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.
Happy Halloween everyone!
Today is a very important day for us as we celebrate our two year anniversary of our creation.
We would like to thank everyone for much support over the last few years, and we hope to strive for much more success over the following years!
Thanks again everyone and Happy Halloween!
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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!
On March 26th, 2013, we began our 2013 Coaster Season with visiting Busch Gardens Tampa. It was a very interesting day, filled with many highs and lows.
We started our day arriving at the park at about 10:00 am. The first thing we wanted to do was ride Cheetah Hunt, as it was my 250th Coaster. But of course, it was broken down due to mechanical problems. We waited to ride it until it opened at about 11:00. It was worth the wait, as by the time we got off the ride, it had a two hour wait. The Coaster itself was good. It wasn't the best, but was very interesting, unique, and a great addition to BGT.
After Cheetah Hunt, we walked through The Edge of Africa, viewed the fabulous animals at BGT, and boarded the Serengeti Railway train. We took the train to Kumba where we got off, and rode the classic B&M looper. Thankfully, it had a very short wait. Later in the day, it had a two hour wait.
After, it was about 1:00 pm, and we were hungry. We went to the Zambia Smokehouse located right under SheiKra, where we got BBQ ribs and chicken. The restaurant was great, just like sister parks Trapper's Smokehouse at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
We then decided to purchase the Quick Que, the parks line skipper ticket. We traveled all the way to the front of the park to get it, but the time we got there they were already sold out. We were very frustrated, as we had to wait on the super long lines at the park. Upset, we went to the fantastic Montu and quickly rode it. After, we walked to Scorpion to take a ride on the great, classic, and rare Schwarzkopf looper. But the line was too long, and we we didn't have time to ride it.
We then looped around the whole park again, and made our way to SheiKra. We waited over an hour to ride it, and then it was already 4:00 pm. It was time for us to ride Gwazi, but the was time was almost 2 hours long, because only one side was in operation. (Read our full post on the future of Gwazi)
After, it was already 6:30. We only had one hour before the park closed for the day. We heard the SheiKra only had a 15 minute wait. We decided to ride SheiKra as many time in that hour, and not do any other ride, as it was our favorite Coaster in the park. By 7:30 we managed to get 3 rides on it.
Then, our day was already over. Our day at Busch Gardens went very fast. It was a packed and long day. We got a lot of rides in that day, but we wish we could have rode more. Overall, it was a good day as we got to ride fantastic Coasters and add more great photos to our library of pictures.
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!
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