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Trip Report 5/15/16

05/16/16 at 02:04pm in Trip Report 5/15/16 (Latest Edit: 05/16/16 at 02:05pm by netdvn.)
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Made a trip out here with a friend over the weekend thanks to Bring a Friend weekend.

Unfortunately with it being Bring a Friend weekend, it ended up being really crowded. Managed to get all my priority rides out of the way and got a few extra rides in during the time we spent at the park. Also had my 3DS screen crack thanks to an extra tight lapbar on El Toro. Not cool Six Flags, not cool. Phone also fell out of my pocket walking down the Nitro ramp. Its a little bent out of shape but Android devices are built like tanks so it still works even though the top part is completely split.

Dark Knight 2x - Fun dark ride, meh coaster. They should at least have a few scenes toward the end of the ride instead of moving around in complete darkness. 3/5

Batman 1x - Damn. This ride rocks my socks off. Tight elements make for a really intense ride. Made it into my top 10. 5/5

Nitro 2x - I've come to the realization that every B&M hyper is pretty much the same ride. Still fun but could use a little more. Also the midcourse brakes practically stopped the train so minimal air on the return run. 4.5/5

El Toro 2x - Holy shit. Took a little while to warm up but but it started in my top 10 and moved top 5 pretty quickly. 45 mins early on but went to 100 mins thanks to the slow ops in the station. 5/5

Safari Off Road - 120 min wait later in the day? Damn. Still a sweet ride nevertheless. Would've been nicer if the animals got close to the truck but it was cold out so everyone was out getting sun. 5/5

Kingda Ka 1x - The launch pretty much blows you away. The drop into the brakes has a nasty rattle but this ride is incredibly intense. Made it into my top 10. 5/5

Runaway Mine Train 2x - Fun as hell. Nice pop of air at the end of the ride. Also has a cool setting inside the fort and over the lake. One of the better classic Arrows I've ridden. 4/5

Houdini's Great Escape 1x - More parks should build cool rides like this. Well-themed, family friendly, cool elements. Imagine if BGW or Tampa got their hands on something like this. 5/5

I wish Joker was open. The ride looked pretty cool on the lakefront.

Skipped Bizarro thanks to the ride shutting down early and Sky Screamer thanks to the crazy crowds we had to deal with. Zumanjaro shut down the second we got on the ride. Maybe next time. Didn't really care for Skull Mountain, Superman, or Green Lantern so I skipped those out of choice.

Compared to SFA, Great Adventure is definitely the better of the two parks I've been to (and one of my favorite parks overall). Great ride selection, great location, great atmosphere. Crowds are definitely a problem, but that's what you get when you wanna save a bit of money. If I were to fix anything, Toro's operations were awful. Also half the park shut down early. Ka/Zumanjaro thanks to high wind gusts, Bizarro for technical issues, and the Safari because it closes early anyway.

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05/16/16 at 07:21pm in Trip Report 5/15/16
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Kingda Ka is a giant pile of trash. Record breaking solely for the point of record breaking is always bad.

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05/16/16 at 07:30pm in Trip Report 5/15/16
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Green lantern is a great stand up coaster, at least for me at 6'1. I wouldn't blame them for the 3ds. They do that to the lap bar for safety. With all the ejector air, you should be glad there's no shoulder harness.

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Alpengeist: 34 | Apollo's Chariot: 66 | Griffon: 21 | Loch Ness Monster: 26 | Total: 147
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05/16/16 at 07:32pm in Trip Report 5/15/16
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(05/16/16 07:30pm)Fur Dozy Wrote:  a great stand up coaster

Does not compute

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05/16/16 at 07:34pm in Trip Report 5/15/16
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Nicole just loves the thought of something bigger and faster than Mantis (her personal favorite roller coaster).

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05/16/16 at 07:39pm in Trip Report 5/15/16
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Mantis should have been burned to the ground. It was an atrocity.

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05/16/16 at 07:46pm in Trip Report 5/15/16
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It was very smooth and flowed well from my recollection.

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2010 Coaster Count:
Alpengeist: 34 | Apollo's Chariot: 66 | Griffon: 21 | Loch Ness Monster: 26 | Total: 147
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05/16/16 at 08:11pm in Trip Report 5/15/16 (Latest Edit: 05/16/16 at 08:11pm by netdvn.)
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Didn't really have much time to do all the coasters thanks to the crowds. We would've stayed longer if there wasn't a 6 hour drive home to deal with.

GL just wasn't really a priority along with Superman. Plus those rides had 100 min waits all day.

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05/16/16 at 08:41pm in Trip Report 5/15/16
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eek, the time I went it rained for a few hours in the morning, walk on for all ride except for kingda the rest of the day. Sounds like I got super lucky from what I've heard about crowds.

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2010 Coaster Count:
Alpengeist: 34 | Apollo's Chariot: 66 | Griffon: 21 | Loch Ness Monster: 26 | Total: 147
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08/22/16 at 06:43am in Trip Report 5/15/16 (Latest Edit: 08/22/16 at 06:44am by Washingtonian.)
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I was there recently, and frankly, I wasn't blown away by much.  Kinga Ka didn't feel 100+ MPH to me, but I liked the ride anyway.  Bizarro is pretty good.  I did notice the big rides ran multiple trains, so that helped in terms of speeding the line up, but of course, you would finish the ride and wait a while to get off.  Harley Quinn's Crazy Train, it is so short that you go around twice.  The Dark Knight ride was garbage.

This park needs more signage. I know there is an app, and maps are spread throughout, but some rides were hard to find and that shouldn't have been the case.
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