There's quite a lot of TLC going on around the park this season. I'm very hopefully that a certain rumored ride gets the complete paint job it's supposed to receive. I can't say which ride unfortunately but you'll see very soon. Also almost every ride has started testing this season. (I work at the park if you're curious how I know this haha) We've moved on to training at almost every ride. Today training was going on at Nitro, Ka, Toro (my ride! Lol), Green Lantern, and quite a few more.
Also if you or one of your friends wants a job or just wants to work at the park, tell them to apply! Haha we could always use more help. Especially from the coaster enthusiast community! (rides is hands down the best department lol *wink wink*)
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Here is my recap of today Joker's Construction Tour, although so much more was discussed. Thanks to the Communications Team (Kristin, Kaitlyn and Jacob) for leading us around. And special thanks to John Fitzgerald for fielding our questions.
Joker We were first led to the backstage area to see the Joker trains The park insists the name change from Total Mayhem to Joker was last minute and not planned all along. Loading will be on two sides like SFFT. The Ha Ha Ha sign that appeared in prior artwork will not happen. Joker should be topped off by the end of this week Memorial Day weekend is still the scheduled opening.
Harley Quinn Crazy Train name was accidentally leaked on the Six Flags website, it was supposed to be revealed today. The ride will not open til mid-late April
Big Wheel will also not open with the park, still under rehab
Nitro looked as though the supports had been painted.
Initially many of us thought B:TR track had been repainted, but more likely just power washed.
There are still two piles of rocks in the location of Chiller's station but the park was not willing to talk about the location
It was revealed that a second bar (beer and wine) will open in the park next to Sky Screamer, it will be called Sky Bar. Another Go Fresh and the Villian's Cafe will be the only food changes in the park.
Panda Express remains for 2016. Apparently each contract has a different contract with Panda Express, it was not confirmed the contract expires.
Two new shows in the park were revealed: "This Magic Moment" this magic show will occur in the Seaport Adventure theater while "Wild Life Game" will occur in the Seafari theater.
Holiday in the Park exceeded the park projection of 209,000 guests (they can not disclose the total). Although it could have been higher without some of the rainy days. The outside vendor carts (Waffles and Empanadas) were last minute additions due to heavier crowds than expected, the park will be better prepared in the food prep area and the participation of outside vendors is TBD for 2016.
John Fitzgerald was very open in the Q&A but also tight lipped. When asked about old schools flats (was asked about a Wave Swinger and Enterprise) he said he liked them and opening Adventure Alley is a big success in his mind. I suspect he would like to add a few more throughout the park.
When questioned about Justice League and how having it would really help round out the park especially during HITP, he didn't want to talk but admitted he loved the ride. I still think this will be the 2017 addition to the park.
John loves the transformation the park makes after dark during Fright Fest and HITP and wishes he could find the magic bullet that works for SFGAdv on summer nights. The Glow in the Dark parade was nice, but didn't really keep people in the park or draw more people in late in the day.
He still wants a more visible location for the babboons.
And the last bit of info was about the parking lot, but I had trouble hearing. I thought he said ad announcement about upgrades in the parking lot would occur in about a week (but it has nothing to do with solar panels)
Now on to the pictures
The trains have all been rounded up and captured
I was careful to not put my hands inside the crate for fear of losing fingers to these wild beasts
This is the part with wheels. I guess this is called a chassis, what do I know.
Close up of the technical stuff
Brake doo hickey
Box 18 is full of Excitement
Good thing I wasn't wearing my pacemaker
Only for the eyes of those obsessed with magnets
One more technical thing. If you know what this is, then good for you because I really don't care.
Anyone have a guess what is inside Pallet 27?
If you guessed Booster Tire Assembly, you're a wiener.
This looks important
A few trees were harmed (slightly more than a flesh wound) in the making of this coaster, but SFGAdv always replants for any removed trees.
You will not be able to stand here once the coaster is operational. And I found that ladder that used to be leaning against Fort Independence
Only a few more pieces to go
The supports form a W because this coaster is a Winner!
Last remnants of Fort Independence
Sign, your days are numbered
Shiny new track
The future SkyBar
a new pile of dirt, start speculation
The piles of gravel remain
Park President John Fitzgerald graciously and patiently addressing our group.
Last edited by larrygator on Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:09 pm.
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