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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Wed May 03, 2017 1:14 pm

CPmillenia94 wrote:Am I the only one that thinks green lantern is running great this year?.


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Postby jamesinclair » Thu May 04, 2017 5:58 pm

thefed29 wrote: And unfortunately I went the cheap route and got a non refundable cheap hotel a month back soooooo any good sightseeing locations in Princeton? :lmao:


Philly is less than an hour drive (or about 80 minutes via train). Rain = great day for a museum, and philly has many of them.

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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Thu May 04, 2017 6:08 pm

michaellynn4 wrote:^ Rikki and I just had our engagement party there (it was fun, stop laughing, shut up). If you're into it, they have a pretty respectable laser tag arena and solid collection of arcade games, too. If you made your trek over to the park before realizing it's closed, iPlay isn't much farther up the road and is a fun time.

Congratulations!

I'm noticing the place is open until 2AM on Fridays...and I'll be at Great Adventure on a Friday. They say select rides open on Fridays after 10PM--do you know if the coaster is one of them? I hear good things about those SBF Visa spinners.
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Postby MisterBrow » Thu May 04, 2017 6:36 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:
michaellynn4 wrote:^ Rikki and I just had our engagement party there (it was fun, stop laughing, shut up). If you're into it, they have a pretty respectable laser tag arena and solid collection of arcade games, too. If you made your trek over to the park before realizing it's closed, iPlay isn't much farther up the road and is a fun time.

Congratulations!

I'm noticing the place is open until 2AM on Fridays...and I'll be at Great Adventure on a Friday. They say select rides open on Fridays after 10PM--do you know if the coaster is one of them? I hear good things about those SBF Visa spinners.


We met the friends we stayed with when we went to CP when they came east. Our kids had fun there. If you are with a group of any age I think there is fun to be had.
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Postby boldikus » Fri May 05, 2017 9:48 am

Welp, there it is.
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Postby coasterbill » Fri May 05, 2017 9:51 am

Surprise, surprise. :lol:

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby KBrylczyk » Fri May 05, 2017 10:00 am

Hiya, dudes, dudettes, duders, trans-duderinos, and whatever else you nuts identify as these days. Personally, I like to think of myself as a bag of meat, albeit oversized. I really need to get back to the gym. Anyone want to be my gym buddy? Anyone? Please? I need friends... :cry:

I digress. Let's get this show on the road...

ZUMANJARO: DROP OF DOOM VR - MEDIA DAY TRIP REPORT



Yes, yes, I was lucky enough to be invited to the media day for the BRAND SPANKIN' NEW Zumanjaro: Drop Of Doom VR: Murderous Spiders Vs. Humans And Robots: Totally Not Transformers Or Pacific Rim: The Experience: The Ride! Full disclosure, I had never ridden Zumanjaro prior to this as I was living out west when Zumanjaro was installed. I've been on Lex Luthor plenty, though, so I had an idea of what I was in for. How'd the event go? Read on, grasshopper...

Our ride taping was scheduled for 12:10pm but we were told in advance that we were welcome to arrive at any time and ride as many times as we would like. We pulled into the parking lot around 11:15 or so and took some time to get a few photos and videos. They ran a few cycles and by the time we walked to the loading area they had just gone on a short break before the next block of riders. Oh, well, guess we'll just help ourselves to the free brunch menu and juice and soda! After scarfing down a breakfast pastry and some potato salad (I didn't make the menu, I just ate it) we poked around the station area and got a feel for the headset operation.

One of my biggest questions going in was how the heck they're going to secure these VR headsets to us on such a high-intensity ride. I've done three VR rides this past summer in Europe (one at Bobbejaanland and two at Europa) and they were all on fairly tame rides where flying headsets weren't a real concern. Six Flags has it covered, though! Each headset is color-coded for one of the three gondolas via a lanyard (red, green, or blue). This lanyard goes over your head and around your neck first, then the actual VR headset goes on and gets tightened, and finally there is a red chin strap that the ride ops will tighten for you. Don't worry, they won't choke you! When all is said and done, that headset isn't going anywhere!

Speaking of headset concerns, there's no worry about the weight on the front of your face! Sure, it's got a heft to it initially but you'll adjust and get used to it almost immediately. If you don't, just stop being a whiny little pansy and man up. Wuss. You probably complain about El Toro being too rough on your precious bum-bum, too. :roll:

Let's talk about the ride. Can we talk about the ride? We're gonna talk about the ride. Remember earlier when I said I had never ridden Zumanjaro prior to this event? I wasn't kidding. My first ever ride was with the VR and it was also the one they took video of. My reaction to everything is 100% legit, including the drop. I am not hamming it up. Keep that in the back of your mind when you watch it because it becomes that much more hilarious. Anyways, I'm gonna give you two reviews, with and without the headset, and my opinions on which is better. Let's starts with the VR -

With VR - We begin the ride in a war-torn city street staring at a flaming car and general carnage all around. We have our trusty minigun directly in front of us, though! I've seen Full Metal Jacket, so I'm obviously fully trained in using a minigun. It automatically will aim wherever you are looking, so get those neck muscles moving, folks! As soon as the actual ride is dispatched the real fun begins in VR-land. You are riding shotgun on a helicopter to assist giant robo-soldiers the size of El Toro in murdering the crap out of hundreds of giant spiders taking over the city! There's also a ton of flying evil bat-bee-spider-death monsters that attack, as well! Immediately upon liftoff you see your robotic cohorts shooting at unseen enemies only to turn a bit and BOOM, GIANT SPIDER CLIMBING THE BUILDING LIKE KING KONG KILL IT KILL IT KILL IT NOW NOW NOW!!!!!!!!!! OMG FLYING EVIL BAT-BEE-SPIDER-DEATH MONSTERS KILL THEM ALL GET ME A FLAMETHROWER BECAUSE BULLETS AREN'T ENOUGH OMG THERE'S SPIDERS CRAWLING ON MY LEGS AND GUN CRAP CRAP MORE EVIL BAT-BEE-SPIDER-DEATH MONSTERS WHY WON'T THEY DIE FASTER GAAAAAAAAAAAAAH GIANT BLACK WIDOW OH NO HE KILLED A ROBOT FRIEND YOU WILL NOT DIE IN VAIN NOT-OPTIMUS-PRIME I SHALL AVENGE YOU DIE DIE DIE SPIDER DIE BUAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA CRAP CRAP THERE'S MORE BAT-BEE-SPIDER-DEATH MONSTERS I CAN'T WIN SEND IN THE NUKES DO IT NOW THERE'S ANOTHER MASSIVE SPIDER QUEEN ATOP THE BUILDING AND ANOTHER ROBOT FRIEND IS FLYING UP TO SHOOT IT WITH ROCKETS NOT DON'T DO THAT SPIDER DON'T DO IT NOOOOOOOOOO WE'RE CRASHING WE'RE GONNA DIE HOLY CRAP GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-WE'RE STILL FALLING-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, phew, we landed in a huge spider-web! We're safe! We didn't explode! Um...what? No, no, there's another giant spider and it's GONNA EAT US EW GET AWAY NO NO NO!!!!!!

Yeah, that's essentially the ride. It's awesome and nutty and a ton of fun! Thanks to the video-game elements I was too busy shooting monsters to have any idea when we'd reached the top of the tower, I was just blasting away then boom, the drop, and it scared the crap out of me! No anticipation, just complete surprise! I loved it!

WithOUT VR - The ride is high, the view is alright (again, central Jersey is flat and green, nothing special), but the drop is INSANE! It just keeps on going, faster and faster, until the brakes catch you at what feels like 10 feet above the ground!

Which is better? - Neither. I consider them equals. Why? Well, without the VR the climb to the top is uneventful and it's really just a glorified observation tower. I felt completely secure and safe the entire way up because I could clearly see the structure of Kingda Ka on either side, plus the other gondolas. Lex Luthor, on the other hand, gets a bit freaky because I never felt secure. There is no structure around you, just behind, and then a Supes car will rocket up the tower and shake it like a polaroid picture and really get things funky! With the VR, the climb is action-packed and a lot of fun! The drop with the VR is fun and all but the illusion isn't sold as well as it could be. Without the VR the drop is just crazy because you can see and hear the ride vehicle getting faster and faster and, for me, it makes it that much more intense.

To sum up, VR wins the ascent, non-VR wins the descent. Therefore they're equals in my book.

We rode a bunch of times for the next hour or so switching between VR and non-VR and had a blast every time! Not everyone is a fan of VR but it will definitely make a lot more people smile than not. This is definitely a win for Six Flags! Give it a try and beat your buddies' high scores!

On with the pics and videos!
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Empty parking lot. Definitely not something you see every day here!
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Look, goggles! Note the color-coding.
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Goggles, gondola, and an age restriction.
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Straps out the yin-yang!
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Sponsorship photo!
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I promise it's not the one that explodes.
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I really like this photo.
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Getting a gondola ready to ride!
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Final look at the headset storage.
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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby thefed29 » Fri May 05, 2017 12:14 pm

While I have no idea why they even opened the park today because of the rain, it was still open and we headed there in the pouring rain. There was about 30 other cars in the parking lot. Did dark knight and skull mountain twice and then found out they were actually running nitro. Rode nitro theee times in a row back seat in legitimate torrential downstairs. It was the most exciting/painful rides I've ever had on a coaster. Also 've never been so soaked in my life.

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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Fri May 05, 2017 4:49 pm

Thanks, Kyle! I always enjoy your trip reports, and I must say this one has many more murderous spiders than usual. Glad you had a good time! Made me even more excited for my visit in about 3 months.
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Re: Six Flags Great Adventure (SFGAdv) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Fri May 05, 2017 5:11 pm

Nice report, thanks for sharing! :nina:
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