My ex got the little drummers passes for the preview of X2 yesterday and asked me to take them. After battling to get out of work early and braving two hours of Memorial Day traffic we arrived at the park and saw mostly empty trains cycling. Jessie caught sight of the fire effects and immediately jumped into overload mode.
We got a good spot and the tram was waiting at the stop. So far, so good. Check in for the special wristband went well. We were on our way. Walked up to the station and there was only a one cycle wait for the front row. This was going to be awesome!
The first sign of trouble was the fact that even though there was a train in the station, it wasn't being loaded. The next sign quickly came when one of the operators donned a safety vest and headed for the tracks. About 15 minutes later, the second (and fully loaded) train pulled into the station. At that point I knew it was going to be a while.
There was a flurry of activity, but nothing was ever said to the growing number of people on line. Suddenly, the trains on-board sound system came on, so we got to hear the entire audio. Interesting mix of music that included Frank Sinatra, Metallica, The Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine. As the wait lingered on, people left and we were now next in line. Empty trains cycled for a while, but occasionally one would get stuck on the lift hill. Finally, the air gates opened and we were loaded on.
It took a while, but eventually they got everyone checked and the seats tilted back. Then forward again. The back again. Then forward. The restraints released and they told us we'd have to get back in line.
A maintenance guy took apart one of the seats while another one checked something else and then walked away with a puzzled look on his face. The first guy finished and the seats tilted again. Then they came forward. Then back again. A few more cycles with empty trains. Then the sound system came on again, but this time it was a really weird voice that kept asking "are you in yet, the ceremony is about to begin." There was a female voice that kept on repeating X 2.
A few more empty cycles.
They finally loaded us on as the haunting voices continued. The seats tilted back and...