Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023
Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wild and Wonderful Weekend, Part 2 - Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

Continued from Part 1...

Today is the last day of Fright Fest and the last day Six Flags Fiesta Texas is open until November 19. November 19 Six Flags opens for their Holiday in the Park winter wonderland. 

Upon entering the park on Sunday at noon, we made a beeline for lunch. I had a grilled chicken salad and Bob had the Veggie Stuffed Baked Potato. We shared and had a good lunch. After lunch, the Iron Rattler Coaster had a short line, so we rode that first. Here are a few photos of this crazy roller coaster...

The Iron Rattler coaster
The freaky first drop on Iron Rattler
Iron Rattler coaster train going completely
sideways to the ground! Craziness!
After Iron Rattler, we went directly to Superman Krypton Coaster. Bob went on both coasters with me. We changed it up a bit and rode Sky Screamer 200' into the air next.
Sky Screamer
Then we walked over to another section of the park. As we walked past Batman the Ride, I just had to go on it. Bob declined and waited for me at a shady picnic table and watched the parade of people go by. Batman's track is on the side of the car, so that allows the coaster cars to spin head over heels as they go around the track. In the first photo below, you can see the cars going up to the top of the coaster. Once the cars go over the top, the cars spin fast as you go around the rest of the ride.

Going up
Below you can see the cars on top, in front of the big cloud. 

Batman the Ride
Upon exploring a part of the park we hadn't been in before, we found the carousel and another water ride. We didn't feel like getting drenched so we skipped the two water rides that were open.

The giant Ferris wheel sounded like a nice, relaxing respite from the wild roller coasters, however the line was pretty long so we didn't go on it. Hurricane Force 5 was closed, so that was out as well.

The hot temperature and high humidity drove us indoors to Scooby Doo's Ghostblasters ride. This was the longest line that we encountered today. It may have something to do with the line being inside an air-conditioned building. We suffered through it. This is a kiddy ride, but you get to shoot targets with a laser blaster and earn points. We had a fun competition trying to outdo each other.

Somewhere in the Fiesta Boardwalk area we knew there was a teacup-like spinning ride. It's called The Hustler because the cars are shaped like billiard balls. As we waited in line to go on this we watched to see which cars went really fast. Once we got to the front of the line, we raced to car #3. Bob and I used all our strength to make that car spin. We were going so fast we slid around the seat. We had to let go of the wheel and hold on so we didn't fall off the seat. What a fun ride. We laughed and laughed and decided we need to take four more people on the ride with us so we're packed in tight and can't slide around on the seat.

The Hustler

You can put 4-6 people in these. Two people
literally rattle around inside when they go fast.
Bob in our "car"
Me on The Hustler ride
Snack time and we went in search of food that qualifies as a snack on our Dining Pass. We both got Choco-Tacos and sat to eat them in the shade of some trees. 

After a short walk, I decided to go on the Roadrunner Express Coaster. Bob waited for me in the shade. There wasn't a long line so he didn't have to wait long.

For the rest of the day, we ate dinner, watched people on the Gully Washer water ride, saw a show at Teatro Fiesta (singing and dancing), then went to Dead Man's Party in the Zaragoza Theater. 
Show stage
Dead Man's Party was a song and dance extravaganza that included Michael Jackson's "Thriller," "Phantom of the Opera," and many more numbers over the course of 45 minutes. We were very impressed by the quality of the show. "Phantom of the Opera" brought tears to our eyes.

From song and dance, we went to the bumper cars, aptly called "Fender Bender." I was doing great until I tried to give another car a push to free it from the edge. Bad mistake...for the rest of the ride, I was completely stuck in the corner and couldn't get out. Oh well, I'll never try to help someone out of a corner on a bumper car again!

Look out! Bob's behind the wheel.
Darkness had descended and the creepy creatures were out in the Scare Zones. Even though we didn't go to any Haunted Houses at the Fright Fest, we feel we got our money's worth in the park. 

Before we left, I shopped in the Looney Tunes store and got two new T-shirts: one says "Play Hard - Six Flags Fiesta Texas;" the other says "Love, love coasters, I (heart) roller coasters - Six Flags."

On the way out of the park, we went on Goliath, the roller coaster with the tracks on top. I wanted to sit in the front seat because you feel like a bird (or a bat - because it's at night) with no coaster cars in front of you. Bob was unsure about riding in the front car, but I talked him into it. 

After the ride I asked him how he liked it. He said I was "evil" because he had no point of reference (no tracks or cars in front of him). I got the impression he wouldn't do that again.

With that, we said farewell to Six Flags Fright Fest for this season. We'll be back for Holiday in the Park in December. 

We wore ourselves out this past weekend! Travel Bug out.


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