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Just wanted to post a quick report from the park this past Friday which was mostly just to check out the Fright Fest mazes. There are 6 haunted houses this year like last year with Dark Oaks Mortuary being the new one replacing Slaughterhouse Pig Farms since Pacific Rim replaced it.

 

If you want to avoid crowds during Fright Fest, Friday nights are definitely the way to go. 30 min wait on Joker and everything else was no more than 5 minutes.

 

Dark Oaks Mortuary is easily the best maze I've been in at this park. It's LONG, has lot's of scare actors in it and has a really creepy awesome theme. I'm very curious what it was like before it got the changeover from the asylum theme because they did a great job with a short amount of time.

 

Carnevil is still a great maze from last year which seems to add another layer of scare due to the recent creepy clown crazy that's been going on. Everything else is mostly the same as it has been for several years now. I think it's probably time next year to redo and refresh these older mazes to something of the same quality as Dark Oaks Mortuary.

 

Was also hopeful to see a return of the halloween themed animal shows that I LOVE but unfortunately it looked like they were the same shows as the rest of the year.

 

Only needed to stay a few hours in the park and left by 8:30pm. Overall it was pretty enjoyable time at the park with minimal crowds and a really really good new haunted house.

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Interesting. On Saturday, the crowd was significant larger and Joker still managed to maintain a 30 minute wait. The crew on that ride is awesome.

 

The 4 man crew on Joker have seem to be busting their butts all summer. It's amazing how quickly they can get trains out, even with having to check the seatbelt then pull down the lap bar.

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Interesting. On Saturday, the crowd was significant larger and Joker still managed to maintain a 30 minute wait. The crew on that ride is awesome.

 

The 4 man crew on Joker have seem to be busting their butts all summer. It's amazing how quickly they can get trains out, even with having to check the seatbelt then pull down the lap bar.

 

It's great how only two people are checking lap bars again, but they still manage to avoid train stacking.

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I decided to risk crowds and pay a visit to the park yesterday. The JAMZ cheerleading competition was scheduled for yesterday, but it was rainy as well. I'm glad I went, as the rain forced the cheerleaders to relocate to a place that wasn't, you know, outside. As a result, the park was the quietest I've seen it in a while. I stuck to the DC corner of the park. Superman was a walk-on all day (at least until I left at 2). The Joker's line never got more than a dozen people outside of the clown's mouth. The line would have been shorter, but they were only loading every other row. I guess they felt that the rain made it run too fast. So, in addition to only loading odd numbered rows, the train slowed at the top of the lift hill, something I've never seen it do before. Still, even with these measures, it was running the fastest I've ever seen it run. On a side note, I hope they don't assign rows for too much longer. I understand it's for efficiency, and they've been doing a good job of keeping that line moving, but I like the option of waiting a little longer for a front row ride.

So, for future reference, rain can keep masses of cheerleaders out of the park. Also, all the major coasters run in the rain, which pretty much never let up the entire time I was there. Good to know.

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Good morning everyone,

 

Planning on going to SFDK for the first time ever this Saturday. A few questions:

 

1. What type of crowd can I expect for a Saturday (opens at 11am?)

2. Are there any big events or anything to be aware of that day?

3. I only want to get on four of the coasters- Joker, Medusa, Superman, and Vertical Velocity. Is there a certain order I should hit to avoid crowds or a coaster that always has a longer wait. slow loading times? Goal is to ride all those once and Joker a few times.

 

Any advice would be appreciated!

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Good morning everyone,

 

Planning on going to SFDK for the first time ever this Saturday. A few questions:

 

1. What type of crowd can I expect for a Saturday (opens at 11am?)

2. Are there any big events or anything to be aware of that day?

3. I only want to get on four of the coasters- Joker, Medusa, Superman, and Vertical Velocity. Is there a certain order I should hit to avoid crowds or a coaster that always has a longer wait. slow loading times? Goal is to ride all those once and Joker a few times.

 

Any advice would be appreciated!

 

1. Being that it's the Veteran's Day weekend, it's possible that it will be crowded, but I'm not sure. Typically, uneventful weekends in November are fairly empty, so maybe you'll get lucky.

2. Here's a list of the events currently scheduled: https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom/special-events

3. Head to Superman first, as the line for that ride moves painfully slow, then ride Joker and V2. Ride Medusa whenever you feel like it. Medusa and Joker are very re-rideable due to having fast moving queues.

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Good morning everyone,

 

Planning on going to SFDK for the first time ever this Saturday. A few questions:

 

1. What type of crowd can I expect for a Saturday (opens at 11am?)

2. Are there any big events or anything to be aware of that day?

3. I only want to get on four of the coasters- Joker, Medusa, Superman, and Vertical Velocity. Is there a certain order I should hit to avoid crowds or a coaster that always has a longer wait. slow loading times? Goal is to ride all those once and Joker a few times.

 

Any advice would be appreciated!

 

1. Being that it's the Veteran's Day weekend, it's possible that it will be crowded, but I'm not sure. Typically, uneventful weekends in November are fairly empty, so maybe you'll get lucky.

2. Here's a list of the events currently scheduled: https://www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom/special-events

3. Head to Superman first, as the line for that ride moves painfully slow, then ride Joker and V2. Ride Medusa whenever you feel like it. Medusa and Joker are very re-rideable due to having fast moving queues.

I concur with this advice. The one place I differ is in regards to which to ride first. Joker's line does move quickly. However, they assign seats. If you're a front row rider (like me), then the only way to guarantee a front row ride is to run at rope drop and be the first in line. If assigned seating doesn't matter to you, then you can go to Superman first (though I don't think that the lines moves all that slowly). Have fun!

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Thank you guys for the tips! Looked at the park map as well, and looks like the four I want to hit are near the front of the park. Will do Superman first to get it out of the way. Glad that Joker has such good reviews about dispatch times. Can't wait to ride my 4th RMC and will head to SFMM the following weekend to make it 5!

 

Look forward to hitting a new Six Flags park! Any unique thrill rides I should hit here or just stick riding Joker over and over again?

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Tasmanian Devil and Hammerhead are kind of fun.

I usually end up riding Skyscreamer and Dare Devil, but if you've already been to other Six Flags parks, you've probably already been on them.

 

You might find it best to stick to Joker for most of the day, but a day spent riding an RMC is a day well spent! (At least it is to me)

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I came across this photo a while back (its been sitting on my desktop for a while now) and thougt people here might find it interesting.

 

Its interesting to compare this photo to current satellite images and see what buildings and pathways are still there. Certainly there used to be a lot more grass. One of the things I thought interesting are the white objects along the pathway on the edge of the water. It looks like there was about five of them, and two of them are still there around the butterfly exhibit. The one of the other side of the path seems to have been removed, probably because the train used to pass right along there.

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Had a really good visit last Saturday - fairly cold out in the evening when we were there but not too bad and operations were great with very small lines. Medusa was a walk-on, Superman had maybe a 10 minute wait, and Joker was near walk-on with great operations all night. The Holiday in the Park themeing was decent in spots but overall a bit underwhelming. They had this one guy tending a fire and that was kinda nice to stop near for some quick warmth but the whole time I was thinking, wow if you guys had a dude making smores right there you could make a killing!

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