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  1. Don't mind me, just sneaking through
  2. Don't mind me, just sneaking through
  3. The gang heading up to Georgia. Left to Right: Myself, Lauren, Joy, Matthew and Jackie. We left Orlando at 3:30am to get to Six Flags Over Georgia for opening. Here's Matthew adding up his coaster count so he can figure out what coaster to make his 100th. We made a pit stop a long the way. Joy showing off the classiness of South Georgia. We arrived at the park a little bit after opening. Batman - The Ride Mindbender. My personal favorite steel roller coaster. Look at those sexy Schwarzkopf curves From the plaza you get some nice angles of Goliath Time to try out our new season passes. It's a little strange not having our photos on the pass anymore. Jackie using the bio-metric scanners We started our day by heading the British section of the park. First ride of the day was Georgia Cyclone. The line wasn't terribly long. The gang in line for Georgia Cyclone. All of us on this trip, except Matthew have been to Six Flags Over Georgia. A couple of the coasters were trying out a Single Rider line. ...it made absolutely no sense. It was just one of the rows in the station, and the attendants would sometimes pull people from it. We saw a lot of your typical first day of operations problems. Such as hitting any sort of dispatch interval. It was 5 - 7 minute dispatches. We were pleased to see that Georgia Cyclone was running with the trims OFF! Matt's very excited for his first ride. The airtime on this part of the ride is ridiculously terrifying. Seriously, Georgia Cyclone was kicking total butt! My cousin Joy in line for the Dahlonega Mine Train. The crew here was doing a great job sending trains out on time. Next, the kiddies went and rode Canyon Blaster. I watched One of Six Flags' greatest gems. Monster Mansion is one of my favorite dark rides. Matthew and I ready for the picnic. Lauren, Jackie and Joy are also ready to go to this monster picnic. The operator was letting us know that humans are allowed. If you have zero idea what I'm talking about, click here. We were impressed to find that they were giving out actual cups of water. Ugh...Matthew needed the credit. Joy and Lauren for their brutal ride on Ninja. They came back claiming it wasn't as rough as it has been. Note: These are Arrow trains on the track from Scream Machine at Great Adventure. I'd like to point out the random left-over Arrow restraint on it behind Joy. Also, they were running only one train and dispatching every 8 minutes. Next was on to the Great American Scream Machine. GASM is a beautiful and fun coaster. Almost our turn to ride. Yup, that's Superman - Ultimate Flight. Yup, we rode it. ...yup. Moving on Hanson Cars, Up Up and Away and the Riverview Carousel. Lickskillet. Time for some Sky Buckets. Matthew on the Sky Buckets. It's a little higher than the ones at Busch Gardens Tampa that he's used to Still not as terrifyingly tall as Great Adventure's. Goliath. Monster Mansion from the Sky Buckets. This is the only photo of Georgia Scorcher I took on this visit. It was decent. I actually enjoy it. Goliath towers over the front of the park. Some more photos of Goliath. Time to head down to Gotham. Crime Wave was not having the best day. We saw this multiple times throughout the day. Matthew in front of his 100th roller coaster. Mindbender! This coaster is pure perfection. It's filled with airtime. And it's very forceful. Generic Batman The Ride. But still fun. Open door leading to restricted area fence. ...this is how people get beheaded! Batman / BatMobile / BatMatt Oh Dare Devil Dive... It's really not that thrilling. The capacity is pretty terrible on it too. Seriously... Goliath is a really fun, smooth, airtime filled ride. Time to hitch a ride! (Oh yea, gotta love lame captions) Mindbender Dare Devil Dive Goliath Georgia Cyclone Great American Scream Machine Ninja The girls went shopping, so Matt and I rode Monster Mansion again. Sky Screamer. The only ride in the world that literally terrifies me. The Riverview Carousel is always a must. In typical fashion, Acrophobia was down most of the day. But it did open, and we got to ride it. We ended our day by riding Mindbender. Unfortunately Mindbender was only running 1 train all day. Matthew and Jackie love Mindbender just like the rest of us. We'll end this PTR here. Everyone exhausted at the hotel. Overall, we had a great visit. -Dainan "Wishes I was still riding Mindbender" Rafferty
  4. The ride was closed when it was taken. The kid sitting in the middle was the Lead.
  5. My friend Matthew and I decided to get some use out of our SeaWorld Orland / Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass and head out to Busch Gardens for the day. Montu greets us in the parking lot. Here's Matthew and I on the parking lot tram ready to head into the park. Oh no! Not the Watering Hole! You know it's a busy day at Busch Gardens when... We decided to wait in line for Gwazi anyway. Why? I don't know, I really don't have an answer. So, Gwazi use to be two sides. But they now have the Tiger side permanently closed. As Matthew shows here, they are now using the Tiger station as Quick Queue. Rumor is that Busch Gardens closed Tiger and is only keeping Lion open till they have the budget next year to take the entire coaster out. It's a shame really, the park has tried so hard with this ride. And now they're just letting it go. After Gwazi we headed over to Walkabout Way. How can you not love kangaroos? Just chillin Pretty blunt My fingers are not food! Go away! We then went over to Sesame Safari of Fun so Matthew can get his only needed credit at the park on Air Grover. Success! and of course we played around. Oh...I guess SheiKra's open. It had a full queue so we decided to come back later. Stanley Falls was very popular on this hot summer Floridian day. Sleepy tigers. Still the best coaster in the park. Just gorgeous! Attempted to get a fly by shot while in the station. Okay, last photo of Kumba! Alright, let's check on the progress of Falcon's Fury. It's coming along. Um...what happened to Scorpion's sign? Schwarzkopf Silver Arrow The new logo has been on the train for a while now. But it's the first time I've taken a picture of it. Such a little ride packs such a big punch. I love it . Walking from Timbuktu, through Nairobi to Egypt, you can get some pretty great shots of Cheetah Hunt. In the Edge of Africa, you can get pretty close to sleepy hyenas. I really do love this park. Montu is the staple of Egypt. Still one of the best B&M Inverts out there. Budget cuts are starting to spot up all over the park. Here's King Tut's Tomb closed with all the scenery taken off it. Here's the lovely Crown Colony. The top floor is a sit down restaurant which is scheduled to close in a few weeks. Now onto a random photo of Cheetah Hunt's awkward overflow queue. We got in line and it shut down for weather, and then like a good little Intamin, shut down for technical difficulties. But we waited it out. After an hour and twenty minutes of waiting out downtimes, we got to ride. When we got off the ride, a guest handed us her Quick Queue - Handicap Access ticket she got for the ride that she decided she didn't want to use on it, so we got to ride again. Matthew's freaked out by the elevator in Cheetah Hunt's station that we had to take. We decided to wait for the front being it was only a 5 train wait. Cheetah Hunt through the trees!!!! We decided to take the Skyride over to the other side of the park so we could ride SheiKra. Cheetah Hunt from Skyride. Nice dyed mullet dude! SheiKra...yea, can't really think of a clever caption. We rode it. It was alright. Loses the novelty after the first 40 times tho After SheiKra we took the Skyride back to the front of the park. Kumba <3 This cheetah's had enough for today. And so had we. On the way out of the park, I saw some kids dancing with some very enthusiastic Busch employees. Back at the car, we found some nice shoes for us next to our parking space. Stay classy Tampa Bay. -Dainan "Till next time" Rafferty
  6. Hey guys. It's been a while. Long story short, I was on vacation for 16 days in NY staying with my family and stuff. I moved to Florida in 2009 and have been there ever since. While I was home I did go to all the local parks (more PTRs later). The park I was looking the most forward to was Six Flags Great Adventure of course. I was able to go twice while I was visiting and got to meet up with a bunch of old friends. The park's changed quite a bit, but also stayed the same. Either way, on to the Photo Trip Report! 6/21/13 After three long years, I've finally returned home. The skyline's changed a bit since my last visit in 2010. Started the day with my old best friend Dan and Jackie. Yes...Jackie and I planned our trips home to overlap that way we could go to Great Adventure together. At least they're nice enough to warn you. God I missed this place so much. New to me was Green Lantern. By principal I strongly didn't want to like the ride that replaced GASM... But it really wasn't that bad. We got there first thing in the morning and got to ride it a bunch of times. There's Jackie and I in the back. I've been on 4 other stand up coasters. Mantis at Cedar Point, Riddler's Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Georgia Scorcher at Six Flags Over Georgia and Le Cobra at La Ronde. Honestly, this one ranks right in the middle. Scorcher being my favorite stand up. This is right below Riddler's Revenge and way above Mantis. And all I heard was negativity about it. My friend Joe operating Green Lantern. Hey, look what's actually open. Kingda Ka was actually running way better than it did before I left for Florida. Our group started to grow at this point. Matt (right) and Chris (center right) joined us. Still the tallest But not the fastest. Group photo before riding Ka. One of the best sites in the world On to the new Safari Off Road Adventure. While in line we ran into my old friend Eric. This was the longest wait of the day. About 40 minutes. The queue and station weren't really finished yet. The trucks are nice and open. I don't have any photo's of the actually safari. So there you go. Bizarro number meh. I'm sorry, I'll always loved Medusa, but I now live within an hour of Kumba which is way better No more speakers. Bad dispatches. Sigh. Up next is El Toro, ole! El Toro was running a bit rougher than it used to. And it didn't seem to have that kick anymore (it may have been because I rode Skyrush a few days earlier). It was still a great ride tho. Three former Rolling Thunder Leads return home They were running all four trains and doing a decent job at their intervals. Tho when Chris, Matt and I worked there, we did spectacularly We then had lunch at Best of the West. While there I ran into my friend Peter (You'll notice this trend a lot through the PTR). Be grateful Great Adventure kids that you still have this. So...I rode Sky Screamer. As predicted I hated it. I cried...no really...I did. I HATE these rides. Jackie's diggin the old logo. As am I. How I missed this ride. You never realize how much you miss a great thing until you're away from it. Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia is good, but it's no Nitro. Batman It's still going forward!?!? What gives!?!? Dark Knight Coaster. To be honest, I do actually like this ride. It's nice to see Houdini opened full time again. Now if only all the effects will work. All so strange to me. Chutes is the wrong color. Where's ErUPtion and GASM? Finally getting to meet some of the new Great Adventure people. Here's Rob. Here's Matt (left) and Kevin (right). Jackie and I's none Great Adventure friends joined us. Hayley (right) and Stacey (middle right). Rob at work. From one Rob to the next. Got to see me other friend Robbie a couple of times. Some of you on here may know him Unfortunately El Toro was having some problems that day and didn't re open. We rode Ka again. Why not? Some Green Lantern love. Last photo from this day is me on Deja Vu. Overall it was a great day. We got to do every coaster and most flats multiple times. 6/25/13 The day before I flew back to Florida, I went back to the park with my brother and we met up with Jackie again and our friend Shia. Shia and I go way back. it was great seeing her again. This update just has random photos I took. No cohesive PTR to be honest. This is a photo I took of Ka from Green Lantern's queue. Everybody say "ooooooh!" Everybody say "aaaaaaaaaaah" Here's Green Lantern. Longest line of the day with a 15 minute wait. This is the best crew I've ever seen at a Stand Up coaster. Shia and Jackie next to go on Kingda Ka. This was new to me...and it was closed. My twin brother Anthony and El Toro. We got to ride El Toro a couple of times this day. Ran into my old friend Jess while at Mine Train. Of course I had to stop at Mama Flora's and get Pizza Fries. We also got to marathon Nitro a bunch of times thanks to the empty station. This is as close to riding the Big Wheel as I got. I finished my night by marathoning on Rolling Thunder. Best way to end my vacation back home . On the way out of the park, I ran into my old Supervisor Jim. Last photo I took at Great Adventure. I hope it's not another 3 years before I come back. -Dainan "Felt real good to be back" Rafferty
  7. Batman Nitro Superman Kingda Ka El Toro Green Lantern That's it I believe
  8. Batman Chiller TDK Nitro GASM SUF Green Lantern Medusa/Bizarro Viper Toro Ka Flume
  9. Back in April, GM's Test Track at EPCOT was closed for good and was planned to have a major renovation. Test Track now sponsored by Chevrolet, is scheduled to reopen December 6th to the public. Today (12/1/12) the attraction soft opened for Walt Disney World Cast Members and their families. The attraction has been doing testings the last few weeks with volunteer Cast Members as riders (myself included). But today we were allowed to go in and take pictures. So I present to you, one of the first looks at the new version of Test Track. The new entrance for Test Track 2.0 Couldn't gen a picture of the area entrance due to us entering behind the construction wall ;)/> Into the new queue. The entire building is unrecognizable. The line splits into 4 different design studios where you'll design your car. The five of us will be riding a few times tonight. Left to Right: Lauren, myself, Joy, Jackie and Patrick. The design studio. You are given a card, and you scan your card to activate the design station. Lauren designing our car. Patrick, Jackie and Joy. After the design studio, you go down a hall way towards the station. ...don't mind Lauren jumping into my frame. So the new design of the ride is you are in a computer based simulation automotive design. The loading station is much smaller than it was before. Pretty different. Here's where you scan your card before boarding your car. During the ride, there are screens along the path that'll tell you how your car is holding up. The next batch of photos will be blurry, being they're taken on my cell phone. While you're at the seat belt check, you can tell the ride's going to be really dark. The up hill incline. The downhill slope is no longer a rough roads test. Now it's supposed to be an ice slope. So now you just slide down slowly. Product placement activated! The ride layout is EXACTLY the same as before. However, there is no real story line, nor anything to tell you what's going on in the ride. Contrary to popular belief, this ride is NOT Tron themed ;)/> Random city...? Well...it's pretty What used to be the temperature chambers are now scanners. Checking our aerodynamics. The hill climb is basically the same, except now it's computerized. After the truck gag (yup, still there. Updated, but still there), you get an over view of your tests. Yea...it's blurry. The launch track is pretty cool. It starts changing designs, and the lights along the ground start lighting up. Outside is just like before. However it is the most boring part of the ride. There's honestly nothing to it. There's no audio. No dialogue. No show elements. It's very underwhelming after all the enhancements inside the building. Ride's over. As you see on the exit signs in station, they've brought the original World of Motion logo back to the ride. Along with the new Test Track logo. At the exit, you can check how your car tested. In this room, you can take your car and make a commercial. You will also be able to test drive it. Just like the old Test Track, you can still buy a car! The gift shop at the exit really didn't change that much. Overall, we all have mixed feelings about the new Test Track. There really isn't any sort of story line. And with the story line it has, it's hard to follow. A lot of elements in the attraction were taken out for "pretty things" as we called out. The attraction feels unfinished. With that being said, the attraction isn't officially opened to the public yet. So we shall see how it does. -Dainan "I enjoyed it" Rafferty
  10. This is more of just photos than an actual Photo Trip Report. But if you have read any of my trip reports, you know I take photos of everything and then just put captions. So, I don't really need to do more. 10/26/12 First day of the trip I chose this to be the first photo because...well, I knew the girls would kill me if I posted this. The trip consisted of myself, my room mate Jackie (left) and one of our good friends Lauren. Here they are putting air in Jackie's tires before we leave Orlando. After about a 7 hour drive, we made it to our motel, which we dubbed "The Rape Motel," down the road from Six Flags Over Georgia. We chose this motel because it was cheap and in walking distance from the park. As you can see, it was really for us to not get lost on our way from the Rape Motel. The three of us ended up buying season passes for 2013. The 2013 season passes were discounted $20 off because we live out of state and included free parking and admission to all SF parks. It cost us a total of $45. Our original plan for the trip was to do SFOG Friday night and all of Saturday. Then hit up Wild Adventures (ugh) on the way back to Orlando, but because we ended up with the season passes, we just stayed at SFOG the whole weekend. We first started on Georgia Cyclone (no pics) and then went on Acrophobia a few times. There was no wait for it. In fact, the lines all weekend weren't really that bad. Georgia Cyclone at night. A view of the Promenade/Main Entrance area at night. Dare Devil Dive Lauren was excited to ride it, being it's the only coaster in the park she hadn't ridden yet. Our first night group shot. Left to right; Jackie, Lauren, Me and Michelle. Michelle is a friend of ours who we've worked with in Orlando. She lives in Atlanta, so she took the time to come out and see us. This was one of many stupid things we saw Six Flags Over Georgia employees do. It's hard to tell in the photo, but an employee was having guests go over the railing and walk through the trees to get to the other side of the path to open the queue. This was so the guests wouldn't have to walk around. ....what!? Between the four of us, we have worked at 9 different theme parks. We couldn't handle this Kind of blurry, but here's a photo from inside Monster Mansion, Six Flags Over Georgia's dark ride. And yes, cameras are allowed on the ride Lauren and I enjoying our ride. Jackie and Michelle also love Monster Mansion You can even sing along! Click to hear the song. We sure will. But not yet. This is the only picture we got of it. But we got to see SFOG's version of Dead Man's Party which is very much like SFGAv's. However, the show is inside of the Crystal Pistol Music Hall. And the performers actually sing. There it is, the beast of any Vekoma coasters, Ninja. Ninja is currently running with two of GASM's old trains. However, it is still one of the roughest steel looping coasters in the world. We'll end day one with a ride on the Dhalonega Mine Train. 10/27/12 Got in over 40 rides in one day Welcome to the Guest Inn, our luxurious motel. I...I don't even know... You can see why we felt completely comfortable here. This room was down from us. Lauren and I showing of the room. This was next to the building. This is where the Demon lives We started our day on Mindbender! We may have easily ridden this about 20 times with out getting up. This is my number 1 steel coaster in the world. This was also the last weekend for the Wheelie, the park's Schwarzkopf Enterprise. Jackie loves her Enterprises The girls posing with the beautiful entry to the Cotton State Exposition. The time has come to the Ninja Challenge: Pain-A-Thon! What this consisted of was, we had to marathon on the Ninja until some one in our group gave up. The penalty was, the first one off had to buy the $10 Apple Pumpkin Spiced Funnel Cake later. As you see, there is no line. Because no on in the right mind should ride this. Hello there old friend. This Great American Scream Machine from Great Adventure's old red train painted black. Unfortunately they took the old Arrow restraints and replaced them with the hard new Vekoma restraints. ....sigh. Lauren and Jackie seem pretty ready for the Ninja. This facial expression is about right. After 9 times on Ninja, Lauren and I gave in. Which means this freak won. Lauren driving us on the Hanson Ride. Jackie and I enjoying the old vintage cars. Lauren and I on the Review Carousel. Jackie on her horse. Alright, time to give in and buy this. It was really good The girls pose with their favorite drop tower. This may have been one of the stupidest advertisements we saw the entire trip. We gave there Haunted House a try. It was good. Not the best, not the worst. Honestly we have nothing to really say about it other than it was alright. "Is it time to go back to the plantation yet?" Monster Mansion used to be called Monster Plantation. In 2007 they gave it an upgrade and added some new effects. In this layover, they also renamed the ride. The monsters were also dressed for Halloween. Wait! Which Six Flags are we at again? Six Flags Over Georgia had this strange simulator for Fright Fest called Last Ride You get in a coffin... They close it. And everyone can watch you in it. Lauren giving it a try Jackie's turn. The attraction had some potential to be terrifying, but it was just...meh. Overall, we didn't like it. It tosses you around like you're in the back of a hearse. You get lowered into the ground. You hear them burying you. And finally you hear bugs crawling in. It smelled like dead roses and embalming fluid. Overall, not a good attraction. Lauren and I will be hosting your Tommy-knocker meet and greet Deep in thought. Is it about Big Thunder Mountain? Or is it about food? Okay, it's food time. This Jackie's favorite of the ridiculous Six Flags adds. That's pretty awesome! Vekoma coasters, so evil. Yet, so pretty. A random shot of Wheelie at night. Why not? The Great American Scream Machine is pretty awesome at night. It may not be the smoothest coaster, but it's a whole lot of fun. The bunny hills at the end create some awesome air time. It's a great way to the end the night. Back at the Rape Motel, we got some new quality sheets for our bed. 10/28/12 Last day of our mini vacation The next morning we woke up to this alarm clock on Jackie's phone. You have to know us to fully understand us It's the last day of the season, and as you see. The Rape Motel is really poppin. Relax, it's being held together by a rope. Seriously... It was really cold for us Floridians. We layered up. Back at Six Flags Over Georgia, we started off by marathoning on Mindbender again. There's no other better way than to start any day. We rode every coaster in the park, including Ninja. This is Great Adventure's GASM's old blue train. Why yes there is a Big Mo on the Square Our last coaster of the trip was going to be the Georgia Cyclone (which was running great btw). But while we were in the station, us, and a few other guests noticed that one of the wooden bracing on the supports came detached from the rest of the structure. You couldn't see it while the ride wasn't running, but when a train went passed it, you saw it sway freely. They quickly closed the ride and immediately started inspections. I was really proud of the way the ride crew handled it. They did a great job. On the way out I saw this shirt. I know a certain some one who would love this We decided to walk back to the parking lot and take some photos of the coasters on our way out. Goliath and Georgia Scorcher. We rode Goliath about a dozen times during the trip. Including a night time ride in the front row. It was pretty perfect. We only rode Georgia Scorcher once during our trip. Fun ride. Not the best, but not the worst. It's no Riddler's Revenge, that's for use It is also very smooth. The parking lot is really the only place you can get good pictures of Mindbender. Mindbender has amazing airtime and g forces. Schwarzkopf really knew how to make them. And of course, Batman the Ride is always good as well. The 8th wonder of the world, the back side of Batman The Ride. The last picture of the trip. Jackie trying to get a picture of all three of us while I was driving back to Orlando, FL. Overall, we had a fantastic weekend. The three of us needed this little get a way from Orlando, and it was very well worth it. Also, most of these photos are from Jackie and Lauren. So I need to give some thanks to them as well -Dainan "See you next year Six Flags" Rafferty
  11. Hahaha! Wow. There's one of many pictures of me I'll never live down . It would be pretty awesome if this is true. As much as I love the nostalgia of the skid brakes, the buzz bars, and the manual operation of the ride. It desperately needs an update. Not to mention that a new braking system and trains would help with the ride's efficiency
  12. Six Flags Over Georgia in two more days!
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