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dougdrummer last won the day on August 28 2018

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  1. Lack of good shows is one of the main reason I did not renew my season pass this year. I told SF this over and over again in the surveys, to no avail. I can only watch the silly 10 minute sea lion show so many times, and that isn't even indoors.
  2. Keep in mind you are an enthusiast who frequents amusement parks, and enthusiasts probably make up less than 10% of those that attend. A large percentage of people only visit these amusement parks once a year, probably on a class or organization trip of some sort. And having seen the outfits some of these people wear, I can guarantee you they are not prepared to secure their phones or keys on rides.
  3. Other than patronage of the businesses along the mile or so strip of Route 537 near the park, I wonder what positive cash flow effect the park has on the township's bottom line? Obviously the park pays significant property taxes to the town. Ditto for the businesses that spouted up in the vicinity of the park. Although one can argue the park is not as effective as it can be because it is still seasonal. The state and federal government are the beneficiary of income taxes collected from employees, and sales tax goes to the state. I guess you can say that the park employs a lot of people as well, although I would think over 90% of the employees do not live in Jackson (or even in the US in some cases). The local businesses probably employ a lot higher percentage of people from the township. I assume ride inspection fees are collected at the state level, although the township gets permit fees for construction improvements in the park.
  4. With today's modern key fobs, you aren't just dealing with the keys themselves. Many of those fobs are big and have a lot of mass to them. My fob for my Ford Escape is massive since it has buttons for remote start and remote tailgate close/open. I shutter to think of my keys and fob coming out of my pocket and hitting someone as I ride over 60 mph on a roller coaster. That being said, my keys are buried in my shorts pocket, which has a velcroed flap to seal it, so I don't see any circumstance where the keys could come out, even under negative G loads. But not every patron wears those type of shorts.
  5. Great report! Just out of curiosity, and not to get too personal, but how do you ride a coaster 15 times in a row if you are handicapped? I only ask because I have a serious medical condition that sometimes affects my mobility, and have debated getting a handicapped placard for my car. So far I have not, for psychological reasons (I don't want to admit I'm handicapped), but I may have to out of necessity some day.
  6. Last year my wife and I had season's passes with full dining plans, but decided not to purchase again in 2018 because of health issues. We visited SFGA about 12 times in 2017, including both HITP and FF. We also visited SF New England on the way back from a trip to Boston. I also filled out several on-line surveys during last season. I find it astounding that Six Flags never attempted to reach out to me about renewing this year - not a single email, text or phone call. I guess it was okay for them to drop me from the roster, without even finding out why I decided to not renew. Maybe they figured I wasn't a money maker since we attended so frequently, eating and drinking to our heart's content - LOL.
  7. You best send that photo to the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Society in Lancaster PA for identification: www.roughandtumble.org
  8. As I've commented previously, every time I rode in those trucks, they are exceptionally noisy, with smelly fumes and have a terribly uncomfortably ride over the bumpy sections. When they are accelerating, it is pretty much impossible to hear the tour guides talking over the intercom. I know the trucks were selected to fit the part, and they ultimately get the job done, but I would have considered a potential electric propulsion alternative. The other benefit of that option is that they could promote the 'green' ness of the park, especially with the natural setting of the safari. Currently the smoke bellowing trucks stand in contrast with their oft-advertised efforts to preserve the natural environment.
  9. I hope you are right. I ride the monorail system extensively whenever I'm there, and always try to get a seat near the cab in order to see the operations. Heck, sometimes I just ride the monorail to cool off and get off at the stations to peruse parts of the resorts I normally don't get to see otherwise (I never stay on site). I admit I am a railroad enthusiast, and particularly a monorail lover. And there aren't many places you can ride one - the only other one I've been on is Hershey Park and that one isn't nearly as exciting to me. I even wrote an extensive research paper on monorails back in high school...LOL And I disagree with the statement that repairing the monorail is not a good 'bang for their buck', so to speak. The monorail at Disney World is as iconic a figure as Mickey Mouse. They use it extensively in their massive advertising campaigns. It is the centerpiece of sorts for their overall resorts in Orlando. If it goes out of commission for any length of time, especially permanently, it will seriously affect their ability to advertise and attract customers. It will become an eye sore if they don't tear it down, which would cost a significant amount of money. And in that scenario, what will happen to the Contemporary? They would have to alter the ends of the building in some fashion. But perhaps the biggest issue mentioned so far is the negative effect on transportation. Even now with a functioning monorail, it can be tough to get around, especially when the parks and resorts are crowded.
  10. was that a Freudian slip when you mentioned (twice) that you were cursing up the highway? LOL
  11. The other day I was driving through a school zone with the sign that flashes 25 MPH. This jackbag in a Jeep behind me tailgates within a foot of my rear bumper the whole way through the zone, even though there were at least two crossing guards present. I tapped the brakes several times to try and get him off my rear, but to no avail. After we got through the school zone I sped back up and he caught right back up to me and proceeded to tailgate me again. About a quarter mile later, he finally turned off onto a sidestreet in a development, but not before flipping me the bird. What the hell is wrong with people????
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