Railer, if you feel this site is so bad and one-sided - we invite you to leave. After all, we wouldn't want to expose you to too much of our "watered down crap". Besides, we could never reach the level of bullshit that you sometimes spew.
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Posted by Matt Kaiser on 11 September 2016 - 08:39 PM
ACE hosted their annual Riding of the Bull yesterday, on Sept. 10th. The event was great, as usual, and aligned with El Toro's 10th birthday. There was a lot of cake. A lot.
We started the day with an hour of Nitro ERT. Attendees could also have the first ride of the day on Joker at opening, but we scheduled our first tour for 10:45 at Zumanjaro. John Slawson returned to give one of his classic tours. We than dashed across the park to the Seaport lighthouse for our second tour.
Dinner was also amazing as usual, with the catered mexican buffet. Park President Neal Thurman came out to do a Q&A during lunch. He's really nice, experience at a bunch of SF parks, and seemed to already know a lot about our park.
El Toro ERT started at 10pm when the park closed, and ran until midnight. There was also ERT on Bizarro and El Diablo from 10pm to 11pm.
It was an incredibly hot day (and decently packed), but a lot of fun. Also tiring, being there from 8am until about 12:30am. I logged 27,000 steps on my fitbit.
We were able to go on two tours: Kingda Ka/Zumanjaro/Bizarro, and Congo Rapids/Batman/Nitro. Picture time!
Wait, what is this?
Each year, Skull Mountain runs two trains while its third train undergoes a full rehab.
Speaking of Skulls..
This is the sign that greets employees as they walk into work. It usually informs them of each day's events.
Bonus Cell Block 6!
Posted by 29yrswithaGApass on 20 July 2016 - 08:16 PM
And as far as being "banned" from the park, even if anyone was banned, not like it would stop someone if they really wanted to go in the Park. I know of people that were banned for life in the 80's and 90's that get passes every year still. When you buy a pass do they ask for ID? Does a Pass require a SS #? Do they have pictures of all the banned People at every Entry Gate? They answer to all of them is "No". So then i guess anyone could go online, or in the Park, make a Pass in any name they choose, grow a Beard (or shave) and be in. Just like they do now.
You didn't answer my question, but in a way I guess you did.
We get that you don't care anymore and nothing makes a difference. I have never seen anyone so passionate about something they could care less about, but for those of us that would like to discuss this topic, we are moving on.
Posted by 29yrswithaGApass on 25 July 2016 - 11:22 AM
Just for the record, I do not make one penny on this site and when you throw in the costs associated with it (domains, web hosting services, newsletters, etc.) the small book royalties don't cover the costs either. Sure, I could load the site up with ads, but my feeling is that it would take away from the site and so GAH is ad-free. I never looked at setting this up as a profit-making endeavor. The biggest payoffs for me are the members and the support we do get from the park and the GA community. I like to believe we formed a nice little village here.
Take care Railer.
Posted by mkj3322 on 03 April 2016 - 05:09 PM
As some may know, Great Adventure closed early today due to low attendance and the wind storm we've been facing. I spent a few hour at the park early on in the day and was able to get on a few rides, though any major attraction was closed. I have never seen the park as dead as it was today.
Skull Mountain: x 2
Dark Knight: x 2
Buccaneer: x 1
Deja Vu: x 1
Bumper Cars: x 1
Tea Cups: x 1
Check out some of these pictures of the completely deserted park.
Posted by GAcoaster on 21 March 2016 - 05:50 PM
Have any of you had a hamster or a dog or a cat?
Those animals are much smaller than whales are, but they also need large areas when they are in the wild. Hamsters especially, in proportion to their size, require a space more than four square miles. If you had a hamster or a cat or a dog and kept them in the house or in a cage in your house, do you feel like they were being mistreated or they had bad lives? It's the same situation with the whales at SeaWorld. They lead good lives and have the best care, exercise, attention and everything else they could need. They are not abused or mistreated (despite what animal rights groups would have you believe).
Orcas are becoming increasingly endangered in the wild due to overfishing by humans and depleting their food supply, as well as environmental hazards like plastics and pollution. SeaWorld does more to help endangered species and rescuing animals than ANY of the animal rights groups fighting and protesting them.
Don't believe everything from PETA or any other animal rights organization. They are professional fund raising organizations and have created a BIG business from protesting SeaWorld. Also don't believe Blackfish. The film was a distortion of the truth and had an agenda. The "experts" they got for the film were quite often disgruntled former employees who misrepresent their knowledge and expertise.
As for the profit motive, don't be deceived. PETA's plan that they want SeaWorld to go with is that SeaWorld pays to build sea pens (which would put the orcas in a dangerous situation) and then PETA would charge tourists to see the whales in those sea pens (raising money for themselves). The majority of the 29 whales in SeaWorld's care were born in captivity (they have not captured a whale in the wild for almost 40 years) and cannot be released into the wild because they are dependent on human care. The staff at SeaWorld knows and loves these animals and would not keep doing this if they didn't believe in what SeaWorld does (working for the park doesn't pay that well).
If anyone has a right to be upset with SeaWorld's care of whales, it is the family of Dawn Brancheau, the trainer killed by Tillikum. They completely support SeaWorld and their care of orcas despite the loss of their daughter. She believed in SeaWorld's work which has lead to insights in marine mammals that really can't be done in the wild as well as their mission to educate through entertainment and make connections with the natural world.
Posted by Nitro1118 on 16 September 2015 - 11:08 AM
Most GP will never ride these cloned rides, and your moderate, 100-200 coaster count enthusiasts will only ride one of these rides at other parks once every couple of years. It only really effects enthusiasts who regularly travel across the country, which is an extremely small population.
Lastly, all that really matters is the enjoyment you get from these rides while at the park. And in that situation, the thought process isn't, "It annoys me that this is a clone," but rather "That ride was good!" or "That ride sucked!"
Posted by jdc12192 on 02 September 2015 - 09:08 PM
Nor is it all about media invites for harry,myself or Yoshi. Harry is usually the only one who goes to them anyway. This site has a relationship with the park, they use it as an unofficial guide of their history, harry has his own section for the news letters, and many other things that others don't know. This is more then just a random 'fan site' that can post what they want whenever they want, and harry isn't ready to throw that all away by going against the park. Like I said I'm sorry you find the site 'unfair' but i guess people can't understand until they have that type of relationship. Im sure Kaiser is in the same boat as us. Wed love to shout certain stuff from the rooftops but we just aren't going to.