As for PKD I've only been there once. Go right to Volcano!!!
(By the way I have visited these parks MANY times therefore it's not like I'm offering my opinion being there only once)
Alpengeist: 8.5/10: This ride is majestic and delivers quite a thrilling ride. Much intensity is lost though. The zero-g is by far immaculate and this ride is a must-ride while at BGW.
Apollo's Chariot: 6/10: This ride compared to Steel Eel, Goliath, S:ROS (SFA), and Desperado is not up to the high quality those listed above. The ride is way to smooth, minimal airtime, and no lats. The only time this is real fun is at night.
Big Bad Wolf: 5/10: Average, lackluster, boring, not fun and not worth more than a 10 minute wait. The ride is fairly fast for a suspened although it's not too much fun.
Lochness Monster: 10/10: I know your thinking. "The Lochness Monster's perfect?" Yes. Rough but not bumpy and jaw-busting. Airtime galore, Laterals to the fullest, a top-notch theming job...this is by far the best ride at BGW. Don't miss it! Also, it almost never has a line, so don't skip it! It's a great classic! Ride both front and back!
I'm not gonna list all the coasters cause that'd take forever but I'll list the major ones.
Hypersonic XLC: 7/10: Now I know your thinking "What about that amazing launch?" Yes, the launch and hill are 10/10 but as a whole the ride is short and boring. The last little hop is filled with air and the launch is up to high standards. But with the boring turn, short ride duration it gets a 7. If you want to know about the launch and hill: 10/10
Volcano-The Blast Coaster: 8.5/10: Great launch, great inline rolls, slow turns, nice 1st inversion, good intensity. I recommend front seat. Not much more to say.
Flight Of Fear: 7/10: "It's better than that!" Nope, first the positive things: Great launch and inversions, lapbars,theming once again great, and intensity galore. 2 major flaws that each deduct 1.5 points. 1: The midcourse breaks just don't slow you down; they completely stop you and hold you for 5 seconds. Not fun at all. 2: This year towards the end of the ride, the ride had one curve that just did you for it. I mean it killed you, even with the lapbars. Still a good ride though. They said the bad turn may have something to do with the wheel needed to be replaced. Yet a month later it still happened. Oh well.
Anaconda: 8/10: Good speed, hangtime, inversions, and of course some old school Arrow intensity. Don't miss it either. Sit front.
If I didn't recommend a place to sit, I don't have a favorite or 'dynimate' spot. Also, all views are personal and I know I have a 'unique'viewpoint on things. Thanks, if you need another review for a coaster, just holla. Thanks. *** Edited 1/20/2004 9:44:54 PM UTC by EastCoastRider***
WOOD - anything else is an imitation
PKD is great for rides, but it lacks everything else. The food is not that great and the park has no theme at all. In May you should have time to do everything. I go in the afternoon after work in may and in 3 hours have time to ride most of the coasters. Go for Volcano first the lines gets long, overall geat ride, sit in the first car. Flight of fear is next to that so hit that next. I really like this ride, is all in the dark and has a great launch make sure you sit in the first seat. I have been in every seat on this coaster and the first one is the best. My advice would be after those two rides just work yourself around the park and hit the coasters in order as they come. Might be a little busy if your going on a weekend, but weekdays in May are not crowed at all. I would try to ride each coaster even the old ones. KD has a great collection of different kinds.
What about the three major woodies at PKD? Is metal all that is important anymore, or are they just too passe'??
Referring specifically to PKD's wood, it's just not well-maintained....IMO, YMMV, etc.
I/m going the first weekend in April with my family and we could either go to Busch Gardens on Fri. or Sat. and then Sunday we were gonna hit PKD.
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