Holiday in the Park-12/6

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Thursday, December 12, 2002 6:35 PM
I had my first Holiday in the Park experience tonight and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. SFoT hasn't particularly impressed me this year due to incredible crowds and less than wonderful park experience (slow help, lots of trash), but HITP really appeared to be a turnaround.

The decoration was fairly nice and the burning fires in the walkways really added to the ambience. The best thing of all was short lines. When we first arrived at the park and had to park all the way at the back of the lot I was scared that it was going to be a typical SFoT experience, one ride every two hours. It was great to find that the majority of the crowd was there for the Destiny's Child/Avril Levigne concert. We started the park with a ride on Titan.

Titan- 3 rides- these were my first night rides on Titan. I had probably rode the coaster about 30 times before this but never at night. The first drop of the first ride was great, so powerful and so much wind in my face. So much wind in fact that it folded my contact lens in my eyes. I had to shut my eyes the rest of the ride to avoid loosing a lens. That really took away from my experience for the rest of that ride and the subsequent two. My wife and uncle really enjoyed them though. This ride pulls so many G's in the helix that I always walk off lightheaded. While in some ways entertaining this really isn't a trait I enjoy, I much prefer the floating airtime of my old favorite Apollo's Chariot. Boy do I miss BGW.

After Titan we headed over to Shockwave at my request. This old Schwarzkopf is one of my favorites in the park, and it was my favorite this night with Batman and Mr. Freeze closed. The big bonus was that I could keep my eyes open without problem on it. I love the coaster because it really has variety in its ride. The two loops give you some G's and inversions, and the end of the ride has a couple of hills that give you a nice pop of air. I can only imagine how awesome this coaster must have seemed in 1978, when our senses hadn't been dulled by monster hypers (like Titan) and powerful loopers (like S:KC). We rode twice back to back and enjoyed every minute.

After Shockwave we tried to get a quick ride on Runaway Mtn. (mainly because it was inside and I was getting cold as hell) but when we got there they were closing it for the night. So we headed back to Titan for one last ride. The only negative part of the night was that on our last wait for Titan we had two delays. First they removed a train to leave only one on the track. (We were alreay on the station platform). Then only three cycles later they stopped to add the other train back to help clear out the line. I do not know what kind of strategy this was, but it seemed pretty stupid and inefficient to me.

All in all we had a great time. The fact that other than the final wait for Titan we were able to get on the coasters in less than 15 minutes added to our enjoyment.

Friday, December 13, 2002 7:00 AM
Just out of curiousity what temperature do you consider cold down there?

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Friday, December 13, 2002 5:43 PM

Cold as hell? That's pretty damn hot.

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Friday, December 13, 2002 6:50 PM

Feel the Strike said:
"Just out of curiousity what temperature do you consider cold down there?

Well, I'm from New York so I think that my perception of cold differs from the native Texans. However, considering that I no longer dress for the cold like I did in NY, the upper 30s was fairly chilly to be travelling 80 mph in the open air. My general idea of cold is below 40, my idea of frigid is below 10.


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