We stayed at the Breakers Express, got let in a half hour early and were at the marnia gate, TTD was down because it's so reliable lol, so we went to MF (MF and Magnum were the two ERT rides for the morning).
We get to MF, and there are about 8 trains in front of us for the front row. Well CP only runs one train with guests loaded in it for this "ERT" party, and the other two are sent around with water dummies.
This creates an unecessary line, imo. A ride op I spoke with said they do it becuase they are worried about it rolling back. They said they have to have a line before the allow guests on the other two trains.
Well, the line was allll the way down the ramp and almost to the queue entrance. They didn't even start letting people ON the ride until 9:13am (ERT started at 9am), and then ran one train til around 9:25am. We got one ride on MF and the line was already at about 35mins when we exited.
If you like Magnum, I bet that had no on over there, so you could ride til your hearts content (getting out of the train and walking around, mind you). But for MF, it was a wash, basically, and I certainly won't spend more money to stay on CP property for that "perk."
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One time I managed 3 rides on MF before 9.30 :), on another occasion I only got 1 ride. Mostly its been good for 2 rides for me.
However, it is a weird thing that they only have 2 of the 3 trains available for riders during the morning ERT thing - particularly when the line is down the ramp and well through the rest of the queue area within about 5 minutes of the park gates opening for JCC and Resort Guests.
It's also very frustrating that the switch from 2 to 3 trains seems to take up a good 15% of the ERT time too....
It's a neat concept, but don't go expecting that you'll be one of only 30 riders on the platform and will get to stay in your seat for 5 laps.
MF Laps this year : 29
Unfortunately I made a HUGE mistake and didn't wait for the front because I was too obsessed with getting on the damn thing.
Also my first ride I didn't get to hear the MF song because the train was already in the station (it automatically comes on when the train from the unload comes to the load). First train out so I didn't here the music :( second ride I did though. The music from 2000 was better though...
I loved breakers because not only was there 1/2 hour before the park opened, but also its so close! If you are tired you can "go to your room!" or if you want to sneak in a few rides on maggie go ahead. Its just so great.
Okay, had to do that. Anyway definatly do it. It got me on MF at 10:30.
Worth it for about 100 other reasons? Yup!
Dorney Park Visits in 2003: 7
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