It's always great to see some SDC love...great photos, Erik!
Silver Dollar City is one of my favorite parks, I also like it a bit better than Dollywood, and I missed what seem like some of the best attractions. I couldn't find the cave tour (found out the entrance was in a gift shop after I left), and didn't even know the Grandfather's Mansion walk-through existed until seeing this TR. I really need to get back there, soon!
I remember driving past Frontier City while visiting family in Oklahoma City. I would have loved to stop, but my folks weren't up to it; it looks like a really fun park. How was the airtime on Wildcat and Diamondback? Did Silver Bullet offer any? All of them seem like decent coasters...
The next park we visited was Cedar Fair's Worlds of Fun park located right outside of Kansas City, Missouri. While I did like a few of the coasters at the park, there really was not anything very special about the place. While the park itself was nice and clean, they really need to address a real problem with some of its queue lines. Both Spinning Dragons and Mamba simply need a lot more cover for its queues. About 95% of the entire queue is right out in the open with absolutely no shade. This makes a summer visit pretty unpleasant since it gets quite hot in Kansas City. All they need to do is set up some simple tent like structure to at least cover park guests from toasting under the sun. The main draw of the park for us was to ride the brand new GCI wooden coaster, Prowler. While fun, I would have to say that I found the coaster to be the most family friendly GCI coaster I have ridden yet. While the coaster does gain a lot more speed later in the day I still found it to be a little tamer when compared to such coasters as Thunderhead, Kentucky Rumbler, or even Evel Knievel which is found only few hours away. Even with that, we all found it to be a solid new ride for the park. Ok, let us check out some pictures, shall we?
I see coasters!
It looks like we are heading the right way.
That would be Patriot.
You know it is a Cedar Fair park when you see these.
There was a much of this all around the park.
The box of height qualifications.
Ready to head into the park?
We went to check out the brand new coaster first, Prowler.
This is the coaster station. Notice all the American pride in the African section of the park.
The rules of the ride.
This would be a good thing.
Ready for dispatch?
Up the lift hill they go.
This would be my favorite section of the ride.
Thumbs up for Prowler.
Ok, here are some more Prowler photos.
Taken from the train.
We thought it was a fun ride. Though it is a little bit more "family friendly" when compared to other GCI's.
Since the lift goes over a small creek, they needed to place a special beam to help support the lift hill.
It is a little different than other GCI's in that this one is considered more of a terrain coaster.
Some of it is set in the woods, though the back section is in more of a cleared out field.
The ride operator kept commenting on Prowler's triangle wheels. Seriously he did. Not sure why as the ride was very smooth.
Erik Johnson wrote:The ride operator kept commenting on Prowler's triangle wheels. Seriously he did. Not sure why as the ride was very smooth.
I think the quote was "the only wooden coaster in the world with triangle wheels", which really isn't something to be proud of. Besides that line is far more apt for Timberwolf (a special trip to the chiropractor on Monday finally got rid of the last of the pain that monster caused).
Worlds of Fun was not crowded at all during our visit. The two newest coasters were virtually a walk-on all day (Prowler and Patriot). We did have to wait about 20 minutes for both Mamba and Spinning Dragons, but everything else had a little to no wait. We did notice that the waterpark looked really packed. It was quite hot the day so I guess that would be why everyone was over there instead of the regular park.
Anyways, onto more photos.
Hooray, another Boomerang. Actually this one was pretty good.
At least they built a tent to cover the station to shield you from the sun.
While Paul looks ready for the ride, Andrew is wondering why WOF can't build more tents to cover its queue lines.
Boomerang, doing its thing.
Here is another look.
For some reason, this area really reminds me of Knott's.
We went over to Mamba to find it closed. I think they had some issues with the lift hill until noon that day.
This would be the strange walkway of nothing I have heard about.
This would be the S&S tower. Notice something a little strange?
That would be correct, the ride kind of stops a bit short of reaching the top of the tower.
This is about as close as we got to the Wacky Worm.
We were denied the credit. You need to have a kid with you to ride. This would be only the 2nd credit missed on the trip. Overall, we did very well.
Yeah I know, you are laughing at us.
Timberwolf would be next. No it is not nearly as good as Prowler.
More Random America theming.
This would be a lift hill. I actually thought it was pretty good, though I understand the back car is very brutal.
While some of the drops were good, you do get shaken up a bit around the turns.
The 2nd train was taking a break. At least it is in the shade.
Our train awaits.
It would not be a Cedar Fair park without something in the park named, "Hawk".
Here it is a Top Spin.
Next was Spinning Dragons.
Rules of the ride.
I guess it is themed to a water fountain.
It does have a similiar layout to the later Tony Hawk coasters.
Though unlike Tony Hawk, this one does not have that death spin that sometimes occur while your car creeps back into the station.
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