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I was going to go yesterday since I was back in the area to work at MGM Springfield, the park's original hours were posted from 12:00PM to 11:00PM.

But mother nature had other plans, the hours were changed to 5:00PM to 11:00PM, I figured none of the rides would open and it would only be Fright Fest stuff.

 

I decided to go to a Springfield Thunderbirds Hockey Game instead, I am glad I did, because the park closed at 9:00PM.

 

Short ops day for SFNE yesterday!

 

Oh well, next time!!

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All the other New England parks didn't even bother opening with that forecast. I'm honestly surprised SFNE even opened.

 

^Lol @ "this ride will reopen later today/tomorrow"

 

The same thing was posted at Kryptonite Kollider which is also dismantled.

 

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All adult coasters are listed as "Closed for the Season" on the website aside from Batman, Fireball, Flashback, Joker, Riddler Revenge and Thunderbolt so it appears that the Holiday in the Park ride lineup is the same as last year plus the teacups, slingshot and the new Frisbee.

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All adult coasters are listed as "Closed for the Season" on the website aside from Batman, Fireball, Flashback, Joker, Riddler Revenge and Thunderbolt so it appears that the Holiday in the Park ride lineup is the same as last year plus the teacups, slingshot and the new Frisbee.

 

Harley Quinn? Still....I look forward to riding Batman multiple times in a row like last year when the crowd on those 25 degree nights was nada.......so fun......I will definitely add Joker and Riddler to my winter list this year as last year for whatever reason I didn't venture on to these.....I'll stay away from HQ cuz honestly that thing scares the SOOM......same reason I won't attempt Sky Screamer......who knows......I do love Scream though and hopefully this HITP Thunderbolt will stall on the lift hill like it did last December......adds a bit of intrigue to the ride......they said it does that in cold temps lol

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Last year we had three straight weeks where the temperatures didn't go above 20 degrees at all. Mind Eraser/Riddler showed everyone it's the lone survivor and won't go down even in those conditions.

 

ol reliable Vekoma! Hopefully they add more heaters this year to the other rides

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I heard Pandemonium got heaters added as well.

 

And according to the upcoming town agenda meeting, it looks like Hurricane Harbor is also getting a new attraction. I'm hoping for a mat racer slide. It's one of the few main slide types they're missing and it's a high capacity ride.

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I think the park was open today.....solid showing by only New England Six Flags park to start 2018 HITP where 2017 HITP left off....COLD AF.....looks to warm up next week after deluge overnight tomorrow.....hope to get up there tomorrow or Sunday.....

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This was opening weekend for SFNE’s 2nd annual HiTP event. Like last year the park looks awesome. Same basic setup but even more lights and decorations have been added. Harley Quinn and the Teacups are new ride additions. Even though it wasn’t included in the ride list Flashback was also running. There was a pretty good crowd but it was funny to see longer lines on the kiddie rides compared to some coasters. SF is doing a good job with attracting families with younger kids to HiTP for sure.

 

The park is selling a ton of the hot chocolate / coffee souvenir mugs. As we walked around it seemed like more people had them compared to those that didn’t. I bought one and with the 50% DE discount it was only $5. It’s also a good travel mug so not a bad deal at all. Tree lighting ceremony was the same and people packed in to watch it. Nothing officially announced yet but Panda Express has been removed. Maybe we’ll be seeing a Chop Six like some of the other parks next year. Before leaving we checked out the Frost show. Although it has the same name multiple sections of the show have been updated this year. I enjoyed it last time and thought this year was even a bit better.

 

Overall we had a great time and will be heading back again to get a few more rides in before Jan. 1st. Hopefully the weather holds out so that HiTP will be a success for SFNE and they continue to grow the event.

 

Here’s a few pics.

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Would love to see the coaster behind it added to HiTP in the future.

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A few pics from Frost.

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Goodbye Pandy Express!

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Thanks SFNE for another great Holiday In The Park!

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Some real snow still hanging around from last week’s storm.

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Not Harley Quinn.

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Houdini looking good.

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The unofficial HiTP coaster Flashback in action.

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The tree is lit!

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Our favorite flat in the park. Hi Harley!

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New present light structure this year.

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Welcome to HiTP 2018!

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Light canopy as you walk down into the park.

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I got mine.

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Went up around 5:30 with the 8 yr old and stayed until 8:30.....real nice....temps were perfectly chilly....the warming stations were nice - especially the ones burning real wood.....because I was only with the 8 yr old we only got on the smaller stuff but thunderbolt really ran great in the front I thought.....our second ride in the back of car 2 was good but not as good as the front row....really hauled up there for whatever reason....Best I’ve had up there....

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^ I regretted not going yesterday. The forecast originally called for rain, but there wasn't any precipitation during the park's operating hours. I'm always leery during HITP (or even the regular season now) going on a day with precipitation since the park seems to have a quicker trigger now about reducing their hours with little warning.

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Thanks for the reports. I haven't gotten up there yet but planning on Sunday if the weather is good. We really enjoyed it last year and it extends my theme park fix.

 

It will be interesting to see what goes in Panda Express! This year we enjoyed the new outdoor buffet by Goliath.

 

We have a DP and will get the hot chocolate that is really a good deal!

 

I hope the weather cooperates later in the season would like to go up till New Year's.

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Great report! Hopefully it's cool if I piggyback with another brief report from Saturday.

 

Even though we live less than two hours from the park this was somehow our first visit of the season. Since our last visit we've somehow managed to hit Great Adventure, Over Georgia, Discovery Kingdom, America, Over Texas and Fiesta Texas despite this park being closer than all of them. I don't really know how that's even possible but somehow it is.

 

That said, the park definitely managed to leave us feeling like we really need to get up there more often. New England is a really nice park with every coaster sporting a nice paint job, rides with cool light packages everywhere and a bit more of a focus on aesthetics than we're used to from it's sister park in New Jersey.

 

Obviously the park's two star attractions are closed for Holiday in the Park but it creates a small-park atmosphere that's actually quite charming and in a way it makes us appreciate the other coasters more. There's also no shortage of things to do between the great rides, great shows and awesome lights.

 

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Some people would shovel the whole walkway but that's really way more effort than Six Flags is comfortable with so now we have cones and caution tape.

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After exercising extreme caution we made it to the gate!

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For whatever reason we made this our first stop. Normally I don't particularly enjoy Boomerangs but we find Flashback to be totally smooth and generally a lot of fun. It was really awkward ascending that second spike while listening to Jesus music on full blast though. I sort of felt like it was a sign that the ride was about to kill us and send us to the afterlife but no... it was just a really, really good boomerang somehow.

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I always joke that regardless of crowd size, season, weather conditions, raptures or acts of god the line for Thunderbolt is always 25 minutes long. Fright Fest Saturday with every other ride posting a wait time over an hour? 25 minutes. 200 people in the park? 25 minutes. State of Emergency declaration in Massachusets due to Dunkin Donuts and Sam Adams forcing locals to display the ability to pronounce the letter "r" correctly when purchasing their products? 25 minutes. That said, for the first time ever we actually caught it at 15. I still can't get over the shock.

 

PS: The ride is butter smooth and tons of fun per usual but it's Thunderbolt so you already knew that.

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The giant ornament epidemic has spread, but this is the OG

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The lights looked great!

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Tree lighting! PS: Six Flags serves Dunkin Donuts beer because it's Massachusetts and of course they do.

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This was our first trip to the park since they added Harley Quinn and it's an awesome addition. Not only is it one of the best rides in the park but it looks great from basically everywhere (especially when the lights come on).

 

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Beautiful...

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I scored a quick Joker ride at some point. As usual Brit sat that one out.

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Batman being awesome per usual. This ride is incredibly underrated.

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Brit's crazed marshmallow arsonist face. I prefer my marshmallows with a nice brown exterior. She prefers her marshmallows on fire.

We had a great time at Holiday in the Park. The lights and atmosphere were awesome, the rides were great and we really enjoyed the show. That said, we had one major takeaway...

 

We first got Six Flags season passes when we were kids and I've been going to this park pretty routinely since around 2000 or 2001. On our first ever visit we rode Mind Eraser and I vowed to never subject myself to that piece of sh*t ever again. There were bad rides and then there was Mind Eraser which was almost in an elite class of terrible. About 15 years later I rode again during Brit's first visit to the park and if anything I hated it even more than I did the first time I rode it.

 

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When they announced that it was getting new trains I barely cared as I had no intentions of riding it ever again but Boldikus came up and I gave it a shot. I didn't enjoy my ride as I spent the entire thing bracing for impact but I admitted when we hit the brakes that it was actually somehow okay.

 

We rode again during Holiday in the Park last year and once again I prepared myself to embrace the suck but once again it never came. It's hard to enjoy a ride when you're bracing for pure misery at every turn but after last year I sort of admitted to myself that Mind Eraser was somehow no longer terrible and I was excited to ride again this year.

 

"No longer terrible" is an understatement. Mind Eraser is f*cking great. We rode it once after our first Harley Quinn ride and absolutely loved it. We thought it would still be a one and done but that’s not exactly how it played out.

 

At the end of the night we planned on hitting Harley Quinn but it was down and didn't seem like it would be opening up any time soon. Initially I figured we'd head over to Batman, but without even really discussing it we sort of just made our way into the Mind Eraser queue instead. I love Batman, but this ride is every bit as good. It might actually be the best coaster open for Holiday in the Park. There's no headbanging to speak of and when you can actually enjoy it it turns out that the SLC layout is action packed, super intense and sort of awesome. The double barrel roll is insane and has incredibly tight clearances, the first element (that used to just be the element of death) is great and overall the ride is basically awesome from start to finish.

 

I love Mind Eraser. What the f*ck????? We actually managed to ride a few times, ending our night with a front seat ride on the last train of the night. Not on Batman... not on Thunderbolt... not on Fireball... on f*cking Mind Eraser.

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It's a Holiday in the Park miracle!

I know it's hard to justify traveling too far for this event with the two star attractions closed but if you're within a few hours of the park then I strongly recommend their Holiday in the Park event. Plus, you should really come and check out Mind Eraser... it's bangin' (but not in the normal Mind Eraser way, lol).

 

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Everyone else: "Holiday in the Park will never work at Six Flags New England. It's too cold and nobody will show up in such frigid temps"

 

New Englanders: "Yeah actually give me two scoops of Ice Cream and I want fahkin sprinkles too!".

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I always joke that regardless of crowd size, season, weather conditions, raptures or acts of god the line for Thunderbolt is always 25 minutes long. Fright Fest Saturday with every other ride posting a wait time over an hour? 25 minutes. 200 people in the park? 25 minutes. State of Emergency declaration in Massachusets due to Dunkin Donuts and Sam Adams forcing locals to display the ability to pronounce the letter "r" correctly when purchasing their products? 25 minutes. That said, for the first time ever we actually caught it at 15. I still can't get over the shock.

 

 

 

Thanks for the trip report, Bill (as well as Sluggo)...the park looks great!

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Great report! I agree 100% on Thunderbolt's line. That queue is always filled since the ride's capacity is so low, but the queue can't hold more than 30 minutes worth of people.

 

Those new trains are on Mind Eraser/Riddler are a godsend. Wasn't the Great Nor'Easter still terrible with the new trains before the retrack? If so, I shudder to know how rough that one was.

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Great report! Hopefully it's cool if I piggyback with another brief report from Saturday.

 

Thanks everyone! Bill thanks for your better than mine addition. Wish I knew you both were at the park. Would have been awesome to meet you. This is really a great event at SFNE and I totally agree that Mind Eraser “The Riddler” may be the best coaster open during HiTP. Crazy to say about an SLC but true. The new restraints/trains have totally improved this now fun and aggressive coaster.

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Great report! Hopefully it's cool if I piggyback with another brief report from Saturday.

 

Thanks everyone! Bill thanks for your better than mine addition. Wish I knew you both were at the park. Would have been awesome to meet you. This is really a great event at SFNE and I totally agree that Mind Eraser “The Riddler” may be the best coaster open during HiTP. Crazy to say about an SLC but true. The new restraints/trains have totally improved this now fun and aggressive coaster.

 

Yeah, that sucks that we missed you. I was the asshole walking around in a Jets jacket blisfully ignorant of the fact that the Jets were playing New England that weekend (I'm a casual fan at best but it's a warm jacket and that's all I cared about). I'm surprised I wasn't thrown over the park gate by an angry mob.

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