PKD Opening Day

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Monday, March 29, 2004 10:49 AM
Most of you have probably read reviews on the rides
or have been on them already so I'll skip writing
about how the rides were running, but here's the quick
review:

Lines? Short - Longest wait was for the new
Scooby Doo ride which was approx. 45mins - 1hr.

Bad news for season passes! No coupon books this
year, sorry guys. Those of you who bought your
pass last year for 2004 dont have the 'gold' pass
so many of the perks you wont get, including
preferred parking, and 15 mins early entrance.

How was the Scooby Doo ride? For one, they actually
did some theming! There's a swamp, some graves,
lots of misters, and the mystery machine stuck in
the mud to name a few items. The ride is also
well done, but it's quite easy to shoot the
monsters since the ride was aimed at the younger
crowd in the first place.

Now, here is the big news (I think). Last year,
diamond falls was removed as most of you know.
But this year, right next to diamond falls'
location, they are taking out one of the tube
slides from the waterpark (the one that intertwines
on the way down)...so...making space for a new
ride next year maybe? Who knows, but it's been
a few years since Hypersonic. Let the speculation
begin!

Thats it for my review, sorry it's so short.

-Matt

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Monday, March 29, 2004 10:51 AM
Sorry about all the space on the right, it must be netscape.
(I'm using the school's computer).
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Monday, March 29, 2004 11:17 AM
Hmmm.... interesting. Mabey we'll see Delirum at PKD? Man, that's my fav flat ride!
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Monday, March 29, 2004 11:31 AM

Matt H. said:
Bad news for season passes! No coupon books this
year, sorry guys. Those of you who bought your
pass last year for 2004 dont have the 'gold' pass
so many of the perks you wont get, including
preferred parking, and 15 mins early entrance.
-Matt

Anyone can upgrade their season passes for a whopping $3 and become a gold pass member.

You need to read the perks list again

First In Line
Come early and be the first in line on your favorite ride. Gold Passholders will gain early entrance to be the first to ride when the park opens at 10:30AM. (opening day that was a 5 min head start, no rides open early)

Priority Access to WaterWorks
Get your favorite chair and spot in the sun before anyone else! Enter the gate at 11:45AM, 15 minutes before the waterpark is open to the public.

Season Pass Appreciation Day
Monday, April 5, 2004 will be open to Season Passholders Only

Gold Passport Parking Area
Park as close to the front gate as you can get in the reserved Parking area. A limited number of spaces will be available on a first come first serve basis. Parking fee still required.

Bring a Friend Discount Days*
Purchase your season pass and process (have your photo ID taken) before May 31, 2004 and bring a friend for half price off the $43.99 Adult General Admission gate price. Offer good for one half price admission per season passholder per day and ends May 31, 2004. Other dates and discounts may vary.

SAM

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Monday, March 29, 2004 11:33 AM
But if you upgread your pass do you still get free parking. My boyfriend got his pass at the end of last year so we still get free parking. I would rather have free parking then park close.
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Monday, March 29, 2004 11:40 AM
The free parking deal was for people buying their pass late last year -- buying/upgrading a pass now doesn't get the free parking pass. However, anyone buying a pass now automatically gets a Gold one.

The parking pass for Gold is only $12, though! If I was going to be back there more than once this year, I'd have gotten it (I still think maybe I should have, to see if it also works at PKI and Carowinds, but technically it shouldn't and would be an extra $12 I don't gain a benefit from).

--Greg, who bought a PKD pass yesterday on semi-impulse because I'll be at enough Paramount parks this year to justify it...

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Monday, March 29, 2004 11:53 AM
I was also there on opening day (yes, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision at 4pm on Friday to go down ... yay for long distance, short duration trips!) and there was also a VERY long line for Flight of Fear in the late afternoon. Due to the rain all morning, the lines were non-existant, so much that I got in 3 FoFs and 2 Volcanos in approximately 1 hour, but later in the day, FoF really bothered me. In the morning, the lights were off in the exit station, the bass was on in the loading station, and there was just an atmosphere about the ride that was really cool and mysterious (especially since there were few people actually on the ride). Later in the day, the second train had disappeared, the bass was gone, the lights in the exit station were on full blare, it just really ruined all the theme. Was too bad.

Also, Hypersonic was closed and some employees were acting like they didn't even know what the ride was. I wasn't too disappointed, cause it's not my favorite ride in the park, but it seemed really odd that they had all offseason to fix the thing and they couldn't?

Finally, the de-theming of Stan Mikita's was horrible - they just took down the letters and the hockey player. Didn't even bother to scrub away the dust, and you can still see Stan's name in the awning of the food place, in addition to the hockey sticks on the doors still. Oh, and the place was closed too making the Huler/Hypersonic area a dead zone that day.

I also got grease on one of my favorite t-shirts from Drop Zone =(

But for all that complaining I had a great time, and was glad I made the 5 1/2 hour trek!

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Monday, March 29, 2004 11:58 AM
Hmm... I'm going to make a wild guess and say not to rule out the possibility of PKD's own Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay. I'm *assuming* all of the Paramount Parks will eventually retheme their waterparks to this.

Sounds like everyone had fun. How were the woodies running and were the lines for Volcano and Drop Zone really short as well (under 15-20 min.)? Has the Nickelodeon Parade started (isn't PKD the first PP to get this?) and was the new Paramount movies show on yet?

+Danny *** Edited 3/29/2004 5:01:29 PM UTC by +Danny***

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Monday, March 29, 2004 12:39 PM
Hurler was a little rougher than I remembered it last year, but it was still a great ride. Grizzly really isn't the same ride in the daytime, but it was still fun other than the fact that you practically come to a stop at the top of the second hill. Rebel Yell practically broke my neck at the bottoms of each hill, but it did that last year too.

Volcano was about 15 to 20 minutes (I think, I didn't have a watch) to the front seat, Drop Zone was a walk on. It was raining pretty hard most of the morning, so lines were short, but nothing stopped running.

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Monday, March 29, 2004 1:23 PM
I was there all weekend. The woodies were running well, On the Rebal Yell we rode in last seat on the forward car it was very rough. It was the worse ride I ever have had on it. But it was still fun. The lines both days were not bad most were just a 5 minute wait or less. The Volcano was the longest wait at about 15 minute. FOF was running great on Saturday but on Sunday it was only running one train which made some lines.
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Monday, March 29, 2004 2:34 PM
Rebel Yell has always hurt me, VERY BAD. I perfer the one at PKI instead. I wonder why Hypersonic was down. I love that coaster's launch and hill....
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Monday, March 29, 2004 8:19 PM
I hear that the Scooby Doo Dark ride at PKD is a blast to ride and the theming is Great and well done i havent been able to get to PKD yet to check it out but i will this summer because not only do i wanna check the new Scooby ride but i miss the Volcano!
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Monday, March 29, 2004 8:49 PM
Yes Scooby Doo ride has some great theming. I can only hope they keep it up and running. They have a small swamp that has a green gator fake of course and the entire swamp has water bubbles comming up the whole time. They have graves with some funny sayings on them. Also a few of the trees move back and forth as if someone is walking in the woods. They also have scooby's tail hanging out of a big log kind of like he is stuck. It's really great the kids will love it. The ride it's self is fun, I was to buy trying to hit the targets I didn't really see much of the ride. I scored 1320 which is good I guess b/c it's made for kids. Overall I think it's a great ride for PKD the kids will love it.

I also notice the slides that were comming down behind the diamond falls, we can only hope for a new ride.

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Monday, March 29, 2004 9:20 PM
On Sunday, Hurler was running like, well, crap. I can finally see what the Hurler haters are complaining about -- every time I've been to PKD previously, Hurler was one amazing woodie. Not so on Sunday, which was very disappointing.

Grizzly was running well, though. Rebel Yell was alright, but I really wish they'd work on running the two sides in sync.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2004 8:33 AM

N-troble said:
But if you upgread your pass do you still get free parking. My boyfriend got his pass at the end of last year so we still get free parking. I would rather have free parking then park close.

How about Both? if you got your pass last year when free parking was offered, the free parking carries over to the gold pass upgrade, they give you a parking pass when you pay the $3 upgrade fee.

Your free parking priviledge "is not" taken away when you upgrade your regular pass.

Everyone that buys a pass by I believe april 15th gets the gold pass, after that, not sure....

PS watch for many more perks like 1st choice of seats at the concerts, and priority seating for shows... these are all things that may be offered

SAM

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Tuesday, March 30, 2004 8:34 AM
Sam - I am aware of the perks this year, and they are good ones, but it seems they gave the early entrance but took away all the discounts. The bring-a-friend deal is only good until may, so what about the rest of the season? There were so many discount coupons in the books last year that were really good, such as the "flash your pass" (automatic 10% off).

Also to note, the season passholder appreciation day is cool too, but that was a perk of last year, and the year before that. And, not that It's my reason for complaint, but I can't go in the first place because every year it falls on a school day.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2004 1:35 PM
Sounds like they did a Bang-up job theming the Scooby Doo dark ride @ PKD the one at PKI is awsome i loved it even more than Buzzlightyear at disney of course i dont really like Buzz so it didnt do much for me i like the Scooby doo dark ride at PKI much better iam not bring down Buzz its just i perfer scooby over buzz!I cant wait til I get to go to PKD this summer and Check out the New Scooby Dark ride and get to ride The Volcano coaster *** Edited 3/30/2004 6:36:02 PM UTC by MysteryIncs1#Fan***
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Tuesday, March 30, 2004 5:17 PM
MysteryIncs1#Fan - Please punctuate your sentences. Holy cow, is that hard to read.

I'm dyslexia's one number fan.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2004 5:25 PM

Vater said:
MysteryIncs1#Fan - Please punctuate your sentences. Holy cow, is that hard to read.

I'm dyslexia's one number fan.


Your Not very Funny!why cant you read?

Punctuate eh? is that what you call it! i will try to next time sorry *** Edited 3/30/2004 10:26:29 PM UTC by MysteryIncs1#Fan*** *** Edited 3/30/2004 10:27:07 PM UTC by MysteryIncs1#Fan***

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Tuesday, March 30, 2004 6:08 PM
It has nothing to do with being funny. It has to with organizing your thoughts into a coherent structure, so that we can read what you're trying to say.

What's easier to read,

This is a coherent little paragraph. It is laid out in a way that took me a full 5 extra seconds to type, but everyone can follow.

or

this paragraph is completely incoherent actually its not even a very good example but it should get the point across yes i typed it quicker but at what cost

?

It all goes towards credibility. People will tend to skip over what you say if you don't try to present it properly.

That's not even mentioning the terms of service you agreed to when you signed up, which say that you agree to at least try.

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