What PKD coasters are best? I know pretty well what to expect at BGW, coaster-wise.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Kings Dominion has much more to offer in the way of coasters, especially the wooden coasters.
The parks are not that far apart, so I usually visit both of them when I’m in the area. But if I had to choose one, it would be Busch Gardens.
Both parks are a pretty good step above average, however.
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The obvious ones at PKD are Volcano and Hypersonic. Both are worth waiting for the front. I really like Shockwave as it is the only standup with ejector air, but few first timers can deal with the roughness. You definately need to learn how to ride that one. Grizzly is often overlooked and is awesome. The line on that one is funny. Often it will get lone mid day, and then become a walk on late. Don't forget to check out your on ride photo on Flight of Fear. Anaconda and Rebel Yell are usually good for a short wait even when the park is packed.
BGW is good too, but I really like PKD.
edit: I should say that Shockwave is the only standup I know of with ejector air. I am sure there is another one. *** Edited 4/29/2004 3:20:48 AM UTC by RavenTTD***
both at BGW
Busch Gardens is more scenic, and while it has fewer coasters, they're best-of-breed's. They also have a good collection of flatrides, and the food is outstanding. PKD has more variety, some very good rides, and a very nice children's section if that's important at all. They also have Yuengling on tap (at least at Bubba Gump's), winning the beer comparison with no contest. :)
I can't say I don't care for many parks, but for some reason PKD just rubs me the wrong way. That's not to say I don't have fun in the park, but it really has nothing to do with the rides as much as the people I'm with.
I *love* Volcano, I should say that. I think it's one of the most fun/thrilling coasters out there. But other than that, there's almost nothing there I care to ride. Hypersonic's seats are so unbelievably bulky now that unless you're in the front row, you really have a limited view. Ricochet is rather braked for a mouse, although the final two turns can be good. I don't even care to ride Rebel Yell anymore since it's A. not thrilling to me and B. rough (at least it was in 2002 when I rode it last).
Now BGW on the other hand has four coasters that are all at LEAST good, with Apollo and Alpengeist being GREAT. I could (and do) ride those for hours on end. Then add in the fantastic scenery, the amazing shows, and the superb food (Festhaus was great!) and you have yourself a park you can easily spend all day in and still want more.
So that's my take on the two parks. BGW is a must do, PKD is kinda just there.
JC, who hates being negative in any way about parks, etc, but that's my honest opinion.
If you're taking along a wife or other assorted family members who are going to be supportive but don't necessarily care about the rides, go to BGW. As stated above, its atmosphere is incredibly beautiful (and shaded), the shows are plentiful and great and usually air conditioned or at least shaded (Though I deeply mourn the loss of 'The enchanted Laboratory of Nostramos the Magnificent') There are lots of family friendly rides like the Rhine River Cruise and Skyway, but more than enough coasters to enjoy.. more than once each if you desire. You won't be sorry.
If it's just you and a bunch of beer drinking buddies (figuratively speaking), go to Kings Dominion. There's tons to keep you busy and some good wood, too. PKD is also probably a touch better if you have littlish kids. Several great kids coasters and tons and tons of kiddie rides.
Really, you can't go wrong, but that is how I'd make my decision.
Let me put it this way. After 25 visits to BGW, I still enjoyed my day at the park better than my first visit to PKD. The rides at PKD are very good, and I got to experience them all except for Flight of Fear, which to my disappointment was closed the day I went. That said, the park really doesn't have that special 'wow' factor. It feels like pretty much every other standard amusement park.
BGW is just an amazing park. While there are only 5 coasters, all 5 are excellent. Apollo's Chariot is my favorite B&M Hyper (I've ridden AC, Nitro, and Silver Star), Alpengeist is an amazing inverted, with the best first half on an inverted coaster, IMO. Loch Ness Monster is my favorate Arrow looper, and Wilde Maus is an excellent mouse coaster. Big Bad Wolf has excellent theming, and truly provides real thrills...something I didn't think was possible in a suspended, having only ridden Iron Dragon before that. Couple this with Pompeii, Corkscrew Hill, and others, the best park atmosphere of any I've ever been to, and absolutely outstanding food.
BGW is one of my favorite parks. My top three are Cedar Point, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Europa Park. So, if you have time to hit both PKD and BGW, go for it, but if you only have one, I'd definitely go to BGW.
Busch Gardens is a completely different experience. If you're looking for thrills, I wouldn't go to BGW. Alpengeist was really the only coaster that I found to be above par. Apollo's Chariot is weak compared to Nitro, which I've grown used to. Big Bad Wolf if a fun ride, but nothing spectacular, and loch Ness Monster isn't anything special, either. If you want a great atmosphere, BGW is the place. The theming is insane...
Both parks are great and have their own uniqueness to them, so I'd suggest hitting up both of them while you're down there
On my spring trip to PKD, customer service seemed to be considerably improved over other trips in recent years.
Go to PKD for children, lots of coasters, wood coasters.
Go to BGW for scenery, atmosphere, high quality shows, several excellent coasters, overall park atmosphere.
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