Great Adventure, 5/7/10, Coasters After Dark

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Great Adventure, 5/7/10, Coasters After Dark

Postby Yoshi » Fri May 07, 2010 11:19 pm

I have been looking forward to Coasters After Dark since last year since I missed Family Fall Fun Night and the season pass nights always are great for getting lots of rides in.

The lot was full of buses and hardly any cars but thankfully a lot of the physics day and music event kids were leaving.

First ride of the day was Nitro, 3 trains running and a walk on. It was too crowded for a re-ride so I went to The Dark Knight next. It was a short wait to get into the pre-show and after the ride, there was no one waiting so I asked to stay on as they always have allowed re-rides when no one is waiting and was told I had to exit. I was kind of annoyed about that since I have never been not allowed to have a re-ride before and it makes getting more than 1 ride on the coaster a pain since that means having to wait for the pre-show and watch the pre-show for each ride. I hope it was just a 1 time thing and not a new rule at that ride.

Batman had 2 trains running and was a 1 train wait for the front. After that I stayed on for 3 more rides having to move to different seats. The other train went out completely empty at one point.

I went back to Nitro and waited 1 train for the front row. I forgot how much better the front row is on Nitro. I got a total of 7 more rides only having to change seats twice.

Skull Mountain was a walk on and I took the Skyway to Frontier Adventures. It was a little less than 15 minutes with 1 side open. The Log Flume only had a wait because not all the boats were running, but it was just a couple of minutes. I got 2 rides on Runaway Mine Train and went to Bizarro next. 2 trains were running with mechanics working on the 3rd train in the area where the trains are stored. The first row of 1 train was blocked off until after I exited the ride. It was a 1 train wait for the 3rd row.

The ads on El Toro are only on 1 of 2 trains and the ads are on car 1, 3 and 5 with another ad on the back of car 6. It's not as bad as the picture online looks but still looks out of place.

Rolling Thunder was a 1 train wait, just the left side open with slow dispatches as usual.

Kingda Ka was a station wait with just the 2 left side trains running. There are Karate Kid banners all over the queue and in the station hanging from the ceiling but the 2nd train on the left side (orange I think) now has Karate Kid ads all over it including the front and back of the train and on the side panels of the train covering the tiger looking art that is usually there. These ads were worse than the ones on El Toro, especially since it really messes up the theme of Kingda Ka. I hope they are removed soon. I rode twice, each wait around 10 minutes.

The parachutes had 2 chutes open on 1 side and was a little less than 10 minutes. Scream Machine had just the red train running and was a walk on for any row but the front. Superman had 2 trains running and the tunnel you enter the queue from had no lights on which made it very dark and seemed like a safety hazard. They couldn't lower the trains back in the station and had to take some kind of tool to row 2 before they could lower the seats on the train. It was a walk on as well.

I stopped at Blackbeard's, and got 2 more rides on Skull Mountain and went back to Nitro to finish the night. 2 trains were now running and it was just crowded enough to have to walk around. I got 2 more rides before the park closed.

It was another great Coasters After Dark and it was nice not many school groups stayed past 6 so lines were very short all night.

Ride Count:
Nitro, 10x
Batman, 4x
The Dark Knight, 1x
Skull Mountain, 3x
Blackbeard's, 1x
Scream Machine, 1x
Superman, 1x
Kingda Ka, 2x
Rolling Thunder Left, 1x
Parachutes, 1x
Bizarro, 1x
Runaway Mine Train, 2x
Skyway, 1x
Log Flume, 1x
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