February Happenings

Ah yes, I’ve successfully managed to not have a single post in January since there isn’t much going on. Or is there?

Total Mayhem Joker

They did it again, THEY DID IT AGAIN! Just like last year in how Looping Dragon became El Diabo, the name of Six Flags Great Adventure’s 2016 coaster addition was changed from Total Mayhem to Joker. I’d like to think that RMC, who fabricates the track for these S&S Free Spin style coasters, simply made too much purple and green track when fabricating Discovery Kingdom’s Joker and Six Flags decided to run with it.

So now we have a super villain themed ride in The Lakefront, an area loosely themed to lake pirates or something. Sounds similar to Bizarro being in Frontier Adventures. At least with Bizarro they can chalk it up to being Bizarro World. This is exactly why I thought that Total Mayhem should have went where Stuntman’s Freefall used to be in Movietown; the space looks like it was tailor-made for it! Theming too! I know Six Flags isn’t really the bastion of good theming, but some consistency would be nice.

Scaling Dominator

I saw a report recently that a group of kids broke into Dorney Park and managed to climb the 200 foot Dominator and steal the flag off of the top. Obviously it’s stupid and dangerous, but I can’t deny the level of stones needed to climb a 200 foot structure (looking at pictures, there seem to be ladders inside the towers, but they don’t have safety cages around them.) It reminds me of a story that my sister told me about how in the early 90s a group of people she knew in high school went to a certain NJ amusement park during the offseason and mucked around. They rode a massive slide that used to be there and one of them climbed the coaster and ate a bag of Doritos at the top. The coaster was only about 60 feet though, compared to the 200 foot drop tower in this article…still high enough to be killed from a fall, though. Stupid kids doing stupid things, just like in this story.

What the kids in the article didn’t anticipate is that Dorney Park has cameras all over the place and there’s about 5 clear photos of them screwing around in a control booth. Some people identified the booth as Steel Force’s, so they didn’t just go in explicitly looking to scale Dominator but to have a little field trip.

Speaking Of…

…Dorney Park, they’re giving Thunderhawk some TLC this offseason. The 92 year old coaster will be getting new trains, a new coat of paint, and track lighting. The new trains in particular will be PTC 3 bench trains with an open front. Looks like the buzz bars are gone in favor of individual lapbars. I love me some buzz bars, but as long as they don’t put some sort of pneumatic staple down lapbar, then I’m happy. No word of the coaster getting any sort of track work other than usual repairs that I assume take place every season. A lot of people complain about how rough this coasters is, but it’s over 90 years old, what do you expect?

WTCR Alert

Look at this thing, gat damn…

Seaside Boardwalk December 20, 2015

Seaside Heights December 2015After spending Saturday at Six Flags Great Adventure for their Holiday in the Park festivities, I decided to ride down to Seaside Heights on Sunday to check out what was going on and walk the boardwalk before heading back north.

One thing I noticed while driving down was that there were a lot of houses in the process of being raised, mostly in the towns between Mantaloking and Seaside Heights that took a beating during Sandy back in 2012. There’s actually several in the neighborhood that our “shore house” is in that are being raised as well. Our summer house was originally constructed several feet above ground and escaped major flooding damage unlike many older homes in the area.

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Trip Report: 12/19 Six Flags Great Adventure Holiday in the Park

Great Adventure Holiday in the ParkI made my final visit to Six Flags Great Adventure this year on December 19th; literally the first time I can say that I went to Six Flags in December. So, this winter has been super mild in the northeast with temperatures in the mid 50s every day with some days topping out even warmer. Only a couple weeks ago it was so warm that I went biking with shorts and a t-shirt; something I haven’t been able to do since September and it looks like Christmas Eve is supposed to be in the 70s! Unfortunately December 19th wasn’t one of these warm days. Hell, it wasn’t even normal, rather colder than average with wind. Perfect. Of all the days..

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Trip Report: SFGAdv Holiday in the Park

Holiday in the Park Six Flags Great AdventureI was down at the summer house last Saturday to put things away, clean up leaves, and get stuff organized for the winter. It’s not too far from Six Flags from there, so I decided to take a quick trip over to the park to check out the Holiday in the Park festivities. The day called for light rain later on that night but I was sure that it wouldn’t based on practically every busted forecast this past year. Well…they were right, and I arrived at the park with something slightly heavier than drizzle falling.

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Trip Report: Fright Fest – Six Flags Great Adventure 10/25/15

Fright Fest Six Flags Great Adventure 2015On Sunday, October 25th, I headed over to Six Flags Great Adventure for my last trip to Fright Fest for the year. I actually went twice to Fright Fest in total with the other being on Friday, October 16th. I had bought a season pass during the Labor Day weekend sale and redeemed it on my first Fright Fest visit for a free upgrade to Gold. Now that I’ve entered the park twice with it, I’ve officially “paid off” my 2016 season pass before 2016. Actually, thinking about it, less than one visit would have done it since it’s like $70 for a single day gate admission and $25 for parking (!!!); my season pass was $83 and change total.

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