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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:33 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:^ I think that was TPR's experience at Six Flags Great America a few years back.


Yup, and I still have such a bad taste in my mouth from that SFGAm visit that I just can't even go back! We followed all of the rules and you made my young child get booed by strangers?!!? Screw that park and those employees.

On that same trip SFGAd gave KT a wristband and a name tag to make up for that other park experience and she had a great time riding everything!

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Arthur_Seaton » Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:33 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:I really like Green Lantern. :lol:

I don't like B&M stand-ups at all (or B&M flyers, for that matter) but I didn't find this one to be nearly as bad as some folks seem to find it. It was a once-and-done ride for me when I visited the park, but I've had rides on Riddler that have been super head-bangy and awkward as well. I didn't think Green Lantern was any better or worse; more of a flawed concept than anything.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Zand » Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:35 pm

SharkTums wrote:
Canobie Coaster wrote:^ I think that was TPR's experience at Six Flags Great America a few years back.


Yup, and I still have such a bad taste in my mouth from that SFGAm visit that I just can't even go back! We followed all of the rules and you made my young child get booed by strangers?!!? Screw that park and those employees.

On that same trip SFGAd gave KT a wristband and a name tag to make up for that other park experience and she had a great time riding everything!

<<SFGAd fangirl!>>


With the Nitro situation yesterday, the kid was clearly too short when they came around to measure with the stick. But he kept standing against the sign (with the green and red sections) and was good on that. The ride op kept telling the guy to go to the front of the park and get a wristband. Sucks for the guy that there's two different variations of 54" but at the same time I understand the stance of the op.

On the other hand, if you have the wristband and they still won't let you ride, then that's just poor communication and a bad measuring job when they make the sticks. In that case the wristband should be enough unless it's really egregious.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:37 pm



Is this the same park that basically ignored social media just a few years ago? Love this video. Nerdy enough for the enthusiasts but also breaks it down in layman's terms for the average park guest/fan. Can't wait for that steel to show up.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:12 pm

coasterbill wrote:
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coneyislandchris wrote:Jesus Christ, well, that explains why the Nitro team was being super anal about height checks yesterday. My kiddo already had been measured at the beginning of the day and had a green 54" wristband on, and the person at the gate made him take off his winter hat and hoods to measure up again... then after they gave him the thumbs up and we were about to board, someone ELSE walked up and said they needed to do the same thing. I get the safety requirements but at that point it was a little overkill.


I try to always give the benefit of the doubt when people moan about ride-ops and just say they're doing their jobs but I hate this. IF you've taken the time to get your child checked at guest services or wherever and had a wristband attached confirming the height that should then be the end of it. I feel like either here or twitter or facebook there was a TR a while back where some-one got measured at another Six Flags and the ride-op denied them and people were booing at the hold-up. I can't remember all the facts but I remember feeling horrified. I can't imagine explaining to my son why he's getting remeasured or worse turned away when he's ridden things with the same height requirement. It's unnecessary stress on a child and defeats the purpose of the wristband.

Sorry didn't mean for it to turn into such a rant.


Great Adventure is weird. They also make you show ID and get an "Over 21" wristband when you buy alcohol and then proceed to ask for ID when you go back to get another beer. If you get carded every time you buy a beer anyway (fine by me) then why does the wristband exist?

It's Six Flags. I'm convinced that every group of employees in each ride / store / customer service location / department operates in a vacuum and never discusses anything with anyone in any other department or location ever for any reason.

I don't blame the ride ops. I guarantee that there's no clear communication on anything. Full disclosure: I don't work there and I've never worked there but I'm pretty confident in that assumption. :lol:


Maybe I was too quick to blame it on the ops then. Sorry for that but I do think that it's really silly that guest services offer an official wristband to confirm the height that doesn't actually confirm it. That and even after one op confirms it, having another come over again seems like over-kill. I know my son would stress and it would be on his mind the whole ride instead of having fun and if for whatever reason he got turned away after riding others that would definitely be his day over because he just wouldn't understand why.

SharkTums wrote:
Canobie Coaster wrote:^ I think that was TPR's experience at Six Flags Great America a few years back.


Yup, and I still have such a bad taste in my mouth from that SFGAm visit that I just can't even go back! We followed all of the rules and you made my young child get booed by strangers?!!? Screw that park and those employees.

On that same trip SFGAd gave KT a wristband and a name tag to make up for that other park experience and she had a great time riding everything!

<<SFGAd fangirl!>>


She's braver than Noah, if that had happened to him we probably wouldn't have even been able to talk him into another theme park a few days later.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby anonymouscactus » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:59 pm

Regarding height checks

SeaWorld Experience many years ago:

We measured all of our posts every morning at each ride, it was part of our checklist. We would even get a measuring tape from a supervisor if the parents got on our case, to verify the height of the posts. We also had wristbands at greeter so they wouldn't have to be rechecked on the platform if they were close.

Problem is, we've also seen adults switch wristbands on their kids before (one that is clearly over X inches switches with someone under who didn't originally have a wristband, so they both can ride), and hence why sometimes we take the extra 20 seconds to recheck a child even if they have a wristband, especially if it looks suspicious and poorly put on. I can count at least 4 or 5 times (granted that's over several years, it didn't happen THAT often) where I've had to REMOVE a band off a kid because they had terrible parents abusing the bands, using tape, etc. Then they cause a scene when they are 4" under, security has to get called, etc. it does happen.

If it's very close and they are ever so slightly under and have a wristband that's one thing, and they can ride, but if they visually looked under, we always double checked and reminded the parent it was for their safety and apologise for the inconvenience.

I'm pretty sure the SOP's mentioned this as well, that it's always ok to recheck even if they have a wristband, because of those who will really do anything to get their kids on a ride. It's not any different from stuffing your shoes in the parental sense... people will always do anything to skirt around the rules. We didn't recheck often, but sometimes we HAD to. Obviously some judgement calls to recheck are better than others.

It's one of those things as an op... you don't want to lose your job or god forbid have someone get hurt that ends up being your fault because a kid was clearly too short to ride.

Does it suck as a parent? Yes. Is it an inconvenience? Yes. But we can't always have nice things because of the bad people who want to skirt the rules.

Why have a wristband system at all, one could argue, but we wouldn't check everyone again just for the fun of it. Wristbands were more for the "how come they were able to ride this, but not this" when it's too close to call.

Just explaining the other side of the story. It can be a sticky situation.

What happens when someone shows you an on-ride photo of their kids riding earlier in the day, or a few days before, or whatever? As a supervisor, you don't know who let them ride, but now you are the one saying your staff was in the wrong and put your child in danger earlier in the day if you are saying you can't let them ride now for safety reasons.

And that's why I'm no longer in ops ;)

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby TurnOfTheCentury » Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:41 am

I'm embarrassed to admit how much I enjoyed that "behind the scenes" construction video.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Winfieldfwatdon » Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:17 am

I enjoyed it. I assume it was Kristen doing the narration. It was a fun little video.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Sluggo77 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:43 pm

Park posted that the first batch of supports for JDC showed up today. Can’t wait to ride this!

https://www.facebook.com/69421318512/posts/10156819578488513/

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby Superbatboy » Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:55 pm

^Nice, can't wait to see it go up
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