I arrived around 8:45 for a start of 9:00 AM for the Coaster Challenge benefiting Special Olympics of Illinois. this awesome event is a take on the classic 5K, 10K, and Marathon. The only difference is participants have to do this on rollercoasters. I raised over $1000 to participate in the Marathon.
The dew and dark clouds made it not look so promising, but that would change.
I am surprised that these ghosts are hung throughout the park. The Disney fans would automatically recognize that they resemble the Hitchhiking Ghosts from the Haunted Mansion. There was a complimentary breakfast in JB's before the event actually started, of course I had a bagel and kept on moving. The same goes for Sylvester and Bugs.
This is because we had an Exclusive Ride Time on Raging Bull and Viper. I of course choose Raging Bull. As a Marathoner, I did not have to leave my seat up until the park opened. With that being said, I got 11 laps on Raging Bull before the park opened to the public. All of these were in the front row.
There was nothing stopping participants from wondering the eerily empty park. Fright Fest is odd. The theming may not always make sense, but it is gruesome. Examples: the noosed figures hanging from the entrances at Goliath and X-Flight
Participants have the ability to use the Flash Pass lanes up until a certain time, depending on how much one raised. With that being said, we all had one use on Goliath. So I went there a half hour before the park opened to the public. Let's just say I wasn't the only one that had that idea.
Five minutes after arriving, the Giant began the usual morning testing.
I've said this time in and time out, walking through empty queue lines is fun.
Tess Clausen fixes a shoulder padding, as a Special Olympics Representative takes pictures of those who filed out Media Forms and agreed to be recorded.
Clausen and Katy Enrique now taking off the GoPro for the first public train of the day.
Ninety minutes later, I decided to ride the classic Schwarzkopf coaster, Whizzer.
As I was about to tame the Viper, I saw this employee wearing Poster Board. Apparently this is not that unusual, I however had never seen this before.
It may be really simple, but these props are the reason why I ride Whizzer over Fright Fest.
I am growing too old to Trick-or-Treat in my own neighborhood, so I hit up the Character Candy Trail once during every visit. Bugs dressed.
Daffy joined in the fun as well, and helped pass out candy.
Now being two o'clock, I grabbed some lunch at JB's. Keep in mind that whole plate of Nachos is a meal, and I was able to get it for free on my dining pass.
I completed my challenge by five o'clock. This of course, was done with the help of about 18 total laps on Raging Bull.
Back at JB's for dinner, I realized that I had not taken many pictures of the interior of the Sports Bar and Grill. The inside is a cross between an old gold mine and a modern day sports bar, filled with FatHeads.
The scareactors in Southwest are some of my favorite in the whole park.
I love that JB's is included in the Southwest Territory's scare-zone. I love the way that scare-actors can virtually walk right in to JB's and interact with the diners.
With this photo, I'm out!