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  1. Ok let me say first I'm not saying this because I'm a Carowinds fanboy I've been on 3 flyers (Borg, Batwing and Superman - GA) and honestly I think Borg is the best. Borg and the other Vekoma flyers have a much better layout. Although the B&M version is much smoother, but tends to be a bit boring on the layout part. If they did a B&M layout like or similar to the Vekomas, they'd kick (that body part I can't say). lol Plus Borg's first two drops are over a pond, Batwing is over a field and so is Superman. Wow, exciting.
  2. It depends on what type of coaster we're talking about. The Vekomas flying coasters are actually pretty smooth, whereas the Vekoma SLC's make you pray for the ride to be over. Overall I'd say Arrow, but Vekoma does make a few (flyers) that are better.
  3. My suggestion is to go counter-clockwise. They say most people go into a park and hang a right out of habit. Most parks this works well at except for Carowinds (which has a back entrance too) and Dollywood which has Thunderhead to the left of the entrance.
  4. Nice pics You guys have a really nice looking apartment. Where is that Beverly Hills ??? Wes "Suspects that Robb is actually the mastermind behind XBox" Connell Too bad I'm only 3000 miles away give or take a few or I'd join you next time.
  5. I too do not like the thought of the Great Gasp being torn down. It's like PKD or PKI ripping out their Eiffel Towers. It's such an icon at SFOG and I'd hate to see it bite the dust. Plus I have a really bad memory of crying because I couldn't ride it when I was 5. Oh wait, maybe this isn't such a bad thing. Just kidding I'm glad I rode both rides this spring!!!
  6. Silver Dollar City - They are one of Dollywood's sister parks and Dollywood also used to be called Silver Dollar City. I heard from one of the Dollywood employees on another site that it will probably be the Topple Tower you described. He said however that they aren't getting the coaster this year. Hopefull he's wrong on the 2nd ride.
  7. ^^ I have to say though that SFA had pretty nice employees. I even had two that were very helpful. I think it helps when you don't go up to them with a frown on your face looking like you have an attitude. It seems that the whole "ghetto" thing seems to only happen at Six Flags. I've never really seen it that much or at all at the Paramount or Cedar Fair parks. Security seems to be an issue overall at SFI.
  8. Dollywood and Lake Winnie are very close to each other. I think like 30 or 45 minutes apart. SFKK gets my vote for one of the ugliest and worst kept up parks. The whole place needs a paint job. Most of the coasters can be found at any Six Flags except for Thunder Run and Chang. You really are going out of the way though to go to SFKK from Dollywood. You have to drive to Nashville and then head North. Louisville is 2 hours or so southwest from Cincinnati. I'd recommend just leaving Dollywood and heading straight for PKI. It's a more direct route going towards CP. But it's up to you, if you've been to SFGadv and I'm sure you have living in NY then you will probably be majorly dissapointed with SFKK. Holiday World is an hour West of Louisville KY, so it's not really on your way if you skip SFKK. But you can do both SFKK and HW in one day (which is what I did). Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth
  9. There is a sign on Top Gun at Carowinds that states that the ride has problems with bees/wasps on the lift hill in late summer/early fall. There are bee catcher things on the lift hill as well. I guess this shouldn't be a big surprise as they like to build their nests high off the ground.
  10. I tell ya, SFKK is one of the worst parks I've been to. Period. I'd recommend hitting Holiday World over SFKK. Holiday World's Legend is worth the drive alone!
  11. So you're saying your "Playtime" wasn't great?? Just checking I had sort of the same experience at 02. Batwing ran 1 train and I got my credit, but then was broke the rest of the day. Superman ran great though all day. Wild One was down until like 4:00 and I got the first train or second out. I've been to 3 Six Flags parks now and 2 of the 3 were sub-par at best (SFA and SFKK). SFKK was one of the worst parks I've ever been to as far as being well-kept. BGW is always my "litmus test" (sp?) against other parks and so far no Six Flags has come even close. SFOG is the best of the 3 I've been to, but it's got it's "ghetto issues" as well. I agree that Six Flags should sell off a lot of the parks and let someone like Cedar Fair or Paramount run them. Sea coaster was down when I was there as well, with no water in the troff (sp?) either. Sounds like they need to rip it out. Roar was actually running really well when I was there and loved it. Maybe it was having an off day Further proof http://www.wusatv9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=40220
  12. Lake Winnie you could do in half a day and drive on to Dollywood. Dollywood depending on the crowds you could hit all the coasters in half a day. The park has enough to do a whole day though. Thunderhead is always the busiest from 10-12, after that it usually is about a walk on when 2 trains are running. I just did a 7 day trip myself to the midwest and hit 5 parks. It saves time and money if you can hit smaller parks together when possible. Probably the best route I would recommend: SFOG Lake Winnie and Dollywood Carowinds (4 hours east of Dollywood) PKD, BGW and SFA (all within an hour of each other and PKD is 5 hours from Charlotte) Beyond that I'm not sure because I haven't driven north of Maryland yet on any coaster trips.
  13. Best - Dueling Dragons. Honorable Mention - Hulk Worst - Flight of Fear. The video gets really annoying after a while. Dis-Honorable Mention- Most Six Flags ques. They are never covered and it's alway 95 degrees and the sun is out.
  14. A report came out later saying that Paramount is denying this rumor and has no plans to build the park.
  15. I told you the tea cups were good! Glad to hear you got to ride ye olde Dizzy Disk I was up there the other week and rode it again. I guess I'm "anatomically correct" for those seats. I've never had any problems with them. After I lose some weight that might change though. lol
  16. While I don't like to see any coaster bite the dust, I'd rather see Top Gun go than Vortex. Vortex is one of my favorite Arrow loopers and I'd really hate to see it go in the scrap pile. I rode it again this year and it didn't seem nearly as rough as some of the others out there. I just hold my head back against the restraint.
  17. I saw this tv show twice (well I fell asleep the first time) in the past week. The SLC is so rediculous, I'm going "Why in the world would you feature a SLC?" LOL They also should have checked their facts as well, they made more than a few mistakes. And I'm not talking about saying that S:UF was the only one in the world, when they shot the show I'm sure it was.
  18. Phython from what I remember was kind of smooth for an arrow. plus it's very short and only 2 corks. As far as Gwazi, do you hold on or let your body go (raise your hands) during the ride? If you hold on maybe the vibrations of the ride were just a bit too much for you that day. I've had coasters give me a headache, but not very often.
  19. I don't live in Atlanta, but I've visited the park probably a dozen or more times since I live about 4 hours away in Charlotte. My best advice is that if you want to go downtown (and they have a lot to do there) catch the MARTA trains/"subway" into downtown. It's really easy to use and cheaper than parking as well. They only have 3 lines. North/South NorthEast/South and East/West so if you get lost on their subway you need help. lol Avoid weekends at SFOG. It tends to be very crowded and crazy. Week days are much better, like most parks. World of Coca Cola is cool, but I probably won't ever do it again. The testing room was the best part. Catch a Braves game if you can, I haven't been able to yet. Oh and don't forget Visionland http://www.rcdb.com/qs.htm?quicksearch=visionland is only like 1.5 hours west of Atlanta on I-20.
  20. One time I think it was in 2001 the year that Acrophobia opened I had a terrible experience on that ride. There was this huge group that was cutting in front of all of us and it was probably an hour wait. Well I called one of the attendants over when I got up to the ride and told them. The people of course denied it and started to make ugly faces and such at me. When I left the ride they were waiting there for the rest of their group and they started making more comments. They knew they were guilty and mad that someone had done something. Well to top it off, the security guard came and asked them if they did it. They said no and she left! She didn't do a thing to them. So I felt like at this point this gang of people was going to do something to me if I met them again in the park, so I left for the day. When I got home I wrote a letter to the park and they never even responded! After about 2 months of waiting on response (that never came) I tracked down the email address for someone at the park and complained to them. They at least appolgized, but didn't send me a free ticket or anything and since it was their fault that I felt in danger, then I feel like they should have at least done that. I didn't go back to park for another year at least and that was in fall of 02 for Superman. If they hadn't added S:UF I probably wouldn't have gone back until this year. It really proved to me that it's not even worth complaining about line jumpers. All the park is going to do is endanger your life. They should eject line jumpers from the parks, that would stop it. Just thowing them out of the line doesn't do a thing.
  21. Yep. I was at that concert too! Don't get me started on that trip. I got lost, got a ticket, and made it to the concert with like 30 minutes to spare!!! The new Stryper CD "Reborn" will be out August 16. BTW the bass player Tim left the group for personal reasons (I don't think he wanted to go back on the road). So they will have 1 new member and the 3 other originals.
  22. TRIP REPORT PKI 05/20, SFKK/HW 05/21, Beech Bend 05/22, Dollywood 05/23, Jeepers 05/24 Hello all. 8) 05/19 was Media Day for the new Italian Job Stunt Track at PKI. Pictures are at the very bottom. 05/20 PKI The next day after the media day I planned on hitting PKI for the first time since 2002. I got to the park about 9:00 and after getting my Carowinds pass to go in (I have a Carowinds Season Pass) I headed to the ACE square for my first walk-back. Because of the rain on media day I had only gotten one ride on Italiana Job, so I decided to do my walk back to Italian Job. Surprise surprise our Walk-back talk was handled by none other than Jeff (the head of PR at PKI). He told us of some of the new things at the park, etc. Then he announced that they had just added a third train to Italian Job that morning and it would be testing until about Noon. But he did give us free walk-on passes to ride it later in the day. Kudos to PKI!! So with that out of the way and and no IJ to ride, we were all walked back to the Beast for a “walk-on” they basically walk you all the way back to the line and you are first in line when 10:00 comes. Beast – 10:00 am I got on the first train out, I think I was in the 2nd row. Comments: Wow this thing is not nearly as much in the morning when it hasn’t “woken up” yet. It’s much more bumpy and such. Also, my fears were realized on the first drop and second drop as they brake you both places which kills ALL air time on those two hills. I had heard about this for about a year or two now and I have to agree that it’s not the best thing to do to the ride. I’d rather they brake you over by the covered bridge section. But old Beast seems a bit faster than the last time I remember it so maye it’s just too fast to be safe there now. Don’t know. First ride of the day and walk back 10/10. Overall morning ride on Beast 6/10. I will not go into detail on everything else in the park, but give you scores and highlights. Italian Job – 8/10 Over the course of the 2 days I got 4 rides. 2 rides with headlights/talelights off . 2 rides with them on. Both are totally different expereinces in the tunnel. I prefer the lights off myself. This is not a high thrill coaster, it’s a highly themed coaster that families could enjoy without being scared to death like on something like The Mummy. That doesn’t mean it’s boring, it’s just not intense. Tomb Raider – 7/10 This was my 2nd ride, is it me or has this thing always had such a short run time? It seemed extrememly short this time for some reason. It’s a fun ride though. Though they need to turn the lights back OFF in the room. It takes away all the suspense. Scooby Doo’s Ghoster Coaster – 5/10 The brakes on this thing are a killer for guys (and you know which area of the body I’m talking about). It’s a fun little coaster, but not much more than a coaster credit. Beastie – 6/10 Pretty much a clone of the other two coasters like it (Fairly Odd Coaster at PC and Scooby Doo at PKD). However the paint job looks awful and the grounds in between the supports made it look like a Six Flags (trashy). The Racer – 7/10 This one also looked like it needed some maintenance and a paint job. Adventure Express – 7/10 (one of my favorite mine train’s) Seems like they might have added some new tunnels or something to this one. The seats though are very hard and not very comfortable. Delirium – 10/10 Oh my!!! I was expecting great things from this ride and it delivered!!! Now if only PC would get one of these!!!! Beast at Night – 10/10 Amazing ride at night. Much smoother and I rode out of the station at 10:58 or so, so it was my last ride of the night. I rode all the coasters in the park except for the little Taxi Jam or whatever it's called. They won't let adults on without a child. Overall rating for PKI – 9/10 Holiday World 05/21 My plan was to do Holiday World in the morning and SFKK in the afternoon. Holiday World was very clean and the staff overall was pretty friendly. The Raven – 6/10 All this hype, all this hype… for what? I’m sorry, but people have hyped this thing up beyond what it really is. For those that haven’t ridden it, it’s extremely short. Nothing like I was expecting. And if this had been the only coaster at the park I would have been majorly upset and dissapointed. For the ride that’s actually there, yes it’s amazing. But it’s over before you can even think about what’s happening. Next door lies another story… The Legend – 10/10 Why is it that no one talks about Legend, but talks about Raven??? This thing is truly amazing and has knocked Georgia Cyclone out of my #3 spot on my woody list. (My #1 is still Beast and #2 is Thunderhead). Call my nostalgic, but I still love The Beast. Great air time on this thing and one was even ejector air time. I loved the School House look of the station (after all it is themed after the Legend of Sleepy Hollow). The last tunnel/helix is the weirdest one I’ve ever seen on a wooden coaster. It’s like banked left instead of right or something like that and it feels like this monster is going to throw you out of your seat any second!!! This thing is truly amazing and is the best CCI I’ve been on. Howler – No rating My legs were too long for this kiddie coaster for some reason and I couldn’t ride. Flyers – 5/10 After getting addicted to Carowinds (formerly PKI’s) flyers I looked forward to checking out Holiday World’s version. This model appears to be smaller than the PC version and doesn’t run nearly as fast. As a result, snapping seems to be impossible to do on this ride. S & S Tower (Liberty Launch) – 6/10 S & S really has made me quite a fan of their rides. Although very short, this is quite a good copy of Power Tower (althought I still haven’t been on PT yet). Overall this is a family park and a nice one at that. Although it’s funny seeing a park built out in the middle of a field. LoL The ammenities (free parking, free soft drinks, ACE discount) make this park worth checking out. Legend alone was worth the 1 hour drive from Louisville. Overall Holiday World rating 8/10. SFKK 05/21 I didn’t have very high expectations for this park, but since I have a Six Flags pass I was going to go anyway. LoL This has to be the weirdest and one of the ugliest parks I’ve ever been to. The whole park the paint has faded out on almost all the buildings and rides. There are a few exceptions, but I’ve never been in a park except for one section of SFA where it looked like the park had been abandoned for 10 years and then they just opened it up that day for us to go in to see. Wow. Wild Mouse – 5/10 This was near the front so I hit it first. After waiting in a very hot que and having people jump in front of me on more than one occasion, I was ready to ride. This mouse looked really cool from the ground. How wrong I was. This gets my award as the most painful mouse I’ve ever been on. The restraints eat into your skin and just pinch you to death. On to better things??? We hope… Greezed Lightning - 10/10 I had ridden this many times when it was at SFOG and couldn’t wait to ride it again. I like the paint job, very cool colors. For some reason it seems like it takes forever to get up to speed on this thing now. Maybe I just forgot what it was like at SFOG, but it seemed that way. Still a great Schwarzkopf though. I love the back and the back spike. Chang – 8/10 (Takes #2 on my stand-up list) Chang seems to be somewhat of a mirror image of Mantis, althought shorter and thankfully smoother. This seemed to be the only themed coaster in the park and was well done IMO. I liked all the Asian looking plants. Unfortuantley this ride is starting to loosen up and was a bit bumpier than I like. Georgia Scorcher has nothing to worry about it looks like it was stay my #1 stand-up. T 2 – 2/10 (Terror to the 2nd power, no kidding!) This is my 2nd SLC, and was by far one of the most painful coasters I’ve ever ridden. It actually hurt my back during one of the inversions. I will probably never ride this again. It also has a very confusing que lines to find. It’s behind the coaster and you there’s not sign telling you where to go to get on the ride!!! Thunder Run – No rating I couldn’t even get to ride this thing because the left hand seat belt was so far down in the seat that I couldn’t even buckle the belt! How rediculous! But it looks to be a “clone” of the two Hurler coasters. However, I had the best customer service moment ever at a Six Flags at Thunder Run. There was a manager there and he saw what happened and he walked me to Twisted Twins and walked me up the exit and let me sit wherever I wanted to. He was a nice guy and we talked about ACE and other things on the way over to Twisted Twins. Twisted Twins - 7/10 I think it was Lola that was running (pink train/white trim). Stella was not running, bummer. The only real complaint about this wooden/dueling coaster is that the gersluaer (sp?) trains beat up your legs unless you hold your legs together. (Much like Son of Beast’s restrains beat your legs up). I thought it was a fun woody and if both sides had been working, it might have even made it on my top 10 woody list. Nice interesting layout. Overall rating for SFKK 6/10 Beech Bend - Bowling Green, KY This is a tiny little park that is also part of a drag strip, etc. They are also building a GCI woody for next year!!! This park has a lot of traveling models of rides and most of the flats you would see at your local county fair. That doesn’t mean they aren’t good, but they are pretty common. Looping Star – 6/10 This appears to be a traveling model by Pinfari. A fun little coaster, the loop is pretty intense. It’s also funny that they still have the advertising signs on the coaster that look to be in Italian or some other language. Dragon – 6/10 For a kiddie coaster, this is actually pretty fun. Although if you’re an adult you feel like you’re going to fall out on the lift hill that tilts to the left a lot. Drop Tower 7/10 I can’t recall who built this, but it’s a very different little drop tower. Most drop towers take you to the top, then you sit for a second or two and wait for the lock to unlock and let you drop. This thing let’s you go as soon as you reach the top. It surprised me how quickly it let’s go! It’s fun and I rode it twice. It’s actually sitting right beside the construction site of the new GCI Woody that’s being built. Footers are already present. It looks like the footprint for this coaster is going to be very small. I rode various other flat rides, but most are pretty standard rides. Haunted House – 7/10 Another park that has an old dark ride/haunted house. (Lake Winnie’s is probably better). Although this one is very long and VERY dark. It’s mostly you riding around in the dark and then seeing different scenes every now and then. Nothing really jumps out at you that I recall. I rode it twice I believe. Overall a fun little park in the middle of nowhere, lol. If you have kids older than about 6 or so they will love this park. http://www.beechbend.com/ Wild Mouse – Still under construction and I have pictures at the bottom of the page of it under construction!!! Overall rating for Beech Bend 7/10 Dollywood – 10/10 I didn’t stay very long as I had been twice before this season. The park is still one of the nicest in the South and the Dizzy Disk was working again!!! Overall I had a blast on my week-long coaster excursion. I had nice weather every day except for Media Day at PKI. I went to the new Jeepers in Gastonia NC on the way home. It's on the 3rd level of a mall there. It's not as good as the one at Concord Mills IMO. It doesn't have a scrambler like CM, and they wouldn't let anyone on Python Pit unless they were 5 foot 3 or below. It kind of pissed me off since they've got the same model up at Concord Mills and they let me ride that one. But this is Gastonia I'm talking about after all. lol (Charlotte humor) Overall rating 4/10 This Jeepers is basically just an arcade with Python Pit and maybe 2 kiddie rides. I drove over 1600 miles in those 7 days. Here are my pics I took http://community.webshots.com/album/354317270dUmAqO http://community.webshots.com/album/354437870xnRueU
  23. BGT is best described IMO as a Zoo with coasters. The place is nothing like BGW in that respect. They have great coasters and some thrill rides, but not that many. I'd say go for it, especially since it's only an hour away from Orlando. If only I lived an hour away from Sheikra. But then I'd have to deal with Orlando heat, nahhhhhhhhhh.
  24. Nice TR. Too bad you didn't get to ride Dizzy Disk. I loved that thing!!! I was there for "grand" opening weekend and rode it twice on Sat and then it broke down and wasn't heard from the rest of the weekend. Dollywood is a great park, I'll be back there again for probably the last time this season this coming Sunday and Monday.
  25. Age 33 I think my first coaster was Space Mountain at WDW my 2nd was probably the Little Rock N' Rollercoaster at Opryland (r.i.p.)
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