Great Adventure, 4/24/10

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Great Adventure, 4/24/10

Postby Yoshi » Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:27 pm

I originally wanted to go to the park tomorrow but with a concert, finding out it was Boy and Girl Scout weekend and seeing a horrible weather forecast I took a chance going to the park today knowing it might be crowded with the Scouts at the park.

I got to the park a little before opening and went to Nitro at rope drop. I didn't realize near the flashpass building was another rope drop area. 3 trains were running and I got on the 2nd train of the day. After the initial rush died down, the ride was a 1 train wait and I was able to stay on for 1 re-ride.

Batman was next with the line just out of the station, by the time I exited the ride I saw the line was just to the end of the tunnel. It looked like crowds were picking up.

The Skyway was listed as being closed but the left side was open and had less than a 5 minute wait so I skipped Skull Mountain to take advantage of the short wait. I expected a huge line at the Log Flume but was shocked to find a 2 minute wait. I wanted to get to Bizarro before lines got bad and went there next. 3 trains running and was a 2 train wait. Loading was kind of slow with double stacking.

Runaway Mine Train was a walk on, I got 3 rides and went back to the Log Flume since it only up to a 5 minute wait. I rode twice and figured I would try Kingda Ka. The switchbacks were completely full and the line was a little past that. It had to be at least an hour which I don't think is worth it.

Scream Machine had 2 trains running, the line was a little past the stairs and was around 10 minutes. From Scream Machine I saw Superman had both sets of switchbacks full and the line was right near the turn around so that was around 45 minutes to an hour. I forgot how little leg room there is in the back row of each car it wasn't that comfortable.

The Parachutes had 2 sides open but looked to be at least 20 minutes. It seemed like lines were going to be a problem so I figured I would check the rides in Lakefront and Movietown and then leave. I was going to skip Blackbeard's but it was about a minute wait so I figured I might as well get in line. This is where I ran into the most idiotic people I have seen at the park this year. A mother is forcing her son to ride, he doesn't want to and refuses to get into the train, holding the ride up. The father goes and forces the boy to ride. Then he takes out a video camera to film the ride. After the train is dispatched the op sees it and says on the microphone to put the camera away. He ignored the ride op and after 1 lap, they stop the train in the station and make the father and son exit the ride after a supervisor tells them no cameras are allowed on the ride. I was hoping they would get thrown out of the park. They had to recheck the whole train and gave us another full cycle of 2 laps.

I was also surprised to see Buccaneer had next to no line so I stopped there. At the end of the ride the ride op makes the usual announcement about upgrading to a season pass. Some people thought the ride op had said that the everyone on the ride was getting upgraded to season passes for free and they starting looking for their tickets. This isn't Year of a Million Dreams at Disney, so I don't know how they could have thought that.

Skull Mountain had a line well into the cave and had to be at least 25 minutes. Not worth it and I figured Nitro would have a huge line but I stopped and saw it was a little past the stairs. Less than a 10 minute wait for row 7. Batman was stuck on the lift for around 5 minutes, then they shut down the ride for another 15 minutes. I went back for another Nitro ride, checked The Dark Knight's line which looked to be around 25 - 30 minutes and saw Batman had reopened with the line into the switchbacks outside the tunnel which was too long for me (I hate waiting in that hot stairway).

I'm glad I got to the park at opening since I wouldn't have been able to get as many rides in as I did and even though lines weren't horrible later on, I didn't feel like waiting in them so left after a little less than 4 hours in the park.

Ride Count:
Nitro - 5x
Batman - 1x
Skyway - 1x
Blackbeard's - 1x
Scream Machine - 1x
Log Flume - 3x
Runaway Mine Train - 3x
Bizarro - 1x
Buccaneer - 1x
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Re: Great Adventure, 4/24/10

Postby Tori_is_neat » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:18 pm

:\ That stinks that the lines picked up so fast. Gotta love good ol' Nitro though. :)

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Re: Great Adventure, 4/24/10

Postby Yoshi » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:03 pm

I think it was because of all the Scouts, crowds will probably slow down again if not on the weekends then the weekdays in May and June. After that, it becomes way too crowded for me and start going just to Dorney.
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