A theme park gift under $10? Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
Rebel yell- Still very smooth and pretty good airtime, just needs a little more speed. 9/10
Hurler- Pretty darn rough but not as bad as Carowinds version, has GREAT airtime. 8/10
Grizzly- Now I used to hate this ride with a passion but for some reason, I dont know why, it seems much smoother than last year and I actually enjoyed it. 9/10
Ricochet- Ehh its a mouse coaster, no big deal lol 5/10
Hypersonic XLC- The launch is out of this world crazy and intense, but XLC has become very rough this year, last year it wasnt so bad to me as far as roughness but its obviously ageing quick, but awesome launch. 7/10
Volcano- Great launch, and very smooth ride, still the best ride in the park. Nothing but fun the whole way thru 10/10
Flight of Fear- Great launch and very smooth, it seemed darker inside than what it was last year, last year I could at least make out where I was going but this year I couldnt see anything, this ride is pure fun. But I still say the MCBR slows it down way too much. 9/10
Anaconda- Seatbelts? Anaconda and Hypersonic both have seatbelts now, dont know if its a CF thing or just for safety. Anaconda is ok, but again the MCBR slows it down too much but it is cool going thru corkscrews really slow. 7/10
Italian Job- Good family coaster, themed very well. I noticed after the launch going around the circles to get to the top put a big strain on my neck, weird anyway pretty fun. 8/10
Shennandoah Log flume- Ehh kind of boaring but good way to cool off which was the only reason I rode it. 6/10
White Water Canyon- Very refreshing, I was getting pretty hot and I got soaked on this so I was happy. 9/10
Shockwave- I love this standup, I love the drop and the parallel loops too, just too short. 8/10
Well thats it, I had a great time and cant wait to go back.
Steve- Yes Anaconda has OTSR's and seatbelts, I think that might be why they have been having so many problems with it this season. I never noticed Anaconda having problems last year. I also noticed Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds has seatbelts too.
I can understand why they put seat belts on Anaconda. I've notices that going through the corkscrews that it puts a huge strain on the OTSRs with how slow the train goes through them. Not to mention how you can move around them so much in the trains. I think that it's a good idea to add the seatbelts for safety reasons even if it does take a little more time in the station.
That just really surprises me, especially since I don't remember seatbelts on Double Loop or Corkscrew last summer - maybe I just blocked that memory out.
Volcano broke down 3 times yesterday that I know of. They said that the brakes at the end kept getting stuck. Did anyone know they have installed video cameras on Volcano like whats on Top Gun @ Carowinds? The cameras were not on Volcano when I went back in April. But anyway the DVD's are way too expensive, they were 19.95, I got a DVD at Carowinds for 10 bucks.
I finally got brave and rode Drop Zone, I was so scared to ride this. All these years I wasted being too scared to ride. I rode it I know at least 10 times, that feeling is definatly addictive. There was no line for it either and they were only running it at half capacity.
It was a Saturday so it was very busy. However, we got in a ride on the Tomb Raider, Drop Zone and Flight of Fear as walk ons before the crowds really showed up.
Then we went to Volcano and wound up with about a 45 minute wait there, still not too bad... but by the time we got off the ride it was nearing noon and the park had filled up considerably.
Even with heavy waits (and a ticking clock... we had to be outta there by 4:30) we still wound up getting to go on Grizzly, Anaconda, Rebel Yell and The Hurler before we had to take off.
The park was cleaner than I expected it to be but the gum and grafitti in some of the queues was a little off putting (I kept saying "look at this crap, this would never fly at Disney") but it was ultimately no big deal. There wasn't like garbage laying about or anything.
The staff seemed fairly friendly (if young) so no complaints there either.
I do have to complain about a couple things though
1) The food was horrible... even for a mid-grade theme park, just awful. Oh well.
2) There was a hornets nest in the covered portion of the Grizzly queue area. That's just asking for trouble right there. I mean c'mon!
All in all it was a fine time for the price and I wish I had longer (or had gone on a slower day) to spend there. Loved Volcano, loved Flight of Fear and was happy to have finally gone on the Grizzly (I was still too young, small and scared to go on it the last time I was there as a kid).
Oh... One funny thing. In the queue for the Scooby Doo dark ride... There is a spot where you go under a covered area in the "swamp" and there is a pre-recorded hisssssing sound along with the other swamps sounds. Well as soon as I heard that the first time, someone yelled "Snake!" and I thought they were referring to the recording... Nope, there was a real black snake trucking through the queue area. I don't think I have ever seen THAT many people moving THAT fast. (No one got bit before it found its way to a less populated area).
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