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Geauga Dog

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  1. I was up at Waldameer today after not being there for about four years. A lot has changed since my last visit and the park looks even better now that the wristband booths have been removed from the midway. Also happy that the old inn was removed and the parking lot expanded and paved. It was much needed. I thought RFII had a slight hint of roughness on my two rides. First ride was towards the back of the red train, which is where I felt it more than towards the front of the blue train on my second ride. It didn't detract from the overall ride experience and I didn't think it slowed down at all during the second half with the trains running pretty much full. Of course night rides is where it's at as RFII is one of the best night ride coasters out there. It's still best wooden coaster in the entire region. Glad that I live 1.5 hours from it. An thought came to me while on my way home from the park - I know the wristbands seem to work well for the park but now that the booths have been moved to create new entrances, do you think Waldameer would ever consider pay one price for the rides but keep the wristbands for Water World? It seems the scanning of wristbands at some rides seem to slow down loading times (i.e. Music Express, which is still one of the best versions of that ride I've been on and Steel Dragon, one of my favorite spinning coasters).
  2. I do even for my local parks. I don't buy season passes anymore as I don't frequent my local parks like I used to and I don't spend full days in parks anymore so in order to cram in as much as I want in the limited time I'm in a park I opt for the fast pass to get through my day. At Cedar Point it's worth it for Maverick alone. As much as I absolutely love that ride the wait for it seems to take forever.
  3. When I went to the park a few weeks ago my very first ride of the day was Valravn, front seat, far left side. As soon as we were released and began to drop a kamikaze mayfly smacked right into my glasses thus I had to deal with a black spot on my lens until I got to the brake run to wipe it off. This is the time of year you wish you had those big a$$ spiders in fall hanging around to eat these things.
  4. When I did my California trip in 2001 it was Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain. Not being someone who follows everything Disney those two were big surprises. Matterhorn was closed for rehab and I still don't know the layout even with POVs. Also include both Giant Dippers (Santa Cruz and Belmont) and Gold Rusher at SFMM. Holiday World in 2006. I had an idea of what Voyage's layout, with the first three big hills, but was totally unaware of what happened after that (the triple down was a huge surprise for me). I also didn't know Legend's layout at all and knew just a little of Raven's layout. SFStL in 2010. The Boss's layout was a big surprise as I had no idea what to expect. All I knew is that it had a double down on the first drop.
  5. State Fair of Texas built a 500 foot Intamin Super Gyro Tower when they tried to turn the fairgrounds into an amusement park a few years ago so at least there was one recent installation in the U.S. I'm an observation tower fan myself and I consider them icons. I always look for them as I'm driving to a park that has one.
  6. Went to the park for a few hours today and I must say that the photos of RMC Mean Streak don't do it justice. Granted I have never seen an RMC in person but all I could say as I was walking back towards Maverick is that this looks like it will be one wicked ride, especially that outward banked turn and upward twist section after the second hill. Park was moderately busy today - a lot of school and choral groups in the park.
  7. As one who would much rather have a physical boxed copy of a game I'm thrilled that PC has decided to go forth with it and will likely buy this. I wonder if it will have the winter and recent spring updates already in it or will it just have the base game that originally came out.
  8. They're really not comparable. It's called International Plaza because the park is themed to 5 different regions of the world, so International Plaza acts as your starting point. Of course, KI's and KD's top Worlds of Fun's. they really couldn't top a 300ft. tall tower with a gorgeous fountain display in front of it. But it's extremely nice and spaced out. After finally seeing the park map on their site (sucks they don't have a downloadable map like in years past) I like the look of the new front gate area as depicted on it. It's a crazy idea but I can't see how CF couldn't expand on the International Plaza theme around the carousel, thus reducing the Scandinavia area to the area just to the left of the entrance.
  9. Interesting about the traffic issues to and from Darien Lake. It takes me four hours to get to the park and I've never had any issues with the traffic or drivers in the past. Of course I'm leaving Cleveland by 5:30 AM in order to make it to the parking lot before opening (and getting a decent spot). The only traffic issues I've had have always been at the westbound toll booth in Cheektowaga/Airport area before the 290 split to Niagara Falls/Grand Island. Never understood why it's so slow getting through there. A bit off topic but I never understood why there is only one rest area (Angola) between Buffalo and the PA/NY state line. It gets a bit crowded with the amount of people who stop there.
  10. Glad to read the good reviews of Mystic Timbers. Looking forward to riding it later this summer. When I first read what was in the shed Verbolten came to mind. As for KI that is probably the best type of struggle to have. Having done Beast, Diamondback and Bat at night I'm going to have to fight how to fit Banshee and Timbers night rides in my visit.
  11. ^I wonder if they repainted it because when I was at Carowinds in 2012 it looked like crap.
  12. IIRC Avalanche Run had a dual loading station therefore two bobsleds could load/unload at the same time. The issue with Disaster Transport was they turned what was the second loading platform into the unload only and had just the one loading station. I stopped riding DT a long time before they finally decided to remove it. It became a waste of time. Also didn't help that it was so HOT going up the lift hill.
  13. Cool video. Just once I would like to go back to those primitive days of Kings Island to experience it again. My family's first visit was in 1974 and I was only six years old & HB Land was truly a magical place.
  14. Supposedly they bailed for the same reasons Disney's America never materialized, the residents strongly opposed it. I would also think the third park would have also been a cloned design of the other two though I do wonder if there would have been tweaks due to it being near Washington. Recently three UK parks have intrigued me: Pleasure Island Cleethorpes - having seen photos and a few videos on the Net it looked rather interesting with the themed entrance area and beyond that the rest of the park was just an open setting around a lake. Looked like it had potential. Had a boomerang and a Vekoma family coaster. Just closed last year. Camelot - again having seen a few videos and pictures on the Net it seemed to have a rather subdued yet interesting medieval theme. I believe Knightmare, the Schwarzkopf coaster, is still standing on the site today. American Adventure - American parks have had their own ideas when depicting what European life is like but seeing how the UK depicted life in the U.S. seemed to be a unique theme for a park, even though there are a few American Wild West inspired parks throughout Europe (i.e. Fraispertuis City, O.K. Corral, Fort Fun)
  15. While this is waaay off topic since it is a MiA thread my two takes on Magnum is that either: 1. I see Chance retracking since they did a great job with Phantom's Revenge. Would definitely see some tweaking on the return portion by replacing those triangular shaped hills into more rounded better airtime hills or 2. Magnum just comes down and a new, larger wave pool is built on the site of the old one, taking up the spot where the second drop is. I always thought CP Shores' wave pool was a bit small, especially if they are tying to make it a premier water park.
  16. My last visit to Great America I spent two days and the first day Viper was squealing around the turns and was just bad but the second day it was running great. It is one of the best rides in the park and one of my all time favorite wood coasters. I just don't get the hate for old Arrow coasters. For those of us who grew up riding them they were the "new hotness" in the 70's and 80's. Sure plenty of them have not aged well but Demon is one of the rare good Arrows - great first drop in the back seat, a couple of forceful vertical loops and the long light tunnel (one of my favorite parts) - it just screams classic. Plus it fills the void of the intermediate family coaster - usually a child's first looping coaster. Eagle backwards - now that was a LOT of fun. Miss that on AE and KI Racer.
  17. No they don't. That's why I jokingly call CP "Concrete Paradise". I'm interested in reading thrillrider's report on all that's going on at the Point this year.
  18. I doubt the Eiffel Tower would be open. It was never open during the old Winterfest. What's the chance they will hang lights off the top like they used to? Also more than likely Festhaus will be open with LaRosa's pizza and a holiday show.
  19. I'm surprised White Water Falls has been demolished. That was unexpected. Given the fact that our Wildwater Kingdom closed for good last Labor Day I wonder if this will make way for either the ProSlide Tornado or the big tube/body slides that were there. I agree that a log flume needs to be added to this park.
  20. I don't close my eyes on the Vekoma Flying Dutchmen except on the lift or brake run if the sun is in the right position but on the B&M's I always close my eyes at the bottom of a pretzel loop and yell due to the positive g's going through it.
  21. Also more of these awesome looking Vekomas are never a bad thing either. I'm very impressed with each new design they come out with. As others have said, thanks for keeping us abreast on the Asian coaster/theme park scene. A little part of me is jealous of all the great rides they are getting.
  22. 1. What is the name of your home park? Cedar Point 2. Do you own a coaster related T-shirt? Several but I quit wearing them quite awhile ago 3. Do you enjoy Vekoma SLCs? I don't think they are all bad. Serial Thriller/Thunderhawk, when it was at Geauga Lake, was pretty good 4. Name the first 3 coasters that come to mind. Maverick, X-Flight, Screamin' Eagle 5. One park you would definitely never go back to is... I always give parks a second chance 6. Have you ever ridden a drop tower taller than 200 feet? Yes - Drop Tower at KI and KD, Power Tower at CP, Supreme Scream at Knott's 7. What is your favorite roller coaster? Steel - Raging Bull Wood- Voyage (haven't ridden it lately) 8. When you go to a park three things you must have with you are... Cargo shorts, glasses strap, and camera 9. How many times did you visit your home park last season? Once - I can't spend a full day at CP anymore 10. The first Intamin coaster you rode is... Avalanche Run in 1985 11. Have you ever spent an entire day at a park alone? I go to parks alone - don't have friends or family that enjoy the hobby like I do 12. The independent park you go to the most is... Waldameer 13. Does B&M or Intamin make better hyper coasters? I enjoy them both equally but B&M makes it simple with the clam shell restraints. Intamin's drawback are the seatbelts that are not friendly for those of us with large thighs - can't fasten, you can't ride 14. If it was free, what upcharge ride what you jump on right now? Skycoaster 15. What is the best food at your home park? Majority of CP's food quality sucks but I've always liked CP's cheese fries. For a short time prior to Kinzel's departure they drastically went downhill but have improved since. 16. The name of the worst GCI you've ridden is... Haven't ridden a GCI I've hated but if I had to pick one it would be Wildcat at Hersheypark 17. When you're not riding something at your home park where are you? At work or at home 18. Favorite water ride in a dry park (flume, rapids, etc) Don't ride water rides much anymore but I'd pick White Water Canyon at KI since I love water bombing riders from the observation platform for a quarter. Could easily drop a few bucks into the machines and watch rider's expressions when the water hits them. 19. Do you get your photo taken with park mascots? Never 20. Name one personal item you've lost at a park. My ATM card at KI back in the Paramount days. The machine ate it. 21. Name of the worst B&M invert you're ridden is... Haven't ridden an invert I didn't like but Great Bear is quite uninspired after the zero-G roll 22. Name your favorite steel coaster under 125 feet tall. No brainer - Maverick 23. Name your favorite coaster/ride manufacturer? Coasters - B&M Flat Rides - Huss (though a lot of their classics aren't produced anymore) 24. What waterpark have you visited most often? Wildwater Kingdom when it was a part of Geauga Lake 25. The name of the fastest wooden coaster you have ridden is... Son of Beast 26. What is the name of the flat ride you've ridden the most? Most likely Delirium at KI 27. Name a ride-related injury you have suffered. While boarding the car on Kennywood's Exterminator I cut my finger on a piece of the restraint. Didn't know it was bleeding until I got off the ride. 28. Favorite Halloween event at a park? KI's Haunt 29. Name the most recent Arrow ride or coaster you've been on... Vortex or Bat at KI 30. Name of your favorite ride that never leaves the ground (safari, train, bumper cars, etc) Hmmm, I guess Cadillac Cars at CP 31. What ride makes you laugh the most? Any Giant Frisbee - Delirium, maXair, Black Widow - when they reach the highest arc 32. How many RMC's have you ridden? None - hope to rectify it in the near future 33. Best flat that goes over 100 feet is... Giant Frisbee with honorable mention to Skyhawk at CP 34. When you are on your way to your home park what is one worry that you might have? Will I need to get Fastlane 35. Favorite park that is NOT your home park is ___________. Easy - Busch Gardens Williamsburg 36. How many different parks did you go to last season? Just 2 - CP and KI - not a good year for me 37. The indoor coaster/dark ride you ride most often is... Haven't ridden much the last few years but one that I would ride most is Ghostwood Estate at Kennywood 38. When you spend the day at the park what do you drink all day? I'll drink a Coke when I stop to eat but I'll just stop at a water fountain if a park has them 39. The name of the best B&M you've ridden is? Raging Bull (though watching the POV of Fury 325 wants me to get down to Carowinds to ride it) 40. Name three other forum members that will fill this out... ? ?
  23. Cedar Point - it varies depending on what I'm in the mood for to start my day. In recent years I just make my way towards the back of the park and try to get a few rides on Maverick before the crowds come. Kings Island - I used to hit the Beast first but now I wait until it's warmed up a bit before I take a few rides. More than likely I'll be at Banshee first thing in the morning and then hit Invertigo while the line is still short.
  24. It will be interesting to see how this plays out at CGA since their "new" Patriot is just a few yards away from their Arrow looper Demon and if it will in fact make CF decide for or against the conversion at Carowinds. Rougarou was still an ear basher after becoming a floorless so I don't see much of a change in that aspect. For being one of B&M's earliest stand up designs I think Vortex has a decent layout but now that the park is seeing bigger and better things coming maybe it's time to totally rethink the conversion and just remove it from the park.
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