Six Flags extends Lo-Q another four years; adds 2 parks

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 5:21 PM

Yeah, but they still did a row-by-row visual making each guest 'pull up on the lapbar' or seatbelt.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 5:29 PM

Perhaps it's that self-responsibility thing rearing it's ugly head. ;)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 5:29 PM

So in order to enjoy Six Flags parks to their fullest I have to pay to park, pay for admission, and then pay even more for a Qbot to be sure I get on all the rides?

Thanks...but no.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 5:33 PM

Oh no... I would rather stick hot pokers in my eyes... or start using CBoRFer in daily communications... than have this discussion about Qbots again. ;)

(I know, I know.... I can always just avoid the thread...) (see winky above)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 6:14 PM

Mamoosh said:
So in order to enjoy Six Flags parks to their fullest I have to pay to park, pay for admission, and then pay even more for a Qbot to be sure I get on all the rides?

Thanks...but no.

Sigh.

You know I love you, Mooshie, but I've heard the song too many times now. :)

And for the record, I still feel that the tickets/parking/gold qbot/extra for unlimted drinks that we paid for at SFGAdv last year was one of the best values ever and one of the easiest, most fun days we've ever had at an amusement park.

(and that's my overplayed song :) )

But please, like Carrie pleaded - no Qbot disccussion. Some find value, some don't. We pretty much know where all the players stand at this point. No need to rehash it again.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 11:30 PM

It's a scam...oops-sorry.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 11:38 PM

SFMMAddict said:
..., if I had to leave my license, does that mean I can't pay for anything by credit card since I won't have ID? It doesn't sound good to me either way. No license, means no ID and no season pass means I lose my discounts.

Also, just a random thought. What if you are a kid with a season pass and no credit card? Does that mean you can't rent a Q-bot?

1. SF season passes still have photos on them so you could use that as your ID when making purchases.

2. A kid could pay cash for the Q-bot and leave his season pass as the deposit. Few kids will be eager to get the SP discount if they can keep riding ride after ride.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:18 AM

I can't believe I didn't think of kids paying cash. They probably wouldn't care about the discount since they would most likely be spending their parents money anyway.

I don't know about other parks, but at SFMM (and KBF) you cannot use your season pass as ID whey you pay by credit card. Even when you show your pass they ask to see your driver's license.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 3:13 PM

I am the only one who manages to have good days at Six Flags without a q-bot? Don't get me wrong, I HATE waiting in line, but I seem to either pick the right days or pick the right rides so I don't end up waiting to much.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 3:18 PM

Not at all, Andy. The need for Q-bot is the exception, not the rule.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 9:21 PM

You guys go on the right days. I have had nothing but massive crowds at SF every time I go, even when I expect it to be slow.

Probably bad luck, on my part.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 9:54 PM

Leave my ID and now I can't drink.... Six Flags I want that 10 Dollar Beer Now!!!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:00 PM

It's all about going at the right time of year and on the right days of the week. Sometimes I get my free paper flash passes and don't even use them because the lines are so short anyway.

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Monday, March 2, 2009 2:39 AM

I got some information at SFMM today. I picked up my flash passes from the current flash pass building then walk passed the building they are going to start using in the future. I looked like it was almost completed so I looked inside. The computers were set up and the signs which listed all the prices and policies were on the walls. I went back to the old building and asked when they were going to start using the new system. The guy told me that today was the last day of paper flash passes and they will start using Q-bots next weekend. Maybe the 3 unused flash passes I have leftover from today will be collectors items, lol. He then explained to me every aspect of how the Q-bot will function. I already knew most of it, but he was being so polite, helpful and thorough that I decided to stay and listen. I didn't have the heart to stop him halfway and tell him I already know this stuff.

Here is what I read on the signs.

1. You must leave your drivers license or season pass at collateral. I'm not happy about this.

2. All coasters will now be included on the system. Even the ones which were not before. I noticed on the ride list that Superman, Ninja and Deja Vu are included now. X2 is also on the list, but you must pay $5 extra. Also on X2 it works differently. You need to get to the flash pass entrance 10 mins before your ride time, due to a limited number of trains which will be used for flash passes on this ride only. I am happy that Deja Vu will be accepting flash passes since it usually has one of the longest lines.

3. According to the signs the price is $34 for regular for the 1st person. I didn't memorize the whole list, but it was basically about $17 for each additional person. There was also a price list for gold flash passes. The prices were nearly identical to the prices for regular. It said $36 for the 1st person and about $19 for each additional person. It wonder if there is some sort of promotional pricing to get people to try it out, or if one the signs is just incorrect. The prices for regular seem plausible, but something strange must be going on with those gold prices.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009 1:22 PM

How will they charge you $5 for x2? Are there two different types of Q-bot: X2 and non-X2? So very strange.

I will say that being a non-Qbotter, Deja Vu is a nightmare if 1/4 of the train is Qbotters. The line is slow enough already...glad I got all 3 already.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 2:41 AM

You pay $34 for a regular or $36 for a gold. Either one of these would be valid for every coaster except X2. If you pay the extra $5, they add X2 to your Q-bot and give you a reserved time to ride it. I assume the reservation time on X2 cannot be changed, since they are only going to allow a limited number of trains for flash pass users, just on this ride.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 2:17 PM

If you're correct (not saying you aren't), then that means the extra $5 gets you one lap on X2. Just thinking this may be the closest we've come to approximating a "pay-per-ride" situation on a roller coaster inside a POP park....not that we haven't discussed that very possibility with regard to lo-capacity attractions like H:XLC and X...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 2:26 PM

Yeah, this is very interesting.

The old 'ticket' Flash Pass at SFMM was 4 rides for $20 (or $5 a seat).

Assuming that the new Q-bot system will work as SFMMAddict describes, it's almost like a blending of the two - an electronic device for a fee with an optional ticket/reservation addon for the popular ride.

When I first read that I was honestly thinking (hoping) they devised some sort of system where they could add the additional ride (X2) to the electronic device. Imagine the possibilities with something like that! An a la carte electronic device where you add access on a ride-by-ride basis and the cost of ride access is directly proportional to its popularity.

I think I need a tissue. ;)

Back in reality, I'll be interested to read some first-hand reports of useage at SFMM and exactly how its gonna work.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 5:47 PM

LostKause said:
You guys go on the right days. I have had nothing but massive crowds at SF every time I go, even when I expect it to be slow.

Probably bad luck, on my part.

Nope, it's the conspiracy. Six Flags has a cast of thousands on call for the days when guys like you show up (I think Moosh is on that list too). I get $10 off my Q-Bots all year for agreeing to be on call. ;)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 5:57 PM

Shhhh! Dude, you just blew our cover.

Quick! Everybody scatter!

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