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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby kailisun98 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:11 am

^ I bet you all gained like 10 pounds from eating there. After all it is America's unhealthiest restaurant with 5 of it dishes over 2,000 calories. :b :b :b :b :b
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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby gisco » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:14 am

SFFT is one of those parks I want to visit because of the setting. Nice report so far.

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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby Vtafro » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:23 am

Thanks erik, nice to bring some good tpr memories back considering this week won't seem to end. Hope to see more of your pictures. :b
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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby Erik Johnson » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:28 am

kailisun98 wrote:^ I bet you all gained like 10 pounds from eating there. After all it is America's unhealthiest restaurant with 5 of it dishes over 2,000 calories. :b :b :b :b :b


I sure hope my truck sized salad helped to offset the calories from the cheesecake. :)
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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby Erik Johnson » Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:52 pm

Ok, let us head on over to Six Flags Over Texas. This was going to be my third visit to the park. The first time was in 2009. The second time was for TPR's Texas Giant Bash in 2011 which was a simply wonderful event. After that visit I ranked SFoT just after Six Flags Great Adventure as my favorite Six Flags park in the chain. Boy, have things really fallen far. Sure we already knew that the two best coasters in the park were going to be closed (New Texas Giant and Shockwave), but you would have thought that the park would have been a tiny bit hospitable to a group of 100 (with many international and first time visitors). The answer was a big, NO! As much as Robb and Elissa tried, the park said no to any ERT, backstage tours, or even a simple hello from management. Mind you, this was planned before the Texas Giant accident. It also did not help that operations were quite abysmal even with a Qbot. It was pretty obvious that the park needs to spend more time training employees. It pretty much became a, "Screw You, Six Flags Day!" I am sure that I will make it back in a few years, but they really need to do a shake up with the upper management of the park.

With that said, not everything was a total loss. Robb and Elissa had a surprisingly awesome alternative side trip planned for later in the day. We ended up heading over to Summer Adventures. Summer Adventures is a small, temporary park that is located at the State of Texas Fairgrounds. This year they wanted to test out a concept to open up some of the fair attractions in the summer. It was an amazing opportunity because I doubt I would have ever made it out to the State of Texas Fair. Ok, do you want some photos?
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Texas Sky Screamer is really tall. 400 feet tall!
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New for 2013!
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Awww...Stupid Six Flags.
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First ride of the day.
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Rules of the ride.
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It was a fun ride, but I thought the ride cycle was a bit short. Also, operations were simply dreadful.
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As much as I like Mr. Freeze, I did not even bother with it this visit.
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Just when you could not think Six Flags would sink any lower.
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Stupid Six Flags.
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I should say the New Texas Giant is my #1 steel coaster.
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The station was all covered up.
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I think that they should move the school to a park that I like....ummm maybe Silver Dollar City.
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After a few hours I bailed to go to Humperdinks.
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Let us head on down to Dallas.
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Summer Adventures >>>>>>>> Six Flags Over Texas
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Good to know.
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So that is what a 500 foot pole looks like.
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Intamin's newest ride is a 500 foot tall observation tower. It just opened in June.
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Close up of some mechanical things.
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I spy a kiddie credit.
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It just towers over the big wheel.
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Nice view of Dallas.
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Cotton Bowl.
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Many buildings which will be full for the State Fair of Texas in Sept.
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They have a skycoaster.
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I see another coaster.
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Intamin Shadow
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Yes, this would be the third and final coaster in the park.
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They have a Windstorm here.
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The water tunnel was amazing!
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This has to be the most wacked out, super intense one-of-a-kind kiddie coaster on the planet.
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It looks innocent enough, but it really spins. I sure hope Robb posts a onride video of it soon.
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Photos do not do it justice.
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Single rider!
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Wacky Mouse!
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TPR take over!
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Weeeeeee...
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Close up of the front of the train.
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Let us check out this puppy.
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Go this way.
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History of the ride.
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Rules of the ride.
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Just relaxing on the big wheel.
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One crazy flat ride.
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Up and over.
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This should have been renamed Sauna of Death: The Ride
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You do get a nice view of the area.
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Cotton Bowl.
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Checkers anyone?
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Oooooo.....
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I always ride these things.
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This one is an older one.
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Here is some history about the ride.
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The dark ride was fantastic!! Bill Tracy designed this one. He was the best.
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I loved this room.
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Does it count as a credit?
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It had some descent theming on the outside as well.
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Paul survived.
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Log Flume!
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Random Indian.
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Into the tunnel of doom!
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For a fair log ride, this one was not too shabby.
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Uh oh!
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Aaaaaahhhhh! Evil Tree!
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Evil....Mushroom?
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The big drop.
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The fun house facade was pretty fancy.
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Oh, yeah, we also had an hour of ERT on the Flow Rider with dinner and alcohol after the fair closed! It was an amazing evening!
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And we leave you with a scary clown robot.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby larrygator » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:08 pm

Such a shame, SFoT used to be one of my favorite parks. I'll probably wait until I know they put customers first again before I return.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby robbalvey » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:25 pm

Erik Johnson wrote:you would have thought that the park would have been a tiny bit hospitable to a group of 100 (with many international and first time visitors). The answer was a big, NO! As much as Robb and Elissa tried, the park said no to any ERT, backstage tours, or even a simple hello from management. Mind you, this was planned before the Texas Giant accident. It also did not help that operations were quite abysmal even with a Qbot. It was pretty obvious that the park needs to spend more time training employees. It pretty much became a, "Screw You, Six Flags Day!" I am sure that I will make it back in a few years, but they really need to do a shake up with the upper management of the park.

We did end up getting an early walk-back to Mr. Freeze, but that was after having to go over the heads of the group sales people at SFOT and speak with corporate. I thank them for at least walking back our group a few minutes before the park opened and getting us on Freeze, but it was nothing compared to the hospitality we were shown from all the other Six Flags parks on the tour, or even from SFOT in years past.

Honestly, from a customer service or group sales standpoint, our visit to SFOT was unacceptable, but at least the Texas State Fair made up for it. Six Flags Over Texas could certainly learn a few things from the wonderful crew that made our fair visit so amazing!

And thankfully the other Six Flags properties on the trip helped show the people in our group whom have had very little exposure to Six Flags prior that not all of the parks are as un-hospitable as their peers in Arlington.

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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby ernierocker » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:37 pm

SFOT was pathetic in every way. Unacceptable for the chain to allow their flagship park to deteriorate like this.

On a brighter note, the dark house at Summer's Adventure was great!
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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby Dragon Khan » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:36 pm

200% agreed with the other SF parks' hospitality, especially St Louis. But thepark that impressed me most on this topic, was doubtlessly SDC. I swear my roomie and I were looking at the park map, and a park employee literally crossed the alley and jump on us to ask us if we needed help / directions ! Every single operator started conversations with us and wanted to know what we thought of their jewel. They really did a great job at making feel us at home and giving us the best possible day out. oh, andthe operator at METEOR (little Amerricka was FANTASTIC too)
Now, SFOT... mini Mine Train crew... is it compulsory to wait for AT LEAST five minutes discussing together with your finger on the dispatch button, and everything have been checked 100 times ? At least, there was Titan (my first Giovannola hyper) to save the day (and Reverse Blast was very good too... even if I found the St Louis version a tad bit more intense)
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Re: Photo TR: TPR's Texas/Midwest Trip 2013

Postby SharkTums » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:38 pm

I was blown away by Summer Adventures. I had only read negative stuff about the park online and was very skeptical, but as soon as we called them and told them we no longer needed a full day at SFoT and would like to do something nice for our Trip Participants they worked with us and were fabulous!

The ops were great, rides were surprising, and even the food was great!

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