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  1. So after 28 years in NYC we finally went to Rye Playland today. It was an absolutely beautiful day – low 70s, nice breeze and the park was empty with just about everything a walk-on. Coasters Superflight: 2 rides – not quite as painful as the one in Elitsch gardens, but OK for what it is. Dragon Coaster: 4 rides. OK, I tried the front, the back, and 2 rides in the middle – there is no airtime anywhere on this coaster. Crazy Mouse: 3 rides – Incredible, not only well maintained and run, but NONE of the trim brakes were on so you were flung around those tight turns! No I didn’t ride the kiddie coasters. Other Rides: Derby Racer – One of only two remaining in existence (the other is at Cedar Point). BUT, Rye no longer uses the racing mechanism, so it ends up being just a fast Carrousel. Major dissapointment. Gondola Wheel – a Ferris wheel, but with some great views of the water, the park and some of the coasters (see pics below). Dragon Coaster - my hands in the air. Dragon Coaster from the Gondola Superflight from the Gondola Long Island Sound from the Gondola Entrance to Playland Lake Joe and I in front of the Ice Skating Rink Well, you gotta eat. Lunch at the the Tiki Bar right outside the park on LIS. Looked pricey, but incredible food. Joe had an excellent lobster roll. I had the peel and eat shrimp (there must have been two pounds of jumbo shrimp in that bucket.) Too much food, neither of us finished.
  2. Well NASCAR and hill-billy do go together. That would suck royally. I really hate the idea of a NASCAR coaster.
  3. Wow, this is hard, so I'm going to cop out and give a qualified response. My favorite - Cedar Point Blue Streak - but with the old trains - no seat divider and a lap bar! That ride was a blast - the new trains took away the fun of being plastered against your seat partner on the turn-around. It still has the great layout with lots of hill variation and lots of good airtime, but the original trains were so much more fun.
  4. In addition to all the other food mentioned, don't miss the ice cream sandwiches - home made ice cream between two fresh cooked waffles.
  5. I went to Indiana Beach last summer as well. It seems both Hoosier Hurricane and Cornball Express are getting rougher with age.
  6. Actually, back then, the Blue Streak was a much better ride. It had the old restraints - a simple leather seat belt that fit over both riders, no seat divider and a padded bar like the Coney Island Cyclone still has. It was so much more fun to slam into each other during the ride.
  7. So I was in Indy for Drum Corps International World Championships and decided to go to Indiana Beach for a 3-hour visit. I arrived at 10:30, bought my ride bracelet and was pleasantly surprised that you could walk around the park before the rides opened at 11:00. If they are going to let you in early, you would think they would have some of the food, game, and souvie concessions open – they are missing the chance to make some very easy money! Very nice little park on the water. Love that lots of spin and pukes are on decks over the water. Left at 1:30, so I only got 2.5 hours of ride time, but still got in a lot of rides. Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain – 2 rides: once in the back car facing front, once in the front car facing back. What drugs were the designers on when they created this thing? This ride is simply pure twisted fun with some really outrageous Gs. Love the elevator lift. My only complaint about this ride is the very strong mildew smell in parts of the “mountain”. That smell is also very evident when the train ride goes past the “mountain”. This can’t be healthy. Hoosier Hurricane – 2 rides – one front seat, one middle of the train. Well this ride has gotten extremely rough. Some decent airtime, but the slamming end brake is ridiculously harsh. Cornball Express – 2 rides – one front seat, one middle of the train. Much rougher than the hurricane, parts of it felt like riding down a set of stairs in a trash can. Tig’r – 1 ride – nice little Wild Cat type steel coaster. Really good kid running the brake very smoothly. Galaxi – 1 ride - felt like a mini Jumbo Jet. OK ride with some nice turns. Steel Hawg – 1 ride – OK for what it is but not very exciting. Train Ride – 1 ride – decent train ride that spent too much time looking at the back of buildings. Air Crow – 1 ride – very impressed that they run this almost as fast as Knoebels. I was able to crack the cables easily (much to the ride ops disapproval). Very cool to be out over the water, but will admit I kind of missed the “about to hit the tree and crash” feeling you get at Knoebels. Double Shot – 1 ride – an OK Double Shot, same as many other parks. Since I will be back in Indy next August, I do plan to return. It’s a great little park, one of the best I have been to. A lot of it reminded me of what Geauga Lake was like back in the 60s and early 70s.
  8. Warped Woods is a modified out and back terrain coaster over 3400ft long. First drop is 100 ft. Top speed is 60mph. Comments would be greatly appreciated. Warped Woods.nltrack
  9. We actually did this exact trip a few years ago: Several Options: Side trips North of Rt 80: Waldemeer (Erie, PA) - Ravine Flyer II (and its right off Rt 90 that goes right to Cleveland) - take 79 north from 80 Side trips between 76/78 and 80: Lakemont Park (Altoona, PA) - Leap the Dips - gotta ride it Knoebels (Eysburg, PA) - its everything they say it is and the Phoenix kicks some serious airtime Rt 78 to 76 to 80: Dorney Park (Allentown, PA) - Talon and Steel Force are both great Hershey - have to say I'm not a fan of the park, but they have the best and most beautiful racing coaster ever - Lightning Racer Idlewild (Ligonier, PA) Kennywood (Pittsburgh, PA)
  10. OK, here's a couple of pics: Banking along the mountainside Gliding over the lake
  11. This is a flying coaster I am working on. It has a few surprises. Its over a mile long and hits 95 MPH. Your comments would be greatly appreciated. Fear of Flight1.nltrack Fear of Flight NL Coaster
  12. Surprised this hasn't been mentioned (unless I missed it). Staten Island boys rescued from stuck roller coaster on N.J. shore by Staten Island Advance Tuesday July 21, 2009, 1:47 PM Four Staten Island boys were rescued from a roller coaster on the New Jersey shore after it got stuck at the top of the ride. A 12-year-old and three 8-year-olds were plucked by firefighters who extended the ladder on their aerial truck to reach them, the Asbury Park Press reported. Police shut down the ride at the Keansburg boardwalk and state inspectors were called. ------ It was the Wildcat - We rode it again just last Wednesday! I commented to the ride op that it seriously needed greased.
  13. Excellent pics only outdone by the captions! Brilliant work. (sarcasm)As to the overdose of AF/Hollister/etc. shirts. Its a recession, if you want Ubercrappy, I mean Abercrombie, you're gonna have to settle for a t-shirt (\sarcasm).
  14. First of all, my sincere congratulations and thanks for sharing this incredible moment in your lives. Second, did you take a honeymoon? Third, did you throw flash passes instead of bouquets? Last, on what ride did you consumate the marriage? We've been together for 27 years, and from recent events in the NY State Legislature, it looks as if we may actually be able to get married on the Coney Island Cyclone soon, which we'd always viewed as a pipe dream - it could never happen - married on the top of the lift hill overlooking the ocean, at sunset, ride lights in the background. Also wanted to say, I loved the pet names. We call each other Pita (pain in the a--)
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