Favorite Wood: Viper at SFGAM,Shivering Timbers
Favorie Steel: Magnum and Raging Bull
It's not crowded most of the time. Don't get their right at theopening because most of the coasters aren't running during the first hour. Tasmanian River Rapids is what you should ride first(1)because of the killer whirlpool effect,(2)the hot weather and ride timing bring the longest lines,(3)and this ride seems to breakdown quite often so ride it while you can. Bring an umbrella, sunblock, or anything that provides shade, the park has very few places out of the sunlight. You might also want to bring your favorite insect repellent -- swarms of small flies became an annoyance on my last visit.
Cheetah...is rated the best woodie in the state and is easily the park's main attraction. The ride is much more enjoyable during the later hours and great at night. Here's a tip, don't ride Doubleshot before you ride Cheetah (trust me, the airtime is going to feel bitter and the ride will seem unfufilling.)
Best time to ride:Ride Cheetah in the afternoon while Dan or Teddy are on staff and you might get an extra ride, just don't get stuck in a coaster conversation with Teddy or you'll miss the train I did
Doubleshoot...is sweet, gives great airtime at the top, and a wonderful view of the park. The only problem, the line can seem extremely long at times and can make you want to skip this ride. Don't make the mistake of saving this for later, the longer you wait the longer the line.
Best time to ride:This should probably be one of first ride on your list. If it is not that hot, then head for Doubleshoot first instead of Tasmanian River Rapids.
Hangman...Earlier SLC models tended to be pretty rough, but this one was fairly smooth and intense. If you have a bad reputation for SLC, this one will prove to be better than the older ones.
The Plunge When the afternoon heat hits head for this twin tubular waterslide. You'll get wet as you slide down a twisting tube on a small rubber raft. Cool! A shoot-the-chutes ride is there as well but take my advice, the plunge is wicked and much more thrilling.
Best time to ride:Anytime, but bring a towel and make sure no one takes it. This ride can be very intimidating to guest which will make them ride even if they didn't come with swim wear. You might come of the ride and find somedrying their feet with your towel.
Dino Island: The Land Civilization Forgot:Lines can be long or short depending on the weather. Everyone heads for Dino Island when it's extremely hot because it has fans throughout the line and theater. It also one of the very few shady spots of the park. So get their before the sun does
Power Surge:You'll love this ride, it is one of the few major thrill factors the park has to offer. It is practically the only flat ride in the park not made by Chance. The only ride of the Chance colection that I seriously reccomend is Aviator.
Aviator... is Chance's update of the classic flying scooters ride looks more exciting than it actually is. You rotate high up around the tower in a two man swing with limited (and I do mean limited) control of your height and angle thanks to the wings on either side of the car
(1)The landscape is pleasant and well cared for and its fairly easy to navigate with the help of the small map of the park provided when you enter.
(2)The concerts are great!! They have had Rhett Aikens, Charlie Daniels Band, Pat Benatar, Tracy Lawrence.....and many many more. What's great is that all the concerts are included in the admission price, so you can go early in the day and ride all the rides and then in the evening go sit and enjoy a great concert.
(1)Theming is minimal along with shade in most sections of the park.
(2)Rides breakdown a lot here but the crew is good at getting them back up within the hour
Check out this Wild Adventures picture:
You'll find some great pictures of the park here
Excellent work Vertigo! There's also a Chance Inverter, a pretty smooth Boomerang (also in the Outback section) a pretty rare Chance swings, a couple other kiddie coasters, and some other cool flats. There's also a nice collection of wildlife (the park started as a petting zoo!), and there's nice shade back there too. Blackfoot Falls, the shoot-the-chutes, gets riders wetter than ANY other, you HAVE been warned...
BTW, pretty cool thing happened this week, I got a copy of RC! magazine with my first-ever article, on Cheetah and WA:). Cool...(even if my pics were kinda lame for the most part)...
I'll be stopping at Wild Adventures on April 7th on my way back from my semi-formal in Gulf Shores. I can't wait...
Oh, you wanted Hangman's layout? Why didn't you say so
This sign is music to my ears :)
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You can get a bunch of pics and the park map here
Just a quick little page I tossed together. Nothing pretty but it'll work for those of you wanting pics and the map. Just text links dirctly to the pics.
*** This post was edited by Lord Gonchar on 4/1/2002. ***
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