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This final week for HITP won't be very good, with unusually cold temps below freezing every day. With the likely snow this Saturday I won't be surprised if the final weekend is simply cancelled. Also with the subfreezing temps, many of the coasters may not be operating. Hopefully this cold year will not make the park want to slash the number of operating days for HITP next year. 

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It sounds like the temperatures didn't stop the coasters from running except Joker. Coasterbill posted on another site Nitro was operating tonight with it 19 degrees out. That is amazing of the park to be willing to run the coaster with it being so cold. I knew they ran the coasters below freezing but never would have thought outdoor coasters would be running much under 25 let alone 20 degrees. Even though I would really like to get there for 1 last trip, I'm worried about the chance of snow (not at the park but on the drive to there or back home) and not sure how many rides I would want to go to in that weather. Maybe 1 lap on each of the outdoor coasters and spend most of the time at TDK, Skull Mountain and Justice League. Of course once I actually got there, I probably force myself to ride Nitro multiple times especially with it likely being a walk on.

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At those temps combined with the windchill, it is dangerous to ride coasters several times and risk frostbite. It is dangerous cold out. Also would not be surprised if many of those coasters are being operated outside of their original design parameters in such extreme cold. 

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I was starting to reconsider if I would go to the park in this weather or not after walking around the shopping outlets in the Poconos today that is like an outdoor mall. It was 8 degrees out and after a few minutes outside, I wanted to get inside a store. It was also reported that SFNE was operating Mind Eraser in 10 degree weather. It's almost a game to see how low the temperature can get to before Six Flags finally decides it's too cold for the coasters to run.

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Its pretty crazy. I really would like to go to the park but it is just too cold outside. Back on Christmas day, I had a bottle of thin model train oil in the trunk of my car and in gelled in the 25 minute drive to see family. 

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The only outdoor coasters at Great Adventure with an enclosed control booth are The Joker and Superman however only The Joker's booth has an HVAC system from what I know. Batman's station which is enclosed sometimes has air conditioning, but unfortunately, it's usually turned off making it very hot in there.

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I myself was happy to be sent to Joker or Buccaneer on the cold days. No Big Wheel for HITP meant that I only had two rides with an enclosed booth! I think I went through at least 10 packs of hand warmers in the last few operating days lol 

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Part of the 2018 calendar has been posted (just April, May and June). https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/plan-your-visit/park-operating-schedule

The park is open until 9 instead of 8 during Spring Break week (except Easter Sunday). Once daily operations start, there are no more 6:00 or 7:00 closings on weekdays in late May and early June.

 

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Despite being located literally on the border of Philly/NY territory, I don't think Great Adventure fits well for this bet. It would probably appear odd to many people outside the area that a park in NJ is claiming to be a "Philly park". It would be seen as a long stretch and a very desperate attempt to piggyback off the publicity of the Superbowl. If it were the Giants, at least they actually play in NJ, and I think Great Adventure is better known as an NYC park than a Philly park.

 

If anything, I think SFNE will set up a bet with Dorney, most likely. There is already history of a SF-CF bet between Cedar Point and SFGAm, so it wouldn't be the first. The ironic part here is that Great Adventure is actually slightly closer to Philly than Dorney is. lol

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