Thanks guys!!!! I always appreciate you actually reading and commenting on this crap. I don't get it but I appreciate it. Now that Brit has taken away my trip report privileges until I get caught up
, I figured I'd actually work on that.
For the record, this trip report is from June 8th of last year so I got this trip report in *JUST* under the one year mark (by 2 days). That's efficiency right there...
Anyway, back to the story. We were a little bummed about Mr. Freeze, but thankfully it's located right next to one of the best rides in the park and it was sporting absolutely no wait so we didn't have too much time to dwell on it. Clone or not, this ride is fantastic and the thought of riding it on 100+ degree day was borderline nuts knowing how the ride runs on 20 degree Holiday in the Park nights at Great Adventure.
As expected, the 100 degree heat had this ride running like a... (ugh, I hate myself)... bat out of hell. This is such a brilliant ride. You can clone it all you want. Put it on every street corner in America for all I care. I won't complain.
Sticking with the theme, we decided to continue our tour of Great Adventure South and pass by their Cyborg-style ride to hit Joker. I loved it, Brit hated it... nothing new to report here. She still hasn't seen the light.
It was hotter than the surface of the sun at this point so the last thing either of us wanted to do was ride a Bill Cobb woodie but if we passed it up we'd be sure to hear from some enthusiast about how awesome it was the next time I got up on my soap box and talked about how mediocre everything this man touches turns out to be. Yeah, I know... it's blasphemy in the coaster enthusiast community but "blasphemy in the coaster enthusiast community" is sort of my thing so there you go.
The queue is actually really nice as it goes through a quick tunnel which gave us a quick reprieve from the sun and then passed along the water with a nice plaque that we didn't bother to read because it was probably about Bill Cobb or some sh*t.
As for the ride itself... WOW!!!!! I didn't expect much but the ride was absolutely great! I take back everything I said. The ride was loaded with airtime, ran really smooth and was overall just an awesome experience.
... I'm kidding of course. The ride was whatever. It exists. The only thing noteworthy about the experience was the kid puking his brains out on the exit ramp after drinking an entire blue icee and then his mom immediately buying him another blue icee. Murrica.
You'll have to forgive me, at this point I think it was so hot that my body was starting to shut down so I forgot to take any good pictures for a bit. Every picture I have is pretty much of a ride sign just to remember that we rode it.
We were sort of just going around riding the few coasters we still needed to ride at that point. Lucky for us, the next on one on the list was Runaway Mountain, the "Skull Mountain" of the south. We actually had some hope that the ride would have an air conditioned queue but sadly this really wasn't the case. The station itself had a bit, but the vast majority of the queue was outside. Thankfully we wouldn't have to wait long.
I believe this is just a Windstorm but it was actually a f*cking blast. This is a cool, fun ride layout when it has lap bars and the patented "death-spiral" drop was absolutely insane in the dark when you couldn't see it coming. Honestly, I love Runaway Mountain. I'd be totally on board with more parks throwing windstorm clones in dark buildings.
Next up was La Vibora which was actually the first wait we experienced all day. It was almost 4pm so we weren't about to buy Flash Pass that late in the day (we had budgeted for it but never ended up needing it) and we stuck it out for the 30 minute wait.
I had never been on a bad Bobsled before and I liked the ride's clone at Great Escape so we were definitely looking forward to it. The ride looks like it was recently painted and it actually looks great in the park's "Spain" section. For a Six Flags park that whole area was pretty impressive looking and it was nice to see one of these old bobsled rides getting some love.
That's the good news, the bad news is that this ride was actually terrible. The lap bar is entirely to blame, it just slams into the sides of your legs over and over and I'm pretty sure we both walked off with bruises. I don't know how you screw up a bobsled but we were pretty disappointed with that one.
That ride delivered quite the beating and after spending way too long in the heat and riding that giant multi-color turd of a coaster we were definitely feeling it and needed a breather. I had behaved for most of the day but with the oppressive heat and most of the coasters under our belts I finally decided to cave and head over to El Aserradero.
El Aserradero actually consists of two flumes and I'm pretty sure that the one that was open that day wasn't the original but honestly, shut up... let me have my moment. The fact that Six Flags over Texas was home to the original log flume was a major selling point for me, and with the heat well over 100 degrees I couldn't have been happier to be riding it. After a few wrong turns we made our way over, headed towards the queue and were greeted with a chain and a "ride closed" sign with a ride still cycling with riders behind it.
It was only about 4:00 so it seemed super early to close a flume for the day (even for Six Flags) but it looked like that was exactly what they did. It cycled for awhile so we were optimistic, but a few minutes later they shut the pumps off and the staff left the ride entirely.
Down, but not out we headed to a nearby air conditioned bar which was music to my ears at that point.
I won't lie, we were sort of needing a break at that point. The heat was awful and we were pretty bummed about Freeze and El Aserradero. Thankfully a solid half hour in the air conditioning and a few beers really hit the spot and we had the extra boost that we needed.
We still needed to ride Pandemonium and we knew it would be a blast so we made that our next stop. We're used to the New England version so I was impressed with this park's efficient setup. Not only is there a single rider line (not that we used it), but the cars keep moving in the station so they get them in and out really quickly.
Since we were a group of two they sat two kids from the single rider line with us who were having the time of their lives and it was pretty infectious. They weren't budding enthusiasts, they were just two kids at Six Flags and loving it. They told us that they kept using the single rider line and rode tons of times in a row and they kept sitting them together and that we should try it too. Then they proceeded to sing some weird song for the entire ride super fast trying to finish it before the ride hit the brakes. It all made for a ridiculously fun ride.
We walked over to Mr. Freeze to see if there were any signs of life but didn't see much of anything going on and the greeter (who remembered us from earlier) sort of told us in code that "Mr Freeze froze the tracks and it would probably be like that all day" so we quickly made a 180 and abandoned any hope of that. At that point we had been on everything that we really wanted to ride that was operating and we only had about an hour left so we figured we might as well go do what any self-respecting coaster people would do and marathon New Texas Giant until it was time to head to the baseball game next door.
New Texas Giant was down but after waiting around for a few minutes we heard an airhorn (or buzzer, whatever it was) and decided to stick it out. We were pretty happy since we figured that meant that we were about to be treated to a near-walk-on ride for Texas Giant, but instead we heard a rush of water behind us and realized that sh*t just got serious. I don't know if New Texas Giant ever reopened and I don't care, the airhorn didn't belong to New Texas Giant, it belonged to El Aserradero.
We immediately bailed on from the group gathered around the New Texas Giant entrance and joined the group gathered around El Aserradero... and by "the group gathered around El Aserradero" I mean us. We were the group. Whatever, I'm a free bitch.
I wish I could tell you why they closed the flume for an hour in the middle of a 100 degree day when there didn't seem to be anything wrong with it or why they bothered to reopen it when it was about to get dark but I can't tell you that and I'm not one to question my good fortune. My best guess is that the crew took a lunch break since I know Michigan's Adventure does the same thing but whatever, we were going to get to ride it.
El Aserradero is a really old flume and it shows. It does more rolling and banging around than floating and it barely gets you wet at all but it was so cool to be riding it. I loved it but it's a flume... of course I did.
New Texas Giant was still down and not testing so I really wasn't sure where to head next. I didn't really care since I was just happy we got to ride El Aserradero but Brit reminded me that they had one of those new Enterprise rides and a Zamperla giant frisbee and (at the time) we had never been on either of them and she really wanted to try them. Personally I was totally on board so as weird as it was, we were on our way to Gotham City to end our day with some flat rides.
As we made our way over we both noted that this was a really nice Six Flags park. There were some areas (like the new part of Gotham City) that were very much what you would expect from Six Flags, but for the most part this place retained a lot of charm and had a ton of great, older areas. I actually feel like I may have overhyped the ride lineup a bit, but I underhyped how nice of a park it was. If you never left Texas you would probably think that Six Flags was a major stamp of quality.
We slowly made our way back to Gotham City, walking by the cool old mine trains and hilariously Texan swing ride covered with guns and were in great spirits. The heat got to us for a bit but overall we had a great day and were really enjoying the park. We were perfectly happy with life, but Six Flags over Texas had one more suprise for us as we made the turn by the swings and a fully loaded Mr. Freeze train blasted (err... Reverse Blasted) overhead.
Well, I guess we'll be a little late to the baseball game.
At this point we were obviously taking the first available row since they apparently decided to build a ride in Texas that doesn't run well in the heat. We were a few rows back, but they decided to open the other load platform as soon as we got to the merge point so what we expected to be a long, nervous wait hoping that the ride didn't go down actually turned out to be about 2 ride cycles.
Blasting backwards was weird, but cool. In true Premier fashion everything about this ride is super smooth and super, super forceful. The top hat is absolutely great and the pullout of every element will definitely give you Schwarzkopf vibes. Being blasted up the tower is a really wonky moment also and I'm not sure if it would be as cool if you weren't facing the ground.
We absolutely loved Mr. Freeze, though I admit that the excitement of actually getting to ride it when we never thought we would might have inflated our opinions of it a bit. Regardless, it's a great coaster and another strong contender for the best ride in the park.
It was getting closer to game time but Brit was still dead-set on trying their new-style enterprise and frisbee. I wasn't about to argue. The new style enterprise was actually a lot of fun. I probably prefer the old school ones but these are great and I wouldn't be upset to see a sh*t-ton more of them pop up.
Riddler Revenge was next, but we were about to discover that it has a fatal flaw. What is that fatal flaw? Well... apparently there's not a hose near the ride and apparently it's a ride where they frequently need a hose (if you're picking up what I'm throwing down... or... up).
We still wanted to ride, but we ended up waiting a solid 45 minutes, 30 of which were spent watching the ride ops walk to a nearby food stand over and over to fill tiny, courtesy cups of water, bring them back and dump them on the piles of puke that were all over the ride platform, multiple seats and down inside the seatbelt buckles. It was like a crime scene of puke. The Riddler definitely got his revenge on that dude...
You might remember that we tried and failed to ride the Zamperla Frisbee at Discovery Kingdom, and while now they have one of these at Six Flags New England and Six Flags Great Adventure this was actually the first time we ever rode one (because this report is a f*cking year old... sorry
Anyway, the ride is great. These may be my favorite Frisbee rides (aside from "It" in Wildwood) and it was definitely worth the extra time investment.
The park was open for another three hours, but after the Riddler got his Revenge it was time for us to make our way out. For those unfamiliar, the Texas Rangers ballpark is located right across the street from the park and we decided to spend our evening taking in a ballgame between the Rangers and the (now American League rival) Houston Astros.
Six Flags over Texas decided to treat us to a fantastic water show on the way out. Everything's bigger in Texas. Bellagio and World of Color better bow the f*ck down.
When we got in the car we were sort of confused as to whether or not we were allowed to park at Six Flags for the game. We knew that nobody would really stop us, but we also figured that parking there would mean that if the game went long we would probably need to leave so they didn't close us in the lot.
We initially opted to be model citizens and pay to park in the official lot but, instead of exiting to a road that wasn't moving we decided to just parallel it as long as possible in the Six Flags lot. Much to our surprise the far end of the lot had an event parking sign and we realized that Six Flags was cashing in on Rangers parking at the farthest corner of their massive lot (that we were already in). We parked the car and the attendant explained that pretty much all of the Rangers season ticket holders figured out that by paying Six Flags six bucks a month they could basically get free season parking for the Rangers (which normally costs 20 bucks a game). Many of them probably never set foot in the park, but just about every Rangers season ticket holder is a Six Flags member just so they could use their lot (which is closer to the stadium than the official lots) and Six Flags is (of course) loving it. We saw one couple that looked to be in the 80's walking around with a Six Flags season pass. That whole thing is hilarious and it worked out great for us.
I know this is a theme park site and not a baseball site so for those who are out of the loop, here's the low-down on this stadium. The new trend is for these massive, multi-billion dollar sports teams to go to their respective cities crying poverty... sometimes threatening to leave for Las Vegas or something (it's always Vegas) and telling them that they *need* new stadiums and the city needs to pay for them because reasons.
It used to be that teams would do this when their stadiums were aging and lacking in modern amenities, but recently the Braves and Rangers decided to crank the insanity up to the next level and whine and cry to the city about the need to replace ultra-modern stadiums built in the mid-90's. Both cities actually fell for this crap so long-story short we decided to go to the game since it would be our last chance to catch a game at the not-at-all classic, ultra-modern, state of the art ballpark that was about to be replaced for no reason in Arlington.
At the time we expected this great ballpark to be demolished, but now that the Rangers convinced the city to go along with this stupid plan they've come out and said that (paraphrasing) because their existing ballpark is so modern and state of the art they're going to keep this building too because it would be ridiculous to replace it.
Could you imagine the balls
Anyway, as hilarious as this story is and as pissed as I would be if I lived in Arlington none of this was our problem and we had a great time at the game. This is a nice ballpark, but objectively I guess it is a bit generic. It's one of those Camden Yards ripoffs that was highly popular after the famed Baltimore ballpark opened which means there's nothing overly unique about it but at the same time it's still a fine place to catch a game.
The Rangers lost, but we had a great time at Globe Life Park. They had a great beer selection and I happily indulged and it was a fun rivalry game. In addition to the game, it was fireworks night and they put on quite a show. Actually the show was so good that they started a small fire in the bleachers. Sometimes Texas just has to Texas.
Yup... this is the most Texas thing ever.
Next up... Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston! (And go check out Brit's thread
if you haven't already).