Saturday, January 15, 2005 10:23 PM
i just just reading the post on what to do in the winter and learned that wild adventures is open weekends year-round. Has anyone been to wild adventures in the winter??
Do all of the coasters run no matter what the temperature is? what are the crowds like? (yes i know nobody has a crystal ball, but what are they normally like)
Saturday, January 15, 2005 11:30 PM
I went last Feb and it was great. All coasters were open. Be forewarned, I think Cheetah is down for a good month or two. That is a good thing...it was pretty much unridable when I was there!
Sunday, January 16, 2005 4:32 AM
I thought Cheetah was pretty pathetic in June 2003 (Hangman, Boomerang, and Ant Farm Express were glowing in comparison), so I'd hate to see what it was like recently if it hadn't had work since then.
Sunday, January 16, 2005 9:30 AM
I've ridden Cheetah twice over the last 2 years. I rode it in January of 2003 and felt that although it was rough, it was still rideable. I rode it again over last year's Memorial Day weekend and felt like it was unrideable. At least in the back. I'm glad that they are doing some much needed track work on it. I might have to go down and check it out after it is done. As for coasters running in cold temps, I remember them telling us a certain number when we were at the ACE event 2 years ago (and it was pretty cold) but I don't remember anymore. Unless your going to be going when there is an extreme cold snap going on, I wouldn't worry about it. I would also call and make sure that all of the coasters are running before you go as some may be down for maintenance.
Sunday, January 16, 2005 9:54 AM
I think that the last that I heard Cheetah is down for it's much needed maintenance and Boomerang is down at the moment. Atleast that's what I heard about the ACE event that's supposed to be going on this weekend.
Don't know when the two will be back up but Boomerang is always down this time of year I believe for them to do scheduled yearly maintenance.
Like others have said, I'd call first just to be sure.
Sunday, January 16, 2005 1:59 PM
what about crowds?
Sunday, January 16, 2005 4:51 PM
VERY light crowds in the Winter....and once Cheetah comes back online, it'll be the same *quite solid* ride that it was upon opening....my FEAR is that as long as it keeps the same trains, and "less-than-stellar maintenance", that it'll probably be back where it was within a year...
Remember the thread where it was mentioned about Gwazi being open year-round, I think there's more than a little something to a coaster not having significant rehab time each off-season....and with G-trains added to the equation, you can do the math...;)
Other than that, I'd really like to convince the park to return Double Shot to it's original INTENSE launch, they really softened it up...
By the way, the "Runnin' Wild" event is going on right NOW, today and tomorrow, even without Cheetah being operational....I was thinking of going, but still haven't gotten over my cold, and the weather JUST turned sour this weekend...:(
Monday, January 17, 2005 9:33 PM
Yea, without Cheetah, it isn't worth the drive from Atlanta for a bunch of production-model coasters. One of these days...
Monday, January 17, 2005 9:50 PM
It's never worth the drive for me unless I can go the rest of the way to Florida and hit up the parks down there.
It's a six hour plus drive from here just to Valdosta so I'm not going for a bunch of models I've already rode somewhere else just so that I can do an event in the winter.
I guess I'm just fickle about stuff like that but when you ain't got the funds like me, then you look at the event to see if it's worth you're hard earned bucks. Which unfortunately this event isn't, yet.
Monday, January 17, 2005 10:19 PM
Year round operation never seems to help the woodies, although Ghostrider is open year round and have yet to notice it getting rougher each time I've been there, and they have heavy 7 car PTC's on it. I do notice that one train will ride a little rougher than the other, and that is logical since the other train has only been going at it for a month or so.
Monday, January 17, 2005 11:31 PM
TNcoasterman, I completely understand where you are coming from, as I won't go out of my way for the park, but if I have time on the way back from a trip to Florida I may stop. The admission price is a bit steep to me though, considering what you get, but then again, I think the park is a bit of a tourist trap.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 7:04 AM
I really enjoyed the park the one and only time I was there last July 4th weekend.
Cheetah kind of broke my heart though. It *looked* awesome, but was a little too rough for my tastes.
Bill, as well as some others, have told me over and over how awesome it USED to be. I would love to see that again.
Boomerang was AWESOME. It was my favorite coaster in the park, and this is coming from someone who doesn't really care for most (headbanging) boomerangs. :-D
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 12:49 PM
NOt sure what happened... either I was in a different park this past summer, or I caught Cheetah on its one good day of the year, or I am tougher than I thought...
After having my internal organs rearranged a few days earlier by Hurricane at Myrtle Beach Pavillion, I was not expecting much from Cheetah... with Gerstlauer (sp) trains and all, however I was surprised. The differece in the model of the trains on the two coasters (both Gerstlauers, but different models), difference in maintenance, what ever, it was a much better ride.
Only at the park a few hours... (and some of that time was spent waiting out a torrential down pour that rolled through in the afternoon... and 20 minutes of that time was spent stranded on Cheetah's lift hill... only peson on the train too)... so I only got 6 rides on Cheetah, but to me, I consider it a better than average coaster.