Advice for LAKE WINNIE?

Sunday, May 23, 2004 3:54 PM
Hi i have never been there and was wondering where to start and what kind of crowds to expect on a Saturday?
Sunday, May 23, 2004 4:58 PM
I would think it depends on the Saturday. Crowds for Saturday, July 3rd would probably be much larger than crowds on Saturday, June 5th. If you want good advice you're going to have to be more specific.

Also, I suggest you read this. Lake Winnie is a small park...I doubt you'll have much trouble riding everything you want.

Sunday, May 23, 2004 5:46 PM
We went on the first Saturday in August last year and pretty much had our way with park for the first couple of hours it was open. The crowds did start picking up a little bit later in the afternoon. Like Moosh said, the park isn't very big and you should be able to get everything ridden that you want in the first couple of hours, if that is when you can go. Don't forget to grab a ride on the fly-o-plane.
Sunday, May 23, 2004 7:42 PM
Winnie willl probably be quiet crowded up until about 5 pm when a lot of church/family groups tend to start leaving. At least that's how it was last summer when I went on a Saturday. I got in the park about 2 pm and had plenty of time to check out everything I wanted to. The longest the line ever got for Cannonball was about 30 minutes with one train operation. After it started getting dark, Cannonball gradually became a walk on ride. I think I probably got in a grand total of 50 rides on it that day! I caught the last train of the night, and the ride ops turned out the lights on the back portion of the ride which made it amazing! Wild Lightnin' was a short wait.

As Pale Rider said do check out the Fly-O-Plane as well as the Chutes ride (oldest operating one in the US). They also have an historic carousel and a dark ride called The Castle which I'm kicking myself now for not checking out. Go and have a blast at this great little park.

Sunday, May 23, 2004 9:56 PM
You mean the Torture-O-Pain? Seriously, the ride left bruises and would be an awesome ride if there was adequate padding. ;-) It just.....hurt.

We went on a Sunday after Dollywood last month and everything was walk-on or nearly walk-on. If I remember correctly the Boat Chute was about 10-15 minutes at the most. That has to be one of the freakiest dark/boat rides I have ever been on. You go through a metal tunnel with no themeing. It's dark, quiet, spooky....looks like something out of the game "Silent Hill". I was nearly claustrophobic at times. lol.

The park is very beautiful and VERY awesome! You will love it. It's very upbeat and friendly and has an awesome collection of flats, including an Orbiter and a decent Tilt-A-Whirl! The coasters aren't too shabby either! The Castle, BTW, is a hilarious "haunted house" ride with some pretty impressive artwork! :-)

Have fun!


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Tuesday, May 25, 2004 1:18 AM
No real advice for me to offer except for: GO! Its a beautiful little park, quite perfect in many ways.

Cannon Ball is a great example of the simple John Allen out-and-back, wonderfully-maintained and operated very efficiently. The shoot-the-chute ride is not to be missed, and neither is the chair lift over the lake or the Fly-O-Plane. The wild mouse is very good, too.

The park is small and crowds never seem to get out of hand, so if you allow an entire day for the park, you should be okay, even on a mid-summer Saturday.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 10:17 AM
Hehehe, Tina gets *props* for coming up with the best moniker on the trip..."Fly-O-Pain". VERY cool ride, but it DOES need some padding on the inside of those torture chambers...;)

Boat Chute....amazing! I'd have waited an hour for a SECOND ride on that thing...

Excellent dark ride, mouse run at FULL tilt...

Seems that the park would be able to handle MUCH bigger crowds than what WE saw, there seemed to be a lot of guests who paid the (CHEAP!) admission without getting the POP...

If you're into *history* the way I am, be SURE to spend some time in the gift shop....well, it's half-museum, half-gift shop, LOL...:)

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 3:04 PM
Oh darn! I knew I forgot something. Thanks Bill! ;-)

My back is STILL hurtin from that "torture chamber". lol. It's just...........evil.


Tuesday, May 25, 2004 3:15 PM
For all those who've never been, Lake Winnie is a real gem. But it does get crowded on concert days (just like the other small park in Georgia - Wild Adventures).

Lake Winnepesaukah's 2004 concert schedule, and thus crowded days are; May 30 Darryl Worley; June 27 Eric Heatherly; July 11 Buddy Jewel; July 25 Cledus T. Judd ; August 8 Joe Diffie; September 5 Confederate Railroad (Wach out for Sept 5 - they are hometown boys). And 4th of July holidays are very, very crowded due to the largest fireworks show in the Chattanooga area. *** Edited 5/25/2004 7:16:18 PM UTC by gamndbndr***

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 6:08 PM
Who are those people? I haven't heard of any of those listed above. At least Wild Adventures gets quality acts, like Pat Benetar :)
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 7:27 PM
Yeah... that's quality entertainment!
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 8:24 PM
Oooh...Rob hits with his best shot!
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 10:19 PM
You can alway read a TR!
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 10:54 PM

I don't know WHY I had to do that, but I *was* getting kinda tired of hearing about Lynyrd Skynyrd every time I turned ob the radio lately....thank God for CD players...;)

Time to face facts: Most of the *popular* music in the so-called "bible belt" just isn't very good.

But we DO have good coasters, and the best sweet tea this side of Chicago....right Dawn? :)

Lake Winnie roXors!11! Can't wait for them to buy Starliner and have the best-maintained racing coaster in the States....:)

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 11:14 PM
Haha Rollergator I was thinking the same thing about Starliner and Cannon Ball!
Tuesday, May 25, 2004 11:21 PM
Hello! How about someone mention the best ride in the park, Conestoga? Floater airtime king.

The Fly-O-Planes are awesome, but make sure you get a orange or yellow plane, as they always seem the most greased up, and ride by yourself. Shift your weight to get barrel rolls, but beware, that seatbelt hurts.

The aforementioned Castle is kind of lame, and doesn't seem to want to be scary, or operational.

The boat chute will be the longest line in the park, since it is lower capacity than the other majorly popular ride in the park, The Cannonball.

AVOID the Pirate Ship. The broken Motor causes the ride to have a 7and a 1/2 minute cycle, and most of that is slowing down not full height swinging.

Brace yourself for the final two turns on Wild Lightning. Ouch!

Backseat on the Cannonball. Yay for Buzzbars!

Do the Train and Chairlift, VERY relaxing.

And definately don't go on Sept 5th, or any concert day If at all possible.

I pray for a ride that goes upside-down for next year.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 9:38 AM

Mamoosh said:
Oooh...Rob hits with his best shot!

Just had to "fire away" ;)

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 11:05 AM
tpdom...We were informed by an elderly couple that the Conestoga IS in fact the one from Hershey...although Hershey from what I recall, ran it more as a *family ride*. At Lake Winnie, it is a THRILL ride...:)
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 7:55 PM
I REALLY thought I was going to FLY out of that seat too!!! WOW.


Wednesday, May 26, 2004 8:46 PM

thepinkdoomofmonkeys said:

AVOID the Pirate Ship. The broken Motor causes the ride to have a 7and a 1/2 minute cycle, and most of that is slowing down not full height swinging.

Thanks for clearing that up. Last summer when we rode it, we were wondering why it had such a long cycle. After a while, everyone was just looking at each other like WTF is this thing ever going to end?


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