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Everything posted by Philrad71

  1. I was there a few years ago and Boulder's line moved horrendously slow with one train operation then. Granted, I waited the extra time for the front, but it was still a long wait just to get into the station from the bridge. I am also sorry to hear that it's falling apart. I do remember that my 2nd trip there, I found it to be a lot rougher than the first trip there (about 6/7 years ago). It was still a great ride though and I am not a fan of violent wooden coasters.
  2. 1) Do you intend to visit parks as soon as they open? Unfortunately, no. 2) What is your reasoning for your choice? See Robb's Sea World report. I want to do a 'wait and see' approach. As others have mentioned, the stupidity of other people worries me. I have to go back to work next Monday and I am already worried about it because we are now starting to see spikes in cases in MO from Memorial Day and the protests. I also live with someone that is high risk and I have high BP, so we're continuing the social distancing thing and have no problem with waiting a while to go to a park. As Zach mentioned, going to a park is a time to de-stress, not the opposite. 3) Are there any stipulations that would change your mind? As others have mentioned, a vaccine and people not being stupid. But I fear that neither is going to come to fruition any time soon.
  3. I was afraid of guests pulling off their masks once inside the gates and not following the rules. I hope that the park will get better with their operations as well as enforcing the park rules. As you said, if Disney and Universal are doing it right, they need to benchmark them. I will be interested to see how your next visit goes...hopefully much better!
  4. Discovery Kingdom is one of the parks that I would really like to visit one day. Thanks for sharing!!
  5. Hopefully this will operate longer than their Topple Tower did. And hopefully people will be able to find it within the park as I am sure that there won't be another ride located within a half mile of it.
  6. So glad to hear this! I didn't expect Disney to disappoint (I knew they wouldn't), but wasn't sure if people would be 100% respectful of the rules set into place. Luckily most of the idiots didn't want to go if they had to socially distance or wear masks, so at least there's that. I'll give you guys kudos for weeding them out on your Facebook page too!
  7. I have heard that a couple of the county fairs where I used to live in NY and PA were cancelled as well.
  8. Not sure if I see CF going "all-in" with adding new coasters/thrill rides in order to keep up with the other parks in the Midwest. I don't see WoF in competition with SDC or SFStL, so I wouldn't think that they would be too concerned if Adventureland gets a new coaster, or if a new park opens in Waterloo. WoF and Valleyfair seem more like regional parks to their city rather than a destination park. They draw mostly from their local market and keep things fairly simple. With that said, I would love it if WoF got a shiny, new coaster...but I am not going to hold my breath for anything crazy.
  9. Now that I am closer, I really want to visit this park in the future...have always wanted to visit.
  10. I was pleasantly surprised by Mamba after moving to KC last year. By far the best coaster at WoF. While I had a great first ride on Prowler, the next three were very jarring and rough. I agree with you in that while it's a decent ride, it's not really worth high praises. Maybe in it's inaugural season when most woodies tend to run their best? I'd still like to get back to HW to see if I could sneak one of those good rides on Voyage that I see/hear people talk about.
  11. Obviously there will be tremendous challenges for all parks this year, but it's just nice to hear some good news for a change. Looking forward to visiting this park again in the future!
  12. Wow - I never knew that about Little Richard. Sounds like he definitely had some real conflict going on in his life....or he had a really bad gay experience so decided to come out against us all as a result. Yikes. Jerry Stiller - dead at 92. I have been binge-watching Seinfeld during this pandemic and just watched the Festivus episode last week. Too funny! LINK
  13. ^ LOVE me some queso fresco!! Just got me some of that a couple of weeks ago...it goes great in enchiladas.
  14. While I never got a chance to ride Drachen Fire, I have to say that the overview shot highlights some of the really awkward looking transitions. I could see where you could really have some headbanging or 'OUCH' moments! Thanks for sharing, John!
  15. Good job, Bert! It can't be easy doing that during such a stressful time. Congrats!
  16. Hey Bill - hope you're doing well up in Vancouver! Cotija cheese is a Mexican cheese that reminds me a little of mozzarella. Although it crumbles and is not quite as "squeaky" as mozzarella. It's really good though!
  17. Thanks for sharing, John! Although those photos of SOB sure do bring up a lot of old, painful memories.
  18. Hey gang...I'mmmmmm baaaaaaccckkk! Been doing a lot of burgers on the grill lately, so thought I would share a few recents with you. This one has cotija cheese, mayo, guac, dijon and Boar's Head Fiery Chipotle mayo...that is what my fry dip consists of as well. So good! Bacon sliders with Elote - my first time making Elote and it turned out wonderfully! Should have put the lettuce on the bottom to showcase the burger...oh well. LOL Burger with mayo, Tillamook Cheddar, Romaine and Eros Pista (Hungarian Pepper Paste) with homemade fries.
  19. Given the situation, perhaps now I will get to post some photos every now and again. I know that I am very much getting into gardening now that I have the time to do so! Here are a couple of photos of the fountain pool in our backyard. It was filled with dead leaves and muck, so I spent Sunday cleaning it all out. Ordered some new filter media for the pump on Ebay and need a new receptacle and I should have this bad boy back in action soon!
  20. Thanks for those old photos, John! Definitely a blast from the past seeing Mill Race, Earthquake and White Water Landing. I remember waiting two hours in line for Avalanche Run during it's opening year and then my sister and her BF waiting two hours for it when they converted it to Disaster Transport. Talk about a ride that was just never a very good fit for the area. While a lot of people don't care for Gatekeeper, it's definitely better (and more aesthetic) than its predecessor. And yes, I would be all for a new log flume ride back in Frontiertown too!
  21. Woo-hoo...a new report from parks that I have never visited! Hope you're doing well, Andrew...things are going as good as they can in KC. Looking forward to seeing more and perhaps someday I might be able to get back into doing some old TR's of my own. It would be a great way to pass the time...I miss doing that and reading other folks TR's on here!
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