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Not worth wait in line skip it.
This dark ride/boat ride was fast, fun, rerideable,had a large capacity, long duration, was nicely decorated and it had good 3D effects. I feel this was a nice update for The Old Mill which is still at the park.
I guess I just dont understand the couple vicious reviews posted below on this one. Garfields Nightmare might not be the crowning jewel of dark rides, but you know what? It kept a classic ride alive for a new generation of park-goers to enjoy. There is no way, in my mind, that this ride is worthy of a 1. The rides the same Old Mill, now with some cheesy Garfield scenery. On my recent trip to Kennywood, we took my 6 year old nephew with us, and just seeing him have a blast on this made me a proud and happy uncle. And that is what this ride is all about - having a dark ride that everyone can enjoy together. It is relaxing, and has a neat story that kids especially will enjoy. Heres to Kennywood for revitalizing a dying classic.
Ah yes, the much debated (and much maligned) Garfields Nightmare. "Why, oh why, did they change the Old Mill??"....."Garfield is so stupid!" These are the types of comments I have seen in reviews and heard from some people walking through the park. Look, Im not going to say that this was the BEST retheming they could have done. However, the way I look at it, I would much rather see a revival of a classic old-fashioned dark ride than to see it closed all together and removed. Lets face facts here - there just were not many people who rode the Old Mill before, and now this ride consistently has a decent-sized line. So, like it or not, Kennywood got exactly what they were looking for. The ride itself is still the Old Mill - NOTHING has changed with the ride itself; the only thing different is the scenery. The Garfield scenes will provide a chuckle, and the 3D glasses do add a neat effect. More than anything, this ride has become a huge hit with kids, which to me is great. Its nice that kids can experience, in their own way, a classic ride like this. If you have children, dont miss this attraction, as they will enjoy it! I give Kennywood credit for reviving this ride so that hopefully many future generations can continue to enjoy the quaint charm this ride has to offer.
Question: How do you succesfully turn a comic into a Dark Ride?
Answer: YOU CANT! And Kennywood has demonstrated that for us, turning a once classic and charming dark ride into a disgrace for the park. Inside it, it is basically a giant diorama filled with product endorsement. Every so often, one or two 3D objects do some monotonous movement repeadetly, such as a giant dog moving its mouth. In addition, it is innacurate. At one part, it portrays Garfield as liking to eat mice, when in the comics he actually protested doing so. The annoying music gave me a headache, and the "timed" narations could be heard throughout the ride repetitive times. But worst of all, they took away the charm and simplicity of the Old Mill, also shared by the Gold Rusher. Its hard to explain, but a dark ride needs a classic touch, without flourescent lights. Of course, I am very opinionated. There are probably multitudes who love big shiny lights and silly cardboard cut-outs of John Arbuckle and Odie. Please respond and let me hear your opinions. EDIT: My friggin god, it makes me even more mad now that Gold Rusher is gone while this one remains! Id give it a 0 if I could.
This was the worst possible thing that they could do to the Old Mill, a Kennywood icon. I was so stupid. ARG! Enough said.
Yes, on one hand, I miss the original themes, in the Old Mill. Though, on the other hand, you have to expect, any amusement/theme park, to make changes, on the rides. I like Garfields Nightmare, because Im a huge fan, of Garfield, anyway. I have a large collection, of the Garfiled books, that Jim Davis, writes/draws. I think, that Garfields Nightmare, is a great ride, for the whole family. This ride, is adorable, and quite funny. Garfield is a really cool cat. The 3D glasses,are quite effective, for the ride.
Eh... I didnt really like this ride too much. I personally think that Kennywood shouldnt have changed the Old Mill to this. This ride is kind of stupid and its like some sort of twisted acid trip. This is honestly something that happensed on my first ride on Garfields Nightmare: Everything was happy and well, but then when you get to the part with the nurse ans her giant needle (I forget what you call those...), you hear this... how to explain it... hydraulic sounding type sound thing. Right when that happened, my eyes started burning. So my picture at the end of the ride was me with my eyes covered with my shirt... But yeah... Hmm... This ride is just kind of... odd...
I thought that this was a really good ride, you want to know why? It kept a triditon alive. For years, the Old Mill has gone by several other themes and names. I think it only makes sense that the ride has gone through a reincarnation and has turned into a new one. Although I am a softy for Garfield and a sucker for 3D effects, I still thought the ride is enjoyable for everyone. Who knows, I could change back to its previous self in a matter of years.
this ride is by definition a real head scratcher. a psychedelic journey into the dark pockets of garfields mind where his most treasured meals try to turn around and eat him? yes, its true, in this dark boat ride which was once a classic kennywood spooky ride, one gets to see lasagna, pizza and mugs of coffee become carnivorous and threaten to consume garfield with the same zeal he once devoured those very things with. i was initially a little shocked to hear that kennywood felt that garfield still had enough pull with the general public to be the central theme of a dark ride, but once i got in the boat and took a spin my initial incredulousness was upgraded to a full fledged "WTF!?" those 3D black-lit and very jitzy/cardboard-y looking scenes may register among the goofiest, most garish, most preposterous and most stoned bit of amusement ride visioning ever brought to life. i am very enamoured by what i consider to be "all wrong" attempts at entertainment so i got sufficient enjoyment from this ride. will kids enjoy garfields nightmare? perhaps, why not? kids like bizarre stuff like tele-tubbies. the thought crosses my mind however that the demographic most likely to get the maximum pleasure from "garfeilds nightmare" is the one comprised of those who are profoundly intoxicated.
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