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  1. 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.
  2. I guess they got rid of their old pirate ship at some point?
  3. 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).
  4. Rumor is Runaway Railway is behind schedule. I'm just really shocked they are opening before both Star Wars attractions are ready.
  5. They may be connected, using one for parts for the other.
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. I watched "The Great Adventure Super Show" so many times in the off season on our local Comcast channel!
  9. 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.
  10. It really needed it. I'm guessing the white is primer for a new coat of yellow. When BTR at Great Adventure was painted yellow it got a coat of white primer.
  11. I think that's part of it, but more than anything I think the original Arrow log boats are wearing out and need to be replaced, along with the fiberglass trough. Just look at all the rebuilds of the trough on the Log Flume at GA over the past few years. And I know several parks have either purchased used flume boats from other parks or had new ones built in the past few years.
  12. I think the flumes are all at a point where they need a lot of upkeep and many parks are deciding it's time to let them go. It's a shame because they are still popular and fun rides.
  13. But if it's done as a sponsorship the way it used to be, it's relatively unobtrusive. It's the coaster wraps, banners, and billboards in the parks that are too much. Just about every park has had sponsorships of attractions and food since the beginning of theme parks. It's generally been something that (when done right) works with the theme and isn't a blatant ad in your face.
  14. They've been doing these after hours/pre-opening events for a ridiculous upcharge so people can do the new attractions with minimal waits and crowds. I'm expecting more of that rather than Fastpass upcharges. They've resisted that (highly lucrative) cash flow this long, I don't see that changing. The pre/after hours events make them even more money.
  15. I'm expecting them to change SP price structure to be more inline with Six Flags. Their multi-park passes are priced way too high compared to Six Flags.
  16. Yeah, it sounds like they're following Six Flags lead now with memberships, in-park advertising, cost cutting on new capex, etc.
  17. Hopefully they don't go as blatant as Six Flags has. There is a way to work advertising and corporate sponsorships into a park and a way not to...
  18. 1983 & 1984 are my favorite seasons for Great Adventure. Or at least the beginning of 1984. They were growing and building so fast and there was so much potential.
  19. And Solo was kind of a dud of a movie The biggest problem I see is food. One of the big success stories that Universal has had was selling food in Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and in the Simpsons too now. Disney has looked at that and tried to emulate it, but they haven't had any IPs that really had a food element besides Beauty & The Beast. With Avatar they created a whole special menu that was exotic and "themed" to Pandora, but when it comes down to it it's not something people were clamoring for like Butterbeer, Krusty Burgers, and Duff. The same thing for Star Wars-- who wants instant bread and blue milk? What other gimmicky stuff will they create that has no basis in the Star Wars universe? They'll sell a ton of merchandise (they already do), but I don't think it will have the "I have to buy everything" appeal that Harry Potter does. Combine that with the fact that Disney is spending building Star Wars 2-3X what Universal spent on Wizarding World and it's going to be harder to recoup the investment.
  20. I think they're more worried about too big a demand. Disneyland and Hollywood Studios are both way too small to handle the crowds they are expecting for Star Wars. They know this will be a problem with a lot of disappointed guests. They saw the lines at Universal when Harry Potter opened and expect the same thing: I do think they'll have some backlash. I think many people will be disappointed that they are on a planet that they don't know from the films. When people think of Star Wars, they (I think) have very specific expectation of what they want to see. I'm sure they'll be very immersive and well done lands/attractions, but I think people will be expecting to see the cantina and the band playing in it and things like that from the films. When they don't find it, I think there will be disappointment.
  21. They could, but I doubt they would. For both Dorney and WoF those are star attractions. At KD either of those would be sub-par for their lineup, especially with the public's inevitable comparisons to the B&M invert down the road at BGW.
  22. Busch/SeaWorld had deals in place for exclusivity of the types of coasters they bought from B&M so the competition couldn't build the same thing within the market area. The only reason why KD got Dominator was that Cedar Fair relocated the ride. Same thing with Fiesta Texas getting a BTR clone when SeaWorld San Antonio already had one. If you spend ~$20 million on a new coaster you want it to be unique and a draw for some time. Even here in Orlando, SeaWorld has exclusive rights to the floorless, flyer, and hyper coasters, while Universal has/had inverted and standard looping coaster.
  23. And shooting up a spike that tall with that kind of speed is going to be a huge thrill factor.
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