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October 28 2017 Trip Report

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I'll add my notes from our trip on Saturday, Oct. 28:

Weather was beautiful - we got there when it opened at 11 am.  There was virtually no backup getting through the parking plaza and only a few minutes to get through security and into the park.  Crowds weren't too bad for the first hour or two.

 

We did three rides and three shows, ate lunch and a snack.  We walked the whole park to see the decorations.

 

The Unleashed show was excellent, especially the trampoline artists in the neon lighted outfits.

 

When we left the 5:00 show, the park had become wall to wall people, so the wife said it was time to get out.  She weren't waiting in lines for any more rides or to get dinner, or even for the parade.

 

We started walking to the gate at around 5:30.  It was like a salmon trying to swim upstream - people were coming in by the thousands.  As we walked towards our car in the lot, we noticed that they had already started parking cars over in HH.  It was a challenge to drive towards the exit with all these people coming in the opposite direction.

 

We finally got out to Route 537, where we immediately hit a traffic jam, and I was perplexed.  We turned right towards I-195, but couldn't budge.  I noticed the NB entrance into the park had been closed off, and then realized NB traffic had to go past the entrance, make a u-turn at the jughandle, and then enter the park via the overpass.  It was pandemonium with 3-4 lanes of cars trying to weave in every direction to get where they needed to.  There was no signing or traffic directors, so many people were lost and confused as to what to do.  It took us a half hour to get from the exit ramp past the jughandle, which is only maybe a quarter mile away.  Once we got past the jughandle, it was finally clear sailing, but it took an hour from when we exited the main gate to the time we passed the jughandle.  It was now 6:30 and the line of cars coming from the north was backed up at least to I-195, and probably back on to the interstate itself.  

 

I estimate it would be at least 8:00 before these people actually got into the park.  And then good luck getting on any rides or attractions as the park would be unbelievably crowded.  I realize the park was open until midnight, and maybe a lot of these people had season passes, but I still can't see how it is worth it to visit the park under those conditions.  

 

Neither my wife or I have ever seen anything like this at any park.  Apparently we escaped the asylum just in time!  LOL

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I thought traffic would be bad entering the park later in the day but didn't think it would be bad leaving except towards closing or later. I wonder if the HH lot eventually ran out of room.

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It's still mind boggling to me that they closed the NB entrance, but there were no signs or traffic directors to tell people where to go....total mayhem with people getting REALLY pissed trying to get into the park.

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Sounds like a real cluster screw. Years ago on a final Sunday in Oct, I drove to the park, saw a huge line just to drive in. Turned around in the former gas station and went back home. 

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