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  1. It was closed all day with no signs of life last Monday when I was there. That was the only negative to an otherwise wonderful trip!
  2. You are definitely right. Those are HUSS restraints, for sure. Good catch! You can tell from the pics a few posts above that Flight of fear had green restraints. I never even questioned it. I just saw discarded OTSR seats in the flight of fear bowl and assumed they were from that ride.
  3. Hey guys. Just wrapped up coasterstock and I highly recommend attending if you haven't before. What a great event! One of the coolest events was a lights-on tour of Flight of Fear. I figured a few of you may want a glimpse of the coaster that is otherwise unphotographable! The corkscrew at the very end of the ride Looking down the return tunnel into the bowl A twisted mess of track You can pick out the giant cobra roll that is the first element after the launch Maintainence dept humor? The old OTSRs are just rotting away along the side (no sign of the old King Cobra cars!) Floor view of a whole lots supports A look straight up to the ceiling That blur is a train plunging down towards us And a look up the launch tunnel from the back of the building
  4. It's a big year for me and my kids! This weekend is Coasterstock at Kings Island (home park) Memorial day weekend road trip to Carowinds and Six Flags Over Georgia with a stop at Beech Bend on the way home Holiwood Nights at Holiday World Missouri road trip to hit SF St Louis, Worlds of Fun, and Silver Dollar City Cedar Point in July Probably day trips to Kentucky Kingdom, SF Great America, and Indiana Beach And hopefully a late August trip out east to hit Dorney, SF Great Adventure, SF America, Bush Gardens, and Kings Dominion!
  5. Glad to hear someone else talking about a night ride on Lightning Rod. Mine last month was by far my best coaster experience ever. It makes The Beast feel tame by comparison. When (if?) LR runs consistently, a night ride on it needs to be on every coaster lover's bucket list.
  6. Tig'rr fits a lot of track in a small space! I went to Indiana Beach yesterday for the first time and wanted to share some pics of this gorgeous little park. I often felt like IN was more a high-end fair midway rather than a theme park, but with a couple good coasters thrown in. That's not a bad thing, as we had fun all day, but there were several odd things I've not seen anywhere else. Ride capacity was low on many rides and, as others have mentioned, ride maintenance seems like a challenge. The coasters: Dragon Wagon is terrible. Kiddie coasters aren't supposed to hurt. Tig'rr is a fun throwback. Lost Coaster is really unique and fun. Hoosier Hurricane has a classic wood coaster feel and looks great as it spans almost the whole park. Cornball is excellent for its small space. I love how it shares support structure with the Hurricane. Steel Hawg is also a fun, compact coaster with maybe the fastest lift hill I've ever seen! Flats: A lot of classics that are made special by unique placement over the lake. Even the antique cars drive mostly over the water. They are clearly out of space, which made some ride locations seem haphazard, but the park is small enough that backtracking isn't a big deal. The magic carpet ride was a highlight, as I hadn't ridden one of those in a long time. Several flats didn't run all day :/ Pictures: Gorgeous view greeting us as we cross the bridge from the south parking lot Hoosier Hurricane diving to the water Lost Coaster over the lake Now it's Cornball's turn to go swimming Cornball Express gets a regular soaking from the log flume Steel Hawg from a distance The lift hills of hurricane and cornball share space nicely The back coils of Tig'rr I love how some flats are out on the lake A cloudy view of Steel Hawg Hoosier Hurricane's lift IB uses nearly every inch of available space! Steel Hawg break run
  7. It was mostly up the 2 days I was there this week (tues and wed). They were assigning rows and not allowing requests :/ And yes, 1 train ops make the line just crawl along sooo slow. You can see the 2nd train directly under the loading station still full of dummies. But the ride is so good that it's worth putting up with the frustrations to get on it.
  8. I got to experience the best and worst of Lightning Rod today. Early afternoon, we waited an hour plus and made it until we were literally next in line at the gates and then, of all things, the fire alarm in the station went off and they evacuated the building. After getting over that frustration we tried again for a night ride. That took another hour plus wait, but it was worth it. A night ride is absolutely insane. It is pitch black back there after the launch. Maybe the best coaster experience I have had. Why are more people not talking about how awesome this coaster is as a night ride??
  9. Firehawk is the worst if you have unsecured pockets. The awkward angle makes everything fall right out. I won't ride it unless I'm wearing pockets that can button or snap closed.
  10. During coasterstock, there was a group chatting with a Diamondback ride up during a storm delay. She said KI has 3 tiers of rides, with Windseeker and Diamondback among others being the tier that goes down first and comes up last. Mystic Timbers and the Beast are the ones she mentioned as middle tier and she said Vortex plays by its own rules. I noticed Flight of Fear and some flats like the troika never went down even when the rest of the park was down for a couple hours due to lightning in the area. And although I'm sure it's happened, I've never seen KI close completely for weather.
  11. I took my 3 kids to Kentucky Kingdom for our first ever visit yesterday. We had a great time! On the positive side, the park was a little bigger than I anticipated and they have a great collection of flats. Lines were mostly nonexistent all day. The free drink wristband with the TPR code was a fantastic bonus. The only negatives were the short operating hours (only open 11-7) and slow operations. All coasters were only running a single train, and even then dispatches were painfully slow. Compared to a park like Kings Island, which often operates 3 trains and really pushes dispatches, this was frustrating. Coasters: 1. Storm Chaser - I thought I had experienced ejector airtime before this, but I was wrong. This coaster really tries to throw you out of the car on every hill. The rollover drop is also unique. Others have noted this, but I also think it's currently running much faster than some POVs I've seen. No lines all day. I got 5 laps in and my oldest rode it 9 times and declared it his new #1 overall. 2. Lightning Run - lots of fun with some good moments of ejector air as well. This packs a big punch in small layout. It doesn't let up and hits those final bunny hills with a lot of speed. Due to slow ops, we only got 2 rides in. 3. Thunder Run - A decent woodie that grew on me. After the first ride, I thought it was kinda meh. We rode it a lot through the day because of its central location in the back, it felt like we were always passing it! A couple floater hills and some decent speed, this was my 6 year olds favorite. 4. T3 - A Vekoma SLC... I didn't find it painful, but it was just not good, either. My 10 year old came off with some leg pain. And said he'd never ride it again. 5. Roller Skater - We took an obligatory lap on this for the credit. Better than some kiddie coasters, but nothing special other than the cool looking skate cars. The rest My daughter's favorite ride in the park was Eye of the Storm. We did a number of other flats and were never searching for things to do. I have never been as soaked on a water ride as we were on Mile High Falls. The Sea Lion show was good. Food didn't seem to be anything special (although they had a beer garden that I would have checked out if without children). We just ate burgers and fries and some dippin dots. We did not check out the water park at all, but it seemed to have some fun things to do. We had a great time and would absolutely go back. Storm Chaser and Lightning Run are fantastic and worth a trip on their own. The rest of the park is enough to keep you busy. Here are some pics of our day. New PTC train on Thunder Run for those who like this kind of thing Sea Lion Splash! Battle scars from T3 Mile High Falls splash Raging Rapid has a pretty cool station building Goodbye from Storm Chaser
  12. I think the general public enjoys the coaster. Maybe this is just in my experience, but I've noticed that the line for MT seems to be shorter than Diamondback or Banshee. I think this may have something to do with the GP's view, the majority thinks bigger is better. When I've been there this year, the line for MT has been considerably longer than anything else. Mostly full queue lines and a couple times outside into temporary barriers outside the ride entrance.
  13. I'll be there with my son! I'm surprised there hasn't more chatter on the board here leading up to the weekend. Hopefully the forecast keeps people away and we have the park to ourselves:) I'm really looking forward to the behind the scenes tours of The Beast and Diamondback as well as the ERT at night on those two plus Mystic Timbers.
  14. Now we know the secret to Robb's success w/ TPR videos all these years!
  15. Since you have a platinum pass, make sure to take note of ERT after closing for Mystic Timbers on the 16th https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/events/mystic-timbers-tuesdays
  16. Last year I did walk through The Beast line with a child that was too short. I just mentioned it to the queue attendant and at the station and everyone was fine with it. I don't think you'll have any issues.
  17. Although it doesn't mention any specific ride-site tours, I did find this on their website awhile back. Looks a little pricey. http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Special-Experiences/VIPTour
  18. Phenomenal pics! You have a great eye (and probably lots of patience to wait for the perfect shot!) Also, your zoomed in and motion shots are super clear. Well done. Definitely makes me want to hop a plane from Indiana right now.
  19. And then GCI had to correct them that there are actually 506 bents...
  20. You forgot that the picture was posted in 2017 so it clearly confirms a 2017 opening for New Mean Streak
  21. Gorgeous! As long as it opens for the start of the season, this will be my first coaster of 17.
  22. @TyRush Thanks for the post! Great pictures and I really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes info.
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