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P. 765: Jungle X-Pedition area & Tumbili 4D Spin Coaster announced!

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On 8/12/2021 at 1:43 PM, CP_RULES said:

I am trying to say something good, but I am so tired of seeing these rides get built. It might as well be a boomerang in my opinion, 

I'm late to the game, but you might be right about this being the modern day boomerang... I don't have a problem with this addition, but I bet people aren't complaining about a wing ridger now.

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While I don’t love the addition…. I also don’t hate the addition. I usually enjoy the free spins that I’ve been on. However, I’m surprised they went with the smaller model. 
 

I feel like we all know this isn’t a volcano replacement. It seems like a small addition to hold people over while the park recovers from the loss of revenue after being closed for basically an entire season. Once they recover I bet we will see a large addition to replace volcano! :) 

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On 8/11/2021 at 10:38 PM, jconsolmagno said:

 

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We'll have a report from the official media event later. Please do not post any links to "leaked" information. Thank you,

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Was it any different than what I posted? Don't think so! This forum exists as a discussion, not a PR mouthpiece of the park.

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5 minutes ago, jconsolmagno said:

Was it any different than what I posted? Don't think so! This forum exists as a discussion, not a PR mouthpiece of the park.

Yeah, and parks often hook up Robb/Elissa/other TPR members with special events.  They're (we're all, really) trying to stay on the good side of park management, so those things continue.  So, don't post leaks, because it tends to annoy park management when their message isn't the one getting out first.  Don't like it?  There's plenty of other park/coaster forums out there at which you might be more welcome.

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1 hour ago, Mike240SX said:

Yeah, and parks often hook up Robb/Elissa/other TPR members with special events.  They're (we're all, really) trying to stay on the good side of park management, so those things continue.  So, don't post leaks, because it tends to annoy park management when their message isn't the one getting out first.  Don't like it?  There's plenty of other park/coaster forums out there at which you might be more welcome.

Mr. Obvious here.

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Photo TR:  A quick stop on Monday, September 6th

So, on my way back from SFoG by way of Carowinds, my route took me right by Kings Dominion, and I figured I owed it to the park to stop in for the first time in 2021.  After all, I hadn't been on my #2 steel and #2 hybrid since 2019!

I got to the park a little after noon with a 11:00 opening, and the lot was already pretty decently packed.  Made my way through the front gate and saw a huge line at the redemption center, so ducked into a store to grab my FL wristband, and then made my way over towards the Safari Village construction to check on the progress of Tiki Twirl (yes, I will continue to call it that.  Sue me.).

But first, I definitely forgot how much better shaded this park's International Street area is compared to Kings Island's.

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And Woodstock Express got some new paint.

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As for Tiki Twirl, has there been any actual construction Progress?

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No.  I see you hiding back there, my #3 at this park.  Stay rested.

What they have done though is decorate most of the walls blocking off access to that area of the park.

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Hopped on I305, one train wait for row 14.  Still awesome.  Grabbed another shot of poor, sad Avalanche, only made possible by the sadder removal of Volcano....

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And continued down Candy Apple Grove, hoping dearly to finally get some delicious mac & cheese from what is possibly my second favorite theme park restaurant ever...

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...but it was not to be. :(

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Oh well indeed.  Had to settle for some Auntie Anne's pretzels, and then took a lap around the water park to grab some images of the new for 2021 stuff:

First off, the permanent food truck circle (only two were open, the bar and pizza):

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Next, the kiddie-sized wave pool:

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And finally, the new splash-play area, which is honestly probably the biggest one of these I've ever seen:

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Made my way back to Twisted Timbers, and found that yes, they have in fact kept running the stupid double-sided locker system like at Steel Vengeance, which merges the Fast Lane and standby queue before them and does not re-separate them.  If all of the queue in the station would be used (it wasn't this day), that means that even FL holders get a 30+ minute wait.  Not cool, Cedar Fair, not cool.  Its not like I didn't just ride another RMC two days ago with zero procedures for loose articles haha.  Due to limited crowds, I did get on the back row with only a one train wait, but I blame that more on the lack of a grouper in the station leading to everyone lining up for the front row and the rows right in the middle.  Still, an incredible, awesome ride.

Oh, and why does a restaurant called "Grain & Grill International Cuisine" serve exclusively Chinese food?

After that, eager to get home, I hit the road for the rest of the drive back to Delaware.  And that about wraps up my Labor Day Weekend trip, and actually catches me completely up on pending trip reports from this year.

Next up is Cedar Point for my first ever Halloweekends experience, September 17 and 18.

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15 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

Oh, and why does a restaurant called "Grain & Grill International Cuisine" serve exclusively Chinese food?

Has anyone told the Naan bread, hummus, Au Gratin potatoes, apple salad with feta cheese, or steak with Chimichurri sauce? 😜  They do have Hoisin pork, but their rice is basmati, maybe they eat that somewhere in China, they do go together wonderfully. 

While I miss Panda Express, the G&G is turning out to be about as good a always-open restaurant, except a bit slower due to the options.

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18 minutes ago, bill_s said:

Has anyone told the Naan bread, hummus, Au Gratin potatoes, apple salad with feta cheese, or steak with Chimichurri sauce? 😜  They do have Hoisin pork, but their rice is basmati, maybe they eat that somewhere in China, they do go together wonderfully. 

While I miss Panda Express, the G&G is turning out to be about as good a always-open restaurant, except a bit slower due to the options.

My mistake.  I glanced at the menu and didn't really recognize anything, then when stepped in detected the distinct aroma that Chinese food has, so made a premature assumption.

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