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Captain Jack

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  1. Great trips down memory lane so far! Seeing old shots of the Junkyard at Universal Studios and Nautili in the lagoon made my day. On page 3, one of your captions says "Skull Mountain train" or something to that effect. By the looks of it, I'm going to say it's actually the Robin train from Chiller.
  2. Seeing that Top Scan (Space Roller) brings back bittersweet memories for me. It was my favorite ride at Adventureland, Long Island (yup, the park the movie is based on) from when it replaced the Huss Looping Star (Ranger) until it was sold to Germany after the horrible incident which sent a park guest soaring over the perimeter fence onto a parked car in the lot. I feel like that whole story never even got any closure...did Mondial ever say exactly what caused the problem, because I believe our local newspaper here on Long Island never mentioned if a concrete cause was ever found. (When the
  3. I had that same reaction. I initially thought it was possibly her male sibling telling us what her issues were, not that it was her herself? I can't even describe it! I really do feel awful for the woman, she clearly exhibits a strange mental illness that just so happens to entertain us ride enthusiasts who kid around about coaster porn so much. To see her making out with the ride and getting axle grease all over her face from it...terrible, strange, and sadly humorous all at once.
  4. My God. I honestly thought this was a late April Fool's joke. "Freestyle Music Park" cannot seriously be the best name thrown around for ideas. Rock and Roll Park. Music Park. Musicland. Rock Park. Just simple, basic ideas for names and instead they come up with this. I can't wait to see a t-shirt from this place...
  5. That building did house a dark ride, and I wouldn't be surprised if all the show elements still remain. It was called Houdini's Great Escape and was a Vekoma Madhouse that has been closed since a blackout in the park showed a serious design flaw that I believe wouldn't allow the exit doors open. Apparently the guests pounded on the nonfunctioning doors until they damaged some of their mechanisms. It was a cool little dark ride, and actually well-themed with an above average story line. It's a shame it's been "dark" literally for like...three season now.
  6. Elmo had played the role of extra for a really long time before becoming big here in the US. Big Bird was the "in" character when I was a kid in the early 90's, and from what I've read, was just as big in the 80's. Only in the mid-90's did Elmo gain what is probably most popular Sesame Street Muppet status in the US. Damn that Tickle Me Elmo...
  7. Taking my 6 year old sister on Sooperdooperlooper at Hersheypark and watching her reaction during the loop. Reaction after the ride: "Can we do it again!?!?" I taught her well.
  8. I just don't understand the point in building another Disney Parks resort in China when Hong Kong Disneyland has struggled in its attendance and has the public demanding more attractions. Wouldn't it make more sense to beef up Hong Kong Disneyland and give it some unique, one-of-a-kind attractions that no other Disney Park has to offer to make it a must-see destination? I realize that Shanghai has a huge population and is really the center of commerce for China, but is it really in Disney's best interest to get involved in building a sixth resort in a time of economic struggle such as t
  9. www.flyinphilsphotos.com/amuse/nj/sfga/2009-01-04/album0 Picture 23.
  10. If it were still open, River Country USA. So many great memories of that place.
  11. Awesome PTR's thus far my man. I did a PTR on BGE a few weeks ago, it really is one of the nicest theme parks out there. How amazing was Emerald Beat?
  12. I hate waking up in the morning to craptacular news such as this. I recently just did a PhotoTR on a vacation I did right after AB rejected InBev's first attempt at buying them out, and we were amazed by the beauty and maintenance of BGE. All the workers were very well-trained and super friendly, and pre-shows to many attractions included a special message from a member of the Busch family either about the environment, a thank you for choosing to spend your day at their park, or in honor of our American troops and heroes. It disgusts me that the last American owned brewer might be lost
  13. Someone earlier in this thread asked for pictures of The Great Wolf Lodge, and while I did not take any of the hotel, my parents did. Here are some of their pictures: The little sister in front of the animatronic show in the lobby. My sister, my brother, and I in front of TGWL. Outdoor pool, giving you a pretty nice glimpse of how many of the indoor water park's attractions exit the building in enclosed tubing and then re-enter through another side of the building. I must admit, the enclosed Tornado, here called Howlin' Tornado, was sick! The darker, thicker yellow tu
  14. Negative NegaDuck. The concierge at The Great Wolf however did offer an incredible deal for a SEVEN DAY ticket to Busch Gardens Europe. For $79.99 a person, you get to visit BGE any seven days you want. If you so desire to "park hop" from Water Country USA to Busch Gardens day by day, it's only an additional $10, raising the price to $89.99. Either way, that's a steal considering the fast that one day admission I believe was over $50. I'm still working on getting those hotel pictures from my parents, they'll be posted ASAP! EDIT: There's a McDonald's right down the road from th
  15. Griffon, my parents took a couple shots of The Great Wolf Lodge using their camera. I'll try to upload their images later tonight. Jcoaster said: I think it's fair game to compare it to anything. While comparing it to two woodies might not be my best bet, I've yet to ride Millennium Force or Superman Ride of Steel and can't comment on good steel ejector air. When Car and Driver does a comparison of cars, they compare the best one to whatever they're comparing. I don't see why this should be any different. And as far as to what someone posted earlier, we tried back seat, front
  16. Jcoaster said: I felt Apollo lacked any airtime, ejector or floater...that's my main gripe with it. Nitro has some great floater airtime throughout the entire ride, especially on the three camelbacks on the way back to the station. For me, ejector air is defined by rides like Boulder Dash and El Toro.
  17. coastergirl26 said: I gave Apollo's Chariot several chances over the span of three days in the park. The trims weren't on too terribly, as you could hear them just kissing the trains...not making the sucking sound B&M hyper trains usually make as a train passes over them. I tried sitting everywhere on this thing, and still wasn't overly impressed by it. I just feel that Nitro puts it to shame. My only wish is that the time and consideration into Nitro's placement in Movie Town at SFGADV had been as well thought up and conceived as Apollo's Chariot's placement and mythological bac
  18. I agree with you Gnome, there's a lot of attractions that Busch takes from mediocre to memorable by adding a simple element that Six Flags or Cedar Fair doesn't bother spending the extra buck on. Like you said with Pompeii, the fire effects and ride effects once inside the show building take it from a mediocre splash boat ride like Tidal Force at Hersheypark and instead turn it into a really memorable experience. The effect with the flames climbing across the ceiling really sticks out in my mind. It's little things like that that separate Busch Gardens from your average amusement park; i
  19. I feel like the money spent on building The Dark Knight coaster could have been much better spent re-theming the original Batman the Ride's at both SFGADV and SFGA. These two parks play host to the two oldest Batman the Ride's in existence, and both of them look ridiculous in yellow and midnight blue compared to the original all black paint scheme. When SFGADV repainted their Batman in 2004, they returned the Batman '89 Batmobile to the circle but cleaned up the rest of the ride's theming to a bare minimal nothing. The $7.5 million spent on constructing the ride could've been spent on
  20. ZERO G! What up lifthill? Check out that Zero car! Look at that crazy mess of SUPER CLEAN white track. LOVE IT. You're going almost 70mph at this point. Probably the most beautiful to watch element on all B&M inverts that have them, the Zero G Roll! This flatspin/corkscrew gets very little love, probably because it's mad hard to photograph, but it really sneaks up on the riders and catches them off guard. IMMELMANN. (<-finally remembered that extra N) Holding *CHAIN* Apollo's Chariot at dusk
  21. Welcome to Busch Gardens Europe! Join us as we celebrate the Fourth of July throughout the park! A great ride with great theming! Ominous clouds definitely help The Griffon at sunset. Alpengeist at sunset. B&M's are beautiful, riders here trying to kick the sky in the first part of the Cobra Roll. Interlocking... ...goodness. FESTHAUS! Old school Arrow suspended still kicking butt. I like to terrorize German villages in my spare time. BIG BAD WOLF. Anybody else miss the eyes on the front of the first car? I be one o
  22. Where to begin? This family vacation to Williamsburg, VA was absolutely incredible. We stayed in the very clean, fun, and accommodating Great Wolf Lodge conveniently located about 10-15 minutes from BGE. The hotel's indoor water park serves as a great early morning way to start your day before heading out to some of the area's other offerings. Our hotel room, which was considered a suite, had an indoor fireplace, a great view of the outdoor pool, and really cool loft above the main two beds that housed a third bed. For the little ones, the hotel offered an interesting wand sorcerer game t
  23. I just flipped through the entire thread, and have to say that I am truly amazed at the amount of coaster pictures, documentaries, video clips, magazine/newspaper articles, IAAPA booklets, and more that you've saved up over the years. Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us! It's nice to see pictures of coasters that no longer exist, especially the classic woodies. How many SBNO, soon-to-be-destroyed coasters did you get a chance to visit?
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