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  1. 3 points
    I worked the "Bubble Theater" for about 3 - 4 years... it was a long time ago... I believe that this was the first show in the new theater which was actually very "state of the art" for the time. The audio track for the show was provided by a 1" real to real playback with multiple channels for orchestra/music background, sub-woofers and voice track. All of the group singing on stage was pre-recorded track with only the on-mic singing real at the time... later the tap dancing was all on track. The wireless microphones that were used were some of the earliest use of wireless microphones... I do not know what type if was, but it had a large battery that needed to be recharged every hour and did not have very good range. The lighting system for the time was actually pretty good... follow-spots and nice proscenium stage. When i saw the Proscenium edge lighting chase at the end of the show it brought back memories. I loaded in this show, worked the rehearsals (with the folks of corporate Show Operations from Texas) and probably worked almost every show that season! Working in the Americana Music Hall led me to be able to work as a Entertainment Technician for the next 39 years and into today. The experience of working those shows and many others led me to a career in Technical Entertainment. Seeing this video and the pictures of other shows brings back memories that were long gone to time. After half the show was done, I could even remember what song was next in line and then to see the Finale brought it all back. If anyone has any other show videos from that time... please put them up. These were great memories. Thanks Darrell Stark Galloway NJ
  2. 3 points
    Here is the new 2017 Fright Fest guide to plan your Trick or Treating at GA!
  3. 3 points
    I hope everyone is liking the new Forums/Galleries/Calendar as much as I am! I love that when you click the "Unread Content" button it shows you not only the new replies on the Forums, but new things posted to the Gallery as well as when something new is added to the calendar. It's great because you won;t miss something new being added anywhere. I also like that after you read something the thread goes away so you don't have to remember which one you just read without having to do a new search.
  4. 2 points
    I try to keep my scarce posts positive, but has anyone had an unpleasant experience at Granny's lately? I'm in the park right now, and my friend was not offered a reciept (it was printed and thrown away) and when he pointed out that he was overcharged by about $5 after the transaction was completed and he saw my total (we bought the same things), he was told that "without a receipt, we can't do anything." We were told that a very kind lady paid that difference in what he was overcharged. Had we known she did this, and who she was, we would have searched the whole park to make sure SHE got her money back. After failing to achieve anything with the cashier, we spoke to a manager at the restaurant, who proceeded to speak with the cashier. She asked about the receipt (as she should have), and I explained that it was thrown away and should still be right on top, to which I was told "Sir, I am NOT digging through the trash for your receipt." We gave up and left. We don't care that we were overcharged, and while we would absolutely love to find this fellow patron and give her what she paid out of our pockets, we also know that this is next to impossible. He and I just want to bring attention to this issue, so please everyone, keep an eye on your total at Granny's and make sure there's no discrepancy.
  5. 1 point
    Thursday was my first trip to Great Adventure since the beginning of June. Besides going to my favorite rides like Nitro, I was really looking forward to trying Justice League. After processing my 2018 pass and getting lunch before the 3:00 deadline, I went to see the new section of the park. The bridge to cross into the area was an interesting addition and the whole area looks great. The ride itself would have to wait until later because the Queue Times website (that pulls wait times from the park's app) was showing a 55 minute wait. Instead I went to Nitro. The line was just past where the 30 minute wait time sign used to be and was around 15 minutes with 3 trains running including an extra train wait for the front row. Even though riding in the front row of Nitro is fun with the unobstructed view, I still prefer the last row with more air time. By the time I exited the ride, the line was almost to the switchbacks. Skull Mountain was also around 15 minutes for the last row. The station was cool with multiple fans in use. One side of the Skyway was open with an almost full queue. Joker didn't look like it had much of a line but I skipped it and went to Frontier Adventures. As expected, Saw Mill Log Flume is closed for the season even though it would have been nice to see it open on this day with it in the mid 80s. Bizarro was around 20 minutes with all 3 trains running. It is so much better than Hydra. Runaway Mine Train was another 15 minute wait. I saw in the last row of the first car and normally go for the front row of any car. This time the ride was more violent than normal especially in at the curving drop around the 2nd half of the ride. The air time hill felt more extreme compared to riding in other rows. El Toro was I think around 20 minutes (since I didn't have my phone with me to check the time). Excellent as always. Zumanjaro had no wait and I rode twice. S&S Towers like Hershey Triple Tower and Dominator are fun but I think Zumanjaro is way better than any other drop tower ride, even Tower of Terror. Parachutes had a long line with only 1 side open. Green Lantern had about a 10 minute wait. After dinner, I went back to the other side of the park riding Nitro again with about a 20 minute wait and Batman with a 10 minute wait. Batman is so much more intense than any other B&M invert I have tried and even with a short line, it's still a once a trip ride for me. Finally it was time for Justice League. I think it was around 30 minutes including using the single rider line. I already mentioned how much I liked the ride in the Justice League thread and will add some other thoughts here with a spoiler tag so I don't ruin anything for anyone that hasn't tried the ride yet. I'm going to have to try to get to the park at opening during Holiday in the Park and hopefully have the chance to ride multiple times in 1 day. I got 103,250 but seeing that others have gotten around 500,000 or more, I want to try to get a higher score. Overall it was an excellent addition and as I said in the other thread, now my favorite non coaster ride in the park. If these are still popular, it looked like a better deal than buying one in a store.
  6. 1 point
    On our way from Hershey to Lancaster we stopped at Dutch Wonderland and arrived at about Noon. The Parking Lot was Empty and so was the Park, it may have been due to the incoming Storms which arrived at 5:30, but talking to some People they said it's been getting worse over the years due to them eliminating Free Parking, dirty park and due to many rides being closed due to the Construction of Merlin's Mayhem. We walked right in and the only thing closed was The Train and obviously Merlin's Mayhem, we went straight to Joust Coaster with a Walk On, my nephew then went by himself with a Walk on, next was Kingdom Coaster which was a one train wait for the front(this was my nephew's 20th Coaster), next was Joust with a one cycle wait followed by the Double Splash Flume and Leapin Frogs. We then split a Lemonade and watched the end of the Dive Show. Next was the Monorail and Frog Hopper. We then took the Skyride to the front of the Park and did Dragons Lair. We then picked up some things in the gift shop and left. The Park is getting Cleaner, but not enough and Merlin's Mayhem which was supposed to open back in May has yet to Open, and due to this all you see is one big mess when you walk into the park.
  7. 1 point
    nothing worse than a half-finished ride sitting around all season....
  8. 1 point
    Wish they would let single rides use the flash pass entrance, and when they get to the station spilt into Flash Pass and Single Rider. Also wish they would have had Loading and unloading Separate and not together, also the station is very small compared to other Dark Rides.
  9. 1 point
    The vehicles are pre-designed products from Oceaneering - it's actually called the EVO 6 because of it's 6 seats, which is the cost-effective version of their larger EVOLUTION ride vehicles (7, 8, and 12 passenger options) https://www.oceaneering.com/entertainment_systems/entertainment-ride-systems/
  10. 1 point
    I haven't parked in much more than the first 5 or 6 rows of the non preferred parking area but I think that was the worst area of the lot. That area has been repaved and it is a pleasure to park over there.
  11. 1 point
    no graphics of the Halloween theme site?
  12. 1 point
    I finally got back to the park to try Justice League and if I had 1 word to describe this ride it would be amazing. The queue and ride itself made me feel like I left NJ and was transported to Orlando. I really thought it was on the same level of quality of what you would find at Universal. The mix of screens and actual props / animatronics was good too. Without having to think twice, it easily takes over as my favorite non coaster ride in the park (before it was a tie between Zumanjaro and Saw Mill Log Flume).
  13. 1 point
    sounds like its time for a new phone lol
  14. 1 point
    I remember years ago when we used to start putting out Christmas merchandise at work in late September or early October some customers would get annoyed because they thought it was too early. The problem was that since other stores had the items out, we had to have it for sale too if we didn't want people shopping early to go elsewhere.
  15. 1 point
    I went for the first row of the 3rd car since that was one of the shorter lines. I was trying to remember if last year if it was the green train running or not since it wasn't nearly as rough this year compared to last year.
  16. 1 point
    I was at Home Depot last night and they were putting out the Christmas stuff!
  17. 1 point
    I do one each year with the free pass. Bloodshed is better than Voodoo Island was last year, but both are subpar compared to Dorney's mazes. But with Dorney's big decline in quality in their operations this year, especially in their water park, who knows how Haunt will be this year since I have not been to it yet. Have you ever been to Dorney's Haunt mazes? As of last year, they are excellent.
  18. 1 point
    Its more than just opening weekend bugs. The mazes at GADV are built sparse on props and sets. Cornstalkers at Dorney is a similar theme, but it does not have any empty or bare spots like Bloodshed. Last year I did Voodoo Island and it was laughable, mostly just wooden fence sections you can buy at Home Depot, very little in sets or props. It was intentional that the standby line moved slowly, it is a similar setup to HH lines with Flashpass slowing down standby lines. Also, in the former pathway they use for Bloodshed's queue, there are two more Needle Palm trees that are still alive. Both look better than the ones on the still open pathways in GK. I think its because those two are in south facing locations and are protected by the Bamboo.
  19. 1 point
    I wish Great Adv. -and SF in general-would renovate the parks like what they did to the area around SFA's Wild One.That area was a dead end with basically a classic coaster,a so-so drop tower and lame themeing.Now it has a cool new theme,more rides,an adult beverage area and has an alternate route to Gotham. Great Adv. could do the same,in most cases just by altering paint schemes and ride names.I think they should start by making Old Country and Movie Town into one section called "Warner Bros. Studios" and having some sort of live music show in the theater.Another do-over would be the whole Boardwalk area:I think it should get an Oceanside/Jersey Shore retheme with S:UF being renamed the Jersey Devil and Green Lantern getting sit-down trains and a shark theme and being renamed The Jersey Maneater.And the motion simulator theater could be renovated into a "flying theater" that showed custom films during different seasons. And as far as hotels go I think Great Adv. should get their own franchise-like a Best Western or Comfort Inn,and it should have on-site restaurant(s) and nightclub(s),with the possibility of adding casino space.
  20. 1 point
    I just got back from Sunday night trip to FF and used the free maze ticket they were giving out at the gate. So this year I tried Bloodshed. The line was long, and moved very slowly as they barely let stand by people go, but let fast pass holders go in near constantly. After waiting over an hour, the Bloodshed maze was just ok, but a poorman's version of Dorney's Cornstalkers. You pay upcharge admission to GADV's houses, and either wait in a long and slow moving line or pay an additional upcharge to skip it, and the mazes are still only mediocre at best despite all the cash inflows.
  21. 1 point
    This is simple supply and demand. The demand is so high during Fright Fest that they can charge this much and still get swarms of customers. It's definitely expensive for a regular family of four paying full price for all single-day items, but honestly there's almost no reason to not take advantage of all the season passes, options, and sales. If you buy everything at its cheapest, you can get a gold season pass for $66, premium dining pass for $80, and the season express maze pass for $40. So for just $186, you get the following for an entire year (or more if you include 2017): Unlimited admission to all Six Flags parks Free parking at all Six Flags parks Free lunch, dinner, and snack every day at all Six Flags parks Unlimited refills of soda/drinks at all Six Flags park Unlimited access to all mazes/trails during Fright Fest at Great Adventure, PLUS you skip the line. A similar pass+add-ons for Cedar Fair is $300-$400 per person. Even at current prices, the Six Flags option is $223, still less than Cedar Fair, and a much better choice than wasting money on a single day ticket.
  22. 1 point
    The way I look at it is that Six Flags really undercharges for a season pass, around $65 for a gold pass with parking. Even with the $30 add on for the trails and mazes it is still under $100 total. Other parks still charge more than that and some Cedar Fair parks like Carowinds don't even get you into their Halloween event with a season pass or require an upcharge like Knott's.
  23. 1 point
    Well it's 2017 and there's just about an uncharge for everything. That doesn't make it acceptable. We can grumble about this and not feel guilty for it. Remember when Fright Fest was an event that, while not having as many "attractions" was included in the admission to the park? The Hayride, now gone and the shows were IMO far better attractions than most of these uncharge makeshift mazes that are quite frankly a total rip off. For unlimited admission to all the mazes it is a $30 up charge. Unreal. Unconscionable. A family of four would need to pay $120 on top of the cost to enter the park plus food and souvenirs? Even for pass holders this is totally insane. Am I wrong on the details and if so I will rescind but as a person who truly looked forward to this event years ago it just makes me angry to walk around and see this anymore. Hey look, I get it, SF isn't the only park up charging but come on. You're not going to tell me this isn't gouging at it's finest. Thoughts anyone?
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  25. 1 point
    The seat was probably locked regardless of the seatbelt. I have never ridden El Diablo but if the seatbelt works the same way as on a B&M coaster like Bizarro or Batman, the seat is locked and the seatbelt is more to make sure the restraint is down far enough to be safe and maybe a secondary backup restraint.
  26. 1 point
    The Looney Tunes figures are primarily from the old Bugs Bunny Fun Factory.
  27. 1 point
    It is 32 years later and they still play Rock Lobster at the park! By the way, the little boy at 18:05 in the video is the person who submitted this recording to us. Thanks Michael!
  28. 1 point
    Looking forward to this:
  29. 1 point
    I always suspected that Black Eyed Kids came from Staten Island ...
  30. 1 point
    Ah I remember the days when loose articles weren't much of a problem because flip phones didn't really record videos like they do now. On the plus side, operations have been sped up tremendously since you no longer have to wait for people to put their stuff down.
  31. 1 point
    Saw the Crocodile from this during the Nitro ROTB tour. I also answered the trivia question about it. Very interesting to see it after so many years. https://imgur.com/gallery/Kep2u
  32. 1 point
    How is it possible that Fright Fest is this weekend? Where did the season go?
  33. 1 point
    While on the Nitro tour during ACE's Riding of the Bull yesterday, I spotted the decorative Peacocks next to Nitro, and the base of the ride was in the main maintenance shop, seemingly for refurbishment.
  34. 1 point
    I finally got to ride Zumanjaro today for the first time and WOW was it amazing! That view was incredible. Also, the ride was pretty much a walk on while other rides had some sort of wait. Enjoyed it very much. Waiting up at the top to fall with out any given warning is nerve wrecking in the most awesome way possible.
  35. 1 point
    If only there was some way to let people store their loose articles somewhere for no cost while they go on the ride so they don't have to take it with them...
  36. 1 point
    I totally agree, this was the same for me. I couldn't visit for weeks on end because I was moving but when a few opportunities popped up it was just too hot to visit. In all seriousness, this wouldn't have been the case it they had an air conditioned show that we could have escaped into but without being able to get out of the heat for a break it was a no go. Not to beat a dead horse but GA needs shows including one at the Showcase Theatre during the summer months.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    It doesn't look like it has changed much, which is a good thing. But I wouldn't exactly describe the Haunted House as a "Terrifying Adventure in Darkness". LOL
  39. 1 point
    I think the heat was actually worse. I felt like most of the summer was either very hot or thunderstorms, and very little in between. The heat specifically was a contributing factor for me not going for over a month straight, which I think is my longest "drought" in probably 4 or 5 years, ignoring the off-season. They have a ton of land, but it's all forested, or preserved, etc.
  40. 1 point
    So, in case you haven't noticed, we finally got our Forums and Galleries updated!!! If you spot any issues, please let us know here...
  41. 1 point
    With the forum update, here are the photos from the report.
  42. 1 point
    I would love to see some shows added to the mix of rides and attractions. I go to WDW twice a year or so with friends or family, but have yet to convince any of them to visit Six Flags for a multitude of reasons, including a lack of shows. Not everyone is a high speed thrill ride fan. I feel that Six Flags is completely overlooking that market segment.
  43. 1 point
    Before there was Cyborg....
  44. 1 point
    I completely agree. My concern is that SIX's debt load continues to increase, while their stock price is down YTD. I realize that the company works off of volume, but they can't keep charging so little for admission. I spent $368 today for my season pass, dining pass, and flash pass season pass. This is around what a three day ticket costs for the Magic Kingdom. Their price points are just out of whack. Do we really think that someone who is paying $66 for a season pass is spending incremental money in the parks? I truly believe that Jim Reid Anderson originally stepped down as president because he could not squeeze much more revenue out of the parks. Now that he's back in the role of president, let's see what happens. You have to sell quite a few $66 season passes to pay for a $30M mega-coaster.
  45. 1 point
    My hope is that this is a small, relatively small addition to free up capital for a "major" new attraction next year. Especially if the Meadowlands thing finally gets off the ground. I also wouldn't be surprised to see a later announcement of something for Hurricane Harbor.
  46. 1 point
    I did notice at CP when ever a coaster train was dispatched as it left the station the ride op in the both and all the workers in the station paid very close attention to what people had in their hands as they rolled away. If they noticed something they stopped the ride and checked it out.
  47. 1 point

    From the album Loch Ness Monster

    Still my favorite coaster of all time.
  48. 1 point
    Riding Green Lantern after a business meeting
  49. 1 point
    Riding Nitro after a business meeting
  50. 1 point