Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Update - January 21st, 2023
First Visit of 2023
Hey everyone! Back at the SFDK again for the first time in 2023. Technically it was supposed to be a Lunar New Year celebration this weekend but I didn't notice anything different or special at the park for it so we're just going to assume that it got cancelled. There was no big overarching theme of differences this time around but there were plenty of small changes, so let's get started!
Let's start with walking into the park: there are plenty of signs all throughout the walk and into the park reminding guests to convert to a 2023 season pass
At the park entrance, the HitP decorations have been taken down
And as you would expect, the tree in the main plaza is down
Both Monkey Business and Thrilla Gorilla have been opened up again after being enclosed for Christmas and Thanksgiving
And they both actually got fresh signs since their old ones were getting pretty faded
All of the water rides at the park were closed again...
Although the penguins in the infield remained up!
The bumper cars on the other hand, remained enclosed
Kong was closed for the day being refurbished
Good news! There's work over at the Flash site. I didn't get him in the shot but there was a maintenance guy walking around the site
Kinda hard to see here but they're putting the train back on the track!! I think this is good news and I'm hoping that this means it'll be open for the summer!
Heading over to the Sidewinder Safari Plaza, the Dead Man's Party stage is finally down and the plaza looks much more open
Unfortunately, Tava's Jungleland looks like it'll stay closed for a while. There's a path carved out for access to the theater
But elsewhere, the Fright Fest decorations are still up
Presumably they'd have to come down if it was going to reopen this summer. Maybe they just haven't gotten around to it yet?
The rides in the area are somewhat in pieces though, leading me to think it's option #1
And Seaside Junction is closed too leaving us with one open kid's area
The butterflies remain closed for the winter
But that was the only animal related disappointment of the day. The penguins are back!!
As are the birds at the entrance to Tava's Jungleland. Looks like the threat of avian flu sufficiently passed
Almost all of the Sidewinder Safari reptile windows had snakes in them, a big change from last time
The former cougar exhibit has a new bridge that wasn't there last month. Maybe a new inhabitant coming soon?
Actually, more than any other day at the park, all of the animals were out! Like the giraffe
Or three of the four lions. The keeper told me that they were born at Six Flags Great Adventure which is a kind of cool connection
The tiger was out too. Seriously, it was an amazing day for animals today
I found a couple of interesting signs: first, I've never seen a sign for White Water Safari before
And I found a V2 sign!
Over at the Hammerhead site, nothing much has changed
The wall at the Tazmanian Devil site is back up but nothing much else is new
Saw some characters out today which was nice to see!
Today was a great day for rides, nothing much had a line and most everything (minus Flash and Kong) was open
There was a good amount of signage around the park for Mardi Gras. That'll be my next visit!
And that'll finish up our update for today! It really was a great day at the park. The weather was sunny and pretty, all of the animals were out and crowds were very minimal. My next visit at the park will be in February where I'll check out the Mardi Gras festival!