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#1 Zack


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:57 PM

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

Superman 1x

Green Lantern 1x

Batman 1x

Kingda Ka 1x

Skyscreamer 1x

Swashbuckler 1x

Jolly Roger 1x

Twister 1x

Parachutes 1x


I'll post my pictures shortly.....

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#2 Zack


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 03:18 PM

Summer is officially here!
Zumanjaro was also testing at random points throughout the day.
S2WrNyF.jpgRolling Thunder's footprint looks much smoother than it did during my previous visit last month.
As you can see, a giant banner advertising Jersey Boys now adorns the side of El Toro. By sheer coincidence, the day before we went was also the day that the Jersey Boys movie was released (talk about overkill).
Here's a look at the new entrance for Zumanjaro and all of the wide open space left behind by RT.
A closer look at the work-in-progress sign for Zumanjaro.
A super-zoomed-in shot of the peaks of all of the new drop towers. I'd hate to be the guy who has to climb those thin ladders.
Cheese!! (By the way, the camera at the end of the ride is now totally gone for some reason.)
I'm real glad to see that these three little beauties are still going strong after 40 whole years...
...as well as this BIG beauty over here.
Even though the "official" 40th anniversary isn't until July 1st (or 4th depending on who you ask), I still felt like ending the day by honoring to the remaining rides, and the logo, from 1974. Happy birthday Great Adventure!!!!
Thanks for reading!
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#3 jetsplumber


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:04 PM

nice pics


that jersey boys banner on el toro needs to go ASAP.  it looks terrible.   might as well take the KIA ads off the trains too.  

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:36 PM

I was also there Saturday, and there was season pass holder ERT on El Toro after the park closed. It was sponsored by Takis, making El Toro a billboard for 3 advertisements: Takis, Kia, and Jersey Boys. :(



Also, the thin ladders on Zumanjaro aren't ladders, they're guides for electrical and data cables. :P

And the camera at the end of the ride has been gone for yeeeaarrsss.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:47 PM

Great report and pictures. It's a shame it was so crowded but it's good you got to ride Kingda Ka. I still haven't had a chance to ride the coaster yet this year.

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