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RollyCoaster said:
2. Both Americana and Xtreme Skyflyer have gotten fresh coats of paint.

3. There are 3 new Coca Cola refresh stations. Remember that place you would buy tickets to ride Xtreme Skyflyer? That building was torn down and is now both a refill station and the new ticket kiosk. Another refill station is going in Safari Village, just by Hungry Hippo. I'm not completely sure where the 3rd is going at this time.
Item #3 sounds like they are losing faith enough in Xtreme Starflyer to downsize it some.....but then item #2 makes it sound like it's going to be around a long time. Sigh.....
 

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I would understand switching to a locker-only policy on Volcano because capacity is abysmal and lines are always eternal. Anything to cut down on load and unload times is worth it.

Given its inevitable popularity in its first years, I understand them doing it on Twisted Timbers.

That said, i305 does not have that problem. Lines typically remain rather short and capacity is pretty great with the current system thanks to the ride's large platform and straightforward, easy to use and check restraint system.

The most offensive change is certainly Flight of Fear though. Flight of Fear, like Ricochet and Backlot, features a bin setup that has ABSOLUTELY NO impact on load and unload times. Hence, there is ZERO justification to impose what is essentially an admission price for the coaster.

Very disappointing money-grab by the park.
 
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I understand the locker change on Volcano because capacity is abysmal and lines are always eternal. Anything to cut down on load and unload times is worth it.

That said, i305 does not have that problem. Lines typically remain rather short and capacity is pretty great.

The most offensive change though is certainly Flight of Fear. Flight of Fear, like Ricochet, has a bin setup that has ABSOLUTELY ZERO impact on load and unload times. Hence, there is ZERO justification to impose what is essentially an admission price for the coaster.

Very disappointing money-grab by the park.
Only thing I can think is they had theft issues and this is just the start.

I really hope they announce soon that they are going to do a pay-and-move locker like BGW has or I might not end up renewing for KD this year. I was on the fence anyways and TT was really pushing me towards it.

Just disappointing news.
 
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The thing that would bother me the most is having to pay $2 over and over and over again.  BGW is fine in that you can pay a flat fee for the entire day that follows you around.  These sorts of micro transactions are annoying and should be done away with.

Additionally, the only thing I can't usually fit in my pocket is just my cup and I find it ridiculous that they wouldn't come up with some way just for those cups at the station.
 

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Interesting...

My guess is that it’s going to be just like Cedar Point does it.

Cedar Point Website said:
...Valravn, Rougarou, GateKeeper, Magnum XL-200, Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster: Loose articles of any kind including purses, backpacks, beverage containers, etc., may not be taken past the entrance, or in line and may not be left on the ride platform. Cell phones or other small items must be secured in cargo pockets or waist packs. All loose items not able to be stored in cargo pockets or waist packs must be left in a locker or with a non-rider prior to entering the line...

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Certainly an interesting change for lockers. Here are my quick thoughts.

Positives

- It will certainly make the lines move faster because you don't have to worry about putting the items in article bins.
- It is (for me) cheaper than the one my friend and I paid for in Universal and SeaWorld.

Negative

- While it is cheaper, also it's going to be a major pain to put the items in everytime you ride.
- Also, it's going to be expensive at the same time, if you decide to marathon coasters that have lockers

The lockers will not be my problem because I carry little items like wallet, phones, etc. I have ways to avoid it as well.
 

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We really enjoyed the carriage rides at Caro, and I am really glad KD will have them as well.

Moving on to a less pleasant observation...

I think that charging for mandatory lockers is cynical. Universal at least gives riders two free hours. Cedar Fair and SEAS, however, are just charging people to ride their coasters, which I think borders on being unethical. I do find it ironic that I don’t have to pay for lockers at Six Flags America a park known for up-charging for everything inside the gates.
 
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A lack of a transfer option is a very poor decision. My choices are pay $2 per coaster ride or do the paper cup option which gets me a significantly smaller amount of fluid per refill.

I get the need for this sort of safety, but this seems to be one of the worse ways of doing this.
 
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Alright. There isn't a transferable option as of yet. When you pay for one locker, you have to stay with that locker. If you want to change lockers, you will have to remove your items in locker A, then pay an additional 2$ and place your items in locker B. The same 1$ every hour after applies.

There was a problem with crowding at Flight Of Fear. You had your fast lane, disabled guests, and people that needed to retrieve their items all going through Flight Of Fears exit (Fast Lane entrance). Being able to just walk up and take something, and several other conflicts that took place ultimately resulted in lockers.

The I305 lockers are due mainly from the many items falling from guests pockets. I've firsthand been hit in the forehead by a nickel going around the first turn.. Not something you want to experience.  More people drop cell phones on I305 than any other ride in the park, and the procedure to retrieve those lost items took away from the operation.

Edit: As of right now, Twisted Timbers is scheduled to be open for Winterfest!
Where are you getting this info? From whom?
 
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God I hope they decide to make them free at some point. If they did this whole thing would make total sense. Or at least eliminate the rate.
 

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I really love that Soak City is getting its own show this year, which I assume is a band. I spent a lot of time in Soak City last year and I always felt that a designated band could add to the water park’s festive, relaxing summer vibe. The Clown Band was a welcome treat on the rare occasions they visited, so a permanent band - perhaps in the large lawn behind Tidal Wave Bay - would be the perfect way to top off the area’s atmosphere. EDIT: I wonder if "Deep End Dance Party" is also a Soak City event?

The other new shows sound like shit though. Seriously, Cedar Fair, there are more options for show genres than pop music.

EDIT: "Timbers Jam Band" is also really intriguing. I love the idea of entertainment themed to welcome Twisted Timbers. I wonder if they will play folksy music to fit the rural orchard theme, or rock n' roll to fit the area's 50s theme.
 

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Ride Lockers

I am hearing the rumor that KD is testing out ride lockers on certain rides in replacement to the article bins.  I am hear 2 dollars per use and non movable.  I heard Flight of Fear and Twisted Timbers for sure and two other unknow rides.  Does anyone know anything for sure?
 
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