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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby pfalcioni » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:25 pm

I'm totally drooling over those Maple, Bacon and Pecan Candy Bars.

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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:04 pm

That Korean Rib looked pretty 맛있는* (mas-issneun).

Great TR. And yeah. The food. :lover:

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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:39 pm

Great report! The only time I've ridden Roman Rapids I got soaked. I remember being mostly dry until the waterfalls at the end soaked me to the bone.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:47 pm

Saturday, we woke up early and hightailed out of Williamsburg up the road to Doswell, Virginia to arrive around opening at King's Dominion. I looked forward to my visit here since the last time I was at King's was the year that Dominator arrived. Knowing that it was a Saturday and keeping that fact in mind, Nick and I had pre-purchased the "plus" version of the parks flash pass. Upon entering the gates we obtained the wristbands and were on our way.

Intimidator 305 3x: First stop of the day...I was stoked to be riding my first giga coaster and I can say whole heartedly that it did not disappoint. It was truly a crazy experience. Our first ride was in the front row and it blew me away. By far the most intense ride I have ever ridden. After the first spin we wanted more and hopped on in the back row. I grayed out hard on the first turn...Absolutely magical. I still rank it behind Lightening Rod, Skyrush and El Toro because although more intense than those rides, Im not able to fit as many rides in due to the intensity.

Flight of Fear 1x: Really fun ride, air conditioning was a major plus , getting us out of the Virginia heat for a few minutes.

Anaconda 1x: The main thing to remember about Anaconda is that LochNess Monster is a short drive down the road.

Avalanche 1x: More fun than I remember it being. Flash Pass made riding this thing possible. Thank you flash pass gods.

Twisted Timbers 3x: This is a really, really, really, really good ride. It does not let up from start to finish, airtime all around and great theming. King's Dominion really nailed it with the theming, it was a pleasant surprise. The train's look awesome, the green train being one of my favorites on any rollercoaster. We were able to sneak one night ride in and it was batshit crazy. Get down there and ride it.

Grizzly 2x: I really like Grizzly. It is by no means going to blow you away. It doesn't have the steepest drop or is the fastest, but in the back row there are some really nice moments of air. I'm also a fan of it being secluded in the woods. Our second ride was at night so it was even better that time around.

Shenandoah Lumber Company 1x: Nice setting in the woods, besides that it was your standard log flume.

Dominator 2x: Dominator gets the edge over Bizarro as my favorite Floorless coaster. It doesn't kill you with inversions, has great speed and even some good air off the MCBR. All around a very solid coaster.

Rebel Yell 2x: Its okay, kind of just blah to me. The racing aspect makes it more fun than the ride actually is though.

Backlot Stunt Coaster 1x: Another coaster I'm a fan off. Same idea as Grizzly..Just a overall fun ride.

It was another great day of riding. Due to the extreme heat we actually left the park around 2, hit up Sheetz, checked into the hotel grabbed some AC and went back to the park around 6. Before leaving though I came across a little craft beer that sold "King's Brew Lager" from Center of the Universe Brewery. It was a tasty little beer and the cans are really awesome. More updates coming soon!
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King's Dominion has one of my favorite entrance plaza's.
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First up, Face Melter 305. It is about this point on the ride where you start to have visions of Jesus.
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This is the "Save me Jebus" point.
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But Jesus can't save you now. You belong to Dale Earnhardt.
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I'm a sucker for an Arrow coaster..Good, bad or anything in-between .
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The Mini Cooper Experience.
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This coaster just doesn't give an impressive ride, it looks impressive. Hats off to King's Dominion.
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What type of messed up Apple Orchard is this?
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The trains are really awesome.
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(Flames emoji)
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The insane overbooked first turn.
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Theming!!!!
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This is all you're going to get from Grizzly, sorry people.
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Shenandoah was really nice, not as nice as the national park, but you get it.
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More beer because there is never enough. Look at those cans. Great job Center of the Universe!
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Dominator does actually Dominate the entrance of the park. No false advertisement here.
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Dominator's gigantic first loop with some of my finger tips (always good for one of those a report).
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Artsy (Also always good for one of those a report).
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I don't know this ride. I know Rebel Yell however.
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One more shot of this monster.
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I’ll end this report with the so-so turkey leg I waited way too long for.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:23 pm

Great report! I305 and Twisted Timbers really are the perfect 1-2 punch. One brings relentless intensity and the other brings relentless airtime.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:34 pm

Turkey leg looks like it's a shellacked piece of carved wood! :)

Great various coaster shots! I don't remember seeing the Twisted Timbers
entryway before. Wow, they really worked the title there, lol.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Genx24 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:38 pm

I really enjoyed our day at Kings Dominion. Although kind of a let down after two days of Busch, I still had a blast. With the collection they have, especially their 1-2 punch of Intimidator and Twisted Timbers, I can't wait to get back.

I-305 is a goddamed beast. Like Justin, I also greyed out when we rode it in the back. So much fun, but it's sheer intensity is a mild deterrent. Still an amazing, top 10 ride, however.

Speaking of top 10 rides; Twisted Timbers. Wow! Easily my favorite RMC, though I've only ridden three. That run of airtime hills after the turn around off the first drop is one of my favorite sequences on any coaster. I was squealing on that run.

Thus ends the portion of this thread where I was along for the trip. Enjoy the rest, everyone.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby PKI Jizzman » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:46 pm

Great KD update, I'm so stoked for I305, Dominator, and TT. The flume and supporting cast of coasters/ride looks a notch above 'standard' and thanks for helping me decide which beer I'll have! Keep it up!
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:14 pm

Okay so as those of you who have read my trip reports before, I like to mix in the history of the area's I visit or some of the other attractions in the area. On the way back to New York City on Sunday we decided to stop at the house Stonewall Jackson died in as well as Fredricksburg Battlefield. Both of these sites are run by the United States Park Service and they do a wonderful job at preserving the history that had taken place in these spots.

Disclaimer: I'm posting this because I know some people on here have an interest in the historical aspect of it. The American Civil War was this countries' darkest hour and I think we can all appreciate the men on both sides who gave their lives fighting in it. So please, refrain from any political input about the subject and enjoy the photos of some of this countries' most incredible moments. If you can't handle it, skip this section of the trip report.
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We arrived at this little house between Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg mid Sunday morning. This little inconspicuous building was the house Stonewall Jackson died at after being shot by his own men accidentally after their victory at Chancellorsville.
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He is the marking that proves it.
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So I'm a little disappointed that the photo I have of the actual room and bed he died in his too large to upload. Im working on it so i'll keep you guys updated if I ever get it to work. This however is the room his doctors worked in to make Jackson's medicine.
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After the stop at the house we traveled farther down the road into Fredericksburg. There you can follow a trail that follows that days events. This here is The Sunken Road, where 7,500 Union soldiers gave their lives charging the walls in which the Confederates were entrenched.
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Next up was the Innis House. This is the same house that was here during the battle. The Innis family refused to leave their home during the battle and stayed throughout its entirety.
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Inside the house you can see where bullet holes and shrapnel hit. Why you would want to stay there at the time may be hard to comprehend but back then people would never leave their land and homes.
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This is a statue dedicated to a Rebel soldier who rushed across no-mans-land with water to aid dehydrated and dying Union soldiers.
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This was a manor beyond the Sunken Road. It looked beautiful but no visitors can visit the grounds right now.
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At the top of Prospect Hill you get to walk the footsteps of General Lee as he watched the battle. These are two parrot cannons at the top.
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When you climb down Prospect Hill and travel a little deeper into the woods you see more moments from the battle.
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This was where Stonewall's brigade's trench was located.
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At the end of the battlefield trail you come to Chatum Manor which was a plantation at the time.
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They still do grow grapes and corn here.
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The grounds are still beautifully maintained.
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This was a chair located inside the Chatum Manor. It has been here for a VERY long time. George Washington, James Monroe, James Madison, Robert E, Lee and Abraham Lincoln all when they visited the manor.
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The final stop was a Union cannon that was pointed across the Rappahannock River at Confederate lines. I hope you all enjoyed this portion of the trip! Next up will be Kentucky Kingdom along with some other spots in Louisville.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby pfalcioni » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:53 pm

Wow, very cool! We had our first taste of Civil War history on our winter Florida trip, I'd never been to this area of the country and although I read a lot about history, there's something about actually being at these sites that make things feel more immediate and real. I can't imagine how terrifying it would have been to stay in that house during the battle, but I can see why people did it, if they left they would lose everything.

You can resize images online here: http://resizeimage.net/ I've used it a couple of times when I'm on my tablet instead of a computer with Lightroom or Photoshop and it's simple. Or, if you are using any photo manipulation program, they all have options to save smaller versions (just don't save over the original, make a copy with a different name).

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