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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Carowinds Pg. 9

Postby fatdaddy » Sat May 21, 2011 5:28 pm

I think I need to go back to work so I can afford to go to these parks. It looks like way too much fun.
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Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - SFOG Pg. 10

Postby chadster » Sat May 21, 2011 8:41 pm

From a fun filled day at Carowinds, I slept in a little on May 1st before making the short drive from my first ever visit to Six Flags over Georgia on May 1st, 2011. I arrived at the park around 1pm and went straight to the flash pass office to Gold Pass it up. As with many Six Flags parks, the pass is really really valuable on some rides and not needed on others. I was pleased to find that all of the coasters and several of the flats were included on the pass. There were only two rides that it really wasn't needed on, those being Ninja and The Great American Scream Machine. Wait times were no more than 20 minutes, with Batman having the longest wait on the pass. Most other rides were 10 minutes or less, yeah!!!

Mindbender was a pleasant surprise and will be ranked high on my steel poll should I ever actually finish one. Nice out of air time and a well laid out ride. Superman was a decent flier, nothing special, Ninja didn't really slap me silly, and Goliath is > Intamidator by far. The Georgia backbreaker was not memorable and I can say I would rather ride a boomerang than this piece of firewood. Oh, and the drop tower, while certainly a unique experience, it can have a dramatic effect on ones manhood, an effect that could result in the inability to have children.

But nonetheless, the park looked nice, the ops were friendly and mostly on their game with decent dispatch times, even on the stand-up. My only gripe (and lets get real, its not really a gripe) was the confusion on if you could take crap to the ride or had to leave it in a lock box thingy. Goliath allowed you to drop off your drink cups, but nothing else. Wished I had known that, but oh well, I knew if for the second go round, AND I shouldn't bitch as I got free drink refills from the DD stand at Dare Devil Dive all day. Apparently the people working the stand were familiar with TPR and were like, take it. So yeah for me!!

So, now, off to the pics!
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Welcome! Please proceed thru the body scanners.
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But before you go thru the body scanners, be sure to drop your bitch off here.
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Once inside, have a look around, take it all in, very Southern like
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I have yet to try the park branded pizza, but what I have tried is the flash pass, and to get on of those here, you turn to the right at this here pizza place.
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First up today, Goliath. Queue wait time, 45 minutes. Gold Pass wait time, 12 minutes.
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Up
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Down
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Up
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And around. Kick A$$ ride indeed.
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So after the ride I went by to play a miniture version of the Santa Claw - R.I.P.
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On the way to check out Dare Devil Dive construction, I thought I'd stop by and have my pork pulled.
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Integrated Dots and Dive, also a source of free beverages (if any one asks, I had a wristband ;) )
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Lifty thingy
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Twisty Thingy
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Lifty and Twisty
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Next, rode this re-rideable stand up B&M
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weeeeee
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yayyyyyyyyyy
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Enough of that, let's go here
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and thru here for flash pass entry to batman, the longest wait on the pass
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BATMAN
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Wave
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Mindbender is a landmark, and a damn good ride
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Superman! The loop for me was the best part
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Loopy
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Flyey
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Closed
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Hyyy Yah
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Not a bad ride, not a great ride, but it had a 1 minute wait on the FP
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Good Wood
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Flying with wood
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out
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and back
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So lets see, what else, oh yeah, a wet ride, and it's wet.
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This hill was not as bad as the torture hill at the Mountain.
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Whore'd this one out
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The Mansion was on the pass, but I skipped it.
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To ride this thing, that squashed my thing.
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wooooshhh
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So before I left, I took another spin on Mindbender, everyone of you should ride this ride!!!

Thanks SFOG!
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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - SFOG Pg. 10

Postby ParkTrips » Sat May 21, 2011 11:02 pm

The Mansion was on the pass, but I skipped it.

you are pretty fudging stupid.

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - SFOG Pg. 10

Postby chadster » Sat May 21, 2011 11:05 pm

^ It was my choice, tired, hot, just wanted to go to the hotel.

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - SFOG Pg. 10

Postby cal1br3tto » Sat May 21, 2011 11:34 pm

I am very interested in visiting this park. GASM looks lovely, both aesthetically and ride-wise. And upon visiting, I'd probably pick up at least a couple new steel coasters in my top, say, 20 or 30, or maybe even 10!

chadster wrote:The Mansion was on the pass, but I skipped it.

Seriously?
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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - SFOG Pg. 10

Postby chadster » Sat May 21, 2011 11:38 pm

cal1br3tto wrote:
chadster wrote:The Mansion was on the pass, but I skipped it.

Seriously?


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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - SFOG Pg. 10

Postby PAL » Sun May 22, 2011 8:40 am

^Some one's a little cranky. Jeff Johnson would have counted it as a credit. You could too. ;-)

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - SFOG Pg. 10

Postby thrillrider » Sun May 22, 2011 9:31 am

How can you go to this park and not ride the mansion? ;)
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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - NTAG Bash Pg. 10

Postby chadster » Sun May 22, 2011 8:59 pm

So it's New Texas Giant Bash day, for those of you keeping track, that would be May 14th. For those of you traveling to the park on a Saturday, I strongly suggest you obtain a flash pass. Why you ask? Well, the answer to the why will be contained in the pictures below.

I won't bore you with my usual dissertation on the park and what's near it as there are plenty of reports and information out there on SFOT, so I will just dive right in to what everyone wants to see, the pictures!

OH!!! And if you ever wanted to know what TPR Quest/Triva is, I have posted videos to the NTGB thread here.
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Welcome to NTAG BASH!
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Rates charged to store your horse and buggy
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Look, it's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a helicopter! TPR has the local news asking, what are all of these people doing at the park so darn early!!
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You can only get this shot from the super secret group entrance...after you go thru the body scanners.
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Robb had to catch up on the porn he missed from the night before, so he hung out in the chicken coup
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Happy Happy Riders! NTAG KICKS A$$!
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OMFG!
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OMFG!!
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OMFG!!!
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OMFG!!!!
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After ERT, a shed load of us went to the Flash Pass office where we got 10% off on top of the parks SP discount, a helluva savings. See? It pays to be a CTPR member!

After we passed it up and attended the QA session with the park Prez, we headed to Mr. Freeze.
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This ride will NEVER get old. FP wait time, < 15 minutes.
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The wait time for these people >>>>>>>>>>>>> 15 minutes.
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Next up we had Batman all ready to go thanks to the FP. So now, sit back, relax, and enjoy a few Batman photos.
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So, I bet you are asking, how long was the line to get on a solid ride like this?
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Longer than this...
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It stretched all the way out to the games!!! All of the switch backs were full. The park is doing some incredible business this year. I've seen commericals in my area where over the last 4 or 5 years, I have seen none. Hopefully corporate will continue to invest in this park next year as a result of the crowds.
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Next up was one of my personal favorites, the tallest in the world, S&S combo tower.
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weeeeee
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Soon to be renamed and re-themed. I'd look for that to happen mid summer
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The park was soooo busy today that you needed a flash pass just to get food!
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So how about a little Judgement.
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Now, I know some people are spoiled...
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And tend to complain...
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about a rough woodie...
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but look, not every woodie can be a GCI...
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And personally I don't find JRS all that rough...
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So if you are one of those who doesn't like JRS because it's too rough...
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May god help you, because you'll never be able to ride Mean Streak, Georgia Cylcone, Wildcat @ Lake Compounce, Jack Rabbit, Rattler, The Boss, Timberwolf, or Boulder Dash.
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oh, why not
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still wrapped
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and still a boomerang. I have to agree with a very knowledgeable fellow coaster enthusiast, this rang is actually pretty good.
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So I snuck off to the hotel for a bit after TPR Quest/Triva. If you have not seen the video of the event, and have not ever participated or experienced Trivia/Quest, you should watch the videos in the link provided.
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So, it's ERT time on Shockwave. TPR is ready.
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Superman is ready.
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These folks are ready.
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The Oil Derek is ready (and it was open toward the end of the day as well, I know, shock)
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and these guys were ready. But Shockwave was not ready.
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So Robb checked out some more porn.
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Until Jermey, the friendly area supervisor, told us that we broke it real good and that we should head over to NTAG, so we did and I rode and rode and rode and rode and rode some more.

Great event, great people, and great operations folks at SFOT. Had a blast. Will be doing another bash real soon, and you should too!
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Last edited by chadster on Tue May 24, 2011 8:28 am.

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Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - NTAG Bash Pg. 10

Postby coasterbear30 » Mon May 23, 2011 6:58 am

Hey Chad,

It was nice meeting you at SFOG! Glad you enjoyed our park. You even got my partner and two of my friends in your Acrophobia picture! LOL Hopefully catch you around at some other parks/events.

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