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Postby AirTimeDaz on October 13th, 2018, 11:08 am
SEVENTH!! and send demon & little dipper over too while you're at it :lol:
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Postby RBullFan97 on October 13th, 2018, 12:35 pm
AirTimeDaz wrote:SEVENTH!! and send demon & little dipper over too while you're at it :lol:

Now you've crossed the line there buddy. :P
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Postby n9yty on October 13th, 2018, 1:34 pm
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n9yty wrote:The free three month thing is a disaster. To offer as incentive a benefit you only get WHEN YOU CANCEL is beyond bizarre. And, if you have the member dining it doesn't carry over for those three months, and I don't you could even pay for it since you had to cancel. Bizarre! Who wants three months without dining? Not me. LoL

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You just cancel your membership then and not the dining. I’ve done it before and it’s simple. I’ve had a membership since they came out which was 4 years ago now I think I’ve cancelled twice in that time to get the cheaper price when it was on sale.


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Postby JT2002 on October 14th, 2018, 3:53 pm
RBullFan97 wrote:
AirTimeDaz wrote:SEVENTH!! and send demon & little dipper over too while you're at it :lol:

Now you've crossed the line there buddy. :P

8th. Rather see that thing go than any other water ride. Heck, rather than any other ride.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on October 19th, 2018, 11:25 pm
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anewman35 wrote:The other day, I saw a sign in Hometown Park (not sure if it was new, but I hadn't seen it before) that said you could use your Season Dining Pass for Games, Dare Devil Dive, or the Go Karts. It said to check with those attractions for more info (and I didn't). Anybody know about his this works?


Yes you can trade in yet your snack for a $10 credit for games or 1 free ride on Dare Devil Dive or the go karts. You can trade in a lunch or dinner for an all day go karts pass, all day Dare Devil Dive pass, or a game play up to $10 plus another regular game play up to $5.


On the facebook group of Great America fan base club, they really detail this in a recent post, and you can see the games they say you can play. I'm kind of shocked about the Skycoaster being included in this. That's a lot of money for 2 people (maybe $30, and that's for a meal) Seems like a lot of money difference: meal vs 2 Skycoaster riders price.

On November, 10th they have this event called South Asian Festival.
It says season pass holders and members can buy their way into the private time from 8pm - 10pm on that day. ???? I find that weird... that you can buy your way into an event you have no idea what's going on.
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Postby got2havefun on October 20th, 2018, 9:18 am
I wonder if dare devil dive is going to be on the chopping block soon. It seems like the novelty has worn off after 20 years.
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Postby Sven18 on October 20th, 2018, 9:24 am
Ilovthevu' wrote:On the facebook group of Great America fan base club, they really detail this in a recent post, and you can see the games they say you can play. I'm kind of shocked about the Skycoaster being included in this. That's a lot of money for 2 people (maybe $30, and that's for a meal) Seems like a lot of money difference: meal vs 2 Skycoaster riders price.


This an attempt to keep margins and lower costs. The skycoaster ride costs SF nothing, the staff is there and being paid, there is no incremental cost to SF. However, ever use of a meal pass is an incremental cost in product. If a person goes to the park a lot and has a dining pass the margins get slim on the dining pass.There is a substantial number of people that go to the park 10, 15, 20 or more times a year and they have dining passes. SF is literally making low margins on these dining passes and could even be losing on the heavy users on that $75 dining pass. The people most likely to trade in meals for games or Skycoaster are the heavy users. SF getting them to use it on these experiences instead of a meal lowers costs. There are people that use parks as a essentially a weekly food plan. They go to the park 3 or 4 weekdays in the evening for dinner and then go 1 weekend day all day, they do this all season. Any chain offering meal plans wants the ideal customer to go enough to see value in it over paying out of pocket, but doesn't want them to go so much that the margins get slim or go negative.
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Postby Carlo on October 20th, 2018, 10:28 pm
I think they are doing this not because of money but because of staffing issues. The lines at food locations are so long. So to help reduce the lines they are offering this special offer. That why the value is great, plus it really does cost them extra.

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Postby Sven18 on October 24th, 2018, 3:02 pm
SF on the conf call mentioned the introduction of mobile dining in 2019. They did not elaborate. Is this the ability for dining pass holders to pre order off the app? SF says dining passes are the 1st time over 1M sales, so expect even longer waits as the staffing will surely stay the same.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on October 29th, 2018, 12:33 am
Was almost the whole park closed on Sunday Oct 28th, or what? lol Look at the ride status. I just don't get the entire month & 1/2 of this fest. People talk about the haunted houses, but they don't even talk about the rides at all. For some of these rides, it's close to the end of them running because of how cold it's going to get, and just not a lot about them / even on the facebook club thing. It's confusing to me.
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Postby Wisco Woody on October 29th, 2018, 8:34 am
You cant trust the ride status listings or QueueTimes site for this park, and you obviously weren't there yesterday. Rest assured, pretty much everything was open the entire day despite the cold and often rainy conditions because this park has some of the best and most dedicated maintenance in the industry. If all you want to do is ride coasters and normal plain rides, you have all of daily operation season to do that. In fact if you don't like the way Six Flags manages downtime, you should definitely make it to Cedar Point so you can see what an overstretched and less well managed maintenance staff looks like, plus you can ride all the rides you complain about Great America not having.

You don't get the month and a half of Fright Fest? This is when the Park is at their absolute best with not just all the rides and coasters, but great live shows,5 short haunted houses and 1 quite long house, and some good scare zones and actors that blow away anything during the regular season. The theming, energy, and enthusiasm of the staff during our Fright Fest makes this the best theme park haunt event in the midwest and probably the entire Six Flags chain. The crowds obviously love it too, and if you've ever been on a Fright Fest day with a nearly dead park you'd know how important the guests are to the atmosphere.
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Postby _FuryBull_330_ on October 29th, 2018, 1:10 pm
^ I know the amount of effort they put in to Fright Fest is impressive, I hope they can put this mush effort in HITP when I go Black Friday.
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Postby DejaVu2001 on November 8th, 2018, 9:29 am
As the freezing temperatures hit this weekend, expect all Coca-Cola kiosks and other exposed food locations to be closed for the season as they were for the last 2 weeks of last season.
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Postby JT2002 on November 9th, 2018, 11:35 am
DejaVu2001 wrote:As the freezing temperatures hit this weekend, expect all Coca-Cola kiosks and other exposed food locations to be closed for the season as they were for the last 2 weeks of last season.

Yep, snow came pretty early this year.
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Postby DejaVu2001 on November 10th, 2018, 12:42 pm
NOTICE: Due to cold and ice, Batman The Ride and The Dark Knight Coaster will be the only coasters operating today
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Postby Muck Finnesota on November 10th, 2018, 3:49 pm
Thanks for that info. Saved me a trip.
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Postby DejaVu2001 on November 10th, 2018, 9:35 pm
Rides that actually opened today: Columbia Carousel, Rue Le Dodge, The Dark Knight Coaster, Whirligig, Winner's Circle, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on November 12th, 2018, 12:12 am
I don't get the Condor: closed weekdays "ride status".. It had 2 garbage cans upside down in front of it today, which to me, means closed for the season. I don't see it on the list of rides for the event. It wasn't even open today (Sunday - Nov 11th).

Whether maintenance schedules or not, I think running 1 train on a coaster during cold weather is not good. To me, you want to keep that track as warm as possible all the time. When you are running 1 train, your 1 train sits in the station for probably a minute & a 1/2. That track starts getting colder and colder with nothing running. I think it's very, very easy to valley a coaster with only 1 train vs 2.
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Postby DejaVu2001 on November 12th, 2018, 6:51 am
Condor being listed as Closed weekdays was a mistake. It has been corrected.

As for valleying, track temperature has no impact on that. That is all about how warm the train is and how much weight (riders) is in the train.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on November 12th, 2018, 2:06 pm
^I will disagree respectively on that - about the track's heat. With my science, I know when 2 things rub against each other, that creates more heat because you get more atoms "moving". When you rub your hands together, that creates more heat for instance. 2 ordinary wooden sticks soon become a fire after many multiple times of rubbing them together. In the cold temperatures we want heat in order for the coaster to keep going. Yes, the wheels definitely help also, but I think it's both.
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Postby CoasterNick3157 on November 13th, 2018, 9:52 pm
Expect that to happen on holiday in the park

DejaVu2001 wrote:NOTICE: Due to cold and ice, Batman The Ride and The Dark Knight Coaster will be the only coasters operating today
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Postby Sven18 on November 25th, 2018, 1:41 pm
SFGAM Black friday/Cyber Sale is offering free lifetime upgrade to Platinum Membership of a Gold Plus Membership($7.15/mth). The Labor Day flash sale is no longer guaranteed to be the best deal/price on all products. Think there might be some unhappy campers seeing this deal after buying early. The free upgrade to Gold Pass is also offered, but the price is $75 when it as $68 for the Labor Day Flash sale.

Also, SFGAm it's written "LOCK IN 2018 Prices Before our annual increase." On some other parks sites it says, " LOCK IN 2018 Prices Before our big increase." It will be interesting to see if this is real or the SF Corporate bluff pretending anyone actually pays the full price whic they they cite to claim huge %'s off.
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Postby JT2002 on December 1st, 2018, 7:38 pm
http://www.screamscape.com/html/industry_news.htm#SixFlags If y'all haven't heard already, screamscape said that there have been some new ride surveys going around from Six Flags. They've talked about a Mack Power Splash (flume+launch coaster) and dive coasters at a few parks (including SFGam).
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Postby JackGlass on December 2nd, 2018, 7:26 am
JT2002 wrote:http://www.screamscape.com/html/industry_news.htm#SixFlags If y'all haven't heard already, screamscape said that there have been some new ride surveys going around from Six Flags. They've talked about a Mack Power Splash (flume+launch coaster) and dive coasters at a few parks (including SFGam).


I'd love to see a Dive Machine come to Great America. Tear down one (or both) of the flumes and put it over there!
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Postby coasterlove on December 2nd, 2018, 11:45 am
I received the survey and it briefly mentioned a lot of options as to what I'd like to see added. The main focus though was strongly on a single rail coaster, the Raptor although it didn't call it that directly. It did feature video of the Wonder Woman coaster from SFFT. It does appear to be that would be what they *might* be leaning towards. While I think it is probably a terrific ride, I'd worry about the capacity. Offhand, I think they have 8 cars, meaning 8 riders per train? I'd guess they could send out trains not much quicker than one per minute, maybe 45 seconds due to not having any MCBR I don't believe. So 60-80 trains an hour. Theoretical capacity would be 480-640 passengers per hour? Personally, I'd rather see a T-Rex coaster from RMC if that was at all possible.
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