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21 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

Not obese by any stretch but I definitely prefer the vest restraints...no headbanging whatsoever.

Is headbanging a problem on any B&M invert?

(besides that one wicked slam on Alpengeist which kind of makes the ride)

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26 minutes ago, DBru said:

Is headbanging a problem on any B&M invert?

(besides that one wicked slam on Alpengeist which kind of makes the ride)

I definitely get some on Raptor's cobra roll and the final turn, a little bit on Batman (at least the one at SFGAdv), even some on the immelmann on Great Bear.  For me, keeping my head forward just results in neck-banging instead of head-banging (I'm only 5'6"), so yeah I prefer the vests.

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^Say it!  I try to avoid vest coasters, especially if they are of the "X-Flight tighten and crush" type.  Wretched things.  Unless they're nice n loose - Thunderbird perhaps.

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Today's mail was pretty awesome.

Less than 10 days till my 1st visit to this Bucket List park for me (been wanting to ride the Beast for decades).

 

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Vests or no vests, Thunderbird is always worth it. Calling the B&M wing rider uncomfortable while in the company of Voyage, wouldn't be logical.

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Emily and I went to the park this weekend. I'm sorry for not inviting anyone to meet up. We don't get much alone time anymore, and this was our first normal park trip since 2019.

Orion is a fantastic coaster. WTF is wrong with people? It's a front row coaster for us, hands down. I felt like my eyelids were peeling back. Outside of 2 SFSTL rides on Screamin Eagle and one on American Thunder, front row on Orion was our first coaster since our one and only 2020 park, SDC (neutered operations). You can imagine how that felt. I liked the themeing. The Orion nightclub/party thing, after 9pm, is entertaining, if not hilarious. It made for a cool vibe, and a miraculous find of the last beer man open, after all hopes were lost. I was also really impressed with Orion's lighting package. Orion is a win, and it beat the pants off of Leviathan, as far as I'm concerned. It immediately dethroned Mystic Timbers as Emily's favorite ride.  

The park looked great. All of the paint seemed either fresh, or still in good shape. The beer man was prevalent everywhere. Shoutout to the one Blue Ice Cream beer on tap, which was delicious. One heavy beer is enough for me. The midway looks superb at night. Basically, the whole area glows with LED's.

The foliage around the Antique Cars is coming in and makes the ride feel more complete.

I almost didn't remember Vortex existed, until heading toward the lift on The Beast. No big loss for us. Emily didn't even remember what it looked like.

Drop Tower (name?), Windseeker, and the Eiffel Tower were closed.

Snoopy wasn't spitting water on the flume, which would have only made our ride more regretful. This flume already has an unacceptable amount of wetness along with it's WTF name.

The Beast is getting rough. That included our ride in the middle of the train on non-wheel seats. We wanted to ride it at night, but it closed at 10 for Fireworks. After waiting for it to start back up 10-15 minutes post-fireworks, we left. Why does it take so long?? I was disappointed, but Graeters by our hotel was more of a priority for Emily and the clock was ticking. I try to be a good husband.

My fear of a Giga making Diamondback less relevant came true, which is why I was almost wishing for something else when KI was breaking ground. 2nd row is great. Our second ride was in the second to last car. It rattles badly. I'm sorry. I'm waiting for the day Emily says she doesn't want to ride it anymore. She hated Behemoth for that reason. I don't blame her. It's still hard to find the kind of sustained floater air Diamondback delivers. I don't think it ever got the praise it deserved until the last couple years when Orion started pulling people to the park. I loved Diamondback before it was cool to love Diamondback...... Still #1 Hyper for me.

Mystic Timbers is still Mystic Timbers, which means it's great. The only thing I noticed is there's no Hall and Oates or other cheesy music that plays. Spooky music played for us until the train was ready to pull into the station for the final scene. It took away some character.

Banshee is still a front row ride for us. I wouldn't care for it any other way. Emily says it rattles. Whether tolerable for you or not, it does. Again, same with Diamondback.

Our big focus was relaxing and spending time together. We love KI and it's usually an annual park for us. That means no pressure to go crazy, so we didn't ride too much:

Orion x4

Diamondback x2

Mystic Timbers x2

Banshee x1

Beast x1

Antique Cars, Snoopy FML flume, Choo Choo, and Dodgems. 

Beer count: 2 Yuenglings, 1 Ice Cream Beer, and one Bud Light.

FL+ is still great. I'll never go without it. Our longest coaster wait was probably Banshee, at 15 minutes or less. Everything else was 5-10.

I still hold some of the best wings are 10-20 minutes away at BC Roosters. That, and the second best Yuengling we've had on tap. Pottsville, PA takes the cake.

Lastly, shout out to the employee standing in the middle of a grassy field when the train passed, holding a broom and just looking at us. I laughed all day about the kid who yelled, "Good job cleaning the grass!"

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10 minutes ago, prozach626 said:

Beer count: 2 Yuenglings, 1 Ice Cream Beer, and one Bud Light.

So... one

Kidding, lol. Glad you had fun. I'm on a bit of a terrible piss beer kick right now myself, hot weather does that to me.

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Man, I had a Yuengling today for the first time in ages, simply out of desperation and... it was a nice reminder of what absolute trash it is.

Anyways, glad you had fun, Zach.

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Were you sitting near the back on Mystic Timbers? On my trip you could hear the music fine in the front of the train, but in the last 3 rows or so you're too far back and all you can hear is the creepy music from the first room.

EVERY NOW AND THEN I GET A LITTLE BIT LONELY

Sorry...

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^That could be it. I think we were placed in row 3 both times.

 

If I'm going to be drinking throughout a large portion of the day, I have to keep it lighter or I'll feel miserable. I left out the huge pile of wings and two large tall Yuenglings at Roosters. By the time I had that blueberry deliciousness, I was stuffed. Damn it was good though. I would have liked to had more. The color was crazy.

Basically, my excuse is covering up the fact that I'm a midwesterner. Let's face it. A six pack of Coors Light and a gas station pizza is a good Saturday night. (God, I wish I were joking.)

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We were at the park yesterday and today and rode Mystic Timbers in the front, middle, and back sections of the train. Didn't hear the music from the radio on any of our rides.

We had a great time though. Ride ops were hauling for the most part. FL+ is amazing here and it's nice to take it easy, take breaks, etc. Everything that has already been said.

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13 hours ago, boldikus said:

Man, I had a Yuengling today for the first time in ages, simply out of desperation and... it was a nice reminder of what absolute trash it is.

Anyways, glad you had fun, Zach.

Jeeze where's all this Yuengling disrespect coming from all the sudden? I mean I know it's not top tier beer or anything but come on for widely distributed cheap commercial beer it's about the best there is. If a concert/theme park/sporting etc. event has Coors, Bud, Miller and Yuengling I'm taking the Yuengling every day and twice on Sunday's (where available, after 1 pm). 

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Hey, what can I say? I live in the heart of a major, east coast, extremely craft beer-centric city. Add to that that Yuengling is local to us and a beer we "grew up" drinking. It absolutely sucks.

You know why I even had that swill yesterday? I was having a very stressful end-of-day at the office, and in a moment of weakness recalled there were beers left from our first post-mask-mandate team meeting we had a few weeks ago. I shot up and breezed into the kitchen to rip open the fridge and... all that was left (read: what no one wanted to drink at the office shindig)?

You guessed it.

There is still half a case there. It won't be easy, but I'll slowly chip away at it whenever I don't feel like trudging two blocks down to the bottle shop.

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On 6/29/2021 at 4:53 AM, prozach626 said:

Beer count: 2 Yuenglings, 1 Ice Cream Beer, and one Bud Light.

Why is light beer so popular in the USA? Maybe it's the British in me and what is usually in our pubs but that was a big culture shock for me when I visited. Maybe it was because everything else I was prepared for when visiting Pennsylvania to Ohio: The magazine racks of just hunting, guns, fishing and dirt racing, check. Giant slushies: check. Your gas station's (Sheetz) having more food served than most restaurants: check. But for some reason I did not expect light beer to be in the fridges of the houses I stayed in or so prominent in all the bars.

Although meeting some Armish who were on a 'field trip' to Sheetz was also a strange experience, considering their lifestyle, them thinking my England was New England yet they can order a sub from a touch screen just fine.

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American's, generally, like to drink large quantities of beer over a long period of time.  Light beer makes that possible without getting too drunk too quickly.

Personally, I'm more of a cocktail drinker, but when I'm drinking beer it's typically a light.

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Not directed at anyone in particular but its relevant to the conversation: there are plenty of really good light beers, but Yeungling is just not one of them.

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I remember a few years ago we were out to dinner with a big group and I had an hour drive home so I just looked at the beer list of like 40 beers and saw that Yeungling had the lowest ABV of anything respectable (see: Not Coors Light) so I ordered that. Yeungling is my boring "I have to drive later so I can't have much" beer.

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Non-beer related question (I know... I'm a buzzkill!), but if one has season long FastLane, does that person need to redeem it at the main FastLane booth at the entrance, or can they redeem it at any shop that sells it?  I am pretty sure the shop inside the main gate on the right side of International Street sells it and I figured avoiding the line at the main stand might get me to Orion and Mystic Timbers faster, but I wasn't sure if this was allowed.  I know CP allows redemption at the gift shops, so I'd assume KI would too.  Unfortunately, my assumptions have led me down the wrong path one too many times!  

Hoping to head down to KI again on Friday and this time, actually relax and enjoy some of the little things, like sitting on the patio by Diamondback and trying one of the Blue Ice Cream beers.  See, I got back to the beer topic, so I'm not all bad!  

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