I gave the season a B+
Operations were generally good. Nitro and Skull Mountain had fast dispatches as they always have. Superman and Green Lantern also had faster dispatches than in past years. The only coaster where I think operations weren’t good was Rolling Thunder with it taking as long as 4 minutes to dispatch a train but I guess now that doesn’t matter.
The parachutes always had multiple sides running and the Skyway had both sides open often even on days when crowds were low.
It was rare to see 1 train running on coasters except when crowds were minimal to the point where even with 1 train running, the trains weren’t going out full.
The park was clean and employees were nice which has been the case for as long as I have been a passholder.
The operating schedule was a big improvement this year. The park opening on March 23rd was the earliest in the history of the park and Fright Fest started earlier with it running for 7 weeks. It was also nice to see the park open a few days during the week after Labor Day. The only disappointment with the schedule was that they were not open the first weekend in November like some parks in the area.
The season dining pass was a really great addition. Before this season I rarely ate a meal at the park because I refused to spend $10+ on 1 meal. With the dining pass, it was really nice to be able to walk up to any restaurant that accepted the pass and order a meal without thinking about the price.
I can’t comment on the Safari Off Road Adventure as I did not try it this year but it’s disappointed that you can no longer drive through the safari especially now you have to wait a while in line unless you get there right at opening. Safari Discoveries also closed which was a shame since it was nice to walk through as a shortcut to get to Kingda Ka from Frontier Adventures and Plaza Del Carnaval and have the chance to stop and see the animals.
The big negative for the season for me was Rolling Thunder being removed. I won’t miss it as much as other removed coasters like Scream Machine but it’s always disappointing to lose a coaster.
It was also a shame to see the Log Flume on a shorter operating schedule this year. It was understandable to not have it open in the beginning of the year because of the Safari construction but even with 5 trips to the park in September, it was closed during all of my trips. The Congo Rapids were open much later into the season which was good to see for anyone who didn’t mind getting possibly soaked.
Overall, I still thought there were many more positives to the season than negatives.