Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Maintenance problems at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson

We are rollercoaster fans, no doubt about that. We were "Six Flags" fans, maybe we still are? We will have to evaluate when we visit again one of their top parks in L.A., "Six Flags Magic Mountain". We are going to start with a positive note. We were surprised and impressed with "El Toro", a fantastic wooden coaster. Normally we don't like wooden coasters but this one is super. "Nitro" is a steel coaster and is good and smooth, the same applies for "Bizarro", a nice active coaster. To our disappointment the good news stops here.

The record breaking coaster "Kingda Ka" is more down than running, at 16:00 it had been running for a total only 2 hours on that day in three intervals. The ride is shaky and not comparable to "Top Thrill Dragster" which is a lot better. The park seems to cope with many maintenance problems, they are tearing down the "Great American Scream Machine" and their flying coaster "Superman Ultimate Flight" was not running for days. They were working on the "Saw Mill log Flume" and people were walking down from the hill of the wooden coaster "Rolling Thunders" instead of riding it. The staff in the park were friendly but they refused you to stand on stairs or at the exits to take a picture or a video recording. Not service oriented. "Six Flags" in Jackson really has to think hard about their service and maintenance. It's a pity, "Six Flags" was the leading amusement park company in the world and from what I saw here and all the parks they are selling, it is going downhill. Please invest in maintenance and service and become a top park again.

Wij zijn achtbaan fanaten, dat is zeker. We waren "Six Flags" fans, misschien nu ook nog wel? We zullen dit beslissen als we "Six Flags Magic Mountain" bezoeken in L.A., een top park van de "Six Flags" groep. We starten met de positieve elementen van het park. "El Toro"heeft ons echt verrast, normaal houden we niet van houten achtbanen maar deze was fantastisch. "Nitro" is een stalen achtbaan die goed is en zacht loopt, hetzelfde voor "Bizarro", een mooie actieve achtbaan. Tot onze teleurstelling stopt het goede nieuws hier.

De wereldrecordhouder achtbaan "Kingda Ka" staat meer stil dan dat ze operationeel is. Om 16:00 had de achtbaan nog maar 2 uur open geweest gedurende de volledige dag en dit in drie intervallen. De achtbaan trilt en schokt gedurende de rit en is veel slechter dan zijn concurrent "Top Thrill Dragster". Het park blijkt veel onderhoudsproblemen te hebben, ze breken de "Great American Scream Machine" af tijdens het seizoen, en hun vliegende achtbaan "Superman Ultimate Flight" stond reeds dagen stil. Ze waren aan het werken aan "Saw Mill log Flume" en klanten wandelen naar beneden van de achtbaan "Rolling Thunders" in plaats van zich te laten rijden. Het personeel is vriendelijk maar weigert dat je foto's of video-opnames maakt aan de uitgang van attracties waar je het beste zicht hebt. "Six Flags" in Jackson dient te investeren in klantvriendelijkheid en onderhoud. Het is zeer spijtig te zien dat "Six Flags", de marktleider in pretparken hier zo'n slechte service bied. Ze verkopen ook veel van hun parken, het lijkt alleen maar bergafwaarts te gaan. We hopen van harte dat "Six Flags" zich kan herpakken.



Six Flags Great Adventure JacksonEl Toro, a top wooden coaster

Six Flags Great Adventure JacksonKingda Ka running

Six Flags Great Adventure JacksonBizarro

Six Flags Great Adventure JacksonKingda Ka from the parking lot

Six Flags Great Adventure JacksonPeople walking down from the wooden coaster

Six Flags Great Adventure JacksonWorking on the water ride

Six Flags Great Adventure JacksonBreaking down a coaster during the opening season

Six Flags Great Adventure JacksonSuperman Ultimate Flight - not running

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3 comments:

  1. cant imagine taking a ride with any of these.... whew..only to think my insides get entwined with each other already.

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  3. sorry to hear that many were not working, hope that u had fun anyway!

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