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Ludwig II's 2012 Six Flags Great Adventure Trip Report

08/13/12 at 01:42pm in Ludwig II's 2012 Six Flags Great Adventure Trip Report (Latest Edit: 06/14/13 at 08:26am by Ludwig II.)
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Well, it's been a while since I have made a post on the site, mainly due to the planning and taking of this awesome Six Flags trip. It was absolutely fantastic. And though we had a little bump in the road (one of our group members got the wrong end of the insane heat), the trip was truly one of the best, if not the best, trip I have ever taken to an amusement park.

So, armed with a gold flash pass and a thirst for some thrills (and water), we ventured into the gates. While one of us got the pass hooked up, we rode our first ride of the day (all of my ratings are on a scale of 1-10).

Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train-4
Congratulations to whoever made this ride for making the longest coaster train I have ever seen. Not joking, the capacity for this ride was 48 people for a KIDDIE RIDE. 24 rows! I rode in the back seat, and I won't lie, this ride was pretty fun. It had quick turns and was fast and even a bit forceful. Sorry Grover, the throne has been taken for best kiddie roller coaster. Plus we went twice in one run so it was just a good way to get the fun started. But sadly, I give it a 4 since, after all, it is meant for the little ones. Tongue

Skull Mountain-5.5
Because it was right next to the latter, we did this next. I was actually kind of looking forward to this ride since I really did not know anything about it. We did the flash pass line and ended up somewhere in the middle of the train. A few maniacal laughs and a bit of tribal music later and we were off into the unknown. I truly had no idea what the heck this was. One moment, they've got rock music playing in the speakers during the ride. The next, a tribal dude is jumping out at me. And finally, I've got pumpkins flying by my head. I mean, it was like Six Flags was just playing RCT3 and putting random crap everywhere. The ride itself was pretty good and exciting, but the theming was horrendous, putting this one at a 5.5. Pretty spooky, though.

Batman: The Ride-7.5
Alpengeist, meet your worst enemy. Yes, he's shorter and yes he's slower. But boy is he one twisted and quick sucker. The theming was actually, well, pretty good. The Batmobile and Batcave were well done. Sure the paint job was a bit rough, but those seats rival Alpengeist's. Big time. But now it was the ultimate test. And it passed. Though it may not seem so, Batman feels faster than Alpengeist. Maybe it's just me, but this ride possessed a certain aggression and acceleration that Alpengeist just doesn't seem to have. It was smoother than Alpie, and the loops and 360's matched the Cobra Roll and Immelman. It was, in my opinion, a great ride.

The Dark Knight Coaster-n/a
From the looks of it, maybe it was good we skipped this one. After the pre-show (which was loud and kind of obnoxious), about halfway through the queue, one of our members got sick and we had to evacuate the line and skip this one. It was possibly a good call since I had heard about this through mixed reviews.

Nitro-9
Wow. Just wow. Apollo, time to meet your worst enemy. The lift looks more than just big. It looks huge. Those seats were just as comfortable as Apollo's. Front seat, arms up, legs out the whole time. It was a great view from the top, but what an awesome first drop. It beats Apollo's by a hair. The hammerhead turn was astounding. The hills were great. I admit, I did black out on the helix, but it was only for a quick second then it was right back to being okay. What a great ride. I loved it for its initial drop, unrelenting intensity, and that sweet hammerhead. Does it edge out Apollo? Sorry, but yes, it does. So much speed, so much adrenaline, I really wish I had ridden this twice, but one ride will have to suffice for the memories. This ride got me PUMPED.

Superman: Ultimate Flight-8
This was my first flyer and may I say, I was actually pretty impressed. I rode front seat, and actually felt a lot of freedom despite the crazy but necessary amount of restraints used for the ride. Since I had heard the loading and capacity for the ride was terrible (which it is), we used the Flash Pass line. It was a great decision. The line built up to almost an hour wait from a 30 minute wait in a matter of minutes. On the actual riding part of things, I really enjoyed this one. The drop was good but man, that first loop. Holy mackerel, that thing was INTENSE. It had so much force, it took my breath away. The rest of the ride was pretty smooth and fun, but the main thing was definitely that loop. This was a great ride with a great inversion, putting this one at a solid 8.

Bizzaro-7
I actually feel kind of bad for this ride considering it is literally all the way in the back corner of the park hidden in the Frontier part of the park. It felt very Congo-esque (if you have been to Kings Dominion you know what I’m talking about) to see this villain from outer space in an area themed after The Wild West, but then again this is Six Flags, so I guess you can’t blame them for bad theming. Anyways, this ride really had nothing special about its layout. Just a regular old floorless coaster that was pretty smooth and fast, giving it a 6 maybe. Why does it have a 7? The effects. I was really impressed by this coasters theming, even if it seemed a bit out of place in Frontier Adventures. The audio worked perfectly for us (“The wheels on the bus” during the 360’s was hilarious) and the fire, near-misses, and fog machines were fantastic touches. I really liked this coaster’s sense of humor, putting it at a 7. But it paled in comparison to the next two.

El Toro-10
Yes my friends we have found it. The perfect coaster. There really is nothing wrong with this ride. So fast, so big, so twisty. My friend and I had a fit on this ride. Hands down, best ride I have ever ridden. The airtime on this ride is just plain massive. I have never ridden anything that compares to it. The curves at the end feel like I305 on wood. This ride has changed the way I look at coasters. You would think the ride is in fast forward. It is just an old-fashioned, rock- em’ sock-em, rip-snortin’ good time. El Toro rules.

Kingda Ka-9.5
Wow this is fast…in more ways than one. I swear this ride lasts 15 seconds. I really wish it had some overbanked turns or something. Ah well, guess I gotta deal with what it gave me, and well, what it gave me was an insane, in-your-face, ultimate thrill experience that I will never forget. The wind on this thing literally screams in your ears due to the fact that the darn thing goes 128 mph in 3.5 seconds! I truly believe the most thrilling part of the ride is not the peak of that humongous hill, but the launch. Then again, it really is amazing to look over the top of that pinnacle and see the parking lot 456 feet below you. That’s almost as nuts as the previous statement. We got so high up, my ears actually popped going over the top. I have never, ever ridden a thrill ride like that. Kingda Ka, you are a different animal that thrills beyond measure, giving you a 9.5

Green Lantern-4.5
This ride is terrible. Seriously, does anyone else agree stand-ups are really overrated? It was extremely bumpy, I blacked out twice, and the effects broke down in the middle of the ride. I hated this ride. Although, I will say it was a really cool sight as it is literally in the parking lot. But besides that, this ride is no better than Shockwave at Kings Dominion (once again, if you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about).

Overall, I really enjoyed Six Flags. The atmosphere is great, the thrills are incredible, and it was really a fantastic time. I will definitely be back.
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Can't believe you spent the money on a flash pass, let alone a gold one. If the park was packed to the brim I can kind of understand it, but there's really no need to waste money on them. It's my home park and even on the worst of days the longest line is usually 45 minutes to an hour (not counting Superman or Green Lantern).

Blackbeard's seats 40 not 48, but either way it's a pretty disorienting outdoor coaster. The train has an interesting way of going up over the hills and turns and the trees and shrubs really screw with the sense of speed.

Skull Mountain is definitely one of the most fun family coasters I've been on, the new scenery on the inside is actually all the old stuff brought back (if you waited in line you would've gotten an idea of what was in store). I picture it as a miniature Rock n' Rollercoaster really.

Batman is a lot of fun for a rather small coaster. Surprised you liked the "themeing" because it used to be a hell of a lot more impressive before they added flash pass line. You don't believe me read this.

Dark Knight is an indoor MACK Wild Mouse with a hell of a lot of themeing. It's actually really impressive how much they jammed into that building.

Glad you enjoyed Nitro! Definitely a lot of fun for a hyper and definitely gets the edge out on Apollo's. Would love to get some more B&M Hyper creds to my list so I can at least see if this is the best one.

Supes is the only ride worth using the flash pass for, and after a couple of rides most people keep riding only for the pretzel loop. Really all it's good for lately is rounding people up and keeping them there.

Bizarro is probably the oddest coaster in the park in terms of themeing, it definitely would've helped if you sat through the line and looked at the comic images that would give you background on why the coaster appears that way. I'm very surprised you had the sfx work while you rode because in the 30 visits I've made since 2010 none of them have worked, not even the misters or the flamethrowers.

El Toro definitely is one of the best woodies out there. Is it perfect, not by a long shot. You really can get a good comparison of how good it is after riding other greats like Phoenix, Thunderhead and Voyage. It plays like a different animal compared to other wooden coasters.

Honestly I'm happy you enjoyed the launch and all, but what is in it besides the speed? The only hype I hear about this is the launch, which isn't even all that forceful compared to what it used to do. It's no where near the most intense launch and really all it's there for is record whoring.

Green Lantern is definitely a love / hate ride. Blacking out is a little surprising considering you didn't do it on Batman or El Toro. I don't know what you mean by effects, the only thing it has is the mister at the bottom of the first drop. I've ridden Shockwave and frankly I enjoyed it. Green Lantern is the best stand-up I've been on of three (Mantis, GL and Shockwave respectively), which isn't really saying much but compared to my experience with Mantis Green Lantern is like the lord and savior.
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