Ok I maybe going to these parks the week arter the 4th of July (during the week, BGW on Tuesday,PKD on Wednesday, and SFA on Thursday) and was wondering if I should worry about lines.
Also, besides the coasters, what are some other 'not to miss' rides at each park?
SiX FlAgS FiEsTa TeXaS was great!
The last time I was over that way was in '98. The longest line I encountered at BGW was about 15 minutes. Lines were nice and short and the rides were great.
When I went to PKD, Volcano was new and it was shut down. The lines were longer than BGW, but not to bad. Even though I did wait and hour for Flight of Fear, when I have it at my home park.
And as for SFA, I cant help you there, never been. It is in the agenda for 2003. Have a great trip.
Holiday World, it's impossible not to have a good time
Long lines: Hypersonic, Volcano, Superman, Batwing.
Everthing else walk on-20 minutes.
Superman hasn't had long lines this year o to the jokers jinx and some other stuff.
Gwazi God said:
hey i'm also going to PKD that same weds after july 4th.
Small world. I bet there will be other people there, too.
Rampagelover, don't miss Corkscrew Hill in the Ireland section of BGW. And don't forget to check out the the Jack Hanna Lorakeet Glen, either. I thought that was really worth visiting in between rides elsewhere in the park.
That's so cool, I'm making the same trip to all 3 parks the week after.
As for lines, I went to PKD in 99 and Volcano had a 2hr+ wait, maybe things have changed.
As for BGW, lines are pretty short during the week, usually less than 20 min.
July will be my first trip to SFA.
I went to Bgw and Pkd right around this time last year. The longest line at Bgw was for Big Bad Wolf and was about 10-15 minutes. Awesome park, food was great, atmosphere was great, rides were great, awesome. Apollos Chariot is just amazing and Alpengeist is up there too.
Pkd had longer lines though. The first time we went on Volcano, the line was about 1 1/2 hours. The second time around we used fastlane and got on within seconds....in the front row....Yeah Baby!! The last time we rode it, was at night, and the line was about a half an hour. It was sorta freaky though cause the last time we rode it, it was lightning out with the fire comin out of the volcano at points. Hypersonic was wierd when we went there. I dont know if it will be open when you go there but that ride was awesome as well. They said it was closed for a little when we got there but they let us in line. So we waited 5 minutes and it was up and running. We rode this baby 3 times too and the airtime was awesome. The ride is a little too short. The line for the ride is a lot longer than it looks too. The capacity just ins't that strong on that ride but all 3 times we waited were anywhere from 45 minutes to 1hr 30 minutes. Hope this helps. I know i sorta got carried away about the rides.
5) S:ros Sfdl 4) Raptor 3) Apollos Chariot 2) Magnum
1) Millennium Force
SiX FlAgS FiEsTa TeXaS was great!
At BGW, the Ireland section shouldn't be missed as a whole. There's some expensive nice things in some of those shops. Plus, the shops like next to AC have the best quality coaster shot glasses, pins, post cards, general coaster stuff. Some of the shops were almost as nice up at Cedar Point, but IMHO, shopping is the best at BGW as far as shopping in an amusement park goes.
Also, BGW has the BEST designs for the crushed pennies anywhere! The best.
Intamin fan, based on my experiences, I will have to disagree with you. The employees are not moving any faster this year at SFA. Batwing does have shorter waits than last year, but thats only because both stations are running (at least sometimes both stations are running). Considering that the few times I have been there, the line for Batwing during early afternoon/midday gets to 1 - 2 hours long...the time I rode at night, the line was also an hour long, so I don't think they could be considered as moving any faster. The S:RoS line actually moves slower (generally speaking) than it did last year. The only ride that really moves people is Roar and those ride ops should be commended for the job they are doing because they truly are moving faster. I am not saying that the employees are 100% horrible..I just don't think they are doing a great job and I certainly would not say that these are real people movers like those at CP.
Rampagelover, my suggestion to you for SFA is to hit Batwing first..if you want to do Face/Off, do that early also. The Typhoon SeaCoaster is also a must do, but it doesn't open until noon, try to hit that as soon as it opens because it is a very slow moving line.
At PKD, be sure to hit Volcano, Flight of Fear, and Hypersonic (if it's open) early as those lines can get very long. I have also heard that Ricochet can get very long as well, so try to hit that early too if you want to do the wild maus.
"Have fun stormin' the castle!"
At BGW get there first thing in the morning about 30 min. before the park opens. You will get to park in the old lot which is just as close as "preferred parking" but at the regular price. Ride LNM if the line is not to long. If it is then skip it. Wait at Ireland for them to open the rest of the park. Head straight for Alpie esp. if you want a fornt seat ride. Then do Wilde Maus, BBW, then work your way back to the front of the park. Ireland is a must if you like shows.
At PKD, get there at open, if HXLC is open head straight there. Then head to the other side of the park and hit Volcano, Avalanche, FOF, Anaconda and Shockwave. If HXLC is not open then head straight for Volcano. HXLC, Volcano and Shockwave have very low capacity so get them out of the way. The lines for the woodies are usually not that long.
At SFA, head straight for S:ROS and Batwing.
Barry Short- the SoCal, Ohio coaster enthusiast from Virginia.
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