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  2. We might see some new water parks added to the chain in 2018. https://seekingalpha.com/article/4148565-six-flags-entertainments-six-ceo-jim-reid-anderson-q4-2017-results-earnings-call-transcript
  3. Six Flags will look at opening other warm weather parks year round if Magic Mountain is successful. https://seekingalpha.com/article/4148565-six-flags-entertainments-six-ceo-jim-reid-anderson-q4-2017-results-earnings-call-transcript
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  5. Disney Parks additions

    I wonder if Disney could install a communication based train control system (CBTC) on their monorails similar to what the MTA has done to the 7 line where an operator isn't required and trains run using radio circuits.
  6. Aw, 15 and 7 megawatts. That's cute.
  7. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180220006138/en/Solar-Generated-Electricity-Coming-Flags-Parks
  8. Disney Parks additions

    Yeah, it's currently listed as being on the refurb schedule. And unlike NJT and the MTA, instead of just cancelling trains, they're adding a gondola skyway. Granted, it will take a little while to get it running, but I personally think it's a cool alternative. (Also, the fact that they're adding PTC to the monorail amuses me to no end.)
  9. On the Q4 earnings call, Jim Reid-Anderson said both California parks will also be solar powered and it will save each park one million dollars per year.
  10. Last week
  11. Disney Parks additions

    Out in DCA, they have closed off Paradise Pier to convert it to Pixar Pier.
  12. Hershey Park 2018 new rides

    No idea if she was a supervisor, but she sat in the control booth and used the loudspeaker. I didn't see her this season. But when she ran Nitro, she would not allow rerides.
  13. Spotlight Requests

    Great find
  14. Six Flags Additions for 2018

    The season pass pages for Great America and Great Escape now list Holiday in the Park as a season pass benefit. https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/store/season-passes https://www.sixflags.com/greatescape/store/season-passes
  15. Hershey Park 2018 new rides

    I never seen anyone on Nitro say no re rides in the past season or two. Is that ride op a supervisor? As Matt said above, if someone says no re rides, then they probably weren't taught about allowing re rides by their supervisor and decided to make their own call.
  16. Hershey Park 2018 new rides

    I remember several times at Nitro they didn't allow rerides, even with an empty station. The op would annnounce over the speaker every time a train pulled in that its SF policy for no rerides, no rerides, no rerides. It was often a short hair woman and every time she was the op on Nitro, no rerides. Dark Knight is pretty good about rerides if there is no line.
  17. Hershey Park 2018 new rides

    I never walk on the air gate side of the platform because the gates block the rest of the platform. One time a newer employee on El Toro did question me about re rides and the supervisor told me to stay on since my row had a single rider. Even though Great Adventure has no policy regarding re rides, Six Flags New England does have policies preventing re rides and operators there will ask you to get back in line if caught.
  18. Hershey Park 2018 new rides

    Waiting for the platform to clear usually isn't the case--only if guests are blocking the air gates. (So tip: if you want to re-ride in a different row, don't walk along the air-gate side of the train) Six Flags doesn't have any formal policy on re-rides and so it's not formally covered in any employee training. It's just something that new employees learn on the job or is passed down from the supervisor if a new operator/attendant questions a re-rider. It's just a common sense thing that employees pick up on, which is why your mileage may vary. Every ride/crew/supervisor could be different. If the crew doesn't let you re-ride, it's simply because the operator/supervisor was never taught or never picked up about re-rides and made their own judgement call that they're probably not allowed. As for the last train of the night, I believe there's again no formally trained policy, but the employees want to go home so they make everyone in the station fill up the entire train so they can close quicker.
  19. Almost any pop or rock song that come out in the 90s and 2000s because most of the music the park plays is popular music from the past 15-20 years and it is usually focused on ones from the 2000s. I don't have a specific song that reminds me of the park as a whole but certain songs remind me of certain rides and areas usually because they get overplayed in those areas. A Thousand Miles is played like every time I pass the Main Street Fountain when they don't have the dance party making it basically the first song I expect to hear in that area. Green Lantern's queue TVs seem to play this song and its accompanying music video called The Great Escape whenever I'm in line which reminds me more of the actual park in upstate New York but still reminds me of getting past the games area.
  20. Hershey Park 2018 new rides

    I was once denied a re ride on Skull Mountain but it was because I was on the last train of the night. A lot of the times re rides aren't available at Great Adventure is usually because the ride ops wait for the exit platform to be cleared before opening the air gates.
  21. Disney Parks additions

    you got my dream job!
  22. Disney Parks additions

    That would not be surprising if Disney did float some rumors out. Hopefully they got enough of a reaction to rethink about fixing the monorails.
  23. Spotlight Requests

    This is probably what it used to look like.
  24. Safari trucks

    People who buy these trucks often convert them to run on old cooking oil, especially as these things get poor MPGs. In stock form and unloaded the 5 tons only get 7 MPG and can only reach 55 mph. With upgraded tires they can reach 65 mph.
  25. Disney Parks additions

    I work in Monorails. I can tell you it's not as bad as people make it out to be. Guests have not been allowed to ride with the pilots since the accident in 2009. That is/was for safety, and we are hearing it may change back again soon since positive train control was added a year ago. Of course there is less room in the nose since one of the four seats was removed for the massive computer control system. Many times Disney floats these kinds of rumors themselves to gauge reaction, and the blowback was strong.
  26. Disney Parks additions

    The fact WDW no longer allows guests to ride in the noses while DL does isn't a good sign. Also I noticed the WDW monorail track is sadly more worn and eroded looking than DL's track. The ads are part of the problem for the EPCOT loop. Due to the Marvel agreement with Universal, Disney can't run any Marvel ads on the EPCOT loop as it goes through the park, a big no no with Universal. This complicates operations for the WDW Monorails as they can't assign any Marvel wrapped trains onto the EPCOT loop even if a EPCOT train breaks down. This is another factor that hurts the EPCOT loop. Wrapping rides is fairly cheap as even GADV does it. So its a low cost investment for Disney. Originally Disney was not going to have the Monorail run through the Contemporary as it was added late in the design work. The architect fought very hard with Disney to keep the design. I would not be surprised if Disney has not already drew up designs on how to delete the Contemporary's openings years ago and has the plans stored somewhere. Disney is infamous for creating and storing plans that either get rejected or recycled at a later time. It would not be that hard to glass in the openings or just fill them with a solid wall. Sadly the Monorail is a very expensive system which is one reason it was never expanded to MGM when it opened. Even in the 70s it cost a $1M a mile not adjusting for inflation. It is rumored that with these plans, if they do come to pass will be unfolded over many years. That the MK resort loop will be ran for as long as possible by sacrificing the two other lines to keep it running longer. I think the problem is Disney doesn't want to shut them down either but they also can't justify the expenditures for the major refurbishments the system really needs.
  27. Safari trucks

    Maybe with the diesels they can use the cooking oil from around the park to power the trucks. Part of the time. I've never had a diesel or looked into what it takes to use the cooking oil but maybe there could be a little savings and a carbon footprint improvement
  28. Spotlight Requests

    You best send that photo to the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Society in Lancaster PA for identification: www.roughandtumble.org
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