On Saturday August 11th, 2012 we headed to Dorney Park. We only had two short hours at the park, but we managed to get a ride on each of the parks main Coasters.
We left out house early in the morning at about 7:00 am. It took over 3 hours to get to the park, and we arrived at the park at approximately 10:15 am, right after the park opened. First, I had to process me season pass, which took some time. We then headed to ride the new Coaster in the park, Stinger, which was formally Invertigo at California's Great America. Stinger is a Vekoma Inverted Boomerang Coaster, and it happened to be my 246th Coaster. The Coaster had no wait at the time, due to that the Coaster just opened, and it is located in the far back corner of the park. Overall, Stinger was a good addition to the park. It fits perfectly where it is, in the former location of the classic Coaster , Laser. The Coaster was intense, with great g forces, and it was very smooth.
After riding Stinger, we went to ride the Intamin Inverted Impulse Coaster, Possessed (Voodoo). That also had a very short wait, and as always, it was a great Coaster. We then headed over to ride the tallest Coaster in the park, Steel Force. It too had a very short wait time. However, The 15 year old Coaster is showing signs of aging, and it is getting a little rough. Still, it is a great Coaster.
It was then about noon, and we headed over to ride the unique steel B&M Florless Coaster, Hydra: The Revenge. However, the Coaster was then broken down at that time, so we went over to ride the B&M Inverted Coaster, Talon. It is still among the best Inverted Coaster, along with Great Bear, Silver Bullet, and Alpengiest. We quickly then headed back over to Hydra, and got a quick ride on it.
After that, it was almost 1 pm, and we stopped quickly at the Doney Park gift shop. We bought the Scorpion Inverted Roller Coaster model that has been sitting in the gift shop for many years. We payed a lot of money for the model, but it was well worth it.
Finally, we had to leave our exciting day at Dorney, and head home. I personally had work that day at 5 pm, so we had to get back home. It was a great few hours at Dorney Park, and we got to ride some fantastic Coasters, including my 246th Coaster, Stinger!
On Sunday July 22nd, 2012 after vising Six Flags New England for the day, we decided to visit Quassy Amusement Park. We were only at Quassy for a short two hours, but it was great! It was the second time we visited Quassy this past year, and the first time was for Wooden Warrior Day 2012.
We arrived at Quassy at approximately 5:00 pm. We noticed that the park had an unlimited ride wristband good from 5:00 pm to close, for only $10 dollars. We bought the wristband, and headed straight to ride Wooden Warrior first. The incredible Wooden Coaster only had a 5 minute wait, and we rode the Coaster a few times. A line was then forming, and we decided to head over to ride the parks Kiddie Coaster, the Little Dipper. We then rode a few other rides in the park including the old fashioned swing ride, the Yo-yo.
A picture of Wooden Warrior at Quassy
(Photo taken by Coaster Of The Day)
After that, we decided to ride Wooden Warrior a few more times. By then, it was about 7:00 pm, and we decided to head home. We had a long day at Six Flags New England, and we were exhausted. It was a fun two hours at Quassy. We got to ride a few rides, including Wooden Warrior. If your ever in Connecticut, stop by at Quassy to have some fun, and ride Wooden Warrior!
Here is an on-ride POV of Wooden Warrior at Quassy
(This on-ride POV was filmed WITH park permission!)
On Sunday July 22nd, we visited Six Flags New England. It was our third time we visited the park during 2012. The first time was in March during an ACE event, and the second time was in April. Overall, it was an okay day at the park. During the day there were some bad events, and some good events.
We arrived at the park at about 10:15 am, 15 minutes before the park opened. We waited with the big mass of crowds to enter the park. At 10:30 am, the park finally opened. Usually everyone (inculding myself) goes straight to be the first riders on Bizarro. However, the parks new Coaster, Goliath (formally Deja Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain) was open. Most of the crowd rushed to ride Goliath. Luckily, we were one of the first in line. We would have been on the first train of the Coaster, but we decided to wait an extra train to wait for the front row. Then the riders for the first train of the day entered the seats of Goliath. After everyone got strapped in, the train dispatched, went back about 5 feet, and then stopped. Yes, the troubled Coaster did break down, before making a successful run with park guests on it. The riders waited in the station for about 30 minutes, while we waited in the station patiently to ride. Then finally about 11:15 and after doing a few test runs, the riders on the first train finally rode the Coaster. When they returned I was very excited to ride my 245th Coaster, Goliath at Six Flags New England.
We then entered the Coasters station. Before we sat down, I put my camera, phone, and sunglasses in the rides holding area (I did not want to loose them!) When I went to sit down, there were two girls sitting in our seats. I told them to get out of seats, but they didn't. I complained to the ride operators, and they kicked the girls out of our seats. I was upset at that, but the ride cheered me up!
Overall Goliath was a good Coaster! There are much better Coasters, but for a Vekoma Boomerang Coaster it was great! The ride had its old trains running, and surprisingly, it was smooth. The Coaster was insanely tall and crazy. The next time we visit Six Flags New England, I would love to ride it, but if time permits. If the line is 2 hours long, I would not wait. If the line is only 15 minuets, I will defiantly ride it! Visit Six Flags New England soon to ride Goliath (and Bizarro!)
After we rode Goliath, we headed to ride Bizarro. A few minuets later, I realized I forgot my new, expensive sunglasses at Goliath! I quickly ran back to Goliath to retrieve them. When I got back to Goliath, I went to go to get them, but I was not able to. The ride operators said they will go get them, but they didn't even bother looking for them. I was very mad at the Six Flags staff, and we went to Guest Relations to reported the complaint. I told a manager my story, and she said "I am very sorry, but there is nothing we can do." I understood the situation, but I was still mad at the Six Flags staff that the ride operators were mean, and did not care about my sunglasses.
After that, it was about noon, and we then headed to ride one of the best Coasters on the planet, Bizarro. The line was about 45 minuets long, but it felt like forever. We rode it in the back row, and it was running great that day. As usual, the airtime was fantastic, and is defiantly one of the best Coasters in the world.
After riding Bizarro, we headed to ride a small family Coaster in the park, Catwoman's Whip. We then also rode the new Wild Mouse Coaster in the park, the Gotham City Gauntlet Escape from Arkham Asylum. Then we went to take a ride on the small compact B&M Floorless Coaster, Batman - The Dark Knight. The wait was not that bad, and was only about a 15 minute wait. We were then very hungry, and we decided to eat at JB's Smokehouse, located next to Goliath. The new restaurant at Six Flags New England was pricey, but it was great BBQ food! Next time you visit Six Flags New England, stop by at JB's Smokehouse to get great park food!
We then headed over to ride the great Wooden Coaster, the Cyclone. However, when we arrived there, we realized the Coaster had some mechanical issues, and was temporarily down. Instead we rode the crazy flat ride next to the Cyclone, Catapult. After our ride was over, the Cyclone reopened. The Coaster had a short waiting period, so we rode the classic Coaster a few times.
(Read our post on the possible modification to Cyclone)
After riding Cyclone, we headed over to Lost and Found to see if any one returned my sunglasses. Sadly they were not there, and none had returned them. We then decided to leave the park. It was a good day at the park. We got to ride some great Coasters, but we were still upset that I forgot my sunglasses at Goliath.
However, our day of riding Coasters was not over, as on the way home we stopped at Quassy Amusement Park.
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