Before the summer actually kicked off I decided to venture into Texas to visit my best friend Nick. He's getting married in a couple of days so we decided to go out with a bang for his last couple of days as a single man.
Cassie and I traveled to Sea World San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags Over Texas, Wonderland Amusement Park, and Cliff's Amusement Park in New Mexico with a credit whore stop in El Paso. Other Jim joined us for Sea World and the two Six Flags parks.
First up, Sea World
I must say that this Sea World kicks major butt compared to the one in San Diego. This one actually has rides!!!! The new Journey to Atlantis opened last week so it was a nice new attraction to the park. The park atmosphere was beautiful and it was just an all around fun day.
Here's the pics
First up, saying good-bye the Cassie's car as we head out on our 13 hour drive from Tucson to San Antonio
Yeah, we are still pretty tired since it is 5:30 in the morning when we left
The sun greeted us as we drove into New Mexico
Credit Whore stop! Oasis Lanes in El Paso, Texas
Cobra just chillin there in all it's whoreness
Check out that first drop of 20 feet. INSANE!
After finally arriving in San Antonio, we hit up Sea World. The entrance was pretty awesome.
First up, Steel Eel. This was my first Morgan Hyper and it wasn't to bad.
Lift hill goodness with the weird looking supports
First drop was pretty sweet riding in the back row. Good floater air
If you like floater air then this is a pretty fun ride. It's also intimidating as it can be seen from anywhere in the park.
This was after riding Rio Loco. Yeah, waterfall was on and we got soaked.
Here's the Shamu Stadium. When I saw this I was like "Holy Crap...it's in the shade!"
This makes San Diego's version look like a tiny model.
Cassie and I waiting for Shamu to get some people wet.
Random person flying off of the big killer whale...no thanks.
Lots of interaction between the trainers and Shamu in this show.
Shamu's all like "I'm so cool, I'm on the jumbo tron!"
After watching the show we got hungry. Here's our meal...probably the best on the trip for the price
After eating we walked by the flamingos. Cassie loves these cute little pink creatures
Look at them in all their glory. Reminds me of ALice in Wonderland where they play croquet with flamingos
Umm, this duck has issues' He thinks he's a flamingo. Keep eating more shrimp and you might become one buddy
The Great Whaaat?
Hey Derek, how's it going buddy.
The backside of The Great White. Side Note: The Great White was running really fast that day and was probably the most intense ride I've ever had on a Batman clone.
Vertical Loop Goodness
This was a pretty cool show. Still no Baywatch show like they had in San Diego awhile ago.
A human pyramid on water...sweet!
I think it's safe to say that this is about to eat it pretty hard. Guy flying through the air + board already in the water = good entertainment for the crowd
Here's some of the cast from all over the United States. Thye evn had someone from South Carolina! WOW!
Overview of Journey to Atlantis, just opened a couple weeks ago.
Here's the credit portion of the ride, backwards!
And it makes a pretty huge splash. It really gets your upper body soaked
I think there's a boat under that wall of water somewhere
Great addition to the park. People seemed to really enjoy it. Scroll down for a little video of the ride
We left Sea World and headed into San Antonio. Here's the Alamo...pretty cool since it was surrounded by high rises and guarded by a policeman with a gun and a cowboy hat.
Random Statue of me about to get my head blown off, but don't worry though...I'm still here
This is downtown San Antonio. WOW. The Riverwalk was awesome and so beautiful. I think every downtown should have a river going through it
Another view. They even had boats you can tour on down the river. And they had restaurant all the way down the river
As you look up from the Riverwalk, you can still see the downtown high rises.
This is where we stopped for dinner. My best friend Nick, his fiancee Brie, Cassie and I all enjoyed this place. I recommend it to anyone who visits the Riverwalk
Nick and I finishing Brie's "Texas Sized" Margarita. Good stuff
And that is the end of Day 1. Be sure to check out the Journey to Atlantis video!
Next Day, Six Flags Fiest Texas.
SFFT just opened Tony Hawk this year. Although I much prefer the Maurer Sohne spinning coasters this wasn't too bad. Our car didn't spin much but I saw a few people get a pretty good spinning ride. Superman Krypton Coaster has moved up to my favorite Floorless coaster. This thing just kicked extreme butt from start to finish. Unfortunately the Rattler wasn't open the day we went so it looks as if I will have to venture back to SFFT one of these days.
All around good park and they actually have some theming going on. Hot day but it had water rides to cool us off.
Here's the entrance to Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Other Jim, Cassie and I (while Nick and Brie run away from the camera)
Tony Hawk's Big Spin Coaster.
The crazy 4 ready to get our spin on
Here's an overview of the ride. This is where Joker's Revenge used to be according to Other Jim. Be sure to check out the Tony Hawk Video...scroll down
Huss Frisbee, I still prefer to ones facing outward but this one had its moments of "WTF"
Scooby Doo Blast the Ghost Shooting Dark Ride. This was a lot of fun and it was air conditioned so you can say we rode this ride a lot today
Other Jim hanging ten on the antique cars
Cassie and I about to drive into Other Jim
SCREAM! No, not the parking lot coaster, but the freefall tower
This ride suprised me. I didn't know it was going to shoot you up AND shoot you down. Pretty sweet
Kiddie Credit! WooHoo!
There were a lot of characters out today. Batman and Robin were stoked to see the Jims
Yeah, hi! This was running extremely fast today and I almost blacked out twice
That sure is a mess of track in there
Looks prety cool when its not all indoors like the Flight of Fear coasters
Lame Name Game. Coast to Coaster? Seriously, WTF?
Well, there it is in all its glory. Boomerang, Coast to Coaster
Boomerang and head bashing through the trees
SFFT installed Johny Rockets. Although the service was pretty slow due to tons of people wanting burgers, it was still quite tasty
They also got their very own Coldstone where the prices are just unheard of!
Time to cool off on a hot summer day
Here we go, freaks in the back...
...loner in the front. Although Other Jim was the smart one because he got soaked compared to us
The drop of extreme terror and doom
I feel wetness coming ahead...
Ok Nick, we see you...nerd
Sad Day when I saw this. It just looks so fun and exciting
Just look at that reprofiled 100 times first drop just calling out my name and laughing at me
That's a mighty big wood
Rattler's station just mocking me. Oh well, some other day I'll ride it
The Jims say What's up to Foghorn Leghorn
Roadrunner Express. A Minetrain ride on steroids. This thing hauled butt
Don't look too excited there Nick
Ahh yes, My new number 1 Floorless coaster. Insane!
Hey, Superman is back on top of the loop.
Other Jim is ready to ride Superman
My favorite part, the turnaround on top of the cliff with the dive into the zero gravity roll. So smooth and so sweet
Interlocking Corks. Fun, fast, and intense
A train zooming by with happy riders
Corkscrew heaven. So fun
A pretty good view of the layout. Such an aweseom ride.
The Jims visit Wonderwoman...oh and Flash was there too
Here's a pretty good view of most of the park from the Ferris Wheel
A nerd at work
Cassie and I on the Ferris Wheel
Swings. I think it would still be better if they had water that shot up at you like in BeanoLand at Chessington in England
Game time...Find the Jims!
Other Jim looks super thrilled to ride the Wagon Wheel (aka Enterprise)
Come on ride the train...and ride it
Train going into the tunnel of doom and darkness!
We say good bye to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Hot day but still fun and the staff there was really friendly
That night we drove up to Arlington. This is Austin, the capital of Texas, at sundown
The end of another fun and fulfilling day. Be sure to check out the Tony Hawk Video
Sweeeeettttt!!!!!!!!!!! Finally I see a picture of Austin on the forum! It's a shame you didn't get to spend more time there! Have you ever?
Glad to see you had a great time at my home park! S:KC is truly an amazing roller coaster. The helix on the cliff is very intense. I don't know if this is the fact that I've ridden it about 40 times now, but I feel like it was actually running a little faster last year.
That's weird! I've never seen Rattler closed. Maybe the park got sued.... again for injuring someone... and it's going to get its 101st reprofiling. The only good part about that ride is the twisting dive into the cave right after the MCBR after the most POINTLESS helix EVER! It's also the smoothest part of the ride.
I love how horrible the paint on S:KC's sign looks!!!
Almost everytime I've been on Poltergeist, it's been super intense. Awesome!
By the way, how were the crowds? It sure didn't LOOK busy!
P.S. - THBS is the only spinner I've ever been on, but did you notice that after the wooden ramp there's actually good airtime? 1. Right after the brakes, and 2. over the bunny hill. I wasn't actually expecting that!
Day 3, Six Flags Over Texas.
The original Six Flags park and probably one of the best I have ever been to. This park just had in array of different rides and a great atmosphere. The ride ops were extremely fast and very nice. The feel of this park was just great.
Mr Freeze was insane. I think going through the Top Hat backwards was a total "holy crap" feeling. Titan definitely lived up to its hype as being better than its younger brother SFMM's Goliath. Titan, complete with TWO helices of death, was intense and sitting in the front row you feel like your 2 inches shorter after getting off. On thing that suprised me was La Vibora, an Intamin Bobsled. This thing was fun! I really like the bobsled rides and this thing was great.
Onto the pictures...
Here's the entrance, it poured the night before but ti cleared up for us that day
The Jims were pretty confused as to where they are right now
First up, Mr Freeze. Awesome. One of my favorite Launch Coasters...beats out TTD by far
This thing is just massive and can be seen and heard throughout the park
The overbanked turn jsut towers over the Mine Train rides below it
Mr Freeze and Batman...Batman's all like "Give me some love too man"
Batman and the Batmobile. Not quite the Tumbler but it will do
If you don't know what a Batman clone looks like, here you go...
Loopage and Srewiness here
Not quite as intense as Great White a couple days earlier but still a fun ride.
Cassie didn't enjoy Batman as much as Mr Freeze or Great White but she still liked it
Time for the Mine Train. Ron Toomer's first coat hanger masterpiece. Jahan is drooling
There's only one way to have fun on a coat hanger coaster...make stupid faces
Out in the middle of nowhere ride. Seriously, you go under this random path and into a tunnel to walk even further to go and ride it. Interesting park layout
Classic Out and Back and probably one of the most entertaining rides on the trip
Going up zee lift hill
I wish they still had these at Knott's. Offers a good view and a fun little freefall coming down
Bye Other Jim! See ya when we get down
Superman, Power of Tower...wait, what?
Yeah, that's hi...but I think I'll pass cuz the best ride in the park is coming up
That's right...Shockwave. Hey Jow, how's it goin?
Shockwave is Schwarzkopf at it's best. Intense Vertical Loopage plus pops of random air throughout the ride
Vertical Loopage. Yeah, I almost blacked out sitting in the front
This truly was an odd little thing...here's why...
Yosemite Sam has porn in the barrels and we are trying to capture him to get the porn
After we capture him we put him in jail for having all the porn...but why?
Antique Car ride with a crazy driver behind the wheel
Yep, crazy driver driving around the Jims
Next up, Texas Giant which didn't run too bad today according to Other Jim
Here you go lift hill enthusiasts
The first drop full of trims and a lot of pumping and bumping
This is a pretty massive structure and I'd imagine in it's prime it would have been a great ride. But just way too bumpy for me
Not everyone looks in pain. Just about 2/3 of them do
The Texas Giant and...wait...what's that in the background?
Titan! This ride makes SFMM's Goliath look like a little school boy
It just towers over the parking lot
It started to get hot so we rode one of the two log flumes they have there. Guess what Jahan, it was an Arrow Log Flume
Now for the most underrated coaster in the park. I really like these things and they are a lot of fun. Great Family ride too
Here is the first part of the ride...looks like a snake
La Vibora...through the trees!
Runaway Mountain was definitely one of those nice and cool coasters on a hot day and it had a "WTF" second drop on it too
Marvin was super stoked to see us that day. I want a pair of his tights!
Hey look, Johny Rockets!
And a Cold Stone with over priced cold stuff
Since Cold Stone was too expensive, we went to get some Pink Things. Other Jim said these were amazing and they were
There's no word to describe it but it is just so good and only found at the Original Six Flags
After we eat some pink things we leave the park...at least we think we did. The Jims are still so lost
Day 4, Wonderland Amusement Park in Amarillo, Texas.
So now after a couple of really awesome parks it was time to start heading back home. On the way back we decided to go to WOnderland Amusement Park because...well...it was on the way. This was an interesting little park that reminded me a lot of a big fair or carnival. The Texas Tornado really did a number on my spine and I don't recommend sitting in the back. Fantastic Journey really was pretty entertaining and a really fun dark ride. Chuck (cfc) you'd really enjoy it.
Onto the pictures
First, we drove through some pretty intense thunderstorms where I could hardly see 10 feet in front of me. But thank God it cleared up before we got to Amarillo
We took a little detour to Oklahoma so Cassie could sing her Oklahoma song.
Here we are, Wonderland in all it's glory
Looks like a carnie ride...and it was. It was one of those rides where the ride ops had to push the train just to get to the lift hill
It had good little pops of air now and then but still pretty slow
Put your hands in the air like you just don't care!
Straight bit straight bit!
Himalaya...aka, spin and puke ride #1
The Texas Intimidator with what seemed like a 10 minute cycle...spin and puke ride #2
Pirate Ship, fun for the whole family!
Here's looking back toward the entrance from the back of the park. They had quite a number of rides
They even had water rides that were operating even though it was about to rain
Tilt A Hurl...spin and puke ride #3
Fantastic Journey which was really fun. I enjoyed the random parts of AAAHHHH!!!
Cyclone. No, not the one from Coney Issland but the one from Australia
Fun little wild mouse, but still not as crazy as those wooden wild mouse coasters in the UK
This little train speeds down and around the drop and turn at gut wrentching speeds
Yeah, they are still on the same cycle since the last time we left them. Seriously, it felt like forever on that ride
Time for the Spine Crusher in all it's glory
First drop of extreme pain and the first loop wasn't too bad
My spine is still at the bottom of this drop
Interesting Supports structure but I guess it gets the job done
They even had a little ghetto train going around the entire park
Bye Bye train...taking riders off to the "who knows where" part of the park
Oh yeah, they had a rainbow ride. Spin and puke #....I lost count
There it goes spinning as fast as a rainbow can
And that's the end of Wonderland. Be sure to check out Wonderland's Coasters video
Day 5, Last Day at Cliff's Amusement Park in New Mexico
This was a suprise park of the trip. I expected another carnie feel type of park like Wonderland but it was actually not that at all. They had some pretty decent rides and I finally got at least one Rattler Credit in for the trip. The New Mexico Rattler was an amzing coaster and really fun. Riding this coaster just makes me sad that CCI is no longer around because I love their coasters (although I am starting to like GCI even more with the more coasters I ride of theirs) Cliff's was entertaining and a great little park.
Onto the pictures and be sure to check out the New Mexico Rattler Video
We travel into New Mexico and drive a couple hours to Cliff's
Cliff's Amusement Park. Not a carnie feel at all!
First up was Galaxi. Pretty fun for a little coaster and the helix was extremely fast
Little drop with some floater air all the way down
Towering over the walkway near by
Going up zee lift hill
Not quite the helix of death but still really fast and some nice laterals
Going down the drop! WOOHOO!
They had a Sky Diver here. I love these things. They provide enormous amounts of airtime
Sea Dragon...even though the closest sea is about 900 miles away
Sea Dragon, through the trees!
Water Monkey? What is a water monkey?
What ever it is, this is where little kids play and have fun. The big bucket soaks all innocent people standing in the wrong place at the wrong time
Cliff's had plenty of kids rides. They even had their own little kid section of the park
Frog Hopper is getting the kids ready for the Sky Diver
Tilt a Hurl. I hate these things
Music Express was another one of those Himalya things...but this one played some prety sweet tunes
Sweet music means a lot of people wanting to ride and stand around just to listen to the music
Magic Carpet, Looping Star, Rainbow..whatever you call it...they had one
This was interesting...It was like a Zipper but not. You are thrown into a Zipper like cage and this thing goes around in circles.
Water soaking ride. We passed because people came off this thing completely drentched
Now it's time for the main attraction...New Mexico Rattler
The lift hill towering over the entire park
First drop twists you in ways you couldn't imagine taking into a dive into a tunnel
The second drop provides some awesome airtime in the back seat
Diving into the tunnel underground
Pop of air going over the drop
This thing just kicks serious butt
Flying out of the tunnel
New Mexico Rattler travels over the entire park
Crazy helix finale! Be sure to check out the New Mexico Rattler video
We headed back to Galaxi just cuz it is such a fun little coaster
There's the helix of extreme speed and lateral and fun!
Turning really fast!! AAHHHH!!!
Enjoying our last credit of the trip
So our last dinner was an awesome Burger King Meal
And our last breakfast was at Cracker Barrel. Having never been to one Cassie and I really enjoyed it and it wasn't too overpriced. Great food and service
On the way back to Tucson we made a pit stop at The Thing?
What is it you ask? CAUTION: SPOILER AHEAD!
WTF is that?
It's a mummified mother and her baby
Pretty creepy looking
Well, that's it. Thanks for reading and don't forget to check out the videos too!
Hey when did you go to SFFT, because i was there last friday and The Rattler was closed that day as well, perhaps it has seen its last days. Do not worry though you really did not miss a thing , it drops then turns a few times then drops again, its kind of lame.
Im going to dallas in like a few weeks, and of course, im going for the rides but more importantly im going for the PINK THINGS, are they still just 2 bucks or did six flags decide to pull a parking lot raise on it and make it more...i wish they would sell those at other places, there just soooooooooo good. Mr. Freeze is awesome, im really happy to see its back open because it was closed for like a year there. THats how six flags does it though. Anyways man great TPR
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