Knowing Goliath would be closed, I went straight to X-Flight and it was testing.
Moving through the control tower.
I can't really stress this enough. Don't believe the signs, sometimes they're way under the actual wait or much above. I had maybe 15 people in front of me, there is no way that is anywhere near 30 minutes.
Up the lift hill. (if you read my previous Trip Report, you may experiencing Deja Vu. )
Going through the first drop, more correctly called a Dive Loop.
There's something that I love about seeing empty trains running in the morning. It's a sign of achievement, the success of getting to the park before rides have even opened, and finally being on the first ride of the day.
Going through the first helix.
Is that a problem with my sense? Nope, that's just a bar in my way.
The employees dropped the chain and we were on our way. I walked right into the second row without waiting a single cycle.
Around 3, I grabbed a slice of Pizza at Angelo's and took some pictures of V2.
I then moved on to Goliath.
The largest changes were that Red Train was on the track and Orange Train had it's restraints open. I knew it was going in a positive direction. There would be no point in bringing up the second train, if the Orange Train couldn't progress up the lift hill and unblock the whole cause of problem.
A mechanic was working on Red Train.
My friend pointed out that there was some chain hanging under the lift just ahead of where the Orange Train was. The Goliath Store as I like to call it, was closed. This was odd, as I had seen it open with my own eyes just the day before.
With little to no progress on Goliath being visible, my friend and I decided to take a scenic journey on the Six Flags Great America Railway.
Besides long lines there wasn't anything that I took pictures of while on the train. So to save some time on reading this, I've decided to cut those out. Instead enjoy some pictures of Demon. It's amazing how close this looping coaster gets to the Railroad.
As we got off from our round trip on the train, the work on Goliath had aped up tremendously. There were a whole lot more maintenance working by Orange Train.
Now from a different angle.
I through in a picture of Goliath's crest in the hill, I feel this was necessary. Personally, I can only take so much lift without seeing the actual drop.
I'm not sure about other parks in the chain, but Great America is always showing around their new employees. So this group unlocked ThrillSeekers, went inside, and were never seen again. Just kidding, well, I never say them again at least.
On that note, my friend and I left out to go ride my second favorite in the park. Or I guess it could be said that it was my favorite for the time, since Goliath was closed.
That coaster would of course be none other than X-Flight! To cut down on timing, I'm only including one picture of each element.
Fast Forward about two hours, and it's time to pickup my wristband for the ERT. This was the main reason I had to visit. There's just something about ERT that I love. Since this was sponsored by Takis, the only requirement was to purchase a bag, or print out the voucher. Of course I printed the voucher. For this particular event, the select rides would be Revolution, X-Flight, and Demon.
I couldn't wait until the ERT started later that night. It would include a DJ remixing current and classics. When going to diner, my dad and I saw Goliath cycle both trains. Unfortunately my camera through a fit and I didn't get any shots until afterwards.
Obviously the Orange Train wasn't on the lift anymore, and was now in the brake run. Red Train was in the station.
Some maintenance left the station and exited towards the train.
After splitting a Single at Mooseburger Lodge, my dad was kind enough to model the Johnny Rockets Shake that we got for a snack.
To end the night I marathoned Demon and X-Flight during the Takis Exclsuive Ride Time.
In Conclusion: I will always recommend visiting on days with ERT. It makes me feel special, always for consecutive rides (in some cases), and helps plan your day. Especially knowing that there will be some ride that will have little to no wait after park closing.