You see, all the rides were closed due to the cold. Between 10:30 and 12, Scream Machine, Medusa, and Superman was open. (Oh yeah, Toro opened too) I decided to stay at Nitro and wait. During this time Daffy Duck and Sylvester annoyed me by pulling down my hoodie while I was trying to keep warm, and I said I was going to punch the duck lol.
I did like, however, that the person standing at the gate actually explained why the cold was a factor in the rides non-operation. He said it had less to do with the actual temperature outside, but more to do with the temperature of the ride. Nitro started cycling, but it was going pretty slow due to the wind and the engines and such not being warmed up enough. He went on to say that there are differen't sensors at different points on the ride, and the train must make it from sensor A to sensor B in a certain amount of time before the ride can be safety checked, which involves one train stopping on the brake run and one stopping on the lift hill, then an operator riding to listen for any strange noises. Despite freezing my butt off, I learned a lot during my wait, making the time not a complete waste. Also, the guy said that last security checked, there was under 500 people in the park.
When the ride finally opened around 12:10, I was on the first public train of the day, back row. (as always.) I re-rode twice more, moving to second to last row during the second circuit because people got on line. After my third train hit the brake run, the ride was having some trouble. They emptied the train in front of us, and sounded the horn a number of times before sending it out empty and taking us off the ride. Someone mentioned that the train had gone rather slow over some hills, and an operator said something about a power outage.
At this point I left the park to go home and eat dinner. I checked with security that the park would close at 7. I left my house again at 3:50 and arrived at 4:25, when I was told the park would be closing early due to the cold. At first I was infuriated, because it's a fourty mile drive to GA and back, but I sucked it up and headed inside to get what little riding in I could.
I saw that Chiller was running, so I headed over there to find the station empty, since so many people were leaving the park. I boarded back row. It was great riding this again after so long; I almost forgot how awesome it was. The new element (I can't really bring myself to call it a hump) isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I didn't realize it banked to both sides. I almost prefer it over the old rolls, since those scared the crap out of me. I then proceeded to re-ride 9 more times, bringing my total number of rides in a half hour to 10! The crew even squeezed in an extra ride for us. I was so happy about this all my anger about the early closing dissipated.
Overall, it was a pretty good day, despite the chilling weather.
-very little open
Edited by Icedevimon13, 08 April 2007 - 05:38 PM.