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

Postby bert425 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:06 pm

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.
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Wasn't quite sure where to park, as it had been a really long time since I had been there.

we passed a few lots, and a large parking garage up the hill from the Zoo entrance. I had insisted Nick bring his cane, but was a little worried about the steep hill coming down from the garage. . so I drove down to the Zoo entrance and rolled down the window to ask the employees out front where we should park (there was nobody at the booths, so they were just hanging out chatting at the ticket booths).

they pointed us to just around the corner in front of the train station (which wasn't running due to weather). I asked how much it was, and they said free parking!

So we parked literally right next to the zoo entrance (maybe a 2 minute walk) and it was free? the lot was pretty empty due to the weather. . maybe 20 cars total?

I wondered if many of the animals would be out and about, but still, would much rather be here on a quiet day, even if it was cold and moist.
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even better? when we got to the booth, and I mentioned that I had stupidly forgotten to purchase our tickets online - which I had even talked about then just didn't do, since it would have saved us a few bucks? She gave Nick the Senior discount (which saved a nice chunk of $$).

and with that, into the zoo we went!
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they are doing an evening thing called "Zoo lights" and the entire zoo was just covered with lighting, and diorama areas that mostly looked fantastic during the day. I can imagine how great they would look at night.

we weren't going to be staying until it got really dark, planning to head out around 5 - since we still had to get over to Fiesta, and we knew we'd be dealing with SA rush hour traffic. . . but since it was so overcast, we got to enjoy a lot of the lights anyways.
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my worries about some animals not being out in the enclosures, were put to rest upon walking in. . as the bears were all out frolicking in the cooler weather.

oh, there were some animals that were hanging out only in the burrows, or deep behind logs. . but at least one of most animals were out in the enclosure.

the zoo was pretty deserted. . us and one other couple (who had parked next to us and walked in with us) were the only ones over here. The bears seemed excited to see people looking at them :)
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turns out the zoo has several "inside" areas. . which made Nick super happy, as they were warm inside.

and with the zoo pretty empty? we were really the only ones inside, and were able to take our time and get great looks at the animals on display.

1st stop like this you come upon when entering the zoo? the Aquarium building.

here's a turtle.
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and a stingray
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and some jellyfish
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almost all the food & souvenier stands were closed today. . there just wasn't the crowd, and it was too cold.

as it was getting darker tho the stands selling the blinking lights started to open up. . the zoo was open until 10, so I'm sure they got an evening crowd to see the lights, despite the nasty weather.

these frozen bananas made me laugh tho.
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this cool guy, was just hanging out stalking anyone who dared come to the zoo today.
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then it was time to head into the next "indoor" building. .the warm Reptile house. Again, only ones in here, so could get up really close to the enclosures, without tons of folks tapping on the glass bothering the reptiles.

Texas Rattlesnake.
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this guy was super interesting. . a rattlesnake without a rattle.
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ah. . now HERE'S a rattle.
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this geko was just hanging out (literally) on the glass at the front of the enclosure
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this is a King Cobra.

yes, it's yawning!

I had no idea snakes yawn. . .the handler in the building told us that they do, but it's rare, and how great that I was able to catch it in a picture!

(I'm a photo ninja. . LOL)
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these old skool machines are all over the zoo, and the smell of the wax brought back so many memories.

these two didn't offer plastic animals tho. . unless you consider a Christmas Tree
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and a Santa Claus as an animal. . .
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on the "great lawn" area, some of the animal lights display for the Zoo Lights promotion.
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a photo op display board?

why yes, thank you!
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back out in the cold areas, but first into a separate enclosure to take a look at the Giant Anaconda, just handing out in the water inside it's huge space.
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think this was a Condor? it was cleaning it's wings, and was "posing" for me.
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tons of art around this zoo, including in the trees above (this is near the Fruit bat/armadillo exhibit). .and how amazing it was to be in that small building getting to see these creatures, without a ton of folks around!
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more art, tho not sure why the Hippo area was the North Pole.

it looked so great once it got a bit darker all lit up.
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only one other couple in this building with us, and the Hippos were having a grand ol time playing and romping in the water.
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coming up for air.

the enclosure is a large one, so you can get views under the water, and above them.
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this guy went into the corner, and took a gigantic poop. . while looking at the other hippo playing.

he then quickly left the water, once he fouled it (can you blame him?). . . .just thought it was funny, but no, I did NOT take a picture of the pooping.
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but did catch him quickly getting out of the water once he was done.
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I pitty the fool who messes with this gineua fowl.
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none of the Elephants were out (I think we just caught them during feeding, as the Giraffes and Rhinos were eating when we went by, although we could still see those guys even when eating). The elephants weren't in the enclosure tho. . but it's a really big one with lots of stuff for them to interact with.
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LOVE this Rhino sculpture.
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Zebra was just hanging out. . in the back area, so an odd angle, but was still lovely to see.
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Tiger just chillin watching me watching him
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Kangaroos were all back in the hovel area eating. . but was still able to view them and get a decent pic
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heading over to the "older" side of the zoo, there are a bunch of dis-used enclosures.

not sure what used to be in this particular one, but love that the zoo simply decided to utilize it for the tree
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including with an information sign at the front of it. . . LOL
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the older section is mainly enclosures featuring birds/waterfowl and fish / turtle type animals.

I didn't take too many pics over here, but thought this guy - who I believe is an endangered crane from Africa - was very Goth looking.
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still not dark enough to really appreciate, but here is a look at one end of the "bird" corridor (those are all separate cages with different birds in them behind all that pink garland).

this particular area was just covered in pink lights.
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and in the central hub of the zoo?

the Carousel - which most zoos have these days.

San Antonio Zoo actually has two carousels now (will get to the other one in a moment), but this one is more of a standard Zoo Carousel: Lots of really well done animals to choose from for a ride, and even a birds nest (lower right of this pic), which I *think* you can spin when riding.

it is only $3 a ride, which is reasonable.

you'll be shocked to hear that I actually did NOT take a ride on this one here.

the weather was just a little bit too miserable for Nick to be willing to ride, so he was a pass - but I knew he'd ride with me on the one at Fiesta. so I knew I'd get my carousel fix there anyways later tonight. As it was getting late, I just decided to skip this on this trip, and will catch it another time.

it's a lovely carousel tho.
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some really nice animals on this Carousel tho. . .including a truly impressive Eagle (the actual Bald Eagle was in an enclosure near the Carousel and I'm always in awe of seeing these birds live. .this one was no exception).

that lizard/geko thing tho. . .LOL. . if I had ridden? I would have ridden that!
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a Hippo, an Alpaca, a Seal, and. . . . a Chicken????
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better shot of the Eagle coming around. . . really nicely done by the sculptor. That huge wingspan is great.
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cutting back across the "great lawn" to the sloths (not out tho, too cold for them), and amphibian houses. ..the lights in the trees are starting to show up a little.

really nicely done by the zoo to draw folks in.
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there were several signs featuring Polar Bears, including this one that had a height chart.
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and they even put up mini photo ops.

like this Mistletoe stop.. (and yes, we did take one doing kissie-face. . . but this picture just came out better) :P
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but surprisingly, the zoo doesn't seem to have one.
(at least not in any display/enclosure that we came across or saw the park map).

so here, the giant Coke inflatables, are the San Antonio Zoo's Polar Bear exhibit !
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a fairly new section was a slab (it's the only way I can describe it), of concrete with some sad old-school rides plopped down on it.

I love the design work on the signage, as well as on the main gates to get into the area (you can get there from either inside the zoo, or from the outside entrance, without paying zoo admission).

It's a great idea, that just doesn't look great at this time. . only sad.

but the idea in concept is good, and hopefully some foliage will grow in, and help make it look less depressing.

(since the signs are saying "now open". . I'm guessing this is a really recent addition).
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the entrance to the kiddie park from outside the main gates.
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looking down from the trail inside the zoo near the reptile house, there's a train, an old skool plane, a very retro kiddie merry-go-round, and there was also a circular boat ride, and what looked like a miniature whip.
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I'm not the audience for this section of the zoo/park. .it's obviously targeting very young kids.

but yeah, this merry-go-round seemed a bit too ghetto for even me (no organ music playing, or even organ visible). . so didn't even check to see if I COULD go in to ride it - tho I'd assume they would have let me.

Again, I think it's a good concept, and just needs to "fill in" a bit more. . . but as noted, I'm not the target audience here.
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we headed to the car around 5:15pm, checked google maps, and saw that if I just hopped back on 281 to loop 1604, we'd be at SFFT in no time.

and sure enough, even with rush hour traffic, just before a Holiday week, we were pulling into SFFT's lot by ~5:40.

they were NOT busy, but they were open. We were able to pull all the way up to row 12, and were thru security check and in the park in minutes. (and it turned out that it was Bring a Friend Free day for passholders too). . but the weather really worked in our favor.

it was deserted - after checking to see if they were handing out tickets for the Majesty of Christmas - the big Nativity show they do, with live animals (it turned out they were not, at least for the early show, they told us just join the line), we headed to the left, and I grabbed a walk on ride on Goliath.

Back row on left side. . only one on back end of coaster. . great ride.

Here's the main entrance way, before we cut left over to Goliath.
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it was only ~5:50, and they didn't open the theater for the 6:30 Magestry of Christmas for another 10 minutes, so we wandered up to the central plaza to look closer at the lights/photo ops, and I found Tweety and Taz posing.

so yep, I stopped.
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the walk thru ornament is from last year, but I think the light up presents might be new this year?

so pretty, and with the ground all wet, they reflected beautifully.
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whee!!
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and I found one other couple who was looking around for someone to take pictures (for some reason, although there were some professional park photogs out? they weren't in the central plaza. .they were further up towards the gate - I got one of them to do a Tweety/Taz for me. . but here? we were on our own, so "Traded' taking pics of folks, who then took pics for us.

that's how we both got in this pic.
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and in this one, inside the giant ornament.
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So pretty. . . looking back towards the main entrance from the central plaza.

the people lining up on the right are waiting for the gates to open so they could go inside to the theater for the Nativity show.
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Gates opened, so we headed to the theater, but not before snapping a pic as we walked back.

Boomerang *was* open. . actually *all* coasters were open, but they weren't cycling much, since there were no lines.
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We went into the theater about 20 minutes before the show started, and ended up sitting about 4 rows back on the aisle (which is used during the production for animals, and singers to come down).

Nick didn't mind, since it was warm in here, and we had cushioned seats (this is the big theater that has the individual seats, not benches).

I posted this pic on my FB while sitting here and commenting that "I'm SUCH a good Jew"

to which my Brother responded with a pic of him dressed as Santa Claus with my Sister-in-Law on his lap. . . saying it was HIS Chanukah costume.

LOL
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inside sitting. . . in a mostly empty theater.

tho i think they may have gotten ~150 people for the 1st showing (and the 2nd showing later that night seemed to have at least 500).
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the voices were, for the most part, really good.

in particular the lead narrator, and the male Angel. Broadway level talent in this show here.

and neither the donkey nor the camel pooped on stage during the 30 minute show. . . so that's a win, right?
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the Male angel, who I noted had a good voice dropped down from the ceiling to sing
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and he was joined by two female angels who swung out on leads from the sides of the stage over the audience.
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really well done production values. . . it was good for a "standard" show. . but for a theme park show?

really impressive.
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and when the 3 kings came down the central aisle. . one of whom on a large camel?

wow moment.
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and the animal was so well behaved on the stage!
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here is where it got a bit funny, and Nick and I both giggled a bit. . . as it turned into a Saturday Night Live skit.

the two angels came back out from the sides of the stage, and I suppose are supposed to gently float back and forth.

whomever was controlling the rigs? had them doing FULL swings from side to side, over the audience.

the ladies had big smiles plastered on their faces, but they were starting to turn a little bit green as they continued the violent swings.

maybe the regular operator was out sick, and a child had grabbed the joystick controller?
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they got some big swings in tho. . .
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we enjoyed the show, and then continued our way around the park.

in the alleyway across from Sangerfest Halle - over by where the entrance to Bugs' Whitewater Rapids is, were all the Holiday food offerings, set up in tents - including Bread Bowls full of Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Tortilla Soup, or Chili; Hot apple cider, Bacon wrapped meatballs, cobbler in a cone (blueberry, cherry, apple), and several different drink options.

Neither of us were really hungry, but we had Snack options to use on our dining pass (which was good for most of the Holiday snacks), and I still have a full meal voucher (from the Joker commercial shoot) which had to be used by end of 2019

And since we were right across from Sangerfest Halle, we could get the food, and go in there (where it was warmer) to sit and eat.

so I got the Broccoli Cheedar Bread Bowl (Snack), Nick got the Apple Cobbler cone (snack), and for the meal voucher, we got the turkey leg and a soda. . and we sat down in here to nibble. . .and it turned out there was a show starting in here at 7:30, so we hung out and waited for it while we ate.
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Nick with his Apple Cobbler cone.
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Here's the show that was in Sangerfest Halle: "Happy Holidays" - new for 2019

from the Holiday in the Park page:
Contemporary winter classics like “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” resonate in Sangerfest Halle during this updated version of Happy Holidays!

we stayed for about 15 minutes of it. . they were um. . . .very energetic.

decent voices (tho not as good as the ones in the Nativity show), but they came out into the center of the hall and did some songs "in the round". . so they got pretty close to where we were sitting. . which made "someone" I was with a little uncomfortable. LOL

(I told him we couldn't leave while they were so close, it was rude. . but the moment the mike stands made it back up to the main stage? we booked it and went next door for the Carousel).
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on a Carousel. . so big smiles, even tho he was miserable with how chilly it was.

the Carousel organ seemed to be refreshed and back, and was playing versions of Christmas tunes. quite lovely.
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Didn't get my bunny, as this ride actually did have a lot of kiddos on it, and one of them went directly to White Rabbit.

So instead I rode an ostrich.

what was interested, is that there were TWO benches on the carousel, not just the standard one, that this particular one has always had. (or that I would swear always had).

so either SFFT got enough requests to add another bench for those that wanted to ride with the kiddos, but can't do animals and need to sit? or, they are rotating out rows of animals to keep them maintained, and dropping in the bench where needed to replace the missing row.

either way, it's great to have two benches now, for those that wish to sit,and not have to climb onto anything.
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the organ, and the back of one of the benches.
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the nasty weather was playing havoc with some of the lights. . . a chunk of the big tree in Rockville was out (but otherwise the tree still was lovely).

the "snow" (ie: foam) was still blowing like crazy from the rooftops thruout our visit tho. .and you can see remnants of it on the ground in this pic.
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we were headed to Wonder Woman tho. . . even tho Nick was DONE at this point, not even wanting to ride the train. (Holiday Express). . . but he was willing to wait for me, which I said I was going to ride if it was a short line.
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no one was in line.

I seriously walked right onto a train in the station, and directly into the back seat (only the 1st two seats were taken).

whee. . and as usual. . this sucker was FLYING when the track was wet.
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see? here's a side view of the station when we walked over to the boardwalk to check things out (dead over there too, but since Nick was done riding, we skipped Pandemonium, wave runner, spinsanity, the Disc-o, and Pirates).

Wonder Woman line is non-existant. . directly into the station, and onto the train.
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we missed the Singing Saps (trees with animated mouths/eyes that sing carols. . we saw them, but it was between "shows" so they were just regular trees when we passed them).

but we did catch a couple of songs by the TinselTones in Rockville, as we passed by coming back from the Boardwalk.

they are a very good acappella group, and they do Christmas Carols.
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a little blurry, but looking back down the main street of Rockville (soon to be DCU??). . you can see that the weather took out not only some lights in the main tree? but also the lights in the trees on the right side of the street.

we saw something similar in CrackAxle, where the left side of the street, all the trees were out.
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we got stopped by the Holiday Express going by, so got a chance to snap some pics of Joker/Supervillain Swing at night.

both rides look incredible at night.
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wheeeee!! that sucker REALLY gets up there.
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I hadn't planned to ride Joker, but told Nick that if the line was short, I'll hop on it.

yes, it's cold, and this ride - being all about the velocity of the swing - would probably really be cold. . but if there was a short line? I wanted to take advantage.

it was less than a 2 minute wait to get into the funhouse (and after that, another 2 minutes to get on the ride. . so I got in line and he waited for me).

pic from the queue.
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Joker really is incredible at night.

a handful of pics to close out this TR continued in next post!
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Re: bert goes to Texas Theme Parks (mega thread)

Postby bert425 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:26 pm

12/20 trip continued
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about to get on Joker
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oh. .I forgot to mention, the Wonder Woman statue in front of golden lasso coaster is MIA (maybe having work done?). .but finally, the Superman statue has shown up across from the entrance to Krypton Coaster.

looks great!
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new ride signs are up all over the park.

Personally, I think people are going to be afraid to ride it, so hopefully the line will stay rather short.
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no fireworks tonight. . not sure they even do any during holiday in the park. . but it was way too wet for them to do any regardless.

but the waterfalls really look incredible at night, reflecting back the Holiday lights.
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Looking back at the bright ring of white, that Joker provides at the apex of it's swing.
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another new for 2019 "show" we caught:

H2 HO HO HO


yeah.. . it's like if World Of Color mechanicals were sourced by the Dollar Store.

or if the Bellagio Fountains were in front of Circus Circus.

it wasn't "bad". . let's just say that we've seen way better, and it was a little underwhelming.

but the music was enjoyable, and the lights and movement WAS synchronized pretty well.
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the Launch towers have been moved over to the boardwalk, and they have begun working on the ride area for "DareDevil Dive". . in the ride pad spot over near Rattler where Wagon Wheel used to be way back when.

no one working tonight, of course. . .but the equipment is there.

this is going to be a stunning picture spot once the new ride is in place!
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Ratter was almost a walk on, but I could tell from Nick's disapproving look when I noted that "the line wasn't even on the ramps" that he was DONE. So I will just ride it on my next visit (when it's back to 2 train ops), and we continued on towards the main gates.

this is a new section for 2019, between CrackAxle and Santa's workshop. . .called "CandyCane Lane"

it really is well done, and the colors look fantastic! (even, again, with some lights victim to the weather)
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a peek at Scream down the train tracks
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me and candy canes. . .Yummy!
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Nick yelling at me that he's cold and I stopped to take another picture. . .LOL
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we popped into Santa's Workshop, since there was absolutely no line.

I would have done a picture with Santa, but then realized it was professional pics they are selling for ~$20, so I was happy just to get a peek inside the building.

very well done, with some nice Christmas trees.

unfortunately, this lady stepped right in front of Santa when I snapped this pic, so you can only kinda see him. .but he's there, with a kiddo on his lap. (yeah, only line 5 people here, and she got in my picture. . LOL. . oh well).
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the Cast Members working out front of the workshop were in a great mood, even tho it was cold!

and were happy to be in a pic with me.
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it was maybe 8:45 at this point, as we headed back to the main plaza (i had to get my pics from earlier). . so lovely.

and even better with the reflections, since there was no crowd about.

not great for the park, I suppose, but great for pictures!
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SO pretty.
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I'm a purple Prezzie
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and Nick is Blue
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yeah, we're leaving when there are no lines, and I could ride things more. .but OK, I've had a great time.

besides, look what I just spotted up front, with NO line for pics.
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yep, all of em out, in Holiday garb!

i knew there was no way we'd be hanging around long enough to get the Professional Photog pic, but his assistant happily took my phone to snap some pics for us too (it was the lady that marched with the baton in the Mardi Gras parade back in Feb, and she was flattered I remembered her!).

but that's why Nick is not looking at my camera, but instead is staring straight ahead at the professional pic taker.

(note tho that most of the character actors realized that we were headed out and that MY camera would be the one to look at).
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love Babs' pose :)
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here is the professional pic from earlier
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and a few of me on Wonder Woman.

Pretty much an empty train. . love this pic
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and with Holiday Border
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and Wonder Woman border
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Goliath standard boarder
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and here's Goliath with Holiday border.

worth it to pick up the cheap annual photo pass option, just for pics like these :)

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

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:46 am

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.
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Postby bert425 » Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:42 am

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 :)
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Postby bert425 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:31 pm

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:
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I'm here. . selfie sent home to let spouse I made it OK

(he was worried about me driving on this day)

parking lot was pretty empty
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since the park is year round now, they are celebrating Mardi Gras from 1/18-early March

the signage/decorations look great
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looking puffy. .which is nuts, since i haven't eaten yet today. I blame the camera angle :p

look how dead the park is behind me! they had been open almost an hour and 1/2 at this point.
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the Cajun Croc statue is up again in front of the main plaza.

there were a ton of photo-ops set up thruout the park, but no park photographers to take pics! Since I was solo, didn't stop to get really any of em, as I didn't want to hand my phone to a stranger for a solo pic.

I did get a handler with Sylvester and Tweety later to take a pic of me, and I mentioned the lack of Photogs, and he admitted he didnt' know what was up, since they are "supposed to be out"

as I was leaving, I did see a few roaming around the main plaza. . but since wasn't gonna hang around for an hour for the digital pic to download to the photo-stand? still didn't get any.
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in line for Iron Rattler

Sadly, still running 1 train ops (i was shocked to see this). .and due to "holding the line" prior to flash pass merge, was on a ramp, even tho it was really a station wait.
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looking down at Iron Rattler's empty queue.
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holding the phone up over the construction walls to get some pics of the new ride going in.
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you can see the placement of it (over where the old Wagon Wheel Enterprise used to be).

this is gonna visually be stunning when they start to go vertical.

but the foundations are poured already.
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here's a better shot of the poured foundation for the central "stalk" that will support the ride
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a walk on to Skyscreamer (that NEVER happens), and the Hawks were out too. . so cool to be swinging above the hawks - followed by a walk on to Superman.

Here's Skyscreamer from Superman's queue. surprising to see empty seats.
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oh. . how full was Superman's queue?

here.

PERFECT day to go, wish you were here with me.
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event tho dead, they were running 2 trains.

So got this pic of the 2nd train in the loop, as was going down exit ramp from my ride.

I had seen from the brake run that Joker had NO line as well.
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so headed there.

got stuck in this spot, since the ride went down for ~10 minutes as i walked up. But I just waited for it.
I mean, it's due to the restraints, and I was in the shade anyways :)
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ok. . cycling (3-4 times) after every downtime. . that's what makes the wait on this ride lengthy sometimes.

Looking up from my spot in line, as it cycled for the 3rd time. . just before they sent us thru the funhouse.

but still got a fantastic ride on it after a short wait.
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I bypassed Batman since wasn't in a "flipping" mood so soon after Joker, and instead was really shocked to see THIS was the queue for Wonder Woman.
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I mean. . I knew the park was pretty dead, but I've never (outside of ERT) seen the Wonder Woman queue like this.

they weren't even batching riders, and as noted, got to ride it 4 times in a row, twice without having to get out of my seat, since there was no one in line when my train got back!
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ended up with Jambalaya/cornbread - which is counted as a "snack" on the meal plan!

it was ok, but not nearly spicy enough. And I loved interacting with the folks working the food booths. They were kinda bored since it was so quiet, but we had a lot of fun chatting while they were making up my food. Even they commented they wished it was spicer - but I realize they have to "dull it down" for the masses.

and to be honest? it did kinda give me the craps later last night. but it was good at the time :)
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the Mardi Gras street performers seemed to outnumber the guests in some parts of the Park.

but all were in a great mood, and seemed to be having a good time interacting with everyone.

i'm guessing the beautiful day helped.
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took a walk over to the Boardwalk for a ride on Pirates of the Deep Sea.

they've done some quiet refurb on it, as all targets are now working, the cars all have the same "pirate-style" guns, and the cars have been repainted and look great!
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didn't want to ride any of the spinning rides on the boardwalk, so headed over for a ride on Bug's Whitewater Rapids flume.

along the way, passed Mardi Gras Tweety & Sylvester out - with a handler who KNOWS how to frame a pic, so got this fantastic pic in front of Sangerfest Halle
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Bug's still has the sign in front noting "pardon our dust". . it's been over a year!

but they actually are doing a ton of work on the queue.

the figures are still mostly missing, but the scenes that are there, are looking fantastic.

the empty sad throne, now is lit with LED diamonds, and a sparkling LED curtain behind.

it really looks fantastic!
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they've varnished and painted all of the poles in the queue, and hung a lot of new, and touched up shields thruout.

again, looks great
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Sam is back and sleeping. . and a bunch of new, fancily adorned, jousting equipment is next to him.
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Dragon is still sleeping. .and blowing smoke as he snores.

interestingly, none of the TVs in the queue were on, or even noticeable.

but it doesn't seem as if they are moving away from "the Singing Sword" cartoon theming.
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oh. .these are new - they have re-routed some of the inside rooms, taking the queue a slightly different direction.

and have installed Medieval Stocks as part of the queue divider. This is great!
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another re-done room. . now opened up so you can see thru into the room next door, and hear the splashing water from the flume (since the load station is just back there).

and what are those up along the top? air blowers! thank goodness, this queue was always very dank and humid. HUGE difference today, and I can imagine that will help with the summer days too.
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Logs are still 2 across seating.

and you only really get soaked in the front seat (tho the spitting dragon will get the whole boat on that 1st turn after the mini-drop).
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speaking of Dragon.. they now have Sam on Dragon really well lit as you pull out of the station.
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and Sam crushed by the drawbridge on the other side of the station, as you return from your ride :)
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hard to see, but Joker swinging by thru the trees, as I sat and ate my meal credit before heading out.
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yep. . got the Apple Cinnamon Caramel Funnel Cake Sundae - which is considered a "snack". . but I used my meal credit for it.

was still really sweet, but I was able to eat more of it than I had of the strawberry one that I tried in Sept (that was way too sweet).

and I drank water with it. . gotta even out the calories.
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Wouldn't be a trip to Fiesta without a ride on the Carousel. . or on my (different colored eyes) Bowie-Bunny.

it was a really long cycle (if I had to guess? he ran a double cycle), and the operator waited maybe 7 minutes before starting it to fill up as many seats as he could.
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trying not to think about Mom, and instead focus on having fun.
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oh.. they're painting Boomerang (tho it was running today).

looks like a dark orange, and dark teal.

you can see the new colors on the spikes, and the new teal on the Batwing element closest to us - tho they haven't painted these supports yet.
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headed out, but stopped for a moment to watch the stilt walkers dancing with kiddos to the brass band in the central plaza.

they put on a good show, with lots of energy, despite the lacking crowd.
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on to some ride pics.
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whee!!!
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and hysterically, since was in the back seat? it cuts off my arms. . LOL
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I like the 2020 themed border options tho.

from my 2nd ride on Iron Rattler, after my seatmate left, but they let me ride again since no one was in the queue.
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back seat on Wonder Woman, as usual.
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back row on Superman too .. no wait, walk on.
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without the frame, you catch Poltergeist in the background. never noticed that!
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:00 pm

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.
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Postby bert425 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:55 am

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.
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Postby bert425 » Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:48 pm

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.
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my Reservation was for 11 (the park opened at 10:30), and tho I pulled into the lot ~11:10 - drizzle most of the ride, combined with heavier storms once I hit loop 1604 in San Antonio delayed me a little bit - I was shocked to see how full the parking lot was.

turned out that every other spot (double spots) were blocked with cones. . so tho it LOOKED really full, it wasn't too busy.

at least it stopped heavy rain, and was just a light drizzle.

I didn't HAVE to park this far back, by the way. I just always park pretty far back (near the security stand) for the steps.
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the "new entrance" - where they direct the crowd thru these tents for the temperature screen before you get to the main entrance/metal detectors - and then onto the main gates.
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going into the Temperature Check tent. . . you don't even stop, just walk thru and they scan you from a little kiosk at the end. So all in all, took less than 10 seconds, and I was onto the main entrance.

where there is a touch free, no-stop/no-empty pockets Metal detector. Again, took less than 5 seconds.

I really liked this, and hope they KEEP this technology even when Covid is under control.

the whole time there are recorded messages and signs telling folks to wear masks at all times, covering Mouth & Nose. All guests over the age of 2.
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Since nothing really operated until ~12:15 (once the storms cleared out and things dried off). . I wandered and took some pics in the overcast early day.

huh. .it appears the have Halloween stuff up already.
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Yup. . they have the FrightFest stuff up.

the new paintjob on Boomerang does look good, but no, I didn't bother riding it today.
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so weird. . LOL
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Even tho the rain had gone to just a light drizzle? people were acting like it was a huge downpour, huddling under umbrellas and wearing ponchos.

they had opened up the kiddie rides here in CrackAxle - as the heavy rain stopped, but everything else was still closed.
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lots of folks hiding under shop overhangs.. leaving lots of open space in the pathways. . . so I decided to wander down thru CrackAxle to take a look at the progress for the new ride.
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Wow.

the ride is DONE.

theming is Done
Lighting packages are Done (this thing is going to look AMAZING at night, with tons of red & purple LEDs not only around the ride, but also in the trees around the entrance pointing to it).

it looks like it could be open right now. I expect the only reason it's not? is because they want to hold off advertising till after Covid calms down so they can really promote it.

but yeah. .this ride is completely ready to go.

The Gear in the sign spins, with the propeller attached to it, so the propeller spins too.
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Test seat ready to go.
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I still don't really "get" the Steampunk theming, and I really don't think it "fits" well here in CrackAxle - but who knows, maybe they are going to increase the Steampunk feel thruout this section? I mean, Iron Rattler trains are kinda/sorta Steampunk, so it would only be a light overlay to make it all fit better together.

but this ride looks absolutely fantastic. The colors, the attention to detail. . . I wish I could have seen it testing while I was there, but yeah. .it's ready to go.
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and the attention to detail in the Queue.

1st SFFT impressed me with the Pirates of the Deep Sea queue.
then they blew me away with the funhouse in the Joker queue.
and now this queue looks pretty amazing as well! Couldn't really tell what is "hidden" in the covered portion, but Mr. Siebert did say it was "interactive". . so there must be doo-dads to touch/play with (a big no-no right now, so that also might be factoring into holding off official opening right now).
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so well done
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the covered portion of the queue - it goes back and forth between these displays, that LOOK like the gears are going to be moving (otherwise, why enclose them in plexiglass - to protect fingers). Can't wait to see this queue in action.
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even the electrical boxes are "hidden" behind themed elements.

Really good job SFFT. . .
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looking down behind the covered portion of the queue to note some "signage" on the walls around the ride, as they did in the Iron Rattler queue as well.

views in this location is wonderful, giving those who aren't riding, something to watch.
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Since the covered queue used to be the covered seating for Chop Six, there are now more outdoor tables here for that restaurant (pic from the Chop Six deck).
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more theming
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glare, and my reflection. . but trying to get a better look at the gears, in the covered portion of the queue.
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I had heard Iron Rattler and Roadrunner starting to test, and at this point, I caught one of Rattler's trains zooming by, so I headed back towards the entrance to see if they had opened the line yet.
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Nope - tho really, this wasn't much of a line as they hadn't opened the queue, so I went ahead and got in line.
it took about 20 minutes (and lots of cycles) before they opened up the queue entrance - and meanwhile right behind us, Roadrunner Express was doing the same thing.

Result was that this area of the path got really crowded - no social distancing possible. . for a good 20 minutes (which was a real shame, as they were TRYING to keep folks separated once you got INTO the queue, but prior to that? One big jam packed section).

I almost got out of line and left, to keep myself "safe". . but as you can see, with one glaring exception - not right next to me - everyone was wearing masks. . so just stayed where I was, and tried not to get too close to anyone even if they were right on top of me. more like 2 feet (or less) apart than 6 tho.

it was hard to tell how they were handling the seating, since the trains were all running empty till this point. . but they WERE running two trains on IR.
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Eventually they chain dropped, and let us into the queue proper tho.
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even tho it's extremely difficult to social distance in the Iron Rattler queue itself, just due to the "narrow hallway" layout.

we're maybe 4 feet apart while in this queue. Most with masks on tho. and it IS all outside (although covered).

I made a conscious effort not to lean on any handrails, or touch anything (keeping my hands folded in front of me) while in the queue. Something (amazing to me) that others did NOT do - everyone was leaning on the rails that the folks in front of them had also leaned on. so strange.

but I felt safe enough.

the spacing was enough that even tho there weren't that many folks in front of me? It filled up 4 entire ramps.
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they were holding the line at the Flash Pass entrance, and only allowing into the station enough to fill each train at a time. as you can see in this pic, they have every other row blocked off.

so even with two trains running, and me being there at the ride open, it still took about 25 minutes to get my ride. all in all tho, not TOO bad.

the *do* let you pick your own row, tho if the row you want already has someone in it? you will be directed to fill an empty row (remember, they are filling the station only for the next train each time - so you can't wait in the station for the next train to get the row you want if it's already full).
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I ended up in row 3 (the 2nd usable row), since the rows towards the back were already full.
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whee!

mask on, hands up.

(this is a picture of the hard pic - so sorry if blurry). I was having issues with my photo pass: every time I tried to scan a picture, it would throw an error saying my card was invalid. Even tho it is.

I went up to the photo counter at the front and spoke to a manager who showed me that the pics WERE on the card, so even tho the system said they were not on there? they were.

I stopped on my way out to confirm the pics I had gotten thruout the day were on my card, and tho they DID show up when they scanned the card? it also threw the same error saying the card was invalid.

the manager told me several folks were having the same problem, and not to worry about it. He also gave me his email to contact him if I had issues when I got home.

not that I didn't trust him, but to ensure I at least got the Iron Rattler pic, I used my 1-a-month free pic, to get a print out of that shot (choosing IR over WonderWoman). . so that's what this pic of a pic is.

oh, and of course, when I got home? the system doesn't recognize my card, and won't log me in. I reported it to Six Flags, and also emailed the Manager.. we shall see if I ever get those pics.
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after getting the pic stuff as resolved as possible while in the park, I decided to head to Aztek Nacho to grab lunch.

turned out it wasn't open - I would guess it was because the Superman line was ALL THE WAY out into the walkway and snaking past the Aztek Nacho stand. (that was because the Superman line absolutely was observing social distancing of 5-6 feet between groups, so it made that line long). Also, again, because no one had yet gone into the waterpark - it was still overcast. So the "dry" parts of the park had some pretty long lines.

Joker didn't seem to have too long of a line, and it was really spaced out - also keeping the 5-6 feet between groups - tho they WERE using the funhouse.

I questioned the guy placing more queue stanchions outside the main ride, that I was surprised they were using the indoor portion, instead of just routing folks around it? And he said they only let one group thru at a time, so since I'm alone? I should expect to go thru alone.

oooo-kay then.
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so got in line.

and barely moved for a couple of cycles.
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I couldn't figure out what was going on, then realized that for every few cycles, they were sanitizing, then cycling the ride to dry it off.

ok, that seems smart enough, no big deal.
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while waiting, I noticed that Supervillain Swing was chained off, and I saw someone who looked like Park President Jeffery Siebert (hard to tell with mask from across the way) heading into the ride, and talking with someone at the main stalk

when he came back out the entrance, I waved him over - and he came over right away (he's just that nice and personable), and his name tag confirmed it was him.

I asked him about the ride, and he told me they were trying to get it up. and I complimented him on how great DDD looked (I think he really appreciated I didn't ask when it was going to open. . LOL), and how much I was loving the Covid precautions, even tho I know it impacts capacity pretty bad.

He thanked me for my comments, told me it was nice seeing me again (not sure if he remembers me from 6 months ago. . but probably, he's that good with Customers) and wished me "a Six Flags Day". . .LOL


at this point, I had gotten to the main entrance of the ride (till now had been in the overflow stanchions) and noticed that they were cycling Joker with only 10-12 people on the ride.

the lady behind me said. . that's weird, must be only for this ride. But from where we were, I could see how they were loading standby for the next cycle - and again was only 4-6 people on the side nearest us.

quickly doing the math, I realized it was going to be at least an hour until I made it to the ride, so bailed and instead headed to Batman - which only took maybe 5 minute wait to get a ride.
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then continued on to Wonder Woman.

which looked to not have much of a line at all.
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especially since the WW queue was truly enforcing the 6 ft between groups.
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I ended up waiting about 20 minutes for Wonder Woman, because it turned out (as noted in the opening comments), they are only running 2 trains. And due to Covid? any group of 3 or more? get their own train.

so yeah. . capacity is terrible at the moment for this, and if you want to ride it? I'd budget for Flash Pass, unless you don't mind standing in line for a bit.
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it's worth waiting for.
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at this point, I was hungry, so headed over to Sangerfest Halle to grab lunch with the meal plan.

I was worried maybe I had made a mistake coming to SFFT today (due to Covid and wanting to keep my Spouse - who's high risk - safe). . but I knew 100% I made a mistake here with my choice for lunch:

Chimichanga with Chilli & Cheese, guac & Sour Cream.

not only not healthy? but sheesh. . . so many "runs" to the toilet last night! LOL

oh well, at least when it goes thru ya that fast, no calories can stick :P


No trays or open plates at the moment - everything comes in to-go containers, and you have to ask for a sealed silverware/napkin pack at the register)
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inside Sangerfest Halle - they removed a few tables, spread out those still there (including taking over where the seating would have been for the shows, if they had been doing them). .and took out benches from every other table, to ensure distancing.

yes, it was inside, but it was pretty open (they keep the doors open too), and I felt safe enough to remove my mask in here to relax and eat something.
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this is how they are handling the drinks - at the side of the Sangerfest Halle opposite the food service: You give the counter lady your order, and she gets the drink for you, be it beer, soda, or water.
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once I had eaten (badly), of COURSE I was going right next door to ride my beloved Carousel.

They didn't have any animals marked as "off limits" but they WERE spraying down the entire Carousel every hour on the hour, then cycling it to dry off. (I asked the operator while we were waiting for the disinfecting spraydown - since of COURSE i timed it that I got there right at the top of the hour).

funny tho, I happened to be at the perfect angle to catch the disinfector spraying down "my" white Rabbit.
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and I got to ride him, since I was at the front of the line, so went directly to him.
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you can "See" the smile, even thru the mask.
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I had knocked off Rattler, Batman, and Wonder Woman off my list today, so the next coaster I wanted to hit was Poltergeist.

they were only running 1 train, and with every other row blocked off, I knew this would be a 30-40 minute wait. . . but I wanted to let the food settle anyways, so just got in line.

(I was off just a little - it took ~28 minutes total).

Scream from Poltergeist line. (I was headed towards the boardwalk after, so would hit this next)
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Poltergeist was only running 1 train. . . so I was used to this line taking a long time. Tho wish they had both on,since with 1/2 the seats empty, they could easily cycle both trains (the reason they don't seems to be the loading time is so long due to the weird restraints. .so the 2nd train ends up sitting on the brake run in the sun).

but oh well..I'm just happy I get to ride it. I've missed this ride.
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and man. . was it hauling!

i dont' know if it's because the train was lighter with half the seats empty (so the launch felt faster?). . but it was the fastest I've ever felt this coaster go.

I rode towards the back, and there is definitely a rattle towards the back of the train. Not terrible, and maybe it too, because the train was 1/2 empty.

but great ride.
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after a stop at Scream (10 minute wait), I made it to the boardwalk, and JUST MISSED Wave Runner . . she ran it with 3 cars (4 people). . even tho a few of us walked up before she had finished checking the cars, and could have added us.

not a big deal. . but while it was running? one of the disinfect folks came up the exit. . and yep. . . he then took 10 minutes to disinfect every car, and then they cycled it to dry before we could ride.

don't get me wrong. . it's great they are doing this. . just venting frustration.

by this time of day, the sun had absolutely come out, it had started to get hot, and the Boardwalk was pretty dead. . everyone had started to go into the waterpark it seemed.
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I killed time waiting for the disinfect cycle by playing on my phone and taking pics.

as I noted, Pirates of the Deep Sea (as an indoor ride) was closed. . and I forgot that Crows Nest Ferris Wheel was closed too - this one I suspect due to the rules they have that no single riders allowed. And since can't pair up strangers? it just wasn't worth the grief to have to argue with folks who wanted to ride. So easier just to close it.. .at least I suspect that.
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yay. . finally on Wave Runner
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this one too was absolutely HAULING. . ever since it came back from refurb last year (it was down for a long time), this has been running a hell of a great cycle.

So if you're at SFFT, I recommend not to pass this ride up.

I was going to head over to Spinsanity (next gen tilt a whirl), but as I exited Wave Swinger, I saw the disinfectant guy heading up the exit ramp there . . so instead went over to Hurricane Force 5 (outward facing Disc-O). I'm not a fan of these rides, but since the boardwalk was dead, it was a walk-on, so grabbed a ride.

he was still spraying down Spinsanity, so I went and grabbed a solo ride on Pandemonium (LOTS of spinning, when I'm the only one in the car) - that took 10 minutes, and only because a larger guest a couple of cars in front of me was having trouble getting the restraint to click "green". . so the operator stopped the loading until they could manage to get it down far enough (it involved moving them around within their car, and a 'two operator press' to get it to click, but she did get to ride).

by this time, Spinsanity was up and running again, so I made it onto the next cycle there, and spun so much, I actually felt myself turning green. LOL

but that didnt' stop me from a ride on Fireball - the 10 minute wait gave my stomach a chance to calm down. Not the smartest move, since it still involved inversions.

it "hinked" me up enough that I decided to skip Hustler this trip.
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as I passed the funnel cake place across from Batman, I figured "oh well. . I have to use my snack credit even tho I'm not hungry.. .and in for a penny with that Chimichanga earlier. . . . . "

so here ya go: Cinnamon Apple funnel cake sundae.

at least I didn't eat all of it!


I continued around the outside of the park - stopping to ride Zoom Jets (love this ride, and it never has a line. . yes, it's basically Dumbo, but it's fun!). Superman line was now zig-zagging back and forth in the queue - even with 2 trains, so skipped it.

Checking the Skyscreamer line? it was really long, and with them only loading every other seat? yeah, skippedi t this trip too. So instead, I headed over to see if the Iron Rattler line had shortened (it hadn't).

I wasn't quite ready to go home yet, so a 20 minute wait for Roadrunner Express was a good back up plan.

I had planned to ride the train, but just missed it.. so instead walked back over towards Skyscreamer, cut thru to the German section and grabbed on more ride on Poltergeist (this time a 15 minute wait).

I headed to the front, dealt with the Photo Booth (and get the print out of my Iron Rattler pic), and tho took a peek at Goliath? decided the line was simply too long.

it was about 5:45, and I'd been in the park for just over 6 hours. . so with that? I headed home, after a fun day.

it was more crowded that I expected - with Covid restrictions - but again, think that was mainly because of the rain in the morning keeping the waterpark section empty for a good chuck of my day there.

I got a bunch of rides in, tho no re-rides, other than Poltergeist.

can't wait to go back again in the next few weeks. . if things calm down maybe can even get spouse to come with.
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