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Ryan, that video is awesome! I especially loved the last couple of minutes of it with the added comments!

 

Question for you - any chance you have any information on what the park plans to do with the remaining piece of Rolling Thunder? I remember when the coaster was newly demolished talk was that they left that portion up as a bit of a tribute and planned to permanently adhere the old trains to the section. Was that at one point in the works, only to be cancelled by constraints (budget, logistics, etc), or something still in the works, just on the back burner?

 

I think the original plan was to make that remaining piece of Rolling Thunder a memorial. I heard PTC even repainted the red and green trains to place them on the track. Idk why it never came to life but the two Rolling Thunder trains have been sitting around since 2014 waiting for any potential action.

 

I hope to get a boosted ride some day! After so many laps on Toro you'd think I'd have one by now haha. Maybe the stars will align and Ryan can help grant me a special wish next year

 

You have to know the secret handshake.

 

either that or a $10 bill should do nicely! Jk, but unfortunately I don't think I will be returning to work at the park next year.

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Here's an off-ride video of Toro I put together. It has a lot of nerdy behind the scenes shots including super slow test runs, boosted test runs, and angles you don't really get to see as a guest.

 

That was an awesome video! I love the famous "Intamin fart sound" it makes going over those hills.

 

The video also reminded me that this summer it will be 10 years since I rode this beast!

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Sorry for the double post, but the park has announced a new president

www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/newsroom/january-8-2018

John Winkler Named New President of Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor

John Winkler has been named park president of Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor. He succeeds Neal Thurman who has taken over as park president of Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor outside Los Angeles, Calif. The announcement is a homecoming for Winkler as he spent seven years at Six Flags Great Adventure beginning in 2001 as director of in-park revenue and later co-general manager.

 

“John’s vision and leadership coupled with his in-depth knowledge of the property and its veteran management team make him perfectly suited to take Six Flags Great Adventure to the next level,” said Six Flags Senior Vice President of U.S. Park Operations Tom Iven.

 

Winkler most recently served as park president of Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass. for six years. “I am thrilled to rejoin this world-class park, the largest in our portfolio, and the second largest in the world,” Winkler said. “Being at Great Adventure is a homecoming, and I am eager to work toward a bright future with this experienced and passionate team.”

 

Winkler’s career with Six Flags spans more than three decades. He began as a front-line team member at Six Flags Astroworld in 1983, and rose to the position of manager of games and retail. In 1998, Winkler joined Six Flags Great America outside Chicago, Ill. as games manager, and advanced to director and co-general manager during his seven years at Six Flags Great Adventure. From 2009 to 2011, Winker served as park president of Six Flags America outside Washington, D.C. prior to joining Six Flags New England.

 

Winkler studied aerospace engineering and biochemistry, and holds a degree in biochemistry and biophysical science from the University of Houston. Winker comes to Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor with a focus on team member development and a passion for incorporating technology into delivering outstanding guest service.

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I know some people really obsess over these types of things but I don't really have a strong opinion on it either way. I love what Six Flags New England has been doing the last few years. Obviously the biggest improvements have been major new rides from corporate that likely have nothing to do with John Winkler, but they've done a lot of great things in terms of operations and small general improvements that he likely had a hand in. I'm sure he'll do a fine job at Great Adventure.

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I just think the March hours haven't been posted yet unless they changed opening day. From the newsletter sent on December 26th:

"Holiday in the Park is Open Daily Through January 1

The holidays aren't over yet -- the lights are still twinkling, the cocoa is still piping hot, and the coasters are still racing! Holiday in the Park is open every day through January​ 1, including New Year's Eve until 9 p.​m. and New Year's Day.

 

Celebrate the last week of 2017 with a funnel cake and kick off 2018 with a plunge down Nitro. We'll then temporarily close until March​ 24 to prepare for an amazing 2018 season. "

 

Is this later than normal? Do they usually open mid to end March for the college spring breaks or is my memory wrong?

The earliest opening day has been is around March 20th to 23rd. It depends when Easter is, in 2014 the park didn't open until April 12th.

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The park generally opens the week of NY and NJ public school spring break, NYC schools are closed week of April 2nd.

 

Could Saturday, March 31st be a park buyout that is just not listed on the calendar? Pfizer has done park buyouts very early in the season in previous years.

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I'm still hoping they are going to add some weekdays (besides Good Friday) in between opening weekend and Easter weekend. 2 years ago they opened on the Wednesday and Thursday before Easter and it empty but crowds were still low. If not, I guess I'll stick to my usual plan of trying to get there Sunday of opening weekend since some people have school and work the next day (some schools in suburban Philadelphia have spring break the week of the 26th).

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In case anyone was wondering, the infamous solar panel project begins construction in March.

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World’s Ultimate Thrill Park Takes Giant Leap Toward Reducing Its Carbon Footprint While Adding Jobs

Six Flags Great Adventure and its partner KDC Solar today announced that construction will begin soon to make the New Jersey property the world’s first solar-powered theme park.

 

“This is a proud day for our company. This project represents a giant step toward becoming a net-zero carbon facility,” said Six Flags Great Adventure Park President John Winkler. “We are pleased that we were able to come to a satisfactory agreement with all parties involved. Clean energy is right for the environment and our future, and we look forward to decades of environmental stewardship with our partner, KDC Solar.”

 

The 23.5-megawatt solar project will include solar carports over select parking lots and 40 acres of ground-mounted solar panels. Six Flags expects construction to begin by March and for the solar facility to be fully operational by the end of 2019.

 

In addition to the production of clean energy and helping to limit the park’s reliance on harmful fossil fuels, KDC Solar will use more than 99,000 hours of union labor in constructing this project.

 

As conservationists for nearly 45 years, Six Flags Great Adventure has cared for more than 70 different species of animals, including some that are endangered and even extinct in the wild. The Jackson theme park recycles more than 60 percent of its annual waste, including manure, paper, plastic, wood and mixed garbage. The theme park eliminated the use of paper towels in favor of energy-efficient hand dryers, and is firmly committed to other energy-saving programs. In addition, Six Flags will preserve more than 200 acres of forest, wetlands and wetlands transition areas.

 

“We are continually searching for new ways to operate more efficiently and enhance our role as good stewards of the environment,” Winkler said.

 

“We are pleased to move forward with this groundbreaking solar project. Six Flags has been a patient and cooperative partner throughout this process, and we look forward to delivering clean renewable electricity to Six Flags. Once operational, this project will be the largest net metered solar project in the State of New Jersey and very much in line with Governor Murphy’s pledge to support renewable energy,” said Alan Epstein, President and CEO of KDC Solar.

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Really glad to see they managed to figure out the solar farm, seems like a win for all parties.

 

  • Solar panels over the parking lot
  • Only 40 Acres of trees cut down instead of 90
  • 200 Acres set aside for preservation
  • Solar powered GAdv

 

Couldn't really think of a much better solution. Yay Compromise!

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Really glad to see they managed to figure out the solar farm, seems like a win for all parties.

 

  • Solar panels over the parking lot
  • Only 40 Acres of trees cut down instead of 90
  • 200 Acres set aside for preservation
  • Solar powered GAdv

 

Couldn't really think of a much better solution. Yay Compromise!

 

Hopefully they will only buy American Solar panels made with American parts thanks to Cheeto Head.

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Glad to see something could still be worked out that doesn't greatly impact what Six Flags initially set out to accomplish in the first place. However, there will be a little more than just a whiff of hypocrisy in the air if these people barely even raise a stink over the construction of the recently approved hotel and sports complex that is scheduled to rip up about 75 acres of trees right next door.

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Is it true that El Toro hasn't been running very well lately. I've heard that the ride has gotten extremely rough and it doesn't provide as much airtime as before because it seems to be running so slow lately. It's sad to see the BEST roller coaster in the entire world, in my opinion, go down hill so quickly by becoming rough and the park slowing the ride down so much. I haven't ridden El Toro since 2013 and in the last few years is when I've heard these reports that El Toro had gotten very rough and doesn't provide as much insane ejector airtime as it used to because the park isn't maintaining it/taking care of it as they should.

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I hope SFGAd won't run in to the same problems that Colossus at Heide Park had where it's shutdown for a few years because the ride has become so rough due to poor maintenance on the ride where the ride could no longer physically run unless the entire track gets replaced. I have a feeling it's only a matter of time that El Toro is closed for a year or two so it can have the entire track rebuilt. Knowing Six Flags though, I doubt they'd do that. They probably won't spend the money to re track the ride so it's just gonna get rougher and rougher over the years to the point nobody likes it anymore

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I've heard that the ride has gotten extremely rough and it doesn't provide as much airtime as before because it seems to be running so slow lately. It's sad to see the BEST roller coaster in the entire world, in my opinion, go down hill so quickly by becoming rough and the park slowing the ride down so much.

 

Who are these people you speak of? It runs a little slower in the cold, but that's nothing new. To say it's losing its crazy ejector error is absolutely ridiculous. What do you mean the park is slowing it down? Did they increase gravity or add trim brakes since you rode? (spoiler alert: they didn't)

 

Just search any off-ride video on YouTube from last year and you will see it (and hear it) haul over the airtime hills. That is your proof if you need it.

 

Edit: I just saw these are his/her only 2 posts on the forums, so I probably shouldn't have gone out of my way to even answer... oh well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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That's awesome. Haven't seen a compromise that good in American politics in quite some time. Restores my faith in the system just a little....

 

 

....And I just saw the latest headline. Back to cynicism.

 

 

^^ Go away, troll. Ugggh...several people on here have said that there is nothing wrong with El Toro.

 

Colossos yes, but Heide is working on it. I am sure that SF does the required maintenance on it...this is the best coaster in the park by far and they know that they would suffer a decline in attendance if they had to tear it down or refurb it for one to two years.

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