avoid the dark knight at great adventure

I have been a season pass owner at Great Adventure for at least 50-6 years now. I used to be able to go from park opening till close, but honestly I must be getting older because those days are long gone. I guess at some point I had to turn into my father and begin checking my watch around 430. I have a 3 park pass and I primarily have it for the water park, since my 9 year old son is still not into coaster yet. if he were, then it the theme park would be more of a draw.

We went down to GA yesterday to pick up our passes and were pleasantly surprised to see that the Dark Knight coaster was running. I know the new Batman movie doesn't come out till mid July, and I thought the coaster wasn't running until closer to the movie premiere. We found a number of things about the park that the word "disapointing" can't fully convey.

Season tickets are processed near their 3-D ride which last year was a Spongebob Squarepants ride. This year it's 3-D trip to the Moon, which is about some bugs who stow away about a lunar bound nasa space flight. First off the story was very short, and very lame. That aside, the 3-D ddn't work. you saw double images 92% of the movie. I thought maybe it was me or perhaps where we were sitting, and a quick Q&A with some other guests confirmed that everyone had the same problem.

Our second problem was with the guards. They were needlessly aggresive and rude thruout. . I was driving thru the handicapped parking section when a guard stopped me and asked what I was doing. !!!! "Parking" I said wth a touch of confusion. he was polite but it seemed an absurd question. One man was (apparently) ejected by 10 security guards for smoking My wife was screamed at because she was standing pst the blue line which designated the end of the smoking area. The guard at the Dark Knight was screaming at people in line he would throw them out if he caught them sitting on the rails. The guards there need to learn that a polite request is usually enough. If you need to address a crowd, there's a difference between speaking loud enough to be heard over the dinn of the park, and screaming in a nasty voice.

Something also occurred to me. El Toro is the highest and fast wood coaster in the world and it sits next to what i think is the oldest coaster in the park: Rolling Thunder. Why would you need two wooden coasters side by side, especially when one is brand new and one is an aging dinosaur? The answer is you don't. I strongly suspect that Rolling Thunder will be gone within 2-3 years. It takes up a lot of real estate and it's not a big draw any more...
The most disapointing thing about the visit was the Dark Knight coasterCollapse )

Cyclone.. Gone!!

Despite protests & attempts to save the Cyclone, on November 20th 2006, D&M Demolition crew moved in to raze this classic wooden coaster...

The Cyclone at Pleasureland Southport opened on Good friday 1937. A figure-8 wooden coaster which is 2500 ft long. Although the coaster was designed by Charlie Page, the original station was designed by Joseph Emberton Riba. The station was rebuilt in 1985 following a fire.
On Mon 18th September 2006 just after 4pm, 2 protestors climbed the structure of the coaster and hung a banner reading 'SAVE OUR CYCLONE'. Police arrived and moved the protestors & their banner, and a few minutes later the press arrived and filmed for local TV news. Unfortunately, several days later 'English Heritage' refused the protestor's request for a protection order on the ride. Please visit, sign the petition & check out the latest on the campaign to save this unique and historic ride.

Message from ACE about The Scorpion at Busch Gardens

Greetings Florida Region Members,
I was notified last night by Busch Gardens that they have decided that October 31st will be the last operating day of the Python. We had hoped for some sort of closing ceremony to give the coaster a proper send off, however, the park has decided to have no media event and no farewell party. So unfortunately we will be unable to pull together any structured event before Tuesday. Alan Glueckman suggested we let everyone know, if you are interested in one last ride, that we can meet at the entrance to the coaster around 2:00 on Sunday to take one last ride together as a group. If you are interested in attending just show up. There will be no registration and no official event. Just a chance for everyone to take a final spin, if you so desire. If you are unable to meet up with us on Sunday, keep in mind Tuesday will be your absolute last chance.

As you are aware on November 11th we will be having a "Meet & Greet" will newly elected ACE President Mark Cole. We had lofty goals for the number of registrants. Sadly, we are well below our projections. We have not reached the minumum number we set to have the event. I have decided to extend the deadline in hopes that more of our members will support our regional events and decide to participate. If you are interested in attending the deadline has been extended to November 6th. You can find the flyer at

Chris Kraftchick
Regional Rep, FL
American Coaster Enthusiasts