Picture does not really capture how crowded the entrance was
Because we noticed how packed the lot already was and had seen so many groups of kids with matching shirts (camps trips/class trips? beautiful weather? some teeny-bopper concert?) we went straight for Flash Pass HeadQuarters and even that had a serious line right away. This time I asked for the frequent user card so I no longer have to sit through that lame instructional movie. As my sister hadn't been to the park in quite some time and hadn't done everything at park, we really wanted to get a lot in and not have to stand in line with kids all day.
Greeted by Supermans amazing 'pretzel loop' from the parking lot
Our first reservation was El Toro and while the Flash Pass had us set up for an immediate ride, when we got to the entrance it was completely closed. On every trip this year besides opening day, El Toro is my first stop and today I'll have to break that tradition. Bummer. We saw some empty trains testing and decided to head toward Bizarro since it is close by. We didn't need a Flash Pass reservation, as it was a walk on this early in the day so we reserved Nitro while we did this. Bizarro is a floorless coaster and we sat in the front for the full experience and it was fun as usual. I'm a definite Bizarro fan so it was a nice first ride of the day. It's a smooth-as-hell moderately forceful looping coaster. My sister had ridden it years prior when it was still Medusa so she dug the paint job and fireballs but kind of knew what to expect. We got to do it once later as the sun set so the smoke/lights adds a bit more to the ride.
Bizarro in action
View of the Saw Mill Log Flume from the SkyWay
After Bizarro we attempted Runaway Mine Train but the line was very long and even with Flash Pass it would have been 15 minutes so we reserved Nitro and jumped on the Skyway which luckily had no line.
Upon touching down on the other side of the park we popped into the lineless Skull Mountain for a back seat ride and it was just awesome fun as always. My sister was surprised by the airtime on the drop (her words: "my ass was completely out of my seat!!!") but laughed her off right along with me the whole ride. Then it was off to Nitro for a back seat ride. After departing we popped right over to Batman for a backseat, very intense, positive-G filled, but smooth ride. I have fallen in love with this coaster over this summer.
Batman's zero-G roll
Batman's 2nd vertical loop
As this point we saw El Toro was available again on our Flash Pass and had 30 minute wait for us, so we reserved and took a stroll around the lakefront and killed some time in the arcade near Attitudes until our time to ride. We sat in the magic seat (middle seat of back car) and it was fantastic as always. This is easily my favorite ride in the park at this point.
Ready to ride the bull
Strap yourselves in for the most wild ride in the park
Kingda Ka & Zumanjaro's 456 foot tower
We took our time eating and hanging out, then slowly wandered back in and over to Kingda Ka. This was a first time ride for sis, so she had no idea what she was in for. We sat close to the front and my ride was more enjoyable that the last time I did it in July when I sat in the last row. She couldn't say whether or not she liked it, but that it was quite the experience.
Standing at the foot of the tower ready to board Zumanjaro
All day she had been saying she didn't know about doing Zumanjaro, now the world's tallest drop ride, but after we got past the Kingda Ka attendant I reserved it without saying anything to her. We still had time to kill before we could ride so we wandered around and got a beer and sat for a bit until we could ride. Once we got back there the regular line had 200+ people, the Flash Pass line was at least 50 people. It was completely disorganized, they were letting tons of regular line riders on while the 50 of us FPers had to wait. And the thing broke down not once but twice as we were waiting. We waited an additional 45 minutes and after we were past the attendant, now waiting to board next, it broke down AGAIN. Irritated to say the least. Finally we got on, and I can honestly say it was much more enjoyable to me this time around, my second ride of the season. The drop felt reeeaaalllly long. What a rush! This was the only major hiccup for us all day as far as frustrating operations that directly affected us. Annoying, but it is what it is.
Superman: Ultimate Flight
We had managed to reserve Superman without a super long wait after we got into Zumanjaro so after we got off we headed that way and got on pretty quickly. Fun as always, love that pretzel loop! Our next reservation was a 2nd attempt at Sky Screamer once again and this time we actually got on and it didn't break down! Yay! This was my first StarFlyer and it's actually terrifying up there in such minimal restraints on open seats, and I didn't expect it to go so fast. However, I'd probably do it again. I don't usually do spinning things but I liked it. I think my sister feared for her life.
The monstrosity that is Sky Screamer
From here we headed back over to the west side of the park for a short wait for Runaway Mine Train - always fun, I love the two airtime pops before and over the lake. We reserved Bizarro while on Mine Train and that had a half hour wait for us so we killed more time with a few beers and people watching at Best Of The West. The sun was now setting so a kind-of-darker ride on Bizarro is always great. We wanted a night ride on Nitro but our wait was still an hour around 8pm at night.
Bizarro's fireballs at night
We decided the best way to end the day was one more ride on El Toro, which was an hour wait for us. We reserved it after realizing we were hungry so we did the Garden State Grill restaurant for some fries, chicken nuggets and another beer. We wandered around and drug our feet until our time was ready for El Toro.
Zumanjaro portal and El Toro's batshit crazy first drop
It had just gotten completely dark by the time we boarded so it was a true night ride - my first on El Toro. Of course we went for the magic seat again and I got to show my sister how it hauls so much ass later in the day. We bought the on-ride photo, because I didn't realize my sister could open her mouth so wide LMAO.
Hands up for me on the bull, always
By 9pm we were on our way out. Too tired, very long day and didn't feel like waiting a long time for anything else. It was most definitely a mandatory FP day, I don't think we would have gotten much of anything at all without it. I like to think we went for quality over quantity and had more of a laid back day compared to usual with the long waits... The weather was BEAUTIFUL and any day at SFGAdv is a good time any way you cut it!
El Toro x2
Runaway Mine Train x1
Skull Mountain x1
Kingda Ka x1
Sky Screamer x1