Part 2 - The fireworks and rides in the dark
After a big dinner in the Wisteria Inn, we headed back towards the Grand America area of the park for a few rides on Falcon.
This was our first time on Falcon in the dark, so we were all incredibly excited. We eagerly joined the queue only to be told that the ride was down.
Disappointed, we headed to Sky Park. Sarah somehow talked me into going on the big wheel, and I’m glad I did, as the park looks gorgeous from this viewpoint.
The performers in Main Square were pretty cool, but it was too cold to stand around.
Falcon was now up and running again, so we ran down to Grand America. The queue was building fast, with an estimated wait of 90 minutes. Oh well, we didn't want to miss the fireworks display, so headed over to the lakeside for some front row viewing. The lasers, the music, the fireworks…..everything was just incredible. The sky was awash with colours (I wonder if the neighbours will complain about tonight’s event? *groan*)
The queue for Falcon was now over 3 hours long. The staff were really struggling to deal with the crowds, but handled everything so efficiently. We joined the extended queueline, but the cold soon got the better of us.
I was determined we’d do my favourite coaster in the dark, so splashed out on a Queue-Beater ticket. Within ten minutes we were seated on the back row and cresting the top of the lift hill. Falcon is a totally different animal in the dark - awesome!
ORP of Sarah, Pete and myself on Falcon
The temperature had dropped even lower by now and we were absolutely frozen. It was over to the coffee shop for a hot chocolate before we paid homage to the “wicked woodie” (Blame Sarah for that name).
The queue for the Brinston Express was two hours. We've gave up
The queue for the Brinston Beast wasn’t much better, but thankfully we had one ride slot left on our Queue-Beater ticket. Some clown decided to get his phone out on the lift hill which resulted in an emergency stop. It didn’t bother us five, as we sat back and enjoyed the views of the park at night.
The Shire Centre, with Falcon and Grand America in the background
Some of these floodlights were too bright and spoilt the atmosphere
We did A Haunting
before calling it quits and heading home…via the gift shop of course (who couldn’t resist a Falcon hoodie?).
The gardens at night, gorgeous!
It looks like Brinston are hosting their annual Christmas event next month, so we'll be sure to check that out. Thanks for reading!