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Everything posted by Kstr737

  1. Rock & Roller. I was the dude that met you (Friend of your co-worker). Great Beautiful days to be at CP. Kennywood was great too. Although we got trapped in the heat. I was really blown away by Steel Curtain. I guess my expectations going in were pretty low. It looks like an SLC... but it rode like an RMC. Smooth as glass, air or hang time on every element.
  2. I rode KK and Zumanjaro for the first time once each on Wednesday. The Zumanjaro ride timed perfectly that we dropped and raced the Ka train down the tower. I had the right most seat in the right most car. It was surreal. Apparently there is no timing and it appears to happen about one out of every 25-30 times. We had Platinum and Jersey Devil was on it. This wasn't advertised at the pick-up point. We didn't realize it until we were waiting in line for JD to open and one of the crew told us. Scanning through the wristwatch it was indeed there and did activate when the ride opened (around 3 pm). We were told it was platinum only. First time they made us wait in the pre-security line. Then once the entrance team recognized and cleared us, we could go right up to the formal queue entrance and skip the pre-security line. They were running a strict locker policy (ala Steel Vengeance) though with no metal detectors. 3 or 4 people were looking for bulging pockets (front and ass) and kicking people back. Closest lockers are by Nitro. And those were filling up/breaking. End of the day my all day locker was no longer working but hourly rentals still were going at the location. And for good reason. My friend caught someone's Jeep keys on during one lap. We asked the train including Canobie in the front seat but he wasn't driving a Jeep. (and probably knows better)
  3. @KPfan @PennStater Any more word on the VIP tours? I got the same response from the park as here that they’ll be available online in June (but still not). Are they being sold at the gate? Or somewhere else? Looking to be there Sunday the 13th AM as part of a larger trip...
  4. Thx, I gotta better plan leave Rochester on Thrus evening. Hit Beech Bend then and maybe make Friday night ERT. Save Darien for another day.
  5. Does Darien Lake have all their coasters open yet? What's the scene been looking like with their Friday night hours? Any Fast pass option available (website shows none to purchase in advance) I potentially have Rochester as my new point of departure against HWN on 6/4. Having never been to DL, I'm considering stopping off for a few hours Friday vs. getting a better head start west. I'm not getting to HWN by Friday either way. Shooting for Saturday 2 pm start. Darien Lake: Worth it at this juncture or table it...
  6. PNC is awesome... If I had a top 10 it would be something like this.: 1. Yankee Stadium 2. PNC 3. Camden 4. Magnum XL 200 5. Comerica 6. Dodger 7. Progressive (cause I was @ Game 5 2017 ALDS) 8. Fenway (this should be higher but I’m a Yankees fan) 9. Great American 10. Coors Skyline is legit. You have your priorities in order.
  7. Yeah get a fastlane, ride the Beast Orion and Mystic Timbers a few times then go to three baseball games. (I say this as a dude whose been to all 30 ...err 29 ballparks. & heading to Arlington next week and maybe will stop at Over Texas. Those 3 parks are top 10. There's something about the midwest and baseball... I guess roller coasters too.)
  8. The correct answer is the Beast. Also see Magnum.
  9. A lot of conditional schematics. Such as, with Big Arrow loopers fading away, I feel some urgency to go get the Dragon Mountain credit... If our border reopens. I’ll say The Most Idealistic: Expo 2020 in Dubai The Most realistic: The American Dream is a mall in New Jersey
  10. Is the website accurate to which rides are running? I was in the mall a few weeks ago. A Saturday and the Intamin was down. It was listed as such for a few weeks but seems to have disappeared the last couple... I want to go at a time they’re all running. The park looked impressive from behind the rope. The waterpark looks even more impressive. To pull that hefty trigger once for all the rides: coordinating a slow/cheaper slot has been kind of complicated to figure out.
  11. I am tempted to make a late fall foliage Lightnin' Run down to Tennessee. This does not sound promising. That's a long drive... Longer then the 8-hour RT trip I took from a work layover in ATL to get into line only to see it go down for the day while I was in the station. This coaster right now is highest on to-ride (domestic) bucket list. Half because of the hype and reviews, half probably because of being previously thwarted.
  12. 1. Magnum 2. Dragster 3. Millennium Force 4. Raptor 5. Gemini 6. Blue Streak 7. Mean Streak 8. Wildcat 9. Mantis 10. Wicked Twister 11. Corkscrew 12. Mine Ride 13. Iron Dragon 14. Disaster Transport 15. Woodstock’s Express 16. Jr. Gemini
  13. I’m going to check out HP for the first time in about 5 years this weekend. I’m excited. Obviously, I haven’t been on the new one yet but sounds like Candymonium is to Skyrush as Lightning Racer is to Wildcat. I always thought of the three GCI rides as the designer’s tentpoles. Everything on those rides is perfection: Layouts offering two different levels of intensity, the elevated siting enclosing both sides of the Americana midway and the track chaser lighting. I hope Wildcat is kept in its traditional form for a long time. There’s enough twisted steel around that park. Then again ,it would be an interesting idea (albeit an ugly and expensive one) to see only one of LR RMCed, and half the wood track ride left preserved intact. Wildcat was rough as 5 years ago… Is the night before preview not being done this year? I see the website says it isn’t but it seems like park ops are changing daily.
  14. Did they rip out the old Bat footers that were under the end of Vortex or do those still live on?
  15. Without rehashing the same general, a couple thoughts on this: The Ones Since Removed: The Great Adventure of my Youth: Since I started riding there in ‘89, Lightnin’ Loops, Scream Machine, The Chiller, Viper and Rolling Thunder have left. (Ultra Twister was already SBNO but I finally got on the model at Nagashima last summer) I realize they’ve added substantial rides but the fact it has changed so much since my childhood has not made me not go back since 2011. I still have never ridden Ka. I was going to finally plan to go back this year for the single rail. Interestingly in the same frame since I started going to Hershey (since ’96) they’ve developed at pace as Great Adventure. Wildcat, Great Bear, Lightnin’ Racer, Storm Runner, Fahrenheit, Skyrush and now Candymonium without losing a major coaster. The same market, Dorney has been more in-line proportionally with their smaller scale redevelopment. Pulling out as they go: Lazer, Hercules and the inverted ‘rang I’m not sorry I missed. Everything CP lost since the mid-aughts, but no great losses for the trades. Even though it’s on the opposite coast Magic Mountain has pulled out four rides since my rare visit there (Lantern, Colossus, Déjà vu & Psyclone). Flashback never ran. The Ones I am really happy I had the opportunity to ride: Son of Beast, PKI’s Vortex and the wood of Geauga Lake. The Wild Mouse at Blackpool. The Dania Beach Hurricane. The Starliner while it was at Cypress. Dueling Dragons. The Ones I kick myself for missing, dragging my feet on where I definitely had a realistic option to get there: The Big Bad Wolf & Volcano (missing them each by a year). I wasn’t in a position (or a mindset) to consider flying across the country on a month’s notice to visit AstroWorld at the announcement of its demise. If the same situation happened (Pre-COVID) today, I would have. The One’s I want to get to that I fear are somewhat endangered: Dragon Mountain (and the Arrow at Darien Lake). The quirky coasters of Frontier City. For one more ride on Lightnin’ Loops (although I guess it’s not imminently going anywhere since they just built it a roof)
  16. Not sure if this will make the cut, I’m way under 100, but this is not in the interest of self-promotion as much as sharing with an audience that may appreciate… I wrote a book. SUMMER’S REACH came specifically from expanding the concept of a day-in-the-park trip reporting to the scope of a character driven novel, narrated from an enthusiast’s perspective. This is my love letter to roller coaster enthusiasm and the greatest amusement park ever built. It is a mix-tape. An architectural editorial. An ode to youth. The setting is as historically accurate as I could make it, exploring a summer that unfolds against the early millennium. 2003 was the obvious choice for the season. A simpler time on the edge, before smart technology and social media pervaded every element of life. The construction of the Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster ushered the industry into a new contemporary era. On-line enthusiast culture was near its peak. So whilst coming-of-age-at-the-amusement-park has been treaded before, I’ve tried to present something new here... a time period not often yet explored in literature. It is weird to think that readers today that are the same age as my characters were too young for memory or concept of this pivotal time. I hope I’ve accurately captured feelings of being at the park that summer. Revisiting some ghosts along the way. This is a long read. Divided into 35 chapters typically between 1500 and 4000 words each, the dropbox links provide an ebook of the entirety. It has been a decade in my head and eighteen months in the making. With the parks still shuttered as quarantine optimistically winds down… here’s a story for you to enjoy. Enjoy summer and Happy 150 CP. -K I Web hosted: https://ingramspark.pressbooks.pub/summersreach/ EPUB file download link (free): https://www.dropbox.com/s/s1h4y4zqkecmhhk/Summers-Reach-KI-Talar-2020.epub?dl=0 MOBI file download link (free): https://www.dropbox.com/s/58kfs6t2ax49i04/Summers-Reach-KI-Talar-2020.mobi?dl=0 SUMMER’S REACH K.I Talar – 2020 Thirty-Five Chapters in Four Parts; 87,000 words Roller Coasters, Roll & Roll, and the Ghosts of Youth… Scenes unfold the new friendships of college kids as they live, work and waste a single season at the world's greatest amusement park. Within historic and often lost locations of the early aughts, Kevin and his crew adventure through an Ohio resort, surrounding strip malls and greater rust belt while the park attempts to open the tallest, fastest roller coaster. Infused with nostalgia, pop culture, music, and urban architecture, while taking a dive into coaster enthusiasm, SUMMER’S REACH captures the end of innocence. We are along for the ride.
  17. Magnum xl 200 Steel Vengeance Top Thrill Dragster Millennium Force Raptor Rougarou Gatekeeper Gemini Valrayn Blue Streak Maverick Mine Ride Iron Dragon Corkscrew
  18. I am looking to go circa 6/24... I am staying overnight the day before near the park. Sounds like my best strategy is to head earlier to the central skip pass booth by the Carousel to get 2x for each of the big four in consecutive hours for the first few hours... How early before opening do I have to line up to achieve such? What is the easiest/most efficient path to catch a late day Kyoto bound Shinkansen from the park? Some routing options suggest doubling back toward the city... I'll have a JR pass. So is the haunted hospital, not available open at all anymore?
  19. Ok I booked it! Mid June til the holiday and have the schematic in place. Now into the deep logistics.... I figured out lodging for Tokyo, Nagoya where I'll be staying in western style hotels. My wife is joining me for the very tail (Nagoya and baseball in Tokyo). But the first portion is going to be more budget oriented and I am traveling solo (Tokyo, Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima). I haven't worked through Kyoto or the Fuji pieces. So any recommendations toward lodging in that specific would be helpful. Kyoto: I am looking for a more traditional experience (Ryokan) well located in the city and again on the affordable side. 3 nights Mt Fuji: I see a two night stay in the area and am thinking Kawaguchiko ? Basically looking for an easy place to base and move back and forth from train, the hike from Yoshida, and get a few early morning hours (and the skip passes) for Fuji Q. Scheduled along the lines of: Day A: early train from Tokyo, find hotel drop bags, Mt. Fuji hike, Night at hotel Day B: Finish hike, recovery and relax (or rain date for hike) Ideally be cool to be somewhere with an Onsen, a hotel/resort that is nice enough to hang out Day C: Fuji -Q half day at opening (leave bags at hotel? or Fuji Q locker?) Double back for bags, train to Kyoto. ^This is the most complicated logistical piece of the trip. (I see a Mystay across from Fuji Q, it is coming in at $120 a night over the dates I need. Anything better in the area, or is there another area, I should consider for the price point or better $ to achieve all the above?) DisneySea: If my options of a day are to go are a Tues, Wed, Thurs or Fri, mid June. Any considerations to take there? What is the cheapest way to get a one-day, one-park pass to Tokyo Disney Sea? Thank you again
  20. Thanks for the intial feedback. Yes, I realize I was only searching directs and one stops do cut the airfare in half! Rob, what I mean is that I would budget and see myself spending only partial of that day at said park. 1) Assuming I could get easily get there from the city I was basing out of. 2) Assuming that would be enough time to pull at least a ride on the named coasters, not really caring if I got much more. I'm still on the fence on whether to do this. If anyone has any suggestions on professional baseball and wrestling.
  21. I am a long-time lurker on this board, and am hoping that you guys can give some overall insight and help narrow my direction on a “theoretical” trip to Japan that I am considering pulling the trigger on. I ask here because this seems like a knowledgeable group on the Subject! I would be leaving from NY. Have never been to Japan (or Asia). Do not speak Japanese. Long story short. Between jobs, I have a rare unexpected opportunity of multiple weeks off. The month of June through the holiday. Basically, I am starting from scratch this weekend. Kind of overwhelmed by where to begin. So decided to focus around, what I know most about. Amusement Parks. I would be traveling solo. Looking to travel between 15 and 20 days in the second half of June bleeding into July. I would like to be spending about 25% within parks at the rough itinerary I laid out below. I am not a spend all day, in the park, ride every coaster type of person. More just walk around 4-6 hours, take one lap on the big and interesting rides absorb the atmosphere a bit and move on. At this point, I am focus on overall logistics vs. strategy within the individual parks. (Ex, last week, I spent 4-hours in the evening at Kings Island. Minimal lines. One lap on Banshee, Vortex, Diamondback and Racer. The godamn Beast (the reason I went!) was closed. So was Mystic Timbers, which I hadn’t ridden. Anyway, I was in the door around 5, done before the park closed as 8. Just an example of where my interest/allocation lies.) So that in mind, I am looking for general feedback on the below routing. If anything doesn’t make sense: Day 1 Fly Day 2-6 Tokyo Tokyo time includes full day at Disney Sea and ½ day to Yomiurland {Bandit} Day 7 Mt Fuji Hike Day 8 Recovery and 2/3 Fujikyu Highland {Eejanaika, Fujiyama, DoDodonpa, Haunted Hospital) Day 9-10 Nagoya (Toyota Factory Tour) Day 11 Nagoya, 1/2 Nagashima Spa Land {Steel Dragon, Hakugei, Ultra Twister) Day 12-13 Kyoto Day 14-15 Hiroshima Day 16 Tokyo Day 17 Depart I really like Detroit and the manufacturing industry so would pick Nagoya over Osaka (save the latter for 2025, maybe) Kyoto for the ancient history, Hiroshima for the WWII history. I would also be very interested in seeing Professional Baseball. Professional Wrestling (both WWE style and Sumo) at some point. Parks: Barring the obvious improbability with rides and crowds are there are any big unique considerations that come into play when dealing with times and days to hit or not hit the above parks/rides? Listed rides represent what I would want to at least ride once, and the reason to route through that park. Hotels: Ideally I would like to stay in the city centers of Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Hiroshima. I would be looking for comfortable, clean, private (secure) accommodations. Doesn’t have to be luxurious, or spacious. These pod hotels, even if bathroom showers are shared? It is possible to get under a $100, or $75 a night? Transportation: Renting a Car vs the duration. Vs. relying on Trains? Does one come in significantly cheaper then the other? Even considering the parking in overnight cities? Considering the routing I want to do, does one make more sense then the other. Convenience of having a lockable trunk, vs. checking bags between destinations. Difficulty driving vs. train transfers. Really cost though… is one significantly more expensive and difficult then the other? I have a pretty good sense of direction and adventure. Again, I have no understanding of Japanese, so figure to be struggling through both options. Maybe less on the roads, I am a confident driver and enjoy driving. If any of the above seems way off or naive. Please all ideas- feedback welcome. This is all seriously just schematic at this point. I am all over the place. This is the grandest scheme I have. But also considering 5-hike of Chillkoot Trail or 7-day bike ride of Great Allegheny Passage instead. (Neither including roller coasters) At this juncture, Airfare looks about $2500. Ideally, I would like to keep the rest of the expenses under $5000. Possible and able achieve all the above, with sacrificing comfort/convenience? Thank you! And have a nice holiday. -K
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