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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. 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.

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  3. Top Thrill Dragster will remain closed for 2022.

    Link to Sandusky Register


    SANDUSKY — Cedar Point's iconic Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster won't reopen this year, the park announced today.

    It "will remain closed for the 2022 season," park spokesman Tony Clark told the Register shortly after the state released a report about an Aug. 15, 2021, accident that severely injured a park guest in line for the ride.

    Here is the rest of the statement Clark provided:

    "Today we received the results of the investigation by the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Amusement Ride Safety & Fairs, which determined that 'after examining the documentation provided and conducting interviews of Cedar Point staff, ODA found no evidence that Cedar Point had knowledge of or reason to believe that the Top Thrill Dragster was in an unsafe condition that could cause a hazard to riders, employees, or the public on Aug. 15, 2021.'

    "Cedar Point has cooperated fully with ODA throughout its investigation into the incident and we will closely review the substance of ODA’s report."

    Update, today, 3:40 p.m

    State finds no fault in Top Thrill Dragster accident

    SANDUSKY — The first paragraph of a report from the state on its investigation of an Aug. 15, 2021, accident involving the Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster at Cedar Point indicates there was no fault found.

    "After a thorough review of the evidence collected and documented in the Investigative Summary attached
    hereto, it is the opinion of the Amusement Ride Safety (ARS) Division that there is insufficient evidence
    to find the actions or inactions of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (Cedar Point) violated any of the
    laws found in Chapter 993 of the Ohio Revised Code or any rules adopted by ODA pursuant to ORC
    993.04. Therefore, ODA ARS is not recommending any administrative action against Cedar Point."

    The Ohio Department of Agriculture has been investigating the accident for six months. A woman standing in line was struck in the head by a metal object that became dislodged from a train on the ride.

    Get the Weekender Register at a newsstand near you on Saturday or Sunday for the full story.

    Original story, today at 3:25 p.m.

    Top Thrill Dragster report due

    SANDUSKY — The Ohio Department of Agriculture has finished its investigation of the August 2021 accident involving the Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster at Cedar Point, according to the agency. A report about its findings is expected to be released shortly.

    A woman in line for the coaster was severely injured when a metal part from a coaster train dislodged and struck her in the head. Check back here for updates about the report.


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  4. 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.






    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.

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  5. 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.


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  6. On 2/13/2022 at 2:35 PM, Nrthwnd said:

    ^ Those were three of my favourite parks, on past TPR Scandinavian tours ('09 + '14). Power Park I especially enjoyed, truth!

    Not as busy there when we were there, with everything open and operating for us.

    Thanks for your TRs and views of where you visited in Finland!

    * Forgot to ask! Was the all-wooden 'village' still in back of Power Park? It was for a kids' fantasy movie and they kept the set there, afterwards.

    * And the Take-Off I remember riding there in Sarkanniemi Park, was pretty intense. At least for my "tender age" lol.

    Yup, the wooden village was still there!


    23 hours ago, prozach626 said:

    That twisted hill on Junker looks insane.

    It's a good element, but there are several wilder ones on the ride!

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  7. 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.



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