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^Unless we're talking about a "this is what you don't do" precedent.

 

Someone should bring back Goofus and Gallant, only Goofus is Mt. Olympus and Gallant is every other park.

 

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^ I sort of wish they just did that in past years rather than just close the ride on low attendance days, but they never did.

 

It is kind of like the former Big Coaster / Scandia Screamer in Ontario, California. The last car of the train was horribly violent and when it was under 70 degrees, every seat had to be full on the coaster before they would dispatch. I asked the ride operator why they did not put four water dummies in the last car, fill them up, strap them in well, and leave them there. He said that makes sense but management would rather just run it less and save money. I guess having one decent coaster that people had to stand around and wait for a half-hour to dispatch wasn't enough to keep people interested and coming back. They gone now.

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For those that have been to this park, do the coasters, particularly Hades, have bins or shelves in the station to put belongings like hats, or glasses on?

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Cyclops and Zeus had these little plastic bins for small articles like phones, wallets, and keys. And bags could be placed on the ride platform.

 

I don't have any photos of Hades 360's station, but I don't recall there being any lockers at the entrance so I imagine it's a similar set-up to the other woodies.

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Thanks for the response, Canobie! I'd have to imagine Hades has a similar setup, especially being quite and aggressive coaster itself.

 

Speaking of Zeus, and MtO's notoriously aggressive coasters, is keeping hands down advisable on their coasters, vs. hands-up all the way?

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I am thinking I may actually check out this park in June since its open and only a car ferry away lol

 

If me and my family were to brave the hotels here does anyone know which hotel is the cleanest? Or who to bribe to get a clean room? lol

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I am thinking I may actually check out this park in June since its open and only a car ferry away lol

 

If me and my family were to brave the hotels here does anyone know which hotel is the cleanest? Or who to bribe to get a clean room? lol

 

Same here!

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I went to this park for the first time this past Saturday, and took my 3 oldest kids (my usual coaster riding companions) as well! We all had a great time! The horror stories about this park had us a little nervous, but we didn't run into any issues, and had a blast on everything we rode! The park is attractive, and the theming is consistent, and nice (even if it's cheap), and the coasters all ran reasonably smoothly.

 

We rode each of the three major coasters twice. and three of us liked Hades the best. What an amazing coaster! It definitely gave me The Voyage vibes, and while I still prefer The Voyage, Hades is going to be pretty high up there in my wooden coaster rankings once I sit down and figure all that out again! It appears whatever track devolution happened, they may have rectified, or maybe it's just because it's early in the season, because the roughness, and jackhammering was minimal on Hades. It was there, and to be fair, I leaned forward the whole ride. But compared to an absolutely awful wooden coaster like Wilde Beast, or SoB was, it was not bad at all.

 

My daughter was the lone dissenting voice who preferred a different coaster to Hades (and her second ride on Hades, she did complain of neck pain afterward), and her favorite was Zeus. That was another really fun coaster, and you could tell they've put a lot of retracking work into it where it was notoriously rough before. It didn't seem very rough at all now, and was filled with airtime from start to finish. My other two sons considered this their second favorite coaster at the park, but I put it into third, just slightly, because...

 

Cyclops. Holy heck!!! The airtime on the park's oldest coaster is INSANE! I can only imagine what it was like before the last drop was modified, the last car was removed, and the buzz bars were still there. Dangerous. That's what it would have been like! This barely edged Zeus for my second favorite coaster at the park, just on the strength of the experience sitting in the back, and going over the three main drops off the ride. Standing airtime, all of them! The coaster wasn't really rough at all, and appears to have aged very well. It definitely reminded me of another great CCI coaster, Cornball Express, in that the airtime was super strong, and borderline dangerous feeling. I still consider Shivering Timbers my favorite CCI, on the strength of the lengthy ride, and strong airtime throughout (Cyclops' biggest "flaw", is easily that it's over pretty much as soon as it starts), but with Cornball and Cyclops, the defunct manufacturer clearly has left some fantastic coasters behind! (I'm not a big Raven fan, haven't been on Boulder Dash, and actively dislike The Legend, for context.)

 

As for the rest of the park, its lack of flat rides is pretty stunning, as the Manticore star flyer (or whatever make it is) was the only one I rode there, and they had a couple of other kiddie-looking rides. We did two of the Go-Kart tracks, and they were sufficiently fun. But Fun Spot's are WAY better, and I think have ruined typical Go-Karts for me. Plus, the fumes of the Karts really started getting to me, which is why we only ended up doing the two biggest tracks (and my biggest complaint about the whole park is that the track going up and around the Trojan Horse out front isn't even really used - false advertising! .) The food we had was good though - good as far as park food goes - and the merch selection was solid, if not leaving a little something to be desired (seriously, no fearsome foursome graphic tees Mt. Olympus, with the theme you have at your park???)

 

We didn't do the water park, because some of us (read: my old butt, and my daughter) were pretty tired after being out in the hot sun, and climbing the park's stairs and hills all day. Oh yes, the terrain. I'd heard it was a workout, and boy, that's no joke! I'm WAY too far out of shape for this park, especially since every coaster has an elevated station you have to go up a bunch of stairs to get to. I'm really committing to my health in June (and, continuing beyond that, frankly), because I can't do parks like I could just a couple years ago, and it's because of my weight, which is the most it's ever been. Lockdown hasn't been kind to me in that regard. But this park would be a workout for anybody, as it's got some big hills, and the aforementioned stairs. So, hopefully before I revisit, I lose at least 50 pounds, and can last longer in the park. We ended up leaving the park a couple of hours before close, because we'd done everything we wanted to, had done each of the major coasters twice (yes, we did Pegasus, but it really isn't worth talking about much beyond this parenthetical bit here), and were hot and tired. I will say, I love the coasters, but I definitely get the feeling they're difficult to marathon, especially Hades. I've never had any issues marathoning The Voyage, but Hades is a good bit rougher, in my opinion (I know some people find The Voyage intolerably rough, which I don't, but it's clearly a thing.)

 

All in all, it was a wonderful return to coaster-riding, as we got our first laps of the year in! Mt. Olympus was a surprisingly good park to us, and all the Big 3 woodies were very good! I feel like Mt. O had a very good return to operations plan in place, and between all of the hand sanitizer stations throughout the park (including at the exit to each ride, which is the most important place), and the spraying of disinfectant and wiping down of coasters being done between every train of passengers, I never felt the least bit sketchy about the COVID situation. Staff (mostly) worse face masks, but I appreciate that they leave the decision for the guests up to the guests, and I saw less than 10 masked guests the entire day. Social Distancing was encouraged by signage in every line, and my group tried to abide by that, though not everybody did, and sometimes the lines were more cramped than they probably should be. But on the whole, it felt like a normal park experience, just with some added necessary precautions, which in my opinion, is how every park chain and park should be treating this pandemic situation. I applaud Mt. Olympus for their handling of the re-opening, and for being so quick to reopen, and hope it ends up being a great Summer for them! The deal can't be beat, as I got a room for four, and admission for four to the park for around $90. Love it! I'll definitely be back at some point, probably next year, when I'm hopefully not as fat!

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Cyclops going down its legendary final drop!

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Sanitization of the Go-Karts in progress.

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I was able to snap this picture of all three of the big coasters on their lift hills at the same time! With one train ops, it seems like this would be a very rare occurrence! (Red-Hades, White-Zeus, Yellow-Cyclops)

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A freshly sanitized front-row ride on Hades awaits!

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I love the Trojan Horse that is the icon of Mt. Olympus! The Go-Kart track around it not actually being used? Not so much...

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The Star-Flyer flat, pretty much the only non-upcharge adult flat in the park, getting sanitized.

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We all thought the theming of this park was well done, even if it's done on the cheap! Still better than Cedar Fair!

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I've had rides on Hades before and after the revamp, including the first public train after the revamp. Even that first train sucked. The park didn't retrack the whole ride--just some sections. I also had a backseat Buzz bars Cyclops ride. It was as much of a religious experience as you'd think it would be.

 

Also, concerning the Trojan horse track: was it just not open or were you merely unimpressed at the layout?

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Regarding the Trojan Horse track, what was there was fine, but it didn't go up and around the horse. Does it normally? It didn't appear that was in use, and it didn't have any metal on the track, which seemed to indicate to me it never was. It did go underneath the horse, however.

 

As for Hades, I thought it was great, and well within my tolerance levels for a wooden coaster, when leaning forward. I could tell that it can be rough though, especially if you lean back. Also, I only rode in the first and second rows, so I imagine it gets rougher, the further back you go.

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The Trojan Horse track appears mostly similar to what it's been in the past. The track does go through the Horse. Compare with this picture I have from March 2012.

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Hades Parking Lot section (Pre inversion) in background

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So, you're saying that section that spirals down, after going through the upper part of the horse has been in use before? Because it certainly wasn't when we went, and it appeared that the entry to go up to it was cemented off, from what I could tell. I was really looking forward to that part, from having seen it before in pictures, so that was my only minor disappointment with the park.

 

(EDIT: Looking at the Google Satellite image of it, you can even see where they've cemented off those parts of the track.)

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