Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Yoshi

11/11/19

Recommended Posts

I wasn't sure about going to the park yesterday because I thought with it would be kind of crowded. It was warm with the temperature reaching almost 70 degrees, NYC and Philadelphia school districts closed, bring a friend free and free admission for the military. Crowd levels were not at all what I was expecting, the park was empty with basically no lines for anything except Kingda Ka and The Skyway.

 

It was a lot of fun to just walk around the park knowing you can just walk onto almost any ride and in most cases re-ride as much as you wanted.

 

I took advantage of the low crowds to ride Justice League without anyone else in the ride vehicle and try to see if I could find which targets gave more points and without having to compete with others in the vehicle for the same targets my best score was just under 320,000. I want to eventually try to get over 500,000 points which seems kind of difficult.

 

Even with the low crowds, coasters like Nitro and Skull Mountain were still running multiple trains and at Skull Mountain, the ride operators were literally running to check the lap bars. Skull Mountain felt like it was running slower in the final helix than normal.

 

The Dark Knight was not running the pre-show which I was happy about since that it meant instant access to the ride without having to wait for the pre-show doors to open and then watch the video.

 

I also thought it was great that all rides were open except in the case of a breakdown. On a Monday in November Great Adventure is able to have all the rides open and most food places open yet Hersheypark has 30+ rides closed on weekends. I remember in the early 2000's, out of Great Adventure, Dorney and Hershey, I thought Great Adventure was the worst run of the 3 parks for many reasons. Now it's the opposite and I think Great Adventure is run much better than Dorney and Hershey and it's not even close.

 

I was also hoping to get some final rides at the rides that were closing for the season. When I was riding Runaway Mine Train I saw Bizarro was closed and I don't think it re-opened the rest of the day. Zumanjaro was closed and Kingda Ka had also broken down with the 1 train running on the launch track with riders. I think both rides might have re-opened but never got back to that section of the park before closing. Even missing out on those rides, it was still an excellent trip to the park, probably the best one for me in a year and a half.

 

Ride Count:

Nitro, 6

Justice League, 5

The Dark Knight, 2

Skull Mountain, 5

Runaway Mine Train, 2

SkyScreamer, 2

El Toro, 1

Batman, 1

Green Lantern, 1

 

IMG_5637.JPG.04b5d9588096fd761ee31549479ccbbb.JPG

 

 

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is great to hear you had such a good time at the park.  Great score on Justice League!

 

Great Adventure  has to be one of the best parks for allowing rerides on a consistent basis. That is such a nice perk for visitors when attendance is low.

 

Nice trip report and I was happy to see you included ride counts!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great job on Justice League.  I can never seem to get past 180,000.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/12/2019 at 2:49 PM, Yoshi said:

I also thought it was great that all rides were open except in the case of a breakdown. On a Monday in November Great Adventure is able to have all the rides open and most food places open yet Hersheypark has 30+ rides closed on weekends. I remember in the early 2000's, out of Great Adventure, Dorney and Hershey, I thought Great Adventure was the worst run of the 3 parks for many reasons. Now it's the opposite and I think Great Adventure is run much better than Dorney and Hershey and it's not even close.

 

 

Totally hear you. Things have gotten A LOT better at GAdv (not to mention worse elsewhere.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It does seem operations at the parks in Pennsy have gone downhill. Very disappointed that Hershey had so many rides closed this year. Through my last two visits to GADV, they have been running El Toro pretty poorly. I was there Sunday and El Toro, Runaway Mine Train, and Kingda Ka were only operating single trains. Perhaps it was because those three were nearing the end of their operating season? Then again, Bizzaro was running two trains and that closes down at the same time too. Of those four I wanted to ride again before the North end of the park is closed for HITP, I only made it on Bizarro as the other three had long slow moving lines due to single train operations. 

Edited by The Master

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah I think it's because of off season maintenance. Bizarro probably was still running 2 trains if they only needed to start working on 1 train, similar to Nitro with the 3rd train taken apart already (it can be seen under Batman when at Nitro).

On 11/13/2019 at 9:42 PM, pashacar said:

 

Totally hear you. Things have gotten A LOT better at GAdv (not to mention worse elsewhere.)

Yes, it's nice going to the park and not finding some or most of someone's favorite non major rides being closed because of staffing.

 

On 11/13/2019 at 5:49 PM, Mr.Six said:

Great job on Justice League.  I can never seem to get past 180,000.

Thanks, one strategy I found helped me. I'm going to post it as a spoiler tag

In the room after the barrels fall towards you where the heroes are captured in the clear tubes, there are 2 robot arms at each end of the screen. They give I think 2,500 points and you can constantly fire at them to get a lot of points fast

 

On 11/12/2019 at 11:52 PM, 29yrswithaGApass said:

It is great to hear you had such a good time at the park.  Great score on Justice League!

 

Great Adventure  has to be one of the best parks for allowing rerides on a consistent basis. That is such a nice perk for visitors when attendance is low.

 

Nice trip report and I was happy to see you included ride counts!

Thank you. I have been to some other parks that usually will allow rerides but Great Adventure continues to be the only one that always seems to encourage rerides with the announcements in the station.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...