We left Omaha, NE at about 7:30 in the morning and got to the park at 10:30. The park looks so different without the Orient Express, its sad! We walked up to the park and paid for our tickets and went in! The first ride we went on was...
The Viking Voyager
The Viking Voyager didnt have that big of a line, so we hopped on this one. This is a pretty fun ride. At first its pretty relaxing, but then there is like waves and stuff that makes it feel like the boat is going to tip over. After we climbed the lift hill, we went down the short, yet steep hill and splashed down in the water. We didnt get soaked but we got pretty wet. Fun ride! 8/10
After we got off the Voyager, we headed towards the Orient and got in line with WOF's newest little monster.....
The line was already spilling past the Spinning Dragons sign and out into the midway. But we got in line anyway. After about a 45 minute wait, we finally got into the cars. The lift hill was surprisingly fast, and we swopped down the small drop and through some twists and turn. Then the dragon REALLY comes out as you fly through helixes in all directions. I was sucked back into my seat as we spun faster and faster. The ride finishes with a few hills(one which had amazing airtime) and another helix, and then the brakes. I would have to say that this was the biggest surprise of the day! The coaster looks rather small, and watching it doesnt look like you spin alot, but on the coaster is a whole nother story. Everyone seemed to enjoy this one too, as I saw parents, little kids, teenagers, grandparents, etc. all getting off with a smile on their faces! Great choice to add this WOF! 10/10
After that, we decided to go sign up for the Ripcord. We got a time, and headed on our way through the park. We saw that Timberwolf was only operating one train, and the line was pretty long as well, so we passed up on that, and headed over to the.....
This one had a fairly long line too, but since the car can hold so many people, we got on in no time at all. I had ridden this before with the water and it was fantastic, so I was a little dissapointed when I saw that they didnt have the fountains turned on. But, it wasnt that big of a deal, as ThunderHawk still gave an amazing ride! I loved it when they would hold you upside down and then release you so you could go spinning along! Great, great ride! And later, as the day got warmer, they turned on the fountains, and I got a ride with them on! 9/10
We got off this and had to go to out Ripcord appointment, so we headed back over there.....
Holy crap, this was amazing. As you were pulled up higher and higher, you got more and more nervous. I had never been on this before, but I would have to say that this was one of my favorites. The freefall drop, and then getting pulled up JUST before you hit the deck over the water was just amazing! Even if it was a little pricey, it was very much worth it! 9/10
After getting off the Ripcord, we decided that we wanted to go over to Africa and do some riding, so we walked across the park and were met with.....
We were met with the Mamba, and oh yeah......a big line too! All of the zig zagging portions were being used, and it came right up to under the Mamba track! We really wanted to ride it though because one of our group members had never ridden it before! After about an hour wait(the line moved fairly fast) we were sitting in our cars, climbing up the lift hill. What can I say about Mamba that already hasn't been said? Amazing drop, great forces, g-force-filled helix, NO TRIM BRAKES(yep none on my ride) So the trip home was probably the most air I have ever had on the Mamba! I came back to the station with my sides hurting because I had been laughing so hard during the entire ride. Point blank, this monster is just pure FUN! Another great ride in my book! 10/10
After we got off Mamba, we passed up Fury of the Nile(Extremely long line) and Boomerange(yep, this one had a long line as well). We decided that we wanted to ride the.....
Well, what do you know, this had a long, long line as well. But what can you do? We got in line. After about a 30 minute wait, we got in the car, and waited and waited and waited! The time before you blast off is so nerve-racking! And then all of a sudden you are hoisted into the air, flying out of your seat, and looking over the whole park! Awesome ride! 9/10
I could honestly say that we didnt ride much else at all. The park was sooooooooooo crowded(if you hadn't already noticed!), and the lines for rides were outrageous! We left a 6:00 PM. We were going to hit Spinning Dragons again, but the line was just as long, if not longer than before!
All in all, the park was wonderful! It has gotten more beautiful since last year, with flowers and plants everwhere you look. They have also added a few fountains to some of the lakes, and really tried to reinstate the theme back into the park. When you are in Africa for example, you really feel like you are in Africa. There is tropical plants everywhere, and the buildings are painted accordingly, and the signs and everything are all themed to their land! Also, the Spinning Dragons area is just magnificent. I love, love, love the fountain in the middle of the turnaround, and the whole area looks 100 times better now that some grass is growing where the Orient Express used to be. I also notice that they had planted some trees around SD, so that will help!
Great Job WOF, it really looks like the park is going to have a killer season! 9/10
Steel Venom07 said:
Give it a rest, man. If you're going to do the fanboy crap, save it for a VF trip report or something....it contributes nothing to this thread, etc. *** Edited 5/17/2004 5:45:51 AM UTC by Peabody***
I could't stay very long (had to wake up at 5:30 this morning ) but here are my hilites.
I got my first ride on Spining Dragons, It is a wonderful ride. even though it doesn't actully go that fast it really seems to have a good "Zoom Factor". it is also cool to watch the other people in your cars faces. the old dolphin pool looks pretty cool as a fountain now. (I will still miss OE but it is good to see that there is room over there for some thing)
Mamba was awesome last night as well. it was zooming pretty good. I just love the Head knocker in the helix. it takes a lot of guts to keep your hands up as supports get closer and closer.
Got to ride the rip cord last night too. I love how the harness makes you look down as you are going up. going up is plain scary!
We all walked right past Boomarang saying "Why did they take out a cool ride like Zinger, for this Stupid POS!" nobody rode it.
rollerfreak is right they have done a good job in fixing the landscaping that has been deteriorating over the poast few years.
A good time was had by all!
*** Edited 5/23/2004 2:20:04 AM UTC by ZambeziZinger***
I really do miss the rides that WoF has taken out over the last few years, but it sounds as if they are headed in the right direction (possibly passing VF's perfection with some B&M goodness next year). I'm glad you enjoyed yourself on such a busy day.
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I wanted to point something out to SteelVenom07:
Valleyfair to Worlds of Fun - 436 miles
ValleyFair to SFGAm - 402 miles
ValleyFair to Adventureland - 240 miles
Valleyfair to Wisconsin Dells - 236 miles
Valleyfair to Arnold's Park - 164 miles
Perhaps when you're old enough to drive and don't have to rely on Mom and Dad dropping you off at Valleyfair you'll make it to some other -- and better -- parks.
Besides, The VF vs. WoF battles around here are already professionally handled by Swoosh and me. No amateur auditions are scheduled in the immediate future. Sorry.
And what happened to VF between this week and last week--you know, the last time you submitted a VF TR? Did they build a new food stand? Another Rockin' Tug? Didn't we read your opinions on the coasters and rides already? Aren't weekly TRs are best left to a diary?
The real party was at SFGAM this weekend. Man, did you ever miss it.
NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.
And I'm sorry that I don't have the luxury of traveling for 6 hours to go to a roller coaster event. Its called school and money.
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