I did not know Skycoastin' Steve had fanboys, creepy. Cool report, you can see in the pictures how humid it was, the humidity seriously was killing me. Waiting for your next update, guess I should work on mine.
I agree, Wooden Warrior was such a surprise and a huge hit! Quassy was a great little park with quite a few rides. And Boulder Dash at Compounce? Wow, it was just, wow, yea. That triple up at night? Heavenly. Can't wait for more pics!
Moving right along, we had made it to Bizarro Bash at SFNE, which would be quite an..........interesting day for me.
Let me preface all this by saying that I am 6'5", which is 77", which is 1 inch taller than the max height restriction for Bizarro. More on that later.
Upon arriving at SFNE, we waited for a little bit outside the entrance for all the Bash stuff to get organized, and then we were walked back for our ERT on Bizarro, the new Wild Mouse, and Batman. We went straight for Bizarro, and upon arriving, found out we had to purchase fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo.s for ERT. Really? For ERT? Whatever. So we did that, and then the fun began. They had someone at the entrance to the ride measuring people (which is fine, "safety" and all), and despite them KNOWING that a few of us were too tall, let us on anyway (which obviously made me happy). They also had one train running for a group of almost 200 people (yay, go Six Flags). So we rode Bizarro, had fun despite the horribly uncomfortable lapbars, then went to the Wild Mouse. This was also another ride that several of us were too tall for, but they let us ride anyway (remember that for later). Then we did Batman (meh) and the waterpark ERT (which was excellent, my first water coaster and the funnel slides are always awesome!).
Once the park opened and the flood of GP came pouring in (park was packed), we started using our Gold Flash Pass. Thank goodness for those things and ERT, otherwise we would have basically ridden nothing all day. Slow crews, several rude employees, hardly any employees I would describe as polite, dirty bathrooms and walkways, no shade ANYWHERE (except for the lunch pavilion). At some point we went and rode Bizarro again, and I was let through the entrance again by the height checker who LITERALLY looked at the top of my head and her height stick as I walked by and just shrugged. I think at that point I had ridden it three times without getting denied.
For some of the other rides, Cyclone had AWESOME airtime in the back car on the first drop (even if it hurt), and the rest of the ride was just OK. The new section of topper track was incredibly smooth, and I'd like to see more parks using this in the future. Thunderbolt wasn't anything special, and it was pretty rough. The boomerang and SLC were typical Vekoma offerings. I did really like Pandemonium, as the Gerstlauer spinners are leaps and bounds better than the Zamperla spinning mouse coasters. I know at some point we also did Houdini, which was one of the most bizarre rides I've ever been on, but still lots of fun. We also got the two kiddie credits and did the S&S tower a couple times.
Back to Bizarro. At various other points during the day, I started getting denied for being too tall. Once was by the rude kid at the entrance, and another time a different girl was at the entrance, measured me, said I was OK, I waited half an hour in the Flash Pass line, and then got re-measured by one of the ops on the platform and I was sent packing. So by this point, I said screw it for Bizarro until night time ERT. During night time ERT, I made it through fine and got three rides in, including one in the front row, and not once was I checked for height (and this is with at least two supervisor/manager type people in the station). The fourth time I come back around, sit down in the train, and the little bitchy female ride op in the station has me get out and get measured. Of course, I was too tall, and unable to ride the rest of ERT even though I had ridden three times already right in front of them.
Someone asked them why they have the max height in place even though there are ZERO issues with clearance on the ride (I rode hands up every time and never came close to hitting anything). Their answer? "It's for efficiency, we don't want anyone that could possibly not fit in the restraints to get in line." OK, for starters, that kinda makes sense. But here's a good idea for increasing efficiency: GET FASTER RIDE OPS. I will admit that the lapbars were REALLY tight on my legs, but I was able to get it far enough down to lock properly every single time. So what's the issue? If you see someone that might be too tall, have them sit in the test seat (just like people who might be too large), and if the lapbar goes down far enough, let them ride!!!! Once again, Six Flags' lack of common sense shines through. And for comparison, Superman at SFA has the exact same max height and I've never been denied. Not once.
That ended up being a bit wordy, but if you can imagine my frustration the entire day when I was the proper size to fit in the kiddie coaster, but couldn't even ride one of the top steel coasters in the country, it was bad. And I do want to say that Robb and Elissa put on a KICK ASS event for us, I just felt bad that the park basically ruined it for me. I don't see myself going back to that park any time soon.
Here come the pictures, full album can be found on facebook here.
To start the day, KidTums was obviously a bit tuckered out, so she had pallbearers carry her down the Trident steps.
Entrance to the park, basically the same exact entrance as SFA.
Time for ERT on Bizarro, get your money ready! And get ready to wait for our one train!
Hey, there are six flags! These would change later..........
Ridiculous first drop in the back. Almost to the point where it almost seems like it was a mistake.
You can see the old first drop underneath the current first drop.
Foghorn Leghorn was always my favorite, so this cracked me up.
I loved how the line went through the structure.
This looked rather interesting, but since Boulder Dash had turned our thighs into mush the night before, and Bizarro was doing the same this morning, we decided to skip what we heard was mainly a "really painful ride for your thighs."
Gerstlauer spinners get the Skycoastin' Steve Stamp of Approval. Any ride that gets the SSSOA is A-OK!
These are so much better than the Zamperla spinners. And these have airtime hills.
The subtitle for this trip should have been "Vekoma Tour 2011."
You're too tall for Bizarro? No problem, you aren't too tall for the kiddie coaster!
I usually give old woodies the benefit of the doubt, but there wasn't much benefit on this ride.
I say, I say, I say.....
Crappy picture, not sure why I kept it for this update.
I don't want to.
S&S combo tower, these are terrific. Except later in the day they were only launching instead of combo-ing. Odd.
I'll give you $100 if you can tell me which direction it's going.
See? I told you the flags would change.
If you go to this park and don't take this picture, Foghorn Leghorn will smack you silly.
Someone left their hair in the Bizarro queue.
I didn't realize it when I was taking the picture, but you can see the tops of Neil and Kim's heads in the 2nd row.
I did like how the 2nd half of the ride interacted with the midway.
This ride did have an extraordinary amount of airtime.
And now for a random milestone, this was my 250th steel coaster.
I highly considered making love to this statue.
The world would be a better place without these.
Neil took this while Jen and I were getting our minds erased. Nice shot, Neil!
This is what four TPR members look like after their minds have been erased. And yes, it's huge.
I don't know if it was the beer I chugged at lunch or the skull bashing that occurred on the ride, but I wish I could remember riding this.
Best Q-Bot group EVAR! And yes, it's huge.
Hopefully they didn't have to pay by the letter for that sign.
This ride wouldn't fall out of Superman, it has three legs.
Photo walkback! These are always fun to do.
Normally, if you tried to get this picture and you weren't at a TPR event, you would be ejected from the park. Take that, GP!
"Dorks of the world, assume the position!"
I always wondered what a photo walkback looks like from the perspective of the rider. Knowing the GP's intelligence level, they probably thought we were filming a commercial.
I'm glad those people survived busting through that big sign.
I do like this shot.
I was surprised by how much force was in this turn.
As you can see, it was a sunny day. One without a lick of shade. This park made Cedar Point and Carowinds look like national forests in comparison.
I spy with my hazel eye, TPR members in rows 2 and 3!
Bizarro and the S&S tower dueling to the death. Bizarro has killed before, so my money is on that one.
Zero-g roll THROUGH THE TRACK!
Cyclone near sunset.
Up close look at the topper track, this stuff was great!
"Even though you've ridden it 6 times today, you can't ride anymore cause you're too tall. LOLZ."
Bizarro is now #5 in my steel rankings, still behind MF, 305, Maverick, and X2.
I edited my Bizarro Bash TR after reading yours - I think I was a little too nice! If the height restriction policies made more sense - and were consistently adherred to - then different story. Sorry to hear you had such an annoying time - idiotic policies and employees can really fuck up your day.
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