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 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.
On Sunday June 3rd, 2012 the Coaster Of The Day crew team went to Six Flags Great Adventure. It was a very special day, as it was one of our administrators birthday!
The park opened that day at 10:30. We arrived at the park at 9:30, hoping to be the first ones to ride El Toro for the day. Due to the massive crowds, Six Flags had sections of the park roped off, so that security guards could safely escort guests to their favorite rides. We waited there, behind the line until 10:30. There was a massive crowd there, but we made it first to El Toro. We were lucky to be on the first train of El Toro of the day! The El Toro station was empty, so we stayed there for about a hour, and kept re-riding the Wooden Coaster.
After, it was approximately noon, and we headed over to the first B&M (Bolliger& Mallibard) Floor-less Coaster, Bizarro. Bizarro had no line, so we rode it a few times before heading over to ride the Runaway Mine Train. After riding the classic family Coaster, we headed over to ride El Toro once again! The line was picking up, and then it had about a 20 minute wait. We rode it two more times, and then we headed over to ride Nitro. Nitro had a 30 minute wait, and we rode it in the back row. It was then about 2 pm, and the park started to get very crowded. We had a long car ride home, so we decided to leave the park.
The quick day at SFGA was great! We were the first ones on El Toro for the day, and ride it over 8 times (which is really hard to do on a regular day at the park, and not on an ACE event.) Also we were able to ride great B&M Coasters - Bizarro and Nitro! It was an excellent day at Six Flags Great Adventure!
On Saturday April 21st, 2012 Coaster Of The Day went to Six Flags New England. The park opened at 10:00 am that morning, so we made sure we got there at 9:30. When the gates opened up at 9:55, there was a massive crowd that headed to Bizarro. We were escorted by Security to make sure no one would trample each other. We were on one of the first trains in the front row for the day. The last time I ride Bizarro was October and I missed it so much. It truly is one of the best Coasters on the planet. We rode it a few times and then a line started to form. We then got a lot of videos of Bizarro. (Videos to be released soon!)
We headed to the South End Section of the park. By the time we got to Batman, it was 11:00. The station was empty, so we rode it a few times. For being 10 years old, small, and compact, Batman is a great B&M Floorless Coaster. We then headed over to Mind Eraser to get our heads banged up. It was rough, but it was not that bad (maybe because we rode the front row). It also had a no wait because no one wants to ride that horrible Coaster. After that we headed to ride Splash-water Falls and it had about a 20 minute wait. It was a nice little fun raft ride, and we got a little wet. We then took a lot of videos and pictures of Mind Eraser and Batman (to be released soon!).
We then had lunch and took a Construction Update video of there newest Coaster, Goliath. The Coaster looks very good and will be a good addition to the park. We then went to go ride Catapult and Cyclone. Cyclone had a long wait due to only a one train operation. Instead we rode Pandemonium and went back to the car and took a small nap.
It was about 4 and we went back to the park. We then rode Thunderbolt and Scream. They both had 20 minute wait times. Finally, we went for one more ride for the day and went to Cyclone. We rode it in the first row, and surprisingly it was smooth! It was about 6 p.m. and it was time for us to leave. We wanted to stay to ride Bizarro one last time, but the line was too long (over 1.5 hours)
Overall it was a fun day at the park. The crowds were okay and we finally got to ride Bizarro for the 2012 season!
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