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Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:31 pm
by JimmyBo
This time, I had to head up to Northern California for a wedding so I decided to make a side trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Last time I visited this park was 10 years ago when they had a wooden coaster, elephants and still had Killer Whale Shows. I think the improvements to the park made since my last visit have been pretty amazing. They've added a couple kid areas for the family, re-done the Killer Whale Arena to now include the dolphins, added a kick @$$ RMC coaster that was a sleeper hit on this trip and so much more.

This first part will focus more on the rides and then Part 2 will focus on the animals experiences the park has to offer and then Part 3 will be a special surprise that you'll all have to wait for...

Superman Ultimate Flight - This was my first Premier Impulse coaster of this type and I was certainly lucky because I got to sit in the front row for 3 straight rides. There was no one in line when the park opened and the ride ops were great and let the people stay on the coaster. This thing was a ton of fun and really kicked it into high gear on the last launch up and over the top. Great Ride!

Joker - HOLY SH*T! This was my first RMC Coaster and it was amazing! I don't think I could explain how great this thing was. I got to ride in every row because there weren't many people at the park and the back row was insane on the first drop. This thing was just an all around awesome ride and I can't wait to ride more of their rides in the future.

Wonder Woman - Opened this year and it is now "Officially" the fastest ride in the park. Your typical Giant Swing that hauls butt and they really made her fit in a tight spot!

V2 - Same as 10 years ago but I like this version without the vertical spike in the front.

KONG - Kicked my butt...or my head...seriously painful.

Medusa - This is still one of my favorite Floorless Coasters and I love the layout. That first loop is HUGE and the weird wannabe Cobra Roll Medusa Snake Head Inversion backflip awesomeness is still a great inversion!

Great Park that didn't have huge crowd. Part 2 will follow shortly!

Re: Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:25 am
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
Wonderful! =)

Re: Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:59 am
by JimmyBo
Part 2 - Animals and Family atmosphere.

What some people don't realize is that Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has a great zoo portion of their park and has some great animal experiences and shows. Since the stupid movie Blackfish came out, California basically made SFDK get rid of their Killer Whales (which are actually down in Sea World San Diego according to a ride op) so they are focusing their park around "Cupid" the Dolphin. The Dolphin show is now the main attraction and "Cupid" is the star. They also have a lot of other shows throughout the day, like the Tiger Show, Sea Lion Show, Reptile Show, "Wild" animal show, etc.

Since the last time I was here, they have added a lot of areas for kids and families to enjoy together. I think it's a great addition and a great set up because they have most of the thrill rides on a couple areas of the park and then the kiddie areas are scattered throughout. Me having 2 young boys and they are totally into Thomas the Train, I thought it was hilarious walking through the old "Thomas Land" and seeing what Six Flags had to do to keep that area.

Below are the pictures so enjoy.

Part 3 will be coming up later and it's a total surprise that no one will be expecting....unless you follow me on Facebook...

Re: Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:11 pm
by JimmyBo
Part 3 - The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, CA.

If you are a fan of the Peanuts Comic Strip and all the movies and books associated with them, then you will love this place. If you are a kid (or adult) looking to meet Charlie Brown and Snoopy and the rest of the Gang, then don't come here.

Santa Rosa is where Charles M. Schulz lived and wrote most of his comic strips for Peanuts. This Museum was a really cool experience because it had a ton of original comic strips that he made. The size of the strips was a lot larger than I expected and the way that he mailed them to the Newspaper Company was that he folded up the strips and put them in an envelope and sent them in by mail. Then the Newspaper would send them back when they made their prints.

The museum also had a recreation of his office with the actual desk and drafter's table that he used (kindly donated by his wife). This was a place I could have spent all day in by just reading the amount of Comic Strips everywhere but I had to get on my flight back home.

There was also an Ice Rink, Cafe with Fire Place, and a giant Gift Shop just across the street from the Museum.

Enjoy the pictures!

Re: Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:34 pm
by bert425
wow. . how great.

I had no idea SFDK offered so many cool things!

time for us to plan a trip.

thanks for sharing

Re: Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:52 pm
by djcoastermark
There's a wonderful oddness of seeing a Six Flags park and The Charles M Schulz Museum with the Peanuts Gang in the same trip report. Great report, enjoyed it.

Re: Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:00 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report!

The last time I was at SFDK, neither the Joker nor Wonder Woman were there. Joker sounds fantastic and I'm really impressed how well Wonder Woman fits in. I really need to try one of those Zamperla Giant Discoveries.

I missed out on the Schultz museum when I was in California a few summers back. I didn't even know that was there, which is unfortunate.

Re: Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:37 pm
by TBpony414
Super TR! You sure packed in a lot of fun in a small amount of time. For some reason I had no idea Discovery Kingdom had so many animals and great exhibits! I don't get out to California hardly ever but next time I do I'm definitely going to make a stop there for Joker and the animals. Your photos from the Snoopy museum are really interesting and that also looks like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Re: Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:51 am
by cfc
I visit my family in Sacramento sometimes, and have driven by this park on the way to my niece's house in Novato, but have yet to visit Discovery Kingdom (timing just never works out). I'd like to, as it looks pretty good.

Re: Photo Trip Report: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:13 am
by edgeboy
To answer a few of your questions:
    That inversion on Medusa is called a Sea Serpent. It's a one of it's kind in the world, they only time so far B & M has made that particular inversion. It is a good one.
    The old killer whales/orcas were called Shuka.
    The space where the Air Penguin kiddie flat ride is located used to be a starfish themed trabant, so it wasn't really part of the old Thomas land. It sort of stood alone.

And believe it or not... but I do own a hard copy of Snoopy's book, It was a Dark and Stormy Night that you pictured. It's a pretty great book.

To those who want to do both SFDK and the Schultz museum, just realize they are an hour's drive apart. Not that far, but not right next door, either. You would definitely need your own car to get there.