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lord denning

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  1. Does know if you still need to use the lockers for Guardian?
  2. They must have sold more a lot more than 2,000 - it seemed like a least 33% of the park had them. I am not anti-fast pass at all or allowing for the park to make more money. My issue is that it was not a "VIP" experience with that many people having them. If they charged more and truly limited supply that would be different. I understood that was the point of the variable pricing - they would keep increasing the price to meet demand while keeping supply capped to ensure a great experience. We had wanted years to finally do CP right with fastlane plus so we could get rerides only to have an experience that was the same as going on a normal day. Lines still closer to an hour no chance of hitting all the coasters over a 1.5 day visit. When have to you leave a fastlane line for a coaster running three trains (NOT SV!) because the line is too long and barely moving you know there is a problem.
  3. Went this weekend - it was crazy experience but inconsistent. Traffic in - even Saturday at 4pm was an hour on the causeway. An hour just to get to the parking booth! We did not have Fastline - so we focused on mazes. MF was only a 25 minute wait by 11pm and Magnum was a walk-on by 8:30pm - so we did that a few times - still an epic ride in the dark in the back. My kid had never experienced true ejector air before. Scarezone waits were insane for cornstalkers. Sunday - had platinum entry plus fastlane plus (free due to season pass renewal) - was able to get in SV, maverick x2 by 11:30am. Then it was a gong show - Gatekeeper down for the day (rumor is reopened after 8:30pm but we were at the top of the park and it was near closing time so too much of a risk to run down instead of night SV), top thrill after an hour fast lane wait broke in the station, waited another half an hour for a reopen that never occurred. ride opened up again five hours later (we got in after another 45 fastline wait) Valraven, and Maverick fast line was decent - not that long of a wait. But MF had fast line line equal to regular and SV was still close to an hour and top thrill more than an hour. The long and the short of it is that we still had a great time. The haunt stuff was good. My kid's first time on the 52 inchers (though we didn't get gatekeeper). We didn't have a choice but to face the crowds (long weekend needed for drive back, had to take advantage of fastlane promotion, kid wasn't tall enough earlier in season, etc). Only real complaint is the fastline - we were so excited to take advantage of it to really enjoy the rides, only to find out the lines are still crazy long. They really need to reduce the number of fast lanes they sell, at $120 plus it is not right to sell so many that are still hour lines. There was nothing VIP about it. Since we used our entitlement it wasn't the of the world, but if i paid out of pocket i would have been really disappointed. PS. Windseeker is the dumbest name ever. Why call a ride windseeker when it can't ride when there is wind? Shouldn't they call it Windfearer?
  4. I like the tribute to the original Gwazi by using 1999 graphics for the POV. Robb according to the wiki the height should be 48 inches. They referenced the 48 inch height for Ice Breaker, any reference to what the expected height requirement would be for Iron Ghawi? I know that SV was changed to 52 inches just weeks before opening. Can't wait to ride it.
  5. Agree it doesn't make sense but FL+ is not needed if you are local even on busy days. With smart time management you can easily knockoff the big rides each with less than a 30 minute wait. It is only if you were there for a single day and wanted every credit (I would do B&M rerides versus credit whoring the clones) or really want a bunch of rerides would FL+ be worth it. Ironically, the past few years I haven't even used my FL+ freebee because the park is so empty when they are offered, I would spend more time getting the pass than using it.
  6. Add me to the disappointed list. The new Blue raptor upstairs is neat and i don't mind the i-rex additions but other than that is it is sad they removed so many of the elements that made the old ride great. The gates The first time you see the giant dinos (working or not) The first theme you heart the Jurassic park theme with the gates The fake track showing where the ride was going before 'something goes wrong' the car drop the broken boat with the mouse ear drop and the Dilophosaurus the attack by the Dilophosaurus pre-lift the first raptor on the lift trex coming out of the waterfall the last surprise attack by the Dilophosaurus before you get off In theory adding a screen scene is not the end of the world but starting with that the screens and doing something that unimaginative was a mistake. If they did screens (not TVs with Chris Pratt) - up the lift hill - that could have worked. Maybe set up the I-rex climbing up or Blue fighting it off to buy you time - getting you ready for the reveal up top. But the current redo is really a declining by degrees change. Turned an amazing ride into a good ride.
  7. Yukon Striker made to the Mirror in the UK today and got linked on the Drudge Report! https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/usa-canada/worlds-tallest-longest-fastest-dive-14067018
  8. Another article this one in Esquire https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a23568619/schlitterbahn-freak-accident-caleb-schwab/
  9. My six year old's first ride as a member of the 48'incher was a Boomerang. It rocked his world. It's like a McDonalds burger - yes they are MUCH MUCH better more expensive burgers available, but it is cheap, consistent, readily available and still tasty.
  10. Google filmed a 360 degree version Very cool - actually better than most flats. I would ride this at a park!
  11. Had to turn off the video my Google Homes were going crazy!
  12. I love how Yukon Striker is not the first ride at CW with a brake run higher than the entire rides below it!
  13. I wish Shane would make a comeback and give some more detail about the thinking and easter eggs. Clearly this project so done with love by one of our own. Or even better a podcast where tea is spilled. I LOVE the food descriptions - so well written. Japan's KFC one is classic. And the poutine one is bang on. That is a delicious food that until 10 years ago so almost never seen outside of the French part of Canada.
  14. If you live close and have the money buy the fast lane season pass! You may actually be able to use it enough to make it worth it. Quick 30 minute in and out run for a fast lane ride on YS, Behemoth and grab some food to go - would be a perfect way to end the daily commute!
  15. Has Disney ever done such an inside baseball announcement before? I was shocked to hear the ride system manufacturer name dropped and then actual test footage shown. I know it's a trade event but still I don't recall ever seeing anything like this before. Love the transparency.
  16. I love that Disney just confirmed the theory by showing the Vekoma test footage! Good reportings everyone.
  17. To be fair the casa loma event is also pretty copy-cat-ish being that they only do slight changes each year. It is very very well done. But so is Wonderland. I took my kid to Casa Loma again but also Wonderland for the first time for Haunt and he was blown away. So many mazes, so much to do. Casa Loma you are in and out in less than an hour. The Ruins with the flashlights is such a great experience. I am just happy we are in a city that has both.
  18. This does not bode well for a meaningful ride selection for winterfest.
  19. Crazy how they fast they dredged the lake again. I was there Sunday night for Haunt and the lake and Vortex were as normal.
  20. Without checking rcdb, i presume the ys drop is higher. This would mean more speed and a longer pullout. It would require a deeper tunnel if you started pullout after entering it. If the tunnel is deeper than 60’ it would be considered a subway and be subject to service cuts, short turns, broken air conditioning and “tunnel fuzz”. Hope that helps. I wasn't suggesting tunnel go deeper - rather start above ground mid-drop ala Sheikra
  21. That's not theming. It's shoring (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoring). It looked pretty high and permanent - could be both. Never thought about Shoring. Good catch.
  22. I didn't take pictures this weekend but at the turnaround for YS near the Flying Canoes - there seems to be going up some pretty cool rusted steel theming Also Vortex going around the YS drop is pretty great. I really like how they incorporated the rides and lake together. Query though on the tunnel - does anyone else think it is strange the tunnel is only for the pull out after the vertical drop is finished. Oblivion and Sheikra both have the tunnels start during the vertical portion of the drop.
  23. Sounds like part of the plan is to liven up that area of the park. I'm sure you'll see a lot more vendors and traffic in the area. They'll find a way to make it more vibrant. I wouldn't be surprised if CW will add more attractions to that area in the park within the coming future, based on your observations. Although let's face it; parks feel less lively when their water parks are closed all together. 100% - think about how dead the areas were Leviathan and Behemoth were before they were built. They add great energy and sometimes new areas like the Behemoth midway. And even better than those rides - Yukon Striker's interaction with the lake and the pathways will really create some amazing kinetic energy in that area.
  24. They do a good job of hiding things - I agree - but you can't not notice. That section is the reason there is no central hub and you are stuck walking the long way round. Not the most efficient park for touring.
  25. There park map is brutal - Robb - you went to the site for Tigris is it where Jungla used to be near the Tiger exhibit or closer to Shiekra. Has Jungala been demolished or is it SBNO? Seems like a second life might be possible with increased Tigris food traffic. Kinda sad i missed Jungla last there I was there - too busy rushing on coasters - looked really fun.
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