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 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
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 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 June 2nd, 2012 Coaster if the Day went to Six Flags Great Adventure for a few hours. Earlier in the day we attended Seaside Screams 6, and decided to visit SFGA for the evening.
We arrived at the park at approximately 6 pm. The first thing we did, was ride SFGAs new ride, SkyScreamer. The line was about 2 hours long, about average for a new ride. SkyScreamer was definitely an enjoyable experience, and it was a great feeling to be flying 242 feet above SFGA looking down at all our favorite Coasters. If you visit the park soon, be sure to ride SkyScreamer.
We only had one hour in the park left, before it closed. We then quickly rode the great B&M (Bolliger & Mallibard) Mega Coaster, Nitro, in the front row. After ridding Nitro, we wanted to ride one of the best wooden Coasters, El Toro, before the park closed. The time was 8:50 and we had a few minutes to run across the park to El Toro. We waited until 9:45 to get on, and rode the last train of the night.
Overall, it was a fun 3 hours at the park. We finally got to ride SkyScreamer, and we got to ride two of of some of the world's greatest Coasters, Nitro and El Toro.
On Saturday April 29th, 2012 the Coaster Of The Day team went to Six Flags Great Adventure. Surprisingly, this was our first time to the park in 2012. That day the park was very crowded. Here was our quick day:
We got to the park at about noon and the park was already packed. First thing we did was to go and process our season pass. By the time we got there the line was about 1.5 hours long. Sadly, we waited on the line. On line we took about 30 minuets of videos of Green Lantern and Superman Ultimate Flight. (Videos to be released soon!) Finally our passes were processed at 2:00. We headed over to El Toro and rode it once in the back row. The last time I rode it was in October and counted down every day since then to ride it again. El Toro is truly one of the best Coasters on the Planet. While we were over there, we got breathtaking videos of the Epic Wooden Coaster. It was already 3:30 and we headed over to see the latest Construction of Skyscreamer. (We took a Construction Update video of it!). By then it was 4:00 and we had to leave. Before we left however, we went through the magnificent Wild Safari. While we were in there, we took over 30 minuets of videos of the animals inside. (Videos to be released soon!) It was already 6:00 and we had to head home (which takes over 3 hours)
Overall it was an interesting day at the park. We only rode one ride - El Toro, (but it was well worth driving over 3 hours, just to ride El Toro!) We also took a lot of great videos and finally got our Season Passes Processed.
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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