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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report For 21 Sep 2013

By on 10/05/2013

It’s been a couple of years since I was last at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. If memory serves, I was there about a week before Pandemonium was closed and removed to make room for Superman: Ultimate Flight. I recently found myself up in the Bay Area over a weekend for work and decided it was a good time to drive up and check out Superman. It wasn’t the best weather day to visit, but it was the only chance I had, so I went. My older brother, whom I was staying with, even wanted to tag along for the day.

The closer we got to the park, the heavier the rain was. By the time we got to the parking toll booth, it was a torrential downpour! I suggested that we turn back, but he didn’t want to since we were already there. Fortunately, I had a couple of jackets and umbrellas in my trunk, so we pressed on:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

I thought it would be smart to ride the tram to the entrance, but I got stuck on the outside of the row and there was a stream of water running off the roof onto my arm. We sat there for quite awhile while they helped a person in a wheelchair get loaded. I was really longing for one of those Six Flags Magic Mountain buses as we sat there:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

The entrance to the park is really pretty, but it was raining so hard when we got there that I couldn’t even get a photo until later in the day as we were leaving:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Since my brother bought a 2014 season pass, our first stop was to get it processed:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

I really like the layout of their season pass processing center. You enter through one side and make your way to the next available agent, of which there are many. Once done, you continue around and exit out the other side. There is plenty of room to move around and you don’t feel cramped like you do in the Six Flags Magic Mountain processing center:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Since we were already right there, we decided to start our day with a ride on Medusa. Unfortunately, there was a mechanical problem and it wasn’t open yet:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

We then walked next door and hopped on Kong. I just love all the tropical foliage:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Kong is a Vekoma suspended looping coaster (SLC). It’s 109′ tall, reaches almost 50 MPH, and has five inversions. People tell me that it’s very rough and they won’t ride it. However, we were laughing so hard while being pelted by stinging rain that we really couldn’t tell. I’d have to ride it again with no rain to judge the roughness:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

After Kong, we thought we had better go get in line for Superman, as it was probably quite long by now. On the way, we stopped to watch the dolphins play at the Dolphin Encounter. They were grabbing these buoys in their mouths and throwing them around the pool. They were even throwing them outside the pool at park guests. It was funny:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

When we got to Superman, there was a large crowd out front and we feared the worst. Lucky for us, it was just a large group debating whether or not they wanted to ride it in the rain. We walked right past them and practically all the way up to the station:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

I provided a more detailed overview of Superman: Ultimate Flight that you can see here.

After two rides on Superman, and now completely soaked (what do you mean we can’t take our umbrellas on the roller coaster?!?), we decided to take a spin on Roar:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Roar is the park’s only wooden roller coaster. It was built by Great Coasters International (GCI) in 1999. It stands 94′ tall, reaches up to 50 MPH, and uses Millennium Flyer trains:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Like Kong, some say this coaster has gotten too rough to ride. And also like Kong, we couldn’t tell because of the rain. Of all the coasters we rode in the rain, it rained the hardest while we were on this one. I could barely keep my eyes open. We ended up sitting on the transfer track for some time while they were still loading the other train. I’m very grateful that it was covered. I took this photo later in the day, as we were leaving:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

We actually wanted to buy the photo of us riding this in the front row in the rain, but the guys running the photo booth had a problem and couldn’t figure it out. After about 15 minutes, I was very frustrated and wanted to leave. He suggested that I take a picture of the preview with the photo number and have it printed in the front of the park before leaving. Unfortunately, by the end of the day, I had forgotten all about it:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

With the heavy rains, ponchos were the hottest selling item of the day:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Our next stop was V2: Vertical Velocity, a modified Intamin twisted impulse shuttle coaster. It’s a suspended launch coaster that has a max speed of 70 MPH:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

This ride was designed with two completely vertical 186′ spikes. There is one on each end and one has a twist in it. After the ride was built, the city realized that the spikes exceeded the city’s 150′ height limit, so they made them change it. The back side spike was reduced in height to 150′ and the angle of the front side spike was reduced from 90 degrees to 45 degrees, keeping the length but lowering it under the 150′ height limit:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

With the new angle, the ride now prominently juts out over the main entrance:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Before leaving the area, we decided to check on Superman one more time since the rains were finally started to die down. To our surprise, there was nobody there at all:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Monsoon Falls was drained for the winter, but I’m sure it was full by the end of the day:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

One of the great things about Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is that they have lots of animals in addition to thrill rides. Because of the inclement weather, many of the scheduled animal shows had either been cancelled or modified. We were going to watch the bird show, but it was starting to rain again and there wasn’t a dry place to sit:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

As we were walking past Alligator Isle, we didn’t see any alligators. My brother asked an employee who was working a food cart close by. She leaned over the rail, whistled, and out came the alligator, as if on cue. It was very funny and almost felt staged:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Even though we’ve all been on a million Boomerang coasters, I always have to stop and ride them anyways. I really like the feeling you get from riding any coaster backwards:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

The guys behind me were screaming like they had never been on one before:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

VooDoo is a very fun flat ride. It seats 40 people in two long rows of twenty. When the ride starts, the part with the seats starts to rotate, as does the longer arms that it’s connected to, usually independent of each other. At times, the seat rotation will lock, but the larger arms will keep spinning, turning you completely upside down. This is a very fun ride, but definitely not for the faint of heart:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Front row seat, just how I like it:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Next we were off to the tiger show at Odin’s Temple of the Tiger:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

This is a great stadium with good views from just about any seat:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Because of the recent rains, the stage was very slick and they didn’t want the tigers to injure themselves showing off their behaviors. Therefore, they just brought the cats out and mostly talked about them. I love how a cat that big is still a sucker for milk:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

These are absolutely beautiful animals. I’d love to be able to get in and pet one:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Every time I’m at this park, the Tazmanian Devil ride is closed. I like pendulum rides:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

I wanted the credit, so I finally went on the Cobra family coaster:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

This thing has a massive train! There are 20 2-person cars, for 40 people per dispatch:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

It was getting late in the day and we were getting ready to leave when we finally started to see Medusa trains starting to cycle. Since we were right there, we walked over and got in line. Even though the line was only to the base of the stairs in the station, they were only running one train and we were in line for over an hour. We probably could have gotten on sooner, but we wanted the front row. This was the upper station crowd:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Medusa is a B&M floorless coaster. It’s 150′ tall, reaches speeds of 65 MPH, and has a whopping seven inversions. It’s the exact same type of coaster as Scream! at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and uses the exact same trains, but the track layout is different:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

Here’s a good shot of Medusa as seen from the tram drop-off out front:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

I was really hoping to get on Sky Screamer, as this is another newer attraction of theirs that I have yet to ride, but the line was too long and we had to go. Next time:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

As we were making our way to the exit, the clouds finally started to part and the sun came out. People were shedding their ponchos in an attempt to dry out:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

I found this to be very curious. There was a bank of rental lockers on the outside of the main gate, by the tram pick-up. What’s this for? Is there that many people who take stuff with them that isn’t allowed in the park? I can’t imagine who would use these:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report for 21 Sep 2013

That’s it for this trip. I need to get back up there when the weather is nicer. There were still several rides that I didn’t get to go on and lots of animal shows that we missed. Now that I know my brother likes coaster too, and has a season pass, and lives in San Jose, I suspect it won’t be that long before I’m back at this park. Thank you Discovery Kingdom!

11 Comments

  1. Kieran

    10/05/2013 at 10:51 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go there. Is the theming good?

    • Nathan

      10/06/2013 at 6:49 pm

      Very

    • The Coaster Guy

      10/07/2013 at 10:02 pm

      It’s the same as any other Six Flags, no better, no worse.

  2. XYZ

    10/06/2013 at 10:11 am

    Kong & Roar aren’t very rough. They’re both rough, but tolerable.

    About Tazmanian Devil, it’s the worst pendulum ride I have been on in California. It has uncomfortable restraints and its program is pretty nauseating.

    • Nathan

      10/06/2013 at 6:51 pm

      Kong is a pain, but Roar is really fun. I thought Tazmanian Devil was fun. All pendulum rides are fun and I didn’t think the restraints are uncomfortable at all.

  3. JJJ

    10/06/2013 at 7:53 pm

    Great adventure also has lockers outside the main gate

    • The Coaster Guy

      10/07/2013 at 10:03 pm

      Why? Who would use them when there are lockers inside the gate that are much more practical?

  4. coasteringkid

    10/09/2013 at 6:28 pm

    Believe it or not, Medusa actually goes through the same inversions at the same pace as Bizzaro and Scream!. The only difference is the sea searpent roll and the minor difference at the end

  5. J.D. Walters

    10/12/2013 at 12:51 pm

    I rode the Tazmanian Devil about 5 times when I was there in June of this year! I was so impressed!!! The spin, as it swings back & forth, gets faster and faster. I love it! Can’t wait to go back! Magic Mountain needs something like it, or a Max-Air. I’d vote to replace Green Lantern with one or the other.

  6. J.D. Walters

    10/12/2013 at 1:00 pm

    I’m also obsessed with Medusa & Monsoon Falls. I rode each about 8 times; I just couldn’t get enough! I wish Tidal Wave was just as fun & as wet as Monsoon Falls. The loading is fast, the hill is thrilling & the splash is WET! It’s the best!

  7. Brandon

    10/15/2013 at 3:43 pm

    Glad you made the most out of your day!

    Taz is by far my favourite of the Huss Frisbees currently operating in the US. Shame it was closed for you. It has a powerful program that exceeds anything the other parks put out. The close second would be the special Fright Fest program they run on Revolution at SFGAM.

    Surprised to see the water effects running on VooDoo. I’ve been to that part at all times of the year and have yet to ever see them running!

    Oh and the lockers are for folks with excess food/beverage or other items that are not allowed into the park. I imagine folks who don’t feel like making the trek to their car would be the ideal audience for these.

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