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  1. Does anyone know if Sandy's Blasting Bronco is open? On one hand, not a single ride is listed as closed right not at Nickelodeon Universe. On the other hand, that seems like a borderline miracle that not a single ride is closed given the park. Edit- The ride closures are no longer listed under Park Alerts on the home page. When you go to buy tickets, it states Sandy's is still closed for annual maintenance and Skyline Scream is closed because it's Skyline Scream.
  2. Queue-Times shows Orion as open unless that's an error. Then again, didn't Cedar Point reopen Steel Vengeance on the same day the ride bumped by running one train?
  3. Considering how strong this park's top 2 is, a coaster like Dr. D or basically any launch coaster would fit in perfectly.
  4. Today is such a weird day for crowds. The shortest wait for a coaster all-day has been Superman since that crew is absolutely killing it.
  5. I'm surprised we got the off-peak rate given how swamped Dollywood and Pigeon Forge was for spring break.
  6. This was the actual view of the better of our cabins. You could see Lightning Rod in the distance if you knew where to look. The shots were taken from the parking lots where there were less trees in the way.
  7. I'm pretty sure most people book cabins in Pigeon Forge for the view of the Smokies. I picked cabins with views of Dollywood's coasters. I was able to get some unique shots of Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle the past few days. Speaking of Lightning Rod, the coaster only opened for the final 8 minutes of the day on Sunday due to the prior day's snowstorm and then it ran like it's usual self on Monday with a delayed opening and multiple breakdowns.
  8. I'm excited to see more single rider lines. I wonder where they'll be routed.
  9. My biggest disappointment with Maverick and Steel Vengeance being pulled off early entry is that more people will probably head to Millennium Force. That has always been my go-to ride during early entry because the line for the front is easily the shortest.
  10. Top Thrill Dragster will remain closed for 2022. Link to Sandusky Register
  11. Bellewaerde This hybrid animal and amusement park surprised me. I wasn't expecting the park to look as nice as it did going into my visit. The park was very green and shady. Plus several rides were themed and incorporated animals into the experience. The park was also much busier than I anticipated. Many attractions had hour long waits just 2 hours after opening. I was fortunate I arrived at opening to knock out the major rides. I had to skip two credits for this reason. But it wasn't just the coasters that got busy, several of the water rides and safari rides did too. Bengal Express.MP4 From a ride perspective, I was most surprised to see the park still had an operating Huss topple tower in El Volador. And it was the prototype no less! The ride did have a delayed opening due to mechanical issues (surprise surprise), but I was glad to get back on one even if the ride experience isn't too great. This ride really is a lot more impressive to watch than it is to ride. And Bellewaerde placed this ride perfectly on this elevated structure and added fountains. Wakala was my favorite coaster there. This Gerstlauer creation offers a dynamic ride experience with some fun twists and turns plus a short backwards bit at the end. It rides like Firechaser Express if you take away the little pops of airtime, which still makes it an above average family coaster. Huracan was a hybrid dark ride and roller coaster. The indoor sets in the main dark ride bit were larger than expected and pretty cool. The coaster bit had a few moderately forceful drops and helixes, but there wasn't too much theming during this part. The park has one of the older Boomerangs and it was riding pretty smoothly all things considered. That allowed me to appreciate the forceful ride without getting my neck chopped. The most puzzling coaster is Dawson Duel. Take your average mountain coaster. Now remove the mountain and make guests walk to the top instead of riding up. The descent also removes the levers, so everyone goes the same speed. This ride was a big disappointment. Not only does it have a dreadful throughput, but the downhill course was quite weak between the lack of good elements and odd placement. Bellewaerde is an excellent family park combining a unique mix of rides and animals.
  12. The park does look better at night. Walking around that mall at 2 am is going to be creepy. Then again, there isn't much people there when I've gone anyway.
  13. Plopsaland de Panne The flagship park in the Plopsa chain made major waves with their new-for-2021 addition. Ride to Happiness is easily the best Mack coaster, but it seems like a weird fit for the park. Plopsaland's main audience is families. Studio 100 is analogous to Nickelodeon, so the IPs the park is based upon are targeted towards kids and tweens. So this park is sort of a dream for coaster enthusiasts. In general, the more extreme an attraction was, the shorter its wait would be. I visited on a day when the park hit capacity (albeit covid capacity) and Ride to Happiness had a max wait of 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile the water rides and Roller Skater had waits exceeding an hour most of the day. There's a reason I do not have every credit from this park. There was no way I could justify waiting 70 minutes for a junior coaster when I could ride one of the world's best coasters 3 times in the same time period. Ride to Happiness is exceptional. The spinning is faster than that of Time Traveler, especially at the end of the first launch. The ride has the two of the world's best inversions. The super-slow jojo roll is insane, getting 5-6 seconds of sustained hangtime while slowly spinning. Then the flying snake dive has similarly crazy hangtime while navigating a super disorienting element in a spinning car. The coaster also has some great airtime, particularly on the broken up top hat. The lone dead spot on the ride is that turn before the second launch. The rest of the ride is complete perfection between the elements and spinning. And you also have some mesmerizing theming plus my favorite on-board audio of any coaster. Anubis is a good Gerstlauer launch coaster. It's basically Six Flags Over Georgia's Dare Devil Dive, except the beyond vertical drop is replaced with a very strong LSM launch and a great top hat. The inversions are pretty good and I love the ride's wooded setting (except when it comes to getting photos). Two rides you need to hit early are Heidi the Coaster and Viktor's Race. If the park is open late (like it was for me), these two rides will close early due to noise. Heidi also is the major coaster that gets the longest line. Heidi is essentially a clone of White Lightning, but it didn't seem to ride as strong. I only got one ride though towards the middle of the day, but it was smooth. And it did have a neat little dark ride scene before the finale. Draak was a Mack powered coaster. I got lucky and rode it after a breakdown because this was another ride that had a sizable wait. It was pretty tame, but that's what it's supposed to be. Beyond the ride lineup, Plopsaland has great theming. I wasn't familiar with the IPs, but the rides and midways looked great. They were colorful with plenty of things to look at. Belgium got an incredible boost to their coaster lineup in 2021. Unfortunately, I missed Kondaa due to the flooding, but Ride to Happiness (while an odd fit) is a world-class coaster. And the rest of the park is quite nice too.
  14. Yup, the wooden village was still there! It's a good element, but there are several wilder ones on the ride!
  15. I'm guessing they're the same, but are the seatbelts and restraints identical to the other RMCs? One of my friends is fine on Twisted Cyclone but struggled with Lightning Rod (mostly since the staff refused to push down on his restraint).
  16. ^ I was planning a full day at Sarkanniemi originally, but my 7 hours at Linnanmaki 2 days prior wasn't enough time to get rerides there. Tornado was a bit better than Batman clones for me.
  17. ^ Thanks! I imagine one on the German fair circuit would have a wilder program.
  18. There are photos floating around (not sure if I can share them here) of the Corkscrew being dismantled.
  19. Sarkanniemi Sarkanniemi has an amazing setting. This park is in the city of Tampere situated on the water. The one downside with this location is that parking is a hot commodity. I made sure to arrive over an hour before opening to secure a spot. And it turned out the park was open for a private event, so I was able to ascend the Nasinneula observation tower (Finland's tallest structure at 551 ft) to get some unique aerial shots of the park. Most of the coasters at this park are clones. But they're cloned models I enjoy. Hype is one of the best Sky Rocket II's because of the lack of comfort collars and view. The rest of the ride has the usually strong bursts of airtime and great hangtime on the barrel roll. Motogee is a fun Zamperla motorbike coaster. I think these rides have underrated launches and the compact layout has some fun turns. Trombi is the Zamperla Volare. I know most people hate these rides, but I genuinely like them. I've never found them uncomfortable, so I can enjoy the forceful turns and freaky barrel rolls. I did have to skip the Vauhtimato kiddie coaster though. That ride's queue line was spilling way out into the midway and I didn't think it was worth it. The lone unique coaster and undeniable star is Tornado. This is a rare Intamin invert and I really liked this coaster. It rode much differently than a B&M invert, but it was still smooth and enjoyable. The highlights are the two barrel rolls. Both had oodles of hangtime and the first one has one of the best near-misses of any coaster as it goes through an underground tunnel above the load platform (on-ride photo was taken with an approved Go Pro). The park had a pretty unique flat ride lineup. They had a well-run Zamperla Power Surge in High Voltage and a really weird Huss flat ride called TakeOff, but unfortunately this one wasn't run all that fast. I had to skip the rapids due to its line, but I waited 45 minutes for the flume. It was scenic, but the drops were shallow and not all that thrilling. Because of crowds, I ultimately decided to forego the second half of the day at Sarkanniemi to return to Linnanmaki. This proved to be a wise decision. Linnanmaki was dead due to a rainstorm. I was able to ride Taiga 7 times in an hour. I did like Sarkanniemi. The coaster lineup may not have many unique ones, but Tornado is a really nice coaster and the park has a great atmosphere. And it also has this adorable piggy train.
  20. I had no doubt El Toro would reopen. It was just a matter of when, especially with the state of New Jersey. I'm going to wait until it reopens before driving down.
  21. PowerLand This was a park north of the major cities in Finland and I knew very little about it prior to my visit. The park didn't have the atmosphere of the two city parks south of it, but PowerLand was clean and well-run. The main reason for my visit was the duo of Infinity Coasters. One was Junker and the other was junk. Junker was excellent. It's one of the most underrated coasters I have ridden. The launch has some real power to it. The rest of the ride has some strong airtime and awesome hangtime. And you usually get great laterals as you're coming out of your seat as well. I got nearly a dozen rides on this coaster after a marathon at the start and end of the day. The best comparison I can give for a coaster stateside is Adventureland's Monster with the launch of TMNT Shellraiser. One of the most puzzling coaster additions of all-time is Junker. This is a Gerstlauer infinity coaster plopped right next to Junker with the exact same colors and exact same theme. While Pitts Special has some good ejector airtime on the first drop and speed hill, the rest of the ride is sort of awkward. The elements are too large and/or drawn out. Thunderbird is the coaster that was cloned for American Thunder at Six Flags St. Louis. Those who rode American Thunder in 2020 said the ride was running slower than usual. That is how Thunderbird ran. It was smooth, but it only had a few mild pops of airtime. Cobra is one of the best boomerangs. It's one of the newer ones, so it tracks very smoothly. It also has a blast of fog as you careen through the station and a unique set of trains. Joyride and Neo's Twister are the park's two family coasters. Neither were standouts, but they were fine for what they were. And I of course rode the kiddie coaster. It was a royal pain to find since it was tucked in the far corner of the park only accessible by a narrow, hidden pathway, but I got the credit! Beyond the coasters, there were a few other rides of note. Pegasus was a crazy flat ride from Technical Park. The ride program was throttled, but when it ran at its highest speed, I had no clue where I was going between all the flips and rocking. It was a delightful blend of hangtime and positive Gs at its highest speed as the seats would randomly flip. Kwai River was a bizarre log flume. After the first drop, you don't hit a splashdown. Instead, you continue speeding down this track and round an unbanked turn, getting some nasty laterals. You then go down another drop. The final plunge is pretty big for a flume and even gives a pop of airtime. Dragon Tower is a great drop tower. This is another Moser model, but the spinning seats grant a great view for everyone on the ascent. And the drop had me floating out of my seat the entire way down. One cool thing they do is that they alternate running it as a drop tower and an observation tower. There are two separate lines, so you can pick the program you prefer. Devil's Mine Hotel was a creeky dark ride, but the ride worked well enough and I really liked the western theming around the attraction. The one weird thing with this ride is that you had "ammo" so you only had a limited number of shots you could take. I've never seen a shooter limit this before. There were also some weird kiddie rides. There was a line of mechanical bulls that was chucking children left and right. And then there was this ball pit mounted on a rotating platform. I don't think we'll ever see either of these in America. PowerLand was a park I really enjoyed. Crowds were manageable and the ride lineup was pretty unique. But the reason to come here is for Junker. That ride is fantastic.
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