Gotta say I was disappointed with La Ronde. Some parts of the park looked great and taken care of, but the rest was full of overgrown weeds. Anyone remember the flash pass line for Cobra? It didn't even seem like a path. Great pics Steve!
Moving right along, it's time to get back in the good ole U-S-of-A.
The last official day of the trip was a stop by The Great Escape in upstate New York, and also a bonus credit whoring run that would turn out to be the most epic credit whore stop.......maybe ever. But sticking with Great Escape for now, I actually REALLY liked the park, which made me feel dirty since I loathe Six Flags so much. The Six Flags was apparent in many ways, yet it seems the park has resisted getting fully "flagged" so far. There was beautiful landscaping all over, lots of charm left over from the Storytown days, and it just didn't "feel" like a Six Flags park in several areas of the park. However, it still had the slow operations that plague most SF properties, but that didn't matter too much since the park wasn't overly crowded.
As for the rides, Comet was most definitely the best coaster in the park. I will say that it didn't quite live up to my expectations, but I still thought it was one of the best traditional out and back coasters I've been on. Once it warmed up during the day, the airtime in the front row was fantastic, and the back row even had some good spots of airtime (as they typically don't as much on out and backs). I will say that one of the drops coming out of a turn around nearly ended my day during ERT when I rode in the very back, as it jackhammered enough to make my lower spine feel like someone has smacked it with a sledge hammer. It took me a little while to recover from that one. Besides that one drop, it was pretty smooth all around.
None of the other coasters were really that noteworthy. There was an Arrow mine train (boring), a Boomerang (typical), a kiddie coaster, a rather painful Intamin bobsled, and probably the most painful Arrow loop-screw I've ever been on. The log flume was pretty fun, and we got blasted by fellow TPR members on the water cannons (bastards!). The rest of the stuff I can cover in captions.
Here come the pics, and as always, my full album is here. Comments are very much appreciated, thanks for reading!
Whoa, nice sign. This can't be a Six Flags property, can it?
Whoa, nice entrance. This can't be a Six Flags property, can it?
Time for Comet ERT!
Um, Gary, the ride is over, you can put your hands down. :)
Neil gives Comet two thumbs up. Or is he giving me two thumbs up?
That electrified wood will get ya every time!
This is the proper time to have your hands up, Gary.
Jen, Neil, and Garbels look like they are about to have a good time. Piers looks like he is about to puke.
Jen, Neil, and Garbels looks like they are having a good time. Piers looks like he is about to puke.
Full hour of ERT rocks!
I swear we need a caption contest for this one.
"I hear he likes to handle big wood."
Intamin doesn't always make awesome rides......
Kinda hurt. Apparently this was on its way out, but has had an 11th hour stay of execution.
There was still a lot of Storyland stuff left over that Six Flags hasn't razed to the ground yet.
Alice in Bondage-land?
This creeped me out, and I was on a trip with 90 TPR members!
350th credit! With Ice Bat!
Sources have confirmed that this Cinderella's castle is indeed larger than the one at Disneyland.
Arrow mine trains always bring the pain!
Yep, coat hanger engineering at its finest.
Time for the Arrow loop-screw. Not sure if I've ever ridden one that didn't hurt.
But they always take nice pictures!
The log flume with the incomplete name.
Ok, who made the itinerary with all the boomerangs?? ;)
I don't think this one was horrible, but it's hard to remember with all the boomerang carnage that was going on during this trip.
One thing I did love about this trip was the abundance of S&S towers.
Google Earth was there!
We rode the Skycoaster, my 9th credit on those!
The two of them were shaking in their boots. But getting a Skycoaster credit with Skycoastin Steve is worth the fear! Jen already has a few with me, but it never hurts to get another one. :)
Manly pose on a Skycoaster, pretty much as badass as it gets. Honey badger isn't even as badass as that.
Time for a few bonus shots of Comet.
The GP doesn't go hands up like we do.
As I said, a high-quality classic coaster. Not the greatest, but still tons of fun!
Trannies on the Musik Express???
We're both Sasquatches, so this picture made sense.
Bonus credit run!
Little did we know what horrors awaited us......
Santa in August? Early Christmas?? Score!
Well I guess we ARE in New York.
Words, I have none.
Doesn't this technically mean the fry dude is eating himself???
This kinda looks like one of those Wii characters.
I'll have to invent a new word for the creepiness exhibited here.
At least the kids get to drive tanks!
Of all the things we rode, this might have scared me the most.
Apparently the coaster missed its lunch break today, as evidenced by the video below.......
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