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12/28 Trip Report

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I was at the park from opening til about 7:45 today and had a great day. My family met up with me for the middle of the day, around which I rode the coasters.

 

At park opening, the park was nearly empty. I went to Nitro first, and because of two trains running and low crowds, I was able to ride it 11 times in a row without leaving the station. Getting to take so many laps in a row without waiting felt almost unreal. I love that the park gives the chance to go on coasters this big so late in the year.

 

After I rode Batman once in the front row with a one train wait and then met up with my family. At this point I went on a bunch of the family rides with them instead of the coasters, which was different for me. First we went on the Swashbuckler and the Buccaneer. At Buccaneer everyone was waiting for the end seats which made the ride continually cycle half empty even though there was a line.

 

Next we went on the Skyride, it felt different and really cool staying on it for a round trip instead of getting off at the fort like usual. We waited between 10 and 15 minutes for it but by the time we got off the line length had nearly doubled.

 

After, we went on the Skyscreamer with a two cycle wait, the ride was fun but it’s really cold up there lol. We then went on the Big Wheel, which I hadn’t been on yet this year. We waited about 15 minutes, and I was able to get a couple of pics from it of the Justice League construction from it.

 

After we went on the Tea Cups, these spin really well and we were pretty much able to turn our cup into a human centrifuge for the whole ride. After I got a delicious waffle from the waffle truck that they brought in for HITP. If they had those year round I’d probably get one every time I come. After this I also got a hot chocolate and chicken quesadillas from the new Movietown Macho Nacho and ate all of it by the fire pits with my family.

 

After this, my family left, so I went to Batman to get another ride in the front row, with a two train wait. It felt a lot faster than earlier in the afternoon. Next I went to back to Nitro for my first ever night ride on it. I rode in the second to last row and it was cool riding it at night and not really seeing where you’re going.

 

Next I went to Skull Mountain and rode once in the back row, waiting two trains. It felt odd not having the music on in there, I like the ride better with it.

 

After watching the tree show and recording it for YouTube, I went to the Boardwalk area and rode Twister and Superman. Twister was a walk on and was actually more fun than I thought it would be, and Superman I had to wait about 20 minutes for due to the one train operations. I had forgotten how great the pretzel loop is since I haven’t ridden it since early in the season.

 

After this I left the park, but I had a great day even without Joker open. HITP is great and today was a good way to finish out the park season.

 

Ride Totals:

Nitro 12x

Batman 2x

Swashbuckler, Buccaneer, Skyride, Big Wheel, Teacups, Skull Mtn, Twister, Superman 1x

 

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It's possible I was on the same train and maybe row as you on Nitro when you rode it at opening.

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Was it very cold there? Debating taking my 5 year old and 1 year old tomorrow?

Temperatures were in the 30s and 40s.

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It's possible I was on the same train and maybe row as you on Nitro when you rode it at opening.

That would be pretty cool if we were, if you saw the 18 year old guy in a dark gray and red north face jacket riding over and over again that was me lol

 

 

Was it very cold there? Debating taking my 5 year old and 1 year old tomorrow?

Walking around the park it felt fine but on the Skyscreamer and Big Wheel it was pretty cold. Tomorrow looks like it's gonna be almost 50 though so you should be good.

 

Also here's a few extra pics from my visit last month that I'd like to share:

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That would be pretty cool if we were, if you saw the 18 year old guy in a dark gray and red north face jacket riding over and over again that was me lol

I probably did. I was wearing all black and waited for the front row. One of the rides the mid course break run was turned off because the train crawled through the helix with 8 people on board.

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Nice report and great pictures of the park and the lights.

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One of the rides the mid course break run was turned off because the train crawled through the helix with 8 people on board.

 

Wow, only on that one cycle? Do you know how that happened? Did the operator push a button due to the small number of riders? Or is the train somehow weighed in the station or on the lift (a la Dueling Dragons) so the computer knows how to apply the brakes?

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Wow, only on that one cycle? Do you know how that happened? Did the operator push a button due to the small number of riders? Or is the train somehow weighed in the station or on the lift (a la Dueling Dragons) so the computer knows how to apply the brakes?

I'm not very sure but I believe it has to do with the weight and velocity of the train when it reaches the mid course brake run. If the train is slower and/or lighter than a certain limit, the brakes are shut. I'm not sure if this can happen with three train operations though. That cycle was the only one that had it shut.

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