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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby John Peck » Fri May 17, 2019 3:50 am

Looks great! Thank you for the pictures!

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby coneyislandchris » Fri May 17, 2019 5:56 am

Hershey_flags wrote:I am just shocked they actually opened up their new attraction before June this year. Maybe next year Six Flags Magic Mountain will try to do that...nah, what am I kidding.

Well, it helps that their "new attraction" was already built to begin with. Can't say the same for anything out at Magic Mountain. ;)

And agreed with the poster above, those are some fantastic action shots! Great work!
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Fri May 17, 2019 6:27 am

Great photos!

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Fri May 17, 2019 6:48 am

Great pics - the overcast, "moist" day really worked in your favor as the colors pop fantasticallyl!


really loved seeing them, the ride looks so much better than it did previously.

thanks for sharing.
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby blk_mamba » Fri May 17, 2019 8:34 am

This is a great addition, glad that this ride got the Rougarou treatment, as it is the closest park to me, although I consider HP my home park. Haven't been since 2015. This may make me make a trip.

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5/17 First Visit Trip Report

Postby C.O. » Fri May 17, 2019 5:19 pm

Hi all!

I used to have an account on TPR way back in middle school, but I hadn't touched it in years and decided to make a new account. I'm originally from St. Louis, but now I'm a college student in DC. I had the chance to visit Six Flags America for the first time today and had a really enjoyable afternoon. The park was nearly empty (one of the ride attendants mentioned having only ~3,000 guests in the park today) except for the handful of middle schools taking end of the year trips, so nearly everything was a walk-on aside from Superman and Joker's Jinx. The biggest downside of the day was multiple coasters running one train operations, which created lines for Superman and Joker's Junx. I also missed out on Batwing, which the website lists as temporarily closed. Anyone know if this is a maintenance issue or if they're just waiting until the summer to open it?

I started the day at a morning job training that wrapped up earlier than expected. Since we finished around 12:30, I decided to finally get out to Six Flags America for the first time. I just bought my Season Pass for Six Flags St. Louis while I was home for less than the price of a day ticket at Six Flags America, so my only cost was to take the Metro out to Largo Town Center and then get an Uber to and from the park. All in, the whole trip cost me just $30!

I arrived at the park just before 2pm and decided to take a lap of the whole park, leaving Superman: RoS for last so it could be my 70th credit.

Mind Eraser (4/10): This was my first SLC; maybe I expected worse because of the model's reputation, but I actually didn't think it was too bad. Definitely not worth riding again, but I didn't think the head banging was too painful. Walked right onto the train, which dispatched with only 6 people.

Roar (2/10): Owwwww. I didn't have high expectations for a 20-something year old GCI at a Six Flags, but this hurt. Sat near the front and still left in pain. Got the credit though!

Firebird (7/10): This was fun! Firebird was my first B&M floorless ride and I thought it was pretty enjoyable. It sounds like it's much, much better than Apocalypse was. Trains were comfortable and the course was fairly smooth given the actual age of the ride. There's a bit of headbanging on the transitions to watch out for but it's not bad. I rode in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th rows - naturally, I enjoyed the first row the most. There's really nothing like seeing the track directly below your feet, it's a really odd experience!

Joker's Jinx (7/10): I've wanted to ride one of these Premier "Spaghetti Bowl" coasters for a while and I'm glad I finally got the chance. The launch is fun but nothing too intense, the real fun is up in the jungle of track. Lots of really fun, forceful manuevers with lots of headchoppers, and the last 1/3rd that travels close to the ground provides a lot of fun, positive forces (especially the last corkscrew). Overall the ride is fairly smooth for its age, I just wish the ride could get a new coat of paint since the current coat is very faded and chipped everywhere.

Wild One (5/10): I had no idea how old this coaster was until I saw the signage in the station. Despite its age, it rode fairly well in the 2nd row. The transitions and unbanked turns were a bit painful, but there was some nice airtime and the ride was fairly smooth when it wasn't turning.

Superman: Ride of Steel (8/10): I had high expectations for the park's Intamin hyper, and my expectations were mostly met! Lots of fun airtime throughout the ride, but not quite as strong as I expected, even in the back. Helixes gave some strong positive forces, but I really wish they did something more fun with all of that track. Despite my complaints, this ride was great and made a visit to the park worth it all on its own!

Overall, I thought Six Flags America was a decent small-to-medium sized park. It was clean for a Six Flags, had a decent selection of coasters, and the staff were generally nice and got trains moving at a decent speed. With it being a slow day on a Friday before schools are out for the summer, I managed to get through the entire park with re-rides on Joker's Jinx, Firebird, and Superman in just 3 hours. I probably won't revisit over the summer while it's hot and crowded, but it will definitely warrant another trip in the fall once the weather cools down and kids go back to school so I can get the Batwing credit!
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"New" Hotness 2019! A very fun, mostly smooth addition to the lineup.
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The new coat of paint really looks great!
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Happy riders!
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Loop-de-loop!
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View from the station. I will say, I rode multiple times throughout the day and experienced hit-or-miss ride ops. My first ride I sat on the train in the station for 5 minutes - not entirely sure why.
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Joker's Jinx!
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I just love how cool the "spaghetti bowl" of track looks.
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This is the only photo I have of Wild One, it's sprawled out over various sections of the park and I didn't see any good photo ops near its station.
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The New Orleans themed area was surprisingly nice.
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My first flyer! It was pretty fun, although I couldn't figure out how to get it to snap.
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Ragin' Cajun was my 69th credit. I have no further comment.
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The drop tower was fun (although much, much too short for my liking), but I passed on the Fireball model - they normally make me feel a bit motion sick.
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Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth looked like fun, but I passed on it since I was trying to wrap up in time to avoid Uber's surge pricing on the ride back to the Metro.
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My selfie in front of Superman doesn't agree with TPR's website - I get an error message when I try to upload it! I guess it's trying to tell me something...
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Happy riders returning from their ride!
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hershey_flags » Sat May 18, 2019 5:14 am

Great trip report! I would recommend visiting on summer weekdays because the park does not usually get crowded during those days. Especially since most people tend to go to the waterpark! I went last year at the end of July on a Tuesday and Wednesday and did almost all of the rides and slides I wanted to with many rerides. Anyways, glad you enjoyed the park and hope Batwing is open on your next visit.

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Sat May 18, 2019 11:45 am

glad you had a good time, and some great pics.

surprised you didn't have much to say about Ragin Cajun. . . as i thought it was a really fun spinning coaster, and it was among my favorites in the park.
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hershey_flags » Sat May 18, 2019 12:04 pm

Ragin Cajun is a very enjoyable ride if you are okay with spinning.

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby C.O. » Sat May 18, 2019 2:11 pm

bert425 wrote:glad you had a good time, and some great pics.

surprised you didn't have much to say about Ragin Cajun. . . as i thought it was a really fun spinning coaster, and it was among my favorites in the park.


Must've gotten deleted! I had this problem when posting - every time I saved a draft and left the page a part of my draft was deleted. I normally like spinning coasters but I ended up riding alone in my car, so I was violently thrown from one end of the seat to the other! Also the seatbelt that goes under the lapbar was jammed, so I very sketchily was told just to slip underneath it...
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