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  1. So we took our kids to Dorney for the first time, and my first visit since 2013 for their Family Halloween bash. I remembered this park was nice but when visiting with our kids it was even better. It's more of a full day park since kids tend to slow you down and experience more than just the biggest coasters. The weather held out for us, it was cool but not freezing and the rain never came. Crowds were decent for a Sunday in October but lines were non-existent. The Peanuts Pumpkin Fest was great, they had lots of activities and games for the kids, and one of the best trick or treat setups we've done. They turned their cabanas into little houses to go door to door to. Much better than Sesame Place that we went to the day before. The kids also loved Planet Snoopy a very underrated kids section. Most of Dorney is underrated, and it's a shame Cedar Fair doesn't put more into this park, especially being in a big metro area. The major coasters are all solid and in good shape. Thunder hawk was fun and not to rough, just some bad trim brakes. Hydra was good but had a noticeable rattle that I don't recall from the last time. Possessed was fast and exciting but it sounds like it could be in need of some repairs, the launch section sounded bad. The stars were Talon and Steel Force, Talon is also very underrated and one of the better Inverts out there. It's got great pacing and intense inversions, the crew could be a little faster though. Steel Force was so much better than I remember, it's not top ten but better than many give it credit for. The back has a great first drop but the airtime is better in front, and less forceful when landing back on the seat. The mid course barely slowed down the train. Overall Dorney is a solid family park that gets overlooked in Pennsylvania with so many other more well known parks. If it were in an area with less competition it would be a star. I wish we lived closer to this than the couple of six flags we have. As for no lines ever I'm fine with that, it was good to see that hasn't changed over the years.
  2. Hit up Ride of Steel or Viper first, they are the only two that usually have a long line. Most head to RoS first so I usually go straight to Viper. It tends to be a slow line due to the ride being long and the manual restraints. Everything else should be short to no wait if any day but Saturday or a concert day
  3. Well I might as well give my predictions, not that they will be right but everyone else is so here we go: Demon-Scrapped, salvaged for parts for other Arrows in chain Grizzly-Scrapped, maybe sell the trains to someone who needs them Woodstock-Scrapped, parts salvaged for Cedar Point (can't see them selling such an old kiddie coaster) Patriot- Ironically saved, it's unique enough in the chain that it could fit at the smaller parks like WoF or Valley, even a replacement at Carowinds for Vortex or Carolina Cyclone Flight Deck- Most likely scrapped and salvaged, but possibly go to KD, can't see anyone else getting it Lucy's- Scrapped, Salvaged for parts/or if they feel could go to WoF or Valley if they need/want a newer kids coaster Pyscho Mouse-Scrapped, salvaged for parts especially since they no longer make them Goldstriker- Unfortunately scrapped, can't see them moving this one unless Cedar Point gets it but doubt it, can have parts salvaged. Railblazer- The real prize that could be moved, many parks could be in line, I would love a smaller park to get it as a "new" ride but wouldn't be surprised to see a Cedar Point or Wonderland snag this ride, every park is on the table Lots of flats could be moved to parks that need one as a way to open "new" rides on the cheap for years to come really. Delirium- CW or WoF Drop tower- Scrapped, older model, salvaged for parts for chains other models Orbit- Biggest park that doesn't have one already Tiki Twirl- MiA, most others have one and they could bill this as a "coaster" Mass Effect- Most likely scrapped, maybe go to Carowinds or KD, someone that still has an Action Theater Carousel- Scrapped, salvaged for parts, Its a nice one but most parks already have a classic carousel, maybe sold outside company Star Tower- Scrapped Sky Ride- Scrapped, parts sent to CP Valleyfair also may get that water park expansion sooner than later
  4. So took a visit to the park today and unfortunately it turned into a true Six Flags Day. Today showed me why I never visit parks on a Saturday, but it was our only chance on our trip to go. Luckily we have memberships so other than gas we didn't pay to get in or buy much else. First the Pros, the park looked pretty good compared to before the pandemic when we last visited, the DC universe area looked very nice (by Six Flags standards), the "Gotham City" section on the other hand still looks like a carnival. As for the rides Wicked Cyclone and Superman were running the best I could ever recall. Cyclone kept pace the entire ride, even the end lap. And Superman was like the ride of old, the bulky lap bars didn't hurt my legs like in years past. Now for the Cons and there were lots. First off were the crowds and I know it's not something the park can control, but they really ruined the day, this park is not really designed to handle massive crowds. We only got on four rides total since by Noon most lines were 30-40 minutes plus for the high capacity rides, and some like Pandemonium we're showing an hour and a half at times. Midways were packed and food lines were huge as well. This park also seems to draw in a rude, trashy crowd for some reason. We got so fed up with the crowds we left around 2 after only four rides. I'm not a people person but can usually tolerate crowds but this was ridiculous. As we left it was an endless drove of people still coming in. All in all the park would have been enjoyable had the crowds not been so massive and if we could, we would have opted for a different day. It's a nice park and we have had good days here. more than other parks this one should be avoided on a weekend, sort of like Hershey Park gets.
  5. When visiting my home park's page (Great Escape) they still advertise passes and memberships. they are now offering the Pay one price for the year but are still offering monthly payments. Not sure why the change in name but it looks to be essentially still just memberships. Now they just let you pay it all at once for 12 months. As long as I can keep paying my monthly rate for my family and get the same benefits as always, I don't care what they end up calling things.
  6. Just visited Legoland NY for the first time today, we decided to take in the Brick or Treat festivities (and the cooler weather) for our first visit to any Lego park. We opted to stay at the Legoland Hotel as well, which was very nice but overly priced for what's included. Other than a small play area and arcade that's about it until the summer and the pool opens. The park is great, it's clean and we'll manicured, eventually it will be even more beautiful. The biggest knock I have is the amount of excessive walking especially up and down hills. It's an easy park to navigate being it's a giant loop, but that also means some back tracking at times which is tough with the two large hills. Each section is well designed, sort of Disney on a budget, Better than a six Flags but maybe a step below a SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Lego city had tons of models to see and Lego Castle had the cool courtyard area and of course a castle. Ninjago was the weakest theme but had the great Ninjago ride. As for the rides themselves, there's nothing really spectacular but the best would be the Ninjago ride, The Factory Tour Ride and the Dragon Coaster. The Splash Battle looks fun, but it was far to cold for that. Most other rides are somewhat basic or more for just kids like the Driving School which is also cool but not for adults. The 4D cinema was very nice as well and one of the better ones we have done. The Tour ride was cool but pretty short compared to a Disney park. Food was actually quite good in the park, we opted for Smokey's BrickBQ after seeing some other reviews and that was a good choice. The Brisket was better than Busch Gardens Williamsburg we had earlier in the year and the sides were solid too. The seasonal treats were a little more pedestrian but not bad. The Hotel food was decent albeit over priced of course, however the dessert we had, a big piece of chocolate cake was awesome and tasty. Overall it's a great park and for the most part doable in a day, at least with the crowds being low, on a super busy day I can see needing a second day. Many rides have low capacity and can easily build long lines. Things like Ninjago, the Factory ride and Dragon have decent capacity, but Driving School and the small flats would take longer. We had minimal waits all day and the Dragon crew was especially fast and efficient, little to no stacking, impressive on a smaller family coaster. I say family coaster but near the back it's fairly forceful and fun even for adults. The Hotel while nice and convenient to the park is not necessary for a good visit. We opted to try it at least this time but probably wouldn't return due to the costs and lack of other things to do. It's a Disney priced hotel but with even less amenities. The rooms are nice and fairly spacious with a side for kids with Legos to play with and some cool decor. Nice at least once but not a repeat visit. I would have rather stayed at the indoor water park resort up the way to get way more bang for my buck. We will certainly be back to the park especially to see it grow and expand as we are only about 3 1/2 hours away in the Syracuse area. It's nice to have more options nearby especially one that is open longer into the season, and staffing does not appear to be an issue here, other than a couple attractions being closed, some for seasonal maintenance like the boat ride. Not sure if they will do a Christmas event as they only have a calendar going until the end of November. I also will try to post some pictures tomorrow after we visit for our second day.
  7. In the end what really shuld have happened is they included Genie+ with a Resort stay. Create a new "benefit" and way to entice more people to stay on site while still rolling this out. It would have gone over a lot better, and you could still offer it to non-resort guests for a fee (like Universal does for its premier hotels). It woud have made up for taking away real EMH and Magical Express. But hey Disney is in it for the money and they know people will pay for anything nowadays if it saves a little time for them.
  8. Just watched this and what a farce, grown adults just beating on each other. I work in corrections and even this was bad. The one woman was essentially being beaten by one and held down by another. If they catch them im sure some assault charges will be filed. Im suprised none of the employees stepped in, just goes to show how rude and obnoxious people have become lately. It's like all the nonsense with people on planes and causing issues.
  9. Visited the park for the first time since 2018, still sad to not have Volcano, but most of the other coasters are decent. Got on all the others aside from I305 which was down. Twisted Timbers was amazing as always but the crew was the slowest of the day. Surprise rides were the left side of Racer75 and Flight of Fear. Racer actually had decent airtime and was fairly smooth. Flight of Fear was much smoother than the last time I rode, not perfect but minimal banging around, and that launch is always amazing, it also seemed to pick up a ton of speed on the final lap just before the corkscrew, can't remember if it always was like that or not. The park was pretty clean and looked beautiful, and while there were quite a few people in the park it was never really crowded and minimal long lines. I want to say TT had the longest wait at around maybe 20-30 minutes. Most others were walk ONS or station waits thanks to two and even three train operations all day. My only knock on the park would be the lack of food options open when the park opened at noon. Eventually we ate at the Country Kitchen which while not amazing was pretty good bbq (for an amusement park that is). The Carnivals offerings were nice but they had some slow lines especially the drink stand. It was a nice addition for the summer and a good answer to Busch Gardens Summer Nights. Didn't stay for the parade but the live entertainment was nice. Overall it was a good visit and a great way to start my vacation.
  10. Just got a member email today, Adirondack Outlaw will be opening to the public on July 3rd, and is having member only previews from open-2pm the 1st and 2nd. So glad to see them get this open, I can't wait to try it out and it's another solid flat ride addition to this park. Now if they could just add a new coaster, anything would be nice at this point. Even just replacing the Bobsled would be a welcome change seeing how it barely ever runs.
  11. They need to start requiring adult supervision for anyone under 21, clearly they can't behave. At least then maybe the adults can be arrested for their kid's actions. Ban them all to, and actually hire more guards and actual law enforcement to patrol more. If anyone should be getting more per hour it's the security teams.
  12. It looked really good actually, and it seemed fairly popular on Sunday. Glad they put money into it and the Pirate. They are two classic rides that also don't have huge height requirements. Hopefully they can put more money into sprucing up existing rides each year.
  13. Yes unfortunately, but the ops team was fairly efficient, we maybe waited 20-30 minutes and that was almost a full que, as far back as the first turn in the line. Tantrum which had a smaller looking line was actually worse.
  14. Visited today and saw some good and bad for the first visit back since 2019. The park looks like infrastructure was updated in some spots, buildings appeared painted, grounds were manicured better etc. Some major rides were closed which was somewhat expected being a special preview weekend (RoS, Boomerang, Motocoaster, Rolling Thunder, Bumper Cars, Pirate and Predator tried to open but was down just about all day). I thought the fact that they weren't spacing a ton on the rides was good, unlike Great Escape the flats used all available seats and spaces. The only times we saw spacing was the Viper and Tantrum. Tantrum was the worst because it's one family/group per entire ride vehicle, so the line crawled. Viper looked worse but actually moved decent thanks to good ride ops. The food was sad still, but it's Six Flags, I don't go there for great meals. Still I would like my food to be warm at least. As for the clientele, Darien Lake has always attracted some less than desirable characters but it is amazing the difference between this park and say a Hershey or even Great Escape. My wife said that when my daughter and I were on a ride she even witnessed a domestic dispute that had security involved, got to say that's a new one for us. All on all is was a good day, lines weren't bad other than the two coasters mentioned (Mind Eraser was also open but had a walk on wait) and the park still felt clean and refreshed as compared to past seasons. Most employees were upbeat and helpful, and only a couple looked lost. It's no Disney or Universal but for a small regional park it's nice, it just needs a little more sprucing up and second trains for the major coasters. Honestly I would take that over a new ride any day because then I could enjoy what they already have more. Can't wait to get back for RoS when it opens.
  15. My family and I visited today and had a similar experience. Although ride opa weren't great they were adequate on most rides, this biggest issue we had was the constant stopping to clean rides and then run them empty. Also the reduced rise capacities didn't help many rides. Comet was running two trains so capacity wasn't too bad, and it seems to be running well. I did notice that the hill after the second turn around going up into the double dip drop seems to be more trimmed than in the past and killed the momentum until the final turn around. Otherwise it was solid as ever. Flashback was on and off but we did get a ride on it and it wasn't to bad, a little rough but still one of the better boomerangs out there. Most flats were operating with the exception of the water rides, condor and supernova was closed. Bobsleds were closed as usual, at this point they should scrap it for something new, as much as I like the rise it's just never open anymore. My biggest issue on the day was the atrocious food service. In typical six flags fashion lines were long, many locations were closed and nobody knew how to operate a cash register. While we got our food fairly quickly, paying took much longer. I understand it's opening weekend and staffing is an issue, but it's become all to common with six flags parks to be inefficient. We will be returning for Memorial day weekend and hopefully some kinks will be worked out and ghost town will be finished being worked on, I can't wait to try Outlaw, of course if it's open I feel like it's a first thing type of ride with it's already low capacity.
  16. Usually weekdays, even Fridays are not too bad, the only difference this year may be pent up demand causing larger crowds. I would actually start with Fahrenheit due to its low capacity and then either Storm Runner or Great Bear. Or if when you first get there and Candymonium has a short wait hit that first before lines build up. The rest shouldnt be too bad other than maybe Comet and/or Sooperdooper because they are closer to the front of the park.
  17. Nobody should be surprised by those wait times, any Saturday in Hershey is a nightmare. That's why I always make sure to visit on a weekday, it's night and day for crowds. And Springtime in the park tends to be busy due to everyone looking for stuff to do in the nice weather.
  18. I wouldn't really say they have bad coasters outside of Anaconda, but the rest are just sort of ..meh like middle of the road, nothing crazy but nothing amazing either. Avalanche is at least unique but not super thrilling, and the Racer feels generic along with the wild mouse clone. And I don't really count the kid coasters because they are what they are supposed to be. Even adding a 4D free spin wont really make this collection much better. That reminds me of Six Flags New England, they have 2 solid coasters and then fall off the map. Batman and Thunderbolt are the next tier which isnt saying much. Joker, Pandamonium, The Wild Mouse, Flashback, and Goliath are clones and the others are kid coasters.
  19. As much as I like Kings Dominion, ever since removing Volcano they only have 3 real standouts now (i305, Dominator and Twisted Timbers), Outer Limits is good but its a clone technically and can be a little rough at times, the rest are mediocre at best, nothing real terrible (except maybe Anaconda) but nothing amazing, especially when Busch Gardens kills it down the road from them.
  20. https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus/2021/02/ny-amusement-parks-can-reopen-overnight-summer-camps-can-plan-to-cuomo-says.html New York is finally allowing amusement parks to re-open, they are capping them at 33% capacity which seems like what Disney was attempting. I for one am just glad they finally came to their senses and are allowing these outdoor businesses to return. Hopefully Six Flags Members will be able to select dates to reserve since they are requiring pre sold tickets as part of re-opening.
  21. I would love for them to get a Mack Mega coaster like Alpina Blitz at Nigloland, I know it would most likely never happen but something similar in place of Bobsled would be a good size fit for the park. Unfortunately the price would most likely be out of the Six Flags budget especially now. I did hear they may bring back the ride share program which maybe means they bring in a mid level ride from a bigger park to infuse a little excitement for a smaller park like Great Escape. I would be fine with that honestly, at least its something different,
  22. Well then i,m not sure why they have such trouble running it, seems like it is constantly down, I have been on it in years past but most of the time it seems like it breaks down. As much as I enjoy the ride i could still see it leaving, the only reason they wouldn't i could see would be its not a big plot of land that it sits on compared to the space removing the ferris wheel could open up
  23. If it isn't the Ferris Wheel being removed, my next guess would be the Condor Ride, It is always breaking down or never running to begin with. in 2019 I was on it and it got going, but before it could start going up it shut down. It is also a ride that i don't believe parts are made for anymore which can also make it expensive to operate. I don't see them removing the Bobsleds unless it was to be replaced with a new coaster as the park already only has 5 major coasters. Most other rides in the park seem safe as they are for the most part well maintained and ridden.
  24. I had that happen a couple of times, but they generally kept a space between so it wasn't an issue, I don't really mind anyways
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