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  1. On 10/17/2019 at 10:03 AM, Chasehat said:

    Made first trip to Knoebels for Phoenix Phall Phunfest and have a new coaster in my top 10

     

    1. El Toro

    2. Superman the Ride

    3. Maverick

    4. Skyrush

    5. Steel Vengeance

    6. Millennium Force

    7. Storm Chaser

    8. Boulder Dash

    9. Phoenix

    10. Wicked Cyclone

     

    Phoenix actually kicked Fury from my top 10 I really need to get down to Carowinds again and give that ride another go.

    No ones posted in here in a while and mines shuffled around a bit since then 

    1. El Toro

    2. I305

    3. Superman (SFNE)

    4. Maverick 

    5. Skyrush

    6. Twisted Timbers

    7. Steel Vengeance 

    8. Millennium Force

    9. Storm Chaser

    10. Phoenix

     

    After some absolutely dreadful rides in Boulder Dash back in May it’s fallen pretty far lol.

  2. After waiting years and trying to get down to the park pretty much every year for the last 3 or 4 years and never being able to, I finally made my first trip to the park on Monday and had an amazing day. 

    Rides:

    I305 (x7)- This ride has been the top coaster on my bucket list for a long time now and I’m delighted to say, it lived up to all of the hype and then some. This ride is absolutely f*cking psychotic. I have no other way to describe it, the thing is just the most intense coaster I’ve ever been on. Combine that with an incredible drop, that insane first airtime hill, lightning fast transitions with wild laterals and pops of ejector air you didn’t even think were possible, and you have one of the best coasters ever built. And somehow even with all that breakneck intensity, the ride still manages to be glass smooth. I truly can’t believe this ride is actually allowed to exist, absolutely mental. Superman @ SFNE  has been my favorite steel coaster for the better part of 15 years now and finally I’ve ridden a steel coaster that tops that, I never thought I’d see the day. It’s now my #2 overall just behind El Toro. 
     

    Twisted Timbers (x2)- I’ve always been an Intamin fanboy and have found most coasters by RMC wildly overrated (including Steel Vengeance). This most definitely isn’t. This is easily my new favorite RMC (yes, I think it’s better than Steel Vengeance). Those first 3 camelbacks are reminiscent to El Toro’s first two hills, albeit at a smaller scale. I also think the quality of airtime on this is better than any RMC I’ve ridden. Part of that could be because I avoided getting stapled which I never seem to avoid on RMCs. At most parks, this would be the best coaster, but it’s shares this park with that gigantic red and yellow psychopath.

    Dominator (x1)- I’m a huge fan of B&M floorless coasters, I just find them to be very fun and relaxing rides and this one is no different. This one has a bit more bite to it than the others ones I’ve ridden. Not really sure if I like this or Bizarro @ Great Adventure better but they’re both excellent rides. 
     

    Flight of Fear (x2)- I’m not sure if it’s a popular opinion around here but I absolutely love these rides. I rode the one at KI back in 2018 and loved it and this was no different. 
     

    Backlot Stunt Coaster (x1)- once again, rode its clone at KI. Fun little family launch coaster, not much else to say.

    Racer 75 (x2, both sides x1 each)- This ride was surprisingly fun. Didn’t really expect much but had a couple decent pops of floater air and it’s relatively smooth. 
     

    Grizzly (x1)- I’m honestly not really sure what I think of this ride lol. It’s pretty rough in some spots, it’s quite aggressive, has a couple decent moments of airtime. I think I liked it but at the same time it did bash me around a bit lol.

    Anaconda (x1)- It actually wasn’t the horrific trash that I thought it was going to be. I mean it’s kinda shakey and has those wonky Arrow turns but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as a lot of people say. 
     

    Windseeker (x1)- my girlfriend loves the Star Flyers at six Flags parks so we rode this so she could take a breather after I305. It’s a fun ride. No where near as good as the star flyers but still really fun none the less.

     

    We didn’t do much for flats. I’ll be honest I don’t know much about KDs flats so I’m not sure if I missed anything I shouldn’t have? I’ve done a lot of the other flats at CP and KI and didn’t really feel the need to do them again.

    Really awesome day! I’d been waiting to get to KD for years, mostly for I305 and it lived up to every bit of the hype. I want to try and get back down there for Haunt so I can get some I305 night rides. 
     

    now for some pictures (beware it’s mostly just I305 lol)

    41534B53-5B32-4338-8202-AFD6974CF239.thumb.jpeg.b9bd16401997cda93f4c4b2e8bcfdc09.jpegme and the girlfriend, very pretty entrance 8E8C63B5-F9C5-4A14-B367-785F3BD5F333.thumb.jpeg.87b81c4ff8037dbe8a2c51d3e46726fc.jpegwalking up to the ride for the first time, just like Millennium Force I can’t get over just how massive the structure looks

    A6E91757-7B76-4535-B2CF-F76ABD5CC1F1.thumb.jpeg.c41fa340bdce3477e6a2b90f27e057d2.jpegI can’t get over this part of the ride. This transition is so fast and so violent I can’t believe it’s actually legal lol.ACF6364C-7A28-4C96-8661-80CFCB5FCF40.thumb.jpeg.e468a2c9edd2d2dcba8369b3a4bcb533.jpeganother angle. Just absolutely absurd lol.EED5F456-7065-402B-A150-8EDE4B130EDD.thumb.jpeg.bee5936bd0b8b059944a3c0772b5f74e.jpegyes, I’m aware there’s other coasters at this park, this ones pretty spectacular as well.67020530-34F2-49FB-9FCB-2CEAEFB6F07C.thumb.jpeg.fe9d455da925ae1db31087e7c8fc8fce.jpegThese 3 hills back to back to back feel like mini El Toro hills, so good. AFD5424B-FDF3-4664-B52B-8EBABD13D663.thumb.jpeg.73fe204c3b00ec8ea3309105fa30b0f5.jpegSome more RMC porn306AA3E0-0733-45BC-8BAF-A2024CE502F8.thumb.jpeg.ab45b0e19bc773c7dddaf7e67a3ef91f.jpegD43CBE10-0BB3-4DB2-A484-04F77D9E4421.thumb.jpeg.9a2d38c8d85604fb9629cb9be4a37a09.jpegGreat B&M!B4471F21-FD71-4531-BFEE-C54CB28FAD64.thumb.jpeg.3bdf74ded3d640598de01c2f14940461.jpegsome more Intimidator because we’ll, it’s just spectacular in every way.

    71BC3F38-D477-42DA-892B-5CF3F014F1DA.thumb.jpeg.04a1cffc772005a8d0c1734ff2be7d3b.jpegAlright one more, even the hill into the brakes has a pretty wild pop of airtime lol. This ride is just ridiculous 

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  3. 7 hours ago, boldikus said:

    Anyway, there is a conflicting report from an "apparent employee" that it did not in fact derail but that the front left road wheel blew out early in the ride, which if true would explain the smoke and the fact that it managed to make it through most of the course without catastrophic failure/killing people.
     

    I’ve seen a road wheel on Superman @ SFNE go bad during a cycle and it pretty much did exactly what Toro did, just it made it to the end of the ride. It slowly lumbered thru the final bunny hops and slowly made it to the brakes. They just transferred the train off, swapped the wheels out and had the ride up and running soon after.

     

    I would assume if it in fact was just a road wheel that went bad it shouldn’t be down for too long as long as it didn’t do any major damage to the track and train. 

  4. 43 minutes ago, Zand said:

    You should be directing your anger for dirtying Boulder Dash to Lake Compounce, not me. 😆

    If they finally give Boulder Dash some much needed TLC, it can reclaim its rightful position as CT's coaster king. Until then, I stand by what I said. I predict this waterslide will have more airtime, less jackhammering laterals, and a better hourly throughout than Boulder Dash. Oh, and no steady line of people with exit passes from people who got stuck on some other poorly maintained Lake Compounce ride.

    Glad I’m not the only one, Boulder Dash absolutely f*cking stunk on my rides back in May. It was probably my favorite wooden coaster not named El Toro before that but my lord was it running like complete trash.

  5. 3 hours ago, xVicesAndVirtues said:

    Hey all, the boyfriend and I are planning on going to the park later this week and I've got a few questions. I have a lot of experience with this park so I know it can be slammed on a Tuesday morning for no reason and completely dead on a Saturday during fright fest for no reason, too, so for the most part I know what to expect, buuuuuut:

    I saw on a random Great Adventure insta fan page that Jersey Devil is available on Platinum Flash Pass. I'm taking this with a grain of salt because fan pages can contain all sorts of wrong info. Can anyone confirm this, and if it is, is it a one-ride type deal? And does anyone know if it's available on other levels of Flash Pass other than Platinum?

    I also took a look at Flash Pass availability online, moreso for the prices and to see if JD was listed, and I found that on a lot of days it says Bronze and Platinum aren't available, which is weird because I've never had a problem getting any level I've wanted. We went on a pretty busy day in the fall last year and got Platinum in person no problem. Do they maybe just restrict online availability? Given the unpredictability of the park, I don't want to spend like $300 on it and then show up and the park be a ghost town.

    I had the gold FP on Saturday and JD wasn’t available.

  6. Stopped in for my first visit of the season today and had a great time as usual. Park wasn’t as crowded as I expected but the gold FP helped us get more done than we would’ve in 6 hours.

     

    Also, idk If it was a Saturday and they were expecting it to be super busy, but when we pulled into the lot at 9:15 they let us straight in and thru security and then thru the front gate right away. We got the flash passes squared away by 9:45 and when we got to Devil at 9:50 they let us right on and seemed to have already been cycling trains for a bit. Love to see that from Six Flags.

     

    Operations were pretty solid across the park, Bizarro sucked as usual but everywhere else seemed really solid, walk of shames were really slowing Toro down tho.

     

    Rides:

     

    Jersey Devil (x1)- Not going to get too in depth since everyone in this thread already seems to have this covered and I only managed to get one ride in the front seat. It’s a great ride, it has some fun moments of airtime (especially the first camelback), cool inversions, and the turn around caught me by surprised with how forceful it was. And as Bill said in his review, the return run of airtime hills is a lot like Nitro’s just on a smaller scale. It’s probably my 3rd favorite ride in the park, behind Toro and Nitro, but hopefully at some point this year I can snag 
    a backseat ride as the ride looks absolutely wicked in the back.

     

    El Toro (x5)- the greatest coaster on the planet was in top form today. What can I say that hasn’t been said? The ride is absolutely spectacular and my rides in 6-2 were as smooth as I’ve ever experienced. Much better than my rides last year on my one trip when they were filling only like 8 seats and it was bouncy as hell and slow. 
     

    Nitro (x3)- Nothing much to say here, the ride is absolutely spectacular and is one of the most underrated coasters I’ve ever ridden. Still my favorite B&M Hyper.

     

    Batman (x1)- How a 28 year old B&M that is this snappy and thus forceful is still glass smooth is mind blowing to me. Such a terrific ride.

     

    Skull Mountain (x1)- The drop in the back is still nuts but there’s a lot of gaps in the building now letting sunlight in hopefully that gets fixed.

     

    Kingda Ka (x1)- I’m in the minority but from the front seat I prefer this over Dragster (albeit slightly). I’ve just always felt the launch on this hits much harder than Dragster and I’m not big enough that the OTSRs bug me and obviously it’s glass smooth in the front. Also, it’s so nice not needing to wait forever for it now that Zumie can run with it.

     

    Zumajaro (x1)- We had a Ka train launch when we were about 3/4ths of the way up and the tower started shaking like crazy! Absolutely my craziest ride on Zumie since it opened. It honestly adds so much to the experience.

     

    Superman (x1)- I used to really like this ride but over the last few years I’ve kinda soured on it. I’m just not a big fan of the way you lay on flyers and this one is so boring outside of the pretzel roll

     

    Bizarro (x1)- As always a fun relaxing floorless with some nice forces for a B&M. Not much to say here expect for it somehow still has the worst crew in the park for like the 10th year in a row.

     

    Another fantastic day at the park. If I could just drop Superman from SFNE (my home park) into Great Adventure I would literally never leave. Can’t wait to return and hopefully grab some back seat rides on JD.

     

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  7. Stopped in today for about 3 hours before the crowds really picked up. I think this was the first time I haven’t worn a mask while doing something in a public setting since last March. 
     

    Anyways, I don’t know what happened between my rides on it this year and last year but Boulder Dash has gotten unbearably rough in some spots. I usually have a pretty high pain tolerance when it comes to coasters but I could only do two rides before I’d had enough. The turn after the drop and the return run along the lake have become just unbearable and I don’t remember my rides from last year being that rough. Hoping it was just the blue train. They finally got the green train on the tracks, it was sitting on the transfer with the water dummies in it. I don’t think I’ve seen that thing in like 3 or 4 years honestly.

     

     

    Still had a great day and got on plenty before the crowds picked up around 1:30-2, just really sucks to see Boulder Dash running the way it is.

  8. Made first trip to Knoebels for Phoenix Phall Phunfest and have a new coaster in my top 10

     

    1. El Toro

    2. Superman the Ride

    3. Maverick

    4. Skyrush

    5. Steel Vengeance

    6. Millennium Force

    7. Storm Chaser

    8. Boulder Dash

    9. Phoenix

    10. Wicked Cyclone

     

    Phoenix actually kicked Fury from my top 10 I really need to get down to Carowinds again and give that ride another go.

  9. I was the park yesterday as well and while it was a great visit, operations were much worse than in past visits. I’ve always found Great Adventure to have terrific ops so this unfortunate. Tons of stacking on Toro, Skull Mountain, and Bizarro (I know this isn’t unusual for Bizarro). Also, on my one ride on Kingda Ka, they were only sending one train in between Zumanjaro cycles even if the train behind it was all ready to before Zumie finished loading. Very unfortunate because Great Adventure’s operations are usually outstanding by SF standards.

  10. I should note, that the 1st day the park I also rode Cedar Creek Mine Ride and Iron Dragon since they were the only 2 credits I skipped last year. Cedar Creek Mine Ride is ok, the only thing I really remember about it was the laterals in the two helixes were pretty ridiculous. Iron Dragon is ok and the section over the water is cool but I definitely prefer the Bat at King’s Island.

     

    Cedar Point, Day 2, 7/18/19

     

    We had plans for later that night back in Indiana so we only had a few hours at the park and were really hoping to take advantage of early entry. As usual with me and my friends, just about nothing goes according to plan and we didn’t make it into the park until a little before 9:30. I apologize in advance for the wall of text this part is going to be, I completely forgot to take any pictures.

     

    Anyways, we arrived through the gates with no issues and headed over to Valravn since we skipped no it yesterday. Pretty much walked right onto the middle row and strapped in the obnoxious B&M vests. Weirdly, the vests bother me on this ride, unlike Gatekeeper’s, which I find perfectly fine. This ride is the definition of meh, the first drop is great for sure, but the rest of the ride just meanders through a bunch of really forceless inversions and a completely airtimeless hill. Honestly wished we skipped this and took one more lap on Gatekeeper, which we never got back to.

     

    Since all of our rides on Millennium Force were in the back car to this point, we agreed that on this lap, since it would most likely be our last lap of the trip, we would sit in the front. Annoyingly, the ride was only running two trains but the line was still only about 25 minutes. This lap was another amazing ride, this ride is one the best coasters ever still and it hurts my heart to see it get as much hate as it does. While the sense of speed is amplified in the front seat, I still much prefer the ride in the back seat. The airtime is a lot stronger in the back seat and the sense of speed is already ultra insane back there.

     

    Since we planned on going in a big circle, we hit Maverick next. We noticed that there was not a peep at Steel Vengeance and because of that Maverick was sporting a pretty hefty line but after our insane rides on it the day before, no chance either of us were leaving the park without getting one more ride. The wait was about 40 minutes for the 2nd and 3rd rows, once again it delivered and absolutely insane ride. I wish I could take this damn thing home with me to New England.

     

    Since Steel Vengeance showed absolutely no signs of life, we sadly had to skip it. Not a huge deal considering I got 4 rides on the day before but one more ride would’ve been nice to see if those day rides would’ve been better than my day rides from the previous day.

     

    The next stop was Gemini and we were greeted to absolutely no wait and walked right onto the back row of the blue side. Now I remember really liked this ride last year but man, over the last year I had really forgotten how good this ride was! The drop has a surprisingly good amount of floater air, and the ride has many other good moments of floater air, and it’s so smooth for a 41 year old Arrow. The interaction between the two trains is also amazing and watching it people on opposite trains high five each other as they run alongside each other is always entertaining. This ride is criminally underrated and really flies under the radar because of Cedar Points ridiculously stacked lineup.

     

    Since Jon and Cam missed out on Magnum the day before, that was our next stop. Didn’t wait for the ejector seat this time but we were treated to another terrific ride in the second to last car. This ride is bumpy as hell but those air time hills at the end are so violently good I don’t care, this ride is amazing and is another fairly underrated gem.

     

    Too Thrill Dragster was next and it had about half an hour wait. The 3 of us decided to something we would never dare to try on Kingda Ka. We decided to try the back seat. I’ve heard some terrible things about the back seat on Ka, so I’ve never dared to try it back there. While the ride is still really fun the back, it’s just nowhere near as the front, which is why I think the roughness complaints about Ka are so stupid, considering the ride is best in the front and it’s glass smooth there, why bother complaining about it when you can just sit in the front. I should add, even though Dragster’s launch is very smooth in the back seat, the train still shakes violently on its way up the tower.

     

    After this we hit up another hugely underrated coaster, Blue Streak! The wait was about 20 minutes and this was really the only slow crew we saw over our 2 days there. We sat in the front row and once again, this ride is very underrated. It’s not very smooth but there’s a few great moments of strong floater air and the roughness there is isn’t overwhelming or anything.

     

    We were running short on time and had time for one more ride. I was hoping for one more back seat ride on Millennium Force but it was having it’s standard Intamin meltdown, so we opted for our final ride to be Raptor. We waited about a half and hour but it was a small price to pay for another absolutely phenomenal ride on this old school B&M.

     

    That concludes another absolutely amazing trip to this wonderful park. I feel pretty lucky to have SFNE just 5 minutes way with Superman and wicked Cyclone, as well as only being 3 hours away from Great Adventure and El Toro, but if Cedar Point is your homework, I envy you. My trips to the park this year and last year we’re so close phenomenal that I think it’s going to start being an annual trip.

     

    Stay tuned for more, next up is a first timers trip to Six Flags Great America!

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