Knott’s Berry Farm overall report part 1.

California Coaster Kings went to Knott’s Berry Farm on the 16th of November. The day started off with light crowds, but around noon, long lines started to form. This is not a trip report in which we are going to drag you through our day, but in the 2 parts we’ll tell about part of our day, what was good and what wasn’t, tips, and info. Enjoy!

Boardwalk

The new Boardwalk is a great addition to the park! It looks very nice, and lived up to our expectations! The Boomerang repaint is interesting, but very bright, and colorful fitting the new boardwalk. Coast Rider is a great family coaster, and fun addition to the park’s line-up. The lines for Coast Rider move fast, and riders are not allowed to keep their items on the side (unless it’s drinks). The ride boards 2 cars at once, and does this very fast too! There are constantly cars leaving the station and coming back. Great operations Knott’s!

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The winter season returned, so riders won’t get soaked when riding Riptide. It’s definitely not our favorite flatride, but the public seems to enjoy it. Also, it really works with the new Boardwalk which is nicely decorated with lights, bright colors and palm trees, as seen below.

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The Boardwalk officially starts over at Supreme Scream, which isn’t really noticeable ’til boomerang, from then on the water, lights and colors remind you of the themed-area. The area ends over at Johnny Rockets next to the new flat rides and Riptide. It overs a great view of the rest of the park!

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The new Boarwalk Pier is a really nice addition, and we hope other parks would add something along these lines! There are 2 new rides on this ‘pier’; Surfside Gliders and Pacific Scrambler. The Scrambler is recycled as it used to be housed under the former Windjammer Surf Racer. (Xcelerator area). It looks great at night too! Part 2 will have these pictures!

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This is how deserted it was around 10.45, 45 minutes after the park opened. Good for us! No lines for Xcelerator, Boomerang, Supreme Scream, and Coast Rider!

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TIPS: Try to do Xcelerator in the morning, before it gets crowded, and since you are right next to the new Boardwalk area, do Coast Rider and Boomerang right after since these rides don’t have huge capacities either.

 Fiesta Village

As we rode Xcelerator earlier that day, we noticed one Jaguar train dismantled for refurbishment, next to Xcelerator. So we figured that there was only one train operating on Jaguar. This resulted in the longest line we waited in all day together with pony, that only operated one train two. We didn’t even bother riding Sierra Sidewinder with the 1-1.5 hour wait it had.20131116_103435

Jaguar has our favorite station, you can just feel when lines get bad, when it starts somewhere in the corridors of the temple! Nice building still.

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And the Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop! Montezooma’s Revenge had a line almost all day, but still not as bad as some other rides, the line for this flywheel shuttle launch was only about 20-25 minutes.

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Since it was a Saturday, La Revolucion had a line too. Still a great ride though!

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TIPS: Visit Fiesta Village after you’ve done the big rides, preferably before noon if possible. Lines can form when Jaguar operates one train, and of course Montezooma’s Revenge always does. Otherwise try coming back after 4 PM.

 GhostRider Re-Tracking

GhostRider underwent some re-tracking a couple of months ago, and we wanted to check out if it really lived up to refurbishment it underwent. Lines were extremely long, backing up to the outside switchbacks, making us nervous. It better be less shaky and bouncy than it used to be, or we have waited too long for no reason. Luckily the re-tracking seriously helped the woodie! Almost the entire track was noticeably improved upon, and you could see the new wood on the track. The first half of the ride, ’til the first block-brake didn’t seem much better, and we feared that the refurb didn’t help whatsoever, but the second half was incredibly good for GhostRider!20131116_155418 20131116_143821

We like the color that the old wood is getting after a couple of years! Also, as you might know, this ride is spectacular at night, pictures of Ghostrider at Night are featured in part 2!

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TIPS: Skip long lines for GhostRider, and come back later if necessary, you must be okay with Viper and Kong in order to enjoy GhostRider. For more info read our GhostRider review by clicking here.

Xcelerator and Supreme Scream

Both ran very well during our visit, although it was the off-season already, Xcelerator ran 2 trains all day. And even Supreme Scream ran all 3 of its towers most of the afternoon! Lines seemed long for both from around 1PM-5PM, but moved fast due to the good operations! We also decided to get some artsy shots of Xcelerator and Supreme Scream. We like the Xcelerator video screens in the station also, they show a funny video of how a roll-back is suppose to look, with an explanation! Supreme Scream didn’t operate more than 1 tower ’til 12PM (noon).20131116_103929 20131116_103723 The Purple train was a bit shaky when we were there, but we rode the red train right after, and at night, and it was better, smoother than the purple. Next up for a refurb; Purple Xcelerator train!

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We like the station a lot, especially due to the fact that it is so open, and only has 5 gates, rather then 10 (1 for each row), this resulted in 4 people boarding per gate per train, and made the line seem to move faster. Also, the way the operators check the seat-belts and restraints is interesting. There are 4 operators, and all check half the seats once, resulting in getting a spot-check twice! Do we call it safety at its best, or overly cautious?

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We wish these towers shot you up instead of dropping. Something S&S Towers are ‘supposed’ to do… Oh well. The down-ward launch is still great though!

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Read our full Xcelerator ride review here!

TIPS: Ride these two as soon as you see a short line, since both Supreme Scream and Xcelerator are very short! People, including us and you, don’t like waiting long for very short rides in general! Also, if both trains are running on Xcelerator, aim for the red train, it’s smoother/ less shaky than the purple train. When you see all 3 towers of Supreme Scream operating, RIDE IT! It’s so much fun to be on the tower when 2 other cars are too! The interaction is amazing.

Well this was part 1! Stay tuned for part 2 next Wednesday! (Wednesday the 27th), it will include the rest of the park, and pictures of the park at night! Also, we’ll have more tips, opinions, and short reviews! Additionally stay tuned for some specials regarding KBF!

SEAT-BELTS ON GOLIATH

Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain now has seat-belts! They were installed last week and are in use already. We have no clue why this is necessary after 13 years of injury-free operations. The seat-belts are very similar to the ones on Xcelerator at Knott’s. ‘Intamin’ seat-belts…

These are most likely installed because of the New Texas Giant accident earlier this year.

Photo credits to @AwesomeCoaster on Twitter
Photo credits to @AwesomeCoaster on Twitter

Knott’s

Hey there!

We went to Knott’s Berry Farm yesterday. (November 16th). And we have lots of interesting info and pictures. We will do 2 overall reports, one will be posted Wednesday the 20th, and the other on November 27th! Also, we’ll have lots of Ride Reviews, and additional info on rides such as Coast Rider, and GhostRider (re-tracked). So stay tuned, because we’ll go all Knott’s the next couple of weeks!

Comment any questions, or requests, for what we cover, talk about, or post!

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Quick ‘what’s-up’ with Magic Mountain.

With the winter season kicking in, theme-parks start preparing for the 2014 season, and thus, so is Magic Mountain. Magic Mountain has taken down the world’s largest fake-tree, for the rejuvenation of Bugs Bunny World. Also, the 2 gift-stores next to the big tree, will most likely be taken down too in the process. This is likely to be the location of the new kiddie-coaster. Additionally, the park will now be running rides with lower capacities, since most rides will have trains in rehab for next season. Although MM doesn’t officially host Holiday in the Park, it will bring back some decorations, and the meet and greet with Santa Claus, as well as the popular snow-globe!

Some Fright Fest @ SFDK pics

We were invited to the Ghoulish Gathering VIP event at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, but due to travel distance and time, we weren’t able to make it. An associate that lives practically next to the park was able to make it, and took a few pictures for us. The park was only open ’til 10, so most pictures were taken during the day. And since everyone at the event went on mazes at night, we have very few pictures of the park at night. (You’re not allowed to take pictures at the mazes) So here they are!

All rides were operating Friday night, looks pretty cool if you ask us!

V2 and Roar

Of course our favorite ride, Superman Ultimate Flight, deserved their attention!

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is expanding it’s Fright Fest more and more every year, and they have also placed a huge spider on their woodie!

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The Fright Fest decorations looked awesome at the park! Below is an example!

FF stage

Have you been to any CA Halloween event yet? Let us know by commenting below!

Very short- quick update- SFMM 10/18/13

We went to Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain again yesterday. We decided to go on all mazes for the last time, therefore we didn’t have much time to look at all the things that went on. Also, we were with some friends, so mazes were our top priority. Below you’ll see a wooping 3 pictures! Which will show what we noticed real quick while we were at the park.

Around 6:30 PM, when they decided to open Total Darkness early, we saw this on our way from DC Universe to TD. Maintenance was climbing the superman track. Later, around 7 PM. Superman opened again.

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Another thing we noticed real quick, was the bus-stop waiting line. It is now a permanent line.

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Something we didn’t see the last 2 Fridays we were here! Nice greetings when approaching Colossus County Fair!

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Short Fright Fest Update from 10/11/13

CCK was at Fright Fest (SFMM) again yesterday, and although there wasn’t much going on compared to last week, there were a few things we noticed!

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Six Flags Magic Mountain put up some signs with directions for the mazes. They were located at various places in the park, and looked very neat.

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This weekend, they seriously fogged out the scare zones, and we could finally see the ‘City Under Siege’ effects! (there was hardly any fog last Friday)

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Scream! finally received a new ‘shield’ on the fence (exit path). It used to be ripped, and looked awful. Next up; PAINT JOB!

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SFMM also added a TV screen in the Total Darkness line, guests in line can now follow groups inside the pitch-black maze. Nice addition!

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Other than this, Viper ran extremely smooth yesterday. Also, Batman: The Ride was closed all night too, and there were no lines for the rides, except for SEFK, which had a line reaching far outside the building.

First Night of Fright Fest 2013 at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

California Coaster Kings went to the first night of 2013 Fright Fest, and here’s a little update! Click here for reviews of all 2013 mazes!

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Demon’s Door was ready to go when we entered!

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Demon’s Door was an amazing Scare Zone, that really put guests right into the action. The flames that came out of the Valencia Falls were pretty amazing too! (click here to watch our FF video with shots of the fire flames)

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Lex Luthor was closed all night due to the high winds.

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Total Darkness was totally different from Blackout, and was a whole lot better. Also, lines were held short this year because of the large maze that was split into 2 sides.

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Look at those street-lights!

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Zombie crossing was very neat too! They had a tv reporting the news as you approached. They also had a road sign saying; ‘Warning… Zombie Crossing Ahead’, which was very nice. (To see the sign in action watch our video by clicking here)

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The Wastelands Scare Zone over at Aftermath.

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Gypsy Hollow Scare Zone over at Cursed.

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Willoughby’s didn’t have a line, and they took photo’s again this year.

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Black Widow didn’t have a line at all because of the light crowds, so we got to go in immediately. It was very good this year. We had our doubts last year, but it was definitely a must do, since it never has lines.

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City Under Siege was back this year!

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The Aftermath, like each year, was amazing again, with the flame throwers, the extremely thick fog. One of the best mazes Fright Fest has ever seen. (See our maze review by clicking here!)

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The Hypnotist show was back for this Fright Fest. It took kind of long, and wasn’t worth the time. So unless you will visit Fright Fest weekly, do all mazes and scare zones first!

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Fright Feast with the Willoughby’s returned, due to the crowds, there was almost no one there.

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Voodoo Nights, performances by Cursed (the band that is named ‘Velocity’ during Full Throttle Nights)

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The flames shooting out of the fountain over at Demon’s Door were controlled from behind the Cyber Cafe.

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The nightmare Scare Zone was really good once again!

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Chupacabra isn’t our favorite maze, but since there were hardly any lines it was okay.

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We didn’t get any good pictures of Toyz of Terror, but that was probably our favorite NEW Maze! They left in the best aspects of the previous Jokster’s Hide Out, and transformed the maze to become some toy factory! (Read full maze review by clicking here!)

 

SFMM FT VIP Tour/ Park Update 9/28/13

California Coaster Kings entered a contest to win an FT VIP engineering event, en we won!

Upon arrival we had to register at the US Army booth, and we then waited in line to be let in. Once we entered the park, we were gathered under the Full Throttle canopy and Tim Burkhart, VP of Six Flags Inc. Maintenance, told us all about the ride. He told us how FT worked, as well as what went into designing it, and how physics were applied to it. We then got to ride FT during a little ERT session, we got 5 rides in, before we were allowed to explore the rest of the park before the Saturday crowds would come in.

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It also happened to be the day of the finale of Kidz Star with the famous Jennette Mc Curdy.

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As far as the park’s prep for FF, it’s coming along pretty well, and the entrance is now officially Fright Fest’ized!

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Bugs Bunny World is ready for Fright Fest too!

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The bus that we showed in last week’s update has now been ‘painted’ to fit the Fright Fest area more.

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Also, between Whistle Stop Park and Golden Bear Theater, more ‘apocalyptic’ objects have been placed!

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Pistachios Park has been decorated too.

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The Fright Fest icon has returned! Our guess is that the Demon’s Door scare zone is not going to have place for it over at the fountain, and since Total Darkness is going to be located in the Magic Moments theater, we think it works out.

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During the Full Throttle VIP event, we also got catered lunch, the lunch was held on the perfect roller-coaster-junkie spot, right under Goliath and Colossus. (Pavilion next to Road Runner Express)

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The inside of Bugs Bunny World has been nicely decorated.

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The new scare zone, Demon’s Door, is looking interesting!

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FLAGS is getting ready!

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The Maze Pass Sales Center is almost ready too, we like the new sign!

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That was all for today! Check back often as we will be covering all mazes next week for the first day of Fright Fest!

2014 CA Season Pass prices.

For today’s Tomorrow Tuesday we are looking ahead, and we are showing you all the Season Pass prices for the major CA Theme Parks. Please note that these are the regular passes! For more detailed info go to our Quick Links page, or our Current Ticket Prices page, or click on the name of the park below.

SFMM Park Update 9/22/13

We went to SFMM today, and kind of forgot that it was a “free-friend’ day. So it ended up being really crowded! Also, X2 was still closed, and is not expected to re-open any time soon, and Goliath closed in the middle of the day for some reason. We expect that they were testing the refurbished train as we saw empty trains running, but an empty line on a crowded day. 

Other than that, this is what else we saw;

Scream, running 2 trains, and seriously fast operations, had this line. When we got back later it started forming uphill towards Colossus’ entrance.

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Speaking of Colossus; the entire line, including those switchbacks all the way in the back were full.

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And of course, the over flow parking lot was used, and we decided to take a stroll and explore it a little… yeah, other than the view (which is spectacular, honestly), there wasn’t much to see.

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Chupacabra is ready to go!

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The Full Throttle dancers were there all day, so was Velocity, the band that performs every weekend. Notice the Fright Fest props that were placed.

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The props that usually reside under Superman yearly, have been placed for Fright Fest.

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Look at that crowded parking lot around 1 PM

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Maybe not the best decorations in town, but FLAGS is ready for Fright Fest too!

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Some red carpet was rolled out, seems to happen a lot with “bring-a-friend” tickets.

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Also, the decorations for FF are up at the entrance, where Demon’s Door will be located!

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SFMM Update 9/15/13

Apparently another busy week at Six Flags Magic Mountain! Here’s our update from today the 15th of September! 

Full Throttle FINALLY received a cool sign! Next up; STATION ROOFING 😀

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After almost a year of one-train operations, Scream! has finally started operating 2 trains again! The refurbished train looks REALLY neat! (ALSO, Tatsu started using the refurbished train!)

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Fright Fest is showing up everywhere!

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They were demolishing Slaughter House, and placing the new Weepy Hills INSANEtorium!

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Cursed seems to be finished up!

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The Aftermath Maze, and Scare Zone seems to be ready too!

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All the spider webs have been placed for Black Widow!

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And just when we all thought Apocalypse was back to (oh well, 1 train) operations, they had to close it down again. Hard to see, but there was someone from maintenance working on the tracks, just between the transfer-track and the station.

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Signs started to pop up too! Nice operating hours this year!

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The ‘Nightmare’ Scare Zone is finished too!

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Some nice fog-machine covers have been standing under this billboard for a week and a half or so…

 

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The Maze-wristband counters have returned in front of FLAGS!

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Last, but not least, FLAGS has received new lights, the purple bulbs are surrounding the entire building!

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SFMM update for 9/5/13

CCK went to SFMM today (September 5th) and there were no crowds, nor lines, anywhere! 

We arrived at around 12’15-12’30 PM, and this is how crowded it was…

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We immediately walked over to Full Throttle and there wasn’t a line! We waited for about 10 minutes, and decided to go on it a second time with an even shorter wait!

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Sorry for the quality of the pictures, but below you’ll see a couple of pictures of the work that was being done on X2. There was a big crane, and about 6 people working on top of the lift hill. Maintenance expects, and tries to manage, a reopening of X2 in December.

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Fright Fest is literally ‘right around the corner’, and the entire park is being decorated already. We also saw maintenance crews work on decorating fences that will create the lines for the mazes.

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Colossus is being prepared for running backwards this Fright Fest, and then all spring next season!

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They’re also preparing DC Universe for Fright Fest!

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Tidal Wave’s line is being transformed into, probably ‘Cursed’, a maze again, and thus riders got to enter the line through the handicap/flash pass entrance. They actually made a fancy sign for that too!

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Just like the sponsoring with a dedicated park wasn’t enough… Wonderful Pistachios Park got a new sign. Doesn’t look bad.

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With Hurricane Harbor being closed, and it being a Jewish holiday, there was seriously no one at the park… this picture was taken around 4 PM, the second parking lot was barely touched… NO LINES!

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That was about it for today. Everyone excited for Fright Fest?

Quick SFMM Update 9/1/13

We went to SFMM today, and decided to do a quick update on it.

And of course X2 is still closed after the chain lift problem…

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The ramp on the parking lot happens to be finished by now, and is sponsored by Toyota.

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This meant that the overflow lot had to be used again, even though it wasn’t that busy. They were also racing Superman for a while today, nice to see! It has been a while since some interaction!

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Apocalypse was open today! YAY! With the fire working too! Only bad thing were the crowds, the line ended up being like an hour and a half or so, because they were only operating 1 train…

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The park was open ’til 9PM today, so Full Throttle Nights were back, and looked surprisingly nice from the sky tower! Also notice how tropical, and “not concrete-y’ Hurricane Harbor looks at night!

 

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That wraps up the little things that happened at SFMM!