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  1. Question for the SFGADV locals- is there a specific car or seat on Zumanjaro that is least likely to soil your clothes? I visited last season and rode twice (don’t remember which vehicles) and my pants and jacket were covered in KK grease. Was able to remove it with dish soap, but would prefer to avoid having stained clothes for the remainder of the day! How has the parks been on Saturdays? We are planning to visit at opening and stay for a few rides on KK and Toro and one lap on Nitro, mine train, and Bizarro. We have diamond memberships w/ one-use flashpasses, so I don’t think we’ll need a full flashpass for a 3-4 hour visit. Is this a reasonable assumption? Also, does anyone know if membership-related single-use flashpasses can be picked up at the express flashpass booth near Dejavu? Thanks!
  2. Looks great! Can't wait to check it out in person this summer.
  3. Robb and Elissa, thanks for continuing to post updates through email, social media, and TPR. We can tell from your updates that Jack and his family are very close to you and your family! Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack and his family during this difficult time. I've gone ahead and donated $25 to start. As many of you know, I am in the process of clearing out room in my house and am selling a TON of amusement park merchandise, KNEX, LEGO, and miscellaneous items. What I'm able to do is donate 20% of my eBay sales to Jack's GoFundMe page for orders from TPR members. This way, members who have already donated can contribute a little bit more by purchasing items for their coaster collection. When ordering an item through the Amusement Collection eBay store, please send me a message stating that you are a TPR member so that I know to mark your order for donation. We feel that this is a great way to continue adding to Jack's GoFundMe page, while also clearing out room in our home as quickly as possible! Jack's GoFundMe Page: https://www.gofundme.com/jackcrouse Amusement Collection eBay Store: http://stores.ebay.com/Amusement-Collection
  4. Wow! I didn't realize this existed. I have to admit that at first glance I thought this was a zombie event. Great photos and coverage.
  5. What are everyone's thoughts on how impactful this ride will be to Dollywood? Obviously it will be a hit, like any new coaster. But does this have the potential to do for Dollywood what Millennium Force did for Cedar Point? Nonetheless, I'm excited to check this one out!
  6. Maybe they'll attach the headset to a heavy-duty padded helmet to eat up some of the headbanging?
  7. Maybe it's just a matter of coming up with a better way to vet people out prior to the tours...? I would imagine that the tours were a good chunk of your profit from the overall site/club. I'd hate to see loyal members miss out on top-notch tours just because a good portion of the coaster community breaks park rules and is disrespectful to the site owners. For a lot of coaster enthusiasts, your tours are the simplest way to experience international parks. I'd love to see it come back. As a long time member of the site (mostly reading), it'll be sad to not see the fun tour updates throughout the year. All the best,
  8. It amazes me that KI still offers early morning ride time for season pass holders after all these years. Great customer service and incentive to buy a pass!
  9. Skyhawk looks like a pretty solid addition to Canada's Wonderland. Hopefully we'll see more of these rides pop up at other CF parks in future years.
  10. ^Thunderhawk at night is definitely on my to-do list. The Beast is always great at night, but the slow 2nd lift on a cold night can be a bit of a letdown.
  11. The Joker looks awesome all around- sweet logo and cool color scheme with the different track colors. I hope this one's as much of a knockout as the other RMC's have been! It'll definitely shake up the Northern California market.
  12. I'm looking forward to hearing what they're doing to the Legend. Maybe banking the turns so that it rides better/ doesn't lose as much speed in low-banked sections?
  13. I'm in the process of cleaning out the coaster closet and am selling all park maps that are unique, keychains, and patches rather than tossing everything. I'd like to see everything end up with people who will enjoy these items rather than throw them away, since I no longer have the room. I'm not going to spam Robb and Elisa's site with links to ebay pages, but I wanted to spread the word that I am selling items. You can do ebay searches for maps, keychains, and patches to find most of my items or just PM me if there is something specific that you are looking for that I may not have posted on ebay yet. I literally have rubbermaids full of park maps and other merchandise that I will be selling over the next two months. Short sampling of maps: -Geauga Lake closing year map -mid 90's Disney maps -Pretty much any midwest park from 2007-2009 -A lot of SFGAM maps
  14. I have a ton of coaster merchandise (rubbermaids full) that I'm trying to sell on ebay over the next two months. I have a decent collection of patches from the mid-2000's that may interest some on this forum. Below is a full list of the patches that I'm willing to part with. Feel free to reply back or PM me if any of these interest you. -Knoebels Phoenix -Boulder Dash -Hades (text only, no logo) -Raven -Raptor -Millennium Force -Worlds of Fun -Griffon -Voyage -Legend -Shivering Timbers -Magnum XL 200 -Mamba -Twister at Knoebels -Tsunami at Clementon Park -J2 at Clementon Park -Timber Wolf at Worlds of Fun -Kennywood -Opryland -Top Gun (generic, no specific park) I also have some rare pins for those interested, such as Hercules at Dorney Park and Orient Express at WOF.
  15. The backside of the Jurassic Park restaurant/ museum that faces the lake in the center of the park is a good place to make a phone call or relax.
  16. Thanks for the additional advice. I had been to the park in 2007 and 2008 and both times the Oil Derrick was closed. For me the main reason going to the park is to ride Texas Giant, so hopefully the lines won't get too long. Either way, we can always queue up another ride on the flashpass while waiting.
  17. Thanks for the info!! Can you buy flashpass prior to park opening or do you have to wait for the chain drop to get to the flashpass building? I've never done flashpass, but I know at SFGAM you have to get it after opening.
  18. Jason Herrera is a self proclaimed safety expert who's daytime job is hotel management... There was a radio interview a few years ago where they just rip him apart.
  19. I'm looking for some info on what to expect line-wise on a Sunday in July at the park. First, I'll put out the disclaimer that I understand that lines vary depending on weather, special events, day of week, etc and that there's really no perfect formula for predicting lines. However, I believe that for people who frequent the park often, they could provide me with a good estimate for what Sundays in July are like based off of experience. I'd like to know the worst case scenario for a typical July Sunday. We are planning on buying Gold Flashpasses and are really most concerned about the Texas Giant line since we can't use the Flashpass on that. One person in our group hasn't been to the park before, so he will want to ride all of the coasters (including the Coyote coaster). Also, does anyone know how big of a difference the wait time is for Gold compared to Platinum? I know they mentioned that Platinum is a 90% reduction in time, but no numerical values are given for Gold. Any help is appreciated.
  20. They were working on this when I was up there in 2010. The park is really unique. There's a lake/ lagoon in the middle and rides around that. The area is over run with trees and located right by the body of water that separates Maine from Nova Scotia. From the top of one of the rides the beach looked like it was loaded with mud and large boulders. It's really reasonably priced and there was barely anyone there when we went in the middle of the summer. I've never been out of North America, but from the videos I've seen, the park (mostly the wood coaster) reminded me of Oakwood. From what I remember, they were building a zipline over the park's main lagoon. They had signs advertising the ziplines all over the park. Hopefully this addition will help them get better attendance. The park seemed kind of bare when I went, even for a more family oriented park. I'd definitely check it out if you're in the mood to spend more time driving than riding rides and doing trip activities. I also think the ferries going to the port by the park had been cancelled or were at really bad times.
  21. It's good to hear that they're adding something to the Nashville area. I had the chance of going to Opryland a few times as a kid. My extended family down in Tennessee have been talking about getting a new amusement park ever since Opryland closed. I guess there always seemed to be some sort of park development in the works, but none of the proposals ever seemed very legitimate. I'm sure people in the area will be very happy that there is something new for them to do year round. I do really like the idea of a year round park, even if they don't have any roller coasters of spinning rides. It's good that they're starting out with family attractions in mind, rather than building huge roller coasters.
  22. Very much agree! And about Mexico...well, at some point, we'll get enough of us together, get the Kidnapping Insurance, armed escorts, and go for it! (Only half kidding) If you guys do a Mexico trip the same way you've done all your other trips (nice hotels, coach bus, good restaurants), it'll be safe. One of the Mexico City parks has armed security with shotguns outside their gates. If you do the water challenge there, you might want to use bottled water. I'm excited to see how the cyclone is with the topper track. I only got a chance to ride it once and don't remember much from that. Overall the park has a really good selection of rides and really doesn't really have any bad coasters. Even their family coaster is unique. Can't wait to ride this (and DareDevil Dive) in the future.
  23. I drive between Des Moines and Chicago about once every month and have really never seen any traffic except for the crossing at the Mississippi when everyone at Iowa State and University of Iowa are headed home for spring break or winter break. So I agree with KCForce that the Iowa route is probably better. As far as choosing parks, if you plan on driving to Texas at any point, then I agree you should do WOF instead of Silver Dollar City. It's easier to group parks that are nearby so that you don't have to add a "remote" park to a future trip. Overall I think it sounds like a pretty solid trip. I'd definitely consider doing Adventureland on that wednesday. Also, when you're really bored driving through Iowa, maybe stop at the I-80 truck stop. They advertise it as the world's largest, but I don't think it really is.
  24. The problem you will have with adding Silver Dollar City is that it's really tough to do in just one day unless you get there the night before and are there right at opening and stay until close. There's so much to do at the park and you'll want to take your time to check out the different shops, food, and crafts-people. There's a lot to do at that park besides roller coasters (and rides). If you do choose to add this park, I'd suggest planning two days there. Also make sure you do your research on the hotel you are staying at, because there are a lot of low quality hotels in that area.
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