We, (me and my wife), rode Anaconda next...and I have the bruises to prove it! Amazing to me was that the inversions seemed to be the smoothest parts, and the underwater tunnel...hardly noticed it. Now I've been pretty open in the past about my daughters love for flats, (she's almost 5), but she never really has got any joy out of coasters. Well, that all changed this trip for her. She took three huge steps this trip:
1) Avalanche - She rode this baby at least a 1/2 dozen times over the two days we were there. She was addicted!
2) Richochet - I'm pretty sure I butchered the spelling there but, oh well... Lots of laughs for this ride, her exact words, "It makes my belly tickle!" She's goof, what can I say. But it wasn't fun enough for her to re-ride.
...the other two huge steps come later.
Day Two: This was ride breakdown day at PKD. I was starting to feel guilty because every time I got near a coaster or got off a coaster...it broke! Four in all, starting with Hypersonic XLC. Now it broke just before I got to the queline. But once it reopened we were nearby and jumped to the front of line. All I can say is 0-80 is really fast when your on a short track. But it was Xtreme. Hurler...I was looking forward to this woodie because it's design was a turned-around version of Thunder Run at SFKK, (one of my favorite woodies). This ride was a far cry from smooth, even by wood standards, but was tolerable. It broke down about 10 minutes after I departed. Grizzly was a fun woodie, pretty well hidden by the woods, but unfortunately doomed because I was riding it. As we went up the lift hill the the train was rocking to the right like it was off balance, but the ride was great. As we came back into the station though the announcement was already being made that Grizzly would be shut down for some "minor adjustments". I'm no real fan of stand-up's, but hey, I'm trying to hold true to my goal I made here on the forum earlier this year and exceed 100 coasters this season. So I headed for Shockwave, and as I rounded the corner I see a train in the brake run, no biggie, that's normal. But there are also ride op's walking beside the train talking to people. What's worse, the other train is stuck on the lift hill and is unloading a few people, but not the whole train. Never stuck around to find out what happened, but nobody appeared to be injured which was very good.
At this point, we headed to Rebel Yell. It was a fun little coaster race, which my train lost, nothing new when compared to my past with the Racers @ PKI. But still, a fun woodie.
In closing, the similarities to PKI were creepy at times, though PKD was more beautiful, and welcome with it's well shaded walkways and forested areas. I like how PKD has put it's Paramount Gardens around the perimeter of the Eifel Tower. The overall layout though was horrible. For a first-timer at PKD the kids areas were a nightmare, though we found the best place to cool off was "Treasure Cave".
Never got to Shockwave, Taxi Jam, or Flight Of Fear, (but FOF's lines were out the door and covered the first 3-4 quelines...so I'm assuning it's as much fun as PKI's). We had to get to Williamsburg that night so we left early evening to get to our resort. Part Two of this trip will be up as soon as I can get my thoughts together, but before I go...
Best Ride - Volcano:The Blast Coaster
Worst Ride - Anaconda
Best Food - Bubba Gump's
Biggest Surprise - Tomb Raider:Firefall
A day at the park is what you make it!
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