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Trip Start Mar 21, 2007
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Trip End Mar 24, 2007


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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Emily got to choose whether today was spent at Sea World or Six Flags.  Tough decision since Sea World has animals and a few rides, but, after much deliberation, she chose Six Flags. 
 









I'm a roller coaster junkie.  Paul has been pulled into my addiction (kicking and screaming) over the years.  Emily is showing her mother's tendencies.  Needless to say, we had a good time.  As the junkie, I feel the need to critique each of the roller coasters...yes, we went on every single one in the park at least once. 

 
First was Boomerang.  We started and ended the day here.  The ride starts with the cars being pulled backwards uphill.  The train is released at the top and you go through two inversions and up a hill.  You're pulled up to the top of the hill and released again to go back through the ride backwards.  Not a bad ride, but very short.
 
Next we went on Roadrunner (beep-beep!).  A basic roller coaster without any inversions, but very good for it's kind.  It reminded me of Thunderation at Silver Dollar City.  It is relatively fast with multiple curves and sharp turns.
 
From there we went to the Rattler.  This is a large wooden roller coaster a-la Colossus at Magic Mountain.  Again, no inversions, but multiple large hills. 
 This was our least favorite coaster of the day mainly because wooden roller coasters tend to be rough...and this one was aptly named the Rattler as it was quite bone-jarring.
 
After some very pricey burgers and cold fries, we returned to the coasters.
 
Our next ride was the Superman Krypton coaster.  Big, fast, lots of inversions.  This is similar to Wildfire at Silver Dollar City, but a longer ride.  It has a steep, fast first hill at 70 mph. 
 The cars seat 4 across (which means we all got to sit together on this one) and you're suspended over the track since there is no floor to the cars.  We really enjoyed this one and ended up riding it 3 times.
 
After Krypton, Emily and I went on a non-coaster called Der Twister.  This is basically two long rows of seats in a single swing.  This swing goes 360 degrees plus the car full of seats also can go 360 degrees.  Basically, you can end up being upside down at the top (or bottom) of the swing.  Paul took a video, so maybe you can get a better idea of what I'm trying to describe.  (it is a big file & may take a while to load and play)
 I wasn't sure what I'd think of it (especially since it isn't a coaster), but it was pretty good.  Paul, however, is glad he didn't go on it.
 
Next we rode the Tony Hawk's Big Spin.  On this coaster the cars can rotate 360 degrees on the track, so one minute you're riding forwards and the next you're sideways or backwards.  The ride had a few tight curves.  It was rather simple, but worked well with the rotating cars.  Not bad overall.
 
We took another break from coasters.  Paul and Emily went on the Wave Runner.  Our local little amusement park calls this ride the Scrambler.  Basically, a bunch of cars spin around while the whole ride rotates.  Somewhat carney in nature, but not bad overall.
 
We also went on the Scooby Doo's Ghostblasters.  This is the same idea as Disneyland's Buzz Lightyear ride.  Basically, you're riding through a haunted house and you get to shoot at targets.  Through some fluke (or broken computer) I actually got the most points out of all of us.  Paul and Emily are still considering demanding a recount.
 
Our last coaster was Poltergeist.  This was unlike any coaster I've gotten to ride before because it doesn't rely on a hill to get the ride started.  This one actually shoots the train out from a flat track-0-60 in, quite literally, a heartbeat.  It's something to see, let alone ride.  Lots of tight curves and inversions. 
 Good ride overall, with the beginning being especially impressive.  We rode this one twice, for good measure.  For me, this was a very close 2nd to Krypton.
 
As a side note, the sun actually showed up in short spurts today-breaking through the thick clouds.  Audrey the friendly ghost naturally got a bit of a sunburn.  Frustrating, but worth it for the coasters.
 
Leaving Six Flags leads us to the end of our trip.  In the morning we're heading home and I'll actually have to get back to work and my required readings.
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