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Has anyone heard anything about the adjustments to Zu, which would allow it to run simultaneously with Ka? Last I heard, the park had received the permit to be able to duel them, but hasn't done the proper changes to Zu yet. Is it on hold for the summer, or cancelled all together? Waiting for the other on either ride is painful, especially so on Ka considering the already long lines it gets.

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Waiting for the other on either ride is painful

 

Oh come on. Zum has existed on Ka for four seasons now. They have it down to a pretty efficient science at this point. I might be mistaken but I don't think we've ever seen any concrete, physical evidence the rides would run simultaneously, other than the article w/ Chikola in Popular Science last summer talking about how they were working on it.

 

I'd love for them to run together but acting like its oh so painful to have to wait for an extra 3 minutes for Zum to cycle after you probably already just waited an hour for a 20 second ride on Ka? If you're wasting an hour waiting for Ka you're doing it wrong, and Zum only ever gets a wait like 10% of the time its open.

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I might be mistaken but I don't think we've ever seen any concrete, physical evidence the rides would run simultaneously, other than the article w/ Chikola in Popular Science last summer talking about how they were working on it.

 

There's

from the Q/A over the winter with the then park president, Neil Thurman, where he states that the park has/had the intention to change the roofing of Zumanjaro. I assume this is as concrete as it gets other than an actual press release.

 

Also, it isn't terrible waiting for Zu on Ka, but it certainly isn't helping the lines. It's not a massive priority for the park, but it would still be nice to have them duel.

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I've never been to the park, so I'm curious how Zumanjaro and Kingda Ka alternate operations? Do the ride opps communicate via walkie talkie, or do they just watch each other to know when to launch each ride? Or some other form of sophistication that I couldn't begin to speculate lol!

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I believe it’s actually programmed into the ride system at this point.

 

Kingda Ka generally runs 2-3 trains with one load platform. It doesn’t impact operations all that often. Ride ops can basically dispatch trains whenever they want, they just sit on the launch block and the holding block before that and don’t actually launch until Zumanjaro cycles and the roof retracts.

 

Operations at Kingda Ka are sort of slow anyway so it’s rare that they have a third train loaded and ready for dispatch with the two blocks ahead of the station occupied. They can easily launch both trains between Zumanjaro cycles.

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^^-- Right, when they're using half the trains and a fourth of the load stations, Zum doesn't slow things down that much. The obvious question is: did they ever use all the stations and trains and did it help?

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You're welcome everybody. My years of whining on every single last survey that Great Adventure has sent me asking for them to put in a beer garden have finally paid off.

 

"Ale House", a new boozy spot (and also a location to get soda refills and pretzels) has opened in the old Liberty Pub spot next to Flash Pass/across from Johnny Rockets. I always enjoyed Liberty as a quiet spot to get a beer tucked away from the crowds, but this is much better. Photos courtesy of Coaster Crew.

 

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Some takeaways:

1. Frozen Jack & Cokes.

2. I'm counting at least 10 taps.

3. No red lines/beer jail.

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I was there today and it was a SCORCHER. Nothing really had lines at all.

 

Got my best ride on Cyborg, was decent but I still find it mediocre at best. (Give us our frisbee and throw in a Top Scan for good measure )

 

Also got my best ride EVER on The Joker, it was fun as hell, 4 flips on the park side. Actually enjoyed it a lot and wish it was like that most of my rides.

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You're welcome everybody. My years of whining on every single last survey that Great Adventure has sent me asking for them to put in a beer garden have finally paid off.

 

"Ale House", a new boozy spot (and also a location to get soda refills and pretzels) has opened in the old Liberty Pub spot next to Flash Pass/across from Johnny Rockets. I always enjoyed Liberty as a quiet spot to get a beer tucked away from the crowds, but this is much better. Photos courtesy of Coaster Crew.

 

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Some takeaways:

1. Frozen Jack & Cokes.

2. I'm counting at least 10 taps.

3. No red lines/beer jail.

 

Looks great!! I really need to get there this year at some point! I wish US parks were as relaxed as overseas parks.

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I also must note that they were now asking if people had cell phones at the entrance to Nitro now. Not sure if they were telling people to put them into a locker (we do regardless, it's easier and I was one that complained about the policy at first ) but they were definitely asking.

 

Every train dispatch on all the rides they were also announcing that "Now is your last chance to secure your cell phone, if we see you take your phone out on the ride you WILL be escorted out of the park with a 5 year ban and a fine" or something similar to that.

 

I don't think they're playing any games anymore because it was on almost every coaster we were at.

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We have been to 4 different six flags parks over the last few weeks, and can confirm that they are really cracking down on cell phones.

 

I took my kids on the kiddy balloon ride at great America, and they announced it over the pa system before the ride started and during the ride that if you had a cell phone it must be put away.

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