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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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1 hour ago, dankeykang said:

If that's true, then I've got the following concerning Cedar Fair's gigas:

  • I305 - Broken
  • Leviathan - who knows when that park will open
  • Millie - open, but the line closes 2 hours early
  • Orion - open, but get there early cause the park might hit capacity

So what's gonna happen with Fury 325?

Hopefully nothing happens with Fury!! We have our first visit to Carowinds next month! 

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3 hours ago, Canobie Coaster said:

I'm seeing a few posts online that Intimidator 305's cable may have snapped.  Is anyone there to confirm?  It's listed as closed on Queue Times.

What sites have you seen this on? I’m praying this is false. I’m driving over 7hrs next Sunday to KD and I will be so crushed. 

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20 minutes ago, skyrocket010 said:

What sites have you seen this on? I’m praying this is false. I’m driving over 7hrs next Sunday to KD and I will be so crushed. 

You will be crushed? I drove the near 5 hours from Carowinds today, so I can go tomm!! If I305 is down I will cry lol

Esp with Avalanche closed. Not like omg that's a must do!!! But ya know...KD doesn't need anything more out of action and I assume 305 absorbs some crowd so yea that would be brutal. 

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I will echo the question of where is this coming from? Was just a quick google, but I've not been able to find anything. So "heard its not a snapped cable" but like, what happened? Where is all this from? 

Thank goodness for the platinum pass. Like yeah I'll be super bummed (though if its something like that I reckon it'll be down for a while) but least ya know, free parking, not technically paying for the admission, so if its a bit of a bleh day no biggie. If I was paying full everything and going oof....that would really suck. If so guess I'll just get as many Twisted Timbers as I can! 

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25 minutes ago, JJLehto said:

I will echo the question of where is this coming from? Was just a quick google, but I've not been able to find anything. So "heard its not a snapped cable" but like, what happened? Where is all this from? 

Friends at the park that know coasters.  But, nothing I'd say is guaranteed cause I've seen the opposite, too.  Basically, a couple people at the park today that normally are on top of things suggest it's not a snapped cable.  But that doesn't mean it might not be down for awhile..  Hopefully not. 

 

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On 5/21/2021 at 7:06 PM, JJLehto said:

it's just one less ride here and I never felt KD had the strongest lineup to begin with.

um. . .  this is an extremely odd statement.

Kings Dominion has I305, Twisted Timbers, and Dominator.

even if you don't consider Dominator a "top tier" coaster, just that KD has I305 & Twisted Timbers makes it a destination park for coaster lovers.

add in that even without Avalanche (or the departed Volcano), it has these other coaseters:
An Arrow Looper - with an incredible location over the water (Anaconda)
A Premier LIM launch spaghetti bowl (Flight of Fear)
A Premeir LIM launch terrain coaster (Back Lot Stunt Coaster)
A classic racing woodie (Racer 75)
A quite fun wild mouse, one of the better ones out there (Apple Zapple)
A fantastic junior woodie that gives pops of airtime in the back car (Woodstock Express)
and a Rough, but fun, woodie-in-the-woods (Grizzly)
and they're about to get an S&S Freespin.

that's a really decent coaster lineup, even if the enthusiasts / coaster fans, are gonna come for I305, Dominator, and Twisted Timbers mainly.

so . . it's an odd statement to me

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50 minutes ago, JJLehto said:

You will be crushed? I drove the near 5 hours from Carowinds today, so I can go tomm!! If I305 is down I will cry lol

Esp with Avalanche closed. Not like omg that's a must do!!! But ya know...KD doesn't need anything more out of action and I assume 305 absorbs some crowd so yea that would be brutal. 

I've only been to KD 3 times. . but on all 3 visits?   I305 didn't "Absorb" anything from anywhere, and was mostly very short station wait

it's simply too intense for many of the General Public, and they don't want to ride it.

(oh, don't get me wrong, there always seemed to be lots of folks gathered around the Entrance to the ride, and in the gift shop there. . so lots of NASCAR fans. . but I dont' think we ever waited more than 10 minutes for it, even without Fast Lane)

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1 hour ago, JJLehto said:

You will be crushed? I drove the near 5 hours from Carowinds today, so I can go tomm!! If I305 is down I will cry lol

Esp with Avalanche closed. Not like omg that's a must do!!! But ya know...KD doesn't need anything more out of action and I assume 305 absorbs some crowd so yea that would be brutal. 

Yikes!!! Sorry to hear. Hope you get some luck and they get whatever needs to be done overnight. 

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10 hours ago, coasterbill said:

BGW exists... just throwing that out there. Lol

nah people can mock but IDC, aint going if Pantheon isnt open. I will just feel bad. Like to have a good time but see it there and think damn.... also KD is covered by the pass, BGW is not and by this point I've spent a lot of $ lol

Well that's fine Bert :) It's OK to disagree! All I'll say is, I am aware of their lineup lol I know what's there and yeah...outside the big two it doesn't really impress me. Dominator I do indeed find eh....fun but too short (I always hated that it runs so quick into a MCBR) and a lot of the rest is solid but ya know but nothing spectacular imo. Like I admire the positvity/enthusiasm! But Racer while fun, just a standard out and back, FoF is alright, Wild Mouse.....I mean cmon. IDC about location....Anaconda LOOKS great, but its utter crap lol Backlot is also fun but again, its not anything special nor is it unique. I do like Grizzly it was prob my fav outside the big two. 

So yeah, your opinion is perfectly fine, just as mine :) I think most of that, while fine, is pretty uninspiring. 

Good to know about I305, only been once while that ride was there and that was dang, 2013? Well I say good to know but if its down guess it don't matter. I guess we'll see! 

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305 is indeed closed. Brutal. Glad I had the heads up to prepare but yeah sucks hard. People can give grief idc that is ofc one of the reasons to go. Sorry to the wild mouse and horrid arrow looper lol Was looking forward to that beast again but what can ya do? I’m glad they too let people in early, so much better all around than accumulating crowds at the gate.

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So after chatting with an employee they said no, no chain snapped but it was getting stuck on the hill repeatedly. About 1/4 of the way up, according to them. They said they didn’t really know anything about it but figures it’s not something too major. Hope they can get it up in a week or so. They also seem thankful that I was chill and just chatting normally because they  mentioned They’ve been getting a lot of grief from people even yelled at about the ride being closed. People eh? 

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3 hours ago, SJL91 said:

So I’m guessing Intimidator 305 being listed as open on the app is a mistake?

Maybe not.  Word is they were trying to get it up today.

 

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OK so to get it out of the way: 
Yes, I305 was down the whole day. An employee I was chatting with said no, cable didn't snap and kinda chuckled at that notion. Said the train kept stopping on the lift "about a quarter of the way up" had no idea what it was about, seemed to think it wasn't tooo major and hopes they can get it up in a week or so but obviously don't put much stock in that. I will say did not see a single mechanic, on the track or around the area. Was empty the whole day, not a soul. So if they know what's wrong deff didn't seem to be working on it today, or perhaps they can't who knows. 

Anyway, Twisted Timbers is great. The back was good but a step below what I expect, it was a lot of pulling forces, so I tried near front next. Holy hell, THAT is a beast. This ride is a tad lacking in elements, it may be the most plain RMC I've experienced but holy hell, the airtime. Nor does it lose much speed. That said I hope the ops were just early season wrinkles, because honestly they were horrid. Thankfully line was not that long, though oof it moved slow. It went down at one point, but managed to catch it at reopening, ran back on and line was not that long. From the storage units it was around 2 bends and down the straight a little bit. It was not long at all. Took at least an hour and a half. I know this, bc my storage went over the 2 hour limit and needed someone to open it, was not alone with that. Most of that line was standstill. Was brutal. What a ride though. 

I recall loving Grizzly in back, lots of air. Perhaps age is getting to it, was pretty slow and meh after the first drop, could use some retracking. Racer 75 ran quite well though, lots of air in back, few sluggish hills but ran quite well. Forgot how much I enjoyed backlot for what it is, though dat low capacity.... and Anaconda still sucks imho. Even in HS never liked it, and now that I've ridden more classic arrow loopers....this is just one of the worst. Used the skills I've acquired and my actual body to minimize the trauma, shame as its a fun layout, RMC needs to rip that track up and replace it with single rail! Dominator still frustrates me as its a good ride but shoots itself. The first half, so fun, fast, unique! Then turn left right into that MCBR and sure the corkscrews and meanderings are fun but ugh, the potential :( If only it did some more stuff before hitting that MCBR. 

All in all solid day and again I'm surprised at how not bad the crowds were given it was opening weekend. Rough ops hurt, Dominator was the only w a line that really moved. Did not even both with Flight of Fear that line was long and the drop tower was quite slow as well. We all have different opinions and experiences, and that's perfectly fine :) I stand by mine...once you leave the top 2, you got dominator which is good, then...imho its just not a great lineup. Lots of one and dones/fine rides but yeah just my thoughts. All I can say is the loss of 305 and Avalanche were quite glaring. Hope they get 305 up quickly for yall as it seems like its not a major problem, and that TT loads a little quicker. No hyperbole, day was prob 3 hours longer than I needed just from that ride's lines.

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Hello,

I just bought tickets and made a reservation  to visit Kings Dominion on Friday June 18th. My home park is Six Flags Great America.

I was wondering if you all had any tips to make the most of my day at Kings Dominion. What is the best way or order to navigate the park to beat the crowds and not have to wait long in lines? Is there anything cool to see or anything along those lines? Any help to make the most of my trip to Kings Dominion would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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You don't need a ton of tips but I guess maybe ride Twisted Timbers first and Apple Zapple (since it's right there) and then Flight of Fear early since they're very low capacity rides and sometimes lines can get long. Not sure of your age or if you can / like to drink but if you do, I recommend the Parched Pig by the log flume.

If you're getting Fastlane, ride Anaconda early as it's not on it or don't ride it all because it sucks. Your call...

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Flight of Fear will get the longest line in the park, followed by Backlot Stunt Coaster and Twisted Timbers; try to hit them early.  I305, if its running, and Dominator are people-eaters and will never get substantial lines all day.  Woodstock Express is a solid junior coaster with solid airtime in the back row; you could also hit this early to avoid being lined up with a bunch of kids.

Here's how I'd plan a day here without Fast Lane:
-When you enter the park, head left in the gap in International Street and head to Woodstock Express.
-Then go to Flight of Fear, ride it.
-I305 if its running.
-Backlot Stunt Coaster
-Making your way down Candy Apple Grove, hit Drop Tower.
-Twisted Timbers
-Apple Zapple
-Windseeker
-Racer 75
-Grizzly
-Flying Eagles (flyers)
-Blue Ridge Tollway (great drive-'em cars through the woods)
-If you're of drinking age, grab some at the bar near the log flume.
-Shenandoah Lumber Company (log flume)
-If you like spin-and-swing rides (I don't), head down the ramp through the woods to the Carosel, and go left to Delirium.
-Stop by Mac Bowl for awesome Mac and Cheese.
-Bad Apple (Troika)
-Anaconda
-Head back to I305, if it's running.
-If not, head up to Dominator.
-Berserker
-If you've got time left in the day, head back to Twisted Timbers and marathon until closing.

If you DO have Fast Lane+, do whatever you want after Woodstock Express, Flight of Fear, Anaconda, Racer 75, and Apple Zapple ...these are all not on Fast Lane. FoF has been on Fast Lane in the past, but it's not listed on the website this year.

Oh, and row recommendations for the coasters:
-Woodstock Express: Back
-Flight of Fear: Back
-I305: Front for speed, back for Gs, both are insane.
-Backlot: Back, I guess.  Anywhere is fine.
-Twisted Timbers:  Back!!!
-Apple Zapple: n/a
-Racer 75: Any non-wheel seat, I prefer row 2 or5.
-Grizzly: Front
-Anaconda: Front
-Dominator: Back

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Didn't realize so many coasters weren't on FL+. FoF is a big one. And Apple Zapple! Never been on Apple Zapple but I like saying it so I'm going to type Apple Zapple one more time. Apple Zapple.

Racer has a high enough capacity I guess, and Grizzly? Well nobody can find the entrance so I guess that is OK too. Unless there is even an even MORE secret entrance for FL....

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On 5/22/2021 at 11:18 PM, bert425 said:


A Premeir LIM launch terrain coaster (Back Lot Stunt Coaster)
 

You consider Italian Job a terrain coaster???

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