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  1. The Master

    Miscellaneous Mumblings

    Sounds like it was a hell of a storm.
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    Dorney Park, 6/12/18

    Sounds like a good trip. I just had my first trip there on 6/13. WWK was pretty empty, rode Aquablast 12 times. Sadly WWK still does not allow aquasocks to be worn on their again this year. Saw they refurblished the front change houses, installed additional change booths and updated their showers. I stayed in WWK until closing which only left me enough time to ride Talon and Hydra once each. Walked by one of Dorney's security cars on the way out. It was a black Crown Vic and was surprised it had a full prisoner cage in the backseat. Their security does not kid around!
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    Hurricane Harbor Operating Calendar

    HH used to be open every day in June until one unusually cool June. After that year they reduced to weekend only for much of June. Would not be surprised if they reduce times even more next year as a response to the string of bad weekends this year. As for Dorney, their operations have been declining for a few years now with all the cutbacks they are doing. Even then, they still manage to be open most weekdays in June, as well as Hershey. The Boardwak at Hershey was full of school trip kids last week, as well as many familes including both parents. You be surprised how often people take off and pull their kids from school. Even Raging Waters in Wildwood is open weekdays in June. HH is sadly a poorly operated park, especially with their poorly retrofitted flash pass system. There is a risk only being two days a week, it is effectively putting all your eggs in one basket. Get a two day storm spell and you have a completely lost week.
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    Hurricane Harbor Operating Calendar

    That is part of the problem when you open a waterpark only on weekends in June.
  5. The Master

    Miscellaneous Mumblings

    Watched The Phantom Menance last week on TNT and I enjoyed it. It is easily my second favorite SW film.
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    Hurricane Harbor Operating Calendar

    Local news said it has rained for six weekends in a row.
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    Hersheypark, 5/29/18

    Sunglasses seemed to keep most of the mist out of my eyes. Saw some other riders were wearing goggles. The misters run most of the length of the slide. I think the older water jet style watercoasters like Crush n Gusher are better. Still it is nice to have a replacement for Roller Soaker. The Boardwalk really needed this third expansion.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    As of last fall, Universal still had free lockers for a time period that is adjusted to current wait times.
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    Hersheypark, 5/29/18

    I rode Breaker's Edge in the morning and they put a single rider into my raft. The combined rider payload for the rafts can't be more than 700Lb, and they can hold up to four riders. It was pretty good except they have these misters along the whole track that spray right into your eyes. There are also new pipe bridges going over the lazy river with new waterfalls to avoid. Trailblazer was open at 1 and was a walk on. The new mat racers are much smoother than the ones at HH and feature a big digital scoreboard to show rider's time scores. There is also a new BBQ food truck in the Boardwalk that was good.
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    Dorney Park 5-20-18

    The no ride policy at Dorney is asinine. GADV is not always consistent with allowing rerides.
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    Hershey Park 2018 new rides

    Maybe safety concerns or PA mandate? They had to stop single riders on the Ferris Wheel due to changes in PA law. Society tends to not to be friendly to single people. Either way it stinks.
  12. The Master

    Hurricane Harbor OPENING DAY 5/20

    Sounds like a good trip, pretty rare for HH not to be crowded anymore.
  13. The Master

    Hurricane Harbor Operating Calendar

    Most likely.
  14. The Master

    Misc GA Mumblings

    Was at the park on Sunday and they did a couple of strange things. First they did not have any of the no bag express lanes open at security. Everyone had to wait in a big airport style queue for the bag lanes, even if they did not have bags which sucked. Second thing is they started a no eye glasses policy on El Toro, but at least they have a free bin for glasses up in the station.
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    Hurricane Harbor Operating Calendar

    I pulled up there just as they closed at 3. What was weird was at 3, the weather had returned to clear and was sunny and warm again. Guess if it rains just for a short time, they cancel the rest of the day.
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    Miscellaneous Mumblings

    Really bad t-storms tonight.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    As I said, one year they did have free lockers up in the stations that only opened for the matching train, next year they were replaced with pay lockers. Plus the 3rd party must make money, or they won't renew their lease which means SF stops getting money. If a company fails to make consumers happy, they won't be making money for long with WOM which is more powerful than ever with the internet. Plus there are business and marketing ethics against bait and swich tactics and not disclosing full details prior to an exchange. I was referring to corporate overregulation. Overregulation in general is a very bad thing, as is under regulation. Finding a balance is tricky. But yes, at SF, I do feel like I am being needlessly burden with excessive and trivial regulations and rules. When I go to Hersheypark, I don't have to worry about having keys, wallet, or soda unlike with GADV which reduces my satisfaction with the park. In general, overregulation is a band aid for poor management and leadership. The number one goal of an ethical company is to provide all stakeholders (consumers, shareholders, business partners, etc) with maximun value. Unethical firms harms consumers and the entire market to make a quick buck and dash off. Consumers need to take responsibility too. Such as not taking a stupid overpriced phone into a park and pay for any damages they cause. People can and still do spit on rides and they can transmit dieses into other guests that way. Should the park force all riders to buy and wear anti spiting mouth gags? Opps, just gave SF another money maker.
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    5/11/18

    I was at the park on Thrusday and everything was walk on except for the safari which was badly backed up from the low number of trucks in service. Looked like it was half an hour between trucks.
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    Misc GA Mumblings

    The park tried free lockers for one year before they switched to pay lockers. Even Universal offers free lockers for their no lose item policy. Money and greed are major motivations behind GADV's policy as well as their new membership program. Over regulation causes many more problems than it solves and consumers disliked being hassled. It is simply bad customer service and it keeps getting worse.
  20. The Master

    Misc GA Mumblings

    I went to the park again Sunday and there was only one guard for Nitro standing over by the lockers. On Friday, there were three guards screening everybody at the queue entrance for Nitro. Also noticed GADV has new bicycle mounted security zooming though the park like Dorney has had for years.
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    You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

    Politicians in both parties do this all the time with the media.
  22. The Master

    Misc GA Mumblings

    Finally rode Nitro for the first time this year on Friday after it was broken down on my previous trips. Only rode it twice before a female security guard barred me from my third ride saying keys are not allowed, which really pissed me off. So now they are enforcing no keys on KK, ET, and Nitro. I guess they have banned keys on all of their rides as the recorded safety message at the skyride now says keys are not allowed on that, WTF? The park is getting f'ing ridiculous with this policy. Seems all they can think of is how to make the park experience increasingly inconvenient, they are getting worse than an airport. Over regulation is very bad, especially for a business.
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    You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

    That is one depressing list. Disney is really running Star Wars into the ground with a new one every year. One story I heard is that the reason Disney is making so many live action remakes is that they believe kids having grown up on cgi animations dislike classic 2D animation. Therefore they feel the classic original animated films are no longer marketable and must be updated through remakes. Plus it allows them to adapt the stories to include current trends and PC content. Wow, this thread is 10 years old!
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    Miscellaneous Mumblings

    That is sad, going to miss that show.
  25. The Master

    Misc GA Mumblings

    That is disappointing news. Seems like quality is on the decline in general for the whole amusement industry.
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