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I was there with my brother today, too. Almost ran into Boldikus, but alas, fate intervened.

 

I ended up getting a waffle from his recommendation, but since my brother cannot stand bananas, we got the La Choco-berry. It was very good, but pricey - I don't think I'd order it again.

 

OMFG was it cold. Nitro and SkyScreamer were almost unbearable as a result. It kept us to one ride on Nitro even though there was barely a station wait. Wasn't as bad while on Superman, but it was still pretty cold.

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I don't know why but we never mind the cold on Nitro... Even the other night when it was 30 degrees.

 

Usually we have at least 2-3 sweatshirts / hoodies on and a jacket and 2 pairs of pants... And obviously gloves (sounds excessive but we know what we're getting into) so we dress for it but I never have a problem. The only ride I find cold is Sky Screamer because you're not really doing much of anything to take your mind off the cold.

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^I was just an idiot and didn't really dress for it. Just a t-shirt, hoodie and windbreaker, no hat or gloves. Obviously had both hoods up on everything but it just feels so wrong to ride Nitro with my hands in my pockets. The thing is we've had such warm weather I have not unpacked my winter clothes since we moved to the new house lol. I need to find my hat and gloves if I plan on going tomorrow.

 

I ended up getting a waffle from his recommendation, but since my brother cannot stand bananas, we got the La Choco-berry. It was very good, but pricey - I don't think I'd order it again.

 

I warned you it was pricey! For the two hot chocolates and one waffle it was $22! One hell of a waffle tho. I really enjoyed that after all our rides - just sitting at the tree and taking my time eating and taking it all in, kind of like reflecting on how this season unfolded.

 

I was there with my brother today, too. Almost ran into Boldikus, but alas, fate intervened.

 

It was a great day, shame we couldn't link up this time. We had literally left the park 10-15 minutes before I got your text, and had been debating to stay but the cold just did us in.

 

All the TPR GreatAdv regulars need to have a meetup in 2016. Yes please? Skull Mountain takeover and all.

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I don't know why but we never mind the cold on Nitro... Even the other night when it was 30 degrees.

 

Usually we have at least 2-3 sweatshirts / hoodies on and a jacket and 2 pairs of pants... And obviously gloves (sounds excessive but we know what we're getting into) so we dress for it but I never have a problem. The only ride I find cold is Sky Screamer because you're not really doing much of anything to take your mind off the cold.

 

You're clearly a better man than us... we were C-O-L-D. But, thankfully, it gave my friends and I possibly my favorite ride photo ever. Ladies and gentlemen, I call the first meeting of Coaster Grumps Anonymous to order:

 

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I'm not gonna do a HUGE recap this time because Boldy already got most of the major points down (sorry I didn't run into you!). Got there at 1:05 PM with four friends. Four of us are big coaster junkies, and one is slightly afraid of most of them, so she ended up sitting out all the major ones. Did 3x Nitro to start the day, then Batman 1x, TDK 1x, swung over to Supes 1x (longest wait of the day; 4 train wait for the back row because forget all those other rows). We were all stupid, stupid men and got Green Lantern out of the way for the year, then walked bow legged back to the boardwalk and grabbed lunch at Garden State Grill. (Tip: do NOT get the "cucumber salad" substitution for fries, unless you want a container of Italian dressing with a few random cukes & tomatoes floating around in it. Disgusting.)

 

Then after eating, it was flat ride time. Did the tea cups. Skipped Houdini because the line looked stupid long and it's not really worth the wait. Buccaneer was a walk on, then did Swashbuckler. Jolly Roger we had all to ourselves thanks to no lighting back there and people forgetting it exists, but honestly I'd rather have a proper Musik Express again. Then all five of us took Skull Mountain together. I ended up in the front seat of the last car all by myself and FINALLY got to experience that first drop airtime I've heard so much about! It DOES exist! :o

 

By this point, it was quarter to 6 and starting to get really, really, REALLY goddamned cold. We decided to call it after rerides on Batman and Nitro. Three of us hit up Batman and it was STILL a walk-on in the back row! Got back to the station and no one was waiting in our row, so screw it, let's go again! Then the row in front of us cleared out, so we bounced up a spot for our third ride in a row. Amazeballs. Then the four of us headed back over to Nitro for the final ride of the night, also in the last row which had opened up. Nitro in the dark is the best. Snagged an additional ride when the row in front of us was clear to finish off the night. One last stop to the Daily Planet gift shop to pick up a Flash keyring for my 4-year-old, then hit the road back to NY at 7:00 with the car's glorious, life-saving heat cranked all the way up.

 

Good times.

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It was funny, 2 weeks ago it was so cold and windy that late at night when the crowds thinned out they told us they couldn't send our train on Batman until they filled at least 3 rows and they made everyone sit in the front of the train.

 

I swear despite all of that it was one of the fastest rides we've ever had on it. That ride does nothing but haul ass all day every day. It's an amazing coaster.

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I was wondering if it was the wheels? Is it true they have "winter wheels"?

 

We did sit in the back on Batman so we definitely got that yank through the inversions but it really did feel considerably faster, even going down the drop.

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Batman was running faster on Wednesday than I ever experienced it during the height of summer. My totally un-scientific guess is that because of the one train ops, the wheels don't have much time to cool down. Either way, as is, Batman is probably the second best coaster in the park.

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With people wearing heavier bulky clothing, it could be weighing the trains down more too. I bet it's a combination of things causing the train to go faster. It could just be like an illusion too with the cold air whipping in peoples' faces. Wish I could get down there. Sounds like the event is going well.

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With people wearing heavier bulky clothing, it could be weighing the trains down more too. I bet it's a combination of things causing the train to go faster. It could just be like an illusion too with the cold air whipping in peoples' faces. Wish I could get down there. Sounds like the event is going well.

 

Unless everyone on the train has a 20 pound jacket, I don't think that has an effect.

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Batman, Superman and Green Lantern (from the looks of it, I haven't ridden it because f**k that) are all running flawlessly this event. Whatever they're doing is really working. Nitro has had some close calls and given the forecast tomorrow should be an adventure too but so far (knock on wood) it's been open every day of the event and it's been running well after it warms up) Great Adventure's maintenance department is really working wonders.

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^ I agree, Green Lantern felt more forceful and fast than I remembered, as did Superman, though we did back row which always has more of a nice whip through the turns, not to mention how that glorious pretzel loop feels back there.

 

Nitro has had some close calls .

 

Some REALLY close calls. I should have gotten video but they had sent around an empty train a few times (protein spill?) right before our 2nd group of rides and watching it out on the course from the station a few times it look like it almost stopped on the two big hills out in the woods. The wind gusts yesterday certainly weren't helping.

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^ I agree, Green Lantern felt more forceful and fast than I remembered, as did Superman, though we did back row which always has more of a nice whip through the turns, not to mention how that glorious pretzel loop feels back there.

 

Wait a second... I doubt it makes much difference either way, but wouldn't the pretzel loop feel strongest in the front or middle of the train? I'm just thinking about the physics involved. By the time the back of the train hits the bottom of the loop where the forces are strongest the front of the train has already started up the other side and the whole train is decelerating. The opposite of a normal loop. Right?

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I'm no physics expert so in my very unscientific way of explaining why it seems more intense to me - Its not so much how it feels going through the bottom of the loop, its similar to a first drop where the weight of the train causes it to accelerate down into the loop therefore yanking the back of the train down with more whip therefore causing more pressure/g's. It does feel like it lets up a bit while traveling through the bottom and then back up as the train decelerates.

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Ok I'm thinking way too hard about this. The pretzel loop isn't shaped like an upside down vertical loop, if you look at it the bottom half of it forms an almost perfect half circle, with a very even radius, rather than the gradually decreasing radius of a vertical loop. So I guess the pattern of the forces would manifest differently? I don't know, I haven't ridden it enough to have an opinion but I bet the forces are spread pretty evenly across the train, just felt at different times. It makes sense you'd get more whip over the top when you're entering it though. The entrance and exit do have a tighter radius.

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Ok I'm thinking way too hard about this. The pretzel loop isn't shaped like an upside down vertical loop, if you look at it the bottom half of it forms an almost perfect half circle, with a very even radius, rather than the gradually decreasing radius of a vertical loop. So I guess the pattern of the forces would manifest differently? I don't know, I haven't ridden it enough to have an opinion but I bet the forces are spread pretty evenly across the train, just felt at different times. It makes sense you'd get more whip over the top when you're entering it though. The entrance and exit do have a tighter radius.

 

Having ridden superman many times in the back row (in fact it's the only row I will sit in) I must say that the whip over the top of the loop is what makes it so good. The front row is already 3/4 of the way down the loop when it crests so it has some major pull. You are right though that going up the loop at the end isn't as intense as it is in the front row because it already started to slow down a bit at that time.

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I feel so bad for the team members working Nitro in 29 degree weather

Holiday In The Park has been such a great event! Superman was running better than usual two days ago despite the low 40 degree weather. I almost greyed out during the pretzel loop! (But that may have had more to due with my New Year's hangover) and the Jack Frost show was a nice break from the cold weather and a welcome addition to a park that used to have a lot more entertainment like that. Felt like the good ol days!

 

Also I cracked the code on green lantern: sit in the 6th row (second to last row) middle seats. Least headbanging/pain and makes for a great ride that i'd put above Superman, Batman, or Bizarro. Any other seat I don't even really like the ride much at all.

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I feel so bad for the team members working Nitro in 29 degree weather

Eh, they had it good all December. One weekend it was above 70. They're lucky its only this last weekend its been this cold. Today should be fun, gonna have that closing day energy. See yall there?

 

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