Report: When I originally planned this trip several weeks ago, I expected Zumanjaro to have already opened and I wanted to attend the park one more time before the huge summer crowds would come rolling in. Unfortunately, not only was the new ride still under construction after longer than anyone expected, I also unintentionally scheduled this trip on the first day of summer, which inevitably meant some big crowds. My uncle Peter and a friend of his also accompanied my mother and I to the park and were equally disappointed that the new ride that they came for wasn't open yet, but we all still managed to have fun in the park. We all entered the park around 10:00 and I noticed on the ride postings that Kingda Ka wasn't marked "closed" anymore. I went into the actual park slightly earlier than them since I have a season pass and went straight to the Golden Kingdom to see if my suspicions were true, only to be met with a giant wooden fence blocking off the area and no employees around to ask questions to.
Since it seemed unlikely that Kingda Ka would be operating at all, I encouraged everyone to head toward the Boardwalk first, and were able to score rides on Superman, Green Lantern, the Parachutes and Twister, all with waiting times of 10 minutes or less. Next, we went over to El Toro and were met with our first big line of the day, which we found out was because it was running with only ONE train (which I think is just plain stupid in general since El Toro is by far one of the parks most famous rides); After they loaded on a second train, the line moved much more smoothly and we rode it in no time. After briefly leaving the park for lunch, we decided to go on several of the less extreme rides in the park, such as SkyScreamer,
Super Round Up Swashbuckler, and Jolly Roger.
Around this point, the crowds began to peak and we skipped most of the rides in that area (except Batman). My uncle and his friend eventually decided that they just wanted to ride the Sky Ride and call it a day, but on our way there, I actually caught a glimpse of Kingda Ka running- with actual people on it! So I went on my own to that area because I wanted to ride it no matter what, and even with 3 trains running, I still ended up waiting an hour to ride it- half the time was because of the ride experiencing technical difficulties and had to be fixed up. After that mess, I chose to end the day by going on Nitro, riding it 4 times in a row, and buying that 40th anniversary t-shirt for season pass holders, since this day was the closest I was going to get to visiting on the ACTUAL 40th anniversary of the park. Overall, I was still able to have plenty of fun in spite of the first-day-of-summer crowds and the ongoing construction of the new ride.
Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Flags
Ridecount: Nitro 4x
El Toro 1x
Green Lantern 1x
Kingda Ka 1x
Jolly Roger 1x
I'll post my pictures shortly.....