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Everything posted by gatorchomp83

  1. Yeah, you should probably tamper that expectation quite a bit or expect a massive disappointment. They may both be Intamin multi-launch rides, but Cheetah Hunt isn't in the same stratosphere as Maverick....
  2. I'm a fan of it. Much better experience than using mobile browsers. Was hoping for awhile you guys would go this route! Can the software on your end be tweaked to bring over the same styling options that TPR's forum has? Color scheme, et al. Make it feel more "TPR-y." These things can be a pain so bravo on putting in the work in getting this live.
  3. I figured you guys were enthusiasts...I just thought it was interesting that SHE was riding and you were taking the pictures lol. It's usually the other way around. I love just stopping in there for 30min to grab rides before continuing on with my day! That's the day before we leave for Coasting for Kids and I'm off....And free beer...Tempting.
  4. I've heard that Transformers will be soft opening again this evening around 5, and tomorrow around 3...
  5. Invertalon, if you're talking about today, I was there around 4pm for about 15 laps in a yellow shirt. Got my 101st ride on it today. Edit: Were you out in a black shirt with a DSLR?
  6. Personally, I rank the GCIs I've ridden like this... Thunderhead Prowler Renegade White Lightning Apocalypse Evel Knieval Kentucky Rumbler Gwazi *Edit: Forgot about Apocalypse. Adjusted my ranking.
  7. A few of us were talking about this the other day and it kind of blew our minds...It's been longer since Holiday World got a new coaster than the time between Raven - Legend and Legend - Voyage.... Can't believe it's been seven years already! Crazy...
  8. Got 53 rides on White Lightning yesterday....Almost to 100 already....... It's REALLY starting to break in!
  9. Completely agree with Kara. The mechanicals throughout the show building completely take you out of the experience, which honestly isn't much to begin with. The area is absolutely gorgeous, the ride system is amazing, and the exhibit at the end is authentic and very nice; it's really cool being able to get so close to the animals! But the ride just doesn't make any sense. You're spinning around random set pieces that aren't connected whatsoever, as far as we could tell, and it's incredibly short. The ride motions themselves are fun, but again....it doesn't make one bit of sense. Just give me a nice attraction where you can see the animals in their habitat and be done, no storyline needed. It's also unbelievable that you can't just go in and see the exhibit without waiting in line....And currently it's around a four hour wait. Congrats to SeaWorld on a gorgeous area, but the ride leaves a lot to be desired.
  10. Picked up an annual pass last night and headed back to the park with some friends. The ride is already picking up speed! It was noticeably faster from the commercial shoot the day before. The crowds there are practically non-existent right now so we were able to basically just sit on the ride as long as there wasn't someone waiting for our row. The price of the annual pass was offset just last night, as the amount of times we rode everything in the park more than paid for it on a per ride basis! Fun Spot has a winner here, and I'm happy it's only 10 minutes from our house. I see many trips over the next year!
  11. Had a BLAST this morning riding White Lightning! Ended up with 18 rides, and I couldn't be happier to have this ride 10 minutes from our house. Congrats to GCI and Fun Spot for a great addition, and props to Robb, Elissa, Jake and Jack for great and professional coverage. Awesome day!
  12. Awesome to hear that Freedom Flyer is open! Will be heading out shortly with some people to ride it and hopefully catch some more White Lightning testing!
  13. Had fun hanging out with the five of us who ventured out there! The ride got noticeably faster between the first and 10th runs that we saw! Too bad it was dark, but am glad Robb could show y'all the videos! It's gonna be a great ride.
  14. Just swung by the park and have a few pictures to share. There's been a lot completed since the last time I was there about 2 weeks ago. A lot more structure has been put in place for the return run. The next big hill is halfway complete. And the remainder of the lift as well as the pre-lift section has been installed as well. Onto the pictures!
  15. Just stopped by Fun Spot real quick, and I come bearing a couple more pictures... Overview of what is done so far. More return run supports have been added, as well as the turn after the first drop. Working on the first turn. They were installing the second to last support for the first drop when I was there. More first turn and return run fun Another overview of the construction site. One last picture of the first drop, where if you look closely you can see them installing that second to last support.
  16. Stopped by Fun Spot today after class to get a couple of pics of White Lightning...Looks like they're about halfway done with the first drop now, and have also put up some new bents for the return run right next to the drop. Will try to stop by after class more often for updates! Here are a couple of pictures.
  17. In 30 days you could easily, and healthily, knock off 15lbs or more depending on how serious you took it. I lost 62lbs last year (and have kept it off) and in my first month alone I dropped 17lbs. It can be done, and if you're serious about it, it's not that hard. Just need to dedicate yourself. Why worry about IF you can fit, and work on fixing it so you'll KNOW you can fit?
  18. People are actually complaining about the slits in the towers?? L.O.L.
  19. I've ridden Voyage in 2006 (during HoliWood Nights, and later in the year in September). Have also ridden it in 2007 (HoliWood Nights), 2008 (HoliWood Nights) and 2010 (HoliWood Nights). And while in 2010 it had noticeabley aged since my first visit in 2006, I still found it completely breath taking and "perfect." It could stand to be smoothed out a bit, but the completely out of control, non-stop, never let you catch your breath feeling that ride provides is something that only Boulder Dash to me has come close to matching, as far as wooden coasters go (I305 is the only steel coaster I've ridden that approaches Voyage, IMO...And it's damn close). I've only ridden El Toro on one trip (2008?) and got multiple rides on it (during the day and at night), and while it is a truly incredible ride, there are parts of it that just meander, in my opinion. The first drop, the Thunder hill, and the three big camelbacks are amazing, but to me everything else was just kind of....Ok. And it kind of putters out at the end. My top 10 is littered with rides that are just out of control from start to end (Voyage, Boulder Dash, Ravine Flyer, Phoenix, Thunderhead, Hades) and that's what I love most in coasters. I can overlook a little roughness, and even somewhat of a beating, if it comes from a ride with an inspired layout, and one that is relentless....In a good way. I do love that the whole Voyage vs El Toro debate is still raging to this day, though lol
  20. Here's my preferences: RANK THE FOLLOWING RIDING SENSATIONS <-LEAVE THIS LINE AS IS Out of Control Feeling/Directional Changes_,y,y,1 Abrupt Airtime_____________________________,y,y,2 Sensation of Speed_________________________,y,y,3 Floating Airtime___________________________,y,y,4 Lateral Forces_____________________________,y,y,5 Positive G's/Loops_________________________,y,y,6 Top 10: The Voyage Holiday World IN,y,n,1 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CT,y,n,2 My Favorite Steel Anypark Anywhere **,y,n,3 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer PA,y,n,4 Phoenix Knoebel's PA,y,n,5 Thunderhead Dollywood TN,y,y,6 El Toro SFGAd NJ,y,n,7 Hades Mount Olympus WI,y,n,8 Prowler Worlds of Fun MO,y,n,9 HellCat Timber Falls WI,y,n,10 Raven Holiday World IN,y,n,11 Bottom 10: Rebel Yell Kings Dominion VA,y,n,62 Hurler Kings Dominion VA,y,n,63 Rolling Thunder SFGAd NJ,y,n,64 Thunderhawk Dorney Park PA,y,n,65 The Beast Kings Island OH,y,n,66 Son of Beast (SBNO) Kings Island OH,y,n,67 Mean Streak Cedar Point OH,y,n,68 The Grizzly Great America CA,y,n,69 Timber Wolf Worlds of Fun MO,y,n,70 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,71
  21. Some really nice photos in there, but like others have said...Easy on the saturation. Some great photos were actually hurt by the saturation. Too much saturation hurts the eyes!
  22. I'm gonna go ahead and pile on Ghostrider... Rode it for the first time in June, and it was one of the worst coasters I've ever been on. It's likely in my bottom 5 overall, and definitely one of my three least favorite wooden coasters. If I ever go back there, the only chance it stands of me riding it again would be if it got the topper track treatment, otherwise, burn it down.
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