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  1. Love your writing style in this report, really enjoyable to read and it’s fun to remember the trip. Hyperion was a really good coaster probably my third favourite after Lech and Untamed, but that queue when we did the final ride... I think that might be my own version of hell doing that pointless walk was fine (if not annoying) but coming to that room with no-one directing traffic and looking like a huge blob of people with no discernible direction... yes hell. I do vaguely remember watching the flow of traffic and trying to get us in the quickest arm of the queue, lots of strategising. I forgot about that dark ride, I really couldn’t believe it. No operator around, just get on a real wtf moment at a park with a few of them. The Viking show was another, erm, confusing experience. And thanks for the photo evidence of me on a kiddie coaster, I tried to be cool and not go on all of them but you got evidence of me on that one. I classed up the experience with the philosophy though, to my credit. Can’t wait for the next section! You really captured this part well, I’d forgotten so many of the details.
  2. Thanks for these Chuck, really lovely to read. Especially as my first two trips have been covered (Japan 2013 and New Hotness 2014). Such amazing memories and your commentary is always hilarious.
  3. Great report! Can't wait to read more. Seems like we did a lot of the same stuff pre-trip. De Carrousel and ARTIS were both awesome. Please do one as well! The world needs to hear about your VR experience at Walibi Holland
  4. These answers have given me a real laugh. I guess you could call it Ryder (like Ghost Rider). And also then it's not tied to one roller coaster...
  5. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. Thunder Dolphin, Nemesis, The Beast (at night) 2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? Not many... 3. 3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? Six Flags Over Georgia, really great coaster collection that covers a lot of different types I enjoy. 4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? Wonder Woman at SFFT. 5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? MInd Bender, not enough people talk about that ride. 6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018? I went to two Six Flags and a Cedar Fair park, so I ate outside the park at all of them. 7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson? I didn't go on any. 8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019. Efteling 9. Best ride themed to a bird? Parrot Coaster at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. 10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018? Great American Scream Machine at SFoG. OUCH. 11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride) Expedition GeForce 12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to? West Coast Racers looks cute, but everything in Star Wars land at either coast. 13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind. Thorpe Park. 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... Expedition Everest 15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme? Haven't been to either. 16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion? What's in the shed? 17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently? SFoG 18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one. I refuse. 19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one. Dominion, just for I-305. 20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018? I'm sure I waited an hour for something at Carowinds, everything was a long line there. 21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other? Probably something like Stealth... Actually maybe Twisted Colossus, I just rode that over and over in such a short space of time. 22. Best drop tower under 150 feet? The best drop tower is no drop tower. 23. Maverick or Millennium Force? (If you haven't been to CP, pick what you want to ride more) There's only one respectable answer to this question and it's Maverick. 24. Log flumes or sky rides? You can only choose one. Log flumes. 25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides? Absoultely nothing comes to mind at Thorpe Park. 26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why? Kings Island because it has great memories with TPR. 27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit. Thorpe Park, it's got some good roller coasters and you can make fun of lots of people there. 28. Launch or Lift? Launch. 29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018? Yeah, at SFoG, although I probably needed one more at Carowinds. 30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster? Thunder Run does something to my back that no other coaster can. 31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult? Cult, however a very funny cult. My favourite is when they get annoyed about rubbish bins. 32. Best Batman themed ride? I love all the inverted clones, I always try to ride them in the back row. Rock n roll. 33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you. Shot glasses. Although I'm not much of a shot drinker. 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? Thank god no, although a phone was pretty close once. 36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case. Meh, I don't care either way, I'll let someone else decide that. 37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss? Nah. I'll pass. 38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode? Superman: Ultimate Flight at SFoG. 39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose? Churros. 40. Post a great on-ride shot of you from 2018. (DO IT!)
  6. Great trip report, it's nice to read about a park that's a little off-the-radar. Six Flags Great America from 2013 is still my benchmark of how bad operations can get at a major theme park. Can't wait to read the rest! Edit: I just saw your comment about windseekers. Was it really THAT entertaining?
  7. I've only been on 6 and my ranking is based on how much fun I have on the ride: 1. Twisted Colossus 2. Iron Rattler 3. Storm Chaser 4. New Texas Giant 5. Outlaw Run 6. Goliath In all honesty, 3, 4 and 5 are equally as enjoyble as each other. Goliath is by far my least favourite. Twisted Colossus is just an outrageous ride that put a huge smile on my face, love the second lift hill and the anticipation of waiting to see if you will duel the other train. I'm a sucker for a coaster that uses the terrain so I love Iron Rattler, that canyon drop is one of my favourite drops in the world!
  8. You have to actually select tickets and start the process of buying daily tickets to see it. It will ask the # of times you plan to visit & how many guests before you get to the screen with these options: [attachment=0]kdafter4.JPG[/attachment] HOWEVER...FYI if you plan on going ON OR BEFORE June 30th and prefer more time in the park, tickets are only $45 for all day (Everybody Pays Kid's Prices option) vs. the $41 After 4pm/twilight ticket. Thanks so much! Feel like a bit of an idiot because I didn't find that. It'll be a July trip, so no discount ticket for a full day for me.
  9. I've had a quick search to see if Kings Dominion still do those Twilight after 4pm tickets, but can't find anything and it's not mentioned on the website. Are they still a thing?
  10. I was at Thorpe Park today too! Took a picture of the ride sign for DBGT which adds some details. The actors may touch you... I'm out...
  11. Either I get to Thorpe Park in the next couple of weeks, or I wait until I fly to the US for my first trip to Dollywood. I'm so excited for that park!
  12. I'm a big guy, and while the seat belts at CP were extremely tight for me (and sometimes needed op assistance on MF/TTD) the ones on EGF were not a problem. Thanks for the reply! Hopefully I'll make it there in the next few months on a last minute flight!
  13. What are the seat belts like on Expedition Geforce? I'm a tight fit for the seatbelts (but not restraints) on Millennium Force, wondering if I have to worry if I plan an impromptu visit soon. I'm usually fine on most Intamins, it's only the seatbelts on the ones at Cedar Point that take some extra help from the operator.
  14. Everything looks amazing! Especially the different beginning to Peter Pan's Flight. I'm so glad they kept the original feel of the ride but added their own spin. Any news on crowds/wait times etc.. Also interested to see what the food's like, seen a few pictures on twitter but not a lot yet.
  15. Wrap your head around my weird opinions: Twisted Colossus Iron Rattler Outlaw Run New Texas Giant Goliath The Joker looks great! I can never tell from the POVs where I would rank something. It's definitely great for SFDK, will make it a park I'd consider returning to.
  16. I forgot to post this before but I took a video off-ride of the complete cycle at night. It's an absolutely fantastic ride, I got 4 rides on it. I'm fine with spinning rides usually, but this made me a little dizzy. It's fairly extreme but not as bad as it looks. It's mainly just very fun. Possibly the best flat ride I've ever been on, definitely in my top 3.
  17. Great report! Excited to hear the reports on Ghostrider when it reopens, it was my first wooden roller coaster so I've got a soft spot for it. Hopefully the reports will be good, wish I could visit Knott's again this year.
  18. The ghost train "Route 666" from The Machinist is pretty awesome. I'd be scared to ride it.
  19. Just tell people why you want to go and try and think of a variety of cool and interesting things at the park. Do they still have the blue/purple ice cream at Banshee? You can big up The Beast at night time. Why do you want to go? Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm! Also don't be put off if no-one's interested, just go by yourself. If you wait for other people to do things, you may never get round to them.
  20. I did a 6 week coaster tour through the US in 2014. I think you need more rest days if you are driving and spending all day in parks. Maybe cut down on driving time by booking a flight from Cleveland to Richmond and skip Kennywood. You don't want to burn yourself out so much you miss one of the more important parks.
  21. I've booked a flight up to Shanghai for two weeks after opening. Can't wait to see this, even if it doesn't go perfectly I'm sure it will be an experience. Especially excited about the TRON coaster (and its single rider line).
  22. I just realised I'm wearing a Bowie shirt in my avatar. I hope his death inspires people to learn more about his creative process and that he is remembered for his thirst for new ways of thinking and questioning the world.
  23. Tourbillon isn't at the Great European Carnival in Central. It's at the Tung Wah Charity Carnival, on the site of the old airport runway. I didn't even know there was more than one carnival in Hong Kong now. Both are running for a few months.
  24. The Beast is transformed in the dark from something skippable to one of the most memorable coasters in the world. I don't understand how it happens. Pretty certain it's magic.
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