Yesterday was terrible. Well, no, I shouldn’t say that–the events of most of yesterday were terrible. The company was awesome, but the day itself kinda sucked.
Yesterday was supposed to be a joint birthday trip with my best friend from high school/”sister” Jacquie (whose birthday is actually today–Happy birthday!!!), her fiance Jason (my best guy friend from high school), and my husband (Anthony). Jacquie and I were adrenaline junkies in high school, so we spent a large portion of our time at Six Flags parks, our favorite of which is Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. The fact that we live so close to our favorite park is awesome–a trip to Jackson in high school required a lot of planning and a three and a half hour drive each way; now it’s only 45 minutes from each of us, so YAY, right?
Wrong…oh so very wrong.
We got to the park an hour after opening (because Jacquie is perpetually late; I love you hon, but it’s true and you know it), around 11:30. Anthony and I were activating our season passes (because it pays for itself in a day and comes with free parking, w00t!), so we had to wait in line for a good 20 minutes just to get into the park. This was the first of many clusterfucks we’d encounter throughout the day. Once we got into the park, we waited in line for guest accommodation passes because two people in our party have issues with physically standing in line. By the time we got those, it was 12:08pm (I know, I looked at the clock). We hoofed it over to Kingda Ka and the new Safari Offroad Adventure to get our return times (they write down your return time on you pass; you wait the same amount of time as everyone else, but you don’t wait in the standby line). Those times were both 2 hours away, so we decided we were going to go wait in the standby line for El Toro, since it was relatively short.
After waiting for about 45 minutes in line for El Toro, we were about to be let up to the loading area when we hear an announcement:
“May I have your attention please. El Toro is experiencing some minor technical difficulties. We do not know when they are expected to be fixed, but you are welcome to wait in line or go enjoy one of our other attractions, such as Nitro or Kingda Ka. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Being the coaster fanatics that we are, we figured it’d be about 10-20 minutes until the ride if back up, so we thought, “Hey, no big, it’s 1:15pm, there’s no time to go wait in line for anything else before our Kingda Ka return time; we’ll just sit and wait.” Meanwhile, a whole bunch of other people are getting out of line and badgering the attendant as to when the issue is going to be fixed.
10 minutes go by, we hear another announcement:
“May I have your attention please. El Toro is experiencing some minor technical difficulties. We do not know when they are expected to be fixed, but you are welcome to wait in line or go enjoy one of our other attractions. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Okay, still the standard announcement, right? We slowly notice that none of the other rides in the area that we could see from the El Toro queue (Kingda Ka and Bizarro) were running. “That’s strange,” we think, “Looks like the power’s out.” We hear whispers of a car accident outside the park shutting down the power.
“May I have your attention please. Once again, El Toro is experiencing some minor technical difficulties. We do not know when they are expected to be fixed, but you are welcome to wait in line or go enjoy one of our other open attractions or food options. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
It’s 1:45 now. Jacquie gets on her phone and discovers that yes, there has been some kind of accident/power outage and the power company has not yet arrived on scene to fix the issue. They estimate the power will be up by 4pm.
“May I have your attention please. Once again, El Toro is experiencing some minor technical difficulties. We do not know when they are expected to be fixed, but you are welcome to wait in line or go enjoy one of our shows, such as the otter show or the dolphin show. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Oh boy, they don’t even know the names of their shows. We’re getting hungry, so we decide to jump ship and go get some lunch before Kindga Ka.
….yeah, there was no power throughout most of the park, so there was no food available in the area we were in. We aren’t sure if they couldn’t cook the food or if they couldn’t process credit cards or what, but the food stands were shutting down. At this point, it’s time for the safari, which is (as far as I know) the only ride that can run without power, since it’s not on a track; it’s an off-road adventure in gas-powered safari trucks (for my Disney people, it’s exactly like Kilimanjaro Safaris, except there’s no storyline). It was fun, it took up about an hour of our day, we all laughed a lot because our tour guide was great (shout out to Ashley O!)
We get off the safari and Anthony and I decide that we should go process our season passes since there’s nothing else to do (the process is that they scan your online voucher and give you a plastic card. It takes 45 seconds), so we schlep over to the other side of the park, passing through the Boardwalk themed section (which conveniently, houses all the midway games that cost extra money and, also conveniently, had power). There were food stands here that were working, but at this point, we just wanted to get the passes processed and go home. Thank god we decided to get the season passes–the line for refunds was about 4 hours long and people didn’t actually get refunds, they just got a voucher for another day in the park.
So Anthony and I wait in line to get our passes processed (it took about an hour, which was irritating, but whatever) and Jacquie and Jason go off and get something to drink and a wait time for Nitro because things in the park are slowly coming back up. Once we’re done, we met up in a central location and waited for that wait time. I get us a wait time for The Dark Knight indoor coaster. We head over to Nitro for our ride time, find out that my thighs are too big to fit in the molded seat and have the safety bar close (which is motivation for me to lose weight because DAMN, I LOVE NITRO). Jacquie and Jason ride Nitro, Anthony and I go ride The Dark Knight, we meet up again, and we head out of the park to go home.
Altogether, the four of us got to ride two rides each. Yeah, you read that right: we were in the park for 6 hours and we got to ride TWO RIDES.
And the fun isn’t over yet!! Stay tuned for part two, where we enjoy the seventh circle of hell (aka the Six Flags parking lot).