CNC ’14 – and still more epicness

The last two days have been a bit of a blur, but this I know. They were epic!

Our 4th park on the trip was Six Flags Great Adventure… And what a fun adventure it was!

We started the day with a bit of a Griswold moment… Just about the first ones to arrive! We did not, however, park in the back of the parking lot. That decision would prove to be a wise one later!

pic 1And just like the Griswolds, we wanted to know where the big rides were, and there were plenty to choose from.

pic 2Kingda Ka (the big green roller coaster) is the tallest, and one of the fastest on the planet… 456′ tall and 128 mph! Waited for the front seat and did it twice!

The Zumanjaro Drop of Doom (inset within the structure of Kingda Ka) is the tallest drop ride of any in the world at 415′. I’ll admit I was a little nervous about that one, but it was more fun than scary. Yep, did that one twice, too.

For big wooden coasters, there is no equal to El Toro. Fast, smooth, and aggressive airtime. A super fun ride that packs a punch in the front OR back – and we did it all!

pic 3pic 4In addition to big rides, Great Adventure has a great selection of kiddie rides, including the smallest Scrambler I have ever seen!

pic 5As they say in Minnesota, it’s “oh fer cute”!

One of the non-ride related highlights was running into two great Six Flags leaders, Mark and Robbie. And of course, we had to take a groupie!

pic 6Mother Nature was telling us our day was just about over, but we were trying to squeeze in one more ride on El Toro. As we power walked across the park to beat the rain, we got word that everything was shutting down for weather. It was 9 pm, and with the weather that was coming, it was unlikely things would be opening back up soon. It was then that we were glad that we had parked so close… We got to the car just as the skies opened up.

pic 7From adventure to history … Yesterday we boarded different kinds of trains to make our way out to Coney Island. It was great to see the classics such as the Cyclone and Wonderwheel, as well as many of the historic and iconic signs and structures that would influence our industry for years to come.

First stop, though? Grimaldi’s for an amazing pizza pie.

pic 8 Then it was off to explore…

pic 9 pic 91 pic 92 pic 93 pic 94 pic 95 pic 96 pic 97 pic 98 pic 99 pic 991 pic 992The Cyclone was great! Not the biggest, tallest, or fastest ride in the universe, but a classic. Everyone who loves coasters and amusement parks needs to ride this at least once. You’ll get to ride a true classic, but also see just how far we’ve come.

We encountered one last gem that you might not see outside of Coney Island. This was the sign for the bumper cars…

pic 993In all fairness, there was a picture of a donkey that was out of the shot, but I’m not sure that makes it any better. :o)

After two more train rides back to the hotel, it was time to recharge for our trip today to Morey’s Piers! So excited for the next batch of epicness!


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