been to the park during spring break but I feel like everyone always says its fairly busy. From what I heard it seemed crowds were decent yesterday but obviously I ain't no psychic so hard for me to speak for the rest of this week or next Monday. I'd imagine Sunday/Monday may be quiet? Just a guess though. I can't imagine too many people going to the park on Easter Sunday. You might want to look back to mid-April of the last couple of years in this thread to maybe get a feel for what crowds have been like in the past. Outside of that I got nothin.

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Thanks for the advice. Sadly I cannot do Easter because my sister will not have my nephew for that weekend. He will be with his dad. I looked back at last year during Spring Break and it didn't seem too crowded. Luckily we have time to make up our minds.

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I know Facebook is generally filled with stupid idiots but the nonstop complaining and posts about this topic over in the great adventure group is amazing.

 

The level of stupidity and whining and lack of any sort of common sense that I see in that group is just so comical and unreal.

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^^I can attest that at SFoG, at least, Easter Sunday is an amazing day to go. The park is pretty dead so waits are minimal. I'm going this weekend myself

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I have been to the park every year during Spring Break since 2008 and never saw the crowds reported to be so bad. According to CoasterQueue, Nitro and Joker are each 1 hour and 40 minutes. I think the whole week will be bad. Thursday has a large group with thousands of people visiting in addition to it being the first day of Spring Break for schools that only get Thrusday - Monday off. Good Friday and the day before Easter are usually bad too. I was hoping Monday would be less crowded next week with Philadelphia schools back in session but NYC and Jackson still are on Spring Break and was considering going tomorrow but decided against it because even if it was half as crowded as today, I don't feel like dealing with 45+ minute lines when I can go next month on a weekday and get walk ons.

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