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Here are photos from my recent trip out west. Enjoy.

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And I thought X Scream was bad... this is just plain wrong!!

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Again... ewwww!

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OK tower ride, GREAT view.

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Speaking of... that's just plain wrong. I think I will count it as a credit just due to the mental stress it induced

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It kinda looks like X-Scream's track now!

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bummer, a missed credit.

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Yes, the Stratosphere Tower - the catalyst for a spike in Depends sales at the north end of the strip.

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That can only be taken from one place...

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This is where we ate dinner later that evening, I think it was at Mandalay Bay

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lol, Hooters - where I put my meat in some chick's hand.

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I haven't been to NYC in almost 10 years, this is as close as it can get I guess

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The Strip.

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Staying at the Monte Carlo meant we were close to Manhattan Express!!

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Monte Carlo had it all. Boobs for me and Robb, great food court for Elissa.

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lol - balls.

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Some of the worst McDonald's service ever. (accomplishment!)

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Finally, Desperado! We took 4 rides, three in the back, one here in the front (which kicked our asses). Still a pretty good ride to me.

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Too bad the boat ride had a huge line, I would have liked to ride it, especially with the effects working

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This one was incredibly lame

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Next stop: Buffalo Bill's on a Saturday night!

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This was actually the only kiddie coaster I rode all week

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The Tilt was pretty craptacular

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Pretty much just drops and turns, but its pretty big for a portable

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It's sorta fun, I guess

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First stop - credit run!!

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"Staying at the Monte Carlo meant we were close to Manhattan Express!!" (ParkTrips)

 

You say that like it's a good thing...

 

But, nice TR. I was in Las Vegas in March and stopped by that Hooter's. Good times...

 

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...more...

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On the way back to Santa Clarita, we passed the awesome abandoned waterpark again... sad.

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Since I don't have any photos of Derek to post, here is one *FOR* Derek.

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Well, if they fail, at least it could probably make for another roller coaster CSI when it crashes into the street...

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Kinda weird to be able to walk across track.. but you can't stand there when operating in case the station breaks fail! :shock:

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The launch was pretty sweet, and the ride delivered a good bit of fun. It's probably the best ride in town to me.

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So I finally get my one chance to experience the legedary Premier restraints...

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There is still one more major credit to get in Vegas... Speed!

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The tower ride was one of their latest additions, but we did not ride

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Inverters suck, but at least you get to see part of what the 'dome has to offer

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I would not ride this one... only due to hieght limitations ;-)

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The corkscrews were taken at insane speeds! I still liked it though, the ride wasn't too bad.

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Now due up to bat: Carolina Cyclone West

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There is a coaster in there... two, really!

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yay for funky malls!

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Perhaps my favorite hotel on the Strip, only because of the kickass sign! I watched it for like 10 minutes and even took video of it.. it's just beyond awesome.

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We didnt go into Treasure Island, but I thought it looked very cool on the outside

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Actually, the funky heartline thing was ok

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So, it wasn't very smooth for the most part, but I didn't think it was the worst coaster in the wotld as many do.. still, it's down there for me

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yup, we got to test out the new trains. Apparently, they don't do much better than the old

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What a wake-up call!

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... continuing ...

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And finally, we are in need of a dorky coaster photo, so why not do so with the best ride in the park?

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yeah, we also did Jaguar! which was cool but not quite up to MOA's version

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Overall, I'd say its a lot like Talon, which I also liked. Not the best B&M Invert, but still a great ride that is better than most out there. Probably a 'B-' ride

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Weee!!!

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It's almost as good as having a photo of Derek to grace my PTR

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The well-placed cobra roll..

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Aaah, Sliver Bullet, the park's latest roller coaster, an oft-lamented B&M Invert

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Again, parts of the park are still kickass.

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The cool darkride thing that we chose to skip with a huge line, oh well, there will be a next time for me

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Perhaps the worst Boomerang I have done.

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The water was running, but the ride was closed. I wouldn't have ridden anyways, but as far as the whole Knott's stereotype goes, I think this was the only ride we saw closed

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I feel like I am home.

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mmm... mags

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The overbanks and stuff weren't as pointless as I would have expected, no moreso than a bunny hill

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It's go-time!

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It has some of the coolest trains I heve ever seen

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I can finally say I've been on all the US rockets, and only Storm Runner tops Xcelerator IMO

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Crowds and our hosts kept us off the famous log flume on this visit =(

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GhostRider ran pretty rough, but was still fairly enjoyable.

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Old part of the park, NOT Cedar Fair-ized yet...

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Surely this is the park's signature shot...

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I love Cedar Fair!

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The longest line of the day was the kiddie coaster, even with three abreast at times!! We had to get Rich his credit

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Batman, still kicking ass more than a decade later

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It makes sense that Joey's old ride can't get it up...

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Deja Vu just got 100x cooler... and horray!! I finally got my credit

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Poor Orient Express, soo overshadowed

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Never-before-seen

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Thursday morning brought us a chance to get a head start on the party and pick up some credits

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Once we got back, Rich flew in! Happy Birthday Rich!!

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Last batch, I hope you enjoyed.

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That's all, I'm pounding it good-bye! I hope you enjoyed.

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Downtown Indianapolis, for those who couldn't tell by the first shot

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Unfortunately I had a connecting flight, but YAY for a new airport credit.

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awww... bye bye SoCal! I'll miss you and some of your inhabitants!!

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I thoroughly enjoyed my first TPR Party

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Random picture from the party where Derek pulls a quick move..

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yea, that's the Fastpass line

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There it is, in all its tamed glory!!

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Down we go..

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SEE! Very sad.

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This hurts me inside.

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More Tatsu, you just can never get enough.

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I never said my photos were unique..

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Anyone find it funny that the sign looks rusted and kinda nasty?

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At least Casey (and Gisco's Hot Daughter and Jim) got to ride Canyon Blaster

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DENIED!! (in the lamest situation ever)

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me = happy to be on Goliath Ryan = dazed and confused evan = cut off ::sad::

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I love that hellix

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Casey and Derek conquer lame Goliath

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Finally, a picture of Derek!!! So.. who's boobs are better, Derek's or mine? If you know the answer, email dan!!

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this is why you shouldn't let Ryan hold your camera..

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Yay, Ninja was open on Saturday!! I love Ninja

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Simply awesome.

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It doesn't go up much further..

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lol both Batman and Riddler's were stuck on the lift at the same time

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To some, this is the Valley of Death!!

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I DID patronize Tatsu, 4 times in fact. Great ride.

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I did not patronize the Arrow corner this trip =

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Tatsu shots never get old.

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OMG OMG OMG

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"What do you mean I'm supposed to stand-up??"

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Yet another shot that I found that no one else has

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More Tatsu!!

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yet another annoying SFMM pre-opening show, but unlike April, the crowd didn't seem to buy into it as much

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Great photos, Joe. Although those shots of Xcelerator make me cringe. They need to paint that thing desperately; the supports almost look white!

 

I'm really disappointed you didn't die on this trip.

 

You say that to everybody any time they go anywhere.

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SFMM's Deja Vu also needs painted... a lot. The paint is all chipped and you can see the light-colored primer underneath.

 

SFGAm painted Deja Vu in the off season two years ago. Why didn't SFMM? Oh wait, that's a rhetorical question. SFMM never does things that make sense (except for building Tatsu).

 

Anyway, nice TR! I really enjoyed the photos.

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It needed more pics of Derek and a video of paper filing, but this Photo TR does entertain.

 

I haven't been to Vegas in a long time. Mary hates it, but she has a conference there next spring, so we'll be going then. Time to load up on 99 cent shrimp cocktails!

 

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I'm really disappointed you didn't die on this trip.

At least Mike almost died when he got hit by a car

 

 

Thanks to the rest of you, I'm glad I didn't disappoint Dave this time, and give him hell Nicole!!

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