I had not been to the park since November 2019. On that visit, I would have never thought that not only my next visit would be over a year and a half later but it would also be my final visit to the park (at least for a long time). I found out in March that I was moving to Florida and have been there for a few weeks now.
I was able to get to Hersheypark twice and Great Adventure once this spring before leaving.
Normally a Friday in May would mean low crowds with just some school trips and walk ons mostly all day. It was more crowded than expected but still not too bad. It was a little strange entering the park that I wouldn't be returning and I wanted to try to get all my favorite rides in.
I started at El Toro first. This is probably going to be my most missed ride. Nitro is my favorite ride in the park but there is Mako at Sea World and nothing like El Toro in Florida. I had heard it was running rougher than previous years but I found it mostly smooth. As usual, the air time was great.
I missed Zumajaro on most of my visits in 2019 and was looking forward to riding the drop tower again. There is no drop tower that I have tried that is even close to as good as Zumanjaro.
I got assigned the 3rd row at Kingda Ka and it wasn't too rough.
Saw Mill Log Flume was fun with the multiple drops.
Bizarro is still my favorite floorless coaster. It's so smooth and the added effects are fun.
I took the Skyway over to the other side of the park and went to Skull Mountain. Unfortunately the skull figure had the lights turned off and all of the other theming was not lit.
Nitro was excellent as usual. Smooth and great floater air time.
After The Dark Knight I went to Justice League. This is another ride I am really going to miss especially because Busch Gardens and Sea World have no interactive dark rides and Sea World only has Journey To Atlantis (unless Antarctica reopens). I rode twice since there was no wait.
SkyScreamer was next and the ride cycle is so much better compared to Six Flags Over Georgia's version.
Harley Quinn Crazy Train had no wait and I finished the regular operating hours with the Parachutes.
Power Hours is an amazing deal. $4.99 for hours of coasters with little to no lines is great. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stay for the event at all but bought the ticket just in case. I rode El Toro 2 more times with no wait and Runaway Mine Train that had been closed for the rest of the time I had been in the park. I would have stayed for a few more hours but wasn't able to but was still glad to get the extra 3 rides in.
Walking out of the park was a little sad especially since losing Great Adventure plus Hersheypark, Dorney Park and Knoebels is tough. Busch Gardens Tampa is a nice park but it's still a major downgrade for a home park compared to Great Adventure or Hersheypark. Besides there not being as many coasters, there are almost no flat rides. I just am glad from 2008 - 2015 I was able to visit Great Adventure so often, visiting the park 28 times in 2015 and also being able to still visit a few times a year from 2016 - 2019 and am also thankful for all the happy memories the park gave me.
El Toro, 3
Kingda Ka, 1
Log Flume, 1
Skull Mountain, 1
The Dark Knight, 1
Justice League, 2
Harley Quinn Crazy Train, 1
Runaway Mine Train, 1
Final Ride Count:
Nitro - 594
Batman - 122
Superman - 116
Medusa/Bizarro – 201
Kingda Ka - 139
Skull Mountain - 427
Rolling Thunder Right - 40
Rolling Thunder Left – 38
Runaway Mine Train – 287
The Dark Knight - 199
Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train/Harley Quinn Crazy Train - 142
Great American Scream Machine – 65
Green Lantern - 126
El Toro - 74
The Joker - 3