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BigDipper 80

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    When I grow up, I want to breed donkeys!
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  1. Darien Lake still has theirs, and Geneva-on-the-Lake, a small resort town in Ohio, has one as well.
  2. Going all the way into the city and back out again would be a huge waste of time, IMO, unless you're looking to kill some time exploring downtown (which there is actually a bunch of cool stuff to see). If one is dead-set on avoiding all tolls, you can OH-237 NB right from the airport to McKinley Avenue and pick up I-90 from there. But I personally think this is silly since tolls are just 50 cents if you just follow Bill's route and switch over to OH-2 in Elyria.
  3. This thread hasn't had any new listings in a while, but I thought since park season is in full swing I figured I'd give it a bump. I've previously listed a couple of spots near Kings Island, but a relative newcomer to the area is Two Cities Pizza, which is probably my favorite pizza spot in southwestern Ohio. As the name suggests, they've got both Chicago and NY style pizzas on the menu, and both are delicious, if not truly "authentic". They're at 202 W. Main Street, Mason OH, about 10 minutes from the park. Oh, and make sure you check out the bathrooms! The famous bathroom is
  4. One final random Ohio thing that anyone who's been on TPR for long enough probably remembers: THE SANTA CLAW!!! Although it's no longer an online thing, you can still play it in person at the Proto BuildBar in downtown Dayton, which also has a bunch of 3D printers and other cool things to play with.
  5. We are going in the opposite order. Flying into Cleveland and staying at Hotel Breakers. Full day at CP then next day sightseeing and drive down to a hotel near KI. Full day there then leave out from Cincinnati the next day. I'm just getting the 3hr drive out the way once! What sightseeing is there? Serious question, never been but am thinking of doing a weekend sometime Columbus is definitely worth a stop if you're into checking out cities. The Short North is very vibrant with miles of shops and restaurants all the way from downtown up to OSU's campus, and German Village is really c
  6. If you're planning on hitting up Cincinnati, I would recommend heading down to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, which is the main "hipstery" Brooklyn-esque neighborhood in the city. Lots of cool old historic buildings if you're into that sort of thing, and an unbelievable number of food and beer options. I tell everyone to go to Rhinegeist Brewery, they have good beer and an awesome rooftop deck. Other good bars include Sundry and Vice, Low Spark, Queen City Radio, and Japps. 16-Bit is the barcade in Cincinnati. There's also a streetcar that goes between Over-the-Rhine and downtown; it's $2 fo
  7. Damn, that's pretty cool. How long does that take? Probably only 20 minutes, it's not far from downtown to the park when you cut across the bay. And if you're traveling solo or with just one other person, it's cheaper than parking at the park! They have free parking at the pier. Since you're from NYC and not totally uncomfortable with... alternative modes of transit, you could theoretically take the Red Line (Cleveland's subway) to downtown Cleveland and either catch the Amtrak or Greyhound to Sandusky. Probably more hassle than it's worth, but it might be cheaper than a cab if you
  8. Don't forget, if you find a reliable way to get to downtown Sandusky, you can always take the Jet Express ferry across the bay to the park for I think $10 round-trip.
  9. ^To elaborate a bit more, if you don't hit interval on Magnum, the ride "sets up"; i.e. The train hard-stops on the brake run after the tunnel. That's not considered "normal operation" by the manufacturer so as an emergency safety measure it essentially shuts off the ride so that you can't dispatch a train and have it crash into the train on that block brake. It was considered an "operational" by the front office so the ride ops have to call it in every time it happens because the ride has effectively "gone down". It's a weird quirk of how Arrow designed their coasters- Iron Dragon does it too
  10. ^Cleveland's is next weekend I think, but Columbus' was this weekend, which draws people from every corner of the state.
  11. Ah, Cedar Point vomit stories... they always bring back the best memories for me from my time working there. You haven't truly lived until you've had to use your hands to scoop up someone else's regurgitated Panda Express and Cinnabon out of a train because the chunks were too big to wash down the drain holes in the floor of the car.
  12. Yeah the park has been remarkably dead today. Not crowded at all. Everyone must be at the water park.
  13. Blue Streak? Raptor? Lower than the Mine Ride and Iron Dragon?
  14. ^Wow, I'm kind of surprised that CGA is below even Dorney Park... but I guess it probably has stiffer competition perhaps?
  15. Speaking of Sunday, I'm going to be there on Sunday and was wondering if anyone has gotten familiar with the Mystic Timbers crowd patterns. Does it stay pretty steady all day long or does it tend to drop off later in the day like Banshee does? I've been to KI so many times that I'm not really concerned about prioritizing what order I hit things up, but I'd rather not wait in a huge line at 10:00 if it gets quieter later in the day.
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