Oh well, we figured this was a possibility. Six Flags' habit of delaying construction / opening a new ride later than most other amusement parks came back to bite them here, especially considering Candymonium and Orion are able to open, but to be fair, I'm sure "global pandemic" wasn't a factor in the early planning stages. Certainly disappointing, but it's undoubtedly small in comparison to a lot of what's going on now. We'll ride it eventually!
^ It's literally the most played out SF dig anyone can make, are enthusiasts able to come up with an original joke at all at this point?
michaellynn4 wrote:Oh well, we figured this was a possibility. Six Flags' habit of delaying construction / opening a new ride later than most other amusement parks came back to bite them here, especially considering Candymonium and Orion are able to open, but to be fair, I'm sure "global pandemic" wasn't a factor in the early planning stages.
boldikus wrote:I, for one, am absolutely shocked at this totally unexpected news.
That coaster dad  and that coaster kiddo .Road trip buddies for life. Dad's faves: Fury 325. Phantom's Revenge. Twisted Timbers. Intimidator 305. El Toro. Kiddo's faves: Talon. Alpengeist. Raptor. TMNT Shellraiser. Fury 325.
The pandemic is the reason for the delayed opening, not the fact that the pandemic delayed construction.
It is all about the money at this point and not worth opening Jersey Devil if they can't bring in large crowds with social distancing. Even if SFGAdv draws COVID capacity crowds the the park will struggle to make a profit since an even higher percentage of park visitors will be eager season pass holding enthusiasts willing to make reservations in an effort to maximize the return on investment on their season pass. With reduced park capacity it is a battle between season pass holders and the park to maximize profits. Once season pass holders buy those passes, they are no longer revenue generations at the park.
Delaying the opening til 2021 is not going to bite them. SF will take short term pot shots for the enthusiast community online, but those same enthusiasts will buy passes or continue memberships and come back next year
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As usual, my analysis is free of charge! Original enough to not steal someone else's quote as a signature
System crashed for an hour or so but works fine now.
Kingda Ka, Zumanjaro, and a few others rides will not be opening with the park. Forgot where I saw the list. Sounded like maint. work and inspections were delayed due to COVID and still need to be done on a few rides.
Agree with larrygator that it just makes commercial sense not to open it this year. Not only is it one of the worst rides when it comes to social distancing, with half the season gone and the rest of the season likely to be a washout it doesn't really make sense to open this year because by next year the hype has gone.
Also it makes sense to take a rain check on this year, because then at least by pushing everything back a year they don't need to worry about getting (or not getting) any new rides next year.
I'm actually surprised not more parks in America have pushed back ride openings, I think almost every park in the UK has.
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