This is going to be a short dispatch with not too many photos, from the good ol' home park.
Y'all may recall when my buddy Imri and I hit up our local Six Flags Great Adventure
for their July 4th Fest
back on the evening before the actual holiday, and decided we should pop over for a few more weeknights when time allowed. Cut to mid-August and on a slow day at work, which happened to be roller coaster day, I got a random text from him and we agreed to meet after work again and stop over for a few hours.
Happy Roller Coaster Day! Some champagne to celebrate?
The parking lot was pretty busy for a random weeknight, but we got a spot pretty close due to folks leaving. We decided to hang out, pound a few brews and watch the coasters do their thing for a bit before heading in.
Cheers! It was already after 7pm, with a 10pm closing that only gave a us 3 hours. According to queuetimes, the waits were mild to minimal, so we hoped to get a few things in.
Upon a fast and painless entry, we cut to our left and hit up The Bull
to celebrate Roller Coaster Day the proper way, in the magic seat. Ole! It was a station wait, and the ride was running exceptionally, as always. We're so spoiled to have this thing in our back yard.
You might remember during our last visit we planned to hit Zumanjaro
but we got sidelined by our epic firework filled showstopper on Kingda Ka
. With the sun now setting we headed through the awesome PDC-to-Golden Kingdom shortcut and walked back to Guam to ride the worlds tallest drop tower.
I love being back here when Kingda Ka
launches. As a person with a thing for coasters sounds, the screeching rip of a rocket coaster tearing down the straightaway really does it for me. As far as Zumanjaro
goes, this ride never gets old. I feel like I've only ridden it once or twice this year, but this sunset cycle did not disappoint. The drop just goes on forever and ever and ever. And the view is incredible.
The only other thing we wanted to ride was Nitro
, so we started off in that direction, but got distracted by the all new Ale House
. Which by the way is awesome. If you don't know, the park basically took the old Liberty Pub
next to the Flash Pass building and expanded the bar, put in like 18 taps, more seating, etc. It's awesome. I didn't get photos but we enjoyed a couple ciders and split some chicken fingers and a pretzel while some rich drunk Manhattanite hit on us while her teenage kids were off riding rides. Good times.
From here we headed back towards Nitro
and decided to walk back to Cyborg
to at the very least see it in action, and in particular check out the awesome lighting package, however we found the ride a walk-on and Imri pressured me into riding. I had no intentions of trying this ride. I thought it looked great, and its a great fit for the park, but it just didn't seem like the type of ride I'd enjoy. Turns out I was right because this ride is the very definition of suck.
Its completely disorienting, and there is a lot of uncomfortable hangtime. Which is great if you're into that sort of thing. If you're not and you've got a belly full of pretzels, chicken and beer? Nah. No bueno. I felt like the majority of the time we just swung back and forth as we spun in a circle. Lucky for me the cycle is hilariously short, so the ride didn't destroy me and after I took a minute to compose myself I felt normal enough again to head over to Nitro
for some good old night rides.
The worlds most explosive coaster was a total walk-on so we hopped in the back row and managed two rides before we played some musical chairs and hopped two rows for a third ride. It was running very well - buttery smooth with a plethora of floater air, and by now it was pitch black in the Jersey pine barrens, always making it feel like you're moving faster than you really are.
Not sure of how we wanted to end the night, we had about 30 minutes left so we wound up walking through the park asking if the other wanted to ride something "Skull Mountain
?"... "Sky Screamer
?"... "Sky Way
?" before we were halfway across the park and agree on another lap or two on El Toro
. With only a few people left in the station we wound up waiting for the front and luckily got the last train of the night.
I'll always love the magic seat but I'm really getting into the front seat of this ride. God damn its so good. If you've never ridden this ride what the f*ck is wrong with you? Its open for a few more weeks, get on a fu*king plane and get over here.
Sometimes I feel like I'm over this park because I go so often but then we have fun little nights like this and I'm reminded we're really lucky to have such a fantastic line-up of rides just a hop, skip and jump away from home. And no doubt a great way to blow off steam after a long work day. Thanks for reading!
El Toro 2x