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  1. Yeah, I rode Raging Bull last summer for the first time in almost 20 years, and while I didn't enjoy the overall ride as much as I did in my teens, that first drop is still amazing in the back row. The bottom of the train just dropping out from under you is so much fun!
  2. Rode it for the first time this morning. I've heard about the upside-down ejector air, but it still did not prepare me for the awesomeness of that element. What a great ride and moment!
  3. ^^^ I went on Monday with my boy and one of my college buddies, and I completely agree. It's been almost 15 years since I've been to the park, but I was quickly reminded why I loved it so much. It's a solid coaster lineup, and even the smaller rides are quite enjoyable. Really liked Pantheon, although I liked it better towards the front. The air on the outer bank was much better there. The backwards section was fantastic with some incredible pops as well. Was quite impressed with Verbolten. The indoor section was a lot better than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed Invadr too. Wasn't expecting a whole lot due to its size, but it was just a fun ride. Maybe my favorite moment of the day, though was on Verbolten. My son had no idea that the drop track was coming and it really caught him off guard. I told him to keep that part a secret for when we come back in the fall with his mom. I'm heading down to FL in 2 weeks to hit SeaWorld, Universal, and BGT and I'm really excited to see how all these new rides stack up to each other.
  4. Got some rides on Pantheon yesterday. Lots of fun, and surprisingly had a better ride in the front than in the back.
  5. Getting down to Universal, Sea World, and Busch Gardens Tampa in April, and going to Busch Gardens Virginia and Kings Dominion at some point this spring. Carowinds is our home park, so we'll hit it up numerous times this year. Our guys trip with my oldest is going to be Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, Kings Island, and Cedar Point in August.
  6. ^ They said on their fb page that they have some trees down and they are inspecting other items. So far it sounds like they were pretty lucky.
  7. Wooden Warrior was one of the surprises of our big New England trip last month. I had heard great things about it, but I always try to temper my expectations when that happens. It did not disappoint, though. Incredible airtime all the way through. It was also the first time we had ridden on Timberliners and man they were comfy! Definitely hope to see more of these GG family woodies get built.
  8. ^^ It sounds like we basically had the same day as you last month hitting up Quassy, Compounce, and SFNE. I completely agree about Superman's restraints. The outside of my legs hurt pretty much the whole time I'm on the ride. The layout is absolutely incredible, though. If it had the T-bar restraints like every other lap bar Intamin hyper/giga I've been on, it immediately climbs near the top of my rankings. Got back to the park this summer for the 2nd time, and the first time since 2012, and man was Cyclone great! Knew it would be, but it still exceeded my expectations. The double down by the station was quite unexpected and really threw you around in the back seat. My son and I also had the weight disparity on Pandemonium and were spinning like crazy. We had a blast despite stumbling down the exit ramp.
  9. We went to Great Adventure last month while Jersey Devil was down, but we still tried out the test seat as we went back and looked at the ride. I have absolutely no doubt that it would have been one of the most uncomfortable rides I've been on as it was tough to just sit in the test seat. I've had bad hips since I was in high school playing football, and the way that your legs have to be apart while riding looked like it would have made me miserable while riding. Just trying to board in a semi-quick fashion would have been a chore, I think.
  10. Got on Twisted Timbers on Saturday after 2 rainouts this fall. What a ride!
  11. Lightning Rod! Got in 3 rides a couple weeks ago, including a night ride! I will say that the most fun I had on a coaster, though, was taking my boy on Firechaser Express for his first real big coaster and him getting off and begging me to ride again. The last ride we had, he even put up his hands!
  12. First time posting in years, but wanted to pay tribute to the Dragons. I remember watching them as they were being built. They were just a beautiful sight to behold. And then when they opened, I marveled at the way that they twisted and interacted with each other. In my opinion, this ride was one of the absolute greatest feats of coaster engineering ever. The two unique layouts, speeding/slowing the lift hills to time everything up, calculating the close calls - as far as unique track layout, this ride has yet to be topped, in my opinion. Our marching band played at IOA in 2002, and I got to ride both Fire and Ice in all their dueling glory. My favorite part was the first near miss on fire. I still remember - knowing full well that it was coming - pulling my legs up as the ice trail flipped up underneath us. Had several non-enthusiast friends with me that week and they all had a blast on them. And the queue. That thing was great! Made the wait seem like it's own little ride. RIP Dueling Dragons. You will be missed!
  13. Like everyone is saying, they both look incredible! Personally, I am looking forward to Iron Rattler just a little bit more because of its incredible setting and its interaction with the cliff, something that is quite unique to this park.
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