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  1. So, now that you guys have ridden Manta, How does it stack up to Tatsu? Theming im going to assume is better
  2. As I was looking around on LA times.com, I found this article about Six Flags plans for international parks and Magic Mountain's plans through 2010! (We're getting another coaster!) feel free to check out the link! http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-blog/index.php/six-flags-qatar-3468/
  3. So, I went to haunt last year and Loved it and so This year it was a must! We decided to head over as early as possible to the event and so opening weekend seemed like a good time! I went through all of the mazes except Lost Vegas (Because that one is totally worthless). Also, one of the guys in the group's cousin was a monster that was off duty and walking around with us and telling me all about the haunt all night which was amazing. I Learned soooo much! and it was awesome. heres my rundown of the mazes... The Asylum - This was the first thing we did once we got into the park. Last year, I was way to chicken to go into this maze and it wasn't really that bad at all. There were a few disturbing things but it didn't have a real "Scary" factor to it for me. on a scale of 1 being terrible and 10 being absolutely freaky and wonderful, this maze got a 4 out of 10 Club Blood - you have to get through the Asylum to get to club blood which is unfortunately a strangely boring. The only cool thing about this maze is the pole dancers and the song playing in that room (Does anyone know what it is by the way?) This maze can be skipped if lines are long. 2 out of 10 The Doll Factory - Twas Next after a quick ride on Silver bullet (20 minute wait!) I absolutely LOVED this maze. It was weird, creepy and just weird. The Dolls inside did a fantastic job and Jill (The lifelike doll girl) was AMAZING. I took a picture with her because the worker that I was with was in the doll factory last year and she knew everyone. It was awesome 9 out of 10 for me (Some people may say it was worse than last year but whatever, I loved it...) 13 Axe Murder Manor - Whatever is the only thing I have to say. It was cool but we had to move REALLY fast so I didn't really get that scared or intimidated. It did have great scenery though... 7 out of 10 from me... Killer Clown College - Lost Vegas was a SKIP and then we went to Killer Clown College which was pretty lame. Definitely not great and missable if you are pressed for time. It was fun though so I give it a 6 out of 10 After this, Xcelerator began to test and I really wanted to ride it but the other people in my group thought that it was going to be forever until it opened but the phone rang and then they opened up the ride! Me and a friend of mine were the first people in line and so we rode in the front seat with no wait at all!!! It was amazing. After that we did Supreme scream and then it was cornstalkers time Cornstalkers - A fun maze, not that scary to though. Everyone else was more freaked out but it didn't scare me at all really. It was intimidating though. It gets and 8 out of 10 because it scared everyone else in my group alot Quarantine - This maze was the powerhouse of haunt. Realistic, short and scary beyond belief. Everything was so realistic looking that it felt even scarier. its really awesome and is definitely not to be missed. 10 out of 10 from me Slaughterhouse - Disturbing and Disgusting are the two best ways to describe this maze. Its nasty and gruesome and not in a good way. The things hanging down from the ceiling that are supposed to be intestines pull out and on your hair and it hurts really bad. Theres a part where one of the props squirts water on you and it scared the bejesus out of me so watch out. The audio track is what really scared me for this one. It was so disturbing and freaky. I still have some of it running through my head. From a scare perspective, it gets a 9 out of 10, from a quality perspective it gets a 7 out of 10 Alien Annialation - Looked wimpy but the monsters were trying really hard to scare people and it worked pretty well actually. I liked it and they got a few good scares in on me! It gets a 8 out of 10 The Labyrinth - Awesome, Picturesque, fun, Awe-inspiring are some of the words I have for this one. I really liked it and it was scary and yet still fun. Definitely dont miss it! 9 out of 10 from me I didnt do Pyromaniax or Black widows cavern because the line was huge, but I did Do Cornstalkers, The Doll Factory and Quarantine again because I really liked all of those All in all, the night was amazing and I urge everyone to go and check it out! Its an awesome event and really fun. Thanks for reading and I hope to have some pictures up soon!!!
  4. Disneyland: First of all... I dunno if this still exists, but check on whether or not you can get into disneyland early because you are staying in a hotel and if you can, make sure to hit the really busy rides before the park actually opens. Splash mountain is the best when its hot out, so see if you can get a fastpass for sometime around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. (If you go around 10 or 11, you should be able to get a fastpass for that time) Pirate's line rarely goes over an hour (or even 45 minutes for that matter...) so dont worry about pirates early on in the morning, make sure you hit these before the park gets too busy (normally around 10ish): Indy Space mountain (Definitely best in the front by the way) Matterhorn Finding Nemo (only if there is a wait under 30 minutes) Haunted mansion is a must ride in my opinion so make sure to hit that one up at least once Buzz Lightyear is an amazing ride and very popular so if you want to ride it, make sure that you get a fastpass for it because the que without one can go upwards of an hour in some instances. (also, even though the line may look short, it has a significant amount of line that extends into the ariels grotto area so dont be fooled by that Big thunder never really has a huge line so thats not a big deal. Normally the wait is under 45 minutes (DO NOT get a fastpass for Big Thunder! it is NOT worth using up a fastpass priviledge to get one for big thunder!) Make sure you see both "Remember: Dreams Come true" (the fireworks show) and fantasmic if you can catch both. Fantasmic is a great show and is not to be missed! Disney's California Adventure: California Screamin' and Toy Story Midway Mania are both in the same area of the park and are the busiest rides so make sure that you hit up those two first (Start with Midway Mania and then head to California screamin) When you go to California Adventure, make sure that you start out your day there. (I would say go to DCA on Thursday) and be some of the first ones at the gate. When you enter the park, don't turn and go through the Condor flats area but go straight and you will pass a bugs land before you get to the Paradise pier area. Take the bridge to your left that heads up buy the resturaunt. DO NOT GO ALL THE WAY AROUND the pier! if you do, you will lose A LOT of time hit up Midway mania because it will build a huge line and then go to California screamin. If there is more than a 30 minute wait for CS, get a fastpass and wait for the time. It shouldnt be too long. Make sure that you get a fastpass for Soarin over California. Its a great ride, but unless theres less than a 30 minute line, dont wait. The fastpass is extremely useful for Soarin. ToT is a fun ride, not as great as some of the other ones, but it is really fun so make sure you dont miss it. If you can, I advise you to ride it during the day and at night because while the ride isnt different, its creepyer (IMHO) at night Mullholand Madness isnt that great. Its just your basic wild mouse. Ride it if you have time. Maliboomer is really fun (the screamshields suck but whatever), dont ride if the wait is more than 15 minutes Grizzly River run is fun so try to ride it at least once. The drops are cool and different for a river rafting ride. Knotts Berry Farm: (Side note: despite some peoples belief, I love Knotts and definitely think its worth some time so check it out if you dont have anything to do. Xcelerator is great so make sure to ride it (dont wait longer than 30-45 minutes though. Sitting in the back is just as fun as sitting in the front and has much less of a wait so try that. Sierra Sidewinder and Silver Bullet are alot of fun so if you have time, ride both of those. I wouldnt waste my time on the new pony express because it looks rather boring. Ghostrider apparently is very tempermental and is not a great ride anymore according to a lot of people so be careful when going on it. It's not smooth whatsoever. It is a fun ride, but be foreworned, it will beat the tar out of you. If you want a more fun ride but still somewhat intense, try Montezooma's revenge. its really fun in my opinion and worth looking into. As long as you dont have to wait, its alot of fun. I would say, spend the early part of a day (Maybe go really early on saturday and ride all you can before the park starts getting really really full (HEAD TO XCELERATOR FIRST) via the passing by silver bullet and supreme scream. The entrance for Xcelerator is all the way at the back of the park so make sure you keep on heading back there. Then hit up the other rides that look fun/cool to you. I would definitely not go to Knotts for the whole day, but definitely catch Xcelerator, its worth riding Thats my huge speal and I doubt you'll read it all, but if it helps even remotely, that would be good! Hope you have a great time at Disneyland, California Adventure and Knotts and I hope I could help a little bit!
  5. I don't think anyone's mentioned this yet which is a surprise but lets not forget the infamous "rollercoaster" thriller and the Revolution crash scene. Also there was an episode of King of Queens I think is the show were they were at Magic Mountain riding Goliath. In my opinion the best episode of Full house was when they all went to disneyworld. that show was really cool!
  6. Strangely enough, your trip report sounded alot like mine from last week as well. I never posted it on the site here, but I did share alot of your opinions. The only one I disagree with is in regards to one thing that you said concerning the sound on the train and in the station. Personally, the new speakers on the ride did absolutely nothing for me and the "music" on the inside of the station (if you can even call it that) was useless. The guy saying "Are you in yet? Are you ready?" over and over again was unbelievably annoying, and the best song they could have played on the onboard speakers during the ride was played while I was sitting in the block brake at the end. That was very frustrating. (the fire made up for it significantly though:) I was suprised by how rough scream was as well! It definitley is not getting older gracefully by any means...
  7. Hey, Im going on tuesday to ride X2 and Im really excited. My questions is, does anyone think it will have a long line or will that not be a problem? and lastly, will there be two trains?
  8. Being a student in LA, I can offer some insight into the whole situation your in. Truthfully, X is amazing and should not be missed, however, going on a saturday in May is quite possibly the worst mistake you can make. Even though X2 will be opening up and because of the crowds it could draw, it would be a good idea to go on friday or even go to the overnight sleepover if you really want to go on saturday, but dont go on saturday unless you are with the sleepover because its sure to be crowded. Most schools dont get out until May 23 and if they do get out before that, they are very small private schools so you should have very light crowds on a weekday.
  9. Although some opinions say otherwise, I actually enjoy Knotts alot and like the ride lineup they have going. Xcellerator is simply an amazing coaster with a launch that could make any grown man scream like a little girl, Silver Bullet is, while not as intense as Inverts like Batman and Raptor, still a worthwile coaster that caters to families and kids. Ghostrider has seen better days however, it is still alot of fun. (remember: ghostrider is a wooden coaster and not meant to be smooth, it shouldnt be bone-jarring either, but it should be rough to some degree) and Sierra Sidewinder gives a ride that people of all ages can enjoy. When you think about Knotts, you need to remember that its not a "thrill seeker" kind of park. It has been and always will be a park that caters to families above all else and they do a wonderful job in my opinion. As part of that "family mindset", rides like Silver Bullet were constructed not to be intense, but to be fun for the whole family. (height requirements aside) Rides like Xcellerator and Ghostrider were added to cater to the older crowd so that people of all ages could enjoy the park, which they still do every day.
  10. I know I'm going to get persecuted for this, but I truly liked the color scheme and everything the way it was before. The new trains are a HORRIBLE color and they resemble Eejakanaka's trains too much. (I'm sorry that is spelled wrong) but in my opinion, they should have left it alone...
  11. I'm sorry for all who disagree but the colors on the train IN MY OPINION are hideous. They should have made them match at least remotely, but blue seats? come on.... they don't even have blue paint on the coaster. The only thing it will match is the "new" gearbox...
  12. Well, I live in Southern California so I have DL/DCA/KBF/SFMM as my home parks and out of those the one I've visited the most was Six Flags Magic Mountain so I guess You would have to consider that My home park, however my favorite is Knotts Berry Farm or California Adventure so I guess the answer to that Question is no, My favorite park is not my home park
  13. I dont know about Knotts right now but I had a pass for several years at knotts and the way it worked was that the day you bought the pass was the day that it expired the next year. For example, one of my passes I bought May 22, 2003 and it expired May 22, 2004, it didn't expire at the end of the year. Your best bet is to call the park before you go because I dont know about the whole valleyfair thing involved but that was my experience. However, I think, unless your pass has an expiration date for December 31st on it they should honor it. Hope it helps!
  14. Hey, You guys... If you want to analyze both parks, look at whats happening now for both and what they look like now. Taking a trip last January in no way qualifies you to make a statement such as "Great adventure is better than Magic Mountain." I actually went there the day before thanksgiving and had one of the best times of my life. Minimal crowds, NO trash, NO sticky things, EXTREMELY kind staff and decent food (however, some is definitely not so good). Every ride except Viper was open but that was because it was getting painted. So please, dont look a year back, look now and see what its like. Personally, I've never been to Great Adventure but I'm not really interested in going either. Why? it looks even worse than MM! trashy terrain, unreliable coasters (Yes I am pointing at the Intamin i-Sore), grumpy staff. I havent heard anything better about Great Adventure than whats happening at Magic Mountain.
  15. So... when can I ride this? Just Kidding but I really wish I could. I've never really liked the emv vehicles for some wierd reason but this makes me want to ride one REALLY REALLY REALLY bad! Also... If you needed more capacity, you could always do like ToT's all over the world and add MORE THAN ONE LIFT?
  16. Worst time on a roller coaster... well... its hard to think of one but here are a few: (there are more but I can't think of them right now) 1. Revolution. Headache. 2. Psyclone. Concussion. (seriously) Id don't understand the hatred for X. You had a bad ride on it but it is in my opinion probably the most worthy ride of the entire park. It offers an awesome ride most of the time and is really really fun. This is just my opinion but I still don't understand the hatred for it. I've never had a terrible ride on it like the rest of you have. I've been on it about 20 times and every single time its been really fun. A little jerky but nothing like the rest of you make it sound like.
  17. Hey... awesome report but I have 2 questions: do you have any more pics of X2's new train? Im dying to see the entire thing... and, they said there was going to be sound... are there speakers on the headrests?
  18. #1: ^Calm down and stop attacking people (a "chill pill" is in order...) #2: Deja Vu is a Vekoma... you didn't work on it if you worked on the Intamins & Arrows so don't assume things #3: It is true that Magic Mountains was a terrible maitinence nightmare and still has its problems on occasion, however, the ride has become more and more dependable. I've only been to the park once when the ride didn't open at least once the entire day. They have had trouble with the ride and it has its share of problems today even but the rate has gone down significantly since the "early days" #4: I'm sad to see that Deja Vu is leaving SFGam. When I was there back in 03' or 04', the ride was open and the crew was doing an awesome job pumping people through and they managed to keep the line down to about an hour. It was a major draw to the park and they need to add something just as big so they can regain patronage. #5: I can imagine where they would have problems with the rides @ SFOG and SFGam because of the weather conditions there. In California, there is a significant amount less rain and tempermental weather. We have the heat but that doesnt do much to this coaster. All I have to say: Im glad we (MM) get to keep ours. If this ride were smoother, my only complaint, it would be higher up on my list.
  19. I actually had an amazing time when I went earlier this month (October 5th). I noticed absolutely nothing wrong. There was plenty of talent and they were doing an awesome job scaring people. The mazes were clean and visually appealing and they were very cool. It wasnt too crowded and we managed to get on everything but the asylum which everyone decided they didn't want to go through. The thing they need to do is this: Lessen the number of tickets that they sell every night, even if that means that they need to turn down people. Granted, there will be less money made but it would be better to have less people in the park that are having a good time and the monsters arent overwhelmed than let tons and tons of people in and its impossible for them to control everyone. Contrary to what you say, I had an awesome Time and I plan on going back again cause it was awesome
  20. Definitely don't bother with the regular rides if you are there during haunt. its not worth it at all. The lines are humongous for the normal rides so just spend the time in the mazes. They arent there all year.
  21. anyone wanna bet how much parking lot is going to be left when there done with all of this? Just kidding I absolutely love all of these changes. The truth is that, the reason why some people consider the park a flop is because it doesnt bring in the same amount of people that Disneyland does, however, no one remembers that Disneyland has been around 52 years (?) now so it has built itself a worldwide reputation for itself where as California Adventure has only been open for a few years and they are already disappointed in it because they expect that everyone will flock to it just because it has the "disney" label on it. The truth is that I actually like DCA more than DL to a degree. The problem is, you cant charge the same price for DCA that you do for DL because there isnt as big of a fan base. If I was from out of town, I wouldnt pay the money to go to DCA unless it was really cheap. The tourists arent as interested in DCA because its a very young park and doesnt have much of a reputation built up for it yet. The scenery is amazing and they do an extremely good job with sticking to the theme. (except for a bugs life, which you might be able to find in a trashcan in downtown LA. however likely that is, no one should ever go there cuz its filthy...) The test track type ride sounds really really cool and all the improvements look gorgeous. I hope this turns out as good as it sounds!
  22. Hey! Im going friday Night too! Maybe Ill see you! Im going to be using a handicapped pass because Im injured so yeah, what do you look like? Ill say hi if I can!
  23. Questions: Was there a particular thing that prompted you to choose this specific theme for this year or was it just random choosing? What kind of precautions do you take to keep scareactors and mazes in top shape throughout each years run? Even though you are significantly behind Knotts in years of your event running, do you believe you are on the same level that they are? (in terms of Mazes, scarezones, etc) Would you ever like to have your event get to the same size (in terms of Mazes, etc) as Knotts or are you more concerned about quality than anything else?
  24. Well, Im going to Knotts Halloween Haunt this friday for the first time in my life so Im siked! but I have a few questions 1) Im not really the type of person who loves to be freaked out of their mind. I can handle nasty looking monsters to a degree but How far do they take it on a scale of 1 to 10? Are there any mazes that you would advise me to skip out on? 2) How long are the lines for the actual rides normally? (my friends want to get on Xcelerator and Sierra Sidewinder and I want to get on Supreme Scream) 3) Is it at all dangerous to be there or is there alot of security? Thanks for the help in advance!
  25. Wait... for pyromaniax, do you ride the log ride or walk through it? I dont get it... Im Going Next Friday for the first time! Im really excited!
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