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About swampfox

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    I'm a know-it-all about donkeys!
  • Birthday 06/25/1985
  1. I think these problems stem from the Carowinds tower being implicated in the plane crash in 1974. It's the one that Stephen Colbert's father and older brothers died on. Apparently there was a lot of fog that morning and the tower was being used as a landmark, but according to the FAA report, it just confused the flight crew more.... Not saying it absolutely has to do with the supposed new rules... just that it might. If nothing else, it's a piece of trivia I guess.
  2. 1. Hersheypark 2. Knoebels 3. EPCOT 4. Kennywood 5. Magic Kingdom 6. Cedar Point 7. Hollywood Studios (Disney/MGM when I last went) 8. Kings Dominion 9. Dollywood 10. Carowinds
  3. Hurricane Isabel struck the Richmond area head-on in 2003, as did Hurricane Gaston in 2004, Hurricane Fran in 1996, and Hurricane Floyd in 1999. It does get hurricanes occasionally... even strong ones. Remember, the west wall of the hurricane is the strongest.
  4. I think it's sad that what is probably the best suspended coaster on the planet is being removed, but I do have to admit that it's the least best coaster at BGW. It's sad that the only real family coaster there is being removed, but we don't know that another family coaster isn't coming. Heck, maybe a new coaster would even have a drop down to water level as a Big Bad Wolf tribute. With this land and the land Drachen Fire used, I think a new country or a huge expansion is an exciting idea, even if it takes a few years to happen. My only concern is landscaping actually. I love Griffon
  5. Well, Time Shaft, which was on the right side of the current first launch of Volcano, and Haunted River were the last two attractions left in the mountain. They closed a full year before Volcano opened. The mountain sat dormant for a year. Smurf Mountain went away way back in 1994 I think, and Mt. Kilimanjaro... I don't remember that one, but the mini-mountain that it was half-enclosed in is still there. Surprisingly, I have never seen a single photo or a confirmed tear down date for Kilimanjaro. It's like a lost ride, there being no pictures and all. That ride and the Adam's Apple wh
  6. ... and the rest of day 1. This is how the lights would look if the park were owned by Paramount. (AKA not fixed since it opened.) Come on, it ain't that dumb of a ride... It's got its cheesy charm. I dug it. So sad these rides are not around much anymore. I love em. So when we got back to the station, someone yelled "Oh my God! My spleen!" Oh don't they look thrilled... Tell me, how often do they ever have to use these switchbacks on Mean Streak? Sadly, where there is smoke does not necessarily mean there is fire. Mean Streak is still there. "My pine! Wh
  7. Here are photos from day 1 at Cedar Point. Well, actually it was just a hail storm, but it was one of the worst I've been in. And then this meteor shower started and we all died!!!! On our way to the car for lunch, this suddenly started. Here's an amateurish artsy shot of Maverick. I loved this arcade by Gemini that seemed unchanged since the area opened in the late 70s. Boom Ball? WTH? Even with the clouds, Cedar Point is incapable of looking dreary. The day starts to look ominous. An assault of colors supports and sky! One thing Cedar Point does well is yel
  8. I have yet to ride I steel coaster that has banged my ears as much as Anaconda at Kings Dominion in the transition between its two lopsided loops. I still ride it though.
  9. Sorry I haven't updated this in a week. I've been busy. At any rate, the first day of Cedar Point pics will be up on Monday sometime. Until then, here's some thoughts of my first day ever at Cedar Point. (All coasters/rides not spoken of will be talked about on the TR of the second day. This update only encompasses the first one.) After a day off after Hersheypark to recharge ourselves and get to Ohio, we headed to Cedar Point. During our two day stay at the park, we camped out at nearby East Harbor State Park, which I really must recommend. Great staff, good camping spots, and o
  10. Just to clarify, I didn't say Berserker wasn't popular. It always has been, even before Dominator. I'm just saying it's been a rumor, but it's been a rumor for years, just as Shockwave's and Avalanche's removals have. (However I will be pissed if they get rid of Avalanche, as it was my first coaster.) As for Americana offering photo ops, this is Cedar Fair we're talking about. They of the "cameras are not allowed on any ride in the park" ilk.
  11. That's true. I can still remember the Scrambler and Cinema 180 being on the other side of International Street from Berserker. I think the employee cafeteria is there now though. I guess maybe Berserker could be going perhaps...
  12. Another great trip report from you as always. I wish I could make comments that good. I gotta get to SFGAm sometime. (I like through the fence shots too.)
  13. Psh... Prudential lives up to its prude name. Next we'll hear that suburbs move next to theme parks and complain about the noise... oh wait...
  14. Yeah, the Enterprise was behind the swings. I believe it was initially supposed to go down for a refurb and just never came back.
  15. Cedar Fair, please give Head Spin a new name. That name sucks more than Drop Tower.
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