On Sunday July 15th, 2012 Coaster Of The Day attended the ACE event, Luna Park Fest 2. The event was held at Luna Park in Coney Island, located in New York, New York. It was a very fun event, which included great deals, and ERT on the world famous Coney Island Cyclone.
The event registration was from 9:00/10:00 am. We arrived there when registration ended at 10 am. The cost for the event was $50 dollars per person, and it was well worth it. The price included a half hour of ERT, a 4 hour wrist band for Luna Park, and a few ride credits for the rides in Scream Zone. Usually, the price for all of this is well over $100 dollars, so ACE members recieved a big discount!
At 10:30, it was finally time for ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) on the Coney Island Cyclone. Usually the price per ride on the Coaster is $8 dollars, but we got to ride as many timed as we wanted in a half hour period for free! This event was not that crowded, so I was able to get over 6 rides on the classic Wooden Coaster! Personally, I think the Coney Island Cyclone is a fantastic Coaster. It defines the term 'Classic Wooden Coaster'. The rides seats are very comfortable, but the ride is very rough. However; it has improved a lot, as there was heavy re-tracking to the first drop. The first drop is now silk smooth, like a steel Coaster. Overall it was a great ERT session!
A picture of the Coney Island Cyclone
(Picture taken by Coaster Of The Day)
When ERT ended around 11:00 am, Luna Park was very kind to give everyone a trip inside the guest relations building. We got to go where only employees are allowed. Inside, we got a trip inside the conference room. There we were able to cool off, have another Q&A, and watch a POV of the Cyclone! Before we left to enjoy our day, the management was kind to give us free ice cold water bottles to enjoy on the hot day! This was very kind of Luna Park!
After cooling off, it was about 11:30 am, and we started to use our 4 hour Luna Park wrist band. The wrist band was good for unlimited rides on the rides and Coasters at Luna Park! The park was then generally empty, and we were able to get plenty of rides in. We rode many rides a ton of times, including the Brooklyn Flyer, the Spinning Wild Mouse (the Tickler), the Log Flume, and the crazy looping flat ride, Air Race.
A Picture of the Steeplechase Horses Coaster at Scream Zone
(Picture taken by Coaster Of The Day)
We then decided to head over to the other park associated with Luna Park, the Scream Zone. Our registration fees included a few rides each on the rides and Coasters at Scream Zone. We rode the launched Steeplechase Horses Coaster, the flying Coaster, the Soaring Eagle, and a few more insane Thrill Rides.
After, it was about 2:00 pm. We were very tired and hot, so we decided to cool off in the car and take a small break. After it was about 2:30, and we headed back to Luna Park. We got a few more rides in using our ride wrist band.
At about 3:00 pm, we headed over to the neighboring Amusement Park, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. We the rode the world famous Wonder Wheel and took a quick ride on the one of a kind Haunted House, the Spook-o-Rama. It was then approximately 4:00 pm. We were exhausted, and had a long drive back home. We decided to head home.
Our day at Coney Island was fantastic! It was a fun ACE event, and we got to ride some great Rides, including the Coney Island Cyclone. Thanks a lot ACE for hosting this event, and we cant wait until next year for Luna Park Fest 3!
On Wednesday June 27th, 2012 we headed back to Hersheypark for a second. We arrived at the park again, about 9:15, before the park opened up. We waited to get in until approximately 9:50, until the gaits opened. When we entered the park, we headed straight to Skyrush again. We arrived at the Coaster at 10:00 am, and it already had a 45 minute wait. Of course, we waited online to ride the epic Intamin Mega Coaster.
After riding Skyrush it was about 10:45, and again we got a quick slushy and a pretzel. We then headed over to ride Storm Runner. It also had a long wait, as it was running on a one train operation. We waited about 45 minuets for the ride. After we rode the neighboring Coaster, 'Outback Steakhouse' Sidewinder. Sidewinder is a Vekoma Boomerang Coaster, and it received new trains for the 2011 season. The new trains made the rough Coaster an enjoyable re-rideable experience.
It was then about 1:00 pm, and we headed over to ride Lightning Racer. When we got there, it had no wait, and we were able to stay on the ride. We were able to stay on the Coaster for 2 hours straight, without getting off! Total, we got over 30 rides on the fantastic Wooden Coaster.
After our marathon on Lightning Racer, we were hungry for lunch. We decided to head over to the Hershey Lodge to check out the beautiful hotel. At the hotel, there is a fantastic restaurant called the Bears Den. It is a highly themed sports restaurant with dozens of televisions, themed to the Hershey Bears Hockey team. If you are ever in Hershey, stop by the Hershey Lodge quick to look around the beautiful hotel, and to eat at the Bears Den.
After eating, we arrived back at the park around 5:00 pm. We were very hot, and decided to rode the huge flume ride, Tidal Force. After riding it, we were all soaking wet. We then meet up quickly with our friends over at All-American Thrills, in front of Fahrenheit. After, we decided to ride Fahrenheit again. The wait was approximately an hour wait, but it was well worth the wait.
After riding Fahrenheit, it was about 7:00 pm, and we headed over to ride the Kissing Tower. After getting a great view of the park, we rode the Great Bear. It had about a 20 minute wait. Following, we rode the classic log flume, the Coal Cracker a few times. We were lucky as the great flume ride had hardly no wait time.
We then went to the Hollow section of the park. We rode the classic SooperDooperLooper a few times, and then we wanted to ride Skyrush at night. The wait time was about 45 minuets, and it was worth the wait.
The time was about 9:15, and we had less than an hour in the park. For our last ride at Hersheypark, we rode Storm Runner again. It had a 45 minute wait, and we got off the ride at 10:00 pm, when the park closed.
That day we experienced another great, fun day at Hersheypark. Hersheypark is truly one of the best amusement parks, and everyone should go to the park at least once. Hershey offers a magical expiernece for everyone. They offer world class Roller Coasters and even fun for the little ones. If you have never gone to Hersheypark, plan your trip today!
On Tuesday June 26th, 2012, the Coaster Of The Day crew headed to Hersheypark in Hershey, PA. This was our first time to Hersheypark for 2012. It was an important day because it was the first time we rode their 12th Coaster, Skyrush.
Our day started at 9:00 am as we arrived at Hersheypark. The park did not open until 10 am, so we had to wait with the massive crowds to enter the park. When the park finally opened, it seemed almost everyone headed to Skyrush. At 10:05 when we arrived at Skyrush, it already had a 30 minute wait. The line moved very slow, due to a one train operation. At 10:30 we reached the point where you can decide to wait for front row, or wait for another row. Since it was the first time we were going to ride this Intamin Mega, we wanted to experience it in the front row. We ended up waiting an extra hour for the front row! After waiting almost 2 hours, we finally rode Skyrush! Overall it was an amazing ride, but there was some problems! (Be sure to Read our full Coaster Review of Skyrush!)
It was about noon, and the park was already crowded. We decided to grab a quick slushy drink, and head over to ride Trailblazer, the mine train Coaster. It was a nice family Coaster, but it was very short. We then headed over to another great Coaster at the park, Storm Runner. The wait time was about 45 minuets, and this Coaster also was on a one train operation. We decided to wait, because this is one crazy Coaster! After riding Storm Runner, we headed over to ride one of the parks 3 wooden Coasters, Wild Cat. Wild Cat was an okay ride, but it was rough. It was also the first Coaster manufactured by GCI (Great Coasters International). After getting our heads rattled around, we headed over to ride another Wooden Coaster at the park, Lightning Racer. Lightning Racer is another GCI Wooden Coaster, and compared to Wild Cat, Lightning Racer is a much better Coaster. We rode Lightning Racer a bunch of times and then headed over to ride Fahrenheit.
We noticed Fahrenheit had a long wait of over 2 hours, so we decided not to wait. Instead we decided to eat lunch at the Hersheypark Place. It is located right outside the parks main entrance, and is the parks only sit down restaurant. It was a good meal, and if your at the park and want a break in the A/C, we highly suggest visiting the Hersheypark Place. With a full stomach, we headed back over to Skyrush to ride it again. Surprisingly, Skyrush only had a 30 minute wait. We decided to wait line, and we rode the back row. After that, we rode the parks oldest operating Coaster, Comet. We then also rode SooperDooperLooper, with it's new trains. (SDL's new trains were fantastic!)
It was then about 5 pm, and we headed over to ride the parks B&M inserted Coaster, Great Bear, and it is one of the best Inverted Coasters. We then rode the Coal Cracker, the classic Log Flume, which is located next to the Great Bear. After that, we rode the parks classic observation tower, the Kissing Tower.
Finally it was 7 pm, and we decided to ride Fahrenheit. Then, it had an hour wait, and we decided to ride it. It was a great Coaster, and it was worth the wait. It was then about 8 pm, and we were very tired from our long day. We then had dinner, and went back to our hotel.
It was a fantastic day at Hersheypark, and we were very luck, as we were heading back to the park the next day!
On Monday June 25th, 2012 the Coaster Of The Day crew visited Knoebels Amusement Resort. Knoebels is an old fashioned, classic Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. They have great, classic, one of a kind rides! Overall, it was a great day at one of the best Amusement Parks!
We arrived at the park at approximately 3 pm. We decided to wait until 5 pm to get a unlimited ride bracelet for $23 dollars, instead of $39 dollars for an all day wristband. The Black Diamond Roller Coaster and the Haunted House were not included in the bracelet, so we bought ride tickets for those right away and rode them both. Both rides had no wait and the park was empty for most of the day.
Knoebels did a great gob with remastering the Black Diamond, which was formally Golden Nugget at Dinosaur Beach in Wildwood, NJ. It was nice to see this classic Coaster operating again, where it will be kept in great shape at Knoebels.
Also, the Haunted House at Knoebels was fantastic. It is defiantly one of the best Haunted Houses EVER. If you love Haunted Houses and dark rides, you must ride the Haunted House at Knoebels.
It was then about 4 pm, and we decided to have dinner. Knoebels is known for having fantastic food. It has even won "Golden Ticket Awards" from "Amusement Today", for having the best food at an Amusement Park for over 10 years. We ate at the Alamo Restaurant, which is a sit down restaurant at the park. The food was good quality, and inexpensive.
It was finally 4:50 and we bought a ride bracelet, for unlimited rides. First, we headed over to ride one of the best Wooden Coasters around, Phoenix. Phoenix is a classic "out and back" Wooden Coaster, with great airtime. There are no seatbelts on the Coaster, however; a buzz lap bar restraint system is available. There is amazing ejector airtime due to this lack of seatbelts. The Coaster is also silk smooth, and this is very rare on Wooden Coasters . The line was about 10 minuets, so we rode the Coaster a few times.
We then headed over to ride the Looper. The Looper is a one of a kind ride, and one of the only ones in operation. In this classic Allen Hershel ride, Riders sit face to face and try to loop each other around. This is one of the best looping rides, so we kept on riding it. We then took a construction Update video of the Flying Turns. The Flying Turns is a Wooden Bobsled Coaster, that was going to originally open in 2007, but never opened due to numerous problems. Now, the station track has been removed for work and maintenance, and the trains are not currently at the park.
After getting looped around, we headed over to ride the other Woodie at the park, Twister. Twister is a twisted Wooden Coaster. The ride is very rough and shaky, but during this previous winter, Knoebels re-tracked sections of the Coaster. The ride experience has improved a lot, and is now a more enjoyable Coaster.
After getting looped around, we did a few more rides in the park including the Power Surge and the Log Flume. We even took another ride on the Haunted House, Phoenix, Looper, and the Black Diamond. It was about 8:00 and we decided to ride the classic Carrousel. This Carrousel is one of a kind, and features rings, for riders to catch. We then headed to ride Scooters, which has been voted the best Bumper Cars on the planet, and stay true to their title. These bumper cars are wicked and are an enjoyable experience. Next, we headed over to ride the kiddie Coaster at the park, Kosmos Kurves. Finally, we went on the scenic Skyride, which brings you up a mountain, and you can catch spectacular views of the park. After that, our day at Knoebels was sadly over. We then drove an hour south to Hershey, PA.
Our day at Knoebels was great, and memorable. Knoebels is a great park with amazing Wooden Coasters, Bumper Cars, Carousel, classic rides, and dark rides. If you have never visited Knoebles, we highly suggest you plan a visit to this classic Amusement Park!
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