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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 th
  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
  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 s
  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 nee
  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 poi
  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
  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 par
  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 sausag
  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
  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
  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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