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I absolutly HATED that loose article policy when I went to SFGADV in May! Out of the over 150 coasters I have have ridden I have NEVER lost my phone, wallet, or keys when I put them in a button or zip pocket! IMO this is just a money making scam! Hell even the loose article Nazis at Holiday World were never this bad!

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Are we really still whining about the loose article policy? Geez guys, its $1 dollar. ONE. Yes it sucks, but you know what sucks even more? Getting head injuries or teeth knocked out from idiots flying phones. If you want to whine about something, whine about the people that ruined this for the rest of us.

 

Not to mention - if you're visiting a theme park and are complaining about having to pay an extra ONE DOLLAR, we all know its not that you can't afford it, its simply that you're cheap. Because if you couldn't afford it you wouldn't be at the park in the first place. Pay up or shut up.

 

I remember a bunch of pages back, the Fright Fest crowds at Great Adventure are heavy. Was that just for the October FF days or are the September FF days packed?

 

And is Flash Pass (or haunted house flash passes worth it)

 

I figure if I do go up again, I'll hit up FF or HITP (I know for Holiday in the Park, everything beyond the midway is closed; so no El Toro, Bizzaro, KK, Zumanjaro, etc).

 

Either way, it'll be fun coastering in fall/winter weather.

 

It gets worse as the event goes on. September weekends aren't terrible if you go early and leave well before sunset. Going at all on decent weather days in October, especially late October, you're looking at mobs of people. They've added a couple "bonus" weekends in November after FF ends and before HITP begins. These weekends the past two years have turned out to be really light crowd-wise and all but Frontier (Bizarro, Mine Train, SORA) have been open. Good weekend to get those last rides in on Toro Ka and Zum.

 

Unrelated - if anyone cares, Runaway Mine Train's track piece has been replaced and its running again.

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People, the no-loose-articles policy not about phones or keys falling out of pockets. It's about idiots taking their phones out of their zippered pockets after they leave the station.

 

That's solved very easily. Post signs that say use of phones on rides will result in ejection from the park, no debate, no refund. Enforce on a few idiots and publicize it, problem solved.

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While I do find this policy mildly inconvenient, it doesn't bother me that much. An all day transferrable locker rental is 8 bucks. Given the absurdly cheap admission prices it's easy to justify and honestly it's kind of nice not to have to be able to throw things in a locker anyway. I pack light at theme parks, but on rides like Joker I always did it voluntarily even before it was mandatory.

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Are we really still whining about the loose article policy? Geez guys, its $1 dollar. ONE. Yes it sucks, but you know what sucks even more? Getting head injuries or teeth knocked out from idiots flying phones. If you want to whine about something, whine about the people that ruined this for the rest of us.

 

Not to mention - if you're visiting a theme park and are complaining about having to pay an extra ONE DOLLAR, we all know its not that you can't afford it, its simply that you're cheap. Because if you couldn't afford it you wouldn't be at the park in the first place. Pay up or shut up.

 

I remember a bunch of pages back, the Fright Fest crowds at Great Adventure are heavy. Was that just for the October FF days or are the September FF days packed?

 

And is Flash Pass (or haunted house flash passes worth it)

 

I figure if I do go up again, I'll hit up FF or HITP (I know for Holiday in the Park, everything beyond the midway is closed; so no El Toro, Bizzaro, KK, Zumanjaro, etc).

 

Either way, it'll be fun coastering in fall/winter weather.

 

It gets worse as the event goes on. September weekends aren't terrible if you go early and leave well before sunset. Going at all on decent weather days in October, especially late October, you're looking at mobs of people. They've added a couple "bonus" weekends in November after FF ends and before HITP begins. These weekends the past two years have turned out to be really light crowd-wise and all but Frontier (Bizarro, Mine Train, SORA) have been open. Good weekend to get those last rides in on Toro Ka and Zum.

 

Unrelated - if anyone cares, Runaway Mine Train's track piece has been replaced and its running again.

 

Bonus weekend in November between FF & HITP . . . . cooler weather and not so bad crowds. Sounds like fun (I'd do either that or HITP . . . . _

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"not so bad crowds" doesn't even begin to cover it. Kingda Ka generally runs 1 train and by the end of the night it's about 20 minutes between launches just because they can't fill the ride vehicle.

 

Bonus weekends are awesome and I highly recommend them.

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"not so bad crowds" doesn't even begin to cover it. Kingda Ka generally runs 1 train and by the end of the night it's about 20 minutes between launches just because they can't fill the ride vehicle.

 

Bonus weekends are awesome and I highly recommend them.

 

How many people does KK need before it launches? (and I'm not surprised at all for the bonus weekends that only 1 train is being used)

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People, the no-loose-articles policy not about phones or keys falling out of pockets. It's about idiots taking their phones out of their zippered pockets after they leave the station.

 

That's solved very easily. Post signs that say use of phones on rides will result in ejection from the park, no debate, no refund. Enforce on a few idiots and publicize it, problem solved.

 

SFNE had this policy and if you were caught, you were ejected and given a 5 year ban, but I don't see those signs any more.

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"not so bad crowds" doesn't even begin to cover it. Kingda Ka generally runs 1 train and by the end of the night it's about 20 minutes between launches just because they can't fill the ride vehicle.

 

Bonus weekends are awesome and I highly recommend them.

 

How many people does KK need before it launches? (and I'm not surprised at all for the bonus weekends that only 1 train is being used)

 

They were trying to fill it (aside from maybe a few single riders here and there). Apparently they need semi consistent weights in each train to prevent rollbacks.

 

To clarify, every coaster was running at full capacity that weekend aside from Kingda Ka which was running 1 train for the reason I just mentioned.

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So my trip to the park got moved up to today and I just got back and man they truly don't mess around with this loose article policy.... I'll post a report tomorrow because I'm exhausted but it was such an awesome day

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To me its not that the policy bothers me. Its that its not consistent within the chain and then at every coaster in the park.

 

For me, its a principle thing. Its either a rule or not at every park and then every coaster.

 

Rides vary. If this argument is used to favor restrictions on everything, it makes things worse for everybody. "Fairness" is a terrible thing when it means rules must be consistent rather applied on a case by case basis.

 

I'd be more upset about it except the fact I did lose something out of my pocket on Toro. However my last visit was wearing jeans and zippers have nothing on pure tightness, I don't think I've ever lost a penny out of them...

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Took a trip down to the park yesterday from 5 - closing. I haven't been on Kingda ka in over a year so we took a spin on that. I had no idea they issued line tickets for Ka now. They must have had a really bad incident for this to happen. Also on the queue Nick and I got caught underneath one of the fans spraying water for 20 minutes and by the time we moved we looked like we jumped into a pool lol.

 

Batman was closed, anyone have an idea as to why?

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I had no idea they issued line tickets for Ka now. They must have had a really bad incident for this to happen.

 

They've been issuing these on Ka, Toro, Nitro and Joker for a good while now, at least back to Memorial Day weekend. I'm not sure why you think something really bad had to happen, I'd imagine the park was simply sick of dealing with line-jumping complaints.

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I never in the past 15 years recieved any for Nitro, Toro or Joker and the only two times I have ever seen altercations in the park were in the station of Kingda Ka and the queue line. When patrons jump lines it tends to piss other patrons off which in turn leads to these altercations.

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I never received a boarding pass before yesterday either. They were only giving them out at Ka at my time in the park, but I did see some strewn about Nitro's queue so I suppose they were giving them out there earlier in the day.

 

But when the employee taking the passes from us isn't even checking the numbers, it kind of defeats the purpose of them.

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I have not been to the park at all this year yet. Holding out until Fright Fest to get plenty of night rides on the coasters.

 

So in regards to these numbered tickets... Do you have to get in line in the numbered order?

 

I personally think parks could implement building queue lines that are not easily jumped/skipped. The simple pole systems they use are way to easy to jump/skip.

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The boarding passes are only issued on days where attendance is high enough. You can always depend on Ka to have a line (if it's open ) so they generally always give out boarding passes. The passes are assigned in order as you enter the line but don't have to be collected in the exact order since most people are in groups anyway. Like say if the person in front of you has #5 and you have #498, it's not going to work. But if you have number #8, you're fine.

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