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I go on June 1 for the first time, but still don't plan on doing the VR. Although I hope what I'm hearing about Ka pushing more trains in-between Zu still stands

 

What rumors about Kingda Ka pushing more trains? (my understanding is that Zumanjaro can't be raised until Ka clears the hill; and Ka can't be launched until Zumanjaro has completed it's drop?)

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Went to HH and GA yesterday, was first time I've ever been to HH when it was empty. Never seen it empty like that even on shitty weather days in the summer. Walked on everything and weather was 75 and turned out to have good amount of sunshine. Perfect.

 

Went over to GA after and it was pretty busy but we wanted to get on VR Zumanjaro. First we went on Toro and they are handing out riding tickets. They hand us tickets at the entrance and we walk on and the guy collecting them said they are out of order and we cant go. He made us wait there for 5 minutes while people behind us walked past us. Eventually other tickets were out of order and he just said go. Dont know they are trying to do but it was messed up.

 

ended up getting on Zumanjaro at 3pm and waited for over 2 hours for it. Would have been only about an hour and 20 minutes but the lady completely screwed us. We got right up close to the front and then for some reason they ignored the middle row for VR for 45 minutes. From 4:20 to 5:05 they didnt take one person from the VR row. They'd come over and take the Flash pass people then load up non VR row and they did that for over 40 minutes. People in our row were starting to flip out, why are they ignoring the VR line? There should be a system, load up Flash pass then non VR row and then load VR line.

 

But she just ignored us and then another girl came and she had the system down and loaded us up and did it the right way. Added a good 50 extra minutes to our wait time.

 

The ride ended up being really cool, glad I did it. Wouldnt wait over 2 hours to do it but it was pretty cool.

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So they're giving out boarding passes on Nitro to thwart line jumpers. Only problem is they're not really checking the numbers. Park is busy but lines are minimal. Having a Six Flags day.

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Anything they can do at that park to thwart line jumpers would be fantastic... Assuming they actually checked them and followed through with it! Superman is the ride that I've found really needs policing in that regard in my opinion...

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Can confirm boarding passes on Joker too. We've also ridden multiple laps is Toro Ka Zum and Bizarro and didn't have passes there. Just this and Nitro. Heading back to Toro in a bit, will report back.

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So as mentioned I popped up to the park w/ some pals on Sunday. It was one of my strangest visits, as it was the nicest (predicted) weather of the entire holiday weekend and the crowds were definitely in effect. Parking lot decently full, midways crawling with people, but much to our luck ride lines were minimal to non-existent. We got there right at opening and I guess the park was expecting large attendance as they had a whole force of orange-vested parking lot people directing traffic when we arrived. First time I've seen that in a while. Pretty crazy sight to see, though very organized. We packed a cooler with a few six packs so we hung out in the lot at our very good parking spot and chugged a couple cold ones in an effort to let the main gate thin out a bit. Once we headed over there we got in through the no-bag line quickly, and another member of our party had a season pass to process which took no time at all. After a bathroom pitstop, bee-line to The Bull (of course).

 

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Assembled our crew: Boldy, Slim, Nat & Poop!

We ponied up the $1 for a 2 hour locker and shoved all our sh*t in there and into the empty queue we headed. We had a duo of magic seat rides, felt slow so early in the morning. Still buckwild.

 

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Ole!

We'd talked to a couple guys in front of us on Toro who said they just came from Ka where they said the wait was still small, and since our buddy Poop had yet to ever ride it we took the opportunity to pop over, conveniently cutting through the already-open Safari Discoveries (yes we quickly said hi to that baby giraffe! Moving on...). Ka had about a 20 minute wait but no breakdowns or issues that we saw, just alternating with Zum. Both crews were hustling and the wait was easy. Great ride in row 2, Poop (who was nervous) was blown away. At the crest I turned to him and screamed "OPEN YOUR EYES!!!" and died laughing at the sight of his cartoon eyes that couldn't have possibly opened any wider.

 

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Green

Upon exiting we popped back to a completely walk on @ Zum, and stayed on for a second lap. The VR doesn't start until 3pm so we didn't have to deal with any of that crap. The first ride really got me, the second round was easy peasy. Such a great ride. The park looks great right now, even more so from up there. Really green. We could see the parking lot was already more than half full and it wasn't even noon yet! We cut back through Safari Discoveries to hit up our locker and decided it was 5 o'clock somewhere so right next door we hit up Macho where I got a strawberry daiquiri (lol) and a taco salad w/ my dining pass. Hardly a wait for the food and everything was excellent. One daiquiri turned into two, haha. Good bartender.

 

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Getting busy

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Nothing new to see here...

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Since we were getting twisted we headed over to Bizarro where they had three trains in operation and were actually not stacking. They had some 16 yr old nazi on the control booth who was barking all sort of garbled nonsense at guests and his crew but it somehow was working. We waited one train for front row. Really awesome ride on this, but no fireballs. Boooooo! We did get misted... while we got twisted.

 

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Get twisted

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Wheeeeeeeee

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Not sure why I took so many pictures of Bizarro

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From here we attempted Mine Train but the line was out of the switchbacks so we waited 20 minutes for the Skyway over to the west side of the park. Since we had a little wait I got a bunch of pictures of RMT and Toro.

 

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Flume had a pretty short wait. We skipped (sorry, Bill)

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Panorama!

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Upon touching down we noticed Skull's waterfall was on. I was vetoed out of riding at this time, and unfortunately we never made our way back over here. Sidenote: I also got vetoed out of Houdini too, what a bunch of lame-os.

 

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However we did immediately hit up Nitro where we got presented with the aforementioned boarding passes. The line only extended to under the predrop so these things were totally pointless. Back row ride in my magic seat and was excellent. Since the line was so short we walked around and found it was then even shorter, basically walking right into the station, so we waited for the front. Such a great ride, one of my favorites of the day. Its been forever since I rode Nitro in the front and its such a completely different experience than I'm used to - we were all getting legitimate ejector air on each hill, so so good.

 

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From here we decided it was halftime and we jumped out to the lot to tailgate a bit. As mentioned, we got a really good parking spot, practically in preferred. A tiny little walk and we were back in, feelin' good in the neighborhood.

 

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Perspective

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We all wanted to hit up Joker and Poop would be having his first ride on it. One of the longer waits but still less than 20 minutes.

 

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Artsy

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Again with the boarding passes, and really not necessary. Poop lost his keys on the first raven turn. Not good, since he drove. We all heard them come out of his pocket and bang around the train and fall to the ground. Doh! Luckily, as we were exiting, we spotted them right off the exit path (in a non-restricted area, chill yo) and we were able to reach over and grab them. PSA: You will lose your sh*t on these free-spins. Zip it up.

 

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Backtracked to Movietown and had a little stop at Skybar on our way where we got some nachos and another round of beers. Had a quick wait for the front of Batman which was running like a dream. On our way back into the station, the train heading up lift stopped for some mechanical reason (we thought a phone at first but no) so our train did as well, only halfway into the station. Ugh. We were stuck like that for a good 10 minutes waiting for maintenance to show up. Watched the entire station clear out, except our row. We thought about walking around for lap 2 but we all wanted dinner.

 

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Phone died after this so hope you enjoyed the pics!

Back over towards the Boardwalk we decided to check out the all-new Boardwalk Steak and Fries. I really wanted fries but they had this slop called "Cheesesteak Fries" so I threw caution to the wind and ordered that sh*t. Was basically a bed of (decent) fries with a mass of steak, cheeze wiz, peppers & onions barfed all over the top of it. But it was tasty! I was actually impressed with how good the steak was. I say this as a lifelong Philadelphia cheesesteak aficionado. I mean, I've certainly had better, but for park food? Color me impressed.

 

We were stuffed and all holding a nice daybuzz and were kinda pooped at this point and none of us could decide what we wanted to do next. We all agreed one more ride on The Bull would be a great way to end the day so back into PDC we slugged. Another locker, more boarding passes, and a short 15 minute wait. Magically I didn't get stapled on any of Bull rides all day and this was no exception. After we boarded, and as we exited the station and up the lift we all realized it was drizzling. Oh man. That mutherf*cker was absolutely hauling ass. What a crazy ride. Compared to our laps in the morning the precip, the speed, the airtime, and not being stapled? We all thought we were gonna die - brains blown in, the lot of us. Best ride I've had on that thing in a really long time. Ole!

 

Knowing nothing would top that we decided to use our snacks and we all got funnel cakes which we ate walking out in a light rain. Actually, everyone was leaving. Mass exodus. Though from the lot we could see almost everything was still running. Overall awesome day at the park today. Great weather til the rain came about 7:30pm. Also nice to be able to use my dining pass 3 times and never waited more than 5 minutes for food. I'll probably avoid the park most of the summer so I needed a nice visit like that of just getting a nice buzz and getting in some heavy riding. Was nice to be in a busy park with weirdly short waits.

 

Toro 3x

Nitro 2x

Ka 1x

Zum 2x

Bizarro 1x

Skyway 1x

Joker 1x

Batman 1x

Daiquiris 2x

Beers ?x

Taco salad 1x

Cheesesteak fries 1x

Funnel cakes 1x

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Hard to follow that report above, so I'll just say today I was in a position to open Kings Dominion and close SFGADV.

 

I got to Six Flags at 7pm tonight (Memorial Day) and the park was empty. Walked right onto Joker, Batman, Dark Knight, Kingda Ka, then did 6x El Toro without leaving the train up to the last train of the night. It was only running one train. Pretty incredible night.

 

I have a full day planned there tomorrow, hence the absence of Nitro tonight.

 

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^ Hopefully you plan to stay until after dark, because Nitro is the best night ride in the park, without question.

 

Im so conflicted..i want to do bizzaro, el toro, and now nitro at night. I go this thurs, the park closes at 8, will it even be dark enough by then for a good "night ride"? So little time and so much to do.

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It won't really be dark enough by then to really enjoy a night ride on any of them. I'd just end your night at Toro. It really has to be dark to truly appreciate Nitro. That won't happen before 8. If it's clear or if there is a good sunset I recommend Nitro Toro or Zum.

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Went on Friday and it was a fantastic decision.

 

Kingda Ka would have been a 20 minute wait, but it broke (twice). Hour wait.

 

Toro? After riding we pulled into the station....and literally not a single person was waiting. Not one. Nobody got off and we went again.

 

Superman? We rode with 3 other people total.

 

Drop of Doom VR was great actually. Glad I could experience.

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The set has been setting a bit after 8pm in Philly, so you're not going to get any true night rides. Zumanjaro faces west, so that could be a nice ride if there is a sunset worth seeing.

 

I've ridden Bizarro at night and wasn't particularly impressed, so if you get back for true night rides, that should be prioritized below Nitro and El Toro. The fireball on Bizarro seems like it would be cool at night, but I wasn't blown away. Nitro has this awesome feel where you're away from everything. It isn't like the Beast or Boulder Dash where you romp through the woods, but you do spend a lot of the ride away from the bright lights of the main parts of the park. I think, though, that the best night ride there is El Toro. The first drop is covered in the support structure of other parts of the ride, so when you ride at night, it's like you're being ripped over the top of the drop and pulled down into oblivion.

 

Went on Friday and it was a fantastic decision.
Lucky you. I was debating if I wanted to go coastering Friday and ultimately decided against it. I was torn between Great Adventure and Hershey. Throughout the day, I was looking at wait times on the Hersheypark app, and the Intamins were all over 90 minutes. Fahrenheit and Storm Runner were over two hours. I figured that Six Flags would have been about the same or probably more crowded than Hershey was. Oops.
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i feel Nitro is the best to ride right at sunset. Since you're traveling west on each of the ride's highest points, it gives you a great view of the sunset, especially if you're given a partly cloudy or sunny day.

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I got gorgeous sunset ride on Nitro but also rode it the first time at night which was awesome and slightly scary -- did that when I got into town on Sat. so I could end the Sunday on the other side of the park. I know that if I have the choice, I don't even bother with Apollo's Chariot until after dark. The B&M hypers can really use that extra edge to go from underwhelming to great. But the lake makes for great sunset so Nitro has that too.

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I'm telling ya I'm a back seat Nitro rider all the way (back right side is the best) but goddamn if that front seat ride Saturday wasn't the best ride I had all day. Holy sh*t balls I've never gotten airtime like that from Nitro. Still buzzing about that ride.

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Yeah, I was at the park for physics day a few weeks ago. We didn't ride much since it was crowded, but it was worth going since we got to skip school. We did ride Nitro though, and it had such amazing airtime, and the bunny hills at the end were borderline ejector hills. It really flew through the turns too. Nitro is always fantastic in hot weather, but this year it's really something!

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Went Thursday 5/25 for my second third time this year, place was dead, then literally a ghost town after 3 when school groups left. Had the kids with me so no big rides but could see they were empty. Only 5 people on Toro at times. We marathoner the mine train for 15 consecutive times being only riders. Kids loved it, hope they don't get spoiled with the rerides. Easily a 50+ ride day.

 

The second time I went was 5/11 and was dead then as well. Will mark these dates in calendar for next year for sure!!

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Midway back to frontier.

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Main games midway.

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Great report Boldikus. I don't know how I missed it. Yeah, Nitro is definitely a back seat ride but the front is cool every once in awhile. It's really weird getting airtime on that huge swooping turn immediately following the first drop.

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Thanks, broski! And yes. That turned hill, the giant camelback after that and then the smaller camelback after the hammerhead - all seriously almost f*cked up ejector. The bunnyhops were giving also. Wasn't my first time ever sitting up there, just had been a while and never when we were flying like that. So awesome.

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Just had another amazing day at this park. The ride ops here are industry professionals compared to Carowinds and Kings Dominion in prior days. And both nights they sent an extra dispatch on El Toro and Nitro to close the night. Love this park.

 

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