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    A zonkey is a cross between a zebra and a donkey.
  1. The launch, if it's doing the full speed launch, is truly amazing. My rides were all in the Summer, so it was essentially like being in a convection oven with super hot, thick, air blowing by, which lessened the ride experience. It's all about speed, and there is a lot, but it's all through swooping turns, and doesn't offer much air, or laterals, and none of the great twisty hills like on Intimidator 305, or the mega lites. It truly is a one trick pony, but it's an impressive trick. -R
  2. Yeah, we took the Nact Tower test ride! I of course had my Vader and Stormtrooper riding a coaster shirt, but it was jacket weather most of the day. As for the two tours. I was told that obviously the big draw of the Ultimate Coaster Tour is the pictures from the top of Griffon's lift. You also get double VIP rides on everything, although we got almost that too. Normally our tour would have included the 3 water rides too, but because of the cold, we got more coaster rides. Normally, we wouldn't have gotten Verbolten, and neither does the UCT, I believe. There is a separate Verbo
  3. I'm still accepting free eggs. HawgGnarly.
  4. This place is a joke. At least the tower has AC, but what the hell are you looking at on the East side of Dallas at 500 feet on a hazy Summer afternoon? I love how they say how one horrible taxpayer paid entity, the light rail, will help out this horrible taxpayer paid entity. It will be filled with the folks that use public transit. You do the math. As the above poster said, its a horrible part of town that is only reasonably safe due to huge crowds during the fair. Just go look at the picture of the skyway, knowing it has no AC, and they say you should breath in the view. Breathing
  5. When LivingSocial advertised a half off deal on Busch Gardens' Ultimate Insider Tour, I couldn't resist. $80 for me and my son to go to an 8 hour tour, sort of a celebration of his ongoing great grades. Waking up at my normal work time on a Saturday sucked. Waking up then, after seeing Steel Panther last night REALLY sucked. But, our Summer is really filling up, and I don't know when else we can do it for sure, so we did it today. It's a nice change from Houston when I knew each Summer consisted of Schlittercon, and staying inside for air conditioning. We get to the park at 8:15, a
  6. I think the older people should get the eggs first!!!
  7. Thanks, man! I'm contemplating if I want to start turbo visiting towns to get the Stadium. Got a lot to do this weekend. Steel Panther tomorrow, Busch probably Saturday, and family stuff SUnday. Why did this have to be so tedius!?! -R
  8. Thunder Dolphin is an awesome ride, imho. Yeah, it's not Intimidator 305, but it's not supposed to be. The views are amazing, the track path is very unique, and the queue is filled with Japanese babes. The old parachute drop tower provided unbelievable Tokyo views at night. I was blown away. -R
  9. I'll take free eggs. I'll get teh snake today, and feel I'm hopelessly far away from the Colosseum, which is all I'm gunning for, since Quimby doesn't get a "Poling the electorate" mission. Since I can only play on my iPad in the evening, I can't get everything, and I can't visit towns while at work . I'll be sooooooooooooooo happy once whacking day is over. If the next holiday gets even more tedious, as they have been trending, I just don't see it happening. I'm HawgGnarly, and am already friends with many on this board, including Derek. -R
  10. i realize I'm probably in the minority, but not having Timber Mountain open for Haunt as a different attraction really blows. It was always a high point to me, and something no one else ever did. -R
  11. How high are folks on snakes? I just got the snake stone at 2000, and it seems like Duff Stadium is a pipedream, unless EA gets their act together, fixes the bugs, and lets me get on via my Android from work. Even then, I don't see it happening without LOTS of time spent looking for snakes in towns, which I'm just not willing to do. Duff Stadium is free in theory, but unless you are a power player, it could be the most expensive, cool item in teh game, if you buy a whacking license, rocks, logs, etc. The hotel with Mrs. Springfield seems anticlimactic, unless Mayor Quimby gets a task "P
  12. These issues aren't as bad as Big Thunder, simply because they don't seem to impact guest safety. But, it will never be an individual problem. If it's a Disney employee, and they screw up, it's Disney's fault. There are some places where this can be a bit different, such as a Disney Professional Engineer signing off on a design that kills someone, but even that would be very difficult to pin on the PE. Disney chooses to employ the people, they take the blame. That is why a good safety culture is so important. And why it amazes me how many companies still don't have a good one. But
  13. Exactly, like I said, OSHA is very much a reactive organization, not proactive. They created the STAR system to let many companies do enough work to prove they are less likely a problem, and they will never get audited, unless there is a cause. Some folks seem to think everything is grandfathered. That isn't the case. Disney could build something up to code, and one year later need massive changes. That is rare, but the changes made to fall protection were pretty severe, and very unusual. However, they are based on fact. Many people have died from a 3-4 foot fall, especially if it
  14. i'm not comparing them in magnitude, but in the simple fact that things are missed by all companies, including Disney. And that the attitudes are similar. If Disney's maintenance attitude that led to the Big Thunder incident were put into a plant environment with dangerous chemicals, it could be ugly, and easily lead to very bad incident. And that is absolutely not overblown. I know a thing or two about chemical plant operational safety. Disney barely got a slap on the hand for Big Thunder. Probably because they are Disney. They aren't an evil oil company. -R
  15. Why does everyone always assume Disney is a perfect company, and are always shocked when things like this happened? They killed someone on Big Thunder due to shoddy maintenance. Disney is a typical penny pinching company. It's very hard to catch all safety issues in your facility. Even companies with the absolute best intentions have things happen that they never thought would. Fall protection rules have changed dramatically in recent years. It's damn near to the point that if someone uses more than a step ladder, they need fall protection. With all the catwalks and such that r
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