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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby Jason Maier » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:33 pm

MisterBrow wrote:
Too Fast For Comfort wrote:
steamedturtle wrote:
MisterBrow wrote:If it is not hooked into regular water lines it makes sense. I think it had the waterless urinals. Push a button for water in the sink. Half sized Xcelerators. The overall small size, like a hallway, is just strange. I walked out thinking it was weird and the first thing my kids said was, "That is a weird bathroom."

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it's there.


All of that plus the faucets don't come out far enough so you have to like touch the sink to even get the water on your hands. Definitely weird.


With all of the enthusiasm over new bathrooms, the Golden Tickets definitely need to add abundance and quality of bathrooms as a new annual award.



Can they RMC a bathroom? Maybe add VR?


Hee hee, yeah give the plumbing system an Iron Horse makeover so it won't clog up if you have to drop a hyper sized deuce!

And yeah, VR in a bathroom would be nice; a different experience if what you ate didn't agree with you.

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:34 pm

Rode Firebird. Got a laugh after my second ride, declaring it's exactly the same! Actually the headbanging is not as constant, but the "gotcha" spots are exactly the same such as the double bounce-bang coming out of the corkscrew. Which would be some advantage if it hadn't been 2 years since I last rode it. It looks great though, not just the track paint but the shiny new trains and floors. And you can ride it with bare feet. At least the old giant style standup OTSRs are gone. The loop is good and I kind of enjoy the funky little floorless feel of it but it still hurts your head more than Mind Eraser... speaking of which they removed a row. It does probably shuffle a little less towards the end, when it seemed most of the momentum left was side to side bouncing, but the ride still wants your ears. Roar is getting rougher after the retracking of a couple years ago, but not too much in any spot. Wild One was solid but more popular, and Supes got a rush on the line going towards close, guess that's one thing about closing at 8 in July.

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby Highridin » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:14 pm

Just realized that I never did a little review of Firebird.

2x better than Apoc with no head banging in the 4th to 6th row. A love tap in the 5th row I got after the corkscrew, but that's it. Don't have sensitive ears, so I'm good.

First row wasn't too bad, but a little more of a jolt than the last 3 rows. 2nd row, I got smashed.

All in all, I will ride, and reride this when I go to the park. I got in 8 rerides that day. Another guy had 35. When it was Apoc, I only rode on National Rollercoaster Day, and that's it. What does that tell you? Taking into account that this is the manufacturer's first go, I can see the mistake with that corkscrew;a reprofile needs to be done.

Colors, landscaping, and 'Firebird' fire spitting mountain were all great. Music is appropriate for the ride, but miss the Apoc theme music.

As always, I give any park a thumbs up for doing, or at least making the attempt to increase guess experience. This is a win. Fire effect looks great at night when they close at 9. They'll be open until 10 next weekend, with a full DJ setup. I'll be there!

Additionally, many said for years that they would never do this. Guess they were wrong..lol..
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby anonymouscactus » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:42 pm

Not news: Firebird being evacuated.

However, it is in an interesting spot at the top / over the hump lift. I'd be surprised if the train wasn't tied back, but from what I can see from my brief viewing of the live helicopter feed (... lol...) it doesn't look like it.

Been trained on a few coasters, and i will say floorless coasters are the biggest pain in the ass to evac (on a lift hill anyways, in a block brake it's easy peasy.). I've had to do it a few times and trying to lock them in place you can look like a real idiot trying to do it and it takes a few tries sometimes.

I couldn't get a good look but I would think the platforms would be at a really weird angle on the downslope, if my memory serves me right with how they hook in (it's been awhile...)

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hershey_flags » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:24 am

All coasters are open today...including Firebird!

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby MisterBrow » Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:25 am

Back on June 10th Firebird was shut down because it "Woke up grumpy". I have to imagine swapping out trains like that creates a lot of bugs to sort out.

I enjoyed the news footage of many riders waiting to be "rescued" happily waving at the helicopter camera.
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby willh51 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:14 pm

This lift-stop "catastrophe" was featured on our local news in Burlington, North Carolina. Why? Jesus people are dramatic. Add that to my GP friends freaking out that they just rode a pendulum ride at Kings Dominion "exactly like the one that collapsed in Egypt" and you can see why people are needlessly scared of thrill rides.

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hershey_flags » Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:09 pm

Batwing was running both stations/trains today.

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby SK4494 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:01 am

Just get rid of Batwing for a better coaster already!

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby JG-77 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:13 pm

^ Some people (myself included) actually like it quite a bit, there’s plenty of empty space for new rides
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