Chet and I really only had one goal, and that was to ride all the intense roller coasters, which on the website were given the ride rating of 'aggressive'. We were bouncing up and down with anticipation!
here's Fahrenheit, click here.
You can easily click at the top of the web page to view the other rides.
This was an excellent start to the day, the drop at the beginning of the ride had made us feel like we were going to fall out of our seats and we were thrown around a lot more than it appeared on the video. It was fast and thrilling, and we eagerly trotted to the other rides, Great Bear, Sidewinder, and Storm Runner, which actually made you ride the course backwards once you had done it forwards. Not all of us completed these rides, obviously not everyone has iron stomachs or are manic thrill chasers like some of us, but we could only go for so long because tummies were growling and even the excitement and adrenaline couldn't detract from the fact that we were starving. So we grabbed lunch, which wasn't particularly appetizing since we didn't have a chocolate desert, and then we strolled over to a water ride, Coal Cracker, hoping we wouldn't get soaked. Some of us had brought swim gear for the water world area but it really wasn't warm enough. The sun was great while it was out yet the shady areas were a little cool.
I really wanted to do one of the old wooden roller coasters because I love the 'clackety clack' noise as you thunder round the course. I took a couple of shots as we slowly made our way up the hill but was very glad I put my phone away for the rest of the ride.
And then we elected to have a lazy ride on the chairs that moved slowly in a big circle over some of the grounds.
And then we found a Hershey Creamery. I ordered a Reese's blizzard style concoction with Reese's candies in chocolate ice cream. With my first mouthful I was instantly transported to heaven and floated in a chocolate candy coma for a while.
And so we found our way to what we regarded as the most thrilling ride, Skyrush. This puppy rolled around reaching 75 mph and climbing up to 200ft. Unfortunately the video makes it look a little lame as it doesn't capture the ultimate thrill that this ride featured. All of the other 'aggressive' rides had harnesses which pushed down on your chest, holding you secure. Skyrush only held you down across your lap. I was sitting on an outside seat too which meant I had no floor beneath me like the two inner seats, so as I rode my legs and upper body were swinging free. As we dropped from 200ft I was rendered mute, descending with an open mouth and a huge grin, and then the rest of ride was spent seriously wondering if I would be the one person to fall off the ride.Throughout I was alarmed at how many times the seat and my bum parted company. And apparently we experienced zero-G 5 times but I only vaguely recall that!
We didn't do Sooperdooperlooper which I wasn't bothered about. I remembered this from last time when it was brand new. It was OK, but not a thriller ride for me. And no one seemed bothered about Wild Mouse because it was a boneshaker. I had ridden this one before too so I didn't push for a partner this time. We had achieved our goal and were amazed at how quickly we had done it. There had been no lines for any of the rides, we had walked straight on to them, yet there were plenty of folks in the park. We couldn't work it out but didn't complain, it had been wonderful not standing for hours in queues. We'd read that when busy it wouldn't be unusual to queue for 1.5 hours at each ride.
Quite often we would find ourselves jumping as a whoosh from a ride or suddenly erupting screams overhead would seem very close. The park has made use of every square foot and it was an interesting skyline with curving bending tracks undulating around us, supported by huge metal poles.
We left late afternoon, feeling tired, sick but happy. It had been a great day, full of noise, laughter, adrenaline, camaraderie and chocolate. It was a long journey home, and the last stretch on my own was hard, I was so tired. Yet as I drove up the hill late that night I was delighted to be greeted by millions of blinking stars in the Milky Way accompanied with a field of twinkling fireflies. What a wonderful sight to finish the day and I so wanted to sit and enjoy the display some more but bed beckoned. A soft pillow and two soft fluffy cats were held close as I quickly fell asleep.