Visited Saturday, October 4th

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Visited Saturday, October 4th

Tomh
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06 Oct 2008, 14:40 #1

We visited the park on Saturday for the Freight Fest. I had wanted to go up the previous Saturday, but in light of the horrible weather forecast, they decided not to open the park.

We hit the Lake George area a little before 11:00, and headed into the village to grab some lunch. We happened to snag a parking spot on Canada Street right in front of Capri, and that is where we ate. The food was good (as it always is) at Capri. I had chicken and fries. I thought $12 was a bit expensive, but when I saw the size of the serving, I changed my mind. There were six BIG chicken strips (think about three times the size of a chicken select at MdC's), and a large plate of fries. My son had spaghetti and meatballs, my mother and wife both had soup, and my two daughters had pasta meals.

After lunch, we drove down to the park, and got there about 12:15 or so. After a quick stop at Guest Relations (I had an unused season parking pass receipt I needed to be refunded for) and a few minutes for potty, and to rent a stroller for the little guy, we were on our way.

Let me start by saying IT WAS COLD, no, really, it was freaking cold. I don't mind the cool weather. I wore shorts that day, thankfully I was bright enough to bring along a jacket, because I think I would have frozen without it.

The park looked great. Nice decorations, and I think even more props / decorations than last year. There were no visible signs of the Sasquatch, although there were signs prominently displayed in the park advertising it, as well as the Holiday in the Park for 2009.

I was happy to see Carnevil, which is a nice carnival side show, nicely freaky for Halloween. It was also cool to see the train running after dark, though the decorations / theming were pretty scarce. I think that they could do a LOT more with that turn around area, and make it into something special, kind of a haunted train ride.

I was surprised to see the fountains in both LTNP, and Wiggles World running, AND the Raging River running as well. Did I mention that it was COLD, no seriously, I think it was like 50 degrees, a bit too cool to be getting wet.

The park also had "Zombie dancers" this year. They may have been there in the past, but I don't remember them. They did a show near the bumper cars, and then later danced at the closing ceremony. They put on a pretty good show, and are a nice addition to the entertainment lineup for Freight Fest.

The best thing about Freight Fest is the opportunity to go on rides many times in a row with little or no waiting. Steven went on most of the kids rides, including five rides in a row on Tweetys Tweehouse, and three in a row on Camptown Racers. We rode the train early in the day as a family, and then after dark, Steven and I rode again (go figure, the five year old was the only one of my three kids that wasn't afraid to go with me, the thirteen year old, and nineteen year old were chicken). The girls rode the sky ride, and Cannonball Express, we all rode the scrambler a couple of times each, and Thunder Alley.

Supper was at the beer garden. In the spring, when we ate there, I was pretty disappointed with the new fries, they were dry, and hard, and just nasty. I guess they aren't frying them for as long now though, because Saturday they were much better. I was in a chicken mood on Saturday, and choose the Six Flags chicken strips, which were actually quite good, even though they are a bit pricey.

After spending a week in Disney World, I can say that Six Flags food is a bit too expensive for the quality. We didn't pay any more for our counter service meals at Disney (actually, I believe they were in general a bit cheaper) and for the most part, the food was better. Though the chicken strips I had at The Great Escape Saturday were a step in the right direction. My wife, mother, and two daughters all had hamburgers, and my son had a hot dog, and shared a fruit cup with me.

That pretty much covers it. Although it was cold, we had a good time. Hopefully we'll get to go back again on the 18th.

Sorry, I don't have pictures, but as it turns out, both of the battery packs I had with me for my camera were dead. I'll try to remember to charge them up before we go back again.

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DJZacBarr
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06 Oct 2008, 18:01 #2

Thanks for the report, Tom! Sounds like a good for all. I will be heading up on the 18th, and then SFNE on the 25th to round out the season...

I really didn't get to the park too much this year due to a very hectic schedule of DJ events over the summer. (I guess that's a good thing, but it still kind of sucks!)

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06 Oct 2008, 19:11 #3

Hmm... do they have a haunted house this year, Tom... you didn't seem to mention that at all.

How does this year's setup, theming & attractions compare to years past?

Was the waterfalls by the GhostTown Cave colored red this year?


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Tomh
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07 Oct 2008, 14:29 #4

DJ,

good to hear things were hectic (meaning busy) for you! Sorry you didn't make it to the park much this year. Honestly, I didn't either. I was there two times in the spring for one day each, and then didn't make it back until this past Saturday. I hope to be there on the 18th as well, so we'll have to keep our eyes open for each other. I might make it back on November 1st as well, we'll have to see how that works out.

Dawg,

Good questions, let's see if I can help. I didn't check out the haunted house. I was there with three kids, the wife, and mother. Mom isn't interested in the haunted house, and wife could take it or leave it. The two girls are wieners, and wouldn't go near it if I paid them. That leaves me and my five year old son. He's pretty good about things like that, but I'm not certain that he's really ready for a haunted house yet. I did hear an announcement about it though, so I guess it was up and running.

I thought that the theming was better this year. I missed the nice theming around the train ride, but the rest of the park I think was even better than years past.

The waterfalls, and the fountain around the castle (at the horse drawn pumpkin ride) were both done in red, a nice touch.

The daytime trick or treat trail was a bit disappointing though. With Snickers now sponsoring it, and plenty of advertising to that effect, I expected that it would be even better than years past, but it was not, There were only four stops for the kids, perhaps half of what they had in previous years, kind of disappointing.

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07 Oct 2008, 17:02 #5

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15 Oct 2008, 22:51 #6

Tom, we visited last Sunday (Columbo Wknd) and I agree that the park was VERY well decorated. Seemed to be more "scarer's" out than in years past. We counted 2 chainsaw guys, a witch, a "swampthing" and numerous ghoulish characters walking around the park. Made for a GREAT atmosphere as they were having fun scaring all the teenage girls, but were nice enough to leave the little kids alone (good training on TGE's part).

It was also cool to see the train running after dark, though the decorations / theming were pretty scarce. I think that they could do a LOT more with that turn around area, and make it into something special, kind of a haunted train ride.


I was VERY dissapointed by the train ride. I think it was even LESS themed than in years past. I seem to remember Spiderwebs with giant spiders hanging from the tree's overtop and LOTS more gory scenery. Was the Shrunken heads/Evil jungle props at the turnaround new this year? I don't remember them from before.

I was surprised to see the fountains in both LTNP, and Wiggles World running, AND the Raging River running as well. Did I mention that it was COLD, no seriously, I think it was like 50 degrees, a bit too cool to be getting wet.


They were running again on Sunday, but thankfully it was around 70 degrees, a good bit nicer that when you visited. However, I still think this is a dumb move on their part, no one is going in them, so why waste the electricity and water? I still can't believe they were running them the day you were there!!! :rolleyes:

The daytime trick or treat trail was a bit disappointing though. With Snickers now sponsoring it, and plenty of advertising to that effect, I expected that it would be even better than years past, but it was not, There were only four stops for the kids, perhaps half of what they had in previous years, kind of disappointing.


Did you go through later in the day? I noticed later on that certain stops were closed, they must of ran out early. We did the Trick or Treat's right away at 1PM when it opened and all 6 candy stations were open like most years. Each stand was giving out 2 or 3 pieces of each candy. So the kids ended up with 20 or more things in their bags! Pretty good for six flags...it doesn't compare to Hersheypark's Trick or Treat, but then again would you expect it to? ;)


All in all we had a GREAT day, perfect weather (low 70's), Nicely themed park but not to scary for the little ones and my wife and I rode the SKYCOASTER for the first time ever!! What a rush! Very cool ride and worth the $25 we spent (we used our BOGO coupon from our season pass books),....not sure if it would be worth the full $50, but for half price it was AWESOME!! :p

Can't wait till next season!

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Tomh
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17 Oct 2008, 14:09 #7

Glad to hear you had a good time Jason!

The 2 chainsaw guys was a continuation from last season. I **think** last season was the first time they had two of them out. It did make for a great atmosphere, however I did see at least one instance where one of the gory characters did scare an obviously young child (I would guess in the neighborhood of four or five years old). The mother very loudly and clearly told the character to leave the kid alone, and the character continued to follow along pretty much in her face for plenty long enough to make it clear that he heard her and just didn't care. I was a bit turned off by that, as it was pretty obvious that the little one was terrified, but then again I think any parent bringing their kid to a freight fest should expect some of that, and if it bothers the kid THAT much, perhaps they shouldn't be there.

You are 100% correct about the train ride. While it was cool to see it running after dark, for the most part there was less theming than in years past. The notable exception is that the foggers were actually running this year, in past years they have been sitting there doing nothing when I rode the train, this year they were in full force, but the rest of the props were missing. The tiki torches weren't lit (They have been in the past), the spider webs weren't near jungle land, and it was basically just weak. They could (SHOULD) do SO MUCH MORE with that, it could be a nice scenic train ride during the day, and a heck of a haunt after dark. ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO US SIX FLAGS?

I too couldn't believe the fountains. Though the water, I am sure is recaptured / reused, the electricity to run them costs money, and no one is using them. They could be saving greenbacks there.

We did go through the trick or treat trail later in the day, and perhaps that was the problem. I expect to be there again tomorrow (and it's going to be COLD again, darn), and will try to get through the trick or treat trail earlier in the day, perhaps we'll have better results.

Glad you had a good time. I expect to hit the park up perhaps two more times before the end of this season, and I am eagerly awaiting next season with the holiday in the park program. I think that is a great way to stretch out the operating season for the park a bit.

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