Sunday, November 23, 2008

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Well we just got back from Six Flags Magic Mountain, and what a day! Sarah and I always enjoy the park much more when we have a first timer in our group. My best buddy Kevin and Katie joined us today.

Katie is a big time Disneyland fan and a 20 year California resident. She has known about "The Mountain," her whole life and it was time she finally experienced it for herself.

We got to the park around 1:30 and the place was a little dead. For once! We actually caught the tram without having to wait for it.

Katie voiced her opinion about not wanting to ride Goliath so we decided X2 would be a good coaster to break her fear. Today the line was about a 50 minute wait even with some delays with one of the trains. Here is a look at the view from X2's chain lift about 3/4s of the way up.

Unfortunately fire was not present to enhance our ride experience.

We all thought that would have done the trick for Katie, but she still was not ready for Goliath. Next we went on Viper. Don't know why, but it was the smoothest ride this coaster has ever performed.

Still not convinced there is nothing scarier than Goliath we headed up the mountain to Tatsu. It seems only the chain lift had heard scared, not even the massive pretzel loop could do it. Ninja had an amazingly long line so we sadly skipped it and went on Jet Stream. After that it we hit up the great Riddler's Revenge. The line was short, and the ride was great, but after is when our trip took a turn for the worst. I left my hat, sunglasses, souvenir bottle, and Kevin's sunglasses down by the lockers (Not in the lockers) before boarding Riddler's Revenge. When we returned from riding our stuff was gone. Kevin's sunglasses were $200+ and we were really upset about it. This wouldn't have happened if Six Flags Magic Mountain didn't recently enforce a strict (Nazi) locker policy where they charge people a dollar to store belongs at each major coaster. After a short argument with some staff members, we cut our losses and continued on to Batman the Ride. I don't know why, but Katie was looking forward to this coaster the entire trip (Might have something to do with a Silver Bullet (Knott's Berry Farm) appreciation, but I don't know.)

I must say out of all the coasters at the Mountain, Batman the Ride gives the most consistent performance year after year.

After that little pick me up, we headed to Colossus and Scream! I think it is cool that there is still a big crowd of appreciation for a classic old wooden coaster in a park full of steel coasters. Colossus had the longer line of the two and the better ride as well.

Now it was time for the big boy... GOLIATH! Unfortunately Katie was not going to ride it and when we got in the long line, we realized either were we. The park was closing soon and on the way out I decided it would be great to ride Log Jammer. I forced the group on and we all were not expecting a night ride on log jammer to be nearly pitch black. I assured the group we wouldn't get that wet, but the truth is, we all got soaked! After that we filed a lost item form for Kevin's sunglasses and we headed back home to San Diego. Thank you for reading, and have fun!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Season Ending Ranks

I've been counting coasters ever since Sarah and I started dating early 2007. As now my coaster count is 43, and here is how they rank.

43. Pony Express @ Knott's Berry Farm
42. Gadget's Go Coaster @ Disneyland
41. Cobra @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
40. Mulholland Madness @ Disney's California Adventure
39. Jaguar! @ Knott's Berry Farm
38. Scandia Screamer @ Scandia Amusement Park
37. Matterhorn Bobsleds @ Disneyland
36. Giant Dipper @ Belmont Park
35. Boomerang @ Knott's Berry Farm
34. Hurricane @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

33. Psycho Mouse @ California's Great America
32. Demon @ California's Great America
31. Gold Rusher @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
30. Revolution @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
29. Vortex @ California's Great America
28. Sierra Sidewinder @ Knott's Berry Farm
27. Boomerang @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
26. Big Thunder Mountain @ Disneyland
25. Giant Dipper @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
24. Kong @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

23. Superman The Escape @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
22. Montezooma's Revenge @ Knott's Berry Farm
21. Tony Hawk's Big Spin @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
20. Colossus @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
19. Space Mountain @ Disneyland
18. Roar @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
17. Ninja @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
16. Invertigo @ California's Great America
15. V2: Vertical Velocity @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
14. Silver Bullet @ Knott's Berry Farm

13. Déjà Vu @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
12. Scream! @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
11. Viper @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
10. Desperado @ Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino
09. Batman The Ride @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
08. Medusa @ Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
07. X2 @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
06. California Screamin' @ Disney's California Adventure
05. GhostRider @ Knott's Berry Farm
04. Riddler's Revenge @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

03. Tatsu @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
02. Goliath @ Six Flags Magic Mountain
01. Xcelerator @ Knott's Berry Farm

Friday, November 7, 2008

3 Rollercoasters - My Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Collection

While my game of choice is Rollercoaster Tycoon 1, I can't help but feel a connection to the 3rd game since I entered Copperhead. Well recently I have done some work on Copperhead's supports as well as build 2 new Rollercoasters, Tornado & Shock!

Thank you for reading, and have fun!