Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby HWFan » Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:15 pm

Any particular reason you chose not to stop at SFSTL? I figure it's pretty much on your way from SFGAm to SDC and WoF. I know it's not an amazing park, but I think that even a couple hours to ride Mr. Freeze and American Thunder would be worth it when you have a Season Pass anyway.

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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby rubysparkles » Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:43 pm

HWFan wrote:Any particular reason you chose not to stop at SFSTL? I figure it's pretty much on your way from SFGAm to SDC and WoF. I know it's not an amazing park, but I think that even a couple hours to ride Mr. Freeze and American Thunder would be worth it when you have a Season Pass anyway.


I'm flying from SFGAm to Kansas City, not driving. I'd love to go on Mr Freeze, but I'm relying on someone else's car and schedule while I'm there.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby rubysparkles » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:29 am

Ok it's been a long time since I updated, but I did get back to Six Flags Great Adventure. Thanks to social media I saw that Kingda Ka had reopened (along with that drop tower I was not going to go on). So on the 4th July, after watching the parade in Philadelphia, I ran over to the best Six Flags I've been to. I was lucky as the next day I was leaving the area and heading up through New York to New Haven for my next coaster base. I took advantage of very short lines to go on El Toro again a few times.

Kingda Ka was everything I expected, not the best ride but still something about knowing it's the tallest in the world adds to the experience. The surprising thing about KK was that the line was only 20 minutes!

Score for my missed credit of Kingda Ka: 8 (hey I really like launches...)
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby rcjp » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:09 pm

^Where did you sit on KK? I went there last summer with flash pass and waiting for the front alone (once in the station) was around 20 minutes.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby rubysparkles » Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:17 pm

I hadn't done much research on Quassy, it's a very small park that seemed to be more popular for the water park section than the rides. I think it was probably the smallest park I visited on the whole trip, there weren't many rides at all. I bought enough tickets to go on Wooden Warrior twice and was too embarrassed to ride kiddie coaster. I only spent a really short time here. My rides on Wooden Warrior were: meh. The back was better than the front, there was a little bit of barely-there airtime but it seemed rough for such a tiny and fairly new coaster. It wasn't really rough, just rougher than I expected. I don't think it was really worth the drive out there.

Wooden Warrior: 5

Lake Compounce was a bigger park and had free soda! I wasn't blown away by the park but it was still worth visiting. My biggest regret is not sticking around for a night ride on Boulder Dash, but I would have had to stay at the park for a fair few hours to do that.

Boulder Dash was good, but didn't blow me away. I guess my expectations were too high. I'd still put it up there with some of the best that I've been on, it just wouldn't be that high, some great pops of airtime but also some places where I expected airtime and there was none. Also the operations were really slow, which dulled the overall experience. Zoomerang was a nice looking boomerang, a bit rougher than the one I had been one previously but the forces when it was going backwards through the loop were more intense. Wildcat was, um, terrible. There was nothing enjoyable about it, the layout was boring and it was painful.

Zoomerang: 5
Wildcat: 3
Boulder Dash: 8 (I have a feeling this would be higher if I had ridden at night)
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Quassy's map
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The kiddie coaster Little Dipper.
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Ride sign.
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Wooden Warrior seats.
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Potato Patch fries were awesome but not something I could eat all the time.
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Zoomerang.
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I love these trains.
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Boulder Dash's last stretch.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby rubysparkles » Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:20 pm

rcjp wrote:^Where did you sit on KK? I went there last summer with flash pass and waiting for the front alone (once in the station) was around 20 minutes.


Not the front row. I went on twice and both were wherever there were less people. Maybe I got lucky and the short queues were because it had recently reopened? It wasn't busy at SFGAdv on the 4th of July, it had been very busy the week before when I had visited.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby mightypotato » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:43 pm

It's a shame you didn't get to ride Boulder Dash at night. It is absolutely insane and awesome at night. It's a night and day (pun FULLY intended) difference.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby Barge84 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:24 pm

I share your opinion on Boulder Dash. Really good ride, but not the amazing experience that I'd always heard about. Maybe I need to get some night rides on it.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:03 pm

Boulder Dash was awesome, but back in 2009 when I rode it, it kind of hurt my brain stem. Not sure if it's been re-tracked or anything since, but that inhibited it's enjoyability a bit for me.

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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby i<3coasters » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:21 am

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