Visited my Favorite Missouri theme park last week. Had a great time as always. I Introduced the kids to Grandfathers mansion, and I actually rode Thunderation for my fist time. I want to say I loved it, except for the turn in the tunnel is painful, painful and similar to the entry of WOF TW helix (was). Kind of snaps my back funny. Took some pics of the construction area 2020, but none as good as what were already posted. Everything was a walk on except fire in the hole.
Ate at Gettin Basted on 76 hwy and it was excellent. Couldn’t figure out what kind of wood they used probably because they use only charcoal. Its probably my first time where I can say the sides were as amazing as the meat. I had a good experience at The Branson Coaster too. They let me go down a second time because I had to brake for people in front of me. I was fine with the ride, but they insisted I ride again brakeless and made sure I was spaced out from other riders. I love it down there.
Never been to the park but plan on going in September. Question about the "regular" trailblazer. It says on the website you get 8 rides with it... could you hypothetically use all 8 on Outlaw Run, for example? Or do they have to be spread out / is there a limit on the big coasters? I know at Dollywood at one point you could only get a single ride on Lightning Rod or something weird with their skip the line. Not sure how it is now.
Also do you get to choose your row, with a merge point?
Is the unlimited really needed if we get there early and knock some stuff out in the AM? We would be going on a Sunday at the end of September. I will budget in for the pass but I'm guessing I should wait and see, but I just had no idea how the regular pass works.
Regular Trailblazer is eight uses total. They can be once each on eight different rides, or eight times on the same ride. Opening year for Outlaw Run, Firefall, and Time Traveler they limited it to once per day on that ride, but just for that year. Currently there are no such limits.
However, on a Sunday the end of September you will not need a Trailblazer at all. That's the fall crafts festival, and lines are always short for every ride at that time. In addition, this is a pretty religious area, so in general right at opening on a Sunday is a great time to be there, as even on crowded Sundays most people don't show up until 1PM or so.
That said, budget for Trailblazer because you should always budget for the skip the line at every park that offers it when you plan a trip, but realistically you'll likely use that money for cinnamon bread.
I went on a Sunday last year (Memorial Day weekend) and most rides had no wait. That included Outlaw Run presumably due to its location in the very back of the park.
I don't know if waits have cooled down for Time Traveler, but that was the only crazy wait. That was posted at 60-90 minutes until the evening. PowderKeg and the water rides got up to a half hour. I think the kiddie coaster actually had the second longest posted wait but it isn't on the Trailblazer pass.
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I also want to add that there are two or three ticket kiosks to the left at the tram drop off. No one was using them, everyone wanted to wait an hour in the ticket line after getting off the bus. Not sure if it’s marked very well, I was too excited that I walked right up to it.
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