Overall appearance: The park sure is looking awesome!! After about 4 years, all of the midways are finally concrete, and boy does it look nice. They added a good number of trees this year once again. I have heard that WWK has received much landscaping also. I never have to complain about shade again. I mean, they aren't gigantic trees, but they are nice sized. (Taller than 6 feet)
This is where I will tell my story of John Albino. The park was looking as clean as usual. While I was up by Meteor, (which was having problems all day as usual) I noticed a man walk past me. I almost immediately recoginized him as John Albino. I wasn't sure if I wanted to talk to him, but I decided not to. He stopped, bent down, and picked up a piece of trash. I thought that was nice of him. But I soon found out he intended on picking up every piece of trash he saw. We walked behind him for a little ways, and I swear he stoppped and picked up a piece of trash every 10-15 seconds. He even realined a trash can. (I wonder what would happen if all 70 million trash cans were out of place?) And he walked the entire park. I don't know if other park chains (and I say chains because I have heard the other CF general managers do this too) have managers do this. They should take a lesson from CF.
Rides of the day: All of the rides were running great. I was noticed by several employees because I was wearing a Millennium Force shirt. There were problems with several rides. One of Steel Force's trains stopped on the Mid-Course Brake Run. That was no problem, it was up and running again in no time. Thunder Creek Mountain was down when I got there and didn't open up. The water was drained out of it. Meteor had several problems throughout the day. It really is a shame to see a great ride have so much downtime. I have learned not to expect the best reliability from Zamperla. Steel Force seemed good this year, it seemed to me like I got some floater air better this season than last.
Biggest surprise of the day: Thunderhawk. Now I will do a little bit of a before and after comparison.
Before: There are only 2 rides on this earth that I have been on that I absolutely dread going into a certain part. The first being Phoenix (but I think I'm starting to love it) The other is Thunderhawk. It does this turn into and out of the figure 8. The first turn I am talking about is right after you go up the 3rd hill. I bang heads everytime with the person next to me. This time was very different.
After: I could hardly believe I wasn't hurting when I got off. I don't know what they did, but it sure improved the ride. Those turns were smooth enough to be enjoyable. The trim brake on the bunny hops wasn't on as bad as last season either. An absolutely awesome ride.
Overall: The capacity was pretty good. The employees were extremely friendly and polite. Even security was good. There was no line jumping at all where I went. The rides were running just as if it was mid-season. I blacked out on Lazer as usual, and even the loop on Talon!! I had one of my best visits to the park, and I plan on going back many more times this year. The construction in WWK is almost finished and boy, do those slides look great! It looks like it's going to be another awesome season.
Whew! That was a long one! If you've read this far, reward yourself by going to your homepark this weekend. (Or weekday, if you live in certain areas.) That's it for now.
Enjoy the rest of your day at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
Save LeSourdesville Lake!!! It was the best park ever!!!
By the way - how was Hercules?
I am not going back to Cedar Point until they throw Mean Streak's brakes into lake Erie. There should be a law against killing coasters like Cedar Fair does.
Not sure of the Thunderhawk "improvement" because it seems like the same great ride I discovered last season when we moved to the area. I saw nothing changed about the ride - including the stupid trim on the final bunny hops :(
Hercules still trims the drop.
Dorney Park Visits in 2003: 2
G's! They're what's for dinner!
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