September 8th, 2012 was the 4th annual ACE Riding of the Bull event at Six Flags Great Adventure. Riding of the Bull are a series of ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) events started four years ago, and we have attended every one. Each year Riding of the Bull improves and gets more popular. Riding of the Bull Cuatro was an amazing day, and became one of the best ACE events of all time.
After Riding of the Bull Tres on September 24th, 2012, many people (including my self) counted down to Riding of the Bull Cuatro. Finally after waiting one year, the event was held on September 8th, 2012. Our day began very early at 5 am. Living over 3 hours away from Six Flags Great Adventure, we had to wake up very early to drive to the park. We arrived on-time at the park at approximately 9:00 am. Then, the weather was not cooperating with us, as it was raining. After getting registered, many people wondered if morning ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) on Nitro would be canceled, or not. Thankfully at 9:30 am, the rain turned into just a drizzle, and ERT was on! It began at 9:45 am, a little late, but that was fine. At that time there were hundreds of fans on line for Nitro, and there was a few train wait. Sadly, due to the amount of guests, we had to walk around the whole exit and entrance for Nitro, instead of re-riding. This took time off our riding time, but it was okay, and morning ERT was fantastic. We got about 6 rides on Nitro, which isn't too bad.
At approximately 10:30 am, morning ERT ended and the park opened to the general public. At that time, Nitro had no wait. It was very tempting to stay at Nitro, but we decided to head over to ride El Toro. After walking across the park and reaching El Toro, we realized the park was empty. El Toro had no wait, as we were virtually the only guests there. We wanted to ride front row, but it was our friends first ride on the spectacular Coaster, and he picked the middle of the train. During the ride, our friend was extremely scared, and freaked out the whole time. After the intense ride, he almost passed out! That is how intense El Toro was!
We then rode El Toro a few more times, to take advantage of the no wait time. After, we decided to ride Kingda Ka, as we never got the chance to ride it during the 2012 season. Thankfully, it wasn't broken down, and we only had to wait a few trains to get on to ride. It was running great that day and it wasn't shaky.
It then was approximately 11:30. We had 30 minuets before the start of our V.I.P.Behind the Scenes tour of El Toro and Kingda Ka. Instead of going to another ride, we decided to just go to Johnny Rockets and get some food quick. All of a sudden, it started to rain, but thankfully it only lasted for a few minuets.
At noon, we meet up by the exit of Kingda Ka, for our tour. There was approximately 15 of us there. First, we went up the exit of the Coaster, past the ride operations, into a 'restricted area.' We then walked down past the launching area, all the way up to the main support tower. We were able to get directly under the structure of Kingda Ka! We were also lucky, as we got some fantastic pictures and videos of the Coaster! The park management even let us look inside the room, which powers the launch for Kingda Ka.
After staying there for a little while, we left Kingda Ka, and went to El Toro. On our route, we went past Rolling Thunder, and under the structures of it. We were able to get fantastic pictures of it as the train passed. Then, we reached El Toro. We were able to go into more 'restricted area' zones, and under the fantastic first drop of the Coaster. There, we got even more great pictures and videos.
It was then already 1:30 pm, and our tour was already over. It was a fantastic experience and we would like to thank ACE NJ regional rep, Bret Ulozas, and the Six Flags Great Adventure for setting up this tour!
After, we decided to quickly leave the park, to get our last ride through the Drive-Through Wild Safari, before it becomes Safari Off Rode Adventure in 2013. After driving through it dozens of times before, we drove through it relatively quickly. It was a fun, but sad experience, as it was our last time through it. Wild Safari will be missed forever.
Then it was time for lunch, provided by the park. It was located in the Picnic Grove, in the Movie-town section of the park. We quickly ran back inside the park, to catch lunch. The park provided a Mexican fiesta buffet for the 350 guests that attended. It was a record amount of guests for riding of the bull, and over one hundred more than last year! After eating a verity of foods, there was speaking, done by ACE Reps, and park reps. There were a few technical microphone difficulties but it was eventually fixed. There were also Door Prizes, which are small raffle prizes the park offers for everyone to win. The park provided a fantastic lunch, which was very memorable.
After lunch/dinner, it was about 5:30pm, and we had less than 4 hours until ERT began. We left the picnic grove, and headed to ride Batman: The Ride. Thankfully, it had no wait! We meet up with a few friends there, and then headed over to ride Nitro. It had a short wait, of only about 10 minuets. After meeting up with a few friends, we played a few Basketball games, won a few prizes, and did the Laser-Maze Challenge, next to SkyScreamer. The up-charge attraction provides a lot of fun and excitement for everyone.
It then was about 6:45pm, and started to rain, so we went inside the Main Midway gift shop. The weather forecast stated Thundershowers for later that night, and we were scared that ERT could get cancelled! But, we waited for the sky to clear up and shopped in the gift shop. About 30 minuets later, it stopped raining, but it was still cloudy.
At 7:15 we left the gift shop, and headed to the Boardwalk section of the park, and played some of the Classic Boardwalk games, and won many prizes. We had a tremendous amount of fun, and was possibly the best part of the trip.
After, at about 7:45, we took a ride on the Flat Ride, the Twister. The sun started to set, and it went down quite fast. Already pitch black, and 8:00 pm, we went to ride Superman: Ultimate Flight. It had a few train wait, but it was on a one train operation. While we were in the station waiting to ride, it started to rain again. The rain created a very painful, unforgettable experience on Superman, in the front row. After, we were wet, and headed over to ride Green Lantern. It was now raining even harder, and riding Green Lantern hurt even more. The rain felt like hail hitting us, and it made us soaking wet. After Green Lantern we were so wet, we could barely move. We quickly went back to our cars to change into dry cloths. That trip back to our car did take some time, and it was already 8:30. We ran back into the park, to make sure we wouldn't miss ERT. We just made it into the park, and headed straight to El Toro. It was about 8:45, and we took a quick ride on Rolling Thunder. Surprisingly it was very smooth, and not rough! We then waited in front of El Toro, until about 9:15. Then the park closed to the public, and ERT began.
The hundreds of people that attended were on-line for El Toro. There was surprisingly a line, and it was slow, because it was on a one-train-operation. We got our first ride of ERT in the back row, where there was less people. After we rode it, we quickly got off, and ran around the que line, to get on line right away. After a few more times, the line started to decrease, as many ACE members left the park. About 30 minuets into ERT, the line decreased to just a walk on, where we only had to wait one train. Eventually, the line decreased to the point where we didn't have to wait, and we were able to stay in the train, and not get up. This was a dream for practically everybody: Being able to ride the Worlds Best Wooden Coaster, without any wait.
At was about 10:30, and one of the worst things occurred - it started raining. But it wasn't just raining, it was down-poring. After one ride on the back row, everyone was soaking wet. My jeans, and tee shirts were soaked, as if I jumped into a pool, and was swimming for an hour. We then went another ride on it, and it hurt a lot. The rain felt like it was Roller Coaster sized hail, beating down on us.
We survived for about 10 rides like that, and the rain finally slowed down. ERT was then almost over. We decided that our last ride on El Toro during Riding of the Bull Cuatro should be in the front row. We luckily got the front row, and that was our last ride on El Toro for the fantastic day.
Then, Riding of the Bull Cuatro was over. In our eyes, that day became one of the best days at an Amusement Park of all time. Everything was perfect about that day: We were with many friends, at an ACE Event, at Six Flags Great Adventure, and riding the best Coasters, with short wait times. September 8th, 2012 was a fantastic day, and it created memories that will be remembered forever. <3
Special thanks to the ACE New Jersey Regional Rep, Bret Ulozas, and the other ACE NJ Assistant Regional Reps, who helped create and set up, Riding of the Bull Cuatro! Without them, this fantastic day would not have existed.
Riding of the Bull Cinco is currently set for September 7th, 2012. Stay tuned! We cant wait until next year for another fantstic even
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