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Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:06 pm
by bert425
interrupting my Japan report for an update to the Texas thread:

so Friday was chilly and nasty in Texas (low 40's and light rain/mist all day).

it was also a day I had already put in for Vacation, to make use of my last "use it or lose it" day before year end several weeks back.

I had talked Nick into also taking the 20th off, and decided we'd go to San Antonio for the day.

SFFT didn't open up until 5pm, but since had never actually gotten to go to the San Antonio Zoo (opening at noon) together -- despite multiple tries over the past 16 years. . something *always* happened and we didn't make the trip.

So I was annoyed at the weather, that was showing heavy rain, and just plain nastiness hitting the area on Friday.

but I had told Nick that regardless, I wanted to go, and likely would even if he didn't (he *HATES* cold weather). Tho had agreed if it was pouring, that likely would blow off the zoo and maybe I'd just head down in the evening - not that I wanted to deal with afternoon traffic on a Friday, in poor conditions, just before a Holiday week.

but I *really* wanted to see the Holiday lights up at Fiesta Texas. (and I love zoos, and hadn't been to the San Antonio one, even by myself, in over a decade).

upon waking up on Friday morning and checking the weather? yes, it looked like it was going to be chilly and drizzly, but all the heavy rain was going to slide to our East, more towards Houston. . . so with my superpower of "Jewish Guilt"?

was able to convince Nick to bundle up, and we hopped in the car for the ~2 1/2 hour drive to San Antonio (traffic was still pretty slow due to conditions, and we pulled off to grab a bite to eat in New Braunfels around 12:30, so that added 45 minutes to the drive).

but soon enough, we pulled into the San Antonio Zoo.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:26 pm
by bert425
12/20 trip continued

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:46 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report!

Fiesta Texas's holiday show looks quite a bit different than the ones at New England and Great Adventure. The one up here is a combination of music and dancing and stunts.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:42 am
by bert425
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

Fiesta Texas's holiday show looks quite a bit different than the ones at New England and Great Adventure. The one up here is a combination of music and dancing and stunts.


thanks.

as to the "big" show. . . as I always say, Texans love their "Church". . . even with the small audience, the crowd actually applauded when Mary gave 'birth' and they announced Jesus was born.

a little strange, since we're not all that religious. . but as noted, the voices were mostly excellent. So it was well worth seeing :)

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:31 pm
by bert425
So. . yesterday was my Mom's Yahrzeit (the anniversary of her Death).

it's been 3 years, but is still a really tough day for me.

So instead of just sitting at home and staring at the candle i lit in her memory (and being depressed), I hopped in the car, and headed to Fiesta Texas - Spouse didn't come with, as we're having some work done at the house, and he wanted to stay here to monitor


as I put it on Facebook: "think I'm gonna drive down to Fiesta Texas for a couple of hours and ride a roller coaster, instead of being depressed."


they were only open from 10:30- 6pm (but were hosting some Membership benefit from 6-7), so figured I'd stay 3-4 hours, and try some of the Mardi Gras food offerings, since on dining plan.

Ended up being the perfect day to go. . . not only the typically dead Sunday mornings (pre-church), but it never did get busy (if members were coming out for the ERT, they waited until late afternoon to show up), and as the weather was absolutely GORGEOUS - 1st nice day this year. . . folks apparently did other things rather than go to a theme park.

petty much everything was walk on (I rode WW 4X and twice didn't even have to get out of my seat to walk around, since no one was in line). . . Iron Rattler twice (sadly, they are still running only 1 train, so even station wait took a good 15 minutes. .it was nuts!. . .but when I got back and the guy I was sharing with got out, I asked if I could stay in the seat since no one was waiting in my row - 3rd from back - so got two rides in a row).

Joker was almost walk on too, tho it went down a few times while I was there, and I ended up waiting ~15 minutes for them to reset and cycle a few times. People will NEVER learn not to pull down on the restraint, even tho they announce that over and over.

Superman, Poltergeist, Skyscreamer.. pretty much EVERYTHING was walk on.

the only rides that were down? Gully Washer (rapids), and the Train.

did a lap of the park, riding things. . . ate lunch, met Sylvester and Tweety, and then headed out by 3:30 pm.

all in all, I left my house at 10:15 am, got to park at 11:45. . . left park at 3:30, and pulled into the house right at 5pm.
And got a good amount of rides in.

checked out the construction for the new Daredevil Dive "air-race" type ride - foundation is poured, and checked out the refurbs they have been doing on Bug's Whitewater Rapids (all animatronics on the flume working, and the new queue looks GREAT) as well as Pirates of the Deep Sea (all targets working, new guns - tho hard to aim, at least they are period appropriate - and repainted cars that look fantastic).

on to the pics:

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:00 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Nice report! Sorry to hear about your mom.

That was not the section of the park I expected the air race. I was expecting it to be over by the boardwalk for some reason.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:55 am
by bert425
Canobie Coaster wrote:Nice report! Sorry to hear about your mom.

That was not the section of the park I expected the air race. I was expecting it to be over by the boardwalk for some reason.


thanks.

I'm thrilled they are putting it there, since Crackaxle has been in desperate need of flats for a long, long time.
to be even clearer, they are in desperate need of "family" flats - since the only non-coasters on that side of the park, are the two kiddie rides in front of Iron Rattler, Gully Washer Rapids (that is often down in "winter" months) and the Train Station.

so DareDevil Dive still doesn't address that problem.

I've been saying (in park surveys that I get after every visit) for YEARS now - CrackAxle needs a family ride, why not put a next gen Trabant in the space where that radio station building is over by the entranct to Diamond Lil's? It would easily fit, and the park hasn't had a Trabant since they removed the one from Boardwalk in the 2010 timeframe. . .(or maybe it was sooner than that). Theme it to a Wagon Wheel. .presto, fits right into the area.


but yeah, they moved Slingshot over to the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk (back where it used to be, funnily enough), and are putting DareDevil Dive on the old Enterprise ride pad, over in CrackAxle.

So even tho it's not a "family" flat? I'm glad to have a new flat on that side of the park.

Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:48 pm
by bert425
So. . 1st time back in the park since end of January! (1st time in ANY park, really, since Covid).

wow. . really can see the difference in the pics in prior update for DareDevil Dive and the complete ride from yesterday (8/22).. can likely also see the difference in me, since I'm 43 lbs lighter now. LOL. . but the mask hides my slimmer face :P

anyways, some quick take aways before the pics:


- of COURSE for the 1st time in months, central Texas got heavy rain today in the morning - so the park was way more crowded than I had hoped for, since no one really went into the waterpark until after the afternoon sun heated things up ~3pm. So yeah, there were some pretty long lines resulting in my bypassing some coasters (Goliath, Superman), and some flats (Joker).

-- the Halloween Decorations are already up in the main plaza (in August!)

- everything other than the mini-teacups, Pirates of Deep Sea, and Supervillain Swings was operating (the swings were up and down thruout the day, and they were *trying* to get it running. . but something mechanical going on. I happened to Notice Park President Jeffery Siebert looking at it while I was in the Joker line earlier in the day (before bailing) and waved him over to say hello, compliment him on how great the new ride looks, and ask about Supervillain Swings, and he told me they were working on getting it up). But it went down again while I was in line for it.

-- the park is doing a fantastic job in terms of Covid steps: -Hand Sanitizer stations *everywhere* .
-Flats sprayed down every hour with sanitizer spray (then cycled to dry off)
-Several areas set up to remove masks if needed for a short time.
-Extra outdoor seating set up near restaurants that have indoor dining rooms.
-Announcements on rides, reminding people they must wear masks at all times, including DURING the ride, and please maintain distance in line.

of course, they can't police selfish guests - so there were many (MANY) walking around with masks off (sipping beer or soda - to get around the mask loophole of "not needed while eating or drinking"). And just as many wearing mask below their nose - despite every announcement saying "mask must cover mouth AND nose".

So yeah. . did my best to avoid these morons, tho hard to do in a ride line.

-- Speaking of Covid precautions - the distancing on rides is *really* impacting capacity. Even with many coasters running 2 trains - with every other row blocked? the lines move slow.
-Wonder Woman only has 2 trains right now(the 3rd is being refurbed) - and any group of 3 or more get their own train. it's painful to watch 5 empty seats go out, when there's a long line
- some flats also impacted: Joker (which seats 40 I think) was cycling with 12 or less riders - depending on how the groups were coming in (that's why I ditched the line and went to WW instead). The Disc-O had a similar issue (tho I waited and rode that anyways, as the line was pretty short).

-- so yeah. If it's a rare opportunity to visit SFFT? I'd recommend spend the $$ for FlashPass

-- the new ride looks AMAZING. And completely ready to go. I won't be surprised if it opens in the next few weeks (quietly). Fantastic theming - even if I still say Steampunk is weird for CrackAxle area. Even the sign is automated - the Propeller Spins. a bunch of pics of it below.