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  1. Were these visits the earlier or later timeslot? I want to visit so badly and we might be able to carve out a couple hours Friday evening. Curious whether it's much busier in the later slot. It's so wild this place actually exists.
  2. Found the contrast to a 4hr wait interesting. It was a bit surreal to ride a brand new B&M for the better part of a half hour without seeing another guest. Not everyone's preference, granted. I enjoy raucous full trains and Zen solo rides alike.
  3. ^That's a tough one to follow! Mine actually surprised me, memory failing. Turns out I hadn't ridden KI FoF, so that was it, couple weeks ago.
  4. Too bad if there’s really no holiday lights? Last Hershey holiday season I went to was 2016 and there was a spectacular lights show set to music in the Hollow. And boy am I glad I visited on a summer weekday this year. Park was empty. Rode Candymonium completely alone 5x. Those wait times are nuts.
  5. I keep my eye out for any unusually short food lines as even on busy days there can be the odd lull. Lucked out at the chicken place last Saturday at like 11:45, just two groups in front of me and it moved fast. An hour later there was a huge line out the door. Brewhouse only had a few people on Sunday around noon. Really nice relaxed stop and the burger/fries so much better than I would have guessed. Food for my trip was A+!
  6. My visit this past weekend was great, even with Saturday being very busy and me missing out on FL until Sunday. I went into Orion not having followed its construction or watched a POV or even really knowing the layout. Also haven't been watching the reactions to it. I thought it was great. No surprise here that the huge new B&M is a smooth, fun, smile-inducing, infinitely-rerideable, gentle giant. I think it packs a little lighter punch overall than Fury or Leviathan, and I actually love it just like that. The setting is beautiful, especially this time of year and in particula
  7. Saturday was pretty busy, I overheard one ride op say busiest day of the year. Most coasters were consistently over an hour wait and Mystic Timbers was 100min mid-afternoon. I only rode Orion right at opening and waited ~45min. Got a Fastpass for Sunday and still totally worth it even though crowds were much lighter. I’ll post some more thoughts and pics tonight, it was a great visit with amazing weather.
  8. It was cold today. TTD rolled back two of the first three runs they filled the trains on. We were first row for the second rollback, my first. So awesome!
  9. Jake's Place in Ashland less than 15min from King's Dominion. Vintage gas station refurbished as a BBQ joint. Sampled the pulled pork, brisket, and ribs. I often like vinegary BBQ but wasn't a fan of their vinegar sauce so didn't go that way for the pork. Their sweet sauce was simple and solid. Brisket fantastic, ribs and pork decent. Really cool place to check out, great history, friendly people. Nice variety of interesting beers on tap. I will get a few photos posted, they're on my partner's phone as mine wasn't on me. Also just had a KICKASS visit to KD. Park was
  10. They just told me at Sky Snacks that I can walk around with my beer. No more beer prison!! Got four straight rerides on Toro earlier too. Really nice day at the park.
  11. In front of me..... Behind me.... Beside me... Life is good
  12. Coasters are open. Crowds are light to moderate, weather dependent. Generally a good time to go if you don't mind the possibility of a chilly day.
  13. This is just tooo frickin' funny. The first thing that comes to mind, as a comparison, was an old B&M documentary that claimed their track dimensions are stringently QC'd to something like +/- a millimeter or so. ^ Umpteen potential points of failure for this sort of thing. My guess would be poor engineering controls of CAD data at S&S. And yes, I do sit behind a CAD workstation in the professional world every day.
  14. Sure... we just bought the tickets at the park. I think the event started at like 5:00, and IIRC we got in maybe 1/2h earlier with Platinum Passes, so there was no wait. As long as you showed up towards the beginning, getting tickets on site was no sweat.
  15. Thanks, and that's great to hear! Will definitely get us back to the Point.
  16. Well at this point they may as well just give the ride a better layout. In all seriousness, well done LC. This is what needed to happen; hopefully it's done right and holds up well.
  17. I hope they do Beer & BBQ again this year. It was an INCREDIBLE event. We couldn't eat and drink our way through all our tickets. Most of the food bordered on outstanding, and I ended up sporting a very solid buzz thanks to some outstanding craft brew samples. Riding afterwards was a lot of fun, though slightly hazy to the memory. My partners don't do beer but there was enough excellent hard cider and sodas to keep them very happy. Of course that meant I also *had* redeem all three of our Rougabrew/Valravn beer vouchers...myself. Some random pics from our visit last year, n
  18. Quassy: 1. Wooden Warrior. It's....wood. 2. The kiddie coaster. I don't recall its name, or what color it is. Mostly grease, I think.
  19. That's true, but it's also quite affordable and if you end up there on a very busy day, worth it IMHO. In the past they have had a few different packages - full day, half day AM or PM, and offers of different "groups" of coasters. Not the ideal system, but not a bad value.
  20. ^/^^ You do realize that's ridership over the entire lifetime of the ride? Dragon Fire didn't give 40 million rides in one year. Since it's about thirty years older than Behemoth/Leviathan, I don't find it surprising at all.
  21. Looks like they did OK with the auction. The three '40's Dodgem cars went for $950, $1025, and $1500. Two of the old fixed-restraint (Vettel?) Blue Streak cars went for $1300 and $1400 (honestly this was a steal!). And, amazingly, this torched Century Flyer emblem brought.... $900! Looking quickly through some of the other lots... I'm pretty sure they brought in $10-15k all together. Photo from the auction site linked above
  22. Two I haven't seen mentioned that are way up there for me - the drop after the turnaround heading back toward the road on RVII, and the last drop in the tunnel on Seabreeze's Jackrabbit.
  23. Rode Batman front row on Friday afternoon along side a family of three -- none of whom, to the best I could tell, had ever been on any kind of coaster whatsoever before. The shrieks of genuine terror were impressive. It's a tremendous privilege to experience such a machine running so furiously.
  24. I had a pretty awesome time at SFA on Thurs. Have never seen a park so dead ... I don't think there were more than a few hundred people in the whole place. It was actually kind of eerie after dark, walking through some sections that were absolutely deserted. Got fully solo rides on all the open coasters except Ragin' Cajun. Unlimited re-rides without getting off were the order of the night. At one point I stopped in at Mind Eraser ("Reindeer's Flight") and the op said she hadn't had a rider in over a half hour. I sat in the front and asked if she could just keep sending me around ti
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