Hey guys!! Sorry I haven't updated in a while, I'm obscenely backed up on trip reports because frankly I don't feel like doing them anymore!
Anyways, I started this one a while ago so I'm finally finishing it for yall.
Its no secret that we love HITP and have gone multiple times the last few seasons, but after such a fabulous birthday visit, and with the horrors of the holidays fast approaching, a return seemed unlikely and to be honest I would have been perfectly happy with that as my last park visit of 2018.
Bill & Brit started hinting via text that they were hoping to continue our tradition of one last visit on closing day, which has typically fallen on New Years Day these last couple of seasons. The weather would be cold but clear, and unless you're into casually racist street parades
, there isn't much to do in Philly on New Years Day because everything is closed.
Early New Years morning I got a text from Brit asking if my Busch Williamsburg platinum pass was still active. I knew exactly what that meant: after the last year or so of badgering them, they were finally willing to risk looking like creeps at a kids park in a mad-dash effort to check out the Delaware Valleys' newest wooden coaster.
I responded with an all-caps "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!"
B&B had been down in Delaware to visit family for the holidays and since they would be passing Philly on their way to SFGAdv, were able to scoop me right from my house, after which we took the 20 minute drive over to Sesame Place.
Bill was freaking out that everyone was going to point and laugh at us for being in this park without any kids but the plan wasn't to hang around - we were going to pop in, hit the two coasters, show them around the place real quick, and then bounce in order to have ourselves another Grated Venture. If you've been following along, I'd been here before (with my sister & nephew) and was confident no one would care about our lack of underage accompaniment.
We arrived at opening and with our platinum passes were able to park practically next to the entrance. We figured we'd get the sh*tty Vekoma out of the way since it would suck even more if we rode it after the excellent Oscars Wacky Taxi.
Credit whoring at its finest. Vapor Trail is completely uneventful: a non-drop into three helices into brakes.
It may be a kids park but you can ride in Uranus.
This looks like an good opportunity for an awkward B&B photo.
Sesame looked nice dolled up for the holidays.
We headed right over to Wacky Taxi which is conveniently located right net to the park entrance.
What a wonderful little airtime machine.
I can't gush enough about this ride, it's brilliant.
Nice job on the details.
I especially love the recording of Oscar telling you to "Beat it!" when unloading.
Even hardened enthusiasts Bill and Brit seemed impressed by the power and force of this tiny woodie.
With the two coasters out of the way we just did a quick loop of the park to show them around, as most of the flats are really for kids and/or families.
Once we got to the back area we noticed Honker Dinger Derby was basically a walk-on so I told them we should give it a whirl. This is the Sandstorm ride from Busch Tampa, and its basically a kiddie version of a Troika. For whatever reason they run it cranked up to 11 so its actually worth riding and by default the second best ride in the park after Wacky Taxi.
You know how when someone tells you not to do something it makes you want to do it?
The park was still pretty dead so on our way out we stopped over at Wacky Taxi for another lap.
There is seriously great airtime all over this ride, but the highlight for me is the pop out of the tunnel into the mini triple-down that follows.
The ride had built up a small wait by now so we just had that one last lap before we were back in the car heading over the Delaware river into Jersey. After experiencing the modest crowds at Sesame, we assumed with the cold temps and the fact that it was January-f*cking-1st that a coaster park in the Northeast part of the country would be fairly quiet.
How wrong we were. To be fair, Sesame had opened @1pm, so by now it was after 3.
Yeah they don't serve booze at Sesame. Cheers!
Who would have predicted Nitro would have 20+ minute waits in January? Happy New Years!
Nitro was hauling ass with full trains in the winter chill.
But its the Caped Crusader who run tings during this event.
We don't how they manage to get this thing to run so well in the winter. People talk about winter wheels and all this other stuff but obviously they just coat the wheel assemblies in Crisco and meth.
The sun sets so early in the winter (translation: 4 hours of night rides... coming right up!
Wish you were beer!
Brit ditched us for some window shopping while Bill and I marathoned Batman, getting a couple of exceptional back row rides. Good lord.
We wandered around, looked at the lights and had some more beers before finally stopping over at The Mountain.
So yeah this year they couldn't be bothered to cover The Mountain in lights, didn't turn off the death metal, and if it was 15 degrees warmer would have probably been running the freakin waterfall. So yeah, business as usual. Back seat all the way. I think we counted three laps?
We skipped Sky Screamer this time around. Entirely too cold for that nonsense.
No photos of the moment, but we did stop for food at the joint across from Sky Screamer - Mamas Florida Lucina or whatever the hell its called? And had ourselves some Premios sausage sandwiches we discovered were on sale (obviously because closing day/they had to get rid of them), and actually found them to be pretty damn good for Six Flags cuisine.
To be honest this part of the night is a little blurry but I am like 87% sure we rode Justice League. Dark Knight too.
So we had a thread in the Great Adv FB group about these weird light/reflector things in Nitro's queue. Some people said they were for spotlights when the ride opened and some said they were used to determine how long the queue was... I'm not sure we ever got a definitive answer.
We never made it over to the Boardwalk, the only thing worth going over there for is Superman and we just couldn't be bothered. We did stop at Ale House (formerly Liberty Pub) for a few more dranks.
As is the annual HITP tradition, Joker had sh*t itself a few weeks earlier and remained motionless all day.
Its tradition to end the season riding Nitro as many times as possible but somehow the day got away from us. By the time we got back over there we only had time for a quick last lap on Batman before heading over to Nitro before park close. We had to play musical chairs a bit but managed a handful of excellent laps flying 230 feet above the clouds reaching hyperspeeds of 80 miles an hour!
Feel it all around...
The park had fireworks scheduled for 9pm park close and we dodged the insane crowd at the fountain and got a few shots as we were walking out.
It was actually a pretty good show for Six Flags, my photos are just terrible.
Sorry for the short (but sweet) missive this time around. We always have a great time at HITP and this visit was no different. Very relaxed, go with the flow type of day with lots of quality vibes and rides. Hope you enjoyed reading as much as we enjoyed living it. Next up: Seaworld, Discovery Cove and FunSpot America! Subscribe and stay tuned