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Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:57 pm
by bert425
ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Yeah, I don't really expect any Six Flags park to be at 100% this early in the season. And lol at Madonna.... Six Flags always seems to treat shows as an afterthought anyway, so I'm just impressed they got that much right.


two points to keep in mind tho:

1) SFFT is a year round park now. so they've been open since Jan - and yes, that means that ride refurbs have to happen while the park is open (that's why Gully Washer and the Train have been down -- tho both reopened early. . and why Hustler is in pieces). Don't get me wrong, I'm impressed at how much was up and operating. If Supes hadn't shat the bed on Sat, it would have been open too. No idea what was up with the Disc-O (Hurricane Force 5) tho.

2) SFFT is well known as a "show park". I think it's the premier show park in the SF chain.
So it was a loss that they haven't been running shows thus far in 2019 (not after Christmas, even tho Holiday in the Park decorations were still up. . after 12/25 shows were down). Mardi Gras had live bands (on temporary stages), and parade, but no shows.

So I'm glad to see some of the live shows are slowly coming back. As we hit April/May, and they begin to open daily, I fully expect they'll be using all 6 theaters (2 indoor full theaters (Zaragosa & Rockville), 3 outdoor (Los Festivales, Crackaxle, Kidzopolis), and 1 indoor (Sangerfest Hall) stages.. not counting the large outdoor they only use for special occastions/concerts (Diamond Lil's amphitheater))

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:59 pm
by TBpony414
Bert where did you get the ride photo frames? Are they from the ride photo website and you can select them when downloading the on-ride pics? The photo of you taken by the staff member with the real camera is so unbelievably awful, clearly they had the wrong settings selected LOL! That little path you found sure looks pretty and definitely provides some nice views of the rides. I had no idea the train went through a tunnel flanked by waterfalls - how pretty!

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:32 pm
by bert425
TBpony414 wrote:Bert where did you get the ride photo frames? Are they from the ride photo website and you can select them when downloading the on-ride pics? The photo of you taken by the staff member with the real camera is so unbelievably awful, clearly they had the wrong settings selected LOL! That little path you found sure looks pretty and definitely provides some nice views of the rides. I had no idea the train went through a tunnel flanked by waterfalls - how pretty!


heya Liz. .good to see you back posting again! hope all is going well (and belated Happy Birthday).

yep, the photo frames for the rides are on the website - I have them scan onto my card at each ride, and then the next day "download" the pics. once they are visible, the ride specific pics, have frame options (generic, no frame, six flags frame, character frames, and a themed to that specific ride frame). You can also add "Stickers" or "logos" to any picture before saving to your own computer.

Wonder Woman and Bug's Rapids have just one option, but Iron Rattler, Goliath, and Roadrunner Express seem to have two :)

I purchased the 2019 season photo pass, back in 2018 when they kept dropping the price. it was so cheap, it was nuts not to pick it up. . tho as we can all see, not all of the "professional" pics are what would be considered "Professional".

but I did get my fave pic in years out of it during our mid Feb visit. . and with the ride pics I get every time? yeah, was a great deal.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:11 am
by TBpony414
Hey, thanks for the bday wishes! Unfortunately things have been a little hectic to say the least. Now ski season is officially over :( so it’s back to coastering and chatting with my friends at TPR :)

We went to Utah to ski in Feb and I’m still sorting thru the 500+ photos and over 20 hours of GoPro footage but will have an album on FB soon. Ok this is your thread - enough about me!

I also have the photo passes for CF and SF parks since overall it’s a steal of a deal. However, I always have my SO download the pics and he never mentioned the frame options to me. I’ll have to take over that task! Thanks for mentioning it.

The photo of you and Nick is a framer for sure and more than makes up for that cracked out overexposed one from your last visit LOL. I never actually thought about the professional (erm, “professional”) photogs at the park entrances and such and their pics going on the photo pass. Ought to take advantage of that this year! You’re full of good info!!

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:14 pm
by bert425
As noted in the SFFT thread. . Nick and I went to Fiesta yesterday (he was willing to go with me, since he forgot that Thurs was my Birthday and scheduled a Dentist appt. that morning - meaning we couldn't go out to eat that night after he had a procedure, and so we had to do my Bday dinner on Wednesday. So he felt bad, and was able to 'guilt' him into going with me for the first nice weekend in several weeks.

Knew it would be busy, but it was SLAMMED.

Combo of GORGEOUS Day (High 80's and sunny, after a bunch of nasty weekends in a row), School Choir Performances (so TONS of groups of bands/choirs in the park), and Opening Day of the Whitewater Bay Land (preview for Members from 12-3, then general entry from 3-7) meant for a packed, packed day.

we got there around 12:30 and stayed until about 5.

Didn't ride any coasters, and instead wandered around, people watched and stuck to things with short waits (which did NOT include food lines).

rode:
Train
Zoom Jets
Up Up and Away
Hustler
Pirates of the Deep Sea
(me, while Nick sat. . this had no line at all, still. . think folks just don't know it's there, despite the park creating a photo op now near Rockville High)
and the Carousel.

it was enough and we had a great day.

Also checked out the new ChopSix food place, the bar, the progress on Joker: Carnival of Chaos!, the refreshed Hustler, and I took a stroll thru Whitewater Bay on opening day.

weird in that NO characters were out. maybe just too crowded for them today.

on to pics.. adding more specific comments beneath them.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:30 pm
by Nrthwnd
Great TR Bert! Looks like you and Nick had a great time there, even with all The Crowds. :wink:

Also, I noted you caught a couple in your Tidal Wave Cafe photo! Lookin' right back atcha!

And the woman ahead of you on the carousel is an idiot.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:56 pm
by bert425
yeah.. I noticed those two.


oh, should mention too, since Whirlygig is still down, and no line for Taz' Texas Tornado (the kiddo version), we tried to ride that and were denied!

there was no one waiting, and the lady told us that we were only allowed to ride if we were with a child, so if we wanted to find a child to ride with, we could.

it wasn't a weight thing, as we were planning on riding alone in separate seats anyways, as there was no line.

very strange - and even weirder is that she told us the adult swings are "over by Superman". . and looked SHOCKED when I told her Whirlygig has been sitting in pieces for months at this point, hence we were going to try riding the smaller version.

oh well.. just weird.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:21 am
by Canobie Coaster
Seems like every Six Flags park is getting a Chop Six now. Great update!

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:57 pm
by bert425
Canobie Coaster wrote:Seems like every Six Flags park is getting a Chop Six now. Great update!


thanks

yeah, I truly was impressed with ChopSix. it was just as good as the chicken strips (at Totally Kickin Chicken - which has been the tastiest food option in the park, tho the Sangerfest Halle food court has options, they're mostly mediocre).

I'll be eating ChopSix as 1st choice for meals on visits in the future.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:34 pm
by bert425
nice. .I did the survey (that I always get after a visit), and I had left a comment noting how filthy the area under Zoom Jets was, and that although one didn't see it if just walking by, it was disgusting when sitting on the ride.

(I asked the operator about all the trash down there too - bottles, napkins, drink cups).

got a nice little "thank you for letting us know" form letter response.