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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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I305 is an absolute must in the backseat. The pull over the first drop is amazing. I agree Dominator is also best in the backseat as it's much more forceful than the other rows. Grizzly and Anaconda are great in the backseat as well. I usually prefer front row for Volcano and Backlot.

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I305 is an absolute must in the backseat. The pull over the first drop is amazing. I agree Dominator is also best in the backseat as it's much more forceful than the other rows. Grizzly and Anaconda are great in the backseat as well. I usually prefer front row for Volcano and Backlot.

 

The only seats I do on I305 nowadays are the last and first rows. Can't beat'em. I pretty much echo all of this; I did the front row twice on Grizzly last weekend on Sunday, and it was great! Best rides I had in a while. I also do the front on Dominator; although, that's more for experience.

 

If you and coasterbill are staying through to the evening; I suggest I305, Volcano, Grizzly (especially), Dominator, and Drop Tower at night. Drop Tower at night is one of my guilty pleasure rides at night; you can look out and see the lights of the park and it looks nice. Course, that's just me.

 

Word of warning, however; we've finally gotten a good amount of rain in the DC Metro Area, even stretching down I-95 to Richmond and beyond. It actually ended up canceling area schools and closing major roads thanks to flash flooding. The rain is supposed to die off this weekend; though some of the rain may linger through till Saturday (I don't know which day/s you guys are going). I'm sure you guys will be okay, but I just wanted to put that out there.

 

Looking forward to your guys' report! Sounds like you two are gonna have a blast!

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Last night was decent, actually could have been gloomier and wetter but was better than too much. Medium-short lines on houses at peak, short for rides.

 

Of the houses, I liked the new Trick or Treat and was tempted to go through again (I will eventually of course). I don't know if they need to learn to work Blackout but it was a huge loss compared to Club Blood. I got a solo trip through Darkside Manor and it was great. That, T&T and maybe the Doll's House are the musts for houses. The new Urgent Scare is basically Maze of Madness renamed. Also good but tends to collect a line.

 

As to Saturday/reccs, rained all night but finally moving off. Remember FoF closes early (and backs up just before, probably). Dominator front row is actually great, it's just weird how little of that you get in the 2nd row. Grizzly is more any non-wheel seat but RY is front 2 rows or near back. Frankly, I305 is any seat but of course you'll want to try its extremes at least once.

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I prefer the front on Dominator and Volcano. Anaconda is pretty consistent in all of the rows, but I like the front since the one turn a little more than halfway through that's the only seriously rough spot is more comfortable in the front. I think I slightly prefer I305 in the back, and Grizzly is DEFINITELY a ride you have to do in the back row!

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Boldikus: Volcano in the front all the way!! Definitely worth the wait. Super unique and smooth, but short like Storm Runner. Any coaster that has a launch or a lot of speed is a front seat ride must! I usually like the 2nd to last row on I-305 but I was at the park a few weeks ago and was able to practically walk on I-305 in the front and LOVED it. Very different sensation than in the back and the wind in your hair can't be beat. Anaconda I like in the first half of the train, front of a car and keep your head all the way forward the entire time. Those corkscrews are something else!

 

Just like coasterbill has the Mean Streak trick, I have a trick for I-305 so you don't grey out. At the bottom of the first hill when you do the massive right hand turn to the airtime hill, squeeze the absolute hell out of your butt cheeks. Clench harder than you've ever done before! I was told it's what fighter pilots do to keep the blood in the upper half of their body. Works on any ride with a helix as well but I-305 it's an absolute must for me. I also recommend resisting the urge to hop back in like and instead taking a few minutes to sit on a bench between rides because multiple in a row on it can suddenly wear you out for the rest of the day.

 

Going clockwise around the park from the front: Hit up Berserker (upside down pirate ship) and Dominator, Scooby Doo Coaster which I think is called Woodstock somethingorother now. It's the blue wooden kiddie coaster but a lot of fun. KD has an excellent Boo Blasters on Boo Hill setup (near Dominator/Snoopyland) and everything actually works so hit that up too, it's a little bit hidden though. None of the effects on Stunt Coaster are working but it's a zippy little thing and very smooth so hit it up.

 

In the middle of the park: Drop Tower is a must. I love Bad Apple as well. Delirium is a huge disappointment compared to Black Widow or even MaxAir. Rebel Yell is fun like Blue Streak at CP but one side is smoother than the other... I can't remember which at the moment though, sorry. Take away 10 points from me if you need to. There's a cool wild maus hidden between Rebel Yell and Hurler with the entrance right next to Hurler. People seem to like Windseeker but the line takes forever and the view is crap compared to CP. Log flume, of course, and the Eiffel Tower is really fun and you can get a great view of I-305 hauling the entire course from up there.

 

You better make a TR with lots of pics!!

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Went to Kings Dominion last night (not part of the ACE trip, I must clarify lol) and it definitely won the award for worst cedar fair haunt I've ever been to. (last year I did Dorney, Wonderland, Kings Island, and Cedar Point.) It's slightly above Fright Fest at SFNE a few years ago, which is the crappiest haunt I've ever been to. Should have a full review to come! Going to Scarowinds tonight I'm hoping it goes better.

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Also had an amazing day and night at KD yesterday. Got a nice mini marathon on I305 in the morning and again at night. Such an insanely good coaster. Very front and far back are best imo but no matter where you end up you are pretty much guaranteed an incredibly intense and fun ride.

 

Haunt was really good but does have room for improvement. Most of the actors I saw were fantastic. SFGAdv has always been my home park so it's always nice to go to a haunt event that has more than 3 mazes. Some of the mazes, specifically Trick or Treat and No Vacancy, were so detailed and well designed.

 

Boldikus, were you there last night? I think I was in the front row on I305 when you were in the 2nd. I heard two people talking about how they'd trade I305 for Kingda Ka in a second and assumed it must have been one of the SGFAdv guys.

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Boldikus, were you there last night? I think I was in the front row on I305 when you were in the 2nd. I heard two people talking about how they'd trade I305 for Kingda Ka in a second and assumed it must have been one of the SGFAdv guys.

That was us.

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Oh and sorry for the double post but let me do what I never do and speculate a little bit and stir the pot.

 

As of Saturday there is no visible work going on at all around Hurler. None. No visible track work, nothing. The supports have a ton of orange markers on them just like Mean Streak and from Windseeker you could see them all over the layout. I think there's a lot of reason to be excited about the future of Hurler... maybe not next year, but I'd keep a close eye on that ride. Just saying...

 

I didn't take pictures because they're already out in the open but here are a few, and they look just like the ones on Mean Streak. They're everywhere.

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Let's be honest, there's never a dull moment on this site as there's always a thread that has wild speculation every other page *cough Darien Lake cough* and any peace given to a thread is just temporary and can and will be ruined at any time because people honestly just want to watch the world burn and let us not have nice things.

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