boldikus wrote:Great reports. I don't think I'd make the trek (4+ hours) to this park with WC and Supes closed, but it looks like they put on a great event and I hope it remains successful.
Alternatively I am considering trying to make the trek down to your Six Flags since they have a hyper coaster open this time of year.
I am just hoping the event is successful enough that maybe Wicked Cyclone could be added in future years. As amazing as the views from Sky Screamer would be, I could see that being one heck of a frigid experience this time of year.
Six Flags New England held their media day for the park's first ever Holiday in the Park this past weekend and TPR was there to cover the festivities. Like other Six Flags HITP events the entire park isn’t open but a large section of it is. This includes several of the parks coasters.
The ones running were Batman, Flashback, Mind Eraser aka Riddler?, Joker & Thunderbolt. The Great Chase is open for the little ones or those who are all about grabbing a credit. Other thrill rides and several of the kiddie rides are also open. For me having coasters open in December in New England is enough to say sign me up!
However after attending SFNE’s Holiday in the Park I have to say that the coasters became an afterthought once inside. My first impression was just WOW! The park looks incredible. A ton of thought and detail has been put into all of the lighting, displays, shows and general entertainment. The first thing we did upon arrival was to go to the special media day showing of the park’s main holiday show called Frost - A Holiday Cirque Extravaganza. In a nutshell it’s basically a variety show with singing, dancing, trampolines and other Cirque type performances set to several remixed holiday tracks. It runs for approximately 30 mins non stop. Having a true show in the park was a welcomed addition. I found it very entertaining and definitely recommend checking it out.
Another awesome sighting was that Six Flags President & CEO, Jim Reid-Anderson, was also at the park. He was with several Six Flags employees including SFNE’s Park President John Winkler. When we exited the theater I ran into Jim. All I have to say is what a friendly and awesome guy. I didn’t want to take up to much of his time but when we started talking he just encouraged the conversation. You can see that he’s really into the parks and I enjoyed our brief conversation. I could have definitely continued on for a while.
After that we headed down to the park’s Kringle Way Tree, which is set up in front of Goliath, for the tree lighting ceremony. At this point you could see how well attended HITP was. After this we took our time and just walked the park taking in the sights, sounds and smells. Yup they have sections of the park with specific holiday scents!
This was the first time that I’ve ever gone to SFNE and rode only one ride. To boot it was Flashback, a Boomerang, which at that point had no line. Outside of that we just spent several hours walking the park and enjoyed it.
Just wanted to give a huge thanks to the park for inviting TPR and to Robb for having us cover it. As always the awesome Jen McGrath and the rest of the SFNE team put on a great event. I also want to again thank Mr. Jim Reid-Anderson for being so friendly and willing to chat. That’s what the holidays are supposed to be all about! Six Flags New England has another hit on their hands. I highly recommend a visit to SFNE’s Holiday in the Park.
Here's a bunch of photos, hopefully not overkill, of HITP. These really don't show how great the park looks.
TPR's back in Agawam
We're ready to check out SFNE's Inaugural HITP
Some cool swag handed out to the media attendees.
Here's some shots from the Frost show.
This dudes balancing act was nuts.
All sorts of crazy trampoline fun.
After the show SFNE's Communications Manager, Jen McGrath and Park President, John Winkler said a few words.
As mentioned SF's President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson was also in attendance. Thanks again for being so awesome Jim!!!! Sorry for the poor photo quality. Not sure what happened with this one.
Lots of S'more pits throughout the park.
This is where you can meet the big man.
Here's several pics around the park.
Now we're ready for the Kringle Way Tree lighting.
So were a whole bunch of other people!
Let's light this thing!
There it is with a side of Goliath in the background.
Hi Superman. See you in April!
Pretty cool walk through ornament.
The Polar Playland area was really done up well for the kiddo's.
A little love for the last few days that Buzzsaw will be doing this.
According to the Dippin' Dots guy big changes are coming to the South End In 2018.
It's Mind Eraser
I wonder why its sign is in green ????????????????
More of Gotham's finest.
Harley Quinn will be making her debut here next year.
Some more of the festive fun.
Totally Kickin' Chicken has been converted into the Snowflake Soup Company for HITP.
Here's more views of HITP.
Good night SFNE. Absolutely loved HITP. Hope it continues to grow for years to come. For all those in the area also don't forget that on December 31st the park will be having Fireworks starting at 8:30 p.m.
Last edited by Sluggo77 on Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:09 pm.
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