DP with "Fright Feast" 10-11-08

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DP with "Fright Feast" 10-11-08

Postby talonguy84 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:33 am

Hello all, I just thought I would do a little write-up of my last trip to DP. A bunch of friends and I have been planning the trip and fortunately the weather cooperated. I suggested we all take advantage of the "Fright Feast" combo ticket available online (more about that later). I haven't been to DP in a few years so I was anxious to go.

We arrived at the park around noon, and since we purchased our tickets online, were able to bypass the long line that was already forming for admission. (I highly recommend taking advantage of the online ticketing feature!) First ride of the day was (my personal favorite), Talon. A near walk-on at this time of the day, we waited the extra couple of minutes to sit in the front - which I always think is worth it on inverted coasters. I love how Talon looks, and I feel the layout in general is very logical and enjoyable, with each transition leading into the other. Anyways, after Talon I went on Hang Time (everyone in my group chickened out so it was only me). It was sort of strange sitting so close next to strangers - but still enjoyable. Unlike other parks that have Top Spins, I have never seen DP's Hang Time water guns used to splash riders (not sure if that's just a summer thing or if they even are able to do that?).

We then rode the swings and Wild Mouse. This was one of the longer lines of the day already - I think they need more mice on the track! By now the comfortable, sunny weather had drawn out the crowds as there were noticeably more people on the midway. Unfortunately Meteor was not operating for some reason, so we got in the relatively short line for Hydra. Having never been to DP or on Hydra before, some of my friends were surprised by the inversion out of the station. It was hysterical! We headed west down the hill and rode Enterprise. Unlike HP, I'm happy DP didn't get rid of theirs, although, the pneumatic doors on HP's Cyclops sure did make the loading / unloading much faster. My friends also wanted to go on the Tilt-a-Whirl and Musik Express. Both had what I would consider relatively long waits that if it were just me, I would have just passed. We then rode Dominator and headed towards Thunder Hawk to go on Revolution. Enroute we walked through Headstone Hallow where they were beginning to prepare for the evenings festivities. Ironically, one of the tombstones had the same last name as one of my friends! Very funny. After riding Revolution, it was time to head back to the car to pick up our sweatshirts for the night. For some reason the park doesn't allow re-entry after 6 PM (not sure why?).

Upon re-entering the park, we walked down near Sea Dragon to eat dinner at the "Fright Feast." For only an extra $5 on top of park admission we got all-you-can-eat pot roast, fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, apple sauce, chips, ice cream, and unlimited drink. Not to mention, front-of-the-line admission to either Headstone Hallow or Terror Square. Well worth it, in my opinion. I doubt you will find that much food for the same price, so if anybody is considering and able, I highly suggest taking advantage of it. By now the evening crowds were pouring in - I couldn't believe how many cars were driving into the park at this time. It was definitely more crowded than earlier in the day. We chose Headstone Hallow and were escorted by a worker to the front of the line. If only looks could kill - those in line were not too happy to see a crowd of 50 or so walking in before anybody else! Not to spoil it for anyone reading, the walk-through left a bit to be desired. Maybe since we walked through it during the daylight while they were setting it up we already knew what to expect. Some of the actors just stood there as well. The "fog" was a nice touch, however. We then rode Steel Force which was about a 30 minute wait with two trains running. It was very cool to go through the tunnels at night through the "fog!" Awesome ride as I remember it.

Next up was Voodoo where we waited a good 45 minutes. I'm sure some of the coaster nerds and experts out there can answer this...but what's up with the sound as the train goes backwards through the station up the vertical spike on the 2nd or 3rd pass? It didn't always make the sound, but on occasion it sounded like a barking or banging sound on a brake or something. I was anxious to experience this coaster and upon sitting down I noted how hot the LIMs were above. The launches were all enjoyable and great fun. Not so sure if I would have waited much longer than what we did, however.

We then walked over to Club Blood to meet other friends where we waited about 45 minutes or so. The actor towards the end of the line was screaming at a bunch of girls - for quite a while too! It was funny. As for Club Blood, it's not the sort of thing I would take my kid through, but that's just me. With the right group of people, however, it's worth the wait, but we all found it not as scary as Scream Works which we went to next. This line stretched all the way to Laser and some people were just turning around and saying forget it. We waited about 50 mins or so.

Since it was in the area, we got in line for Steel Force one more time. The line was longer this time around, and to make it even worse there were some obnoxious 10 or 12 year olds behind us that kept bumping into me and cursing. I turned around and told them to knock it off! They had a basketball with them and when in the station, threw it over a loading train to someone near the exit stairs. The operator appropriately threatened to kick them off. Minus the riffraff, the coaster was great!

Our last ride was the Ferris Wheel before heading home around midnight. I was happy to see many of the rides still working, and if it was up to me, I would have loved to have gone on Talon one more time. However, everyone in the group was tired and we all had long drives so we called it a day.

Tips, Suggestions, and Other Miscellaneous:
- If you can, take advantage of the "Fright Feast!" It was worth it and excellent value for your money these days! I only spent about $35 to get in and we split the parking charge amongst us. The whole day, gas included, cost about $50 - which having been semi-layed-off recently (thank you global economic crisis) was well worth it for what I paid.
- Unfortunately, we were unable to get into every Haunt attraction because the lines were huge. Granted, it was a Saturday. I would suggest picking 2 or 3 that you really want to see ahead of time and aim for those first so you will at least get into what you want.
- We went to experience a little bit of both worlds - Haunt and rides. I was expecting to see more actors on the midway, but I think I only saw 3 (a clown, a skeleton person, and a witch-type-costumed character). I'm sure there are more, we just didn't run into any. Honestly, I have been on Haunted Hayrides and even local walkthrough "Haunted Houses" run by fire company's and individuals that were way scarier than the few we went through at Haunt, but at the same time, none of us were particularly disappointed. DP and the Haunt attractions met all of our expectations. Along with the perfect weather, it was a great day! Good job DP and if any workers are reading keep up the great work!

Thanks for reading :)
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Re: DP with "Fright Feast" 10-11-08

Postby cf4444 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:49 pm

I'm sure some of the coaster nerds and experts out there can answer this...but what's up with the sound as the train goes backwards through the station up the vertical spike on the 2nd or 3rd pass? It didn't always make the sound, but on occasion it sounded like a barking or banging sound on a brake or something.


That is due to the LIM being over charged. When the train goes past it the polarity is too strong and that is why you hear that noise.
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Re: DP with "Fright Feast" 10-11-08

Postby HauntfanDP » Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:27 pm

My friends were there saturday night and said it was really crowded. How crowded was the parking lot? Was the main lot full and some of the overflow lot used?
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Re: DP with "Fright Feast" 10-11-08

Postby dorneydude08 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:15 pm

What time did you leave? I hope when I go it isn't as bad but it probably will be.
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Re: DP with "Fright Feast" 10-11-08

Postby Yoshi » Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:34 pm

talonguy84 wrote: For some reason the park doesn't allow re-entry after 6 PM (not sure why?).


Sounds horribly crowded but still not as bad as Great Adventure was yesterday (I will never go to Great Adventure on a Saturday in October). I think the 6 PM rule is so people don't go out to their cars and get drunk and come back into the park but I could be wrong.
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Re: DP with "Fright Feast" 10-11-08

Postby dorneydude08 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:22 pm

I thought it was becasue they only let a certian amount of people in at night so if you leave they can let that many more people in. Now I'm not sure
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Re: DP with "Fright Feast" 10-11-08

Postby talonguy84 » Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:01 pm

Thanks all for the comments.

cf4444 wrote:
I'm sure some of the coaster nerds and experts out there can answer this...but what's up with the sound as the train goes backwards through the station up the vertical spike on the 2nd or 3rd pass? It didn't always make the sound, but on occasion it sounded like a barking or banging sound on a brake or something.


That is due to the LIM being over charged. When the train goes past it the polarity is too strong and that is why you hear that noise.


Interesting. Thanks for that info!

HauntfanDP wrote:My friends were there saturday night and said it was really crowded. How crowded was the parking lot? Was the main lot full and some of the overflow lot used?


By the time we got on Steel Force it was probably around 7:30 / 8 or so and from there I could see the lot was packed with more cars coming in than leaving. I'm not quite sure where the overflow lot even is, so I don't know, but I do know people were parking in the grass on the far end of the main lot.

Yoshi wrote:
talonguy84 wrote: For some reason the park doesn't allow re-entry after 6 PM (not sure why?).


Sounds horribly crowded but still not as bad as Great Adventure was yesterday (I will never go to Great Adventure on a Saturday in October). I think the 6 PM rule is so people don't go out to their cars and get drunk and come back into the park but I could be wrong.


Yeah, I hear SFGA gets packed - I suppose another reason why we chose Dorney over Six Flags is because they were open till midnight...even though it's only 2 extra hours it made all the difference. There would have been no way we would have got on as many rides as we did in even less time, at SF that night.

dorneydude08 wrote:What time did you leave? I hope when I go it isn't as bad but it probably will be.


I was there the entire day from around noon till midnight. Around 10:30 pm things seemed to die down a bit...the crowd around Headstone Hollow around 9 PM or so I would compare to a crowded rock concert! I hear Sunday's are better days, but all things in perspective the longest waits we experienced were for Scream Works and Voodoo (about 45 mins - 1 hour...which in my opinion is right at the border of what I would say is worth it for those attractions)

dorneydude08 wrote:I thought it was becasue they only let a certian amount of people in at night so if you leave they can let that many more people in. Now I'm not sure


Actually I was thinking that too since it might help with crowd control
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