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  1. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Mt. O! Growing up about 45 minutes south of the Dells, I have spent more than a few days marathoning those woodies and getting knocked around in Poseidon's Rage- truly the most exhilarating wave pool that I've ever experienced. I wouldn't be too distraught over the indoor parks being closed, however, as neither of them have much to offer. Their indoor wild mouse style coaster "Opa" was closed and removed permanently back in 2014 after a man fell off of the ride, which only leaves a handful of kiddie flat rides remaining in the indoor
  2. Mt. Olympus has announced on their Facebook page that they will be opening their parks on May 26th, with the limitation being that only guests who stay in their hotels will be allowed to enter. Given the number of hotel properties that the Laskaris family now owns in the Wisconsin Dells, I'd be willing to bet their parks will soon be packed with guests.
  3. Did not expect this acquisition- hopefully Cedar Fair invests in further developing these properties. I visited the New Braunfels location last August for the first time in nine years and it seemed as if not much had changed since my last visit. It is a wonderful waterpark as it is, but hopefully new ownership will breath a little more life back into the park and return it to the forefront of pioneering the waterpark industry as it was a decade ago. The New Braunfels park could greatly benefit from the addition of new major attractions just for the sake of dispersing crowds. Despite
  4. It's been a few years since my last visit to BGW so I cannot speak to some of their newer attractions, but on our last mid-summer trip we had no problem getting on all of their major rides several times in a single day. The only rides that had lines longer than 30 minutes were Verbolten (this was shortly after its debut year) and Curse of the Darkastle (RIP), which we still got on 3 times each. That said, the whole park is beautiful, especially in comparison to the Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks that I was used to. Even with spending time to savor the theming and landscaping of the park, you
  5. I'm personally still partial to "Little Bill's Giga Coaster".
  6. According to some random stranger who said they asked the park, it is because they want to take absolutely no chances of a collision. Yes, Mount Olympus claims that their one train operation is solely for safety purposes and collision prevention. Knowing their track record for maintaining coasters in the past, I personally don't blame them. However, Hades' queue moves tediously slow with only one train and I would love to see another added if it was deemed safe. It takes the lazy, unmotivated employees a lot longer to load a train than it should, and there should constantly be a train b
  7. First of all I'd like to apologize for the delay in writing this second part. I've been very busy lately, but finally found a few hours to sit down at my computer and type. Part 2- Six Flags Great Adventure After about three more hours in the car traveling from West Babylon, New York, we were in the shadow of the magnificent, towering structure known as Kingda Ka in the parking lot at Six Flags Great Adventure. Since it was nearly 7:30 by the time we entered the park, we only had two and a half hours left until closing and we wanted to make the most of our “night ride” time, because we d
  8. Thank you! My dad and I have had great times on these trips and have made countless wonderful memories. We have visited at least two new parks every year since 2009, and I am very grateful that we are able to go together.
  9. Hello KIC, Here is my trip report for four of the parks that I visited this summer in one giant tour. I've decided to break it up into parts by each park visit to spare you the many headaches that my drawn out writing style may bring you. Part 1- Introduction and Cedar Point-Visit 1 July 21st was the big day. This was the day that I worked ever so hard for. This was the day that I had deserved by receiving a 4.0 grade point average in last year’s second semester. This was the start of a trip that I had been planning and anticipating since last year’s trip had ended. This was my summe
  10. I've been to each park in the Wisconsin Dells several times, and have had a Noah's Ark season for the past 4 years because I live very close. Having been to these parks and other top water parks such as Schlitterbahn New Braunfels and Wet n' Wild Orlando, I have to say my all time favorite water park ride is Scorpion's Tail at Noah's Ark. The trap door and the countdown in the capsule at the start of this slide just build anticipation to a maximum. Shortly after being released, you experience a prolonged moment zero g forces while plummeting and then are immediately glued to the side of t
  11. I really don't understand where all this hate for Six Flags is coming from. Three Six Flags owned properties that I have been to, Great Adventure, Magic Mountain, and Over Texas, I actually prefer over Kings Island. The other two I have visited, Great America and New England, are by no means bad parks either. Be sure to visit these parks before making hasty assumptions about them.
  12. Having visited Magic Mountain a few times now, I too would recommend visiting on a Friday rather than a Saturday. As far as ride strategies go, I would highly recommend heading straight to X2 at opening if you decide to go on Saturday. It is a spectacular ride and my all time favorite. Most visitors agree with me, and therefore the ride gets long waits very quickly.
  13. My first Diamondback ride was in July of 2009. It was my first visit to Kings Island, and I went with my entire family from Wisconsin. Since the only roller coasters I had been on before this trip were at Mt Olympus, I had absolutely no idea what to expect and was very excited. After an amazing day of riding other rides with my brother, who has always been terrified of heights, we decided to get in line for Diamondback. We waited in line for about an hour, anticipation growing by the second. I'll admit, we were both extremely nervous getting on the ride, but by the time we got off, we co
  14. I can't wait to ride this on my spring trip to Magic Mountain. That thing looks crazy.
  15. Noah's Ark in the Wisconsin Dells will also be featured on the water park show. In my opinion The Ark is a very underrated park and is truly one of the best in the country. Sadly, things have taken a turn for the worse with this new ownership from Palace Entertainment and I am concerned for the park's future.
  16. Thanks for the help everybody! Another question though; On the average July day, how do these parks' crowds and waits compare to that of other parks like Kings Island and Cedar Point? That is assuming there is perfect weather and no other special events are occurring these days.
  17. Hello KIC, This late July, I am planning on taking a summer amusement park tour to four different parks with my dad. Two of the parks, Cedar Point and Six Flags Great Adventure, I have already been to and know most of the basics on having a successful trip. However the other two I will likely be visiting, Hersheypark and Dorney Park, I have never been too, and know very little about. I have a few questions for anyone who has been to Hersheypark or Dorney Park. Are there any strategies on attacking these parks to make the most of my day? What are the must-rides, and the rides that could
  18. Top Three: 1. First drop on X2 in row 7, stairs side of the train in the inner seat. 2. Back row airtime on Bizarro at Six Flags New England 3. Launch on Top Thrill Dragster in the front row.
  19. On my first trip to the Point, I stayed at the Super 8 in Milan. Sure it's not the nicest of hotels, but it was relatively inexpensive and we didn't have any problems. We weren't very picky since the only time we planned to spend at the hotel was for sleeping, as we were in the park all day. The hotel is a little over 10 miles away from the park, but the advantage to that is it wasn't crowded at all.
  20. There is another app on the App Store called "Ride Hopper" that is essentially the same concept as Ride Watch, but for a variety of parks. Unfortunately, because the program lacks users, most parks are rarely updated. The app is useful however, when visiting more popular parks like Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  21. I always use Ride Watch on my Cedar Point trips. And despite the fact that anyone can submit any wait time they want, the posted times are surprisingly accurate. It is a very useful factor in planning the day. There are also quite of few users of the app, so a good majority of the attractions do have fairly recent wait time updates.
  22. El Toro is my favorite by far. The relentless ejector airtime is superior to ANY other wooden or steel coaster I have experienced. However, I have not yet visited Holiday World and given The Voyage a try.
  23. Different parks and coaster clubs use "ERT" differently. It can be meant as "Early Ride Time", "Exclusive Ride Time", or "Extra Ride Time". All three essentially have the same meaning.
  24. "Exclusive Ride Time (ERT) - The term used by coaster clubs to describe the exclusive period of time where only members may ride the thrill ride or roller coaster. ERT usually occurs before the park opens or after the park closes." http://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/coasters/glossary/#e
  25. Hello, I would definitely invest in a Flash Pass if I were going on those days. Early to mid July is one of the most crowded times of the year, and even on weekdays the lines can be brutal. A gold level Flash Pass will likely be the way to go, as the regular level keeps you waiting as long (and sometimes longer) than the actual line. If you do decide to buy the Flash Pass, rushing to rides first thing in the morning is unnecessary because a good majority of their roller coasters and thrill rides are available on the Flash Pass. If you choose to not buy the the line skipping device, I w
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