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^tigellinus - They were assigning rows, and from what I could see they VERY rarely let people request a row. But if the line is short enough, you could always just go again and again until you get the row you want



-Gary T.


Utterly lame!! These are capacity monsters...screw you Cedar Fair!! No doubt 305 is the same way. I better get used to the breeches, checkerboard jersey, and chin-strap hat as I'll be line jockeying all damn summer now.


Sorry for my tone Gary and thanks for replying! I just hate CF's ride fascism.

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^No problem, I understand the bummerage from it. I had been texting back and forth with Zack for most of the afternoon about each ride and how it was, and I REEEEEEEEALLY wanted to get a back seat ride, but everytime I ended up in a row I had been on, which 14 was the most common row for me. Still a great ride, but I would have loved to see what it was like in other rows too!


-Gary T.

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Hey everyone,


So a little bit of bad new was brought to me earlier by our school's secretary with regards to my request for a sub tomorrow. Apparently the policy of my county is that if you use a sick-leave day the day before a holiday, you must have a note or take the day unpaid.......LAME!!!! Since I don't care to loose out on the income, and because I don't think I could find a dr. crooked enough to just write me a quick note, I am going to be a good boy and go to work tomorrow, which means no Six Flags America tomorrow. What will most likely happen is that my brother and I will make a stop first thing Saturday morning to get my pass taken care of, then High-Tail it to SFGAdv to spend the rest of the day there. Hershey and Kings Dominion are still on for Sunday and Monday respectively.


A little bit of a bummer, but nothing that can't be overcome to still have a great trip! Besides, It is supposed to be great weather all weekend!!!!


-Gary T.

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Good luck with Great Adventure, I went today and it was jammed. Long lines for everything (even the Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train a junior coaster looked to be 30 minutes!). Full queues for El Toro, Nitro and Bizarro. I am afraid Saturday might be even worse. I left after riding Nitro (used an exit pass from Funatics and it still took almost 20 minutes!) and The Dark Knight.

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Hey everyone,


So I have just made it to my brother's place here in D.C., and we have come to a decision to change up plans for tomorrow as SFA doesn't have their pass center open until later in the morning, so we are going to visit Hersheypark tomorrow, and then on Sunday, I am going to make a short visit to SFA to process my pass and catch a few rides, before heading back to Doswell to visit Kings Dominion again.......yes again.


As I was on my way to DC, I came to being within a short distance of KD, and thought it may be cool to see Intimidator 305 upclose and in person, so I made a quick stop, took a couple pictures, took a spin on Anaconda, as I-305 was down at the time, and got back in the car to get to D.C.


This update is to help tell the tale of my journey here to D.C. from work.


Tomorrow at Hershey, and the weather is supposed to be great! If you spot me, don't be afraid to say hey!


-Gary T.


Here we have Mr. Taylor's corner of the room and desk.....yes, my students are well aware of my enjoyment of theme parks!


This would be the best sight of the day, as they have all gone home for Spring Break, which means........


.....it's time for Mr. Taylor to begin his spring break weekend trip!


While I do teach in a mobil unit, it is really convienient at the end of the day, because.......


.......I park my car right outside, which means........


I can get right in and head up to DC!


Well, the drive was off to a slow start, as there was an unusual amount of traffic on I-95 in NC


Traffic usually bums me out, but at least we kept moving


Richmond Skyline Ahead


So here it is around 7:27......


....and Kings Dominion is just up ahead, and closes at 8........


....could be worth a stop!


Dominator at night!


Is this picture Bag-O-Crap worthy? :)


Since I don't recall there being a road sign welcoming to the District of Columbia, so I figured a blurry picture of the Washington monument would due for this time! Thanks for checking it out, its off to Hersheypark tomorrow!

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Hey everyone,


Yesterday, Kellen and I went to Hersheypark for the first time, and I must say that I truly enjoyed our visit there. It was a day of some great coasters, and comical moments! The weather was beautiful, and while the crowds were a bit large, the only long wait we had was for Fahrenheit at about an hour. Most everything else we were on within 25 minutes or less. Here is a breakdown of my thoughts on the coasters:


- Great Bear: An good B&M invert. It was not quite as intense as some of its other counterparts around the country, but it was still a lot of fun! I would have loved to get another ride on it, but with only one-train going, we decided that our last row ride was good for the day. Certainly one of my favorites at the park


- Trailblazer: A ok mine ride, a little shorter compared to others, and a bit jerky, but still gave some good views of other rides, such as Storm Runner


-Storm Runner: We rode it in the thrid row, and I was surprised by the ride! I knew it would be a great ride, but I was suprised at the airtime that it had. I figured it wouldn't have much air to it at all, but it had some spots of it here and there. The best part for me was the top hat. It did break down at one point, but the maintenance staff got it back up and going fairly quickly, so kudos to them!


-Sidewinder: Boomerang......enough said


-Wildcat: I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I rode Wildcat, as every GCI I had been on other than Gwazi Lion was a blast, but this one just didn't live up to the others for me. I think it shook a bit more than I would have expected for Millennium Flyer trains.


-Sooperdooperlooper: Having been on Shock Wave and Mind Bender, I have been spoiled by so awesome Schwarzkopf coasters....Sooperdooperlooper was an okay one. The loop was nice and intense, but the rest was kind of meh. Not much air to speak of on this one.


-Wild Mouse: Little to no brakes made this a fun ride. Some parts were a little hard on the sides, but still fun


-Lightning Racer: Either one of the racers is awesome! I think the racing aspect adds something to it. That and the ride itself is just a lot of fun! It was certainly on the higher end of the GCI list in my opinion! Kellen and I both had trouble with winning though, as we ended the day with a 1-5 record


-Fahrenheit: Would be the longest line of the day at an hour, but it was well worth it! The way the little pops of air came, I imagine this is what Maverick is supposed to be like when you are not thinking about your neck getting destroyed by the restraint. I really like Fahrenheit a lot! The transitions were nice and smooth, and the first drop was cool!


-Comet: We had an okay ride in the front that didn't do a whole lot, but a nighttime ride in the back made up for it! Always enjoy a classic.



One other thing that we did was check out Chocolate World in the middle of the day. The factory tour ride was pretty cool, and we were actually picked out to take a taste test of some new Jolly Rancher chewable candy. While that itself may not sound all that funny, it dawned on Kellen and I shortly after we started the test that we had been lured into a secluded room with the promise of candy.....It didn't help when the dialogue was something along the lines of "You two like candy?", "Yeah!", "How about you two come in this room here and we will have you test out some new products for us." We did get a free Hershey bar for our time, which was cool.



Overall, it turned out to be a great day, and I really enjoyed my time at Hershey. I can't wait until I have a chance to check it out again! This update will actually take to posts as I had taken over a hundred pictures to post on here, so I hope you all enjoy!



-Gary T.


A city called Cockeysville.....that cracks me up a little


A redbox at McDonalds.....now if only I see a man eat his own head will I be able to say that I have seen everything


Who is this guy? Seems like an okay stranger, lets take him along!


PA welcome sign for the collection


Harrisburg's skyline in the distance


We made it to Hersheypark!


And from the parking lot, we see that Storm Runner is getting ready for the day!


Wildcat from the lot


Just in case there is any doubt about where Hersheypark is.....


Gary: "Are you ready for the best day ever Kellen?!!!!?!" Kellen: "Uhhhhhhh, sure"


Chocholate World! We would come and check it out later after lunch


The Hershey stacks.....or a model of them for Chocolate World I should say


As you can see, it was a crowded day, but that would stop us from having a good time


Although it looks like the state of Pennsylvania wants you to pay $0.75 in order to have fun.....


This has to be worth at least 10 cents! Only 65 more to go!


The man behind the city, factory, or in other words, mini-empire known as Hershey


First order of Business......Great Bear!


A solid invert that gives a good ride


Not the most intense of the inverts, but still a good ride!


Would have loved to get more rides, but one train operation made that a bit tricky.....oh well, there is always next time




It is definately one of the most unique in its design for supports


As shown here as well


It also come very close to some of the other rides, like here with Sooperdooperlooper


While in line for Great Bear, you can see that the coal craker is being fixed up


Same here


This sign made us crack up a little


Up next was Trailblazer


A little jerky in spots, but still a good ride for the family, and the line was non-existant when we got on.


Storm Runner would follow as it had a very minimal line at the time


Kellen and I both loved Storm Runner


I loved this part of the ride


I was surprised how much airtime it had, as I did not expect it




It did go down once before we got on, but the wait for maintenance was only a short bit, maybe 10 minutes, and we were on our way.


The launch was pretty cool too. First smaller hydrolic launch coaster I had been on


Giving Sidewinder some love. It was an okay ride, but once you do one boomerang, you've done them all (unless you do it for the credit).


The one credit that would not be had today, but it was worth missing for the sake of getting in for about half the regular proce!


Up next was our last coaster before lunch......Wildcat


It looks like a good ride, but it didn't quite live up to some of the other GCIs out there


I don't recall seeing such a happy wildcat before



I wonder if that have a Dutch Oven :)


Time for a little break to see what Chocolate World



Apparently this woman does not understand our narcissism


Inside Chocolate World


The story of the Hershey Company, while waiting to do the Factory Tour Ride


Love how they are trying to make the authentic look, bird poo and all!


Getting on the ride for the tour


A "bro-mantic" moment




Always love a fine set of rears!


Singing cows on the tour


Going into the "factory"


Kellen appreciates a good bean cleaner


Mixing the beans


Singing cows again


"liquid chocolate"




The fine brands of the Hershey Company


The onride picture......this is the kind of stuff that movie posters are made of!


Wopper guy seems kind of shy.......Syrup Bottle dude looks like he has been smoking up! Look how red his eyes are!


This is the point where Kellen and I were lured into a secluded room with the promise of candy......not always the best situation to get yourself in


Yeay for taste-tests where you get free candy as a reward!!!!!


Kellen ended up with a case of peppermint nipples from the Chocolate Tour


They sure do have one hell of a candy inventory at this place


One last shot before returning to the park


Kellen is still trying to get over the fact that he had been lured into a secluded room with the promise of candy


No Gary.....that is not the biggest Hershey Bar.....it's a guy in a suit


First ride back.....Sooperdooperlooper!


In the loop......


And through it too


Looks like Syrup Bottle Guy has gone clean, looks like Milkduds Man has been a good influence


Lightning Racers.....definatly the best woodies in the park! Kellen and I both managed only one win out of 6 tries


Maybe it was because he didn't know how to use the seatbelts on the ride


The whip was on the short side, but still fun


Didn't ride it, but it would have been good for more pictures, something to save for another visit!


The next ride.....Fahrenheit!


An awesome rides with some great elements, and good air to it!


Was the longest wait we had at about an hour


But it was worth it


Resese's Extream Cup Challenge.


A neat ride, but the guns were kind of shot, and it was hard to tell how the score was kept.


And the last credit for the day.....Comet


The front row was an okay ride. The back row at night was a great way to end the night!



Lifthill shot!!


Time to begin the end of the update with some nighttime shots!




One of my favorite nighttime pictures I have ever taken


How about some nighttime antics? Hey, at this point I think we only had about a dime left to go before we got our 75 cents worth of fun from the state amusement tax


And now it is covered!



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and here is part two


I will be at Six Flags America this afternoon, and Kings Dominion tomorrow, so if you spot me at either park, feel free to say hello!


Hope you have all enjoyed the update so far, and that you enjoy the rest here!


-Gary T.


One last parting shot before leaving the park


Stopping back at Chocolate World so Kellen can stock up on some Nutrageous!


Kellen and I decided to hit up Red Robin for dinner, and I must say I like the view from the front door. I really liked the Lightning Racers.


Kellen ponders what would be a good selection to put in his stomach.


I opted for the Bonzai Burger....


Pineapple, Cheese and Teryaki Sauce.......a great combo of items for a hamburger!


Now that we have had our grub, it is time to make like Red here and hit the road back to DC. I hope you all enjoyed my Hersheypark update!

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Hey Gary!


Nice pictures of Hersheypark! I apologize for not getting back to you about what ride I was operating yesterday... we don't receive our ride assignments until the start of our shift. But if you were wondering, I was working Stormrunner! I don't recall seeing you, though. :\


Yesterday was a great day to attend Hersheypark... lines were significantly shorter than friday and saturday. I was working Frog Hopper on friday, and even THAT had a 45 minute wait. An hour wait for Fahrenheit is a blessing, haha.



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Zach - I didn't know you were going to help keep everyone up to date on what I was doing, heh heh I have pictures to post from my short visit to SFA and from my day today at Kings Dominion, but I think I am going to relax after a decent amount of driving


Larry - That's a bummer! It would have been awesome to say hello if nothing else, but I understand. We had actually decided to do Hershey on Saturday instead of Sunday the night before, so it wasn't in the plans for long before it happend. It was still a great day regardless, but I hope that next time we may happen to be at the same place we won't miss each other.


F1shy - I actually was there on Saturday, as it was a last minute change in plans, so that may be why you didn't see me Sunday, heh heh


bgwfreak - I could see it too! It is crazy how they did it, but it makes Great Bear very unique


-Gary T.

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Dude! I love the Bonzi Burger OMG. Lol...but seriously, great pictures. I love HersheyPark and I think they have a great balance of rides. I love that it's not just a coaster park, or just a flat ride park. I can't wait to go back this year.

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Hey everyone,


I have two updates that I have not yet gotten to, and apologize for slacking off on my 2010 adventures thread thus far, but since returning from the weekend trip, I have had a combination of work at Lowes Foods, signing a new lease as I will be getting an apartment without a roommate in May, and today was dedicated to helping to reward one of my team's students for having a complete turn around in his behavior and performance......with a day at Busch Gardens!


I am planning on taking some time soon to do the reports from my short visit to SFA and my day at KD earlier this week for everyone's enjoyment.


I would also like to say to the TPR community that I feel very honored to have now had two different reports featured on the front page of this great site! The two reports being from Carowinds openning day, and from this past Saturday at Hersheypark. I remember how excited I was the first time I had a PTR featured at the front with my Dollywood trip from 2007, and these two are just as cool to me as that one was! Thank you very much! An as always, I hope you all enjoy my future posts and updates!


-Gary T.

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Hey Gary, the reason why the supports for Great Bear are positioned that way is that the park and the city had issues when it came to putting them in the water. I read online many years back and found that out myself. So they had to work around the water. Here is the link to where you can find your answer.



Hope that helps you out.

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Hey everyone!


It is update time! This update is from the short visit I made to Six Flags America on Sunday, April 4th. I was only in the park for around 2 hours as I was going to get my season pass, and then in the evening I would be joining my brother Kellen with a few friends of his for Easter dinner. I spent a decent amount of the pictures focusing on the changes that have been made to SFA this year, some of which I think are pretty good changes to make, such as Superman's great new paint-job, the addition of signs that tell you when different characters will be appearing. I managed to get a few rides in while I was there, including Roar, Wild One, two on Superman, and two on Joker's Jinx.


It was a nice day, and I had an enjoyable evening with Kellen and his friends (no pictures unfortunatly, as I forgot the camera) after Six Flags.


Hope you all enjoy the update!


-Gary T.


While Kellen and I had driven through Maryland the day before, I did not see a road sign for it, so I got it on this day to add to the collection!


Now I have my season pass, and am ready to go for the 2010 coaster season!


I don't recall if this video screen was at the park last year or not, but it at least is a fairly new addition


The park map for when Thomas Town is ready!


One of the new additions for 2010, these new signs that tell you when the characters will appear for guests to meet them.


More detailed look at what the sign shows


There is another one located in Gotham City....not sure what Mr. Six and Robin are doing together. :)


One thing that had been mentioned before is that Cyclone (scrambler) had been relocated to the old Octopus location


A new rock wall attraction is in the place of where cyclone was


Where Avalanche used to be


I had thought that Thomas Town would go where Two Face once sat, but that is not the case. It will be interesting to see what comes of its old spot.


Couldn't help but grab a quick shot of a good woodie!


One thing that was also pretty cool was the live band they brought in for the day. I believe this was a local Christian group, and while it isn't my kind of thing usually, they did sound good!


Not necessarily the most important detail to notice, but they have new height sticks that have the logos of rides within that height area. Helpful for employees and guests alike!


Another great improvement is the paint job given to Superman, as it looks like it is almost brand new!


Another look at the newly painted Ride of Steel!


Another nice touch is that it looks as though they also updated the S on the front of the train with the same one from 'Superman Returns'


Superman's Tarp of Steel!!!


Let's take a look at Thomas Town's progress


This is the map of what will be the finished product


As you can see here...........


.......they still have a ways to go


But they have an awesome pile of dirt!


Another view of the land that will be Thomas Town


The old Ballon Farris Wheel that will be part of Thomas Town


The railroad business is really a cover-up for Sir Topum Hat's underground prostitution ring that is coming to SFA. He is simply trying to make good with the press that is following him right now.


They also cleaned up the pond underneath Superman, which was much needed!


Look who came to check out his own ride


I wonder if the Joker would add me as a friend on Facebook so I can tag him in this picture?


While this visit to SFA comes to an end, there is one tradition that has not yet been fulfilled on this trip so far.........


That right! Time for a stop at 7-Eleven........


....for a SLURPEE!!!!!!


Tradition fulfilled!!!!! Thanks for checking out this update! Kings Dominion will be comming soon!

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