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About kweiss

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    I know quite a lot about Donkeys!
  1. Very interesting reports. How is distancing on the rides themselves? Or are they filling each row and seat as usual?
  2. I'm curious to know TPR's thoughts on two questions: 1. Which section of a theme park has your favorite scenery and theming? 2. If you could create your own section of a park, how would you theme it? My answers: 1. I'll admit, many of the parks I've been to skimp on the scenery. But of the places I've been, Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando absolutely blew me away. They way it's hidden from the rest of the park (true to the Harry Potter books) is such an unexpected twist, and really takes guts on the part of the park. (Knockturn Alley, within Diagon Alley, doubles d
  3. Wait, it is??? From who??? I still think it's one of the best RMC coasters out there! Most of the newer lists in this thread. But I'm glad to hear the original still holds its own.
  4. I've seen it in marketing materials, but I've never seen any sort of official rankings for the stat. It's pretty easy to find lists of the tallest coasters. Coasters with the most seconds of airtime? I haven't seen anything.
  5. It really is crazy to think how far RMC has come. I've been out of the coaster game for a while, and the last time I frequented these forums NTAG had just opened. At the time, everyone was amazed by the design, most riders agreed it was the best steel coaster in the US, and I remember how hyped everyone was over its 14 moments of airtime. Now, NTAG is considered a mid-lower tier RMC, and Steel Vengeance just came out with least 20 moments of airtime, PLUS another 4 inversions, a 30% taller lift hill, AND a steeper drop. As someone who ranks NTAG in my top 3 and who hasn't ridden many
  6. Anyone else curious about Steel Vengeance's 27.2 second airtime record? Not that I'm doubting it, but I've never seen roller coasters ranked by seconds of airtime. It would be interesting to see an RCDB style list of roller coasters with the most airtime.
  7. Parks I've visited: Carowinds, Cedar Point, King's Dominion, Lake Compounce, Nickolodeon Universe at MoA, SFFT, SFGAdv, SFNE, SFoG, SFoT, Universal Studios Florida & Islands of Adventure, Valleyfair 5) Six Flags Great Adventure - yeah... the park is kind of trashy, the scenery is basically nil, and the crowds can be brutal. But this park has El Toro, and that roller coaster is so perfect to me that it could be the only ride in a park and that park would still make my top 5. 4) Lake Compounce - my first ever "small park" experience, and it was a blast. From the ease of parking, to
  8. I’d be curious to hear more about this. Were there some challenges in getting the Fury project started? To the nighthawk debate, I don't think it was running so that made the choice easy. At least I didn't see a train on it all night. I did snap a somewhat cool sunset pic of it though:
  9. I was surprised by how small the park felt. Between Intimidator being right at the entrance, and Afterburn to Fury being a relatively short walk, it really feels like a cozy park packed with some coaster gems.
  10. It shouldn't have ended his night. We were there too. Rain lasted like 45 minutes TOPS and after the rain storm Fury opened immediately back up and night rides were a walk on. PROTIP: Never let a bit of rain "end your day" early. Wow, especially after the early Intimidator close, I figured there was no way they'd open a wet track just for 15 minutes of late night riders for a handful of guests. Guess I was wrong! And very impressive of the staff. Can't believe I missed you there either. Would have liked to say hi... the TPR ERT on during the New Texas Giant Bash several years ago
  11. Well all, thanks for the advice in this thread, because I just got back from a fun and successful first night ever at Carowinds! As promised, I'm posting up a little mini photo TR as a token of my appreciation. I got off work a little later than expected, and I didn't make it into the park until about 7:15 PM. On the plus, flying through the parking booth and into the park a breeze! Maybe it's just been a while since I've been to a park, and maybe I'm just easily impressed by low tech, but I thought the Carowinds' eticket/app was really awesome! Less time buying tickets and more time
  12. You're missing Afterburn, the second best coaster in the park by a mile. If you ride Intimidator but not Afterburn, you're doing it wrong. Ride it once in the front and once in the back for the insane batwing / pretzel thing. If I were you I'd start out with Intimidator (it'll feel like a kiddy ride if you ride it after Fury), then loop around to Afterburn and follow the loop to Fury where you can just spend the rest of the night. I guess you could also just go right to Fury to make sure you get a ride in and then loop around to the other rides. PS: Some a**hole is about to show up and
  13. I'm planning to make my first ever Carowinds visit today. I'm on a last minute work trip in Columbia, SC. I didn't even put two and two together until I drove right past the park yesterday and saw Fury 325 towering over highway 77. My plan is to get off work at 5 PM, purchase a discounted afternoon ticket, drive the 1.5 hours to Charlotte, and sneak in as many rides as possible between 7-10 PM tonight. I don't know much about Carowinds, so I'll probably just lap Fury 325 and Intimidator, unless I'm missing something. Hopefully crowds won't be too bad on a cloudy Tuesday. Wish me
  14. Here's a reference point for you. I went last Saturday, January 23. It was overcast and 40 degree weather which I thought would make the place dead. With the express pass, my waits looked like this: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: 45 minutes (express pass not valid) Dragon Challenge: 15-20 minutes for the front seat Spider-Man: 15-20 minutes Dr. Doom's Freefall: 15 minutes Hogwart's Express: 40 minutes (express pass not valid) Escape from Gringott's: A little over 1 hour (express pass not valid) Revenge of the Mummy: 30 minutes ET: 10 minutes Men In Black: 10 minutes
  15. No, not at all actually. That was just the way they were listed in the original post when I copy/pasted them. I honestly don't know which I'd put as #1 as I like them all just the same. I pretty much stopped ranking coasters a few years ago, even the Mitch poll I ended up grouping most of them the last few years, as I felt it really doesn't matter. I kind of feel that having a "top ten" just invites arguments and drama between people and IMO that's not what coaster riding is about. Let's leave the counting and ranking for the super die-hards and focus on riding and having fun! And you ca
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