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  1. This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to join some friends on a trip to Connecticut and Massachusetts for 3 new parks! Our plan was to stop by Lake Compounce for a few hours one day, spend the following day at SFNE and visit Quassy on the way back home to NJ. Lake Compounce was first on Friday, and it was a very clean looking park! It reminded me of BGW in some ways with the really nice landscaping and flowers. Our main priority was to ride Boulder Dash, but we started with Wildcat. This one was super rough and wound up being my least favorite new coaster on the trip. Talk about setting the bar low! I can appreciate the history, but I feel lucky that I somehow came off w/o any back pain. One ride on that, plus one each on Phobia and Ghost Hunt. We got a backrow and frontrow ride on Boulder Dash, and both were incredible! Great speed for a wooden coaster and the mountain-backdrop made it even better! 2 rides total on Boulder Dash before heading out, no Zoomerang and I was unable to ride the kiddie coaster. Saturday was the highlight day for me. Six Flags New England was one of the first I discovered outside of GAdv when I was little and would watch POVs on YT. Luckily, our group bought gold flashpasses which were upgraded to platinum for free as a perk w/ our memberships. The flashpass was a must for a Saturday visit and really helped us get to every open coaster (only Goliath was closed). One thing I really appreciated about this park over GAdv was that virtually every DC-themed ride was in the same area. And what an awesome ride collection it was with an excellent mix of flats and coasters! We ate at JB's BBQ for lunch and the pulled pork fries were awesome! One minor nitpick on the park was that we noticed a lot of employees allowing their coworkers to use the flashpass line, which obviously ate into some of our time and probably cost us a few extra rides on Superman and WiCy (an amazing 1-2 punch at the park and 2 new favorites for me). After spending a good chunk of change for the flashpass, it would've been nice to know only the people who paid for those passes were utilizing the lines. In my past experiences working at GAdv, I know employees could get into serious trouble for doing something like that. Final ride count: 1x ea. on Stampede Bumper Cars, Great Chase, Catwoman Whip, Gotham City Gauntlet, Supergirl Sky Flyer, Riddler Revenge, Batman the Dark Knight, Cyborg Hyper Drive, Joker, Thunderbolt, Pandemonium, Flashback & New England Sky Screamer. 4x ea. on Superman and Wicked Cyclone. Our last stop on our drive home was Quassy. I didn't do much research into this park, but again like so much else on the trip, I was pleasantly surprised! It was cool to see a similar ticket system like the ones at the nearby boardwalk parks, but we were only there to ride Wooden Warrior and Little Dipper. Little Dipper packed more of a punch than expected, but the real highlight was Wooden Warrior. This thing hauls and makes me more excited to get out to Sesame Place and try out Oscar's Wacky Taxi. 1 ride each on Quassy's 2 coasters. Here's a fun fact: our gas for the entire trip ($30) cost less than our 4 large drinks at Quassy (~$32)! Overall, I was lucky to gain 16 new credits on this trip to bring me up to 87. Not a ton in comparison to some of my other friends, but I'm slowly inching closer to 100! I highly recommend a similar trip to anyone looking to try out the coasters of the New England area, this was a fun one!
    4 points
  2. I had not been to the park since November 2019. On that visit, I would have never thought that not only my next visit would be over a year and a half later but it would also be my final visit to the park (at least for a long time). I found out in March that I was moving to Florida and have been there for a few weeks now. I was able to get to Hersheypark twice and Great Adventure once this spring before leaving. Normally a Friday in May would mean low crowds with just some school trips and walk ons mostly all day. It was more crowded than expected but still not too bad. It was a little strange entering the park that I wouldn't be returning and I wanted to try to get all my favorite rides in. I started at El Toro first. This is probably going to be my most missed ride. Nitro is my favorite ride in the park but there is Mako at Sea World and nothing like El Toro in Florida. I had heard it was running rougher than previous years but I found it mostly smooth. As usual, the air time was great. I missed Zumajaro on most of my visits in 2019 and was looking forward to riding the drop tower again. There is no drop tower that I have tried that is even close to as good as Zumanjaro. I got assigned the 3rd row at Kingda Ka and it wasn't too rough. Saw Mill Log Flume was fun with the multiple drops. Bizarro is still my favorite floorless coaster. It's so smooth and the added effects are fun. I took the Skyway over to the other side of the park and went to Skull Mountain. Unfortunately the skull figure had the lights turned off and all of the other theming was not lit. Nitro was excellent as usual. Smooth and great floater air time. After The Dark Knight I went to Justice League. This is another ride I am really going to miss especially because Busch Gardens and Sea World have no interactive dark rides and Sea World only has Journey To Atlantis (unless Antarctica reopens). I rode twice since there was no wait. SkyScreamer was next and the ride cycle is so much better compared to Six Flags Over Georgia's version. Harley Quinn Crazy Train had no wait and I finished the regular operating hours with the Parachutes. Power Hours is an amazing deal. $4.99 for hours of coasters with little to no lines is great. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stay for the event at all but bought the ticket just in case. I rode El Toro 2 more times with no wait and Runaway Mine Train that had been closed for the rest of the time I had been in the park. I would have stayed for a few more hours but wasn't able to but was still glad to get the extra 3 rides in. Walking out of the park was a little sad especially since losing Great Adventure plus Hersheypark, Dorney Park and Knoebels is tough. Busch Gardens Tampa is a nice park but it's still a major downgrade for a home park compared to Great Adventure or Hersheypark. Besides there not being as many coasters, there are almost no flat rides. I just am glad from 2008 - 2015 I was able to visit Great Adventure so often, visiting the park 28 times in 2015 and also being able to still visit a few times a year from 2016 - 2019 and am also thankful for all the happy memories the park gave me. Ride Count: El Toro, 3 Zumanjaro, 1 Kingda Ka, 1 Log Flume, 1 Bizarro, 1 Skyway, 1 Skull Mountain, 1 Nitro, 1 The Dark Knight, 1 Justice League, 2 SkyScreamer, 1 Harley Quinn Crazy Train, 1 Parachutes, 1 Runaway Mine Train, 1 Final Ride Count: Nitro - 594 Batman - 122 Superman - 116 Medusa/Bizarro – 201 Kingda Ka - 139 Skull Mountain - 427 Rolling Thunder Right - 40 Rolling Thunder Left – 38 Runaway Mine Train – 287 The Dark Knight - 199 Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train/Harley Quinn Crazy Train - 142 Great American Scream Machine – 65 Green Lantern - 126 El Toro - 74 The Joker - 3
    4 points
  3. I made it to the park and I did get pictures of Excalibur. I went back after reading your message to try for better shots but it was closed. I didn't go to the Arch but I can see it from my hotel. It is right a crossed the river from where I ma staying. I did get gipped on the view. My room daces the opposite direction from the arch. my room faces the blank wall of the casino I am working at. Had I been a crossed the hall i would have been able to look out my window and see it. I fly home today and right back out on a flight to Peoria on Monday. No Six Flags there. I will try to sort through the pictures I took and do some kind of a trip report soon.
    3 points
  4. There will not be one common announcement day for Six Flags this year. Some parks may not have announcements.
    3 points
  5. There's been so many good reviews and write-ups about Jersey Devil here so I just wanted to add one more to the mix. Here's an article I put together from media day. Looking forward to your feedback! Link to article: The Devil is in the Details | Jersey Devil Coaster That is!
    3 points
  6. Click HERE for more graphics about vaccinations. Source: Six Flags Great Adventure
    2 points
  7. Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced Dr. Diabolical's CliffHanger for 2022. It's the worlds steepest B&M Dive Coaster with a 95 degree drop. 150 feet tall and 7 seats per row. https://www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas/attractions/dr-diabolicals-cliffhanger
    2 points
  8. I would start with management, most company problems are caused by poor management. Poorly ran companies often have a difficult time attracting and keeping employees due to having bad reputations.
    2 points
  9. Jersey Devil Coaster has re-opened, and it’s running great!!
    2 points
  10. https://gvwire.com/2021/07/15/is-six-flags-over-fresno-the-real-deal-developer-looking-at-sites/
    2 points
  11. They could set it up like a toll booth and call it FlashPath.
    2 points
  12. This is a terrible graphic I quickly threw together but it is interesting to see that Magic Mountain's RMC version looks like it could have been originally designed for GA. The only thing they would have needed to remove is the old Looney Tunes Seaport bridge.
    2 points
  13. This pairs with my memories from the early 80's of the old "lockers", which were in a trailer outside the Front Gate. The lockers were a bunch of anodized aluminum baskets with laminated numbers held on with clothes pins. You rented your locker for the day and they gave you the basket to put your stuff in (usually your bagged lunch). They gave you a copy of the laminated number to hold all day and come back and get your stuff. I always remember the trailer smelled like warm peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The baskets were just like these: We'd get dropped off at the planter with a few dollars and lunch, spend a few hours riding rides, go out to the mall area and sit on the brick wall eating our sandwiches, go back and ride a few more rides, then get picked up in the late afternoon.
    2 points
  14. I am going to miss your GA trip reports Yoshi especially the ride counts. It is cool that you kept records of your visits for so long, even dating back to GASM days. By the numbers it is easy to see The Joker wasn't a favorite of yours! Looking forward to your trip reports from FLA.
    2 points
  15. I went to the park to purchase the Jersey Devil Coaster train model and was surprised to see there is now also an El Toro train model too.
    1 point
  16. Who remembers getting into Great Adventure for free on opening day 1984 if you brought a snowball? The special promotion tied into the introduction of the Sarajevo Bobsled which was new for that season.
    1 point
  17. That was a fun promotion. I didn't get to participate. I couldn't keep a snowball in the freezer. Someone, lets call her mom, wouldn't let me.
    1 point
  18. Once I go to the parks for more than a short visit, I'll post some reports or maybe post 1 report for a few small trips. 2 weeks ago I went to Busch Gardens for 2 1/2 hours and again today for 2 hours riding Cheetah Hunt, Cobra's Curse, Montu, Log Flume and Sheikra but only took 1 picture.
    1 point
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  20. Get a new governor. One that does NOT think it's his job to dictate to the businesses or citizens of the State what is a safe or unsafe environment in which to work. People are very capable of deciding for themselves where to work and when it's better to work than not work, and "safer" to work than not work. As long as you've relaxed requirements to collect unemployment and made it more advantageous to collect unemployment than to work (thereby making it safer to not work than to work for many people), you will have a very difficult time finding people to work.
    1 point
  21. This is similar to the Turbo Force up-charge ride we had in 2001/2002.
    1 point
  22. Had the opportunity to attend the media preview for Adirondack Outlaw at The Great Escape. This is definitely a fun new attraction that tower's over the park and provides some awesome views from the top. I put together an article about it and thanks to the park also have a full multi-cam on-ride with some extra drone shots. Would love to hear everyone's feedback and thoughts on this true new thrill ride at TGE. Thanks in advance for checking it out! Here's the full article: Ghost Town’s New Fugitive | Adirondack Outlaw Here's a quick link to the on-ride as well:
    1 point
  23. Going to miss your TRs as well, Yoshi! Hope you keep up the habit from Florida.
    1 point
  24. From what I was told by people who work there, even with higher lifeguard wages no one wants to work, leading to the capacity problems they have. Not to mention with a lot of underage lifeguards working, they can't work 40 hour weeks due to child labor laws, so even when they hire lifeguards, they may not be able to work as much as they need to. As of right now, the current workforce situation is just really tough and I honestly don't know how they could improve it in the moment, but in the future yes, hurricane harbor is very popular, too popular, and it seriously needs to expand more (somehow).
    1 point
  25. The C3PO imitation looks closer to the Ralph McQuarrie concept art for the character:
    1 point
  26. Larger parks could install this version:
    1 point
  27. That is a great video! The new ride seems so non-typical of what the park currently offers and by comparison looks very extreme. Maybe this is a test to see if it is popular and ultimately move from a mostly kids theme park to a thrill ride oriented one.
    1 point
  28. Yeah, I'm looking forward to going to a water park anytime of the year, especially since Aquatica looks like a really good water park (even though Adventure Island is a lot closer, their slide selection doesn't look as good and they have a more limited operating calendar). It just is taking some getting used to of the idea that my main waterpark season is going to be in the winter when crowds will be lower. I keep forgetting that and think, it's already July and I haven't been to a water park yet and it will be Labor Day in a few months and then remember that doesn't matter anymore. I'm not going to miss the snow at all.
    1 point
  29. Here is the only picture I have of the original locker trailer. It was located at the park's exit gates. You can see the Haunted Castle in the distance.
    1 point
  30. The Log Flume has reopened.
    1 point
  31. Sad to see you go. At least down in FL you will have a much longer swimming season, not have to deal with snow, or worry about your car disintegrating from road salt.
    1 point
  32. Six Flags Great Adventure has just announced Lil’ Devil Coaster, the park’s 14th roller coaster!
    1 point
  33. Agreed, I never call the park Six Flags and I know it’s not a big deal but I never like when it’s referred to as Six Flags only.
    1 point
  34. I live in Ocean County and get text notifications of what’s happening. I like that they refer to the park as Great Adventure and not Six Flags.
    1 point
  35. HH really needed those additional restrooms. Shame they could not make it look a bit more like the original restrooms. I was there back in May on the first Sunday HH was open and all the attractions were open then, even the river. HH's lazy river has always had staffing issues since the water park first open.
    1 point
  36. I hope an indoor show at the Showcase Theater returns this year for both Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park.
    1 point
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