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Hello Fantastic Friends and Valuable Big Mike Readers!!!

 

 

Today is the day Big Mike looks forward to every year!

 

Having survived a long off season of no coaster riding, it is time to debut the:

 

Big Mike Road Show 2012 World Tour Schedule

AND

2012 Opening Day Scorecard

 

 

Big Mike Productions puts a lot of effort into making 100% sure that Big Mike's coaster count of 1109 Coasters Ridden and 355 Parks Visited so far in dead on perfect, and they also put the same pin point accuracy in finding every single park and every single coaster out there in the USA that Big Mike still needs to visit and ride!

 

 

Understandably, Big Mike searches out every kind of coaster, the kiddies, the powered, the mountain, the water, you name it, if it says "coaster", Big Mike is including it in his search because there is no way that Big Mike can be a Certified Coaster Collector unless he hits absolutely everything!!!

 

Big Mike will travel to every inch of the United States, to every little rinky dinky park, all in the name of being the best and to bring it all back for the Valuable Big Mike Readers to see!

 

 

This year's Big Mike Road Show World Tour Schedule has been 4 months in the planning stages, and like years past (2008 - 105 parks visited, 2009 - 95 parks visited, 2010 - Season cancelled due to Dad's death, 2011- 85 parks visited), Big Mike is shooting to break a new all time Big Mike Road Show record with 115 park visits, which would put a 4 year average of 100 park visits a year!!!

 

 

Just for a fun experiment, after reading the next two Big Mike parks and coasters needed charts, post which ones that you have already visited and rode and see if anyone can even reach 7 of the parks or 15 of the coasters, Big Mike would be impressed

 

 

The first order of business today is to show everyone all the parks in the USA that has at least one coaster that Big Mike has never visited yet!

 

There are 34 of these parks now left as Big Mike nailed quite a few last year! Here they are:

 

 

 

2012 - Parks With Coasters Still Needed Left in the USA to Visit: 34

 

Blackbeards in California

Boomers in California

Fun Towne at Micke Grove in California

Funderland in California

Happy Hollow in California

Kiwanis Kiddieland in California

Rotary Storyland in California

 

Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado

 

Cobra Adventure Park in Florida

Sam's Fun City in Florida

 

Grady's Family Fun Park in Illinois

Santa's Village AZOOsement Park in Illinois

 

Kiddieland in Kansas

 

Celebration Station in Louisiana

Dixie Landing in Louisiana

 

Wisp Resort in Maryland

 

Kokomo's Family Fun Center in Michigan

 

Paul Bunyan Land in Minnesota

Spirit Mountain in Minnesota

 

Brookhaven Exchange Club Park in Mississippi

 

Attitash Ski Resort in New Hampshire

Cranmore Mountain Resort in New Hampshire

 

Adventure Center in New York

Holiday Valley in New York

 

Deadwood in North Carolina

Super Slide Amusement Park in North Dakota

 

I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio

 

Jeremy Reid in Oklahoma

 

O.D Pavillion & Amusement Park in South Carolina

 

Galveston Island in Texas

 

Remlinger Farms in Washington

 

Bay Beach Amusement Park in Wisconsin

Knuckleheads in Wisconsin

Little Amerricka in Wisconsin

 

 

 

The 2nd order of business today is every single coaster that is left for Big Mike to ride in the United States!

 

Big Mike had this number down to 57 from 111 last year, but with new additions during the latter half of 2011 and brand new additions in 2012, we start the season needing 84, which is the best starting point ever!!!

 

 

 

2012 - Coasters Still Needed to Ride Left in the USA: 84

 

X-Coaster at Magic Springs in Arkansas

 

Roller Coaster at Blackbeards in California

Miners Mike at Boomers El Cajon in California

Roller Coaster at Fun Towne at Micke Grove in California

Flying Dragon at Funderland in California

Pacific Fruit Express at Happy Hollow in California

Go Gator at Kiwanis Kiddieland in California

Roller Coaster at Rotary Storyland in California

Green Lantern: First Flight at Magic Mountain in California

Road Runner Express at Magic Mountain in California

Manta at Sea World in California

Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California

Dragon at Traintown in California

 

Cliffhanger at Glenwood Caverns in Colorado

Wild West Express Coaster at Glenwood Caverns in Colorado

Cyclone at Lakeside in Colorado

Dragon at Lakeside in Colorado

Gold Runner Coaster at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado

 

Dragon Wagon at Cobra Adventure Park in Florida

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida

Kiddie Coaster at Fun Spot in Florida

Miner Mike at Sam's Fun City in Florida

 

Hangman at Wild Adventures in Georgia

Swamp Thing at Wild Adventures in Georgia

Viking Voyage at Wild Adventures in Georgia

 

Dragon Wagon at Gradys Family Fun Park in Illinois

Dragon Coaster at Santa's Village AZOOsement Park in Illinois

Little Dipper at Six Flags Great America in Illinois

X-Flight at Six Flags Great America in Illinois

 

Roller Coaster at Kiddieland in Kansas

 

Miner Mike at Celebration Station in Louisiana

Galaxi at Dixie Landin in Louisiana

Loco Loco at Dixie Landin in Louisiana

Ragin Cajun at Dixie Landin in Louisiana

Xtreme at Dixie Landin in Louisiana

 

Apocolypse at Six Flags America in Maryland

Alpine Coaster at Wisp Resort in Maryland

 

Goliath at Six Flags New England in Massachusetts

 

Serpent at Kokomos in Michigan

Thunderhawk at Michigan's Adventure in Michigan

 

Roller Coaster at Paul Bunyan Land in Minnesota

Timber Twister at Spirit Mountain in Minnesota

Cosmic Coaster at ValleyFair in Minnesota

 

All American Coaster at Brookhaven Exchange in Mississipi

 

Prowler at Worlds of Fun in Missouri

 

Nor'Eastern Mountain Coaster at Attitash Mountain Resort in New Hampshire

Cranmore Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain Resort in New Hampshire

 

Wacky Worm at Gillian's Funland in New Jersey

Fiesta Express at Gillian's Wonderland Pier in New Jersey

 

Nor'Easter Mountain Coaster at Adventure Center in New York

Mountain Coaster at Hidden Valley in New York

Soaring Eagle at Scream Zone in New York

 

Dinosaur Canyon at Deadwood in North Carolina

 

Runaway Train at Super Slide Amusement Park in North Dakota

 

Crazy Mouse at I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio

Dragon Wagon at I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio

Orient Express at I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio

Wacky Worm at I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Ohio

 

Little Fire Ball at Kiddie Park in Oklahoma

Steel Lasso at Frontier City in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Land Run at Jeremy Reid in Oklahoma

 

Go Gator at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania

Stinger at Dorney Park in Pennsylvania

Sky Rush at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania

Sky Rocket at Kennywood in Pennsylvania

Flying Turns at Knoebels in Pennsylvania

Black Diamond at Knoebels in Pennsylvania

 

American Flyer at O.D Pavillion & Amusement Park in South Carolina

 

Wild Eagle at Dollywood in Tennessee

Choo Choo Express at Sir Gooneys in Tennessee

 

Iron Shark at Galveston Island in Texas

Miner Mike at Zuma Fun Center in Texas

 

Bombora at Lagoon in Utah

 

Verbolton at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia

 

Mine Twister at Remlinger Farms in Washington

Dragon at Riverfront Park in Washington

 

Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Wisconsin

Miner Mike at Knuckleheads in Wisconsin

Little Dipper at Little Americka in Wisconsin

Mad Mouse at Little Americka in Wisconsin

Meteor at Little Americka in Wisconsin

Wild & Wooly Tobaggon at Little Americka in Wisconsin

Hades at Mount Olympus in Wisconsin

Opa at Mount Olympus in Wisconsin

 

 

 

Coasters Denied to Ride:

 

Wildcat at Funland in Arkansas

Cactus Coaster at Elitch Gardens in Colorado

Kiddie Coaster at Lakeside in Colorado

Blue Flash at John Ivers in Indiana

Sooper Jet at Trimper's Rides in Maryland

Go Gator at Rt 66 Carousel Park in Missouri

Go Gator at Fun Plex in Nebraska

Miner Mike at Adventuredome in Nevada

Brain Teaser at Darien Lake in New York

Little Dipper at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania

Speedy Gonzalez at Family Kingdom in South Carolina

Go Gator at Noah's Ark in Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

Now, the moment everyone has been waiting for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

THE OFFICIAL BIG MIKE ROAD SHOW 2012 WORLD TOUR SCHEDULE:

 

* All public appearances are subject to change. All cancellations will be announced as soon as possible. Check back to the Big Mike Road Show thread, Big Mike's Facebook page (Big-Mike Betzler), or Big Mike's Twitter account (bigmikeroadshow) for up to the minute park arrival times and schedule changes. Although Big Mike's sole purpose is to collect coasters and produce trip reports, Big Mike welcomes visits and meet ups, photo ops and autographs are free of charge and encouraged, and a coaster ride together can always be accommodated!

 

 

Feb 4-11 = Cancun Mexico to search for unknown coasters

 

March 30th - I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Cleveland Ohio

 

April 20-28 - Southern California (Many parks, exact schedule coming soon)

 

May 5th - Wooden Warrior Day at Quassy Amusement Park

 

May 18-19 - Cedar Point Spring Conference

 

May 25-28 - Wisconsin Dells, Green Bay, Chicago area coasters

 

June 8th - Coaster Madness at Dorney Park

 

June 9th - ACE Dives at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

 

June 30th - Rush to the Sky at Hershey Park

 

July 4-14 - Northern California (Many parks, exact schedule coming soon)

 

July 27-29 - TPR Leviathon Meet Up Bash at Canada's Wonderland

 

Month of August open for all coasters needed locally (See bottom of schedule)

 

Aug 31-Sept 3 - Michigan area coasters

 

Sept 7-22 - TPR China Trip (Many parks, exact schedule coming soon)

 

Oct 6th - Phoenix Phall Phunfest at Knoebels

 

Nov 3-10 - Dominican Republic to search for unknown coasters

 

Jan 11-19 2013 - Orlando Florida (Many Parks, exact schedule coming soon)

 

Local parks for month of August or with any free time that are a must hit in 2012:

 

Weekend trip down the whole Jersey coast for Megan collecting time

Six Flags America

Wisp Mountain

Six Flags New England

Attitash Mountain Resort

Cranmore Mountain Resort

Adventure Center

Hidden Valley

Coney Island

Kennywood

 

 

That is everything folks!

 

 

Big Mike plans to move this schedule to the front page on The Big Mike Road Show thread as soon as we give away the free 1 week condo stay in the Big Mike Reader of the Year Contest so that everyone can find it nice and easy!

 

 

Lastly, Big Mike could not, no matter how hard he tried, put his excel spreadsheet of every coaster ridden into this post. Every time it came up all mixed up.

 

Any Valuable Big Mike Reader that would like to have Big Mike's OFFICIAL COASTER SUPER STAT SHEET can post your email in this thread and Big Mike will email you the whole file which includes, all parks visited, the date of each last visit to that park, all the coasters ridden and needed for that park, ect ect. It is a must have for the die hard Big Mike fan!

 

 

SUPER EXCITING BIG BONUS BONANZA NEWS!!! - Big Mike has quietly been mass producing large amounts of Official Big Mike Road Show goodies, and in 2012, Big Mike will carry in 5 of "Big Mike's Big Bonus Bonanza Bags" into each park visit and the first 5 people to spot Big Mike and come up and take a picture with him will get the bags!!! Big Mike would like to have a picture of every Valuable Big Mike Reader he met in 2012 for a special year end super update!

 

 

Hope everyone enjoyed the stat sheets, the schedule, and the new surprise, and I hope to see everyone out there on the road sometime during 2012 with the beautiful Megan by my side!

 

 

Peace, Big Mike

 

 

PS - Don't forget, follow the whole 2012 Big Mike Road Show season with this nice and neat Episode Guide and enter the 2012 SUPER EPIC CONTEST to win a FREE 2013 SEASON PASS!!! The contest is SOOOOOOO EASY and all of it can be found at this very important link: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1138984#p1138984

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Ohh looks like I have a couple chances to meet the big man this year. I had the opportunity last year (at the NE trip dinner at the hotel) but I was shy then. This year not so shy.

 

Hopefully when you take Megan down the Jersey shore, I'll be able to meet up with you As well. I've been wanting to do that for ages.

 

Email is nlforst at yahoo dot com I can't wait to see this spreadsheet.

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Just for a fun experiment, after reading the next two Big Mike parks and coasters needed charts, post which ones that you have already visited and rode and see if anyone can even reach 7 of the parks or 15 of the coasters, Big Mike would be impressed

 

I can claim none of your missing parks and only five of your missing coasters (unless you count Goliath at SFNE and DejaVu at SFMM as the same).

 

Green Lantern: First Flight at Magic Mountain in California

Road Runner Express at Magic Mountain in California

Cyclone at Lakeside in Colorado

Dragon at Lakeside in Colorado

Kiddie Coaster at Lakeside in Colorado

 

How did you manage to get on Wild Chipmunk at Lakeside and miss the other coasters?

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Hey Big Mike! As you saw on my Mikey's Mini thread, I am defintiely on the same track as you are! So here's my list of parks/coasters that i have that you haven't yet:

 

Parks:

1) Cobra Adventure Park - 2006

2) Sam's Fun City - 2010

3) Grady's Family Fun Park - 2009

4) Celebration Station - 2010

5) Dixie Landing - 2010

6) Kokomo's Family Fun Center - 2011

7) Brookhaven Exchange Club Park - 2011

8) O.D. Pavillion - 2011

9) Knucklehead's -2009

10) Little Amerricka - 2009

 

Coasters:

1) X- Coaster

2) Dragon Wagon (Cobra)

3) Miner Mike (Sam's)

4) Hangman

5) Swamp Thing

6) Viking Voyage

7) Dragon Wagon (Grady's) - This one took some convincing.

8) Little Dipper (SFGAM)

9) Miner Mike (CS)

10) Galaxi

11) Loco Loco

12) Ragin Cajun

13) Xtreme

14) Cosmic Coaster

15) All American Coaster

16) Wack Worm (Gillians)

17) Fiesta Express (GIllians)

18) Soaring Eagle

19) Dinosaur Canyon

20) Steel Lasso

21) Sky Rocket

22) American Flyer

23) Miner Mike (Zuma)

24) Miner MIke (Knuckle)

25) Little Dipper (Little Am)

26) Mad Mouse

27) Meteor

28) Wild and Wooly Toboggan

29) Hades

30) Opa

 

31) Wildcat (Funland) - took 3 visits

32) Cactus Coaster

33) Sooper Jet - rode with a kid i did not know

34) Miner Mike (Adventuredome) - got this only because I knew the manager

35) Brain Teaser

36) Little Dipper (Conneaut)

37) Speedy Gonzalez - took 2 visits and a talk with management

38) Go Gator (NA) - talked to a supervisor

 

Wow, I must be your younger brother from another mother .

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Hey Big Mike! As you saw on my Mikey's Mini thread, I am defintiely on the same track as you are! So here's my list of parks/coasters that i have that you haven't yet:

 

Parks:

1) Cobra Adventure Park - 2006

2) Sam's Fun City - 2010

3) Grady's Family Fun Park - 2009

4) Celebration Station - 2010

5) Dixie Landing - 2010

6) Kokomo's Family Fun Center - 2011

7) Brookhaven Exchange Club Park - 2011

8) O.D. Pavillion - 2011

9) Knucklehead's -2009

10) Little Amerricka - 2009

 

Coasters:

1) X- Coaster

2) Dragon Wagon (Cobra)

3) Miner Mike (Sam's)

4) Hangman

5) Swamp Thing

6) Viking Voyage

7) Dragon Wagon (Grady's) - This one took some convincing.

8) Little Dipper (SFGAM)

9) Miner Mike (CS)

10) Galaxi

11) Loco Loco

12) Ragin Cajun

13) Xtreme

14) Cosmic Coaster

15) All American Coaster

16) Wack Worm (Gillians)

17) Fiesta Express (GIllians)

18) Soaring Eagle

19) Dinosaur Canyon

20) Steel Lasso

21) Sky Rocket

22) American Flyer

23) Miner Mike (Zuma)

24) Miner MIke (Knuckle)

25) Little Dipper (Little Am)

26) Mad Mouse

27) Meteor

28) Wild and Wooly Toboggan

29) Hades

30) Opa

 

31) Wildcat (Funland) - took 3 visits

32) Cactus Coaster

33) Sooper Jet - rode with a kid i did not know

34) Miner Mike (Adventuredome) - got this only because I knew the manager

35) Brain Teaser

36) Little Dipper (Conneaut)

37) Speedy Gonzalez - took 2 visits and a talk with management

38) Go Gator (NA) - talked to a supervisor

 

Wow, I must be your younger brother from another mother .

 

My list is small since I don`t go to very many amusment parks except Dollywood:

Parks:2

1.Magic Kingdom(I went here when I was 2 or 3 so I couldn`t ride any of the roller coasters.)

2.Dollywood

Roller Coasters:

1.Blazing Fury

2.Veggietales Sideshow Spin

3.Thunderhead

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Roller Coaster at Fun Towne at Micke Grove in California

Flying Dragon at Funderland in California

I can't remember for sure if I've gotten these coasters, but I know I've been to these parks when I was like, 5!

 

July 4-14 - Northern California (Many parks, exact schedule coming soon)

If I could, I'd totally want to meet the big man at the above parks or one of the others! Since I can't remember if I got the above credits ever, I want to hit them up at some point just to make sure!

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Hold up... is the big man finally coming all the way out to the middle of nowhere and getting that last credit at Michigan's Adventure? Color me excited! Once you have your schedule set-in-stone for that trip, let me know. I'm able to take a weekend day off that weekend, and the wife and I might be able to spend the day at the park with you. If not, well, I'll be there working anyway, so I can at least catch up with you and say hi.

 

-Jon "Big Mike's finally coming to my slice of paradise " Roost

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I have the Black Diamond credit, and I'm sure everyone wants the Flying turns credit. (LOL!)

 

Kennywood is our home park, so we have the Sky Rocket credit. Would love to meet up with you when you come to PIttsburgh if possible! Maybe even go to Dels' restaurant (?)

 

Oh and lock me in for 2 duckies.

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