TPR's Middle America and IntimidaTOUR 2010 Trips!

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Re: TPR's Middle America 2010 Trip!

Postby MiAdventureMan87 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:31 am

Dan, those Excalibur trains are also on Gemini at CP, and also get the "Fat Guy Approved" stamp because they are probably the only trains in the Cedar Fair chain that absolutely EVERYONE will fit in.

Cheese Curds are bits of cheese or cheese product or whatever. They are very popular in the UP of Michigan as well, and we get loads of them on our Deer (Beer) Camp trips every August. I personally don't like them, but the guys with our group usually go through about 10 bags the whole week!

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Re: TPR's Middle America 2010 Trip!

Postby Pure Impurity » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:06 am

MiAdventureMan87 wrote:Dan, those Excalibur trains are also on Gemini at CP, and also get the "Fat Guy Approved" stamp because they are probably the only trains in the Cedar Fair chain that absolutely EVERYONE will fit in.


Well, good luck getting him to respond here, he never does. :roll:
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Re: TPR's Middle America 2010 Trip!

Postby mcjaco » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:17 pm

CHILLERLC1 wrote:Did you guys see any Chang parts at SFGAM?


Nope. Chang is not coming.

Columbia wrote:Poor Lou! If we're at an event together - I promise to ride with her - that way she's not "Ride Lonely"!


Lou does pretty good without help. :wink:

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Re: TPR's Middle America 2010 Trip!

Postby Meteornotes » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:00 pm

The trip was awesome. Amazing food, parks, rides, and surprises. And Ice Bat won an award.

Can't wait for next year...

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Re: TPR's Middle America 2010 Trip!

Postby dandaman » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:03 pm

MiAdventureMan87 wrote:Dan, those Excalibur trains are also on Gemini at CP, and also get the "Fat Guy Approved" stamp because they are probably the only trains in the Cedar Fair chain that absolutely EVERYONE will fit in.


No, you fool! You're supposed to e-mail him! E-mail him right now! Ten times! :D
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Re: TPR's Middle America 2010 Trip!

Postby dj snow » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:03 pm

Since the trip is over I'd just like to share how happy I am that TPR was able to make it to the City Museum for one glorious night. It was great to see everyone having such a great time and accumulating interesting battle scars. I want to go back right now—who's with me?

Thanks for making it happen, Robb & Elissa. Fun times!
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Re: TPR's Middle America 2010 Trip!

Postby robbalvey » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:38 pm

MiAdventureMan87 wrote:Dan, those Excalibur trains are also on Gemini at CP, and also get the "Fat Guy Approved" stamp because they are probably the only trains in the Cedar Fair chain that absolutely EVERYONE will fit in.

Way to follow instructions braniac. :roll:
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Re: TPR's Middle America 2010 Trip!

Postby CHILLERLC1 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:12 pm

mcjaco wrote:
CHILLERLC1 wrote:Did you guys see any Chang parts at SFGAM?


Nope. Chang is not coming.

Columbia wrote:Poor Lou! If we're at an event together - I promise to ride with her - that way she's not "Ride Lonely"!


Lou does pretty good without help. :wink:

It's ok, I found some sort of fairness/revenge in this: You guys got the Stanley Cup and since I'm a Flyers fan and part of that Philadelphia market SFGADV serves I get your canceled Chang project. :lol:

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Postby Erik Johnson » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:47 pm

Today officially starts the "IntimidaTOUR" trip! The goal is simple - start with one Intimidator and end with the other! Oh, and we'll hit a couple of parks in between. Our first stop - Carowinds!

Remember, you can follow this trip LIVE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robbalvey
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Today was a travel day for the IntimidaTOUR, and after a long drive from Richmond we ended up at the Tilted Kilt near Carowinds. For those of you who don't know, Tilted Kilt is like a "Scottish Hooters."
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This is the first time Robby and Tyler have ever seen cleavage!
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This is the party table!
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Steve is our "Designates driver!"
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This is the wannabe party table.
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Divv approves of the Scottish girls...
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And all the girls approve of Scottish Divv!
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Tim Danner just came in his pants.
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Tilted Kilt is a hit with TPR!!!
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Now that's hot.
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This is the most action Colin will get in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.....
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Happiest moment of Neil's life.
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Wings, beer, boobs, and nerds.
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Picture speaks for any caption I can make.
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Divv was the girls favourite...as usual.
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IntimidaTOUR has officially begun!!!
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TPR's snack exchange has begun!
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Canadian M&Ms!
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Molasses cookies, anyone?
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Snacks from the UK, Canada, Scandinavia, and all over the USA.
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Oooh!!! Cheerwine!
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Time to geek out on the laptop and do this update! Carowinds is next!
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The view from our hotel...
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Theme Park Review is in TWO states at once at Carowinds!!!
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IntimidaTOUR has NOW officially begun!
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The IntimidaTOUR has ERT on Intimidator!!!
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TPR excitement on Intimidator!!!
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Even Snoopy loves Intimidator!
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TPR gets a little wacky on Intimidator!
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Intimidator aka I-232!
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Gentlemen! Start your engines!!!
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TPR loves me some B&M hyper!
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Robby is a huge NASCAR fan!
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B&M empty train shot!
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If you like B&M hypers you'll love Intimidator!
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He inspires me.
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Mmmm...twisty goodness!
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Thank you Carowinds for awesome ERT to start off the InimidaTOUR trip!
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The official IntimidaTOUR shirt!
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NASCAR love!
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And for MORE B&M fun on Afterburn! (aka Top Gun)
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You guys ready to get inverted?
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Loop de Loop!!!
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Here's one for the wheel cover dorks.
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ZERO GEEEE!
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Ride on!!!
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Yay! Carowinds is a Coke Park!
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Now it's time for some credit whoring!!!
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Fly! Sad and pathetic people, FLY!!!
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Here's a photo for Larry.
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I like how they show the picture of the satellite dish to avoid any confusion.
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Another Larry photo.
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Whoring out the kiddie woodie.
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And now for the ultimate credit whoring of the day...
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Paying KidTums $100 per ride on the Kiddie Coaster!!!
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She made about $900 riding the coaster today!
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Now for the Boo Blasters challenge! Highest score wins a prize!
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If you haven't ridden Boob Blasters with 3-D glasses then you haven't ridden Boob Blasters.
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TPDave has turned into NASCARDave!
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It's only a Vekoma.
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Oooh! Pretty Vekoma loops!
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Hooray for new Boomerang trains!
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All Boomerangs should have sexy new trains.
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Today will be a day full of vertical loops. Here's one on Vortex...
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Wild twinscest on the mouse!!!
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"The world is a carousel of color..."
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Vertical loop in Cyclone.
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"Gimme those damn cookies mutt!"
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KidTums: swing enthusiast!
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Ouch!
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The average weight of most ACE members.
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We bounced all the way through both sides of Thunder Road!
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The Flyers got a new name.
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Very nice make over!
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What a great idea! They sell you a digital version of your onride photo on a USB flash drive and to add another photo from a different ride onto it, it's just another $5.
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It's only a Vekoma! ;)
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The Sky Tower gives you a great birds eye view of the park.
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There's Afterburn.
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And take a look at Intimidator!
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Take a look at Vortex.
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The Carolina's State Line!
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At lunch, Bryn (who was responsible for setting up our awesome day) announced the winners of the Boo Blasters challenge...
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The winners will get COASTER PARTS!!!
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Our grand prize winner took this awesome piece of Vekoma.
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Second place gets a Ricochet brake pad.
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Bart Kinzel, General Manager of the park, and Jerry Helms, Director of Operations, gave us some history of the park and answered our questions.
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After lunch, Steve Jackson took us on a backstage tour of Intimidator.
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We walked back through the secret entrance!
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And trough the secret door under the station.
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Look! We are UNDER Intimidator!!!
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There's Intimidator.
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The water dummies seem to be in a very interesting position! ;)
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They really should give them back.
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Why weren't these two invited to the party?
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Porn for coaster dorks!
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When it comes to coaster wheels...Robb is a bottom.
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Steve took us into the control room for Intimidator.
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This system controls every part of the coaster...
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...the proxy sensors, block system, lift motor, etc is all controlled from this room.
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Help! I'm trapped and the control system is eating my torso!!!
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Harnesses for when someone climbs the lift hill.
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We got to see BLUEPRINTS!!!
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B&M track design.
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If you're an engineering geek and know what this is... EMAIL DAN! mrt0ad13@aol.com First 10 people to answer correctly get a bag of crap!!!
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This shows off the reach envelope of the train.
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More blue prints!
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Can't get this photo as a normal guest!
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Steve talks about the lift motor.
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Under Intimidator!!!
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Another view of the lift.
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The gear box and lift motor.
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This is the "quarter million dollar box!"
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Thank you Steve for a GREAT tour!!!
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From the parking lot you can get some grey shots of Intimidator.
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"Screw you fanboys, I'm NOT doin' it again!"
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Wow! Impressive package!
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One twin in each state!!!
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Scissoring between states!
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Thank you Carowinds, Bryn, Jerry, Bart, and Steve!
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Re: TPR's Middle America and IntimidaTOUR 2010 Trips!

Postby coasterer » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:01 pm

Wow, those blueprints are sooo neat!! Great reports, you guys look like you're having a ton of fun!!
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