Here you can find the auctions for the first 18 seats on the 1st ride of Kingda Ka. Bidding starts at $456. I was really hoping they would have some sort of contest instead of an auction, as I'm a poor college student.
The auction says the tentative date is April 21st. I assume this means they plan on having it open on the 23rd for the public. The calendar on the Six Flags site says that the park is closed on the 22nd for a private event.
Anyone have an extra $456 they wouldn't mind lending me for the time being? ;)
The auctions are by far the better idea, it generates a good amount of money for a charety, how can you argue with that? Besides, is it really THAT big of a deal that you be one of the first 18 people on the ride? My suggestion, contact a local buisness and see if they would like to donate to a good cause. I've heard of several times when a company donated a large amount of money to the charity and gave their seat to a coaster site webmaster or someone else who would enjoy the ride more.
The coaster's always going to be there, well at least for many years to come, just be patient... or go to Cedar Point for a nearly identical ride.
Though, I'm not saying that I wouldn't donate the $500 bucks if I had it or pass up the opertunity if I got it... *** Edited 4/6/2005 11:14:54 PM UTC by Coaster Lover***
The charity auction is a great idea but do it because you want to support the charity. Anyone who thinks they're actually one of the first 18 to ride is in for a shock. First 18 to ride after the official opening, yes! First 18 people...not close.
Did you ever come to think that maybe the userid on eBay is under the ownership of the park's Public Relations director and not under the name of the "company". It's clearly an auction is receive attention from the public and not just for charity. Not saying that it not intended for that reason, I'm just saying that Six Flags is getting something in return. Aka : Media Attention...
That's not necessarily the case at all. From the few park employees I talked to at PKD about Tomb Raider Firefall on opening day, a lot of them had not ridden it yet. Think about it like this--do you let the employees ride the new attraction, or do you spend time training them on their attractions. That situation isn't likely to change until you get into regular weekday operations. If Great Adventure is only open weekends and select weekdays, it's likely that most of the employees are working the entire day.
And I know from my Six Flags experience that if you're in uniform, you're not allowed to ride, which makes sense to me. This eliminates the possibility that you would get on a ride during your lunch break that may get stuck. That would make for a very unhappy supervisor, and also for the person who relieved you.
I was a seasonal at one time myself, razore86. Please understand, sir, that I do not think of seasonals as good for nothing, lowlife, pee-ons, but that I feel a few here do because of what they have said in recent threads. I am imitating the demeaning views of a few here, not to make any more enemies, but to make them understand how they sound when they say things like that...You know who you are.
I'll stop, But someone here has offended me within the last few days and I didn't say anything to them when I should have.
Sorry. I'll drop it.
Intamin Fan, I will agree that maybe sometimes seasonals won't get to ride a new ride before the public, But from what I have seen, it does happen. Parks need guinea pigs to test new rides and to train the crew, do they not.
I'm not talking during park operating hours.
In 1999, and with little notice, I rode MF with thousands of other CP employees the Friday night before the park opened for a buyout, which was the Saturday before opening day that year. Maybe that was a different circumstance, being a record breaker and all, but I thought that was the norm.
Edit, to respond to I Fan. *** Edited 4/7/2005 3:23:43 AM UTC by dexter***
I remember last season when Garfield's Nightmare came out. The team members didn't get to ride it until one of our grove parties. Of course we could have came to Kennywood on a day off and rode-it, but the party was the first time we got exclusive time on it.
^It wasn't me that offended you was it - At least I don't think I did...