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Why are you "mad" that Six Flags ran one train on Goliath when it was a walk-on? That's smart. You know it costs money to run a train, right? Just being realistic.

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I was VERY disappointed Six Flags decided it was "OK" to run only one train on Goliath. But since it was a walk on even with one train, I -suppose- it's all right.

 

Yeh....be "VERY" disappointed when they're running one train and the line is an hour long but it was a walk on for crying out loud. Just like Jake said, it cost money to run another train. If it's not needed, they're not going to waste the money to do it. Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they don't but in this case it was warranted. And I'm sure with your "I -suppose- it's alright" comment, park management took a collective sigh of relief when they got your approval.

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Ride attendants are not supposed to have races while checking restraints and im sure there will be disciplinary action for them if their management reads your post about mindbender. Also surprised the Six Flags ride op allowed you to take a photo on the ride because usually they aren't given such authority. Such would have to come from their Supervisor/Safety Dept.

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^ I completely agree that ride ops shouldn't be having races or making it a competition to check restraints. That's not safe. Though it was probably too much, at least they showed some initiative to avoid stacking trains and the glacial dispatch pace that many Six Flags ride ops operate by.

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How come every time I go lines are hours long? Someone let me in on the secret! Is there a day this week I should go if I want to avoid lines or did I miss the boat?

 

Sundays during the spring (except during spring break, which you can figure out because it's the only time before summer that the park is open daily instead of just weekends), and sundays in the fall are usually the best days. I usually go in late march or mid april, then again in september. Avoid the summer at all costs. Once you get past mid-May it starts getting pretty busy even on Sundays. If you can shell out the 50 bucks, the gold flash pass is pretty nice on a crowded day.

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^ I completely agree that ride ops shouldn't be having races or making it a competition to check restraints. That's not safe. Though it was probably too much, at least they showed some initiative to avoid stacking trains and the glacial dispatch pace that many Six Flags ride ops operate by.
Slow doesn't equal safe. There's is nothing wrong with "racing" while checking lapbars, especially on a Schwarzkopf! We did it at Lagoon ALL the time on Fire Dragon when running 2 Trains. Used to do it on Roller Coaster at Lagoon as well and we used to check em by pushing down AND pulling up.

 

-Sid

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Im just stating that Six Flags does not allow racing to check seats. The fact that its been stated that employees were seen doing it will mean disciplinary action if management becomes aware. Lagoon is not six flags so they may allow it. Six Flags does not. I personally don't want someone racing while checking my restraint. However, I don't mind a sense of urgency.

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^ I completely agree that ride ops shouldn't be having races or making it a competition to check restraints. That's not safe. Though it was probably too much, at least they showed some initiative to avoid stacking trains and the glacial dispatch pace that many Six Flags ride ops operate by.
Slow doesn't equal safe. There's is nothing wrong with "racing" while checking lapbars, especially on a Schwarzkopf! We did it at Lagoon ALL the time on Fire Dragon when running 2 Trains. Used to do it on Roller Coaster at Lagoon as well and we used to check em by pushing down AND pulling up.

 

-Sid

You're right, slow doesn't necessarily equal safe. My point though is that checking restraints as quickly as absolutely possible isn't the proper way to do it. When checking restraints, ride ops should be focused on the task at hand and focused on ensuring that the restraint is secured, not on the absolute speed with which they can complete the task. Sure, no one wants slow operations, but when the ride op is doing his/her job as it should be done, they will be reasonably quick but more importantly attentive to each rider and each restraint. Whether its a Schwarzkopf with lap bars that is pretty safe anyway or not, the bottom line is that safety must always take priority over speed. Your point is well taken, however I disagree that there is nothing wrong with racing. I personally would rather see a ride op take the extra few seconds a cycle to do the job right and with excellence, than rush through the job and eventually cause an accident that would ruin the theme park experiences we all enjoy.

 

I personally don't want someone racing while checking my restraint. However, I don't mind a sense of urgency.

I agree. Reasonable urgency and the focus to complete the task with both excellence and speed is fine, but I would never want someone racing to check my restraint.

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^ I completely agree that ride ops shouldn't be having races or making it a competition to check restraints. That's not safe. Though it was probably too much, at least they showed some initiative to avoid stacking trains and the glacial dispatch pace that many Six Flags ride ops operate by.
Slow doesn't equal safe. There's is nothing wrong with "racing" while checking lapbars, especially on a Schwarzkopf! We did it at Lagoon ALL the time on Fire Dragon when running 2 Trains. Used to do it on Roller Coaster at Lagoon as well and we used to check em by pushing down AND pulling up.

 

-Sid

Actually, there's some of truth to this. On the Scream Machine, one attendant in particular was going very slow, and not checking the seat belts AT ALL. She just checked the lap bar. By contrast, another ride op earlier in the day was doing an excellent job with the seat belts. She was tightening everyone's belt weather it needed to be tightened or not. To add to that, they were pushing all the way down and pulling up. There were times in which one guy had to stop and help someone. They weren't being negligible in the slightest. They were doing an excellent job.

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^ I completely agree that ride ops shouldn't be having races or making it a competition to check restraints. That's not safe. Though it was probably too much, at least they showed some initiative to avoid stacking trains and the glacial dispatch pace that many Six Flags ride ops operate by.
Slow doesn't equal safe. There's is nothing wrong with "racing" while checking lapbars, especially on a Schwarzkopf! We did it at Lagoon ALL the time on Fire Dragon when running 2 Trains. Used to do it on Roller Coaster at Lagoon as well and we used to check em by pushing down AND pulling up.

 

-Sid

Actually, there's some of truth to this. On the Scream Machine, one attendant in particular was going very slow, and not checking the seat belts AT ALL. She just checked the lap bar. By contrast, another ride op earlier in the day was doing an excellent job with the seat belts. She was tightening everyone's belt weather it needed to be tightened or not. To add to that, they were pushing all the way down and pulling up. There were times in which one guy had to stop and help someone. They weren't being negligible in the slightest. They were doing an excellent job.

I understand what you're saying. In terms of the quicker ops, it seems that they were focused on their job and doing it well, which allowed them move quickly but effectively. Whereas the slower ops just didn't really care. I don't think there's really any disagreement here. Good ride ops can work quickly and safely, that doesn't necessarily mean its a race, but rather that they're paying attention and doing their best to keep the flow of people moving.

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Quick question all knowledgeable TPR forum members... I will be heading to SFOG for the 1st time this year next week and I'll be using my Gold season pass also. How early are Gold members being allowed into the park? I planned on going on Tuesday (ERT after park closing for Superman) but I might have to shift it to Wednesday (no ERT for anything Boo!). Thanks for any info you guys can provide. Six Flags site is very vague about the early park entry and other sites don't seem to know either. If no one knows, I'll call the park to try and get an answer for those folks. Thanks again in advance!

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^^ You'll have to check the SFOG schedual, but I think it's 10 minutes before everyone else on a normal day, and I think the ERT starts at 9 or something like that. The ERT time may change depending on the day, rides open, ect. I think that if you get in 10 minutes early, you may not be able to ride much becuse they may still be testing everything at that point, but you will be able to get there and be at the front of the line as soon as they do finish testing.

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So yesterday I made a trip out to the park with some friends. Given that there have been several great trip reports recently, here are just a few quick and minor notes on the day:

 

-The park definitely had a healthy turnout, though it wasn't crazy. Wait times for Goliath, Superman, and Dare Devil Dive were all in the 80-90 minute range throughout most of the day. The line for Batman was long enough to be out of the tunnels, though I don't recall exactly how long that is in approximate minutes. Great American Scream Machine, Georgia Cyclone, and Georgia Scorcher were in the 50-60 minute range. Mind Bender was 35-45 minutes.

 

-Dare Devil Dive in particular does indeed seem to be the most popular ride in the park as the queue was entirely filled basically all day long. DDD did not open with the park at 10, but rather opened around 11:15. Not sure why there was a late opening, but I seem to recall someone else mentioning DDD opening late in a previous trip report recently.

 

-Mind Bender was running excellently. Props to the ride crew as they were working very efficiently and I didn't see a single train stack all day long. I just wish other rides could be run as well. Ride ops were focused, safe, and efficient, and it made for a great experience. Mind Bender's shorter wait times were largely due to excellent operations, not any lack of queued people.

 

-I definitely noticed some B&M rattle on Goliath on the second drop, particularly at the bottom of the drop and up into the third hill. It wasn't particularly bad, but to anyone paying attention to how the ride feels, it is clearly there. I believe I was on the second train for that particular ride.

 

-GASM and Goliath both broke down during the day. In both instances the rides were stalled on their respective lift hills, but their issues were apparently minor and resolved in 10-15 minutes.

 

-As several have already stated in past reports, they have done a nice job with retracking more of Georgia Cyclone. The retracked sections feel very good, though it is a bit jarring to go from new to old track. The ride has been made reasonably comfortable again, and when lines aren't too long I would reride.

 

-No activity on or around Ninja. I assume they're waiting on parts as the chain is still clearly out of position.

 

-Sky Screamer was testing with empty seats all day. I never saw it spin, but it was consistently going up and down throughout the day. Also, the lighting package looks very nice at night. It's nothing particularly different from what I've seen on other Sky Screamers, but the ride is a nice addition and should be a lot of fun when it opens.

 

That's about it. It was a good day at the park and I look forward to getting back again in a few weeks.

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^Pretty sure it is 15 minutes.

Appreciate it! Will be at the park tomorrow! We're shooting to arrive at 9:30am for a 10:30am opening. Figure it might take a bit of time to enter the parking area, park and make the hike to the front gate. We've been the past few spring break weeks and the crowds are usually not too bad. With the staggered spring break weeks this year it might be even better!

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Does anyone know why they have a globe on top of SkyScreamer? It seems out of place with the whole Six Flags theme. I was expecting something more like what Acrophobia has.

Isn't the Six Flags theme supposed to represent the whole world coming unto one area? I think the globe makes a ton of sense.

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I wouldn't hold my breath for something you read about in a survey, but SFOG could definitely use a shooting dark ride.

It would be a great addition to the park especially during the summer.

I got the same survey. I wouldn't hold my breath either, but we could really use more dark stuff. The park could use the variety and the people could use the AC in the summer heat. Sounds like a win win to me.

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