Sam's 2011 Coaster Season:
1) Texas Giant Bash - May 14, 2011 - See Below
2) Sandy Lake Amusement Park - May 15, 2011 - Pages 1 & 2
3) Six Flags Fiesta Texas - July 20, 2011 - HERE
4) Sea World San Antonio - July 21, 2011
5) East Texas State Fair - September 2011
6) Deep South Bash! - September 17, 2011
7) Six Flags Over Texas - October 2011
8) Red, White, and Blue Festival - November 2011
9) Canton Christmas Tree Farm - December 2011
TEXAS GIANT BASH - MAY 14,2011
Wow, what a weekend! I'd like to start by thanking Robb for putting together such an awesome event. Everything from ERT to TPR Trivia was wonderful. And for anyone who hasn't gone to a TPR event before, GO NOW! I've never had so much fun in my life!
The SFOT TR is going to be mainly text, but I do have a few pictures that I'll post at the end. Well, let's get started!
From the minute I arrived at the park, I knew it was going to be a great day. We couldn't have asked for better weather. I started out the day with a few rides on the New Texas Giant, which was AMAZING by the way! After a few rides on that, we headed over to Titan for some more ERT goodness. At 10, we picked up our Flash Passes. Sadly, the line for Flash Passes had already developed into a human centipede, so we wound up missing Q&A On the bright side, the rest of the day was awesome! And guess what - FLUME 1 WAS OPEN!!! For those of you who don't know, this is a VERY rare occurrence. Anyways, TPR trivia was awesome, and night ERT was even better than morning ERT! Despite Shockwave breaking down, it was still an amazing night considering Texas Giant ERT was AMAZING. No lines whatsoever! Now for a few less general ride reviews:
Titan: Oh my god, this ride was awesome! The 25-story first drop didn't disappoint, and the ride had a decent amount of air throughout its layout. The G's on the upward helix were insane! I couldn't get enough of this coaster.
Mine Train: This family coaster packs quite a punch, especially for being one of the first steel coasters. The surprise drop got me every time, and the tunnels definitely upped the thrill level!
Mini Mine Train: A smaller version of Mine Train. Pretty good for a classic kiddie coaster.
Big Spin (Pandemonium): Pretty good coaster. The drops/helix can really take you by surprise, especially if you're facing backwards! And it actually spun Overall a great ride.
Judge Roy Scream: The Judge is now the only wooden coaster at SFOT, and it sure is good! While it's nothing crazy (just an out-and-back coaster), it wasn't too rough and I even caught some air on a few of the hills! I feel like this classic coaster will be around for years to come.
Batman: The Ride: To my surprise, Batman was running a lot rougher than it was last year. The first time I've ever gotten my head thrown around that much on a B&M. It wasn't bad, it was just more "meh" than I remember.
Mr. Freeze: Freeze is AWESOME! The speedy launch is amazing. The top hat immediately following the launch was my favorite part of the ride. I loved the overbanked turn. After all of this was over, we got to do it all again - BACKWARDS! Premier really made a winner with this one!
La Vibora: One of the three Intamin bobsleds in existence. La Vibora was actually running a lot smoother this season. While the brake runs hurt like hell in previous seasons, they were barely noticeable this weekend! Awesome ride.
Flashback: Okay. I'm a Texas local, and I visit the park at least two times a year. I've actually avoided this ride for years because of the horrid reviews I read about it. Actually, this boomerang was pretty decent, but I won't be riding Flashback again anytime soon.
Runaway Mountain: Since a few lights were actually on during my ride, I can back up the statement that Runaway Mountain is inspired by the Windstorm coasters. While it is a fairly short ride, it was pretty good. The helix was very forceful and the drop really catches you by surprise!
Shockwave: Two words can sum up this ride: FREAKING AMAZING! For those of you who don't know, Shockwave still runs with lap bars only! There was plenty of airtime to be had on the hills, and the consecutive loops were packed with G's. Anton really did an awesome job on this coaster!
New Texas Giant: Oh. My. God. NTAG was AWESOME!!! When Robb said that there were 14 moments of air on the ride, he sure as hell wasn't lying! It doesn't really matter where you sit. The first drop was one of the most intense drops I've ever experienced. The hill followed by the vertically-banked turn proved to be one of the most forceful parts of the ride! Another drop and vertical turn immediately followed. After this came the overbanked turn complete with head choppers, which was awesome! It almost felt as if you were going upside down. The hill right before the non-functional brake run was the most intense part of the ride. You seriously caught some amazing air! After the brakes came another drop and an airtime hill. Next was what I like to call the "surprise drop", since the airtime really surprised me! The remainder of the ride consisted of tunneled airtime hills, which were great. NTAG was definitely a re-ride! Definitely in my top 5.
Now on to the pics!
Welcome to Six Flags Over Texas!
Judge Roy Scream is still a great coaster!
The Judge turnaround... through the trees!
First Drop of insane wooden awesomeness!
Some lift hill porn for you guys.
A view of the Judge's layout
The Oil Derrick Observation Tower opened later in the day.
SFOT from afar
The Parachutes were open!!! Best day ever!
One word - ouch!
Happy 50th! Six Flags is officially "over the hill"!
Instant orgasm right there!
Titan was awesome!
Judge at night!
What a great day! Thanks to all who helped put it together. Sandy Lake up next!