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One of my concerns is employees checking children's heights for the ride too. I hope employees check all heights of kids before letting guests enter the ride. I've witnessed a ton of kids getting on a ride at SFOT and having the dispatch process stop because they had to pull a kid off the ride to double check their height.

 

Does this new loading system get rid of the employee at the bottom of the stairs too? Last several visits to the park, that one employee at the bottom of the stairs wasn't very efficient in my opinion. They just kind of sat there and let guests pile onto the stairs and loading station...

 

P.S. I guess this new process screams "if you get on, you're riding!". lol! I've seen so many people get on NTAG and cry to get off because their too scared to ride.

That one Team Member works for Flash Pass

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One of my concerns is employees checking children's heights for the ride too. I hope employees check all heights of kids before letting guests enter the ride. I've witnessed a ton of kids getting on a ride at SFOT and having the dispatch process stop because they had to pull a kid off the ride to double check their height.

 

Does this new loading system get rid of the employee at the bottom of the stairs too? Last several visits to the park, that one employee at the bottom of the stairs wasn't very efficient in my opinion. They just kind of sat there and let guests pile onto the stairs and loading station...

 

P.S. I guess this new process screams "if you get on, you're riding!". lol! I've seen so many people get on NTAG and cry to get off because their too scared to ride.

That one Team Member works for Flash Pass

 

Well that still seems pointless considering the website says you can't use Flash Pass on NTAG.

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This whole new loading procedure makes me think Six Flags is looking for a new way to *attempt* to increase efficiency while cutting cost. Just a thought - I'm not saying I'm correct.

 

When Giant was new, trains were full and sent out on time. You could wait for any seat you want, and they paired up single riders. That was just the way you ran a roller coaster years ago. The idea of pairing up single riders, getting trains out at intended intervals AND letting people pick their seat is completely lost on many ride crews of today. I'm not bashing or complaining (well, maybe a little whining) - just stating fact. They are not trained to do that any longer. In fact, I don't think there would be anyone on staff who would know how to do it. It's a thing of the past for some parks; common for Six Flags parks. With pay to cut, the trade off (good service) just isn't worth it to them.

 

Of course, I could be totally wrong. I haven't been on the new Giant with or with out the new loading system. The idea of not being able to pick my seat is a huge turn off. That kinda thing is OK for a mouse coaster. Or Ultra Twister (Or Maverick, for some.)

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One of my concerns is employees checking children's heights for the ride too. I hope employees check all heights of kids before letting guests enter the ride. I've witnessed a ton of kids getting on a ride at SFOT and having the dispatch process stop because they had to pull a kid off the ride to double check their height.

 

Does this new loading system get rid of the employee at the bottom of the stairs too? Last several visits to the park, that one employee at the bottom of the stairs wasn't very efficient in my opinion. They just kind of sat there and let guests pile onto the stairs and loading station...

 

P.S. I guess this new process screams "if you get on, you're riding!". lol! I've seen so many people get on NTAG and cry to get off because their too scared to ride.

That one Team Member works for Flash Pass

 

Well that still seems pointless considering the website says you can't use Flash Pass on NTAG.

 

Regular and Gold passes are not valid for NTAG. Platinum passes are and have been since the relaunch in some form. The website hasn't been accurate in that respect since re-opening.

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Agreed. To me, Giant is bleh (relatively speaking) anywhere but the back (I'm just not a fan of the front's ejector airtime), and taking away my choice to sit where I want to after waiting in line is ridiculous.

 

 

 

Yep. The back of the giant is a HUGE improvement over anywhere else in the train. We were actually shocked at what a difference it made, particularly on the first drop.

 

It's gonna suck if this system stays

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At the park today. I actually really like the new loading system for giant. It was very easy to understand and we were out of the station real quick. Line was fast moving as well.

 

I enjoy the pockets on the rides too! It's nice to have when you only bring a phone, keys, and wallet. Park was empty today, which is nice! Giant had a short wait. All other rides seemed like walk ons. I can't wait until Gotham city is open again!

 

No update on skyscreamer other than they put a fence around the area. But I didn't see anything different from the pic I posted a few weeks ago.

 

That's my report for today! Lol.

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I'm actually excited for Sky Skreamer too! Everybody seems to complain about how it isn't extreme and that its boring. I agree SFOT needs a new coaster, but I like this too. I rode the one in Galveston this summer and was actually quite surprised, it really is a fun ride. And there is a thrill factor in it. I can't wait to see this as part of the park skyline.

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Enough about Astroworld. Sky Screamer... does anybody know when we can expect pieces on site?

Not until March or April at the earliest I imagine.

 

Edit: Looking at the SFDK thread, it wasn't until March 31 that construction really picked up with the final piece up in two weeks. I imagine SFOT to take three to four weeks for their Sky Screamer to fully rise.

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Found this on another site.

 

It mostly has to do with the viscosity of the grease used to lubricate the wheel bearings. Grease is nothing more than oil held in suspension in a base material, such as clay. Modern greases have more sophisticated synthetic bases. It is formulated to give it's maximum performence with in a specific tempeture range. Low viscosity greases are for low temp, high for warmer temp. Since the coaster train will be operating for the most part in warmer to hot conditions the higher viscosity greases are used. At the lower temp range the grease thickens increasing drag, or friction in the bearings.Thus a slower ride.

 

coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Topic/coasters-running-slow-in-the-cold#362644

 

So I guess they are running a bit slower.

 

 

I am still surprised that the park is opened until this Sunday. I may go this Sunday to see the last day of operations for the season.

 

I still have two extra 2012 one day tickets that I did not use. Got them for free during the Coaster Wars film shoot. I wonder if they would still work? I have a season pass so don't really need them.

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Went to the park earlier today (which was the last day of the 2012 season). Light crowds when I got there around noon but they started to pick up by the time I left (around 2). Finally got to experience the New Texas Giant's loading procedure too.

 

 

I also took a video of the new loading procedure (see below). My take: it feels faster, but I'm still not totally convinced it actually is. The pouches seem to do the most in speeding things up as most people don't need to go to the cubbies to store small things. They still need to add separate lines for the first and last cars to give riders some choice, and I see this could very easily be incorporated with the new loading scheme.

 

So is it faster? I'm not sure, but since the line moves at a slower, albeit more continuous pace, it feels faster. I do have another theory: since the train is continuously moving it almost makes everyone loading/unloading hustle a bit faster than when a train is just sitting in the station. That in itself could create faster loading.

 

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^Hmm--interesting. I suppose keeping the train moving could speed things up. I assume they stop the train to accommodate disabled riders who have to transfer from wheelchairs or ECVs. The pouches are a good idea (Disney has been using these for years).

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