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  1. Wood: Voyage Beast Steel: Banshee Cheetah Hunt (IDK if this counts but it does interact with certain elements quite nicely) Vortex (Canada's Wonderland) Wild Eagle Ninja (SFOG) Loch Ness Monster
  2. I'm going to be going to Wonderland here in a few days and the drive seems a tad confusing. I'm staying with a friend in Windsor and we're day tripping it out to CW from their house. I'll be coming into Detroit on I-75 North and I need to find their house in Windsor. I've been told that the Detroit-Windsor tunnel can me closer to my friend's house, but it looks a tad more complicated. The tunnel seems to involve going from 75 to Lodge freeway (MI-10) and following that around to the tunnel. On the other hand, Ambassador Bridge gets me further away but it looks a tad easier, though the way the exit from 75 looks a tad confusing. Anybody who's driven that route know what would be easiest for a new driver? I only got my license back in October of last year so I'm still a tad new and I've not driven through a city as big as Detroit before. Getting there aside, we have a day for me to get all the creds there. How would you recommend getting all of them in one day? My top priorities are Leviathan, Behemoth, WMG, and Skyrider.
  3. I have quite a few rain rides under my belt... *Maverick *Banshee *The Bat *Adventure Express *GateKeeper It does hurt on most of them but that's part of the fun! A rain ride on Banshee is the best thing ever!
  4. Thanks! The theming is fun, yes, but the ride just beats you up so much it takes a lot away from the experience, I think. Dollywood should have just tried to get a traditional Eurofighter (SAW, Untamed, something like that) instead. It's pretty much polished poop in my opinion. Yes, it's a good drop, but there's a bit of headbanging on that element, and the first outdoor portion is just flat out vile. And I agree, there is a grey area but these alpine coasters aren't it. They're definitely creds. Now the bobkarts and sleds are iffy. Got my music video for this TR put together!
  5. So for vacation every year for my family we typically do a cultural city for most of it and swing by a local place for some coastering. This year they wanted to omit or shorten the park portion, so I decided we should stop in the Sevier County region of Tennessee to nab FireChaser Express and Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Day 1: Dollywood Took this at a run-down McDonald's we stopped at on the way. Ready to go to Dollywood! We got into Pigeon Forge at 2:15, a whole forty-five minutes before we expected to get in. But any time we made up was lost as it took an hour to get through traffic. Gotta love stupid people who don't know how to drive... Of course I go RIGHT for Wilderness Pass! Alright, time to heat things up! Thank goodness for the Q-bot I reserved! 1.5 hours for FireChaser? No censoredx: thank you! Speaking of Q2Q, when I requested that FireChaser Express be put in as my first ride, the lady working the building said "they're supposed to get another one here in a few years." Do I think it's credible? Potentially. If it's credible, do I think it will be an RMC? Yes. Obligatory launch shot! #StationSelfie YESSS!!!! This is the best. Kiddie coaster. Ever. The tire launches are surprisingly aggressive, and the first one without a headrest is so weird! The "kiddie coaster" bit they stuck before the lift could have been better, though. I'd have liked to have seen it go into a shallow drop out of the launch turn around over itself, and go back to the lift. Anyway, it goes up a nice lift with some decent view to the left if you look. From there it goes into a nice little dip, a turn, and into a nice drop into the overbank. There are two nice pops of mild airtime following and then a turn into the MCBR. Out of that there's a drop that goes across the waterfall and up into another airtime hill. Over that, you enter the themed set of consecutive s-bends. These are pretty mild and you really don't notice them, but the theming is nice. After that, it's time for the thing that makes all rides better...explosions! The train pulls into the building to some really elaborate theming and dialogue. After the flames move across the length of the train, Big Bertha falls over and there's some fog before a pretty aggressive backwards launch, definitely exceeded my expectations for a family coaster launch. After that there's a short backwards portion with pretty mild pacing into a slightly wild high turn into the brakes. Not a top tenner or even a top twentier, but it's not supposed to be. It's just a fun little family coaster that everybody can enjoy. Gotta say that my favorite part was the show building into the backwards launch. The audio is really loud and the building with the fire is HOT!!!! You can really feel the heat coming off of the pyrotechnics. And the launch rocks! Went for a spin on Wild Eagle next to be pleasantly surprised with how well it was running, but the Q2Q does almost nothing for the line. It dumps you into the line to the station wait, not directly into the station. It saved me ten minutes at most. Took on my favorite wooden coaster next; Thunderhead! I was a single rider and rode with this girl in a group of three...and got second to front! I had injured my shoulder two weeks before so it hurt a bit but it was soooo worth it for the craziest thing to ever come from GCI! Did Mystery Mine afterwards and got a front seat. And it reminded me of why I needed to ride FireChaser to like Gerstlauer again. Such a nicely themed yet awful coaster! Nothing like a good thwack to the head going into the brakes! I then went to Blazing Fury after my Q-bot gave me notification that it was back up and running. I had no idea why it was down but I went to check in and got into the station wait. And the guy in front of me was letting his crazed, feral children roughhouse and climb on the queue railings without saying anything. Yay, parenting! That being said, they said that the reason it had been down was because one train didn't load fast enough and when the train on the course got too close to the train in the station, it would shut the ride down. I've been vocal about my desire for them to put new ride hardware on this thing in the past, but I feel like there are quite a few parks that would go out of business if their rides had a system that shut the whole thing down if there was any stacking. I did Tennessee Tornado next and had quite a blast on it. Didn't do it again, though, as I don't find it that rerideable. I went back to FireChaser afterwards but there was some wait time on my Q-bot, so I hung around and photographed it. That's the switch track used for the launch/return. #nerdshot Pretty proud of this one to be honest. I love it when they make the footers less obvious. #nerdshot Both Wilderness Pass coasters! Getting all artsy in line! View from the station. I rode in the front this time and I have to admit it felt like it did in the middle. Just me with what I hope to be my kids' first coaster! Went for some Wild Eagle action afterwards. Waiting in the station, the computer controlling the airgates malfunctioned. Didn't know it was possible to break a B&M that wasn't called Diamondback... You get a great view of FireChaser waiting in line. Waiting for them to be cleared by maintenance, I nabbed a few shots. This was my favorite. And then I got to ride front seat right side alone. And got treated to some very unwelcome rattling, though nothing quite as severe as Banshee. Swinging by Barnstormer for a quick spin after that, I definitely did not go in here and I definitely did not obtain cinnamon bread. After that, I went to Market Square and got a sausage sandwich. Best food I've had at that park that wasn't cinnamon bread! There was definitely not cinnamon bread in this bag. Went back for some more FireChaser after that. Rode it in the back this time...HOLY CRAP!!!! This is definitely a backseat ride! So much airtime and aggressive twistiness, I loved it! It felt like a Backlot clone! Spot Wild Eagle! After that I went for Thunderhead and rode it before it got dark. I then went to Mystery Mine for some more punishment. I then went to Thunderhead again and sat with an ACE member on a credit run on her way to Kings Island! It wasn't dark but we still had a lot of fun on such an insane wooden coaster in the back. After that they shut the rides down due to lightning in the area...heat lightning. -_- Probably the same person who made that call was the one who wrote "RADAR STRICKLY ENFORCED" on the construction sign coming into town. River Battle and FireChaser being deserted. I thought this was going to have been the perfect time to ride Wild Eagle. A deserted FireChaser at sunset with the old-fashioned 20's music they play in the ride area made for some interesting atmosphere. I went to nab a test seat shot for you guys...when I saw a family sitting around with their kids in the seat like it was a bench! I'm fine if you need to actually use it or just want a picture or something, but don't loiter in the test seats! And Dollywood is the only park where I've seen people do it! Two years ago I wanted to try Thunderhead's and asked the two ladies sitting in it whining about their husbands to move so I could try it and they shot me dirty looks. Morons... FireChaser is in the depot tonight... Hopping over the waterfall as the sun goes down...NOT!!!! I went to go photograph Wild Eagle's plaza at night because I was sure it was beautiful when I heard screams from FireChaser! Looks like somebody finally realized that heat lightning is harmless! I had reserved Wild Eagle on my Q-bot and RAN into the Q2Q line to get put through and sent to the left. <3 A family let me ride with them since I was a single rider and they had three, and we got close to the back of the train. I had hoped to get on during the fireworks, and the way they did it, I was lucky enough to get a dispatch right at 9:30. Going through the loop...BOOM!!!! I saw the sky explode beneath my feet, it was so surreal and awesome! It felt like the sky was exploding around me with the fireworks, heat lightning, and the sun's last wave goodbye highlighting the mountainous horizon. Definitely the best individual ride of 2014! I threw FireChaser into my Q-bot next and went to watch the show from its plaza. Definitely a good place to watch it! A long exposure fail since I had nothing I could set it on...but this is too epic not to like! XD After filming the grand finale as FireChaser ascended the lift in the foreground, I went to go ride it. Love the touches of theming here. Got two rides during heat lightning! And it's a great night ride! The midway below it is lit up, you can't see where you're going on the mountain, and the lighting package on the show building facade is great. Not to mention watching the fire as a non-rider, it looks way more intense at night. All in all, five rides on this coaster and my verdict is that it's fun. Pacing is slow, it's supposed to be, but I still had fun on it. Hats off to Dollywood for finally getting a family coaster and a launched coaster. They couldn't have made a better choice. Showstreet looks gorgeous at night! Got the t-shirt and the hat with the flames on the brim. This...this could go down in history as the most hideous theme park stuff ever. And from DOLLYWOOD of all places... Tempting, very tempting... I've always loved Dollywood's ticket building. It's just so down home and inviting. After taking the trolley back to Ripley's Aquarium, I walked to Gatlinburg Inn to meet the family. There I presented the cinnamon bread and had their leftovers from a nice steakhouse on the river. Best part? No silverware, so I tore the rolls apart and made two little steak sliders! Day 2: Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster Started the day at the pancake house where my dad made a huge stink about them charging him for little sugar packets in the sixties! Modeling my FireChaser stuff in the restaurant! Nabbing a picture of our nice hotel room before we left...my sister felt the need to throw her deadmau5 plush toy in front of the camera. Bye, Gatlinburg Inn! You're not a cabin but you're probably the nicest hotel in the area! %5Bimg%5Dhttps%3A//scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t1.0-9/10551051_889103804451981_3953784735920519169_n.jpg[/img] Drove past a half-built Goat Coaster on the way there! We're here! Got a selfie with the sign! Got mah ticket! It was SMAC's birthday, so there was a bit of a line. This looked like a lot of fun... The lift mechanism on this thing intrigued me. Having never ridden an alpine coaster I had no idea what to expect. Waiting in line for Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster! And a pretty long line at that for a ride with such low capacity. Got a free sticker since it was SMAC's birthday! My chariot awaits! I noticed the sanding they did to ensure a seamless transition. Didn't work as well on these as it does a B&M! XD Selfie going up the lift! It took a while to get to the top but the view was so worth it. After this I put my camera in my velcro pocket and got ready to ride! And it blew me away! This thing felt like a really unsafe roller coaster, I love it! I could have reached out and grabbed something if I wanted to, and the whole thing just felt so rickety as you sped down the mountain on it I couldn't help but laugh the whole way down! Did the whole thing without brakes and had a blast! Hocking Hills in Ohio needs one of these! As for the "cred/not a cred" debate with these, I do think that there can get to be a grey area with terrain rides, but not with these. This is definitely a roller coaster. It runs on rails like one, it's powered by gravity like one, and if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, I think it's a duck, and count it as such. Even though I don't keep count of ducks. Got an orange Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster shirt! And then began the gorgeous drive out of Gatlinburg to Charleston. Didn't know they built the hotel themed after the coaster before the coaster itself. And we drove past this park... ...and what do you know? A cred all the way out here! This was in the awful little tourist trap known as Cherokee, NC. Built around a Native American reservation, people come here for "culture" (in the form of the Mexican place selling "Indian Tacos" and a man wearing his Native American performer's outfit drinking from a can of Red Bull the size of my forearm on his break ). Upon further RCDB investigation, this cred is a powered Zamperla kiddie cred called Rudicoaster. Maybe I run it out here to get it when Dollywood gets their RMC? We arrived in Charleston safely but I'm afraid this trip report ends here. I'll probably post a trip report for Charleston elsewhere on TPR, though!
  6. Thanks for the help, all! I had a blast at the park today, FireChaser was awesome, and I got to do. Wild Eagle during the fireworks! Trip report coming ASAP, thanks so much for the help! And the Q2Q was a lifesaver!
  7. Good thing I've got a Q-Bot reserved then, huh? I was more concerned about the weather but the hourly forecast is showing it holding off mostly, so there's another thing I don't need to worry about. Honestly, though, I nab FireChaser and get to ride Wild Eagle anytime and Thunderhead at night, I'll walk out a happy boy. Probably a dumb question, but can I get refills in drinks if I bring a cup from last season?
  8. Thanks for the help, all! There are thunderstorms in the forecast for the 2nd and Sunday but between my getting there at 3 and my Q-Bot I should be fine. All I need is FireChaser, but I want to do Eagle and Thunderhead, preferably at night, if possible. Anybody know how the park should fare on the 2nd, though? It's supposed to be the only day I'm there but if it comes to using my "get in after 3, next day free" and popping by Sunday to ride it I'll do it.
  9. This. I loved it when I first rode it but in the back the forces are just flat out amazing. Nobody can complain about a lack of intensity if they ride in the back. Hmm, I'd have to say Tatsu and Magnum were both pretty big disappointments. Tatsu just sort of meandered around slowly and I felt like it failed to execute the concept it was designed for. Magnum was just rough and the airtime felt so robotic and mechanical that I couldn't get into it.
  10. How stingy are they on the rain, particularly for FireChaser? I've had a few close calls with rain at Dollywood but nothing shut the rides down on me. What do they do if it rains? Though two years ago, we rolled in during a storm. After it passed we went to the park and I got my first Wild Eagle ride as the rain was evaporatin off the mountains, it was gorgeous.
  11. My final guess is the first multi-launching wing coaster in the world. Gotta go to work at 9:40 EST so hoping this can be over by then so I can go in and annoy the heck out of my coworkers being elated about the awesomeness of whatever this thing may be.
  12. Thanks so much, Paula! I've had so much fun following this and I can't wait to see the secret you've kept so well! I can't wait to see it when I make my first voyage (no pun intended) to Holiday World next year!
  13. I'm guessing a new type of B&M wing coaster, possibly with free spinning seats like the new S&S version, possibly with the magnets S&S said they'd use on theirs. Not sure how much they could get away with there but I think that's the general concept. Probably on the orange track as well. It had that unusual piece an it would work with the Native American mythology theme. On that note, beautiful theme choice here! Thanksgiving is the Pilgrims and Native Americans and they have the Pilgrims with The Voyage, now they have both!
  14. I have never actually used the Q-bot since we go over ten times a year but most rides lines will be 45 minutes plus. And if you get it you will also get to do barnstormer, daredevil falls etc. Think I'm going to go for it! Just need the parents to confirm by booking the hotel and we're cool! And if anybody wants to meet me there, hit me up! It'll be from 3 to close.
  15. You are going to want to buy the Q-bot online ahead of time, because every time I have been on a weekend they are gone by 12 o'clock. Think I'll do that! Thanks! My only concern is whether or not I'll need it.
  16. I feel like Banshee's rattle is slowly going away. I rode on the purple train the last time I was there and was expecting it to be deep fried death on a stick and it wasn't. I have to say it's gotten better since media day.
  17. Alright, thanks guys! We've decided to just drop me at the park since it sounds like a bit of a hassle but thanks! I'll be going on Saturday the 2nd from 3-close. Will I need a Q-bot and can I get FireChaser Express reserved through that Q-bot? All I REALLY want to do is nab that FireChaser credit and get night rides on Wild Eagle and Thunderhead, maybe Tennessee Tornado and FireChaser. And can you reserve them through the website? If not, will I still be able to get one at 3?
  18. So I'll be hitting up Dollywood here in 18 days for FireChaser Express on our way to our family vacation in Charleston and I have a few questions. It'll just be an afternoon into evening run to the park with the intention of nabbing FireChaser Express and spending one of the last Great American Summer nights getting in night rides on Wild Eagle and Thunderhead. My family was planning to let me just take the trolley to the park (assuming they don't want to do the Titanic Museum which I recommend for them). We did this back in 2012 but from Pigeon Forge. This time we'll be doing it from Gatlinburg. We're staying at Gatlinburg Inn and from there I need to figure out how to take the trolley. Looking at the website, it says I need to take the pink line trolley, but I'm a bit lost. My questions: *Where is the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center and what does it look like? *How long does it take to get to the park on the trolley? *How reliable are these? *How early do I need to show up to the transit center to catch the trolley? I used to take public transportation to and from school before I got my license so I have some idea of what I'm doing, but Dayton's bus system seems to have had a better schedule than the Gatlinburg trolleys. While I'm asking questions, how would one go about saving on Dollywood tickets?
  19. I have a few theories: Mantis- Paint the top of the track yellow and the supports red and maybe the rumored floorless trains. Maybe paint the ride's plaza to look like a basketball court? Wicked Twister- It's an awful name in my opinion and all they have to do is paint the supports red, maybe add a loud basketball buzzer when it hits the highest point? Plus it goes back and forth. Mean Streak- All they have to do is paint the trains and if they RMC it they just have to keep the name for a few years. I personally don't care about basketball but as an Ohioan that's been forced to listen to all of this that's my two cents on it.
  20. I feel like if it's a B&M launcher (which fits in with everything discussed so far) it'll use Wildfire-esque trains with Banshee restraints. Think of it as having the same chassis and floor with two columns sticking out of the floor holding up two seats each like Banshee but sunny side up. I'm guessing it'll either be a launching B&M prototype, a family B&M prototype (with trains like SD2K's), or a Nitro-esque old school B&M rehash. Logic still tells me it's a Mack LSM but the almond footers are so strong I have trouble retaining this theory.
  21. I zoomed in on it and there's definitely a plate there. Nothing unusual about this piece. Just a flipped brake run with a piece balancing by its connector on top of it. I honestly resent the idea of Holiday World's new coaster being that orange color if they go with the theme hinted in 66 Days but the more I think about it, it would look really nice in the Thanksgiving section. I started speculating this thinking that a B&M launcher seemed farfetched, but after seeing this track and the Holiday World footers with the almond-shaped holes in them, I'm starting to think that's what this might be. GUESSES AS OF NOW: Yellow-China White-Gardaland Orange-Holiday World Blue-Carowinds Has anything been said about what appear to be supports on the right? If that's what those are, I wouldn't rule out Holiday World getting the white track with dark blue supports.
  22. I've actually thought they should add a Black Friday emporium in Thanksgiving for some time now. Kings Island has a shop across from The Racer that has mostly clearance and inexpensive souvenirs in it, maybe they could do something like that? Other holidays I would like to see include New Years, Valentines, Easter, and St. Patty's. Out of those, St. Patty's would probably be the easiest. Make a section that looks like BGW's Killarney area and put in an RMC themed to running to the end of the rainbow to get the pot of gold with a ruined castle-themed station and they would have a real knockout attraction. Maybe a small Easter Bunny-themed GG Timberliner woodie like Roar-O-Saurus could go in an Easter section? Plenty of possibilities for all of these, really.
  23. Alright, here's my analysis of this: This sounds a lot like a Gerstlauer Infinity coaster like Smiler or Karacho, but on a much larger scale. First off, Hansa Park is supposedly building a Gerstlauer hyper coaster, so this could be Gerstlauer's first "huge" coaster on the scale that another manufacturer would normally take on along with Hansa's. Reading the clues, it sounds like you are in a train themed to a ship (Day 21) which could be a reference to an Infinity themed to a ship or a Mack train. Anyways, you depart, go over PP's ride area over the water or in the channel, and do a small pre-lift section with small twisties (as mentioned before). There are large imposing ride elements beside you (Day 2, Day 5) One of the elements around the pre-lift is probably a barrel roll (Day 7)From there, you approach the lift, and stop for it to kick on as most Gerstlauers do (Day 9, reference to delayed departure), the 102-foot lift and 103-foot drop, probably a few large elements, and from there, it turns into a key to what is to come. *"Cannot stand upright" (Day 22, Day 38) references invesions *Each storm discussed represents a launch *Each "it gets dark" comment represents a tunnel." Pretty farfetched and we don't have all clues, but that's how I'm reading it.
  24. If anybody else noticed, that was MY picture that they photoshopped for that! XD I felt both offended and honored at the same time. I honestly think they were just trolling though. Looking at the rest of their channel you can get the vibe that they were, though.
  25. ^^^^ I've always thought that having one of those with the main train being composed of those themed to cartoon reindeer with a last car in the back themed as the sleigh would be great. It would offer different experiences and people who might struggle to fit onto the reindeer could ride in the back in the sleigh. As for 66 Days, I feel like this will be themed to a storm that rocked the Mayflower and interact with The Voyage to signify that. Keeping with the "The [two syllable word]" theme thy have going on, names I would find cool that would work are The Tempest or The Deluge. My manufacturer bets are on RMC or GG and I feel like it will be a looping wooden coaster, possibly taking the wooden inversion record at 4 or 5.
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