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  1. Is there anything other than some random text messages and twitter updates that say this ride is down for more than a few days? I mean, there are about a thousand different reasons for a ride to be down for a few days in the summer. No big deal.


    However, if something did happen, I wouldn't be surprised if Cedar Fair throws in the towel on this one. It was never built right to begin with and rides like a shopping cart on a cobblestone road at 70mph.

  2. Having missed out on the Hard Rock Park experience last year, I rolled down to Myrtle Beach with some friends at the first opportunity this year. Which happened to be a Saturday-- at the start of summer-- during beach week-- with nice weather. Surely there would be a little bit of a crowd...


    until next time...?



    Couple more time machine shots. I like lens flare by the way


    another sign shot was we were leaving


    obligatory air guitar shot... your doing it wrong!


    it was a little more fun to add some water effects to the prop




    This ended up being a real workout


    Also discovered was the random bungee-cord bean-bag-and-velcro contraption


    seriously, this was really cool. I might build one in my back yard as an addition to the shed


    upon this discovery, we immediately assembled small armed forces and went straight into combat for about an hour and a half


    in this innocent looking building was the highlight of the trip


    Do not ask me any questions about this ride


    Didn't feel the need to sit in the sun, but if I did this area would have been inviting


    Fog is always fun


    After riding all the coasters a few times we took another lap or two around the park to check out the scenery


    This water harp was a lot bigger than I imagined from seeing other pictures.


    This was a really cool touch on the station of the time machine



    Landscaping here, and throughout the park was also very well done


    timing is everything


    Also thought the logo was really cool, but hard to see on the front of the train


    As you will probably see I spent more time taking photos than actually riding this one


    Which was Ok because it's a very photogenic ride and makes for some good pics


    Time Machine seemed to have some rather serious vibration issues.


    Heading across the pond for the main attraction


    Admittedly, it would be 10 times better with some theming... but the music selection they have for this ride now is outstanding (I think there are 3 tracks). Although I didn't ride it as Life in the Fast Lane, the music they have on it now makes a lot more sense.


    Cool theming. I thought Iron Horse was a great compact coaster


    heading over to Iron Horse we spotted some other park guests.


    hang ten is about as average as you can get for a family coaster. Score one for the credit count


    I thought the park did a really great job of updating the signage considering they had a short amount of time to transition from HRP branding. Nothing looked rushed or out of place



    good thing we rode early in the day to avoid the crowds.


    the first drop was also decent


    just weird. It felt really strange on the wheel and was probably the most exciting part of the ride


    Next up was the round-a-boot


    and another cool area for kids to burn off energy


    I thought this was a really cool area for kids to burn off some energy


    again, more details. This was in the ground on the exit ramp for soakd


    The exit ramp ended up being the most difficult part of the ride to get through dry


    but mostly the ride was relaxing


    Although we didn't get officially "soakd" it did have some water elements which was OK because it was rather humid


    First up, we decided to brave the elements and take on the water coaster.



    and very nice theming


    see... details


    and the details were phenomenal


    The atmosphere at the park is pretty impressive


    Before entering the park we had to adjust the admission price so that it made more sense. Sadly, our efforts were not rewarded with a discount


    but I really don't want to focus on that too much because we all had an awesome time


    OK so attendance is an obvious issue

  3. Anybody have any advice or experience with the hotels or cabins around Indiana Beach? The lodging within the park itself seems expensive, but I can't tell if that is worth it, or if there might be some other properties nearby that are nicer. It's hard to get a good impression from many of the websites for lodging in that area.

  4. wow man, you guys were at Worlds of Fun the exact same time I was there with a friend this past weekend. It was my first trip there and I booked the flight a few months ago assuming Prowler would be open... Oh well. I don't remember seeing you though.


    I mostly agree with your assessment of the rides. Mamba really won me over on Saturday night but was extremely sluggish on Sunday.


    Great pictures and report of all the parks. I was running around taking some pictures on Sunday at WOF but the lighting conditions were horrible so I probably won't post any.

  5. Cool report, glad you had a good time at the park. I share your thoughts about Alpengeist, the theming and details really add value to the ride.


    It's interesting to me that a lot of people who are closer to Great Adventure prefer Apollo over Nitro. But I think a lot of people who ride Apollo all the time prefer Nitro. I definitely think Nitro has a better first half and is better overall.

  6. ^ I can't imagine that will go over very well. Still funny though. I'm about to start rooting for the Bruins this year because quite honestly I don't think I have ever seen them make it out of the first round in my life. Unless the Caps decide to start playing with some intensity, but so far it doesn't look that way.

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