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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:22 pm

Normally I keep my trips in chronological order, but I guess in the scheme of things it really doesn't matter. I had a few in-between the last one and this one that I'll report on later, but I'm actually really excited to add,

West Coast Bash 2018 at Knott's Berry Farm

This was my first TPR event since 2012! It doesn't seem that long, but 6 years had gone by. It was also my first time visiting Knott's in as long. Before I even begin, I can't find enough words to describe how awesome this event was and how perfectly executed it was. HUGE thanks to Robb and the Knott's Berry Farm management team for really giving us an incredible day! West Coast Bash was truly a special event, and as is often stated, the major difference between doing a TPR event and other "coaster club" or enthusiast-oriented park event is that you really have the place to yourself during the ERT sessions. At lunch time, it seemed like there was a ton of us, but by ERT time, everybody being spread out among the rides meant you could walk on to any row of whichever coaster you were at.

Knott's as a whole has changed quite a lot since my last visit, in a good way, in the same way that Cedar Fair as a whole has changed. On paper, all they've done since 2012 is add a wild mouse and HangTime, plus remove an old boomerang. But the changes they've made add up to more than that. The entire Boardwalk area looks amazing now, they've added some flats here and there, and restored some theming elements and added some color to the place, as well as added new restaurants. The Knott's we saw this weekend was a much more complete park and the entire place looked great!
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Hi, Knott's, it's been a while!

My friend and I were talking about how Knott's kind of reminds us of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in that the park is smack-dab in the middle of a really busy, urban area. But, like BGTB, when you're in the park they do a great job of insulating you and disguising the fact that you're in a city.
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One thing I didn't realize was that Ghostrider had gone down for some maintenance just a couple of days prior to our visit. I was kind of bummed, but I actually appreciate more that the park is committed to taking care of this great coaster. While I haven't been on the new and improved, smoother version, this is a great reason to return
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My friend and I were late arrivers to the event, getting there around lunch time, as we'd gone out and had quite a bit to drink the night before.

We went to Guest Services to pick up our event materials and thought it was amusing that they had a "penalty box" in the guest services office.
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Official TPR wristband represent!
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Arriving at lunch, there was a buffet of the winnable goodies that greeted us right before the buffet of food
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I won a Boomerang wheel for being "furthest traveled"!

These were the only photos I got to take during lunch, as we were eating then entertained by Robb and Jeff Tucker from the Knott's staff.

Lunch time was great and highly entertaining! Everybody got a kick out of it and the dynamic between Robb and Jeff was great, you can tell they go way back!
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HangTime hanging for some time.

I didn't realize that HangTime had a "fake you out" drop before it actually dropped, which is scary as sh*t!
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We got so many rides on Xcelerator that day that I lost count! We must have done it at least 25+ times
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Xcelerator doesn't let up from start to finish, you haul a$$ through the layout
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Making a stop back at the car, we saw something I'd never seen before. Due to California's close proximity and drivability from Mexico, sometimes you see cars there that aren't sold in the US market. I saw the Ford grille and face, but then the sides didn't match anything we'd seen before. Upon closer look, this is a Ford Figo
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Calico Saloon is a great place to stop by, and of course one of the beer options has Knott's signature "Boysenberry" in it
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We'd save Silver Bullet for later, but here's a photo of it going up the lift. Maybe not the best B&M, but it makes for great visuals all over Knott's
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We rode the classic family-oriented Calico Mine Ride. A great dark ride for the entire family, Knott's takes great care of this one
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I can confess that I didn't know about Knott's famous log flume until after I'd visited last time around, so this time it was on the to-do list. Unfortunately, it saw a few hours' downtime...
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Back at Xcelerator, trying to be artsy and stuff with the photos
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Xcelerator doesn't have an operator's booth. It has an "office"
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I haven't been on some of the ultra-intense launch coasters like Do-dodonpa, but of Xcelerator probably has the most intense-feeling initial pull of the Intamin Accelerator coaster variety. We'd been on TTD just a week before, but the first rush of acceleration on Xcel just felt totally crazy.
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Supreme Scream is a yuuuuge S&S tower complex
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We took a spin on Jaguar! exclamation point included.
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Zierer has a few of these "take a tour of the park" coasters, like this one and Orange Streak at Nick Universe. They don't do much in terms of excitement, but they do make for a good tour of the park
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While we were waiting 25 eons in the Jaguar! brake run due to a lacksadasical staff, we saw that Montezuma's Revenge had finally opened with passengers after we hadn't seen it run all day. We rushed over as soon as we got off, then a yuuuge line formed behind us.

These shuttle loops are still incredible rides despite being built in the 70s. The launch is fun, the loop is super intense, and the nostalgic feeling is just second to none.
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With the sun set, HangTime was showing off a cool lighting package.

We got a ton of rides on this later on during ERT. Gerstlauer Infinity coasters are incredible rides that seem to fly below the radar a little bit. The restraints are similar to a B&M clamshell and when you're getting *ahem* hang-time, it's seriously terrifying. HangTime is such a great addition to Knott's and I wish more parks would buy them!
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We got super lucky and Timber Mountain Log Ride finally opened up! It was every bit as amazing as people said it would be.

I remember talking to Robb later about it and saying how it gave me Splash Mountain vibes in the way that it is filled to the brim with theming, where some parks just leave parts of their log flumes un-themed. He told me it actually pre-dated Splash Mountain, which is awesome! I'm not the type of enthusiast that gets down into all the little details of the rides as I'd rather ride and enjoy them, but the fact that Knott's did this great-themed flume before Disney is awesome! Every theme element worked and seemed very well taken care of, so it's clear that Knott's knows they have a gem on their hands here.
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We had ERT from 10pm until midnight and by around 11/11:15, we were two of maybe 30 left in the park. We got countless rides on Xcelerator and HangTime, then squeezed two rides in on Silver Bullet.

The fact that the park kept it going right up until the last minute with fully-staffed rides is a testament to their commitment to our group and ensuring we all had a great time. The Xcelerator and HangTime crews were AMAZING! They engaged with us, telling us little facts and joking around with us, they clapped and cheered when we got back into the station, and really just kept the energy up in a great way.
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Headed out of the park after a seriously amazing day. If you haven't done a TPR event, you have no idea what you're missing.

Thanks again to Knott's, Robb, and TPR for putting such a great event together for everybody. I'm definitely making a point to do an event again as soon as I can. I won't let 6 years go by again to have this much fun at a park!

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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:53 pm

Looks like fun! I agree with you on Xclerator being a better ride than TTD. It's not as fast, but it's more complete.

Boysenberry beer is the best.

Hang Time looks really great. Gonna need to get back to Knott's soon.
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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby bert425 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:03 pm

looks like WCB was a great time.

hated that I couldn't make it, but hopefully next time, and glad y'all had fun!
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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:04 pm

Great report! I really need to make it to West Coast Bash one of these years.

I have to disagree about Silver Bullet though. It's certainly an imposing coaster to see as you enter the park, but I think it ruins some of the views in the front of the park. But to each their own.
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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:48 pm

So my reports are now slightly out of order, but couple of weeks after the Great Adventure trip, we made a visit to the coaster enthusiasts' Mecca. America's Rockin' Roller Coast. A park with more coasters over 200' than many entire countries in the world.

Cedarf*ckingPoint


I'm fashionably late to the party. I know they got a shiny new ride this year, but I know how insane the park is in the spring, between random days being freezing cold, extreme rain showers, high winds closing all but Disaster Transport (wait what?), and of course we wanted to avoid having to stand in line for 17 hours pretending to care about how some enthusiast is credit-better than you and ranks some random coaster in a far-off country 2347346 places above all the RMCs and how "hear me out, when they lube the wheels on Texas Giant just right and put a layer of lambskin around the outer edge JUST after switching to the nylon wheels from the polyurethane ones, AFTER it's been running for at least 5.6 hours without a breakdown and the temperature has averaged 84.8 degrees with all sun in the forecast for the past 3 days, it'll totally blow your mind and rank #1 above all else".

To avoid the aforementioned, we planned a trip for late August, when the crowds (typically) thin out. We got really lucky the first day, with rain forecasted all day keeping the masses from going. The second and third days we coughed up the cash for fast lane, because time is money b*tch.

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We arrived on a Wednesday in late August, and upon arrival, we were greeted with heavy rain showers and thunderstorms all the way from Cleveland Airport to Sandusky, which the weather channel they'd continue all afternoon. This made us very concerned, because, well, Cedar Point.

We arrived on the causeway to find not a single car, to the point where we actually stopped in the middle of the road for about 3-4 minutes to take in the view, with nobody ever driving up behind us.

When I took this picture, it didn't look blurry on my phone. It is.
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We arrived to see Gatekeeper going, which was a good sign.
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We walked past Top Thrill Dragster and I got this photo without a train.

Oh, not because I didn't wait for a train. Because it's Top Thrill Dragster
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Mean Streak is a little different this year than I remember it being before
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It's a little smoother. I think they resurrected the Dinn Corp and forced them to re-track it or something like that
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This was the line for Mav
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Maverick does some crazy things to you. I know you all love RMC and everything, as do I, but Intamin is still king in my book.
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Insaaaaane airtime to be found on this end of the Cedar Point peninsula
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Crazy laterals, the fastest-feeling LSM launch (in my opinion), airtime, and ridiculously whippy inversions make this seriously one of the best coasters on earth.
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We walked over to Millie to find that she was having some trouble getting it up today.
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People seem to hate Rougarou but I don't. I think the haters are mostly just spoiled little b*tches saying it's rough etc. It instantly became one of the best B&M Floorless when they converted it.
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Do people still say "ninety degrees"?
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Raptor is amazing and so much better than you.

I wish parks would go to B&M and be like "hey, we want to build a coaster from you but only under the condition that you pretend it's still the mid 90s when you design it"

Intense, snappy, quick changes of direction, Raptor has it. Probably my favorite B&M Inverted if I had to pick
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We saw that Dragster successfully sent one train over with riders, so we got in line.

As we were next to board, it did the whole "rollback" thing and proceeded to go down again. Because, you know, Dragster.
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This was actually taken on the second day. This is a cool af element to take photos/videos of.

Alright, so here's my opinion on I am too stupid to spell Steel Vengeance so I'll just write SteVen and pretend I'm being cool. Yeah, that's right, I am too stupid to spell Steel Vengeance so I'll just write SteVen and pretend I'm being cool.

So, I am too stupid to spell Steel Vengeance so I'll just write SteVen and pretend I'm being cool is *probably* the best RMC steel as a whole, because it's a super long ride, comfortable as hell, and is like a "sampler plate" of everything RMC does in their coasters.

That said, it's not the "craziest" RMC out there. Not that any RMC isn't re-rideable, but I am too stupid to spell Steel Vengeance so I'll just write SteVen and pretend I'm being cool is sort of the least offensive if that makes sense. It has strong airtime, but not the bull horn up your a$$ before you get ejected 20 feet into the air kind that you'll find on Storm Chaser or Twisted Timbers. It has quick directional changes, but it's not going to jerk you around like you're in an S&M dungeon the way Wicked Cyclone or Twisted Collosus would.

It's like...if you could take 90% of RMC's DNA, but then inject 10% B&M into it. Every inversion and directional change, sans maybe the turn into the mid-course, are heartlined as though B&M spent 2 years in AutoDesk taking exact measurements to make sure they flowed smoothly.

The thing that makes this ride truly amazing is that you're going quickly and comfortably through a super long ride that still has a ton of forces and fun. And I think that's the most words I've ever used to describe a coaster before.
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Well, look who showed up today
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Thanks to FastLane Plus, we were boarding the back of the beautiful Intamin train on our way to 300 foot giga orgasm

My name is Paul and I'm an addict. I admit that I have a problem. See, when Cedar Point built this beautiful coaster, they put this magic crack dust all around it that coaster enthusiasts sniff and become highly addicted to.

I know, I know. It's "Millennium Forceless". It's just a super fast, fun ride where you can throw your hands up while you're going 93mph. But it's just so...awesome. It gives me feelings I can't describe and I don't know why. It's not my favorite coaster. It's not even my favorite coaster at Cedar Point. But when I think about going to Cedar Point, I want to ride me some Millennium Force. I'm getting withdrawl symptoms just thinking about it. Hey...do you think you have a connect that might be able to get me some? Or know a guy who knows a guy?
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Broken Dragster still makes for some cool night pics
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As does Magnum with the setting sun. The first hypercoaster is still one of the best. It defined what "hypercoaster" means. Everything after is just copying, going with the mold. It's wheels have evil spikes on them that electrocute the lapbar and make the airtime hurt. But I'm a sick f*ck and I love it.
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The next morning, we went to Starbucks. We actually did every morning, but this was the only morning I took a photo.

I love Cedar Fair for putting full-service Starbucks in their bigger parks.
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Raptor is such a great coaster for midway action
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This morning during early entry, we walked straight on to Millennium Force's front row because weirdos were flocking to Mean Streak.
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Also weird, Dragster opened up and stayed operating for something like 2-3 hours, holy crap! With Fast Lane, we managed about 8 rides, just in case these were the only rides we'd get the whole trip. They were.
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Being a Friday, Cedar Point was having this cool food truck thing to celebrate Labor Day weekend
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They were trying to get people to vote whether Michigan or Ohio had better food, and to encourage turnout, they were doing cheap "sample sizes" of their food offerings. This was the Firehouse's pulled pork slider (and chips!)
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There was also an "empanada food truck", and there are quite a few things I'll do for a good empanada. They even had maduros!
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I'm 5, so I also got a double-scoop ice cream cone.
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Cedar Point has a sign by the exit gate that says if you don't take a photo of Corkscrew Corkscrewing, you'll be BANNED FOR LIFE. Bye!

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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby grsupercity » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:43 pm

I am loving the reports so far. And I agree that RMC is great but Intamin is King.
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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:37 pm

Oh nice, they weren't doing samples when I was there. Would have loved to have had that option. Sooo many great choices.

I don't get where you're coming from on Steel Vengeance though. I thought the final section low to the ground was very much like Storm Chaser. Everybody's different.
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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:20 pm

Great report!

Just curious, was August 29 the day you visited the park with the short lines? I was there that day and there was a big threat of heavy rain in the afternoon. There was a bad rainstorm, but it only lasted for an hour as opposed to the 8 hours the weathermen predicted.

And I thought Steel Vengeance was plenty intense. Some of the snaps out of the zero-G rolls were crazy and then you have plenty of airtime hills ranging from sustained, powerful air to quick, abrupt pops.
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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:31 am

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Oh nice, they weren't doing samples when I was there. Would have loved to have had that option. Sooo many great choices.

I don't get where you're coming from on Steel Vengeance though. I thought the final section low to the ground was very much like Storm Chaser. Everybody's different.


Yeah, the sample sizes were a great way to try out a variety of what they had to offer. The empanadas (and especially the maduros) were a little on the greasy side, so the sample size was just right. There was also a Korean BBQ truck but it was very Americanized. Either way, I loved that the park did this, as it added a ton of options.

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

Just curious, was August 29 the day you visited the park with the short lines? I was there that day and there was a big threat of heavy rain in the afternoon. There was a bad rainstorm, but it only lasted for an hour as opposed to the 8 hours the weathermen predicted.

And I thought Steel Vengeance was plenty intense. Some of the snaps out of the zero-G rolls were crazy and then you have plenty of airtime hills ranging from sustained, powerful air to quick, abrupt pops.


Yeah, that was the day! We were there that Thurs/Fri as well, but those days were significantly busier.

Regarding SV, maybe I just got some slower rides on it or something. We never really did it during the day due to about a 20-minute line even with Fast Lane, so the 8-10 rides on it were all first thing in the morning or at the very end of the night. We rode in back car all but 1 or 2 rides and did the front once. I'm not saying it wasn't intense, it just felt slightly less crazy than some of the more hardcore RMCs.

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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

Postby coasterbill » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:50 am

I just got caught up on the Great Adventure, Knott's and Cedar point reports. Great stuff! That's one of my favorite Cedar Point reports in awhile. I actually laughed out loud a few times. :lol:

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