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Gordon Bombay

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  1. You're not wrong - didn't even realize it was a Six Flags pass until I took it to KI and they wouldn't let me in. Weirdly, though, I somehow got a bunch of pass perks at the front gate every time they tried to scan it.
  2. Wonderland fans are lucky, I bought my pass at LaRonde and couldn't read the fine print cause it's in French.
  3. Looking forward to reading this! Is Rick authoring it, or are you authoring it @KIghostguy? I ask because I really loved your KI history book!
  4. You know who didn't see, though? Thomas. He had his doubts.
  5. Old Pontious prefers Flying Ace Aerial Chase. You know... because he's a Pilate.
  6. Is this a Halloween Haunt announcement? Because Vekoma is back from the dead!
  7. Honestly surprised that this has never been implemented given all the other customer-service focused improvements in a post-Kinzel era. When Fast Lane was implemented, it was very clearly a quick way to make profit. The overhead was low (wristbands) and the revenue had to be off the charts, but then the park continued to vastly "oversell." You'd see rides like Flight of Fear with a regular, slow-moving line and a slightly less long, but still slow moving "Fast Lane" line. Given the experience at other parks and the name having the word fast in it, I couldn't believe that they were letting that happen. Hell, even on Firehawk back in the day (RIP), they'd do one station for Fast Lane one for regular guests with both lines being awful. "Fast Lane" was like 45 minutes for that ride. And the park just kept selling passes all day. The debut of Fast Lane was typical of that immediate post-Kinzel era: profit placed way over guest experience (or, rather, certain park VPs of "Kingzee's Ayyland" trying to make themselves look good). Given the strides CF has made in recent years, I'm surprised to see the "system" still exists and hasn't been upgraded to something more modern/guest friendly/advantageous (with the other benefit being that guests with a virtual queue are out of line spending money). Could even make it app based... but then they'd have to figure out an app.
  8. If you want to win the golden ticket you need not spend your budget on family coasters, you need to spend it on Amusement Today advertising.
  9. Willing to bet they just call it “Dragster” still while talking about the accident as they wait in line.
  10. I was. But I'm not joking about Orion being a Toyota when Fury and Leviathan are Lexus'.
  11. I think such a conversion only happens if each ride gets a major overhaul/rebrand as a “new” attraction, but at that point with the cost of installing LSM’s (not that I have any idea what such a cost is), are you better off just buying a new coaster from the ground-up? It’s a great question, though, @SonofBaconator.
  12. Looks like Leviathan is closed too pending Fury’s investigation. Orion didn’t get closed down cause it’s not a giga. * rimshot *
  13. Should print this out and post it in the guest services office.
  14. Or Firehawk back in the day when the “Fast Lane” line became the “slightly less long wait line compared to that other long wait line.” ”Premium Experiences” certainly aren’t anything new, but what’s your bottom line worth once you start to reliably inconvenience the “regular” guest?
  15. It also used to ruin that lift motor which is why the ride switched to two trains.
  16. Hi, @jzarley, thanks for taking the time to write this up and share. I’ve been very curious about the reintroduction of the “stand-up” experience and reading your review gave some great insight in ways clickbait YouTube videos just don’t. Really appreciate it and glad to hear that this coaster is a good experience.
  17. Was walking through the parking lot tonight and saw a few kids in leather jackets sitting around a hot rod listening to that new fangled “rock and roll” music. Hoping KI gets their house in order soon!
  18. I mean, for all we know, this may have been a “theoretical” capacity. Keep in mind, they were trying to market and sell these things that were brand new. In theory, maybe they “thought” it could’ve had 2k per hour if you’re running four trains under perfect conditions. As another example, I recently saw the now defunct Wicked Twister listed as a 1K/hr capacity and there’s no way that was right even under the best of conditions.
  19. I don't remember the exact placements, but I believe it's at least five* (six if there's two sets of brakes before the unload station and also I believe the track between unload and load is a block). The ride was designed to theoretically operate with four trains and I believe had four delivered, but only ever ran three. There are actually three trains today (or were as of a few years ago). However, while two run throughout a season, the third is rehabbed during the operating year. Conversely, (also at least as of a few years ago), Kings Dominion ran all three of their trains while KI only ran two.
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