So with me having an action packed 2019 summer season, I figured I’d just put all my trip reports in this thread. Now I’m still a bit new to writing these so bear with me on the first few and pardon my shitty photography, I don’t feel like lugging a camera around parks with me so I just take a whole bunch of crappy iPhone pics. Without further ado, here’s a trip report from my homepark yesterday to kick this off
Six Flags New England, 6/30/2019
Now it’s rare that I ever go to parks by myself but since SFNE is close by and I had a Sunday to blow, I figured I’d head down to SFNE by myself. I actually really enjoy going by myself. I can ride whatever I want, go at my own pace, take as many pictures as I want and most importantly, I can ride Superman as many times as I damn well please.
Anyway I arrived a little after 11:30 and quickly made it through security and the front gate in about 5 minutes and started my day the same way I start any other day at SFNE, riding the greatest steel roller coaster ever built
The line was down the stairs leading into the station so I waited about 10 minutes for the 2nd to last row. As I’ve said in the SFNE thread many times before, the new wheels this ride has been using this year have it running faster than it has in years. This time was no different. Amazing drop, absolutely insane sustained ejector air in the first half including the 3rd hill where Superman decides for a split second it wants to be El Toro. The 2nd half of the ride is just a tangled mess of positive G’s and pops of ejector air. This ride has just about everything you want out of a hyper coaster and sure, the restraints so suck (they’re not anywhere near as bad as Skyrush), and the trains have developed a bit of a rattle, I don’t care this ride kicks all sorts of ass and is still one of the best coasters on the planet.
Since the station was pretty empty, I hopped into the row in front of me for another ride. For those who don’t know SFNE has begun to allow re-rides this year (praise the lord). Another terrific ride and since the crowds were still fairly low I walked around for a front seat ride. About a two cycle wait for the front. The ride is also great in the front but I much prefer the back. The first half of the ride is great in the front but the spaghetti bowl is so much better in the back of the train. The pops of air are better and I feel the positive G’s are much stronger in the back of the train.
After 3 rides on one of the greatest coasters ever built, I then headed up the ramp that runs around the spaghetti bowl section of Superman and took quite a few pictures, I then headed over another one of the greatest coasters ever built, Wicked Cyclone!
Small line was about half way down the stairs into the station and I was on the 2nd to last row of the orange train in about 10 minutes. One thing I noticed while waiting was that the blue train was running much faster than the orange one. The ride was still terrific on the orange train and was a laugh fest the whole way thru but you can really feel the exact moment the ride slows down on this train and it’s right at the first zero-g roll. The orange train kinda chugs thru the rest of the layout but as you’ll see later, totally different story on the blue train.
Since the line was still really short I went around again for a ride in the back seat, unfortunately got the orange train again but the ride was still great as always. I went around a 3rd time to try and get the blue train but as I was walking back up the ride went down so I decided to come back later and try for the blue train.
This ride is really amazing I just wish it could run at its peak more consistently
I then walked to the south end of the park (bypassing the two shitty boomerangs) to ride a Vekoma that doesn’t actually suck ass, Riddler Revenge!
This ride is really starting to grow on me
The gates had just opened as I got into the station so I hopped into the 2nd last row. The changes to the trains on this ride a few years ago completely changed this ride. It’s gone from something I could only bear to ride once every so often to a ride I’m down to take a spin on once a trip. Sure the train still tracks like complete shit and your body still gets jostled around a bit but the layout is really intense and now that there’s no head banging it’s a lot easier to enjoy. I used to be in the camp that they should bulldoze this thing for another coaster but I’ve really grown to like this ride and would be perfectly fine if it stays at the park much longer.
The park was still pretty quiet so I headed over the Batman and was greeted with no one in the station and hopped right onto the front seat. This is a solid floorless. I definitely prefer it in the back seat for yank thru all the elements but the front really amplifies the floorless aspect. It’s gotten a little rattly in the final corkscrews but it’s still a fun little ride with an absolutely amazing zero-G roll.
Since I haven’t ridden Joker yet this year and the place was empty, I decided to take spin on it. I’ve ridden 2 of this S&S free spins and I’m not a huge fan of either of them. Of the two I probably prefer Great Adventures installation as SFNEs flips a max of twice just about every time I’ve ridden it.
I got a whole car to myself on the green side and figured that way I’d be able to get a ton of flips. Yeah no. It flipped twice on the top section and then just kinda rocked back and forth the rest of the ride. If these things flipped 4 or 5 times I’d probably really enjoy them but the way they are now, they’re just kinda lame imo.
It amazes me how close to Joker Harley Quinn gets
At this point I need some Intamin ejector air again and headed back down to Superman for two more rides in the back two cars on the train. Warmed up a little more than it was earlier and delivering even better rides than earlier. God this thing is a masterpiece, I’ve ridden this coaster more than any other and I will absolutely never get sick of it.
After this I was a bit hungry and some storms were getting ready to roll in so I grabbed a bite to eat at the Primos in kids Kidzopolis and got a pretty shitty slice of pizza but it’s Six Flags food so it is what it is. The storms were about to roll in so as soon as I finished I rushed down to Superman to try and squeeze in one more ride.
Storms rolling in
There was no line and the second to last row on the train in the station was open so I hopped right on buckled in praying the thing didn’t close as I was buckling in which it didn’t and we were off. As soon as my train dropped off the lift BOOM BOOM. Two loud cracks of thunder but it was too late now. Usually riding in a thunderstorm would be cool but two rumbles of thunder was really all we got at the park as the storm was too the southeast but was close enough to close the rides.
I dicked around while waiting for rides to open and pretty much drained my phone battery so I figured as soon as the rides open I’d go grab one more Superman ride and then head home and charge my phone (since SFNE closed their charging station by Fireball to put a game in front of it..... because Six Flags)
Waited about 45 minutes for the rides to open back up but they once I looked up and saw a Superman train rocketing down the drop full of screaming riders, I high tailed it over to Superman before my phone died and got another phenomenal ride in the back seat. After this I headed out to the exit to get my hand stamped to return later (this time with 3 other people) for a night of riding and just random dicking about. Stay tuned for part 2!
Last edited by Chasehat on Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:03 pm.
Nice report! I was there last night for the final half hour on the way home from Lake George and narrowly got the last front row ride of the night on Superman. That's my preferred seat without question on Superman.
^I was on the 2nd to last train of the night as you’ll see when I finish the 2nd part of this report later. I guess you were lucky then because they were about to make my train the last one of the night until like 10 or so more people walked into the station.
I should also note that operations were very solid throughout the park all day yesterday. Shout out to the Batman crew, there was only two people checking the restraints but they were still getting the trains out in a very timely manner.
After heading back home to charge my phones and wait for a couple of friends to get out of work, we headed back into the park around 6:30 for a couple more rides until the park closed at 9. Joining me was my friend Sean, who is a fellow enthusiast tho not quite as hard core as I am, my girlfriend who I pretty much drag to parks against her will but she’s grown to like quite a few big name coasters, and another friend of ours Emma who goes to SFNE and Great Adventure quite a bit but still gets cold feet about some rides at both places.
As usual we headed for the glorious red Intamin in the back of the park. And waited about 15-20 minutes for the back 2 rows. Another absolutely wonderful ride, I just can’t get enough of this thing, I’m 4500 rides in on this thing and still will just never get old.
At this point I just completely forgot to take pictures so the rest of this is mostly going to be just one giant wall of text, sorry about that.
After that Intamin deliciousness, me and Sean wanted a spin on Wicked Cyclone and this is where the girls got cold feet. My girlfriend doesn’t like Wicked Cyclone at all (but absolutely loves El Toro, go figure) and Emma didn’t want to go on it because apparently she blacked out completely on her last ride on it because unbeknownst to us Wicked Cyclone mysteriously turned into I305. But, me and Sean got our way and we headed for Wicked Cyclone and waited about 20 minutes for the 2nd to last car.
This time I got the blue train and hot damn, I wish this ride could run like this all the time because of it did I would probably put it in my top 5. The pacing is absolutely relentless, the ejector air is delivered and droves and it is absolutely one of the best RMCs ever built when it runs like this. Surprisingly my girlfriend actually said she liked that lap which is surprising because of the 6 or 7 times she’s ridden it that was probably the most insane it was running but hey, not going to complain.
After Wicked Cyclone we take a stop at Pandemonium because why the hell not and waited about 15 minutes. I don’t really have much of an opinion on this ride. It’s a fun little spinner but the obscene like it gets all the time deters me from riding it more.
We then kinda just wandered for a bit and wanted to do Harley Quinn but Emma wasn’t having it so we settled for the Tea Cups instead. This backfired because me and Sean go hard on the tea cups and Emma started feeling nauseous and wasn’t feeling rides anymore. Sucks to suck I guess.
We then headed for a ride on Batman, well me and my girlfriend did, Sean stayed with Emma and baby sat her while we rode. Walked straight onto the 4th row and had another fun ride on this fun little floorless but definitely a lot rattlier than my front row ride earlier in the day.
Me and my girlfriend wanted one last ride on Superman and Emma still wasn’t feeling it. So unfortunately for Sean he went back out to the car with her while we went and ride the man of steel.
We got to Superman and of course it was having it’s usual Intamin bitch fit 15 minutes before the park closed. But of course, we waited it out and waited for 2 cycles for the back seat. What do I need to say that I haven’t already said about this thing? It’s just one of the best coasters on earth and at night it was running at its absolute peak. I rank this ride much higher than most people as you can tell by my signature but rides like this just reinforce why I have it so high.
And that was a awesome conclusion to a pretty great day at SFNE. I don’t normally spend 7-8 hours a day here anymore but it was nice to sit spend a nice full day at the park again. This park has made a lot of strides over the last few years to become more well rounded and the operations are much much better than the used to be.
That concludes my first trip report of the summer, stay tuned for more!
I’m back and with a bigger and better trip report from America’s roller coast! I spent a day and a half at the park and as you can imagine, it was absolutely terrific.
Cedar Point Day 1, 7/17/2019, part 1
After about a 4 hour drive from my friends house in Northwestern Indiana, me, my friend Jon, who’s sort of an enthusiast, and my friend Cam, who’s not enthusiasts but knows the basic shit about roller coasters, arrived at the Point around noon. We had planned to get there at opening but after a day full of walking around Chicago and some bleacher shenanigans at Wrigley Field the night before, we opted for more sleep.
Crappy entrance pick but we made it
Most people are going to shit a brick reading this and seeing our plan of attack for the park, but it wasn't that busy so it didn’t really matter anyway. We started our day of with the original Giga, the absolutely phenomenal, Millennium Force!!
This lift hill is mesmerizing to look at
I’d heard all the enthusiasts complaining about this ride over the years. Many love it, many wrongly crap on it. Before I ever got to ride it, even I was in the camp that was like “no way it’s anywhere close to one of the best coasters on earth”. I rode it last summer and the thing blew me away and I’ve been chomping at the bit to ride it again.
There was a station wait and we hopped in the back two rows, and just like last year this ride kicks ass. The drop is the best drop, outside of El Toro, I’ve ever experienced! It has loads of airtime and the positives at the bottom are very strong and they’re sustained through the entirety of the huge overbank right after it. Another complaint about this ride is that it’s airtimeless and wow, who knew, that was also completely off base as well. This ride has a ton of floater air, strong floater air too, I’d say it’s better than most B&M hyper air. Sure it’s not thigh crushing ejector air, but it’s still got plenty of air time. The speed is just ridiculous and the ride is so good at sustaining it through the entire ride. Millennium Force rocks and is still one of the best coasters ever! I’ll add, I still prefer Superman the Ride, since these two rides have been compared a lot over the last 20 years. The first drop and first overbank is better on Millennium but after that it’s all Superman for it’s ejector air and positive G filled helixes.
Good lord this drop is something
Alright alright, onto the main event, Steel Vengeance! When I rode it last year I thought it was amazing, but I didn’t get those best coaster on earth vibes from it everyone and their mother has, albeit I only rode it once last year.
Oh wow, I bet you’ve never seen this angle before
Amazingly, the ride was a station wait, yes that’s how dead it was, Steel Vengeance was a station wait. We hit the jack pot with crowds yesterday. We waited one cycle for the back seat, strapped our phones in the pouches on the seats (take notes Great Adventure) and we were off on what many consider the best coaster on the planet. Now this is going to trigger people but, this first ride was really really underwhelming. I’m assuming it was just because it wasn’t fully warmed up yet but while it had plenty of airtime, it wasn’t all that strong and after the midcourse it felt like the ride was really chugging. Still a great ride but I didn’t get off completely mind blown.
Since it was still a station wait, we decided to run around and try it again in the front, waited about 3 cycles. The ride is a lot different up there and it was equally underwhelming. The 3 of us are all huge El Toro fans and we all agreed we’d take the bull over Steel Vengeance. I did say we’d come back and try it later after it’d been running all day, stay tuned to see what we thought of it at night.
It was balls hot out, so we were stopping and grabbing water after just about every ride, so after being disappointed by Vengeance, we grabbed some water and headed next door to the wildest ride in the west, Maverick! We waited about 30 minutes and since most of the queue is covered, it was a nice break from the heat.
I thought this ride was amazing last year but hot damn, I’m guessing the blazing heat was a blessing in disguise because Maverick was running like an absolute bat out of hell. The ride is just a blinding assault of crushing positive G’s, ejector air, wild laterals, and inversions. The launch is absolutely ridiculous on this coaster and the second half of the ride after the launch is one of the best sequences of elements on any coaster anywhere. The 3 of us were stunned and I said as soon it hit the brakes I exclaimed “F*ck Steel Vengeance, this is the best coaster here!” This ride really really brings the crazy, build one of these things at SFNE PLEASE.
This thing is insane lol
We then walked back over towards Millennium Force to do Rougarou and really, we just did this because Frontier trail is pretty well shaded and it was hotter than the surface of the sun outside. Headed up to loud orange B&M floorless and walked right into the middle row. This ride oddly gets a lot of hate for being really rough, once again I don’t get the complaints at all... a little bit of rattle here and there, but rough? Absolutely not. While I prefer Bizarro, this ride still has a really good layout and pulls a decent amount of forces for a B&M. I never rode it as Mantis but I’m going to assume it’s miles better now, considering I wish Great Adventure’s Green Lantern would get hit by an asteroid and wipe its existence from this planet.
I have no idea why there’s the glare from the sun, blame my trash photography skills
Since Millennium Force is right there, we decided to hit that up again. We waited about 30 minutes since it was only one train but since the park wasn’t that busy and we needed to blow time until hotel check in, it wasn’t that big of a deal. Sat in the back car again got another absolutely wonderful ride! This ride gets way to much hate nowadays, it kicks ass!
Our check in for our hotel was at 4 o’clock, which was a blessing for Cam and Jon because both of them were about to pass out from the heat. I opted to stay in the park while those two went and checked in and cooled off a bit and took a quick nap. So I went off by myself and continued my riding spree with a pretty uncrowded Cedar Point on my hands!
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