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  1. How horrible is it that I originally bypassed the video, but had to go back to watch it after reading this?
  2. So I returned to Holiday World with my youngest son for a two day visit on the 24th and 25th. He missed the 48" mark on his official measurement on both days. I didn't agree and am confident in my measurement I took before taking this trip, but if they say "no" then I'm not gonna argue. It was slightly disappointing though, especially after traveling 8 hours to get to the park. We still had a blast and spent the bulk of the two days in the water park and riding a few flats. So I didn't get to ride the Red Raven train on The Voyage, but I did get to photograph it. I figured I would share them here. On a side note I finally got a Master score on Gobbler Getaway. Yay for me! My youngest son Joey, he is 8 years old. Parks visited 3, Coasters ridden 6. Red Raven trains on The Voyage! So sad that I didn't get to ride... The red just looks weird to me. My son was actually really patient with me as I took photo's throughout the day. We sat and watched a few cycles of Pilgrims Plunge. He really wanted to ride this, but didn't get too. Just a few hairs too short yet. He fell in love with Wildebeest though. We probably put in about 15 to 20 rides on it over the two days. He is autistic and rarely shows any emotion over ANYTHING, but this ride actually left him as excited as I've ever seen him. Every time we would get off I would look at him and he would shout "again!" I would say I definitely have a future enthusiast on my hands here. Tunnels make me happy! This really is hands down my favorite water ride. Last shot of Wildebeest. Red Raven trains on... The Raven! I noticed that they actually were running this as a one train op with only the red train for a while on Monday. Bored yet of shots of red Raven trains? I'm not, so deal with it. Holidog came walking by while we were snapping shots of Voyage. Okay, last picture.
  3. Good TR. The Beast is one of my absolute favorite night rides. I've been over at The Beast several times standing in line waiting for the fireworks to end so I finish the night with my last ride. I was over there a couple of weeks ago and put several laps in after sundown and then swung over to Diamondback for the last ride of the night and managed to time it perfectly so I was riding during the fireworks. Great stuff. Fireworks + Roller Coasters = Happy Me!
  4. Keep your eyes open for me and make sure to say hi if you see me.
  5. I'm gonna be there with my youngest son. Keep your eyes out for us. You'll be more than welcome to share a few rides with us.
  6. I really liked the photo's of the behind the scenes coaster tour. I recently visited BGE for my first time and I never knew about the tour until I was at the park and by that time it was too late. I'm hoping to return there next year and do it.
  7. Zach, you and Andrew are both rad guys in my book. I'm happy to share rides with you guys any day. Now lets talk about giving Legend only 6.5/10....
  8. Yes. I was also with two other TPR members during that stretch too. You most definitely should of said hi. I always love meeting new people.
  9. I'm really hoping my youngest son likes the roller coasters because then I can manage to score us a ride on a red Voyage train, but if not at least I will be able to snap a few pics of it while I am there.
  10. It wasn't really all that cold, but was definitely cool enough that those riding water rides were slightly on the crazy side. I'm way past crazy though so the cold didn't slow me down one bit.
  11. Yes, anytime I am at Holiday World I am usually putting in laps on Voyage for the last hour or so. I actually had several people comment on the TPR shirt. I even met another member named Steve(?) while in line for the Legend. Steve if that's not your name, I'm sorry. I am one of those extremely sociable people so I always love meeting new people, but have an extremely bad memory so I may not always remember your name later.
  12. That's not even close to all the photo's. I tend to spend as much time taking photo's as I do actually riding anything. Plus since this camera is blazing fast compared to what I'm used to it is far to easy to just sit there snapping pictures of EVERYTHING. I'm gonna run out of storage space for shoots like that. I think I rode Raven maybe a dozen times, Legend about 8 or so, 6 rides on Wildebeest, and probably put in close to 25 rides on Voyage over the two days. The only other ride I rode more than once was the flying scooters.
  13. Let me just say before I even start that I LOVE Holiday World and it is by far my favorite park. If this park wasn't 8 hours from home I believe I would spend half the summer there. I just purchased a brand new Nikon D5000 and was itching to shoot some Voyage shots with the Traditional PTC trains while they are still running. This is my first DSLR camera so I'm kind of learning as I go here. Over the course of the two days I met some great people, hung out with a great friend and travel companion, spent a couple of hours in the water park with some fellow TPR members, and had a great overall time. Wildebeest is amazing. I'm not a big water ride person, but this ride is a blast. The airtime is amazing. In some of the spots it feels like your entire raft is off the track for at least a second or more. So much fun. It was a little chilly though and I can't wait to come back when the weather is nicer. It was exciting to see the Timberliners in person, even if they aren't ready yet. I can't wait to ride these babies. Even with the PTC trains though The Voyage is still my number one coaster. On a side note my youngest son is 8 and just finally reached that magical 48" mark over the winter so I'm bringing him down here next Monday and Tuesday and am very excited at the prospect of sharing this great park with him. Note the grey skies. It was cloudy, slightly breezy, and a little chilly over the course of the two days of my stay. Maybe I'm just a giant kid at heart but Santa always brings a smile to my face. We kicked off the coasters with Raven. I'm putting the pressure on this incredible little woody to make a coaster fan out of my son next week. I pray it's up to the challenge. Anxious to try Wildebeest I decided to risk hypothermia to give it a go. It is "The Voyage" of water rides. Simply insane. Despite not even liking water rides I left this ride soaked to the bone with an ear to ear grin. Soaking wet and shivering to death I could now hear Voyage calling my name. With one train ops the average wait was 15 to 20 minutes. This is why I bought a new camera, so I could mask my horrible photography by catching the occasional great shot like this. The guy in the Griffon shirt was from Germany. He was here in the US with a couple of friends touring parks. I told him I caught this shot and promised him it would end up in my TR. Hopefully he finds it. So those are the dummies that hijacked the Timberliners! I did notice that after I posted the first picture of the damage that someone went and covered it up with a tarp. Here I believe we find the real culprit. It was bunny rabbits secretly employed by Intamin to sabotage the Timberliners. After several rides on Voyage I made my way over to yet another amazing woody. Unfortunately this is one of the very few spots of airtime to be found on the ride. It really provides some great lateral g's though. In fact that is really what this ride is all about. It winds through some of the queues in the water park making for some very photogenic opportunities. On day two my friend and I met up with another of my friends Zach and his friend Andrew. We decided to brave the chilly air and hit up some water park action. After several more rides on Wildebeest we headed over and started knocking out some of their other slides. Zoombabwe just felt like it went on and on forever. I enjoyed Pilgrims Plunge much more this year than I did last year. After a couple of hours in the water park we all decided it was time to fill our empty bellies with some of the best amusement park food to be found... but Plymouth Cafe was closed. We made our way over to get us some barbecue in the fourth of July area instead, but it was also closed. Zach about wet himself when he found out I had never rode Liberty Launch, so we rode this instead of eating yummy barbecue. Fun, but I was still hungry afterwards. After finally finding some food at Kringle's Cafe we split ways with Zach and Andrew, and made our way over to Gobbler Getaway. I'm making it the goal of my life to reach master status, but so far I can only reach apprentice. Not wanting to get wet again we skipped Frightful Falls, but I snapped a few pics of it anyways. Not quite two trains, but still pretty cool. If I had a dollar for every time I've just called this ride "Monster" it could of payed for my season pass. Raging Rapids. Brrr... once again, I'm already back in dry clothes, so maybe another day. I couldn't even stomach this ride today, but maybe it was actually just the closed sign on Plymouth Cafe making me sick. I'm not really sure what makes swing rides like this so fun, but I love them. This must be one intense swing ride. You have several terrified girls and one guy about to hurl. They do realize that they are just swings don't they? Growing up the Scrambler was always my favorite. Holiday Worlds answer to Cedar Fairs Dale Earnhardt themed rides. I have a sickening feeling that I am riding this two dozen times next week when I bring Joey back here as this is his favorite ride. Last flat ride of the day we did was the flying scooters. Back to back rides here and we made our way over to Voyage for a handful more rides before making the long trek home.
  14. I do got to say that Timberliner or no Timberliner, The Voyage is still my absolute favorite coaster, and Holiday World is still my favorite park.
  15. I took that picture yesterday at HW. I was gonna post it here last night too, but was falling asleep at my lap top so decided to wait a day.
  16. I'm fairly certain Cedar Fair has to have a rule somewhere against attempting to eat the roller coasters.
  17. Thanks for the trip report. This is the first opening day at Cedar Point that I have skipped in the last five years or so. I'm hoping to shoot out there sometime later this week for some Millennium/Magnum time.
  18. Day 7 found me at Six Flags America in Maryland. Everything I had ever heard about this park was mostly negative. I had heard good things about Superman Ride Of Steel, but that was about it. In fact I almost skipped this park so I could just hang out in Richmond VA with my cousin one more day. I keep my priorities in line though and I left the cousin I only get to see every couple of years behind in Virginia and moved on to my final park of the week. This ended up being one of the best days on my trip. This was a first time visit to this park and I have to believe with what I have heard compared to what I saw that this park is working hard to turn their image around. This park was clean, ride ops seemed competent, I saw no sign of any sort of "trouble", had one of the three best steel coasters I rode on this trip, two out of three of my favorite three woodies of the week, and lines were nearly non-existent. I really look forward to returning to this park next year. Entering the park I was kind of considering hitting SROS a few quick times, hitting everything else, and then hitting the road as early as I could. Before even entering the gate I was greeted by several Looney Tunes characters. I am always impressed by Six Flags employees willingness to take pictures of you with your camera instead of trying to force you to buy pictures from them. I immediately started heading straight back towards Superman Ride Of Steel. I came across Jokers Jinx first though and stopped and put in a quick ride. I've always enjoyed Flight Of Fear at Kings Island so I was kind of looking forward to this. After a quick fun ride on Jokers Jinx I finished my journey back to SROS. I thought this ride was absolutely great. The bigger of the two hills you see is the second hill of the ride and leads into a nice helix. Coming out of that helix you hit that smaller hill you see and are provided with some of the best air time I've ever felt anywhere. I managed to put in 19 laps on this though out the day. Next up was Roar. I knew it was a GCI, but hadn't really heard much of anything about it. While not quite as impressive as Thunderhead was a few days ago, this was still an amazing ride. I put in 27 rides on this throughout the day and never felt the least bit beat up in any way at all. This ride was definitely the hidden gem in this park, and if I had to choose only one ride from this park to ride it would be this and not the highly touted SROS. The three parks that are closest to me are all Cedar Fair parks and I would absolutely love to see a ride like this added at one of those parks. I hit Mind Eraser next, but this ride could of been called Ear Eraser instead. I rode it once and moved on. I headed to Wild One next. 1917? Wow. After seeing that I had no clue what to expect from this antique. But this ride was the second unexpected gem of this park, and was one of the three best woodies I rode all week long. The final helix was one of the more intense I've ever encountered. It really cooks around that thing. If this was the only coaster in the park I would still suggest making the trip to ride it. Batwing was down for the majority of the day but they got it running sometime in the last couple hours. It was your standard flying coaster. Put my one ride in and went back to SROS for my last couple rides of the day. SROS and Roar may of been the best one two punch of all the parks I visited all week long. After SFA I made a quick stop in DC to check out a few things. The sun started setting almost immediately on me though and I ended up seeing all the sights at night. I still had fun and really enjoyed a quick little two hour walk through DC. I wouldn't mind coming back here sometime and checking stuff out during the day.
  19. Okay so I arrived at Busch Gardens on a friday morning. Every day of the trip so far had been hot and sunny, but this day was almost the exact opposite. It was rainy, windy, and kind of cold for most of the day. Very early in the day I realized that I had not charged my camera at all and it was already flashing the warning light for low battery so unfortunately I took as few pics as I could until I shot the things that I felt like I needed to shoot and then let loose until my battery ran out. So all in all I only took about 50 photos total in "world's most beautiful park." All four coasters were really good in this park. I was super excited to ride Apollo's Chariot and was slightly curious about Alpengeist and Griffon, but honestly was expecting Apollo's Chariot to be my favorite of the day. "That was better than I expected it to be" ended up being the main theme of the day for me though as Alpengeist blew away any inverted ride I had rode to this point, Griffon's first drop left me giggling like a little school girl, and Loch Ness Monster became my new favorite Arrow looper. By days end I thought that Apollo's Chariot was actually only my third favorite out of the big three in the park. I really wish I had visited this park last year and got to ride Big Bad Wolf. That seems like quite the boast to me. The park was filled with sights like this though. I normally skip water rides but decided to do this based on the completely empty queue and the fact that it was raining anyways. The drop was pretty standard, but the theming inside was well done. The fire effects were worth the ride alone. I was super excited to ride Apollo's Chariot next. It was really good, but possibly one of the weaker B&M hypers that I have rode. That still puts it at really really good though. I can't wait to go back and shoot this place properly though as this is all I have for AC shots. I loved the view of the river running through the park from the bridge. I would of loved to do the boat rides and shoot from the lower walkway but I never ended up making it down there. Oh well I'll hit it on a return trip. I did lunch and a show at the Festhaus. If visiting I would suggest to consider doing the same. I did a run through Curse Of Darkastle and had a blast. I'm not usually a fan of inverted rides. This one was extremely good though. Even after 8 laps I think I only swatted my ears maybe one or two times. Apollo's Chariot and Alpengeist were both amazing, but could Griffon keep pace? I was kind of curious about Griffon even though the concept seemed gimmicky to me. I thought it was amazing though. Possibly my new favorite first drop on a coaster. Loch Ness Monster ended up being a really good Arrow looper. My favorite part is a nice sized tunneled helix near the end of the ride that has absolutely nothing to do with this picture. I grew up watching Sesame Street so I was possibly a little excited to come across a Sesame Street themed kids area populated with characters from the show. These days all the rage is Elmo, but when I was growing up Big Bird was where it was at. Finally in the last couple of hours the weather broke and allowed me to take my last couple of shots with a pretty blue sky in the background. This ended up being my favorite coaster of the day. The only complaint I could even come close to having about this ride was that it maybe felt a little short.
  20. Oh I'm definitely going back to ride Hades. I think I'm probably heading that way the second week of June or so. Well as long as they have it re-tracked and running by then but I'm assuming (and hoping) that they will.
  21. I loved Goliath too. I am pretty sure I liked Intimidator "232" better, but not by a massive amount or anything. I thought the airtime on Intimidator was just unbelievable. I thought both Goliath and Intimidator blew Apollo's Chariot away though, but I thought the location and setting of AC was far superior to it's two younger brothers. On a side note I just spent the weekend riding Diamondback again and I'm not so convinced I actually like Intimidator Carowinds better. Maybe I'll just have to go down there and ride it some more to decide... I liked the Georgia Cyclone. It was a little rough in spots, but not bad. My top 3 steel of this trip: 1. Intimidator at Carowinds 2. Goliath at SFOG 3. Superman Ride Of Steel at Six Flags America My top 3 wood of this trip: 1. Thunderhead at Dollywood 2. Roar at Six Flags America 3. The Wild One at Six Flags America I think tonight I am gonna try to actually finish this report. I was gonna do it all in a day or two but life has been crazy lately and I have put it off too much now.
  22. Nothing wrong with that, intentional or not! Anywho, it looks like you had a great time! The pictures were great too! Are you a professional photographer? No I'm not a pro, but I think the question made me blush a little. It's just always been a hobby of mine. Other than posting stuff to facebook and stuff this is the first time I've ever shown people my pictures and I was kind of nervous about posting them, so to anyone who has complimented them... thank you.
  23. If you enjoyed the Ninja joke my son has many more where that came from.
  24. Day four found me getting to visit Kings Dominion for a chance to ride the much anticipated Intimidator 305. I have a cousin that lives in Richmond, so I was able to take advantage of a free place to stay while in town and used that to stay in the area for a second visit to Kings Dominion. The plan was to spend Thursday at Kings Dominion, Friday at Busch Gardens, and then to return back for a second day at Kings Dominion. I am glad that I planned for a second day at Kings Dominion, because Intimidator had problems on day one and I only got to put two rides on it. First off they didn't get it open till almost 45 minutes after the parks scheduled opening, and then when they did finally get it up and running they only opened it as a one train operation. Later about 3pm they just closed the ride down for the rest of the day. On top of that my phone decided to call it quits on me. Already in a sour mood over the death of my phone, when I-305 went down again I just gave up and left for the day. Day six went much better, but was much busier. On Saturday the shortest line for a coaster in the park was actually Intimidator. I know that sounds backwards, but it was the truth. I rode it 14 times and never waited more than 30 minutes, with most waits averaging in the 15 to 20 minute range. I was using the single rider line, but I speculated that at many points it was just as quick if not actually quicker to use the main line. The rest of the lines ranged from 30 minutes to an hour or more. With long lines everywhere else and short lines on a ride as good as Intimidator I never ended up hitting the rides I had planned on hitting on the second day. I just stayed at I-305 for most of the day with a couple rides each on Rebel Yell and Grizzly. So between the two days I never got a chance to ride several of the rides I would of liked to hit, and Shockwave and Hurler were both down for the entirety of both my visits. Kings Island's midway is my favorite midway. This looks just like it, but a little more wooded. But who cares about midways right now? Let's ride Intimidator 305!!! I'm a Millennium Force fanboy all the way, so I can't even describe how excited I was to get on this thing. In reality a comparison to MF isn't fair. They are entirely two different rides. Imagine if Millennium and Maverick got together and had an illegitimate child. Then gave that child a little too much sugar... This is one seriously intense ride. One more centerfold shot. Next up was another ride much anticipated by me. Volcano was a very nice ride. On return trips I will visit this first and then hit Intimidator though, as this line seemed consistently much longer over the two days of my visits. I enjoyed the theming and the sustained elevations. Next up was looking like I was gonna get to ride three straight woodies. Any park that allows me to ride three straight woodies is a-ok in my book. Somehow I ended up with very few pics of any of those woodies. Not sure as to how that happened as woody pics are total coaster porn to me. Rebel Yell was great though and ran real nicely. I had heard really good things about Grizzly and had already decided it was gonna be my favorite ride in the park. It didn't actually end up being my favorite ride in the park, but it was still very good. I wish I had seen this ride before they started removing trees from the area. As it is I thought it had a beautiful wooded setting. I got denied on my third woody. Hurler was down for some repairs. I heard they are doing some re-tracking supposedly. I put in a ride on Ricochet while I was in the area. Shockwave was unfortunately also down. Headspin yesterday and Dominator today! Hi-five for Geauga Lake. This used to be one of my favorite coasters. It has slipped a little due the fact that I have ridden many new coasters since the last time I've got to ride it. I still believe that this ride is well above average for the style of ride it is though. Anaconda was down for most of the day on Thursday but opened just before I ended up leaving. It may have the prettiest queue I have ever seen. I like that this ride was built over the water. The tunnel into the water especially was a nice touch. I'm not really much of a "credit" counter so I usually skip out on the kiddie coasters, but I rarely pass up the chance to shoot a few pics of them.
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