So how are the experiences at the recently sold SF parks?

Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:18 AM
I checked the Trip Reports section and I can't find any TR's for Darien Lake, Elitch Gardens, Enchanted Village, Frontier City, etc. since Six Flags sold them to PARC management.

Whoever has been to these parks for the 2007 season, please let us know how they are being run. Capacity on rides, customer service, ride uptime, food offerings, etc.

Has PARC exceeded SF's park experience, kept it the same, or worsened it?

Thanks in advance.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:28 AM
Frontier City review from June 24:

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=47278

Enchanted Village, June 26:

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=47303

*** Edited 8/1/2007 4:32:57 AM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:34 AM
Guess I am blind.

Thanks Moosh. :)

However, I would like to hear more about the 2 parks that were under the Six Flags banner. (Elitch Gardens and Darien Lake). *** Edited 8/1/2007 4:36:27 AM UTC by Chitown***

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:41 AM
Perhaps those parks have fansites with forums?
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:45 AM
I was at Frontier City on Thursday, Jully 19th. The park looked nice, BUT half of the rides were closed. Wildcat and Silver Bullet were the only coasters open (other than the kiddie). We also rode the new dark ride which was decent, the log flum which had a long, dark tunnel, the rapids ride which gave us a good soaking, and the yo-yo which was the slowest, lamest yo-yo ever.

Interestingly, although closed for sometime, the Diamond Back Arrow shuttle loop valleyed while we were there. The train was on the return launch end when we arrived at the park, and when we were leaving, one of my friends noticed the train was gone. I jokingly saif it must have valleyed, and sure enough, as we got closer, we saw the train resting between the loop and the return launch hill.

Silver Bullet was fun. Wildcat was awful. I've been looking forward to riding this rescued coaster ever since I first heard about it in the early 90s, but what a disappointment. I have no desire to go back to that park until they get a great ride.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:47 AM

Mamoosh said:
Perhaps those parks have fansites with forums?

Very true, but just wanted to get some feedback posted on Coasterbuzz from people that post here that have gone to these parks this season.

Stop beating me up Moosh. :)

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:49 AM
SFDL is the same old same old unfortunately for the guests... rides down, etc. But employees were a lot better from what I can tell. They are still using a lot of six flags systems, and next year they will have to switch -- next year will be the big year for change IMO... still the same problems from management and prior SF problems. I have addressed my concerns to several at PARC as well as upper management at the park, with no response *** Edited 8/1/2007 4:50:16 AM UTC by SFDL_Dude***
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:49 AM
LOL Chitown.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 3:31 AM
I havn't been to the park this year, but here's a geeky side note: I keep seeing an ad on TV for Darien Lake and it shows a POV shot of Taz's Texas Tornado/former Thriller from Astroworld. Can see The green Viper tunnel on the left as it dives down the first hill and into the multi coloured loops.

I've seen parks use footage from rides at other parks in the company. But never seen them use a defunct coaster from a park that doesn't even exist anymore...that was from a different company. *** Edited 8/1/2007 7:34:07 AM UTC by Cropsey***

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 11:00 AM
So is Superman going to get a new name?
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007 12:14 PM
^ I think it already has. I think the name is now just Ride of Steel with no more Superman reference.
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Thursday, August 2, 2007 8:17 PM
I have noticed SOME improvements in the operations at Darien Lake. I've been there four times this year, and there have been no major ride closures at all. All five coasters and the major flat rides have been open each time.

The big capacity change i've noticed in operations is on the Ride of Steel. Not only are they frequently running two trains on it, but they're doing it without stacking much at all. I've never seen this before on this ride.

Viper has always run two trains consistantly and efficiently, and continues to do that this year. No big change there....

Mind Eraser and Predator both still run a single train on a regular basis, even when the line has left the station (Which it rarely does on either ride, but still, there are times)

Maybe it's just after last year being so horrible, anything seems like an improvement!

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