Took a three-hour drive up to Arlington on 3/11, and arrived at the hotel we were staying at, at about nine AM. The park did not open until 10, so we left our car at the hotel, and took the trolley to the park.
After the 30-minute trolley ride, we arrived at the park. The park had opened its gates 30 minutes early, so we headed into the park, and got our season passes processed. It only took about 5 minutes once we realized we did not have to stand in the long line because we had bought our passes online.
Headed over to Gotham City for my first ride on Batman: The Ride. There was no line, so we had to walk through the line all the way to the station. I really enjoyed the ride, but decided to move onto other rides.
Walked over to Flashback, and there was a small line. We only waited about three minutes. I really liked the first drop on this ride, but the drop going backwards was not as good. Seemed to go a lot slower on the way back to the station.
Decided it was time for a couple rides on Judge Roy Scream. Like always there was not much of a line. I rode this one twice in a row, and then a lot of people walked up to ride, and my mom grabbed the only empty seat.
We then decided to ride the Runaway Mine Train. This one is always a nice ride, but one ride was enough for now.
We rode Shockwave once, and then headed over to Yosemite Sam, after that we rode Runaway Mountain twice, and then it was time to ride the Texas Giant.
Texas Giant had no line, so we walked up to the station, and got in line for the last car. I rode in the last seat, and my mom rode in front of me. This ride was very rough. It had some spots where the jerking was bad, and when we came back to the station in I had a bad headache, and it felt like my ribs had hit the side of the car a little too hard.
We rode the Conquistador, and then we headed over to La Vibora, and other than the Casa Magnetica, this was the longest line we waited in all day. I rode in the front on this ride, my mom rode in the back, and a man and a woman sat behind us. The woman behind me had obviously never been on this ride because she was freaking out the whole way up the lift, and when the lift slowed down at the top, I was afraid she was going to have a breakdown. Over all the ride was awesome, and then we decided to get some lunch.
After Lunch, we waited in line 45 minutes for the Casa Magnetica. This attraction was cool. When the guy asked for a volunteer my mom told me I should volunteer seeing how he needed a tall guy, and the other people that volunteered were too short. The guy said I could do it, and I had a little bit of trouble getting behind the counter. He then tells me to sit in a wooden chair, and once I was seated he asked me a few questions, and then told me I had to put my hands in my lap, put my feet together about a foot away from the chair, and then without moving either my hands or my feet I had to stand up. Well because the way the gravity in the house works, let us just agree that, it is impossible to stand up like that. I probably could have done it in a regular house, but not in the Casa Magnetica.
After we got out of the Casa I was not feeling very well, and it only got worse as we waited in line for the log flume. We left the park after our ride on the log flume. We got back to the hotel at about 4:30. We spent the rest of the day at the hotel.
Woke up at about 7 AM, ate some left over pizza for breakfast, and then we left the hotel at about 9:15. Went to a nearby Wal-Mart to pick up a few items, and then we went to the park, and waited about 15 minutes for the entire park to open.
We rode Batman: The Ride once, then Flashback twice, Judge Roy Scream twice, then the Runaway Mine Train once.
I rode Superman: Tower of Power with two kids I did not know because my mom would not ride this one. I enjoyed it, but it would have been better if I had ridden it with someone I knew.
After Superman, we rode Shockwave, then Yosemite Sam, then Runaway Mountain.
Texas Giant was better in the middle then it was in the back. The lap bar hit my mom in the stomach hard, and she did not know if she could ride any more rides after that.
We rode Conquistador twice, and then we rode La Vibora once. I rode Batman again, but after that, we did some shopping and then left at about 3:30.
We stopped to eat at a Whataburger on the way home, and we got home at about 7:30.
Overall, the park was great. Employees were overly friendly, and they were really pushing the 45th Anniversary. Lines were short for the first half of the day,and I am impressed with the park, and I hope they keep up the good work. None of the new rides were open, and none of them were even close to done, so it will be a while before those open. *** Edited 3/17/2006 3:33:05 AM UTC by Matthew Engel***
*** Edited 3/17/2006 4:49:20 AM UTC by thrillerman1***
No Mr. Freeze?
Well about that you see I'm a pretty big guy, and the way the restraints on Mr. Freeze work I can't ride it. The lap bar won't come down enough for the seat beat buckle deal to buckle to the thing on the lap bar. I have a similar problem with Titan. The Titan lap bar has to come down really far, and I only needed it to click one more time, but it just wouldn't go down. I felt like an idiot after that, but atleast I can enjoy the rest of the rides.
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