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  1. 1. The Voyage, Holiday World

    2. Intimidator 305, Kings Dominion

    3. Maverick, Cedar Point

    4. Skyrush, Hersheypark

    5. Mindbender, Galaxyland

    6. Fury 325, Carowinds

    7. Kumba, Busch Gardens Tampa

    8. Goliath, Six Flags Over Georgia

    9. The Beast, Kings Island

    10. Phoenix, Knoebels

    11. Mako, SeaWorld Orlando

    12. Montu, Busch Gardens Tampa

    13. Swamp Fox, Family Kingdom

    14. Twisted Cyclone, Six Flags Over Georgia

    15. Mine Blower, Fun Spot Kissimmee

    16. The Legend, Holiday World

    17. Millennium Force, Cedar Point

    18. New Texas Giant, Six Flags Over Texas

    19. Lightning Rod, Dollywood

    20. Talon, Dorney Park

  2. Perhaps you all are right, but please forgive me for feeling like a gigantic monster of a roller coaster would seem to be just a little out of place in a land of butterflies and happy frogs.


    I forgive you. But seriously though, aside from Mountain Slidewinder’s plot of land and the extra Wildwood Grove clearing, where would a new major Dollywood coaster go?

  3. I remember when the B&M Flyer rumor for Cedar Point 2020 was like the hot new thing... back in 2015/2016. I do doubt it is happening as a ride as large as that would require either the removal of another large coaster (i.e. Cedar Creek Mine Ride), or would have to use a lot of pathway space. They certainly have the funds for it, but is it really worth putting in a ride that large? The Point’s market has basically reached its peak. They can’t really grow their market further, as it has grown to the highest amount it can. So really I would not be surprised if we see something rather like a GCI or an RMC single rail (2 across, but the one in between a T-Rex and Raptor’s size)

  4. A large, extreme roller coaster for that area would go completely against its mission. In one of the other areas, or in and around Wild Eagle and Mountain Slidewinder? Sure. But not Wildwood Grove.


    Actually, they are still deciding whether they want to remove Mountain Slidewinder or not. I was about to ask what was up with Mountain Slidewinder, but someone beat me to it! Pete explained that with the construction of Wildwood Grove they had to dilute maintenance teams from Slidewinder (“which requires a lot of TLC and rehab work each season, due to its age”) which is why it will be down this entire season. I would love to see that spot, if it is the spot for Dollywood 2021, used for a MACK hyper like DC Rivals or a MACK launched spinner like Time Traveler. I mean, I can’t think of any other spot they could have in mind for the coaster— as Dollywood really doesn’t do layering ( I have a fetish with layered parks like Grona Lund and Blackpool Pleasure Beach). That hillside slope would be a prime location for a great coaster view as soon as you go around that pond. It already has Lightning Rod on one side, but would have the big flashy MACK on the other.

  5. I voted for the Gerstlauer. As soon as I heard Dan talking about a medium sized coaster, a Gerstlauer Eurofighter INSTANTLY came to mind. I’d prefer to see a 380 clone (Tantrum, Iron Shark, Krater) over a 320 (Hydrus, Adrenaline Peak) as those appear to be a lot more interesting in terms of layout, but I’ve heard great things about 320 clones. I can only dream for a custom euro-fighter that utilizes the hillside behind Alabama Adventure, like Krater kind of does. Dan and I also had a praise session of the almighty Voyage after his presentation.

  6. I was present at Winter Warm Up too, you know... got to meet the legend himself Dan Koch, saw Copperhead Strike up close, etc. etc. Also snagged free tickets with Flash Passes to Six Flags Fiesta Texas! Yay!


    Also, about the “Breaking News”, don’t get yourselves too hyped up. I was sworn to secrecy, and all I can say is it’ll be a welcome announcement for Six Flags Over Georgia fanboys.

  7. Along with the wonky theme, I think the ride system really works for Quirks in the Works. Considering how small that ride building is, I'm not sure another system would work much better without cutting down the ride time.


    Perhaps, you could go trackless with spinning vehicles ala Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando? Just a thought. I still love Quirks in the Works as it is though, it’s crammed in really creatively.

  8. How many other regional theme parks have a 15,000-20,000 seat amphitheatre? I am pretty sure Darien lake is one of the few, if not the only one. There are a lot of these live nation venues, but they just aren't connected to theme parks. Ever been to Saratoga performing arts center, or Blossom Music center? Gorgeous venues!


    Hersheypark Arena? There’s that one right outside the gates of Hersheypark.

  9. I was thinking, perhaps we could be seeing an RMC single rail (larger than Raptor, smaller than T-Rex as mentioned in Theme Park Crazy’s RMC Interview) that would snatch the tallest, fastest, longest, steepest, and loopiest records, but would NOT be the primary focus of the 2020 expansion. Instead it’d be more of a side addition, whereas the main focus would be bringing back the retro things that Cedar Point lost in its quest to become the roller coaster mecca it is today.

  10. 1. Name 3 of your favorite roller coasters, but not your top 3. Mindbender at Galaxyland (#5), Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa (#7), Phoenix at Knoebels (#9).



    2. About how many different parks did you visit in 2018? Here, I’ll list all of them! Holiday World, Six Flags Over Texas and Over Georgia, Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure, Hersheypark, and Family Kingdom.


    3. Which 2018 park visit was your favorite? Overall, Holiday World. It’s my #2 favorite park now, just behind Knoebels. I loved my Holiwood Nights experience (who wouldn’t), and my visit to Family Kingdom where I was able to rack up six laps on one of my new favorite woodies of all time— Swamp Fox. Also the radio there plays exclusively ‘70s hits, which to an old soul like me is a welcome addition.



    4. Your favorite 2018 park addition (ride, food, show, etc)? I feel like Steel Vengeance was really well done, since Cedar Fair went all out with the theming and expanded the story of Frontiertown while adding a world class coaster.



    5. What ride exceeded your expectations the most in 2018? Probably The Legend. It ended up as one of my favorite wooden coasters ever, but I expected it to be a rough and mediocre coaster— what I got on the first two laps— but after sitting in the front on my third ride I fully appreciated it’s ballistic laterals and one standing airtime moment.


    6. Best meal/food at a park in 2018? Holiday World’s buffet offerings on the first night of Holiwood Nights.


    7. What was your favorite new coaster of 2018 NOT made by RMC or Larson? Probably Hyperion, or perhaps Time Traveler. Never got to ride either of those though.


    8. Name one park you will definitely visit in 2019. Carowinds because it’s my home park AND they’re getting a shiny new coaster.



    9. Best ride themed to a bird? I put Thunderbird... but then I realized Phoenix is my #9, ahead of Thunderbird, so that wins. My 100th coaster credit and oh man did it deliver!



    10. Lamest ride/coaster you rode in 2018? The Howler, but I had a cute experience on it where some random little boy wanted to ride with me so I accepted.


    11. What roller coaster currently sits at the top of your bucketlist? (degree of difficulty: NOT a new-for-2019 ride) Steel Vengeance or DC Rivals.


    12. What new-for-2019 ride or coaster are you most looking forward to? Steel Curtain, because it has the lap bars. It looks straight out of a fantasy NoLimits 2 coaster on YouTube. It has NINE inversions. Also it feels like something that should’ve been built fifteen years ago, when the coaster wars were in full swing, because of how daunting it is compared to the other 2019 additions.


    13. Name the first totally middle-of-the-road (not bad/not great) park that comes to mind. Dorney Park. I visited this park in August 2017. Talon is very good by B&M invert standards, and I prefer it to Afterburn, Great Bear, Raptor (don’t get me started) and the Batmen I’ve ridden. Talon’s underrated, but Dorney Park as a whole is not. Hydra was a disappointment, and Steel Force met my mediocre expectations. Possessed was forgettable and the only credit I skipped out on was Stinger, which (unbeknownst to me) would get removed in a few months’ time. I’m not one to complain about operations, so the average dispatch speeds didn’t bother me at all. Thunderhawk was not as jarringly rough as I expected. Wildwater Kingdom is a pretty good waterpark, but I only was able to do the 2 wave pools and lazy rivers because of how insanely long the slides’ lines were. Overall Dorney is a nice, average-sized park, but not worth stopping out of your way for unless you’re in Philadelphia (which I wasn’t and never have been). Wow, that was a lot of rambling.


    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... Rip Ride Rockit. Hulk may be the better ride overall, but in the front row Rip Ride Rockit offers a more varied experience with strong G’s and a few pops of ejector airtime. Also I can jam out to some of my favorite ‘70s music on board, so win!!


    15. Holiday In The Park vs. Winterfest. Who reigns supreme? I’ve only been to Holiday in the Park at Over Georgia once (went in December 2018), and while all of the good rides were open the decorations felt a bit sparse. From what I’ve seen of Winterfest online, hardly any large rides are open BUT the quality of the decor looks very pleasing to the eyes. So I don’t know this one.


    16. Mystic Timbers mystery shed or Wicker Man fire infusion? Wicker Man’s because it just looks soooo cool! Mystic Timbers’ shed was very disappointing, in my opinion.


    17. Which Six Flags have you been to most recently? Six Flags Over Georgia on December 29, 2018.


    18. Intamin or Schwarzkopf? You may only choose one. Ugh! I love both. I have a fetish with Schwarzkopf’s (don’t get me started on praising Mindbender in Canada), but if we are going for how good the rides are in enthusiasts’ eyes Intamin would be the real winner here.


    19. Battle of Kings Coasters: Island or Dominion? Pick one. Island, even though Intimidator 305 is my favorite steel coaster I felt that in my 2017 visit the quality of the coasters there decreased dramatically after I305. Flight of Fear would have to be my second favorite in the park, followed by Dominator and then Volcano I guess? Kings Island on the other hand has a spectacular top 4 of Beast, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers and Banshee, supported by Racer, Flight of Fear and Bat— Bat being a pleasant surprise from my two laps at night.


    20. What was the longest you waited for a ride/coaster in 2018? Probably Wildebeest at Holiday World. I waited for 30 minutes, was next in line to board, but the ride shut down for another half hour as guests were evacuated from it. Then the ride started back up and everyone cheered.


    21. What roller coaster have you ridden more than any other? Fury 325 at Carowinds, somewhere around 21 times.



    22. Best drop tower under 150 feet? I don’t really go out of my way to do drop towers. In that case, Slingshot at Family Kingdom I guess?



    23. Maverick or Millennium Force? (If you haven't been to CP, pick what you want to ride more) Maverick, my #2 steel coaster, but Millennium Force is in my top 15.

    24. Log flumes or sky rides? You can only choose one. Sky rides, because I love them so much! More parks needed to keep theirs instead of remove them, in my opinion.

    25. What are 3 things you enjoying doing at your home park other than riding rides?

    1) Taking friends to Carowinds for their first time(s) and seeing their reactions to stuff like Fury. 2) Chilling in the rocking chairs at the front entrance plaza, being surrounded by Fury’s massive structure. 3) Listening to the GP while in line to hear what kinds of absurd things they say about coast— Oops, sorry, went too far there. 26. What is your second favorite Cedar Fair park and why?

    Very controversially Cedar Point. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not even close to being a bad park in any way, but I was disappointed by most of the coasters there. I wasn’t a huge fan of the atmosphere either, and that there wasn’t that much to do in the park besides the rides. I prefer Kings Island slightly because of its wooded setting, more satisfying atmosphere and better coaster line-up. Unlike most enthusiasts, I don’t just count the good coasters in a park’s roller coaster collection— I count the bad ones too.

    27. What is your home park and give us two good reasons why we should pay it a visit. Carowinds, 1) Fury 325 exists and 2) They’re getting Copperhead Strike, I guess?



    28. Launch or Lift? Lift, because there are not that many launch coasters out there compared to the ones with a lift. But I do enjoy Storm Runner’s and Maverick’s launches a lot.



    29. Did you buy fast pass at all in 2018?

    Technically, I went with my cousin to Universal for her Make A Wish trip, and we got this awesome lanyard that basically was free fastpass.



    30. What is your least favorite wooden coaster? “Great” American Scream Machine. So rough, so jerky and so painful, it absolutely bulldozed my decent expectations.


    31. Disney fanboys: cool or cult?

    I sometimes check in on the Disney fanboys’ news from time to time. I would dread to admit it, but being the Florida-born boy I am, I have nostalgia for Walt Disney World (just don’t mention that the Backlot Tour and actually Great Movie Ride were torn down, okay? Those were my favorite rides in the resort as a kid). Plus, I know several Disney fanboys online and I’m cool with them.


    32. Best Batman themed ride?

    Six Flags Over Georgia’s. I’ve ridden Over Texas’s too, but that one was not as intense.



    33. Name something that tend to take home from parks that you didn't bring with you.

    A new t-shirt or park brochures— I love collecting park brochures.



    34. Best wooden coaster over 110 feet tall? (rcdb will help you)

    THE VOYAGE AT HOLIDAY WORLD!! My #1 favorite coaster of all time.



    35. Have you ever been hit with something (loose change/a tree/vomit/etc) while riding something? Well, while riding Mystery Mine, my dad’s prescription glasses came off and hit him in the face all during the half-loop maneuver. We didn’t realize what had happened until he no longer felt his glasses on his face.


    36. Skywarps: credits or no? State your case. No, because it is only coasting on gravity for like five feet. It’s powered nearly all the way.



    37. Turkey legs: nah or yaaaaassssss? Honestly, I really don’t care for these, so that’d be a nah.


    38. What is the most recent B&M that you rode?

    Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Over Georgia. A fun flying coaster that offers a true gliding sensation. Back in 2015, I had a bad experience of being stuck in flying position for ten minutes on the brakes— it was NOT comfortable at all. On a more positive note; I love how Superman, even though it is a clone, was nestled into the hillside unlike the other two American copies.


    39. You can eat nothing but corn dogs, churros or funnel cake for the next 48 hours, which do you choose? Corn dogs are a welcome meal for me. Family Kingdom’s funnel cake or the churros at my local Spanish restaurant wouldn’t be bad either.


    40. Post a great on-ride shot of you from 2018. (DO IT!) Sorry, no thanks.

  11. I didn’t even know the boat ride closed down! Was one of the only 7 rides (5 coasters) I was able to do in a rainy 4 hour visit, and I found it to be pleasantly surprising. Harley Quinn Spinsanity became my new favorite flat ride besting Delirium at Kings Island, and makes me wish that every Six Flags park gets an ABC Tourbillon. On the other hand, my favorite place to dine at a Six Flags park has to be Johnny Rockets— the other restaurants/dining locations provide cold and rubberlike foods for very high prices .

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