Let's see if I can remember...
5 rides Talon, 5 rides Thunderhawk, 5 rides Steel Force, 2 rides Laser, 2 rides Hercules (gone).
My last visit to SFGrAdv was last Tuesday. I was there for about 2 1/2 hours...
1 Ride Nitro, 1 Ride Batman The Ride, 1 Ride Robin Chiller, 1 Ride Stuntman Freefall.
IF you want to get in more rides... I would say Dorney is your better bet. The forcast for Allentown on Sunday is sunny and 81 degrees wich means that Whitewater Kingdom will be taking alot of the crowd.
Ride to Ride comparrisons (my opinions only):
Hyper: Nitro VS Steel Force: Steel Force is a great coaster, but Nitro is better... GrAdv wins
Inverted: Batman The Ride VS Talon: Talon is easilyone of the best out there... Dorney wins easily.
Looping: Great American Scream Machine VS Laser: GRASM is bigger... Laser is really intense and fun. Let's call this a tie
Wood: Roling Thunder VS Thunderhawk: RT is a longer coaster, but Tunderhawk makes up in quality what it may lack in quantity. Dorney Wins
Floorless: Medusa VS Hydra The Revenge: Aside from both being named for figures from Greek Mythology, there is nothing much more I can compare since I have yet to ride Hydra. Medusa however is a good coaster... but that is about all I can say.
Shuttle / Launched: Batman & Robin the Chiller VS Nothing. GrAdv wins by default since Dorney has nothing to compare.
Rocket: Kingda Ka VS Nothing: Again, Great Adventure by default. However, the way things sound there are still some technical problems being worked out on Kingda Ka. If it is running when you are there, your entire 5 hours may be spent in line for one ride on this monster.
Mine Train: Runaway Train VS Nothing. Again, GrAdv wins by default.
Other coasters: Skull Mountain VS Wild Mouse: Okay, not the same type of coaster, but the closest comparison. Skull Mountain is the more fun of the two, but Wild Mouse, while very slow loading, still loads faster than Skull Mountain. For this fact, Dorney wins.
Free Falls: Stuntman Free Fall VS Dominator: Dominator and Dorney Win
Shoot the Chutes: Movie Town Water Effect VS Whitewater Landing. Hands down Whitewater Landing (taller, Faster) and Dorney win (plus the fact that MOvie Town Water Effect was down for what looked like some rehab)
Flume: Sawmill Log Flume and Moon Flume VS what ever the heck Dorney calls their flume. While it is only a one drop flume, I like Dorney's better than most of the ones out there, so Dorney wins.
All in all... While GrAdv may have more coasters, I like Dorney's line up better. Also, while GrAdv has more coasters, on a 5 hour vist on a weekend you may not get to ride all of them. For these facts, I would pick Dorney.
However, others will have just the opposite opinion I am sure.
Another question is which is a better way to go to Dorney from BWI? To I-83 to I-81 to I-78 or I-95 to I-476? Does anyone have a suggestion?
83 to 81 is just a hair longer, but I believe there's some serious construction currently in the area that can cause big delays.
476 is a toll road only from the Mid-county toll booth (where it meets 76, the East-West Turnpike) to the Lehigh Valley exit-- well only as far as you're concerned. That's only about 35-40 miles, so it should only be around 2 dollars. From the exit plaza, take 22 East to 309 south to the Hamilton Blvd exit, and you're there. *** Edited 6/4/2005 4:19:20 AM UTC by RatherGoodBear***
Some ppl fear the I-95 corridor, but I find that most ppl want to get where they are going so traffic moves generally well (except right near DC and NYC).
I'm sure you will enjoy whichever one you pick.
Not very helpful...sorry.
The route I would take avoids I-95 and I-78–which is quite possibly one of the most boring roads out there. I would take 222 to 30 west, which dumps you off in York where you can catch I-83 towards Baltimore. You could continue on I-83S (called the JFX) towards the city (about 15 minutes), catch 295S (about 10 minutes depending on the time of day) to rt.195 and be to the airport in about 10 minutes. I made it to Dorney in about 2 1/2 hours two weeks ago using this method (minus the airport part) from Baltimore. Once 222 is all finished, I imagine you'll be able to make it from Baltimore in about 2 hours, and also be a lot richer in your pocket .
option 2: continue on I-695W towards Glen Burnie from I-83S, hook up with I-95S (about 30 minutes depending on time of day) and take the rt.195 exit (less than 5 minutes) which leads directly to the airport.
In my opinion I would stop at Dorney over Great Adventure simply based on the fact that you have limited time. With the waterpark open, it's and open and closed case. Prepare to get an ass-beating from Thunderhawk, which is why you should be able to get multiple rides on it. Since it's shadowed by Steel Force, not that many people ride it. Skip Dominator, or just ride the Space Shot side. The Turbo Drop always seems to have the bigger line, and they're just not that exciting in my opinion. I would ride Stuntman's Freefall over and over again, before wasting time on a Turbo Drop. If you do plan on riding either Thunder Canyon or White Water Landing, bring a swimsuit so you can have dry clothes later on. Be warned that the flat rides load very slowly for the most part, so you may want to skip those also. *** Edited 6/3/2005 2:20:56 AM UTC by Intamin Fan***
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