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  1. Yoshi

    Flash Sale Extended through Sept. 9

    Flash Sale is over but now it is the Fright Sale. Prices look the same with less perks for season pass purchases such as no free HITP ticket or photo print and no $1 renewal discount but you have until October 31st to process the pass (main page still says September 30th but when you go to the store page it shows October 31st).
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    Best Dark Rides You Have Experienced

    1. Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin / Astroblasters. I like how there are no screens except the speed tunnel room at WDW. Since the 2 rides are so similar I'm listing them as 1 ride. 2. Justice League Battle For Metropolis 3. Boo Blasters (Kings Island) 4. Ghostwood Estates (Kennywood) 5. Toy Story Midway Mania If it wasn't for the spinning, I would have put Men in Black Alien Attack somewhere in the list.
  3. https://www.wildadventures.com/Explore-the-Park/Other-Attractions/Adventure-Area This looks like a new area themed to alligators with shows and new rides including a new kids coaster. It appears to be a clone of the Fiesta Express coaster they used to have (and maybe the exact same ride that was removed).
  4. https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/media-room/press-releases/090518-new-attractions/
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    GAH Staff Announcements!

    Congratulations Tbone112499
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    Fright Fest 2018 -- FF Map Added

    That looks really cool, way better than the older type of mirror mazes.
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    Knoebels, 8/23/18

    I haven't been to a park other than Dorney in over 2 months. It's either been raining or high temperatures and humidity most of the summer and with yesterday being cooler, I took advantage of that to get to Knoebels for the first time this year. Last year I also went to the park on the 2nd to last Thursday of daily operations. I still had almost a full $20 ticket book from the Weis Markets deal last year ($20 ticket book for $16) and bought another $15 in tickets at the park since they were 10% off on weekdays. Impulse was first. This year 2 trains were running and it was only a 5 minute wait. I like this coaster more than Untamed at Canobie and Fahrenheit because of the lap bars rather than over the shoulder restraints and because I like this ride's layout better. I always look forward to the Flyers. The way this ride is run the perfect example of the difference between Knoebels and a corporate park. At Knoebels, the seatbelt doesn't go over your lap and the ride operator doesn't even walk around to make sure everyone buckled the belt. At Hersheypark, regular belts are used and the ride operator walks around to look and make sure it is buckled. At Dorney, in addition to regular belts, the ride operator walks around and tightens everyone's belts and you can't even unbuckle them yourself after the ride. The ride cycle at Knoebels is also at least 3 times as long as Dorney and probably twice as long as the ride cycle at Hershey. Unfortunately for my first ride, I was having trouble snapping and went back later where I was able to snap like crazy. It's great how Knoebels allows snapping. Twister had a station wait. 2 years ago I found the double helix rough and this year as well as last year it was much smoother. I like how it has some large drops as well as lots of turns. StratosFear was a new ride for me. With no stopping at the top and the top of the ride vehicle blocking the view, of the tower, you don't know when the drop is about to happen. It was way better than S&S Towers but Zumanjaro is still my favorite drop tower. Phoenix is a ride that I had always thought was good but overrated. I got the first row of the 2nd car and I don't know if that made a difference or I caught the ride on bad days in past trips but I really liked the coaster much more on this trip. I felt like I was out of my seat the entire ride and some elements like the double down were great. It's not going to take over Boulder Dash or El Toro as my favorites but it's a top 10 wooden coaster for me. The Log Flume is fun with 2 drops and just enough water splashing on you to get cooled off. Black Diamond feels more like a dark ride than a coaster. It's still fun with a few drops and a lot to see. The rotating tunnel at the end was a little dizzying. Haunted Mansion is now $2.50 to ride and not included with wristbands. It's well done for a non corporate park and like Black Diamond has a lot to see throughout the ride. Flying Turns had about a 25 minute wait. Even though I had been on the ride twice before, it's always a cool experience to ride such a unique coaster and without the wheels attached to the track. If the capacity wasn't so low, it is something I would try to ride more than once per trip. After going back to Twister, I finished the trip at Whipper. The cycle is much better than the Whip at Dorney it was nice to have the ride start right after everyone entered and was seated compared to Dorney where it can take 5+ minutes by the time the ride operator checks the seatbelts and sometimes takes the time to wrap the slack of the seat belt around the lap bar. Knoebels is a great park and a nice change of pace from the larger parks in the area. I tried to get the train and sign in the picture. Such a great ride I like Impulse's sign lit up.
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    Fright Fest 2018 -- FF Map Added

    Reflections of the Dead sounds interesting. I like the idea of combining a mirror maze with a haunted attraction.
  9. From Screamscape: http://screamscape.com/html/busch_gardens_tampa.htm First they closed the Tiger side and now the Lion side will be closing early next year. Screamscape is reporting it is a budget cut which is a shame considering how much they charge to get into the park and have already closed other attractions in the park for budget reasons like the Egypt walkthrough near Montu. Screamscape is also reporting it will be SBNO rather than demolished. I was not a fan of Gwazi at all and have it ranked as the worst wooden coaster I have ridden even after Hercules but would have liked to have seen it continue to operate if they aren't going to remove it since it would help keep lines shorter for the other rides. I never expected it to be so rough after riding Wildcat and Lightning Racer, and I normally don't find coasters that have reputations of being rough too bad like Rolling Thunder and Scream Machine that I both rarely skipped when going to Great Adventure.
  10. https://www.facebook.com/MoreysPiers/posts/10156849807734586 With Playland's Castaway Cove removing their Flitzer a few years ago that leaves one left in NJ. They weren't thrilling but we're good coasters for someone wanting to try a tame non kiddie coaster. It was also one of the few coaster types that originally operated with no lap bar or seat belt.
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    GAH Staff Announcements!

    Congratulations Daved
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    You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

    Stories like that are why I dread flying and would rather spend 20 hours to drive to Florida than a 2 1/2 hour flight.
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    You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

    Watching your favorite sports team go from 1st place in the division to likely not making the playoffs because they can't beat bad teams that are 30 games under .500 like the Marlins and Padres and haven't won a series since the first week of August.
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    Flash Sale Extended through Sept. 9

    I think it's if people stop paying for their membership before 12 months (something like an expired credit card), Six Flags gets to keep the $20. I'm taking a risk on seeing what the after Flash Sale price will be. Other than going on a Fright Fest Saturday which I really want to avoid, the only other chance I would have to get to the park this month was Tuesday and the weather looks like it will be horrible. Hopefully the price will still be under $80 for a gold pass.
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    Future of Bizarro

    I don't think Bizarro will be removed anytime soon. Green Lantern is like a popular coaster (maybe not among enthusiasts) and usually has a line. The standup to floorless conversions have been at parks where the popularity of the standup ride seems to have decreased. Bizarro may not have the amount of riders it had when the ride first opened but can still get a line, especially on busy days. I have seen pictures during Fright Fest when the entire queue is filled and a temporary overflow queue is used with rope and trash cans.
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    Where are you going in 2018?

    I was right about the definitely parks. 2 trips to Great Adventure, 4 to Hershey, 9 to Dorney and 1 to Knoebels. I didn't get to any of the maybe parks or any other parks. I'll get to Great Adventure and Hershey more this year, probably Dorney one more time and maybe Knoebels once more.
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    GAH Members' Birthday Thread

    Happy Birthday hollyferry.
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    Cedar Fair Additions for 2019

    If the smaller parks get nothing or none of them get coasters in 2020 that will be 12 - 13 years since a new coaster was added and still operating for Michigan's Adventure, Valleyfair, Worlds of Fun and Dorney. Even for smaller parks, that's still seems like way too much time to go without a coaster addition. Do Kings Island and Cedar Point really need new coasters after so many added recently (especially Cedar Point)? I would hate to live in an area where a park like Worlds of Fun is the only major park around and be stuck with no major additions every year and having to drive at least a few hours to get to other parks that continue to add new rides every year.
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    Six Flags Additions for 2019

    I would have thought Star Flyers would cost around $5 million. Just over $2 million does seem like a low price.
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    Flash Sale Extended through Sept. 9

    I would have liked to seen the deadline to process the pass go to the end of the year or before HITP begins. Or even better, the option to renew the pass online and not have to do anything if you are reusing the same season pass. I don't expect to visit the park until probably November.
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    Cedar Fair Additions for 2019

    I would have liked to have seen more parks get dark rides, especially with WinterFest and Cedar Fair not running as many outdoor rides compared to Holiday in the Park.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    I was looking at the operating calendar, Tuesday September 11th has been added as another day the park is open, 10:30 - 8:00.
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    New for 2019 - Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth!

    When all the flats were closed or removed from 2007 - 2009, there were less than 10 rides in the park that weren't coasters, kids rides or water rides. Now with another flat ride added for 2019, they arguably have of the of the best flat ride collections in the area. Like CYBORG Cyber Spin, this is another ride I'll be watching from the walkway.
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    Cape May County Zoo gets 2 lions (from SFGA)

    I have been there a few times and also thought it was very nice. I think I actually like it more than the Philadelphia Zoo.
  25. https://www.yorkregion.com/community-story/8862662-canada-s-wonderland-getting-hyatt-hotel-set-to-open-in-2020/