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Ed Farmer

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  1. No pat down, at least not when I visited this past Friday. I saw a handful of people make it all the way to the station house with their phones. A few of them, who just kept them out obliviously, were turned away.
  2. Indeed. I made my way over to it, took care of business, and hopped on for a few more laps. Lesson learned, haha.
  3. I did, this past Sunday. On a full bladder. My enjoyment of the ride has been gradually growing, but that (riding Magnum with a full bladder) was a mistake I won't be making again. I saw stars.
  4. Bummer about Kennywood, but great read as usual. I was *this close* to stopping in yesterday on the way back from a weekend KD/SFA trip, but opted to get a few more hours out of the Cedar Point pass in what was likely the last chance I'd get this season. Looking forward to the Knoebels/Hershey installments.
  5. That's pretty much it. I got to the park late (4-ish), and I don't think Millennium Force had opened at all yet to that point. Eventually, I saw them cycling empties, and then loaded trains a little while later. I figured I'd take care of other things first and make my way out to it, but by the time I did... I think this is the first time I've been to Cedar Point without at least one lap on MF. I was planning on finishing the night on it, but made the best of the situation and turned it into an extra lap on Rougarou, Maverick and Steel Vengeance to close off the day. Side note- got my first taste of Fast Lane Plus yesterday, and I'm not sure there is any going back.
  6. Denver on Labor Day weekend is a yearly thing for me- can't wait to get back there soon. There isn't really anything special about the parks. I guess Lakeside is supposed to be a good looking place after dark, but I haven't been late enough to see for myself. Elitch feels like what it is- a former Six Flags park. It's a small, shabby looking place (for the most part). Twister II is among the worst wooden coasters I've had the opportunity to ride because of the shape it's in. It really needs to be Rocky Mountain'd. Can't help you with it's current operational status, though. Apart from that, Intamin Drop Towers are always nice, and they have an Arrow Shuttle- which is at least interesting (though nothing memorable, IMO). Every time I've gone, downtime has been an issue. One train ops are the norm from my experience, and I haven't ever seen anyone in a hurry to dispatch anything, either. I've never rented a car out there- walking and Uber have always been just fine. The train from the airport to the city is a straight shot, around 45 minutes IIRC. I've mostly just stuck to concerts at Red Rocks & Dick's Sporting Goods Park, and exploring the city when I'm out there, so don't have any advice on visiting Golden- sorry. Denver is a great town- have fun!
  7. Really enjoyed your reports on the Polish parks- I'll be visiting next summer, and I didn't think I could be any more excited for that than I already was, but here we are. Insane to consider that this park is only in the middle of it's crazy growth spurt. It reminds me of what is happening in China, only it's confined to one park. SFWoA over Poland.
  8. Glad they're holding off until September to close it. I'll get my chance to say goodbye to Iron Wolf after all.
  9. This looks great. I enjoy the color scheme and am happy they went with this name and not something ridiculous. I've long wished B&M would actually go places with their Dive Machine designs, and with Valkyria and now Yukon Striker, here we are. I especially love that it doesn't immediately hit the MCBR after the first inversion. My only qualm is vest restraints, but such is life. Looking forward to trying this one out.
  10. Speaking of The Melt- it is the home of the best beer I've had at a park. Heavy Seas Tropicannon. Had 3 or 4 of those over the course of the day during Coastermania, and I can't wait to wet my beak again at the end of the month when I make my glorious return.
  11. I could certainly see a park like WOF getting an RMC Raptor- but we're averaging coordinates now?
  12. I know I'm in the minority, but I really enjoyed the ride when it was at SFGAm (and B&M Stand-Ups in general). I'm visiting SFA later this month, and was looking forward to getting a spin or two on it, so this is a bit of a bummer.
  13. Sounds to me like that might be a generic survey Six Flags sends out, as those very details are being mentioned in the SFMM thread.
  14. Wow. I don't buy anything other than beer at parks, but that is definitely something I will make an exception for the next time I'm at Hershey.
  15. Based on many of the recent names- Blue Hawk, , Crazanity, tack a Twisted/Iron/Wicked in front of the name of a recently Rocky Mountain'd coaster, recycled names (Goliath, as an example)... I get the feeling that not a lot of thought is put into the naming process to begin with- so it probably doesn't matter.
  16. CoasterQueue shows it as closed. Not sure how accurate that is, but it claims to have been updated today at 12:10 pm.
  17. Twister II at Elitch is high on my list in this category. Perhaps not the worst I've ever ridden, but it's the one that immediately comes to mind. Certainly, it has more to do with upkeep (or lake thereof) than design/layout- but holy hell. I make Denver on Labor Day weekend an annual thing, so I'll give Twister II (and my spine) another crack in about a month's time. Rocky Mountain it.
  18. Enjoyed the report- glad you guys had fun. As someone who has been going to SFGAm basically my whole life, this park is right at the top of my to do list. I imagine it'll be a weird, but awesome experience.
  19. Planning on getting a few hours at this park towards the end of August. Does Batwing look like it's down for the count?
  20. Looks like an awesome time was had at one of my favorite parks. Wish I could have been there.
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