Six Flags Great Adventure, Coasters After Dark, 5/1/09

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Saturday, May 2, 2009 12:00 AM

I felt like it was Family Fall Fun Night all over again, the big decision to go to the park or not with the weather forecast saying a 70% chance of thunderstorms. Since some people said it wasn't raining in Jackson at 3:30, I decided to take the chance and drive up to the park. It was pouring the whole drive until I got close to Jackson where it was drizzling.

There were a ton of busses in the parking lot, not many cars maybe 100 at the most.

The closed ride board was interesting to see since a lot was closed, including all of Bugs Bunny National Park.

KK was running so I went to Nitro first. 3 trains running but because there were so many kids still there from Physics Day and Music In The Park it was a little over 10 minutes. I was kind of annoyed at all the kids there since this was supposed to be for Season Passholders only and I was afraid it could start storming at any minute causing the rides to close and a lot of the kids were cutting and others were running around the park like it was a marathon. The line then was around 5 - 10 minutes after that. I then realized it maybe wasn't so bad that the schools were there since it might be enough to keep the park open and it wasn't so bad after 6:30 or so.

I got 5 Nitro rides in a hour, went to Skull Mountain for a walk on ride and got walk ons at the log flume and Runaway Mine Train (1 train running). Kingda Ka was still closed but I saw some people waiting by the entrance but then the op said it wouldn't be open for another hour or hour and a half so I left.

There were some awards for the music event in the Northern Star Arena which really cleared out the park. The parachutes were a 2 minute wait, Superman was a walk on even with 1 train running. GASM had 2 trains running but it wasn't neccessary.

The train before me went out empty and the op called it a ghost train and said how he shouldn't have sent it out empty as the minimum riders is 4. I wonder if that is because of Nitro valleying since I never heard them say there was a minimum last year, I had solo rides a few times last year as well.

Fly Me To The Moon had no wait and there were only 3 people total in the theater. I went back to RMT and the log flume and decided to check back at Kingda Ka. It was open, 2 trains running but that was more than enough.

Even though the back train was 3/4 empty, it was a 3 train wait for the front so I decided to take advantage of that. I forgot how different it feels to ride in the front row with your face almost being pulled. After that I got 2 more rides in the middle of the train, 1 train wait each time. I saw it was a walk on after my 3rd ride but I had enough.

I went to The Dark Knight and got 2 rides in and finished the night at Nitro with another 5 rides having to change seats twice including a front row ride that was only a 2 train wait even though they had taken a train off.

I'm glad I decided to take the chance and go to the park tonight and it was nice to see the park stay open until 10 as scheduled even though there weren't many people in the park after all the schools left (I think 1 bus stayed until closing)

Ride Count:
Nitro - 10
Superman - 1
Log Flume - 2
Kingda Ka - 3
Skull Mountain - 1
Parachutes - 1
Fly Me To The Moon - 1
Runaway Mine Train - 2
The Dark Knight - 2
Great American Scream Machine - 1

Saturday, May 2, 2009 12:45 AM

Nitro-10??? WWWWWOOOOWWWWW! :) Good job, Yosh! LOL That's some good power riding. I tried to do Dueling Dragons 10 times but started seeing spots at #5, so I had to quit. LOL That's dedication, man.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, May 2, 2009 1:40 AM

It was a little too much. After those 5 rides in a row I was feeling sick and was exhausted after running around the park for 5 hours especially with the skyway closed all night. Even if the park was open after that I probably would have had to taken a break.

Last edited by YoshiFan, Saturday, May 2, 2009 1:40 AM
Saturday, May 2, 2009 2:18 PM

Yeah, my first trip to Great Adventure this year, I rode Toro nine times, and four of them were in a row. I was ready to blow chunks. Not doing that again. :) Not in a row, at least.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Sunday, May 3, 2009 1:35 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

How is El Toro doing?

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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."


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