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At the park yesterday (Easter Day) and was a very good day crowd wise to go. Not busy at all. One to three train wait for almost everything except Toro due to one train operation. First time back at Gadv since Toro was half built, so had some new stuff to ride.

 

Toro we got three rides on... If it had ran (2) trains, would have rode much more. Only wait in the park. 15-20mins. Excellent ride, the airtime is insane. Top 5 woody for sure, but I don't think it took my top spot. I think Wildcat (Hershey), Thunderhead and Voyage all battle closely for that spot.

 

Green Lantern/Chang was better than expected. Smooth, intense and the lack of brakes on the MCBR made for a great finale.

 

Nitro was running poorly. Very vibrationy the whole course. Still a top ride for me, but its like they did no off-season work on it. Square wheels are unacceptable two weeks into season... Two train wait front seat.

 

Ka was the same way. Heavy vibrations. Launch was still good though, and the view up top. Waited 2-trains with 1-train operation.

 

Bizzaro was interesting. The fire felt great on the cool day... Otherwise, nothing special. Still my least favorite floorless.

 

The indoor mouse (Dark Knight?) was quite cool. Basic mouse layout, but the themeing was fun. Wish they kept the entire ride heavily themed like the start of the ride. Fizzled out. They allowed us to re-ride since no wait.

 

Rode a few other rides and headed out before the rains started. Good visit to Gadv, although a bit cold for us. Still glad to finally get on Toro though! Did not disappoint us at all.

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^ I remember Wildcat at Hershey was a good ride in terms of layout, but I also remember it was VERY, VERY rough.

It sometimes rides good, sometimes doesnt! But it is a creative layout!

It shouldn't, but it probably depends on the seat you sit in, right? I haven't been up that way in a few years.

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Ka was the same way. Heavy vibrations. Launch was still good though, and the view up top. Waited 2-trains with 1-train operation.

 

Ka vibrates like crazy but not in the front seat, which is the only place I ride it anyway. I actually find the ride underwhelming when you don't ride in the front but when you do it's an amazing experience.

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Trip Report for Today:

 

Second visit to the park this year. Lines were very tolerable. Park was empty until about 1 and even then it wasn't too bad. I didn't wait longer than 45 minutes for any ride which I consider pretty good on a nice Saturday. I love going in April because the park really isn't too crouded. This is the second time I went this year and really got a decent amount of runs both times. Just have a few comments about some changes.

 

1. I love that they seperated the season pass entrance. They let us go in a few minutes earlier and they make everybody else wait outside until 10:30 now. Great considering that could be the difference for how long you wait in line or how many re-rides you can get.

 

2. I'm going to miss the Bizarro audio at least on the lift and end of the ride. It's too quiet on both parts without it but I support cutting it during the ride.

 

3. Rolling Thunder seems to be running A LOT better this year. I can actually tolerate it now and probably had the best run on it in my life last week. It really has incredible airtime if you find the sweet spot.

 

Alright now onto my day at the park today:

 

Picked a number to decide between El Toro and Nitro to start off the day. Ended up being Nitro and me and my friend got a re-ride on it. Very empty over there in the opening. We went on Nitro 1 more time and then both decided to move on.

 

Batman wasn't open yet so we felt like riding everything else in that area so we stayed there the rest of the morning. We rode Sky Screamer and I love that Six Flags put this in here. Such a nice flat ride that eats up some people and offers great views of the park. After that we hit the Bumper Cars which I also love that Great Adventure put back in last year which I wish I actually would've noticed they were there last year, then Dark Knight for the first time this year and then another ride on Nitro before lunch. All of these were walk-ons by the way.

 

We then took the Skyway to the other side of the park and rode Runaway Mine Train (another walk-on) before heading to the luxurious El Toro. This was our first line of the day a little after 1. It was a 40 minute wait for us but it only took so long because it had 1 train operation half the time and had a 5 minute delay adding a second train. I have to say though El Toro ran A LOT better than it has recently for me. I really thought I got too use to the ride for a second. This run re-assured me that will NEVER happen. It was pretty exhilerating. Back row is so much better than any other row it's amazing. People really have to learn to go to the back though. I hate this queue because people don't know how to get themselves to the back because most are either waiting for the front or can't see how empty the back is WHEN THE BACK IS A LOT BETTER! I usually just try to slide my way through people in the front and end up saving myself a decent amount of time doing so.

 

We then headed to Superman which was also a 40 minute wait. I'm convinced that ride has no sweet spot except opening where you can have a tolerable wait when there's actually people in the park. I figured the park had a decent amount of people now (still pretty tolerable compared to busier days though). Then we headed to Green Lantern and waited maybe 15 minutes. We got lucky though because the line doubled in size when we got off. Still hate that ride though and miss GASM.

 

We waited maybe 25 minutes for another ride on El Toro which was awesome again, went on the Skyway to ride Skull Mountain which was also closed earlier. We waited about 10 minutes for Skull Mountain and I have to say, it's a solid indoor coaster. I'm personally a fan of it for what it is. We then concluded our day with how we began by riding Nitro again which was about a 20 minute wait.

 

Overall it was a pretty nice way to spend our Saturday and killed 7 hours of our day. Ride runs:

 

Nitro 5x

El Toro 2x

Skyway 2x

Superman 1x

Green Lantern 1x

Skull Mountain 1x

Dark Knight 1x

Runaway Mine Train 1x

Sky Screamer 1x

Bumper Cars 1x

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Went to the park yesterday and after visiting the park at least 25-30 times over the last 13 years I finally channeled my inner whore and rode Road Runner Railway (#180). I felt like I reached the pinnacle of nerdiness but the people behind us singing "Happy Birthday to Nitro" through the bunny hills assured me that I have a long way to go (apparently Nitro turned 12 years old yesterday).

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I didn't know it was Nitro's birthday yesterday. It was a little more crowded than I expected it to be I guess because the weather was so nice. Although it was strange that Kingda Ka had a shorter line than Nitro and Green Lantern.

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I had a good day at the park yesterday. El Toro was only running one train and Nitro only had two trains (and they were stacking, ugh) which prevented it from being a great day. I spent more time in the park than usual since I ran into a former co-worker.

 

Bizarro is so much more enjoyable without the on-board sound.

 

El Toro, Nitro and Batman:The Ride were all running great. Also rode Green Lantern and S:UF which had shorter lines than usual for the crowds in the park.

 

I was willing to give Rolling Thunder a try, but the dispatch times were horrible, so I skipped it.

 

I also had an excellent lunch at Panda Express before leaving, Beijing Beef Panda Bowl.

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When I saw Rolling Thunder's line was past the bottom of the stairs I skipped it too since I figured that had to be a 40 minute wait considering I have had a station wait take over 20 minutes (and that's with the switchback in the station not full). I haven't ridden Rolling Thunder this year yet but I'll get to it eventually when it is a short wait.

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I'd venture to say it's permanent; the speakers have been removed from the trains, the audio systems have been removed from the back rows, and the old seats have been put back in place. I personally didn't mind the audio, but I'm not losing any sleep now that it's gone. If they start removing some of the other theming, such as the fire blasters or the lights around the first drop, I'd be disappointed. At that point, just start from scratch, paint it green again and slap the "Medusa" name back on it. I still have trouble referring to it as Bizarro, anyway; it's still Medusa in my mind.

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Bizarro is so much more enjoyable without the on-board sound.

 

Is this a permanent change? Because the soundtrack on this ride was, um, not good.

 

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Kinda reminded me of listening to an old one speaker Radio Shack Realistic AM radio where someone had kicked in the woofer and the tweeter.

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Hey everyone.

 

My name is Elisson and I'm from Brazil. I'll travel to USA in the next weeks and I have plans to visit the Six Flags Great Adventure on April, 27, by myself. I wonder if anyone here have plans to visit the park at the same day. Maybe we could meet and visit the park together.

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Bizarro is running 3 trains now also. Hopefully Nitro's 3rd train is up and running soon since it really could use it. The line was at the snack bar and it took 25 minutes with 2 trains running. With 3 trains, that is usually a little less than 15 minutes.

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Yeah there really isn't much of a point to it since they were always stacking and sometimes double stacking. The Bizarro crew this year is better than last year's crew but with only 2 people checking restraints it is almost impossible not to stack with 3 trains even if they are dispatching trains faster this year.

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