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Postby Yoshi » Sun May 04, 2008 7:48 pm

I got to the park a little after 1:00. The park was dead, somewhere around 200 - 300 cars in the lot and 4 busses.

The season pass processing line was kind of short for the 2nd day of operation, but I had my pass mailed so I didn't have to bother with the processing.

Started at Talon as always. Walk on, 2 train wait for the front. Still my favorite invert.

Wild Mouse was closed with a car stopped at a block brake so I went to Thunder Canyon next. I usually never ride this early in the season but the waterfalls were off so you barely get wet. No wait, rafts were going out empty. Surprisngly, White Water Landing was crowded today but no way was I riding that today.

Hydra also was a walk on, the rattling seemed noticeable today but not too bad.

Tilt A Whirl was loading and so I stopped there and went to Dominator, both sides were going up with half full cars all day. Even Thunder Creek Mountain was sending out empty boats. Got drenched as usual.

The time share company that is at Great Adventure is now at the park, kind of annoying especially since I saw them stopping people walking by.

Thunderhawk was running 1 train but they had the whole train open unlike last year where they were constantly closing off the back half of the train on slow days.

Steel Force had a long wait for the front but a walk on for most of the other rows. 2 trains running.

Wild Mouse's line was slightly down the ramp, close to a 20 minute wait since cars were going out with only 1 or 2 riders in them thanks to the stupid rule of no more than 2 adults per car and the seatbelts. I won't be riding it that much this season since it isn't worth the wait especially when I can walk on to Talon and Steel Force.

I stopped at the arcade. One of the DDR machines (Extreme) has been removed. The premium prize this year is Rockband for PS2. 275,000 tickets. This is ridiculous, it is almost impossible to get that many tickets and when you consider the premium prize has always been 25,000 tickets like a PSP that is worth more than Rockband, something seems wrong. It will be sitting there all season I'm sure.

There are price increases all over the park, Soda is up to $3.50 from $3.00, Candy is $2.00 from $1.50, a chicken fingers and fries basket is $9.25. A hamburger and fries is $5.75. The combo deal at Subway is now $3.50 extra compared to the $3.00 extra from last year. I rarely ate at the park and with those prices I won't be that much this season either. I have always criticized Six Flags for having horrible food pricing and said Dorney's pricing isn't as bad. It still isn't, but it's getting there which is disappointing.

After visiting Great Adventure 4 times in the past 3 weeks it's amazing how different Dorney feels. There are flats everywhere you look and plenty of non coaster rides to rides. It was nice to not be stopped at every ride entrance with someone looking for loose articles since they have free storage areas in the stations. Operations were also better despite Dorney allowing loose articles in line. There was hardly any stacking on Hydra or Talon and Steel Force had no stacking. They also managed to have every ride open except for Laser and Voodoo.

I saw some workers in WWK working on Aqua Racer, not sure what they were doing though.

It was a good visit but despite all the problems at Great Adventure, I think I actually have more fun there because of the better coasters. I'm sure that will change in a few weeks when the lines start to get bad and I can go to Dorney and have walk ons and 5 minute waits all summer.

Ride Count:
Talon, 2x
Hydra, 1x
Steel Force, 2x
Wild Mouse, 1x
Thunderhawk, 1x
Tilt A Whirl, 1x
Thunder Creek Mountain, 1x
Thunder Canyon, 2x
Dominator Blue, 2x
Dominator Red, 1x
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Re: 5/4/08

Postby Tori_is_neat » Sun May 04, 2008 8:23 pm

I noticed the price increases as well, which annoyed me. I usually get a large fry from Burger Barn, a good deal at $3.75...but now it's $4.50. It's not that much of an increase, but still...
I think I'll be better off just going across the street to McDonald's from now on.

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Re: 5/4/08

Postby SteelForcer06 » Sun May 04, 2008 10:45 pm

Well you can thank dptalon for the Lack of closing rows on Thunderhawk... Why? well because he Trained them properly!

Re: 5/4/08

Postby Hercules » Tue May 06, 2008 3:16 pm

There are price increases in the parks just like there are price increases at your local supermarkets. With the price of gas going up, and the economy in a recession, prices just simply have to go up for businesses to make the same profit margins they did in the past. It just makes sense. I know that it sucks, but that is the way it is. If you don't like it, don't complain about it, just don't buy the stuff.

Re: 5/4/08

Postby thawkTL2007 » Wed May 07, 2008 8:14 pm

I would like everyone to know that what happened at thunderhawk last year should be dropped because that was last year and thats how people were trained and this years crew was trained differently and has been doing an excellent job as well. It is really annoying to hear about how the chains were always up and everyone complains. People complain about alot of things at the park. I just want to clear this up and Steelforcer06....can you please drop who trained where and when because its not the publics business to know who got trained by who.

Re: 5/4/08

Postby SteelForcer06 » Wed May 07, 2008 9:46 pm

okay... not somthing to get so upset about bud. But whatever you say.

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