The line for Deja Vu looked too long, so we skipped that for now and tried to get on American Eagle but It went down right when we allready walked through that huge line. What is up with the new queue, it takes you so far out of the way to get to the ride its rediculous. We then got in a quick ride on the Demon, and decided to go out to our cars for lunch and then go to Hurricane Harbor. I was actually glad one of my friends made a bunch of sandwhiches for the trip, because I had forgotten just how bad the food prices were at Six Flags parks. And 15 dollars to park is also rediculous. The waterpark was OK, but crowded, we did the lazy river, and a few slides, but we probably werent even there 2 hours. After getting back into the park we did eat supper at papa Johns, sometimes you just have to fork over the money. We then did pretty much everything we missed, except for Deja Vu, which still looked like it had a long line. I didnt remember it being that great anyways when I rode it last, We also never got around to Whizzer this time. I like having only 1 or 2 people with me when im at a park, its easier to decide what to do next, without argueing. American Eagle was fun, had a fairly good race, Viper was running well and had some nice pops of airtime, and Raging Bull also seemed fast and had some nice pops of air.
Our longest wait of the day was on Batman by far, due to only one train operation, which was dissapointing. Overall the park seemed pretty well run, employees seemed pretty good, but the food and drink prices are getting rediculous, and I dont think people are going to put up with it forever. This time we decided beforehand to all throw in 20 bucks on a hotel, which was worth it because its never fun to drive 3 hours home after a long day at the park. Overall I had a good time, although I wouldve liked to have gotten in more rides and just skipped the crowded waterpark alltogether, but when your with a group like that majority rules.
Next week im heading to Pittsburgh to visit relatives like I do almost every summer, a trip to Kennywood is always a must. After that we are going to New York City for a couple days, and I hope to have time to make it to Coney Island, and on the way back I also hope to have time for a quick stop at Konebels, Ive always dreamed to going to Konebels. So look for those trip reports in the coming weeks.
Even though I'm not a stand-up coaster fan, I would have to agree that Iron Wolf is better than Mantis. :)
I think Iron Wolf is without a doubt the worst B&M I have been on. I have been on like 20 too. It was the first coaster I would never ride again because of the roughness. Mantis PWNS Iron Wolf. Hell, Hyrdra pwns the wolf.
Also, you notice the insane amount of brakes on the Bull. Nitro owns this coaster so bad it's not funny. I would have loved to ride Raging Bull before all the brakes.
Anyways, sorry to be so negative but after visiting SFGAM, I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth. Glad you had fun.
OK forget $15 for a meal inside the park. What about $15!!!!! to park!!!!! You get nothing for that price. At least with the meal, you get some food and a drink. I see no reason to complain about the prices of food inside parks, 'till the price to park is addressed.
I totally agree, and I believe I mentioned the high price to park in the trip report. But that dosent take away from it costing 12 bucks for a slice of pizza and a drink, either.
Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey knows how to handle crowds. Having multiple rides throughout the park that meet the two basic requirements of being desirable to ride and being open goes a long way in dispersing crowds. Entering their parking lot and park are much more like dry sand down a smooth slope than wet sand in an hour glass like in Gurnee. Throw in some tigers, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world and the most amazing wooden coaster ever built, and you have a park that Six Flags can be proud of. They need to sell or donate their park in Gurnee and build a new one to save their reputation in Illinois. *** Edited 6/19/2007 8:22:57 PM UTC by Dave05***
I love Iron Wolf. I think it's one of my five favorite B&M coasters. It's not glass smooth, no, but I've never had any major problem with headbanging. If you know how to ride it, you shouldn't hve a problem either. Sure, having to ride a coaster in a particular way to avoid headbanging is probably not a sign of the greatest-designed ride, but Iron Wolf was built before B&M became afraid of creating forces and started building family rides. It's raw, intense, and excellent.
Saying that Nitro "owns" Raging Bull isn't saying much, as NItro is a bore too. Raging Bull has the better first drop. Nitro has one great moment (the helix) and a nice setting. They're both overly braked. I'll take S:ROS any day.
The comments by Dave05 completely confuse me. Aside from problems with Deja Vu, SFGAm almost never has coasters closed. An "example of everything that can go wrong" with a park? Please. SFGAm is constantly praised around here. Six Flags corporate has mentioned it as one of their greatest parks. Having seen guest satisfaction figures for all Six Flags parks, SFGAm is miles ahead of most of the other parks (including SFGAdv).
Now, I love SFGAdv. I think it's a gorgeous park with excellent rides. But there'a a lot of work to be done in operations and security control. Despite what you claim, those issues just don't exist at the Gurnee park on a regular basis.
Seriously, I think you both are right. Raging Bull does have the better first drop, but IMO, Nitro is the better ride if you're looking for plenty of air with some positive Gs thrown in for good measure.
However, in terms of upkeep, station and queue design, and operations, I think that the Bull overall "owns" Nitro. Of course, we could just put that on SFGAm, since, IMO, they are the superior park in terms of quality.
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