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Eric- featured in Yahoo article

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Posted:
4/15/13 at
10:14:53 AM

Eric's expertise was recenlty featured in a Yahoo.com article. We are in the company of celebraties!

- Pat-O

Eric's Article

Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 4/15/13 10:22:16 AM
LoneStar said:

Eric's expertise was recenlty featured in a Yahoo.com article. We are in the company of celebraties!


- Pat-O

Terrific! A fellow that moderates another site I post on was quoted multiple times, too.

What coaster is pictured? Doesn't look familiar to me.

Mike

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 4/15/13 4:23:43 PM
Roller Coaster at New York New York Hotel & Casino.
Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 4/16/13 2:25:44 AM
I'm surprised there's no mention about 'going against the flow'. Like with BGT and IOA, I find it very useful to head to the very back of the park and work my way back to the front when the other park goers are heading further in.
Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 4/16/13 2:49:23 AM
Going to the back or against the flow isn't true for all parks. This article was for general advice, not tips on a specific park. For example, there is no back of the park trick at Disneyland or California Adventure. I would disagree with that statement for Islands of Adventure. Harry Potter is the back and that's where they all go first and it's the only area open with early entry.

I can also say a lot was omitted from my interview.

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Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/16/13 5:16:44 AM
Good article. I was wondering what that coaster pic was, esp without the revealing 'skyline back drop'. Why did they change Manhattan Express to the dumb boring Roller Coaster name anyway? A lot of times coaster name changes involves theming rights (like Top Gun etc) but I don't see how that would be an issue with a cost friendly name like Manhattan Express (which is generic, but hella better than RC IMO).
Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 4/16/13 5:32:19 AM
Overbanked said:

Good article. I was wondering what that coaster pic was, esp without the revealing 'skyline back drop'. Why did they change Manhattan Express to the dumb boring Roller Coaster name anyway? A lot of times coaster name changes involves theming rights (like Top Gun etc) but I don't see how that would be an issue with a cost friendly name like Manhattan Express (which is generic, but hella better than RC IMO).

Yeah, if the skyline had been visible, I might have known it. And that name change always baffled me too. There are several coasters called "roller coaster," but I'd guess they're in very generic parks, or retained the "name" from their opening in days of yore.

Mike

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 4/16/13 10:23:46 PM
Eric_Gieszl said:

Going to the back or against the flow isn't true for all parks. This article was for general advice, not tips on a specific park. For example, there is no back of the park trick at Disneyland or California Adventure. I would disagree with that statement for Islands of Adventure. Harry Potter is the back and that's where they all go first and it's the only area open with early entry.


I can also say a lot was omitted from my interview.

Ok, point taken. And well, yeah true about IOA, but it certainly isn't going to be any lighter till the park closes, so you may as well head there 1st thing.

Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 4/17/13 12:10:20 AM
Oh, no Harry Potter lightens up significantly in the afternoon and evening.

In fact on many the less crowded days like in November and early to mid December I've found the line for Forbidden Journey swells to 60-75 minutes just minutes after the park opens.

In the early afternoon the line shortens to about 45 minutes. By 4:00 pm the line is down to about 10 minutes or less and in many cases a walk-on.

I think the ideal wait for first time riders is 45 minutes since there is so much to see in the queue before the ride.

However, I do agree with your tip at some parks. Cedar Point is a great example of a park where you should start in the back and work your way to the front.

Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 4/17/13 1:59:45 PM
Hem, I stand corrected. I only went to HP island in the afternoon in its opening year and it was packed like crazy and never went there unless it was early in the morning.

Since I'm usually riding solo, I never went thru the normal line and head thru the single rider line, which can be from 10-25min. I've been on the ride at least 10 times so I can't really justify more than 45min to ride it. I guess one day I will go thru the normal line just to see the stuff along the regular line. I know the main cause for the delay is that they make everyone put their bags in the lockers which makes the line longer than it seems.

Good to know about CP, I hope to go there one of these years.

Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 4/17/13 2:17:19 PM
You never did the regular line? You've missed the amazing queue. Single rider is a nice option for Harry Potter re-rides.
Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 4/17/13 7:27:58 PM
Well I will try to go thru the main line this year. I generally pack both parks in one day so any waiting cuts into that and I generally try to avoid it. But now that I've been there enough times, I'll likely take things a bit slowly this time.
Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by alpengeistno3 at 4/18/13 1:01:55 AM
Eric, you are very correct about Harry Potter quickly thinning out as the day goes on. My 1st day at Universal last year, I went to HP after 8:00 and it was a walk-on. I started to go single rider, but the attendant actually recommended I walk the queue (since no one was in it). I did not really get to admire any of the gags since we pretty much just walked through the queue with no wait and I don't know jack about HP.

This year, I went in the morning and it was already a mess by 8:45. 90 minute regular queue, 25 minute single rider.

By far, the better experience is to wait until the end of the night.

One hint that I think was left out piggy-backs on what Phil was saying. While some parks like Disney or Universal don't really play to the "head to the back" rule, clearly, avoiding the most popular attractions and focusing on the opposite end of the park is a viable strategy. Plenty of rides can be had by getting away from HP-land early and enjoying minimal to no wait rides on Spiderman, Hulk, Jurassic Park and even Dragons while the masses are sweating it out for Potter.

Paul

Re: Eric- featured in Yahoo article by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 4/18/13 4:35:05 PM
Yup. I should've added that note about HP specifically mentioning the dragons. I would head toward HP island first to ride the dragons first and get those out of the way before the lines got worse. Though how much of a difference the 'chasing' made over the 'dueling' I dunno. I certainly will not be running for the dragons as much since the dueling aspect was removed.

Good point about The Hulk as it isn't too bad early in the morning as everyone else is headed for the Forbidden Journey. I think I tried the Marvel island first on one of my days because I knew it was going to be impossible to get to HP island with all the attendants outside (before the split to Dr seuss and Marvel island) issuing passes just to get in.

Lol, I too dunno a thing about HP so as nice as it is to see the elaborate theming... It'll be lost to me as I dunno anything about it.

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