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I'm here to.. parks picking up now though rides are backing up.. operations aren't to bad tonight but I am about to head out (will be back tomorrow) we just arrived in town early and figured we would catch a few rides tonight

 

I'm a little disappointed in the decorations this year! They don't seem to have nearly as many as years past.. yeah they have the themed scare areas but outside those areas there are no fall or Halloween style decorations like previous years..

 

Scareactors seem to be the same as last year and I was really hoping for more.. overall decent night! Everything is picking up though and most rides are now around a 30 min wait

 

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It's funny that several of you are here tonight. I'm here too! Pretty decent night as far as ops go. I've seen some hustle on multiple rides, and that's saying something. Loving how dead the park is tonight.

 

 

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I was at the park from 6-9 this evening. I only came to process my pass, but the low crowds convinced me to ride a few rides.

 

During my 3 hours, I rode:

Georgia Cyclone

Acrophobia

Monster Mansion

Blue Hawk

GASM

Superman

Carousel

Mind Bender

 

A few notes:

•I have to say, Blue Hawk was better than I expected, and the jolts weren't the worst thing in the world.

•Mind Bender's ops were killing it at times. By the time the 2nd train was on the brakes, the other was going up the lift.

•Someone please please paint Scorcher. It's horrible.

•100 minutes for DDD while the other rides are under a half hour. Yeah, please die VR.

•It was fun riding in the back of Cyclone by myself with beautiful ejector airtime.

•GASM needs to be retracked badly.

•Justice League construction is going well.

 

If anyone ever wants to go the park and ride a few together sometime, I'm always game as I usually ride by myself like I did tonight. I only live about 20 minutes from the park. I'll be back next Friday for more riding and all throughout HITP.

 

Also, riding Mind Bender at night is my favorite coaster experience ever. Yes, even better than Maverick, but barely. First night ride as well.

 

I'll end with a couple pics taken tonight.

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Dad and I in front of Bugs Bunny Boomtown

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Dad and I again

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As we were leaving

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I happened to have driven by the park this morning and saw the HITP Christmas tree already lit up. Do they leave it up during the day? I didn't notice it Sunday.

 

I had a pretty decent time at the park last Sunday. Blue Hawk somehow became my first ride of the day. I guess I just needed something to start the day quickly. I was a little pissed that I kept getting assigned the front row on Goliath, being a single rider. On the third time I was able to get the back row and finally was fully able to get my airtime fix on. It might have been my third visit, but I finally rode Monster Mansion. It was pretty cool. Superman in the front is a must-do. From now on, I'll be recommending my friends only bother their time with that ride in the front. And holy god were the ops hauling it on Superman! They were averaging one minute dispatches, even while using the hand lock. Unreal! I didn't know a flyer could even be out of the station that quickly!

 

Also, riding Mind Bender at night is my favorite coaster experience ever. Yes, even better than Maverick, but barely. First night ride as well.

Funny, I thought about saving Mind Bender until after dark. This visit was my latest stay by far - both times prior I had to leave around before dusk - and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my first time at the park in the dark. However, I got bored around 6:00 PM and ended up only riding it then.

 

GASM left me a little disappointed. I took my second lap on it Sunday after somebody here *we all know who* praised it. The drop after the second turnaround (by the waterpark) surprised me with some very sharp ejector - just what I had been looking for. I sympathize for these classic John Allen rides - and it just wasn't right that I could not recall how I felt about the first time. It's a great it's not Screamin' Eagle. It could just be that I have been whoring Eagle in recent years, but tomorrow I am going back to SFSTL to get a final confirmation on the comparison.

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I happened to have driven by the park this morning and saw the HITP Christmas tree already lit up. Do they leave it up during the day? I didn't notice it Sunday.

 

I had a pretty decent time at the park last Sunday. Blue Hawk somehow became my first ride of the day. I guess I just needed something to start the day quickly. I was a little pissed that I kept getting assigned the front row on Goliath, being a single rider. On the third time I was able to get the back row and finally was fully able to get my airtime fix on. It might have been my third visit, but I finally rode Monster Mansion. It was pretty cool. Superman in the front is a must-do. From now on, I'll be recommending my friends only bother their time with that ride in the front. And holy god were the ops hauling it on Superman! They were averaging one minute dispatches, even while using the hand lock. Unreal! I didn't know a flyer could even be out of the station that quickly!

 

Also, riding Mind Bender at night is my favorite coaster experience ever. Yes, even better than Maverick, but barely. First night ride as well.

Funny, I thought about saving Mind Bender until after dark. This visit was my latest stay by far - both times prior I had to leave around before dusk - and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my first time at the park in the dark. However, I got bored around 6:00 PM and ended up only riding it then.

 

GASM left me a little disappointed. I took my second lap on it Sunday after somebody here *we all know who* praised it. The drop after the second turnaround (by the waterpark) surprised me with some very sharp ejector - just what I had been looking for. I sympathize for these classic John Allen rides - and it just wasn't right that I could not recall how I felt about the first time. It's a great it's not Screamin' Eagle. It could just be that I have been whoring Eagle in recent years, but tomorrow I am going back to SFSTL to get a final confirmation on the comparison.

I didn't notice the tree lit up last night but they might during the day.. I didn't even notice the tree at all but it was fairly dark most of the night.. I'll see today

 

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Sorry for the bad photo but is that a new superman train in the maintenance bay? It's not themed yet and they where running two trains today meaning they have three on property

 

 

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So tonight are the worst operations I have ever seen at a park! It started out great this morning and even Dale Kaetzel was even at the gates greeting people. But tonight food operations are a mess with 90% of the park out of ice (at least six restaurants I went to), and over half the restaurants closed.. just waited in line for my last dining plan snack.. got in line around 8:20 and snacks ended at 8:30.. when we got to the window at 9 they wouldn't honor it.. Also, they where not making pretzels at this stand and that's what we waited in line so long for..

 

I have Dale's email and I plan on letting him know! If I see him again in the morning, I'll let him know in person how badly the park performed tonight

 

On a happy note, rides seem to be performing fine.

 

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I come here all the time and this is the first issue I have had these issues. I even defend six flags on here for issues like this

 

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My bad for not reading some of the rest of this thread. I'm glad it usually isn't like this..

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I saw Dale (park president) again tonight on my way out and couldn't bring myself to complaining.. He was with another higher up picking up trash at the front of the park.. He has always had my respect because he is always out and about in the park and if he is out picking up trash then the park was very overwhelmed tonight.. How many other park presidents pick up trash? I just shook his hand and said thanks for a great night. In their defense park was packed! The old lot was back to go carts almost and the lot beside the bus lot was full.

 

I had fun though, fright fest is always my favorite time at six flags.. I love Halloween and everything about it.. That's why I drive to Atlanta for it usually two different weekends and spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday both weekends!

 

Shows: Dead Man's Party is my favorite show of all time! Watched it 3 times already this year! The carnival was decent

 

Rides: Ops were fine on rides.. Goliath was almost always going up the lift when the second train returned.. Same for mind bender and other coasters.. Superman was stacking but the ops where moving very quickly.. those old trains just never lock correctly.. the ops ran from seat to seat and you could tell they where trying.. Scorcher also stacked but people never follow instructions on it.. Can't blame the ops for that.. I had a flash pass, lines remained very long most of the evening (60 min + wait on most) but again ride ops remained positive.. Later in the night they were getting ran down a bit but most rides had the same ops at 10:45 that they had at noon when they opened

 

Food Service: This was disappointing, mainly because so much was closed.. with school in session are they really this short on clerks to run food booths? Maybe! The outside of alot of the restaurants could really use a cleaning! Snacks down beside Superman had spiders and webs (real webs not the fright fest ones) all over.. I'm not talking one web that built overnight, I'm talking looks like it hasn't been cleaned all season! Lol.. and honestly there is no excuse for not honoring dining plan if you have been waiting in line.. This is unacceptable and I will probably at least complain about this in the survey that is sent out..

 

Decorations: They did a great job on the various haunted decorations all over the park but without the scarecrows and other Halloween type things during the day, it looked lacking.. I mean the had huge areas that had amazing decor but in between the areas, no scarecrows, skeletons, or anything.. Years past have been full of this stuff

 

Scareactors: Friday was lacking but tonight they had tons.. and they did a good job causing you to jump! I love the scareactors! This is why frightfest is my favorite time at Six Flags

 

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Sorry for the bad photo but is that a new superman train in the maintenance bay? It's not themed yet and they where running two trains today meaning they have three on property

 

 

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There has always been three.

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Well see that's what I thought but when people started complaining about them only running one and that it was half broken down I thought someone had mentioned they only had two now..

 

Both trains where running fine when I was there, all seats working and everything.. of course, nothing would lock correctly but that's always been an issue. The train on the maintenance bay has no theming so I guess they use it exclusively for parts now. It's like a Skelton train lol

 

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Oh and to whoever asked the question earlier, they do have a lot of Christmas lights up already.. most bushes wrapped and stuff..

 

Here are a few photos from yesterday, most are on my Action Camera but here are a few from my phone. Going to head back to the park for a couple hours until it gets busy here when the open at noon.. Few more hours before I head back home to Knoxville!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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^ I'm sorry about your experience and even though I've never been to SFOG, it's a Six Flags park. What the hell did you expect?

 

All SF parks and personnel are not created equal. It is ignorant to think all Six Flags parks deliver the same experience! I have had few complaints with SFGAdv this season.

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Well see that's what I thought but when people started complaining about them only running one and that it was half broken down I thought someone had mentioned they only had two now..

 

Both trains where running fine when I was there, all seats working and everything.. of course, nothing would lock correctly but that's always been an issue. The train on the maintenance bay has no theming so I guess they use it exclusively for parts now. It's like a Skelton train lol

 

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They probably have the three trains on a refurb schedule with one being out of use for a season, and another train the next, and so on. Great Adventure does this with Kingda Ka and the Runaway Mine Train. Sometimes towards the end of the season the fourth train for Kingda Ka and the third train for Runaway Mine Train appear on the transfers, partially or fully constructed. The next season one of the trains for each ride is taken off the track, giving the impression that one less train exists for each ride.

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Hopefully they are refurbishing it not sure if that will actually help the locks or not! It needs a new paint job as well, overall though, Superman ran fine this weekend.. not nearly as bad as a lot of people have made it sound.. They just have caught the crew on an off day like I caught the food services crew on an off day

 

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To comment on someone's post earlier - as far back as I can remember the Park Presidents at SFoG have usually spent time walking and WORKING in the park itself. When I worked there in 1996 and 1997, the park president was known to walk around with a broom and dustpan - it seems like it has always gone on which helps me understand why SFoG usually does well with service (except for food service which is always understaffed at every park anywhere ) It truly is still my favorite Six Flags park.

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Yup, he didn't have a broom and dustpan but he did have a trash grabber and was picking up trash.. like I said, he was also the person directing guest as they where entering the park on Saturday.

 

It really does go a long way with customer service and I'm sure it does help with the service at the park

 

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^These young whipper-snappers and their "trash Grabbers," back in my day it was a broom and dustpan....uphill....both ways......in the snow

 

Honestly, it's great to see upper management is still involved inside the park.

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^I noticed them using the second station a few weeks ago (not loading and unloading, but moving empty trains in and out from there). Do they normally utilize that side of the station? I was under the impression that it wasn't functional at this point.

 

Could that be a sign of returning to dual station ops? (with three trains ideally but even with two it would prevent stacking and increase pph)

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Could that be a sign of returning to dual station ops? (with three trains ideally but even with two it would prevent stacking and increase pph)

 

 

I really doubt that that will happen again

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Could that be a sign of returning to dual station ops? (with three trains ideally but even with two it would prevent stacking and increase pph)

 

 

I really doubt that that will happen again

I only mention it because before a few weeks ago (when I saw them use the other station) I was under the impression that it was not functional. I was surprised to see that side fully functional. It does give me hope. I know Six Flags is infamous for not caring about pph ops but Superman is made to have amazing ops yet always has a terrible line. I do have some hope that it is so bad they are trying to fix it. I've had the line from the steps into the station take a half hour. I couldn't imagine the usual where it goes down the long path near the entrance to the ride. That's 2 hours best. Crossing my fingers for a Superman upgrade considering it is still one of their most popular coasters.

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