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  1. Well, here it is: the final (and most disappointing) chapter of our tale.... Not Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Probably the biggest single thing that attracted us to Denver isn't actually in Denver, but a 2.5 hour drive west of Denver. So important to the trip was it, that we planned to go on Day 1, with the possibility of Day 2 being dedicated to it as well. However, shortly before our arrival in Denver, mudslides took out I-70--the one direct connection between Denver and Glenwood Springs. This left 2 possibilities: a 4.5 hour winding southern route, or an almost 8 hour winding northern route. We opted for the southern route, since it was theoretically shorter. But after 6 hours of driving, detour after detour, roads that were closed when we got to them and directed us somewhere else (that was also inevitable closed) and still being told that we were 4.5 hours away from the park, with no clear way to get there, we crawled back to Denver with our tails between our legs. Which then left us having wasted most of Day 1, and no guarantee that the supposedly 8-hour northern route would treat us any better. Best case scenario: 16 more hours of driving, likely sacrificing an additional day's worth of planned activities whether we succeeded or failed. So, we shuffled what we could forward and tried to save a day for the end of the trip, just in case they were able to clear I-70 before we had to head home. (Spoiler: they didn't.) This update therefore will not be Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, but rather all the other things we did in and around Denver that didn't merit their own update. So wash that rotten orange juice taste out of your mouth with some minty toothpaste and put your random-oddventuring veil on, because here we go! The Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel, which is easily accessible while wasting your time trying to get to Glenwood Springs. Not that it was all bad. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science Kicking rocks. A temporary mirror maze--which was not much to write home about, but still cool that it was there, even if it was part of an exhibit celebrating the golden ratio, which is kind of science related, in that the ratio can be expressed with math, but which is otherwise pretty questionable in terms of claims made about it. Anyway...yay, a mirror maze! A view of City Park and the smoke-choked Denver skyline from the museum's super-secret not-that-secret outdoor viewing deck. Village Inn! Maybe you have these near you. We did when we lived in Orlando, but haven't for a while now, and really miss them because we're weird. One of our hotel's four elevators. The others depicted a ski lift, the cockpit of a jumbo jet, and a spaceship. But I think I know my audience well enough to confidently go with this one. Our hotel's 13th floor. The Curtis Denver, if you're curious. The good news is that our hotel had a view of an amusement park. The bad news is that it was Elitch Gardens. (I used that joke on Instagram, but I'm just going to assume that you've forgotten it by now, even if you do follow me there.) Colorodeos really love their flag. Coloridiots? Coloradicals? Ice cream was had. The first permanent structure in Denver was a saloon. They are a hardy people. Sakura House (not too far from Coors Field) was unassuming and kind of hard to find, but amazing. Denver Botanic Garden just missed getting its own update, but I figured y'all only wanted to look at so many pictures of flowers. Flower photo. If you wanted more of this, just keep scrolling back up to here every once in a while. This Dale Chihuly glass work is entitled "Colorado." I mean, not to brag or anything, but Seattle has an entire museum-type attraction dedicated to his work and we're weirdly competitive about it. I really enjoy Brutalist architecture. I've phrased that in such a way so that if someone tells me this is actually an example of some other type of architecture I can say, "Yeah, I know. I wish it *were* brutalism because then I would like it." I don't like to lose. [*takes bite of apple*] Really enjoyed this art exhibit by Yoshitomo Saito. The Denver Botanic Gardens also had an exhibit of Salvador Dalí. But I'm pretty sure these things change with the seasons, so they might not be there when you visit. But hey that's life you know? Change. We didn't get to experience as much of Casa Bonita as we wanted, since they were mostly closed except for a small gift shop and occasional tours. But this place is fascinating. Between when this photo was taken and when it was posted, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have bought the place with the promise to "change nothing and improve everything." But since we couldn't eat at Casa Bonita, we hit up Culver's again! We've never actually lived close to one of these, but we wish we did. Adventure Golf & Raceway has three 18-hole courses, one of which is really nice and two of which are good but obviously older. They also have go karts, a ropes course, and a maze. We did the maze, which we paid for but seemed to be run on the honor system, and perhaps unsurprisingly had some maintenance issues. If you miss, it sprays water. But kind of late. Like, when the next player is about to putt. So that's fun. Garden of the Gods It's like a bite-sized national park. Inside the visitor's center. It won't take you all day, but well worth checking out. Back on our mini golf BS. This one is called Colorado Journey and might be run by the city...? Each hole is themed to a local landmark. So kind of like Urban Putt, but more traditional. Do not look directly at the sun. No, wait, it's fine. Blucifer surveys his sulfuric kingdom. Thus endeth the disappointment. Though obviously that was mostly a just framing device. We always have fun on vacation. Even to Hell on Earth
    6 points
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  3. Finally, here is some info on some additions and changes for 2021! Brand-new coasters for 2021 Abyssus - Energylandia Boomerang - Luna Park Sydney Boomerang Hyper Coaster - Trans Studio Cibubur Blu Power - Tetysblu Theme Park Decepticoaster - Universal Studios Beijing Dragon - Legoland New York Dragon Slayer - Adventureland Fighter Jet - Fanta Park Glorious Orient Ningbo Fighter Jet - Fanta Park Glorious Orient Jiangxi Flight of the Hippogriff - Universal Studios Beijing Jersey Devil Coaster - Six Flags Great Adventure Jurassic World VelociCoaster - Islands of Adventure Krampus Expedition - Nigloland Kondaa - Walibi Belgium Legendary Twin Dragon - Chongqing Sunac Land Light Explorers - Energylandia Monster - Grona Lund Namazu - Vulcania Orochi - Parc du Bocasse Phoenix - Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Ride to Happiness - Plopsaland De Panne Space Factory - Yomiuriland Stag's Gauntlet - Oriental Heritage Taiyuan Storm Chaser - Paultons Park Studio Tour - Movie Park Germany Stunt Pilot - Silverwood Theme Park Rockin' Blu - Tetysblu Theme Park Wooden Dragons Roller Coaster - Jinan Sunac Land Valkyrie - Gyeongju World Coasters scheduled for opening in 2021 but have not yet officially opened, and will be excluded All Speeds - Sunac Land Chengdu Big Dipper - Luna Park Sydney Some notes on the poll this year: During this off-season, Lightning Rod at Dollywood was given extensive refurbishments that changed the majority of its track to steel I-Box track. As a result, and based on the RCDB's own classifications, Lightning Rod will officially be re-classified as a steel coaster on our poll. We will not be listening to any further discussion on this and any requests to change this will be ignored. Despite its slight layout differences, we are counting Stunt Pilot at Silverwood as a clone of the Rocky Mountain Construction Raptor Track. It will be aggregated along with Rail Blazer and Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, and the three will be ranked as one entry in the results. Jersey Devil Coaster's layout is unique so it will not be in this group. We are doing this to allow for more diversity in the top 25 coasters. Any requests to change this will be ignored. Coaster poll protocol for standing but not operating (SBNO) coasters: If a roller coaster that was previously listed on the poll goes into a standing but not operating (SBNO) state, and it's assumed that the coaster will operate again eventually, you will still be able to rank it like any other coaster. However, during any season(s) where the coaster is SBNO, it will not be calculated in the final ranking and will not show up on the final results. Any coaster that is SBNO as a result of an upcoming conversion, such as with wooden coasters being re-made by Rocky Mountain Construction, will be eliminated from the poll entirely as the "old" coaster is effectively defunct. We will be adding Harpy, Hydro Racer, and Storm Rider at Xishuangbanna Sunac Land in China to this list for 2021. Please help us out! If you see a coaster on the poll that has closed and shouldn't be there, or if you see a roller coaster that was re-named and it's not reflected, please let us know! coasterpoll.com And, as before, please let us know if you have any questions!
    4 points
  4. Hey everyone! The TPR Coaster Poll is back once again for 2021! coasterpoll.com We have over ONE THOUSAND coasters that you can rank on the poll, so whether you've been on every Intamin coaster in the world, or only have been on the coasters at your "home" park, your vote matters! As always, we're taking steps to promote the poll on Theme Park Review's social media channels. If you're one of TPR's followers on social media, and you're reading this for the first time - welcome! Please read this post and all that directly follow in their entirety! So how do you vote? Follow these steps! 1. Go to coasterpoll.com. That's the easy part! 2. Click the green "Sign Up" button at the top right of your browser window. This will be your login so that your vote will be counted, and your rankings will be saved for next year. If you are already a member of the TPR forums, we kindly ask that you give yourself the same username that you have here. 3. Search for parks and coasters that you've been to! You can use the search bar at the top right to search for a specific coaster, or use the "Coasters" link at the top left to see the the full list. When you're viewing the full list, you can use the "Change List" button to sort or filter the list out. You can view all of the coasters at one particular park, or all the coasters by one manufacturer... It's up to you! 4. IMPORTANT - Mark the coasters that you've ridden. Next to every single coaster is a green "ridden" button. If you've ridden a coaster, click that button and it should turn to a solid green color. You need to do this for every coaster you want to rank! 5. Rank your ridden coasters! When you click the "Ranking" link at the top left, you'll be taken to a listing of all the coasters you've marked as ridden. Now, you'll want to assign each coaster a number rank. You can either drag and drop each coaster to the order you want, or complete your ranking in a spreadsheet style. It's up to you! You can also give coasters tied rankings if you want, like if you can't decide what your favorite Vekoma SLC is! 6. If you voted last year, make sure you click the yellow "Not Done Yet" button to "release" your rankings so you can add the coasters that you've ridden in 2021. 7. IMPORTANT - Click the green "Done Ranking" button! When you click this button, you're all set! If you ride a coaster between now and the day the poll closes, you can go back to your ranking and click the yellow "Not Done Yet" button and adjust however you please. Don't forget to click the green button when you're done. Just like other enthusiast polls, you will find that not every roller coaster is included, as that would be impossible, but we have included as many relevant ones as possible. See the next post down (the FAQ post) for more info on our selection process. Voting in the 2021 TPR Coaster Poll will close on Friday, January 7th, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern time! The other thing that would really help us out... Please SHARE this link as much as you can! On your social media, on your blogs, in any videos you might produce, etc, getting as much data as possible will allow this poll to get better and better! This is a continued team effort by Chase (Comeagain?), Robb (robbalvey), and myself (A.J.). We appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing the results as much as we're sure you all do. Have fun, and happy ranking!
    3 points
  5. This park should really just be year-round. I know they won't do it since they're Cedar Fair but I really wish they'd just grow a pair one year and try something weird like Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Just do 11 - 5 operating days or something in January and February with some special events and run every coaster except for whatever you're refurbing. The average high is 12 degrees above their minimum operating temps even in the dead of winter. I get that occasionally they'll be below that, but rarely. ... that's my pipe dream.
    3 points
  6. I actually saw some videos from that event and it looked shockingly fun. They actually did something cool for once. Anyway, Nick Universe at American Dream is actually having their first real sale of any kind on tickets that doesn’t involve forcing you to also buy a waterpark ticket. Save 20% with the code Cyber20. This even works on Twilight tickets so you can get a ticket for $33. Note that Sandy’s Blasting Bronco is closed for maintenance right now. It’s supposed to open on 12/24 but it was supposed to open last month and it keeps getting pushed out. I wouldn’t by tickets in the next month or two if riding the best ride in the park matters to you (plus, I’d rather just go to Great Adventure’s Holiday in the Park) but you can buy tickets way in advance with this promo. This deal also works with the other attractions in the mall.
    3 points
  7. Photo TR: November 27th, 2021 On the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, I hit up Kings Dominion for their Winterfest event. Disclaimer: I generally hate Christmas music, but do appreciate a good stage show and very much dig Christmas lights (fun fact: I once decorated my office at work with 4,700 lights in an area like 350 square feet). So, Google maps tells me that Kings Dominion should be a 3 hour drive from my home. Knowing Virginia traffic can be nuts just south of DC, I left at 12:45 for a 5:00 opening, thinking I'd still be able to get there around 4:30. How mistaken I was...the traffic was even worse than normal, and I arrived at the park at around 5:05. Though still twilight, the main entrance was nicely decorated. Grabbed my Fast Lane band (yes, Kings Dominion does offer FL during Winterfest and honors the all-season pass add-on), and made my way to the bandstand just in time for the end of the Tree Lighting Spectacular show. Made my way down Artisan's Alley, where various craft-makers were selling their wares... ...and across the Old Virginia bridge, where the skull was replaced by a glowing sphere.... ...ducking past the Kings Dominion Theater momentarily... ...for a quick lap on Blue Ridge Tollway (walk-on), which for the holidays is transformed into 12 Days of Christmas. This drive-through features light-up decorations for each of the 12 days, and I actually managed to sync my timing with the song, which plays on an endless loop. I feel bad for those employees LOL. After that, I took in the Charlie Brown's Christmas Spectacular show, which while no different from the last time I saw it in 2019, was still a nice production featuring a ton of costume changes. Here's a bunch of pictures: After that, I strolled down to the entrance of Candy Apple Grove and the Twisted Timbers area... Unfortunately these LED sequenced lights that are on the trees were not as well synchronized with the music as in 2019. ..to take in the Holly Jolly Trolly show. Impressive enough, but yeah remember the disclaimer above? Not really my scene musically. Nice costumes though. I also hung around for The Mistletones show which immediately followed, but apparently neglected to grab a picture. I took in some more of the sights... See, we're not just about Christmas! Hard to tell because of the light, but left to right that's a dreidel, a menorah, and a kinara. Note that these were the only non-Christmas decorations in the entire park. Get with the times, KD...I want to see a Festivus pole next year! Grabbed a bite to eat at Mac Bowl (er, "Vixens Fixins") and made my way back up to the front the park, passing through the Jack's Frost Zone (yes, this is what it's called...I think the possessive is in the wrong place too). There he is... They had some cool plaster snow angels in various sizes for various people: Here's a shot of where you can rent an igloo, which I guess is a thing? Personally I didn't see the point...the event is only 5 hours long, and if you want to see all of the shows and get on some rides you really don't have a lot of time to spare. They had these completely-open fire pits scattered throughout the park. How the Fire Marshall allows this, I'll never know. The Four Drummers Drumming show. Live drummers playing to a techno backing track. Entertaining enough, but not enough for me to hang around. Now this really impressed me. The area seen in the next photo is way off the beaten path, en route to the designated smoking zone, outside the park gates, and is probably only viewed by a handful of people each night. Still, KD decided it was worth it to put some lights here...a very nice touch. Cool Yule Christmas was a show. Tons of typical Christmas songs, with a couple of nice lyrically-tweaked renditions of The Chordette's 1958 Mr. Sandman (modernly known for it's role in Back to the Future), and The Flintstones theme. Talented singers, and nice costumes with plenty of changes, but again...not really my thing. Here's some pictures and a few quick videos: VID_20211127_191216477.mp4 VID_20211127_191457986.mp4 The Flintstones theme rendition: VID_20211127_191707602.mp4 I then took a trip into Planet Snoopy, which was decorated as per usual, with the dim but huge lights up in the trees... ...and light-up Peanuts character bushes. The next show on the agenda was Tinker's Toy Factory. Though clearly aimed at kids, it opened with some Trans-Siberian Orchestra music, so how could I not love it? I had never seen this before and was impressed with another KD show with a cohesive plot. Lots of renditions of Christmas classic songs, but some original songs too. Despite its target demographic, it was a very cute story and I even teared up once. Bonus? The male lead was the awesome performer who was also the male lead in the Heads Will Roll Haunt show! Enjoy some pictures and videos. VID_20211127_193227348.mp4 I just love this guy. VID_20211127_193649245.mp4 VID_20211127_195453089.mp4 After that, I ducked back up in to Old Virginia to take a look at the Jingle Jazz show. Again, not my taste in music, but talented enough performers. I grabbed a walk-on ride on Bad Apple, and then some Auntie Anne's pretzels (which was my longest wait of the day at 20 minutes). It was now nearing 9:00, so I staked out a good place in Candy Apple Grove to watch the Winterfest Wonderland Parade. Very well done, with a ton of floats, characters (including some from every stage show), songs, and audience participation (sing-along and candy canes being thrown at you). Here's two clips containing the entirety of the parade show, for anyone not able to make it. They stop twice, once in Candy Apple Grove and then again around the Eiffel Tower. VID_20211127_210936572.mp4 VID_20211127_211513801.mp4 Now that I had taken in almost all of the shows the park had to offer (I completely skipped the Sounds of the Nativity and Peanuts' Guide to Christmas shows), it was time to hit some coasters! Er...maybe not? Twisted Timbers was totally dark, without even a greeter at the front of the queue to tell people what's going on. So, I made my way back to the front of the park to see if I might have better luck at Dominator, and grabbed this cool clip from inside the base of the Eiffel Tower: VID_20211127_214521435.mp4 Captured some of the cool blue lighting in the Berserker/Dominator area... And then was greeted with this sight: *sigh* Oh, Cedar Fair. It was only 35 degrees. So yeah, if you're planning on going to Winterfest with hopes of riding either coaster that's running, I highly recommend you do that first thing upon arrival lest the ambient temperature drop below 40 (confirmed with guest relations) and Kings Dominion does its nonsensical thing. I could rant here about Six Flags and operating temperatures, but there's really no point. Cedar Fair is gonna do what it does and be happy about it. And you know what, that's okay too. Not everyone is a coaster enthusiast, and this event is clearly not for coaster enthusiasts. Judging by the crowd, they're doing just fine with that decision. I did some shopping at the vendors, and bought a funny tote bag and a cute bracelet... ...made my way out of the park... ..and began my three hour drive home. Overall impressions of Winterfest 2021? Very well done. Much better than the "Taste of the Season" event from last year, bringing back all of the shows (and then some) and lighting effects of pre-2020 years. Though as I said, I'm not a fan of Christmas music, all of the shows were entertaining, and the lights were great. I'll definitely be back at least one more time before the season's through. Thanks for reading, everyone!
    3 points
  8. I visited the park today and I saw that Mine Train and Spinsanity are operating now.
    2 points
  9. Been meaning to do this for years, finally submitted one! The link to share seems to be broken. Let's just say Steel Vengeance is #1 and T3 is #157.
    2 points
  10. Made a quick trip today. Ghost town today. X2 station at 1:00 was walk on. Tatsu painting seems to be going slɔw. X2 3x's West coast 2x's Justice league Riddlers 2x's twisted 2x's Scream 2x's Goliath 2x's Full throttle Viper Ninga
    2 points
  11. I got a head-start on this obviously, but I broke down and did the grouping method finally. I recommend everyone do this. It's life-changing. My list for the six people who care. My top 10 got a little shaken up by a giant dinosaur coaster in Orlando and an inverted coaster in bumblefuckshire England.
    2 points
  12. Grand Texas will finally add some rides. Big Rivers Waterpark and Adventures is opening a new portion of the park called Big Rivers Fairground featuring 11 rides. All rides are expected to be operational in the spring, but some rides will open for the park's upcoming Christmas event. RCDB is showing that a VISA SBF spinning coaster will open next month. https://communityimpact.com/houston/lake-houston-humble-kingwood/parks-recreation/2021/11/29/big-rivers-waterpark-adventures-set-to-add-11-new-attractions/ Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures set to add 11 new attractions By Wesley Gardner Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures is launching a series of new rides with some of the new attractions opening to the public by December. The water and adventure park is part of Grand Texas, a 630-acre entertainment, dining and shopping destination in New Caney. According to Carl Foy, Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures’ marketing director, the new portion of the park, dubbed Big Rivers Fairgrounds, will feature 11 amusement park rides, including a spinning rollercoaster, a rocking pirate ship, a 360-degree spinning pendulum and several attractions for children. “Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures is all about providing positive family experiences,” he said. “[The fairgrounds] is designed to be fun for all.” The new rides will add to the variety of attractions already available at the park, including water slides, a wave pool, rock climbing, a forest maze, ax throwing, a concert venue and a large aquatic obstacle course. According to Foy, the addition of the fairgrounds will allow the park to open earlier in the year than it has in the past. “It adds more length to our season and more components that we can grow with,” Foy said. “We can open up in March for spring break, for example, when the kids are out of school and it might still be too chilly to swim.” Foy noted officials were still in the planning phase of developing extended hours as of press time Nov. 16. “It depends on the time of year and weather conditions,” Foy said. “If it’s too cold, people don’t want to be climbing up and down walls and doing zip lines.” While Foy said the new rides that will be included in the fairgrounds are still under construction, some of them will be open to the public for the park’s upcoming Christmas at Big Rivers event in December. The rest of the new rides will be open by March 2022, he said. Looking to the future, Foy said Grand Texas’ main goal will be the construction of a theme park, although he said there still was not a timeline for when it would arrive. “The theme park is the ultimate goal, but it’s still a little bit away,” he said.
    2 points
  13. If they've gotta get equipment that wont fit through the access tunnel into the infield of the coaster, then yeah they can take it all the way down. That looks like a lot though, and all the better. While downright fun in the front row (it is still my #1 wood after all), other rows, especially wheel seats, can be brutal. So long as they're not changing the layout or RMC'ing the thing, I'll be content.
    2 points
  14. LOVE this park so much. They will do anything for their guests and it shows. I had the most amazing two days there during Knotts Scary Farm and an incredibly disappointing one down the road at those other parks. I am already planning my next trip to Knotts and not really concerned about giving my time or money to Disneyland.
    2 points
  15. I'd be curious to know what the Wonder Woman rehab was all about. I rode it today a few times and noticed a pretty hefty "clunk" right as it passes the ride camera — multiple trains, different seats, so I assume there's something up with the track there. Probably hitting a bolt Everything else about it felt pretty okay to me. Crowds were light today, and I just went for a few hours to grab my gold pass (glad the park came around on that). Ops were so-so with lots of rides going up and down all day or rides opening super late. The new Poltergeist additions look really solid, and the more-enclosed station works well. I can't imagine the budget was super high, but they used it well. The ride also felt a bit smoother to me. New wheels? ^ I think this may do something? Not sure. ^ The station is much more enclosed now, and you enter through a different side.
    2 points
  16. Hey everyone! Monthly update time. November was a step in the right direction for me. The first half of the month was not good, I kept eating bad. The second half I snapped out of it and cut the fast food. From the first day of the month to the last day of the month I was about the same weight, but I ended the month about 7 pounds lighter than the heaviest weight I recorded in the month, so I am proud of that! Exercise went really well. I closed all my rings each day and I currently have a 249 day streak, I averaged 11,088 steps, 79 minutes and 1,199 cals. The beginning of December meant I was finally cleared from my broken wrist after 14 weeks. In the first 26 hours I was fully cleared I exercised for 292 minutes and burned 5,259 active calories. I set my record for most active calories burned in a single day since I got my watch last spring with 3,693 cals! Has anyone heard of Marcus Leshock? He is a news anchor/reporter on Chicago's WGN 9 news. More relatable to us, he is a roller coaster enthusiast! He gets to talk about it on the news. Anyways, him and his wife put out a "100 Day Challenge", and I would recommend looking into joining them. Why wait until the New Year to change? There is no better time than the present! I am finalizing my goals, and I will be starting within the week. A quick google search "Marcus Leshock 100 day challenge" will take you to his website where he has more information on it!
    1 point
  17. That's swiss cheese. Seems to confirm a new giga from everyone's favorite swiss designers.
    1 point
  18. The main issue with Lighting Rod now is that they are only using one train at all times and load times are extremely slow causing very long wait times. This coaster was designed to run with two trains so one can load while the other is on the track and without the second train running, the wait times are doubled. The ride is too short and not that great to wait 2 plus hours for.
    1 point
  19. Happy Holidays from Everybody at Playland & The PNE! (...and Here's to a Much Happier Healthier Season in 2022!)
    1 point
  20. Hey everybody! This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Carowinds, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page. Official Park Website Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy! --Robb _____________________________________________________ 2005 February 15th, 2005 - Construction photos of flyers (from Kings Island) at Carowinds - SEE BELOW! February 25th, 2005 - Last piece of Wayne's World theming is removed March 18th, 2005 - Nickelodeon area opens April 7th, 2005 - Happy Days restaurant opens (replaces Stan Mikita's) September 21st, 2005 - Boomerang Bay coming in 2006 2007 January 27th, 2007 - Looping Starship returns from the boneyard 2008 May 15th, 2008 - Rumors of Head Spin (now Carolina Cobra) being relocated from Geauga Lake begin September 28th, 2008 - Carolina Cobra announcement (formerly Head Spin at Geauga Lake) 2009 January 27th, 2009 - Wild Thornberry's Log Flume removed February 4th, 2009 - Nighthawk getting a facelift August 26, 2009 - Intimidator Announcements, photos and video 2010 February 9, 2010 - Videos of Intimidator Testing June 24th, 2010 - Vehicles broken into at Carowinds August 27th, 2010 - Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular announced for 2011 2011 August 1st, 2011 - Cedar Fair acquires 61 acres of land for expansion August 21st, 2011 - Windseeker for 2012 December 14th, 2011 - Windseeker construction photos posted! 2012 January 18th, 2012 - Windseeker tower pieces arrive at Carowinds! September 12th, 2012 - Leaked image confirms Dinosaurs Alive for 2013? September 21st, 2012 - Carowinds announces Dinosaurs Alive! for 2013! 2013 July 27th, 2013 - Lots of survey marking spotted at Carowinds August 24th, 2013 - $50 million in improvements announced over the next three years (no specifics released) September 7th, 2013 - Park Announces 2 new slides for Boomerang Bay in 2014! 2014 August 21st, 2014 - Fury 325 announced 2015 March 25th, 2015 - Live Fury 325 Media Day Updates! May 23rd, 2015 - Thunder Road to close on July 26th July 22nd, 2015 - Bands, Brews & BBQs event coming to Carowinds! July 26th, 2015 - POV Video of Thunder Road! August 27th, 2015 - Carolina Harbor announced October 8th, 2016 - Plants vs Zombies interactive theater game announced for 2016 Secember 19th, 2015 - Carolina Harbor expansion construction update 2016 February 6th, 2016 - 5 classic flat rides to be added for 2016 August 18th, 2016 - New County Fair area, rides and Winterfest announced 2017 August 16th, 2017 - Expansion of Planet Snoopy into Camp Snoopy with 6 new kid's rides 2018 February 12th, 2018 - Marriott's Spring Hill Suites announced for 2019 August 30th, 2018 - Copperhead Strike, Mack coaster with two launches October 17th, 2018 - Flying Scooters to return in 2019 2019 January 16th, 2019 - Copperhead Strike construction photos posted! March 6th, 2019 - Copperhead Strike Front Seat POV! August 15th, 2019 - Boogie Board Racer & Grand Carnivale announced! _____________________________________________________ Original Post: Carowinds just sent me some new construction pics of their flyers going in. Since I haven't been following this, are these the ones from PKI? Anyway, here's the pics:
    1 point
  21. ^ you're too fast for me..I was updating commentary. . . LOL
    1 point
  22. Awesome tour, Bert! But snakes .... eh ..... even photos of them make me feel a touch uncomfortable. Gators and Crocodiles, too. One is too slithery ... and the others are too .....toothy. Ho, ho, ho.
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  23. More zoo.. . still in Africa section: the Elephants were all out, and were pretty active today too and just up the pathway? FEEEEEED MEEEEEEEEE the San Antonio Zoo has gotten in on the trend of places charging for every possible extra. . so yeah, you can feed the Elephants, or fish, or Birds, or Giraffes (if you pay extra) or walk with the flamingos, or kangaroos, or take behind the scenes tours. . if you pay. i TOTALLY get that they are raising additional cash this way, and good on them. but is sucks that things like the Giraffe Enclosure - that used to let you get up pretty close to that barrier, no longer lets you do that - unless you want to pay to feed them lettuce. oh well, still got some pretty good pictures. the Giraffe Enclosure also has Zebras and some Emus in it. . some of those guys just don't wanna deal with people, and preferred to hang out towards the back of the enclosure eating the provided food, instead of having to intermingle with HUMANS to get it: the Emu was hiding underneath the platform. .but can still see them from certain angles More of that really nice artwork that's around the San Antonio Zoo.. this one just outside the Rhino enclosure who were also all out and about. . .and eating. They must have just done a feeding after the zoo opened. these were put up for the Zoo Lights. . so temporary art. but love the signs warning the kids to keep off "Santa's Watching". . . . LOL and a Rhino that also lights up Warthogs recall I noted that one can really tell where the "old zoo" starts and the "new zoo" ends? yeah. . getting over into the older zoo section now with the old skool enclosures: for some reason, this display wasn't near the Giraffes. .but was in front of the Lion enclosure. I thought Lions didn't tend to go after Giraffes since they are so big? the Giant Anteater was actually out. think it's the first time I've ever seen him! I saw these suckers in Japan. .they are MEAN. and they look mean! just look at those claws. amusingly. . as so many of the animals that are never active were active today? the big cats - that usually are prowling - were sleeping, and kinda hidden, today. here's the Lions: and here's the Tiger - hanging out in the hammock even the Kangaroos were kinda lazy this afternoon. tho the Porcupines were quite active yeah. . older section of the zoos.. but at least this enclosure seems to be getting a bit of love. (some of them have sat empty for years, and one of them even just has a giant tree in it) how does *this* bear measure up? hahahaha. .that sad enclosure that I just mentioned that only has a tree in it? they "festive-ed" it up, by putting lights on it, and a snowman! HA! again, the enclosures in the "older" section of the zoo, can be a little bit depressing. but I guess Fish (and birds) that tend to be over in this section, don't really care. Mean. . . so mean. and just waiting for a small child to fall lin. another "repurposed" empty enclosure. HO HO HO way way back at the very end of a dead end. . is the Kangaroo encounter (no feeding tho). the zoo put this big Kanga at the end of the main path to at least draw people over, so they would see what's over there. it worked for me. . even if I didn't bother with the paid "Encounter" [Kennywood] Turrrrrrrr-tullllllllllle [/Kennywood] wow. . BOTH Eagles were out. one perched: and one on the ground eating what looked like a dead mouse: moving out of the older section back into the newer areas as I make my way around the zoo. . ther really are some lovely areas. think this is an older part still tho.. as it's not ADA compliant, and several sections of this path were closed-off and way overgrown. but you can get some nice pics from this "bridge" another one of those huge "I'm not scared of humans" Black Squirrels I'd held it off long enough.. time for a ride on the Zoo Carousel. Strangely, NOT called the "Conservation Carousel" here. I wonder if the National Zoo Association knows they broke precedent? at only $3 a ride, it's a fairly good deal. I had really wanted to ride the Eagle. . but once I got to it, I quickly realized that any adult is gonna have an issue. . as the way they did the wings? there's no place for one's legs to go! so I settled for the Tree Frog next to the Eagle. Whee! It really is quite lovely. . if not the greatest Carousel I've ever been on. Still. .it's a nice one. and a *really* nice job on the animals/reptiles on it. it was getting past 2pm by this point, and SFFT had opened at 2. . so I headed over to the last sections of the Zoo I'd not yet been to - mainly Amphibia, for the frogs/creatures. and they had this area all done up for the Zoo Lights with a few displays up. " so I stopped in front of a few of the decorated trees/backgrounds that I liked for some selfies. it was so quiet over here, I took my mask off for the pics. (this area is really sorta hidden off the main pathway around the zoo, since the Kiddie Amusement area cuts it off from the front gates of the zoo) as noted. .it's really sorta hidden back here. So imagine my surprise when I realized that over here is where they had put Santa and "Twinkle Penguin the Elf" for photos. Twinkle saw me taking pics and called/waved me over to them. She said "So what would you like for Christmas?" and I responded: "Well, I'm Jewish, and Chanukah starts soon. . so what I'd really like for Chanukah is a free photo with you and Santa on my phone, instead of paying for a picture" She and Santa both laughed. . and: Ta-Da! there was no one else around, so I hung out and talked to them for a few minutes - she liked my shirt, and my hair.. and we just BSed until some families showed up to purchase photos - at which point I took a quick pic of them, and went on into the Amphibia display. not sure what kind of sea-snakes these are. .but they freaked me out. NOPE Big, ol, fat, frog. there's a nice play area out back over here with some lovely mosaics too. Some small animal enclosures. .but I think they might rent this area out (including the lawn where the trees were) for events. and the upcharge Camel rides are back here too: [Kennywood] Turrrrrrrr-tullllllllllle [/Kennywood] although it's a GIANT TURRRRRRR-TULLLLLLLE lots of Turtles here. . . awww. . poor baby! but so cute. walking back around to the Jaguars before heading out, I wanted to see if they had come down from the Bridge. and at least one of them had, to ground level. . and was pacing: headed to the front gates to go over to Fiesta. . and what's this? a walk around Rhino? dressed as an Elf? hmmm. . should I get in line and wait for a picture? please - do you know me at ALL? of course I did! the Carousel in the kiddie park, as seen from the pathway to the front gates exit. it will shock you perhaps that I didn't bother with it. but I know that 1) it's a crappy carousel, very small and the animals aren't in great shape & 2) they have a weight limit for riders, and I am too heavy. remember, it's the kiddie park.. the rides really ARE kiddie rides. So I just took a picture as I walked by it. but right by the exit, they did have one of the most animated Dinos. . who roared, and gnashed his teeth. So took a pic with him (and you can see it was overcast enough that the lights actually had come on). worth a trip.. we did the Zoo lights a few years ago, and they were lovely. Rarrrrrrr! and with that, I headed out, and drove over to SFFT to pick up my brand new Platinum Season Pass and spend some time there before heading back home to Austin. SFFT coming up next. . with pics of the pieces of Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger.
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  24. Your amazing Photo TR reminds me of a very depressing article I read that talked all about how travel was going to prove more and more difficult due to global warming. Basically, screwed up weather and bigger meteorological disasters are going to screw over air travel and making plans and anything outdoors in our lifetime. So yeah, get ready for more disappointment I guess!!? Thanks for taking us along!
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  25. I mean typically dry park rides are a lot more expensive than water slides. For the cost of a brand-new major thrill ride, you can get a decent-sized slide complex that could offer a few different experiences for guests to try. Plus I would guess that the water park is more popular amongst locals given that previous ownership found it more viable to keep the water park side open and close the dry side. You also have to take into account that they almost had to start from scratch with the dry side since the only ride left was Rampage and a couple kiddie rides. Plus looking at the timeline, it isn’t the worse expansion for a small, family-owned park. In 2014, they opened a handful of kiddie rides, they reopened Rampage in 2015, two kiddie rides in 2016, three family rides in 2018, another family ride in 2019. Now it looks like there is a large addition for 2022. They are expanding their dry park more than half Cedar Fair parks.
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  26. That would be correct. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grizzly
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  27. This is an interesting development. It looks like the Kochs are planning on lots of expansion in the park for the future. On a recent Facebook post they replied to a comment, saying that they plan on adding new rides every year for the next several years. I remember in one interview, they said that once they are ready, they are planning on heavily investing into the park to grow it. I suppose they are ready now.
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  28. It blows so we're flying to Orlando later...
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  29. The vest restraints on the B&M flyers are pretty different from those on the wing/dive/inverted coasters. The seats are less wide and the lap-bar portion is a bit bulkier, and actually latches into position on the sides. Those silver bars you see in this image? The lap-bar part actually clicks into those. Then of course there's the aforementioned ankle restraints. As for if it will cause an issue for you @Hasseman, I'd say probably not. Though the seats are a tighter fit, it is impossible for the vest/lap-bar to tighten over the course of the ride, as it can in the other applications of B&M vests. I'm pretty sure there's a test seat out front of the queue, but I'm not 100% sure on that.
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  30. Hey. Many thanks for the information. Superman Ultimate Flight is a Vekoma coaster right? Have been on an older Vekoma coaster before. El condor at Walibi World for many years ago. I thought that the bults would come out :P. Have you been on Superman? How is those restrains? Im very sure that i can ride all B&M coaster. Im just unsure about the flying coaster. Is the west restrains similar to the west restrains on their dive coaster? I have been on Goliath at walibi world as well and the trains and restrains should be very similar with Millenium Force? Balder at Liseberg and El toro at Greate adventure have the same trains and restrains what i can find out through pictures. I been on Balder many times. Kingda ka and Maverick have the same restrains an restrains as an old hydraulic launch coaster at Liseberg called "kanonen". I dont have so many costers in my backpack, but im very secure with my situation. After i recovered from the surgery i was thinking about everything i cant do. But that was my mind that was cracked. Later i found out that i can do pretty much everything i want. And it have been 15 years now and i cant find anything that hold me back. I can do everything and many other peapole that are in the same situation as me have very long lists about what they cant do. It is all in the mental state. When i was unsure i calld a nurse that only works with stomas and she always said to me, "Try. Its not dangerous. But keep contact me if you have further questions". For a couple of years ago she asked me if she could contact me and pass questions from other patients that have questions that she cant answare on. Of course i said. Then i wrote a document that i explained how i felt over the restrains. The restrains can touch the stoma but puts no pressure against it. It put pressure over the the thigh. The document are in Swedish and i wrote about Lisebergs attractions. Not the kids rides. And that was a very popular ducument. It have been translated to German, Danish and Norwegian and shared to those countries. I also made a document about some rides at Gröna Lund in Stockholm. If anyone want to read the document i can translate it to English.
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  31. I honestly believe there's another thread for Cirque... in another context. None the less... I just grabbed two VIP tickets to Cirque's (then) First Show in Vancouver ..... Alegria. We first saw it in 2003, their first tour of a show to Vancouver, since causing a huge sensation at our 1986 World`s Fair! I still have the program and tickets for it. But next year, April 22nd, we will be seeing it on David`s and my 50th Anniversary date! It cost me nearly $700 Cdn. for the tix. But it`ll be VIP, with free parking, drinks and nibbles before the show begins,. Free program, too. Even I can`t wait!!! The 2003 programme/program.
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  32. I'm so glad this is open until January since work is nuts for me this month up until the week of Christmas, not counting this weekend's short getaway to SDC. I also do the group method because I really can't decide the difference between my #26 coaster and #34 coaster and even my "top 10" has like 18 coasters in it usually. One thing my boyfriend and I wondered and absolutely decided for ourselves this summer is the superiority of Maverick over Velocicoaster. We live a mile from Universal and we go pretty often to show our appreciation, and while Velocicoaster is an absolutely amazing ride I never thought Universal would build post-Potter, I'd say it's more like Velocicoaster is top-10 and Maverick is top-5. We did some "scientific research" where we went to Islands the night before our Cedar Point trip in August and got like 8 rides, then the next afternoon we rode Maverick a few times when we first got to CP. When riding them back-to-back like that, there's just an intensity (insanity?) to Maverick that Velocicoaster doesn't quite touch. But would we trade Maverick's b*tch slap in the face to Velocicoaster's smooth re-rideability if we could somehow swap their places? I say yes, but boyfriend says no.
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  33. So, what prize are we going to give Velocicoaster for #1 coaster? Can't wait to see the results, I am sure Ride to Happiness and Untamed will give it some tough competition!
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  34. At least it wasn't scrapped! Those Vekoma corkscrews with bayern curve are getting pretty rare.
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  35. I love how cliffhanger track looks. Love the poltergeist pictures - I will take this from Six Flags any day!
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  36. You do it either on the app under "My Six Flags" or you can do it through the pass holder site at sixflags.com/member. For Over Texas here are the upgrade prices: Plat: $20 Diamond: $70 Elite: $140
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  37. I like that it is strong, there are 3 wicks and I love the scent of pine! Pretty cheap too. I forget the exact price, but it is Aldi. I'm sure you could get at least 2 of these for a similar sized Yankee Candle
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  38. Hang on. I get that you can book at 7 but I thought the two hour window did not start counting until park open, so if you book Slinky at 7 you wouldn't be able to book Smugglers Run until you use Slinky OR 11 whichever comes first. (assuming a 9 am park open) Am I confused on that? We are staying on property Dec 13-17 with multi gen family members. They don't care about Slinky but want to see GE and do the stuff there. So I think we will book the ILL for Rise and regular LL for Smugglers at 7 (2 people on 2 phones should be able to do it) and then my son and I will use early entry to standby Slinky. We're staying at CBR so can hop the skyliner and be in before 7:30 for an 8 am regular opening. Geez. This is why I don't do Disney very often so f***ing complicated.
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  39. Tickets/hotels/car booked (all for quite cheap!) for early May. Can't wait for Velocicoaster as it looks quite awesome. I also have not yet ridden Hagrid's. The next day I'm driving to BGT for Iron Gwazi. Think there's any realistic way (like using single rider lines/even skip lines) I can get done Universal than pop over to Sea World? Crazy crazy I know but understand: I lived in FL four years so I did Universal 4 years in a row, I love it but just being realistic: Those 2 rides are all I NEED to do, meanwhile I've never been to Sea World If feasible, I'll speed through the former to get to the latter. EDIT: This fills me with dread, will probably get a dirt cheap flight to Orlando for another time instead of attempting this lol
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  40. I cannot with this thread. I know it does suck that LR continues to be a problem for them but hopefully the steel re-tracking of the rest of the coaster will do the trick. IMO it's the best RMC creation by far (I'm only missing Hakugei and Wildfire) and I think it's pretty cynical to wish they'd just give up and rip it out. I'd literally rather have a LR that only operates 3 days out of the year in that spot than another soul-less B&M hyper I could fall asleep on. Luckily for the optimists, the park doesn't care what the cynics think and they continue to work on it. It may require some more iteration because that's just how the design process can be sometimes. Also somehow we've been lucky 7 out of 8 visits to the park since LR opened and been able to get pretty much as many rides as we've wanted. Last spring we were there for two days and got at least 30 rides on it. It was running great, didn't break down at all the two days we were there, and downtime according to Queue Times doesn't look to be *that* bad as some people make it out to be. I mean yeah, it sucks when you visit the park and it's down. i305 was down when we went to KD this year and that was a bummer. But I think it's really weird to be one of the people who are like "I'm not planning a visit until LR works all day, every day" because most of the time it does. Also, Dollywood is still awesome if LR is down. I've had better luck with LR's uptime than Millennium Force the past 5 years.
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  41. No one was hurt. They'll rebuild, no worries on that. These were very old buildings, and had the charm of the park from its first couple of decades, so that's a loss. They'll likely rebuild in their new style, which is fine but not the same.
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  42. Theme Park Review was invited to the first night of Holiday in the Park. We received a hot chocolate cup and s'mores kit when entering. No formal party this year so I didn't get to taste any food. The lights are excellent as usual. I'm not sure if the snow was working yet, we didn't see any in the snow zones. But the snow makers were around the Gleampunk District. The arch that was in DC Universe is now in The Underground. SFMM had a decent amount of entertainment actors roaming in the different areas. A nice touch for sure. S'more fire pits were in their usual spots...near Santa across from the theater, by Justice League, up near Roaring Rapids and Tatsu, and a new location in The Underground. Here's some pics...
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  43. Keep in mind that the CGA Hyper was probably "too expensive for the park it's going to" not just too expensive in general. Knott's has a much higher attendance than CGA and I have a feeling Cedar Fair would be much more willing to spend the big bucks at their highest earning park (because it's year round) than at CGA. Just like how they were willing to install Orion at KI. Also, the B&M roar is a choice. Silver Bullet is 100% quiet because it is filled with sand. I am confident that if this hyper or giga happens, in my wildest dreams, it will definitely be filled with sand and be pretty much silent except for rider screams (which I think is the bigger problem). I think your point about them focusing on family and nostalgia lately is a much stronger argument against a hyper/giga. To be honest, I didn't even think HangTime would happen. When Boomerang was announced to be removed, I initially thought it would just be some more family rides or restaurant, etc. But nope, they crammed in their second tallest and second fastest coaster with 5 inversions and a thrilling appeal. Upon interviews at the ride's opening, park officials said "it was time to bring a new thrilling coaster to Knott's" and things like "we focused on families lately, this time we are doing a thrill ride." They know that they have a huge family demographic but they also have a teenage and thrilling demographic. If they can find a way to install a hyper (which I think is much more reasonable and likely... a giga larger than Fury, doubtful) and have it fit well into the area, not disturb the hotel or nearby residents, and have some theming in the station and queue area to tie into the atmosphere, it would be a wild success for the park. Just some of my thoughts.
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  44. But it is on the meal plan, and the mac and cheese is super good. The muffin was a nice plus as well.
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  45. The time: February 2020. My family was planning a vacation to Orlando for December 2020. And then shit hit the fan in a nuclear way. And as it turns out, I had Covid during the time we had planned to go. Anyways, the trip was rescheduled for December 2021. I had scheduled off 9 work days. The flight out is Friday morning. Today was supposed to be my last day of work for 2 weeks. I'm telling my coworkers on the other shift that I'll see them the week of Christmas. Hell, I even posted in the TPR Facebook group a question about the trip today. Two hours after posting that, shit gets fucked 19 ways from Sunday when my brother announced that he has been diagnosed with Covid. Less than 48 hours before the trip, everything gets cancelled. The trip, my PTO, my hopes and dreams. I'm gonna scare a couple coworkers when I show up tomorrow for work. It's not often that I can relate to characters from Kevin Smith films, but for the next two weeks, I am going to understand Dante from Clerks more than any other character from any other film.
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