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Here are my answers:

 

- Favorite new coaster:

blueFire

 

- Favorite new ride

Huss Inverted Top Spin

 

- Favorite new park

Warner Bros. Movie World Madrid

 

- Most memorable park moment

Being at Heide Park with no one waiting for Colossos and riding as if it was an ERT session

 

- Most memorable coaster moment

The opening of Muntanya Russa, at Tibidabo

 

- Best ERT session

Dragon Khan, after park's closing. It was the DK Challenge and I think I rode for like 15 times without getting off.

 

- Least favorite coaster

Superman: Atraccion de Acero

 

- Least favorite ride

KMG Frisbees

 

- Least favorite park

Thorpe Park

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

B&M Flyers

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced

Intamin Halfpipes

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

When TPR did their stop at Tibidabo and I was operating the Plane-on-a-Stick xD

 

- The decade's biggest flop

When Six Flags left Europe

 

- The decade's biggest success

Thorpe Park adding so many rides in like 8 years

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park

Alton Tower's Fisn'n'Chips (I felt SO ill after that)

 

- Best park turnaround

From what I've heard, might be SFMM

 

- Worst park turnaround

PA. Maybe I am biased on this one but I've witnessed the Park going downhill in terms of themeing, operations and overall experience

 

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

Intamin Accelerators

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- Favorite new coaster

Maverick

 

- Favorite new ride

Intamin launched coaster

 

- Favorite new park

California Adventure is the only newly built park I've visited.

 

- Most memorable park moment

First day at Cedar Point

 

- Most memorable coaster moment

Terminator opening day

 

- Best ERT session

Boulder Dash ERT in August 2008

 

- Least favorite coaster

Mean Streak

 

- Least favorite ride

S&S Sky Swatter

 

- Least favorite park

Six Flags America

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

Aquatrax

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen introduced

Floorless

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

Final night of the east coast trip at Knoebel's was awesome!

 

- The decade's biggest flop

Looping Wooden Coaster / Son of Beast

 

- The decade's biggest success

Superman Ride of Steel - SFNE

 

- The best meal you've had at a park

Knoebel's group lunch

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park

Coasters Drive-in at Knott's

 

- Best park turnaround

SFMM

 

- Worst park turnaround

Geauga Lake

 

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

Parks becoming "more family friendly"

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- Favorite new coaster

- Most memorable park moment

- Most memorable coaster moment

- Best ERT session

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

- Favorite new ride

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

- The decade's biggest success

 

OK, I'm grouping these all together just to say let's hear it for Intamin's Prefabricated Woodies - my personal stars of this decade!

 

2001 - Colossos (Heide Park)

2003 - Balder (Liseberg)

2006 - El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure)

2008 - T-Express (Everland)

 

I've only managed to ride 2 of the 4 so far (Colossos and Balder) - but, wow, they sure are great rides!! I can't wait to see what Intamin come up with next using this winning formula! None of them have left the top 17 from Mitch's poll since their construction - the top 7 if you don't include Colossos.

 

Riding Balder with TPR earlier this year was just the most incredible day ever - unbelievably good!! Balder, I salute you!

 

At the risk of going overboard with praise for Intamin, another special mention must go out to Expedition GeForce (opened 2001) for providing me with so many close runner-up moments to those I had on Balder. I've been lucky enough to visit Holiday Park 4 times this decade. GeForce, you've definitely not seen the last of me yet - of that there's no doubt!

 

- Least favorite coaster

- Least favorite ride

 

In 2004, I made it out to Cedar Point from the UK and, amongst discovering the power of Intamin for the first time (via Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster - oops, there I go again; I genuinely do like rides by other manufacturers too!), I rode my first woodie - Mean Streak. Whilst built in 1991, I still count this as a huge personal low point for this decade. Ouch! My back's never been quite the same...

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

 

Finally, a huge shout out to Robb and Elissa for making TPR what it is. Where to begin? The opening of the forums in 2005? All of this decade's amazing updates, pictures, videos and DVDs? Starting up the TPR trips in 2006? All of the hard work, love and attention that's put in to the site, moving it from strength to strength? Robb and Elissa, I salute you!

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Sorry, I'm indecisive by nature! Also, I mostly included things that I can judge from personal experience, although some are (to me) obvious, from what I've gathered.

 

- Favorite new coasters.

X2/Space Mountain 2005/California Screamin'/Dueling Dragons

 

- Favorite new rides.

Shockwave, Canada's Wonderland/Soarin' Over California, DCA/Giant Frisbees.

 

- Favorite new park.

SFDK (It counts, it counts! It was SFMW!)

 

Favorite Fair Midway.

Ventura County Fair

 

Favorite On-Property Hotel.

Royal Pacific (Universal Orlando)/Grand Californian (DLR)

 

- Most memorable park moments.

First visit to IoA/Losing a shoe on X2/Getting stuck on Indiana Jones and getting to walk the track/Jogging back and forth to the DLR every morning, alone, from my hotel/Water bombing people on White Water Safari at SFDK/Getting to tour DCA, CW, DLR, and SFMM alone/10pm ride on Splash Mountain with a log to myself/SFDK's Holiday in the park.

 

- Most memorable coaster moments

Oh crap. RnRc (First Looping Coaster-2001)/Desperado (First Hyper-2002)/Batman: The Ride: (First Major Coaster/B&M-2003)/First ride on X (First Epic Coaster-2006)

 

- Best ERT session

Xcellerator during Coaster Solace (sorry, I didn't know TPR existed when I went...)

 

- Least favorite coasters

Cyclone (Astroland)/Manhattan Express/Grizzly (CGA)

 

- Least favorite rides

Sledgehammer (CW)

 

- Least favorite parks

CGA/Astroland

 

- Most interesting rides you've seen introduced

Sky Swat/4D coaster/B&M Flyer/Spinning Coaster/Tornado Slide

 

- Least interesting rides you've seen intoduced

Intamin Hyper/Megalite (Oh, yeah, I went there!)

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

Learning that I'd be going to Bay Area Bash as a Christmas gift! First TPR event!

 

- The decade's biggest flops.

SoB/Cedar Fair acquisition of Paramount

 

- The decade's biggest success.

SFDK

 

Best Ad Campaign.

Mr. Six

 

Worst Ad Campaign.

Ride Warriors

 

- The best meals you've had at a park.

Pulled Pork sandwich at the California Barbecue at SFDK/Meatloaf at Carnation Cafe in Disneyland.

 

- The worst meals you've had at a park.

Pretzel at CGA ("Uhh, we don't have any salt.")/Fries at CGA

 

- Best park turnarounds

Kemah Boardwalk/SFDK/SFMM/All of the Six Flags Chain save SFKK and SFA.

 

- Worst park turnarounds

SFKK/SFA/CGA

 

- What were the biggest trends of this past decade?

The Re-Rebirth of the wooden coaster, the end of the coaster wars, the OMFGINTAMIN craze, family friendly branding, and viral marketing.

 

Happy 2010 everyone!

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Favorite new coaster: X2

Favorite new ride: Midway Mania

Favorite new park: Disney's California Adventures

Most memorable park moment :Shenanigans at Knotts Halloween Haunt

Most memorable coaster moment: First time I rode X. I was sitting in the front car. Right when you hit the top of the hill and it flips you forward to show how high you are(and the lack of stuff between you and the ground), that is definately on "OH @% moment".... haha

Best ERT session: Morning ERT on X2 at westcoast bash 2009

Least favorite coaster :Canyon Blaster at SFMM

Least favorite ride :It's A Small World (So freaking annoying)

Most interesting ride you've seen introduced :The Skyloop (epic)

favorite TPR moment-Bon Bon Land TPR Video(that is seriously one messed up park. I want to go=D)

The best meal I had at a park : Probably the food included in the Endless/Unlimited/whatever food pass at USH. Unlimited panda express? OMFGFWT. Tis Bomb dot com.

The worst meal I had in a park : I forgot where this was, but I ordered a hot dog. When I bit into the hot dog it was crunchy and was green inside Freaking disgusting

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First I have to say that ten years ago I was totally scared of roller coasters but something changed and now I'm a coaster enthusiast with a 160+ coaster count.

 

- Favorite new coaster

MAVERICK;

 

- Favorite new ride

HURAKAN CONDOR (Port Aventura);

 

- Favorite new park

I guess that the newest park I've been to is Parque Warner in Madrid which opened in 2002.

 

- Most memorable park moment

Blackpool Pleasure Beach with my friends from Theparks.it in 2006!

 

- Most memorable coaster moment

First time I rode Silver Star. I was still scared of big rides and my freinds decided to ride it as the first coaster of the day!- Best ERT session

 

- Best ERT session:

Six Flags Great America on Raging Bull, Viper and the drop tower. I stayed on Raging Bull the whole time!

 

- Least favorite coaster

Son Of Beast. When I rode it in 2003 id didn't feel so bad as when I rode it in 2007.

 

- Least favorite ride

Crazy flat ride in a carnival. I felt so bad after that I stopped riding flat rides for a while. I still avoid most of the flat rides.

 

 

- Least favorite park

Leolandia! Look for it on RCDB if you have no idea about it!

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

ROCKET COASTERS

FLYING COASTER

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced

X-CARS

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

2007 MIDWEST TRIP

 

- The decade's biggest flop

Gardaland. They really should have added some better rides.

 

- The decade's biggest success

Mirabilandia and Europa Park

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- Favorite new coaster

El Toro/Storm Runner

 

- Favorite new ride

Starflyer @ Prater Park

 

- Favorite new park

Warner Bros Movie World Madrid

 

- Most memorable park moment

Unfortunately its not a positive one. Shutting down every outdoor ride at SFGADV for 90 mins because of some thunderstorms far away. Above the park it was nothing but sun and clear skies.

 

- Most memorable coaster moment

I cant decide between riding Wild Train @ Strasswalchen 37 times in one day or riding Thundercoaster in the rain in april 2006. Wild Train was tons of fun, while Thundercoaster in the rain was just the most insane coaster experience ever. Riding Kingda Ka in the front seat is also one of the highlights, although it was mostly a blur.

 

- Best ERT session

ERT on Wild Train @ Strasswalchen followed by ERT on the bumper cars with the funniest park manager ever.

 

- Least favorite coaster

Magnus Colossus

 

- Least favorite ride

The Mondial Roll-Over @ Tusenfryd. I was not surprised that it was removed fairly quickly. There was also an accident where a rider fell off the ride and was injured.

 

- Least favorite park

Movie Studios Park, Italy. I know TPR had a blast, but the fact that we had to spend half an hour on each ride waiting for it to open didnt make it a great day.

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

Intamin ball coaster

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced

Many of the B&M's built the last 10 years havent really been very interesting, but there are a few exceptions.

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

Getting my Gröna Lund trip report on the front page.

 

- The decade's biggest flop

Son of Beast

 

- The decade's biggest success

Intamin

 

- The best/worst meal you've had at a park

Cant remember having any particularely memorable meals at parks, but the food at Knoebels was really good value for its low price.

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- Favorite new coaster : El Toro

 

- Favorite new ride : Spiderman

 

- Favorite new park : IOA

 

- Most memorable park moment : Halloween at USO in 2005 or 2006 (don't remember the exact year)

 

- Most memorable coaster moment : first ride on Dragster

 

- Best ERT session : 3 hours at Toverland in the evening (2008)

 

- Least favorite coaster : Coaster Express (PW)

 

- Least favorite park : Walibi Belgium

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced : TTD

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced : Sequoia Adventure (Gardaland)

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!) : SCBB beachdeck party

 

- The decade's biggest flop : Vertigo (WB)

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- Favorite new coaster

El Toro

 

- Favorite new ride

I'm not really a big flat ride person, but I'll go with Revolution when I don't get sick

 

- Favorite new park

The only new for the decade park I've been to was the ride side of Timber Falls

 

- Most memorable park moment - SFGADV with no lines

 

- Most memorable coaster moment

riding Hellcat close to 50 times in 2007

 

- Best ERT session

well, the above was kind of like ERT...I need to go on a TPR trip

 

- Least favorite coaster

Ragin Cajun

 

- Least favorite ride

Revolution when I get sick

 

- Least favorite park

well, Timber Falls has to be this again

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

Euro-fighter, Zac spin, the large Huss rides, Vekoma Flying Dutchman, Disk-o coaster

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced

regular Disk-o

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

too many videos and trip reports, meeting the Chicago Crew at SFGAM on closing day

 

- The decade's biggest flop

Wild West World - at least HRP is still open

 

- The decade's biggest success

DisneySea

 

- The best meal you've had at a park -

Tacos/Pronto pups at Indiana Beach

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park

$12 hot dog and chips at Michigan's Adventure-It tasted good though

 

- Best park turnaround

Mt. Olympus

 

- Worst park turnaround

SFGADV losing all its flats

 

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

Spinning coasters, wooden coasters, launched coasters

 

-Best Company Turnaround?

Vekoma

 

-Worst Company Turnaround?

B&M

 

-Wost Company Loss?

CCI

 

-Best New Company?

Gravity Group, and while not new, Gerstlauer and Maurer Söhne became major industry players

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- Favorite new coaster

El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure. Win ride filled with WIN!!!!!

- Favorite new ride

Ugh, so many where built that I like and forgot about.

- Favorite new park

I didn't really pay attention to this part of the scene.

- Most memorable park moment

If you're saying personally? Well, going to Kings Island in early April and arriving the find the park empty and wet after a rainstorm.

EDIT: and also, me and my dad had several moments with a decent trip throughout the eastern midwest through August.

- Most memorable coaster moment

Same park, Kings Island, we had 2 1/2 hrs before closing and I got on 7 coasters in that period. Plus, rerides on FOF and Face/Off

- Least favorite coaster

Son of Beast, even at night the ride is terrible. Too bad's the loop is gone

- Least favorite park

Dorney Park, only because of the hill that park is built sideways on. It's annoying to walk up, down, up, down and over and over again to see and ride different rides.

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

The East Coast trip was fun to follow and read. It looked like alot of fun.

- The decade's biggest flop

Hard Rock/Freestyle Music park

- The worst meal you've had at a park

Cheeseburger I had at HersheyPark, forgot where it was, but it was so dry and disgusting. I think it was near the waterpark, and towards Lightning Racer.

- Best park turnaround

Well, for some of the Six Flags parks they rebuilt and the chain reorganized decently enough. Not the best, but they've picked up and rebuilt.

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

I'd have to say the sudden burst of Rocket Coasters all over the US and Europe.

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- Favorite new coaster - Goliath (SFOG)

 

- Favorite new ride - S & S Screamin Swings

 

- Favorite new park - I will have to say Freestyle as it is the only "new" park I have visited

 

- Most memorable park moment - Getting to walk out on the tracks of Thunderhead and an inside tour of Mystery Mineat Thrills in the Hills at Dollywood '08

 

- Most memorable coaster moment - Big tie between riding Sheikra, Goliath, Thunderhead and Hypersonic for the first times

 

- Best ERT session - Thunderhead/Mystery Mine rides in pitch dark for an hour and a half

 

- Least favorite coaster - Nighthawk/Borg at Carowinds (BRUTAL)

 

- Least favorite ride - can't think of one

 

- Least favorite park - Wild Adventures, hands down

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced - Intamin 4D ala Insane

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced - Vekoma Stingray

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!) - hanging out with TPR at SFOG on the Deep South trip this year

 

- The decade's biggest flop - Freestyle, even though I didnt think it was awful. Would rather go there than Wild Adventures.

 

- The decade's biggest success - probably Millennium Force

 

- The best meal you've had at a park - Backstage Restaurant at Dollywood

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park - pick one, I've had several

 

- Best park turnaround - don't really know

 

- Worst park turnaround - Freestyle

 

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade? - spinning coasters

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This is more of a review of the last four or five years for me since I've only really been an enthusiast since 2005, but I'm sure I'll have some stuff to say!

 

- Favorite new coaster

Balder! Balder! Balder!

 

- Favorite new ride

As far as non-coasters go I'd probably say Valhalla, although I'm probably forgetting some Disney or Universal amazingness that opened this decade.

 

- Favorite new park

I can't think of a new park that opened this decade that I visited and really loved. As far as new-to-me parks go then IOA would be the top of the list.

 

- Most memorable park moment

The first thing that sprung to my mind when I read this question was Larry falling on his arse at the punching bag in Linnanmaki! So let's go with that!

Special mention to experiencing the Terror of the Towers with Scottish Steve!

 

- Most memorable coaster moment

Riding Balder at midnight in 2006 and thinking it was the most amazing thing ever only to have that ride emulated and bettered in 2009!

 

- Best ERT session

Getting strapped in and not allowed to leave Expedition GeForce on the 2008 Europe Trip!

 

- Least favorite coaster

Son of Beast on the Midwest trip! Although a perverse part of me is really glad I had this horrifying experience!

 

- Least favorite park

That's a tough one. I usually find something I like about every park I visit. As far as least satisfying I'd say M&Ds since there really is not much good stuff there to ride at all!

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

It has to be Intamin prefab woodies!

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen introduced

The Mack e-Motion coaster. Pointless.

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

Lou's 2007 Year in Review.

 

- The decade's biggest flop

Vertigo at Walibi Belgium!

 

- The best meal you've had at a park

The BBQ Steak Burger thing I had at Mythos was amazing!

I'd also like to mention Hansa Park and their bacon wrapped asparagus!

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park

Don't order fish and chips from Skara Sommerland. Even if it's free.

 

- Best park turnaround

I think you've got to give credit to Thorpe Park for becoming the thrill seeker destination that it has in the last ten years. Even if I'm not a huge fan of a lot of the rides it really has turned into something completely different from what it was a decade ago!

 

- Worst park turnaround

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, it feels like a different park now from the place I loved as I child.

 

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

It seemed at the start of the decade the trend was all about setting records whereas the trend now seems to be about created more family orientated rides that offer fun to everyone!

 

 

It'll be fun to look back to now in ten years time to see how much things have changed! Bring on 2010 and beyond!

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Favorite new coaster-Prowler

 

Favorite new ride- S&S Screamin Swings

 

Favorite new park-haven't been to any...well...Celebration City opened in '03

 

Most memorable park experience-When riding Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios for the first time, the lady next to me was having a panic attack and grabbed my wrist as soon as we started moving and a I told her to let go and she didn't hear me or something and I yelled at her and she still wouldn't let go and by the time she let go at the exit station, my hand was purple and I had lost feeling in my wrist. Not the best memory at a park, but better than nothing.

 

Least favorite coaster-Timberwolf/Space Mountain

 

Least favorite ride-any carousel. They make me really sick and no other type of ride does anything close to that.

 

Least favorite park-Celebration City, easily

 

Most interesting ride introduced-Intamin ball coaster

 

Least interesting ride introduced- Vekoma spinning coaster

 

Biggest flop-Hard Rock Park(even though I've never been there)

 

Biggest success-Disney or Universal, not sure of which one.

 

Best meal at a park-Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom

 

Worst meal at a park-Der Festhaus at Worlds of Fun. I got food poisoning there.

 

Biggest trend-Rocket coasters

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- Favorite new coaster

Wood: Ravine Flyer II

Steel: Goliath (SFoG)

 

- Favorite new ride

Drop Tower (KD)

 

- Favorite new park

DCA

 

- Best ERT session

ACE Preservation Con El Toro/KK Summer 2007

 

- Least favorite coaster

Son of Beast

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

Coasters with seats suspended off the side of the track (i.e. 4th Dimension/Freefly/Furious Baco)

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced

Flying Coasters

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

Big Mike elevating himself from random stalker to worldwide celebrity complete with stickers.

 

- The decade's biggest flop

DCA (purely from a business standpoint as I like the park quite a bit).

 

- The decade's biggest success

Tokyo Disneyland's evolution into the resort it is today.

 

- The best meal you've had at a park

Club 33 is tough to beat.

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park

Probably the $14 Papa John's "meal deal" consisting of two hour old pizza slices and rotted salad. Can't remember which SF park.

 

- Best park turnaround

(In progress)- DCA. Lots of SF properties belong in this category, chiefly SFMM.

 

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

Probably the economic crash putting a general freeze on capital being lent for the building and/or completion of park projects- worldwide.

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- Favorite new coaster

El Toro

- Favorite new ride

Midway f'n Mania

- Favorite new park

PowerPark (is it new?)

- Most memorable park moment

Night ERT on Voyage at Holiwood Nights

- Most memorable coaster moment

Insane at Grona Lund

- Best ERT session

3 hours on Balder with TPR in 2006

- Least favorite coaster

Space Mountain at DLP

- Least favorite ride

It's a Small World at DLP

- Least favorite park

WalyGator Parc

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

Tranan

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced

Flying Coaster

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

Trip Report = Robb and Elissa visit Japan in the snow

Event = The arrival of KidTums

Experience = TPR Grand Prix

- The decade's biggest flop

KidTums running in a dress

- The decade's biggest success

TPR Trips

- The best meal you've had at a park

Yak and Yeti

- The worst meal you've had at a park

Lightwater Valley Mystery Meat

- Best park turnaround

SFGAdv (if only they could get some flats now)

- Worst park turnaround

Geuaga Lake

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

Fiscal irresponsibility

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Favorite New Coaster- Millennium Force

 

Favorite new ride- Aero 360

 

Most memorable coaster moment- Finding the perfect on-ride photo position on Top Thrill Dragster

 

Least favorite coaster- Eagle's Life in the Fast Lane

 

Least favorite ride- Cosmic Chaos

 

Least Favorite Park- Hard Rock Park

 

Most interesting ride you've seen introduced- Expedition Everest

 

Decade's Biggest Flop- Hard Rock Park

 

Decade's Biggest Success- Wooden Coasters

 

Worst Park Turnaround- Hard Rock Park

 

Biggest Trend of Past Decade- Any coaster with a launch

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Hmm . . . let's see . . .

 

- Favorite new coaster

Balder (Liseberg)--this ride not only has awesome airtime from start to finish, but can cure a head cold

 

- Favorite new ride

Journey to the Center of the Earth (DisneySea)--gotta love the lava monster and elaborate queue (Adventures of Spider-man at IOA and MIB at Universal Orlando merit honorable mentions)

 

- Favorite new park

DisneySea--the best thing that Disney has ever done

 

- Most memorable park moment

Walking though the entrance of DisneySea and seeing the enormous lagoon and volcano--quite a sight

 

- Most memorable coaster moment

Being hulred over the first drop of El Toro--a great "holy crap!" moment

 

- Best ERT session

Blader (both in '06 and '09)--you just can't beat hammers, snacks, hats, bunny ears, and beer (Toverland ERT in '08 is a close second, and it also involved beer . . . hmm . . .)

 

- Least favorite coaster

Space Mountain (Paris Disneyland)--Disney needs to rip this thing down and start over

 

- Least favorite ride

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Disneyland in California)--never thought I'd miss the Country Bear Jamboree

 

- Least favorite park

FujiQ--lousy operations, bad selection of rides, wretched food, no desire to return

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

Insane (Intamin Zac Spin)--I thought I'd hate this, but ended up loving it (Tranan at Skara Sommerland gets an honorable mention)

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced

Standard Disk-os (although I kind of like the "Survivor" type Disk-os)--just not my thing, but I understand why other people like them

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

"Pass the sword" on Falken during the '09 Scandi trip--a great, spontaneous event that could only happen when TPR is involved

 

- The decade's biggest flop

Hard Freestyle Rock Music Park--a poorly conceived (if nice) park that is being mismanaged into oblivion

 

- The decade's biggest success

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom (despite the problems with the Yeti)--just what this park needed (and a good example of what a Disney coaster is all about)

 

- The best meal you've had at a park

The three-course lunch at Magellan's at DisneySea--the creme brulee kicked butt

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park

Fried chicken at the Country Kitchen in Kings Dominion--actually had to run to a nearby restroom to puke after eating one piece (the FujiQ "burger" gets a dishonorable mention, as well)

 

- Best park turnaround

Although I don't have a strong basis for comparison, I'd say the Disney Studios park in Paris (a very pleasant surprise on the '08 Europe Trip)

 

- Worst park turnaround

Kings Dominion--Dominator is a very good addition, but the park still seems a bit dispirited (I have high hopes for Intimidator, though)

 

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

Hmm--probably the proliferation of Towers of Terror at Disney parks worldwide and the rise of Vekoma (whose rides are steadily improving)

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Favorite new coaster: Balder.

 

Most memorable park moment: Eating dinner at Blue Bayou after getting married. Also, that was one of my first experiences with getting a decent meal at a park.

 

Most memorable coaster moment: El Toro's first drop in the back row.

 

Best ERT session: Three way tie between Expedition GeForce with TPR 2008 and Balder with TPR 2009 and Tele2 Insane with TPR 2009.

 

Least favorite coaster: Son of Beast. KI could have used that money to build something good.

 

Least favorite park: Clementon Lake. What a dump!

 

Most interesting ride you've seen introduced: Tele2 Insane.

 

Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced: Any time a Vekoma Boomerang or SLC was moved and opened up as a "new" coaster.

 

Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!): The entire Scandinavia Trip was my favorite TPR experience. R&E really outdid themselves in planning it. The parks were consistently excellent as was the general treatment we received from the parks.

 

The decade's biggest flop: Hard Rock Park. They built a $400 million park that nobody wants to go to.

 

The decade's biggest success: Disney Parks firmly holding their lead in attendance.

 

The best meal you've had at a park: EPCOT Food & Wine Festival 2008 and 2009.

 

The worst meal you've had at a park: Most counter service at Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks. That food isn't fit for pigs.

 

Best park turnaround: Possibly DCA. It's nice to see the park finally get the capital it needed.

 

Worst park turnaround: Re-opening Hard Rock Park as a cheap knock off of its former self.

 

What was the biggest trend of this past decade: Huge money problems all around. Lots of park closings and sales.

 

Favorite Independent Park: Knoebels. After visiting three years in a row, this park never fails to impress me with how well they hold their own against all the mega parks with infinitely more resources. Basic rides run at their best (Phoenix, Skooters, Flyers) can match all the fancy toys Universal and Disney can dream up.

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- Favorite new coaster

Sheikra!

 

- Most memorable park moment

Riding Sheikra 5 times in a row with my sister and my uncle

 

- Most memorable coaster moment

My step-brother and I were on Georgia Cyclone, and the seat belt didn't work. We were 10 and very small, so we rose out of our seats often, and the guy behind us put his hands over our heads so we wouldn't fly out!

 

- Least favorite coaster

Any wild mouse I've been on. Especially the ones where the car itself spins.

 

- Least favorite park

None!

 

- The decade's biggest flop

Raising prices!

 

- The decade's biggest success

Building roller coasters

 

- The best meal you've had at a park

The Stanleyville Smokehouse at BGA

 

- Best park turnaround

Seaworld with the addition of Manta

 

- Worst park turnaround

Freestyle Music Park

 

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade?

Soooo many B&M hypers....which is awesome!

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- Favorite new coaster

Wicked Twister

 

- Favorite new ride

Skyhawk

 

- Favorite new park

Freestyle Music Park/Hard Rock Park

 

- Most memorable park moment

I ran into a TPR member and met him.

 

- Most memorable coaster moment

Umm..I rode Thunderhead 27 times in one day..highest temp. 40 F.

 

- Best ERT session

Goliath Earlllyyy Morning

 

- Least favorite coaster

Mantis

 

- Least favorite ride

Any Matterhorn out there.

 

- Least favorite park

Family. Kingdom. A disgrace to Myrtle Beach, SC.

 

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

The X2/4th dimension rides are very interesting..also coasters like kingda Ka and TTD.

 

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced

Any kiddie ride.

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

All of TPR!

 

- The decade's biggest flop

The retheming of Hard Rock Park. Not the park itself, but the "more family friendly" crap.

 

- The decade's biggest success

Articulated Wooden Coaster Trains

 

- The best meal you've had at a park

Disney's Hollywood Studio's 50's Prime time Cafe S'mores Dessert! Yumm!

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park

Some grotesque sandwich I had up at SFGAdv

 

- Best park turnaround

Freestly Music Park attendence.

 

- Worst park turnaround

Geauga. La. Ke.

 

- What was the biggest trend of this past decade

Taller, Better, Faster coasters!

 

Goodbye 2009!! Hello to the new decade! Oh. Ten!

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- Favorite new coaster- El Toro GADV.

 

- Favorite new ride/coaster- Kawisami.

 

- Favorite new ride- Watching Intimidater be built.

 

- Favorite new park- Hard Ro...I mean FreeStyle Music Park.

 

- Most memorable park moment- TPR Deep South Carowinds

 

- Most memorable coaster moment- Riding Hurler at Carowinds with its new trim break and LOVING IT.

 

- Best ERT session- Viper GADV SOLO 46 rides.

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

 

This would have to be ANY Japan/Asia video TPR has introduced because of how wacky everyone can be and the culture.

 

- The decade's biggest flop- Can I PLEASE Say Turbulence at Hershey park?

- The decade's biggest success- To me I guess I'd have to say this would be the introduction of the new B&M Hyper trains. That or the new B&M Dive Coasters.

 

- The best meal you've had at a park- Cinnamon bread , Dollywood Need I speak more?

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park- Johny Rockets..SF parks this place SUCKS.

- Best park turnaround- Freestyle Music park.

 

- Worst park turnaround- Well Seeing the new six flags management yes there were subtle improvements but It still felt like the same old six flags. Pricing etc still sucks, and they OVER USE LCD screens in the park for crappy advertising. My biggest WTF is more of why in the blue ball'd heck do you need to pay that much to get into a park and you see more kids playing WII/Xbox or using the parks Wifi than on the rides??

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- Favorite new coaster

X2!!!! Heelllll Yeahhhhh

- Favorite new ride

Maybe Grizzly River Run or Soarin Over California

- Favorite new park

DCA? I'm not sure on this one

- Most memorable park moment

Experiencing Terminator before it opened

- Most memorable coaster moment

My first time on California Screamin when I was 7 or 8. It freaked the crap out of me.

- Best ERT session

Termination Day Night Time ERT

- Least favorite coaster

Even though I'll most likely never ride it, from what I've heard, SOB is a real SOB.

- Least favorite ride

Anything that hurts

- Least favorite park

SFMM when it's too busy

- Most interesting ride you've seen introduced

4th dimension coasters! ...or maybe hydraulic launched ones.

- Least interesting ride you've seen intoduced

B&M hypers.

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!)

Termination Day/Any of Wes's PTRs

- The decade's biggest flop

Hard and Freestyle Park.

- The decade's biggest success

The original X change (X-X2), a good way to pay for those new trains

- The best meal you've had at a park

Whatever I ate at SWSD

- The worst meal you've had at a park

I'm too conservative to what I eat to have a bad meal so IDK

- Best park turnaround

DCA, I actually might want to go back

- Worst park turnaround

Knott's.

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Of the ones I can actually talk about:

 

- Favorite new coaster: Maverick (western themeing always gets me)

 

- Favorite new ride: Any of the Intamin drop towers (though they still scare the bejesus outta me)

 

- Favorite new park: Islands of Adventure (of the one's I just visited this decade)

 

- Most memorable park moment: all of Behemoth Bash

 

- Most memorable coaster moment: riding with Robb on The Mighty Canadian Spinebuster ("This is the only ride where I could actually feel my balls clacking together like a Newton's cradle!")

 

- Best ERT session: Behemoth/Vortex at night (seeing a trend here?)

 

- Least favorite coaster: Minebuster (its only saving grace was mentioned above)

 

- Least favorite ride: Backlot Tour Is Closed

 

- Least favorite park: None, to be honest.

 

- Your favorite TPR moment (favorite post, trip report, video, whatever!): all of the videos where A) everyone laughs deliriously, or B) Robb shouts well-deserved obscenities on horrible rides.

 

- The decade's biggest flop: Hard Rock / Freestyle Music Park (though I wish I could actually visit to have better authority on that)

 

- The best meal you've had at a park: Le Cellier, Epcot (can't go wrong with maple filet mignon and cheddar cheese soup)

 

- The worst meal you've had at a park: Most of Cedar Point's counter food

 

- Best park turnaround: Most of the Six Flags chain. Visiting Worlds of Adventure in 2002 and Great America in 2009 was like night and day.

 

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I can't thank the moderators and members of TPR nearly enough for all of the good times they've given me, mostly online, but for one day last year at an actual park also, which will NEVER be forgotten. Joining TPR was one of the best decisions I've made this decade, and I have not a shred of doubt in my mind that this site will continue to prosper and grow, so long as its awesome supporters keep on keepin' on.

 

Dan "The future is what you make it... so make it a good one!" Smith

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