Sunday, October 21, 2001 8:01 AM
I arrived at the gates at a little before 8, ten hours after I found out that I was going to my home park for the first time this year, but hey, I'm not gonna complain after I went to K-Wood, CP, and Hershey all for the first time. After seeing that Hypersonic is "closed", we decide to hit Shockwave first, seeing as how its the only looper thats open. It was a walk-on, running two trains, and gave a pretty good ride. I don't know why everyone always rips on TOGO stand-ups, because even though Manhattan Express is awful, the sensation of stand-up airtime is fun for me. As we sit on the break-run (it has awful dispatch times) we see Hypersonic shoot up. Go figure. We hustle over there and I get my first ride ever after about a 50 minute wait. All I have to say is wow. The only better rides I've been on are the force, PR, and the chariot. After laughing at my on-ride photo, I head over to Hurler. Its running one train, producing a 5 minute wait. This ride seems to get rougher and give less air every year. Plus, the damn thing claimed my Raptor hat. Wassupwitdat? But we did get to see some Richocet (sp) construction. It has about 5 pillars up and the brake run and the station are complete. Next is Rebel Yell backward. Again, one train operation, 10 minute wait. Oh well, its the most consistent performer at the park, as I've never had a bad ride on it and tonight was no exception. Hustled over to Grizzly, which was actually running two trains, producing a walk-on and two re-rides. It was running fairly well tonight, even with a half-empty train. Since it was close, we hit the Flying Eagle, 2-3 minute wait. Besides the scrambler, its the only flat ride I bother with there. I'm surprised they actually put effort into this thing, retheming it from bright orange waynes world stuff to more traditional blue for Old Virgina. We walk towards the front of the park, opting to pass on the Elviras' Superstition motion sim. We eventually make our way back to the Shockwave, which now has a 10 minute wait, thank goodness they're actually running two trains. Another decent run, but I got a nasty bump in the helix. After a stop for funnel cakes and skeeball, we make Rebel Yell backward the last ride of the night, a walk-on, but crowds gathered before we could re-ride. After that, our group heads out at around midnight. Overall, it was a good night at the park, with most of the crowds concentrated at the haunted houses. Only one complaint, there was a nasty smell at the top of every lift and during Hypersonic's turnaround. I'm thinking that it was a byproduct of the fog machines, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know what the deal is?
Sunday, October 21, 2001 9:02 AM
To bad you didn't get to ride FOF with lap bars its smooth as glass now just like Robin.
Sunday, October 21, 2001 8:07 PM
SFMM line cutters are the braviest in the world.
Monday, October 22, 2001 12:13 PM
The only coasters that were open were the ones that I rode.