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A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12

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Posted:
8/12/12 at
12:17:09 PM

Long Day.

Very Sore.

I did something yesterday I haven't done at GAdv this year, and rarely do at parks anymore: went open-close. Between my advancing age and health issues, it's just not something I can make myself do often. However, it's easier when I'm with people whose company I enjoy and who share my enthusiasm for these machines we love.

This "report," like most I write, will be somewhat anecdotal rather than chronological, as it's not easy to re-construct the entire day in my mind (I'll do the best I can, though.) I'm sure my companions will add some thoughts. And the only pictures I have are in my my mind, and none of you are getting in there (trust me, you don't wanna!) All three of my companions took multiple pictures throughout the day, so I'll defer to them on the visuals, because they're damn good at it.

I made excellent time getting to the park, even though I always take secondary roads to avoid the high tolls in Jersey. Even with a gas stop and Wawa for gum and iced tea, I was waiting at the appointed spot by 9:20. Next to arrive was Kyle(mugen828,) up from South Jersey. First time meeting him (although he's said in the past that he'd seen me and Jen in the park.) Kyle seems like a pretty cool guy. After some small talk, Jen arrived, followed in short order by Paul, following his long drive from Maryland. We headed in, and I had to take off my damn belt again. Before rope drop, Jen and Paul tagged along with Kyle and I as we dropped our medication at First Aid. Following rope drop, we headed in the general direction of the pathway to the Golden Kingdom, as we had already seen Ka testing. But somehow or other, we followed Paul's lead and ended up at Green Lantern. I can't remember if that was a front seat ride, but it was the best of the season. No ear-boxing at all. Paul and Kyle poached a second ride. As Jen and I headed down the stairs, I had a sudden impulse to ride the Parachute Drop. I didn't realize Jen had never been on it, and I hadn't in three years. We were gonna ride together, but the op asked if we weighed more than 400 pounds combined. I replied, "I don't think so." I may not be the brightest crayon in the Crayola box, but I certainly am not gonna ask a woman (Jen, here) how much she weighs, add it to mine, then answer the operator. So we sat down together, but then I was asked to move to another chute. So we rode separately. Awesome view of Nitro is the best I can say, but it's a unique ride, soon, I understand , to be one-of-a-kind in the States. I told the operator of that fact, and could tell he was genuinely interested to find that out.

It was already getting hot. Temps were predicted to be around 83 with a chance of thunderstorms (which never materialized.) However, it was humid, and I imagine the heat index was pretty high.

We headed into Ka's queue, but it was already in the switchbacks, so we passed and headed for Toro. Got consecutive rides, although we did walk around. A bit sluggish on the turnaround, but it ran well. Visually, something new. The Stride Gum train has been gone this season, and there was no advertising on the train..until now. One of the trains has been overlaid with a red billboard job advertising the Kia Soul vehicle. There are new frames around the seats at about shoulder level that feature the word "Soul" and "Kia Motors" across the back. There's even "wheels" painted above the actual wheels. I don't like it, particularly, but it's better than the gum train. And later on, waiting for a second set of rides at night, it dawned on me...the "Soul Train!" Love, peace, and Toro! Where's Don Cornelius when we need him?

An okay turn on Rolling Thunder was followed by two consecutive rides on Bizarro. Ride felt great, and if the audio was fully on prior to the brake run (where it definitely was) then I didn't notice it. Hit the Runaway Train for a lap, but I was annoyed by the fact the back car (all three seats) was for Flash Pass only. Jen ended up being our conductor.

Little blurry from here. We got only one ride on Nitro, although I'm sure Kyle got more when he split from our group after lunch. Batman had some issues, with a shutdown just when we were boarding. Jen had put our cups in the holders and we were just sittig town when they moved us back to the air gate. Four or five mechanics were checking the trains, and after one of them took a test ride, we got the all-clear and got two consecutive rides. Funny moment: we came off Batman, and Paul headed toward Dark Knight, appearing as if he expected us to follow him like the rats with the Pied Piper. Needless to say, that didn't happen.

We had lunch at the Character Cafe, after finding out that that restaurant, along with Granny's, was offering a "Season Pass Appreciation" discount of 20% off an order of $10 or more. I think we all got some form of a burger. Mine was actually not bad at all, save for two of the most pathetic excuses for strips of bacon I've ever seen. And you guys..some of you, anyway..know how I feel about my bacon.

And then there were three. Kyle split after lunch, and I think that's when Jen, Paul and I hit Kingda Ka with a somewhat minimal wait of around a half hour. The ride was running consistently all day (more on that later) Jen managed to poach a re-ride (with permission.) She was very happy to see that her on-ride photo did not feature my hand in front of her lovely face, as it usually is in photos when we sit together, no matter the ride. I'm sorry, Doctor. I'll try to do better ;)

Paul was jonesing for Skull Mountain, but Jen and I saw the line and walked out, telling Paul we were gonna hit the bumper cars, which have opened. It was about a four cycle wait. We were really hoping Paul would not be out before we were, thereby giving him an I-Told-You-So opportunity. No such luck, he beat us. It was worth it, though, because the bumper cars..Fender Bender, to be accurate..had some really good action, far better than in their last incarnation at the park. The Jen went for a smoke while Paul rode Blackbeard and I took a spin on Air Jumbo, the re-located Flying Elephant ride. Although I was unable to make my elephant fly due to an inoperable control lever, I thought it was neat how the vehicle has holes an adult can stick their feet into, making it appear your legs end at the ankle, and making it quite comfortable if riding without a kid. Jen got a pic, hopefully she'll post it. We temporarily couldn't find Paul after that, but we did.

Let's see, what else? Checked Nitro..too long (we had not gotten the Flash Pass.) Paul and I took another ride on Lantern, and I decided to join him at the back to give it a shot. Hey, I'll never learn. Interesting note..after the OTSR was down, I was having trouble reaching the belt below the seat to buckle in. I finally did, just moments before dispatch. Good thing I did, because NOBODY EVER CHECKED MY RESTRAINT!! I mentioned it to the op and got nothing more than a puzzled look. I was gonna go to Guest Services and report it, but decided it wasn't worth the bother.

We got another ride on KK as the sun was setting. The wait was closer to an hour this time, and while waiting, I was feeling a bit "off"..a little out of sorts, if you will. Not sick or anything, just...off. I hadn't realized when boarding that Jen and Paul had gotten on the train ahead of mine. I was sitting on the launch pad for about 4 minutes, and it turns out they were stuck on the holding brake at the same time. Don't know what the issue was.

We got a night ride on Toro..pretty awesome, although night rides on Toro don't hold a special place in my heart like those on Beast, Lightning Racer, and Boulder Dash. Paul wanted a ride on Bizarro, while Jen and I elected one more on Toro. We planned to meet at Nitro for our last ride. But dark forces, walks of shame, and Platinum Pass double riders conspired to make us wait longer for Toro than the line promised, and when we reached Nitro at 9:59(after a very exhausting power walk across the park,) they had just put up the chain closing the line. Not knowing exactly where Paul was on the line, Jen and I headed out. I do regret not getting to say goodbye to Paul, but he'll understand. He's a good guy.

One other note. Obviously, we didn't go to the Pat Benatar concert. I heard music from that general direction, so I guess the concert went on. But at one point, from somewhere, Jen pointed to the arena while the concert should have been going on..and the arena appeared to be mostly empty. Maybe Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will do better next week.

Thanks for reading, as always. And, also as always, we wish you love, peace, and SOUL (Train!)

Mike

* This post was modified at 8/13/12 11:19:32 AM *

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 8/12/12 12:46:56 PM
8/11/12

Weather: HOT, but a breeze creeped in and it was better after mid day.

Crowds: A full park, but no waits over an hour. Depending on where everyone was at, most waits were about 15 minutes.

Hey Mike! Great TR and it was a pleasure meeting you, Jen, and Paul.

I will have to upload all the pics I took later. I got some really cool shots throughout the day. I ended up hanging out with my friend who came with a big group, the rest of the day. He had a great deal , which was $85 for a park ticket, and a bus ride from Boston to and from the park. (a bus with tv's and such). Not bad at all! The guy handling it has been doing it for like 12 years, they all take the trip in August. Very cool idea.

Anyways, moving on, or I should say, adding on. I hung with my one friend who I had been friends with for about 4 years through online gaming, but I never met him. So it was a lot of fun to actually hang out with him.

I can't remember all of the details, but I will try my best.

I got lucky (even though the day was fairly not crowded) in that my friend's friend had a flashpass for 4! We were only 3, but we got to use it for Nitro, Batman: TDN (I know I know...), and Batman: The Ride. It was just a regular flashpass, so it didn't help with Nitro too much, but allowed us to sit down outside of line and wait, and reserve other rides while we qued in the actual row lines in the station. Batman ended up being an immediate ride, and B:TDN as well.

After that, it's really a blur, and we were on our own at this point with no flashpass. All the rides had lines, but they weren't too long. I waited exactly 40 minutes for a second row KK ride at dusk(ish), which was my one KK ride of the day. I got on Bizarro 1 more time. And I rode El Toro 3 more times, and Nitro another 3 times. Two of those Nitro rides were because after one of our rides, I noticed two riders behind us, so I asked them (not the employee's) if we could ride with them. They had no problem so we got some rides back to back!

All in all I ended up with a slew of rides! It wasn't an AMAZING day for tallying up the numbers, but not ever having to wait over an hour for anything is a WIN in my book. It got cooler later in the day, and luck just kept seeming to go my way. I also got to share free refills all day with my friend bc he had just purchased a souvenir bottle, so that was awesome too.

Finally got to meet some great people! ;), met an old friend finally, rode a bunch of coasters, and didn't have to wait a long time for them. All in all, a very successful day. I left the park at 9pm, a first for me in at least two years.

* This post was modified at 8/12/12 12:48:14 PM *

- mugen828
157 Coasters -- Favorite Coaster -- Nitro (SFGAdv)
117 Steel -- 40 Wood -- Home Park: SFGADv
Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by alpengeistno3 at 8/12/12 6:07:47 PM
Awesome write up, Mike!! I just woke up around 3 hrs ago as I didn't get back to MD until 4:00 AM this morning (thanks to the AWFUL traffic getting out of the park and my delicious stop a Geno's at midnight.)

beastmaster said:

Following rope drop, we headed in the general direction of the pathway to the Golden Kingdom, as we had already seen Ka testing. But somehow or other, we followed Paul's lead and ended up at Green Lantern. I can't remember if that was a front seat ride, but it was the best of the season. No ear-boxing at all. Paul and Kyle poached a second ride.

Rule #1 for avoiding using flash pass on Saturday: always hit the lowest capacity rides 1st. Normally that would be Supes, but we had agreed none of us would be disappointed with missing that one, GL was the obvious 2nd choice. I managed to move my position in the "running of the bulls" from 20 to NUMERO UNO. We could have been on the 1st train out with a little more "pep in the step" from the "peanut gallery" and still made it to Kingda Ka before anyone even got there. Kyle and I didn't really need to poach as they was no one in line yet for the back 2 rows when we got off. I did hesitate as I was against the second ride so we could hurry up and get to Ka, but went along with it anyway.

I have found that now that GL is entering its sophomore season in the Gradv lineup, the long queue line setup is really taking its toll on the lines later in the day. Mike and I came back around 6:00 and it was a 5 minute line, at most. While it is nowhere near as rough as a certain "small" stand up that was recently added at SFA, but the intense G-forces in the standing position make it a much tougher reride than GASM was. I think I can use it as my midday coaster hangout (I used to be able to marathon Screamer while the lines for the major coasters went down, but it is going to be hard on tired legs.)


beastmaster said:

One of the trains has been overlaid with a red billboard job advertising the Kia Soul vehicle. There are new frames around the seats at abut shoulder level that feature the word "Soul" and "Kia Motors" across the back. There's even "wheels" painted above the actual wheels. I don't like it, particularly, but it's better than the gum train. And later on, waiting for a second set of rides at night, it dawned on me...the "Soul Train!" Love, peace, and Toro! Where's Don Cornelius when we need him?

I didn't realize this was a "recent" addition (being my 1st trip to Gradv this year.) I wonder if the ops will eventually start spieling "enjoy your ride on the SOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUULLLL Train!"


beastmaster said:

An okay turn on Rolling Thunder was followed by two consecutive rides on Bizarro. Ride felt great, and if the audio was fully on prior to the brake run (where it definitely was) then I didn't notice it. Hit the Runaway Train for a lap, but I was annoyed by the fact the back car (all three seats) was for Flash Pass only. Jen ended up being our conductor.

One small, annoying detail Mike left out. Rolling Thunder started out operating one side with 2 trains. When came back later in day, they had both sides going with all 4 trains, but when Jen asked for a race, the op proceeded to smugly dispatch the trains at different times. I had seen them racing at other times while we were in the area, so maybe he didn't hear her, but it sure seems like he was determined to not fulfill a simple request (especially since both stations were nearly empty, so it could not be considered a capacity issue.)

As for Runaway Train, I got the impression that the Flash Pass people requested the back row since they made their "if your row is being occupied...blah, blah, blah" spiel. I'm sure they were strongly influenced to chose the closest seat to the exit, however.


beastmaster said:

Little blurry from here. We got only one ride on Nitro, although I'm sure Kyle got more when he split from our group after lunch. Batman had some issues, with a shutdown just when we were boarding. Jen had put our cups in the holders and we were just sittig town when they moved us back to the air gate. Four or five mechanics were checking the trains, and after one of them took a test ride, we got the all-clear and got two consecutive rides. Funny moment: we came off Batman, and Paul headed toward Dark Knight, appearing as if he expected us to follow him like the rats with the Pied Piper. Needless to say, that didn't happen.

Kyle and I went back for a 2nd ride on Nitro while you were on the Rapids. The line was growing fast as it was already under the station drop after our near walk-on ride (I kept saying we needed to hurry up and get over there before noon and it was already 1:00!)

Batman TR had a "rough engagement" (where the chain dog does not line up with the notch in the chain) causing the train to slightly roll back with a loud "THUD". It is standard on any Arrow coaster, but with B&M's and Intamins, the feeder wheels make them rare. The ops panicked and called the ride down until maintenance could come check it out. I suppose we would have done the same thing on Alpengeist as it is SOP to call the ride down if you hear "any unusual noises", but maintenance did nothing except dispatch a few trains and take a ride to check out the 2nd chain dog (which is why he decided to ride in row 7 rather than a "good" seat.)

Jen and I had discussed "pranking" you on Dark Knight. Glad to see Jen hung back while I took the full blame!


beastmaster said:

We had lunch at the Character Cafe, after finding out that that restaurant, along with Granny's, was offering a "Season Pass Appreciation" discount of 20% off an order of $10 or more. I think we all got some form of a burger. Mine was actually not bad at all, save for two of the mot pathetic excuses for strips of bacon I've ever seen. And you guys..some of you, anyway..know how I feel about my bacon.


Oh, it should have read "GREAT ADVENTURE Season Pass Appreciation" as when they scanned my SFA season pass, the kid working register said it didn't work because I had "parking" and it was only for "regular" passes. I didn't want to argue with him as I knew the real reason was that it was my SFA pass not being in their system, but I did wind up paying $15 for my burger, fries and drink. At least I used my Discover card so I could get double rewards points.


beastmaster said:

Paul was jonesing for Skull Mountain, but Jen and I saw the line and walked out, telling Paul we were gonna hit the bumper cars, which have opened. It was about a four cycle wait. we were really hoping Paul would not be out before we were, thereby giving him an I-Told-You-So opportunity. No such luck, he beat us. It was worth it, though, because the bumper cars..Fender Bender, to be accurate..had some really good action, far better than in their last incarnation at the park. The Jen went for a smoke while Paul rode Blackbeard and I took a spin on Air Jumbo, the re-located Flying Elephant ride. Although I was unable to make my elephant fly due to an inoperable control lever, I thought it was neat how the vehicle has holes an adult can stick their feet into, making it appear your legs end at the ankle, and making it quite comfortable if riding without a kid. Jen got a pic, hopefully she'll post it. We temporarily couldn't find Paul after that, but we did.

I did have good reason for wanting to ride Skull Mountain. The initial turn in the Black Forest portion of Verbolten seemed very comparable to the 1st drop on Skull Mountain. After my ride, the only difference is that Skull Mountain's goes all the way to the floor whereas Verbolten's is may 10-15 feet higher. I used to know every turn of Skull Mountain's layout, but all my rides on Verbolten this past month had my brain mixing up the 2 rides, lol. If I had got 1 more ride, I think I would have had it sorted it out again.

Blackbeard was pretty long for how long I would normally be willing to wait, but I figured with it being around 4:00 and lines the longest they had been all day, we were just wasting time. I had expected you and Jen to find me, but I guess my bright orange shirt was TOO hard to spot :) (Can you believe that some guy asked me if I worked there on my way rushing to Nitro at the end of the night? Colorblind dude, the employee's shirts are GREEN!)


beastmaster said:

Let's see, what else? Checked Nitro..too long (we had not gotten the Flash Pass.) Paul and I took another ride on Lantern, and I decided to join hm at the back to give it a shot. Hey, I'll never learn. Interesting note..after the OTSR was down, I was having trouble reaching the belt below the seat to buckle in. I finally did, just moments before dispatch. Good thing I did, because NOBODY EVER CHECKED MY RESTRAINT!! I mentioned it to the op and got nothing more than a puzzled look. I was gonna go to Guest Services and report it, but decided it wasn't worth the bother.

I blame the op on my side. She checked me and buckled the other empty seat and called for the seat lock BEFORE the other op had come to check you. I don't recall if she had buckled the other empty seat next to you (we were on either side of the train), but it did seem to go against the standard procedure of checking each row in 2s together as a team. Glad you didn't die on your LAST back seat ride on Green Lantern :)

beastmaster said:

We got another ride on KK as the sun was setting. The wait was closer to an hour this time, and while waiting, i was feeling a bit "off"..a little out of sorts, if you will. Not sick or anything, just...off. I hadn't realized when boarding that Jen and Paul had gotten on the train ahead of mine. I was sitting on the launch pad for about 4 minutes, and it turns out they were stuck on the holding brake at the same time. Don't know what the issue was.

You did seem spaced. I thought you had got your noggin' racked from riding GL on the end in the back (something I have found to be a "no-no" on Apocalypse). I could not tell what happened to KK from where I was, but what Jen and I saw...the other train moved forward after you were dispatched to the launch track. Instead of the harnesses releasing, they were trapped in the seats (either the train was not fully advanced or there was some other shutdown that allowed the ride to still advance the trains. We had came back to the holding brake outside the station, but did not proceed in the station since the block was not fully clear. After awhile, one of the ops ran to the rear station panel and hit some buttons before running back to his midstation location. They got the train to unload and we came in. Expecting the ride to be shut down, we wondered if you were on the train that had been waiting on the launch track all this time (I'm sure some the people with you must have been losing their mind by now as the worst part of KK is the anticipation before the launch). We notice they went ahead and loaded the train and we saw your train launch finally.


beastmaster said:

We got a night ride on Toro..pretty awesome, although night rides on Toro don't hold a special place in my heart like those on Beast, Lightning Racer, and Boulder Dash. Paul wanted a ride on Bizarro, while Jen and I elected one more on Toro. We planned to meet at Nitro for our last ride. But dark forces, walks of shame, and Platinum Pass double riders conspired to make us wait longer for Toro than the line promised, and when we reached Nitro at 9:59(after a very exhausting, power walk across the park) they had just put up the chain closing the line. Not knowing exactly where Paul was on the line, Jen and I headed out. I do regret not getting to say goodbye to Paul, but he'll understand. He's a good guy.

Okay, here's my story. I went to Bizarro after you and Jen got in line for your 2nd Toro ride. The line was completely in the station, but somewhat busy with a 2 train wait for the rest of the train, but a whopping 4 train wait for the back. The ops were very slow, stacking all 3 trains after each cycle, once for an extended period. (let me take this moment to yell at Gradv for having 2 ops check 3 32 seat B&M trains of Bizarro while staffing 4 ops to check 3 14? seat trains on KK). By the time I got my ride, it was was 9:44 by the clock outside Runaway Train. I power-walked it over to Nitro and got there when the ride op announced there were 5 mins until closing. I got lucky in that there was a group of 3 in the back row, so I went with them. When we got back, it was after closing (they yelled at and chased away everyone trying to poach seats.) There was only 7 people left on the platform, so they allowed us to ride again with them for the last ride. I wondered if you and Jen had made it (had my doubts as it seemed like my line at Bizarro should have been shorter than yours at Toro.), so I headed for the main gate. Ironically, the only rides that were still cycling guests were the Ferris wheel (massive line for some reason unbeknownst to me), the bumper cars, and Sky Screamer. All flat rides. I went the bathrooms up front (which were packed, but I was smart enough to exit the park and use the nearly empty ones just outside the gate) and to my car ready to leave by 10:15. The line to get out of the park was massive and I did not wind up getting on the road until 10:45. Stopped at Wawa to fill up and make the drive to Philly to get some Geno's. (A Gradv tradition since my former Junior High school buddy showed me how to avoid the Turnpike and Delaware Memorial Bridge tolls by only paying $1.00 to drive I-95 through Philly.) I wound up getting home at 4:00 AM.


beastmaster said:

One other note. Obviously, we didn't go to the Pat Benatar concert. I heard music from that general direction, so I guess the concert went on. But at one point, from somewhere, Jen pointed to the arena while the concert should have been going on..and the arena appeared to be mostly empty. Maybe Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will do better next week.

The guy sitting between us on Toro claimed the concert was over by 8:15. I don't know much about "major" band concerts, but if I went to Gradv specifically to see a band and the concert was only 1 hr and 15 mins, I would be beyond pissed off unless Pat Benetar took the rest of the time to sign autographs and pictures. I assure you, when I rode Bizarro, the entire concert area was deserted and vehicles in the backstage area were driving away, so if the concert went on, it was over and done with long before closing. I hope the 4-10 fans who showed up got their money's worth, lol!

beastmaster said:

Thanks for reading, as always. And, also as always, we wish you love, peace, and SOUL (Train!)

Mike, it was a blast hanging out with you, Jen and Kyle. I am so used to just working parks by myself, it is nice to know I have a group of friends who are willing to go to the parks and not "poop out" by 6:00. I said this in email, we really need to try to line up a bunch of meeting dates/places to try to get the old URC park gatherings going again. There is enough of us in the area it should not be too hard to get it to happen.

Paul

Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by alpengeistno3 at 8/12/12 6:46:09 PM
mugen828 said:

8/11/12


Weather: HOT, but a breeze creeped in and it was better after mid day.

Crowds: A full park, but no waits over an hour. Depending on where everyone was at, most waits were about 15 minutes.

Ironically, there were less than 50 cars in the parking lot when I came in at 10:00. We had knocked out all the major coasters with multiple rides except KK by 1:00! On a Saturday, that was pretty amazing right there.

mugen828 said:

I got lucky (even though the day was fairly not crowded) in that my friend's friend had a flashpass for 4!

YOU CRACKED!! We were supposed to be going "Flash Pass" free to prove to Jen that you didn't have to go running for one as soon as you enter the gate in order to enjoy Gradv :)

mugen828 said:

We were only 3, but we got to use it for Nitro, Batman: TDN (I know I know...), and Batman: The Ride. It was just a regular flashpass, so it didn't help with Nitro too much, but allowed us to sit down outside of line and wait, and reserve other rides while we qued in the actual row lines in the station. Batman ended up being an immediate ride, and B:TDN as well.

And you rode Dark Knight! Mike is going to disown you for that :)

mugen828 said:

Finally got to meet some great people! ;), met an old friend finally, rode a bunch of coasters, and didn't have to wait a long time for them. All in all, a very successful day. I left the park at 9pm, a first for me in at least two years.

Seems we just missed each other at KK because we left for El Toro right at dusk. It was cool meeting you. Glad you decided to bag SFA today as I woke up at 2:00 PM and would have been just a "little" late, lol.

We'll have to do it again another time. I only live 35 mins from the park, so if you get the inclination to come down, text me and as long there isn't any football going on at Fed Ex field, I can meet you.

Paul

Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/12/12 7:25:56 PM
"I don't recall if she had buckled the other empty seat next to you"

She did. She came all the way in from your side, checked the two empties between us, and didn't touch mine at all. I actually tried to catch her, when leaving, but you might have noticed how fast she hit the exit gate, her shift apparently over.

And yeah, my little "space-out" had nothing to do with GL. I think, at that particular moment in time, I was just feeling a little "Great Adventured out." By the time we split, I felt okay, other than shortness of breath and sore feet/legs from the last "power walk" to Nitro to attempt to meet you.

Mike

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/12/12 7:30:10 PM
"And you rode Dark Knight! Mike is going to disown you for that :)"

Nah, Kyle's still a member of the family. We diabetics gotta "stick" (pun definitely intended) together, ya know.

Mike

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/12/12 8:25:15 PM
Glad to hear you guys had a great time. It seems you guys timed everything right. For a Saturday in early August, you guys sure rode a lot. Nice TRS from all 3 of you, I can't wait to read Jen's perspective. I highly doubt I'll make it to SF Great Adventure this year, but we are planning a Hershey trip on September 9th. On September 5th, I'll know for sure. Work has the slowest that I have ever seen in the 15+ years I've been doing this type of work. If all goes well at work and the weather is decent, and all the stars align, we will be there on the 9th. Really looking forward to Skyrush.
Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 8/12/12 8:34:11 PM
El Toro as the sun was going down.



Got this shot while listening to the GOD FORSAKEN bizarro music. I saw this photo opportunity on a ride earlier in the day and thought I could take my phone out real quick and grab it. So proud of this photo!

I take this pic a lot. I have been taking this similar picture for about...5 years now. I have some really close up versions where it looks like a bunch of tangled track. I love the photo opp. It's on the exit ramp of Batman: The Ride.

No comment...

Cya Jen!

* This post was modified at 8/12/12 8:44:46 PM *

- mugen828
157 Coasters -- Favorite Coaster -- Nitro (SFGAdv)
117 Steel -- 40 Wood -- Home Park: SFGADv
Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/12/12 9:27:45 PM
Well, you guys pretty much covered everything! I still say we should have had the FP them we wouldn't have wasted 2 hours going from ride to ride, looking at the line, saying "hell no" and walking to the next one. But that's my take. Was it needed for the morning, no but it was needed for KK.

And Mike you got the wait times wrong - the first time on KK it was only 20 minutes (and I got my "free" ride, LOL!) and the second time it was 45 minutes - I timed both of them.

And Paul - every other person was wearing a bright orange shirt! I can't tell you how many times I thought I found you but it was someone else. I'll post what pics I took tomorrow (not many) - too tired now (still recovering from the CA trip) and I have to go to work for the first time in 11 days tomorrow (I don't wanna go!)

And Kyle - AWESOME pic of KK through Medusa? (you said Batman but I don't see how that's possible). And you got me on my very first Parachute ride! I can't believe I have never ridden that in all the years I've been there. Never had an interest - and it was boring but had a great view.

They had a new KK shirt that said "Size Matters" across the KK outline - I HAD to get that one! Believe it or not that was the very first roller coaster shirt I have ever purchased. I have gotten park shirts in the past but never a specific ride. Now I can wear my "boyfriend" proudly.

Had a great time with you guys as usual! Next year we will start planning trips towards the end of winter so people have enough time to request a day off work or arrange their schedule accordingly. I think we should all go to SFMM! LOL! (OK, may need a little more than a day for that...)

Jen

Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 8/12/12 11:36:57 PM
Wonderful trip guys! Man I think I would be 'dead' tired by 7pm. That's about what time I had to call it a day when I was last there. Interesting idea to go with GL first. I will make a note of that for my future trips as I don't intend on buying a flash pass.

I gotta agree about those pics, I totally like that shot of KK inside Bizzaro. Nice catch!

Paul, I hope you are still on for next Sunday for KD :)

Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/13/12 8:56:33 AM
GoYanks34 said:
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And Mike you got the wait times wrong - the first time on KK it was only 20 minutes (and I got my "free" ride, LOL!) and the second time it was 45 minutes - I timed both of them.

Of course you did :)

When I'm at a park, I try not to pay much attention to time, unless I'm meeting someone or trying to catch a show. I rarely look at my watch while there, and rarely will I gauge how long I wait for a ride. So it's mostly guesswork, and I apparently guessed wrong. I'm just glad I have you to set me straight, Doctor. :))

Mike

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/13/12 6:22:33 PM
beastmaster said:

GoYanks34 said:
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And Mike you got the wait times wrong - the first time on KK it was only 20 minutes (and I got my "free" ride, LOL!) and the second time it was 45 minutes - I timed both of them.

Of course you did :)

When I'm at a park, I try not to pay much attention to time, unless I'm meeting someone or trying to catch a show. I rarely look at my watch while there, and rarely will I gauge how long I wait for a ride. So it's mostly guesswork, and I apparently guessed wrong. I'm just glad I have you to set me straight, Doctor. :))

Mike

You know a girl doesn't like to kept waiting too long, LOL! Too bad I did miss that amazing sunset with my green king, but as Paul said - he put out candles for me! (his lights on top) :~)

Jen

Re: A URC Quartet at GAdv...TR 8/11/12 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/13/12 6:42:47 PM
GoYanks34 said:

beastmaster said:

GoYanks34 said:
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And Mike you got the wait times wrong - the first time on KK it was only 20 minutes (and I got my "free" ride, LOL!) and the second time it was 45 minutes - I timed both of them.

Of course you did :)

When I'm at a park, I try not to pay much attention to time, unless I'm meeting someone or trying to catch a show. I rarely look at my watch while there, and rarely will I gauge how long I wait for a ride. So it's mostly guesswork, and I apparently guessed wrong. I'm just glad I have you to set me straight, Doctor. :))

Mike

You know a girl doesn't like to kept waiting too long, LOL! Too bad I did miss that amazing sunset with my green king, but as Paul said - he put out candles for me! (his lights on top) :~)

Jen

He puts out for everybody...Oh wait..CANDLES!!! Ohhh.

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...