Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train...family steel-FUN!
Road Runner Railway..Kiddie steel..not meant for grownups, although I have ridden it.
Rolling Thunder..wood out and back. Normal sized, but dwarfed by adjacent El Toro..kids should be fine, provided they're comfortable and meet the height requirement.
Skull Mountain..steel indoor..not particularly scary, but the dark may bother young ones.
Dark Knight...indoor, sometimes dark Wild Mouse with lousy special effects. My least favorite coaster in the park, but might be worth a spin with kids.
*EDIT*..I can't believe I omitted the Runaway Mine Train, opened with the park in 1974, and the only surviving coaster from that time. Rather forceful for its type, it's still kid-friendly for the 7 and 10 year old.
Wednesday should be a good day. Staying til 8 is a good idea, since the park can be busy with camp groups, who usually make a mass exodus around 4-5pm.
Wait times overall shouldn't be too bad, as many will gravitate to Green Lantern, Kingda Ka, Superman, and to a lesser extent, El Toro and Nitro (my two favorite rides in the park!)
If you get there REALLY early..as I usually do..you don't necessarily have to park in the preferred area..which I think is now $30...to be pretty close to the gate. I usually make two or three trips to my car for drinks/sandwich.
It's your choice whether to eat in the park, but it's very expensive and mostly poor quality. You might be better off going to Long John Silvers/KFC near the entrance. Not walkable, but I believe you can get one re-entry to the parking lot with your receipt.
Have you found discounts for admissions?
Feel free to contact me through my profile if I can help out further.
Another question: is there a waitress service restaurant in the park?
I don't believe there are any full-service restaurants in the park, although there are a couple where you can sit indoors after purchasing food at the counter. The only one that MIGHT have waitress service is Best Of The West, but it's been years since I stopped in there.Near the gate are the aforementioned LJS/KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza/Mexican, and a fairly decent (at least it was five or so years ago the last time I ate there) sit-down restaurant that I think is called the Millstone Pub or Inn or something like that. it's between the McD's and KFC. I saw a sign on Fathers Day that an Irish Pub was coming soon by the pizza place, but I doubt that's open yet.
Glad you had a good day.
I'm working on getting together ther on Aug 2 with a few folks from another forum I post on. But I found out there's a concert there that day/evening. So we'll see.
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