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  1. If they can read they can figure it out. Signs are on the stairs and trains.
    3 points
  2. If wrapping a coaster train to support a worthy cause rocks your world than having Kia cars on El Toro or snack chips on Skull Mt must really throw you over the edge.
    2 points
  3. I wouldn't be surprised to hear they are in talks for a sale or merger soon...
    2 points
  4. I went to EPCOT on Monday to try the new Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind coaster. Although I was glad to finally see a coaster added to EPCOT, at the same time, I still miss what is gone on that side of the park. Now instead of World of Motion, Universe of Energy and Horizons you have 3 thrill rides. The entrance to the ride is the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion. After the queue you get to the pre-show waiting area and then into the first pre-show room which is the Welcome Center. There is a second pre-show room with some effects I don't want to spoil. After that room, the doors open at I think the left or right (the pre-show I was in, the door opened to the right) to take you to one of two loading areas. I didn't like how it goes from an open room to a narrower queue and it causes people to have to merge in line. Great Adventure's The Dark Knight pre-show with the queue rails in the room to keep the line organized is much better. After a short breakdown, I was given row 6. I'm going to put the details of the coaster in a quote box, skip over that if you don't want anything spoiled. The spins are controlled and although there was not too many rotations at once, for some reason it really got to me. I think it might have been a combination of not knowing what direction the track was going in and looking at screens the same time the car is spinning and going around turns. Other spinning coasters like Laff Trakk, Cobra's Curse, Primeval Whirl and Freedom Rider don't bother me at all and only Sierra Sidewinder was a little dizzying. Most people exiting the ride thought it was really good and I heard people saying it was the best coaster at Disney World. They were only allowing 1 ride and even if re-rides were allowed, I wouldn't have gone back. It was the opposite at Ice Breaker and Iron Gwazi's previews where you could ride as much as you wanted although I understand that wouldn't have worked here with the demand so much more. With it being a virtual queue once the ride opens to the public, I don't think I will bother trying to get a boarding time but once it goes to a standard line, I'll give it another try. Test Track was broken down and after lunch it reopened. I went right to single rider and was the first person in line but they wouldn't allow us to enter the boarding area until the standby line got there which took about 10 minutes. I walked around for another ride this time waiting less than 5 minutes. Test Track is still my favorite ride at EPCOT. After Test Track,we went to Living With The Land, The Seas With Nemo and Journey into Imagination all of which were 5 minute waits. Taking a boat to World Showcase and seeing The American Adventure, there was a concert starting in 20 minutes. It was The Commodores and they played 4 songs. On the way out we stopped at Spaceship Earth. I'm glad I got to try the new coaster and got my 4th new credit of the year. EPCOT is always fun I'm looking forward to going back probably next month.
    2 points
  5. Click the logo below to view the full trip report: Samples Below:
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  6. @29yrswithaGApass Sorry the photos aren't of amazing quality, but my grandmother recently showed me a photo book of theirs with photos of my family at Great Adventure. Lightning Loops, Swabinchen, and Screamer. They are permanently glued in a book so I scanned these with my phone.
    2 points
  7. I HATE the ads on the rides, but if it comes down to ads on the ride or lose the ride because they don't have the money to maintain it, I'll take the ads! With Runaway Mine Train especially it's an old ride and has required some major work over the past few years. I can live with the wrap if it means it's safe from removal for another year.
    1 point
  8. Let's just hope it really is just a fad, one that will come to a screeching halt when these companies come to realize that their customers have a finite number of dollars available to spend. Beyond that, they don't seem to realize that most of those customers have real limits on the number of dollars they can spend on recreation/entertainment. It sickens me to hear company's separate their paying customers into categories such as desirable and undesirable. It's as if these executives don't believe that it is far easier and profitable to keep an existing customer, than it is to get a new customer. You always want to keep your current customer's happy. Doing so makes them repeat customers, as well as loyal customers. Those happy customers bring significant good will to the company, not to mention new customers with their strong word-of-mouth advertising. Beyond all of this, I can not think of any mainstream brand in any industry (that has held a strong value proposition) in the marketplace that successfully repositioned itself into a more premium or upscale position, enabling it to charge a premium price while maintaining or building the same customer base. Failures are obvious in almost every industry. JCPenney and Sears vividly come to mind for me with their epic failed attempts to move upscale with premium pricing. Mazda, in the mid-1990s, decided to begin pricing their vehicles directly in-line with Toyota and Honda, at a time when Mazda's vehicles were far better looking than the Toyota/Honda competing models, but with quality levels well below those competing models. They made a conscious decision to walk away from their customers who had previously bought a Mazda because they provided a better value (comparable quality, more features/options than Toyota/Honda, at a slightly lower price) in an attempt to attract buyers willing to pay more while increasing annual sales significantly. In my opinion, the Disney park's are destroying their customer loyalty and walking away from the industry's most solid customer base, all in the name of politics. And, as you point out, Six Flags is NO Disney.
    1 point
  9. This seems to be a fad in business now to monetize everything. Its been a big issue with software for awhile and its creeping into the automotive market like with Tesla making everything a upcharge subscription like extended range and quick charging. Disney which is market leader in the amusement industry has been increasing their monetization efforts with various new upcharge scemes. The problem for Six Flags is that their demand is not as elastic as Disney to pull off additional upcharges. It just seems like a repeat of the Shapiro era including the street performers on the park midways. Maybe they will try barber shops again.
    1 point
  10. I agree with both of you, it is indeed a worthy cause, but it is also not the best-looking wrap for the ride, especially from a distance. Somehow Kia on El Toro blends better with it's regular color, and Skull Mountain was just little stickers, and a few large banners. Twix on Twister looks ok I guess. Stride on El Toro really stood out though, Got 2B on Kingda Ka didn't stand out as much, Twix on Rolling Thunder was okish. Axe (I think) on Scream Machine didn't look the best on it. didn't like Rock Assurance on Mine Train, Polly-O on Mine Train was a little better, but would rather not have it wrapped. M&M's on Skyway is fun I guess,
    1 point
  11. The trains just have the name of the healthcare company on them. Anyone not riding the coaster would not see any signs on the stairs. All they would see is how inappropriate the cars are for a train in Frontier Adventures.
    1 point
  12. The thought may be nice, but do you think anyone riding that coaster has any idea whose handprints they are? They would have been better off using one of the abandoned buildings to make an exhibit where they could actually present the information in a better way, without destroying the theme of the ride.
    1 point
  13. After a long search I was finally able to find photos of Great Adventure’s Matterhorn at Six Flags Atlantis. The ride was actually included in an old episode of Miami Vice titled "Honor Among Thieves" (Season 4, Episode 16, Time 32:40) which originally aired March 4, 1988. It can be seen on Roku. Here are two screen captures of the ride which includes a sign for the "Mattahorn."
    1 point
  14. Recently I was in Vegas and the team at FlyOver Las Vegas provided the opportunity to check out their flying theater experiences. They are currently featuring two films, The Real Wild West & Iceland. Definitely had a great time visiting this attraction. Here’s a review / recap of the experience for anyone interested in checking it out. https://www.sfneonline.org/2022/05/08/soaring-over-the-real-wild-west-and-iceland-flyover-las-vegas/
    1 point
  15. I would call it far from disgusting that the park is using the coaster to help raise awareness for cancer. They do not benefit or profit from having the coaster promote a worthy cause except for demonstrating a commendable amount of goodwill.
    1 point
  16. The simulator building needs to go. it's a huge ugly eyesore, a giant gray warehouse in the middle of the park. the paintball building needs to go and Dream Street reopened. they don't need to force people into the games area anymore. there are plenty of draws in that area. Whether the buildings "look" abandoned or not, they are. And most of them do "look" abandoned. You can add the arena to the list, which is actually boarded up. Even some of the stupid billboards they have around the park are empty. Those REALLY need to go. And I can't believe they painted the Runaway Train cars white with multicolored handprints on them as a rolling billboard. That's disgusting!
    1 point
  17. As long as Chapek is in charge EVERYTHING will have an IP... Gone are the days when Disney created something unique for the parks. Unless there's a market for the merchandise already it won't get built.
    0 points
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