Well since I was pretty sure I had to work on Sunday I went to (P)KD for the last time this season on Saturday. The weather was supposed to be sunny and cool during the day but COLD at night and it was! I was very surprised at the crowds there on such a cool day in Nov. but PKD was doing bring a friend for free this weekend, so I am sure that added a lot of peeps.
Everything was open with the exception of Water rides & Hypersonic operated for a limited time 2-6 (I believe this was due to the Freezing temps)
My first ride of the day was Volcano and we were greeted by Ice sickles hanging from the entrance into the mountain (that’s a first for me
) I was on 2nd train out hoping for a rollback but to no avail. (they had the last seats blocked off all day to prevent this IMO)
I hit Flight of Fear next since I had not ridden it since it re-opened and Wow, I have gained some weight this year but not THAT much. For some reason on my first ride I had to have an employee push down the lap bar with their weight to get the seat belt to lock. (WTF! I weigh 180lbs 5’-9”) It was one of the most uncomfortable rides ever. I rode 3 more times and 2 of those times the belt was no issue whatsoever. This adds tremendous wait time to this ride cause so many people are turned away.
I then hit Italian Job, which seemed to be running great (I think they amped it up cause of the cold) now this ride is not even into its sophomore season and almost every single speacial effect is NOT working. The only thing that worked yesterday was the fire effects. I rode pretty much everything a couple of times and met my buddy Chris about 4 and took some great sunset pics.
I took over 500 pics (I narrowed my favs to 60) since it is rare to have such colorful foliage when PKD is open and a beautiful night complimented by a full moon which made for some great shots. As the weather said, It was going to be below freezing before 8pm. This was easily the coldest weather I had ever ridden coasters in, so we decided to go all out and wait for the front seat of Volcano at 7pm with the tempature a scorching 34 degrees (plus 70+mph wind chill) that was COLD! But Fun. We rode IJ again and I rode DZ a few times and it felt like needles hitting my legs on the drop from my jeans flapping against my legs. After that we closed out the night on Grizzly, I got 2 rides and had an opportunity for a third but I passed due to a killer headache from the cold and Grizz was a little brutal that night. But it was a great time other than the big headache, OK I have bored you long enough, here are the pics.
Chris took some Kickass pics as well, so check back for his also if you liked mine.