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  1. Thanks. So the clockwise plan sounds pretty good. During the day, I do want to get all of the credits excluding Taxi Jam (I do enjoy credits, but I have my limits), but that seems like a strong plan that gets several of the coasters out of the way. You mentioned the Bat and Thunder Run only having one train operations. Because of that, I'm considering just getting those two out of the way first so that I don't have to endure 30-60 minute waits for a coaster that is clearly not worth it.
  2. Just curious, but what is the best plan for hitting the rides at Canada's Wonderland? I'm going next Tuesday and have heard to expect large waits during the middle of the day. I am probably getting there at 10:00-10:30. So, if I get there at opening, what is the best order to do the park in? While I want to do Behemoth first, I have a feeling that everyone heads there first and that it has a high capacity. I'm thinking of hitting Flight Deck, Time Warp, Dragon Fire, Bat, Fly, Thunder Run, Vortex in that order. Is that a good plan to avoid long waits? Also, do lines die down by the end of the day so that several coasters are essentially walk-ons?
  3. I'm visiting Canada's Wonderland next week and only have one day there. I have heard that I should expect heavy crowds even on a weekday. I am skipping the water park in an effort to hit all of the major flat rides and roller coasters. I heard that Behemoth will have a full queue all day since (even at opening) since it is the park's marquee attraction; however, I heard that the full queue is only 30-45 minutes. I'm thinking of hitting a ton of the low capacity coasters first. The ones that I want to get out of the way early due to possible waits would be Flight Deck, Time Warp, Thunder Run, Fly, Bat, Ghoster Coaster, and Silver Streak. So, any touring plans would be greatly appreciated? Do I go in the Medieval Fair, International Festival, or Action Zone first? Also, do crowds die down at closing in that some rides could be walk-ons?
  4. I'm actually leaving on a similar trip this Friday. I haven't been to the parks yet, but just assuming that this would be what would happen. At Martin's Fantasy Island, I assume you will get on Crazy Mouse since the restraints must be the exact same as those on Animal Kingdom's Primeval Whirl. Flight has the same restraints as a normal wave swinger I think except that you must have a partner. At Darien Lake, I have a feeling that Ride of Steel could be tough since the park had the accident back in 1999 where a man was ejected. Bobsleds shouldn't be a problem from what I have seen. Whirlwind would have different restraints since it is a Mauer-Sohne model compared to a Gerstlauer, but I've heard that most spinning coasters are quite accomodating, so you should be safe. At Marineland, I'm not too sure on either of those rides. I've seen several people have to get off a Huss Top Spin. But the thing that confuses me is how you got on Star Blaster, but not Dragon's Descent since both rides have the exact same restraints. Vortex should be safe since you rode Big Bad Wolf before its demise. Then, I'm guessing Time Warp and Behemoth could be ridden because I've heard in the past that they are more accomodating than they actually appear. But with Drop Tower, it uses the same restraints as Volcano from what I have seen in pictures. I hope you enjoy your trip and I hope this helps!
  5. Sorry if this is a simple question, but how do I change the photos to JPEGs?
  6. ^^ Thanks. Yeah, I decided the best way to get back into playing RCT2 was to simply just pick up and play without custom scenery. Maybe this weekend I will be able to post an update on my old Easton Gardens park that I started a long time ago that I have slowly made a little progress on. ^ I forget how fast the flume gets up to, but it definitely is faster than any flume I have ever made in this game. Also, I'll look into removing the trees from the Virginia Reel. I think that there are a couple of trees towards the back of the ride, but most of the vegetation underneath consists of different types of bushes. Crazy Castle.SV6 Here's the park download. Let me know if it works.
  7. When I went to BGE in 2006, I stayed at the Best Western Patrick Henry Inn. It is nothing special, but I didn't find anything wrong with it. I got what I paid for. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g58313-d72760-Reviews-Patrick_Henry_Inn-Williamsburg_Virginia.html
  8. After taking a year off from playing RCT2 because of a very tough junior year, I finally picked up the game and decided to play my favorite stage in the entire game- Crazy Castle. However, instead of just completing the stage, I decided to try and make it into a very nice park (with the help of 8 Cars giving me an infinite budget). So, I proudly present Crazy Castle. Feel free to give any feedback! SCR1.BMP Welcome to Crazy Castle! Here, you can see the park's nostalgic and classic PTC carousel and the Royal Ball, the park's Eli Bridge Scrambler. SCR3.BMP The park's Sky Ride always has a very long ride. It brings guests from the entrance towards the back of the park. SCR4.BMP High above the "royal grounds." SCR5.BMP Guests get off over here in this very nicely landscaped area of the park. SCR6.BMP The Fury is the park's very intense Enterprise. For years, it was one of the park's most intense rides until the park really expanded in recent years. SCR7.BMP Inside this very boxy looking castle (I really had no idea how to make a nice station for this one) is the park's Arrow coaster, the Corkscrew. SCR8.BMP Despite only having a max height of 45ft, the Corkscrew is still a very popular coaster. For many, it is their first looping coaster. SCR9.BMP Take the tunnel! Inside here is the ride's first corkscrew. This one is a cutback inversion just like the one that used to be on Busch Gardens's Drachen Fire. SCR11.BMP After leaving the tunnel, the Corkscrew roars through its second and final inversion. Afterwards, there is a brief lift hill to return it to the station. SCR13.BMP Merlin's Maze confuses guests as they try and find their way out. Even if they struggle, they still have a great time admiring the beautiful setting. SCR14.BMP Guillotine, the park's Huss Top Spin, runs a very intense program that can't be found at any of the nation's Six Flags parks. SCR16.BMP How good are your jousting skills? The Joust bumper cars should test it. SCR17.BMP Merlin's Wand is the park's Vekoma Air Jumper. It's a one-armed version of the one that used to operate at Six Flags New Egnland. SCR18.BMP This is arguably the park's scariest attraction. Even though it strays a bit from the medieval theming on the exterior, the ride's plot ties in flawlessly to the park's overall theme. SCR20.BMP Lines are always long for the park's signature attraction, Excalibur. Designed by GCI, this terrain woody has placed third in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket awards the past few years, only trailing the Voyage and El Toro. Riders compare it to the Raven in terms of intensity and fun. SCR21.BMP Friendly trash talking usually occurs between riders on Dragon Fang Falls (log flume) and Excalibur on the way up. SCR22.BMP Here is the big drop. While it is far from steep, Excalibur really picks up some crazy speed at the bottom that allows it to rocket through the rest of its course. SCR23.BMP This hill provides massive ejector air. SCR24.BMP After this thrilling air-time hill, Excalibur roars through a series of low-to-the-ground twists and turns that have become the signature of GCI woodies. SCR26.BMP But the airtime soon returns with this thrilling section that hugs the terrain. SCR27.BMP Another powerful airtime hill. This one leads into a relentless helix that provides some powerful Gs. SCR29.BMP Using my fancy see-through camera, I was able to show you this- Excalibur's climb and sudden drop underground. Not only is the drop a real shock to riders, but following it are a couple more air-time hills in total darkness and one final helix. SCR31.BMP If you are hot, don't forget about Excalibur's neighbor, Dragon Fang Falls. SCR32.BMP Before Excalibur was installed, this Hopkins flume was the only ride on this hill. SCR33.BMP Dragon Fang Falls is proud to have the tallest drop of any flume in America. It is the same height as Excalibur- 75ft! SCR35.BMP Trust me, the splash that this flume makes is impressive due to all of the speed that is built up. SCR36.BMP Following the ride's epic plunge is a more relaxing section that hugs the park's river. SCR37.BMP Here is Dungeon Drop. Often regarded as the park's most thrilling attraction, this Intamin Gyro Drop is one of the best themed drop towers anywhere! SCR38.BMP The suspense is killing these riders! SCR39.BMP Riders experience one of the best frefalls anywhere on the way down. Despite only being 120ft tall, Dungeon Drop proves that bigger isn't always better. SCR40.BMP Every classic park needs a Ferris Wheel! SCR41.BMP Long before Excalibur was built, the King's Crown was the park's signature attraction. One of the only Virginia Reels still operating today, it still provides a very disorienting and enjoyable ride. SCR42.BMP Again using my camera, I can show you a shot of the park's highly-themed, indoor Chance Sea Dragon. Using fire effects, fog, music, and strobes, riders will not soon forget this swinging ship. SCR43.BMP Kids love to drive their parents around on the Old Colony Backroads. Adults love to admire the beautiful setting on the Old Colony Backroads. SCR46.BMP What ride are these people waiting for? SCR48.BMP Knightmare! Built by Anton Schwarzkopf, this launched steel creation occupies the very back of the park. SCR49.BMP Due to the speed built up by the 55 MPH launch, these turns are much more thrilling than they appear. SCR50.BMP Knightmare crosses the river for the first time. SCR51.BMP Of all Schwarzkopf coasters out there, this may be the most forceful vertical loop of any of their coasters outside of Canada's Mindbender. SCR52.BMP Don't worry! Airtime is still here. SCR55.BMP Speeding around this turn, Knightmare approaches its second vertical loop. SCR56.BMP After this loop, Knightmare dives underground and returns to the station. SCR58.BMP Remember that kiddie coaster seen in the first couple of photos? Well, I present to you the Kingdom Coaster. SCR59.BMP Built by Vekoma, this custom roller skater gently navigates through several twisting drops and helixes. SCR47.BMP And I leave you with an aerial shot of the park.
  9. I'm going to Canada's Wonderland in a couple of weeks and while the wooden coaster sounds nice (especially a GCI), I honestly think that a B&M Floorless would be a better fit at the park. Granted a GCI would be a lot cheaper. But a B&M looks like a better fit because several of their steel loopers look like they provide a rough ride, while the Mighty Canadian Minebuster and Wilde Beast don't look all that bad; however, I can give a full opinion after visiting the park.
  10. Cool trip report. I haven't seen much of Sandy Lake other than a segment on an old travel channel show that showed their classic Pretzel dark ride.
  11. Yesterday was one of the best moments of the year for me. I got to visit my first amusement park of the year! Even better, it was my home park and my favorite park in New England, Canobie Lake Park. Heck, it is one of my favorite parks anywhere, and as usual I had a blast. The weather could not have been anymore perfect, as there were cloudless skies and not too much humidity, but there was plenty of sun. After an hour long ride (thankfully there was no traffic), I arrived at the park with my friend, my sister, and her friend. With the discount tickets I had gotten for Christmas, I was able to get into the park quickly. Now, I unfortunately was unable to get to Canobie last year, so the first thing that I noticed was Canobie’s much better entrance. The architecture is simply stunning and it is a much more fitting entrance for this exemplary family park. Additionally, the employees at the entrance were cheery as usual, setting the tone for a great day. First, we decided to ride Canobie’s only inverting ride, the Corkscrew. Until this point, my sister had yet to ride a looping coaster (or any looping ride for that matter). However, she was ready to give it a shot as she had worked up the courage to try SFNE’s Bizarro on a class trip and she loved it. After waiting 15 minutes for the very nice looking yellow Arrow, we boarded in the second-to-last car. For some reason, I liked the Corkscrew more than usual this year. Not only did it provide the typical ejector air going down the first drop, but it also was very smooth going through both of the corkscrews. That is right- no headbanging! While it is a very short coaster, it is a great fit for the park. Even better, my sister enjoyed it. Afterwards, we headed over to Canobie Village to ride Policy Pond Log Flume. After a 20-25 minute wait, we boarded. Kudos to the park for removing all of the gum from the ride’s station and along the ride’s trough, as in past years it had been quite a repulsive sight. This is still one of my favorite log flumes anywhere (outside of the Orlando flumes, it is only behind Knoebels’s flume for my favorite). With a relaxing journey through the woods, a thrilling plunge, and a satisfying splash, this is a real winner and my third favorite ride in the park. Also, did this used to have water cannons? I’m not 100% sure, but for some reason I think that they were there a few years ago. Then we decided to ride one of Canobie’s biggest thrill rides, the Xtreme Frisbee. After a 20 minute wait, we all boarded. While the cycle seemed a bit shorter this year, the ride seemed more intense. The first half was filled with some gentle swings and decent spinning, but it is the second half that really made this ride shine. Here, the Frisbee spun much faster creating some really strong Gs and at the tops of the swings, I got several small pops of air. While the Huss Frisbees pale in comparison to the Technical Park (Palace Playland’s Adrenalin) and KMG (Freak Out) versions, this is my favorite Huss Frisbee. Next, we wanted to ride the Rowdy Roosters; however, its queue ran out into the midway so we decided to avoid it as a full queue can be a 45 minute wait due to the ride’s very low capacity and slow loading. Therefore, we decided to ride the Wipeout. While I definitely miss the Kosmo Jet, Wipeout is one of the park’s best flats. Compared to every other Chance Wipeout I’ve been on, this one is superior. Not only does it have the best theming, but it also has a much more intense cycle. After a 10 minute wait, I was treated to a very intense cycle teeming with pops of air and powerful laterals, especially during the ride’s finale. Then it was time to ride my favorite ride at Canobie, the Yankee Cannonball. As usual, the ride boasted a 40-45 minute wait. However, I was perfectly content because despite the park’s one-train operation, the operators were really working quickly. Additionally, I was able to watch their new Jungle Antics show at the Midway Stage. While I was unable to see the entire show, it definitely seemed well-liked by the kids as there was some really unique animals such as a miniature kangaroo and a wildcat. Back to the Yankee Cannonball, I rode in the very back with my friend. This year, the ride had individual seatbelts rather than a shared seatbelt. Were these added last year or this year? Anyway, thanks to the buzzbars and the park’s incredible maintenance crew, the Yankee Cannonball is one of the best wooden coasters I’ve ever been on. While the ride is old and lacks the height of many modern day coasters, the Yankee Cannonball is loaded with copious air time throughout each and every one of its hills. Not only that, but it is glass-smooth. This is easily the park’s star attraction and it delivered as usual. Immediately after, we decided to ride the park’s drop tower, Star Blaster. An S&S Double Shot, Star Blaster is shorter than New England’s other S&S towers. However, size does not matter. After a 15 minute wait, we boarded and were treated to an amazing ride. What the ride lacks in size, Star Blaster makes up with in brute force. This tower still has two very intense launch followed by two incredible moments of ejector air that no other drop tower matches in my opinion. After WDW’s Tower of Terror, this is definitely my favorite drop tower. Then it was time for lunch, so we decided to go to the Portofino Restaurant along Canobie Lake. We ordered a large cheese pizza. As usual, the restaurant was air conditioned and a sanctuary from the heat. Additionally, the pizza was extraordinary as usual. Not only is it my favorite pizza at a theme park, but it is also my favorite pizza anywhere. Unfortunately, my sister was not feeling too well, so she had to leave early with her friend. However, I stayed with my friend for the rest of the day. So we decided to ride DaVinci’s Dream since it was right next to the restaurant. After a 5 minute wait, we boarded and I was reminded why it is my favorite swing ride anywhere. Not only is the ride simply a jewel to look at, but it is run a bit quicker than the swings I’ve been on at other parks, and subsequently it has stronger G-forces. Then, we decided to ride the Turkish Twist, which received a new paint job since my last visit. While the ride definitely looks fresh, I personally liked the ride’s old paint scheme better. After a 5 minute wait, we boarded the drum. Of every rotor I’ve been on, this one is far and away my favorite. While it has a very short cycle, the ride is very intense. The G-forces this ride dishes out are simply incredible and very few rides can make me as dizzy as this ride does. Next, we decided to ride the Corkscrew again. After a 20 minute wait, we boarded the back row and had another great ride. We then contemplated heading back to Canobie Village to ride either the Pirata or the Mine of Lost Souls, but instead we decided to ride the park’s bumper cars. The Dodgem had received a new paint job since my last visit, as it now sports a flamboyant neon pink, orange, and green scheme. After a 5 minute wait, we boarded. While the park’s bumper cars are fun, they are nothing special compared to the bumper cars offered at some of the other New England parks like Funtown’s, Santa’s Village’s, or those at Six Flags New England. The cycle seemed a bit longer than last time though, so I give the park credit for that. Then, we decided to ride Dodgem’s neighbor, Zero Gravity. The replacement for the park’s old Round-Up, Zero Gravity is an even better version in my opinion. After a 5 minute wait, we boarded this Dartron flat. While the ride itself seemed a bit smaller than the park’s old Round-Up, Zero Gravity seemed a bit more intense. Round-ups have always been one of my favorite flats, so I am glad that the park made sure to get a new one to replace the old one. Because it had no line, we then decided to hit the Crazy Cups. While the ride boasts a rather small footprint, it is still an enjoyable ride with some decent spinning. That being said, I like the version at Story Land better as it seems to be run a bit longer. Afterwards, we decided to ride the park’s new ride for 2009, Wave Blaster. After a 15 minute wait, we boarded this Zamperla flat. I personally was not a big fan of the restraints on this as they seemed to go down rather far and were quite restrictive. Moving past that, Wave Blaster is a perfect fit for the park as it is a solid family ride. That being said, while the bouncing is fun, it is not overly exciting for a majority of the ride except for the sporadic “big” bounces. The cycle was decent in length though. Immediately after, we decided to get a second ride on the Yankee Cannonball, and again it was a 45 minute wait. This time we got the second-to-back row. Again, we were treated to a great ride stuffed with amazing air-time. I honestly am surprised that this ride does not receive more acclaim than it does as it is the second best woodie in New England after Lake Compounce’s heralded Boulder Dash. Not wanting to forget about the Cannonball’s neighbor, we then hit Star Blaster for a second time. After a 10 minute wait, we boarded and got an equally great ride. Again, I am still in awe at the sheer power that this S&S tower provides. While it was still hot out, the line for the Boston Tea Party had died down a bit. Therefore, we decided to give it a ride. After changing into my bathing suit, we waited 5-10 minutes and then boarded. After a relaxing climb up the ride’s 50ft lift that provided great views of Canobie Lake, we went down the ride’s thrilling drop and created a massive splash that got me absolutely drenched. I still feel sorry for my friend since he forgot to bring his bathing suit. Wanting to dry off, he suggested we ride the Xtreme Frisbee again. After a 10-15 minute wait, we boarded and had another great ride. I definitely prefer the Xtreme Frisbee to the old coaster that used to rest in its place, the Rockin’ Rider. Finally, we were about to go so we decided to get one last ride in. Therefore, we decided to ride the park’s tilt-a-whirl, Twist & Shout. After a 10 minute wait, we boarded the very nice looking flat. I had previously only been on this tilt-a-whirl once and was very underwhelmed; however, this time it gave a far superior ride. While the ride started slow, by the end our car was really spinning and producing some intense Gs. By this time, we had to go but we both had a great day. Canobie continues to be my favorite park in New England as I just love the atmosphere and ride selection that this park offers. Throughout my visit, I only saw one ride down, the Skater, but there were four maintenance guys working arduously to reopen it when I walked by. They were all working on the ride vehicle itself, and the employee standing at the entrance was telling guests that it would reopen later. I never returned to that side of the park, but I assumed that the park was able to fulfill this. The only complaint I have about the park would be its lack of season passes (just curious, does anyone know why the park does not have season passes?). Anyway, if you are anywhere in the New England area, I definitely recommend making time for one of the best family parks anywhere.
  12. While I'm definitely a bit bummed with how long it has taken for Knoebels to open the Flying Turns, I can understand because it is a project that has not been done for many years. Besides, I would much rather Knoebels take additional time to create a superior final project rather than a rushed project. Plus, if Knoebels had rushed and opened the ride early and then had these issues, it would probably be even more frustrating because of the frequent downtime that it would be plagued by. As for the Black Diamond, I'm shocked at how quickly construction has gone thus far. I'm thrilled Knoebels has rescued yet another classic coaster.
  13. I'm planning on signing up for Club TPR, but I was just curious about the discounts for Canada's Wonderland and Darien Lake. Each park gives a discount, but it is not stated whether or not it is for just the card-holder or everyone in their party. I'd be bringing 3 guests with me. I was just curious because if the discount doesn't work for everyone, we need to get a couple of discount tickets from a local travel agency, but the Club TPR discount is superior to that of the local travel agency. Also, I may possibly use the discount admission for Six Flags New England and I'd again be going with a couple of people so I'd appreciate any response if you guys know. Please and thank you.
  14. I've recently stumbled upon this site (coasterq.com), and I was wondering how accurate this site is. Ever since whentoride.com went down, I've been looking for a reliable site with ride wait times; however, some of these wait times seem fishy. For example, every ride at Six Flags New England (including the kiddie rides) has at least a half hour wait. So would anyone know about this site's accuracy?
  15. Hi, my family and I are going on a trip to visit Seabreeze, Darien Lake, Marineland, Canada's Wonderland, and Martin's Fantasy Island next month and we have a few questions. 1) Does anyone know of a good hotel near Darien Lake? We originally wanted to stay at the Lodge ajacent to the park, but for some reason we are unable to book a one-night stay. 2) Does Marineland/Canada's Wonderland/Niagara Falls (Canadian side) accept American dollars or do we need to get traveler's checks? 3) Which attractions around Niagara are worth hitting?
  16. For me, the best B&M inverts that I have been on rank like this. 1) Dueling Dragons- Fire 2) Dueling Dragons- Ice 3) Talon 4) Great Bear 5) Alpengeist
  17. I rode the Yankee Cannonball, which still is the 2nd best wooden coaster in New England!
  18. I'm currently at 92 coasters. 1- Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster (Santa's Village) 10- Space Mountain- Alpha (Magic Kingdom) 25- Boulder Dash (Lake Compounce) 50- Dragon Coaster (Rye Playland) 69- Loch Ness Monster 75- Pandemonium (Six Flags New England) 92- Wild Mouse (Funtown U.S.A.) I'm probably going to reach about 120 by the end of this summer, and I am aiming to make Darien's Ride of Steel my 100th coaster.
  19. For me it was the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's MGM (at the time) Studios. Conveniently, it was my first launched coaster as well. Needless to say, I was quite scared before getting on, but I enjoyed it. A few weeks later, I rode the Corkscrew at Canobie Lake Park.
  20. First Flat: Zipper (Local Carnival) First Park: Canobie Lake Park First Coaster: Corkscrew (Canobie) First Water Ride: Policy Pond Log Flume (Canobie) Later this year, I am visiting Seabreeze, Darien Lake, Marineland, Canada's Wonderland, and Martin's Fantasy Island for the first time so I should be getting plenty of new credits and new parks!
  21. Sorry if this has been posted anywhere, but I was just wondering why I get sick and feel queasy after regular-old swinging ships, but I have absolutely no problem with Claws, Freak Outs, Kamikazes/Hawks, Inverters, or S&S Screaming Swings. Any ideas?
  22. By the way, do any of the rides there have lockers or rings?
  23. Thanks. I also just found this site (http://canadas-wonderland.coasterq.com/) that I think I'll use this summer just to check on the wait times so that I have a plan of what to do once I get there. Three more questions: 1) Do most, if not all, of the coasters allow one to pick their seat or is there assigned seating? 2) Which rides, if any, have single rider lines? 3) The water park is not worth visiting if I only have one day at the park, right?
  24. Cool photos from opening day. This year, I don't think that I'll have time to visit SFNE. Last year, I went 3-4 times with my season pass and since they didn't really add anything major new this year, I decided to just go to Canobie once or twice instead along with my family's trip to Niagara Falls (Seabreeze, Darien Lake, Canada's Wonderland, and Marineland).
  25. I think that enthusiasts will be satisfied with the end result because we realize how difficult the task Knoebels has undertaken is. Meanwhile, I think the GP will be fine because it is truly going to be a one-of-a-kind ride.
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