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  2. 9/21/17

    Thursday was my first trip to Great Adventure since the beginning of June. Besides going to my favorite rides like Nitro, I was really looking forward to trying Justice League. After processing my 2018 pass and getting lunch before the 3:00 deadline, I went to see the new section of the park. The bridge to cross into the area was an interesting addition and the whole area looks great. The ride itself would have to wait until later because the Queue Times website (that pulls wait times from the park's app) was showing a 55 minute wait. Instead I went to Nitro. The line was just past where the 30 minute wait time sign used to be and was around 15 minutes with 3 trains running including an extra train wait for the front row. Even though riding in the front row of Nitro is fun with the unobstructed view, I still prefer the last row with more air time. By the time I exited the ride, the line was almost to the switchbacks. Skull Mountain was also around 15 minutes for the last row. The station was cool with multiple fans in use. One side of the Skyway was open with an almost full queue. Joker didn't look like it had much of a line but I skipped it and went to Frontier Adventures. As expected, Saw Mill Log Flume is closed for the season even though it would have been nice to see it open on this day with it in the mid 80s. Bizarro was around 20 minutes with all 3 trains running. It is so much better than Hydra. Runaway Mine Train was another 15 minute wait. I saw in the last row of the first car and normally go for the front row of any car. This time the ride was more violent than normal especially in at the curving drop around the 2nd half of the ride. The air time hill felt more extreme compared to riding in other rows. El Toro was I think around 20 minutes (since I didn't have my phone with me to check the time). Excellent as always. Zumanjaro had no wait and I rode twice. S&S Towers like Hershey Triple Tower and Dominator are fun but I think Zumanjaro is way better than any other drop tower ride, even Tower of Terror. Parachutes had a long line with only 1 side open. Green Lantern had about a 10 minute wait. After dinner, I went back to the other side of the park riding Nitro again with about a 20 minute wait and Batman with a 10 minute wait. Batman is so much more intense than any other B&M invert I have tried and even with a short line, it's still a once a trip ride for me. Finally it was time for Justice League. I think it was around 30 minutes including using the single rider line. I already mentioned how much I liked the ride in the Justice League thread and will add some other thoughts here with a spoiler tag so I don't ruin anything for anyone that hasn't tried the ride yet. I'm going to have to try to get to the park at opening during Holiday in the Park and hopefully have the chance to ride multiple times in 1 day. I got 103,250 but seeing that others have gotten around 500,000 or more, I want to try to get a higher score. Overall it was an excellent addition and as I said in the other thread, now my favorite non coaster ride in the park. If these are still popular, it looked like a better deal than buying one in a store.
  3. Today
  4. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    It I have that pin as well as a few others from DWL. Some of them are really nice. The only set of pins recently offered by the park was a safari set. You can check them out here: http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/GASouvenirsPins.htm
  5. Yesterday
  6. Great Adventure September 21, 2017

    Yes one Ride, not a typo. My Nephew wasn't feeling too good, so that was the main reason. Dark Knight was out the doors to the outside attendant, Justice League was three rows past the 45 Minute Sign.
  7. Great Adventure September 21, 2017

    You went on one ride? Were the lines on everything else too long to wait?
  8. Justice League: Battle for Metropolis to Debut in 2017 at SFGA

    It seems to me the whole loading/unloading/fast pass area could be reconfigured better for efficiency sake. When I go with my wife, it seems like we get up close to the loading zone relatively quick, and then it takes way too long to get boarded from there.
  9. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    nothing worse than a half-finished ride sitting around all season....
  10. Misc GA Mumblings

    They also have charging lockers at music festivals.
  11. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    well that ruined their entire season. hopefully they get some money back
  12. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    Yeah, according to the press release it was supposed to be open in May 2017. Between this and GaleForce, it seems like S&S isn't a good company to work with if you are a small park. http://www.engineeringexcitement.com/dutch-wonderland-merlins-mayhem-press-release/
  13. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    Not Sure, didn't ride it. I have a Picture from when I was about 8 riding it with my father. I always thought it was at Great Adventure, Glad I now know where the picture was taken. They also have a Pin of it in the gift shop, and the shuttle moves on the pin. Harry, Does GA have any collector Pins, I look every time I go and can never find them. Wish they did one for the park and some of the major rides.
  14. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    As of Today 9/23, No. What's funny is, it is on the front of there brochure, on the maps and they have shirts and such in the gift shop. The Train Finally reopened Labor Day Weekend. Guess it will be a 2018 addition.
  15. I read a recent report of SFMM's that mentioned how a few of their effects are already only working half the time, and sometimes their vehicle audio isn't even on. And when I rode SFSL's, lots of the audio cues were off, and the last screen wasn't working at all. So far, I've only had pretty picture-perfect experiences on our JL:BFM, and the only reports of issues I've heard are of minor defacement in the queue. I'm very grateful to the park for that, and I hope they keep it up!
  16. Misc GA Mumblings

    Dorney has lockers that have phone charging, they are the same size as the standard lockers although there aren't that many of them. I think the lockers are from the same company that Great Adventure uses so maybe Great Adventure will eventually get them as well.
  17. Prosthetics and Riding Rides

    It will be interesting to see how it plays out
  18. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    Wait the new coaster still isn't open? eep
  19. Misc GA Mumblings

    the lockers should have outlets in them that allow you to plug a charge i. actually I'm going to go patent that idea lol
  20. Misc GA Mumblings

    I've actually never been to Granny's as every Great Adventure Food Court in that park has always dissapointed me. Last time I visited, I went to Macho Nacho. Let me just say that the burrito I had was the 2nd best burrito I've had. I just got a chicken burrito with no Jalapeno's. I will be going back every visit.
  21. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    Great trip report! Do they still have the on-board recording on their rocking ship that warns the kids to prepare for crash landing? I always thought that was kinda dramatic for little kids (but funny!).
  22. Misc GA Mumblings

    I try to keep my scarce posts positive, but has anyone had an unpleasant experience at Granny's lately? I'm in the park right now, and my friend was not offered a reciept (it was printed and thrown away) and when he pointed out that he was overcharged by about $5 after the transaction was completed and he saw my total (we bought the same things), he was told that "without a receipt, we can't do anything." We were told that a very kind lady paid that difference in what he was overcharged. Had we known she did this, and who she was, we would have searched the whole park to make sure SHE got her money back. After failing to achieve anything with the cashier, we spoke to a manager at the restaurant, who proceeded to speak with the cashier. She asked about the receipt (as she should have), and I explained that it was thrown away and should still be right on top, to which I was told "Sir, I am NOT digging through the trash for your receipt." We gave up and left. We don't care that we were overcharged, and while we would absolutely love to find this fellow patron and give her what she paid out of our pockets, we also know that this is next to impossible. He and I just want to bring attention to this issue, so please everyone, keep an eye on your total at Granny's and make sure there's no discrepancy.
  23. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    Yes, the Puple and Light Blue are not eye pleasing. They added a On Ride Photo to the Sky Ride and The Boat at the Front, and there are 3 animals in the cave, that's it.
  24. Last week
  25. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    From the pictures, it looks like the park has changed since my last trip there in 2003. I like the coasters original paint of white supports compared to the blue and purple that is there now. It also appears most of the theming is gone from the boat ride at the front of the park.
  26. Great Adventure September 21, 2017

    My Nephew was off from school today so we decided to take a ride to GA, what a mistake. It took us 64 Minutes to get from 537 Entrance to the Fountain, yes a car was stopped in the right lane, but that didn't back up traffic because as soon as you got around it, you still sat. My Nephew was so Miserable that we got our cups, went on Justice League Battle for Metropolis ( Awesome Ride by the way), then played in the arcade, he got Dippin Dots and we shopped and Left. A year since our last trip and nothing has Changed. I guess the budget couldn't afford a Lane Sweeper, A Power Washer, some Leaf Blowers, a ton of Paint, Concrete or Asphalt, Fencing or a Season Pass Entrance. The Old Country Path needs to be opened up, FreeFalls Area need to be cleaned up and there is too much space around, they need more rides. Also just get rid of The Log Flume and Congo Rapids and put a Nice Roller Coaster in that can be used April to November, why water rides would be closed in the summer is a joke, they should be open May 1 to September 30 unless it's too cold. I really wish a private investor would by the park so that could be the number one focus. I'm really glad I didn't renew my season pass for 2018, there are much cleaner parks I could spend next year at.
  27. Dutch Wonderland August 18, 2017

    On our way from Hershey to Lancaster we stopped at Dutch Wonderland and arrived at about Noon. The Parking Lot was Empty and so was the Park, it may have been due to the incoming Storms which arrived at 5:30, but talking to some People they said it's been getting worse over the years due to them eliminating Free Parking, dirty park and due to many rides being closed due to the Construction of Merlin's Mayhem. We walked right in and the only thing closed was The Train and obviously Merlin's Mayhem, we went straight to Joust Coaster with a Walk On, my nephew then went by himself with a Walk on, next was Kingdom Coaster which was a one train wait for the front(this was my nephew's 20th Coaster), next was Joust with a one cycle wait followed by the Double Splash Flume and Leapin Frogs. We then split a Lemonade and watched the end of the Dive Show. Next was the Monorail and Frog Hopper. We then took the Skyride to the front of the Park and did Dragons Lair. We then picked up some things in the gift shop and left. The Park is getting Cleaner, but not enough and Merlin's Mayhem which was supposed to open back in May has yet to Open, and due to this all you see is one big mess when you walk into the park.
  28. Hershey Park August 15, 16, 17 2017

    Were supposed to visit Hershey Park in Mid July, however my Mother had a Stroke and we put it off until she was better. We Arrived at The Hotel Hershey on Tuesday Afternoon and Checked in and had Lunch. At about 5:00 we took the Shuttle over to the Park and got in very quickly, we did The Kissis Drop Tower, The Hershey Kiss Tower, Frog Hopper x2, Trailblazer and Swing Thing, we Picked up Chick Filet to take back to the room and i crashed early since i had been up for over 24 hours. On Wednesday we took the shuttle over and arrived at about 11:30, we did Balloon Flite, Reeses Extreme Cup Challenge, Swing Thing and Mini Pirate, next we stopped in the arcade near Farenheit. We Played the DC Super Heroes Coin Game, can't believe GA doesn't have this. We then headed over to Wild Mouse, Ferris Wheel and Granny Bugs, I almost got my nephew on Laff Track. We then ate Lunch at The Smokehouse and watched a show. We headed back to the Hotel around 5:00 and decided to relax In the pools. On Thursday we took advantage of Early Sweet time and got into the park at 9am, we did Balloon Flite and then Comet, this my Nephew's Fastest and tallest ride to date, he now wants to try Wild Cat or Lightning Racer( this was also the fastest and Tallest for Me). We then did Tea Cups x3, Kisses Tower, Frog Hopper x2, Trailblazer x3(it was so empty, we only had to switch Rows), next was the Arcade followed by Dry Gulch Railroad, Swing Thing and some shopping. I took some stuff back to the hotel room and than we met up at Chocolate World, we did the ride and had some Lunch followed by some shopping. We then went back to the hotel to rest, freshen up and some Dinner at The Harvest. We then headed back to the Park at about 8:00 and did Balloon Flite, Swing Thing, Mini Pirate, Cocoa Cruiser, Monorail, more arcade, Reese's Extreme Cup Challenge and finished with Comet in the Dark(it was a little rougher at nite then in the AM) and Finally headed back to the hotel. My Nephew said he would have done the Reese's and Bar Towers if they had the seat belts attached to the Harness, surprised they don't. This is always a rough park for my nephew due to the hills, funny thing is, when you walk in the parking lot alongside the park, it's all level. On Friday we had Breakfast at the Circular and then checked out and headed to Lancaster.
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