Is Your Theme Parks Walk-Ons Now?

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 6:17 AM
Hello Coaster Fans Who Are Enjoying Walk-On Rides,

I was just wondering which themeparks in the USA are walk-on rides this week and next? All Ohio Parks will be closed weekdays starting next week, but I know a few parks are open next week. Shawna and I will probably be heading south (of course).

CP, SFWoA, and PKI are all awesome this week. I just spent the last two days at both parks and got a TON of rides in. I'm headed down to PKI for tomorrow.

I don't care if you hate any Ohio parks, or have problems with customer service, or what not. YOU MUST GET TO OHIO!!! What person can turn down pratically ERT for the whole park! This is great!

Any news on back to school theme parks down south? Thanks and c-ya around at the parks!!

"The Future of Roller Coasters"

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 7:19 AM

This is great news. We leave tonite for Sandusky to spend two days at CP. It's my first visit and I'm REALLY excited! No lines, great park, superb coasters - what a great way to end the summer.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 7:34 AM
New Jersey hasn't started school yet, but around the 4th or 5th of September, everyone will be going back. I might be going out to SFGAdv today to get a few rides in before the rain, or in the rain. I don't expect it to be crowded.

Dave Bonnetti

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 8:12 AM
SFA is closed...

"To get inside this head of mine, would take a monkey-wrench, and a lot of wine" Res How I Do

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 9:07 AM

SFGAm is also closed during the week. Classes started for most schools this week so the park pretty much timed it right.

Unfortunately now with just weekend operation, the park will not get to walk-on status(except maybe the last couple of hours).

And Fright Fest? Oh god!!! Pretty much crowded every single operating day in October.

Like I said in another topic, if SFGAm doesnt meet its attendance numbers this year, I will be shocked.

Ric Flair was hitting on the female host, he told her - "Space Mountain may be the oldest ride in the park, but it has the longest line." WOOOOO!

*** This post was edited by Chitown on 8/28/2002. ***

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 9:20 AM
Dorney was walk-on until mid-June in early season. Schools here don't start until after Labor Day so the park was still semi-busy last week - haven't been there yet this week. Dorney goes to weekend only operation after Labor day so I imagine weekends will still be busy.

Dorney Park visits in 2002: 16

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 4:09 PM
I'm not sure about today, but starting next week or so (after labor day) Knotts should be all walk ons. Looking forward to those after school Ghostrider, Monte (and now Xcelerator) walk-on rides!!

0-82 in 2.3 seconds! =Wow!

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 4:26 PM

SFA should be open labor day,I was gonna go tomorrow but no it just had to go & rain on my parade.

Anyway once frightfest begins the park willo once again fill up so I'm not sure if most rides will be walk ons by then.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 4:47 PM
I just got back from PKI a little while ago. I never waited more than 2 or 3 mintues for any ride unless I was waiting for the front. What a great way to expereince the park for the first time. The Beast could be my favorite wooden coaster.
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 4:55 PM
Are most parks crowded during their sept/oct weekend operation?
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 5:08 PM
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 5:12 PM
Cedar Point's pretty much always a walk-on for most of the coasters like: Corkscrew, Iron Dragon, Blue Streak, and sometimes the Mine Ride, Disaster Transport, and Wicked Twister. If you ride either the Mine Ride or Disaster Transport @ night, don't worry about lines and the Mine Ride is a good one @ night.

Did you fill out the Coasterbuzz survey?

Thursday, August 29, 2002 7:43 PM
LATE sept usually isn't too bad. Most people at this point usually just wait an extra week or 2 and go to fright fest/other October festivities. Boo!

Vekomember is from Holland, ishn't zaht veerd?

Thursday, August 29, 2002 8:13 PM

I don't know why some of you people are saying that it's dead at CP the last week in Aug. I was just there Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th and the park was crowded! MF's line was an hour and 1/2 every time we walked by it. Of coarse Corkscrew and Gemini were a walk on but everything else was a half hour or longer. Even Iron Dragon and Mean Streak had lines which normally whenever I go (which I was just there in the middle of July) they are walk ons.

We even tried getting reservations at Breakers Express, and not only it but all of the other CP Resorts were booked, except the Radisson. And this was a Monday night.

On the other hand SFWoA was completely DEAD on Wednesday (aug. 28th). I have never seen this park as empty as it was. But I guess everyone was at CP.

Thursday, August 29, 2002 8:56 PM
I went on Sunday and Monday and happened to think the lines were very short, Millie was an hour when i waited btoh times.

(Former Signature replaced due to bad joke with accident) The Beast at night-Two peas in a pod? Next article against Markey!

Friday, August 30, 2002 6:47 AM

SFGADV has been the busiest this week than ever before.

Friday, August 30, 2002 7:07 AM
SFDL's gonna be extremely busy the next few days because it has big concerts through Labor Day weekend. Those concerts bring in a ton of people to the park who otherwise wouldn't be there. I'm going there either today or tomorrow for some final summer rides and I hope I'm wrong about this but I doubt it. The park progressively gets more crowded towards the end of the summer anyway.
Friday, August 30, 2002 10:05 PM
SFMM will be a guaranteed ghost town for the next week, the only fall school week it is open throughout the week. Disney's California adventure has always been a walkon. The only 3 rides that get any queues of significant length are Soarin', Grizzly, and Mullholland madness. the rest are shows or super high capacity. Knotts should be a ghost town for the next 9 months, there are only a few disney tourists in the park, especially on a day after big rain (more employees than guests), but on saturdays the park gets super busy with 1 hour lines on GR. The exception is holloween haunt, when there are 45,000 people in the park (and 3 hour lines), almost all paying over 40 bucks (icl ticketmaster), the biggest cash cow days for the parks, althouth during the day there are few bodies in the park b/c the GP is 5:30 pm closing phobic (inc. sat).
Saturday, August 31, 2002 3:42 AM

We've gone back to school in Virginia. PKD should have pretty short lines during weekend operation. I'm going on Saturday the 7th

Saturday, August 31, 2002 2:06 PM
SFNE has been only moderately crowded since late July. At least on the weekdays - I haven't been on the weekends. The lines aren't "walk-ons," but compared to the early season's 2+ hour wait for Superman and 45 min. wait for Batman, the 10 minute lines seem like nothing at all.

From past years experience, Sep/Oct weekends aren't crowded at all. That's usually when i get the most use out of my season pass, wereas i spend most of the summer going to other Six Flags and CP.


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