What coasters or rides have you waited for that was very short for rides that are usually really long? My best wait would be 10-15 minutes for TTD. We got there right away. What other short waits have you had?
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My all time best was for Mantis, not that I like the coaster but last fri between 10 ans 11pm it was walk on for the front seat, usually thats a coaster I skip even with freeway stamps. My best for Raptor was earlier this summer 15 min for front, best for MF was about 20 min back during halloweekends in 2000.
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I've been pretty lucky. The Day before Winter Coaster Solace @ knott's the lines were non existant. GhostRider which is usually an hour wait strong with normal lines was like 2 trains and you are in the very back. Same with Xcelerator. The day before and the day of Winter Coaster solace I had to have ridden Xcelerator 30+ times and GhostRider 30+ times, it was heaven. SFWOA, my max wait was 20 minutes and that was for Xflight with single train, I don't think I rode a coaster there except for Xflight that would actually fill up a train. Raging Bull @ SFGAM was like 30 minutes but they had a sign that said 60 minute wait, then in small letters "when filled" they meant the switchbacks that were not open so the line for Raging bull seemed like it was gonna be 60+ when it was about 30, And I got lucky with Viper, it wasn't real crowded our first day there, maybe 15 minute wait, but near park closing it was a walk on, so I got to ride it 4 times in like 20 minutes, and the 20 minutes was only because of the long line you have to walk through.
My single best day was after work in the late spring of 2001 @ SFGAm. I was there for 1 hour, had walk-on/re-rides on any ride in the park (including V2 - new that year, Raging Bull, Giant Drop, etc..). Even that doesn't hold a candle to last blast, from what I heard.
As for TTD, the one and only time I rode it, the day before it was down for a month or so, the wait was around 20 minutes. Mine was a tad longer to wait for the back car.
The last time that I was on TTD, I kinda lucked out. It was down for quite a while. I was riding Magnum and was in line for my third ride when TTD started testing. After getting off of Magnum, I rushed over and they were just openning the line back up. It was only about a 20 min. wait to the station, but I had to ride the front seat, so that added about another 30 min. Well worth the extra wait.
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SFMM the last weekend of May on my trip - hit the park on a Friday and the only ride with more than a 15 minute wait was X and that was at 2 hours (mainly cause of breakdowns - there was only about 30 min of people in the line). Great way to spend my first day in a park that I was really anticipating huge lines in!
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My lucky waits had to be last Sunday at SFGAm. Entered the park at 9:15 when they started processing people in, went and got in line for Superman. Got the second train of the day, front row for that. The ride opened early at 9:45 so when I finished my ride, they still hadnt dropped the chains past the railroad tracks in Orleans. Got in a good position and did the running of the bulls from there. Managed to weasel myself up to the front of the pack and was the first person in line for Batman. First train of the day, front car for that. By 11am I had riden Batman, Superman, V2, Eagle, and Raging Bull twice!!!
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Early in June I was at CP. The morning was a pain all the lines were long. Then it rained for about 4 hours. After the rain quit around 5 pm there was no one there. Everything was walk on except for MF which was about 10 minutes. (Oh and TTD and WT were both closed unforunately.)
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This past year at IOA, on a weekday between Christmas and New Year's, the lines were unbearably long with a 3 hour line for Hulk and Spiderman, and an hour wait for Dueling Dragons. At opening (8 AM), we went straight back to DD and got 8 walk-on rides, 5 in the front, 3 in the back, each time with our own train. Anyone who has tried this knows it is the best way to start a visit to IOA. We had visited many times before, so we left at around 4 when it started to become difficult to walk on some of the midways due to crowds.
IOA back in 1999 on the unnoffical openings were superb. DD was walk on all day except for the front rows and although Hulk had a 20 min queue until lunchtime, it then became walk on for the rest of the day.Spiderman had a queue all day but I managed to walk on the ride when it reopened after a brakedown so I was very pleased, All other rides were pretty much walk ons, It was HEAVEN :)
Cedar Point back in 2001 - Went in the park in the morning, went straight for Millennium Force and Waited 5 mins, I then went straight to Mantis where I waited 5 mins, I then went to Wildcat and waited 15 mins, then strolled over to Iron Dragon and walk on, and then went to Corkscrew and walked on there too, Talk about some good luck and all this took place in under 1hr, NICE :)
SFMM last year - The park was lovely and empty and many rides were walk ons,went straight to X and got on the second public ride of the day(It was 3hrs later on), Also Viper,Ninja,Batman,Colossus,Revolution, Phyclone and Goldrusher were all walk ons while Riddler,Goliath,Superman and Deja Vu were all between10-30 mins wait so it was absolutly brilliant :)
Didnt really queue for anything apart from the water rides which did have some long queues(It was 85 degrees afterall)
Got to ride on X-Flight 3 times (twice without getting off)
Villian 3 times (twice without getting off)
Batman Knight Flight 3 times
Monorail (dont ask)
In 2 1/2 hours, longest wait was 5 minutes.
SFGAm (last year late June Sunday)
Except for Deja Vu (1/2 hr wait) I did not wait more then 15 min the entire day for a ride cant count on how many rides I rode that day.
Noah's Ark (this year early June Sunday)
>5min wait all day for all rides it was heaven.
Magic Kingdom (week before easter 1999)
E-pass night in 2 hours I did 5 Space Mountain trips, 3 Buzz Rides, 1 POTC, 1 Country Bears, 3 Thunder Mountain rides and 2 Splash Mountain rides (without getting off) ------------------ Summer 03-CP, HP, SFDL, SFNE, SFWOA, and SFGAm.
I don't think I've waited more than 20 minutes yet this season.
Oh wait - we did wait a little over an hour for X in February. But nothing else this season even comes close. A distant second would be 35 minutes for S:ROS at SFA - running one train. I'm spectacularly lucky (and smart) when it comes to wait times at parks - so much so that in the last few years I remember the "long" waits, not the short ones.
This year's longest wait - approximately 70 minutes for X 2002's longest - just under an hour for MF (twice) 2001 - an hour and a half for X-Flight (ride malunction roughly doubled the wait) 2000 - 2 hours for MF thanks to rain delay (not bad considering that was the year of 4 to 5 hour lines)
Other than that I doubt I've waited more than 20 to 30 minutes for anything, most of the time its less than that. Of course we do as many trips as possible during the "off season" and utilize all fastpass systems an virtual queue lines available. We save the busy season mostly for return trips to parks we enjoy when power riding isn't priority.
To sum it up: Na nah nanny nanny boo boo - I don't wait long very often ;)
I've been able to get 4 rides in one day on X with a 30 minute wait each time. Also have been able to do 20 straight rides on Medusa at SFMW without getting off during normal operation. Gotta love short waits!