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  1. I rode GASM on the May 30th, and I sat in the 3rd car, middle row. I thought it was excellent. I've ridden that coaster thirties of times, forwards and backwards. This time definitely ranked in the top 5 experiences I've had on that coaster. It was peppier on the turns and didn't seem to shuffle too bad; perhaps that's the wheel seats. Onto the staff. This line was moving somewhat slowly, and dispatch times were probably 1.5-2.5 minutes, not terrible, not great. At the beginning of the line, some young lady was passing out tickets. This was something new, and she was not exactly explaining what they were for. Everyone in line was asking what the stubs were for. Finally someone said you had to have them to get on the ride. I thought mine was lost, but I found it. My friend however, had to ask her for a new one because he lost it. We asked the young lady what they were for and she finally said, that people complained of excessive line cutting during spring break week. But just on this ride??? The operator, was very disinterested in her job and was singing pop songs into the microphone. While the ops were checking and fixing people's restraints, instead of pressing the button once and holding it so they could resolve the problem . . . she pressed the button over and over. The fast pass line was long, and as it's in an inconvenient location . . . created a traffic nightmare in the station. Great ride though. Much smoother than the Dinn bundle of sticks up front.
  2. Hey, I don't know what fluffy bunnies with medicine and gooo means, but the cups are to be stored in lockers now on certain rides.
  3. Hi all, Just went this past weekend on Saturday, the 30th. It was pretty packed. The Scream Machine was running AWESOME, as well as the Mindbender. I posted a video on another site: will probably try to get it up on coaster tube soon. AS for the staff, I was generally pleased throughout the day. There were constantly people sweeping, tons of park "managers" and higher personnel walking around the park, and plenty of friendly encounters with food staff. The rides? Mind Bender, Cyclone, and GASM had NO stacking, and the staff seemed energetic enough. The ride op on the Cyclone was so funny, like some mean 3rd grade teacher: "Push down, and pull up on your lap bars, you have 3 seconds!!!" Batman, Dahlonega Mine Train, and Ninja had light stacking. Goliath, Georgia Scorcher, and Superman had long delays between dispatching. This may have to do with the NEW stupid rule they have concerning "refillable souvenir cups" which must now be stored in lockers, FOR 1$. What a rip-off. And of course everyone else thought so too, so the ride ops were stopping the line and making people get rid of their cups, or people had to find some stranger to hold their cup while they rode, or they took the cups on the ride with them!!!! This definitely contributed to the long loading times for these rides, because the staff had to enforce rules that did not make much sense. And not every roller coaster had this rule. Why should the Georgia Cyclone require lockers, and Batman the ride should not??? Well i'm off my soap box now. It was a really pleasant experience for me except for this ONE problem. I liked the staff for the most part this time.
  4. Cool trip report guys, I just went to SFOG last weekend. Was a really nice experience, probably the best since I've been to that park. I sure miss Dollywood though. OH yea: Also hitting these two parks this summer. My sis has digs 10 min from Kings Island!!! Probably gonna get a "deluxe season pass" for Carowinds so I can go to the other parks for free! I'm so excited! Hope u are too
  5. I have been on this coaster when it was still known as the Red Devil Roller Coaster. When I was at Ghost Town, it was raining the whole day. At one point I was the only one on the coaster, and was able to ride it 3 times in a row without stopping! I thought the first drop immediately out of the station and the loop were definitely the best elements. The rest of the ride, swooping turns, were kind of just throwaways. Then, the lift hill is at the end of the ride, making for a slow return to the station. Perhaps with the new cars, without sides, will make the ride more exciting. The ride is perched on the side of a mountain after all.
  6. I definitely agree with this pick. I definitely miss the days of the old Georgia Cyclone, no trims, airtime insanity. I rode it at night after a full day of operation in 1993, it was spectacular. Wish they could bring it back to how it was. Any of the Hurler coasters should be fixed, or torn down. Mean Streak is also one I've been on that needs help, but due to its massive size, a project like that would cost a fortune. It seems that all the Dinn & Summers coasters from the 80s and 90s really did not age that well. I'm sure there's a thread somewhere on here where someone talks about the physics behind the phenomenon known as the "Dinn shuffle" but I would rather not look right now
  7. I haven't yet had the opportunity to actually ride Thunder Road at Carowinds since they've renovated the ride. In fact, they're still performing more work as I write this! I did see a video on You Tube that comparatively looked MUCH smoother than older videos. Here's a list of all the rides GCI has renovated: Great Coasters' Renovation Work Dragon Coaster 2009 Boulder Dash 2008 Cheetah 2008 Falken 2008 Sky Princess 2008 Thunder Road 2008 Thundercoaster 2008 Cornball Express 2007 Hoosier Hurricane 2007 Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain 2007 Tsunami 2005 GhostRider 2004 Arkansas Twister 2003 Big Bad John 2002 Magnus Colossus 2002 Stampida 2002 Dania Beach Hurricane 2001 Roller Coaster 1997 My questions are, has anyone ridden these coasters since they've been renovated, and what coasters do you wish that GCI would work on?
  8. Wow, hard to believe that I actually got to visit a now defunct park. When I went to Opryland, I believe I was in 7th grade. The Hangman was brand spankin' new. In fact, that video posted in this thread that talked about The Hangman, came on the night before we went to the park. It was a great day there. We got to ride ALL of the rides, many of them multiple times including: Chaos, Wabash Cannonball, Rock n' Roller Coaster, among others. My sister and I rode The Hangman in the front row, it was weird because the ride was so smooth, and so awesome. How quickly vekoma coasters loose their newness Later that evening we stood in line AGAIN for The Hangman and the ride had a safety cut-out. I remember hearing the ride ops saying something about the ride traveling faster than it was supposed to on the circuit, resulting in the safety to stop the train at a break-run or on the lift hill. We were literally the next people in line as this happened. Bummer Well, I do remember the park was beautifully landscaped, the food was delicious, and the staff was excellent. Such a shame its gone . America could use more theme parks like this one.
  9. Well, at least this time Carowinds learned their lesson about painting over the old paint with new paint. It seems they stripped all the old paint off entirely before re-painting it with the new colors. I mean, look at how all the paint peeled off. Carowinds sure is going to be a different place this year. Maybe I should get a season pass.
  10. So I know that this is all pure speculation at this point, but I had a random thought before I was going to bed. Someone mentioned the possibility of a B&M sitdown coaster, someone also mentioned the re-use of the name "White Lightning." What if Cedar Fair bought the Led Zeppelin coaster from Hard Rock Park. It doesn't seem too far fetched, as the Coaster a very short distance away and all of the park's rides had to be liquidated. Also, they would not even have to paint the ride if they were calling it "White Lightning." Just silly speculation, I know. But maybe someone can shed more light on the progress Hard Rock Park has made on liquidating their rides.
  11. Wow, this is good news. Some much needed love to a great childhood park of mine. So a "new" coaster this year, a REALLY new one next year. And they're still completing re-construction on Thunder Road. Maybe they'll tear down or re-construct the Hurler (wishful thinking).
  12. Wow. A moment of silence please. This is one of the rides from my childhood. At least I got to ride it last season. Oh yea, in addition to this news: I just drove past Carowinds today and they have totally removed hills from the turnarounds on Thunder Road. Apparently, the refurbishing is still not done. Nice to see some movement in this park though. It seems to have been a very long time since anything has happened. HYPER IN 2010 PLEASE! Our collective energies will create one, just like it did in '06 at SFOG!
  13. My home park is Six Flags Over Georgia, and I would say that Goliath and Mindbender are a tie for me.
  14. I was confused as to why the Georgia Cyclone was rated higher (86), than the Great American Scream Machine (93). Is it true that this coaster was "re-tracked" last year? I remember this coaster a couple of years after it first opened, and it was wild and out of control. No trim breaks. I hope that the new CEO allows the parks to spend more money on taking care of their rides. At any rate, the GASM is a far superior John Allen in my opinion (at least I voted that way). Dinn and Summers have too many shuffling issues.
  15. Nemesis Inferno Raptor After Burn - Carowinds Dueling Dragons - Ice Dueling Dragons - Fire
  16. I totally need to add my youtube page to my signature, but I'm tired and lazy right now. I just posed a POV of Thunderhead that turned out great. Dollywood was everything I hoped for and more. We went for 1.5 days with their special come after three get in for 3 deal, good thing we did too cause we got rained out late afternoon At least I got all my credits though. I'll be posting a Dollywood video montage sometime in the future, probably after my sister's wedding and Hard Rock Park!
  17. Cool deal, It would be awesome to go to Six Flags sometimes with you two. I went last year and the year before for Goliath. I used to be a season pass holder in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Now i just go if I don't have anything to do around Atlanta. I grew up with that park and rode the Cyclone and the Ninja in their glory days. Give me a shout out when you two are interested in going. Michael
  18. I have the possibility to go to Dollywood next monday the 21st of July!! I've been nerdin' it up, looking at pics and videos. I really liked your trip report alot. I'm very excited about riding the coasters at this park, especially as I haven't ridden a decent wooden coaster since the Giant Dipper at Belmont Park in San Diego. I also love Arrow loopers and the Tennessee Tornado looks like an awesome one! In addition to the coasters, the water rides look awesome too . . . I can't wait! And then its onto Hard Rock Park the following Sunday!!!
  19. By no means is this funny at all, but my brother works at Carowinds across from the "Rocket Power - Air Time" ride which is a similar set-up to the Rainbow, but with two arms instead of one. Anyway, he was wondering how the platform stays parallel to the ground and laughed about what would happen if the platform suddenly tipped over to one side. Well, i'm gonna send him a link to this page. That's crazy that something like that happened. I hope the riders make a speedy recovery.
  20. Enough of this speculation! Let us talk about more positive things, like who has ridden Thunder Road since they did all that refurbishing to the ride?
  21. So can anyone describe the restraints? Are they similar to the ones found on the vekoma flying coaster?
  22. I've moved around so many times but I've been to Six Flags Over Georgia probably the most out of any park so far. Now that i've been living in Atlanta since 1999 that's definitely the case: especially in 2002 and '03 when I had season passes.
  23. So I recently discovered this little tidbit from the Vekoma website concerning their notorious SLC coasters: "Vekoma Rides has recently designed new trains with the new modular seat design, with a special integrated vest, replacing the over-the-shoulder restraint, for a secure, comfortable and unrestrained feeling. Independent steering wheel bogies were included to offer a smoother ride and to lessen wear to increase the ride’s durability." So I was curious to know if any parks have installed this "improved" version of a ride that's known to beat up its riders? Also, I've been on one of these rides during the opening year (Hangman @ Opryland USA, now Kong at SFMW) and it was definitely one of the smoothest experiences. Of course K2 at SFKK was a totally different experience. Do these coasters automatically get rough? Is it a design flaw, or is it a matter of poor maintenance? I've heard that some installments (for some reason or other) manage to stay smooth. Any thoughts?
  24. I just got back from a trip to Carowinds not too long ago, and It was totally empty! I posted a few POV's on www.youtube.com/tuxedomask5432. As I had not been to the park since 1994, alot has changed. Somehow they've managed to retain the same flair, with the addition of nickelodeon of course. I wonder if that will stick around now that Cedar Fair owns the park. I wished that Thunder Road's renovations had been completed, but alas. The Hurler would have cut it in 1994, but how it is now was just not acceptable. I was not expecting much from Nighthawk either and I didn't get much. It was pretty shaky, especially where I had to sit in the last car on the outside. Runaway Reptar was an ear banger. I don't think I would like that ride if I was 6 or 26. On a light note, Afterburn/Top Gun was a blast, and definitely one of the top Inverted coasters i've been on so far. The Carolina Goldrusher and Cyclone were both running great and were just as fun as I remembered, although why did they ditch the tunnel on the Cyclone? As for a new ride? Well obviously, Thunder Road is 2008's present along with that extra wave pool for kids to pee in. But the idea of another Hyper Coaster in the southeast would be a welcome addition. And they ALWAYS seem to bring in bigger crowds. Six Flags seems to be more crowded since 2006's addition of Goliath, even though I haven't been this year. As for expansion room, they can find it.
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