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  1. Hey Everybody! I went to King's Island last weekend with a few friends for Opening Day, and I thought I'd share my pictures with you. The crowds were surprisingly light, which was very welcome. Before we get to the pictures, I would like to make some general comments, and rate the coasters for this year. Food: I had a Skyline 4-Way from the location nearest the exit for lunch. It was delicious as always. Dinner was at the former Bubba Gump's and I had barbecue pork. The bun was a bit stale, and the pork was dry and very salty. The fries were pretty awful. I do not recommend eating here at all. Rides: We were on the first cycle of Delirium for the season, and really enjoyed it. I think I still prefer it over Maxxair. The crypt. Oh man. This disappoints me the most from the Cedar Fair takeover. They absolutely ruined the ride. The queue used to be unique and original, and consisted of 3 different rooms. And there were these cool doors between rooms, and added to the whole mystery of the ride. Now, the doors remain open, the preshows gone and you can see right into the ride room. The ride itself has lost the third row, all effects and lighting, and all its character. The actual music itself isnt all that bad, but the fact there are no effects, and it's not even in the dark, and the ride cycle is very mild and very short makes this ride sort of suck. The one welcome addition I take over last year is the lack of floodlights in the original queue room. The eiffel tower was fun, gave great views, and was windy. No more to be said. Although we did not participate, the Slingshot and Sky Coaster both started at $5 early in the morning for each rider. Oh and one last thing, where EuroBungy used to be now stands EuroBobbles. They are clear, air filled bubbles you go in and then float on water. I don't see much a point, but they were very popular while we were there. Son of Beast was SBNO, with the sign removed and no presence on the park map. On to the Coasters: Invertigo [Face/Off]: Closed Flight Deck [Top Gun]: Still pretty smooth, very short wait, and forceful! 8/10 Racer: Did not ride Flight of Fear: Pretty much still awesome. Could do without the bright flood lights they've added in the queue as well and the lights inside the "Spaghetti Bowl." The trim brake that stops you completely mid-course is annoying and un-desirable. 9/10 still. Firehawk:Painful, bumpy, one of my least favorite coasters. I really don't like the lay down on back position as compared to the face down version on the B&Ms. You really get a feeling that you are going to die on this one. Dare I say "Typical Vekoma" ? 3/10 Vortex:A classic Arrow Custom Looper. Pretty fast, nice inversions, great location. Perhaps my favorite Arrow Coaster. 9/10 Backlot Stunt Coaster [italian Job: Stunt Track]: Let's see here, I loved Italian Job, but they have ruined the trains, removing the doors, headlights, etc on the mini coopers. Not to mention all three cars on each train are painted the same color, instead of each car being different. There was one red train, one blue, and one white. On the plus side the fire effects were working, however, the tunnel immediately after was completely illuminated. I was very disappointed in that. 7/10 The Beast: What can I say, it's a classic. Really great feeling of speed through the woods. Was really bummed out by the lights in the second tunnel. Completely unnecessary and ruins the effect. Really Cedar Fair, why are all these lights on? The helix finale was amazing, and seemed to be less rough. Although the ride was bumpy, it wasn't too painful like Son of Beast was. 9/10 Diamondback: Got 5 rides on this bad boy in the Standby line. Rode very front, rode very back, and a few seats in between. Decided there is no bad seat on the train, they all provide incredible air time. Felt almost "scared" of the airtime in the front row on top of the 2nd hill. Amazing coaster. 10/10 Now for the pictures.... Drop Tower...such an original name Delirium FOF Solar Flare on Diamondback around noon Le Tour Eiffel Diamondback's Station, simple, but really nice, especially for King's Island Just Sitting there Flight of Fear / Racer Vortex Back Italian Coaster Lot Splash 1 Splash 2 Final Turn Vekoma Death Machine Racer Turn arounds "Surf Dog" Really CF? Beastie, sorry, it looks nothing like a Woodstock's Express Oh Baby! 31 Years! Boiler Up! A Cincinnati Tragedy W00t! Camp Remote? Terrible Names for rides in PS Nice Paint, However Hah Beastie Not sure how I feel about this paint, either "Through the Trees" Trees? I thought this was a Cedar Fair Park? Boo Blasters. I don't even need to comment on the names any more. Awesome
  2. Correct me if I am wrong, but I can swear Flight of Fear at King's Island's final inversion is a counter-clockwise corkscrew.
  3. All these pictures look fantastic! I really can't wait to be able to go to Magic Mountain!
  4. What a great app. Question though, will six flags parks be offering WiFi throughout the park now to pinpoint your location for the iPod version?
  5. I actually really like the look, , but if it's getting painted, I'd like that too!
  6. I think the ride looks cool. I really hope Intamin really takes off with this technology, I would love to see much larger coasters with the "drop"
  7. I couldn't agree more. The best part is that most of the animals don't appear to be caged. Obviously, they are restrained to their areas, but to the General Public, it looks as though they are free to go anywhere.
  8. Sesame/Air Grover are completely walled off and impossible to take pics of sorry
  9. Hi All, Me and a friend went to the Tampa Bay Area for our Spring Break last week, and we hit up Busch Gardens for two days, since the second day is free anyhow. There is just so much to do in the Bay area, including beautiful beaches, tons of mini golf, indoor and outdoor go-karts and lots of bowling alleys. We geocached and successfully found 5 caches. We also found a carnival in a mall parking lot and rode each ride once. Food in the Bay area is delicious, especially any of the Frenchy's restaurants out at Clearwater Beach, and any Cody's Roadhouse, which includes unlimited salad and rolls with all entrees. The first day (Tuesday, March 16, 2010) at Busch Gardens, was a relatively empty day at the park. We had walk on rides for all of the coasters except (surprisingly) Scorpion. Gwazi was running rough on both tracks 6/10[lion], 5/10[tiger]. Montu was slow in the morning, but as the day went on, it sped up considerably, and offered some very intense rides. Loved it! 10/10. Kumba was a bit rougher than I remember, but had amazing pacing and was really intense and fun 10/10. Skeikra was purely amazing, not only was it as smooth as butter, but there was some surprise airtime, and the ride was so perfectly incorporated into Stanleyville 10/10. Scorpion packs a punch for such a small coaster. 9/10. We had lunch at the Zambia Smokehouse, which was hands down the best [non-Disney] theme park food I have ever had. We got a 1/4 Chicken, 2 pieces of Brisket, 2 huge country ribs, fries, and a dinner roll all for around $13. It was definitely worth it. We saw the show Let's Dance and got on the Sky Ride just before the park closed at 7 pm. The second day (Thursday, March 18, 2010) was considerably more crowded, but still the park offered very short rides on most of it's popular attractions. Today the Sky Ride was closed due to high winds, but we made it on the Log Flume twice, and Tanganyka Tidal Wave early in the morning before changing and hitting up the coasters and ALL of the animal attractions. We rode the train shortly before we left at 4 pm. I hope you enjoy the pictures from our day at the park. The park entrance (Morocco) Gwazi- running both sides simultaneously Entrance I wish it were smoother Drinks Once the hospitality house, now the Garden Cafe Butterfly Topiary Blue McCaws Threesome! an up-skirt view of Shakira Damn you so sexy! 70 mph.... Shakira's a squirter She's just such a part of Stanleyville! Jungala Orangatan Damn Glare Signatre Shot Cobra Roll Love Awesome, yet simple, maneuver Lifthill action B&M's first dive loop Feel the STING of the SCORPION Really Really intense for such a small coaster! Schwarzkopf Loops Rock! The Rhino Rally, with the Water Portion fully functional White Rhino Nairobi Train Station Tortoise Myombe Reserve He fits in well Gorillas Crown Colony House Turtle in Edge of Africa Nile Crocodile (used to be below Montu) Nala The Sarengeti Plain Montu Cheetah Chase, yo Best thing in Tut's Tomb! Zebra Boiler Up! Sheikra...Through the PALM trees! Roar Hope you Enjoyed!
  10. Oh for sure, I'm not criticizing the attraction or what it can do for the park, I was just hoping it would join the momentum that Gurnee is seeming to carry with tourism.
  11. I haven't heard anything. I used to work for Coco Key in Arlington Heights until it closed. I really miss lifeguarding, but in all honesty Key Lime Cove is a much better facility. It's a total immersive experience from the second you step foot in the resort.
  12. If they waited a few years to demolish Shockwave, maybe it could have experienced a "Shapiro treatment" and been repainted and re-themed, and possibly new Morgan trains. To me it was one of the best coasters in the park, and if it wasn't themed as "Parking Lot: The Ride" it could have been a lot more popular past the 90s. I would have really liked to see Great America retain both that ride and Deja Vu, because they both brought a LOT more intensity to our coaster collection. I feel like Deja Vu had a pretty good last year, and I never really had a problem getting on it, it seemed to be open a lot more that year. I do think that Little Dipper is a GREAT addition, but I think MagiQuest is a TERRIBLE decision. That games area used to be really awesome, especially when the carosuel was there. I think MagiQuest would be better as a free-standing attraction either on Grand Ave, or in Gurnee Mills. I like how with the addition of Hurricane Harbor and Key Lime Cove Gurnee is turning into more of a tourist destination than just a single Theme Park.
  13. I wasn't a huge fan of Superman:Ultimate Flight at SFGAm until I rode firehawk. I now really appreciate B&M flyers even if S:UF is significantly "smaller" it is still far more enjoyable.
  14. Does anybody know where you can find discounted tickets to busch gardens? I'll be going next Tuesday...
  15. Gwazi is getting new trains? What type? And are both sides operating?
  16. Specifically what purpose do seatbelts serve on wooden coasters?
  17. I'm not too sure how well they maintain their rides in Las Vegas, but all three rides atop the stratosphere tower made me feel like I was going to die. Then again, that's their goal...
  18. My favorite fireworks are certainly Illuminations at EPCOT, however, Fantasmic is awesome too!
  19. I must say, Ohio is really becoming the new upcoming place for awesome water parks. First it was Wisconsin, specifically Wisconsin Dells, with Kalahari, Great Wolf, Wilderness, Mt. Olympus, and Chula Vista. Now its Sandusky, with all theirs (Especially Kalahari) and Cincy with Coco Key and Great Wolf! The new slide looks incredible!
  20. First of all you can't go to EPCOT without riding Soarin, so head there first and get a fastpass. After that, Ride Testtrack in the single riders line, then head to Mission space. Then go ride your fastpass Soarin. From EPCOT head to Animal Kingdom to get a fastpass for Primeval Whirl. Then Wait in line for Everest, as the line is fairly interesting. After ride primeval Whirl. Following AK, I'd go to Magic Kingdom to do your BTM and SM, in no particular order. End the day with Rockin Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror many times each.
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