Most of all, have fun! The park is a blast!
just my opinions, of course
mOOSH -- "I think I just entered you!"
crombie: plenty of things to do at this park and now with a new waterpark, I would try to make a 2 day trip out of it if you can.
Since you are only going there one day, hopefully its on a weekday, as crowds will be not as bad. If not, just concentrate in getting your coaster fix in. Make Deja Vu a priority if it is open, as lines can get incredibly long for it. Get Superman and Batman out of the way as early as you can before lines start building up for them. And just have fun and relax, this park is one of my favorites, there is so much to see and do there!
*** Edited 4/16/2005 2:19:46 AM UTC by Dan D McD***
Any Advice for a SINGLE DAY full of fun in Gurnee?
Well, I would reccomend riding all the coasters, Giant Drop, Revolution, King Chaos, East River Crawler, Chubasco, and Roaring Rapids. You should have time for all of those and for time in the waterpark(If it's open) and time for anything else that catches your eye.
Reccomended night rides include Batman, Iron Wolf, Whizzer, and Viper.
I also reccomend to get there early to get the most of your day. If you don't head to Superman first, then wait until late afternoon or right before park close to ride it.(Most ride lines stay open right until the park officially closes.) If you head to Southwest Territory first, then you can pretty much conquer the most popular area before the crowds show up. Then you could go through County Fair will minimal waits too.(Which also may set you up to catch DejaVu early.
Hope that helps a little. Keep the questions coming. I am happy to help!
Ride the Columbia Carousel up top on the second tier AND on the bottom tier.
Save your shopping til when the park closes as the stores stay open way past the official closing time. That way you maximize your time with the ride attractions.
If you have a season pass and get to the park about an hour before close on the night before your main day at the park, they don't charge for parking...at least they didn't last summer. That's a whole extra hour in the park at night without having to pay for parking you wouldn't have otherwise.
And yes...ride one of the most unusual coasters on the planet...Whizzer!
My advice on the Whizzer would be to try to ride it at night. Also if you think that the line for Deja Vu looks long, then just leave and go on another ride. It's not worth the hassle IMO. If you want to hit Deja Vu then go there first thing in the morning.
And don't forget to just enjoy what the park has to offer, which is a lot compared to numerous other patks.
Backwards was pretty good, however, it is always rougher than forwards, and has the brakes on heavier. But, that first drop is totally amazing going backwards, which makes the entire ride worth it.
American Eagle usually has a short line, however if it's long, it moves fast because of the two trains on both sides.
It WAS a perfect first time for me... on Whizzer that is! :)
Superman- Ride back if you want an intense ride and ride front if you want the smoother and less intense ride.
Ragin' Cajun- I like the side seats better because you get a better feeling of following off the sides.
Batman- Ride back for the most intense ride and ride front for awesome views.
V2- Some people like the front, but I prefer to ride towards the front.(Ride both if you get a chance.)
Iron Wolf- The front row is awesome as heck. The back will beat you up, but depending on how you can take the beating will decide if you like it or not.(It IS a great ride no matter what other people say.)
American Eagle- (Blue) ride the "normal" front and (Red) ride the front for views and ride the very back for awesome airtime(especially on the first drop.) If you only have time for one ride, I'd reccomed Red as it has more airtime hills.(So no, boths sides aren't identical, just very similar.)
DejaVu- Ride in row 1B for the shorter of the front row waits. The line won't be as long as some people say as capacity was highly improved throughout last season.
Demon- Ride in 6:1(10th row) for the best ride. It is smooth there. The back gives ejector airtime on the first drop and the front is ok.(But not reccomended.)
Whizzer- No preference for me. The back is a little more rough and more forceful, but every seat gives a fun and enjoyable ride.
Raging Bull- The back row has the best airtime(especially on the first drop.) The front is noticeably slower, but you get some cool sensations, especially when the back is experiencing the airtime. I reccomend waiting when the ride is running 3 trains.(The line moves incredibly fast. Especially the front row line.)
Viper- Row 1:3(3rd row) gives the best airtime in the park and makes this ride top-notch. Row 1:3 also usually has a shorter wait, so the row is ideal. And yes, 1 row makes a huge difference. When someone asked me to switch rows, getting me on one train faster, I said "no."
Spacely's Sprocket Rocket- Ride it for the credit if you care. Only ride if you have a few minutes and the line is only in the station. It is fun BTW.
There you go!
Also, be sure to catch Circo Magnifico(If it has debuted yet when you go.) I heard it is going to be really cool!(Located in the Grand Music Hall near the Whizzer.)
Here is a link to the new 2005 park map.
*** Edited 4/16/2005 7:16:50 PM UTC by DejaVu The Ride***
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