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Went to the park today. Light crowds, longest wait was for The Joker. Everything else was walk on. Got on all the roller coasters that were open + Sky Screamer & Houdini, it's also very nice to have Skull Mountain back to normal so it's no longer 2 hours+ for a novelty.

 

Ended with Toro and at one point were the only people in the station waiting for the backrow

 

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Did Batman & Robin: The Chiller EVER run like it was intended to? (both sides racing each other)

 

Judging by this photo it did at least once. . . .However after going through thousands of photos this is the only one that ever had 2 trains in it at once.

 

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^ Not exactly. If both sides happened to be open simultaneously, one side would launch while the other side was finishing its cycle, returning to the station. Launching both sides at once drew too much power for the utility infrastructure to handle. What you're seeing in that photo is most likely one train going forward and the other going backwards.

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^ Not exactly. If both sides happened to be open simultaneously, one side would launch while the other side was finishing its cycle, returning to the station. Launching both sides at once drew too much power for the utility infrastructure to handle. What you're seeing in that photo is most likely one train going forward and the other going backwards.

 

Correct. And they did this version of "racing" quite often the first 3 years or so.

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I started going to GADv religiously in 2006, I've been on Batman with the roll, never Robin, because of the accident. I've only been on Robin with the S-hills, but Batman's hangtime in the top hat was amazing.

 

 

I'm not aware of an accident on Robin. Could someone give me the details?

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I started going to GADv religiously in 2006, I've been on Batman with the roll, never Robin, because of the accident. I've only been on Robin with the S-hills, but Batman's hangtime in the top hat was amazing.

 

 

I'm not aware of an accident on Robin. Could someone give me the details?

 

"During the 2006 season, Batman reopened on May 5 and ran along with the Robin side on and off until June 2, when a wheel bogie on the third car of the Robin train suffered a mechanical malfunction. While the cause of the malfunction is still unknown to most people, it has been reported that the train came to a halt on the lowest part of the track (between the Cobra Roll and Zero-G roll) after the launch. This problem is speculated to have happened because of wheel modifications that Premier Rides made on Chiller as well as all other Premier LIM coasters. Although the train was loaded, no one was seriously injured and all riders were evacuated. Both sides remained closed for the rest of the season."

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Almost forget to mention. I saw Neal Thurman walking the park near The Joker yesterday. Since I'll probably meet him at a media event down the road, I introduced myself to him. I welcomed him to our park (I know a strange choice of words) and let him know that I'm glad to have him as the new park President, although I'll miss John Fitzgerald's demeanor at media events. That was going to be the extent of the conversation but he asked me a few questions about how my day was going. I let him know I was thrilled they were able to extend the season so I could get a few more rides on El Toro. He reminded me that Holiday in The Park would have extended offerings this year and I told him I was looking forward to it again, even though I was initially skeptical when HITP was announced last year. (Sorry, I forgot to mention all the love TPR regulars have for the Waffles)

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When I was there last weekend . . . .

 

I happened to look right as I was on Batman: The Ride and saw the sad boarded up state of Old Country

 

And I've also noticed that the Batman Stunt Arena and Adventure Theater are totally vacant. Heck, I wouldn't mind seeing a nice indoor show on a hot summer day or a nice stunt show outdoors at night.

 

I saw the land cleared out behind The Dark Knight (which I did like) for the Justice League: Battle for Metropolis Dark Ride. Anyone have any idea when it's supposed to open?

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This is not a trip report. This is me getting revenge on Coasterbill for texting me pics all day of an empty park two weekends ago.

 

If you thought about going to the park this weekend but decided against it you missed out big time. I haven't seen it so dead since the Coasters After Dark nights when the place was a complete ghosttown. Managed to drink a bunch of beer, eat twice, ride every operating coaster in the park (except the two kiddie coasters and GL), a bunch of flats, and marathoned the living shit out of El Toro... all in less than 7 hours.

 

I had friends heading to the park Sunday (who informed me it was also dead) but I had plans that day so I figured I'd head up solo Saturday via the train from Philly to Trenton and get an Uber for the 25 minute drive over to the park. Late Friday night my buddy Joey hit me up saying he and his friend Vinny could borrow his roommates car and go up early Saturday with me. I was up and out early in the morning, and on my way to his place in NE Philly when he texted me they couldn't get the car. Back to Plan A I responded I was getting the train to Trenton and they could meet me on it if they wanted to tag along. So with all the back and forth we didn't wind up meeting, traveling and arriving at the park until after 1. Bummed we didn't get there early for a morning Toro marathon, my fears quickly went out the window when the Uber driver pulled into the lot. I should really have taken a picture but there were less than 100 cars.

 

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We got in the front gate in seconds and headed right to El Toro. Walked right into an empty station and boarded the next train. One train ops but no wait at all. It was windy so it felt sluggish after the turnaround but still a blast. Just took one lap and decided we wanted to see how the line at Ka was since Vinny had never ridden it and we made it our mission of the day to get him over his fear of heights.

 

Stopping over at Superman to see how dead it was (another Vinny never rode) we walked right up and had a two train wait (one trains ops) for Row 2. Again felt very slow but worth a ride with no wait.

 

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Deadsville

Back into Golden Kingdom Kingda Ka was a station wait we went for rows 4/5 and I have to say I had quite possibly my favorite ride on it yet. Not sure if it was the chilly temps but it felt incredibly smooth to me on the launch and I got a really great sense of airtime down the drop.

 

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Even though we told Vinny he didn't have to ride Zum if he did Ka, we still goaded him onto Zum and great ride as always. Walked right on.

 

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Getting a hankering for a beer we walked around the Boardwalk back to Macho Nacho and had some beer and nachos! I almost got a burrito but decided on nachos at the last second. It was fairly busy but my food came right out and had no problem getting a beer quickly and wound up sitting for a while at the bar hanging out.

 

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Lunch

After we were done we took another lap on Toro, still a walkon. Some pictures I took from Zumi's mile long queue.

 

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Ole!

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Vinny had never done Houdini so obviously without telling him what happens we took him on. No wait at all. A few people filled in behind us while waiting for them to open the doors. There was maybe 10 people tops on the ride with us. It actually "got me" a bit more than it usually does but barely any of the effects were working in the preshow. Lame. You'd think for Fright Fest they'd give it a little love. In any case it could use it.

 

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With the sun setting and temperature plummeting we checked the scene at Joker and went for the purple side. 5 minute wait.

 

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Ive only ridden once during my visit in September on the green and this time I tightened the restraint and didn't feel like I was gonna die. I also flipped a good 3 times. I enjoyed it but Joey and Vinny both said they thought it was lame. I think its a nice addition.

 

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Big moon over Switlick Lake

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Brrrrrrrr

Obviously with these crowds we didn't have to be strategic and continued hitting rides as we came to them. We stopped and had a quick but freezing ride on Skyscreamer. Made me feel a little dizzy and we went to Skybar next door for the first time to get some beer. Cool little spot to grab a beer or wine. Surely it gets busy on crowded days but nice to have a little bar to compliment Liberty Pub on the other side of Main Street.

 

Of course we had to hit Skull Mountain, literally walked into an empty station and right onto the next train. Back row, duh. Had a handful of people sitting in front of the train and we got an "I love Skull Mountain" chant going as we dispatched. Love it.

 

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Cult of Skull in the building

In the spirit of sticking with indoor (read: warm) rides we popped over at Dark Knight. As we walked up they were letting a few people into the preshow so basically another walkon. Skull Mountain was a tad warm but Dark Knight was toasty as an oven. We didn't ask for it or anything but we got a completely trimless ride. Probably the best ride Ive ever had on DK - airtime and all. Glad we stopped by.

 

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Vinny was bothered by the cold so he decided to stay at Dark Knight and keep re-riding, the other two of us popped over to Batman and had a one train wait for the front row. Smooth as butter and the only ride that felt faster than usual - all the other coasters all day (save for maybe Ka) felt sluggish with the wind+cold.

 

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Around to Nitro we climbed in the back row and had a very sluggish ride in the moonlight. Slow but awesome. Longest wait of the day probably (almost 15 mins?) because as we walked up they were transferring the 2nd train off. Wait wasn't bad since we got to watch them do that. I've seen it before, but its better than standing there while they clean up puke.

 

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You mean its not summer anymore? Better tell Grannys cause they still got the shandys

On the way out of here we stopped at Grannys for fries and chicken fingers and more beer of course. Summer Shandy in fact! I never go in Grannys cause anytime I pass there looks to be an hour wait for food with no available tables but we waited 5 minutes today and the place was deserted. At this point it was almost 7pm and I wanted to get a few more Bull rides in and we wanted to stop and get waffles so we headed there first but like most of the food places at this point, they were closed! Doh! All good, I understand, I'll save my indulgence for HITP.

 

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PDC

Back into the dark and barren Plaza Del Carnival we hit a completely empty El Toro (Vinny would not ride - too cold) but Joey and I took a lap and Joey couldn't take the cold so I rode it 4 more times until I couldn't take it anymore. We were fine when the sun was out, but after dark we were not dressed for the cold. In fact Joey bought gloves and a hat outside Dark Knight but he still couldn't handle it. The night marathon on Toro was glorious. I had to play musical chairs a little but most of my rides were in the back car.

 

After the hellish week I had I needed a day like that. Again, if you thought about going but decided not to you missed out. Nothing like having one of the worlds best amusement parks all to yourself for a whole day. Mostly one train ops except Ka and Nitro but it didn't matter in the slightest. Sorry I didn't take a ton of pics - regulars to this thread have seen it all already, the photos I took were pics I was texting to Bill all day.

 

See you all at HITP!

 

Final tally:

El Toro

Superman

Kingda ka

Zumanjaro

Macho Nacho

El Toro

Houdini

Joker

Skyscreamer

Sky Bar

Skull Mountain

Batman

Dark Knight

Nitro

Granny's

El Toro X5

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Late Friday night my buddy Joey hit me up saying he and his friend Vinny could borrow his roommates car and go up early Saturday with me. I was up and out early in the morning, and on my way to his place in NE Philly when he texted me they couldn't get the car.

 

The story of 3 guys named, Joe, Joey and Vinny going to Great Adventure by a convoluted series of connecting trains and Ubers from Trenton may just be the single most "Jersey" thing ever written.

 

This is me getting revenge on Coasterbill for texting me pics all day of an empty park two weekends ago.

 

To be fair I did deserve all of this, but did you park in a VIP parking spot for free? No. Well screw you then.

 

Back into Golden Kingdom Kingda Ka was a station wait we went for rows 4/5 and I have to say I had quite possibly my favorite ride on it yet. Not sure if it was the chilly temps but it felt incredibly smooth to me on the launch and I got a really great sense of airtime down the drop.

 

Row 5, WTF? Was this Joey's doing? I need to have a talk with that guy. F*ck row 5.

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The story of 3 guys named, Joe, Joey and Vinny going to Great Adventure by a convoluted series of connecting trains and Ubers from Trenton may just be the single most "Jersey" thing ever written.

LOL none of us are from Jersey!!!

 

To be fair I did deserve all of this, but did you park in a VIP parking spot for free? No. Well screw you then.

We didn't have to park! Uber!

 

Row 5, WTF? Was this Joey's doing? I need to have a talk with that guy. F*ck row 5.

LMAO It was me actually. I wanted to wait for the front but they only had two trains on and like 20 people waiting for the front so we just jumped in where we could. Honestly it was easily the best ride I've had on it so I'm glad we sat where we did.

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The story of 3 guys named, Joe, Joey and Vinny going to Great Adventure by a convoluted series of connecting trains and Ubers from Trenton may just be the single most "Jersey" thing ever written.

LOL none of us are from Jersey!!!

 

I know you're not from Jersey but it was a Jersey trip and you Jersey-ed it up.

(people from Philly get so pissed when you say they're from Jersey even though you could throw a rock and hit NJ, lol)

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I did Sunday ... no rest for the wicked. The peak crowd was a large enough for me but by the time I left, a few minutes early because I couldn't take any more, maybe 30 cars in the lot. Warmer than Saturday but I'd spend a while on a ride and then need to get walking and warm up. With this a day trip from Virginia I crammed in 34 coaster rides as well as driving over 500 miles (rough guess 20 miles of coasters on top of that). I went from not hungry after a big breakfast was in Wrightstown, not seeing anything that good to eat as I just did earlier, to too big a hurry, and finally food services closing on me, but it all worked out with pizza dinner at Pasquale's down the road south of the park. Still knocked out.

 

Joined the Skull Mountain cult, well it was OK but it does have minimum restraints and surprises you how early it takes off like the back row of fullsize Arrows. Also enjoyed Dark Knight, weird ride. Harley Quinn was OK, they send it around twice (or did) would have been fine after 1. Joker purple side didn't flip but that was OK with me, this time anyway. Weirdly different, such as dropping rapidly while still sitting upright, short though, I felt like I wanted another ride just to get used to it but took too long. Ka gave a bit of air at the top unlike my previous rides that felt like they were barely making it. Nitro was cold on my first thing front row rides! 4th row reride was too slow then (wouldn't let us sit in the back) but my 2 sunset rides were wonderful.

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^^-- 12 Toros, unless that was the miscount and it was 11. 6 of which were rerides and one walkaround was by choice. Not a drop tower person ATM, although Voodoo at SFA HitP beckons as actually open and stuff, so maybe I'll be getting over it.

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Better late than never. This trip was my first time visiting Great Adventure, and my girlfriends first time in a Six Flags park ever. We woke up bright an early to get to the park. The day of our visit the parked opened at 11 so we found ourselves pulling into the parking lot at 9:45. When the gates opened we couldn't contain our excitement and headed straight for El Toro, smart move because that resulted in the first ride of the day and staying in our seats for four more rides. Next was Bizarro, which you have all said has the worst crew in the park. But something interesting happened when we were there. The line was short enough for us to walk directly into the station. With my girlfriend wearing her Raptor crew hoodie and me wearing my Millennium crew hoodie a ride op spotted us and starting talking about friends he has that work with us at Cedar Point, and then the crew proceeded to go into turbo mode. During our ride, when we were in the cobra roll there was a train on the lift, and as we hit the brakes the floor was dropping for the next one which resulted in us pulling right into the station on 3 train operation. I guess we were really lucky.

 

Using the advise of everybody we rode mine train, skyway to the other side of the park, and hit Skull Mountain, Nitro, & Batman. All of this was done in 1 hour and we had tackled quite a bit by the time noon hit. By 1 that day the crowds started coming in and for the rest of the day lines were about 30-45 minutes long. We sadly skipped the parachutes, the 1 ride op working was just moving so slow with a decent line we couldn't stand waiting in that line. Kingda Ka & Superman never opened all day but not a big deal. If you told me to pick one of the Intamins to not work all day I would have picked Ka. With Superman we knew we were going to Great America 3 weeks later so it didn't effect our trip.

 

This park as a whole has a fantastic lineup of coasters. But man the layout is awful, dead ends every way you go. It's easy to see each expansion was just tacked onto the old "edge" of the park. Operations at the beginning of the day were very quick, but as the day went on they got slower and slower. While there were crowds that day we didn't see any line jumping and we ran into TBPony414 for a little bit. Great Adventure is awesome and we will be returning on January 2nd.

 

Bizarro x1: Great floorless coaster one of my favorites in that category. Bonus point for fast operations when we rode.

 

Runaway Mine Train x1: It's a fun little ride, the second half was a lot of fun.

 

Twister x1: I love these flats but this one had a very short cycle.

 

Skyway x2: I love how long of a distance it spans, and just like any sky ride you get excellent photos and views.

 

Houdini's Great Escape: It was a fun little ride, we enjoyed it.

 

Sky Screamer x1: This was our first sky screamer and I found it way more thrilling than the Windseekers. While I find the Windseekers very relaxing but with the chains the Sky Screamer I thought was more thrilling. The operations here were the slowest in the entire park. Also -1 for someones hat flying off and hitting me directly in my face mid ride lol.

 

Skull Mountain x1: THIS. RIDE. WAS. AMAZING. We were so happy when we found out VR wasn't running or else we would have had to skip it. Theme 10/10 Music 10/10 First drop 10/10. We rode back row and were not disappointed. We got off literally screaming at each other "THAT WAS AWESOME!" If we had more time we would have ridden it more.

 

Joker x1: Rode the green side & flipped twice. It was a lot of fun, but like everybody else says I wouldn't wait more than 15 minutes for another ride on it.

 

Green Lantern x1: Oh God. Why did we ride this. You all warned us, but we didn't listen. Horrible, just horrible. I don't ever remember Mantis being nearly as bad as this. Tons of headbanging, and just all around not fun. Won't be riding this anymore.

 

Zumanjaro x2: It just keeps falling, and falling, and falling, and falling. That's what it felt like. With the length of the drop so long I liked this more than Falcons Fury. This is my favorite drop tower, and with Ka not running operations were very quick. One of my favorites of the day.

 

Batman x3: I love how much punch is packed into a short amount of time. I love positive G's and Batman clones always deliver.

 

Nito x5: This is now my favorite B&M Hyper. I find these to be so much fun, great floater air, the funky helix before the MCBR, & a great layout all together. It's a ride you can ride all day long and it would never get old. 2nd Favorite coaster in the park.

 

El Toro x9: We came to this ride with our expectation sky high, yeah we came for the whole park but we really came for El Toro. It is one of the single greatest coasters I've ever ridden on this planet. Ejector airtime, quick transitions, positive G's on turns, everything I love about an Intamin ride. This is the star of the park. I wish I could take this coaster home with me, it's that good and then some. I just want it to be next year so I can go back and ride again on a really warm day. El Toro is a spectacular ride.

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My totally original shot

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Joker

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Looking at the front of the park.

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There's a lot of tree's here. Which I liked.

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Before our ride on the mountain!

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Joker looks great!

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Before riding Green Lantern, my face didn't look like this afterwards.

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El Freaking Toro

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Night rides!

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Ended the night at Nitro.

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