Sunday, October 12, 2008

Six Flags Magic Mountain: (Not So) Fright Fest

I titled this post (Not So) Fright Fest because just like our last visit, we did no mazes. What can I say, Sarah doesn't want to be scared. Today's trip lasted from 11:30 - 5:00. We started off heading to X2. It was having trouble getting ready this morning, so it remained closed until tell later. Revolution is where we headed next (Make sure to aviod the red, white, and blue train.) We boarded the white and turquoise train, seat 7, and it wasn't that bad of a ride. Next we headed up the mountain to ride Ninja and Superman the Escape. Ninja was having trouble getting ready as well, but we were able to ride Superman the Escape in under 10 minutes.

After that we went down the back to ride Riddler's Revenge. Ofcoarse we couldn't walk by Gold Rusher without giving it a whirl. Gold Rusher is always a great ride, but we came for the big ones! Riddler's Revenge had about a 10 minute line for front row.

I was upset we missed this coaster on our last visit, but I'm glad we were able to ride up front without listening to the song "Ecuador," for too long.

After that Sarah expressed her desire for Colossus Backwards. We rode Colossus Backwards 3 times in a row (It's Awesome!) I recommend riding this coaster in the front (Technically the back, the seat I filmed my pov from.)

Today wasn't that crowded so the race was on!

After 3 rides we were kind of tired of the abuse, so we went on Scream!

The ride wasn't ruff today, but the train was vibrating a lot. I wasn't really impressed with this coaster today. We were ready to eat by now, but I felt like 4 months was a long time to go without riding classic Colossus. We rode it in the back because I fell like this is the most enjoyable seat on the ride. Today we wanted to try something new so we headed over to Johnny Rockets.

The burgers were great! It tasted like a hybrid of Carl's Jr. & In & Out, I highly recommend going there. After a great lunch we headed over to Jet Stream, but it was closed for the moment. I was surprised to see Déjà Vu open, but it wasn't why the reason I was in the area. I wanted to see some construction of the new Rollercoaster, "Psyclone 2: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." That is not the real name, but it is a wooden coaster themed to a Terminator movie. The only thing I noticed was some concrete framing in the form of a circle.

After that nonsense we went on Ninja two times in a row, and ofcoarse, now Jet Stream is open. Too late for that though, our next ride was Tatsu in the very back. It was a first for us and probably our last. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but the views are better when you can see the track.

Now it was time to piss Sarah off and do some waiting. We got in line for X2 against her wishes, but surprisingly trains were going faster than Tatsu. It took about 45 minutes to get on board today, and due to high winds fire was not present (I'm thinking X2 might make into my top 10.)

After a big ride like that Sarah was feeling worn out. I was not about to leave the park without riding Viper & Goliath. Viper was great as usual, rough, fast, and tons of fun.

Goliath's line was dead! We walked on the first train after entering the station. Goliath was amazing and a great ride to end the day with.

That is all for our Frightless Fright Fest visit. Thank you for reading, and have fun!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Copperhead - Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Contest

So I entered a Rollercoaster desing contest last month and today the results are in! Two designs went head to head...

Endevour - A hyper (lite) twister coaster designed by The BeastFan.

Copperhead - A compact suspended looping coaster designed by Calicoasters (me.)

Well the results are in with Copperhead taking 4 of the 6 votes, making me the winner! I must admitt that I'm not that stocked about it due to the lack of interest and votes. I would like to thank The BeastFan for both competing and hosting the competition. Honestly I didn't think my SLC had a chance against a Hyper Twister. Thank you for reading, and have fun!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Six Flags Magic Mountain: Fright Fest

First off, due to the weather and the time of day we were at the park, I did not get as many pictures as I wanted. We left the house around 12:30 but due to traffic, stopping to get gas, and stopping to get Starbucks we didn't actually make to the park until 3:45-4:00.

Note: There wont be anything to smile about when taking pictures while driving gets us into an accident. But we made it...

Let me just say this now... I don't care who owns your park, if it's Six Flags, if it's Cedar Fair, every white wooden coaster needs a giant spider on it! Next time you're about to kill a spider, just think he could be a coaster enthusiast. Spiders where apperantly #1 for Fright Fest theming.

This was the first time I have ever shown up to the park without a game plan, and we started off on the better of the two log flumes, Log Jammer. Normally the wait for this ride is easily an hour and rarely 20 minutes, but due to weather and the ride was kind of taken over by a Fright Fest maze, no one was riding it. Next we went to Goliath, but skipped it due to it's line. So next on the imaginary list was the whole reason why I came... Colossus Backwards.

And one of the many reasons why this ride is so incredible are the super comfy B&M trains that previously ran the rails of my favorite defuct coaster Psyclone.

This is the only time of the year we get off Colossus and Sarah says she wants to ride it again. We rode it twice in a row in the same seats and made a (Broken) promise to go on it again later in the night. So here is an attempt to film Colossus Backwards.

Next we walked a couple feet over and went on Scream! As always the line was petite, always a good ride, but never anything memorible.

New for Fright Fest this year is "Scream on Scream!" They have loud speakers playing music in the center of the helix directly after the midcourse brakes. Not impressive in my opinion. After Scream! the rain started falling again and it was time to head indoors and get some food. The best (currently the only) place to eat and get some rest is the Mooseburger Lodge.

The food is pretty good, but the fact that it's a restaurant is the real reason why we go there. I'm sure most people were like me, I used to think I would never eat at a park's restaurant because it would be extremely over priced. The truth is, it isn't really... Both of our sandwiches were about 12$ each. That isn't much of a stretch compared to all the options outside... plus you are seated, and taken care of by staff.

Next I went to go get my Flash Pass (Included with my season pass) and Sarah didn't fight me about going on Revolution. The ride was the best I've seen in years! We were on the white & turquoise train in car 6 (I made a point to remeber it because it was almost a perfect ride.)

Now it was time to use some Flash Pass. We headed up the mountain to, "Fly at the Speed of Fear" on Tatsu. I don't know why, but they repainted the handrails. I felt like a dork for noticing it, and even more for taking a picture, and even more now for posting about it.

Anyways, besides some @$$holes trying to spit on the people below, the ride was perfect as always.

I cannot help but feel like I miss out everytime I don't get to ride Ninja, that and being in Sarah's top 10 makes it a must.

After that we walked over to Superman The Escape which surprisingly had a line coming out of the building. We skipped it without question and headed down the hill. Gold Rusher had a longer line than Colossus/Colossus Backwards, Scream!, Revolution, & Ninja! So yeah... Skipped that too. By then the Frights have begun and it was time for coasters in the dark. Batman The Ride was our first night ride and the longest I have ever waited to ride this coaster. it was Amazing! Most of the ride (After the Zero-G-Roll) was pitch black!

After that we decided that the last Flash Pass should be used for Goliath. Although riding the coaster in pitch darkness is really exciting, I must admitt I like it better with the lights on. I miss the early days when there was mist at the entrance of the tunnel. The second reason for the visit was to experience X2 in the dark, so we headed over there only to sit in a two hour line. We only stayed in line for a couple minutes before deciding we weren't ready yet. We did talk to tourist who said "They don't have nothing like this at the Six Flags in D.C." Next we went on one the many loves of my life Viper. Viper is still one of the best coasters in Magic Mountain's line up. Some people say it is rough, I think it just has that "Arrow Character." After that we went through the exit/Flash Pass line of Revolution for another ride. This time we were on the red, white, & blue train in the front. There it was, that typical violent ride that we struggle to enjoy, what made it worse was the two little girls behind us cursing up a storm and also saying stupid and ignorant words about a historical coaster. After all the abuse we returned to the mountain to ride Ninja in the darkness and see Superman The Escape's line still too long. We headed down the back to do Gold rusher and Riddler's Revenge, but first I needed something to drink. I don't know why, but Magic Mountain's staff in almost every food service area is slow! So slow you get frustrated! I couldn't imagine being a parent with hungry kids dealing with the unacceptable service. After Gold Rusher I could tell that Sarah was exhausted so we skipped Riddler's Revenge :( and decided to end with X2. The line was still the same, but this time a staff member decided a coaster enthusiast and his girlfriend shouldn't have to wait the wait. We were escorted to the station and boarded the next available train. That made the day for Sarah!

This was my third ride on the new coaster and I have yet tp see this fog! I'm starting to think it doesn't exist. There was fog all over the park for Fright Fest, so there shouldn't have been any issues preventing fog on the coaster. Our onboard sound was turned off (which made me happy, and not so much Sarah) which I think made the ride more Fright Festy.

After that went spent some money in the shops, looked at our terrible pictures taken by staff and went home.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed. Please leave comments! We will be at the park again next weekend. Take care and have fun!