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  1. I will also be attending Season Pass Sneak Preview Night on Friday. I was debating about which rope drop point to go to as well. I honestly think the one next to Wonder Mountain's Guardian may be busier, so it may be best to go to the one near Flight Deck. But we'll just have to wait and see which rope drop point is busier.
  2. It is great to see the Jack Rabbit getting some love! I enjoyed riding it during my first visit to Seabreeze in August 2017. The park definitely focuses on quality when it comes to rides!
  3. Canada's Wonderland's 2019 park map has been released! Check it out below or view in a PDF file by clicking here. It is important to note that the park brought back the Grande World Exposition of 1890 section and some original ride and attraction names in Medieval Faire, as previously mentioned. The 2019 season sure is going to be an exciting one for many reasons!
  4. If you have been on Valravn, then you have already been on Yukon Striker. Exactly the same coaster, just a bit higher drop and a small difference in layout. Basically sister coasters, IMO. When comparing the layouts of both Valravn and Yukon Striker, there is a significant difference between the two. Yes, both are Dive Coasters and feature an initial height of 223 feet and use an Immelmann as the first inversion. But besides that, they're quite different as Yukon Striker features an underwater tunnel at the bottom of the first drop, a total of four inversions (including a vertical loop), and doesn't feature a mid-course brake run until after all the inversions. Also, the layout of Yukon Striker appears to stretch out more than Valravn. I also like it how they made Yukon Striker interact with the other rides, which will hopefully make it more thrilling. On another note, while I am not a fan of the vest restraints, I do look forward to giving Yukon Striker a ride in less than one month's time. Yukon Striker has definitely gained a significant amount of publicity not only here in Canada, but Worldwide. So, I am sure the park will be very busy this season and will quite possibly break the four million visitors mark because of the addition of Yukon Striker.
  5. Luckily it was not long when I had visited due to a passing storm. It would be great to see more parks make them enclosed. Maybe Darien Lake could do that with their Scrambler? This will never happen because around the year 2002 there was a big accident with an enclosed scrambler at seabreeze park, I think one of the employees of the park died. Yes the employee was stupid but there are risks to an enclosed scrambler. I am surprised there is an enclosed scrambler anywhere in the state of NY left. I would not say never, as the Gyrosphere at Seabreeze continued to operate until the end of the 2007 season, despite the supposed incident that happened at Seabreeze back in 2002. I think the removal of the Gyrosphere was more due to the aging and decreasing popularity of the ride. No ride lasts forever.
  6. Surprisingly, the drop down tab was still advertising Tantrum as the new for 2018 ride up until a few weeks ago! I am sure they will update the website even more within the following month. The first and last time I visited was in August 2017, so I look forward to checking out the rides that were added since then. I cannot wait to process my Six Flags pass at Darien Lake this May!
  7. Maybe they'll do it in the future. We will just have to wait and see!
  8. Earlier this month, it was discovered by looking at the 2019 Guest Assistance Guide that some of the rides and attractions within the Medieval Faire section of Canada's Wonderland would receive their original names for the 2019 season. One of those includes the Wild Beast, which will be receiving the original spelling of its name, "Wilde Beast", which was used from 1981 through 1996. Below is its new sign, which was shared on the park's social media accounts today. Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Facebook Other rides and attractions within Medieval Faire to receive their original names from 1981 will include The Rage (known as Viking's Rage from 1981-1996), Dragon Fire (known as Dragon Fyre from 1981-1996), Nightmares (Wilde Knight Mares from 1981-1996), and Wonderland Theatre (originally known as Canterbury Theatre from 1981-1993). It is great to see these original names come back! The 2019 season will be an exciting one in more ways than one!
  9. Luckily it was not long when I had visited due to a passing storm. It would be great to see more parks make them enclosed. Maybe Darien Lake could do that with their Scrambler?
  10. Actually from what I hear Great Escape is actually a pretty nice small sized park. La Ronde though... Great Escape is my home park, they are getting a great flat selection and a great water park. It’s nice my Great Escape pass also works at Six Flags New England and Six Flags Darien Lake so when I want to ride actual coasters I can. The Comet is great too Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Saying that a park has a great flat ride collection and a great waterpark is like saying a girl has a great personality. I'll elaborate TGE is home to Sasquach 2 S&S Towers one a space shot one a turbo drop, a Larson Superloop, Greezed Lightnin, a Zamperla Frisbee, Extreme Supernova, and a Chance Rides Freestyle, Pandemonium its Waterpark has a Wave Pool, Kids Watertreehouse, Kids Water playground, Tornado Slide, Bowl Slide, Tube Slides, Dropbox Slide, Racer Slide, Body Slides, Water Tea Cups and Kids Water Splashpad You forgot to mention the Blizzard Indoors, the indoor Scrambler which in my opinion is the best flat ride at the park. I greatly enjoyed it during my first visit to The Great Escape last July.
  11. Canada's Wonderland released a quick video of the park during the off-season yesterday. You can see how Yukon Striker will look as you walk along the path from International Festival to Action Zone, near Wonder Mountain! Be sure to check it out below!
  12. I can confirm that you can ride solo on the Skyway at Six Flags Great Adventure. I did twice during my first visit to the park last July. It definitely provides a nice view of the park and surrounding area.
  13. Canada's Wonderland just shared a photo of the Yukon Striker water tower on their social media today! It looks absolutely stunning! I cannot wait to see the final product! Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Facebook
  14. Historically, any weekday starting in May through mid-July is a good time to visit. Although the opening of Yukon Striker may make the park busier than ever before, given its publicity. But I don't think we'll see huge crowds there until July and August as that is when most people visit the park.
  15. Just in case if anyone was wondering, Orbiter is up for sale on Ital International. Hopefully it finds a new home since it is one of the last three known Huss Skylab/Giant Enterprise rides to operate Worldwide!
  16. Anything that happens at the CNE during its run in late-August always makes the news. Maybe they are getting confused with the Niagara Falls log flume that always appears there. It could quite possibly be the case.
  17. I can confirm that there was no large roller coaster at the CNE other than the Crazy Mouse and Blitzer in 2016 or 2017. North American Midway bought the Crazy Mouse in 2006 and the Blitzer (originally called Nitro in its debut season) in 2012. If you would like to see photos of the midway from those years, I can provide them.
  18. Not sure about permanent parks, but I know there's at least one (and probably more) traveling. I rode on at the MD state fair just this past summer. Orbiter was one of last three known Huss Sky Lab/Giant Enterprise rides operating Worldwide. It is quite sad to see it removed without much notice. But at least it had a great 37 year run and created lots of memories for park guests. The Huss Skylab/Giant Enterprise was larger than the traditional Enterprise ride as it features 15 4-passenger gondolas for a total capacity of 60 passengers. There are indeed quite a few standard Enterprise models (both Huss and Schwarzkopf) operating at some amusement parks and travelling fairs around the World, but even they are slowly disappearing.
  19. The Drop Tower featured in the artist rendition is the Drop Tower at Canada's Wonderland, that is why you see a bit of Leviathan in the corner. I am glad to see that California's Great America is re-painting their Drop Tower. I hope Canada's Wonderland does the same with theirs as it would be nice for it to fit within the Medieval Faire section of the park.
  20. Here are photos from yesterday of Canada's Wonderland in the snow. Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Twitter Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Twitter Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Twitter Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Twitter
  21. Canada's Wonderland released their operating calendar for the 2019 season today! You can check it out here. Opening day is scheduled for Friday, May 3rd, 2019. Photo credit: Canada's Wonderland via Facebook
  22. Here are my answers. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. Twister at Knoebels, Vampire at La Ronde, and The Bat at Canada's Wonderland. 2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? I visited six different parks in 2018. They were Canada's Wonderland, La Ronde, Great Escape, Six Flags New England, Six Flags Great Adventure, and Knoebels. 3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? Knoebels. 4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? Lumberjack at Canada's Wonderland. 5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England. 6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018? Honey garlic chicken tenders and fries. 7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson? Phoenix at Knoebels. 8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019. Canada's Wonderland. 9. Best ride themed to a bird? Talon at Dorney Park. 10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018? Catwoman's Whip at Six Flags New England. 11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride) Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Great Adventure (because it was closed both days I was there during my first ever visit). 12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to? Yukon Striker at Canada's Wonderland. 13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind. Darien Lake. 14. You're in Orlando and magically have a 1-hour ERT session on 1 coaster of your choice at any park in the city. You choose... White Lightning at Fun Spot America because it looks like a fun-filled wooden roller coaster. 15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme? Winterfest looks like it would reign supreme based on displays from photos I've seen online. 16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion? The Wicker Man fire infusion looks very cool. 17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently? Six Flags Great Adventure (July 8th) 18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one. I'd say Intamin because I haven't been on a Schwarzkopf coaster yet. 19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one. Kings Island. 20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018? 40 minutes for Leviathan. 21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other? Possibly Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland. 22. Best drop tower under 150 feet? Drop Tower at Canada's Wonderland. 23. Maverick or Millennium Force? (If you haven't been to CP, pick what you want to ride more) Maverick looks like a fun launched looping coaster. 24. Log flumes or sky rides? You can only choose one. Log Flumes. 25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides? Playing arcade games, eating, and taking photographs of the rides and landscaping. 26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why? Kings Island because of the rides and attractions they have. 27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit. My home park is Canada's Wonderland. You should visit it because It has a few very enjoyable roller coasters and a great collection of flat rides. 28. Launch or Lift? Lift. 29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018? No, I did not. 30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster? Wild Beast at Canada's Wonderland. 31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult? Cult, to a degree based on the ones I know. 32. Best Batman themed ride? Dark Knight at Six Flags Great Adventure. 33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you. Souvenirs and park maps. 34. Best wooden coaster over 110 feet tall? (rcdb will help you) El Toro. 35. Have you ever been hit with something (loose change/a tree/vomit/etc) while riding something? Yes, I've been hit with loose change. 36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case. Yes, because it only has drive tires near the base of the ride, allowing the train to move by gravity along the rest of the track. It would be nice to see a launched version introduced to a park one day. 37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss? Nah. 38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode? Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland. 39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose? Funnel Cakes. 40. Post a great on-ride shot of you from 2018. (DO IT!) Me on the Comet at the Great Escape with my hands in the air!
  23. That is correct. It would make Holiday in the Park highly marketable for those who do not live in the area of Darien Lake. It is a benefit that most parks do not have. Let's just wait and see what happens.
  24. Here's my list of roller coasters that I have been on that are now gone. Thankfully not too many. Defunct: -Toronto Island Monster at Centreville Amusement Park -Stinger at Dorney Park -Firehawk at Kings Island Relocated: -SkyRider at Canada's Wonderland
  25. Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. Photo credit: John Brooks via Amusement Views
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