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On 5/27/2022 at 8:51 AM, bert425 said:

Seriously. . Thunder Run has a lot of new wood, very noticeable, and it was SO good, that I wanted to go back again and get a ride towards the back of the train (rougher than in the front, but still no where NEAR what I had been warned about. . . I think it was my favorite coaster in the park!)

I liked it very much as well, and preferred it to both Lightning Run and Storm Chaser.

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On 5/22/2022 at 4:14 PM, thrillseeker4552 said:

I've been on a million RMCs but the Voyage has been a huge bucket list ride for me, rough or not lol. Sad to hear you guys had a rough experience there.

It's a must-ride for sure, and I rode it five times when I visited. It was brutally rough though — jackhammering through much of the second half. The first half's journey out into the woods is pretty fun, but I found it oddly forceless — just big hills with a decent sense of speed through the tunnels. It's an impressive structure and concept, even though I thought it rode poorly.

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On 5/27/2022 at 9:29 PM, tndank said:

Lighting Run is the worst line and slowest loading. I'd start with LR myself.

It's rare people wander all the way to Storm Chaser.  Lines are never long back there.  Same for KY Flyer. 

 

I second this. T3 at single-train ops is unfortunately decently slow as well, so I'd recommend looping to KY Flyer then that soon after as well.

 

On 5/22/2022 at 7:14 PM, thrillseeker4552 said:

I've been on a million RMCs but the Voyage has been a huge bucket list ride for me, rough or not lol. Sad to hear you guys had a rough experience there.

Got to do Voyage this past weekend (HWN). The odd-numbered rows (1, 3, 5, etc.) that sit in the front row of each car are more comfortable. Voyage will likely need some re-tracking over the off season again, as will Raven, but it's certainly not running at its worst. It'll be up to tolerances. I found it still very incredible, and is for sure a must-do!

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Hi all,

I am making my first ever KK visit Saturday next weekend it's the first park of a weeklong midwest road trip with HW, KI, CP, and Kennywood (first time to all but Cedar Point), on the way back to Richmond, VA.  Does anyone have experience with this park on Saturdays?  Is KK pretty manageable on Saturdays lines wise?  I bought a 2 day ticket to start the Sunday there the morning after and then roll out to HW but I'd like to clear as much of KK as possible to get out to HW Sunday as early as I can.  Thank you for any notes!  

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One day will be plenty. KK is not a two day park. Not even if you include the water park.

Get there at the opening. Ride Lightning Run a couple times. Go clockwise, finishing with Storm Chaser. It's in such an isolated part of the park I've never had anything but a station wait.

Remember that you're an adult and skip the kiddie coaster, as to not weird out parents. (me) 

Go back for whatever flats you want. When you realize it's a great park, but there's not much else you want to ride, go to the water park and enjoy a beer.

Hit the road for HW the following morning. Be prepared for headaches and whiplash on 75% of the coasters. Try to lie to yourself and pretend they were good rides.

Reride Turkey Shooters and Thunderbird as much as possible.

Eat a cafeteria quality Thanksgiving dinner and talk about how great it is.

Wait in line shirtless for an hour for the water coasters.

Think about how much better of a one-day park KK is.

Don't drink the sunscreen. 

Edit: Also, don't forget to make fun of the clientele in your TR, because apparently it's the cool thing to do. Throw in a jab about Christianity and Trump voters.

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the Roller Skater there is great, with a lovely setting.

don't worry about being an adult riding it. . MANY adults ride it.

including the TPR folks
 

 

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4 hours ago, CoasterAuditor said:

Hi all,

I am making my first ever KK visit Saturday next weekend it's the first park of a weeklong midwest road trip with HW, KI, CP, and Kennywood (first time to all but Cedar Point), on the way back to Richmond, VA.  Does anyone have experience with this park on Saturdays?  Is KK pretty manageable on Saturdays lines wise?  I bought a 2 day ticket to start the Sunday there the morning after and then roll out to HW but I'd like to clear as much of KK as possible to get out to HW Sunday as early as I can.  Thank you for any notes!  

Dont forget that HW is in the Central time zone, which will help you out Sunday morning as you will essentially eliminate your hour commute. 

If you like water parks they are both worth it, if it's not your thing then try to hit the three water coasters at HW. They are at another level and of course you'll wait shirtless, unless you want to get your shirt wet 😉

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So as it turns out, I'll be at KK when I hit my 250th coaster.  Any suggestions for the best one at this park to bestow the honor upon?

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hands down my favorite there was Thunder Run. . it was amazing in the front row.

but most will tell you Lightning Run, since it's the only one of it's kind on the planet.
 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, bert425 said:

hands down my favorite there was Thunder Run. . it was amazing in the front row.

but most will tell you Lightning Run, since it's the only one of it's kind on the planet.
 

 

Thanks for the tips Bert!  I'm surprised a Dinn coaster is so well received.

What do you think of Storm Chaser?  My #150 (Steel Vengeance) and #200 (Twisted Cyclone) were both RMCs, and I was thinking of keeping that trend going.

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I did *not* like the trains/restraints.  (they land on my thighs, and there's no place to hold on securely - other than that one "rope" handle on the one side.

So the bunny hops/ejector air hurt.    The exact same issue I had on Twisted Timbers and why I don't ride that.

 

so yeah. . just my opinion, but I didn't care for it.

however, i will say, that diving 1st drop is incredible, and if the trains/restraints were different?   I probably would have loved it.

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14 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

So as it turns out, I'll be at KK when I hit my 250th coaster.  Any suggestions for the best one at this park to bestow the honor upon?

Be Careful, They don't have fastlane. . . lol lol

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Just now, jarmor said:

Be Careful, They don't have fastlane. . . lol lol

Ha ha ha.  Way to completely misread that post.

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Didn't misread at all.  I knew exactly what you wanted to know but knowing how you are about your fast lane access lol. . . couldn't resist.

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15 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

So as it turns out, I'll be at KK when I hit my 250th coaster.  Any suggestions for the best one at this park to bestow the honor upon?

Lightning run 

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19 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

So as it turns out, I'll be at KK when I hit my 250th coaster.  Any suggestions for the best one at this park to bestow the honor upon?

Easy... The Roller Skater! 😀

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On 6/11/2022 at 10:49 PM, Mike240SX said:

Thanks for the tips Bert!  I'm surprised a Dinn coaster is so well received.

What do you think of Storm Chaser?  My #150 (Steel Vengeance) and #200 (Twisted Cyclone) were both RMCs, and I was thinking of keeping that trend going.

Everything is fine, until you get to the last 3rd or so of the ride. It's just the typical RMC different angled airtime thrashing/bucking, but with mini hills that try to rip your legs off. It feels like the train is trying to throw you out, not in a good way. I would imagine it would be like bull riding if you were strapped to the bull.

I saw go hard and make T3 your 250th. Joking, but not joking.

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11 hours ago, prozach626 said:

Everything is fine, until you get to the last 3rd or so of the ride. It's just the typical RMC different angled airtime thrashing/bucking, but with mini hills that try to rip your legs off. It feels like the train is trying to throw you out, not in a good way.

The first 1/3 — the drop and camel back are pretty decent. I found the rest to be standard-fare post-NTAG / iRat aggressive ejection up and down/side to side. Since much of it is low to the ground, it's hardly thrilling. Both Storm Chaser and Lightning Run are worth checking out for sure, but I thought they were far from good rides since I'm not into extreme bucking/thrashing either. I though T3 was actually less violent/aggressive than those two, but the restraint pressure make that thing utterly unrideable. Thunder Run is the best coaster there, IMO.

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No love for KY Flyer, I see how it is...

Kidding aside, new folks tend to favor Lightning Run because of its uniqueness. As a local, I'd tell you Storm Chaser, but even I'll admit those bunny hills at the end got pretty wacky intense over the years, lol. Thunder Run in any row closest to the front is usually a guaranteed good time if that's how you swing.

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16 hours ago, Midgetman82 said:

No love for KY Flyer, I see how it is...

Kidding aside, new folks tend to favor Lightning Run because of its uniqueness. As a local, I'd tell you Storm Chaser, but even I'll admit those bunny hills at the end got pretty wacky intense over the years, lol. Thunder Run in any row closest to the front is usually a guaranteed good time if that's how you swing.

I love Flyer, I was there for media day and it took me by surprise because I wasn't expecting it to take off like it did and the pops of air were making me giggle like a little kid. It proves that a coaster doesn't have to be the tallest, fastest, or steepest to be a great ride! My only complaint about it is it doesn't last long enough.

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