UPPER MARLBORO, MD
One of the bigger regrets I’ve had as a YouTuber was turning down an invitation to cover the 2012 grand opening of Six Flags America’s standing coaster, Apocalypse, due to a day job with an inflexible schedule. I was so jealous later that day when I saw all of the local news anchors riding the coaster and having a blast. “Stupid day job,” I said. “Never again!”
So, when I learned last year that Apocalypse was shutting down and being replaced with a new Bollinger & Mabillard floorless coaster named Firebird, my first thought was, “I gotta hit up Tony Hayes at the Baltimore Post-Examiner and try to get invited to the grand opening media event for Firebird!”
Well, thankfully Tony and Six Flags America came through, and on the morning of May 16, 2019 Hannah and I arrived at my neighborhood park, ready to ride Firebird.