PKD/SFA help

Sunday, June 20, 2004 9:17 PM
I just found out that i will be going to PKD and SFA in addition to BGW in July.

Are there any stagedies as to ohow to ride all the roller coasters in a short aount of time... also, what other thrill rides are must rides if time allows.

any general help on all 3 parks is very much appriciated.

Sunday, June 20, 2004 10:54 PM
PKD - I haven't been to the park that many times, but I would think H:XLC and Volcano would be best bets for opening. Both have relatively low capacity and are must rides, if they're open. As for non-coaster thrill rides, Drop Zone is a MUST. It's outstanding.

SFA - Batwing tends to have pretty bad capacity, as does Two-face so I'd hit 'em first. S:RoS, if it's running two trains, has pretty decent capacity, so I'd save it for later. On the other hand, Batwing and S:RoS tend to have mechanical problems every now and again, so if you haven't ridden them, it might be best to get the credits early...

BGW - Umm...all the coasters have good capcity and there's only four of them, so it shouldn't be a problem. Escape from Pompei is also awesome. I highly recommend it. The flume is also quite good, as is the rapids ride. Heck, just do everything. ;) Also make sure you take some time to just wander around the park and enjoy it. There's great great great atmosphere and it's a real shame to spend the whole day scurrying from coaster to coaster without realizing how beautiful the park really is.

Follow the general rules though:

Low capacity rides early. Start with the back of the park. When you enter the park, head towards the right, rather than the left.

I also tend to save credit whoring for the end of the day when the GP have all gotten their one ride. Lines for old loopers and such absolutely die around dinner time, even if they were packed during the day. You should be able to do in 45 min. in the evening what would take 3+ hrs. during the mid-afternoon.

Monday, June 21, 2004 9:31 AM
PKD, if you want to ride scooby doos mansion get there first, right at opening, or you'll find a long line. then go directly to volcano.

If XLC is out to the sign, or even past it, and running 2 or 3 trains, and they're letting 8 people enter the queue after each launch go for it, it won't take long.

Drop Zone is a 15 min wait MAX with the queue totally full out to the height check station.

SFA your best advice is above my post, however keep in mind if you have $10 extra you can buy fastlane tix (5) and ride all the major coasters w/ little or no wait.


Monday, June 21, 2004 2:42 PM
What are fastlane tix?? How do they work?

Does SFA not have the same Q-bot system and SFoG and other six flags?

Monday, June 21, 2004 2:51 PM
See, I've read the exact advice Sam mentioned many times.

The Scooby at opening thing worked well. However, Volcano's lines were longest first thing in the morning during our visit (last Tuesday, the 15th). We waited about 25 minutes when we hit the ride right after Scooby. Later in the afternoon Volcano was down to 5 or 10 minutes.

Might have just been the day we were there (and I suspect it was for as many times as I've heard the "hit Volcano early" advice), but I wish I'd have headed back to Hypersonic first - especially with the one train operation and 4 minute intervals :(

Monday, June 21, 2004 2:54 PM
My advice is to go to S:RoS first thing. The line will be a walk on right away and you can re-ride empty seats. This is the best ride in the park by far, so you want to take advantage of it. Batwing is a terrible ride, IMHO, but you can wait for it once later, or you can buy a fastlane ticket for $5 and go up the exit. You may want to use this on the Mind Eraser line too (which is also a terrible ride that you will probably only want to do once). Wild One is a great woodie and has awesome airtime in the front.

At Kings Dominion, make sure you wait for the front on Volcano and H:XLC. The line for the front on Volcano does not take long, and it is worth it for H:XLC. If you like wood, Grizzly makes an excellent night time marathon. A night ride on Volcano is awesome, but you may have to invest in a long line to get one.

Monday, June 21, 2004 11:25 PM
What with the way S:ROS has been running lately you'll definitely want to hit that first thing & then just follow the path back to Batwing from there.

My only advice for Roar is this:if you want a smooth ride then try to get the black train....the teal train provides a much rougher experience at least from what I've had so far this season.


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