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  1. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3.

    Phoenix - Knoebels

    Montu - BGT

    Rutschebanen - Tivoli Gardens


    2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018?

    Around 31


    3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite?

    Cedar Point or silver dollar city


    4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)?

    Steel Vengence or Time Traveler



    5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018?

    It’s a 2017 new ride, but Mystic Timbers


    6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018?

    Cinnamon bread - SDC


    7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson?

    Time traveler


    8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019.



    9. Best ride themed to a bird?



    10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018?

    Santa Monica West coaster or pick a sbf spinner


    11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride)

    Dodonpa(Disney sea if we are talking park)


    12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to?

    Most likely copperhead strike or the nj nick universe


    13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind.

    Gilroy Gardens


    14. You're in Orlando and magically have a 1-hour ERT session on 1 coaster of your choice at any park in the city. You choose...

    Manta - SWO


    15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme?

    Can I pick Dollywood?


    16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion?

    Mystery shed was lame, assuming wicker man is better. Mystic timbers is great as a wooden coaster though.


    17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently?

    New England, great adventure is our closest.


    18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one.

    Intamim, Schwarzkopf is no longer making new rides.


    19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one.

    Stacy says Kings island, I prefer Kings dominion.


    20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018?

    Almost 3 hours.


    21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other?

    Probably el toro.


    22. Best drop tower under 150 feet?

    Stratosfear - Knoebels


    23. Maverick or Millennium Force? (If you haven't been to CP, pick what you want to ride more)

    Maverick, but I love both.


    24. Log flumes or sky rides? You can only choose one.

    Log flumes, hands up.


    25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides?

    Enjoying beverages, depending on the definition of home park eating food, and hanging out with friends


    26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why?

    Knotts. Has a ton of charm and a great line up of rides.


    27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit.

    Great adventure: El toro, nitro

    Knoebels: Phoenix, fried cheese stand


    28. Launch or Lift?

    How about both.


    29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018?

    Yes. Cedar point. Michigan’s adventure, should have at kings island


    30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster?

    Hades 360


    31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult?



    32. Best Batman themed ride?



    33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you.



    34. Best wooden coaster over 110 feet tall? (rcdb will help you)

    El toro


    35. Have you ever been hit with something (loose change/a tree/vomit/etc) while riding something?

    Quarter, on el toro


    36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case.

    Yes, but only if you count powered.


    37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss?



    38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode?

    Dominator at KD


    39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose?

    Corn dogs for protein. Churros being my favorite of the three.


    40. Post a great on-ride shot of you from 2018. (DO IT!)

    Here’s me stuck in a seat belt at worlds of fun. Seatbelt wouldn’t un clip.


  2. Not sure if there is an appetite for non-coaster trips, but I thought why not. The first half of our honeymoon was Ireland and for the most part had little to do with amusement parks or coasters.


    Day 1: Kilkenny, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Stone and Cork night 1.

    It's a rather short flight from Newark to Dublin.


    trip_part1_photo1.thumb.jpg.4a62ddae3edd7f1f4bc204e0c89203af.jpgDrinks on the Plane


    trip_part1_photo2.thumb.jpg.3baf8bb1c6db937d5cf60d52b446091b.jpgSunset Shot


    trip_part1_photo3.thumb.jpg.a3d49636580a9a3fd5f21a800ca50364.jpgI see Ireland.



    We picked up our rental car. I feel like a better driver after dealing with small roads and driving on the left side of the road. We stopped for breakfast in Kilkenny prior to seeing the castle.


    trip_part1_photo4.jpg.3ba6e0830a47f27996332bc0b9ab10a9.jpgCafé la Coco


    trip_part1_photo5.thumb.jpg.08af8f16fcf1e2c9c4c89d8acddded13.jpgPancakes, Bacon & Coffee



    We then headed over and toured the accessible areas of Kilkenny Castle.


    trip_part1_photo6.jpg.f886cede1827772479ced1dbbb669ab3.jpgThis is the castle of my master, Guy de Lombard, wait that's not right.


    trip_part1_photo7.thumb.jpg.956a4563de665745c1e8c06084af47b9.jpgOld School Instagram


    trip_part1_photo8.thumb.jpg.502d5e45b913ebb37fa1b9db081c09fa.jpgFinidng victor a much easier than waldo.




    trip_part1_photo10.jpg.12d685e0141de1fd8a8f599298f26313.jpgHey look, we are there.



    The next point of interest was the Rock of Cashel.


    trip_part1_photo11.thumb.jpg.724068449b68d5dd940b7d1bcaf1ec6a.jpgYes, it’s on a hill.


    trip_part1_photo12.jpg.9aeb9fc47dbf017882d668567e44883f.jpgArt, me thinks.


    trip_part1_photo13.jpg.30c5b9da4065d2e2c90ce9d67e0334db.jpgFarmlands for miles, I mean kilometers.




    trip_part1_photo15.thumb.jpg.f2ca097aad87f318180df50c0e3a792f.jpgVery old structures.



    The driving continued to a place most people know about, Blarney Castle, and the infamous blarney stone. I confess that heights kind of get to me. 450 on a coaster no problem, but without having something to depend on I don't enjoy being very high up. Felt very normal to wait in line for the blarney stone.


    trip_part1_photo16.thumb.jpg.47102c610552e22196d2276ff28447c9.jpgDidn’t realize the surrounding areas of blarney castle were so nice.


    trip_part1_photo17.thumb.jpg.d70c1b96009586c09e1c4954950590cd.jpgMuch like NYC it was under construction…


    trip_part1_photo18.jpg.fd04ec05d22d5f9f9d1af583045126bc.jpgAlmost time for us to go


    trip_part1_photo19.thumb.jpg.13015f0c37efd387728ca355440acca3.jpgStacy took a few photos, some with very good timing.


    trip_part1_photo20.jpg.0ef0177a94a568bba8ea9f5f7fda7242.jpgI missed her's, so we bought theirs



    We finished our driving for day 1, went to the hotel in Cork and prepared to enjoy the Nightlife.


    trip_part1_photo21.thumb.jpg.aa0df6c5d94d2df414fca69e4a77ad36.jpgStacy catching me playing Pokemon Go in Ireland


    trip_part1_photo22.jpg.89aa42f089eae94eab06f2f0782124dd.jpgThe Welcome Inn, the reason we only made it to 2 bars the first night, must stop in cork.




    trip_part1_photo24.jpg.ec4db783f782295ba7b805bcae4031b5.jpgThe Oliver Plunkett, good times.


    trip_part1_photo25.jpg.c8481fcff1ef5e80ace07ae8159514a5.jpgEnjoying the Oliver Plunkett.


    trip_part1_photo26.jpg.cff98d85cba55ae80f8d36b3e38aa38e.jpgColorful building at night, across the water.


    trip_part1_photo27.thumb.jpg.306d6afbda02a745136af574d6f584cb.jpgGolden balls, why, I have no idea, but they were in our hotel.



    The nightlife in cork was amazing. When we go back to Ireland, Cork will be on the agenda.

  3. Not sure if this would be the correct thread or if a new one should created.


    2017 Coasting for Kids is back.

    One park being Quassy Middlebury, CT on August 16,

    The other at Frontier City Oklahoma City, OK on September 16.



    Email I received below.


    In years past, you’ve joined us for a day of heart-pounding roller coaster rides that supported Give Kids The World Village and the kids we serve. We can’t thank you enough for your help, and that’s why we want you to be the first to know about the return of Coasting for Kids! This year, we’re thrilled to introduce a bigger, better Coasting for Kids that lets you make an even greater impact.


    You’re invited to join us for an exclusive Coasting for Kids event at some truly great amusement parks! This goes beyond roller coasters and includes access to any of the participating parks’ rides and attractions. Best of all, your special day out raises the money we need to give children with life-threatening illnesses and their families magical weeks in Orlando, FL, the theme-park capital of the world.


    So sign up for Coasting for Kids, start a team, and share your story as you fundraise. Visit our website to learn more and see the parks that’ll be part of this terrific event. Let’s make this the best Coasting for Kids yet!


  4. Has anyone done the Rhine river cruise? Debating doing it but was curious to hear some feedback about it first.


    This is what it says...


    "Date Night on the Rhine

    There is nothing nicer than a cruise along the Rhine River in the heart of the World's Most Beautiful Theme Park - unless you add a sampling of food, various wines and beers.

    ADULTS ONLY cruises available at 7:00PM & 8:00PM during our Food & Wine Festival"


    So we did the 6PM version, and lucked out, we were the only ones on the cruise(Wine on the Rhine). You get two servings of beer or wine, and a nice cheese, fruit, and chocolate sampler. The only difference by times is the earlier(4,5,6PM) ones aren't 21+. I thought it was relaxing and you do get a tour guide for the cruise.

  5. My first pick:

    Liseberg - Helix + Balder


    Some other great ones:

    Cedar Point - Maverick + Millennium Force

    SFGAdv - El Toro + Nitro

    Silver Dollar City - Outlaw Run + Powder Keg

    Hersheypark - Skyrush + Storm Runner

    Six Flags New England - Wicked Cyclone + Superman the Ride

    Kings Dominion - Intimidator 305 + Volcano

    Busch Gardens Tampa - Montu + Kumba


    Dollywood, Hansa Park may make this list after my next trip. Europa and Phantasialand probably make this list after my first trip(next summer).

  6. I took some pictures, but not really anything different than you had. However, if you are going with a group of kids(i.e. birthday party or what not), there is a bar inside for those of age.


    From my experience it's a good place to go if you have kids or younger family members, really not much to do for adults though.

    Contrary to ^

  7. Looking forward to next year at Kings Island, since the new wooden coaster and Banshee are new since my last trip. Even if the GCI has no real surprises, I am happy to see new wooden coasters being built(both KI and BGW). Not every ride/coaster needs to be balls out of control. You've got diamondback, beast, banshee, and Mystic Timbers now headlining this park, a decent amount of flats, flight of fear, a flying coaster, a suspended, and a historic wooden racer. Be happy parks are adding new coasters, your home park could be dorney...

  8. Stop the insanity, I try to ride Skull Mountain on every trip it is not AWESOME. At least in my opinion.


    It has one really fun drop that can only be fully experienced in the last car. It provide 0.5 seconds of fun, that doesn't make the coaster awesome. Locals are stating to sound like enthusiasts from other parks, we are better than this.


    I do enjoy getting a ride when its not a crazy line, but i wish the waterfall still worked, thanks six flags.

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