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The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist
Went to ride Hades over the weekend. It's a GREAT ride, but still very rough. There is new track in a few places; I think they added some new running rails on some of the old track and tightened everything up, but it's still rough. The corkscrew thingy is super smooth. It feels like a true zero G maneuver.
This reminds me of people complaining that a ride is "forceless," because this inversion is truly forceless. But that's a good thing. You don't feel force in any direction, it's almost creepy. It's the only inversion I've been on that feels like that, so it's unique in my book (I still haven't ridden Outlaw Run or Iron Rattler). It's all visual (well, and your equilibrium gets thrown).
On Saturday, there were seatbelts joining the ends of the lapbars. The belts may have been there for measurement or training purposes, because they were gone on Sunday.
First time to the Dells and was way excited to ride Hades and the other coasters I had read so much about years ago. Maybe I am just spoiled by GCI coasters now after riding Gold Striker a couple weeks ago and many others, but I was not impressed. I think Pegasus and Zeus were my favorites, but not really that great.
Hades looked awesome and I thought the new trains looked and felt great. I was really expecting an excellent ride. The first couple turns weren't that bad and I was pretty pumped going up the lift hill. The first drop was awesome until right when we were diving into the tunnel and the train just jolted. Did not feel good on my neck. Underground was pretty crazy and then up into the inversion. This was easily the best part of the ride! Smooth and a cool inversion. Then back into the tunnel and I just remember the rest of the ride being bone jarring and not enjoyable. So sad because this ride has so much potential. I bet it was fantastic when it first opened. I don't think the Timberliners are the saving grace for this ride. It still needs to be maintained and re-tracked. My 8 year old daughter was riding next to me and she even complained that her neck was hurting after the ride. She rides just about everything with me and that hasn't happened before.
Going back for the water park tomorrow, maybe I'll give this ride one more chance if I can escape from the wife and kiddos for a little while. What I really need to do is get a ride on Hellcat.
I loved Hades until the end portion, where somewhere in there my back got hurt a bit (back in 2011). Have not gotten on 360 yet. Hellcat is a fun coaster. Hope you got on it.
When I went to Mount Olympus multiple years ago, my favorite ride in the park was the currently non-existent Dive to Atlantis, their water coaster. (It isn't like the Seaworld version). I also loved the go-carts. The cool ones I remember were the Trojan Horse, the Posideon one, and the Medusa themed one. (I think that's what it is.) I would like someone to give a trip report without just having roller coasters from there. The go-carts might be the best part of the park.
Like I've said, I haven't been to Mount Olympus since before Hades. I remember loving both Zeus, Cyclops, and the kids cosater Pegasus. My favorite was Cyclops, though I didn't remember it well other than the fact that it has a good ending. Then, I looked it up like a month ago, and found the air time drop of death on it. Did you happen to ride it S&S?
So today I got on Cyclops again and I tried out the back row (where you have to be 18 or older to ride) just to see what that was all about. I have to admit it was a lot better ride than the one I had the day before and that back seat is pretty legit. It definitely tried to throw me out of the train especially on the last curved "famous" drop.
I did stop by Timber Falls at 7:50 p.m. on my way to find a laundrymat. Quickly walked up and found that the coaster would be closing in 10 min. So I grabbed 1 ride ticket (they gave me a military discount, always like it when that happens) and off I went. I watched 1 lap of this ride before I got on and I was impressed watching this train zip around the park twice before coming back into the station. I chose to take this one in the front row and from the moment it went over the top this puppy flies! Great air time everywhere and it is just fast. I think this is the best coaster in the Dells and I told the ride-op when I got back to the station. She said that was nice to hear and off I went to get the families laundry done.
So here is a quick trip report from our day at Mount Olympus. The plan going in was to spend most of the day at the water park so we did that mostly. We got there right as it opened and headed for the big yellow family raft ride. Good choice cause it was a long line all day. Then we hit the slides on the kids area. Great slides especially the one that goes up the half-pipe. My kids loved the racing mats and I can say if you know how to ride it you can get some huge air off the last bump in the slide. We spent some time at the indoor waterpark and that had 4 really fun slides, but my kids loved the lazy river the most. We headed over to the upper water park and found more kids areas and 2 really great slides for my 5 year old, who is barely 42 inches, but she is a little dare devil and will ride anything if you let her. We also did the 2 big drop slides and they were okay. The two wave pools are nice with 1 being a normal wave pool and the other sends out a huge wave like every 3 min. My kids loved that big wave! The lines at the upper waterpark were pretty much zilch and that was awesome and the same went for the indoor waterpark. We all had a great time at the waterpark and felt like they had tons of variety and lots of things to offer for all ages. The one thing that they could improve was how quickly they sent people down slides. Seemed like they were overly cautious since they wouldn't send the next person down until the person was out of the splashpool at the bottom. The lines weren't bad today so no big deal but on a busy day I would probably go crazy.
We did a couple of the go cart tracks. Helios was a fun track with the spiral up and spiral down. Titan's Tower was really cool because you weave in and out of the Pegasus coaster throughout the track. The most fun we had was watching our 5 yr old daughter race her own go cart on a little figure 8 track. She loved it and was in it to win it! We loved that the park had a track even for her. Our 8 year old daughter also and her own track that was bigger and faster than her little sister. They both loved that they had their own special track that their older brother and parents couldn't go on.
So all in all the coasters aren't the greatest, but we loved the variety of the waterpark and enjoyed hitting a few of the go cart tracks. The kids really liked Zeus and Pegasus for the coasters. I really like how the park has entangled their coasters together. I think visually they are really cool to look at but just wish the rides were a bit better.
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