Any advice for HW or SFStL
It's been a number of years since I've been to either park (2002 for Holiday World for SRM and 2004 for SFStL). We're dropping in on both this weekend- Holiday World on Saturday, SFStL on Sunday. Being as it's been so long, there have been a lot of changes, and I am a bit worried about crowds with it being the weekend. Weather could be interesting on Saturday with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms as well.
So any suggestions as to plans of attack? We'll be there at opening. Where to go first? Which rides/ coasters in which order? Ways to save money on food? (admissions are already covered). Any other advice?
thanks a bunch!!
Both times I've been I've done this. If you get there at opening, you'll be able to marathon on Raven before it's more than a one train wait, and the same applies for Legend. Expect a line by the time you get to Voyage. First ride in Voyage has got to be in the back, no white knuckles.
The way the park is designed, there really is only one main path to the "back" of the park where The Voyage rages. The main area "up top" is Halloween. Raven is right there at the park entrance, and the entrance for Legend is very close to Raven's entrance.
As for a general strategy, just realize that Holiday World is built on a declination: That is, the further "back" you go into the park, the further down elevation-wise you go. This means that after a long day, the walk uphill back to the front of the park can be a bit of a workout: A regretful fact that almost can't be avoided unless you spend the earliest parts of your visit in the "back". But then, there's only The Voyage back there as far as thrill rides go and maybe the new Mayflower swinging boat ride and of course Gobbler Getaway. What used to be Pilgrim's Plunge is now Giraffica and, if I'm not mistaken, may only be accessible from the Splashin' Safari entrance via a path underneath Voyage's lift. (???)
Just be sure a series of rides on Voyage is not the very last thing you do at the end of the evening. I've had to learn this the hard way. The trail back to the park's entrance can be arduous when your legs feel like soggy noodles after several consecutive rides on Voyage.
I didn't even have to think about it ("hmmm...when was the second train added?") as I know it had only the one in...2002!
I've never visited HW other than for SRM/Holiwood Nights so I cannot add anything for a "regular" visit. But as to the coasters I would follow the suggested Raven-Legend-Voyage sequence.
Also new to you is the Plymouth Rock Café which for my money and taste buds is a good deal.
As far as Holiday World, in 2012 we started at The Raven, then Legend, then Voyage. Being that your last visit was in 2002, The Voyage will be a new credit, so that's where I would start. After the rope drop, 90% of the crowd will go to the Raven or Legend. If you start at The Voyage, you may be able to get a few rides before the crowd get down there. You can work your way back up to the front of the park, getting rides on The Raven and Legend later in the day. One thing I noticed about Holiday World is it will seem very crowded right at opening. It takes a little time for the crowd to spread out. Later in the day The Raven and Legend should be 15 minute or less wait. We did ride some flats, buy nothing really stands out as a must ride. All in all during our last visit to Holiday World, which was on a Saturday during the summer, we rode The Voyage 6 times, Raven 3, and Legend twice. I hope this helps. Have a great time and a safe trip.
* This post was modified at 5/7/14 1:06:00 AM *
Got in one ride on Raven, 2 on Legend, 2 on Voyage, and a number of the flat rides as well. Not bad for what turned out to be a busy time with a music festival going on (middle schoolers in large numbers everywhere) and a 40 minute weather stoppage as we waited for our second ride on Voyage.
Raven was a bit rough and slow. It was only the first or second train of the day, but it was a far cry from what I remember a few years ago. It wasn't bad, but nowhere near as good as it used to be. it was actually a bit rough in spots.
Legend also seemed a bit rough, but still had it's old ferocity, speed, air, and lats. It was just about all I remembered.
Voyage had obviously had a lot of track work done. Got in rides in the front and back car and it's a heck of a ride. I loved it. the other guys enjoyed the back but found the front a bit rough (don't ask me to explain, I can't) Loved the ride- incredible speed, air, and intensity. But as others said in the past it's almost a bit to much. Certainly not a coaster you can marathon. as such it's left me in a bit of a quandry. I would put it up with my memories of Phoenix from 13 years ago, along with Outlaw Run, but don't ask me which I prefer. I honestly am not sure at the moment. But it's great, and not what I would call unridable or painful.
Getting rested and ready for SFStL tomorrow. Should be a fun day.