I arrived at the park about 10 minutes before it opened for ERT at Yukon Striker. The picnic area outside of the park has a tent again after it went missing last season.
They have new signs for the ERT mornings which show a park map of ERT zones and a swappable portion where they can change which areas are open for ERT for that specific morning. In previous seasons, the entire sign was different for each morning.
I was able to get three rides on Yukon Striker in the morning, though the wait for the third ride went past the ERT hour. I was able to get end seats this time, in the second row on the right side and in the front row on either ends. It really is a different experience in each seat – but the great thing is that there’s no bad seat in the house! I still consider my centre seat back row ride on passholder night one of my favourite rides on it so far…
The bin system is still working out well. They added rubber straps across to make sure everything stays inside during their ride. They also removed the weight restriction printed on the bins themselves and added themed signs.
There is also a sign on the stairs that says that souvenir cups must be emptied before they’re put into the bins, in case you were wondering about that.
I’m still a super amateur when it comes to photography so I still ended up with a lot of trash pictures… but the new camera has been a lot of fun to play with and has produced some pictures I really like.
The helix is a lot of fun to watch and photograph!
I didn’t ride a whole lot today outside of my first rides of the day on Yukon Striker. It was one of those easing-back-into-Wonderland-season days by just walking around and occasionally hopping into queues with Tyler. It was also unusually busy for an opening
day weekend day… but with the great weather and the new Yukon Striker, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise. If anything, I’m happy for the park!
The Orbiter/Sol Loco statue has returned! I don’t recall seeing it on preview night.
In some food related news, the Chuck Wagon is still getting ready for the season.
While the Yukon Striker Dippin Dots hasn’t yet opened, the one in Medieval Faire is serving up a new “Gold Nugget Delight” flavour – vanilla with toffee!
All of the seats at Windseeker have the new yellow coverings. They also built a little house for the maintenance SkyJack. 🙂
Sledge Hammer didn’t move for the entire day. I still have yet to get any pictures of videos of the ride operating this season…
Dragon Fyre got its new sign this week, and it looks fantastic!
And finally, in what may be the most bizarre thing I’ve seen in a long while at the park, Speed City Raceway has incorporated some Crash Banicoot theming…
There are several crates, character cutouts, and a few of the surrounding fences draped with some background imagery from the game.
It’s definitely a nostalgia trip for me as I had the original Crash Bandicoot game, so I love this… but this was so confusing to see as there isn’t any signage acknowledging why this is there.
I still keep thinking today was opening day so I treated it as one. It was nice to see the park again in the daytime, and nice to see everyone come out and enjoy the park on this gorgeous day. I was satisfied with my rides on Yukon Striker so I didn’t mind that it wasn’t a really ride-filled day. I’m looking forward to some longer visits to the park in the near future!
I had the chicken tender basket from Roadside Chicken.
It was busy and one of the first days of the season so I’ll cut them some slack… but apparently they couldn’t read what name was written by on my receipt so they called out a different name for my order so I kept waiting and waiting until I had to say something. I really wish they’d do away with names and just go with numbers.
It was so busy that I didn’t bother spending the time to get a second meal. Again, not exactly complaining, just thought I’d mention it as an indicator by how busy the park was today.