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  1. Since we are talking 1980, an Arrow 4 or 5 looper? Rapids Ride? Pirate Ship? All seem fitting for the era.
  2. Hopefully it all turns out yummy and looking good and not ending up here... http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/
  3. I was looking at Screamscape this morning and there was a video of Bakken's new Intamin Tornado spinning coaster. That ride looks great but what caught my eye were the restraints. Those OSTRs look much more padded than what I've personally experienced on Maverick. I wonder if something like these restraints could end up on I305?
  4. I'll miss HB Land for sure. I recall that summer day the opening year on my very first visit to the park. I pinched Wilma's butt in the gift shop next to The Ghoster Coaster. Memories....
  5. Congratulations are in order! May you have many more years of happiness and ride on!
  6. It's a proactive measure so that in years to come guests don't get confused with Kings Dominion's Diamondback, and Carowind's Diamondback. Diamondback will be the new _____hawk for Cedar Fair.
  7. What a great topic, I have loved what has been shared so far.
  8. To my best recollect it was two native kids and the one in front of me had a blonde mohawk. I thought the park was clean, but it did seem dated even with the newer galaxy theming. To all the bright and airy pictures of Camp Snoopy/Nickelodeon Universe, Galaxyland seemed pretty dark and bunker-like. Also the Galaxy Orbiter and Mindbender stations seemed fair-like rather than what you'd find in an Amusement Park. Those were my initial impressions anyway.
  9. With the forum outage last night I didn't want to write a couple of paragraphs about the trip and have things go down as I submitted, so here goes... Twenty years ago my parents had planned to take me out west and among the things we'd be doing was a trip to the West Edmonton Mall. Unfortunately that was near the time my parents split up and the trip never happened. Due to Edmonton being way off the beaten path I never did make it up there in the times I had been to Western Canada, however this was about to change. I had to go to Calgary for work, for two weeks, the weekend I was free
  10. Finishing up my trip to Galaxyland. I took a picture of the onride photo, I'm in the back row. A trainload of riders is about to enter the first loop. The Mindbending first drop.
  11. More from my visit to Galaxyland. The Space Shot, a S&S double shot. The wicked ending to the Galaxy Orbiter.
  12. More sights from Galaxyland. You are really close to the ceiling there. The ride spins non-stop from the first drop to the brakes. Taken from the line for the really cool Galaxy Orbiter. Taking action photos in dim indoor light was tricky.
  13. Made it into Galaxyland... The pride and joy of Galaxyland, the Mindbender. The new and very spinny Galaxy Orbiter. Tons of thrills are crammed into Galaxyland.
  14. More sights around the mall... I waited until 3pm to head to Galaxyland and make use of the discounted admission. Bungeeeeeeeee! The wave pool
  15. I saw the sights of the mall... I didn't have any intention of hitting the waterpark, but you had a good view of it from the mall. The submarines don't look too used anymore. The Santa Maria replica.
  16. A couple of weeks ago I had to venture out to Calgary for work. I had the weekend off so I got a rental car and headed north to hit the West Edmonton Mall. I entered at one of the entrances near the Ice Rink, a ringette tournament was happening.
  17. I was scouring over my Gizmodo RSS feed and I noticed a small picture in one of the stories. Upon closer inspection someone has made an application for the iPhone to give you the results of the various forces during the ride. I'm just about to download it to see how it works. Hope this actually works and hope to hear from other TPR members about their results! http://gizmodo.com/5049131/the-week-in-iphone-apps-games-file-sharing-and-more-games http://sites.google.com/site/silvermanasoftware/roller-coaster-physics
  18. Here's mine... Taken at Darien Lake last Tuesday
  19. I used to be an active railfan but since I work for a railway I'm no more than an armchair railfan these days. I have found a picture of myself at work on the net http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=139196&nseq=2.
  20. If you are going to go to Ontario Place head over at night to see the lantern festival, this was taken at the first one in 2006. The Rogers Chinese Lantern Festival
  21. Here is the Crazy Mouse they have... The CNE's Spinning Mouse during the 2006 fair.
  22. The rising cost of steel and the weakening economy will reduce the number of large steel rides in North American parks. Technology will implemented on (steel) coasters more to make up for not building larger (steel) rides, think virtual reality and an actual coaster (Vs. say a dark ride). Again with the rising cost of steel we might see an increasing number of parks choose wooden coasters as it does look like GCI will have a big year in 2009, look for this trend to continue. Look for the Orient coaster boom to continue with many big rides appearing over on that side of the planet. Towards the
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