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Rivertown Rider

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  1. I finally got the chance to go to Holiday World for the first time yesterday. My thoughts and observations: The Voyage- I had high expectations of The Voyage going in and I am a huge wooden fan. The first half of The Voyage was probably the best wooden coaster I have ever been on and then with the second half after the MCBR it beat me to death. I would be curious to ride it in cooler temperatures as others have said if that would calm it down. It is hard for me to figure out where to place it in my personal rankings as the first half it does as well as anything I have ever ridden but the second half brought back memories of SOB and Mean Streak. It is certainly top three with Beast and Mystic Timbers but neither of those have the roughness I experienced yesterday. I would certainly rank it above the Kennywood woodies and the Dollywood woodies though. I rode it a couple times and would definitely ride it again. The Legend- I rode front seat and it was a great ride. The second half of the ride felt like it just kept pulling me to the left so it wasn't the most comfortable ride but still a solid ride. The Raven- Short but fun ride. I felt it was the roughest of the three woodies as it jackhammered a lot. Thunderbird- I really enjoyed Thunderbird as well. I've only ridden this and Wild Eagle as wing coaster. Overall I probably like this one better due to the near-miss elements with the barn and trees. We got there before opening and I went over toward the Thanksgiving coasters first. Voyage was closed when the park first opened so I made the walk toward Thunderbird. I discovered why it is called Mt. Thunderbird. After riding Thunderbird, Voyage started testing and I went down and rode it after it opened. We also did Gobbler Getaway and it was a fun ride. After lunch I headed over to Halloween and did the other two coasters. Legend was down at first but eventually opened. I also did Frightful Falls and the Scrambler. It was a pretty busy day at the park and all of the coasters were running two trains but operations were still slow. It was a fun park and I would definitely go back. As far as the mid-sized parks I would still rank it behind Dollywood and Kennywood overall. I didn't get a chance to do the water park this time so I plan to do the two water coasters next time.
  2. All of the Star Wars area images and videos they have released so far have looked great. Obviously concept art is just that but I have high hopes in this land and Disney will make a fortune if they do it right.
  3. I finally got to checkout the Island Smokehouse on Friday and I had the pulled pork and it was great. I also thought the fries they had there were the best in the park. I totally agree that they need to put one on the dry side of the park.
  4. I really like Firehawk and the Disney Vekomas I have been on but Flight Deck at Canada's Wonderland was the worst coaster I've ever been on so I'm on the fence.
  5. I would prefer they not put VR on any of the coasters at KI. I like things that improve capacity not hamper them.
  6. The seasons kind of blend together after awhile, I didn't realize it wasn't open last year either. I completely agree about that being a dead area of the park. Hopefully they improve it with something in the next few years.
  7. My experience is that the service has gotten better as the season has gone on. I would like to see more variety of options like they have at some of the other parks.
  8. I've noticed this year that the arcade beside Zephyr has been closed all year. I know they use it for Haunt but I'm pretty sure the arcade was open last year. If you took that arcade space along with the old Flight Commander pad and the Dinos area you could put some flats in there and really improve that area of Coney. I would love to see a Screamin' Swing come to the park.
  9. Kennywood is a great park. Phantom's Revenge is one of my favorite steel coasters and all of the woodies are great as well. I also really enjoyed Exterminator. The day we were there a couple years ago the park wasn't that full but a lot people say Exterminator's wait times build up, so you may want to do Phantom and then go over and do Exterminator as they are pretty close to each other. As far as parking downtown Pittsburgh for the Reds game, there is a lot right behind the stadium that you can get cheap rates at if you are there early in the morning. A lot of the locals suggested parking downtown beside the Roberto Clemente bridge as well. The city closes that bridge down during games so you can walk across the bridge. It is a short walk from the downtown area over to PNC. PNC is a great park and my favorite park other than Great American (I'm a Reds fan what can I say). We did a ballpark tour and I would recommend it as it a great tour.
  10. I agree with Liz. Everything I rode today was minimal waits. Diamondback was under ten minutes and the most I waited all day was Mystic at around 20 minutes.
  11. Congratulations and best of luck to both of you!
  12. I really wonder if parks should go to a system where you send a text if you see people doing things (line jumping, bad language, smoking in non designated areas, etc.) many stadiums have.
  13. I have noticed that MT has helped lower wait times on both Beast and BLSC. It is always good to see wait times more evenly distributed. I hope whatever our next additions are that they also are capacity eaters like DB, Banshee, and Mystic have been. I think adding several flats would also help.
  14. I'm hoping that our next additions are some flats. I think that they could do a bigger flat while also adding a couple smaller family flats like a Tilt-a-whirl, Music Express, or something like the old Keggers ride.
  15. That would be wonderful. It will be interesting to see what they are doing.
  16. The longest I waited today was Mystic at around 55 minutes. Beast was around 30 and everything else I did was less than 20.
  17. I feel like ride ops have been in top form on most of the rides I've been on this year. I appreciate their efficiency. I would also say that food service was quicker for me this past weekend compared to opening weekend.
  18. I rode both sides of The Racer today. It was running good on its birthday. Happy 45th Kings Island.
  19. I don't really remember the Keggers but why were they taken out? Were they not that popular or it was it maintenance related. I would love to see Oktoberfest get more flats though.
  20. I think the overhype came as much from fans and enthusiasts as it did the park. I think the marketing was smart in that it got people interested in talking about a coaster that didn't break any records. If you remember when the first povs came out many people were talking about how the ride didn't look that exciting but they wanted to know what was in the shed. The marketing worked and we got an exceptional ride.
  21. An approximately 11 year old kid behind me in the MT line on Sunday was telling his father that MT was about on the same level as AE. Even the dad corrected him and said that it was better than AE.
  22. The music was a nice welcome change. It adds to the whole ambiance of International Street.
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