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Postby SFGAmFan12 on July 1st, 2017, 7:43 pm
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SFGAmFan12 wrote:Sorry if it’s been posted previously but what happened to the finger print scanners at the entrance? I can’t believe they are using just normal barcode scanners and not verifying the pass holder.


Did you happen to enter near the right-most corner of the scanners? I know some of those don't have the finger print scanning. Seems odd to remove it all together


I went last Sunday at 5:30PM. I did enter towards the right, but all the way across the scanners were covered and they were using handheld readers (just like they used to scan the season pass for parking) instead of the finger print scanners. I didn’t know if this was normal for this year but it seemed odd given that no pictures are on the pass either. There’s no way to verify the owner of the pass is the one using it.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on July 1st, 2017, 9:04 pm
^They have been using them recently this year though - maybe 2 weeks ago I used it. If they aren't supposed to be using it, than they should get fined by IL. It just should not take the amount of time it takes in order to get into that park with those things. Disney has them, and has a lot more of them because they realize how long each person takes. Either have a TON of them. Each worker looks at 4 at a time, or just stick with the pictures which was never a problem.

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or of course, the other solution is to open the gates at 9:45 am, so these stupid fingerprints don't back up the line so much.

This park is NOT Universal or Disney. We don't have $500 season passes. The only reason that stupid stuff started was because people would buy tickets to Disney for 10 days, and than people would sell the remaining days on probably the internet. How DIsney works is that the more days you buy, the cheaper each day becomes. Let's say people went to Disney for only 5 days, and sold the other 5 days on the internet. Disney didn't like this because Disney has to make all the money, and no one else can make money. This is just stupid for SFGAm.

What they've done is that you don't wait to get your picture taking for let's say 15-30 minutes ONCE, and than everytime you come to the park, you wait 15-40 min to get in when all these finger things are working. It's ridiculous.

Either buy a LOT more scanners, open the gates earlier, or go back to the pictures.
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Postby BCarroll on July 1st, 2017, 9:27 pm
I think they should go back to using the pictures. Way quicker entry times and that way SF doesn't have to purchase more scanners.
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Postby Coaster Justin on July 1st, 2017, 10:25 pm
BCarroll wrote:I think they should go back to using the pictures. Way quicker entry times and that way SF doesn't have to purchase more scanners.



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Postby Goku1910 on July 2nd, 2017, 11:31 am
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Goku1910 wrote:I'll make it clear that I don't have the highest confidence in Six Flags rides selection in recent years. I'm well aware of Larson loopers and clones and I have feared for years they would come to Great America but to our luck they haven't. Or people at Six Flags corporate office know they wouldn't fit well in a high capacity park like ours.

Overall, we're a well rounded park and the loss of V2 wouldn't be so detrimental. I don't see it as a critical component and I doubt discovery kingdoms visitors do either. The V2 there is a bigger joke than ours.

(Joker is the exception, I still think it's a gimmick ride)


The loss of V2 and no launch replacement at all or non quality launch replacement would be detrimental. SFGAm and its homers on here think of themselves as a top end park. I disagree, b/c the line up is full of clones and short coasters. The Joker does nothing to boost the lineup to compare with other top end parks and is a spruced up carnival ride. Btw, the placement of loops has nothing to do with capacity or the park attendance. GAdv got one and they have more attendance than GAm. GAm admitted they were suppose to get a loop in the season preview talk thing and somehow they wiggled out of it. I see Skywarps coming to non loop parks in short order. The ride is too good for SF to resist costing just 2M, as a better alternative to loops. Despite all the buzz on SF's tease for 2018, I see it being mainly clones of the same stuff. in my opinion, there is no chance they are done cloning 4D's and Justice Leagues, which in their thinking are the marquee attractions of the chain. I also see probably 2 more Discoveries and 1 more skyscreamer, but cloning flats is okay for the most part, though variety would be welcomed.


Ridership of V2 is down so the GP clearly no longer cares about it. Crowds were decent yesterday and yet V2 never got passed a station wait. The park doesn't "need" a launched coaster according to your little checklist of things a particular park must have, you are just making excuses for SFGAm not to remove it.

People have been clamoring for Flumes to be removed due to their age, BUT WAIT, that means we'd no longer have the flume ride that is on that checklist of things we must have. We can't have that happen..... :roll:
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Postby ilrider on July 2nd, 2017, 11:56 am
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BCarroll wrote:I think they should go back to using the pictures. Way quicker entry times and that way SF doesn't have to purchase more scanners.


SF should just take pictures at pass processing, but not put them on the passes. Just have the picture come up on a screen when they scan it. That's how Cedar Fair does it. I get comments on my photo. Also, you can scan the picture in yourself online when you buy or renew a pass. If it's a new pass you just need to stop in to the processing center for one time visual verification and they will let you change your picture if you want to. The finger print idea was always suspect to me. SF tried to ease people's discomfort with statements about it. They still had a partial finger print of you on file that they had to match for verification, which makes some people uncomfortable.


I did not like using my fingerprint one bit, and I told the park so in surveys, but I also hated how much longer it took people to get into the park. Really dumb idea, whomever at corporate came up with it. Just scanning the passes with the handheld scanner obviously is a ton faster, even though they do not have the photo anymore. Having to wait for the fingerprint to be accepted then also scan the pass increased the wait time to get in significantly. Common sense should rule the day in business with something like that.

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Postby Ilovthevu' on July 2nd, 2017, 1:34 pm
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Ridership of V2 is down so the GP clearly no longer cares about it. Crowds were decent yesterday and yet V2 never got passed a station wait. The park doesn't "need" a launched coaster according to your little checklist of things a particular park must have, you are just making excuses for SFGAm not to remove it.

People have been clamoring for Flumes to be removed due to their age, BUT WAIT, that means we'd no longer have the flume ride that is on that checklist of things we must have. We can't have that happen..... :roll:


The GP really must hate Demon and American Eagle than because on coasterqueue (right now), they are the only ones with 10 min waits while every other coasters is 30 or 35 min. Joker or the indoor Batman is not listed for some reason.

V2 has the one of the biggest stations in the park. They sometimes load people in there like a canned sardine. So, a station wait doesn't mean diddly. Viper is the other one with a huge station. Everything else is kind of small. You say station wait for Goliath, and you probably get on in 5 minutes. You say station wait for Whizzer, and you get on in 5 minutes. V2, a FULL station wait, you are waiting awhile. You can have 10-12 people in front of you (in each row) + 14 rows of that. . It's not 5 minutes with the full station they pack the people in there. Sure, sometimes they don't pack the people in there like a canned sardine, but not always. A station wait doesn't mean much for V2. A whole 150 people station wait compared to 50 people in the Batman station wait.

It's plain and simple. Demon should be the next target of the park - for it to leave. American Eagle, I can say well it's 2 coasters, so that's why the wait time is so small. Get another family friend coaster already that people will like, and replace the Demon.
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Postby Goku1910 on July 2nd, 2017, 1:39 pm
Dumb counter argument. Whizzer station wait is long thanks to groups taking forever to coordinate and viper is...well...viper with no or terrible grouper.

Station waits at V2 only take a long time because it has a cool down period before it can launch again. So even if the crew finishes quickly no matter what they still cannot launch. So why you even compare station waits on these rides is dumb because you're not taking their respective capacities into account.

Viper - 2 trains
Eagle - 2 trains
Demon - 2, sometimes 3
Goliath - 2 trains
V2 - 1 train that can only launch every ~2-3 minutes.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on July 2nd, 2017, 1:43 pm
Your point is that no one rides V2. No one rides V2. It's only a station wait. Yes they do. You don't ride it. You just whine about it. Whizzer is not long at all. You actually have a flash pass person looking at the lines itself.
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Postby Goku1910 on July 2nd, 2017, 1:45 pm
It's just not a very good coaster in general, it could be replaced with anything and be better. Joker should have gone there.

Capacity is garbage, downtime is high, and it's not even a good launched coaster.

And although I agree that Demon should be next on the chopping block you can trust me on this. With current management, it's not happening.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on July 2nd, 2017, 1:49 pm
^They should have put Joker in County Fair games area, and called it Wonder Woman. Than, East River Crawler would still be there, and the Orbit would still be there. They could have put a KMG Afterburner where Ragin Cajun is, and just spread some of those games elsewhere. That area is a big waste of space.
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Postby Coaster Justin on July 2nd, 2017, 2:00 pm
Ilovthevu' wrote:^They should have put Joker in County Fair games area, and called it Wonder Woman. Than, East River Crawler would still be there, and the Orbit would still be there. They could have put a KMG Afterburner where Ragin Cajun is, and just spread some of those games elsewhere. That area is a big waste of space.


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Postby Ilovthevu' on July 2nd, 2017, 2:09 pm
^They couldn't do that. That's not enough room unless somehow they would go backstage, and than it would almost have to go to Triple Play area with cutting down some trees. Than, the trolley rails would be totally messed up.

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Postby SFGAmFan12 on July 2nd, 2017, 3:26 pm
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BCarroll wrote:I think they should go back to using the pictures. Way quicker entry times and that way SF doesn't have to purchase more scanners.


SF should just take pictures at pass processing, but not put them on the passes. Just have the picture come up on a screen when they scan it. That's how Cedar Fair does it. I get comments on my photo. Also, you can scan the picture in yourself online when you buy or renew a pass. If it's a new pass you just need to stop in to the processing center for one time visual verification and they will let you change your picture if you want to. The finger print idea was always suspect to me. SF tried to ease people's discomfort with statements about it. They still had a partial finger print of you on file that they had to match for verification, which makes some people uncomfortable.


I did not like using my fingerprint one bit, and I told the park so in surveys, but I also hated how much longer it took people to get into the park. Really dumb idea, whomever at corporate came up with it. Just scanning the passes with the handheld scanner obviously is a ton faster, even though they do not have the photo anymore. Having to wait for the fingerprint to be accepted then also scan the pass increased the wait time to get in significantly. Common sense should rule the day in business with something like that.

CF model makes sense.


Fingerprint does take too long but I love being able to get my season pass at the front gate instead of the awful three hour season pass line for photos during Fright Fest (I remember 2011 was particularly awful). I just thought it was odd last week with the amount of money I am sure they spent to upgrade and to be back using the same technology.

My only concern with no verification is if the pass was stolen...there is no way at all to verify the owner of it and I am not sure how they would handle replacing it.
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Postby RollingCoasting on July 2nd, 2017, 3:28 pm
doubleb wrote:None of that makes sense. First 4D's don't fit with WW theming.


Why would it matter if they themed it to WW?
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Postby Coaster Justin on July 2nd, 2017, 3:31 pm
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Postby Ilovthevu' on July 2nd, 2017, 3:57 pm
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Ilovthevu' wrote:^They should have put Joker in County Fair games area, and called it Wonder Woman. Than, East River Crawler would still be there, and the Orbit would still be there. They could have put a KMG Afterburner where Ragin Cajun is, and just spread some of those games elsewhere. That area is a big waste of space.


None of that makes sense. First 4D's don't fit with WW theming. WW themed ride will surely come to the park and can be done with any one of 3 flats, Skyscreamer, Giant Discovery, or an Endeavour. It would have made no sense to put Joker in County Fair, as it seems they are in the process of turning Mardi Gras to a DC area. The have taken out essentially all the Mardi Gras stuff and games this year. Why would SF buy a KMG Afterburner when they are buying pendulums from Zamperla. The Orbit left for a reason, it's an old ride and it was not a Huss Enterprise and thus easier to find parts for.


Than, why is the first 4d coaster that Six Flags put in themed to Batman? Why is a ride themed to Raging Bull yet it's one of the tallest coasters in the park? You can theme any ride to whatever you want to theme it to. It's just a label in order to get people excited. It's because the KMG Afterburners are the superior rides with more force than just meandering rides like the Max Air ride. The Max Air ride is not a bad ride at all, but it's just doesn't have a huge force at all.

They took out the Orbit because they think that the Joker makes up for the Orbit. The Joker is so much like an upside down flat ride that they decided to take out the Orbit for it. The Orbit just doesn't even feel like you are going upside down flat. It's not like the Joker ride at all. They still have the Enterprise at St. Louis, and another ride similar like the XCalibur. Why not Great America keep the Orbit, and St. Louis give the spare Enterprise ride to Great America (St. Louis is building one from Fiesta Texas now.) instead of St. Louis having 2 very similar rides. That is dumb.
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Postby Goku1910 on July 2nd, 2017, 4:41 pm
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Goku1910 wrote:It's just not a very good coaster in general, it could be replaced with anything and be better. Joker should have gone there.

Capacity is garbage, downtime is high, and it's not even a good launched coaster.

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Capacity is garbage, downtime is high, and it's not a good coaster...that's exactly what can be said about the Joker, a ride you seem to like. No way the ride should have been placed in V2 spot. Btw, 4D's have lower capacity than V2. I would not bet on a pure gimmick ride of the Joker having the almost 15yr later ridership that V2 has. I would even bet that the ridership is about equal now, the reason the Joker has long lines is largely about low capacity and operations. S&S claims 720/hr which is nonsense the thing runs at 500/hr, likely less.


I did not say I liked Joker, I called it a gimmick. It's cool and unique but that's about it. That alone doesn't make it a good coaster. I classify it more like a regular ride and although I have been surprised at how quickly it's line moved the 6 times I've been on it, I still don't consider it a great addition since it discourages me from traveling to other SF parks because of clones.

S&S 4D = 720 people per hour. (estimated from S&S)
Intamin claims it's impulse can reach over 1,200 but if you do some short math you can compare it. 28 passenger train with let's say a 3 minute dispatch interval equals to about 560 people in an hour. You can beat the S&S 4D easily with a 2 minute dispatch but let's be honest, how often does V2 dispatch that quickly? Especially not recently. 2 minutes is a 840 people per hour. Still no where near Intamin's fact-sheet estimate.

I can't really do the math on the S&S since it's a ride that essentially runs itself for the most part. so take these numbers as you will.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on July 2nd, 2017, 4:55 pm
^S&S 4d of 720 is just not right. You can't believe what manufacturers say about capacity because it just never happens. A pov of the ride is about 1:10. That's 8 people, and they barely ever send another car right away (from what I've seen). About 50 cars 1 hour x 8 = 400 people.

If they did send multiple cars much, much faster, maybe it would be 500 people, but don't believe manufacturers theoretical capacity.
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Postby Goku1910 on July 2nd, 2017, 5:05 pm
That's why I mentioned Intamin claimed 1,200. I also explained that I was going off S&S's fact sheet and that estimating it myself would be difficult since it almost runs itself.

I worked at the park before and after loose article bins were reintroduced so I saw capacity first hand. Any ride other than Raging Bull getting over 1,000 was nothing short of amazing. Intamin claiming to get 1,200 is just unrealistic.
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Postby CoasterRiderSC on July 3rd, 2017, 11:46 am
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Fingerprint does take too long but I love being able to get my season pass at the front gate instead of the awful three hour season pass line for photos during Fright Fest (I remember 2011 was particularly awful). I just thought it was odd last week with the amount of money I am sure they spent to upgrade and to be back using the same technology.

My only concern with no verification is if the pass was stolen...there is no way at all to verify the owner of it and I am not sure how they would handle replacing it.


Simple solution to pass processing is have it available at more times. Also, if notice CF parks have their pass centers outside of the gates so you can actually process by coming to the ark early on your 1st visit. SF for many initial processing occurs at the turn gate which slows the line, if it was not done in the fall.

Picture verification stops the use of loss/stolen passes. Every time your pass is scanned for entry your picture comes up on little monitor. This also occurs for parking at the booth at CF, so people don't use another pass holders platinum pass for free parking. SF you can borrow a Gold pass to avoid paying for parking. People probably do this. Just like people get drink refills for others or could even borrow a drink bottle of a person not at the park that day. CF scans your pass for a drink refill to make sure you get one only every 15 minutes and the drink pass will not work if you aren't scanned as entering the park that day. I also like CF you can have drink pass with the option of not having a bottle to carry around. This is a big deal b/c CF, especially CP has many rides with no loose articles in the station.


Personally, I could care less about soda refills! I got the free bottle on our first visit and used it only that one day. I hate soda and only got it for my daugther. Plus I hate carrying the thing around. People complain about ride dispatch times, well if everyone didn't need to stow their soda bottle, rides would take off faster.

As for the pass security, I believe I read somewhere that the actual fingerprint is NOT stored in Six Flags systems anywhere? If that's true, then it has to be stored on the card itself. Why not have a small photo embedded on the card like a DL has??
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Postby CoasterRiderSC on July 3rd, 2017, 11:50 am
Goku1910 wrote:It's just not a very good coaster in general, it could be replaced with anything and be better. Joker should have gone there.

Capacity is garbage, downtime is high, and it's not even a good launched coaster.

And although I agree that Demon should be next on the chopping block you can trust me on this. With current management, it's not happening.


I totally agree with you about V2. It's not a "must have" ride for me when I visit. I would much rather ride Whizzer than V2! V2 doesn't really thrill me and it's just an "ok" ride. But, they should only remove it when/if they have a replacement for it. And, same thing goes for Demon. I usually only ride Demon if other/better rides are crowded or a I want to "pad my stats" for the day!
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Postby Ilovthevu' on July 3rd, 2017, 4:06 pm
Today, on coasterqueue, V2 has a 70 minute line. A ride no one likes.. Batman is 70, Superman is 100, X-Flight is 55, Raging Bull is somehow 25 min?, and Goliath is at 85 min. American Eagle has 25, Demon had 35, and Viper has 35.

Back to what was saying as in the order coasters should close: Demon (1st), Viper (2nd), Whizzer (3rd), and Eagle (4th). Not V2 gone first. That is dumb. They don't have Whizzer, Zipper (joker), or Batman indoors times for some reason.

I think the reason why you see Viper, American Eagle, and Raging Bull are having 25 or 35 minutes is because I think the park now has too many sub-par airtime rides. It's like they are trying to improve each year by getting better airtime rides. Thus, that's why they built Goliath even though I personally don't like Goliath at all. With those 3, I didn't even include what I feel has the best airtime in the park, and that's Batman indoors. The problem was that we got the first B&M mega coaster, and some of them today are so much better like I feel Diamondback and Goliath (SFOG) are just amazing. The Intamin Superman at Six Flags America is another wow amazing airtime ride. The B&M Dive Machines have nice air time also.

For Raging Bull, why can't the move the trim to another portion of the ride? I understand they want to slow the ride down, but why that part? Why not before the small helix instead? It still won't be as good as other ones in my opinion, but it will improve it a little bit. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Six+F ... 87.9360473
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Postby RollingCoasting on July 3rd, 2017, 4:54 pm
^ Just curious, why do you feel Viper needs to go? It's a coaster that both thrill-seekers and families can enjoy, and seems to be well-liked by many park-goers. Not trying to sound like an ass but just because you think it's sub-par doesn't mean it needs to go.
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