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Yeah, I would get a season pass as well. If you have 4 or more people, you can get them for $65 each, and it's upgraded to Gold with free parking. As for New Year's Day, it's pretty good at opening, but get's pretty busy later on. Most people are too tired in the morning and hung over to get the park at opening. However, the park doesn't open until 11 am so it won't be dead, but not too bad in the morning.

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google maps has updated the images, you can see that the coaster has arrived and is in the parking lot.

Damn no more combined speed of 70mph.     

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Thank you for the quick responses. I may end up getting the season pass since I do spend time down in SoCal and I may do a trip to Magic Mountain. I do plan on flying solo on my trip to SFDK so the group of four discount will not apply.

 

The park is open such a short window of time (10:30 AM - 6 PM) and I am going to do all I can to avoid eating in the park (probably means an early lunch). If either The Joker or Medusa are not operating, I am not even going to bother making the trip. Have those rides been consistently running even during the winter season?

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^If you’re going to spend $90 for a day ticket, just buy a season pass at that point. That is always the way to go with Six Flags. Plus, that pass can also get you into Magic Mountain if you ever find yourself available to head down there.

 

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Just buy a season pass. It's good at all Six Flags parks for all of 2018, and it will get you free parking at all Six Flags parks. You can't really go wrong with it!

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Thank you for your help! I bit the bullet and decided to go to SFDK today. First time! I will let you know how my trip goes!

 

UPDATE: It ended up being a good day overall! All the major rides were operating, besides V2 being down for about an hour (I've heard that happens quite a bit). The park was absolutely dead for the first three hours. I guess everyone was sleeping in from their NYE gatherings last night, despite the park opening at 11:00 AM. The longest I waited for a ride was a two train wait for The Joker toward the end of the day.

 

I got multiple rides on The Joker, Superman, V2, Medusa, Kong, and Boomerang (plus one ride on Wonder Woman) by 2:00 PM. The Joker was my first RMC and I absolutely loved it. I've heard it's the worst RMC but I still found it to be a very fun ride. I rode it 9 times total, with most of those rides in the back seat. It was great getting some B&M back in my life with Medusa. That's a solid floorless roller coaster. I loved the straight drop and that sea serpent element is a nice departure from the standard cobra roll most floorlesses have. Kong was my first SLC. I felt like a masochist as I endured four rides on it. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but my expectations for SLC were very low. It was still very rough and I ended each ride with a headache.

 

I've heard really bad things about the customer service at the park. I got to say that the Ride Ops were very kind and enthusiastic for the most part at the beginning of the day. However, I heard some attitude from several employees as the park got more crowded. Some of them got visibly frustrated with the smallest things that other guests were doing. That was a bit disappointing. I did not bother getting food in the park which was a wise choice after seeing the lines at the places that were open.

 

I am glad I went. It was a very full day and relatively stress-free with the lack of crowds. I was thinking about upgrading to a pass while I was there but I don't think it is worth the 2 hour trip again. Unless they get another major roller coaster, I do not plan on visiting it again in the near future. I definitely got my fill of SFDK today. Now, time to check out California's Great America when it opens for the season.

 

Thanks for reading my mini trip report!

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I was thinking about taking a spontaneous trip to SFDK this week. Have all the rides been open? I've been before, but have missed V2 my last 3 trips up there. Also, how does the park handle it if it rains (which is looking likely)?

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Is there any updates on Harley Quinn's Crazy Coaster?

I was at the park last Sunday, and absolutely nothing has happened as of yet. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't start construction until next month. In other news, my 7 year old daughter finally hit 48 inches and got her first rides on The Joker. Her response: "It was scary, but fun. I wanna go again!" Proud papa right here.

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Is there any updates on Harley Quinn's Crazy Coaster?

I was at the park last Sunday, and absolutely nothing has happened as of yet. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't start construction until next month. In other news, my 7 year old daughter finally hit 48 inches and got her first rides on The Joker. Her response: "It was scary, but fun. I wanna go again!" Proud papa right here.

From one dad to another, congrats! You're doing it right.

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Is there any updates on Harley Quinn's Crazy Coaster?

 

I was just going to ask this! I'm wondering if the track has been shipped yet.

 

The supports should be done being made soon as pictures have been posted to facebook and the footer rebar is about to be shipped to the park soon I believe according to SkyLine. The ride will however be put together in Orlando first for testing then shipped to the park according to Skyline.

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Is there any updates on Harley Quinn's Crazy Coaster?

 

I was just going to ask this! I'm wondering if the track has been shipped yet.

 

The supports should be done being made soon as pictures have been posted to facebook and the footer rebar is about to be shipped to the park soon I believe according to SkyLine. The ride will however be put together in Orlando first for testing then shipped to the park according to Skyline.

 

Really? Did they not test it before they sold it? That seems odd.

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At first I was wondering what looked wrong. Then I realized "Hurricane Harbor." Yeah, it'd make sense, I guess. Notwithstanding, I refuse to feel excited about this Six Flags re-purchase of the Concord water park (whatever they end up calling it,) until they actually invest in something worthwhile that the park didn't already have. Putting in another kids area doesn't sell it for me.

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My boyfriend (ABW) and I went to SFDK today and had a great time. We rode all the major rides and were surprised at the super cool shark exhibit they had. There were literally no lines aside from Joker which had a 15-20 minute wait.

 

Medusa x4

Kong x1

SkyScreamer x1

V2 x1

Joker x2

Wonder Woman x1

Taz x1

Superman x2

 

Ouch! Superman in the third row hurts! We were happy to leave after that but overall had a great time. Would recommend

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My boyfriend (ABW) and I went to SFDK today and had a great time. We rode all the major rides and were surprised at the super cool shark exhibit they had. There were literally no lines aside from Joker which had a 15-20 minute wait.

 

Medusa x4

Kong x1

SkyScreamer x1

V2 x1

Joker x2

Wonder Woman x1

Taz x1

Superman x2

 

Ouch! Superman in the third row hurts! We were happy to leave after that but overall had a great time. Would recommend

You might be the first person to ride Kong and decided that something else was more painful. Superman can get a little painful though on your legs depending on how the restraints fit you. For future reference, row 6 is the best on Superman, you get a really nice pop of air when the train whips you over the hill.

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I can't remember the last time I rode Kong. The painful memories still keep me away.

 

 

Several years ago I accompanied my niece and her friend at SFDK. We enjoyed Medusa and V2. My niece's friend was skeptical of Kong, having read the description somewhere that it was a Hang and Bang. I said I'd ride it with them but otherwise have had my lifetime quota of rides on it. We didn't ride.

 

I guess it still attracts enough riders to stay standing and / or is cheap to maintain.

 

I like the design of the replacement at Knotts for their old Boomerang. Perhaps Gerstlauer (or RMC) could design something that could fit in a Hang and Bang footprint, although that might not have sufficient Return on Investment.

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I can't remember the last time I rode Kong. The painful memories still keep me away.

 

 

Several years ago I accompanied my niece and her friend at SFDK. We enjoyed Medusa and V2. My niece's friend was skeptical of Kong, having read the description somewhere that it was a Hang and Bang. I said I'd ride it with them but otherwise have had my lifetime quota of rides on it. We didn't ride.

 

I guess it still attracts enough riders to stay standing and / or is cheap to maintain.

 

I like the design of the replacement at Knotts for their old Boomerang. Perhaps Gerstlauer (or RMC) could design something that could fit in a Hang and Bang footprint, although that might not have sufficient Return on Investment.

 

They would be better off having Vekoma retrack it like they did with the great Nor'Easter and put the new vest trains on it. Paint it green and call it the killer croc

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I can't remember the last time I rode Kong. The painful memories still keep me away.

I'm still trying to comprehend how they were even able to put VR on that ride. The season they did it was the year I didn't get a pass so I never figured out, although I don't think I would ever try VR on that ride. I have earrings now too & flashback to the day when my father got stabbed by his earrings coming off that painful ride.

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I guess I've just ridden Kong too much, I have a good bracing technique. Assuming it doesn't have a ridiculous line and one-train op, I still give it a ride every time I visit. Now Boomerang? I just pass by it and laugh.

 

Side note, but does Wonder Woman make any of you feel nauseous despite having no troubles with other rides? It was more the beginning and end of the ride (when it was spinning a lot and not swinging as much), but both times we rode it, it made my stomach hurt. I've never had a problem with similar rides.

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I can't remember the last time I rode Kong. The painful memories still keep me away.

I'm still trying to comprehend how they were even able to put VR on that ride. The season they did it was the year I didn't get a pass so I never figured out, although I don't think I would ever try VR on that ride. I have earrings now too & flashback to the day when my father got stabbed by his earrings coming off that painful ride.

 

It actually wasn't too bad. It had been years since I'd ridden it, but they did a little reprofiling in the middle and adjusted the restraints, and those both helped. I found especially towards the front with the VR I felt fine (relatively). Back was still not great, but not a nauseating as I expected.

 

Side note, but does Wonder Woman make any of you feel nauseous despite having no troubles with other rides? It was more the beginning and end of the ride (when it was spinning a lot and not swinging as much), but both times we rode it, it made my stomach hurt. I've never had a problem with similar rides.

 

Definitely. While it's spinning low towards the ground and moving slowly it definitely makes me feel queasy. It's kind of a problem because it takes awhile for it to slow down and stop at the end, so I'll be enjoying it in the middle of the ride, then while it's slowing down decide I'd really like to get off

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I can't remember the last time I rode Kong. The painful memories still keep me away.

I'm still trying to comprehend how they were even able to put VR on that ride. The season they did it was the year I didn't get a pass so I never figured out, although I don't think I would ever try VR on that ride. I have earrings now too & flashback to the day when my father got stabbed by his earrings coming off that painful ride.

Oh man it was just as horrible as I expected it to be. The only way Kong is bearable for me now is because I can see the track ahead and turn my head accordingly to avoid head banging, but being effectively blindfolded I was just tossed around like a rag doll. It sucked. First time was the last time with that VR.

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