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TRIP REPORT 7/3/20   We arrived at the parking lot around 9:40am. There were no cars in front of us or behind us. We noticed a few people walking the path toward the park. We parked and took the

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Only Medusa and Joker run two trains

 

Excuse you...

 

HARLEY QUINN Crazy Coaster offers a unique journey for 32 riders on two competing trains. This thrilling new coaster delivers multiple head-to-head flybys at combined speeds of 70 miles per hour in the ultimate dueling adventure ride.

 

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How are the crowds on the weekends now? I'm thinking of hitting the park before spring break starts.

It all depends on the weather. If it's cold and dreary, low crowds. If the sun comes out, so do the crowds (but far less than a busy summer day). Also, be forewarned that they've been running one train on The Joker for the entire winter. So, even without crowds, you can still end up with a wait (though not an unreasonable one) for that ride.

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Unfortunately they do not.

 

The only single you'll find at this park is single train operations. Only Medusa and Joker run two trains, but that seems very rare on the latter from the trip reports I've seen and my own visit.

Misinformation. Kong sometimes runs two trains and the rest of the coasters couldn't run two trains if they wanted to.

Also it just really depends on when you go. During summer months you'd be more likely to see two trains but while school is in there's really no need for the park to be running two trains as the waits are very short even with just one.

 

There are no single rider lines, but in the past when the park was busy they would sometimes call out for single riders on Superman and Joker. This was moreso in their opening seasons and I haven't been back during the summer since 2016 so I can't speak whether they still do this on busy summer days or not.

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Unfortunately they do not.

 

The only single you'll find at this park is single train operations. Only Medusa and Joker run two trains, but that seems very rare on the latter from the trip reports I've seen and my own visit.

Misinformation. Kong sometimes runs two trains and the rest of the coasters couldn't run two trains if they wanted to.

Also it just really depends on when you go. During summer months you'd be more likely to see two trains but while school is in there's really no need for the park to be running two trains as the waits are very short even with just one.

 

There are no single rider lines, but in the past when the park was busy they would sometimes call out for single riders on Superman and Joker. This was moreso in their opening seasons and I haven't been back during the summer since 2016 so I can't speak whether they still do this on busy summer days or not.

 

I'm glad they do call for singles at least. That doesn't surprise me at Superman since that crew has been top notch in all my visits.

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It’s nice to see an official rebranding of the area, even though it has kinda been the “unofficial” DC-themed area of the park for quite a few years now.

 

That area of the park is pretty stacked now with the addition of Batman.

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I've got some news, everyone. I recently got a monthly passholder news from Discovery Kingdom, and it turns out that there will be a redesign for the DC area of the park. Also, in other news, Batman will be getting a shop!

 

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That image is way different than any other promo pictures they have released. The yellow is darker than I'd like and the queue building is not there which I find weird since they have already started building the shop and hopefully what is the entrance. I know its just concept but I'm still a bit worried.

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Is there a reason that most of the coasters and big rides are packed along the front areas of the park? I remember Pandemonium, Zonga, and now Superman and this new DC nook all working along the same strip. I'm wondering if it's simply the space that's most readily available, or if there is some reason that this is where the park has to pack in its rides.

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Is there a reason that most of the coasters and big rides are packed along the front areas of the park? I remember Pandemonium, Zonga, and now Superman and this new DC nook all working along the same strip. I'm wondering if it's simply the space that's most readily available, or if there is some reason that this is where the park has to pack in its rides.

 

There really isn't a quick answer to this one. Marine World moved to Vallejo in 1996, the same year that the naval base was decommissioned, but the complicated use of that base site still by others including the Coast Guard meant during the key years of growth for the park, Marine World developed under much of the same restrictions as when the base was operational. That tells much of the story of how the land, sea, and water areas developed for the park as they did. Management has said before that the park has adapted and evolved around the restrictions into what it is today and that has worked well for park flow, for the wildlife habitats, visibility of new attractions at the front of the park and working within their restrictions.

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Is there a reason that most of the coasters and big rides are packed along the front areas of the park?

 

This is my biggest gripe about the park. Discovery Kingdom is HUGE and yet they smash everything together on top of each other in a typical Six Flags blacktop laden treeless wonderland like they have NO ROOM else, and it completely ignores and fails to incorporate the amazing tree laden natural atmosphere around 3/4 of the rest of the park.

 

Even worse, the rides are on a big "horseshoe" guest walkway designed around the entrance of the park which is smack dab in the center of all the major rides. So if you're on one side of the park where Joker is, and want to go ride Medusa you have to walk ALL THE WAY around the horseshoe to get over there even though it's literally as the crow flies, a stones throw away. I think a bridge over or tunnel under the entrance plaza would be an AWESOME addition!

 

What's sad is they don't seem determined to keep any of the animal exhibits up to par either, so I'm not sure why they keep installing rides this way. Really a shame considering they actually have a beautiful park and some pretty decent rides. I wish they'd "round out" the park and spread the attractions considering how beautiful the rest of the park is.

 

Last but not least, kinda sick of the flak Scream gets for having a reputation as a "parking lot" coaster when literally Medusa is the exact same thing. You can *still* see the parking lot lines beneath the coaster several times.

 

But besides that, I love the park! Great selection of rides, great atmosphere away from the cluster crap of rides, will probably be visiting this Summer for my brothers birthday since we had a pretty good time on our last visit!

 

But pick somewhere else to put rides for gosh sakes!

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