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  1. Hey Southpuddle, what is the best B&M Hyper in your opinion? I haven't rode many and thought Nitro was actually pretty fun, I liked the twistiness before the MCBR and especially liked the finishing bunny hills after the MCBR . Was actually thinking that Behemoth's layout was a bit more simple than Nitro's. But all in all still totally AMPED that there will be a B&M Hyper close by!!!!
  2. You get back from vacation and show your friends your photos and they say "What the hell! It's all pictures of coaster track!!!"
  3. Yeah... think I'll stick to rollercoasters too. Can't see putting my life into pulled to the max bungie cables. Slingshots and bungie type rides actually make me uncomfortable. Good that no one was hurt.
  4. I wonder if people actually notice the stupid videos. I am amazed when I see people boarding the train and they are acting more clueless than the characters in the videos. I get more embarrassed for them when it seems like they have never ridden a coaster before.
  5. LOL... thanks for including your short Amarillo update... that was some good funny! Sounds like you had a great trip.
  6. What a hit to heritage and the history of leisure and past time. It's very sad to hear this news. Wonder if they would even consider restoration... even then it wouldn't be the same.
  7. I agree that this is a fine collection of photos. I am excited to visit Great Adventure again this year, so your pictures are a great preview.
  8. I can totally relate to that too. I can sit and watch all day. Especially like watching the trains snake through rolls.
  9. This is an interesting question. I think that I have always had some sort of innate like of rollercoasters. When I really think of it I remember being obsessed with the film Rollercoaster when it came out (a film about derailing trains no less). I checked and that was 1977... so I was 7 years old. I remember drawing my own rollercoasters on paper during childhood and even animating them to a certain extent by cutting slits in the paper so I could make the trains follow small parts of the track. I did speeches on amusement parks back in grade school and at the time thought that I might become a rollercoaster designer (didn't realize at that age the engineering aspect of it). I rode my first coaster when I was 11 when Canada's Wonderland opened. I kind of wained for a bit during the teen/university years but I have always considered a REAL vacation as including coasters. I guess my interest got re-ignited with the invent of the Invert. So coasters have almost always been a part of my life.
  10. In recent memory, it would be waiting for Tatsu at Magic Mountain. It was a crowded Saturday. Tatsu had mechanical problems or something and went down for a period of 20 minutes, then it's test cycles. We decided to wait for it as it was the end of the day and we still hadn't had a ride. Our complete wait ended up being something like 3 hours. But god, oh god, the wait was worth that first experience dive bombing into Tatsu's pretzel loop. Thankfully this was also our first day of our week in California so we were able to return a couple more times and wait a VERY acceptable 30 to 45 minutes for our subsequent rides.
  11. Last inspection was 7 days before the accident! What the... Aren't rides like this inspected on a daily basis before opening?!?
  12. I vote for left side pictures Robb. (I was just checking out the videos page, it seems really clean. Maybe this is an example for the future Front page). I also like the bigger font for the links. Just curious you will still include "click here for older updates" at the bottom of the front page right??
  13. Okay I'll put my two cents in... 1. What do you find most useful about the front page? Able to see very easily if there is a new update or announcement. 2. What do you find least useful about the front page? I think that would be the "Search Theme Park Review" bar. 3. Is anything on the front page confusing? Haven't been confused by the front page yet... so no. 4. How far do you scroll down the front page looking for updates? Not far since I check the site almost daily for new announcements or updates. Once I look at the front page I usually go to the forums page. 5. How often do you look at the front page? Almost daily. 6. How often do you click on the "whatsnew" link? I have never clicked on the what's new link. I trust that you are going to highlight the big stuff on the front page so I usually don't bother. The front page is already the "what's new" page for me. 7. What would you like to see added to the front page to make your visits to TPR better? I'm not sure. Things are pretty good. Easy to navigate for the most part. Although at first I would always wonder where do I sign in. So maybe a highlighted sign in area. 8. Anything else you would like to mention? Like any thing else you would like to see us add/change/leave alone/etc? Maybe just a facelift to the site. I picture something clean and sleek looking, right now it's dark and a bit "boxy". Otherwise front page content is good. I really like the thumbnails included on the updates page. Keep up the emails for important announcements. Also like that you are highlighting birthdays on the site... very cool. Anything that you can do to make members feel a part of the group is really good.
  14. ^^ I agree... thanks again for sharing and the reminder of the summer fun to come. I really do think that you are on to something with this photography thing Monkeypants!!!
  15. All I can say is thanks for the photos. I have always loved close up shots of riders. You can see looks of pure joy and sometimes terror in people's faces... but it's all good because you know they are having a blast. I always like hearing comments from people who just got off Millenium on the way out after they get off. These definitely put a smile on my face.
  16. DenDen how can you yawn at another B&M!??! Crazy man... crazy. lol. This looks like it will be very nice addition to the park especially if it protrudes into the city walk. I always thought that City walk could use a little more screaming flying it's way through over head as you peruse the shops and bars.
  17. Canada's Wonderland I guess would be my home park since it's the closest. These days I am able to last maybe half a day before I get bored. It's nice for something to do but the coaster's are so small. Things are looking up with the addition of Behemoth but I think that I would look at replacing some of the coasters, Minebuster and Wilde Beast are just too rough for my aging bod these days. I would look at adding a B&M invert and maybe an Intamin prefab woodie like El Toro. Hmmm, while I am at it I would just create a B&M/Intamin coaster park, one of each of their models.
  18. OI! I assume that the permits they talk of are for the footprint. If it's about height clearance give me a break... especially considering the structures nearby.
  19. Not sure if this would be considered a ride. But qeue lines that have benches built into one side all the way through the qeue. After walking all day would be nice to have a decent sit while we wait. Not sure about ideas about more stand up style coasters... for the same reason... after walking all day, and waiting in line, it is just good to have a seat when you finally board to ride. The last thing I want to do is stand up more on a ride. LOL
  20. I bruised my ass on Downhill Double Dipper and Summit Plummit when I was there many moons ago... from that vacation on it was never really a vacation unless I returned home with a bruised ass.
  21. Thanks for sharing your photos. Brought back some not so distant memories from my trip to California last March. It was a good visit to Knott's when we went. Beautiful weather and not crowded at all. Silver Bullet was the highlight for since we got to ride countless times with minimal wait.
  22. Thank you for this trip report!!! Zepplin looks incredible. I love the white and blue as it sits on the lagoon. The park itself looks really nice. Can't wait to visit. I will have to plan a trip out that way.
  23. Thanks for the photo update. Looks like it was a great time. Some day... hope to join all of you on such a day.
  24. I've always wondered "why don't they?" as opposed to "why did they?" when it comes to Marineland in Niagara Falls Ontario. Huge expansive property that takes you forever to walk between rides, it's mostly park land... a big collection of Huss rides and Dragon Mountain. I have always thought that the area is ripe for a huge B&M maunfactured monster. But I guess finances wise, maybe they don't have the ability to invest upfront for a big B&M or something similar. It would certainly help them catch up to other Marinelands though.
  25. Worst sledding experience... I must have been about 10 or so. We were at a ski hill resort and near the chalet they had these runs set up that you could ride your sleds down. So i jumped into one on my magic carpet that I had at the time. Didn't know that there were jumps made of built up snow however at the bottom. Don't know how far I launched or how high but I think I nearly killed myself when I finally landed. Moral of the story is to look before you leap.
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