Day 3: My Brief, Exhilarating Career as a Coaster Escort
Saturday was a busy, very long day for me. I planned to do the credit whore thing and go to 4 different parks in one day. I was really only interested in a couple of coasters, though, so these would be quick in and out trips. So since I was credit whoring only the best coasters, it’s a bit classier. Classier credit whoring deserves a classier title: Credit escorting.
My day as a credit escort began back at Six Flags Great Adventure, where I again got the hour of ERT. Today was El Toro, Bizarro, Mine Train, and Safari Adventure, so I of course spent the whole hour on El Toro, and left right as the park was opening for general guests. This was one of the best ERT experiences I’ve ever had—we could just stay on forever, as there never was enough to fill an entire train, let alone get any line.
Who's ready for ERT on El Diablo?
This one's not as loopy, but it's absolutely amazing.
You know, I just might. Probably not too soon, but Great Adventure is a really great park.
Next I headed down to the famous Jersey Shore. First up was Casino Pier. The website had advertised that they would open at 11AM, but, er, they didn’t. So I took advantage of this time to get my first slice of good pizza. I got it from that restaurant where the carousel is. Can’t even remember the name of it. Really good! It’s probably not actually good, I just come from the land where if it ain’t fried, you prolly shouldn’t et it.
On to Seaside Heights!
I'm definitely on the Jersey Shore!
Woohoo! My first boardwalk!
It's pretty, but there aren't too many people yet.
I didn't go onto this beach. Besides the lack of time, I'm not paying the mafia for a beach tag.
Uh...yeah. Website said 11, and then they change their game here.
Well, not much else to do until noon, I guess.
They have a carousel in the middle of this restaurant/arcade.
Holy crap, seriously?
No way. I have it on good authority that everything is legal in New Jersey.
New Jersey pizza credit!
Guess I'll walk along the boardwalk a bit now.
Shore shot. The puns are strong with this one.
Finally the rides got started and I ran in to plunk down my $10 (yeah…these boardwalks are super expensive) for Hydrus. It’s a really great ride, basically a shorter version of SpongeBob. I could totally re-ride this again and again if it weren’t $10 a pop.
Woohoo! Pier is open!
And straight to Hydrus.
Hydrus is fantastic!
And with that I ran back to the car to head out toward the parkway. Glad I got here right at opening, as the traffic headed toward the shore was now insane. It was bad enough when I arrived, but wow. People apparently love them some Jersey Shore action.
Two hours down the parkway, I came to my next stop in Ocean City, for Gale Force! This is a brilliant little coaster, totally unlike anything I’ve ever been on. Again I would re-ride this again and again if it weren’t $10 a pop.
Lucked out in Ocean City with a meter that still had some time left.
And through the arcade to the rides.
There are a lot of rides in a very small area.
Some of them looked pretty fun, but there are better versions at Moreys, and unlimited rides too!
In and out and on to Wildwood!
Again, I went back into my car immediately. I’d say I spent a grand total of like 15 minutes at the park, something I just never do. But that’s coaster escorting!
Overall, this was worth it. I rode three fantastic rides in a row, and I really wasn’t actually interested in any other rides at Casino Pier or Playland’s Castaway Cove, especially at those prices. Plus, I had a wristband for Morey’s and was really wanting to spend the majority of my day there. And so I drove southward down the Garden State Parkway toward the legendary Wildwoods to meet up with the legendary Coasterbill, Boldikus, and their fiancées.
That pizza slice looks like it came from Three Brothers. That's my mom's favorite place, she used to make us stop there every time we went to Seaside. There are better places, IMO, but you could've done a lot worse.
Shame you didn't ride Tropical Storm while you were at Playlands. That's hands down one of the best flat rides I've ever been on.
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