9/1/10

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9/1/10

Postby Yoshi » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:45 pm

I wanted to get back to Wildwater Kingdom 1 more time before it closes for the season and this week seemed like a good time to go with school starting for some districts. I got to the park a little after 10:30 for WWK's 11:00 opening. The lot wasn't that crowded early in the morning.

At first it seemed like there was a lack of lifeguards and a lot was going to be closed. I expected the 2nd lazy river and wavepool to be closed but Wildwater Rapids and a couple of kids areas were closed. When I went to Patriot's Plunge, they weren't using the red slide (which I think is one of the best slides in WWK because of the double down). Around 12:00 - 12:15 they opened up the closed attractions and opened up the red slide but at that point crowds were so bad I was almost done with the waterpark. Never before did I see a line to get a tube for Patriot's Plunge and Aquablast almost had a full queue with the 2nd side not being used.

Over on the ride side, it was the opposite one of the emptiest days I have seen. Talon and Steel Force were occasionally dispatching completely empty trains. The only line on the ride side with a wait was Thunder Canyon at about 20 minutes. The line wasn't that long, maybe 50 - 70 people but they were only loading 2 rafts each cycle instead of 4 or 6 that could be loaded and they were putting as few as 2 people in each raft.

I guess the record setting 97 degrees kept everyone in the waterpark.

When I was done with the water rides I went to Talon that had 2 people in the station. It really seemed to be running well today.

Wild Mouse had no wait to get into the station, normally I skip the ride because of the slow moving line but couldn't pass up a 2 minute wait.

Hydra had people just waiting for the first row and the more I ride Hydra, the less I like it. I don't know what about it makes me not like it as much other than comparing it to Bizarro which I think is a way better coaster.

I stopped at Balloon Race to get a possible last ride in.

Demon Drop had no one in line, and the cars were sitting empty waiting for riders. This was my 3rd time trying the ride and I still don't like how it hurts your neck.

Thunderhawk also was a walk on for a middle row, it looks like some of the wooden track might have been replaced as it looked new. I'm not sure how recent it is since I hadn't ridden Thunderhawk since June.

Walking to Steel Force I saw a couple people be turned away from the scrambler because they were single riders. CF really needs to go back to allowing single riders.

Steel Force had a wait for the front and last rows but the rest of the station was empty. I got 2 rides and went to Possessed which was a 1 cycle wait.

I was going to ride Talon again and stop at Dominator but the heat was really starting to be annoying and uncomfortable.

With WWK closing for the season Monday, I guess I can focus on the coasters the rest of the season since even though this was my 9th trip to the park this season, other than Talon I have yet to ride any coaster more than 10 times total this season.

Ride Count:
Patriot's Plunge 4x
Jumpin Jack Splash, 4x
Aquaracer, 1x
Speed Slides, 2x
Wildwater Rapids, 1x
Thunder Canyon, 1x
White Water Landing, 2x
Talon, 1x
Hydra, 1x
Wild Mouse, 1x
Steel Force, 2x
Thunderhawk, 1x
Possessed, 1x
Balloon Race, 1x
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Re: 9/1/10

Postby Dorneyman27 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:48 pm

If you can take the heat, that sounds like a great day for rides. I will also be going to Dorney Park for my 9th time this Sunday.
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