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Re: BIG MIKE ROAD SHOW - SEA LIONS CAVE, WORLD'S LARGEST PG

Postby Big Mike » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:04 pm

Hello Fantastic Friends and Valuable Big Mike Readers!!!


Today is the day Big Mike looks forward to every year!

Having survived a long off season of no coaster riding, it is time to debut the:

Big Mike Road Show 2012 World Tour Schedule
AND
2012 Opening Day Scorecard


Big Mike Productions puts a lot of effort into making 100% sure that Big Mike's coaster count of 1109 Coasters Ridden and 355 Parks Visited so far in dead on perfect, and they also put the same pin point accuracy in finding every single park and every single coaster out there in the USA that Big Mike still needs to visit and ride!


Understandably, Big Mike searches out every kind of coaster, the kiddies, the powered, the mountain, the water, you name it, if it says "coaster", Big Mike is including it in his search because there is no way that Big Mike can be a Certified Coaster Collector unless he hits absolutely everything!!!

Big Mike will travel to every inch of the United States, to every little rinky dinky park, all in the name of being the best and to bring it all back for the Valuable Big Mike Readers to see!


This year's Big Mike Road Show World Tour Schedule has been 4 months in the planning stages, and like years past (2008 - 105 parks visited, 2009 - 95 parks visited, 2010 - Season cancelled due to Dad's death, 2011- 85 parks visited), Big Mike is shooting to break a new all time Big Mike Road Show record with 115 park visits, which would put a 4 year average of 100 park visits a year!!!


Just for a fun experiment, after reading the next two Big Mike parks and coasters needed charts, post which ones that you have already visited and rode and see if anyone can even reach 7 of the parks or 15 of the coasters, Big Mike would be impressed :)


The first order of business today is to show everyone all the parks in the USA that has at least one coaster that Big Mike has never visited yet!

There are 34 of these parks now left as Big Mike nailed quite a few last year! Here they are:



2012 - Parks With Coasters Still Needed Left in the USA to Visit: 34

Blackbeards in California
Boomers in California
Fun Towne at Micke Grove in California
Funderland in California
Happy Hollow in California
Kiwanis Kiddieland in California
Rotary Storyland in California

Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado

Cobra Adventure Park in Florida
Sam's Fun City in Florida

Grady's Family Fun Park in Illinois
Santa's Village AZOOsement Park in Illinois

Kiddieland in Kansas

Celebration Station in Louisiana
Dixie Landing in Louisiana

Wisp Resort in Maryland

Kokomo's Family Fun Center in Michigan

Paul Bunyan Land in Minnesota
Spirit Mountain in Minnesota

Brookhaven Exchange Club Park in Mississippi

Attitash Ski Resort in New Hampshire
Cranmore Mountain Resort in New Hampshire

Adventure Center in New York
Holiday Valley in New York

Deadwood in North Carolina
Super Slide Amusement Park in North Dakota

I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio

Jeremy Reid in Oklahoma

O.D Pavillion & Amusement Park in South Carolina

Galveston Island in Texas

Remlinger Farms in Washington

Bay Beach Amusement Park in Wisconsin
Knuckleheads in Wisconsin
Little Amerricka in Wisconsin



The 2nd order of business today is every single coaster that is left for Big Mike to ride in the United States!

Big Mike had this number down to 57 from 111 last year, but with new additions during the latter half of 2011 and brand new additions in 2012, we start the season needing 84, which is the best starting point ever!!!



2012 - Coasters Still Needed to Ride Left in the USA: 84

X-Coaster at Magic Springs in Arkansas

Roller Coaster at Blackbeards in California
Miners Mike at Boomers El Cajon in California
Roller Coaster at Fun Towne at Micke Grove in California
Flying Dragon at Funderland in California
Pacific Fruit Express at Happy Hollow in California
Go Gator at Kiwanis Kiddieland in California
Roller Coaster at Rotary Storyland in California
Green Lantern: First Flight at Magic Mountain in California
Road Runner Express at Magic Mountain in California
Manta at Sea World in California
Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California
Dragon at Traintown in California

Cliffhanger at Glenwood Caverns in Colorado
Wild West Express Coaster at Glenwood Caverns in Colorado
Cyclone at Lakeside in Colorado
Dragon at Lakeside in Colorado
Gold Runner Coaster at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado

Dragon Wagon at Cobra Adventure Park in Florida
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida
Kiddie Coaster at Fun Spot in Florida
Miner Mike at Sam's Fun City in Florida

Hangman at Wild Adventures in Georgia
Swamp Thing at Wild Adventures in Georgia
Viking Voyage at Wild Adventures in Georgia

Dragon Wagon at Gradys Family Fun Park in Illinois
Dragon Coaster at Santa's Village AZOOsement Park in Illinois
Little Dipper at Six Flags Great America in Illinois
X-Flight at Six Flags Great America in Illinois

Roller Coaster at Kiddieland in Kansas

Miner Mike at Celebration Station in Louisiana
Galaxi at Dixie Landin in Louisiana
Loco Loco at Dixie Landin in Louisiana
Ragin Cajun at Dixie Landin in Louisiana
Xtreme at Dixie Landin in Louisiana

Apocolypse at Six Flags America in Maryland
Alpine Coaster at Wisp Resort in Maryland

Goliath at Six Flags New England in Massachusetts

Serpent at Kokomos in Michigan
Thunderhawk at Michigan's Adventure in Michigan

Roller Coaster at Paul Bunyan Land in Minnesota
Timber Twister at Spirit Mountain in Minnesota
Cosmic Coaster at ValleyFair in Minnesota

All American Coaster at Brookhaven Exchange in Mississipi

Prowler at Worlds of Fun in Missouri

Nor'Eastern Mountain Coaster at Attitash Mountain Resort in New Hampshire
Cranmore Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain Resort in New Hampshire

Wacky Worm at Gillian's Funland in New Jersey
Fiesta Express at Gillian's Wonderland Pier in New Jersey

Nor'Easter Mountain Coaster at Adventure Center in New York
Mountain Coaster at Hidden Valley in New York
Soaring Eagle at Scream Zone in New York

Dinosaur Canyon at Deadwood in North Carolina

Runaway Train at Super Slide Amusement Park in North Dakota

Crazy Mouse at I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio
Dragon Wagon at I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio
Orient Express at I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio
Wacky Worm at I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio

Little Fire Ball at Kiddie Park in Oklahoma
Steel Lasso at Frontier City in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Land Run at Jeremy Reid in Oklahoma

Go Gator at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania
Stinger at Dorney Park in Pennsylvania
Sky Rush at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania
Sky Rocket at Kennywood in Pennsylvania
Flying Turns at Knoebels in Pennsylvania
Black Diamond at Knoebels in Pennsylvania

American Flyer at O.D Pavillion & Amusement Park in South Carolina

Wild Eagle at Dollywood in Tennessee
Choo Choo Express at Sir Gooneys in Tennessee

Iron Shark at Galveston Island in Texas
Miner Mike at Zuma Fun Center in Texas

Bombora at Lagoon in Utah

Verbolton at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia

Mine Twister at Remlinger Farms in Washington
Dragon at Riverfront Park in Washington

Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Wisconsin
Miner Mike at Knuckleheads in Wisconsin
Little Dipper at Little Americka in Wisconsin
Mad Mouse at Little Americka in Wisconsin
Meteor at Little Americka in Wisconsin
Wild & Wooly Tobaggon at Little Americka in Wisconsin
Hades at Mount Olympus in Wisconsin
Opa at Mount Olympus in Wisconsin



Coasters Denied to Ride:

Wildcat at Funland in Arkansas
Cactus Coaster at Elitch Gardens in Colorado
Kiddie Coaster at Lakeside in Colorado
Blue Flash at John Ivers in Indiana
Sooper Jet at Trimper's Rides in Maryland
Go Gator at Rt 66 Carousel Park in Missouri
Go Gator at Fun Plex in Nebraska
Miner Mike at Adventuredome in Nevada
Brain Teaser at Darien Lake in New York
Little Dipper at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania
Speedy Gonzalez at Family Kingdom in South Carolina
Go Gator at Noah's Ark in Wisconsin




Now, the moment everyone has been waiting for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


THE OFFICIAL BIG MIKE ROAD SHOW 2012 WORLD TOUR SCHEDULE:

* All public appearances are subject to change. All cancellations will be announced as soon as possible. Check back to the Big Mike Road Show thread, Big Mike's Facebook page (Big-Mike Betzler), or Big Mike's Twitter account (bigmikeroadshow) for up to the minute park arrival times and schedule changes. Although Big Mike's sole purpose is to collect coasters and produce trip reports, Big Mike welcomes visits and meet ups, photo ops and autographs are free of charge and encouraged, and a coaster ride together can always be accommodated!


Feb 4-11 = Cancun Mexico to search for unknown coasters

March 30th - I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Cleveland Ohio

April 20-28 - Southern California (Many parks, exact schedule coming soon)

May 5th - Wooden Warrior Day at Quassy Amusement Park

May 18-19 - Cedar Point Spring Conference

May 25-28 - Wisconsin Dells, Green Bay, Chicago area coasters

June 8th - Coaster Madness at Dorney Park

June 9th - ACE Dives at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

June 30th - Rush to the Sky at Hershey Park

July 4-14 - Northern California (Many parks, exact schedule coming soon)

July 27-29 - TPR Leviathon Meet Up Bash at Canada's Wonderland

Month of August open for all coasters needed locally (See bottom of schedule)

Aug 31-Sept 3 - Michigan area coasters

Sept 7-22 - TPR China Trip (Many parks, exact schedule coming soon)

Oct 6th - Phoenix Phall Phunfest at Knoebels

Nov 3-10 - Dominican Republic to search for unknown coasters

Jan 11-19 2013 - Orlando Florida (Many Parks, exact schedule coming soon)

Local parks for month of August or with any free time that are a must hit in 2012:

Weekend trip down the whole Jersey coast for Megan collecting time
Six Flags America
Wisp Mountain
Six Flags New England
Attitash Mountain Resort
Cranmore Mountain Resort
Adventure Center
Hidden Valley
Coney Island
Kennywood


That is everything folks!


Big Mike plans to move this schedule to the front page on The Big Mike Road Show thread as soon as we give away the free 1 week condo stay in the Big Mike Reader of the Year Contest so that everyone can find it nice and easy!


Lastly, Big Mike could not, no matter how hard he tried, put his excel spreadsheet of every coaster ridden into this post. Every time it came up all mixed up.

Any Valuable Big Mike Reader that would like to have Big Mike's OFFICIAL COASTER SUPER STAT SHEET can post your email in this thread and Big Mike will email you the whole file which includes, all parks visited, the date of each last visit to that park, all the coasters ridden and needed for that park, ect ect. It is a must have for the die hard Big Mike fan! :)


SUPER EXCITING BIG BONUS BONANZA NEWS!!! - Big Mike has quietly been mass producing large amounts of Official Big Mike Road Show goodies, and in 2012, Big Mike will carry in 5 of "Big Mike's Big Bonus Bonanza Bags" into each park visit and the first 5 people to spot Big Mike and come up and take a picture with him will get the bags!!! Big Mike would like to have a picture of every Valuable Big Mike Reader he met in 2012 for a special year end super update!


Hope everyone enjoyed the stat sheets, the schedule, and the new surprise, and I hope to see everyone out there on the road sometime during 2012 with the beautiful Megan by my side!


Peace, Big Mike


PS - Don't forget, follow the whole 2012 Big Mike Road Show season with this nice and neat Episode Guide and enter the 2012 SUPER EPIC CONTEST to win a FREE 2013 SEASON PASS!!! The contest is SOOOOOOO EASY and all of it can be found at this very important link: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1138984#p1138984
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Postby sspaz1000 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:14 pm

Ohh looks like I have a couple chances to meet the big man this year. I had the opportunity last year (at the NE trip dinner at the hotel) but I was shy then. This year not so shy.

Hopefully when you take Megan down the Jersey shore, I'll be able to meet up with you As well. I've been wanting to do that for ages.

Email is nlforst at yahoo dot com I can't wait to see this spreadsheet.
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Re: BIG MIKE ROAD SHOW - SEA LIONS CAVE, WORLD'S LARGEST PG

Postby ahecht » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:27 pm

Big Mike wrote:Just for a fun experiment, after reading the next two Big Mike parks and coasters needed charts, post which ones that you have already visited and rode and see if anyone can even reach 7 of the parks or 15 of the coasters, Big Mike would be impressed :)


I can claim none of your missing parks and only five of your missing coasters (unless you count Goliath at SFNE and DejaVu at SFMM as the same).

Green Lantern: First Flight at Magic Mountain in California
Road Runner Express at Magic Mountain in California
Cyclone at Lakeside in Colorado
Dragon at Lakeside in Colorado
Kiddie Coaster at Lakeside in Colorado

How did you manage to get on Wild Chipmunk at Lakeside and miss the other coasters?
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Re: BIG MIKE ROAD SHOW - OFFICIAL 2012 STATS/SCHEDULE UP! PG

Postby Big Mike » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:41 pm

^ Everything was closed down the day I visited, worst park day ever lol.
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Postby gisco » Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:03 pm

Hey Big Mike, If you plan on getting the two coasters in Fresno on either of your California trips let me know. I will take you around and buy you lunch. I still need the one at Rotary Playland by the way.
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Postby sspaz1000 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:28 pm

I can also claim Black Diamond at Knoebels and Sooper Jet at Trimpers as rides ridden that big mike hasn't ridden.
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Re: BIG MIKE ROAD SHOW - OFFICIAL 2012 STATS/SCHEDULE UP! PG

Postby TheSchwitek » Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:01 pm

Hey Big Mike! As you saw on my Mikey's Mini thread, I am defintiely on the same track as you are! So here's my list of parks/coasters that i have that you haven't yet:

Parks:
1) Cobra Adventure Park - 2006
2) Sam's Fun City - 2010
3) Grady's Family Fun Park - 2009
4) Celebration Station - 2010
5) Dixie Landing - 2010
6) Kokomo's Family Fun Center - 2011
7) Brookhaven Exchange Club Park - 2011
8) O.D. Pavillion - 2011
9) Knucklehead's -2009
10) Little Amerricka - 2009

Coasters:
1) X- Coaster
2) Dragon Wagon (Cobra)
3) Miner Mike (Sam's)
4) Hangman
5) Swamp Thing
6) Viking Voyage
7) Dragon Wagon (Grady's) - This one took some convincing.
8) Little Dipper (SFGAM)
9) Miner Mike (CS)
10) Galaxi
11) Loco Loco
12) Ragin Cajun
13) Xtreme
14) Cosmic Coaster
15) All American Coaster
16) Wack Worm (Gillians)
17) Fiesta Express (GIllians)
18) Soaring Eagle
19) Dinosaur Canyon
20) Steel Lasso
21) Sky Rocket
22) American Flyer
23) Miner Mike (Zuma)
24) Miner MIke (Knuckle)
25) Little Dipper (Little Am)
26) Mad Mouse
27) Meteor
28) Wild and Wooly Toboggan
29) Hades
30) Opa

31) Wildcat (Funland) - took 3 visits
32) Cactus Coaster
33) Sooper Jet - rode with a kid i did not know
34) Miner Mike (Adventuredome) - got this only because I knew the manager
35) Brain Teaser
36) Little Dipper (Conneaut)
37) Speedy Gonzalez - took 2 visits and a talk with management
38) Go Gator (NA) - talked to a supervisor

Wow, I must be your younger brother from another mother ;).
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Postby RCBoilermaker14 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:23 pm

TheSchwitek wrote:Hey Big Mike! As you saw on my Mikey's Mini thread, I am defintiely on the same track as you are! So here's my list of parks/coasters that i have that you haven't yet:

Parks:
1) Cobra Adventure Park - 2006
2) Sam's Fun City - 2010
3) Grady's Family Fun Park - 2009
4) Celebration Station - 2010
5) Dixie Landing - 2010
6) Kokomo's Family Fun Center - 2011
7) Brookhaven Exchange Club Park - 2011
8) O.D. Pavillion - 2011
9) Knucklehead's -2009
10) Little Amerricka - 2009

Coasters:
1) X- Coaster
2) Dragon Wagon (Cobra)
3) Miner Mike (Sam's)
4) Hangman
5) Swamp Thing
6) Viking Voyage
7) Dragon Wagon (Grady's) - This one took some convincing.
8) Little Dipper (SFGAM)
9) Miner Mike (CS)
10) Galaxi
11) Loco Loco
12) Ragin Cajun
13) Xtreme
14) Cosmic Coaster
15) All American Coaster
16) Wack Worm (Gillians)
17) Fiesta Express (GIllians)
18) Soaring Eagle
19) Dinosaur Canyon
20) Steel Lasso
21) Sky Rocket
22) American Flyer
23) Miner Mike (Zuma)
24) Miner MIke (Knuckle)
25) Little Dipper (Little Am)
26) Mad Mouse
27) Meteor
28) Wild and Wooly Toboggan
29) Hades
30) Opa

31) Wildcat (Funland) - took 3 visits
32) Cactus Coaster
33) Sooper Jet - rode with a kid i did not know
34) Miner Mike (Adventuredome) - got this only because I knew the manager
35) Brain Teaser
36) Little Dipper (Conneaut)
37) Speedy Gonzalez - took 2 visits and a talk with management
38) Go Gator (NA) - talked to a supervisor

Wow, I must be your younger brother from another mother ;).


My list is small since I don`t go to very many amusment parks except Dollywood:
Parks:2
1.Magic Kingdom(I went here when I was 2 or 3 so I couldn`t ride any of the roller coasters.)
2.Dollywood
Roller Coasters:
1.Blazing Fury
2.Veggietales Sideshow Spin
3.Thunderhead
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Park Count:2 Favorite Park:Dollywood

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Re: BIG MIKE ROAD SHOW - OFFICIAL 2012 STATS/SCHEDULE UP! PG

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:42 pm

Roller Coaster at Fun Towne at Micke Grove in California
Flying Dragon at Funderland in California

I can't remember for sure if I've gotten these coasters, but I know I've been to these parks when I was like, 5!

July 4-14 - Northern California (Many parks, exact schedule coming soon)

If I could, I'd totally want to meet the big man at the above parks or one of the others! Since I can't remember if I got the above credits ever, I want to hit them up at some point just to make sure!
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