My Two Hours+ at Playland, Today...
I wasn't planning to spend the entire 6 hours at Playland, that my ticket gave me. Two hours or so was going to be more than enough. And...it was. I got a ride on Coaster
, right at opening. With an 8-seat train, I remembered, I was wondering how they were planning an "every other seart" arrangement, especially for those who like the back seat....
Easy solution. Take off the 8th seat, and voila! Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 (Now the last row) were available to everybody, including single riders like myself. And By The Way --- that train ripped through the course, even in the first parts where it's uisually 'okay' and nothing spectacular, until you get "into the middle" of it all. Wow, I was impressed what dropping one seat did for the speed of this thing!
And, it was true, this was the same purple train that suddenly slowed down and stopped in the second turn last August. They'd apparently fixed it up, and got it back on the tracks. So with yellow train, there are now two trains to run, thankfully.
I did a walk around to the back of the park, got a good a good look at what was going on in back with "the new coaster". Nothing going on. Grass had even started growing on the dirt where Corkscrew stood, so it's been awhile for anything to happen. Hopefully next year....
Got a ride on the West Coast Wheel, and actually ran into the third of several young people who worked at Playland. We all recognized each other even with masks on, and talked about "how it's all been going" for them and Playland. And all were pretty sure Fright Nights weren't going to happen in October. Other than that, we were all happy to see each other again.BIG SURPRISE of the Day!
I did not expect Gladiator
to be anything more than it (usually) was. Slow, not very high, and a wierd slightly bumpy cycle. Well wow. I mean WHOA! It took off full gallop, and then arched high - REALLY REALLY HIGH - until all I could remember was the Gladiator I rode in Denmark and wanted ours to be just like it, in speed and height. Really loved it, and made sure any staff who asked me how my day went, knew that. This cycle.... plplplease keep!
Both Hellevator and AtmostFEAR were down, The Beast I would not even try to ride, and Bug Whirled was a walk-and-twirl on, heh. Kettle Creek Coaster was running for everybody, it got a line as long as Coaster's was! Sad that they weren't running the on-ride photos (not at Coaster either). Those pix would be real fun to see, although lots of people had their cell phones, etc.
About the gp. It was constantly advised to us that "masks were mandatory" in any queues (including the one eating spot, Triple O's), and on rides of course. Everybody went with that, but in some of the queues and general walking around, not all were masked. Or 'distanced.' But at this time in the game, what can ya do?
I think the young staff really tried their best to be friendly, AND be advising as well.
Had my Triple O's meal (burger, fries and shake) in the shaded, treed, area of the park right beside the (non-working) flume. It was lovely to eat there, and on my total own, too. The tent most people were in, was awful, clinical looking and just boring to be in.
Although I got free tix, from being a Season Pass Holder, I didn't get free masks. So, I bought a few. And I did talk up the "Smiler" connection of them to what's in Alton Towers. And those who knew, laughed at that. Others couldn't believe The Smiler even existed ("That many times upside down, man??!")
A good couple of hours, spent the way I wanted to spend them. And I plan to return for my other free day, on Labour Day, when Playland finally closes for it's current season.