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Hey everyone,


I was finally able to make what may possibly be the last video update of my Pacific Northwest Tour completed this morning. It is actually two videos so they are updates 5.1 and 5.2 which focus on the parks of Oregon. I also have pictures from the two eateries that my dad and I stopped at during the day, which included a place in Toledo, WA as well as Apizza Scholls in Portland, OR. Now some thoughts on the two parks......


Enchanted Forest:


This place is a great stop for families! The walk-through storybook trail is very well done, and there were all kinds of neat little things to discover along the way such as different tunnels and slides. The four rides/attractions I checked out as well (Challenge of Mondor, Haunted House, Ice Mountain Bobsleds, and Big Timber Log Ride) were great rides for the park! The pricing at first had me puzzled since they charged you to get into the place around 9 dollars or so, but having seen the trail it makes more sence.


Oaks Amusement Park:


This was a neat traditional park, granted coaster-wise, it was nothing to really write home about (a Pinifari death machine that my dad said he could see me wince on the hills and hear me yell in pain), the overall atmosphere was pretty cool. I enjoyed the Lewis and Clark Adventure dark ride, but didn't understand the last part as it went to something having to do with science.


A little back story about the reason for including Apizza Scholls, at one point about a year and a half ago, I saw it on the Northwest episode of Anthony Bordain's No Reservations, and I have become a bit of a fan of local pizza joints, so I knew I wanted to check it out! So we finally had the opportunity after going to Oaks, with Dad and I both giving it thumbs up! Loved it!


Hope you all enjoy the videos for my Pacific Northwest Tour: Update 5!





Here is the official Washington roadsign for the collection


Country Home Resturant in Toledo, WA......breakfast time!!!!


A form of symbolic exhibitionism.......


They are very strict on their restroom use.


This place is rather nice! And......


...the food was awesome!!! Time to head to Oregon!


Oregon roadsign for the collection!


Update 5.1




An addition to the TPR Index per Larry, always glad to help out! :)


Update 5.2


*All onride/inside attraction footage was taken with permission from park employees



Here we now are at Apizza Scholls in Portland


A shirt you can buy from the place


Oh man......THIS LOOKS AWESOME!!!!


And it was delicious!!!!! Happiness in my mouth!!!!


Definately approve of this resturant!


And thus ends our visit to Oregon. Thanks for checking it out!

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Wow, they spared no expense making a very realistic looking walking sweeper animatronic.


Is the bobsled rough? It looks like it jerks around a bit. Still looks awesome though.


I wish Ghost Town would build something like that (after they build a GCI off the side of the mountain).

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Hey everyone,


Time to bring the 2010 Adventures thread from the dead! I happend to take some time to throw together one last update from my Pacific Northwest adventure, this time from Safeco Field in Seattle as the Mariners took on the Chicago Cubs. This is the final update of the Pacific Northwest Tour, and would like to thank everyone for checking it out!





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Hey Everyone!


Time for another update to Gary's 2010 Adventures, this time from Coney Island in Cincinnati, with Zach (a.k.a. PKI Jizzman). Also spent a short time with Reon (sorry, but I forgot your real name, but it was cool to meet up with you). I caught up with Zach and his younger brother as I was on my way to see some old friends in Michigan, and had my camera along with me for the afternoon visit. Before the pictures, here are some of my thoughts about the place.


From what I had gathered before going to the place, I took it to be a less than average place to visit, but it turned out that this is a really neat place for the locals. A few rides with some decent landscaping, and the pool area is definatly the draw of the place, and it did not disapoint, with a playground style slide in the middle that you practically launch off of! This place seemed kind of like a Knoebel's-lite so to speak. Maybe not there on quality, but in the general feel of the place.


Now for the pictures, thanks for checking it out, hope you all enjoy!




Driving up through a small part of Virginia, I-77 has always been one of my favorite highways to drive on.


One of two under-mountain tunnels you pass through in Virginia on 77


Woo-hoo!! Made it to West Virginia!


Again, one of my favorite highways, simply because of the scenery


The state capital building in Charleston


Another view of Charleston (I seem to have a thing about state capital cities, as this is about the fourth or fifth one on this thread).


I wonder what is in this said Mystery Hole? :)


And now, we have made it to Ohio!


There are a good couple of these colorful bridges that cross the Ohio River between Ohio and Kentucky.


Almost there.......




...and we are there!


And look who is here to join us....Jizzman!!!!!!


Everybody's favorite innappropriatly named photographer!


Now, with there being a credit, we definatly need to check it out!!!


Python was entertaining, even as unnatural as it felt through certain drops and turns.




Lifthill enthusiasts......REJOICE!!!!!!




Flying Bobs


Now, I have only seen a few of these, and never actually tried one......so let us see what this is all about!


This ride is going to be intense....like RV Camping!


And here we are, stuck upside-down.


Zach's brother (his name is eluding me right now) in another car just below us.




A Moser drop tower, that unfortunatly was down for the time being, maybe next time.


We will just have to make it up with some action slide shots!!!


Zach's brother approves of the hornet-repellent covered slide...this thing had some giddy-up to it, but not nearly as awesome as the pool slide a little later.


Time to try this thing out for myself


It's intense.......like horseshoes!!!


Zach's brother flying by.


Zach heads down.


Side-by-side........intense like Martha Stewart!


And one last ride shot before the Super Roundup got going. Now a look at the park atmosphere and random antics...


Of course you have Zach taking pictures like some guy who is a part of the Paparazzi......but really though, this guy takes some of the best pictures there are to be found on this site!


Good thing there isn't a flood right now!


Hey now! It isn't time for me to go back to work yet!!


I suppose it doesn't hurt for me to do my own version of training camp before the next school year starts.


Now that I have had a seat on the Pony Express....I don't know what the big deal is?


Some of the buildings here are very well done!


Only a guy from Cincinnati would take a picture of a chili stand.




Now it is time for the pool area and slides.


An inside view of the main draw to Coney Island


And here we have the playground slide of awesome!!!! You practically can skim over the water comming off of it!


This innertube slide was a surprise too, with a little bit of airtime down the last drop.


And here we have the slide complex that replaced the old wood-structure slide complex that was once at the park.


And that wraps up the afternoon at Coney Island. Definatly enjoyed hanging out with Zach and his brother. Although I still have a bit of driving to do.


Quick little drive into Kentucky to get to I-75 to head north. This is the first time I have ever driven in this state!!


And here you can see Cincinnati before getting back across the Ohio River


Hey Elissa!!!


And thus I have arrived to my destination state. Hope you all enjoyed this update to Gary's 2010 Adventures!!

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<- DONE!!


I really enjoyed the place. I wouldn't say that it is one that I would make a point of going to Cincinnati for, but I would make a point to get there if I happend to be going to the area for something else (Kings Island, a Reds game, some kind of teaching seminar, ect....)



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Hey everyone,


It looks like I am one of the slowest ones to get my update from East Coast Bash. I have been in teacher mode for the past couple weeks as the school year officially began for us in Pitt County about three days after East Coast Bash, so I have been busy with that, but with the three-day weekend, I was finally able to go ahead and put these together.


Before I get to some of the best pictures that you will ever find from East Coast Bash......that were taken by a North Carolinian named Gary, let me tell you about the event itself:


One word to describe it..............




I had a ton of fun, and have to say that this was one of my favorite visits I have had to Kings Dominion! I have not been to many enthusiast events before, but I can honestly say that any other one I go to will have to be something else to match up to East Coast Bash for me.


Robb, Elissa and the rest of the TPR Crew put on a top-noch event, and the Kings Dominion staff that helped us out, answered questions in the Q&A session were also great! It is not very ofton that you get early access to two major coasters in the morning, and three major coasters at night, especially when one of the rides goes beyond its scheduled to so that those who wanted to ride the front were able to. Kudos to the I305 crew and the KD Staff for that!


The TPR Quest Game was all kinds of awesome! I think this needs to be a staple of all TPR events in the future.


Another thing for me was that I feel like my riding Intimidator over and over helped me to love the ride for what it is. I was not a big fan of it when they had the harder harnesses, and I was one of those that was disappointed when I rode it after the trims with the new harness in July. But after the first ride in the morning of East Coast Bash, I just started to really like the ride the way I hadn't the first couple of times I had been this year. As the day went on and the night ERT came, I felt like I could just keep riding it over and over as long as they would let us.


As for Robb's feelings about people booing at lunch about the park not taking off the trims, I have to agree that was a fairly lame thing to do. Believe me, I would love to know what it would have been like to ride this with the current straps and without the trim, but frankly it doesn't happen very ofton that a park will go and put in a ride like this, and even as it is, it is an awesome ride!


The walk-back tour was really cool as well, as you get to see the park in a way that you normally wouldn't. It kind of reminded me of how I enjoyed getting to see rides like Mantis, Top Thrill Dragon, Raptor, Iron Dragon and others at Cedar Point from a different perspective when going to the employee break areas while working there. A very cool part of the day indeed.


If there was only one downside to my day at East Coast Bash, it was that I had to head home that same night as I was exhausted from a great day.


So those were my thoughts about the day, and I hope you all enjoy the pictures from my day at East Coast Bash!




In order to get to East Coast Bash in time, I had to head out the door around this time!


As you can see, when I arrived there was already a good line waiting to get in......


....and it wasn't long for it to get bigger behind me.


I think there are some nerds here. What do you think?


Dominator is waiting to give us some morning ERT!


As you can see, this looks like it is going to be a popular event!


That guy working the ticket booth looks strangly familiar.


Looks like somebody "accidently" put two beer tickets in Derek's packet.


The line of folks waiting to get into the park.


What could all of these people be waiting for?


Or these people for that matter?


Ahhhh.....I think Bryan's gaze shows us what we are all waiting in an organized line for......Dominator!


Here you see all of these people waiting to be Dominated.


Some are even brave enough to be Dominated in the rear!


trainload of enthusiasts!


As the day went on, the clouds would disappear......then return in a fury that would be the late afternoon storm about the time of the informal waterpark takeover.


After so many were Dominated, it was time to head to Grizzly.


Here Robb gives the first of many sermons to us, his TPR Cult followers.


In his first sermon to us, Pastor Robb tells us of the difference of this foolish common man concept known as "rain", and the true nature of these fluids of the sky, known as Grizzly Juice!


Some followers of the TPR Cult are convinced easily of the powers of Grizzly Juice......


.....while others appear more skeptical


Did Grizzly Juice indeed heal the pain and suffering of these souls while seated upon this ride? One may never know, unless they share the message of Avleysm!!!


Here Eric and the other wait for our walk to Intimidator 305 to be the first riders for the day.


I was really glad to see that the tunnel was growing back in, and not just scrapped.


In the same fashion that Moses had led the Jewish people across the Red Sea and the Deserts to find the promise land, Pastor Robb leads his cult followers to the Mecca on this holy day of Alveysm that came to be known as East Coast Bash.........


....Intimidator 305!!!


"The Grizzly Juice that heals the pain and suffering of souls from that of the Grizzly, is detrimental to the Joy and Salvation that is experienced upon Intimidator 305!!!" Book of Robb, Chapter 2, Verse 4


Here we are waiting to catch our first rides of the day for I305.


And as you can see, people in our group like to take pictures of tall coasters......


......as can bee seen here as well


A trainload of enthusiasts head out on I305 in a bit of a Grizzly-Drizzle.....


...well, it was more of a Grizzly-Down Pour.


"....and thus the young man said to Pastor Robb 'The Grizzly Juice brought me pain, and Intimidator 305 brought me joy...I understand now...life is about balance!!!!" Book of TPDave, Chapter 1, Verse 8


Wet rides can be just as fun as dry ones!




Train load of happy!!!!


We interupt this update to bring you a sight of Diabetic Coma-Inducing Delight!!!!!


This verse entry is brought to you by Coca-Cola, the official beverage of Theme Park Review!......"Should you baptize your tastebuds in a foul liquid known as Pepsi, you have sworn your soul to Satan!!!!!!" Book of Elissa, chapter 6, verse 2


Derek chooses to go with a large dose of potassium rather than load up on sugar....Renee may have never seen such a large banana before.


Hanno and Dave look to be extreamly thrilled to ride the best TOGO coaster in Kings Dominion


Robbie, Tyler, Renee, Derek and......John I believe? All ready for a ride from Drop Tower!


A round of Bumper Cars is usually hard to do when it is closed off for Haunt Construction.


"And thus the holy day of East Coast Bash shall be celebrated with a meal.......


......in a place named of a mighty tree........


.....where friends shall gather........


....and beer shall be consumed!" Book of Derek, chapter 6, verse 9!


Here Pastor Robb works with the technology of Podcasts to spread the word that the TPR Cult is what all the cool people are following these days.....except for Tom Cruise, as we don't want our image to be ruined.


Future walk-back picture taker! I think we may know where she gets it from :)


I forget their names, but these two with Kings Dominion were very cool to give some of their time to answer questions for us!


Action shot of the TPR Quest Game.


More Quest Game!


And the winner!


Time for one of the cooler parts of the day, the photo walk-back


In his next sermon, Pastor Robb tells us, his followers, of the virtues of being decent, intelligent people and being in the areas we are permitted by the Kings Dominion staff, otherwise facing the consequences of exile from the group for being a dumb@$$.


Heading back to the world normally not entered by mere mortals known as "The General Public"


And the main reason for coming to this normally unadmittable area.


If you want to see what this scene was like from Robb's perspective, copy and past this address ->http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/files/58_18.jpg


While I305 was the star of the walk-back, you were also able to get some neat views of other coasters as well.....


...such as Anaconda.


One of the most photographed portions, from a different angle!




And the turn into the brakes.


Different views of Rebel Yell can also be seen



Off in the distance.


A different side of Volcano can also be seen!




You can even see into KD Past with footers from King Cobra that sits somwhere under.........


....this thing!


But alas, most of these good followers of the TPR Cult came to this walk back for one thing.......


......Intimidator 305!! So now I give to you my collection of Intimidator 305 pictures!



"Gentlemen......START YOUR ENGINES!!!!"


Geeky shot!














And just as this is the end of the ride, that is the end of my Intimidator 305 pictures, however.......


....you can't forget about those who were there with you to take pictures too!!!


I approve of this coaster, this event and this day in general!


More nerdy people taking nerdy pictures!


Now parents, before you allow your children to choose their own religion, allow me to ask you if you really want them to follow a guy like this? :)


Derek trying for the "comparison" pictures to help advertise the phone or the camera, which ever one comes out better.


"And the followers did as asked of them, and thus much joy and fun was had by all!" Book of Chuck, Chapter 4, Verse 3


And here we show that we are a friendly cult by moving over for oncoming traffic!


Now if there is one thing to be said about Robb, he is a very cool, extreamly friendly guy! For the many people who wanted to say hi to him, he was very approachable. He, and the rest of the Theme Park Review crew put on a great event! Thank you for being the awesome guy you are Robb!


"When guided by women to things that your enjoy, you should always find a way to show them your appreciation that they will remember!" Book of Big Mike, Chapter 1, Verse 1........as no other number matters for Big Mike!


Shortly after our walk back, it started to look like armageddon was upon us.....


And my camera would soon die after, so it seems fitting that the last picture I would have is......


....a mass exidous of people from the park before the storm hits. East Coast Bash was awesome! I can't wait to do another TPR Trip, Event, whatever! It is always a good time! Thanks for checking out my version of the East Coast Bash update, hope you all enjoyed!!

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Great report as always Gary!


I would have had similar walk back pics from I232, but my camera was stolen right before Coaster Stock. grrr


Not that there aren't 1,000,000 of those pics out on the internet.


But now I have a new camera, and so looking forward to a new trip report from Dorney, Hershey & Great Adventure next weekend!

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