Thursday, August 17, 2000 8:19 PM
I've gone to this park numerous times this year, both during the week and on weekends, but today was easily the most crowded day at Six Flags Great Adventure. I waited fifteen minutes just to pay for parking and ended up at least a ten minute walk from the front gate. As I passed through the gate I see signs for a ticket-to-ride program for Medusa, GASM, Chiller, and B:TR, but by 1 PM all reservations had been given away already.
My friend wanted to hit VIPER first to get it overwith, so we headed that way to find that it was closed. Instead, we saw ROLLING THUNDER had both sides open and racing which doesn't happen often, so after a fifteen minute wait we got a seat in the last car. Now I don't think a wooden roller coaster is actually designed to fall off the track, but this one came close. Fortunately it kept its speed through the bunny hops for a little bit of air, but those unbanked 180 degree turns cause an extremely annoying screech.
While climbing the lift hill we saw VIPER trains testing on the track, so after we exited RT we headed next door where we found that only 2 people were ahead of us. We took the last row because apparently the longest straight drop in the park is on this ride (I've heard rumors that this will change next year with a hyper). After pulling those annoying shoulder harnesses down really tight, the sometimes painful ride lived up to its billing. Being suspended upside down through its first inversion, the shoulders apparently absorbed all of my weigh pretty forcefully. If Viper can get new OTS restraints, it has the potential to be a decent coaster. When we exited the ride, the line for Viper had over a hundred people on it. Not bad for being open for all of 5 or 6 minutes!
Next, as we were headed to the MEDUSA line, as a train barrelled through the zero-g roll, a roll of Starburst candy flew out and hit the top of the photo booth for the ride, ricocheting off and landing in 爀漀渀琀 漀昀 愀 戀攀渀挀栀 渀攀愀爀 愀 昀攀眀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀⸀ 䤀 昀漀甀渀搀 琀栀愀琀 瀀爀攀琀琀礀 愀洀甀猀椀渀最⸀ 䈀甀琀 愀渀礀眀愀礀Ⰰ 愀氀氀 漀昀 琀栀攀 挀椀爀挀甀氀愀爀 焀甀攀甀攀 眀攀爀攀 漀瀀攀渀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 愀氀琀栀漀甀最栀 琀栀攀 氀椀渀攀 氀漀漀欀攀搀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 氀漀渀最Ⰰ 椀琀 漀渀氀礀 琀漀漀欀 愀戀漀甀琀 ⼀㈀ 栀漀甀爀 琀漀 最攀琀 琀栀爀漀甀最栀⸀ 䄀 昀攀眀 栀漀甀爀猀 氀愀琀攀爀 琀栀攀 氀椀渀攀 眀愀猀 瀀愀猀琀 琀栀攀 挀漀戀爀愀 爀漀氀氀 ⠀愀戀漀甀琀 ⴀ ⸀㔀 栀爀猀⤀ 愀渀搀 椀琀 椀猀 愀 瘀攀爀礀 栀椀最栀 挀愀瀀愀挀椀琀礀 爀椀搀攀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀爀攀攀 琀爀愀椀渀猀 爀甀渀渀椀渀最℀ 吀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 椀琀猀攀氀昀 眀愀猀 愀 爀攀愀氀 搀愀渀搀礀Ⰰ 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀 稀攀爀漀ⴀ最爀愀瘀椀琀礀 爀漀氀氀 戀攀椀渀最 琀栀攀 栀椀最栀氀椀最栀琀⸀ 匀甀挀栀 愀 猀洀漀漀琀栀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 䤀 樀甀猀琀 栀漀瀀攀 椀琀 挀愀渀 猀琀愀礀 氀椀欀攀 琀栀愀琀 昀漀爀 愀 眀栀椀氀攀⸀ 䜀漀漀搀 漀氀✀ 䈀☀䴀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀 䄀昀琀攀爀 最漀椀渀最 漀渀 猀漀洀攀 昀氀愀琀 爀椀搀攀猀 ⠀眀栀椀挀栀 渀漀爀洀愀氀氀礀 栀愀瘀攀 渀漀 氀椀渀攀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 琀漀搀愀礀 氀椀渀攀猀 漀昀 甀瀀 琀漀 㐀㔀 洀椀渀甀琀攀猀 氀漀渀最⤀ 氀椀欀攀 倀攀渀搀甀氀甀洀 ⠀䠀甀猀猀 䘀爀椀猀戀攀攀⤀Ⰰ 䈀甀洀瀀攀爀 䌀愀爀猀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 吀椀洀攀 圀愀爀瀀 ⠀䌀栀愀渀挀攀 䐀漀甀戀氀攀ⴀ䤀渀瘀攀爀琀攀爀Ⰰ 䤀 戀攀氀椀攀瘀攀⤀Ⰰ 眀攀 栀攀愀搀攀搀 琀漀 匀欀甀氀氀 䴀漀甀渀琀愀椀渀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 椀渀搀漀漀爀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀⸀ 唀渀昀漀爀琀甀渀愀琀攀氀礀Ⰰ 琀栀攀 氀椀渀攀 眀愀猀 眀愀愀愀礀 琀漀漀 氀漀渀最Ⰰ 愀琀 氀攀愀猀琀 愀渀 栀漀甀爀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 昀漀爀 琀栀愀琀 爀椀搀攀 椀琀 椀猀 搀攀昀椀渀椀琀攀氀礀 渀漀琀 眀漀爀琀栀 椀琀Ⰰ 猀漀 眀攀 瀀愀猀猀攀搀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀 伀渀 漀甀爀 眀愀礀 琀漀 䈀䄀吀䴀䄀一㨀 吀䠀䔀 刀䤀䐀䔀Ⰰ 眀攀 猀愀眀 琀栀攀 氀椀渀攀 攀砀挀攀攀搀攀搀 琀栀攀 昀愀椀爀氀礀 愀挀挀甀爀愀琀攀 ∀㤀 洀椀渀甀琀攀猀∀ 猀椀最渀 戀礀 愀 昀攀眀 栀甀渀搀爀攀搀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 愀猀 眀攀 眀攀爀攀 搀攀戀愀琀椀渀最 眀栀攀琀栀攀爀 琀漀 最漀 漀渀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀Ⰰ 戀礀 猀漀洀攀 猀琀爀漀欀攀 漀昀 氀甀挀欀 琀栀爀攀攀 瀀攀漀瀀氀攀 眀椀琀栀 愀 吀吀刀 琀椀洀攀 猀琀愀爀琀椀渀最 㔀 洀椀渀甀琀攀猀 昀爀漀洀 琀栀攀渀 漀昀昀攀爀攀搀 琀栀攀椀爀 爀攀猀攀爀瘀愀琀椀漀渀猀 琀漀 甀猀Ⰰ 猀漀 眀攀 琀漀漀欀 琀眀漀 漀昀 琀栀攀洀 愀渀搀 琀栀愀渀欀攀搀 琀栀攀 挀漀甀瀀氀攀⸀ 圀攀氀氀 䤀 最甀攀猀猀 漀甀爀 搀攀戀愀琀攀 眀愀猀 猀漀氀瘀攀搀 愀猀 愀戀漀甀琀 ㈀ 洀椀渀甀琀攀猀 氀愀琀攀爀 眀攀 眀愀氀欀攀搀 琀栀爀漀甀最栀 琀栀攀 攀砀椀琀 愀渀搀 焀甀椀挀欀氀礀 眀攀爀攀 攀猀挀漀爀琀攀搀 漀渀 琀漀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 䤀渀 洀礀 漀瀀椀渀椀漀渀Ⰰ 䤀 琀栀漀甀最栀琀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 眀愀猀 琀漀漀 猀栀漀爀琀 愀渀搀 椀猀 椀渀 渀攀攀搀 漀昀 愀渀 攀砀瀀愀渀猀椀漀渀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 椀琀 眀愀猀 渀椀挀攀 愀渀搀 猀洀漀漀琀栀 愀渀搀 瀀爀攀琀琀礀 洀甀挀栀 攀瘀攀爀礀琀栀椀渀最 漀渀攀 挀漀甀氀搀 眀愀渀琀 漀甀琀 漀昀 愀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 戀甀椀氀琀 椀渀 㤀㤀㌀⸀ 䄀渀漀琀栀攀爀 昀椀渀攀 䈀☀䴀 挀爀攀愀琀椀漀渀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀 䄀渀礀戀漀搀礀 眀栀漀 栀愀猀 戀攀攀渀 漀渀 愀 䰀䤀䴀 爀漀氀氀攀爀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 欀渀漀眀猀 琀栀愀琀 愀 栀漀甀爀 氀椀渀攀 椀猀渀✀琀 愀氀氀 琀栀愀琀 戀愀搀 ⠀愀氀琀栀漀甀最栀 琀栀攀 氀椀渀攀 昀漀爀 䈀䄀吀䴀䄀一 䄀一䐀 刀伀䈀䤀一㨀 吀䠀䔀 䌀䠀䤀䰀䰀䔀刀 椀猀 甀猀甀愀氀氀礀 挀氀漀猀攀爀 琀漀 ㈀ 洀椀渀甀琀攀猀 漀爀 猀漀⤀⸀ 䄀昀琀攀爀 琀栀攀 氀攀渀最琀栀礀 眀愀椀琀Ⰰ 眀攀 眀攀爀攀 戀氀愀猀琀攀搀 漀昀昀 漀渀 琀栀攀 䈀愀琀洀愀渀 猀椀搀攀Ⰰ 眀栀椀挀栀 䤀 琀栀椀渀欀 椀猀 洀甀挀栀 氀攀猀猀 漀昀 愀 栀攀愀搀戀愀渀最攀爀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 挀愀洀攀 戀愀挀欀 ㈀㈀ 猀攀挀漀渀搀猀 氀愀琀攀爀 愀昀琀攀爀 琀栀攀 爀攀瘀攀爀猀攀 樀漀甀爀渀攀礀⸀ 䤀 搀椀搀渀✀琀 栀愀瘀攀 愀 栀攀愀搀愀挀栀攀Ⰰ 眀栀椀挀栀 䤀 搀椀搀 愀昀琀攀爀 爀椀搀椀渀最 Robin for the first time, so we finally trekked over to the GASM.
This was the most unbelievable sight I have seen this year at this park. This being my forst year on roller coasters, I had heard of the Scream Machine, so I figured it was a popular ride. In all of my trips here all season (at least ten), the longest wait for the Arrow looper was maybe 5 minutes. usually it was a walk-on, and at most a 3 car wait for the first row. Well, let me tell you, the line for the GASM today went about 15 minutes past the start of the queue (with the entire line open). This 11 year old ride which has a popularity next to nothing nowadays (5 new coasters since then) had a wait of over 2 hours! I could not believe this. Only 2 trains were running, but that is no excuse. I would rather wait half as long for Medusa than wait 2 hrs. for GASM anyday, but apparently not everyone thinks the way I do.
Oh well. I'll come back another day for GASM as well as Skull Mountain. But although the crowds were in full force, I realized that what I went on in 7 hours most parks don't even have, despite missing world class coasters. The park pretty much has everything right now since their expansion in 99. Maybe a good woodie or a stand-up is needed? A Hyper is a rumor for next year and that would be nice, but overall I can't complain, and I'll be sure to return on a less crowded day.
*** This post was edited by reyordonezfan on 8/18/2000. ***
Thursday, August 17, 2000 10:53 PM
They have TTR at this park? That sucks.
"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL
Sunday, August 20, 2000 9:25 AM
I just went yesterday(Sat.19),and I was lucky to
get those ride reservation tickets.
4=Medusa,Chiller,Batman The Ride,and Great American Scream Machine.I could not believe you got all four,not just pick one/take what was left.
I was SOOOOOO glad I had these because Medusa was
the usual 1 1/2 hours,BTR was long and so on down the line ,Pendulum 45 min.,20 min.for the scrambler.And the Spin Meister was being worked on :(,Evolution was not open (I was there 7 times in 99' and it opened once in early June),never saw Spinnaker (octopus/polyup)open in two years.
VIPER I wish they could give some Rx tothe otsh.
You come down the first drop and rise to a sharp curve to the left and go up- this takes your neck off!(others exiting the ride have the same complaint).And when you twist upside down I
moved/fell to the right which had me concerened
cause I should not move that much.I would love to hear in our wildest dreams that they are going to
expand or put in a new longer coaster.Those to me
are just rumors.I believe they might be looking into Rx for the restraints.VIPER is the only ride
they seem to be serious about phones and(They
said)beepers in pockets.I might have missed other
rides ...,but it really stood out to me here.
HAS ANYBODY SEEN THE LOOPING STARSHIP OPEN IN 2000? I was there in April and they still had some
blue tarp over it .Yesterday it was closed for the day,and walking in the exit I saw blue tarp tied to the fence where the op stands next to the line
ques.I came up with this idea it was protection for the op from the sun and they take it down when
they aren't there.:(:(:( I think something is wrong with the LSS:( :(
Sunday, August 20, 2000 10:42 AM
Yea, what is with some of the flat rides that are never open. I've been on Evolution once, and that was the only time I've seen it open. The spinnaker has never been open. Time Warp only runs one side most of the time. The Space Shuttle has been closed. What was the point of Evolution and Spinnaker if they are never going to run them?!?!?!?!