On October 13th, 2012, we made our last trip to an Amusement Park for 2012. It was our last trip, but it was a great trip. (Sorry we are posting this over 3 months late! We have been very busy!)
Our last trip for the season was to Six Flags New England, for the ACE Event 'Superhero Celebration' which is a yearly event held by the park. The event consists each year of a buffet style lunch (with free unlimited food, deserts, drinks, etc), including a Q&A with park personnel, and nighttime ERT.
Our day began waking up early, and arriving at the park at about noon time, as that was the time of open during the fall months. As every year, we headed straight to the Picnic Grove to eat lunch and have the Q&A. The lunch provided was fantastic as always, with an awesome make-your-own ice cream sundae section! Too bad it was too cold for ice cream though!
After lunch, we went back to the park to realize that it was super crowded. The lines for everything were insanely long, with minimum ride lengths of one hour. We were forced to buy a Flash Pass, which was extremely expensive. However, it was worth it, as we got to ride a lot of Coasters that day. Without it, we would have only ridden a few Coasters, with waiting for hours. We got to ride each major Coaster and ride once or twice.
As the park began to get dark, we took advantage of their Fright Fest, and went through the 'Wicked Woods' haunted walk through. It was fun and entertaining, but not as fun as other haunted attractions at other parks.
We then rode a few more Coasters, and then the park was already closing. We returned our expensive Flash Pass, and then enjoyed ERT, which was very short this year. It was only about a half hour ERT on Bizarro, GCG:EAA, and Thunderbolt. We stayed only on Bizarro for the short time, but got about 6 rides in.
Overall Superhero Celebration 2012 was a great event. It proves to be a yearly expected event, and over each year becomes memorable. What makes it a great event is that it is a smaller than others. Also, it is the Fall time, Fright Fest, and one of our last Amusement Park Trips for each season. We can not wait for Superhero Celebrations 2013!
On the morning of October 8th, 2012, we woke up at about 4 am to arrive at Six Flags Great Adventure at 6 am. We were attending the Nitro Media Shoot for the Travel Channels filming of Extreme Coaster Wars: World Domination. A day that should have been exciting, turned out to be what we didn't expect. Previous Travel Channel shootings let us ride the Coaster about 20 times, for hours, and interviewed us so we can be on television. This time, it was totally different. They had us waiting around in the Nitro station just waiting there. We planed to start riding at 7 am, but they lied to us, as they didn't start us riding until 9:30 am, just before the park opened. They made us stand there in the freezing cold for hours. It was similar to torture. Then, they only made us ride Nitro a few times, and that was it. When they made us ride, they also told us we had to ride in short sleeves because, "it is always summer in tv land!" We literally froze from the below freezing temperature and the high speed winds of Nitro. We even got sick after. Also, instead of interviewing actual Roller Coaster Enthusiasts (like us), they interviewed paid actors, and they were labeled "Roller Coaster Enthusiasts." The media shoot for Nitro was expected to be fun and exciting, but turned out to be the opposite and a waste of time. We do regret attending the event. However, there is a chance you could see us on television when the show airs.
After wasting 5 hours just standing in the station of Nitro, they let us into the park, without paying the admission cost (which didn't matter, because we all had season passes). We felt sick and exhausted from the morning, so we only rode a few rides in the morning (mostly El Toro) and then left the park. We felt it was a waste of a day, money, and gas. It had to be one of the worst days at an Amusement Park for us. Next time, hopefully the Travel Channel improves their filming work, and focuses on better Roller Coaster program
When we woke up on the morning of October 6th, 2012, we did not know we would be visiting Quassy Amusement Park that evening, for the last time in 2012. At about noon that day, we made a sudden decision to visit Quassy. We left at about 2:00 pm, and did not arrive to the park until about 3:00 pm. As it was our last time visiting Quassy for the year, we decided to get unlimited ride bracelets which were approximately $18 dollars.
Surprisingly, the park was extremely crowded, and it was the busiest we ever saw it. The majority of the population was mostly groups of small children, and their parents. First we went straight to ride the Wooden Warrior. The que line was completely filled, and we waited about 40 minutes to ride it! It was well worth the wait, as it was our friends first time riding it. After, we decided to do a few other rides in the park, including the Kiddie Coaster, Little Dipper.
We were then a bit hungry, so we decided to get a quick snack to eat. We got some popcorn and a pretzel, and ate it on line for the Wooden Warrior, to help pass time. Then the wait was about 30 minuets, and we rode it in the back row. After, we rode a few more rides in the park, including the Classic Yo-Yo.
It was already 5:30 pm, and we decided we wanted to head home. Before we left however, we had to get one last ride on the Wooden Warrior. After, we left Quassy realizing our next visit will not be until 2013. Our quick day at Quassy was very fun. It turned our to be a quite expensive trip, for only riding a few rides in a few hours. Nevertheless, it was a great time, and we cant wait to visit Quassy to ride Wooden Warrior in 2013!
The following day after Riding of the Bull Cuatro at Six Flags Great Adventure, we headed over to Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The Sunday after, on September 9th, 2012, there was another ACE event held at the Pier, called 'Seaside Hangover.' After our late night, many ACErs headed to Seaside for another fun-filled day of Roller Coaster riding.
We arrived at Casino Pier at approximately 10:45 am. We missed the VIP tour, but we already received one in June, during another event, so it was fine that we missed it. We waited for everyone to return from the tour, and waited for ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) to begin. ERT began at approximately 11:00 am. The park did not open to the general public until noon, so we had one full hour to get many rides on all four Coasters at the park: The Star Jet,Wild Mouse, Pirates Hideaway, and Hot Tamales. We rode the smaller Coasters, Pirates Hideaway, and Hat Tamales, only once. We rode the Wild Mouse a few times, and we rode the best Coaster at the park, the Star Jet dozens of times. While many people dislike Star Jet, and the other Coasters at Seaside, they are great Coasters, that provide hours of fun on the Jersey Shore.
At noon, the park opened to the general public. However, being mid September, the park was still empty when it opened. We were still able to get in many rides on all the attractions in the park. First, we headed over to ride the Still-Walk Manor, the Haunted House, on the Pier. However, it was experiencing some technical difficulties, and was currently closed. Instead, we rode Star Jet a few more times, rode the Log Flume, and rode the fantastic Centrifuge almost a dozen times. Centrifuge was a classic Scrambler ride, but enclosed in the dark, with blasting Rock music, and strobe lights: Making it the Best Indoor Flat Ride. Finally, Still-walk Manor opened, and we took a quick ride on it. Sadly, many 'props' were still down, but it was still a fantastic Dark Ride.
It was already 1:00 pm, and all the attendees meet in front of the Star Jet, for a group photo. As always, many people talked, including ACE NJ regional rep, Bret U, and the friendly Casino Pier management. The park provided many fantastic Door Raffle Prizes, where they gave away park memorabilia. As always, they also had a scavenger hunt, which sent many people, including us, running around the park looking for clues, to win the prize. Sadly, we did not win the scavenger hunt, but one guest in our party won a giant wooden soldier, from the Door Prizes!
After running around the park like mad men, we bought tickets to ride the up-charge attraction at the Pier, the Sky Scraper. Tickets were on sale for ACE members, and were only Five Dollars! After taking a ride on it, we realized the ride was intense, crazy, and fantastic, so we took another spin on the giant 'crane' ride.
After getting flipped around, it was already about 2:00 pm. We were all looped from Sky Scraper, and headed onto the Boardwalk to get some food for lunch. We ate pizza, Curly's famous Fries, and drank fantastic extra sweet lemonade. For desert, we got some fried Twinkies, and fried Oreo's which were very filling.
It was already 3:00 pm that evening, and we decided our day at Casino Pier was over. Our stomachs were too full to do more rides, and we had a long 3+ hour ride home. As always, Casino Pier set up another fantastic event for us. With registration only Ten dollars (without the Sky Scraper) it was a great deal,as it included an all day ride pass, Door Prizes, many rides on fantastic rides, and a great day with memories that we will remember for a long time.
*Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Update* On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, and destroyed a major part of the pier. The end of the pier that extended out into the Atlantic Ocean collapsed, and destroyed major popular rides, including Star Jet, Still-walk Manor, Log Flume, Centrifuge, and other attractions. Park management has announced they will rebuild and reopen the park. The devastation was horrible, and was shocking, and we wish the Casino Pier team the best of luck for the future!
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
On August 30th, 2012 we visited Kings Dominion for a third day in a row. This time, we stopped quickly for a few hours before our long voyage back home.
We arrived approximately 11:30 am that day, and as it was the last few days, the park was mostly empty. We decided to do the Roller Coasters at the park that we did not ride this trip. First we rode the old Dinn Coaster, Grizzly, and then headed over to ride the other old, rough Wood Coaster at the park, Hurler. We decided to skip Ricochet, because its a Wild Mouse, and why would we want to ride one of those? We also took another spin on the Rebel Yell, because it is one of the best Wooden Coaster in Virginia and the south.
It then was extremely hot, so we took a quick ride on the Log Flume to cool off, and rode Windseeker and Drop Tower again to dry off. We then only had time for one more ride left, so we headed to Intimidator 305. There was an only station wait, and we rode the back row twice, to experience its intense airtime and grey-outs!
Sadly, it was about 2 pm, and it was already time for us to leave the park. We had a 8 hours drive home, which turned into over 14 hours because of traffic! We would have loved to stay at Kings Dominion for another day, to re-ride Intimidator 305 forever! Also to ride there other fantastic Coasters and Rides, including Volcano, the Blast Coaster, Flight of Fear, Anaconda, Dominator, Rebel Yell, Drop Tower, Windseeker, and more! It was a fantastic week at Kings Dominion, and we plan to visit it again soon!
3-day trip to Kings Dominion rating: 9/10
On August 30th, 2012, after spending a full day at Kings Dominion, we visited Go-Karts Plus. Go-Karts Plus is a small Action Park in Williamsburg, with many go-kart tracks, a few small rides, and an E&M Miler Kiddie Coaster, Python. Our main purpose for going to Go-Karts Plus was to ride the Python Coaster, which was my 248th Coaster!
We arrived at the park at 9:45 pm, right before the park closed at 10:00 pm. I quickly purchased 4 tickets for the Python, which was 6 dollars! There was none else there besides us, and the ride attendant which gave it an eerie feeling. I quickly rode the Coaster, and the park closed, so we left.
There really isnt much to say about Go-Karts Plus, besides it has a Kiddie Coaster, which was not too bad. If you are ever visiting Busch Gardens Williamsburg, drive the extra few miles to Go-Karts Plus to ride the Python Kiddie Coaster to get a Coaster Credit!
On August 30th, 2012, we went back to Kings Dominion for a second day in a row. We were at the park for most of the day, and it was fantastic. Kings Dominion was empty, and some of the best Coasters, including Volcano, Intimidator 305, Dominator, and Flight of Fear, had no wait times!
We arrived at the park right when it opened, at 10am. Again, the first thing we did was go straight to ride one of K.D.'s best Coasters, Intimidator 305. At that time, it had a walk on wait. It was very surprising to see a fantastic Giga Coaster with a walk on wait! We rode it once in the front row, and then decided to headed over to ride the epic ''Sci-Fi'' themed Flight of Fear. Then we headed to ride Volcano, the Blast Coaster. It also had no wait, so we rode the Coaster with the current tallest Inversion, at 150 feet, a few times. We then took a quick spin on the Avalanche, a bobsled Coaster next to Volcano. Avalanche was a great and unique bobsled Coaster. It is among one of the last Bobsled Coasters left, and it is one of our favorite.
It was already about 2 pm, and we ate at the Trails End Grill, which was in the Congo section of the park, near Volcano. It was your average Amusement Park food, a little over priced, and just okay. However, it was a nicely themed restaurant, and nice and cool in the A/C. Next time you visit Kings Dominion, I suggest eating at the Trails End Grill, because it has a good theme, inside with A/C, and near the best Coasters in the park.
After eating, we did not take any breaks from Coaster riding, and headed to ride the Backlot Stunt Coaster, a small launched Coaster. Then we headed to ride the old Arrow looping Coaster, Anaconda. After getting our heads banged around, our headache got worse after riding the TOGO stand-up Coaster, Shockwave. Two head banging Coasters back to back, plus intense heat gave us a big headache.
We were then in 'The Grove' section of the park, where we rode Rebel Yell, a fantastic Wooden Coaster. Then we headed to ride the insanely tall 305 foot Drop Tower, called Drop Tower, and another ride on Windseeker. They all had no wait times, and we did it a few times in a row.
By then it was about 4 pm, and we decided to head to our cars to take a quick break in the A/C. After that, we only had a few more hours left in the park, and we headed back to the Congo section of the park. There we went back to Intimidator 305, which it had no wait. We managed to ride the intense Giga Coaster over 5 times in a row before we were too grey-ed out to ride it anymore. We then rode Volcano and Flight of Fear a few more times also.
It was then almost time for us to leave the park. Before we left, we went to ride Dominator. There was no one in the station to ride the world's longest floorless coaster, so we rode it a few times. We then were extremely over-heated and exhausted, so we decided to leave the park and go to Go-Karts Plus. But, returned to Kings Dominion for a third day in a row, the following day!
On the last week of August, we made a 3 day trip to Kings Dominion, from August 29th to August 31st, 2012. The park was mostly empty, and we were able to get many rides on some fantastic Coasters!
On August 29th, 2012 we arrived at the park at about 4:00 pm. We only had a few hours at the park, so we only had time to do a few rides. First we headed to ride Intimidator 305. The last time we visited Kings Dominion was in 2009, and we never rode Intimidator 305, until that day. The line for 305 was very short, and was only about 10 minutes long. For our first time on the Coaster, we wanted to ride it in the front row, so we waited an extra 30 minutes. The line for the front row was very slow, due to its one train operation. We waited years to ride the Coaster, so another few minutes would not be too long. After we rode Intimidator 305, it instantly became one of our favorite Coasters, and it was my 247th Coaster.
We then headed over to ride the other big Coasters in the Congo section of the park - Volcano, the Blast Coaster, Anaconda, and Flight of Fear. They all were great Coasters, and had a very short wait time. It then was already time for us to leave the park. Before we left for the day, we took a quick ride on the all-new Windseeker. We then quickly rode Dominator, which is located next to the entrance of the park. We then left Kings Dominoion for the day, but returned early in the morning the next day!
On August 25th, 2012 was the 13th annual Oc~Boulder~Fest at Lake Compounce. It is a yearly ACE event, with ERT on the one and only Boulder Dash.
The park opened to the general public at 11 am, the same time as registration began. We arrived on time, got set up, and headed straight to ride Boulder Dash, to get a quick ride on the fantastic Wooden Coaster. The ride only had a 10 minute wait, because the park just opened up. We then rode the Ghost Hunt, a indoor dark ride, then headed over to ride Zoomerang, a Vekoma Boomerang Coaster. They both also had very short waits.
It was already noon, and we headed over to the private picnic areas, where the park provided a wide verity of food for us, including BBQ chicken, burgers, beans, corn, salad, ice cream and more. We took our time eating, and waited for the ACE New England Rep, Rus, to get ready for a speech. He thanked everyone for coming out for the event, and talked what was planed for the rest of the day. It was then time for door prizes, which were free raffled off girts. This time, the door prizes were free coupons to use on food, gifts, and more throughout the park. We were lucky to win some, and that was able to pay dinner for us in the park!
After a fabulous lunch, Rus set up a Behind the Scenes Tour of the WildCat Wooden Coaster. Sadly the Wooden Coaster would be closed for the remainder of the 2012 season, but we were lucky enough to go inside where no general public can ever enter! We were able to get on the track, and inside the supports of the Coaster! Inside the head man at the park, Jerry told us the plans for the future of WildCat. They plan on remodeling the supports and track, along the first drop, and possible add in new trains in 2013. Also, each year the park will do some more work to re master this classic Wooden Coaster.
However, we shouldnt forget the reason why most of us visited the park that day, to ride Boulder Dash. As the time for ERT was approaching, we decided to take a ride on the sky ride, and a few other rides around the park. We then decided to hit Crocodile Creek, the water park at Lake Compounce, for a hour. We rode a few slides, including the new RipTide Racer. The new slide looks interesting awesome, but it was a very short.
It was then about 7:30, and we walked the park until 9:00, until the park closed. At 9:00 we all meet outside the entrance of Boulder Dash until ERT started, which was approximately 9:35. It lasted one full hour, until 10:35. I was able to get in a good 16 times, in the front car, and the back car. The ERT was a blast, as Boulder Dash ran very smooth, and it was great flying through the woods in pitch black.
This year, Oc~Boulder~Fest was fantastic! We would like to thank Rus, the ACE New England Regional Rep, and Jerry from Lake Compounce, for setting up the event! We all appreciate it, and cant wait for the event next year at Lake Compounce!
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