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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby alilstronger » Thu May 24, 2018 8:01 am

JG-77 wrote:I guess my question boils down to this:
Is it worth going to SFA on memorial day weekend, or should I just wait until next week?
I only care about the dry park crowds (though I may go into the water park to take a peek at Wahoo river but not ride anything)


The park rarely gets really long lines even on holiday weekends. Superman may get to about an hour but everything else is usually less.


MisterBrow wrote:So if Darien Lake goes back to being a Six Flags are we no longer the worst one? :b


Darien Lake really is not that bad of a park. I would hold it even a little higher on the flag pole actually. DL has a great layout - the lake in the middle is well taken care of and adds some beauty to the park, decent coaster and flats, clean grounds plus a good water park. On top of that you have the 26,000 person Live Nation concert venue, the 3rd largest campground in the nation, plus a hotel right on property. I felt like the grounds were well kept - actually saw lots of people working on the flower beds when I was there. Also, I prefer their main entrance walk way to SFA's. SFA's main entrance looks tired, dated, and needs a face lift. Plus, its very general and amusement park basic looking.

What hurts the park is the operations - every coaster only runs one train but their crowds don't get too big. I was there labor day weekend 2 years ago and the longest I waited was about 45 minutes for their moto coaster and Ride of Steel. But that is mostly because of one train operations. The food options could also use an updating.
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu May 24, 2018 9:22 am

^ Darien Lake has the infrastructure, an awesome water park, and the headliner coaster most parks would love to have. They just need a better supporting lineup of coasters. Every enthusiast's pipe dream is for the RMC Predator so we can see if that ever comes to fruition.

Six Flags America is the opposite. They have the great coaster lineup, but need help in the other areas.
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby JG-77 » Fri May 25, 2018 11:57 am

How much of SFA closed during thunderstorm (as opposed to just normal rain which I’ve been told doesn’t close much). Also, how long does it take after a thunderstorm ends before the rides that closed for thunder reopen?
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby Jason Maier » Fri May 25, 2018 6:06 pm

JG-77 wrote:How much of SFA closed during thunderstorm (as opposed to just normal rain which I’ve been told doesn’t close much). Also, how long does it take after a thunderstorm ends before the rides that closed for thunder reopen?


I think for storms . . . they evacuate the Hurricane Harbor area (that happened to me last year, I saw dark clouds and was like . . . "I'm booking it out of here!")

As far as the rides re-opening, I think they have to wait until the storm cell has left the area (at least 30 minutes) and of course for the rides to dry off

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby djackson » Mon May 28, 2018 3:43 pm

At the park today and lines are longer than usual. Also they are running dual stations on Batwing :b
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby JG-77 » Mon May 28, 2018 4:05 pm

^ It’s Memorial Day, longer lines are to be expected.

Anyway I went today as well and had a nice time. The park was quite crowded (nearly the whole parking lot was being used), but lines never exceeded 20-30min for any of the coasters I rode. Everything was running two trains, and I can confirm that Batwing was running both trains on both sides. Operations were surprisingly good for SFA standards on many of the coasters. At Roar, the two people checking the restraints were literally racing each other to see who could complete their side the fastest, so that line moved at a pretty good pace, though they were doing it so fast I wasn't sure if they actually pulled up on all the restraints and the seatbelts to ensure they were locked.

I finally got a front row ride on S:ROS, and while I was only able to go once: Wow! Everyone who said that ride is best in the front is absolutely right. The view is great and the sensation of speed is incredible! Also I actually got some mild air going up the first hill, which I’ve never really gotten. I would’ve liked to ride more, but the line grew quickly, and we had other coasters to ride.

Also, I got my first 2nd-to-back row on Wild One and it was great! Solid floater and even some moments approaching flejector sort of air! I preferred it to my 2nd row ride I got ~2 months ago, though on my previous ride the cold and the fact that it was very early in the season may have factored into me liking my recent ride more.

Overall I had a fun time at Six Flags America, and look forward to visiting in the future :b

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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby djackson » Mon May 28, 2018 4:12 pm

I'm currently stuck on Roar's break run. This is something that's been happening a lot recently.
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby alilstronger » Tue May 29, 2018 9:30 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:^ Darien Lake has the infrastructure, an awesome water park, and the headliner coaster most parks would love to have. They just need a better supporting lineup of coasters. Every enthusiast's pipe dream is for the RMC Predator so we can see if that ever comes to fruition.

Six Flags America is the opposite. They have the great coaster lineup, but need help in the other areas.


Let's keep in mind the enthusiast are not the ones keeping these parks open. The parks know their target audience and its not the enthusiast. Darien Lake and Six Flags America know what works for them. They know not adding a brand new coaster (or moved coaster) every year or so is not going to hurt their fan base or their pocket. The people that go to Six Flags America are the same people who go every year. Lets keep in mind the crowd (mostly) that goes to Six Flags America is a low to middle class family. They more then likely do no other traveling outside of that. Many of them have no idea that there are Six Flags parks across the nation. So, for them something like Apocalypse is new and exciting. They have no idea it was first built in 1990 at Six Flags Great America and has been moved.
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Re: Six Flags America (SFA) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue May 29, 2018 9:47 am

^ I agree with that. We make up less than 1% of the park's attendance. Having said that, during college, I had a few friends from Maryland who said they would go to Hershey over SFA because the latter was dumpy to them. Having a well-run park is something that can be appreciated by everyone.
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