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  1. Sounds pretty awesome to me! I'm not expecting a terribly intense ride, but the overall experience sounds pretty cool, and the ride is actually bigger than I expected. I will definitely have to find myself in Orlando next year. I hope they release a full layout sometime.
  2. Did you guys hear about the bombing in Kentucky? Yeah, somebody bombed a library. All four books were destroyed. The sad part is, only two of them were colored in.
  3. I saw Jack's Mannequin at the Indy 500 on Sunday. Given what they had to work with, they put on a pretty good show. I'm sure the audio system was nothing like they are used to playing with. I would definitely like to see them again at a real venue. Andrew sings in the middle of the crowd. Andrew McMahon rockin' the keys. He really gets into his music. Jack's Mannequin on the Coke Zero stage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  4. I finally fixed my Ruckus player/account, so I can legally download music again!
  5. That's like trying to compare Batman to Scream. Built by the same folks, sure, but that's pretty much where the similarity ends. RFII is spread out with lots of hills and airtime. BB is a tightly wound tempest of direction changes, quick pops of air, and non-stop intensity.... well, at least it is NOW! Anyway, the focus of the two rides couldn't be more different. BB, because of the insanely small plot of land, is not like any other coaster layout. I'm looking forward to riding RFII and Hades. Right now, Voyage and Bullet are my #1 and #2 woodies! That's a bit extreme, don't you think? Under that thought process, how did you determine that you like Bullet more than Voyage if they are so different? How do you rank rides period? There is plenty of room for comparison. Is it not possible to just judge which is better? Or which ride is rougher or has more airtime or more intense turns? I guess I don't really understand why you retaliated to his post.
  6. That is awesome! I wish I had the wit to come up with crazy ideas like that. So what did you do? Just take a needle to them for an hour?
  7. "My Sweet Charade"- Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
  8. Lewis Black said it best in his auto-biography: "If there is a hell, it's modeled after junior high." But yeah, I didn't have a 8th grade graduation either. We only had it for the things that mattered; high school and kindergarten.
  9. Best: Splash Mountain- Disneyland Log Jammer- Six Flags Magic Mountain Worst: Well, I haven't really been on many bad log flumes, so the worst still isn't that bad. Anyway, I'd have to go with Kings Mills Log Flume, now Wild Thornberrys River Adventure.
  10. How come every time the third subject in "Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, & ..." gets changed, somebody feels the need to create a thread about it? Maybe I'm just irritable today because of lack of sleep...
  11. Thanks for the comments everybody! Glad you all enjoyed it! And now to address some comments: Nah, I skipped out because the program looked weak and I was short on time. I opted for an extra ride on Rumbler instead of a ride on Power Surge. Yes and no. We could actually feel skydiver slow down at the top so there was a little bit of a warning. Shock Drop is more like Oh! Zone where there is virtually no warning at all. It never slows on the ascent and suddenly drops at the top. The drop is too brief for it to really scare though. YES!!!! I feel bad because I completely forgot to mention this in my TR! The staff was great! They were all having so much fun with their job and seemed to really take pride in what they were doing. They were extremely nice all day! I was very impressed. Ha, well in his defense, you did mention that you couldn't go on Rumbler because of your stomach. You and I both! I almost always prefer the back seat but the front on all of the recent GCIs blow me away. I think it has to do with the way they engineer their turns. The track will ascend up to a turn and then suddenly level off as the train negotiates it. So pretty much, the front of train gets launched into the turns, which creates crazy pops of airtime. That is what I love so much about Thunderhead. Anyway, that's my theory. You are correct. I'm impressed, Tex. That thing sucks!! One more week! Thanks again for all the comments! For those of you that are interested, I will hopefully have an Indy 500 TR up late tonight or sometime tomorrow if I find that I can make an entertaining TR. Thanks Andrew and Tyler, I had a blast! It was an incredible race.
  12. Prior to this visit, I had actually been to the park twice. The first time was for the announcement of the Kentucky Rumbler, and the second time was this past December for their Christmas festival where they decided not to open the rides on the day I came. So, despite having been to the park multiple times, the only ride I had been on was the Wild Mouse. Well, on my way home for the Indy 500 this weekend, I thought I'd stop by. After all, it's just ten to fifteen minute drive from I-65. I've been fairly embarrassed that after two years, I still haven't ridden Kentucky Rumbler. I was slightly worried the park might not actually be open again. It was a Friday in May, I wasn't getting there until mid-afternoon, and I've been at parks before where they have actually closed early due to small crowds. Fortunately, that was not the case. The park was dominated by a few elementary school field trips, with emphasis on "few." Lines were non-existent. I was able to get all three of my missing credits, as well as Shock Tower. Didn't really care to do anything else, given the small amount of time I had. As for Rumbler, it didn't disappoint. My first ride in the back seat was actually a little bit of a let down. It didn't have nearly the amount of airtime that I have come to know for GCI coasters. However, the first drop in the back was completely awesome and it was still a great ride. Then, I gave the front a try, and found everything I was looking for. It was rambunctious and filled with pops of strong airtime. Completely awesome. I still have to give Thunderhead the edge, but Rumbler gave it a run for its money. As for the rest, you'll just have to check out the pictures! Enjoy! Sing it Gulmer! Hope you all enjoyed it. If you're lucky there might be a slightly interesting TR in the random section in the not-to-distant future. Quite possibly the worst store name ever... right in the heart of Louisville. Ok, so I stopped for gas at a truck plaza in the middle of Kentucky. As I was leaving, I noticed a horse just stand between the station and the on-ramp to the interstate. I sat utterly confused for a few seconds before I finally noticed the group of Amish folk selling quilts out of there buggy. If I didn't know any better, I'd think it is March and I'm out West again. Ahh Beech Bend... quite possibly the only park where you will see a tractor, a late model bomber, and an operating coaster all within forty feet of each other. That's not stereotypical at all... But wait, before I headed off, I took a quick walk around to Rumbler to snap a few shots. Now that I am outside the park, I envy those people in the front seat. No matter how awesome the drop is in the back seat, it's totally a front of the train ride. I was pleased. Yes, Beech Bend isn't your average park, but as I mentioned, it still has its own charm to it. I'm running out of captions for this ride. Did I mention that it's awesome and you all need to find yourselves in Bowling Green, KY soon? The Rumbler train rolls right by the queue on its way to the turn before the lift hill. Yes, I'm aware that the Looping Star photos now out-number Rumbler photos. I'm just fascinated with the thing. Speaking of which, I campaign that Beech Bend invests in a Fascination game room. Lift hill shot! I find it funny/bizarre/sort of scary that Pinfari opted to go with a wooden lift hill walk, despite the entire ride being made of steel. Next time you're at the park, thank Charlene for convincing Dallas to invest the money into this. And thank Jeff Pike from GCI for convincing Dallas into doing the Aeroplane drop, instead of a straight drop like he originally wanted. I assume that one of the rides they bought from Wild West World will be planted here. They had a nice looking mini-golf place, but like everything else that isn't a coaster or named "Shock Drop," I passed up because of time. SCAT 2 looked pretty crazy, but empty stomachs and crazy spinning rides don't go together for me, as backwards as that might sound... I gave it a few courtesy photos, but no courtesy rides. I already had the credit and there were Rumbler rides to be had. It's easy to forget about Wild Mouse. It wasn't until I was on Dragon Coaster that I even remembered it existed. Shock Drop fans, get to Lake Winnie. Oh! Zone > Shock Drop. Practically the same thing, except Oh! Zone is at least twice as tall. To hell with stand-up gyros, we need more Oh! Zones in this world. I give BB their credit though. It gives a nice fright. The name is appropriate. Most Starship 3000s/Gravitrons play techno or dance music. Beech Bend opted for "Sweet Potato Pie" by James Taylor. This thing was brutal for a kiddie coaster! I was ready to get off after one spin, but they gave us four! The last credit left on the list was the Dragon Coaster. Ok, so yes, it was a death machine and I feared for my life, but despite its jars and ready-to-collapse appearance, I actually enjoyed the ride. I can't lie, after hearing stories and seeing it in its rickety glory, I was quite terrified of this thing. The park got new trains for this in '06. The old ones are sitting in Beech Bend's boneyard, which lies in a field just beyond Rumbler. Looping Star! I can't lie, I've always had a weird fascination with these things and have been desperate to try one. When I was here in '05, this was sitting partially de-constructed where the Rumbler Cafe now stands. Beech Bend has a little portable log flume, which I passed on. You can't tell in the picture, but the water was extremely blue. I don't know if they color it or if its just an effect from the blue trough. Here's one for all you Millennium Flyer enthusiasts. As you glance around the station, you can see the lines I was up against. A train full of happy riders hops over a speed bump. Like most GCIs, this thing maintains a fast pace and whips through most of the course. The first drop was awesome! The train really picked up a lot more speed than I expected on the pre-drop wrap around. The last time I stood this close to Rumbler, it looked like this. Let's do this... but wait... how about a flash back... Beech Bend is more or less a glorified permanent carnival. Nevertheless, it has its charm. I'm in! I'm in! It's open like they said they'd be! Kind of feels like a county fair, doesn't it? Mhmm... Power Surgey goodness. I still need to enter the park though. Yes, finally... And as you crest over the hill, you spot the main attraction! Beech Bend is kind of in the middle of nowhere. This is the drive up to the park... I picked up a pamphlet at the Kentucky welcome center in hopes of finding a coupon. No luck. However, I noticed something interesting on the cover. The owner and his family are riding Rumbler. I thought that was nifty, but then again, maybe I just have a massive dork side that is extremely suppressed. Sorry, Alabama Adventure... maybe one day. Beech Bend takes priority though. Hey Colin. My phat whip... already filled with go-go juice. Part 1: Accomplished Owned!! Time to go grab my junk and head out... English Lit... fun stuff. The day started out at the University of Alabama. I had an exam to take before I could head north.
  13. I've heard figures for trains thrown around before, so if those numbers are true, given the size and complexity of the 4th Dimension trains, I'd be money the large majority of that 10 mill went towards that. On top of that, the amount of paint and labor required just to repaint the ride probably cost a pretty penny as well. Then there is the new platform, the flame throws, the fog machines, the sound systems, and the electronics required to program all of them. To me, 10 million sounds about right.
  14. In honor of going home this weekend for the greatest race in the world: "Ain't nothin' like a piece of *****, 'cept maybe the Indy 500."- Platoon "America is all about speed... hot, nasty, bad ass speed."- Talladega Nights
  15. ^I don't know... just something that doesn't make it sound like lap bars are completely being replaced. When I read your title, I was expecting to read something about how all rides might switch to OTSR style restraints, only to find out that wasn't the case at all. When you take into consideration that they are just talking about switching to individual lap bars (arguably the most common restraint today), the whole dilemma seems fairly insignificant. Lap bars aren't going anywhere. Bench-style lap bars might be saying goodbye.
  16. ^True, but Millennium Force also has some of the shortest seat belts around as a direct result of the Superman incident. The seat belts now control the size of the riders. Regardless, this article doesn't even mention a migration from lap bars to OTSRs. It's about doing away with car-wide lap bars, similar to buzz bars, in favor of individual lap bars, like most coasters today have.
  17. Your title is really misleading. They aren't saying that the lap bar could be done away with altogether. They are saying that bench style lap bars could be done away with, in favor of individual lap bars. While, yes, it might spoil some of the fun on certain rides, my level of concern is negligible. It's a safety issue, so I can understand.
  18. Given the apparent magnitude of this ride, and past history, I wouldn't be surprised if it's announced as early as June or July.
  19. Ahh! It kills me that it was closed when I finally made it out to SoCal. Granted, I kind of new it would be, but it's still disappointing. This just drives me even harder to get back out there! Great vid, Robb! I've never seen POV like that before. I didn't realize how jerky the flipping motion was, though. I always thought it was more fluid than that. Given that you were on the outside seat and not holding on, is it safe to say that the new trains are a success and the ride is smoother now?
  20. ^If that is all true, then I might have to give the ride a second chance. I was extremely disappointed with it in March. I had a welt on my knee for a week, and was annoyed by how the last 1/3 of the ride just completely died out. I seriously questioned why they didn't just end it after the turn following the on-ride photo because the rest of the ride was so slow that it was pointless. And I only found two or three rows to be enjoyable. Those two or three rows provided an awesome ride that contended for a top ten spot. All of the other rows battled for one of the worst coaster rides I've experienced. Hopefully they get that all ironed out. It has so much potential.
  21. Wow, I just read the spoiler and have lost all interest in seeing the movie. Seriously, they couldn't come up with anything better? This may sound stupid, but I feel like fantasy movies these days are becoming a little too fantastic.
  22. I had no problem with it. I absolutely loved the thing. Parking lot or not, it comes pretty close to being my favorite B&M floorless. It has a little rattle to it, but I could name five or ten B&M's that I've found to be "rougher." It's not in my top ten steel, but possibly top twenty.
  23. To me, roughness isn't exactly the problem with Mean Streak. I mean, it's rough, but I would never call it one of the roughest coasters I've been on by any means. The big problem for me is the overall package. It's this massive, awesome looking woodie that is so severely brake-raped that all possibility for thrills have been extinguished. Then you couple this with the fact that it isn't smooth in anyway and you just have an overall crappy ride. It's the same category that the Beast is beginning to fall under. Mean Streak is by no means the worst coaster I've been on, but I just have nothing good to say about it. If they kept a steady cash flow going into its maintenance program and gave the ride the proper care it needs, they could turn it into a pretty darn good ride. Unfortunately though, it's a Cedar Fair ride, so they'll just cut as many corners as they can by way of trims. I cringe when I think about what Renegade might be like in ten years.
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