I got to the park right as it opened for the day. The morning had random periods of rain but no big downpours, thankfully.
My first stop was Leviathan. Not much a wait this morning, unlike past recent visits where it would be a 20 minute wait right off the bat.
Passing through Medieval Faire to get to Leviathan, I saw they put up a couple of tents for a soup station during Halloween Haunt. I always thought soup would be great to have when the night gets cold but I always guessed that sort of thing would end up in Backlot Cafe.
Bistro 81 also has a Haunt menu which looks similar, if not the same, as last year. I don’t see why that poutine can’t be on the meal plan during the season… I haven’t had a Wonderland poutine in a while.
This fence popped up next to Minebuster. It wasn’t there last weekend.
The path is closed between Minebuster and the smoking area outside of Splashworks. I’m guessing it’s for 2018 work in Splashworks or 2019 work in Skyrider’s old land. I’d love for it to be the latter.
Over next to Soaring Timbers where Lumberjack will be next year, it looks like some trees are getting the axe.
I’m still trying to imagine what the area will look like next season. With the way the grassy area has formed, I’m guessing it’ll end up being a small dead-end plaza like Drop Tower.
The fog machine in the Trick or Treat area by Soaring Timbers was still on during the day and guests were having a lot of fun with it. It was cool to see when the fog would keep up long enough to float over onto the Soaring Timbers platform. I wish they’d put fog machines for some of the flat rides like how some of the canivals have it.
Soaring Timbers was actually running decently. It’s nowhere near what it once was but it doesn’t feel like it slows down as much. There was a Skyjack parked behind the ride again so maybe they’ve been doing some work on it during the week.
When I took a seat, I noticed its former self peeking through its new paint.
In past years, it felt like they become a bit careless with the way the park looks during the daytime with ugly Haunt props everywhere that only look good in the dark. I think they’ve done a stellar job this year. These displays are so nice to see as a daytime visitor.
I’m mostly just glad they stopped putting Skeleton Key shipping containers in the middle of plazas.
They didn’t have to do this but they did and it looks fantastic.
Perhaps the only questionable thing is this cable management by Sledgehammer. The cables lead to the scare zone in front of the ride. Last weekend, they had the cable on the ground going across the entrance path, covered by one of those plastic ramp things. I guess it became too much of a tripping hazard, especially with the fog, so they decided to throw the cable over the arch. The black tape looks weird but it looks like they tried to evenly space it out so it sort of blends in.
I rode Behemoth about a dozen times over the day. My favorite seat is on the second car as, for reasons I don’t get, I find the airtime is better than right up front.
I’ve been impressed by the crew here over the course of the season so, after hearing some fun speiling today, I put it in writing at Guest Services. They already earned Crew of the Year but it doesn’t hurt to show appreciation myself.
I do have picks for worst ride crew but I’ll keep that to myself. 😉
5pm seemed to roll around way too fast. Leviathan is always last to its nap before Haunt.
For lunch, I went with my favorite Backlot Cafe meal: Curried beef on rice. Delicious as always!
For dinner, I had the nuggets and fries from Chicken Shack. Lately, I’ve noticed the nuggets are more “spongey” when you bite them… I’m not sure if it’s the way they’re cooking it or if they’ve changed suppliers or something. Upon a closer look, it looks like a tiny piece of chicken breast put inside of a ball of that Flakes of Chicken stuff you get in a can, which I think is disgusting. I may start getting the chicken tenders instead since I think those are more chicken breast than anything. The higher price of them tips off that they’re probably better quality.