Great report! Hopefully it's cool if I piggyback with another brief report from Saturday.
Even though we live less than two hours from the park this was somehow our first visit of the season. Since our last visit we've somehow managed to hit Great Adventure, Over Georgia, Discovery Kingdom, America, Over Texas and Fiesta Texas despite this park being closer than all of them. I don't really know how that's even possible but somehow it is.
That said, the park definitely managed to leave us feeling like we really need to get up there more often. New England is a really nice park with every coaster sporting a nice paint job, rides with cool light packages everywhere and a bit more of a focus on aesthetics than we're used to from it's sister park in New Jersey.
Obviously the park's two star attractions are closed for Holiday in the Park but it creates a small-park atmosphere that's actually quite charming and in a way it makes us appreciate the other coasters more. There's also no shortage of things to do between the great rides, great shows and awesome lights.
This was our first trip to the park since they added Harley Quinn and it's an awesome addition. Not only is it one of the best rides in the park but it looks great from basically everywhere (especially when the lights come on).
Batman being awesome per usual. This ride is incredibly underrated.
We had a great time at Holiday in the Park. The lights and atmosphere were awesome, the rides were great and we really enjoyed the show. That said, we had one major takeaway...
We first got Six Flags season passes when we were kids and I've been going to this park pretty routinely since around 2000 or 2001. On our first ever visit we rode Mind Eraser and I vowed to never subject myself to that piece of sh*t ever again. There were bad rides and then there was Mind Eraser which was almost in an elite class of terrible. About 15 years later I rode again during Brit's first visit to the park and if anything I hated it even more than I did the first time I rode it.
When they announced that it was getting new trains I barely cared as I had no intentions of riding it ever again but Boldikus came up
and I gave it a shot. I didn't enjoy my ride as I spent the entire thing bracing for impact but I admitted when we hit the brakes that it was actually somehow okay.
We rode again during Holiday in the Park last year and once again I prepared myself to embrace the suck but once again it never came. It's hard to enjoy a ride when you're bracing for pure misery at every turn but after last year I sort of admitted to myself that Mind Eraser was somehow no longer terrible and I was excited to ride again this year.
"No longer terrible" is an understatement. Mind Eraser is f*cking great. We rode it once after our first Harley Quinn ride and absolutely loved it. We thought it would still be a one and done but that’s not exactly how it played out.
At the end of the night we planned on hitting Harley Quinn but it was down and didn't seem like it would be opening up any time soon. Initially I figured we'd head over to Batman, but without even really discussing it we sort of just made our way into the Mind Eraser queue instead. I love Batman, but this ride is every bit as good. It might actually be the best coaster open for Holiday in the Park. There's no headbanging to speak of and when you can actually enjoy it it turns out that the SLC layout is action packed, super intense and sort of awesome. The double barrel roll is insane and has incredibly tight clearances, the first element (that used to just be the element of death) is great and overall the ride is basically awesome from start to finish.
I love Mind Eraser. What the f*ck????? We actually managed to ride a few times, ending our night with a front seat ride on the last train of the night. Not on Batman... not on Thunderbolt... not on Fireball... on f*cking Mind Eraser.
I know it's hard to justify traveling too far for this event with the two star attractions closed but if you're within a few hours of the park then I strongly recommend their Holiday in the Park event. Plus, you should really come and check out Mind Eraser... it's bangin' (but not in the normal Mind Eraser way, lol).
Everyone else: "Holiday in the Park will never work at Six Flags New England. It's too cold and nobody will show up in such frigid temps"
New Englanders: "Yeah actually give me two scoops of Ice Cream and I want fahkin sprinkles too!".