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Matt Kaiser

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  1. Misc GA Mumblings

    They also have charging lockers at music festivals.
  2. Justice League: Battle for Metropolis to Debut in 2017 at SFGA

    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/
  3. The State of the Park Going Forward

    They are currently in year 2 of the 3 year plan to repave the lot. A lot of it has already been paved.
  4. Misc GA Mumblings

    They've had these occasionally throughout the years. I think they do actually have them now somewhere, or at least they were there towards the first half of the year. I want to say there's one by the lockers next to the Coke Freestyle building.
  5. Fright Fest 2017

    They give you another physical card (which is actually better quality than the season pass card) and they write the last 4 digits of your season pass number on it. When you enter the line for a maze, the guard makes sure the number on the maze pass matches your season pass. (I'm not sure if they let you use the app for that, but I've seen a guest they do)
  6. Prosthetics and Riding Rides

    Lap bars require full legs to work properly and safely. That's just the physics behind what keeps you secure. Each ride is different, each park is different. I believe there's generally no laws about this besides that the park must follow the manufacturer's guidelines, otherwise they'd be undoubtedly liable in the case of an accident. So the ride manufacturer will make these requirements for each ride. Sometimes parks strengthen them more. The concern with prosthetics is that they could come loose and fly off, injuring someone or something. For this reason, most parks require prosthetics to be taken off for the ride, and then the normal body requirements are in effect from there. I know a few parks have started allowing prosthetics as long as they are certified by their manufacturer to withstand a certain level of g-forces, but I don't remember which parks. (Not Six Flags) One thing Six Flags (and Great Adventure specifically) helped pilot is a restraint system for B&M coasters that allows more people with certain disabilities to be able to ride. The tough part about this is avoiding discrimination lawsuits, so employees really can't approach a guest about this issue unless the employee is 110% sure they have a prosthetic. A lot of people sneak onto rides when they know they aren't allowed to be (most commonly with missing the height requirement), so the "I've been riding coasters all day" statement is very common, but completely meaningless.
  7. Misc GA Mumblings

    I've brought one every visit for a few years now. Even one that's a pretty large & metal 10,000 mAh battery.
  8. Miscellaneous Mumblings

    I think it has to be a coaster. Maybe something like Wooden Warrior or Roar-O-Saurus.
  9. The State of the Park Going Forward

    I thought the height restriction is from Derry Township, not the state of PA.
  10. Fright Fest 2017

    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.
  11. Are you on the Advisory Panel?

  12. Misc GA Mumblings

    One other article said it was a boom truck, but I think I also saw "scissor lift." If I had to guess based on the articles' wording and the vehicles regularly used in the park for decorating, I think it was a boom lift. No idea how, though.
  13. Lost features on rides

    I miss the ending song on Bizarro. The rest of the audio was ok if you could even hear it, but I still sing it in my head when entering the brake run. THAT JUST HAPPENED......BIZARRO NUMBER ONE.....BIZARRO! BIZARRO! BIZARRO!
  14. Fright Fest 2017

  15. El Toro wins Best Wooden Coaster Golden Ticket 2017

    It's definitely a strange phenomenon, but one factor I can think of, especially for wooden coasters, is how the coasters age. The top three are usually El Toro, Phoenix, and Boulder Dash. While BD was probably great in years past, it was unbearably rough when I rode it 2 years ago. Phoenix is great, but it's also no El Toro. While Toro has roughened up a bit, it's still better than its close competitors. Boulder Dash just recently had a decent rehab, so maybe that will improve its ranking. It usually takes a year or two to see changes in ranking from when a change in the ride takes place. Sidenote, the only other time El Toro won the GTA was in 2012.
  16. Fright Fest 2017

    They're only closed (for a private event) this Friday. They're open every Friday after that for FF, including Sept. 22nd and 29th. It's legitimately the only Friday they're closed until the end of FF.
  17. Kiddie Scrambler

    This made me really think about how they keep track of where they put everything backstage. Parts from just this one ride must be spread across several places during this rehab. I wonder if they actually track it or just base it on memory -- and same thing for all the Fright Fest decorations.
  18. Kiddie Scrambler

    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.
  19. Under Funstruction for Your Future Enjoyment

    Thanks! I've been wanting to reply to this to say how great the new look is!
  20. El Toro wins Best Wooden Coaster Golden Ticket 2017

    Congrats El Toro! At Riding of the Bull tonight, the park held a really nice "cocktail hour" with snacks, which was right when they announced the winner up at LC. All attendees got a Golden Ticket Award pin for El Toro and a "Thanks for voting" note personally signed by Neal. All attendees also signed the back of the Golden Ticket sign that Bret, Mark, and Dory screwed into the base of the bull statue. Also, my friend Frank won Mr. Golden Ticket! Not sure why they didn't have their names in the news release.
  21. Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom - NOW OPEN!

    NJ state inspectors will not allow the rides to run together due to fear of loose articles falling from riders of one ride onto the riders of the other.
  22. 2019 and Beyond Speculation at SFGA

    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.
  23. Keeping track of miles on coaster trains

    I could be wrong, but I believe the overall maintenance schedule is time based. (Ex. do certain things every X months, rebuild all trains over the off-season, etc.) Some things they actively monitor for tolerances. For example, I know some (probably all?) parks use a simple device to measure the wear on the wheels, and they replace the wheel once the wheel is smaller than the measuring device.
  24. Keeping track of miles on coaster trains

    I'm pretty sure they don't track miles specifically, but they do track how many riders per hour and how many dispatches per hour. They could use that to figure out miles, but not for a specific train.
  25. New for 2018-- Cyborg Spin

    The first one, based on the video.