Six Flags America 06/18/2014

We've arrived at Six Flags America for the day! I can see Intamin goodness with Superman: Ride of Steel back there!

We’ve arrived at Six Flags America for the day! I can see Intamin goodness with Superman: Ride of Steel back there!

ACE and Six Flags were nice enough to offer free tickets before July 20th. So of course we took advantage of this great offer!

ACE and Six Flags were nice enough to offer free tickets before July 20th. So of course we took advantage of this great offer!

However the line at guest relations to recieve our free tickets took FOREVER! Plus it was not fun standing out in the blazing hot sun.

However the line at guest relations to recieve our free tickets took FOREVER! Plus it was not fun standing out in the blazing hot sun.

I bought a gold membership pass so... Go Big. Go Six Flags! haha :P

I bought a gold membership pass so… Go Big. Go Six Flags! haha 😛

The entrance area to the park is actually very nice.

The entrance area to the park is actually very nice.

Has that old America feeling.

Has that old America feeling, complete with the Looney Tunes in colonial outfits. 😛

A nice entrance area colonial fountain.

Nice entrance area colonial fountain.

Ahh now this is more Six Flags like with the advertisements. The cool thing about these though is you can push a button and cool mist comes out the side, very refreshing on a hot day.

Ahh now this is more Six Flags like with the advertisements. The cool thing about these though is you can push a button and cool mist comes out the side, very refreshing on a hot day.

Time to get a picture with Daffy!

Time to get a picture with Daffy!

The first thing we notice while walking through the park is the shoot the chutes ride. Just like Hersheypark this ride splashes the midway as well as the bridge.

The first thing we notice while walking through the park is the shoot the chutes ride. Just like Hersheypark this ride splashes the midway as well as the bridge.

These are always a crowd pleaser.

Ready to get soaked?

This park has Coke!!! Yay after two days of Pepsi products at other parks, I'm glad to be back in Coke territory. Nothing goes together better than Sprite and Amusement Parks. :P

This park has Coke!!! Yay after two days of Pepsi products at other parks, I’m glad to be back in Coke territory. Nothing goes together better than Sprite and Amusement Parks. 😛

Now which coaster should we ride first?

Now which coaster should we ride first? Let’s check out what’s in this Coyote Creek area.

The park is really really really empty today. There's nobody here!

The park is really really really empty today. There’s nobody here!

Ahh how about the Mind Eraser. A Vekoma SLC will surely erase anybody's mind with a few headbangs. :P

Ahh how about the Mind Eraser. A Vekoma SLC will surely erase anybody’s mind with a few headbangs. 😛

Sigh.. one train operation. Another train sits on the transfer track and looks stripped for parts.

Sigh.. one train operation. Another train sits on the transfer track and looks stripped for parts.

Everyone looks so happy.

Everyone looks so happy.

Standard SLC ride here, nothing spectacular and bumpy and rattly as usual.

Standard SLC ride here, nothing spectacular and bumpy and rattly as usual.

There's people in the park?!? Oh wait those are just employees. :P

There’s people in the park?!? Oh wait those are just employees. 😛

More areas to refresh.

More areas to refresh.

Wonder how this GCI is?

Wonder how this GCI is?

Looks pretty fun and twisty.

Looks pretty fun and twisty.

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Unleash the Beast!

Almost time to ride!

Almost time to ride!

Front seat for this one since I've heard it's a bit bumpy, plus it's the only GCI with PTC trains.

Front seat for this one since I’ve heard it’s a bit bumpy, plus it’s the only GCI with PTC trains.

Great ride! Actually my favorite coaster at the park. A little bumpy but nothing out of the ordinary for a wooden coaster and way way better than the other woodie at the park Wild One.

Great ride! Actually my favorite coaster at the park. A little bumpy but nothing out of the ordinary for a wooden coaster and way way better than the other woodie at the park Wild One.

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One more look at the twisty nature of the ride, and of course there’s a UFC ad on display. 😛

What's that over there? Could that be B&M's first roller coaster? Iron Wolf?

What’s that over there? Could that be B&M’s first roller coaster? Iron Wolf?

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It’s now called Apocalypse and themed pretty nicely for a Six Flags Ride.

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As we enter the line you walk under the coaster and onto the themed queue.

Is that police cars really look like in inner DC? :P

Is this what police cars really look like in inner DC? 😛

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Themed to an apocalyptic future where cities are overrun. You should get ready to “stand up” and fight!

Also never surrender!

Also never surrender!

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Who left these random airplane parts lying around?

Are you ready to "stand up" and.... well ride!

Are you ready to “stand up” and…. well ride!

Stoked to be riding B&M's very first roller coaster!

Stoked to be riding B&M’s very first roller coaster!

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The ride is on fire!!!! I thought the ride was surprisingly good. I’ve heard it’s rough but not as bad as other stand ups I’ve been on and pretty smooth for being B&M’s first coaster. Love the effects that Six Flags has added on their Apocalypse rides.

One more shot of the train before leaving the station.

Lot’s of fun, my second favorite coaster at the park behind Roar.

Hey look Voodoo Drop is getting ready to drop.

Hey look Voodoo Drop is getting ready to drop.

There they go!

There they go!

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If you can’t find the big wooden roller coaster, you’re probably hungry. Grab a snickers. 😛 While the advertisement is funny, it still looks tacky on the side of Wild One.

Time to enter Gotham City!

Time to enter Gotham City! Notice more misters, this park sure does have an ample supply of those.

The first thing you notice when you enter Gotham is Superman: Ride of Steel. Wait... I thought he was from Metropolis?

The first thing you notice when you enter Gotham is Superman: Ride of Steel. Wait… I thought he was from Metropolis?

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Everyone is crowded around the food court probably to get some drinks on such a hot day.

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I actually enjoyed this advertisement, partly because I have a Discover Card. 🙂

Yup it's sizzling today!

Yup it’s sizzling today!

Alright let's check out that Intamin goodness.

Alright let’s check out that Intamin goodness.

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Duh dun dun duh…. You can almost hear the Superman theme as you walk in line. 😛

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The station is pretty simple looking. Nothing fancy, like a fortress of ice for example. 😛

Lift chain nerd shot.

Lift chain nerd shot.

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OMG I broke a nail!

Time to climb the lift. Unfortunately it's not a fast lift like recent Intamin coasters.

Time to climb the lift. Unfortunately it’s not a fast lift like recent Intamin coasters.

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Going down! Hands up!

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The coaster has a lot of straight away sections so it maintains it’s speed pretty well.

And a finale that includes air-time hills.

And a finale that includes ejector air-time hills which create….

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Hair time!

Overall a solid coaster, though I wasn't too big a fan because the restraints had ankle bars. What?!? I've never seen those before on an Intamin coaster and they felt very constricting.

Overall a solid coaster, though I wasn’t too big a fan because the restraints had ankle bars. What?!? I’ve never seen those before on an Intamin coaster and they felt very constricting.

Before leaving Gotham let's pay a visit to the Joker!

Before leaving Gotham let’s pay a visit to the Joker!

He's got a lot of steel all compacted into a tight space.

He’s got a lot of steel all compacted into a tight space.

Soon we'll be launching down that tunnel into that steel mass.

Soon we’ll be launching down that tunnel into that steel mass.

Here's a look at the LIMs, which stand for Linear Induction Motor. These launch the train from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds!

Here’s a look at the LIMs, which stand for Linear Induction Motor. These launch the train from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds!

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Looks like they had a decent time. At least there’s no over the shoulder restraints. 🙂

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Clear! We’re ready to launch.

The ride was the same as every other catapult coaster I've been on, except this one didn't have a mid course brake run so it didn't bring the train to a crawl like other versions. :)

The ride was the same as every other catapult coaster I’ve been on, except this one didn’t have a mid course brake run so it didn’t bring the train to a crawl like other versions. 🙂

Upon exiting you walk under the ride.

Upon exiting you walk under the ride. Looks like it needs a paint job. 😛

After being out in the hot sun for a while we needed a break. So we made our way back to the front of the park.

After being out in the hot sun for a while we needed a break. So we made our way back to the front of the park to the Grand Theatre.

Elmur Fud was greeting guests.

Elmer Fudd was greeting guests.

Let's check out the LOL comedy show, could be entertaining. Plus it's indoors in the AC even better!

Let’s check out the LOL comedy show, could be entertaining. Plus it’s indoors in the AC even better!

Our hosts introduce us to the show and asks for topics from the audience.

Our host introduces us to the show and asks for topics from the audience.

The cast of LOL.

The cast of LOL.

The first skit needed volunteers from the audience and controlled the actors movements. Was a decently funny skit.

The first skit needed volunteers from the audience and controlled the actors movements. Was a decently funny skit.

The second skit was a game where you could only ask questions to each other and when you run out of questions you move to the back of the line.

The second skit was a game where you could only ask questions to each other and when you run out of questions you move to the back of the line.

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The volunteer from the audience apparently didn’t understand the game and asked the question “Who’s better, LeBron or Micheal?” After that he just waited for a response and couldn’t come up with any other questions.

The next skit was a game where you have to guess who's at the party. The one actor had the role of Bane.

The next skit was a game where you have to guess who’s at the party. The one actor had the role of Bane.

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This was easily the best part of the show as his Bane impression was very good. Overall the show was entertaining, it’d be interesting to see it again since the format allows it to be different every time. Great idea for a theme park show!

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Let’s check out the Looney Tunes kids area and get my kiddie coaster credit.

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The carousel has different animals not just horses, notice the Ostrich.

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A nice little photo opportunity spot in the middle of the kids area.

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And I got my kiddie credit!

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Sylvester’s Pounce Bounce wasn’t in operation today. 😦

As we make our way into the Mardi Gras section of the park we spot the new flyers!

As we make our way into the Mardi Gras section of the park we spot the brand new flyers!

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Sadly we missed the opening of the park’s “new” coaster this year. And by new I mean relocated from Six Flags Great America just like their other coaster Apocalypse.

There's a nice new bar in the area though that is open!

There’s a nice new bar in the area though that is open!

World Cup action is playing on the TVs.

World Cup action is playing on the TV.

Also one of the TVs let's us know there's a heat wave in the area. Yeah feels like it!

Also one of the TVs let’s us know there’s a heat wave in the area. Yeah feels like it!

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When our bartender saw our IDs were from Ohio she asked us what we were doing here and not at Cedar Point? Well we like to experience different parks all over the world!

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Sadly just missed out on this credit. The coaster opened a mere two days after we were there. 😦

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Let’s get a ride on the Wild One. Now I had heard this was the most underrated coaster at this park. So my expectations were pretty high for this ride.

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A decently sized woodie but incredibly rough and not enjoyable in the least. I was not a fan at all.

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At least the people in the second car look like they’re enjoying it.

We decided to make our way back to Gotham to get our last credit Batwing! On the way back let's take a stroll through Whistlestop Park.

We decided to make our way back to Gotham to get our last credit Batwing! On the way back let’s take a stroll through Whistlestop Park.

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This area apparently was themed to Thomas the Tank Engine for a season and then turned into a generic train area for kids. Actually a very nice area of the park with great views of Superman: Ride of Steel!

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Looks like they have another mini drop tower in this kids area as well! Sadly it was also not running today. 😦

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As we make our way back to Batwing we get another look at Joker’s Jinx. No mid course brake run! 🙂

Well there it is, now how do we get back there?

Well we found it, now how do we get back there?

Maybe this sign is pointing the way.

Maybe this sign is pointing the way.

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On the way back you get to walk under Superman, pretty neat!

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There’s a few gardens along the way with all of Batman’s villains. This one is perfect because the flowers are also Joker color. 😛

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It sure is a long walk to get to the Batwing.

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And we finally made it!

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Time to ride and time to fly.

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While I’m not the biggest fan of Vekoma flyers they do provide a cool ride experience and that loop is pretty intense. This was the one ride that I think benefited from the one train operation of this park, as we were not sitting out on the brake run for an extended period of time in an awkward position like the other flyers I’ve been on.

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What’s this crazy water slide raft ride? And why’s it not in the water park section?

Blizzard River huh?

Blizzard River huh?

The cool thing is you don't need a swimsuit to ride. You just get right in the raft.

The cool thing is you don’t need a swimsuit to ride. You just get right in the raft.

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Ready to ride!

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The raft comes down the slide and continues to spin constantly, not exactly my idea of a fun time and a little dizzying.

The finale however is a little fun with a waterfall finish.

The finale however is a little fun and you do get slightly wet.

And here's my review of the ride. Way way way to much spinning for me.

And here’s my review of the ride. Way way way to much spinning for me.

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Let’s cool off with some souvenir browsing.

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Before we head home let’s check out the Gladiator Stunt Show. Now are we in the right place? 😛

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Before the show starts each gladiator vows for you to sit in their section either the yellow section or the blue section.

Naturally we picked the blue side.

Naturally we picked the blue side.

And the battle begins!

And the battle begins!

The yellow gladiator Gigantus makes their entrance.

The yellow gladiator Gigantus makes their entrance.

Then the blue gladiator Hideus makes their entrance.

Then the blue gladiator Hideus makes their entrance.

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And the fighting begins!

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Hideus asks for surrender.

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The empress looks on.

Somehow they all start revolting against the empress.

Somehow they all start revolting against the empress.

Wonder what she's doing on that ladder?

Wonder what she’s doing on that ladder?

Well that wasn't a very smart idea. :P

Well that wasn’t a very smart idea. 😛

All the running around doesn't make very much sense story wise but hey it provides great stunts.

All the running around doesn’t make very much sense story wise but hey it provides great stunts.

They do a slo-mo gag here that was pretty creative for a live show. Never seen that before and it was entertaining for sure.

They do a slo-mo gag here that was pretty creative for a live show. Never seen that before and it was entertaining for sure.

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Everyone gets a piece of the wooden sword.

There's some random zip line action.

There’s some random zip line action.

A squirt gun just to keep the "splash zone" sign current. haha :P

A squirt gun just to keep the “splash zone” sign current. haha 😛

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The ending of the show features some rooftop fighting.

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But before the end let’s bug the audience for some stuff!

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Hey check out my Batman glasses.

The show must end with a bomb and......

The show must end with a bomb and……

An explosion!

An explosion!

Overall an entertaining show. The story didn't make much sense but still provided a few laughs. Notice how some of the same cast members were in the LOL show as well.

Overall an entertaining show. The story didn’t make much sense but still provided a few laughs. Notice how some of the same cast members were in the LOL show as well.

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On the way out we spot some water slides, maybe we should check out the water park.

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Hurricane Harbor!

This looks like a fun water slide.

This looks like a fun water slide.

Just like Hersheypark, Six Flags warns guests that Lifeguard audits may be occuring during the day. However they call the dummy Annie it's real name is Timmy! haha :P

Just like Hersheypark, Six Flags warns guests that Lifeguard audits may be occuring during the day. However they call the doll Annie it’s real name is Timmy! haha 😛

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Looks like they have the standard Tornado slide and a few other slides.

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But the real star of this water park is….. the wave pool! Come on who are we kidding it’s the Bonzai Pipelines, the drop capsule slides.

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Sadly we didn’t have time to ride these, but I will make it onto a capsule slide later this year. Looks somewhat terrifying.

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What else is new?

Upgrade today's ticket to a season pass? Already got one! Can't wait to visit other Six Flags parks!

Upgrade today’s ticket to a season pass? Already got one! Can’t wait to visit other Six Flags parks!

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And that concludes our day at Six Flags America. While the park is nowhere near perfect, it has a certain charm that I really enjoyed. I expected it to be much worse than it was. The park is in need of a major attraction to bring people in from far away but I still enjoyed my time here and would most certainly return in the future. Plus I still need my Ragin Cajun credit. 😛

 

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