Vacation was fun! It was very hot and humid, and we even had some thunderstorms and rain later on during the week, but it was fun!
We started at the Six Flags in New Jersey, there were some pretty great rides there. It’s a pretty decent sized park! Some of the rides that stood out to me were Nitro, El Toro, and Kingda Ka. I was telling myself I wasn’t going to go on Kingda Ka because of the height and the speed of the launch, but of course my guy was going to coax me. It was our first day really being out in the east coast humidity and heat. It was crappy but it broke us in for the rest of the week.
We went to Six Flags in Maryland the following day. There wasn’t that many people there and there was pretty much no lines. There wasn’t too many rides there. Today is September 8th, however, and it’s the last day the coaster Apocalypse will run, forever. We could tell it was an old coaster and it’s time for it to retire, but it was nice to try it out at least once.
I would have to say our favorite ride from this park was Superman. I have been on different versions of Six Flags Superman rides, and this one was the very best. Nice big coaster, kind of like the Nitro coaster we went on the day before.
The next day we went to Busch Gardens, and that park is beautiful! I enjoyed all the upbeat background music from the different countries. It felt like a fun little fantasy land. There were a lot of great rides there. The food was also great! I really loved Invadr, Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot, Verbolten, and Griffon! We went on Griffon three times, and then there was a sudden change in weather. Thunderstorms showed up. There was announcements that the rides would resume as soon as things were safe. We wandered around a bit and and waited, and ultimately decided to call it a day. We were happy to have gone on every ride except for the virtual reality one.
We really enjoyed Busch Gardens and wish we could have stayed a few hours more, but weren’t sure the rides would start again and plus we had over an hour drive to get back to our hotel. One thing we were stressing on was the weather forecast for Friday, the day we planned to spend at King’s Dominion. It was supposed to be thunderstorms all day! There was even rain planned! We didn’t wait that to ruin our park visit, especially since our hotel was across the street from the park. But we woke up the next day and checked the weather…only cloudy skies! It was just perfect! It was still hot but there was less sun, so it was nice.
King’s Dominion was another great park! I liked Flight of Fear because it was a neat indoor coaster. I also liked Twisted Timbers because it has the same wooden coaster/twisted steel track like Discovery Kingdom’s Joker or Magic Mountains Twisted Colossus. That style of coaster is one of my favorites right now. Twisted Timbers wasn’t better than either of those two, but I did like the upside down twist on the first drop!
I would have to say the greatest coaster there is Intimidator 305. My guy was hyping it up so hard, so I knew it was going to be extraordinary. He seemed nervous to ride it, so of course that made me feel anxious. It’s a pretty extreme ride, and the most intense moment is the first drop, followed by this big curve, where the g-force hits you. I saw black and got disoriented for a moment, it was that insane. I have never greyed out on a ride before! After that moment passed, I saw stars and things went back to normal. But I was caught off guard by that. My guy experienced pretty much the same thing. We went on it three more times after that, even riding in the front. I greyed out each time, but not as bad as the first time.
We stayed at the park all day and got our fill. The next day was a coasterless day. We went to visit the tomb of an unknown soldier, the botanical garden by the nations capitol, got rained on, visited an art museum.
We flew back home on Sunday. I almost finished the last book I was reading during the long flight home. We were happy to be back home to regroup with our animals and the dry the dry heat and dry clothes. But we are already planning our next coaster trip.