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  1. Precisely. It's great to see Cedar Fair and Kings Island investing so much in a fine coaster like Banshee. Not only is it a nice looking coaster, it will definitely improve the capacity of the park. Kings Island gets nearly the same attendance Cedar Point gets, but lacks the large amount of capacity machines the Point has. I'm very excited to see this ride once it opens in Spring, it will have such a positive impact.
  2. THAT is awesome. Now that I've watched that video, I can remember seeing that a while ago, but had forgotten about it. Thanks for bringing that back up!
  3. Goliath. And my other 'home park' is getting Banshee. Should be a great year!
  4. I went to a local radio station's Christmas concert last weekend and Avicii's opening to his set featured coaster POVs from what appears to be Incredible Hulk and Kumba, which I thought was awesome. It can be seen around 0:45 here: I was just wondering if anybody else has had an experience where they saw POV of a coaster in an unexpected place. Were you at the Supermarket when El Toro's POV came up in the check out lane? Did you happen to see some POV while waiting in line at the DMV? Share your experience!
  5. Excellent Trip Report. The weather looks so much better there than the non stop snow we've had here in Chicago . Seriously though, your pictures make me want to get back to Australia soon!
  6. I would imagine about one month once all the footers are in place. Of course that doesn't include the groundwork and footers, adding trains, testing, station, commissioning, etc.
  7. 1. HydroMagnetic Rockets are by far the superior type. Wildebeest at Holiday World is just about the most perfect water slide. You get plenty of airtime, the ride is pretty long, and you don't have to climb a slide tower. If you are ever greeted with the opportunity to ride it alone, be sure to take the front seat, as the airtime up there when you're alone is a religious experience. Mammoth is a great runner up, and although it is bigger and faster, it lacks the mega airtime Wildebeest offers. 2. Whitewater Zip Coaster. The one at Kalahari in Ohio is really fun with a really intense "launch" from the loading station. 3. Master Blaster. I have been on the one at Kalahari in the Dells, Magic Waters in Illinois as well as Crush n Gusher. I don't find any of these to be terribly exciting, although they maintain the water slide identity better than the other two.
  8. I've always wondered what the insides of the Intamin towers looked like. Thanks for sharing the pictures, I'm anxious to ride this thing completely terrified.
  9. Thanks for the feedback everybody. The open grate stairs were most definitely startling, but these things don't generally bother me. The views were great up there, and the wind was blowing pretty strongly.
  10. I also have to add that at Cedar Point, the scareactors do not use real chain saws. Instead they have what looks similar to a chain saw, with an electronic speaker making the sound. I found this to be really lame.
  11. I finally find myself with some free time after visiting Busch Gardens Williamsburg last month for my first time. To say I had an awesome day would be a total understatement. When purchasing tickets online ahead of time, I decided to spring for the Ultimate Coaster Insider VIP tour. That was one of the best decisions I have ever made. That morning we met outside the toll plaza at 8:15 and were escorted to our parking spots, which were located in the first row across the foot bridge from the main entrance. Our tour started down on the Rhine river where we looked at Old Coaster Technology (Loch Ness) versus New Technology (Griffon and Alpengeist). We then had a tour of the maintenance facility for Loch Ness. From there we walked behind the scenes over to Griffon. At Griffon we had the pleasure of boarding the evac trolley and riding to the top of Griffon. Once at the top we were allowed to wander around, un-restrained, the entire length of the platform. The views were breathtaking, and it was definitely scarier than than the ride itself. After posing for some unique photo opportunities, we returned to earth where we saw the inside of the Griffon Maintenance Bay. After watching a Train transfer on, we were ushered into controls for Griffon where the day-to-day operations were explained. Upon the final ok from both maintenance and operations, we (3 of us) boarded Griffon and set out on our First ride of the day in the front row. This is a solid ride! I've been on Griffon's sister Sheikra, and Griffon is definitely the better ride of the two. When we returned to the station, we moved to the back row to try it again. 9/10. Now that the park had opened to the public, we made our way over to Alpengeist, where once again, we saw the maintenance facility. I must say that I am 100% impressed with how organized and clean all the maintenance facilities were maintained. We then had front and rear row rides on Alpengeist without waiting in line. I was sort of distraught by this ride, as it started out so awesome, but then towards the end it just completely dies and crawls back into the station. 8/10. We then made the lengthy journey over to Apollo's Chariot. Here we had no maintenance tours, just rides in the front and back. The front row made for a smooth fun ride. The back row made for the ride I was expecting, full of speed, force and airtime. This was one of the better B&M hypers I've been on. I would give Apollo's Chariot a 9/10. The last stop of the 'regular' tour was 2 rides on Loch Ness Monster. And, you guessed it, we rode front and back. It wasn't too bad in the back, but the front actually provided a decently fun ride. The helix in the dark was my favorite part of the ride. Overall it was my favorite Arrow Looper, by far, and one of the best Arrow's I've ridden in general. 7/10. Since we had paid for the 'Ultimate' coaster insider tour, we were also entitled to continue the tour with a visit to Oktoberfest to ride Verbolten. Since nobody on our tour had ridden Verbolten before, we rode first before seeing anything behind the scenes. The two launches take you by surprise as they are more intense than you would have expected. The indoor portion is pretty forceful, and all 3 stories told in the barn are pretty cool. The star of the show is definitely the vertical drop. After riding once, we went in controls for a few minutes before being escorted into the building. We watched several trains pass and experienced the 3 stories multiple times before heading up to the bridge for a photo opportunity. Verbolten gets a 9/10. The rest of my day seemed pale in comparison to the morning I had, yet this visit was one of my best trips to a park ever. The food at both the Smokehouse and Festhaus was plentiful and delicious. In addition to a Photo CD from the tour, we were also treated to a Quick Queue pass for a third ride on 4 of the coasters. I must say the park is very deserving of the Most Beautiful Golden Ticket, and it should be noted that the park was also very clean, and everyone was super friendly. You could tell each and every employee WANTED to work at Busch Gardens. I stayed around for the Howl O Scream event, and did three of the mazes. My favorite was 13: Your Number's Up. I should not that the Pompeii water ride is not to be missed, and you don't even get that wet. Despite being so crowded, this day at the park was incredible. This is now one of, if not my favorite parks in this country. If you haven't been, What are you waiting for? Here are some pictures of my day: Arrow Track in the Morning Alpengeist Soars over the Rhine River The Griffon train at the Top of the Ride It's a long way down The view is great up here first thing in the morning Greetings from the sky Water Group shot on Alpengeist This is just kind of a nerd shot of the Maintenance Bay One of my favorite dark rides One of the Howl O Scream dining experiences Verbolten Bridge Drop This place is so photogenic Water Ride Mach Tower Verbolten Posing with Verbolten Some sort of show, which I did not watch. The Pirates took over Italy No BGW Photo TR Would be complete without Apollo's Chariot Apollo on the Rhine Awesome Parking! Awesome Nighttime atmosphere Found a souvenir, but Security wouldn't let me leave it it.
  12. Great Photos and Trip Report! It is my goal to get to München for Oktoberfest some day. I look forward to the Hofbräu tent, as I have been to a couple of the Hofbräuhaus breweries in the States, and I am in love with their beer. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us!
  13. Mach Tower ran for most of the day when I was there the 14th. Around the time the Hollow Scream stuff started is about when it closed. Whether or not there is a connection, I do not know.
  14. I am very anxious to see how this ride turns out. I love the Batman Inverts, and I've enjoyed some of the larger ones like Montu, so I'm curious to see where this will play in.
  15. I was there on Saturday for my first time and I had a truly remarkable visit. I'm hoping to get my photos up soon! Hollow Scream was fantastically frightening, and I was really impressed with their efficiency in moving people through the mazes!
  16. Great Trip Report! I am really enjoying the pictures and captions. Did you know there's a nude beach out on that island in Toronto?
  17. I'm rather surprised they're keeping the Boomerang Bay name and not moving towards the standard "Soak City" moniker. The addition looks great, though. It's great to see so many Cedar Fair Water Parks getting upgrades!
  18. I figured it was just South of Giraffica, next to Gobbler and across from the Cafe
  19. I'm thrilled to see this addition. I, for one, LOVE a good swinging ship, and the theme is just so appropriate. I believe I've said in the past that I'd love to see a swinging ship themed to the mayflower, so this hits the nail on the head. The other additions sound great too, especially the added restaurant in the water park. Holiday World certainly seems to have a long term commitment to the guest experience, as they continually upgrade their infrastructure and amenities.
  20. While I love the last row on Outlaw Run, I do prefer the front for several consecutive rides, as the back, while completely smooth, is very wild, and there is a crazy amount of hang time in the second barrel roll. I would rate the coaster as a 10/10, and the park as a 10/10. Simply put, Silver Dollar City is one of the best theme parks in this country.
  21. I think this addition is great. With the intense heat the south gets, it will be nice to be able to spend part of the day in the wave pool and cool off. I already thought Skull Island was a great idea, and this only expounds upon that. One of the best additions of 2014 in my opinion.
  22. I cannot begin to express how excited I am for this ride. I fell in love with RMC's work after my first lap around Outlaw Run, and if this thing is even half of what Outlaw Run is, we're in for a treat. I do not foresee the length being a problem at all, its all about the pacing. Look at B&M inverts, I think Batman is a superior product than Raptor, because the pacing is right on Batman. The same can be said about other rides like X Flight and Gate Keeper. I think the name Goliath is solid for a monster like this one, as its not even used anywhere geographically near Great America. The elements look absolutely insane, and I am confident this ride will track even better than we can imagine. I found Outlaw's trains to be comfortable and accommodating, and I imagine these trains will be too. Is it Summer 2014 yet?
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