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Hello Everybody!

 

I just wanted to share some pictures and notes with you of my family vacation/parks tour. So far we have visited Canada's Wonderland as well as Waldameer. Soon to come are Kennywood and Cedar Point.

 

Canada's Wonderland

Let me start by saying Canada's Wonderland and Toronto were AMAZING. The park is very well kept, has a great array of rides and LOTS of trees! The park staff was friendly and they seemed to have a grasp on the crowds. Behemoth was a lot of fun, but I wasn't terribly impressed. It was a bit rough at times and, just really wasn't anything over the top of other B&M hypers. I'm not disappointed by any means. Also, I thought the Italian Job... er... BL:SC was a bit boring without any of the effects working. Otherwise, the park was great. The shows were not yet playing, but there is another few weeks of school up in Ontario. We had a $20 CAD buffet at the Marketplace, which was OUTSTANDING. Prime Rib, Peel & Eat Shrimp, amazing desserts, etc. I did not have a chance to photograph every ride, but I did take pictures of the ones that stuck out in my mind or ones I rode.

 

I will write about Waldameer when I post my pictures in the next few days. Thanks for reading!

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Sign right outside main entrance.

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Come on inside, and see what Wonderland has to offer.

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A TPR Heaven! (My heaven anyways)

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Victoria Falls, in season there is a High Dive show on these falls

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Some have SIX flags, CW has MORE flags!

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Even MORE flags!

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Pretty good theming at this park :)

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There ARE Canadian Geese in Canada, here's proof!

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Backlot Stunt Coaster, basically IJ:ST sans effects.

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The Bat. Fun Corkscrew with an Arrow train

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Too bad it's not a Pepsi Oasis. It would be *free* (ok I miss HW)

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Dragon Fire was ok, I thought CP's Corkscrew was a bit smoother.

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The infamous new name

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IMO No different than other SLC's

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Crossover.

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The Fly's Lift and 1st Drop

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The Fly's main section

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Boring ride. Only redeeming feature was traversing through the slide towers

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Home of true coaster pain

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OUCH! It HURT!

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The mountain in Sky Rider's Loop

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Thunder Run. Very Short, but fun, ride.

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Exit tunnel for Thunder Run. CREEPY

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The lift on Timewarp. I feel sad for the riders' backs it is about to destroy

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Best shot of Wild Beast I have

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The lift

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Wild Beast Train

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Vortex! The best Suspended Coaster I've ridden.

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the lift... away into the mountain

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Vortex Lift Chain Driver, in the station

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Sledge Hammer. A bizare ride.

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The Rage. A smaller swinging ship.

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Riptide. a double top spin

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The water SOAKED the riders.

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Psyclone. Like a mini Maxxair or Delirium, shorter cycle too.

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"Drop Tower" How original.

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Nightmares. A variation on round up.

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BEHEMOTH!

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The entrance of Behemoth...through local horticulture

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More Behemoth

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3 Coasters in 1.

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Down...Down...DOWN! It's a really awesome drop!

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Airtime action!

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Behemoth behind Mine Buster

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Behemoth...on the lake! First drop.

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Behemoth from the entrance road

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Behemoth's Helix

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Behemoth Queue Entrance

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That's me bringing Purdue Pride to Vaughn, Ontario

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We're in Canada, Eh?

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Waldameer Park

 

This place is awesome! It has the charm of a little old park, much like Indiana Beach, but it has a WORLD CLASS woodie, Ravine Flyer II and Lake Erie. What more could someone ask for? What's that? Free parking and admission? Okay, they have that too, and even a water park. Or if you are a fan of the all-day one price admission, there is a combo water and theme park pass for only $21.95. It's a steal. Souvenir Drink cups for $5? It's simply Nirvana. Ravine Flyer II was one of my most favorite wooden coasters. I cam in with high expectations having LOVED Hades in 2005 then Voyage in 2006. Now in 2008 I fell in love with Ravine Flyer II. I have NOTHING negative to say except I wish Erie, PA wasn't so far away from home. The lift was relatively short, but the drop was big and had ejector air. The entire ride was airtime pops left and right. Albeit you can't really see the road you cross, it is cool just knowing you did cross one. The 90 degree section was VERY smooth and fun. Overall I LOVE THIS RIDE! Wait time was great too! 10 minutes max, even with a short down period. Although the featured attraction is very hard to get on film, I took some pictures of the park as wekk. Here are a few of the pictures I took.

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Park Map.

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Part of Waterworld

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Choo Choo station

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Fishing

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Beautiful antique carosuel

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Comet go zoom!

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Comet is in trees

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Another Woodie, the Comet

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Train on top of the short lift.

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Trucks

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More Sky Ride

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Waterworld and Wheel

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Waterworld and Sky Ride

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Queue and Station of RF:II

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Ravine Flyer II in the distance.

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Wipeout

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Ferris Wheel!

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Hey! What kind of car do you drive? I saw a black ... car driving up the highway on my way home on Saturday with a Purdue license plate. Perhaps that was you?

 

Good shots of CW, btw! Not all the easy-to-get shots most people have been posting lately, some very different ones. Me like.

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Kennywood

 

Sorry for the delay. I am back to both jobs now and haven't had much time. But here is Kennywood. I loved this park so much. It really packed a punch with all of the old and new rides it offered. We saw the Lumberjack Show which was totally an awesome family show. The racer was OK, but Thunderbolt, Jack Rabbit and Phantom's Revenged Kicked Butt! Exterminator sucked, and I imagine is exactly how Dark Knight is. We went at 5pm so we only paid $17 per person. The park doesn't have regular closing times, they decide each day. The day we were there, they closed at 10:30, but we left around 10:10. Also, parking is free or $5 for preferred. One feature I found to be really cool was interactive questions. Some ride lines have signs asking park trivia. For answers you send a text to Kennywood for an instant response. Enjoy these pictures![/b]

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I leave you with the Phantom. Stay tuned for my next set of pictures! :D

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Pittsburgh has an obsession with fountains. Here is one.

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Swing Shot

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Cosmic Chaos. An outer-space themed Disko

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Another carousel

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Racer across the pond

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Lumberjack show: Log Rolling

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Lumberjack show: Spar Pole Climbing

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Lumberjack show: Sawing

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Jack Rabbit- Watch out for the "Double Dip"

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There's no gates in the station, no row lines even O_o

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The legendary Racer. One continuous track.

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...in action

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aero 360

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pAgOdA!

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Kennywood Floral Clock

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That's us in the front of Thunderbolt

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Thunderbolt and the new Ghostwood Estate

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Me and My Mother on the Turtle

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Pittsburgh's Lost Kennywood

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Beautiful Tropical Landscape, in the heart of Pennsylvania

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Funny Sign

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It's a National Historic Landmark!

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Chairlift

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Phantom's Revenge, parking lot style

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Welcome to Kennywood.

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Kalahari

We stumbled upon an extra on our trip. Last year we went to the Kalahari the day after CP and loved it. Well, now they have added on, and my old boss works at the Kalahari in Sandusky. So we decided to go visit him and then take a while to relax and swim in North America's Largest Indoor Waterpark! At 175,000 sq. ft. it has a lot to offer. There is a Zip Coaster, 2 flow riders, 2 tube slides, 2 body slides, 2 family slides, a behemoth bowl, a pro bowl, mat racers, indoor outdoor hot tubs, wavepool, adventure river, basketball pools, play structure, the list goes on and on. Enough talking, let's see some pictures.

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monkeys that say goodbye.

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Dippin' Dots gone Wild

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Hello Again Play structure

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Zip Coaster Yet Again

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Another shot featuring the Zip Coaster and the river.

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Amazing adventure river, you actually come out SOAKED.

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The original slides, which are all amazing.

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Play Structure

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a Bar- Kalahari Style

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Old flo-rider under remodeling

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New and operational flo-rider.

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Food and beverage outlets

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Foil-tec roof, and Big Ass Fans. That is actually the company name!

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Mezzanine seating area. Perfect to soak up the rays from the Foil-tec roof.

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Pro bowl

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Mat Racers

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2 Hot tubs featuring a swim up bar, for adults 21 and over.

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Run-out pool for the 2 largest slides

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Superb theming

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2 tube options for fam. slide and behemoth bowl. 4 person clover, or 2 person whirly wheel. Your choice.

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Behemoth Bowl, it was HUGE

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Drop pool for Pro Bowl

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New Slide tower

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Cabana/hut dealie

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Wave pool. Not a bad size for being indoors, but does not compare to the Great Wave at the Wilderness Territory

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New Basketball Pool

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Old Basketball Pool

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Lily Pads. The number one spot for rescues in an indoor water facility

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Original section of park. Orange Slide is Zip Coaster. Sorry for being crooked, at least it's not blurry ;)

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Huge Outdoor Pool Area

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Indoor Mini Golf

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Huge Arcade

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Lobby, complete with home-made candy store, ice cream parlor, coffee shop, 3 stores, a bar, and 2 restaurants.

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Tiger cub you can have your picture taken with for $32

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Hotel rooms

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Hotel Entrance

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