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WillMontu

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  1. A few that come to mind are GASM at SFOG, (plus you can feel the upstop wheels spinning for a few seconds after stopping) some Schwarzkopfs (e.g. Scorpion as it returns to the station) and Anaconda at Walygator
  2. Some time last year CoasterDynamix announced a Kickstarter campaign for a Lego compatible coaster modelling system. I ordered a few sets during the original campaign and it looks like they will have the kits assembled and are in the process of shipping them The link to the campaign is at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nanocoasters/the-cyclone-lego-compatible-roller-coaster-constru/, though the campaign has long since closed. Back in the day, I once tried making small amusement parks and even coasters out of Lego using the 9V train system, though I only had enough track to do a si
  3. Just 44 for me, though I do have some difficult ones (the rides at Stricker's Grove, for example, as well as Lightning Rod), plus quite a few defunct rides (Gwazi, SoB, a few of the pre-RMCs)
  4. Favorite: Probably EPCOT, Europa Park. Honorable mentions include Knoebel's, Indiana Beach (circa 2007) Least Favorite: SFA - Went there once and have no desire to go there again. Queued for Joker's Jinx and it broke down when I was at the front of the line. Went to Superman and queued there for an hour or so. Line didn't move, and during that one hour, we watch two, maybe three, trains dispatch on Batwing. Finally successfully got to ride Wild One, so at least I got the only credit at that park that mattered. Went to get my pass processed (though I was never coming back to SFA, it was che
  5. Here is one that was really annoying me last year. I went to Busch Gardens Tampa's Howl-O-Scream event, and in one of the mazes, the person behind me was physically pushing me throughout the entire maze. No "excuse me, can I pass?", just pushing. I can understand being scared, but isn't that the point of the mazes? I was trying to enjoy the maze, but by the end I was getting aggravated.
  6. I will admit that back in the day, I might have been a little "annoying" at times. I probably had a bit of TPR fanboy in me, and there were times I tried to be funny but it was just annoying. I also thought that I was a good photographer (though I was not) and wanted attention by posting large numbers of photos and trip reports. I also tried to shoot a lot of video in attempts of "emulating" what Robb did (though I did a lousy job at that too, not to mention my cameras always broke on park trips - now I just leave it to the professional). Eventually I caught wind that people were complaini
  7. It's been well over six months since I last went on a coaster (partly because I'm so busy and no longer have a car), but at least the last coaster I rode was a good one I paid homage to the Schwarzkopf gods and got my Olympia Looping credit! Although a difficult credit to get (especially for those of us in the USA), it was quite a solid ride
  8. I think my oldest was Wild One at SFA back in 2008. That park was such a dump and it was the only ride we were able to get on because of the poor operations. At least I have no need to go back.
  9. For me it would be Kumba, circa 1997. I enjoyed some of the more thrilling rides, but I was not quire ready for anything with inversions. I go to ride Python (and you would think being an old Arrow it would turn me off, but not so). Went on Kumba, loved it (and got the on-ride photo), and then rode Montu. In 1999, I rode Oblivion (and of course Nemesis) at Alton Towers (dive machine), 2000 was Kraken (floorless), 2006 was Georgia Scorcher, Goliath, and Superman at SFOG (stand-up, hyper, and flying), 2012 was Wild Eagle at Dollywood, and 2015 was Fury at Carowinds I'm in the back, second
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  11. I did the studio tour a few years ago - it's a bit of a way outside of London. Unlike Florida, which is designed to "immerse" guests into the films, the studio tour is intended to show how the movies were made - props and costumes were prominently displayed. It is also (at the time) one of two places in the world that sells Butterbeer (the other being Florida) - a question that I answered correctly when they asked. One curiosity I noticed was the Knight Bus - when the expansion opened up in Florida, I had thought they moved the Knight Bus prop over here, but as it turns out, they built two
  12. There are two sections of road that I know about locally that give some air. There's an intersection in the northern part of Gainesville (I believe it was 6th St and 39th Ave) that provided a small pop when taken at speed, and outside of town on the way to Williston there is a railway crossing that also gives a nice pop of airtime.
  13. Leaving the Roomba running with said cat around What's worse than screaming girls (or guys if they can get a high enough octave) on the lift?
  14. I was returning to the US on a transatlantic flight yesterday and I was hoping to catch a glimpse of Carowinds when we came in to land at Charlotte. Turns out that the approach and being in a port side window seat favoured this - the flight landed on runway 36R and I was able to get these shots on final.
  15. What comes to mind are those weird supports on Mindbender at SFOG Odd, but Anton probably knew what he was doing
  16. For me it's transportation tides - trains, skyrides/gondolas, monorails, Peoplemovers, etc. I will also do most dark rides at least once
  17. Kumba at BGT (followed by Montu an hour or so later). I happened to ride my first Arrow (Python) several minutes earlier
  18. When I went with TPR back in 2006, the ride I probably enjoyed most was Grand National at BPB. Other good rides were Speed at Oakwood, Nemesis
  19. - Racing coasters, including Grand National and Racer (Kennywood) where the tracks run close enough to interact with the riders in the other train. I've been part of some pretty amazing ERT sessions on those rides. - Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket at Universal Orlando, though much of this is due to the on-board audio
  20. A few that come to mind -Manhattan Express, though the casino seems to have no qualms about charging a small fortune to ride -Gwazi - First few seasons and after the Millennium Flyer retrofit it was a good ride, but operations were slow and inefficient from day one and the Florida heat and humidity were not good to it. Turns out that there is a reason that wooden coasters don't work well in Florida -Vertigo at Walibi Belgium - It was a new ride for 2006, 2007, and 2008, but only operated for a few weeks
  21. What comes to mind for me are the airtime hills on Goliath at SFOG - I took this photo a couple years ago - the expressions are priceless. I guess that's what you get for breaking park rules. Personally, I did lose a few items on Kumba's lift hill many years ago, such as quarters that I was intending to use to lock up my camera while on other rides. Don't text and ride!
  22. For me it would be Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure. It's a good ride, but the "simulated" scenes, where the vehicle is moving while an image is being projected, make me very nauseous.
  23. Facebook - I use it fairly regularly on desktop and mobile, and make a post of my own maybe once or twice a week. Sometimes I'll comment on other posts Youtube - I watch videos on occasion, sometimes in binges, and post assorted videos of my own every few months, whether it might be a video of a local band performing or something I captured with my GoPro. I don't comment very often Twitter - I have an account and tweet every once in a while, but not regularly. Google+ - I used it when it first came out, but I no longer use it due to a few annoyances (e.g. nagging me to add people every t
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