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caleb.stone

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  1. Any word on if they're planning on retrofitting any rides with the locker system from Velocicoaster?
  2. With this being on Zoom is it webcam required?
  3. This is pretty neat! I just moved to SoCal so I haven't been able to experience the parks out here, but it's crazy coming from FL seeing how jam packed these parks are, and then seeing how big Magic Mountain's footprint. Operating a helicopter from 1,400 feet up and moving rapidly over the area vs. the camera''s zoomed view are far different.
  4. Having never ridden a coaster with comfort collars, are they just intrusive? Do you find yourself banging your neck against them? etc.
  5. Dueling Dragons, back when it used to duel. Ice was my shit growing up, and Fire was my first ever roller coaster I ever rode.
  6. I'm loving this addition to the parks. My question on it though: do they group you with others that aren't in your party? Did you have to wait for an individual carriage? etc.
  7. I love love love the color on this ride, and I'm super stoked that such a bad ass RMC to such an amazing park!
  8. Can we get a POV for those of us who don't have the game? It looks incredible and I'd love to see it!
  9. I absolutely love those smashed bottle plates! Also a huge fan of the pillars design in the lobby, and how it's reflected in the artwork!
  10. And that same day, I watched people RUN out of the queue and RUN to get back in line. Here I was in September of 2017 and I watching people run around the queue to "Dragon Hop" just like we did in 1999. Exactly the same. No different. Oh, except instead of running back in line in 1999, in 2017 it was: Run... stop at the metal detector... run some more... Were you still able to "Dragon Hop" with the fluffy bunnies having a timer on them? Or was it too time constrictive?
  11. I assume Rowling wanted a more family vibe to the rides there. Honestly I'm very disappointed in how this ride turned out. The immense lack of theme is just striking to me. As a Potter fan myself, and seeing how much went into Gringotts, and the Forbidden Journey, just to get a ride that has been reviewed as "being able to tell you're in a big a show building" is immensely disappointing. On top of that Dueling Dragons: Fire was my first roller coaster, so there was some sentimentality about losing that ride. While we didn't get a thrill ride to replace it, it just feels very underwhelming. Even just looking at the cars for the trains, I just wished they'd have painted them to mimic the movie, or something of the description to the book. I feel like this is one of those rides I'll end up passing on unless I can get a quick ride on the single rider queue (assuming it has one.) Other than that I'm very excited for what's to come in the Jurassic Park area.
  12. At the risk of sounding dumb; how does she keep her leg straight under the forces at the bottom of the swing for the foot cam? Am I missing some prop in the image? Other than that, it looks like a great addition to the park!
  13. Honestly, good riddance. That place is a gold mine for real estate in Denver. I would love to see Lakeside get some love, but Elitch just seems a bit dumpy and I don't really care for it after only one visit.
  14. I'm so happy that it's truly getting better!
  15. Just imagining the outward bank into an inversion on the first drop as both tracks dive towards each other. Gwazi even at its worst was such a wild ride! I can't wait to see what they do with all that space and structure!
  16. If you want to expose the controversy behind it all, you should do a series with Shane Dawson. He does a lot of conspiracy stuff on youtube, and reveals the backgrounds behind things. I'm sure with your social media presences combined (his most recent 5 part series on JefreeStar received 87M views so far.) Plus you could bring in more advertising for the website that way, and promote your own award. Or just do a form of what he does, and create a series to shake things up. People love a good scandal story. #justsaying
  17. All kidding aside, how awesome would it be if TPR had its own prestigious award in the amusement industry! Give a whole different facet to the review in ThemeParkReview!
  18. So I just wanted to report back today from my first experience at KK, (and my first RMC/Chance!) A little background: being from Florida I've always been a little spoiled with theme parks. My first coaster was Dueling Dragons: Fire, and I've been blessed with the opportunities I've had being raised around such wonderful parks like Disney, USO/IoA, Busch Gardens. I was excited to try out a former Six Flags park (as I've never been to a SF either.) I had experienced Elitch Garden's in Denver which didn't leave me yearning for much from today, and with that in mind I was pleasantly surprised at todays trip! We went for a company black out date which helped a lot with the lines, and even though the weather was raining, it wasn't enough to close the rides down, but just enough to get people out of the lines for re-rides! The park was pretty much spotless, and had a lot of rides for different ages! With the weather threatening to close the rides down I pretty much only did the two star attractions that I'd read so much about. In the span of a couple of hours I did Storm Chaser three times, and Lightning Run twice! Let me tell you what, I was expecting an amazing ride, and it exceeded those expectations on both! Storm Chaser: I was extremely excited to try out my first RMC and have read about people putting this ride well into their top 10's and now I really see why! That thing just did NOT let up! Start to finish I was holding on for my life. Reading reviews on this thing I thought it was going to be overhyped but it really exceeded my expectations! The ejector airtime is phenomenal, the twists and turns are just insane! I couldn't tell what side was up at certain points! Riding it in the rain added to the fun as well, if you ever get the chance I'd definitely recommend it! It's just such a wild ride! I can't wait to see what else RMC does in the future! Lightning Run: I knew Lightning Run got rave reviews, and people praised it, but walking up I thought it looked kind of "tame." This ride is so far from it, and I ate my words. Just like Storm Chaser, this ride just doesn't let up till you've hit the brakes! Those last 3 hills had me clutching my pearls! There was a crazy moment where I couldn't even tell where we were going. Definitely a wonderful addition to this park, and definitely in my top 10! ADDENDUM: The only issue I have with the ride is with the riders more than the coaster itself. I'm a big guy, and I won't lie, I had to get a little extra shove into Storm Chaser today to get it to "click." Lightning Run seems to have issues with bigger riders, and people having to do the walk of shame, slowing down load times. I'll admit though, those trains are pretty tailored to a certain size. I'm 6'2 and my belly wasn't so much the issue as my leg length/thickness was. Unfortunately it slowed the load times down quite significantly, the coaster would complete it's course and sit on the brakes for a while before the next one would move out. It's rather dubious as some of the people I saw get off were even smaller framed than I was. I was legitimately concerned I wouldn't fit for the first time on a coaster, and today was definitely a "lose weight" wake-up call. -- Unfortunately I didn't do anything past those two coasters as it had rained (it's okay though I really was there for the two star attractions,) but we did get to try some food at the Bayou Cafe, and picked up some pretzels, and funnel cakes later in the day. Pretty average park going food, nothing to rave about. My only qualm is more or less the fact that a pizza cost 30 dollars (20 for season passholders,) and it definitely wasn't worth the price. Though I wasn't expecting much out of the food here in the first place, it just really missed the mark for my friends and I with that cost. The park itself has a weird set-up and took me a minute to realize how to get the back half with Storm Chaser and Hurricane Bay. I wish I'd had more time there, but fortunately with the rain we were able to keep our extra tickets to come back another weekend before they close for the season at the end of September. So if anyone is interested in going, I'd love to meet up with some fellow enthusiasts and I'd be happy to get you in! Definitely a fun place, and I can't wait to discover more about it! Those two coasters definitely draw me there enough as is, but I'm super excited to check out Hurricane Bay as well! Any who, enough text, onto the photos! I cannot get over how photogenic this ride is! Seriously, look at how beautiful that is! You can get so close to the track for photos too! Such a great ride! There was quite literally no one in line! Twisty, metal, madness! Again, such a beautiful ride to photograph! I couldn't stop smiling after I got off! I just ran back to the entrance for more! I didn't get to ride Thunder Run, I don't have the best back, so I typically avoid wooden coasters. I don't even know if the Ferris Wheel runs. I didn't see it move much today.
  19. Once finished do you keep this project as a permanent installation? I'm curious the time frame on how long these last, especially with how much effort has gone in already!
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