How is the Comet doing? Do they run 2 trains, are there lines? I have always wanted to ride this, is it worth driving 2-1/2 hours ?
I would probably have to go on Saturday too... I'm a spoiled coaster geek and don't like going on Saturdays or waiting in line - is it worth it?
Other than Lake Compounce (had a bad experience there, they were only running 1 train on Boulder...) I don't think there are any close parks.
Boulder Dash was running two trains on Sunday, but except for the front seat, the rest of the train is way too brutal and rough for me. The front seat is worth it every time and that's top 5 in that spot.
The Intamin 'sled wasn't up to the level of Vibora, but it WAS really solid...despite the odd seating configuration (for a bobsled).
Comet, however, I have to say I was *mildly anticipointed*....I'd heard the complaints about the re-tracking...and the opposing views of course. Then I rode it for myself, and it just didn't have the *oomph* required to give me a thrill. Fun? Yes. Schmecklike? Not in the least. Only Hershey's Comet gave me less of "that Phurios Phoenix Pheeling"....
Overall, though, clean, friendly, well-landscaped, and quite a good park....despite the POS steelie they display out front to keep people away... ;)
The Nightmare is very good IMO. The wait is usually no shorter than an hour but that's why there's a "running of the bulls" toward it in the morning. It really is a great ride. Schwarzkopf was the man.
Alpine Bobsled and Canyon Blaster are more geared toward families. Proof of this is in the lower height requirement (42"). To me, Canyon Blaster is better than your average family coaster. That ending double helix is awesome. Bobsled offers a unique ride experience. There's not too many of those around.
Steamin' Demon is the parks first roller coaster and deserves a visit. Best color scheme on a coaster IMO. Boomerang is also one of the adult coasters. The back seat offers an extremely intense ride.
May I also recommend Raging River, Poland Spring Plunge, Rainbow and Pirate? They are all major rides at the park and are a lot of fun.
Looney Tunes National Park has got to be the nicest children's area I've ever seen. Even if you aren't a kid, be sure to stop in and see how amazing it looks.
Don't go to The Great Escape like you would with another park. Take your time going around. Don't run from coaster to coaster. Enjoy some of the shows (I strongly recommend the Diving Show) and hit up the flats you usually miss at other parks.
Enjoy the free parking as well. ;)
Enjoy the free parking as well. ;)
Have to admit thinking "Did I pass a parking attendant and not even SEE one?" Just not one there, LOL...free parking IS kinda absurd...in a good way... :)
Boulder Dash was running two trains on Sunday, but except for the front seat, the rest of the train is way too brutal and rough for me.
This coming from an SOB fan. What a wuss ;) Even Jordan (my 6 yr old daughter) like the back. Fast and furious and no follow-up coaster head. Dash was running one train Sunday morning and they put the second one on shortly after noon.
Great Escape sounds like a great park that we need to visit before it's flagged.
Get to crackaxle first thing. You'll save yourself some time, because the line will never let up---very low capacity.
Comet - definitely worth the trip. Like all woodies, it performs best when the trains have done a few warm-up laps. IMO, it's not as good as the Phoenix, but it's better than the Hersheypark Comet. Capacity is good and SFGE puts their best crews here. In the fall, they start rehab on one of the trains, so you might find single-train operation. Despite this, I've never waited more than 20 minutes to ride.
Canyon Blaster - a very well-themed (but tame) mine train. Lots of fun with your eyes closed too.
Nightmare at Crack Axle Canyon - capacity less than 200 riders per hour. It's not worth any wait over 15 minutes because this darkk ride isn't very dark.
Alpine Bobsled, Boomerang, Steamin' Demon, Road Runner Express -- these are all clones of coasters that you have found in different parks across the country. The only difference is the staff attitude, which varies from tolerently smiling to cheerleader ecstatic. The Steamin' Demon (an Arrow Looper) entrance is virtually hidden by the western town, so those staff get bored and are very happy to have riders. If I remember correctly, riding on the left side is more comfortable than on the right side.
Non-coaster stuff: SFGE is a smaller theme park, so you won't find tons of flat rides. However, there's enough Mother Goose theming to keep most pre- and grade-school children entertained for hours. The shopping area is also a nice touch and worth spending a few minutes.
The Mother Goose stuff, the swan boats, and lots of other details really DO give it that "classic family-owned feel"...Brian Noble hit that aspect *square*. :)
I could ride Comet all day too...not forceful enough to make me ever get off. A good coaster to marathon, I'm not sure HOW you guys are getting thse so-called "excellent" rides on it. Good, smooth, fun, but NOT intense...Big Dipper at GL provided more *action*, IMO...
2 riders per "train", 2 trains on track, dispatch *about* once every 60 seconds...shame I loved the ride SO much, 'cause I could NOT see wiating thru that line again.
There are actually 3 cars on track.
There was probably one just hitting the lift but there was also one in the loading station as well.
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