I went to the park on Wednesday during my annual vacation to Table Rock with my brother and my cousin. We got there around 2:30 because we were planning on going a second day, and it was over 100 degrees outside so we didn't want to spend a full day at the park. It was so hot that as I walked in to the park I could feel the black top sort of sinking below me (and I only weigh about 170).
I didn't get any pictures, but it was an amazing trip. It really didn't quite seem like it was over 100, but that probably has to do with the shade and the fact that I never had to wait in a line more than 3 trains...we were always moving.
First ride was Wildfire, which was a one train wait for the front and no wait for any other row...nonetheless, we went for the front. The ride has developed a surprisingly strong rattle, and I can't say I've felt any B&M looper rattle quit that much. The trims have taken away from the ride before, but the trim on the first drop didn't seem to be on, and the trim before the cobra roll almost felt necessary to avoid some headbanging. Other than that, I still love the ride...it's quick and it packs a big punch - we took 4 more rides in row 8 throughout the day, and boy that first drop is as good as ever back there, and I just love the g's in the last turn.
PowderKeg was running great today. It was running two trains, and didn't have more than a 2-3 train wait the whole time I was there. Lots of air and twistiness, gotta love it. It was broken down near the end of the day, but reopened 20 minutes before closing so I could get a front seat ride with no wait, as well as the back!
Thunderation was great, but a little rough. It was running two trains while I was over there, but the ride ops kept letting one train go without any guests...but still there was open seating in every row except for the front and back.
Fire In The Hole had a very surprisingly short wait considering the heat...still a fun ride, and I actually got pretty wet at the end.
I also rode the Giant Swing, which is always fun, the Disk-O, Waveswinger, Lost River, Grandfather's Mansion, and The Flooded Mine...all in under 5 hours. Oh, and don't eat their burgers...they're terrible.
I really have to hand it to the employees at SDC. They always kept a great attitude and worked hard despite the heat and the outfits they have to wear. Two employees at the concession stands even stopped us as we were walking to fill our empty water bottles to make sure we stayed hydrated!
As for the new coaster, you could get a great view of the drop from Wildfire and PowderKeg. After seeing these pictures, I wish I would have ridden the train to get a better view! The drop is absolutely stunning
. I remember thinking it looked like the ride was nearly upside down in this overbank/zero-g thing, so I do think it looks like it will be a roll of some sort. Whatever it is, it seems like the train will be going through it at a very high speed and will have some great headchoppers!
I asked a ride op at Lost River if "she was excited about the new coaster", and she said "Oh no, I have no idea what it is. They haven't told us anything about it yet." They have to know it's a coaster, but they obviously don't know any details.
I'm pumped that I have a guaranteed return to SDC next year to ride this baby!