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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:09 am

larrygator wrote:I would always rather visit a crappy park and make my own judgement. With that said set your expectations low. The only redeeming thing about the park is x-Coaster. Some compare the Mauuer Sohne Sky Loop to Premier's Sky Rocket model, but I much prefer the Sky Loop.


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Solid advice. Like Larry said, if you plan on visiting the park, set your expectations low. Then if it's a good experience you'll be surpirsed!! X-Coaster is by far the best ride in the park.
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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:07 am

Well, there's really two considerations here. On the one hand, Magic Springs without Crystal Falls is unredeemably terrible. We went in the summer and had a good time, but that was only because of the waterpark.

On the other hand, this is also a park that seems to be removing rides every year, so it's a matter of getting there before it's completely gone. X-Coaster is unique in the US, and it is actually fun. Capacity is awful, and operations are awful, but once you actually get to ride it, it is good. It also cannot be moved, so it's going to be scrapped when they finally decide to get rid of all the rides--and that day is coming.

So weighing that, I'd say go. You want to ride X-Coaster for the uniqueness of the experience. You do not want to ride anything else there. Screw getting credits. You really do not want to ride anything that is not X-Coaster. Trust me on this. Just spend all day riding X-Coaster, leave happy, and never go here ever again.
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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:22 am

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:You want to ride X-Coaster for the uniqueness of the experience. You do not want to ride anything else there. Screw getting credits. You really do not want to ride anything that is not X-Coaster. Trust me on this. Just spend all day riding X-Coaster, leave happy, and never go here ever again.


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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:28 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Well, there's really two considerations here. On the one hand, Magic Springs without Crystal Falls is unredeemably terrible. We went in the summer and had a good time, but that was only because of the waterpark.

On the other hand, this is also a park that seems to be removing rides every year, so it's a matter of getting there before it's completely gone. X-Coaster is unique in the US, and it is actually fun. Capacity is awful, and operations are awful, but once you actually get to ride it, it is good. It also cannot be moved, so it's going to be scrapped when they finally decide to get rid of all the rides--and that day is coming.

So weighing that, I'd say go. You want to ride X-Coaster for the uniqueness of the experience. You do not want to ride anything else there. Screw getting credits. You really do not want to ride anything that is not X-Coaster. Trust me on this. Just spend all day riding X-Coaster, leave happy, and never go here ever again.


My thought on Magic Springs is that it's the Poor Man's Dollywood. Also the park like Wild Adventures is on the surface of the sun.
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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:36 pm

^ I'd say that opinion is very unfair to Dollywood. When I think of Dollywood, I think of great food, great shows, efficient operations, and friendly staff. At Magic Springs, there are no shows, the staff will get around to starting a ride someday, and just approaching a food service location and proposing an exchange of currency for some food is unsafe for those with high blood pressure.

Crystal Falls is legitimately a great waterpark, and that's how I set the expectation with my kids: That we were going to a waterpark that also has some rides. I have nothing but good things to say about Crystal Falls. I just would never consider visiting Magic Springs when Crystal Falls isn't open.
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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:46 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:^ I'd say that opinion is very unfair to Dollywood. When I think of Dollywood, I think of great food, great shows, efficient operations, and friendly staff. At Magic Springs, there are no shows, the staff will get around to starting a ride someday, and just approaching a food service location and proposing an exchange of currency for some food is unsafe for those with high blood pressure.


Very true statement. Dollywood and Magic Springs are no where near comparable. . . The are seriously polar opposites.
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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:43 pm

DoinItForTheFame wrote:
ytterbiumanalyst wrote:^ I'd say that opinion is very unfair to Dollywood. When I think of Dollywood, I think of great food, great shows, efficient operations, and friendly staff. At Magic Springs, there are no shows, the staff will get around to starting a ride someday, and just approaching a food service location and proposing an exchange of currency for some food is unsafe for those with high blood pressure.


Very true statement. Dollywood and Magic Springs are no where near comparable. . . The are seriously polar opposites.



They're both on hilly terrain. I haven't been to many hilly parks.
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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Oct 04, 2016 3:49 pm

Rollercoaster Rider wrote:
DoinItForTheFame wrote:
ytterbiumanalyst wrote:^ I'd say that opinion is very unfair to Dollywood. When I think of Dollywood, I think of great food, great shows, efficient operations, and friendly staff. At Magic Springs, there are no shows, the staff will get around to starting a ride someday, and just approaching a food service location and proposing an exchange of currency for some food is unsafe for those with high blood pressure.


Very true statement. Dollywood and Magic Springs are no where near comparable. . . The are seriously polar opposites.



They're both on hilly terrain. I haven't been to many hilly parks.

Okay, well in that way they are the same. They're also both in the South.... And yeah, that's it.
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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby Shavethewhales » Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:30 pm

Rollercoaster Rider wrote:My thought on Magic Springs is that it's the Poor Man's Dollywood. Also the park like Wild Adventures is on the surface of the sun.


I'm sorry, what? How on earth is Magic Springs anything at all like Dollywood? I guess they are both technically parks with roller coasters, but that's about where the similarities end...

Like others have said, set your expectations low and be prepared to make your own fun out of the experience. I actually really enjoyed my visit to Hot Springs/MS awhile back. The coasters feel like they don't actually have a maintenance staff at the park, and the ride operators are scant and barely seem to care about actually putting people through the ride. It took several minutes to dispatch on Big Bad John, for example. BUT, X-Coaster is a pretty crazy experience, and if you are a wooden coaster masochistic like myself then Arkansas Twister is a unique thrill.

I still hope they don't gut the rides section anymore. It is what it is for now, but with a little work it could be OK. They just need a LOT more misters, more focus on water park and water attractions, and focus on quality for the rides they keep/add.

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Re: The Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Discussion Thread

Postby Vonni » Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:29 pm

ThemeParkJunkie51290 wrote:I plan on taking a quick trip to Hot Springs, AR on Oct. 22. I was wondering do anyone know how crowd levels are on Saturdays. I'm not a big fan of the haunts, and really just visiting for the credits and leave. Any tips?



Please post a trip report. I'm curious as to how your visit was.

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