A theme park gift under $10? Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
The big new addition to the park, The Prowler, is not open until May 2 (May 1 for season passholders), so we (me, my two sons, and my daughter) contented ourselves with the normal slate of coasters and midway attractions.
It was fun getting to ride a few coasters after being on hiatus since last October. My oldest son got to ride his first inverted coaster, The Patriot, which he absolutely loved. Especially since Dad was savvy enough to make sure his first ride was in the front row. It was a real pleasure sharing his joy. He quickly proclaimed it as the best ride in the park. I still think the Mamba holds that honor, but the Patriot is a fine ride indeed.
The park was very clean, although there were quite a few dandelions in the grassy areas which surprised me. Cedar Fair is not known for their landscaping but they usually keep a well-manicured, clean park. Furthermore, some of the rides could have used a fresh coat of paint, but others did indeed receive some love (Timber Wolf, for example, is a lot less rough than it used to be).
The customer service was top notch, although because of the weather it did seem that there were more employees than customers at times.
There are a few restaurant changes, which I am trying to get updated on the WOF page on TPI, but have not completed that work yet. The big news (HAHAHAHA - that's funny to me) is that a Subway will be added to the park. Sadly, it will probably provide the best food at WOF. It is not yet finished, but will be in the Americana section where Sheridan's used to be (Sheridan's has moved to Africa where King Tut's once stood - is frozen custard common in Africa?).
Lastly, we took a train ride past The Prowler construction area, and the coaster looks like a real winner. It is very impressive. I also heard that the night ride is going to be tremendous as the only lights on the ride are during the lift hill, after which you will descend into total darkness! I will post a review (with pictures I hope) after I ride the Prowler on May 1.
Anyway, one of my planned summer trips is in the books and I am a better
man because of it! =) I took a ton of pictures and hope to find a few good ones to add to the TPI Worlds of Fun link over the coming days.
This post is not much of a trip report, but thanks for reading anyway! Next week I will head to Silver Dollar City and will post a full trip report of that event.
I look forward to seeing your trip report next week!
"Managers, I think, and maybe some dummies, " she replied.
"Hmmm...like crash-test dummies, or are you saying some of your managers are dummies?" =)
"Ha ha...like the crash test kind. But they have been testing all day for the preview event on Friday. You coming?" she inquired.
"Yep," I said, "can't wait. See you then."
Just five days before The Prowler is unveiled...
Anyone else get a chance to attend the event? I thought Worlds of Fun did a great job. There was free food (hot dogs, chips, soda, and slushies), some nice theming and set pieces to set the mood, and some very cool cats from the Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory on hand for visitors to view and discuss. All in all, I think WoF did a great job with this event.
Kudos to them, and kudos on the exciting new coaster!
One note: the Subway that was under construction on my last visit, is now open to the public. It was packed at lunch time. Incidentally, this Subway does not offer $5 foot long subs like those outside of the park.
Spent most of the day thinking about what I would do if I owned WoF and Obama gave me a billion dollars to bail out the park. With a new owner and a huge influx of cash, WoF could be so totally awesome! Alas, it is what it is, and when two of the six adult coasters are out of commission, it is a very below average amusement park.
*Sigh* Nothing worse than a bad day at the park.
Yeah, heart pounding. These coasters give you a real ride. No shoulder restraints. You get a seat belt, if you're lucky, and a lap bar. Better hang on. But you need a theme some say! Not me.
Others may say, well the Sim is the new thing. Look at The Simpsons, Star Tours, Wild Artic, Spiderman, Dinosaur.
Still others may respond with: what beats Kingda Ka, Nitro, Griffon, Superman, Incredible Hulk, Kraken, Montu...etc
Well, know what? Those old wooden coasters are still here for a reason. And we still wait in line to ride them.
It's tough to beat the original.
William, if you have not had a chance to visit Dollywood and Holiday World, drop everything and take a road trip. Hit Thunderhead at Dollywood, and The Voyage at Holiday World. They are two of the best wooden coasters I have ever ridden, and if you like wooden coasters, your life will not be complete until you have ridden both.
That's one of the reasons why I so love Busch Gardens Tampa, it's my wife's favorite park in Florida, they have a solid assortment of coasters and flume rides as well as animal safaris. Katonga is a first rate show, the food is excellent there and the crowds are mostly locals and moderate even on summer weekends.
When people think of the best rides there of course Sheikra and Montu and Kumba rate high. Even Scorpion is a decent coaster that children can enjoy. It goes upside down without shoulder restraints. But Gwazi is the real deal. Riding it takes you back to the days when coasters ran double wide on a wood track and you hung on tightly for your life.
Man I love that ride.
I just wanted to add one update on my travels: the Timber Wolf wooden coaster is ready for the scrap heap. While still a fairly rough ride, whatever has been done to alleviate some of the pain, has diminished the speed of the ride to the point that it is just no fun at all. I rode it in several different seats today: front, back, middle, everywhere, and the outcome was the same: painful and slow. The train seems to struggle mightily around the final helix and that once great feeling that the train was going to leave the track at any moment is now gone.
The Timber Wolf has been completely neutered.
Thanks again to Cedar Fair for destroying yet another coaster at Worlds of Fun.
As for Timberwolf, when I went on opening day I didn't notice anything on Timberwolf, still the same rough annoying woody I remember, I've been wanting them to tear it down for years and put a nice storm runner in.
Anyone else out there have a home park where an extended lunch break is enough time to accomplish all that needs to be accomplished?
Count your blessings for slow days at your local park so long as they run more than one train.
I pray for them here.
I wish there was more substance to the park, that's all.
Perhaps Worlds of Fun has such a building available? Is Cedar Fair the type to pour significant dollars into such an undertaking?
In any event, you should be able to get your fill of thrills at Universal. If you haven't been on The Simpsons yet, well be prepared for an excellent experience. It may even rival Spiderman. Quick update on Rip Ride Rockit if you're interested. Construction is continuing full pace. One train was on the beginning of the lift hill facing straight up today. Was over there due to unforseen circumstances and had a quick peek. Lots of construction workers around. I'm surprised Universal has kept open the path leading to Blue Man Group. I got pretty close to the construction, dangerously close you might say.
For Worlds of Fun, right now what we need are a few good flat rides (Such as Skyhawk at Cedar Point) and a few more coasters, not high class rides you would find at the Orlando parks.
IMO, this park would look great with an Intamin Xcelerator, like Stormrunner at Hershey....
William, my next Orlando trip is still at least a year away...but every day is one day closer.
Anyway, a couple of notes:
1) I actually watched a show yesterday. It was a dog trick show, and it was pretty good. My oldest son was pulled up on stage to be part of the act, despite him not having a dog of his own (his Grandma, however, has a kennel with over a dozen dogs he considers his "troops", I am not sure why he failed to mention that up on stage). But, it was a fun show, decidedly less professional than those seen at larger parks, but fun and entertaining nonetheless.
2) Prowler at night (we rode it three times from 9:30 to 10:00 PM) is the best ride in the park. In fact, it offers such a great ride that I often feel it is too good for Worlds of Fun. If you ever get a chance to visit WOF, do not leave without a night ride on Prowler.
3) Camp Snoopy just blows in every possible way. Who in the world would ever think it was a good idea to design a section of a theme park to cater only to children who are three or younger? The rides are so lame that even many of the little kids riding looked bored and embarrassed. And the fact that you have to split your group (send the older kids off with mom to ride "big kid rides" while the littlest ones are forced to ride carnival quality spinners) is an abomination. I mean, I sat on various benches for an hour watching my daughter spin slowly on rides that were only slightly better than the 50 cent spinners found in grocery store parking lots. It is unfathomable to me that park designers would opt for these cheap amusements rather than spend a little bit more money on attractions suitable for an entire family to share in together. Other than uber coasters, and high tech thrill rides, you should never have to split your group at a family theme park. Camp Snoopy, and all the crappy little three-year-old exclusive ride areas at parks across the nation, should be eradicated from existence. Curse you, Red Baron Biplanes, curse you!
4) The nachos at All Stars Grill are actually very good, the only food at the park really worth the price. Huge portions and good quality ingredients, a real stand out in a fast food wasteland.
5) I think midway games are finally at the tail end of their lifespan. With desperate "$1 Play Now" signs at nearly every empty game stall, and arcades filled with folks just getting a little a/c before taking their quarters and heading back to the rides, I was pleased to see very few people actually playing the games, and even less watching. When will park designers finally realize that no one likes this crap?
Well, that's it for now. In summary, it was a fun Father's Day, and despite my Camp Snoopy rant, I had a blast.
I figured out this little trick when I was dozing during my third ride in a row. Small crowds at a fully-staffed theme park make almost everything better! ;)
At the risk of drawing the wrath of a certain Mr. Creative, I was at Hollywood Studios yesterday with my wife enjoying what can only be described as light moderate crowds. If you have ever seen 60 minute waits posted at Tower of Terror, and the line winding around and around and out the front entrance, you would be able to appreciate the fact that it was a walk on at 2 pm, 3:30 and 6pm. Aerosmith was posting 30 minute waits in the 96 degree heat most of the day and it was less than 20. I could go on but you get the point.
It's awesome to be in the park on non packed days when everything is running full capacity. I take full advantage and ride as much as possible knowing that in the future those 80 minute waits will be making a comeback.
I won't be happy until I've made it out to Worlds of Fun to have a night ride on Prowler. If it rivals Manta for best new attraction, it must be a hot ride.
Thanks for the entertaining update.
Here's a tip from me to you: the best way to experience Mamba (especially the camelbacks on the return ride) is in one of the two middle cars. Sure the front is great for the view, and the back is great for the "pull", but the middle is just the most consistent ride throughout the course.
Anyway, it was a fun hour!
I think about that everytime I get on Manta too you know.
Manta is probably a better overall attraction than Prowler, but since it may not even be the best ride in its own park (Kraken, anyone?), how can it be the best new attraction of the year?! And let's face it, at 1/3 the cost, Prowler provides a superlative ride and is easily the best attraction at Worlds of Fun. In fact, it is too good for Worlds of Fun and should probably be moved to a better park. It is like a manta out of water here! ;)
The decision to skip Patriot was based upon the fact that my youngest son is only 50" tall and does not meet the 54" requirement. So we stuck to the two really great rides the three of us could experience together.
And we also squeezed in a ride on the Boomerang, which, as I pointed out to the ride attendant last night, would be a good coaster if they ever finished building the rest of it! The Boomerang suffers from the well-known Mr. Freeze Disease. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: fun ride, short duration, and a steady flowing ooze of unrealized potential. There is only one cure: surgical removal from the park. =)
One other note: Spinning Dragons, the only family coaster in the park, is once again operational. Rode it about a half dozen times to satisfy my under 48" daughter who had missed the ride during its recent downtime. Spinning Dragons is a decent family ride, though it would work much better as an indoor coaster, IMHO.
In unrelated news I see that despite Worlds of Fun's strong show of support, and massive ballot box stuffing, Manta did indeed squeeze out a win for best new attraction. Congrats to Prowler though, the original is always tough to beat.
I hope they won't do that to this delicious kettle corn you speak of.
As for Prowler v. Manta, the excellent Midwest coaster never had a chance. Despite garnering more votes and a great rating, it was bested by a derivative coaster that cost 3x as much and had half as many votes. Stuffing the ballot box may have actually hurt this time around! Oh well, Manta probably is the better ride anyway, I just wanted to be a pain in the a--. ;)
Steve, Cedar Fair is not known for sticking with a good deal. I remember when Sheridan's Yogurt stand used to be in the Americana section of the park and sold HUGE smoothies for $5 (one was enough for several people). It was such a good deal the smoothies were taken off the menu completely and the restaurant moved to a small, out of the way spot in Africa. Nice.
I urge Prowler supporters to remain calm and not take to the streets in public protest of the vote. Yes, even though official results may show Manta having a 95% to 5% margin of victory in Kansas City and sweeping everywhere else, election officials insist the vote was clean. The Ayatollah himself verified the results.
Anyone further disputing these results will be exiled to Siberia or worse... Great Adventure.
The good news for Orlando fans is that the second best ride at SeaWorld Orlando is the best new attraction of the year. Kudos!
Anyway, one person took the orders and the cash. then, you move a few feet to the left and wait a minute for your food. They had a few condiments, too, as in mustard, ketchup, and non-spicy barbecue sauce (awww... :(...). Anyway, there were something like 5 people in front of use, and we only waited a few minutes to get to the cash register! Pretty good, eh?!
Another story: When I went to Dorney in mid-late june, they had this "pimped-out" dip'n' dots place! I normally get sick to my stomach if I eat too much (something like more than half or 3/4 of a small). This place didn't just have the regular stuff, but dipn dots smoothies, floats, etc. guess what-- THEY ONLY HAD 1 PERSON RUNNING IT! My brother and I were behind a few people, and yes, it did take about 15 minutes to get our food! I forget what I got- all i remember was giving the half i didn't eat to my brother! I do remember, for some reason, that he got a root beer float of dipn dots. (Seems like something better than it is. It's really some dipn dots in a kinda fancy cup with root bear...)
Oh, do you guys like dipn dots? Or any of your kids? It seems a lot more popular with the 18-and-under group than the "seniors" or "ah-dults"...
If I may digress a bit: the best dessert of all is the ice cream cookie sandwich at the Sleepy Hollow Snack Shop in the Magic Kingdom. Freshly made chocolate chip cookies, delicious ice cream, a fair price, and plenty of goodness for a couple of people to share unless they are being pigs! Man, I would be huge if I lived in Orlando!
Back to the thread at hand....
At Worlds of Fun, the kettle corn was a nice surprise, but probably the best dessert is still funnel cake (it must be hard to mess up a funnel cake). Although the funnel-crete (a funnel cake with ice cream) is a close second.
But, alas, no matter where you eat at Worlds of Fun these days, the place is woefully understaffed, the service excruciatingly slow, and the prices pretty much out of control. I am not sure why Cedar Fair (or Six Flags, for that matter) puts such little effort into their food and snack offerings. Seems like a huge financial miss to me.
It was a little irritating that the menu board didn't specify that there was meat in the nachos (all other ingredients were listed). I had to take it back, and they were very prompt about getting a fresh batch made sans the ground beef (the gf is a vegetarian).
Edited to add - ah, I now see that James already pointed out those nachos.
Also added while I was at it: Manta's a better ride than Prowler. And in five years you'll still be able to ride it without a chiropractor on speed-dial.
Memo to Steve: Why not try riding Manta and Prowler before telling us that Manta is a better ride than Prowler?
I might respect your opinion a bit more if it was informed.
Yet you claim to have been to both Worlds of Fun and Seaworld Orlando just since they both opened. Your informed opinion is that Manta is a better ride than Prowler too!!
Memo to Rames Jao: Sorry for disrupting your thread. Won't happen again. From now on we will limit our discussions to the merits of the Charlie Brown Windup, which I find to be a superb attraction despite my never having been on it.
Have I sufficiently qualified myself, or do I need to start linking pictures?
Oh, and you should go to Missouri sometime. Silver Dollar City is a really, really nice park. I daresay I like it more than Dollywood. Worlds of Fun is better than James makes it out to be (though I entirely understand being more critical of your home park) and Six Flags St. Louis is pretty darn decent for a Six Flags park.
At least Mr. Creative is a worthy adversary.
Sigh... you seem boring.
I also agree with you that Silver Dollar City is an excellent theme park, one of the best I have visited (see my SDC trip report from a few months back). As for SFSTL, I was very disappointed during my October visit last year (see my SFSTL trip report), but since you only compared the place to other Six Flags parks, I am not sure if what you stated was a compliment or not. ;)
And yes, All Stars Grill is a surprisingly good food place. My favorite restaurant at Worlds of Fun.
Did you get a chance to ride Prowler in the dark, Steve?
I did get one ride on Prowler at night. Very good stuff. My daytime ride was a little tainted because for some reason the lap belt managed to pop up over the main restraint. As a result, every pop of air was accompanied by a seat belt digging into my stomach.
I really did like Prowler, but I was more impressed by the fact that Mamba wasn't a piece of garbage. I expected it to be Magnum-level pain, but it was really quite fun. Patriot was also a lot of fun. Timberwolf was a piece of junk, but I'm used to bad wood in the South so it was fun nevertheless. Spinning Dragons actually turned out to be one of my favorite coasters of the trip. Sometimes "fun" trumps "exciting."
And as I said before, I completely understand why you're as critical on WoF as you are. I feel the same way about my home parks of Carowinds and SFOG. At least we have one decent dark ride at SFOG...
Oh, and I'm still bitter that I missed the Scooby Doo shooter at Six Flags. I didn't find out that it was a boat ride until just after the Glow in the Park parade. At that point we were trying to catch rides on Ninja and Namtab.
Steve, this restaurant at dorney is called Game Day grill, which is almost the same. My brother and I almost stepped in, but ended up going to this old fashioned diner, which was pretty good, but the pizza sucked... Oh, I agree, I always beat up on SFA because it's my home park, just like James with WoF. SFA actually has 2 awesome coasters, and 4 medeoker ones, but everyone is a bad critic if they get too used to and sometimes bored with some rides. But, I'll never get bored with SFA- it's an amusement park! I'm sure, just like me, he would be happy to go to SFA (i think it would be his first time), and I would be happy to go to WoF!
William, remember- I'm a young teen. I have a very wide vocab (actually better than most of my friends), but I need you to explain this one that you typed: "Is it possible that Eli is a protege of Mr. Creative?" How was I creative? Even though I'm pretty sure that was part sarcasm?
Oh, and Steve, I thought that SFOG was AWESOME! It holds my #3 favorite coaster at Goliath! But, I'm sure that if I went 15 more times in the next 2 years, I would be in the same state as you are about it. But, you have to admit, it's a really great six flags park! It's the 3rd or 4th best six flags park, in my opinion! (Behind SFMM, SFGAdv, and maybe SFGAm) Another edit, steve- On most woodies, I keep the lap bar as loose as 2 inches away from my waist, so it doesn't hurt, and it can still save my life if it needed to! Oh, and have you ridden steel force? Did mamba have the same "type" of pain? Steel force has messed up g's...
Oh, and William was referencing TH Creative, another poster here on the board. I didn't quite get where he was going with that, but I'm boring so who cares.
I agree with your assessment on all the coasters at WoF. Patriot is good, albeit par for the course for B&M, and I love Mamba (although I think it is very similar to another hyper at Dorney and one at Vallyfair). Still, on a good night, Mamba rivals just about any hyper old or new for pure adrenalin induced fun. Spinning Dragons is the only family coaster at the park, and the only one (besides the Crappy...err, I mean...Wacky Worm) my daughter is tall enough to ride. We visit it a lot when she goes to the park as it is her favorite ride at Worlds of Fun. For now. And yes, Timber Wolf just sucks bigtime. I would love to see something like Wildfire at SDC in its place. Funny, you didn't mention the Vekoma Boomerang? I wonder was it a walk-on attraction, as it normally is these days? ;)
I checked your website (themeparksushi.com), Steve, and found your Manta Media Day trip report, but nothing on your WOF/SDC/SFSTL visits. I am anxious to see all your photos. Let me know when you have them posted.
I haven't ridden Steel Force (Pennsylvania is currently down for next summer), but as far as Mamba is concerned I've got nothing negative at all to say. I was jostled at one point on the return run, but it was a night ride and I just wasn't paying sufficient attention to the course. I can only compare it to Magnum, which is a very unfair comparison...
Eli, sometimes William is funny, and sometimes he's just an a$$-hole. This time he was not being funny. ;)
(That was just a joke, William, so don't take offense! You know I love you and your venomous attacks quite dearly!).
As for the Boomerang...it was part of the ERT on the same night as Prowler. We buzzed through it then, and promptly decided we'd had enough coasters for the day (keep in mind, this is two weeks ago when the heat index was like 105. It was still sickly hot at night).
I did actually see a full queue for it on the last night I was there. The park had some special event for SKILLS (some sort of high school group) and they were packing the joint. We decided that it must not have been an honor society if they were dumb enough to fill the line for a boomerang...
One more question, Steve, since you frequent SFOG. Do you ever get to visit Wild Adventures park? It is owned by the same folks who own Dollywood and Silver Dollar City. I am just curious if it is worth a stop, or not.
I haven't been to Wild Adventures, James. I haven't heard anything amazing about it, but I think any park that has a boomerang, an SLC and an SFC is high on the questionable list. I'd wait and see what Herschand has planned first.
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I'm wondering though what you meant by upcharge attractions at Worlds of Fun. Something like the tours available in the parks here for an additional charge? Perhaps something like Sky Tower at Seaworld which is $3 to regular park guests but free to passholders?
I enjoy the tours available at Busch Gardens. It really is quite an experience to hand feed giraffes and white rhinos. Animal Kingdom has similar tours as do all the Disney parks.
Universal offers a VIP Tour as well for the low low price of both arms, one leg and your firstborn son.
The up-charge attractions in WOF are as you stated, a skycoaster, they charge around 10 dollars for that I think, I never went on the thing anyway.... There's a rock climbing wall that costs extra, and a horrible rock climbing wall at that! They even put it right out in the sun so you can burn your hands while your at it. Then there's a go kart track, again, a horrible go kart track.
You would think if they wanted extra money for those attractions, they could've at least made them GOOD.
IMO, WoF should replace their sky-coaster with a Giant Swing like the one at Silver Dollar City, or a Giant Frisbee like MaxAir at Cedar Point. The Go-Karts should be removed and replaced with another coaster, preferably something with loops (WoF is woefully inadequate in the "loops department"). The rock climbing eyesore should just be leveled and replaced with a tree or some other foliage. Heck, even a trash can would be a better option.
I hate up-charge attractions. I know parks have to make money, but come on, there must be a better, more aesthetically and thematically pleasing way!
Oh, and James, if you're just adding * and $ because I'm a kid, then don't, because I'm technically an adult in the jewish world (I had my bar mitzvah on Valentines day '09), and I really don't mind, and saying ass or whatever won't matter to me, or my parents, for that matter... so, if it's because of me, then no need to keep it up.
Silver Dollar City on the other hand, is a vacation destination. It is a park that should be experienced in much the same way as you would experience a Disney or Universal park. It has thrill rides, but it also has some great shows, diverse attractions, and excellent food. If I had to choose one park in Missouri to visit, it would be Silver Dollar City - and it would not be a hard choice to make!
As for my use of $$ instead of ss, I guess it is just because of a habit I got into while playing an online game a few years back (Dark Age Of Camelot). Since you never knew who was reading your text on the other end, it was always best to disguise "bad" words a little bit. Nothing personal, I just have never really broken the habit! ;)
Lastly, for a few tips about SFSTL and WoF, check out the TPI park review pages at the links below. I have kept them both pretty up-to-date, and there are some reviews, strategies, and pictures. Let me know what other questions you have after reviewing these links:
Anyway, if I were to go to St. Louis this year to visit my aunt, it would be by myself. She doesn't really like rides, and is also short and slightly heavy-set. So... you get the idea. I would be the only one there, and I would still have a blast on my own! I can spend a whole day on my own at SFA, I don't mind. It's only kinda awkward when you're eating at a restaurant alone. Where do you look?! Also, I would rather have another person, because I like watching reactions if they are kinda scared, but being in your own group is great for a B&M coaster! That's how I was able to ride Goliath at SFOG 2ce in the front! And I'm just saying 2 people is better, but I would still have the same amount of fun on my own!
Okay, one last thing, guys. Pertend I'm in Kansas city or a little outside. Is WoF worth the $40?
Comparing these lists, the only "major" attractions for you to visit at Worlds of Fun are as follows:
Prowler (best ride in the park)
Timber Wolf (crappy)
Spinning Dragons (fun)
Cyclone Sams (a Wipeout ride in a barn)
Bamboozler (a Round-up)
Finnish Fling (spinner where the floor drops)
Viking Voyager (lame).
So in your case, no I do not think a day at Worlds of Fun is worth $40. However, if you upgrade your Dorney Gold Pass to a Platinum Pass, it includes admission to all Cedar Fair parks. So, if you are thinking of visiting more Cedar Fair locations this season, then get a Platinum Pass and come ride the Prowler!!
But when someone comes on here saying they have been on both Prowler and Manta well then... show me.
Btw, I do like the lousy Royals, but I have never been a Chiefs fan. Always partial to the Dolphins for some reason.
It would be my pleasure as well to have the opportunity to spend a few minutes with a few of the fine folks who live in Missouri.
For the price of $40 each admission, yeah well it seems like a good deal to me. I'm more used to Disney prices.
Or worse... Universal. :}
anyway, james, I don't even have a gold pass to Dorney! I just got lucky I got out there this year. I went last year with camp, this year my parents let me go w/ my brother, and in 2 years, I'll go again with camp. Another quick q- Dominator and Detonater are the same ride, correct?
I don't care what-so-ever if they have a bunch of the same rides. I only rode half of those, anyway! Steel Force, Talon, Dominator, Hang Time, and Enterprise. That's it! I kinda liked Steel Force (worse than other hypers), and I've heard that Mamba is smoother than steel force, which was the main problem for me,and Mamba and that have more differences than i had expected, too, from what I noticed... on youtube... but still, I loved Talon, and patriot is a little different. I liked Enterprise, Dominator was "beast", and Hang time was ok.
I also love GCI (for prowler), I don't see what's so bad about Boomerang (I liked sidewinder at Hershey alot; it got smoother somehow from '07 to '09...) besides so many clones (only one i've ridden was sidewinder), spinning dragons doesn't look bad, and timberwolf doesn't look half-bad itself, either...
so no need to beat up on your park. Also, be aware that I live a little more than 3 hours away from Allentown...
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The Dominator is slightly different in that one side blasts riders up and provides 3 seconds of weightlessness, while the other side lifts riders up slowly and freefalls down. On WoF's Detonator, both sides blast riders up fast then gently rocks them back down to earth. 5 seconds of fun. Not worth any sort of wait, but okay if you can walk-on.
Timber Wolf used to be a fast and painful wooden coaster. I used to like it. However, with the recent retracking it has received, TW has become a slow and painful wooden coaster. It is not fun at all and should be retired.
Boomerangs are boring and stupid. The fact that one of these half-coasters replaced a great ride like the Zambezi Zinger is a travesty. If time travel was possible, I would go back in time and "convince" the genius who designed the Vekoma Boomerang to choose a different career path.
William - you have a great situation in Orlando, never forget that. Regardless of the high prices, you have over a dozen wonderful theme and water parks to choose from in your local vicinity. If you ever move away from Orlando to a theme park dead zone like Kansas City, you will likely die of boredom in less than a year. ;) However, your strategy for WoF is sound: Prowler, Mamba, Patriot, Spinning Dragons, and a few snacks. In and out in less than two hours. That's what I call a perfect night at my local park.
I assume it has something to do with the fact that it's an earlier model, but man was it annoying when the ride ops wouldn't explain what the hold-up was about...
Loading and unloading on most of the cycle rides at WoF is a very slow, arduous process. That's what happens when teenagers getting paid less than minimum wage are tasked with a theme park job.
I didn't get a chance to ride the drop tower at SFstL (the heat really killed my riding mojo), but from a distance it looked pretty darn good. Can you confirm or refute that?
And I have been in the same boat as you, begging people to ride Detonator just to get to the six-person minimum. We'd finally get enough, then 5 seconds later the ride was over. Lame.
And guys, although you might hate drop towers, isn't Superman at SFstL WAY better than detonator? Seems like it... Just picture that superman, but cut down by almost half! That's what I am forced to ride here!
Mamba seemed to be a little rougher than usual... Banged my head around and ended up giving me a headache later in the day, not usual for Mamba! (And before you ask, I didn't ride Wolf)
Also decided to hit Monsoon as it was reasonably hot... And actually, it turned out to be a highlight of the day, a staff running the ride was very into it, and entertaining none-the-less.
I had a chance to try out the Tibetan Treats pop corn as well... Delicious! Probably the best food in the park...
The more I come to this park, the more I wish for a nice Intamin Stormrunner to go in somewhere out there in the woods...
As for Monsoon, we generally ride it after a day at Oceans of Fun. When OoF closes we just head over to WoF through the back entrance (by Mamba) and ride Monsoon a half dozen times before heading home. It can be a lot of fun if you (and the crew) are into it. Although, it truly is a one trick pony, and could be vastly improved with the addition of some theming and narrative elements (Jurassic Park at Universal's IOA is really nothing more than an extended shoot-the-chutes with an enhanced storyline!).
Glad you liked the kettle corn. That stuff is real tasty, even better than the kettle corn at Silver Dollar City, surprisingly.
And Eli, if I only had to pick two parks to visit at WDW, and I had never visited before, I would probably go to DHS and DAK, just because the very best rides (Tower of Terror, RnR Coaster, Dinosaur, and Everest) are stationed at those parks. But if you are going to be in the area, you owe it to yourself to try and hit all the parks, at least briefly.
Yeah, i bet WoF could hire intmain for something like a stormrunner, but not quite, like a speed monster. That's more "modern" intamin style. check it out! i love that site... yeah, it would also be cool to see a B&M dive in the US outside of Busch!
Oh, and james, i forgot that RRC was there... and i thought dinosaurs was universal, and i knew i had to see it! is that in DAK?
I personally love Epcot. Granted, it is not a thrill seekers park, but it is just beautiful. I will argue that Mission:Space and Test Track are just as exciting as Dinosaur and Everest. If I had to pick two parks, I would go to Epcot and DHS. However, it is really hard to pick two. If you could, you should really try to fit in all four parks.
Went to Worlds of Fun last night, and just took my 42" daughter. I've said it a million times, but man, is this park lame for kids under 48", or what?! The only ride of any value for my daughter is the Spinning Dragons coaster (which we rode many, many times last night). Beyond that attraction, everything else is just flat out lame: midway spinners, cars-on-a-rail, a steam train, carnival merry-go-rounds, and a foam ball play area that is only slightly better than the play areas offered at your local Chuck E. Cheese. I can't help but think how a few dark rides like Peter Pan or Winnie the Pooh, would really improve the experience.
And my goodness, how is Worlds of Fun staying in business? The park was nearly empty again. They must do the vast majority of their business on Fridays and Saturdays, because that park is just plain dead every other day of the week.
By the way, I did manage to make the best of it for my daughter's sake. I acted like I was having World's of Fun, even though I was only slightly more entertained than I would be riding and re-riding the merry-go-round at my local mall food court. And to be completely honest, with the exception of a few slightly more intense midway rides (the Sea Dragon, Finnish Fling, and maybe the Flying Dutchman) even my daughter was hard pressed to find the fun.
I probably won't invest in season passes again until the youngest is at least 48" tall. There just is not enough to do at the park when not riding big coasters. Simply put: Worlds of Fun has a long way to go if they ever want to be a whole-family destination. And for me and mine, it is just as easy, and ultimately more satisfying, to drive 3.5 hours to Branson and visit Silver Dollar City, instead.
When we got there, we found out the only ride he was short enough for or could fit his legs into was Batwing. We didn't find that out until most of the day was over, because we got there at about 3, and we had to leave at 8. We rode it 3 times, through the tough, single train line. the first was in the back, but i told him it's way more fun in the front. he loved it so much, he wanted to get back in line! And he was in the water park the first part of the day, so I got my share of coasters that day.
Oh, and WoF sounds just like Dorney. Totally empty, even on Sundays! I assume this is the same with WoF, as it is with Dorney- The water park (WWK and OoF) is what pulls ALL of the dough... is that what you're thinking?
Since this is the last post for this thread, I want to thank everyone for their contributions, and if necessary, I will start a new thread in the coming weeks. We'll see.
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