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  1. Holy crap, all the photos of today at the park look insane! 130 minute wait for Skull Mountain, 45 minute wait for Teacups...
  2. Not necessarily. That's still only the back of the mountain opened up. It looks like the guest facing front side is still intact.
  3. Superman is a really fun ride. The SFNE version is better, but the SFA/SFDL version is a lot of fun too!
  4. Thinking back to years ago and how little material we had, things have really snowballed! And of course with the more recent seasons (since the dawn of digital photography especially), we just have TONS of photos to sort through and that takes forever. Having more material is a blessing and a curse...
  5. Lower your expectations, but enjoy the park. They have a couple of great rides and it's not a bad park, but kind of sad compared to GA.
  6. Bringing back an old ride will NEVER happen. The cost to bring back an old, unreliable ride that few people liked is the same cost as building a new ride. Money is much better spent on something new.
  7. Great ideas, but unless you know where they can get an extra few million dollars to spend on them it won't happen. There are all kinds of things that we'd like to see happen and even the park would like to have happen, but unless they suddenly get a bigger budget for new rides, shows, etc, it won't happen. Perhaps when they get a new CEO they will change budget allocations and increase capital spending, but that would be at least 2 years down the road, and there are so many things that require spending now that are higher priority.
  8. It was much worse to have to do that on the bobsled. Telling strangers they had to sit with someone in their lap who they didn't know was really tough.
  9. Totally agree! The Randall Duell designed buildings of the entry plaza had charm and style. They went to great lengths to use the genuine materials. The renderings for the new entry plaza looks so generic in comparison. It's sad, but it seems like it was a necessary change after the old entry was flooded several times in the past few years. The flood waters probably caused problems that needed to be addressed and they decided to just start from scratch and try to alleviate the flooding issues at the same time.
  10. I'm trying to figure out if the whole mountain is coming down or if they are just opening up the back to get the coaster parts out.
  11. Actually it was a memorial to an employee. There was never a memorial for the Haunted Castle. It was something they wanted to forget.
  12. Businesses count on the fact that if you have any kind of membership with automatic draft billing, you'll just continue to pay every month and not cancel. They want to keep you as a member and so many people never look at their credit card bills they never notice they're still paying for something long after they stop using it.
  13. There's nothing wrong with Six Flags trying to even out their revenue stream while giving more benefits to encourage you to do it. Memberships just make sense for them since it means they no longer have several months of the year with no revenue stream from parks. That along with the extended seasons of all their parks makes a lot of financial sense and also makes their revenue stream much more predictable.
  14. With a trademarked name it doesn't matter if people heard of it or not. Cedar Fair trademarked Copperhead Strike, and if Six Flags named a roller coaster Copperhead they would most likely sue for trademark infringement or at least begin legal action and get them to change the name. Just like when Cedar Fair name Voodoo at Dorney Park and Six Flags got them to change the name to Possessed because Six Flags had the Voodoo name trademarked for a theme park attraction. Doesn't matter Voodoo is a flat ride in Mexico and no one at Dorney ever heard of it.
  15. The same thing just happened to Universal with Warner Brothers approval of the name for the new Harry Potter coaster.
  16. The park fire department was doing controlled burns today on parts of the property:
  17. Kind of surprised that they haven't rolled Winter Fest out at Dorney yet. With all the parks around them (Hershey, Sesame, Great Adventure) all doing Christmas, it seems strange that they're not. It seems like it could be a great tie-in to all the Christmas events that take place in Bethlehem.
  18. I guess they got rid of their old pirate ship at some point?
  19. I wouldn't be surprised to see Joel Manby (former CEO Herschend and SeaWorld) mentioned, and I think John Reilly would be a likely contender (though I want him to stay with SeaWorld as the Chief Operating Officer).
  20. Rumor is Runaway Railway is behind schedule. I'm just really shocked they are opening before both Star Wars attractions are ready.
  21. They may be connected, using one for parts for the other.
  22. There was also a rule that riders in the back row of Rolling Thunder had to be 14 or older (for a while). I believe that was so they could serve as witnesses.
  23. I remember it there and bought a bunch of stuff! That was actually the second location for it (it had been over in Fun Fair the year before). I remember lots of crappy leftover merchandise, but every so often you'd find something awesome. At the time they were liquidating the patches, so I bought a Rolling Thunder patch, a Roaring Rapids patch and a Lightnin' Loops patch. I know I still have the Rolling Thunder one, not sure about the others...
  24. I watched "The Great Adventure Super Show" so many times in the off season on our local Comcast channel!
  25. I still remember as a waiter the smoking section was the worst place to work, but also made the most money. Smokers spend more money (look how much they waste on cigarettes), and have no problem spending money on food, drinks and casino games. It's a shame, but it's economic reality.
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