Time has not been in my favor so no coasterstock report for the time being. I'm sure you've all seen the behind the scenes photos already anyways. My big trip of the summer starts tomorrow. The itinerary is as follows: Saturday June 9th: Kings Dominion Sunday June 10th: Busch Gardens Williamsburg Monday June 11th: Kings Dominion/Carowinds Tuesday June 12th: Carowinds Wednesday June 13th: Six Flags Over Georgia Thursday June 14th: Six Flags/Lake Winnie Friday June 15th: Dollywood Saturday June 16th: Dollywood Sunday June 17th: Kings Island Monday June 18th: Kings Island I'm super excited. This is the biggest trip we've ever done and it's filled with world class parks and rides, plus two parks I've ever been to which are Six Flags and Lake Winnie. The plan is to type up reports upon returning to our hotel at the end of each night.
Hey I'm actually staying on top of my trip reports.... At least for now. Kings Dominion Day 1: Driving through Fredericksburg on I95, there was a ton of traffic, as per usual. The area felt crowded. That, and it was a Saturday in the summer made it seem obvious that Kings Dominion would be packed, so we didn't expect much. Getting off the highway we quietly prepared ourselves to lay eyes on a completely full parking lot.... But... We didn't. The parking lot was maybe a quarter of the way full. I didn't believe it. I thought there had to be more parking somewhere that we weren't seeing or like 72827 busses of tourists and school groups and the like hiding. But there wasn't. The park was miraculously empty, and many of those who were there found themselves in the waterpark on this 90+ degree day.
So off we went to Twisted Timbers trying to make sure we didn't end up missing out on rides on it like we did back in April. We got to the ride, and still not believing that the park was actually that empty, expected an hour wait in front of us. Not so. The line was only in the station and within 15 minutes we were sitting in the front seat. After an amazing ride back in line we went, except this time we sat in the back row. Another amazing ride.
Having ridden Steel Vengeance over 20 times, I can confidently say that this ride is obviously no Steel Vengeance, but that being said it's still an absolutely brilliant ride. It's almost like a mini steel vengeance with some of the same elements but smaller and not as intense.
After this we decided it was time to make a lap around the park. Not encountering any lines at all, we got on just about everything. Very productive day at Kings Dominion.
One down side was that Volcano was down the whole day but that was to be expected. With the other three amazing coasters this park has, it wasn't a huge loss. Especially after riding it a few times back in April.
Ride ops were above average. Friendly, courteous, and great at getting trains out quickly. Par for the course at Cedar Fair parks. Food can use some improvement, but the Mac and cheese place is still amazing. Really great amusement park food.
Our day was cut a little short by a large thunderstorm, but that didn't put a damper on our day at all. Overall a great day to start a long trip. Busch Gardens tomorrow. Hopefully the weather cooperates.
Busch Gardens time. After our surprise visit in April in the rain/sleet/snow/I don't know but this really sucks, we were really ready to return to Busch Gardens and the beautiful weather made it a wonderful day.
The weather was in the low 90s all day and it didn't rain until right before the park closed. It wasn't crowded at all and we got plenty of rides in.
The park itself is obviously above and beyond beautiful. I can't even imagine the time and effort Busch Gardens puts in to make the park look as amazing as it does.
Invadr is really a fun ride. Yes it is clearly toned down from other GCIs, it still has a wild and out of control feeling that I've come to love from riding GCI coasters.
I still don't get Alpengeist. I really want to love the ride, and my usual taste in coasters would make one think that I would love Alpengeist. But I just don't. I don't know why but it just doesn't do it for me. Oh well.
Griffon and Apollo's Chariot are still amazing. The more I ride Griffon the more I like it better than Valravn.
Verbolten, Nessie, and Tempesto were all fun as usual, but I still don't understand the "comfort" collar on Tempesto but whatever.
Another huge standout at Busch Gardens is the food. It's just absolutely amazing and slightly cheaper than a lot of amusement park food.
The more I visit this park, the more I realize how much I love it and definitely think it's one of my favorite couple amusement parks. It's always a good day at Busch Gardens.
Light crowds made for a ton of rides. Here's the scorecard: Apollo's Chariot 12x Griffon 3x Alpengeist 1x Le Scoot 1x Tempesto 1x Nessie 2x Verbolten 1x Battle for Eire 2x Invadr 6x Skyride from France to Germany 1x Escape from Pompeii 2x
That's all from Busch Gardens. Tomorrow is Kings Dominion in the morning then a drive to Carowinds for some evening rides on Fury!
Here's some pictures, don't be afraid to leave some comments!
2 months ago I took this same picture and it was 40 degrees
Checked into our hotel literally across the street from Six Flags Over Georgia with a nice view of Goliath from our room.
Today was a great day at Carowinds. It was actually the most crowded I've ever seen it but still, Fury and Intimidator were 15 minutes or less. Everything else was actually slightly longer (waited 30 minutes for Goldrusher!!!!!) than we're used to but it was still a fun day. We mostly focused on our favorites since we really only had today at Carowinds thanks to a storm washing us out on Monday night. No Nighthawk, Cobra, Vortex, Etc this trip.
Fury is still just amazing. Definitely a top 5 coaster. Intimidator was way better than I remember it last year. The trims didn't seem as heavy and it's right next to Diamondback, which I adore, in my rankings. Afterburn is also still really fun. Very smooth and forceful, and I really love the new mist affect in the bottom of the batwing.
Construction is moving right along on next year's project. Looked like they were beginning to put in some footers. Whatever it ends up being, I'm sure Mack is gonna knock it out of the park.
Operations outside of the big 3 were meh but friendly workers. We didn't eat outside of Harmony Hall for any of our 3 meals. The selection in there is great and all very very tasty.
So all in all, even through it was an abbreviated trip to Carowinds (last year we spent 3 days there) it was a lot of fun. On to Six Flags Over Georgia tomorrow which is a new park for us!
Scorecard for the day: Fury 9x Intimidator 5x Afterburn 2x Carolina Cyclone 1x Hurler 1x Drop Tower 1x Skytower 1x Carolina Goldrusher 1x Windseeker 1x Zephyr 1x
Unfortunately the pictures don't want to upload tonight... I guess I'll try tomorrow along with the six flags pictures. Ugh. Technology. I had a few cool pictures of the storm from monday I was excited to share too. Oh well.
Six Flags Over Georgia day 1: We have never been to this park before, but knowing it's one of the original six flags parks, and one of the bigger ones in the chain, we knew it would definitely be a fun park to be at. And we weren't wrong. The rides were fun, the staff was nice, and the park had some of the best landscaping we've ever seen at a Six Flags park.
Crowds were super light so we got on everything very easily. Never waiting more than 10 minutes for anything, even twisted cyclone.
A lot of rides were breaking down all day but luckily it didn't really affect us too much.
Most of the rides were a lot of fun. Twisted Cyclone reminded me of a very small scale Steel Vengeance. A lot of the same elements but in a very small ride layout. For what it is, it is an amazing ride. I don't know how RMC does it.
Goliath has a very interesting layout, but unfortunately we were feeling headaches already and Goliath only added to it. Not that it was rough but there was a noticeable rattle at the bottom of the first couple drops. Again, I think we were overly sensitive since we both had nasty headaches. The last 3 hills through the trees are a lot of fun. Super strong air time there.
We had always heard that Georgia Scorcher was the best standup coaster. It delivered. Very smooth throughout and it had a very fun twisty layout.
Mindbender was also a lot of fun. Super super smooth classic coaster.
Also of note is that while the park opened at 10:30, they opened the gates a little after 10 and let us ride Cyclone and Scorcher early.
Scorecard for the day: Goliath 3x Twisted Cyclone 7x Acrophobia 2x Mine train 1x DDD 2x Justice League 2x Superman 1x GASM 1x Blue Hawk (yuck) 1x Batman 1x Sky buckets 1x Bug Bunny on the High Seas 1x Wonder woman 1x Joker funhouse coaster 1x Log Jamboree 1x Mindbender 1x Scorcher 2x Monster Mansion 1x Six Flags Railroad 1x
I'm probably forgetting some flat rides.... We sure got on a lot!
No pictures because my phone is being a pain. Hopefully tomorrow with Lake Winnie.
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