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larrygator's 2017 Coaster Affirmation Tour

Postby larrygator » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:36 pm

I've been debating whether or not to do a Photo TR this year. I'm glad to see so many others writing them but that also made me feel it was not as vital for me to write one. I went on four small trips with few new parks, to re-evaluate a lot of coasters that I have not ridden in a few years, get closer to my goal of riding all the wooden coasters in North America and also hit up some of the major installations from the past few years.

The four trips were as follows:
April: Kings Dominion, Carowinds and Dollywood
July 17-22: Cedar Point, Kings Island, Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, Beech Bend, Dollywood, Camden Park
July 24-30: Bay Beach, Mt. Olympus, Six Flags Great America, Adventureland, Indiana Beach, Donley's Wild West Town, AZoosment Park at Santa's Village
August 16-18: Knoebels, Kennywood, Hersheypark

This trip report will be light on photos and heavier on commentary, since so many people have posted photos from these parks of late. Actually on the first trip I didn't even take any photos at Kings Dominion. It has been one of my favorite coaster parks since I305 and will only be better in 2018 the new RMC. Intimidator 305, Volcano and Dominator were all running great. Boo Blasters seemed spruced up with everything working. I had not been to KD since 2015 and was still satisfied with the park.

Next up was Carowinds.
I arrived at opening and headed to Fury 325 immediately. I had not been to Carowinds in 5 years so these were my first rides on Fury 325. I rode about 6 times with minimal waits before exploring the rest of the park. I really liked the ride and it is probably my favorite B&M non-looper but it just didn't match the major Intamin coasters if you favorite the ejector air. With that said I could certainly ride Fury 325 all day without stressing out my body.

Afterburn still kicks major butt and everyone that knows me knows I love Woodstock Gliders. I'm glad it is moving next year, because I always felt it was out of place in the kiddie area, especially when major snapping occurs and parents get concerned. The restraints on Flying Cobras make a difference. I didn't even try to ride Intimidator as the line was always longer than Fury 325 or Afterburn. I loved Plants vs Zombies, because I realized which gun was mine by looking at the number of my chair before sitting down (many people didn't do this and had no clue if they were hitting targets or not. The ride did not open until late afternoon and I re-rode a few times in a row and there were quite a few kids doing the same thing so I wasn't the only one who liked it.

The big improvements to the park were in the County Fair area which looked great and has wonderful flat rides. The Cedar Fair pickers did a great good.
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Big improvement with the restraints, but then again I like boomerangs to begin with

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Rock n Roller run a good program and music that tied together County Fair theme

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I had no complaints about their Troika

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I had not ridden one of these in a few years, but Electro Spin also gets a thumbs up.

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and who doesn't love a Wave Swinger like Zephyr

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They had little touches like this to add to the atmosphere


The area could have used a lot more shade, but isn't that true of any County Fair

Also, the park stepped up its game in the food area. Chickie and Pete's is a worthy replacement for Chick-Fil-A and Harmony Hall Marketplace offers a lot of variety.
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Here's the Harmony Hall menu board


Now for the ride that I was most enamored with. Was it great, no? However, I love interactive attractions and with so many people competing you have to think a little and be adaptive to do well. Rides like this just bring wake-up my Type A personality.
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Last time I was in this building it was Days of Thunder

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But not anymore

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Look for your player number before you sit down!

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The green side had an advantage, as 3 purple seats were always empty.

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Purple lost 4 times in a row even though we had some very high individual scores.

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However, in the end, this is my favorite ride in the park. Hopefully, moving it out of the kiddie area makes the line shorter on my future visits
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Postby Jcoaster » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:45 pm

Larry Legend off the top rope with a photo trip report, can't wait to see more and see what you have to say about Dollywood.
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:49 pm

Report looks great so far! It's fine if it's light on photos. I always enjoy reading your reports, since you've been to so many places and really appreciate a park for what it is.
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Re: larrygator's 2017 Coaster Affirmation Tour

Postby larrygator » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:57 pm

^My tastes have not changed over the years and my body can still handle aggressive coasters, but I'll certainly be differentiating between what I consider rough and aggressive.
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Postby prozach626 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:49 pm

I enjoyed your TR on Carowinds. I'm looking forward to reading more.

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Postby thrillerman1 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:10 pm

Great to see this Photo TR, Larry. I haven't been to Carowinds since 2004 so this is interesting to see. Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to the next installment!

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Postby coasterer » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:44 am

Thanks for posting! I'll also be keeping an eye on this - I enjoy reading your commentary.
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Postby PKI Jizzman » Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:43 am

Plants v Zombies is a fun attraction. I had never played any of the games before, so all of the characters were new to me. It was easy to play and the pre show video with crazy Dave was pretty funny!
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Postby boldikus » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:27 am

Stoked for the rest!
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Postby michaellynn4 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:40 am

I agree with your assessment of Fury. I loved the ride, enough to be one of my favorite B&Ms, but it still didn't top Intamin for me.
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