Photo TR: BACT at Seaside Heights and SFGAd

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Photo TR: BACT at Seaside Heights and SFGAd

Postby DerekRx » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:49 pm

This past weekend was the new New Jersey ACE reps first regional event, which they decided to host at Seaside Heights' Casino Pier. I've been great friends with both reps, Adam and assistant Bret since I got into this hobby, and since guests were allowed with ACE members, I was able to go with Heath and Kim. For only $10 we got a POP wristband good on all the coasters and a few other rides like the Haunted House and Centrifuge. We got really lucky too, and Pirate's Hideaway had just passed inspection and opened the day before. The ride is very similar in layout to the old Wizard's Cavern that used to occupy that same spot on the pier, but Pirate's Hideaway is still missing something...like anything inside the building. No props, no lighting, no darkness, no nothing. Hopefully they'll add some props over time.

After hitting Casino Pier, we ventured down to Funtown Pier so the gang could get their credits in down there. Good news, it doesn't appear like the pier will be closing at the end of this season as suggested last year.

The weather was great, the coasters were fun, the price was fantastic, and the event saw a pretty good turnout at around 50 people. Not bad for only putting it together in a little over a month.
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When Casino Pier opened at 12, we had all we could ride until 4 on all the coasters.
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The reps rocking the registration booth
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First stop of the day was the Star Jet over the water, replacing the Jet Star a few years ago. With lite crowds, it was pretty much ERT for us, as Heath and Kim show
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The Miler version of the Wild Mouse was next on the agenda. A little overbraked, but the big drop is great
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Both Heath and Mighty Mouse need to use the facilities
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The credit whores have no shame in riding the Hot Tamale (but I rode it before, so I will pass this time)
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Workers were still preparing Pirate's Hideaway, so we decided to ride some other stuff first
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Stillwalk Manor is a really nice darkride, though the extreme airblowing hurt our ears, and very few props had heads. No sight inside is scarier than the behinds outside though!
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and Centrifuge is one of the coolest indoor scramblers out there, especially when they're playing Pantera
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and it's preboard area has one of the most effective spinning tunnels out there
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Finally the workers leave, which means Pirate's Hideaway is now opened!
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Of course, our fat @$$es broke the ride on the lift, requiring the op to come and push us off the rollback
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Cool themed cars and some nice air on the drops. Hopefully they'll add props to the inside portion
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all credits achieved, it's time to dance!
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You don't want to know what I had to do to get into the Pirate's Hideaway ;)
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Down to Funtown Pier just a few blocks away to rack up some more credits for Heath and Kim
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The Funtown Family Coaster has a really nice extended layout for a Miler. And no trash cans on the track yet this year!
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No hassles about adults riding either, at least not today.
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Relocated last year from Playland in Ocean City, the Mighty Mouse, one of the rare old-school Miler Mice
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Still one of the best types of mice with the cars that lean around the turns
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Kim goes for some big air
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and Heath follows with an "Oh yeah!" look
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One final credit on the pier for the crew, sorry guys, it's a Pinfari Looper
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Vertical not so good loopage
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There's only 1 ride restriction, but it has 3 parts. Darn, and I was looking forward to riding with my Artic Ales. At least they don't make you rent a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo like they would at SFA
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Postby noyzz » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:55 pm

I think it's time for a pier park trip! Looks like you guys had a freaking blast!
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Postby DerekRx » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:58 pm

After hitting up Seaside, it was time for some more whoring up at Pt. Pleasant. The place was a zoo and parking was next to impossible, so I just dropped Heath and Kim off to ride the Flitzer, then picked them up drive-by style. Then it was on for our final whoring of the weekend, down to Blackbeard's Cave in Bayville.
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A few miles south of Seaside is a FEC with mini-golf, go carts, batting cages, arcade, a model train restaurant, and a kiddie land called Blackbeard's Cave
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We found the kiddieland area, we're in the right location
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and behold, thar be our precious booty, the Dragon!
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Pretty cool how they saved the trees inside the helices
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after a few minutes, an op came over to shamefully allow us to ride.
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Woohoo! I got another credit this year, and this one only took like 5 times out of our drinking time!
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Postby twisterbret » Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:22 pm

Great Report. We had a great time! Hey you got a credit I don't have an I;m local. I better get on the dragon.

It could be the laptop but the pictures are showing a lot of noise. Were you on ISO 400 ? Turn it down to 100 when it's that sunny.

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Postby DerekRx » Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:32 pm

Sunday we stopped at Great Adventure on our way home. After last week's trip to SFNE, I was curious as to how Great Adventure was holding up as far as staffing, operations, cleanliness, no smoking, etc. I'm happy to report it's still doing fantastic. Employees seemed happy (or at least not zombies), coaster crews hustled to dispatch trains, ops were friendly and would try to converse with you, security everywhere, even parking attendants at the new automated things to make them go faster. Rides opened with the park, including Kingda Ka, and Rolling Thunder actually raced! The park was really clean, had lots of costumed characters and other random entertainment people out, and it was just a really nice time. So nice that I actually bought some merchandise, just because I was happy with the place and felt it would be worth giving my money. So bravo, Mr. Shapiro, at least one of your parks is still on the right path, who'd have thought it would have been Great Adventure!?!

As far as El Toro goes, the ride opened WITH THE PARK, was running TWO trains from the start, and they were barely stacking the trains (except for some problems with the restraint sensors). The crew was doing great, especially John, and I'm also pleased to report that even though the lift does still slow down at the top (and it still is a ride in itself getting up there!), it doesn't affect the ride at all, there is still plenty of air and speed down that first drop and everywhere else it always was. I can't wait to get back to SFGAd.
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Back to SFGAd, it's still 30 minutes before the park opens, but things are testing already
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Nice little rules and policies card given out to everyone upon entrance. Now people can't say they didn't know when they do something wrong and get booted from the park
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El Toro opened with the park, making me very happy. Getting on the 2nd train out for the day and not waiting long makes me even happier
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Happiest of all though, Kingda Ka opened with the park too...
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...meaning no lines yet for El Toro. Fantastic! Bonus ride
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Still delivering the most insane airtime on any wood coaster out there
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The lift slowdown does make the turnaround feel more PGA Grizzly-ish, but at close to 200feet in the air, you've got an excellent view, and lots of anticipating for the plunge you're about to take
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Its lakeside location makes it very photogenic. Of course, it could be in a parking lot and still look wonderful
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Sorry, Jahan, no ride on any Arrow's for us today, though we could if we wanted to, thanks to the comfort of the new restraints
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We'll give some love to Medusa though, since it doesn't seem to get it anymore. Maybe peoples are confused from the theme of the ride
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Both Chiller trains are on the track, but neither is running today
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The Batman side still eludes Heath, and I don't think I've ridden it since the restraint change either!
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Those hills just be looking whack!
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Sorry Joey, all that remains for you of Stuntman's Freefall is a queue entrance and an unmarked Qbot station
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Gotta give some love to Batman too, still one intense little coaster
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We spent enough time with Conner this weekend, no more Wiggles for us! ;)
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mmm Nitro, and check out that personless staircase, thanks to 3 train operation!
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Out into the woods they go. Hope the Jersey Devil doesn't get them!
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Random singing act in the park. Nice to see stuff like this, it definitely appeals to the families, and showseekers
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Just can't get enough of that good El Toro
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and everyone on the train goes "ay Dios mio! Donde esta el bano?"
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El Toro's new shirt points out all the awesome stats on the ride. Like it's 200 feet tall? has a 205 foot drop? huh?
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It was built in 1997!? Crap, where have I been! They must have covered this up really well.
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So picturesque. All that is missing is an Aquatrax, Impulse, and an elephant ears stand.
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Even Bugs isn't afraid to write people tickets for linejumping
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And shockingly, another great day at SFGAd. We're impressed, and actually WANT to go back, new coaster or not!
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Dispatch, enjoy your ride.

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Postby Captain Jack » Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:21 pm

You can always count on Six Flags to get their facts wrong...1997 for El Toro? You're printing merchandise, doesn't someone do a little research and review of a demo-shirt before they print thousands?

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Postby Homer » Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:35 pm

^They were leftovers from Chiller, but since Batman & Robin bombed and SF had surplus, they just rebranded them as El Toro shirts for profit!

Great TR of being whores on the Jersey shore!
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Postby missingmusician » Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:40 pm

I used to go to that pier when I was a kid...going back this summer and hitting GAdv :D

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Postby bulldogmom » Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:49 pm

Great TR! I love the lobster picture. The Jersey Shore is awesome.
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Postby kraken613 » Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:58 pm

Why did they slow down El Toros lift?

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