PPP was apparently a huge success. 1300 + attendees. I also noticed
the ride ticket booths were open the entire night until 10pm. I
remember when they didn't even accept regular tickets (only PPP
handstands) during PPP. So it's basically a regular open night, not an
exclusive ride time/party anymore.
Also, like last year, Black Diamond was not a handstamp attraction but
one a single ride ticket was issued to attendees for. Unlike last year
and previous years, however, the Skyride is now a handstamp ride. And
don't worry, Haunted House is still included with the handstamp. A lot
of rides also were open at 6 instead of the usual 7pm, like Grand
Carousel and Kozmo's Kurves. I think that's a good thing. Having the
staggered opening times made it kinda difficult to try to fit
everything in, especially when you want to try to save the coasters
The rides were all running great-
Black Diamond had some new effects (or just ones that I don't
remember from my ride last year);
Twister had noticeable trackwork done (seems a tad more bland, so not
sure how I feel about it, I think I like it the way it was more, and
for the record I've always been a fan of Twister the way it was).
Pioneer Train had some new haunted effects (although I prefer the
pitch black versions of years past.
Haunted Antique Cars were great- possibly the best I've seen ever.
Also the longest wait time- just over an hour.
Also rode the Satellite, Grand Carousel, Skyride, and Monkey Maze. All
running just fine.
Cesari's Pizza was great as usual (love that birch beer!). The weather
was quite chilly all day, just over 40 degrees after the close of PPP.
Luckily, no rain. That may be a different story tomorrow however.
One more thing, Mr. Knoebel seemed quite hopeful about Flying Turns
for next year. Lets hope so.