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It's hard to tell from my crappy phone photo, but there was about three inches of water in the bottom of this log, all of which would drain out as it went up the lift!

 

Texas Giant Bash (and, of course, the New Texas Giant) was excellent! My thanks to Robb, Elissa, and SFOT for putting on such a great event.

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a few randoms from the day...

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NTAG entrance

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first drop of awesomeness!

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thru the re-purposed trees?

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would you ever see this many smiling faces coming back to the station on the olde Giant?

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batman

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as close as I will get to Flashback.

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is it wrong that this made me smile?

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All I can is "WOW!" Having only been to Coaster Mayhem before to compare to, this event totally blew me away. The ERT on NTAG was incredible, including 10 times in an hour, 4 times without getting off the train, and the final train of the night! To make it better, I even won my very first TPR Bag-o-Crap! YAY!!!

 

Thank you SFOT, Steve Martindale, and of course our TPR host and hostess for such an AWESOME party! This was my first TPR event, and it did NOT disappoint.

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^ Yes, actually. The response was just "hopefully soon." Apparently they are having permit issues with the city to get the location of the propane tank approved. Steve Martindale said "It was easier for us to get the permits to do the full re-built on the Texas Giant than it was to get the permit for a little puff of fire!"

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They actually installed and got the sound effect working as we were riding on media day. It was funny to be riding and watching them build at the same time. They had a little more progress each time we went by.

 

I had to laugh a little on Saturday because I realized that Giant's entrance was in it's 5th location! It's insane! You never know where to enter until you scout out all the possibilities. If you count Flash Pass, there are six ways to enter the ride, and 7 if you count the ADA exit for special access riders. Crazy!

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^ Yes, actually. The response was just "hopefully soon." Apparently they are having permit issues with the city to get the location of the propane tank approved. Steve Martindale said "It was easier for us to get the permits to do the full re-built on the Texas Giant than it was to get the permit for a little puff of fire!"

 

 

Not surprising considering that NTAG's structure is mostly wood. The fire marshall is likely a huge NTAG fan and doesn't want to see his favorite coaster burnt to the ground.

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I had to laugh a little on Saturday because I realized that Giant's entrance was in it's 5th location! It's insane! You never know where to enter until you scout out all the possibilities. If you count Flash Pass, there are six ways to enter the ride, and 7 if you count the ADA exit for special access riders. Crazy!

 

Is that the Old Texas Giant Flash Entrance you are referring to, or (hoping against hope) does NTAG now have Flash Pass?

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They are taking Flash Pass but it's limited to only one use per person per day. It's located at the base of the steps to the station, so yes, it's where it always was. I'll even geek it up here with some lovely aerial mapping of all the queue arrangements!

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and at last the queue at it's fullest length

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^Thanks, good to know. I'll be there in late July, and I'm bracing myself for some long waits for NTAG - I'll use the q-bot to get most everything else out of the way. Freeze, Ntag, and Shockwave are the ones I want ride most. I'm staying across the road, so I'll get there very early the three mornings I'm there (Sun-Tue).

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Great day at the park and the weather couldn't have been better! We squeezed out 11 rides on the New Giant and one on Titan during the ERT's. I am sore all over from walking all day and the extreme power walking pace that I used to navigate the New Giant entrance and exit queues after each ride has had me sore in parts I didn't even know soreness was possible! We managed to get two bonus sit on re-rides in at the end as well!

 

The location of morning ERT on TItan and New Giant made it much easier to get many rides in before the park filled up, you normally would have to decided between those two to hit first. After some careful planning and and consideration I decided to use some previous knowledge of the park and skip the flash pass. We rushed over to Mr. Freeze and beat the crowds whom mostly went to Titan and New Giant. We were on within 15 minutes for the front seat. Over to Batman right after that and another front seat ride with less than 15 minute wait. We hit the single rider standby line on Superman and Tony Hawk, and the La Vibora (bobsled), then we went to eat lunch and experienced the second longest line tomes of the day (it took almost 40 minutes to place our order)! After lunch we played some games and I spent way too much money trying to win an iPod or PS3 Slim on the over-sized claw games. We had extra time so got an extra ride on Titan as we rode in the back seat during ERT and wanted a front seat ride. The line moved faster with two trains operating and the ride ops encouraging riders to beat the 60 second countdown clock to load in time, we waited barely over and hour for the front seat even though the queue stretched out almost to the coke machines at the entrance.

 

We headed to the dinner area but still had time and after getting an update from Robb we decided to try log flume #1 before dinner. Even though the entrance sign said no. 2 was closed, they both were in fact open. The line was about 30 minutes and we were done in plenty of time for BBQ dinner. Us usual for this park the serving staff did an excellent job and had plenty of hot food ready for us at all times. Robb had plenty of Trivia, and had the red peice of Iron Horse track connector been available I would have gladly submitted my man boobs to the TPR masses and took home that prize

 

After dinner we headed to mine train which had about a 25 minutes wait, runaway mountain with a 30 minutes wait, and took a ride on the steam engine. We headed to Judge Roy Scream which had an unusually long line earlier in the day and found the line was down to a respectable 20 minutes. We took another ride in on Superman using the single rider standby and went to Shockwave where we bumped into Robb and got another updated on nighttime ERT. The line at Shockwave was halfway down the ramp, not terribly long, but knowing we had ERT and with the information that Giant Night ERT would be delayed a bit we opted to his some flats instead. We went to Red Rocket (Looping Starship), and Superman again. Nightime ERT started with Shockwave and we were in the train when it was about to be dispatched but then faulted. The park did an awesome effort to get it back going but it just wasn't meant to be.

 

We finished out the night with New Giant ERT. What an awesome ride, it was running MUCH faster at night IMO, and from the 6th row back it was performing in the A+ range. I couldn't tell a lot of difference between any rows on the back half of the train. The front was awesome as well, what a great coaster. My goal was to have 50 total rides in on New Giant to match the 50th Anniversary theme for SFOT, I fell eight rides short having come in to the day with 31 rides but that just means I'll have to get get back to the park later in the year to finish up

 

We went to the Waffle House crash after, we were one of the first there and ate rather quickly, I think there were about 17 people or so when we went to get some much needed rest. It was great meeting new friends out there and seeing some old ones as well! Thanks to SFOT, TPR, and everyone who made it a successful day and night.

 

-Brian

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First off, A thousand Thank You's to Robb, Alissa, the TPR Gang, and Miss Johanna and the entire Six Flags staff for making this an event and trip to remember. This was my 2nd TPR event, but Jaime's very first (my g/f). She is STILL (24 hrs later) raving on and on about the blast she had this weekend. We will always remember this past saturday.

 

Second, NOW I have a HUGE problem. There is a 2nd coaster freak in the family. I mentioned the SFOG Bash coming in September, and Jaime said, "Hell YEAH, we're going!!" Our Sunday evening schedule (tonite) is going to be all the "extreme rides" shows on Travel Channel. Think she's hooked???? Now the pennies are being saved to hang w/ TPR in Georgia this fall.

 

Third, I am sending out an e-mail to Miss Johanna and her cohorts @ SFOT, extending my sincere thanks for showing you out-of-staters some TRUE TEXAS hospitality. As a Native Texan, I was very proud to witness this first hand.

 

Those of you not fortunate enough to attend, y'all REALLY missed out. The SFOT staff bent over backwards many times to show all of us a great time, and make sure noone left disappointed in any way, even extending our ERT on NTG to well past midnight.

 

Thank you again, to all involved in putting this Bash together.

 

See y'all in September,

J.D. Wiley

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Perhaps I have a bad memory, but I think the final tunnel also had a light show on media day. I think i have read that all three tunnels have lights, but I've never experienced such. The light show in the tunnel during ERT was slightly different than the one I remember on media day which featured chaser type light show like the ones in the Mr. Freeze launch. Has anyone ridden with lights on in all three tunnels or am I totally mistaken?

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Perhaps I have a bad memory, but I think the final tunnel also had a light show on media day. I think i have read that all three tunnels have lights, but I've never experienced such. The light show in the tunnel during ERT was slightly different than the one I remember on media day which featured chaser type light show like the ones in the Mr. Freeze launch. Has anyone ridden with lights on in all three tunnels or am I totally mistaken?

 

The chaser lights where we experienced the disco tunnel during media day are actually in the 2nd tunnel but weren't on at least yesterday. I don't believe the third has lights but I could be wrong...just fog in that one!

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Perhaps I have a bad memory, but I think the final tunnel also had a light show on media day. I think i have read that all three tunnels have lights, but I've never experienced such. The light show in the tunnel during ERT was slightly different than the one I remember on media day which featured chaser type light show like the ones in the Mr. Freeze launch. Has anyone ridden with lights on in all three tunnels or am I totally mistaken?

 

You're totally mistaken.

The first tunnel has a few lights between the rails at the bottom of the drop inside.

The second tunnel has tracer lights on the ceiling.

The third tunnel has no lights, but has in-the-dark airtime.

 

The only difference I noticed between media day and two weeks ago when I went back was that all three tunnels were misty.

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