Your Home PARK, This Year and Next Year

Friday, October 12, 2001 4:25 PM
Hey everyone. What is your homepark? Do you think it improved this year or do you think it got worse? Why? How do you think it could improve next year? What do you think they will actually do to improve next year?

My homepark is SFGAm. I think they improved this year because service and prices stayed about the same, plus they got V2 and Deja Vu. To improve next year I think they could get rid of Fastlane and open the bridge between Orbit and Demon. They could lower food prices so it is a little more reasonable and they could give the front of the park a little TLC. Then they could paint Batman and American Eagle. What I think they will do is add 1 or 2 shows.

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Bull rides: 103
Batman rides: 61

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Friday, October 12, 2001 4:35 PM
My home park is SFDL. I don't think they improved much this year, not just in the ride department, but overall. We got no new rides, and no new attractions [besides the shows {which are almost always new anyways}, a gift shop, and a game or two] to enjoy, so it was pretty much a let down. Seat Belts were added to Predator, a pay FastLane was introduced, four of our water slides wer left standing un-operating the whole season and S:RoS had problems throughout the season... just to name a few. The only good things I saw were the clean-up crew/sweepers and the removal of gum around the park, and the addition of a Slingshot upcharge attraction near the end of the year... but that doesn't make up for the losses especially with it being at 20$ a shot. Overall, the worst season I have experienced yet, but I am sure they will make up for it, actually, I KNOW they will make up for it, in 2002... :-)

As for next year, I expect a "big" upcharge ride (a permanent fixture to replace the Slinghshot, probably a different location), I am expecting some new waterslides [the last time we got new slides were in '94] so they will be a lot of fun for me :-). We might also get the proposed shoot the chutes. Good enough for me.... anything is better then what this season brought us...

Alan Jacyszyn
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Friday, October 12, 2001 5:09 PM
my home park is SFMM.   i think it has changed a whole lot this year.  Next year nothing or a 200+ woodie.
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I'd like a #4 king size with a Dr. Pepper to go please!!!!!!!!
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Friday, October 12, 2001 6:34 PM
If anyone's home park got better this year, its mine. Ok, so we don't have any new rides yet, but we have a household name that will take us places.
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Kara
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Friday, October 12, 2001 6:55 PM
My home park is Knott's and I don't think their service or atmosphere has changed in the direction of getting worse. The only thing is that Knott's has been plagued for the entire season. You want to bet no park could have gotten worse luck than Knott's this year? Two fatalities, their newest major ride didn't have a full summer as planned, their new pay-per-ride attraction can be found just a few miles north, and the park was 24/7 construction zone.

But time for the GOOD attributes for the farm this year. The much disliked Windjammer Surf Racers was pulled from the property, the GhostRider went into a glorious rehabilitation, Perilous Plunge was up most of the summer (to say the least), and VertiGo debuted.

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Friday, October 12, 2001 7:45 PM
My homepark is Kennywood.  What has improved this year is PR roller coaster, and A new kiddie ride.  Other stuff would include painting things.  Other than that the park basically remained the same.   So far what I have gathered for the 2002 season is 2 train operation on Phantom's Revenge:), a new kiddie ride next season, a new office/maintence building, automatic braking system for the Jack-Rabbit, and the park would be open later for Halloween Weekends like other parks have.:)
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Kennywood is my home park!!!
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Friday, October 12, 2001 7:46 PM
Well I know that Valleyfair is getting some improvements done on some of the coasters. Wild Thing is getting a whole new paint job which is almost done and High Roller is getting new painted wood for next season to replace the old wood. Thats all I know of right now.

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17 Parks In the 2001 Season! 105 Coasters in Track Record.

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Friday, October 12, 2001 8:16 PM
SFA is my homepark, if you didn't know already. I think the addition of Batwing was good for the park, and improved the amount of things to do. I also met many out-of-state enthusiasts due to the addition of Batwing. The one thing that unfortunately seemed to stay the same was the attitude of some of the ride operators. Some of them were too slow, and didn't take their jobs as seriously as they should have. Next year I would love to see a bigger staff working the themepark side, even if it means pulling people off of the pay attractions like the multiple games (waking up from dream) to accomplish this. Too many rides were closed on various visits due to lack of staff.

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Batwing-Bow Down

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Friday, October 12, 2001 9:49 PM
HW, this year we just got new bumber cars, next year they are getting a new water slide.

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Saturday, October 13, 2001 8:34 AM
My homepark is VisionLand. Opened in '98 they decided to add a raft ride in '99. After a couple of weeks of operation, an accident which injured 5 people shut it down until March 24th, 2001. Season pass prices went from an outragous $70 to $39.99 for 4 or more or $49.99 each. They also added Stratos Fear Screamer, a S&S Turbo Drop and Space Shot. I think this was their best year ever. Next year I expect at least one flat ride and maybe a MUCH needed addition to Steel Waters Waterpark (it gets WAY TOO crowed).

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"They may destroy the foundations of our biggest buildings...but they cannot touch the foundation of America"-George W. Bush 9/11/01

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Saturday, October 13, 2001 3:27 PM
Valleyfair is mine too, and if they follow their usual pattern, we'll get an amazing NOTHING next year. Or, if we're real lucky, some junk flat ride. But at least our mediocre hypercoaster will have new paint! Hopefully we'll get the rumored inverted coaster, though.

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HarKarVolBasTre: It's on my speakers!

*** This post was edited by HarKarVolBasTre on 10/13/2001. ***

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Saturday, October 13, 2001 3:35 PM
My home parks are CP and SFWoA. For SFWoA, we received X Flight, the entire side formerly known as Sea World, plus that awful Fast Lane. Overall this year was much better than last and not because of the new additions. The Americana Wheel finally received an awesome light package (finally) and Batman Knight Flight ran with minimal stacking all season. The bathrooms received a makeover as well.

As for next year, I know we won't be getting a hyper and I would prefer if the park had a year off to focus on some infrastructure problems. I personally would like to see food prices lowered as well as expand with more diverse food choices. I would like to see plenty of water fountains installed on the rides side (Life side is fine). I would like to see the park take steps in opening some of the congested midways that were still problem when the park got crowded (especially the area between the Funnel Cake stand to Serial Thriller and the area from Raging Wolf Bobs to Batman Knight Flight). Lastly, I would like to see the Wild Life side received some new attractions to help bring more people over there.

X Factor

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SFWoA: An Unofficial Guide
http://sfohio.tripod.com

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Saturday, October 13, 2001 3:37 PM
My home park/place of employment is SFGA, I think it got better, 2 new rides in 1 season.  Plus new shows and games.  But they could seriously lower the prices, that would actually raise the income from food, because alot of people leave the park for lunch and/or dinner, because the food is way too expensive.  I mean geez, $2.75 got a 20 oz soda. 
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Saturday, October 13, 2001 10:53 PM
home park is VF too.  I agree that if the park follows a pattern for new rides next year's forecast looks gloomy.  However, I'm pretty happy with high roller getting more paint.  Its not bad now, (nor is Wild Thing) but it was beginning to show signs of needing paint. 

Pretty happy with the way VF has operated so far

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"Ooo. They have the Internet on computers now."
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 2:42 PM
My home park is PKI.  I think they did an excellent job this year.  FoF is back better than ever, Wild Thornberries River Adventure (or whatever it is called) makes me want to ride a log flume (I only use to on hot days), 7th Portal far surpasses James Bond, and finally Rugrats Runawy Reptar is a great ride for the kids and adults alike. 

For next year I think they could improve by changing Smash Factory (I hate this ride) to some 3-d adventure similar but not the same as the 7th Portal.  I do not know anything else off the top of my head except making sure Tomb Raider: The Ride is as good as they are saying.

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Sunday, October 14, 2001 3:42 PM
My homepark is the SCBB, I dont think it will get anything big next year, or any year, because the very small height limits, and lack of space.
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 5:03 PM
My homepark is Six Flags Great America I think the park has pretty much stayed the same since DeJa Vu didn't open til Fright Fest and V2 kept breaking down all summer.  I don't like the bridge being blocked off and I don't think anybody else does either.  For next year I would like them to get V2 and DeJa Vu working full time, open up the bridge also a waterpark or another new coaster would be nice.
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STAND BACK, THERES A HURRICANE COMING THROUGH!
My Top 5 Coasters:
1. Raging Bull 2.Millenium Force 3.V2 (SFGAm) 4.Viper (SFGAm) 5.Cornball Express/Raptor
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 5:11 PM
I am a PKD brat. We got '2' new coasters this year IMHO Hypersonic, and the improvements on FoF. Anaconda also got a new paint job. Despite the constant breakdowns of Hypersonic, all went well this season
Next season I am feeling the removal of Shockwave for a few needed flat rides, or a drop tower of somesort. Of course there is Ricochet, which hopefully won't have too many breakdowns.;)
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 5:29 PM
My home park is SFWoA. I am too lazy to type my thoughts so I'll just have to say I agree with X Factor about everything he said. Also i hope that the employees would be a lot nicer and funner like CPs.
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Millennium Force....it has its ups and downs.
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Sunday, October 14, 2001 5:32 PM
My home park is SFWOA.  I think it got better this year than last because of the new ride and park additions.  X-Flight was a big hit and it was my first flying coaster.  The marine life side of the park formerly known as Sea World was a nice addition to the 2001 lineup.  So far, it seems they are doing quite well with Fright Fest but the only disadvantage to this year was the implementing of the Fastlane passes.  Those worked for rides like Villain and Superman but you were better off to wait in line for X-Flight rather than waste a fastlane ride on it.
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