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Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:08 am
by bert425
appel wrote:Hi Bert,
thanks for posting regular updates of your park visits.
We will visit Fiesta Texas in August and we are wondering if Wonder Woman has reopened?
The website still says temporarily closed, but https://queue-times.com/parks/39 lists it as open.
When I contacted Six Flags via Email regarding the status of Bug's Rapids earlier, they told me that it is open, despite their website saying temporarily closed. So I assume they don't update the website too often?
Any info from you appreciated.
Thank you.
Greetings from Germany, Boris.


Hi Boris,

report above is from last week, and both Bugs & Wonder Woman were operating (although at very low capacity for Wonder Woman).

Yeah, they don't keep the website updated too often - if you read back to earlier reports, you'll see I've been there when Train was operating even tho website says down. same thing with Gully Washer (rafts).

I'd expect as one of the marquee rides, Wonder Woman will be operating, even if it's 1 train operations.

the only rides that was "hard down" (as in not operating at ALL), last Friday was: Wave Runner (Scrambler). .and that's been down for a while, so it must be a parts issue.

the website says Spinsanity is also down, but I don't believe that, as a friend who just went told me they rode it.

the good news is that you'll be here in August, so Joker & DC Supervillain Swing will be open by then.

recommendation: it is HOT in Texas in August. . .Like really, really hot - especially for those not used to the heat. so:

- wear light colored clothing
- be sure to wear a hat
- make sure to put on sunscreen.
- drink a lot of water thruout the day (you don't have to buy bottled water unless you want to, most food locations will give you a big cup of water free, just by asking. . . I'd recommend Sangerfest Halle, which is a "food court" style service, so lots of options to ask for water if lines are long, AND the dining area is inside/covered and air conditioned)
- try to take in a show or two in the "big" theaters (Zaragoza & Rockville High) as those two are indoor theaters

Fiesta has a great waterpark, but be advised it will be packed on a hot day. if you like waterparks tho, bring along a suit (they offer storage to put your stuff in for $$ but reasonable). . you can easily spend 4+ hours in the waterpark. I've noticed the big slide complex towards the main park (closest to Roadrunner Express) hasn't been operating this season thus far. Either they are going to remove it, or they just haven't had the staffing to open it yet. But even if this slide tower is down, there are lots of other waterslides in the Whitewater Bay area).

have fun.

but yeah, i wouldn't worry too much about the website saying a ride is down. . since they don't seem to update it super often.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:24 pm
by bert425
so I spent Sat. at SFFT participating in Coasting for Kids in the morning, and did a separate TR for that:

https://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=76951


but I didn't want to taint that TR with the worst food that I have EVER gotten at a Six Flags Park (and yes, when they emailed me the anonymous survey, I told them all about my food experience).

honestly, they should have been ashamed to serve it to me.

basically, after singing the praises of Chop Six for several visits (in particular the pre-made Asian Salad, which is likely the healthiest thing offered at the park, at only ~950 calories), I made the decision that I would go to Chop Six to make use of my meal plan.

I wasn't that hungry, as had gotten a nice meal at the morning event, and had gotten an Oreo Shake (snack credit) at Johnny Rockets around 1pm. So I had planned to get the Salad, and if I wasn't that hungry, would just make use of the way it's packaged to bring the remainder home with me.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:35 pm
by Nrthwnd
^ Since we have so many good Asian eating spots around where we live, I would hesitate to get any Asian food in any park, my own included, as well as during the PNE. But that's just me. You said you'd had their salad before... sorry to hear it went so wrong for you...

...Except for spending an awesome day at the park for The Kids! :smile:

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:15 pm
by bert425
^ yeah.. that it had been really good every other time I'd gone there, compounded the feelings of disgust :p

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:22 pm
by bert425
so Tuesday of last week, Six Flags Fiesta Texas posted to social media that they were seeking participants for a commercial shoot for the new Joker: Carnival of Chaos pendulum ride on Friday 8/2.


as I:

1) Live in Austin
2) was just at the park on 7/20 participating in Coasting for Kids
&
3) it was on a Friday during the day from 9am-4pm

i noted the post, but decided to pass on it.. . besides, I'm a 52 year old guy who would be coming to the park solo. They certainly wanted younger folks having fun riding, so there was no way they were gonna pick me.

but by an hour later, I had talked myself into at least applying - as I would be kicking myself for not at least TRYING to get in on the shoot. I love SFFT, and it would be an opportunity to ride Joker, multiple times, without the ride being open to the general public. So I went ahead and sent in an application (age, and picture), and figured I likely won't hear back by Thurs 5 pm when they said they would be notifying those chosen.

I drove into work on Thurs (since I work from home 4 days a week), and on a whim, stopped an filled up my gas tank - just in case. . . . but at 5pm hadn't heard anything. oh well.

so close to 6, just as i was getting ready to post that, "oh well, the old fart didn't get chosen. . so I guess I'll go have Sushi for lunch as a consolation tomorrow". . I got the email with instructions on where and when to be the next morning.

i was shocked, but over the moon.

LOL. .and then realized that I had just committed to driving from far North Austin, down to San Antonio, on a Friday, during rush hour, to be there between 8:30 - 9am. oy.

I took the time off work, promising that I'd log in Friday night to catch up with anything I missed, and Friday morning got up at 6am, to head out by 6:20. I just missed the Austin rush hour, as made it to the South side of town, just as traffic was starting to stack coming into Austin from that direction - and then since I exit loop 1604, well before Downtown San Antonio, I didn't really hit any traffic there either. Oh, it was a bit slow going, but no stand-still traffic.
So I was on 1604, and close to SFFT by 8am, still a bit too early.

So I pulled over into a Wal Mart and wandered the aisles for 30 minutes (this was Friday morning, so wasn't aware of what was about to happen in El Paso, and I'd be lying if I said that doesn't make me nervous to go into a Wal Mart now :( ). . . anyways, I didn't buy anything, but successfully filled some time, and got to SFFT by 8:45.

check in at the front gates was a breeze, they checked us off a list, had us hold up our Releases we had signed and took a picture (so they can tie the names to the faces), and led us back to the Johnny Rockets next to Joker - where the park had the whole area cordoned off, with security guards at the train tracks, by the games near Superman, and by the Kidzopolis exit to the walkway).

they told us we had one more group coming, and then would get started, but meanwhile, everyone relax, have some snacks and let's have fun!

NOTE: there are spoiler pics of the Joker Queue Funhouse below. . skip past them if you don't wanna know!

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:24 pm
by bert425
found a fun selfie I had sent to my Spouse that I forgot to post (his response was . . . oh, hell no!. . LOL)

at least the sun isn't so bright in this one.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:03 pm
by bert425
LOL. .and they released the ride footage from last Friday on SFFT's website & on YouTube.

On Joker, I spot my red shirt & feet sticking up at the top of the swing from the camera on top of the canyon at :40 second mark.

and at :47 second mark I go by, hands up like I'm flying on the Super-Villain Swings.

Not exactly super-stardom, but I see me! I be famous-ish. :P


Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:27 pm
by thrillseeker4552
Nice report! I love all the theming they included with the ride. Six Flags seems to go a little above and beyond for their Joker rides.

Also, we have all had encounters with enthusiasts like that. Most are cool, some are a little weird, and then others are just obnoxious. I just always try to be polite (like you were) regardless and hope we get split up. That's one of the main reason I avoid enthusiast events and even don't own too much coaster merchandise. I would SO much rather enjoy a day at the park with my "GP" family and friends than other enthusiasts. I just don't have fun around other (crazy) enthusiasts. All of the questioning, explaining, "have you ridden this?" and "have you been here?" questions. It's just exhausting. Glad to see you still had a good time though and didn't let that ruin your day!

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:10 pm
by bert425
thrillseeker4552 wrote:Nice report! I love all the theming they included with the ride. Six Flags seems to go a little above and beyond for their Joker rides.

Also, we have all had encounters with enthusiasts like that. Most are cool, some are a little weird, and then others are just obnoxious. I just always try to be polite (like you were) regardless and hope we get split up. That's one of the main reason I avoid enthusiast events and even don't own too much coaster merchandise. I would SO much rather enjoy a day at the park with my "GP" family and friends than other enthusiasts. I just don't have fun around other (crazy) enthusiasts. All of the questioning, explaining, "have you ridden this?" and "have you been here?" questions. It's just exhausting. Glad to see you still had a good time though and didn't let that ruin your day!


thanks. Just now saw you responded . . sorry, been tied up with work.
SFFT has really been doing some stellar work lately with the theming around the rides/queues.

Pirates of the Deep Sea queue is damn impressive too.

Oh, *I* can be that enthusiast, especially if alone by myself in line. . but i try not to be :)

I was as nice as I could be to him and patiently answered questions, but yeah - i really, REALLY appreciated the ride op splitting us up at the funhouse :)