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  1. I would probably recommend PM'ing people in the area that you have met or chatted with through the site. No sense in throwing an invite out to 50,000 people you don't know at all.
  2. ^ For some reason, I have trouble counting those Pretzel Gravity Dark-Rides. Long story but there is really nothing coaster-like about the track at all. It is almost like a guided chariot.
  3. ^ 1550 miles worth! That was the furthest distance that I have driven in a while. We will typically fly, but since the parks were so spread out it just didn't make a lot of sense.
  4. Wow! It didn't take people long to start lining up for Raptor.
  5. ^^ Trust me, I hope they get on some rides too. I mean some of these people flew on a plane for 20 hours to go there. With a little luck, the storm should pass and they will get to enjoy the park with very light crowds. I have never known Cedar Point to just "close up shop" because of rain. Although I have seen some other parks do just that.
  6. Many parks like Cedar Point pay exorbitant amounts of money for weather services that help them to predict the weather as good as many television stations and sometimes better. If they are shutting down rides I am sure it is with good reason.
  7. ^ I have never taken the time to read those before. Those reviews are downright hysterical.
  8. ^ As was mentioned many times before in this thread. DO NOT POST OR ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ITINERARY! This is not a meet up thread. It is an on-going trip report. // Thank you
  9. That is where it gets kind of weird. Splash Mountain definately has a "coaster" type element (the part where it drops and coasts uphill in the dark), but the ride is primarily a flume ride ... wait ... so is Dudley. I am so confused! I guess that my basis for Dudley is Dive to Atlantis and the fact that it is manufactured by Mack (who also made all the Atlantis rides and Dudley). I would be VERY interested to see what that Splash Mountain drop really looks like.
  10. Everybody has different criteria on what is a credit and what is not. For me, it has to coaster up a hill on stored energy and run on rails (this would technically disqualify a lot of rides that other people consider coasters). For the CF ridelist, I like to try to include everthing and then let people make the decision for themselves. I changed Dudley to a coaster because the ride actually has two different moments where it drops and then coasts back up a "dry" hill on rails. That is one more than Dive to Atlantis which even RCDB classifies as a coaster.
  11. Day 4 - Indiana Beach - 8/5/07 After a night in South Chicago it was time to drive up to Monticello, Indiana to meet up with the TPR Mid-West trip and some of the fine people we met last year in the UK. Welcome to Indiana Beach to the members of Theme Park Adventure Coaster and Waste Management? Since we got to the park a little bit ahead of the group, we decided to start knocking out some coasters early. The weather wasn't looking too good and since we had never been before we wanted to make sure we got them all in. After quick rides on Cornball Express and LoCoSuMo, we headed over to the Tigrr Coaster. This one had Catrina a little concerned due largely to the fact that it has no lapbar and no seatbelt. As a matter of fact ... it has no restraint whatsoever! Over by the Galaxie coaster, the Indiana Beach faithful were participating in a time old tradition ... The feeding of the carp. Robb and the TPR gang arrived at about 2:30 and rushed around the park to get some POV footage where there was still ample lighting. Here they are exciting LoCoSuMo. LoCoSuMo (Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain) is a very unique and enjoyable coaster, but the small trains can make for some long waits on a busy day. Casey and his "Harem" enjoy a ride on LoCoSuMo. While Chuck works on his Facebook/MySpace pose. The short outdoor portion of LoCoSuMo is made up of about 3 small hills. It was nice to see this coaster not live up to it's violent reputation. Overall I thought it was a great coaster and Cameron said it best when he stated "I think this is probably the most accurate mine train ride out there". Very true. Like the rest of the trip, Indiana Beach was hot! Here Catrina demonstrates the proper way of cooling off. Along the "boardwalk" there are a nice selection of classic and new flats. This Falling Star provided some entertainment later on in the night when we enjoyed back to back rides, making the operator question our sanity. The park's Skycoaster has an awesome placement along the midway. Two other great rides that make the most out of their environment are the Yo-Yo and Flying Scooters. This Larson model has good action and you really can't beat the feeling when you look down and find yourself swinging over the lake. The water park side of Indiana Beach was my favorite spot. Live music, Skeeball, Fascination and the smell of corn dogs filling the air. The beach and pool area are separate from the park, but IB sells a wristband that will get you into both attractions all day. I might no look like some of the newer fancy water parks, but I am sure that it is still a great way to cool off on those oppressively hot Mid-West summer days. Since we were already on the far end of the park, Paul and i decided to grab a ride on IB's famous Double Shot. It might not look like much, but this thing really packs a punch. Ready for launch. Some familiar faces and some new acquaintances crossed paths throughout the day. Nevermind the silly face. Here I am grabbing a ride on the park's Scrambler with Casey. Chris and Paul look like they could almost fall asleep. The SoCal car seems much more interested in getting self-portraits. How many MidWesterners can you fit in a Scrambler car? A few of us made our way through the upcharge attraction, Frankenstein's Castle. Much larger than I expected and worth the additional cost. My favorite area was the hallway with many doors. Catrina's favorite giant. Enjoying a ride on the park's Pirate Ship. To finish off the night, we went back and played a few more games of Fascination. The park's Fascination parlor is almost like a living breathing piece of history. Most parks used to feature this fine past time, but there are so few left. One of the highlights of the evening was getting to see Kristen again. She was only about 24 hours old the last time we saw her! Well, that the end of our little Mid-West adventure. I hope that you had as much fun reading as we did experiencing it for ourselves!
  12. I read the Melago report too and I was pretty excited to ride it, but unfortunately it didn't live up to expectation. Maybe next time.
  13. ^ ... and miss a day at the Wisconsin State Fair? I think that Afro dude from High School Musical is there that night. ^^ Sometimes I think that people forget that this site is THEME PARK Review. You could almost do a whole trip in the Mid-West based solely on visiting water parks. I actually lost count of indoor parks on way home. There are really that many.
  14. Day 3 - Six Flags Great America - 8/4/07 I have never really been much of a Six Flags fan, but for years I have always heard how great of a park that Great America is and how much different it is from the average Six Flags experience. And it was all true! New for 2007. Wiggles World! This giant inflatable statue was there to greet us in their honor. From the entrance, the Intamin Observation Tower really stands out. As does their beautiful double decker carousel. A holdover from the park's Marriott beginnings. We arrived to the park pretty early, so we got to see the morning festivities before the rope was dropped. Holy crap. I knew that it was going to be a busy day, but i wasn't counting on it being the last day of their "Read to Succeed" program and also Naval graduation. At least we have our Gold Flash Pass reserved and waiting! More song and dance from the Looney Tunes characters. Great googly-moogly! They just keep coming! Thanks Flash! With your pass by my side, getting all those credits should be a breeze. Anyone who has been following my trip reports for the last four years knows that when it comes to Deja Vu rides, I am like Kryptonite. But look carefully at this photo, because there is something going on here that I have never seen. Holy crap! There is a train on the track and it's RUNNING! Better hurry and get this credit before it is too late. Success. Crazy thing was, it ran all day. I have never even seen anyone in the station before (In six visits at two different parks) and now it runs all day. Like the sign says ... The wait is over. Since Rajun Cajun was not one of the Flash Pass attractions, I figured that it would be good to get there before the crowd does. Crap! Looks like we are too late. Batman had a nice little line too, but thanks to our Qbot, we won't be waiting for you today. Pointless and insignificant signs for $5000, Alex. Through the trees! One ride on Batman and you can see exactly why the ride has been cloned 3456 times in 186 countries. It is just that damn good. Vertical loop goodness. Our next ride would be on Vertical Velocity. I had been on Superman at Geauga Lake so this was nothing new to me, but Catrina had only been on Wicked Twister. I like this version of the ride much better and Catrina agreed. I think because of it's shorter spires, it doesn't need to push you until you feel like your teeth are going to explode. Unfortunately, Flash pass doesn't get you around the station Hiking back across the park, we found what must be the only Mardi Gras themed Top Spin. With our time up for Superman, we blew past the two hour wait and got our ride. Now we got all three! Now back over to the other side of the park where Raging Bull was awaiting our arrival. While I would rate this one as my least favorite B&M hyper, that would still put it above 95% of the other coasters in the world. The front of the ride is fine, but the back is where it really shines. Pity that they felt the need to ruin what was probably once a pretty good piece of airtime on the third hill. A shot of the train coming down the second hill. The third hill. Trim brake and all. After a couple of rides on the bull, we made our way to one of other flashpass-less coasters, Viper. After a modest 20 minute wait, we got our ride. Viper was not necessarily a top ten coaster, but it is VERY good. Of all the Cyclone clones I have been on, this one definitely tops the list. it has the excitement and airtime of it's Georgia likeness without the brutality. Into the trees! Exclusive! Our last coaster of the day was Demon as Catrina wanted to truly save the best for last At a wait time of 45 minutes, this was the longest wait of the day (I told you it was crazy busy) Goodbye insanely filled amusement park. We had a great time! Next park ... Indiana Beach!
  15. The whole pricing model is built around the multi-day packages and keeping your FAMILY on property for the duration of your vacation. Period. Just like the Magical Express and Dining Plan prove, they want to get you in, take your money and get you out and they don't want to give anybody else a piece of the pie. It is actually a flawless business model as long as they can provide an excellent experience for all their visitors. If you want to be more "enthusiast-like" and flexible, the only real way to get a value is to be 10 day tickets. Yes, they are expensive, but they are also worth it!
  16. Day 2 - Knuckleheads - 8/3/07 With a little time to kill before heading towards Chicago, we decided to add another stop for Friday. I had recently noticed a newly opened FEC in the Wisconsin Dells but hadn't really given it much thought until Brent from Timber Falls gave it his endorsement. Turns out that one of the owners of Timber Falls also owns Moosejaw and Knuckleheads as well as having started Great Wolf Lodge and Noah's Ark. I imagine that he is doing fairly well Knuckleheads is a rather large Bowling Alley/FEC located next to the Tangiers outlet mall a couple exits south of the main strip. As far as Bowling Alleys go, this one is pretty pimped out. It has lanes on both sides of the bar and HDTV scoring and TV to boot. Also, instead of sitting on old-school plastic chairs waiting your turn, Knuckleheads has these awesome couches right down on the lanes. Catrina and I gave their Family Guy themed pinball machine a try before heading back into the FEC portion of the building. On our way back to the arcade we passed the indoor go-kart track (unfortunately I didn't get a picture of that). It was interesting to see these electric karts running inside and they made absolutely no sound at all. It was actually kind of freaky. Inside the spacious arcade, they had a nice little selection of smaller flat rides including a Tornado, Flying Tigers and Himalaya ride. Flying Tigers are much like a whip (for those not in the know) except they swing out around both turns. For the small footprint, it is actually a pretty cool little ride. Flying Tigers detail. "Wow! This is a whole lot smoother than the real Blue Streak!" Cheapest credit ever! With the coupon we snagged from the timeshare nazis at Mt. O, we were able to get our ride on for $1.50 a piece. "Minor" Mike? This "Minor" was of the non-powered variety and was pretty interesting as it was built on a weird set of stairs. The ride basically consisted of a long ramp down the stairs at which point you rolled through an unbanked helix at full speed. I can best describe it as the Indoor/Kiddie/FEC version of the Kennywood Thunderbolt. Next park ... Six Flags Great America!
  17. Day 2 - Timber Falls - 8/3/07 After lunch, we headed back into the Dells and spent a couple hours at Timber Falls. For a small little park, this place makes excellent use of it's space. Overall, we loved the place and I think that we actually spent more time there than at Mt. Olympus! The park features two 18 hole mini-golf courses. One that is contained with in the coaster and log flume and one across the street. Showing my true dork colors with both park wristbands on. Even though the golf courses were excellent, our main purpose for visiting Timber Falls was to ride the infamous Avalanche. No matter where you sit on this thing, you are going to get a good helping of airtime. It might not look huge, but this thing is not for the weak-hearted as it is a true test of endurance and intestinal fortitude. The only real drawback to the ride are the abnormal turns at each corner of the ride. The park had them reprofiled and retracked last year by some fellas out west, but they are still pretty brutal. The straight sections, however, are pure bliss. Airtime! Timber Falls is also home to a Hopkins flume and they pretty much always kick ass. This particular flume featured two great drops and a nice long tunnel where the pace picks up much like the equally awesome flume at Waldameer Park. Coming down! Skloosh! And like every other great flume, it gives you enough water to be refreshing without drowning you. "Hey Ted, do you want to ride the Bumper Boats?" "Sure!" Even the bumper boats were fun with their built in squirt guns! Goodbye Timber Falls! We really enjoyed our stay! Next up .... A Bowling Alley?
  18. Day 2 - Moosejaw Lodge - 8/3/07 After spending the morning at Mt. Olympus, it was time for lunch. Not knowing much about the food offerings around the Dells, we stuck to what we knew from TRs I have seen posted. "Ted! What on earth are you doing to that Moose?" Around town it is tough to miss these characters making their deliveries. Moosejaw is a Brewpub as well as a restaurant. Catrina ordered up some of their in-house root beer. And I had the ... Six point sampler! I would had opted for the 10 point, but with the heat being the way it was, i did not want to dehydrate myself so early in the day. The beers covered the whole range of craptacular (Honey Ale) to the spectacular (Pale Ale). Catrina's grilled chicken sandwich was pretty sub par, but my pulled pork sandwich was quite good. We topped off the lunch with a piece of "Moose" pie complete with peanut-butter cups and whatnot.
  19. Check. I can't believe I failed to mention that one. Another funny tidbit was the op on Opa standing in front of the train to check the restraints. Classic stupidity. Do they not show repeats of Rescue 911 in Wisconsin. Sadly, we did not make it onto any of the Go-Carts. We will have to wait until our next visit. Unfortunately, that probably won't be until they add a second train to one of their coasters
  20. Unless it is a bona fide new article with source, please post all this kind of stuff to the Rumor Superthread. Link: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=35614 // Closed
  21. I hate to be such a Debbie-Downer, but how about some captions to go along with your wonderful photos. It might help explain why you took a particular picture.
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