2013 flew by, and it's already the last day of the year. 2013 was a great year for us as our website and Facebook Page grew in popularity and strength, thanks to you, our fans. We hope for even more growth in 2014 and another great year for riding Roller Coasters!
We also hoped every one of our fans and everyone reading this had a great 2013 year and we hope everyone has a safe, fun, and healthy 2014 year!
Saturday December 7th, 2013 was the annual ACE Event "A Christmas Story"Book Land, and it was our first time visiting the park of Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. It seemed crazy to drive over 3 hours one way just to ride a kiddie coaster at a kiddie amusement park, but it was absolutely worth it, as we had a fun and cheerful day at Storybook Land!
We arrived at the park at about one pm for an hour of ERT on Bubble the Coaster (yes, a kiddie coaster) and the Tick-Tock Clock Drop (yes, a kiddie drop tower.) While most people would generally skip over these two small rides, they were the biggest (and best) rides at the park; and surprisingly they were great! Bubbles was a total surprise, as it looked like a normal boring kiddie coaster, but totally blew our expectations. The coaster was one of the best (if not best) kiddie coaster around, being insanely fun and filled with little airtime. It was so fun I personally got 20 rides on it! Next, The Tick-Tock Clock Drop also surpassed our expectations. The drop tower (about 30-40 feet tall) was filled with little drops which gave us butterflies and nice airtime. It also gave us nice views of the little park as it spins around while dropping, lasting almost 2 minutes long. The ride was so cute that everytime we rode it we just had to laugh and giggle, as now it is one of our favorite drop towers (Zumanjaro at SFGA has some competition!)
After ERT the park was generous enough to give us a little tour of their 'little' new ride for 2014, Work Zone!, themed after a construction site. Trucks will travel around a factitious construction site filled with animatronics to give kids the feeling of being a construction worker. Park management showed us the station building and the latest of the track work, making us the first people, besides the park management, to see and take pictures the site of the ride. Enjoy the photos below!
After the tour we were able to walk around and enjoy the park before a little Q&A and door-prizes at the parks picnic area where they were generous to give us free food, toys and prizes! After that it was getting dark and it was time for the Holiday Lights, as the park was light up in fabulous lights! The park, already beautiful, became even more gorgeous. Lights light up the whole park and the atmosphere gave me the Christmas feeling that I had experienced only when I was a child. The park got crowded, but the staff was very nice and organized, making all the general public was friendly. It was an great image seeing so many kids, parents, and workers all smiling at an amusement park and having a great time during the Holiday Season. Storybookland became the perfect place to enjoy this wonderful time of the year, where we were even able to ride some rides!
I know many people are reading this thinking "why do a post about a kiddie park?" Even though Storybook Land is a park designed for kids, we still had a great time riding surprisingly awesome rides and it was perfect to bring out the Holiday Spirit felt only once a year.
On July 17th and 18th we visited Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Six Flags America is one of the smallest and least popular among of the Six Flags Parks. While it is not as famous as other Six Flags Parks, Six Flags America was still a fun and enjoyable Amusement Park.
We decided to take a last minute road trip to Six Flags America mainly to get more photos and to revisit the park and ride just the major Coasters again (The last time we were there previous was 2009). We were at the Park for about 7 hours total the two days, which is not a lot. We basically rode just the major Coasters and took pictures. While the park is small, it does have a few very good Coasters that we love, including Jokers Jinx and Superman Ride of Steel. These two Coasters are among our favorite Coasters of all time. The other Coasters at the park, including Batwing, Apocalypse, Wild One, Roar are all good Coasters, but not too good enough to re-ride a ton of times. This makes Six Flags America not as popular, because it only has a few excellent Coasters.
Another good thing about Six Flags America is that it never gets too crowded. When Six Flags Great Adventure has virtually hour waits for all of its Coasters most of the time, Six Flags America was virtually empty. It was so empty we got dozens of rides on Superman and Jokers Jinx. It also made the whole park experience much better. It is nicer walking around an Amusement Park that isn't too crowded instead of walking around an Amusement Park that is overly crowded.
If you have not visited Six Flags America yet, check it out. It is a fun Park, that's never too crowded, with a few great Coasters. While it is not one of the best Amusement Parks, it still is a good park to visit once in a while.
On Sunday June 2nd, 2013, we visited Six Flags Great Adventure to ride the all new Safari Off Road Adventure. For the 2013 season Six Flags Great Adventure upgraded (or as we think somewhat of a downgraded) their new infamous Wild Safari, from being a Drive-through Wild Safari to Safari Off Road Adventure Attraction. Before guests had to pay extra and drive their own vehicles through the Safari. Now, the Safari is a new Attraction inside the park, with tour guide vehicles driving you through. Overall, the new Safari was a good addition to the park, but we did not enjoy it too much, and liked the old Drive-through Safari better.
We arrived at the park very early and went straight to the Safari, so we could avoid waiting a long line for it. We ended up waiting about 30 min for the attraction, in the hot sun. When we first arrived in the station, we adored the beauty of it, but disliked the slow loading time and capacity. When we sat down, the first thing we noticed was the seating. It looked nice, but it was quite uncomfortable. Also, it was very open, which was good for seeing animals, but was not good as it was torture siting int he direct sunlight on an extremely hot day. Sitting in my leather seats in my air conditioning car was much more enjoyable.
The ride itself was very similar to how the Safari was before. For over 75% of the ride, the trucks went on the same exact path as you drove in the old Safari. The only difference was it went on a few off road paths to make it "Off Road" and "Wild". Halfway through the Safari, riders must take a break the new Camp Aventura was nice, but very small and needed a lot more work to it. Overall, it was a waste of time. The second half of the ride was literally on the same path as the old Safari, with all the exact same animals in the same locations, so no differences. However, they took out the last new areas of the Safari, by El Toro and Kingda Ka, which includes the monkeys. This sucked because that was my favorite section of the Safari.
By the time the Safari was over, we were all thankful. It wasn't worth the expensive over-hull. I would have rather seen a new park expansion, new rides, or even new Coaster instead of this.
Lets look at some positive and negatives:
Positives: New "Upgraded" Safari, new addition to the park, change to the view of the Safari, beautiful station,
Negatives: It was more of a "downgrade" in our eyes, loss of sections of the Safari, the smallness of Camp Aventura, no more Drive-Through, the trucks, the exposure to the heat.
Overall, the new Safari Off Road Adventure was okay. It had some positives and negatives. It was a nice addition to the park, but we liked the Safari better how it was before, when it was the Drive-Through Safari.
On May 4th, 2013, Quassy Amusement Park held its third annual "Wooden Warrior Day." As always, the park held a fantastic event and it was a great day. The park held a two hour ERT session from 10 am to noon, where we got plenty of rides on their iconic Wooden Warrior. Followed was a delicious lunch, and a guided tour of the park by park President Eric Anderson. Mr. Anderson took us took us around the park and through the waterpark showing us the latest Construction of the new rides - Tunnel Twister, Bullet Bowl, Speed Slides, and Fish Pond - to Splash Away Bay.
All photos were taken by us, with proper park permission. Enjoy the photo update!
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