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  1. ]It's because it's technically beyond straight down for part of the first drop. Difficult to explain but there's a few feet of track that are inward from 90 degrees. Kind of a silly claim but it is what it is.
  2. I'll believe it when I see it but lost island Waterpark near waterloo, IA has announced a 200 acre Theme Park opening in 2022. Lost Island Theme Park
  3. Great report...I'm an hour and a half away and I'm guilty of not visiting here enough. Like you I have the SF Membership and go to SFGAm a few times a year and Cedar Point a couple times a year. Granted they are two different animals but SF is really starting to irritate me with poor operations and service. Your report has inspired me to hit adventureland a couple times before the season is over I'll choose quality over quantity of rides.
  4. Hopefully this helps....Last time I was at Union Station there wasn't much in there. I think I Pricelined a room at the Hotel for like $50.
  5. Mabel's downtown has Cleveland Style BBQ. The sauce is mustard based.
  6. Agreed, Famous Daves is OK if there aren't other choices. I'm not crazy about "Cleveland style" BBQ which I tried in Cleveland on one of my visits. I actually thought the brisket at BackBeatQ was better than FD. I'm within four hours of KC and STL as well and I always visit Q39 in KC. Same with Bogarts in STL. Ok...Back to coasters........
  7. Things were a little more normal around the park today. The train was back running (it was down Sunday due to water) and the beach at Breakers was at least partially accessible. Still lots of water around parking lots for some of the employee housing. Valravyn was doing more testing this morning but still not open.
  8. Nothing to do with coasters....Water, water everywhere on the outskirts of the park. Much worse than when I was here last month. Even part of the ADA section of the main lot has some water. Side note....Caught part of a rehearsal for the band that plays for Cedar Point Nights on the stage by Windseeker today. I think they sound even better than last year.
  9. At Cedar Point for Top Thrill Dragster they have a recording the operator triggers that says "arms down" while you're waiting for launch. Some operators keep playing it until everyone puts their arms down, others don't. I haven't seen anyone's arms fly off yet.
  10. Any guesses as to whether they're going to allow the Skip the line passes that some membership levels get on Maxx Force?
  11. A little off the path from the original post but are there still any parks that don't allow single riders in the back row? I used to come across this now and then but can't remember the last time it happened. They always said it was a liability thing.
  12. I'm very often a single rider and not real picky about where I ride. But, I will occasionally request a certain row and with the exception of Valravn I don't think I've ever been refused. More times than not there's another single to pair with anyuway. I drive nine hours to visit CP two or three times a year. Sure I'd always like to sit in my favorite seat on various coasters but I try to be flexible too. I understand the frustration from those that make CP a once or twice in a lifetime trip that don't like being told where to sit but sometimes you still have to bite your tongue and do what you're told. I suppose technically disobeying can fall under the ride instructions section of the Ohio law. I bet if you smile and say please, nine times out of ten you'll get to sit where you want.
  13. The price point they were using in the survey ($249) is too high for a hotel room for that park. Even if it includes some in-park credit it's still too much. some of the survey questions were indeed weird. They asked me some SFGAm questions as well. The way they were worded they seemed to assume i lived hear Gurnee. I don't. Not sure what was up with that.
  14. It was running for early entry on Sunday. Nice. Looks like the noon open is gone!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I think they started opening for early entry about a week ago. Good thing. It was an unbelievable cluster with the noon opening when I was there earlier this month.
  15. SFGAm has stopped using the finger scanners as well, and were taking photos of everyone entering when i was there a few weeks ago.
  16. American Thunder at SFStL on Saturday. I such a headache after The Boss and Ninja this one was a piece of cake.
  17. Is Top Thrill Dragster back running? Wednesday AM it went down. Had the weakest launch I've ever seen, only halfway up the tower. They tried launching one completely empty train after that and it did the same. Didn't sound right either. Never reopened the rest of the day that I saw.
  18. Nice report and pics. I live 90 minutes away and haven't been to ride The monster yet. I haven't been to Adventureland in several years as I prefer the bigger coasters elsewhere but it is a nice park. I've heard that Tornado and Outlaw are really getting rough and your report confirms that. I won't go near Dragon. I'd rather ride Mean Streak at Cedar Point, it's smoother than dragon. Good call on Zombie Burger. Some burgers are indeed better than others. They're adding one here in Iowa City where I live too. As far as Downtown Des Moines goes, most of the action is in the Court Avenue district but when there aren't events at Wells Fargo Arena, vets Auditorium, or the Civic Center Auditoriumnthere isn't a lot going on. All of the shopping is in the malls in West Des Moines. Glad you enjoyed your visit!
  19. The following was just posted on the Adventureland Facebook page: Unfortunately, due to some unexpected maintenance, The Monster will be closed on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13. We apologize for the inconvenience and will update everyone here and on our website just as soon as possible.
  20. I've only used the Marina Gate when staying on property and I specifically used it to get to Valravn. I took an early shuttle from Breakers to that gate rather than use the Resort or Beach gate. I'm pretty sure the lot is signed for Marina visitors/use but I can't say for sure.
  21. I'd believe it. I sound like a grumpy old man but operations at SFGAm just ain't what they used to be. Don't forget to budget a solid hour to stand in line for your slice of pizza as you battle all the dining pass holders as well! I don't like to start "this park vs. that park" threads but after spending 2 1/2 days at Cedar Point (including Coastermania) I can safely say that ride operations at SFGAm just plain suck this year. They've always been somewhat better at CP but it's just a night and day difference now. Not even close. They don't compromise on safety at CP but the ride ops do hurry, they're efficient and friendly and they seem to be fully staffed which helps also. End of rant from a "somewhat" grumpy old man.
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