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Postby Yoshi » Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:31 pm

I was deciding between going to Knoebels, Hershey or Dorney. Knoebels had buy a handstamp and get a free handstamp next May so I thought it might be crowded and Hershey is usually crowded on Saturdays and the wait time app showed 90 minutes for Trailblazer at one point.

I got to the park at around 3:30 and for a 75 degree day on a Saturday during Haunt, the lot wasn't that crowded. I bought All Season Fast Lane when it was offered in July. Even though it isn't needed on the dry rides except for Wild Mouse and I knew it really wouldn't save much time during trips in the Fall, it was very helpful for the water slides in Wildwater Kingdom. Being able to skip a 50 minute Aquablast line, ride all six Snake Pit slides in under 30 minutes total when the each slide was 20 - 30 minutes or walk right onto Thunder Canyon when the line was 45 minutes was very nice and I'll buy it again if it is offered next year and isn't too expensive.

Talon was first with no wait for the last row. Even after riding other B&M inverts, this is still my 4th favorite after Banshee, Raptor and Montu. It has just the right amount of intensity for me, a little forceful but not so much that I can only ride the coaster once per trip like Batman the Ride at Great Adventure. 2 trains were running with fast dispatches.

Wild Mouse had around a 25 minute wait, station wait with Fast Lane.

Thunder Canyon was running and I don't think I have the ride running this late in the season in many years. I only saw 1 raft with riders. If Dorney were to run the ride without waterfalls early and late in the season I think there would be more riders because with the waterfalls on, you get completely soaked which is good in the summer but not so great on a cooler day.

Hydra had no wait except for the front.

Thunder Creek Mountain was also running which was nice to see. There was no wait and I hope the park continues to run the ride into late September compared to other parks like Great Adventure that close their log flume around Labor Day.

Dominator had what looked like a 2 cycle wait. I went for the Turbo Drop side and it was fun like usual.

Thunderhawk had a line on the stairs. It was a little rough even in a non wheel seat.

Cedar Creek Flyers actually had people in line compared to most of my trips to the park in the summer when the ride operator was waiting for riders. Flying Scooters are always fun but these move very slow and not nearly as fun as the ones at Knoebels.

Steel Force had a half full station, this has become my 2nd favorite ride in the park after Talon.

Possessed also had no wait for the last row. I usually go to one of the last few rows as I'm not a fan of the twisted spike. Having the holding brake on is nice compared to some other parks that no longer user it.

Whip is usually a must ride for me at the park. For Haunt they had strobes running even before it was dark out. I just wish the cycle was a little longer at just over 80 seconds.

Dominator had a slightly longer wait this time. They were not giving people a numbered space to go to both times I was at the ride and this caused people to enter the ride area having to find an open seat and some groups not being able to sit together. This is the first time I have ever seen that except when the ride has no line and lots of empty seats.

On the way out of the park, I went to Talon and Hydra again. The park was getting more crowded and the Haunt attractions had some lines but the coasters still were 10 minutes or less except for Wild Mouse. New this year is Blackout being open to everyone and not just Fright Lane users.
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Re: 9/24/16

Postby dorneydude » Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:37 pm

25 minute fast pass wait? Was just at WDW..where you really need one...never waited more then 7 minutes with their FP.
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Re: 9/24/16

Postby Yoshi » Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:30 pm

The regular line was 25 minutes, just a wait in the station with a Fast Lane.

There was 1 trip over the summer where I had to wait 25 minutes for the drop box Snake Pit slides with Fast Lane but that was an exception. They had 2 out of 3 slides open and a lot of people past the merge point (usually they only let 10 - 12 people past the merge point).
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