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  1. Are you referring to Hulk or Kong? Either one would make you certifiably insane, of course. Hulk is just reopening as the same ride and Kong is an extended version of a six year old ride. Lightning Rod is, IMHO, easily the winner here. Valravn, though? Yeah, Uni's definitely the winner. I was indeed talking about Hulk. Why would that make me certifiably insane? Hulk is a great classic B&M, and I am excited to see the new improvements throughout the whole experience. What is insane is the constant complaining because a ride has been delayed from opening, or complaining about the name of a roller coaster. See my post in the Cedar Point thread. http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=28853&start=29670
  2. If I am not mistaken, a week or so before the park opens, they start season pass processing. Edit: Took 3 seconds to find this on the website. https://www.cedarpoint.com/hours-directions/season-pass-processing?mobile=0 I'd contact the park in a few weeks, and you should be able to get in touch with someone is Guest Services who knows more. I know Kings Island does processing before opening day
  3. That, according to CP is where the splashdown and monorail will be located.
  4. The ENTIRE queue of the Dragons formerly known as Dueling. Before the re-theme. But mainly this:
  5. Honestly, I think I am more excited about this than Dollywood or Cedar Point.
  6. I have never found Thunderhead extremely rough. Of course, I only ride Thunderhead in the front row.
  7. Does the name really matter that much? Also, let's not forget that this is a milestone coaster for B&M. This is their 100th coaster. I am a theme park and coaster enthusiast. I go for the rides, (and food). I don't care what they name it. It amazes me that people complain over something so unimportant such as a name of a freaking roller coaster. The complaints about Dollywood not having Lightening Rod open is pretty stupid as well. Parks are not going to open a ride until they are 100% ready for that ride to open. If that means a week, a month, etc. big deal. It will be there for years to come. Parks do not owe explanations, or reasons why. They don't have to have construction blogs, webcams, or podcasts. You are presented with the facts... Now, I am paraphrasing the following, but what I get from each park is... Cedar Point: Dive machine named Valravn. Largest and tallest of its kind with 3 inversions, and includes a splashdown and monorail between the second and third inversion. Dollywood: Lightening Rod launched wooden coaster with a bee hive on top of the lift hill will be undergoing extended commissioning. Just enjoy the rides for what they are and provide when they are ready for guests.
  8. While the steel looks different and is updated to today's specifications, rail radius is likely the exact same as before. I.E. turns, loops, etc. If you ride it when it reopens, you are going to travel the exact path that you traveled a year ago. I don't even think they replaced lift or station track, just main ride track.
  9. Not sure if this has been asked, but how are they addressing the sanitization issue for these goggles. Not sure I feel comfortable sharing head sweat with all of West Atlanta.
  10. The guy from Mako Madness said that it looks as if they are getting the tunnel ready for repainting. As for the narrow part of the tunnel, it has always been there. Hard to see from the train or the ground. Found this by using this new thing called Google.
  11. Alright, I'll bite. What the F**k are you talking about? I have my 200th spot reserved for Valravn. B&M's 100th coaster.
  12. Dollywood is more than worth the time off and the 4 hour drive. Now that Lightening Rod is not going to be open, I want to go as I won't be tempted to mess up my coaster count with RMC. Alas, funds prevent me from going this time. (Unplanned emergency Florida trip last week) I have a lot of friends going this weekend and would love to be there with them. Like i said before. GO. Enjoy the amazing park. Lightening Rod will be there next time.
  13. At night. Afternoon too. Any time of the day, really. All of this x100. That’s the best seat on one of the best B&Ms ever made, and it never gets old. Any Time of the year, honestly! But much later in the afternoon. I've noticed that B&M's tend to have a warm up period each day, and they tend to just haul donkey later in the day. My rule for Montu is front row in the morning, and row 8 far left after 3 pm.
  14. ^Isn't there a show or ride in that building right there as you enter that area? I am sure they would keep up to that point open for that attraction if it is still available.
  15. Even without Lightening Rod, Dollywood is still an amazing park. Let's not forget about Thunderhead and Wild Eagle. Both great coasters. Tennessee Tornado, the Arrow coaster that rides like a B&M. So smooth. My favorite Arrow. Mystery Mine is awesome depending on where you sit. Barnstormer is a fantastic S&S swing. Don't forget the amazing food, and of course you can not visit without getting your "Chicken Blessins". from Miss Lillian. If you already have plans to go, by all means, GO. Enjoy the park. Lightening Rod will be there on your next visit.
  16. Season Pass Preview Night is the evening before opening day.
  17. Iceploration might be a good one as well. I didn't like it as much as Katonga, but it is still a great show.
  18. There is an I beam support on the entrance side of the vertical loop in the last photo. Just to the left of the blue equipment. Looks like the other I beam supports.
  19. He is an old whale. It will be sad when he passes. He has always been a highlight of my trips to SeaWorld. I am always in complete awe at his size. Such a beautiful animal. The care that he (and all the other animals) is receiving is top notch. I have no doubt SeaWorld is doing everything they can to make him comfortable during this illness.
  20. I want to apologize in advance for this wall of text. This is a trip report. Sad and happy at times. May the G-Force be with you. SO, I was surprised by my father with a trip to Busch Gardens. Well, he donated the money, and said "Go". I had not planned to go to Busch on this trip. I was only here for a funeral. My Cousin died in a motorcycle accident on February 25th. It was determined that he was not at fault. His name was Mathew, and he just turned 19. That day. The funeral was on Friday. We are doing okay. So! I suggested that Mathew's mother and older brother go with me. Busch Gardens was OUR place. So, we went to Busch yesterday. Man, I love that park. The events in this trip report are in no particular order. 5 of us ended up going. My mother, Mathew's mom, her oldest son, my other cousin(Matts Aunt), and myself. I was the single rider, because I wanted them all to ride together. Everything was a walk on most of the day actually. For a Sunday. Our longest line was 20 minutes just after nightfall on Cheetah Hunt. Our night ride was amazing! The sky was so clear, and was the first thing I noticed right after the first launch as we turned over the former Clydesdale barn. The 360 degree view on top of the figure 8 element was amazing. Mathew's favorite roller coaster is Montu . It didn't seem as fast as usual to me. The trims and MCBR did not close on the train. We sailed right through the MCBR. It did sound much louder than I remember. Perhaps the new paint made it seem louder. The four of them rode in the front, and I as usual ride in my spot in the back, but on the same train. I was not let in on this PRIOR to boarding, but when the train crested the lift hill they yelled mathew's name. I really love how they made Serengeti Express goes under Cobra's Curse. It runs under and nearly parallel to Cobra's MCBR. I am looking forward to experiencing this roller coaster. Falcon's Fury is simply the best drop tower that I personally have ridden. I rode twice in a row on Sunday. (17 total rides.) Walk on for the first ride, then one cycle wait for the second ride. SheiKra was just as smooth as it was when it opened in 2005. Was quite tired walking up all those stairs...LOL USUALLY when I go, the line is down the stairs. We had a 3 train wait for the front row. We had first time SheiKra riders, and did not want to subject them to the powerful thrust of airtime in the back, otherwise it would have been a walk on. Took a nostalgic trip back in time. Took a spin on my first roller coaster. Scorpion. Was a lot smoother this time. Both trains were at the ride. One was on the side track obviously. Sand Serpent was fun as usual. Got 2 rides on my baby! Kumba is simply amazing. It was a walk on as well. My family waited for the front row. I rode, then went around and rode the same train as them for my second ride. The cobra roll has developed a bump on the up side, and at the same spot on the down side. I forgive her though. Hands up and through the trees at 60 mph. It's time for them to trim trees at Kumba. Tried to go get a couple more rides on Kumba before we headed to the front of the park, but as we got there, it was E-Stopped so they could search for someone's phone. Busch seriously needs do what we do at Banshee. "We will turn it in at Lost n Found at the end of the night if we find it at all." Then the ride faulted after they restarted it. After 20 minutes, we headed to Timbuktopia. Timbuktu rolls of the tongue better than Pantopia. We bought the All Day Dining wristband, as usual. Immediately we noticed a change. There is a bar code now. The wrist bands are scanned at the registers. The other change is you may only eat one entree every hour. However, you can get unlimited drinks and sides every time you go through the line. We had Dessert Grill. It is more of a food court type setting with Italian, Chinese, American, etc. 5 choices I think. Then we ate at Crown Colony. We always sit outside on the deck to watch the animals. Such a great view of the Serengeti. Bengal Bistro was awesome as usual. I got the Ham sandwich this time. That was amazing. Then we finished the day with the Zambea Smokehouse. I got the Brisket Platter. so awesome. We did not take part in the Food and Wine Festival, but I am sure it was amazing. The food smelled amazing. Wish I had taken a little extra cash with me. In 2014 we lost our grandmother on this side of the family, and we went to Busch the following week. My Grandmother's favorite ride IS Congo River Rapids. She would ride it, but she got more pleasure from shooting us with the water cannons. She had it down! She could get us all soaked! On that trip, we made it all the way to the cave nearly completely dry. Then the 3 of us who went on that trip, got completely soaked under the waterfall. Like I said. Busch Gardens is OUR place. That's where we go. Thanks for reading.
  21. If you are in the front few rows of Diamondback, that trim brake causes some nice ejector air.
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