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  1. That's awesome, thanks! I'm going Wednesday, how will lines be?

    I might just have been lucky, but in the last two years I'd say, I've been to La Ronde several times where the lines were fairly manageable even on days where I expected crowds. However it is probable that there will be more people on a Wednesday, especially in the evening, as it's a fireworks day.

     

    It is also true that if you go right at the opening you will have to wait in line for a while to get in the park, so unless you're pressed by time or really want to spend a lot of time at the park I would suggest you to wait one or two hours after opening to go.

     

    If you have at least a Platinum membership you don't have to wait in that line as you can go through the membership entrance. I learned this when I went in May, and it REALLY helps as you get a good couple hours of no lines before all the regular pass holders and ticket people come in.

     

    I visited earlier this season and queued up in the absolutely massive regular line, until I noticed there was a membership entrance that didn't have a single soul in it. So that definitely saved a lot of time. I just have the regular gold+ membership, and they let me through.

  2. If it is not hooked into regular water lines it makes sense. I think it had the waterless urinals. Push a button for water in the sink. Half sized Xcelerators. The overall small size, like a hallway, is just strange. I walked out thinking it was weird and the first thing my kids said was, "That is a weird bathroom."

     

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it's there.

     

    All of that plus the faucets don't come out far enough so you have to like touch the sink to even get the water on your hands. Definitely weird.

  3. but I'm not a fan of Voyage (now there's a ride that cries out for the RMC treatment).

     

    Oh my. How dare you!

     

    I got 10 laps on Voyage over the weekend after having not ridden it in 11 years. And it was simply incredible. It goes straight back up into my top 10, and it's my #1 wooden coaster now. The double downs, the tunnels, the length, the setting, the out of control feeling without being rough. The front is fun, but the back of the train is where it's at.

  4. My top 25:

     

    Although, as I look at it now, there's already changes I would make. That's just how this goes.

     

    I have to say I'm super impressed in how the results turned out. I think this method / algorithm works well.

     

    Steel Vengeance RMC

    Intimidator 305 Intamin

    Twisted Colossus RMC

    Skyrush Intamin

    El Toro Intamin

    Maverick Intamin

    Twisted Timbers RMC

    New Texas Giant RMC

    Mako B&M

    Voyage GG

    Leviathan B&M

    Mystic Timbers GCI

    Millennium Force Intamin

    Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

    Ravine Flyer II GG

    Diamondback B&M

    Superman the Ride Intamin

    GhostRider CCI

    Montu B&M

    Tatsu B&M

    Kumba B&M

    Storm Runner

    Manta B&M

    Raptor B&M

    Phantom's Revenge Morgan

  5. I really wish parks would just push the zippered shorts option. I've been wearing zippered shorts to parks for 15 years now and I've never had to worry about a single loose article.

     

    They could even sell some $15 athletic shorts w/ zipped pockets at the entrance gift store. It ain't rocket science. This new reality of extreme airtime (thanks RMC and Intamin!) and everyone needing an iPhone at all times has led to a need for some creative solutions.

     

    This. A thousand million times this. There could at the very minimum be a zippered shorts or jacket exception. But parks will often simply cater to the lowest common denominator.

  6. There's a little outdoor bar in Candy Apple Grove near Windseeker that serves cocktails, wine, and beer. KD has their own line of beer brewed by Center of the Universe Brewery in nearby Ashland.

     

    Unfortunately, I think that bar was only temporary.

     

    KD could definitely improve their alcohol offerings. I would just absolutely love if there was an indoor spot with an actual bar that served drafts for any amount under $10.

  7. While I suspect that that Firehawk was removed primarily because it was a maintenance nuisance, the theory that they removed it because its replacement will be a flyer is an intriguing one. I'd still bet on a giga, but am not opposed to a flyer at all, especially if it's anything like Tatsu, Manta, Starry Sky Ripper or Flying Dinosaur. Although I think flyers are best when they interact with the terrain or are themed heavily, which wouldn't be the case at KI.

  8. Wow, a lot of us were at the park yesterday. I was there too. The weather was perfect, and the crowds were very light. As others have said, X2 was a walk on or 1 train wait in the middle of the day, which was surprising. Tatsu and TC were like 10-20mins throughout the day. I took a 3 hour break in the middle of the day to watch the pro bowl at the sports bar and have a few beers, and still got 20 laps in.

  9. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. Great Bear (coaster that got me into coasters, and it's still great), Superman: RoS (coaster I've ridden the most), Nitro (Tonssss of rides also, and great memories)

     

    2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? 25?

     

    3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? A solo visit to KD in April when the park was dead. Total bliss and freedom. What a cathartic day.

     

    4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? Gotta be Steel Vengeance

     

    5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? Wonder Mountain Guardian and Rip Ride Rockit. I had zero expectations for the first, and it was super fun. I had low expectations for the latter, and it was not bad at all!

     

    6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018? Didn’t really have one. The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at Knott’s was good. Also some of the Mac and Cheese bowls at KD were not bad. I'd also include a boozy lunch at the Friday's in CP EDIT:I totally forgot about craft beer and food festival at SWO in Nov!! That was the best.

     

    7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson? New for me, or new for 2018? New for 2018, I’d go with Tantrum, I guess. New for me would be Skyrush

     

    8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019. Adventureland

     

    9. Best ride themed to a bird? It isn’t yet, but it most certainly will be… FIREBIRD COASTER

    10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018? Time Warp. Leading candidate for worst coaster ever.

     

    11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride) Nemesis

     

    12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to? Steel Curtain probably

     

    13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind. Dorney Park

     

    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... Gringott’s would get old after 15 minutes, but Mako never would.

     

    15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme? Coasters running > less coasters running

    16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion? FYRE

     

    17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently? America

     

    18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one. I’d miss the hell out of both, but I’d miss Intamin more.

     

    19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one. KD. Barely.

     

    20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018? 90 mins for Steel Vengeance

     

    21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other? Ever? Almost certainly Superman: RoS at SFA, with hundreds of laps. In 2018 it was I305 with an even 40 laps.

     

    22. Best drop tower under 150 feet?XScream at Waldameer

     

    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. I’m a bitch, and don’t like getting wet.

     

    25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides? Leaving to go to the bar. (SFA)

     

    26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why? Cedar Point, because Kings Dominion is way more accessible to me.

    27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit. SFA, and you shouldn’t. Just kidding; Superman & Wild One

    28. Launch or Lift? Everything else being equal, then launch.

    29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018? Just one at Canada’s Wonderland, and it was soooo worth it.

     

    30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster? Predator.

     

    31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult? Depends. Leaning towards cult though.

    32. Best Batman themed ride? BTR

     

    33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you. Blisters

    34. Best wooden coaster over 110 feet tall? (rcdb will help you) The Bull

     

    35. Have you ever been hit with something (loose change/a tree/vomit/etc) while riding something? A long time ago, I got hit with a plastic skull on the haunted hay ride at SFA

    36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case. If it rolls and coasts, it’s a roller coaster, and therefor a credit. It definitely rolls, but I’m not sure if it coasts. So I can’t answer.

     

    37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss? Nah

     

    38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode? KUMBA

     

    39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose? Corn Dogs is the only option that’s food. The other two would probably make me sick before I even began to feel full.

     

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  10. Looking good!

     

    Definitely looking forward to riding this. I'm glad there's finally a quality inverting coaster in the lineup.

     

    I'm very slightly concerned about the vests after having ridden Banshee several times, but only slightly. Even on Banshee they weren't a huge deal, but they were a bit uncomfortably tight on my shoulders (I'm 6'4").

     

    Regardless, it's exciting, and I can't wait.

     

    Banshee had my least favorite B&M vest restraints of any that I'd been on, because whatever smooth plastic-like material covered them had worn off, so they kinda stuck to your shirt and didn't allow any movement. Others, like on Gatekeeper or Valravn were just fine though.

  11. My defunct list... RIP most of them

     

    Python (BGT)

    Big Bad Wolf

    Flying Super Saturator

    Thunder Road

    Mean Streak

    Disaster Transport

    Starliner

    Fiesta Express

    Hercules

    Double Loop

    Villain

    Raging Wolf Bobs

    Big Dipper (GL)

    Roller Soaker

    Twisted Twins

    Greezed Lightnin'

    Hurler

    HyperSonic XLC

    Shockwave (KD)

    Scooby's Ghoster Coaster

    Son Of Beast

    Firehawk

    High Speed Thrill Coaster

    Boomerang (Knotts)

    XLR-8

    Texas Cyclone

    Viper

    Rattler

    Great American Scream Machine (SFGadv)

    Viper (SFGadv)

    Rolling Thunder

    The Chiller (not100% technically defunct)

    Psyclone

    Flashback (SFMM)

    Colossus

    Cyclone (SFNE)

    Georgia Cyclone

    Texas Giant

    Dragon Challenge

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