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This year was the first I'.ve visited Dutch Wonderland in 10 years. I went with three other adults and two 6 and 7 year old boys. I rode the Sky Princess as a kid and loved it. It was by far my favorite ride in the park and seeing that I'.ve turned out to be a coaster fanatic, that really isn'.t surprising, especially since it was the ONLY coaster in the park. I don'.t remember its old paint job, but since I like colors, I am always fascinated when a coaster is painted out of the ordinary colors. The blue and purple paint job made me feel like I was in Mister Rogers'. neighborhood! This year, the coaster was not open until lunch time, and I don'.t know why. But as we ate lunch in our scorching hot car, we were excited to see the train reach the top of its 50-some foot chainlift, travel around the corner and disappear behind the trees as it went down its first hill. We were even more excited when we saw some people on the train! (For the adults, this was the highlight of our trip!) I rode in the front seat and the back seat. Even for a small coaster, the back seat delivers a rough ride. The front seat is thrilling and smooth. There are really no major drops, just a lot of twists, turns, and bunny hills that cushion your tush with kid-sized doses of air. It does have more speed than I thought it would and it delivered more of a thrill than I expected. The helix at the end had decent g-forces, too. I like the name Sky Princess better than its new name, Kingdom Coaster, though. I do think this is a good little coaster that will get kids started on finding out what an ACE is all about!
Fun junior wooden coaster thats also fun as well. The blue and purple paint job fits the parks theme, but I preferred the old white paint job. The ride was smooth throughout and the few bunny hills during the rides finale gave good pops of air and the helix at the end was pretty fast and had some decent forces.
The Sky Princess is easily one of the best coasters I have ever been on. In the heart of the Amish Country is CCIs first wooden coaster, the Sky Princess. Unlike others, I actually really like the Sky Princess unique paint job of sky blue and purple. Originally I was going to skip the Sky Princess because I was too scared to go on it (my previous biggest coaster was probably the one at Santas Village in NH). I finally worked up the nerve to ride and Im glad I did. I have been on the Sky Princess many times and never have had to wait more than 5 minutes (even on Saturdays when I waited for the front seat!). Though only one train is run, the Sky Princess obviously doesnt need a second. Like with most coasters, the front is the way to go on the Sky Princess. The first drop was very good and the following hill and turnaround was very smooth and fun. Then came a tunnel and a few fun bunny hills. At the end of the ride was a zippy little helix that was an excellent touch. I loved how the ride was as smooth as silk throughout. Though not as long as other coasters, the Sky Princess is an excellent coaster for Dutch Wonderland and it was also my first wooden roller coaster.
This is a great ride. My friend and I went on it multiple times when we went in 2004 (back when it was white
), because there were always only a few other people riding. Of course, we did go on during the lunch rush, so that might have been why, but I doubt the line could get much worse during the rest of the day. I dont remember much about the layout of the ride, so I cant help you there
The last time I went on it was in 2004.
Custom Coasters International (CCI) will forever be renowned as one of the best wooden coaster manufacturers of all time. Their contributions to the coaster world will not be forgotten, as they’ve provided some truly world-class coasters such as the Raven, Boulder Dash, GhostRider, and Shivering Timbers, just to name a few. However, their success began at a small park in the middle of Amish Country in no other than Lancaster, Pennsylvania at Dutch Wonderland, and despite the ride’s smaller stature, it set the tone for CCIs larger, more intense coasters.
Sporting a kid-friendly, vibrant sky blue and purple paint job, I personally like how it looks since it really blends in with the overall feel of the park better than the ride’s older snow white paint job. That being said, I still prefer the attraction’s original name, the Sky Princess, over its newer one (Kingdom Coaster). One other thing of note, the ride’s station looks stunningly good and it really gives the attraction the feel of a classic woodie with its architecture and simple paint scheme.
Being the park’s most thrilling and star attraction, you’d expect long waits, right? Well, this simply never has a line. The worst line I’ve ever seen was a one-train wait, and that was on a rather busy Saturday. Despite a one-train operation, this attraction never seems to have a wait, making re-rides easy to attain. This probably can be attributed to the attraction being slightly too intense for some of the park’s younger clientele and lightning quick loading.
Now regarding the train itself, it looks great and is surprisingly comfortable with plenty of leg room unlike that on other junior woodies like Kings Dominion’s Scooby Doo. But what I really like about the trains is the usage of traditional buzz-bars over the newer, ratcheting lap bars. While it seems like a rather simple touch, it really makes my ride that much more enjoyable. Regarding seats, my personal favorite is the front thanks to the enhanced view, but really all seats provide a similar ride in my opinion.
Following the attraction’s modest-sized lift hill, there’s a swift turn and a small, little drop that isn’t all that intense, but it definitely establishes plenty of speed for the rest of the ride and gives a small pop of air in the very back. Immediately after is a tall hill and a sweet turnaround, there comes a brief tunnel that contains some decent laterals. While nothing special yet, the second half really ups the ante for the attraction.
While the first half builds the ride’s speed, the second half utilizes it to perfection with a series of small bunny hills which provide some nice pops of air. But my favorite part of the ride has to be the finale by far. Following a quick plunge, there’s a great bunny hill which gives some really good floater air all throughout the train and a speedy, upward helix that contains some gentle laterals. Really while the combination seems simple, it’s executed to perfection.
The Kingdom Coaster far and away is Dutch Wonderland’s best attraction, as it is one of the park’s lone thrill rides in a park meant almost exclusively for kids. But even looking outside of the park, this is a surprisingly good, little coaster that is actually better than plenty of the woodies I’ve been on despite its smaller stature simply because of the glass-smooth and just pure fun ride it has provided for me time and time again. If in the area, definitely give Dutch Wonderland a visit so you can learn that bigger isn’t always better.
My 1st major coaster when I was 10, gave a great ride for a junior wooden coaster. Had some good airtime, a nice tunnel, & a great helix too. Great for kids starting to enjoy riding coasters. I know the Sky Princess was what got me started to become as big of a coaster lover as I am now.
this is the BEST coaster of the park. it gives you exellent airtime, and its really fun. it starts out pretty fast, and the line isnt too bad. even though i did slam into my friend right before the helix, we were sitting in the back, so youd kind of expect that.
Honestly, this has to be one of the best "small" coasters ever built!!! You cant say its an adult coaster, but its not a kiddie coaster at all. It is a perfect way for young children to make the transition from dragon coasters to bigger and faster things. This ride is truly charming, and people should not make negative comments about its intensity factor. This isnt supposed to be the scariest ride!
The very first coaster built by Custom Coasters, this junior out and back is smooth fun and exciting. Yes, it is a junior coaster, but to understand what the company went on to build makes it a sort of icon for me. It flies over the track and gracefully takes the turns. There are bunny hills, helices and even a few laterals thrown in. A GREAT first coaster for any inspiring enthusiasts out there.
The Sky Princess ... what a great kiddie coaster. It has some good moments, with a nice turnaround and good helix. However, since its not to long and not to high I really dont think it deserves more than a 7. I have some great memories of this coaster, and any youngster is bound to have a good time on it.
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