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Just because the park has a shorter off season now doesn't excuse the fact that they can't get their off season work done. They obviously need to expand their maintenance team. Six Flags keeps finding ways to increase attendance and revenue but they aren't doing anything to provide service and manage that larger attendance and longer operating season. I see it every time I go to the park. People aren't happy waiting over an hour for food and standing in 3 hour lines due to one train operations. Long term that will backfire for Six Flags. Good for them for increasing attendance and revenue but they clearly need to spend the money to accommodate those crowds.

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Throwing money at more maintenance staff doesn't necessarily mean faster turn around. There's things like NDT and ordering parts and space available that can all limit how quickly they can get trains running again, plus any track work.

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Just because the park has a shorter off season now doesn't excuse the fact that they can't get their off season work done.
I pray to god this is sarcasm, because this has to be the most hilarious comment I've ever read!

 

In case it wasn't sarcasm, allow me to to explain that off season maintenance is ALL about time. Hiring a Bunch of Extra Bodies, who must be specially trained to complete the Necessary work, still won't make much of a difference when you don't just tear down the Train and put it back together and turn a ride on. There's non destructive testing that needs to be completed and parts that may have to be special ordered or parts sent off site for testing. On top of that, there's the entire structure and all mechanical systems that have to be checked. Once everything is done by maintenance personnel, the Ride gets turned over to a "Safety" Department and they have things they have to complete. Once their job is done, a ride can finally be turned over to Operations for their Duties, and finally, testing, training, and Operation. 10 Weeks to turn everything over in this particular park is literally InSAnE!

 

It makes more sense financially, to have Rides operating at Capacity when it makes the most financial sense, like Halloween and Christmas Events. Pre season is the slowest time of year in terms of revenue and attendance. Whether you like it or not, the Park is first and foremost a Business, and adding a high amount of Labor for little benefit would be financially terrible.

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All these operations complaints are worrying me for my visit in just over 2 weeks. :/ I also found out there is an ACE "Spring Fling" event that day where according to their promo for it they get unlimited exit passes on everything til noon. (WTF I hope there aren't a million of them)

 

Platinum FP in the budget so I hope you guys can assure me waits won't be an issue. It looks like I'll have about 6 hours in the park from opening (or whenever I arrive) until about 4-5pm and would like to hit up all the coasters (except Ninja, obviously, not to mention I rode that f*cker when it was brand new next to the sea 25 yrs ago), the drop ride, and Monster Mansion of course.

 

Skyscreamer, skyride and train would be bonuses. I hope its all doable! Also any insight if that coaster in the newer kiddie area be open? The Chance junior coaster (whatever the eff its called)?

 

Also I don't know if I asked this before but I need lunch spot recommendations. Any places unique to the park/not-to-miss grub? I noticed there is a Macho Nacho.... (But we have that here.)

 

Also the regulars: post your preferred seats on rides (except Batman and Superman, I'm well acquainted). Assuming Goliath is a back seater? I'm a huge fan of airtime so in particular the woodies I'm interested in the magic seats and if my Platinum FP will dictate where I have to sit.

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Just because the park has a shorter off season now doesn't excuse the fact that they can't get their off season work done.
I pray to god this is sarcasm, because this has to be the most hilarious comment I've ever read!

 

In case it wasn't sarcasm, allow me to to explain that off season maintenance is ALL about time. Hiring a Bunch of Extra Bodies, who must be specially trained to complete the Necessary work, still won't make much of a difference when you don't just tear down the Train and put it back together and turn a ride on. There's non destructive testing that needs to be completed and parts that may have to be special ordered or parts sent off site for testing. On top of that, there's the entire structure and all mechanical systems that have to be checked. Once everything is done by maintenance personnel, the Ride gets turned over to a "Safety" Department and they have things they have to complete. Once their job is done, a ride can finally be turned over to Operations for their Duties, and finally, testing, training, and Operation. 10 Weeks to turn everything over in this particular park is literally InSAnE!

 

It makes more sense financially, to have Rides operating at Capacity when it makes the most financial sense, like Halloween and Christmas Events. Pre season is the slowest time of year in terms of revenue and attendance. Whether you like it or not, the Park is first and foremost a Business, and adding a high amount of Labor for little benefit would be financially terrible.

It is not sarcasm and you shouldn't over assume what I am saying. The park has 1 month of off season before HITP and 2+ months after. Many parks handle off season maintenance in that time and ones who cannot have an additional train for a reason. I am talking about business decision here because I've been to the park multiple times this season and I've never seen so many extremely frustrated and unhappy guests. Long term Six Flags (company wide) needs to provide a proper level of service for the attendance they are so pleased about. Sacraficing experience for revenue and attendance is a short term plan that will fail if the parks are consistently unable to provide. Meanwhile Cedar Fair is investing in high capacity rides and highly effencient service.

 

You can see it through social media that the average guest is currently more unhappy than ever. Eventually that degrades reputation and honestly the way our park in particular has kicked off their season is unacceptable to many people.

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All these operations complaints are worrying me for my visit in just over 2 weeks. :/ I also found out there is an ACE "Spring Fling" event that day where according to their promo for it they get unlimited exit passes on everything til noon. (WTF I hope there aren't a million of them)

 

Platinum FP in the budget so I hope you guys can assure me waits won't be an issue. It looks like I'll have about 6 hours in the park from opening (or whenever I arrive) until about 4-5pm and would like to hit up all the coasters (except Ninja, obviously, not to mention I rode that f*cker when it was brand new next to the sea 25 yrs ago), the drop ride, and Monster Mansion of course.

 

Skyscreamer, skyride and train would be bonuses. I hope its all doable! Also any insight if that coaster in the newer kiddie area be open? The Chance junior coaster (whatever the eff its called)?

 

Also I don't know if I asked this before but I need lunch spot recommendations. Any places unique to the park/not-to-miss grub? I noticed there is a Macho Nacho.... (But we have that here.)

 

Also the regulars: post your preferred seats on rides (except Batman and Superman, I'm well acquainted). Assuming Goliath is a back seater? I'm a huge fan of airtime so in particular the woodies I'm interested in the magic seats and if my Platinum FP will dictate where I have to sit.

 

 

The exit pass for the ACE event is an awesome offer. I actually went last year and it really wasn't that many people. Just a few people at any ride at a given time. Now with one train ops in half the park the Flash Pass has piled up but it's still fast especially compared to the massive one train op regular lines

 

Joker Funhouse Coaster will not be open. They just started painting it a week ago basically.

 

Macho Nacho has an awesome portion size on the nachos. Miners Cookhouse has my favorite burgers in the park by far. Bacon cheddar ranch waffle fries are at the front gate and in Lickskillet and they are awesome. The park's curly fries are better than their normal fries.

 

GASM: front seat or middle row back car. Keep in mind Flash Pass has assigned seating here for the last 2 rows of second to last car.

Cyclone: front of back car. Awesome ejector if you can handle the roughness.

Batman: assigns last 2 rows

Scorcher: front or if not very back

Goliath: back is my favorite

Mind Bender: back but front is great too. Great ride in any seat really.

 

Don't forget to do Acrophobia (unique seating not and tilt makes it scarier than the normal models) and Monster Mansion because it's a great unique classic.

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Also, while waiting for 2 hours for one train Mind Bender I watched a Flash Pass user at DDD (the line for flash pass was running well down the ramp) and it took him over 30 minutes to get on the ride and another 10 to get to the unload dock afterwards so be ready for a decent wait even with FP. I would do it early but it's been opening late pretty consistently so it may not be open for the first hour or 2.

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Thanks again for the tips, I can't believe the trip is coming up so fast. Just praying to the weather gods (that its cloudy and a small chance of scattered rain to be honest LOL).

 

I am now kinda thinking it might be smart to just stay at one of the hotels right outside the park so I can stay riding until closing. And then just head out to Athens in the morning and not be rushed on Saturday. Probably a dumb question but assuming the same buses arriving at SF on Sunday morning will be able to get me back to HG Holmes and therefore into downtown ATL on Sunday morning?

 

Anyways, any recommendations on the hotels right outside the park? I see a couple - Super 8 (really bad reviews), Sleep Inn (average to bad) and Wingate (decent but $$), I would literally just be sleeping there so something affordable but not a total dump would be sufficient.

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^I'm a bit of a hotel snob, but Wingate is your best bet if you have the option and are willing to pay a bit more. The Wingate is the only hotel of the three that I feel safe in. A friend and I stayed at the cheapest hotel on the street a few years back (it was a Howard Johnson at the time). It's outdoor entry, and our door never locked properly. We feared for our lives every night we were there LOL.

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^ I am also a hotel snob, trying to not be for this since I'll really just be sleeping there. Just booked at Wingate. Closest walk from the park and just looks the nicest. Got a deal though orbitz that was 30% less than what the hotels website had listed. Just figure the extra money I am spending will allow me to relax a bit more and not rush around all day and can stay til closing, not to mention be able to take a hotel break midday if I so choose.

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Keep in mind if the chance of rain is high enough they will be on one train ops basically throughout the park. I asked the ride operations director about this and he claims it is to "prevent slippage causing a train to bump another train" ...I've been on scattered rain days where even on a Saturday they are one train ops. Kind of ironic considering it rains almost every day in the summer at some point during the day.

 

Most coasters will run in the rain though although Mind Bender and Batman aren't always running.

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Also if it does start raining fairly steady and attendance is low THEY WILL close.. Happened to me twice at six flags last year.. Once they closed fairly early at like 3 in the afternoon (it was a dead Sunday) and once during fright fest they closed about 8:30 at night on a Saturday.. (Was supposed to be open until 12)

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^I'm a bit of a hotel snob, but Wingate is your best bet if you have the option and are willing to pay a bit more. The Wingate is the only hotel of the three that I feel safe in. A friend and I stayed at the cheapest hotel on the street a few years back (it was a Howard Johnson at the time). It's outdoor entry, and our door never locked properly. We feared for our lives every night we were there LOL.

I started staying at the Wingate last year.. I'm not a hotel snob so I used to stay at super 8 up beside waffle house.. It was cheap but usually clean.. However, the Wingate has won me over.. Plus the Super 8 was dragging down my "free night average" on hotels.com.. This is the main reason I changed.. But I also like walking back to the hotel whenever I need.. Very convenient.. The walk is actually shorter than the walk from the parking lot

 

Even the Wingate drags it down as most of my hotels are for the beach and Disney but the Wingate doesn't drag it down as much

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Another thing is even if it is clear and sunny, if the park expected rain and there is still a chance later in the day they often stay at one train ops regardless of the fact that the day turned out beautiful.

 

Unless it is a monsoon, they won't close the park unless the park isn't busy. It is a money thing more than a weather thing. I've had them close on me at 7pm (one hour after opening) during Fright Fest because of inclement weather aka it's in the high 40s and no one showed up but when it was busy they had DDD going until 1am in 29 degree weather.

 

Hopefully since you are going during Spring Break (correct?) ops will be at their max. Expect Mind Bender to be one train no matter what though. It has been like that for pushing a year and the second train looks like it may just be a parts train.

 

Sky Screamer is running the short cycle too now which isn't as fun but it keeps the line shorter.

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Another thing is even if it is clear and sunny, if the park expected rain and there is still a chance later in the day they often stay at one train ops regardless of the fact that the day turned out beautiful.

 

Unless it is a monsoon, they won't close the park unless the park isn't busy. It is a money thing more than a weather thing. I've had them close on me at 7pm (one hour after opening) during Fright Fest because of inclement weather aka it's in the high 40s and no one showed up but when it was busy they had DDD going until 1am in 29 degree weather.

 

Hopefully since you are going during Spring Break (correct?) ops will be at their max. Expect Mind Bender to be one train no matter what though. It has been like that for pushing a year and the second train looks like it may just be a parts train.

 

Sky Screamer is running the short cycle too now which isn't as fun but it keeps the line shorter.

At times last year they had two trains running.. I was very surprised and didn't believe it when I saw it on here as a few weeks before it was in parts under the coaster..

 

Someone even posted a rumor that they brought the other train in from somewhere.. Idk, it was only early in the summer when they had both trains.. Early last year it was in parts under the coaster lol

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^I went for my birthday which landed on a Friday (yes I am a coaster nerd for choosing Six Flags as my birthday place on a Friday night). We arrived at 6:45 and they closed at 7:15 just as we got to GASM (The sky was completely clear). It really was a huge letdown.

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Another thing is even if it is clear and sunny, if the park expected rain and there is still a chance later in the day they often stay at one train ops regardless of the fact that the day turned out beautiful.

 

Unless it is a monsoon, they won't close the park unless the park isn't busy. It is a money thing more than a weather thing. I've had them close on me at 7pm (one hour after opening) during Fright Fest because of inclement weather aka it's in the high 40s and no one showed up but when it was busy they had DDD going until 1am in 29 degree weather.

 

Hopefully since you are going during Spring Break (correct?) ops will be at their max. Expect Mind Bender to be one train no matter what though. It has been like that for pushing a year and the second train looks like it may just be a parts train.

 

Sky Screamer is running the short cycle too now which isn't as fun but it keeps the line shorter.

At times last year they had two trains running.. I was very surprised and didn't believe it when I saw it on here as a few weeks before it was in parts under the coaster..

 

Someone even posted a rumor that they brought the other train in from somewhere.. Idk, it was only early in the summer when they had both trains.. Early last year it was in parts under the coaster lol

It has been in pieces between the station and the loop (not even housed in the maintenance/storage) since at least August of last year if I remember correctly. The maintenance building is basically empty so I feel like that must mean that train is done. I wonder if we will see another train brought in from elsewhere or if we can expect new Gerstlauer trains. I love the original trains but they really need 2 functioning trains on there because it's a very popular ride and has a long ride time.

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^ Really nice pics! I had actually forgotten about The Ninja renovation. I really like the blue. I wonder if this is something that SF will do for other Arrows and Vekomas at the parks?

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