We got to Dorney and headed straight to Voodoo. It was actually running. Wooooowwwww....Ivory took one look at that coaster and turned a lovely shade of yellowish-white. She bravely hopped on her seat though, and soon we were flying up and down on the spikes. We were going to do Voodoo again, but she said she wanted to see what the other coasters were capable of, so we went on Steel Force next. I made her sit in the front car, and by the time we got on, she was shaking. The trains were running super light, with only approximately 6-8 people on the ride, and it seemed like Steel Force was having TONS of trouble getting up the lift hill. It was super slow, like twice as long as usual to get up, and hanging there over the precipice of the drop felt almost like we were actually stopping. I was relieved we didn't get stuck, especially after my recent experience with El Toro, but I was really disappointed with my ride on Steel Force. Seemed sluggish and jerky and a little shaky. I was actually nervous at times, and I remarked that Steel Force seemed like it was asking for a stall on the lift hill. Wouldn't you know the next coaster out of the station got stuck on the lift hill too? Craptacular ride.
I noticed this actually with ALL the coasters EXCEPT Voodoo. It's like they just can't run with such unweighted trains. I sat in the back seat of Hydra and definitely noticed vibration and sluggishness (four people total on the Hydra train). Dominator's upshot even felt rickety and slow. Talon wasn't too bad, but the G's that I usually praise were absent. Am I ruined to all other coasters now that I have witnessed Great Adventure, or do coasters seriously just run so bad or good at different times? Still, in an hour and a half, our rides were:
Dorney's gotta do something soon. I don't think there were more than 300 people in the entire park, including staff. I felt like I was at a private party or something! Not that that's bad, but....something creepy about riding in a ghost town in the middle of June.
Hydra - 1
Talon - 2 (once in the very front and once near the back)
Steel Force - 2 (once in the second row and once in the very back)
Laser - 1
Thunderhawk - 1
Voodoo - 1
Dominator - 1
Thunder Canyon - 1
Cedar Creek Cannonball - 1
we also walked around quite a bit as hes never been there before.
Also, what did you notice about line jumping? i saw many signs, and even some employees patrolling some ride lines very well such as Talon and Steel Force, but i noticed ALOT of line jumping on other rides such as Dominator and Voodoo. It's really become a problem anymore and its VERY agrivating. It really sucks when you're in line at Voodoo.. its 10 PM, the park is about to close and for many this is the last ride and people STILL line jump, even right when you're at the station (when it gets to the station theres a gate before you go beside it and into it) and I saw people jumping over rails to get ahead and even going through that gate and nobody noticed!
It was very busy, and I did try to let some employees know but they seemed to be more in focus of getting people on the ride even when I tried to let them know.
*** Edited 6/12/2008 7:22:14 AM UTC by P18***
When I was on Hydra a few weeks ago, it was pretty fully loaded but it still shook so bad that it was unrideable. I never saw it that bad before, I always used to be able to find a row that was tolerable.
bunky666 said:Am I ruined to all other coasters now that I have witnessed Great Adventure, or do coasters seriously just run so bad or good at different times?
Great Adventure has somewhat ruined Dorney for me. In 2006 I went to Dorney 18 times and 20 times in 2007 and really didn't get bored. I went to Great Adventure once last year (first visit since 2002). Since I got a Great Adventure SP this year and because they opened a month earlier than Dorney I went quite a few times before Dorney opened and have been going about once a week since then (8 times total this season).
Other than liking Talon more than BTR, when I am on Steel Force I am wishing I was on Nitro, when I am on Hydra I am wishing I was on Medusa, and just seem to be having more fun at Great Adventure. I think that's because I have had really good luck this year at the park and basically had no waits all season at Great Adventure. If I had to wait 15 - 20 minutes or more on average a ride, I probably wouldn't like it so much and it is nice to know at Dorney it's rare to get more than a 5 - 10 minute wait on a weekday.
Yosh, I agree with you. I don't want to go to Great Adventure too much or I will just be absolutely unimpressed by Dorney. Of course, the only launcher at Great Adventure is Kingda Ka, and I don't DO Kingda Ka, so my next closest launcher is HersheyPark unless I go to Dorney and do Voodoo. This particular trip was SO empty though that there was no problem with line jumping because there was absolutely no NEED to line jump. Everything was walk-on. Plus, I have taken to walking through the lines with my hands extended to either side of me and brushing against the railing so no one gets past me. I've had enough, and I'm doing something passively proactive to stop it. Typically line jumping is a HUGE problem at Dorney.
I really like Dorney Park, but if you don't like Dorney, it's because you just don't like it. I really like Hydra, and I really like Dominator (probably similar to Medusa). I want to ride both instead of just saying let me just go to Dominator, and that's it. They are not a clone. For Talon, and Batman, I wouldn't care if I ever got on Talon again because I think it's just an okay ride.
That park for me has other greats like Voodoo (I've been on V2, and Steel Venom, but not Voodoo yet.), Hydra, Revolution 32, Tilt-A-Whirl, Laser, Thunderhawk, Balloons (the fast version), mouse coaster, and the Dragon coaster (I don't care if it's a kiddie coaster because I really like it.).
It's an awesome park in my opinion. It also has a nice Musik Express, Whip, and they have that version of the Swing Around, but it's not called Swing Around. It also has a waterpark I never been to which looks really good.
What did GAdv. get this year?
I really like Dorney Park, but if you don't like Dorney, it's because you just don't like it.
Wow. That is...deep.
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