Part of the reason why J and I make an awesome couple (besides our devastating good looks... heh heh) is how much we have in common. The specifics may be different, so are the cultural differences, but considering the fact that we've grown up literally on the opposite sides of the world, it's shocking how alike we can be.
One of the things we've always talked about and finally got to doing is hitting a themepark... or more specifically, going on a bazillion rollercoasters, and this last trip back to LA, we finally did!
We were lucky enough to score complimentary tickets as well as Platinum Flash Passes. Flash passes let you book a slot in the queue without having to actually wait in line as long as those without Flash Passes have to. Depending on the level of Flash Pass you purchase (Regular, Gold & Platinum), your wait in line decreases extensively.
If you can afford it, get the Flash Pass. It's worth not having to wait forever in line. You can also ride twice consecutively on some rides without having to wait in line a second time. More details and prices can be found here.
I honestly think the longest we waited to go on a ride was ten minutes, which would piss those without Flash Passes of course, who have been waiting for 90 mins or so on some rides (ouch).
The irony was, we waited in line for an hour to get turkey legs for lunch. Hah.
J and I went on a grand total of 14 rollercoasters (three of them twice) and Tatsu (video embedded above) is one of our top favourites. You hop on the rollercoaster seated, but it gets tilted down so you have no choice but to look down, with your legs dangling in the air. We waited to go on the first row, and that was unreal. Superman is a really good one to go on too, and we did, twice! Try and get on the first row on that one too.
The latest rollercoasters (as of 2013) X2 and Full Throttle are definitely must-rides. My favourite of all the coasters we went on is X2. It's is a thrill ride that pushes all limits - with 360° rotating seats and head-first, face down drops, with five dimensional effects. It short - it's a batshit midfuck, and a rollercoaster's junkie dream-come-true. If you watch the video below, you drop head-first right from the first drop. Seriously?!
- Newer rides are not included in the Flash Pass scheme. This year, it was X2 and Full Throttle. We paid $15 per person per ride to go on it once without having to wait in line. We were given timings. Make sure you give yourself sufficient time to get to the ride. It's a massive park, which I only understood after about three blisters later.
- When using a Flash Pass, you're obviously cutting lines and some people who've waited for hours at end can kick up a fuss about it. J mentioned that he read about that online and true enough, it happened to us once. I'm like, "I'm sorry you've waited forever, but bitch please. Don't give us flak for things that are bound to happen."
- Comfortable shoes and clothes! I thought I was wearing comfortable shoes until I was in pain in the afternoon. People wearing flip flops took off theirs on rollercoaster. Which I thought was gross.
- Since a lot of people went in larger groups, we got to skip multiple lines because the groups wanted to ride with their friends and family instead of being separated, so if you can, go with one other person.
- There are lockers before every ride that you can rent before you go into each ride. They cost $1 each time, or $6 for several hours that you can use for multiple locations. I used the locker once for my phone, and then just stuffed it in my bra after (keeping it classy, you know). My phone stayed put, so that was good. ;o)
- Get lunch before everybody gets hungry - or after. We were in line for an hour for what-was-supposed-to-be fast food.
- Don't leave for home without a funnel cake! J and I shared one indulgent funnel cake with powdered sugar and strawberries. After all that sweating, and all that running around, we deserved it.