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slipknot8527
05-05-2001, 03:38 PM
This summer I have the choice of going to Sea World to ride Kraken and then to IOA. Or I can head on up to SFGAdv. Both parks have great coasters...I can't decide! I want to ride Kraken, The Hulk, and Dueling Dragons...But that Nitro sure looks mighty tasty. Plus Medusa... Can anyone help me out?
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Iceman
05-05-2001, 04:06 PM
It depends on your situation. IOA is awesome, and Kraken is good, but then you're paying admission to 2 parks. SFGAdv. is one park with the coasters in it. If money is no object, go for IOA, it's worth the trip.

Medusa1861
05-05-2001, 04:33 PM
Great Adventure!
<BR>IOA only has 2 great coasters
<BR>Great Adventure has Nitro Medusa and my favorite, Batman & Robin the chiller + many more good rides

birderboy
05-05-2001, 05:18 PM
Coaster's aren't the issue at IOA. Hulk and Dragons are AWESOME! But the theming on them is incredible. Plus there's Spiderman, Dudley Do-right, the Popeye ride, and others that are fantastic! SFWoa on the other hand is just like any other SF. A bunch of rides. Minimal theming. I'd rather ride the best themed ride ever than a billion good coasters that aren't themed worth jack squat. Go IOA!!!!!!!!!!

PatMan007
05-05-2001, 05:23 PM
depends if u like coasters go to sf but if yo like theming relaxing and probably a better trip go to sea world and ioa

Jackrabbit
05-05-2001, 05:54 PM
The problem at Six Flags Great Adventure isn't the coasters, its the lines. This is the first time in several years I've declined to get a season's pass - I have had it up to here with 40 to 60 minute waits on all their good coasters. The Rolling Thunder wooden coaster is kept in horrible repair, and is never raced properly. Two of their coasters (Viper and the Chiller) are head bangers and not worth the wait.
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<BR>If you're up in the Northeast, I'd suggest a trip to Dorney Park and Knoebels. Coaster for coaster, Dorney Park has the best and most varied assortment in America, and there's almost NEVER a LONG WAIT! Think about it - Dorney has a hypercoaster (Steel Force), B&M steel (Talon), classic Schwartkopf double looping steel with LAP BARS (Laser), classic wood (the twenties vintage Thunderhawk), mondo wood (Hercules, with the most terrifying first drop of any wooden coaster, period), and a new wild mouse.
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<BR> Knoebels, quite simply, is a national treasure. You owe it to yourself to experience the throwback atmosphere of this place. Plus the Phoenix and Twister kick ass.

DrachenFire96
05-14-2001, 03:36 AM
I suggest Florida for your trip, I definitely think you would enjoy it better. SFGA had only 2 good coasters in my opinion, Nitro and Medusa. Viper won't be open all season from what I understand, Rolling Thunder is in a severe dilapidated state, and the Great American Scream Machine is a neck breaker. Go south and enjoy the B&Ms (I wish I did) and wait until SFGA gets some more new coasters.

SLFAKE
05-14-2001, 08:27 AM
Before this past March, I had not been to either IOA or SFGrAdv (and I live about 2 1/2 hours from Jackson NJ). Now, after having been to IOA (and Sea World, and BGT), I say head south to Florida!
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<BR>IOA is an incredible park as far as themeing goes. It is a completely different world from the time you go through the front gate. Incredible Hulk is a great coaster, and Dueling Dragons are good (though not as great as all make them out to be in my opinion). Then there is also Spiderman (you gotta ride this one to believe it!) and the most fun flume ride around (Dudley-Do-Right). If you can, head on over to Sea World then for Kraken and Journey to Atlantis (another world class water ride / coaster hybrid). Also, the two parks are just pleasant to walk around in.
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<BR>There is also much more to see and do in the Orlando area.
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Tyler Eaves
05-14-2001, 08:31 AM
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ChrisFL
05-14-2001, 10:12 AM
IOA and SW. Kraken is as good as Medusa from what I've seen, and not much can top the Hulk as far as pure excitement goes. IOA is the best theme park ever created, but you have to go there just to see why.

Tyler Eaves
05-14-2001, 10:21 AM
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<BR>The problem at Six Flags Great Adventure isn't the coasters, its the lines. This is the first time in several years I've declined to get a season's pass - I have had it up to here with 40 to 60 minute waits on all their good coasters. The Rolling Thunder wooden coaster is kept in horrible repair, and is never raced properly. Two of their coasters (Viper and the Chiller) are head bangers and not worth the wait.
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<BR>If you're up in the Northeast, I'd suggest a trip to Dorney Park and Knoebels. Coaster for coaster, Dorney Park has the best and most varied assortment in America, and there's almost NEVER a LONG WAIT! Think about it - Dorney has a hypercoaster (Steel Force), B&M steel (Talon), classic Schwartkopf double looping steel with LAP BARS (Laser), classic wood (the twenties vintage Thunderhawk), mondo wood (Hercules, with the most terrifying first drop of any wooden coaster, period), and a new wild mouse.
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<BR> Knoebels, quite simply, is a national treasure. You owe it to yourself to experience the throwback atmosphere of this place. Plus the Phoenix and Twister kick ass.
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<BR>I'll second Knoebels, but I do have to contradict your statement about Dorney. IMHO, SFoG has the best coaster collection in the country, having a great deal of quality rides, including:
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<BR>Georgia Cyclone (Classic Wood[1])
<BR>Mindbender (Classic Schwarzkopf looper with just lapbars)
<BR>Viper (Classic Schwarzkopf shuttle looper)
<BR>GASM (Fun out and back woodie)
<BR>Georgia Scorcher (Great little standup)
<BR>Ninja (A fun, and now smooth, Vekoma custom looper)
<BR>Batman: TR (It's Batman <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif"> )
<BR>Also, Deja Vu looks like a great addition.
<BR>Add in the facts that it is, IMHO at least, the nicest looking SF park, and decent, although not great employees, and low average waits.
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<BR>[1] - Built in 1990, but to 1927 plans.

robvia
05-14-2001, 11:16 AM
IOA!!!!!
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<BR>The atmosphere of the park is what sets it apart. True, they need another coaster, but the other rides are fun when taking your first lap aroud the park. You have to see it, plus you're already down here.
<BR>Read this message board for more IOA tips if you decide to go. The IOA techs read this board and respond to posts.
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<BR>Going back Wednesday May 23rd, 8am early entry on this day, Ya Baby.
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DBCooper
05-14-2001, 02:09 PM
The ONLY, and I mean ONLY, negative things I can think of to say about IoA are:
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<BR>1) Cleanliness is a problem.
<BR>2) Paint is beginning to fade at Seuss Landing and Marvel Super Hero Island. Actually, unless they've repainted since three weeks ago, it's faded badly.
<BR>3) Employees are typically indifferent, if not necessarily hostile.
<BR>4) Queues are a bear. Get to Spidey <b>right when the gate opens</b>, then double back to Hulk. Then run to Toon Lagoon, but only if you've packed dry clothing. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif">
<BR>5) Merch needs to be upgraded. Why are all the action figures at Marvel the same as the stock at Toys 'R Us? Sure, most of the international crowd won't know the difference, but they've got a great chance to sell one-of-a-kind stuff available nowhere else! (And since action figure company Toy Biz owns Marvel, this would be a great excuse for them to issue exclusive stuff to IoA.)

Goobie
05-14-2001, 03:46 PM
IOA

ChrisFL
05-14-2001, 03:47 PM
They DO have fastpass though, so that saves a lot of lines.
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<BR>The last few times I've been to IOA the crowds haven't been that bad.

rockman89
05-14-2001, 03:49 PM
You live in Atlanta, IOA. Way better, well, everything.

beltzies64
05-14-2001, 04:04 PM
I disagree with Coop. I was down at IOA in January and there was absolutely no lines. However, there was a small line at Spidey near the afternoon, but we were staying at Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, so you can just use your hotel key and they will let you right on the ride...NO WAIT! This is a great concept, and you get this if you stay at either of thier hotels!

coaster man098
05-14-2001, 09:05 PM
ok, IOA IS SO MUCH BETTER! i mean IOA distroys SFGAdv in theming, kills them in water rides, and obliterates them in simulators (k, lets compare, dino island to spiderman). as for coasters, hulk beats the good points of both chiller and medusa, and Dueling dragons beats the crap outta batman. and i have serious douts that stuntmans freefall could ever comare to doc doom. IOA distroys SFGAdv in every catagory except coasters, and anyway, IOA has better croud control.