Aerial view of Great Adventure
Mandatory shot of The Bull from the Skyway
We made it up to the park a little later than I would have liked to but we were in a short line for El Toro by 11:30am, about a 15 minute wait and we walked around to do it again right away, another 15 minute wait. I love this ride so much and Teri did too. Today it ate my sunglasses for breakfast. They were in my front pocket, which I've done before, but this time when I pulled them out afterwards the lenses were both smashed to pieces. The Bull does not fuck around.
We then went for Nitro, where the line was out to the switchbacks but with all three trains running it was a 20 minute wait. I say it all the time, this thing is a people eater. Here we got to witness line jumpers being thrown out by security which was nice. In fact I noticed security dudes line-watching on both El Toro and Nitro today. Thank god they are finally doing something about this, the line jumping has been bad all season and no one ever says or does anything, including me. I'm here to ride, not fight. As far as Nitro, we avoided Train C and had a blast in the back row, as expected.
Nitro's first 230ft drop. No I did not take this.
Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train
Then I got a credit! I always joke about doing Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train which is one of the smallest coasters in the park, and almost did last time I was at the park in early June but my bro-in-law scoffed at the size of the ride. Well, yesterday I finally went on! At 6'2 and without a child I was worried they may turn me away but they didn't! I totally did not even fit into the seat (in the back of course, Teri in front of me) and the operator stapled me in. Good thing as I got some serious whip action on that first tiny drop.
The author as a credit whore
We also did the Buckaneer swinging pirate ship ride upon Teri's insistence and it was fun. The ride ops had each side having a screaming match and everyone on board was hyped up and into it.
T-shirt in El Toro's gift shop
We then decided we were getting fatigued so one more and done. We figured we'd go out with a bang so we waited for El Toro for one final ride around 5pm. The line was out to the entrance but we only waited 30 minutes. This ride is worth every second of waiting. As we were in line we noticed a helicopter over the parking lot, and knowing of a potential commercial shoot for the new drop ride happening today, I guessed we'd see Zumanjaro and Kingda Ka running together, and sure enough there they both went. Everyone in line with us was buzzing about it, every other person had their phone out filming the coaster running and gondolas dropping simultaneously as the chopper flew around it. Pretty cool to witness.
Cell phone video Teri caught of the commercial shoot
As for El Toro, we rode it in the magic seat all three times and as usual it felt insanely faster on our final ride late in the day.
El Toro 3x
Skull Mountain 1x
Runaway Mine Train 1x