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Everything posted by GAcoaster

  1. They're raising prices on admission-- the problem is the Six Flags business model is squeeze out more money and cut costs. It really DOES come down to an ad or no ride to them. Years ago I remember the ad sales department sold ad space on rides to "Tornados" spicy chips and sold advertising on the park's swing ride (not realizing the park had removed it years before). They found the next closest ride which was the Super Roundup (which was actually slated for removal as well), so it got painted and renamed with the sponsorship deal and it was spared. I have little doubt that M&Ms sponsorship is probably the main reason why the Skyride has not been removed (yet) when every other Six Flags park has removed theirs. There sometimes is a direct correlation between sponsorship and rides being kept (or at least maintained better). The Runaway Mine Train is one of the oldest rides in the park and has needed extensive work the past few years. Most likely sponsorship has helped pay for that needed work and kept the ride open.
  2. I'm assuming since it's set in NJ Great Adventure is part of the story.
  3. It is amazing to see how many times a hotel was proposed for the park and never happened.
  4. According to the Von Roll Skyride experts: "Most of Georgia parts went to Great Adventure. Some 34 cabins, grips, arms, spare tower batterys, dispatchers, controls" Now, how many of those cabins can be added I'm not sure. They were only running about 10 on the SFOG Skyride, so many may only be used for parts. Then it comes down to how much time/man power can be used by the Maintenance team to get more running. They have limits and coasters and other rides are priority versus getting more cars running on the Skyway.
  5. 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.
  6. I wouldn't be surprised to hear they are in talks for a sale or merger soon...
  7. 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.
  8. They are (relatively) roomy. It's only 3 minutes of actual ride time, and considering this is such a huge show building and took so long to build and cost so much, it seems a little disappointing overall. I didn't get to do the whole preshow are when I rode, but it really felt like an updated Space Mountain in many aspects. My overall impression (and this isn't a knock on Universal) is that it's a Universal attraction-- a roller coaster with projections (and not great projections either). Overall a good and much needed addition to Epcot, but it really doesn't fit Epcot at all.
  9. Looks like Legoland in California is adding a Vekoma Madhouse. Apparently Legoland Windsor (UK) has one already. I wonder if the other Legoland parks will also add them? Houdini is such a fun family ride, it seems like a great fit for Legoland. I'm still surprised that GA and SFNE are the only parks in the US with them so far (20+ years later).
  10. And that was all the way over by the old front gate.
  11. Every management change is always looked at in retrospect as being the best and the worst depending on what aspects you're focused on. Premier was TERRRIBLE in so many ways, but they also added so many things that have really shaped the park. The pendulum always swings back and forth with one managements philosophy leaning toward family and smaller attractions then another deciding it's all about big thrills. This will always happen unless they get one steady management team.
  12. PGAV Destinations, designers of The Golden Kingdom and Plaza del Carnavale, are hiring for their new Orlando offices: https://pgavdestinations.com/news/pgav-destinations-opens-studio-in-orlando/ They have done extensive work for Busch/SeaWorld parks, as well as just about every other park chain. If you or someone you know is looking to get into the theme park design industry, this could be your way in.
  13. The original Six Flags parks had a similar facility called "The Chevy Show" (Chevy was the sponsor), and it was a simpler, 35 millimeter film created for Chevy and Six Flags. It was thought all the prints were lost, but someone found one and did a fantastic 4K transfer. The film is great because it features several Six Flags rides in it along with the standard plane/helicopter/car chase footage that these kind of movies were known for. Included is onride footage from The Great Gasp (SFOG Parachute drop), Screamin' Eagle (SFStL with what would become Great Adventure's parachute drop in the background), and early footage of Mind Bender (SFOG when it was silver). Watch it on the biggest screen you can!
  14. Interesting...I'm kind of surprised they would build a smaller version since the Six Flags model already seems small.
  15. I'm hopeful, but if anything goes wrong with this new plan/direction it's really going to put the company in bad financial straights (again). Every 10 years it's the same cycle...
  16. I saw a shot of it testing with water dummies over the weekend from the Safari. So good to see it coming back!
  17. It's so sad to see the original Yankee Harbor theme going away.
  18. Interesting-- SFFT is rolling out their single rider lines and it looks like they're just using the Flash Pass lane. Now how will they separate the single riders from the FP users? What happens when a group goes into the single rider lane?
  19. That was the plan (to keep the riff raff out) but I'm sure it could have changed over time.
  20. I was so glad I had stayed at the Dollywood Dream More Resort just before writing this. The design is VERY similar, so it helped to picture what it would have looked like.
  21. They're really trying to up per capita spending by giving people a reason to want to stay in the park and eat rather than bringing food or leaving the park for it. It's a good idea, but not a particularly well thought out execution. They need to make some fundamental changes to their whole business model (or someone else will do it for them when it's bought out or taken over again)
  22. They should have used the Great Adventure logo! If they're going to use Bamberger's logo, it's only fitting it should have been Great Adventure too. They probably also should have had the Action Park logo.
  23. It's not great, but not as bad as the year that Zierer revised the height restrictions on all their Flying Waves. People were really pissed their kids who rode the year before couldn't ride the next season...
  24. Orange Tags used to be 15 year olds (years ago)!
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