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My buddy Art and I planned a hooky day today and both took off work to just go up for a full day and get on as much as we could. Art is not nearly as into coasters as I, but is an up-for-anything type most of the time. I did in fact get him on Kingda Ka last summer, but out of nowhere today a sudden/random 'fear of heights issue' began popping up. Hmmm

 

With the morning rain we both drug our feet and didn't wind up getting up to and into the park til 12:30pm. This was actually nice as we didn't have any issues getting passed the gates and getting in and Main Street was dead. Went right for El Toro of course. Line was all of first set of switchbacks, maybe 20-30 min wait. We walked right back to Flash Pass HQs and got them for the day. Screw it, we want to enjoy ourselves, not stand in line all day. Right back to Toro we went. Rode it in the magic seat all three times today - first ride at 1pm, second around 4, last at 7:45. Last ride was insane in terms of intensity and forces. I love this ride, I think it's my absolute favorite. Saw a few walks of shame today. Loading was awful early on but on the last ride the crew was moving and dispatching one train before the previous hit the brake run. There were hustling crews all around today. Nice!

 

Bizarro was great both times we rode it today. Wouldn't have needed FP as it looked like a walk-on both times. They were allowing re-rides. We rode once earlier and in the front (first time for me) and once later after sunset. All fire, mist and lighting effects were running and it makes it such a great ride at night. The floorless aspect is really amplified when there is nothing in front of you but track. Very cool.

 

Batman we only did once in the back row and this was awesome. I think this ride may even rival El Toro in its intensity. Its such a wild/tight course, it does require some defensive riding. Wish I got back on later. I didn't like this ride but I have really come around to it.

 

Skull Mountain had really slow, one train operations today but was still a fun ride. Love the darkness, the death metal and the wild layout. So fun every time. Its just sort of ridiculous and always a good time. The flash pass attendant had a giant stick up her ass, I only mention it as she may have been the most miserable employee I've dealt with at the park all year, no exaggeration. Um, you work at a theme park, would it kill you to smile? Why are you yelling at people? Ugh.

 

Runaway Train was a walk-on and is always just silly. I don't even know why I ride it. Nostalgia, lol. I love the few drops at the end and over the lake. It's a classic. You kind of have to give some love to the oldest coaster in the park.

 

We did the log flume because afternoon heat. They squeezed the two of us in the back half of a log with a family of 3 (maybe 4?) in the front. Very tight squeeze which actually made the ride more fun as we were laughing about being squeezed in so tightly together. Made our boat very heavy so we got pretty soaked. Thank god for FP, this line was looooong.

 

I got Art on Superman for his first time (loved it) and also he wanted to try Green Lantern which ugh its official I hate this freaking ride. I try it all over the train in different seats and it just doesn't matter it literally beats me the entire time. I would LOVE this ride with seated trains, it has a great course. Cant do standing coasters. Flying coasters are awesome tho so of course we went back on Superman. So great. That damn pretzel loop is out of this world. The train right before our second ride the op spotted someone with their phone out on the train and stopped it on the lift to climb up and take it from the passenger. People are so dumb. Unless you can mount the camera on something dont film yourself on a coaster. So stupid. Who do you think is going to want to watch your shakey footage? STOP.

 

I also dragged Art into Houdini's Great Escape as its a great ride to take someone into that has no idea what to expect. The intro is cheesy but the ride part is interesting in the least if not a little fun. He liked it, but upon exiting he said "I could see how someone could throw up on that ride". Lmao

 

I did both Kingda Ka and Zumanjaro, both without Art. Again thank god for FP as the line for Zumanjaro was enormous and I walked right on. I wouldn't have waited as I'm not a fan of drop rides. As a SFGAdv regular this year I felt I sort of had to ride it. Art? Fear of heights. :/ Anyways, not so doom-ish. I tried very hard all day to not over think it or psych myself out of doing it. It's literally hawking over my shoulder all day at the park. It was tough walking all the way back there through the FP queue, alone, and walking right onto a drop ride. It is just not my thing. Drops on coasters? Love them. Drop rides? I am not afraid of heights, I just don't like that sensation of falling straight down. But I did it. The ascent was not particularly scary, and seemed to happen very fast. I don't have much of a fear of heights, maybe because my eyesight is terrible and I wont wear my prescription glasses on rides. During the ascent I concentrated on how the entire park looked so small, especially what behemoths like Nitro and Toro look like from up there. I certainly could not see Philly without my glasses but I squinted in a futile attempt for a second. Once we stopped at the top I felt what seemed like a few fake out bumps/bounces before the actual plunge. The plunge itself was not as forceful as the yank over Toro's first drop while in the back, it was somehow more floatery than that. But it was over so fast, blink and you'll miss it. I would ride it again, so maybe it has turned me on to drop rides. It was certainly a rush. Not scary.

 

Like I said I also rode Kingda Ka, also alone (fear of heights again hmmm) and for whatever reason I just jumped in the back row, as the line was shorter and I had him waiting for me, and I'd never ridden in the back before. This ride is INSANE. Well, the launch is insane. The drop/twist was actually more forceful in the back, and yes there is insane rattle/shuffle during the launch while sitting in the back of the train. I had a brief "what the hell am I doing" moment during the launch. Crazytown this ride. I could take it or leave it though, I don't get off thinking "that was fun!" or "that was amazing", just "that was insane/crazy/ridiculous".

 

OK so Nitro. I think Ive just been lucky all season as our first ride on Nitro today I purposely jumped on Train C to see what all the hoopla what about and yes, there is a rattle. It definitely did not feel as smooth as usual but I can't say that it ruined the ride for me. We rode Nitro twice today, both rides in the back, including as our last ride of the night in the dark, and I loved it both times. Always do. But yeah. Train C is not fixed and still rattling if what I felt today is what everyone has been feeling.

 

Overall it was a great day. We tailgated with Wawa hoagies for lunch and for dinner we ate Nathans (which were OK) and also throughout the day we stopped for beer and hang time/people watching at Main Street Pub and also at Best of the West to peep some log flume riders. Weather was perfect, at times even breezy. Operations were in full summer mode on everything. I love when you get stand up comedians running rides. The guy on El Toro later in the day had a great crew and was hilarious on his microphone. We probably could have skipped the flash passes as lines for the coasters were sometimes non-existent, sometimes insanely long, sometimes middle of the road but as I said we splurged because we wanted to really get the most out of our day. And we did. Now my next trip is NOT going to be at SFGAdv.

 

tally:

El Toro x3

Nitro x2

Superman x2

Bizarro x2

Zumanjaro Drop of Doom x1 (just me solo not Art)

Kingda Ka x1 (just me solo not Art)

Batman x1

Green Lantern x1

Log Flume x1

Runaway Mine Train x1

Skull Mountain x1

Houdini's Great Escape x1

food breaks x2

beer breaks x3

 

Oh yeah I took a whole bunch of photos today. Time for bed.

 

edited for spelling and grammar as I wrote this while falling asleep last night.

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en route

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nice weather

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This building always makes me want ice cream

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First of the day

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ultimate airtime

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a classic

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Get twisted

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beautiful weather

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Let's cool off on a classic

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SFGADV is a really nice park

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Beers. Best of the West

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Flume drop from the deck @ Best of the West

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Choo-choo!

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We stopped inside the Great Adventure History Museum. Very cool! They should make this a (maybe smaller) permanent display.

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love that font

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I kind of hate the look of these two parking lot coasters but they look cool set against each other.

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Nutso pretzel loop

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having a wawa hoagiefest in the parking lot and watching KK/Z:DOD.

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Trying to zoom on Zum

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Love when its quiet over here and a train comes SCREAMING around that corner

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Very cool views of the backside of Toro from Zumanjaros queue

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And neat views of Ka from here!

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More of Toro. The landscaping looks good back here. They could fill in more, but it makes me wonder if they may add something back here.

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Almost looks like Rolling Thunder is still there.

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Love...

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this...

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partttttt

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Awesome sunset!

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Til next time.

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Great trip report! I loved those shots of El Toro from Zumanjaro's queue. Does seem like they could put something in that open area, but I'm still hoping for a new ride to help fill out the waterfront area.

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Nice to see the Skyride crew was really working their a**es off. The capacity must have been fantastic.

 

I'd say this was my 2nd favorite drop tower after Stratosfear in Knoebels and a top 5 ride in the park.

 

You have great taste in drop towers.

 

Overall it was a great day. We tailgated with Wawa hoagies for lunch

 

You have great taste in hoagies.

 

Thanks for the great reports. I'll continue to avoid train C I guess. lol

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went down to the park yesterday. ended up being one of the best trips ive had in years. operations seemed better than usual. the coasters are still all great, but zumanjaro is slowly becoming a gem for me. what a rush. overall just a great day all around. lower ride counts than usual bc i didnt arrive at the park until after 5 pm, and a big chunk of time was spent queuing for zumanjaro.

 

Ka 1x

Zumanjaro 1x

El Toro 1x

Bizarro 2x (why is this ride basically neglected by the GP? its so damn good!)

Batman 1x

Nitro 1x

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Nitro:

What a wonderful ride! I couldn't believe how far the ride rips through the woods. Great airtime, very smooth and extremely comftorable. I loved the g force in the helix. The line turned out to be an hour long, making it one of the most popular rides at the park. The airtime was more floater than ejector but still amazing nonetheless. It could really use some paint though... 10/10

 

I'm with you on this. It blew me away after just expecting a good ride. I had a great ride (and several of them). You get really nice floater in the back on the first drop. A stark contrast to El Toro that violently tries to get you the **** off the ride in the same spot.

 

 

Batman: The ride:

Whoever says this ride is rough is a huge baby. Very smooth and easily the most forceful invert I have ridden. The ride packs a huge punch and was a phenomenal ride! I loved the theme too! Another out-shadowed ride at the park. 9/10

 

I'm with you again. I went "whooooa" at every twist. Not rough but forceful.

 

 

Kingda Ka:

Horray my 50th credit (finally)! Amazing ride, the launch is unreal, so fast and thrilling. The drop was cool too. No brake downs at all for the ride which seemed like a good sign. The setting it has by sending two trains out then dropping zumanjaro really had no effect on the line. It actually worked fine. 10/10

 

It was closed during my visit thanks to Zumanjaro not being ready. I'll get that credit in 2015.

 

 

El Toro

Well obviously this was the best coaster of the trip. The night rides just iced the cake, it totally blows every other coaster I've ridden out of the water. Everything about it was amazing. We rode in the back all the times that we rode. The ride did go down twice during the day though. Sorry bizarro "You no number 1 now" 10/10

 

El Toro is now the #1 Wood for me too (sorry Balder at Liseberg). Now if I can only get my a$$ over to Korea and see how it stacks up against T Express...

 

 

Runaway Mine Train:

This old school arrow had a cool layout with a surprise drop. I liked the look of the coaster but I found it to be somewhat bumpy. We sat in the back seat and found it enjoyable. One and done though. 7/10

 

I was too busy trying to fit in it to experience the surprise drop I guess.

 

 

Skull Mountain:

I loved this ride! Best theming that I've seen at a six flags park so far. The ride was a total shock, the drop blew us away and the whole ride was fast and fun. One of the biggest surprises of the trip. It's pitch black inside and hardcore heavy metal music blasts while you ride. We loved it!10/10

 

I whent "Wheeee!" on it to. Fun ride.

 

 

Dark Knight Coaster:

What the hell people? Stop bagging on this ride, it was ten times better than a regular wild mouse. The turns didn't hurt, the theming was top notch and there was individual lap bars. We all really enjoyed the ride. 7/10

 

Fun, but I really, really hate those 15 minute intros just to get on the ride.

 

 

Superman:

Great ride. The pretzel loop was the best loop of the trip. I loved the feeling of flying on this ride, the line was crazy all day so we rode it later on. It actually was our last ride of the night. I really liked everything about this ride, I just wish it was longer. 8.5/10

 

This one I missed too. It decided to break down just as I got to the stairs in the station. After 15 minutes I left. After 20 minutes it was running again. I'll get this one in 2015.

 

 

Green Lantern:

Okay, I really didn't find this ride bad. Although the stand up thing was awkward and uncomfortable, I loved the layout of the ride. There was no head banging. The ride would be much better if they made it a sit down, floor coaster. I try to find the best in coaster and this one was easy to find good. It was still at the bottom of my coaster list on the trip but I think Thunderhawk takes the cake for the worst. But none these coasters were bad, I enjoyed them all. 6/10

 

For me, it was horrible and I felt I just went 12 rounds with one of the Klitschko-brothers getting off it.

 

 

Bizarro:

Another underdog coaster. Bit of a hike to get to but it was well worth it. The ride was very long and it has some great momnets, the zero-g roll, the helix after the MCBR and the dive loop really stood out to me. I loved the ride and I think it would be more appreciated if it was at a smaller park. Hydra was a step up though. 8/10

 

Great ride, and I realize I'm in minority here, but I preferred it to Batman.

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Overall it was a great day. We tailgated with Wawa hoagies for lunch

You have great taste in hoagies.

 

LOL I can't tell if this is sarcastic or not. As a lifelong Philadelphian, Wawa hoagies are kind of the bottom of the barrel but not inedible. They get the job done but it would be awesome if a Primos (hoagies, not pizza) were in or near the park. They are THE BEST.

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Overall it was a great day. We tailgated with Wawa hoagies for lunch

You have great taste in hoagies.

 

LOL I can't tell if this is sarcastic or not. As a lifelong Philadelphian, Wawa hoagies are kind of the bottom of the barrel but not inedible. They get the job done but it would be awesome if a Primos (hoagies, not pizza) were in or near the park. They are THE BEST.

 

Haha not at all. After hearing from all of my friends of Phillie / Delmarva about how Wawa was basically heaven on earth I finally became a believer this year when we went to Busch Gardens and ended up eating Wawa hoagies for dinner since nothing else in Williamsburg is open after 8PM.

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Overall it was a great day. We tailgated with Wawa hoagies for lunch

You have great taste in hoagies.

 

LOL I can't tell if this is sarcastic or not. As a lifelong Philadelphian, Wawa hoagies are kind of the bottom of the barrel but not inedible. They get the job done but it would be awesome if a Primos (hoagies, not pizza) were in or near the park. They are THE BEST.

 

Haha not at all. After hearing from all of my friends of Phillie / Delmarva about how Wawa was basically heaven on earth I finally became a believer this year when we went to Busch Gardens and ended up eating Wawa hoagies for dinner since nothing else in Williamsburg is open after 8PM.

 

Oh ok nice one. Almost every time I go to GA I bring a cooler and we do the Wawa pre-park stop and grab hoagies we save and go out to the lot and eat for lunch. Obviously we save a ton of money doing this but since yesterday was a full day, in the evening we did Nathans for dinner as it was dead and hot dogs sounded good. They were just OK. If you love Wawa hoagies (they are not bad just not GREAT) and you are in or near Philly get a Primos hoagie. You'll see exactly what I mean.

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Nice to see the Skyride crew was really working their a**es off. The capacity must have been fantastic.

 

 

LOL they were only running one side all day and I think we only probably checked the line once in the afternoon and skipped it. We tried to get on after our night ride on Bizarro around 8:30/9 to get over to Nitro for a night ride and waited for 10 minutes with absolutely NO line movement when we just gave up and walked over.

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^Primos aren't just in the Philly area.

 

I know but they are based out of Philly. We certainly have the largest concentration of locations. In fact there is one 5 minutes from my house and one 2 blocks from my office.

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Wawa sandwiches are so bad I finally stopped forcing myself to eat them. Now whenever I go I get an everything bagel with cream cheese, tomato and cucumber, mmmm. Last time I tried one of their hoagies I could barely choke it down, the bread in particular is just miserably awful. Not a top contender particularly in Philly but nowhere else either.

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WaWa was where I usually went after each trip to the park since it was just over half price compared to food in the park. The only bad thing was going after closing, everyone had the same idea and the parking lot would almost be full. Now that the park has the dining pass, I stopped going to WaWa since last year it worked out to around $3 per meal at the park after the cost of the dining pass was factored in.

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Also I totally forgot to mention how they had the KA/Zumanjaro launches down pretty well I have to say. They were running 3 Ka trains and they were loading 2-3 of them and then stacking the trains on the launch track until Z:DOD is loading and retractable roofs are down. They send out 2-3 Ka trains back to back and since it is so quick, Z:DOD is then loaded and ready to go. When riding both of these I paid attention to how they were doing this and they seemed to have it down to a science. I'm sure the fact that they can't run them simultaneously is hurting capacity to an extent but they seem to be making the most of it from what I could see.

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My friends and I stop at Wawa every trip before heading home. Only place we get food at because the food in the park is inedible.

 

 

Totally agree, I tried the SF dining plan last year, what a waste. The food was terrible. I wouldn't feed it to my dog, that's how bad it was.

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Also I totally forgot to mention how they had the KA/Zumanjaro launches down pretty well I have to say. They were running 3 Ka trains and they were loading 2-3 of them and then stacking the trains on the launch track until Z:DOD is loading and retractable roofs are down. They send out 2-3 Ka trains back to back and since it is so quick, Z:DOD is then loaded and ready to go. When riding both of these I paid attention to how they were doing this and they seemed to have it down to a science. I'm sure the fact that they can't run them simultaneously is hurting capacity to an extent but they seem to be making the most of it from what I could see.

 

This is exactly what I see whenever I'm visiting the park. There rarely seemed to ever be a point where there's no train in the station ready for the loading process, so it seems they've managed to minimize whatever impact to capacity these restrictions have created.

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Is this expected to be a permanent thing or are they waiting for further approvals to run both simultaneously?

 

I would expect it to be permanent. The state of NJ does not want them run simultaneously. And per a ride operator at Ka and zumanjaro. Ka can not launch a train till the protection screen(roof) at zumanjaro is in a closed position. And so far with the rides running simultaneously, Ka's capacity has been cut in half. They now do 30 launches a hr. give or take. not the close to 60 they used to do.

 

Also look at the fact that almost 10 yrs later, Ka has never reopened the original que path that leads under the launch track.

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Also look at the fact that almost 10 yrs later, Ka has never reopened the original que path that leads under the launch track.

But that's not really a big problem is it? But cutting the capacity of a ride like this by a half is a bit more.

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