After a lot of thought on whether or not it would be worth a two hour trek from Columbus I decided to pack up my brother and nephews and take a chance that some rides would be open even though it was unseasonably cold (29 degrees in Columbus when we left).
When we arrived the parking attendant gave us a slip of paper that told us which rides would be open (only coasters listed were Racer on alternate tracks and Flight of Fear). It also said that other rides may open as the day progressed. It also stated that Tomb Raider would be running but may be down from time to time throughout the day. I found out later that not all attendants were handing these out and several people were very upset with the few rides that were running in the morning. PKI really needs to communicate a lot better with their guests.
PKI had exactly two ticket booths open. A 35 minute wait to buy tickets. The second longest line I waited in all day. The time was well spent however for as we stood in line we had 3 of our 4 tickets actually given to us by people who had gotten more comp tix than they needed. 42.00 for four people at PKI is a fairly good deal I would say.
We made our way back to TR first and at 10:30 they had not yet opened the ride so it was off to Flight of Fear. This was the first time I had ridden it without shoulder restraints. Such a better ride than it was. wait was about 25 minutes
Tomb Raider. The wait was an hout and a half. The wait was approx 2 1/2 hours when we got off the ride. Theming was decent but not great. The ride itself was different. I'll leave it at that. I was a little disappointed as were many of the people who rode it it. I don't think I would ever wait more than 20-30 minutes to ride it again. I felt really bad for the people at the end of the line when it was over two hours long. I wanted to tell them that it wasn't worth it, but figured I would let them go through the experience and make up their own minds.
By afternoon, all but The Beast and Face/Off were running strong. Other than TR all rides were under a half hour wait.
Good day at the park. A little chilly and a few more people than I expected but it turned out much better than I originally thought.
Then I got home and my wife, who is pregnant w/twins started having contractions. Another roller coaster ride...but thats another story.
Nice TR and about the sheets of paper they were giving out: they were originally supposed to go to the parking people, who didn't get them until 10:00 as it sounds and they were only giving them to people who were paying daily for parking and not the parking pass, lol. They tend to do that a lot. I don't think hardly anyone was mad about it though. The rides had good reason to close and most people seemed to be understanding. Most rides opened by 11 or 12 anyway. Besides the ones you mentioned, I think Vortex and Top Gun were the only rides not open by 12. I'm not sure if they ever opened Reptar or not. It's a Vekoma though... oh, and of course, Face/Off was too. ;)
On side notes, since I'm not doing a TR, SOB was running the best I've ever ridden it and The Racer was providing some outstanding airtime. Most people seemed to be excited about Sling Shot and quite a few people were getting on and watching Cyber Sez. There were a lot of positive things I heard about Vortex once it opened, so maybe everything is going to be running really well this year. It was also funny to see people actually getting on the water rides, lol.
The Beast was running cool ,,,,,,,,, I thought It was down for a while????????? Did It seem the same are the brakes any different?????????
---- IGGY .
Tomb Raider. The wait was an hout and a half. The wait was approx 2 1/2 hours when we got off the ride. Theming was decent but not great. The ride itself was different. I'll leave it at that.
I felt really bad for the people at the end of the line when it was over two hours long.
I was at pki on thursday, friday, and saturday. i never saw the line get over an hour and a half honestly. i waited through the entire full que and the wait was only 90 minutes........tops.
Where do you live in Columbus? I ask because unless you stopped a few places on the way, or were driving pretty slow, it takes just over an hour to reach the park from where I live, but I live in Southwest Columbus. Do you live on the far, far, Northeastern side
Hmmmm. Going to any park when it's 29 degrees sounds kinda stupid, and the themeing "ok", wow coming from someone who lives in Columbus..............thats funny
Don't feel bad. I would glady go to a park in that temperature also. Some people just don't get it I guess.
Right on! There is nothing wrong with a carnival ride, and for the record, I don't find Tomb Raider to be any more of a carnival ride as a roller coaster which can be found at carnivals either.
*** This post was edited by Anonymous on 4/13/2002. ***
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