Rolling Thunder...as I said to my girlfriend, it seems I'm starting some kind of trend, as my first coaster of last year was at Hershey, Comet...this year, another woodie to start the year. Anyway, last time we rode this was in cold, pouring rain, couldn't see which way we were going, ended up hating the ride and not riding it again. I convinced her to give it another shot...the air was a bit chilly out, but we could at least see. This was our longest wait of the day, a 2-train wait when we walked into the station. It was a good, rough ride...not evil Viper kind of rough, but a fun beating. I'd give it a 6/10, not too bad of a start.
Great American Scream Machine...second coaster of the day...walk-on...was a chilly, again, bit of a rough ride, but holding my head back against the seats (as per usual), i survived. Also, last season, I noticed they'd hold the train longer on the brake run...this year, they glided it through instead of nearly stopping it. Perhaps it has to also do with how many trains are operating? A 7/10 in my book.
Next we were getting hungry, so we hit the buffet. 4/10.
Alcatraz and Spongebob 3-d were after that. Alcatraz isn't quite as fun with two people as it probably is with 4. I'd give it a 4/10. Spongebob was really fun, I laughed and smiled a lot...that's a fun ride. 8/10.
We finally hit Medusa after that. That was the coaster we were really looking forward to, since it's her favorite coaster at the park, and I love the ride every time. Once again, a walk-on. 10/10.
Skull Mountain next, something to get indoors and out of the chill. There literally was no line...was seemingly darker than normal in there, which provided a few more thrills than normal. 7/10.
Finally, Nitro...it was getting towards the end of the day, and it was really cold. One train wait, and the ride delivered as normal...was very fast, very fun, and very very cold. Glad Kingda Ka wasn't open, actually, we would have probably gotten frostbite from the speed and the wind ;) 9/10, only because of the cold air and strong wind, otherwise it would have been 10/10.
As we left the gates and went to the parking lot, it started to rain then. So we avoided the weather, and had a fun day at the park. It was made even better by the fact that there were rarely any lines at all.
First, hire someone who KNOWS what they're doing with a wooden coaster...have them fix RT so it's somewhere near what it used to be....THEN discuss a wooden twister.
My first park memories are from GAdv, so I'm probably a little biased, but I think the park has *virtually limitless* potential....here's to them beginning to realize all that potential...:)
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