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03/10/17 at 11:44am in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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Agreed -- as noted, Invadr fills the thrill gap (presumably) but not the height requirement gap. BBW was a great fit for both.

I was really hoping to see a lower min height for Invadr.
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03/10/17 at 06:54pm in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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46 inches is pretty low for a full sized wooden coaster. Most are 48 inches.

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03/10/17 at 07:32pm in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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(03/10/17 06:54pm)MAZ Wrote:  46 inches is pretty low for a full sized wooden coaster. Most are 48 inches.

I wouldn't consider Invadr full-sized by GCI standards. Most of their coasters average around 3,000-ft in length. Invadr doesn't come close to that and will be the second shortest GCI when it opens.

Their Joris en de Draak coaster at Efteling is comparable in size to Invadr (72-foot drop, and slightly longer at 2585-feet) and has a smaller height requirement (43 inches) if the child is accompanied by an adult.
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03/10/17 at 10:08pm in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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Ok, it seems low for a medium sized coaster then. Either way, a coaster with an 80 foot drop shouldn't have an 80th percentile 4 year old on it. So in MY opinion, 46 seems low enough.

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03/11/17 at 03:05am in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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(03/10/17 10:08pm)MAZ Wrote:  Either way, a coaster with an 80 foot drop shouldn't have an 80th percentile 4 year old on it.

Why not? BBW had a taller drop at 99 feet and many 4 year olds got to ride it sans probléme.
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03/11/17 at 06:25am in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old (Latest Edit: 03/11/17 at 06:26am by MAZ.)
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Well, let's just say it's really scary to watch your child moving around in a restraint that was designed for larger people but only deemed 'acceptable' for very small children. BBW had a OTSR that pinned small riders down. I am not debating that type of restraint here. The woodie is my concern. i am not going to convince you to be concerned. It is MY concern that I decided to share.

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03/11/17 at 10:16pm in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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Not to mention the feelings of the child involved. When I was seven I was forced to ride Apollo's Chariot as my first coaster and had nightmares for two weeks after that not to mention developing a fear of heights. Though I'm better now.

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03/13/17 at 10:26am in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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I concur. I was on a ride similar to the Trade Wind at the NC state fair when I was quite young and absolutely would have been thrown out if my older sister hadn't been next to me in the car to hold me down. Granted it was the state fair but still... I wouldn't put a child through that.

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03/13/17 at 05:52pm in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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(03/13/17 10:26am)Merboy Wrote:  I concur. I was on a ride similar to the Trade Wind at the NC state fair when I was quite young and absolutely would have been thrown out if my older sister hadn't been next to me in the car to hold me down. Granted it was the state fair but still... I wouldn't put a child through that.
I like the program to get kids in to help out us parents who will spend money. As stated before the park can't fully focus on a certain age and forget kids. I remember my first big coaster alone, Scooby-Doo at Carowinds. It was scary and awesome at the same time. I hope this helps other kids become future BG coaster junkies.

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09/15/17 at 08:32am in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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We have a preschool pass for our four year old daughter. We're planning a trip to the park this weekend along with another family. However, we just realized that the preschool pass expired last weekend and the fall bring a friend free tickets don't start until next weekend. Since mid-September typically has low attendance, it doesn't make much sense to have the preschool pass expire earlier and leave a gap for passholders before the fall bring a friend offer begins.

There is literally one weekend from March through mid-October where we'd have to pay for our daughter's ticket, and that just so happens to be the weekend that we can work it out to go. Hopefully the park rethinks this next season. They are missing out on an easy way of increasing attendance on a slow weekend.
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09/15/17 at 08:36am in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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You might check with customer service, when you get to the park, just in case.

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09/15/17 at 10:19am in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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(09/15/17 08:36am)Nicole Wrote:  You might check with customer service, when you get to the park, just in case.

I emailed them last night. Hopefully they reply today. We've been loyal passholders for many years. I understand that the rules are the rules, but it just seems like something that they overlooked in their planning. Even if they can't do anything about it this year, maybe they can re-think it a bit for next year.
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09/15/17 at 10:31am in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old (Latest Edit: 09/15/17 at 10:31am by Nicole.)
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For what it is worth in my experience, they can be more flexible in person.

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09/16/17 at 01:18am in Free Admission for Kids 3-5 Years Old
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(09/15/17 08:32am)DJTLG Wrote:  We have a preschool pass for our four year old daughter. We're planning a trip to the park this weekend along with another family. However, we just realized that the preschool pass expired last weekend and the fall bring a friend free tickets don't start until next weekend. Since mid-September typically has low attendance, it doesn't make much sense to have the preschool pass expire earlier and leave a gap for passholders before the fall bring a friend offer begins.

There is literally one weekend from March through mid-October where we'd have to pay for our daughter's ticket, and that just so happens to be the weekend that we can work it out to go. Hopefully the park rethinks this next season. They are missing out on an easy way of increasing attendance on a slow weekend.

The Preschool Pass (similar to Fun Cards) were never meant to be valid past Labor Day. They are only supposed to be good for Spring and Summer. In recent years, the park has been kind enough to extend their usage usually to the next weekend or so.

Also, I wouldn't say it is going to be a slow weekend. In years past the park was open 10am to 6pm, this year they moved the times back by two hours Noon to 8pm. This should be an indication that it is probably busier during the afternoon, especially with Bier Fest ever expanding. In fact last weekend was the same times, Noon to 8pm, and they were packed busy.
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