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  1. Why not just pack some food in a cooler to eliminate the hassle? Two reasons: 1. The restaurant advertises dishes that would be ok for her to eat. We went in expecting to be patient, but we didn't expect how horrendous it was going to be. 2. This allergy has developed over the past 8 or 9 months, which was a fair bit after we purchased our all-season dining plan. We did take a couple protein bars in, but we at least wanted our 2 meals.
  2. We made our first trip to CW this past week and here are a few scattered thoughts: This park is pretty nice, and it was certainly packed. Lines were spilling out into the midways. Granted, we were there on a weekend, but dang. Leviathan is phenomenal. Really confirms that the butthurt for KI-2020 is much ado about nothing as far as I'm concerned. Yukon Striker really seems to have some shake to it. I really can't help but think that the new B&M trains have something to do with this. Yukon Striker and Valravn both have a "vibration" that isn't present on the older models, and the same can be said about Banshee. It doesn't really detract from my enjoyment of them, but my wife says that they can give her a slight headache. That being said, Yukon Striker really delivers in the first half of the ride. It really seems to be a hit as the midway around it stayed packed and it kept ~2hrs worth of a wait. We were told that CW does not offer complimentary water cups. Is this something new or is this unique to CW? The food service was... bad. There's no way around this. We went to the little food court in front of Flight Deck and this has to be one of the worst setups for a restaurant I've ever seem. Combine that with staff that either didn't know what to do, or didn't really care and this made even moderate lines ridiculously slow. My wife has a food allergy so we had to make a special request for food so we were going in expecting to be patient with this. However, 2 out of 3 times eating here, her meal had to be made 3 times, each time we got food, it burned about 45 minutes out of our day. There was a beer stand in the restaurant (either to provide relief or to capitalize on short fuses, not sure which .) I can't imagine going to one of the crowded restaurants. Overall, this is a really good park, and I can really see continued investment in this park being a plus. I'm sure we will be back some day.
  3. You shouldn't have any issues with the crowd. As far as a plan of attack, you can mostly be flexible, honestly. They open the park in stages. If you knock out InvadR and Tempesto first thing, you can pretty much do the rest in any order. The B&M's should pretty much never have more than a one to two train wait so hitting them isn't really "priority." If you see Mach Tower running, ride it, or else you might miss it. Ride Apollo in the back left, Griffon in the back left, and Alpengeist in the front at least once. Usually when we go here, we knock out some riding early and then just peruse the park the rest of the day, doing things as the mood strikes us, eating and drinking, which leads me to; Food... omg... when to begin? The German food in the Festhaus is my personal favorite. I love the sausage platter personally. However, Marco Polo's marketplace is fantastic as well. If you were there on a weekend you'd be able to take advantage of the Food & Wine festival, but you will be fine without. My biggest word of advice with BGW is don't rush! Enjoy the scenery, enjoy some shows, check out the animals. It's a fantastic atmosphere.
  4. Get on Yukon Striker first. Stand in the single rider line and you might even be able to get on 2 or 3 times while other people are still lined up for Thunder Run and Guardian. Guardian is one of those 'garbage rides' that take forever to get on for a very lame ride. Guardian is one that we are interested in doing. I was assuming that rope-dropping it would be a priority?
  5. No plans for getting Fastlane. I would like to hit most of the coasters and the unique flats. However, I'm not going wait forever for a garbage ride if that's what it comes down to.
  6. My wife has prescription sunglasses and without them she can't see crap. In order to ride with them she has to have straps on them at most parks nowadays. The thing is, she hates nerd straps so she "hides" them by tying them into her pony tail. She always explains to the ride attendants if necessary and it's never been a problem. However, on Pony Express we dispatched and rolled out into the Giddy-Up area and the ride op announced over the speakers that he will not launch the train until the girl in the pink shirt takes off her sunglasses and secures them. So while sitting there on the train she has to take down her pony tail, take off her secured sunglasses, and give them to me so I can put them into a pocket... She was so mad/embarrassed. Apparently Pony Express don't play.
  7. We're trying to plan our first trip to Canada's Wonderland. It seems that we may be at the park Sunday and Monday, June 9-10. Couple of questions: Any ideas on crowd outlook for that time of the year? Any standard plan of attack for this park? Any must do food items here? Thanks in advance everyone!
  8. First off, depending on weather/what day of the week you go, you may not need quick queue. BGW, IMO, is a wait and see decision for QQ. Apollo is still great, and it's still one of my favorites. Where else can you ride a hypercoaster over a river and through the woods? The brewhaus in the Festhaus has a ton of variety, including lots of microbrews. However, for some more "thematic" beers, the German food side of the festhaus has a Hofbrau from Germany that is fantastic. Also, the pub in Ireland has a good selection as well. As for Tempesto and InvadR, they are really the only ones you need to worry about for capacity. Usually, the Italian section does not open with the park, so if I'm mainly concerned with hitting coasters early I like to walk around and hit InvadR first thing and then head to Italy for Tempesto.
  9. Once upon a time, yes. That's why you see most of the classic coasters as well as old picket fences, etc. painted white. The paint provided a layer of protection to the wood. However, these days we have treated lumber so the paint is no longer necessary for the durability of the wood. And as far as the land clearing goes; with it being this early, it really does make one believe this could be quite the sizable project.
  10. The only sometimes "rough" patch on Dominator is the corkscrews after the MCBR, and it isn't all that bad. At least that's been my experience. This is exactly my experience. A little bit of "vibration or rattle" or whatever word you wanna use in the corkscrews. The rest of the ride runs great. Dominator is a great ride, even if it does live in the shadows of the park's other rides.
  11. I have never purchased a skip the line pass. I don't have anything against it, though I do not understand when enthusiasts say that if you don't purchase a fast lane you are "doing it wrong." I considered it when we went out on our California trip last year, though we were able to hit everything at Knott's that we wanted. SFMM was a little crowded and I would have considered it, but we were just making a quick stop to ride a couple rides that were new to us. Also, I've seen lots of complaining about the price for CP's season long plan. I actually think that it is at a pretty good price point for the product.
  12. I see my joke fell a little flat. The headache was because of the extremely loud volume of the TV's in the queue line, like seriously... ridiculously loud. Afterburn was running great and I don't have issues with the inverts. Before any of the snappy transitions I actually push my head back against the headrest. I haven't gotten an earslap on an invert in years. B&M stand-ups on the other hand... those restraints were made to box some ears.
  13. The wife and I took a trip to Carowinds on Sunday and we had a really good day. Here's a brief report of what we did: It was a rather overcast morning and the forecast was not promising, though not really threatening either. It's honestly a good type of day to visit a park so it really worked out for us. We arrived around 10:15, got in with no problems, and headed toward Copperhead Strike. They still have all of the temporary ques set up, though the real queue itself is pretty lengthy. I found it odd that in all of the switchbacks, they do not have a way to cut them off to allow for a straight shot to the station. The wait was already at the "1 hour" sign; however we were to the station in about 40 minutes. We requested the front row, and the grouper was happy to oblige. Of course between the time we entered the station and dispatched from the station, it had started to rain a little bit, but not enough to ruin the ride. I was really looking forward to this ride, but I had my expectations set to a reasonable level. This ride really has a good pace, it goes from one element to the next quicker than almost any ride I've ridden and it's hard to take it all in. At this point, since it was raining, we went over to the new and improved Blue Ridge Kitchen. Food was very good and the much-needed facelift that this place received looks great. We especially enjoyed all of the Easter Eggs in the signs all over the eatery. It’s nice enough to pull me out of Harmony Hall for a meal here and there. I don’t know who’s idea it was to fry a biscuit, but they need to be slapped, nun style. We immediately rode Copperhead Strike again in the back row since the rain had died off. The latter half of the ride I actually found to be somewhat disorienting in the back. I was kinda surprised by that. Overall, I really like the ride and I think this is a great fit for the park. It's deceptively intense in some of its maneuvers, though it is a ride that anyone can enjoy. Also, fantastic theming! Definitely a thumbs up! We went over towards Afterburn where I received the biggest headache of the day. Hang on! Don’t rage yet! Sheesh… The ride was kicking all sorts of tail and running phenomenally as always. The Queue line TV’s however… OMG… have they lost the volume control on these things? I could not hear myself think while even in the vicinity of the ride station. Someone please! We headed back through Blue Ridge Junction to hid Copperhead Strike. No, not that big orange steel thing this time… the frothy liquid one this time. It was quite a tasty brew and we stood and chatted with the bartender for a little bit. He explained to us why there’s Beer Jail in this park, interesting but irritating red tape. Also, there was some effort by upper level park management to “hide” the alcohol in the park. Hopefully they get some of this smoothed out in the future and can expand these options. Over to Fury to get a couple rides on it and man, she’s running especially well this year. I don’t know if it’s off-season maintenance that does this thing so much good or what, but it was glass smooth and hauling the mail. I rode Hurler with the first turn re-track and trim removal. I’m in the minority here, but I’ve never hated on Hurler that much. We used to marathon the one at KD (along with Grizzly) at park close back in the day and the airtime was insane. The ride I had Sunday reminded me of those days a little bit. Some shuffling in the later turns, but not horrible though the airtime was really good. I recommend not just skipping over Hurler this year. It may surprise you! On our way to get in line for another Copperhead Strike beer, we noticed that the line for the Copperhead Strike coaster was barely at the bottom of the stairs. We abandoned the beer mission to get a ride really quick. We soon found out why the line was so short. The ride greeter was announcing to everyone that the current wait time was 60-90 minutes. Lol. So he was chasing everyone off and we rode it 2 more times in 20 minutes total. Not to worry, we returned for our beer after these two rides. We then got BBQ at Harmony Hall and two great rides on Intimidator on the way out. This park has really developed a lot of charm over the past few seasons. Each year I feel like it is a little less of an asphalt jungle and a little more personality. If Cedar Fair continues this trend (and they seem to be) I have no beef with that. Rides: Copperhead Strike – 4 Fury – 2 Afterburn – 2 Intimidator - 2 Drop tower – 1 Hurler – 1 Beer - 2
  14. I guess I'm chopped liver then... lol. I didn't get into any specifics regarding opening weekend though.
  15. Can anyone help me out? We have gone the last couple years in early June and we have never had any issues with the crowd. I feel like Le Scoot is hit or miss on being open. The food and wine festival itself is fantastic. The booths do not open until noon so you have time to rope-drop the park and do a lap hitting all of the coasters then transition into Eat-and-drink-so-much-that-you-can't-see-straight mode. So long as you get your Tempesto and InvadR rides in early, I would not give quick queue a thought at all. Enjoy yourself, though it's hard not to at BGW, and this event makes the park that much better IMO.
  16. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. S: Maverick, Mako, Twisted Timbers W: Phoenix, Ghostrider, Boulder Dash 2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? 11 3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? Cedar Point probably. My first multi-day visit there so I actually felt like I didn't have to rush the park. 4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? Steel Vengeance 5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? Ghostrider 6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018? BGW Christmas sausage platter 7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson? Hangtime 8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019. Carowinds 9. Best ride themed to a bird? Phoenix 10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018? Grizzly CAGA 11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride) Helix 12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to? Copperhead Strike 13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind. Holiday World 14. You're in Orlando and magically have a 1-hour ERT session on 1 coaster of your choice at any park in the city. You choose... Mako 15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme? Never been to either 16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion? The Shed 17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently? Discovery Kingdom 18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one. eh depends on what we're comparing... I guess Intamin 19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one. This is really tough for me. Kings Island, because I think their lineup runs deeper. 20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018? 90 min for Steel Vengeance 21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other? I was actually thinking about this earlier in the year. Maybe Grizzly (KD) or Fury 22. Best drop tower under 150 feet? I dunno 23. Maverick or Millennium Force? (If you haven't been to CP, pick what you want to ride more) Maverick 24. Log flumes or sky rides? You can only choose one. Sky rides 25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides? Shows, relaxing in the park, trying unique foods/beers 26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why? Knott's - first visit was this year, and I fell hard for the charm this place has. Doesn't feel like a corporate park to me. 27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit. Kings Dominion - Twisted Timbers and BGW is close 28. Launch or Lift? lift 29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018? never have, period 30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster? Wildcat - Lake Compounce 31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult? cult 32. Best Batman themed ride? The inverts 33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you. Germs and the occasional buzz 34. Best wooden coaster over 110 feet tall? (rcdb will help you) Voyage 35. Have you ever been hit with something (loose change/a tree/vomit/etc) while riding something? Bugs, sand, spit 36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case. I go by RCDB 37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss? They're fine, but I don't go out of my way for them. Besides, it's impossible to eat them without looking like a savage. 38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode? Intimidator 39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose? corn dog 40. Post a great on-ride shot of you from 2018. (DO IT!) I don't buy them
  17. Updated after my 2018 Travels: Apollo's Chariot Boulder Dash Cheetah Hunt Diamondback El Toro Fury 325 Goliath (SFOG) Ghostrider comes dang close HangTime Intimidator Joker Kumba Lightning Rod Mako Almost interchangeable with Mystic Timbers Nitro O Phoenix Q Railblazer Steel Vengeance Twisted Timbers Ultra Twister (SFAstro) Voyage Wicked Cyclone XLR-8 Y Zippin Pippin
  18. Made my first visit to Knott's around Labor Day. Almost everything about this park exceeded my expectations. My wife and I both fell in love with this park and it's probably in my top 5 favorite parks. This is just such a charming place. The foods we tried were really good. I'm not a big fan of berries, but I couldn't be there and not do different berry things so if we came across Boysenberry anything, we tried it and all of it was great. Even though the park is plopped down right in the middle of the town, it does not feel like it's in the city. Now for coasters: Sierra Sidewinder - I've never spun so much on a spinner. Man did I get dizzy on this one. Montezooma - I am glad to get to ride this one. There aren't many out there. Silver Bullet - I have never ridden an invert I didn't absolutely love and this one was no different. I actually enjoyed it a bit more than I anticipated. It was less "snappy" than older models but that did not make it better or worse. My wife, who dislikes the snappy inverts said this one was near the top for her. Jaguar! - Holy crap, why does no one talk about this thing? This thing was such a fun little family coaster and I found myself laughing through most of the course. So many close calls with trees and other things! If I had a list of "favorite family coasters" this would be towards the top. Xcelerator - Running one train but they were at least dispatching fairly regularly. It broke down when we were close to boarding, but not for too long. Fun ride and I like that it has more to it than TTD. Not as good as Storm Runner though. Hangtime - I have never really been the biggest of fans of Euro fighters. This one changed my mind a bit on them. Hangtime is a really fun ride and has probably the best fun per square foot ratio to me. Also Boardwalk area + night = Coast Rider - Apple Zapple at KD with stupid restraints. Pony Express - I had never ridden a coaster like this. I was kind of surprised at how forceful the launch was. Fun, but short. Ghostrider - Ok, I have been aware of this ride for years, but have never really been that interested in it. I heard that GCI helped it out a lot but it was one that I did not have any expectations for. This thing turned out to be the hit of the trip for me. I am so glad that RMC did not touch this piece of art. It is just pure fun start to finish. Unpopular opinion time: This was my favorite ride on our CA trip that included KBF, SFMM, CGA, and SFDK. I can't get over how much this ride surprised me. Just. Pure. Fun. Knott's is a fantastic place and I can't recommend it enough for park fans. If you are going just for coasters, you will be missing a lot.
  19. Yeah, maybe they had no idea what they were building so they just made a vague announcement and then they're going to look through the social media speculation for ideas...
  20. Well, first off let me preface this by saying I really am not one to be bothered by other people's opinions. Knoebel's and Cedar Point really are two completely different experiences. People are going to feel the way they are going to feel about things and if someone is passionate about something you are not going to change their mind. Some people don't even want to hear a differing opinion either. You could simply say that you went for the atmosphere or how not everything is about coasters, yada yada... That being said I think the appropriate action would be to throw water in his face and walk off. You don't need that kind of negativity.
  21. You're pretty much choosing between; I305, Twisted Timber, and Dominator. Or Fury, Intimidator, Afterburn. Whichever of those that appeals to you more should get the nod. Carowinds is going to be getting a new ride next year, but it sounds like you may be back. Twisted Timbers is worth the visit for, but if Carowinds is closer to your route, I don't think Fury will disappoint!
  22. I'm sure that some will have better answers than I will. During a TTD breakdown (imagine that) I spoke with the grouper. She said the dorms go fast since they are the most convenient being on site and that everybody wants them. Everything else is off site and slightly cheaper, but I think she said the cost for living in employee housing ranged from $6-$9/day.
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