I got picked up by one of my friends, so we entered through the Washington Entrance, as opposed to the Main Entrance on Grand. It was odd going under American Eagle and past Raging Bull.
Before the lot opened, I got some shots of American Eagle. Soon after, Raging Bull and Giant Drop started doing their AMs. I also got some shots of that.
Giant Drop well.... Dropping
Raging Bull going up the lift and down the first drop.
Going through the first airtime hill.
Now going through the fourth drop.
Following the turnaround.
Finally, going through the mid-course trims and out of sight.
It was surprisingly crowded. Then again, not many people take a look at the Attraction Availability Board before entering. Goliath was red, meaning there's no chance of it opening. (By Rope Drop at Least.) The line for Superman grew. But knowing Goliath was closed, I wanted to see how many people would run. There's a crane right under the lift, that's not normal. SO it's not going to open. Anyways, minutes before letting the chains go, Security announced that Goliath was closed and many groans were heard throughout the crowd.
Since V2 is known to have one of the worst capacities in the park, I went there first. Well I couldn't because it's also known for its Downtime and this was the case. So it was off to Batman.
It was quite an odd experience watching Batman test and having it be my first ride of the day. I haven't done this since the days before X-Flight opened.
Just some more pics of Batman testing.
Even though much of the themeing has been removed over the years, there is still a decent amount left. Some include having B&M on the sign in Gotham Park, simply having Gotham City Works indicating you're entering the more ghetto areas of Gotham, and finally the Police Car that has crashed into a fire hydrant.
My overall goal was to get some more shots of Goliath. So I got my rides in V2, which opened shortly after 10;30 and went to Little Dipper. But I had to wait a cycle on Dipper. So I took some more pictures.
I'm not sure why, but I love this particular shot.
Little Dipper Ride Requirements with Goliath in the background with the crane.
Got some better shots of Batman that I usually aren't able to get. Unless, It's in the early morning or late night, I don't ride Little Dipper because of it's capacity. Obviously there's a close relationship between capacity and lengths of lines.
The children were having a great time on this classic woodie, but so were the adults. The Little Dipper was saved from Kiddieland in Melrose Park. It was built in 1950. Even though it's not the most thrilling ride, it is reliable.
Flash-forward about 65 years and we've come a long away, in terms of thrills. It is debatable about reliability.
Work was being done on the chain. If it wasn't obvious before, it sure is now.
I thought this was a good sign. The Goliath store, officially known as "Thrill Seekers" was open. Previously, Goliath Merch had to be purchased else where.
However, the orange train was still on the lift, and red train was in storage.
Finally, in addition to all of that, there was still an employee posted by the sign, both saying the same thing but people don't believe the sign.
It was weird seeing one of the top attractions closed. I kept expecting a train to start climbing the lift, but it didn't happen. The empty queue was most out of place as Goliath usually has some of the longest lines in the whole park, even in the morning or towards the end of the night. I tried to get used to the facts but it's still hard to believe, even as it was before my very eyes.
Primo's/Fammilia's has been replaced with a Flatbread Pizza. My friends claim that it was like this all season, but this was the first I noticed of it.
Surprisingly, even after a half hour of the park being open, X-Flight only had a ten minute line. How could I pass that up?
Finishing the Barrel-Roll
Entering the Dive Loop
Entering the first Zero-G Roll
Entering the Immelman
The turn into the Barrel-Roll
Flying through the control tower is arguably the most exhilarating element of X-Flight.
Finally into the break run
After Raging Bull, my friend pointed out that American Eagle blue side was stopped on the lift. This could have been for any number of reasons, including mechanical, somebody putting their arms outside, or having any loose articles on ride. (Including but not limited to cameras.) Anyways, it started up shortly after.
I enjoy taking photos. But these are two of my favorites from this report.
All of these were taken from the train, more formally known as the Scenic Railway.
Now these were taken from the exit of the train.
These unique views of Goliath were taken in the station of Spacely's Sprocket Rockets.
Photography is not allowed during the performance, so I don't have any pictures of the actual show to share. Before seeing the Peking Acrobats, I grabbed some Cotton Candy. By the way, I highly recommend both of them, especially when it is a snack on the Dining Pass. The two go together well. This is new to me but the Grand Music Hall allows food in. I can neither confirm nor deny that it's been like that for a while.
Seeing the flat-bread option earlier enticed me to get it for dinner. I admit I got it just for this trip report, however it blew away my expectations. It was hot, fresh, large, and also came with chips. As this wraps up, I realized I didn't take any pics of my lunch. Well it was the double cheeseburger from Mooseburger Lodge.
These pictures were taken at 7:30 and most of the attractions had been closed for over two hours because of weather. It wasn't always raining or storming in our immediate area, but it was close enough to keep them closed for the last four and a half hours of operation.
In Conclusion: It is always worth it to get to the park early. That's when I got most of my rides in. This also shows how the weather is usually better in the morning. If weather isn't good, see some shows, or watch Screams & Dreams in the Pictorium.