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Enchanted Forest looks freaking awesome. If I had a few million to blow making a theme park, that's more or less what I'd want it to look like. They've obviously gone to great effort to build an immersive environment full of great thematics and detail, which is what I really like to see in parks. It looks like they keep it clean too. A few more rides would make it a destination in my book.

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Forests tend to creep me out. Something about lots of trees, no sun peeking through, I don't know--but they always seem dreary, depressing and claustrophobic to me.


So when you plop a theme park full of figurines of nursery rhyme characters, some of whom have these truly freaky, lurid expressions (Humpty Dumpty, anyone?), you have the ingredients for a nightmare setting in my book. Is it just me, or would this place be a really good set for a horror film?


But in all seriousness, I went on the park's website and read a little on this place's history (the guy who designed it saw a dearth of family activities in Salem and scraped together what he had to finance his dream; it took seven years for it to actually become a reality) and I really do have to appreciate what this place is all about and that it still exists today. I think the nursery rhyme theme might be outdated these days, so this place seems like a relic of the past with a few quirky rides thrown in the mix to keep things even more unique. I'm very much looking forward to visiting Enchanted Forest in September.


Thanks for sharing all this, Chad!

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Very cool that you got to Enchanted Forest! LOVE that place. Was the "haunted mansion" still there? My only visit was just passing through, on a Sunday morning (?) and the park was completely empty. It was surreal. But the Bobsleds were a blast. Gotta give it up for a totally in-house-designed and -built Matterhorn tribute.

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The Topper Track on Tremors is on the top of the first turn after the first drop then is on the hills leading to the far turnaround and through the far turnaround. I think it's like 1200' of track!


From Screamscape today:


Park News - (7/22/11) Roller Coaster Alley dropped by Silverwood this past week and...report that the test sections of Rocky Mountain’s Topper Track that were installed last year have now been removed (and were seen laying by the air strip from the train ride) and replaced by some newly rebuilt and retracked segments on Tremmors....


Jake, I guess this would be why I didn't notice any topper track on Tremmors, and I agree with the folks at Coaster Alley, it was running damn fine, though I have no previous rides to compare it to.

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It's the next to last weekend of daily operation for Worlds of Fun and that can only mean one thing, the 6th Annual Coaster Mayhem held on August 13th. Coaster Mayhem is a park sponsored event open to anyone with a valid coaster club membership and comes with a very reasonable season pass cost of $14 + new for this year, $2 for will call pick up.


So, you are asking, what do you get for your $16? Well, you get free drinks, lunch, ERT on Patriot and PROWLER!, VIP seating for "Don't Stop Believing" and several discounts throughout the park. Also featured this year was a Worlds of Fun history exhibit and working model's of WoF's past coasters.


At lunch we were treated at a peek at the concept art for this year's haunt. Worlds of Fun is promising to become the best in the chain for haunt season so Knott's, are you listening Knotts? Watch out, the midwest is gonna strike! Also, I was able to quash one rumor, WoF will not be getting a Windseeker....in 2012. Yeah, I know, I was disappointed too. What does 2013 hold? Well, that's still a secret, they have plenty of space to expand, so let's hope Cedar Fair will give them something good in 2013 ;)


This will be a two part PTR as I'm including some stuff I don't normally include along with several pictures from the "weekend only" history and coaster model exhibit.


So early, so quiet, yet so inviting!


So why are we here so early? Why for coaster mayhem of course! This year the park gave out free refillable bottles with free refills all day!


Uh Oh, my favorite flat ride in the park is still down. Must get to the bottom of this, it's been closed since summers end last year.


In to the empty park we go!


The Grand Carousel still looking good. Interesting factoid, the original sign was given to the folks who are achiving historical aspects of the park at lunch. Yes, I know, the horses used to go in circles at GL, but at least the original sign is going to people who will take care of and cherrish it!


First up on today's agenda, an hour of ERT on Patriot!


And few showed up which meant I never got off the train. I lost count of how many rides in a row I got in after 24. Sure, it's not the most forceful of the B&M's, but it's a solid ride. And for those wanting to know, yes, it's in my top 10 for mulitple reasons.


After our hour of ERT, the public swarmed the ride so I headed to Cyclone Sam's Cloud Poofer 2000, still the best trabant ever.


New in the park this summer is the Chippery, basically flavored fresh chips.


Not new this year, but having returned is this doggy show. Is this thing even popular?


Knowing that the line for Mamba would be insance, I headed thataway before the crowds infiltrated.


No trains on the transfer track means at least two trains running! Well, in fact that's all they put on the track this year. Why you ask? Well, after some sleuthing we found it was for several reasons. The first being they just didn't have enough time to refurb all three trains by summer due to the construction of Planet Snoopy, The Grand Carousel, and one other thorn in their side which I'll tell you about in a bit. The other reason being they simply didn't need three trains but for a few times last year, so they figured why bother stressing over it. So, where is the third train you ask? Well, it's safe and rehabed in storage. This way, over the off season, they only need to complete the rehab on one train giving them all year to work on the second one on track. So, there you have it.


It was so hot outside, even the bees needed a drink!


Prowler completing the last of its test runs.


So while I waited for Prowler, I went and shot up a few things.


So what do we have here? Exclusive viewing time at this weekend only exhibit.


I have to admit, I have never been in the All Stars Grill which overlooks the log flume and where the exhibit was located. I must say, they have some decent food and coupled with a season pass discount, reasonably priced too.


But we weren't here for the food, no, we were here for the history and coaster models.


They had press releases and photographs from park construction to present day.


Its Eli!


Zinger track piece


And Zinger track plans.


And the Schussboomer which I don't remember.


And I don't remember this either.


I know there are some Orient Express fanatics out there, so this shoe's for you!


And a wheel.


And an Orient Survival Kit and anti-rollback.




My, what a big nut you have.


They also had a well thought out and good looking timeline displayed.



Next it was time to take a look at all of the coaster models of past WoF coasters courtesy of coastermodels.com


Here's the Zinger which was on maintenace for a special order part. However, if they manually pushed the train to the top, it ran with no issues.


The Orient Express was easily the most impressive of all the models and it worked flawlessly.


Everything was done exacting including the interlocking loops.


All of these models were recently on display at Union Station in KC. It was so popular that they have offered the creator a permanent spot. As a result, the models will be spruced up and put in a more permanent configuration.


For instance, the OE was broken down into 5 pieces for transport.


Big or small, they build them all.


They even have the transfer tracks. The models only have one train so the transfers are for looks. It only takes about 10 seconds for the train to make its way around the OE track.


And a different angle.


Death machine.


Hmmm, so what are these people doing?


Why flooding the channel of course!


Isn't it ironic that they placed the shell of EXT next to a trash can?


So now it was time to hit up a few more flats and get my Bamboozle on.


Dragons were just now testing.


Patriot doing its thing.


Intersting. You can get a Chicago Hot Dog or Texas Pretzel at a Chinese Pagoda.

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Part II, includes just what in the world is up with Thunderhawk.


Ah Thunderhawk, why aren't you up and running.


At least you're hanging in the air and not sitting on the ground.


But your wiring is still not connected. So, just what is wrong with you?


Somewhere in this photo you will find the problem...


So here it is. They are finally able to put humpty back together again. HUSS, being HUSS, doesn't keep parts on the shelf, so a few parts had to be custom made. Well, one thing leads to another, motors need work, HUSS issues a recall notice, and just when they got it all put back together, bam, dead batteries. And, you guessed it, Walmart doesn't stock a HUSS battery, so once again, they wait. However, all of the parts are in and humpty will fly again.


Meanwhile, over at Planet Snoopy


The wacky worm is still wacky.


Snoopy still has cookies.


The boutique is still a nice place to cool off.


Snoopy is still top dog in the park.


The balloons are up and running and looking good, a nice fit in this area.


And the monorail thingy is up and running. Interesting factoid, this was classified as a super structure by the permitting office. Yes, I know what you are thinking, it's a kiddie ride. They do things differently in KC I suppose.


Snoopy watching over the towers. Planet Snoopy really is one of the best improvements the park has made in some time. Yes, the new coasters are impressive, but as a whole, it's a tremendous overhaul and has been well received by the public.


The line for Detonator was crazy!


So I hit up the scambler. Not overly intense, but was ran well.


So it was time for a train ride on ELI!


The train ride is around 7 minutes and gives you a good tour of most of the park and allows you to see rides from a different perspective.


Go Back!


The one ride I haven't been on in a long time, mostly because these are typically slow loaders and draw long lines.


So for those of you who have not been on PROWLER! I thought I'd take a moment and show you the first half of the ride and why it's so awesome. First, you come of the lift hill in a signature GCI twist that takes you back under the lift.


shooting out from under the lift.


through the trees


A quick up and down to get your picture took


then the speed stablizes and you make a slight turn


And move side to side with your hands in the air like you just don't care.


zoom past low to the ground


where we you get a few more ups


to get ready for...


the turn around


where you twist and turn all the way back to the station where your heart is pounding and your brain is telling you to run around, get back in line, and do it all again.


YES!!! They are working to get Thunderhawk up and ready for inspection!!!!


What the????


I guess its popular afterall, who woulda thunk it


The second best restaurant in the park.


What is wrong with this picture??? Ok fine, I'll just tell you so you don't have to guess...people actually WANTING to ride the boomathing! shocking. Doctors are standing by.


hmmmm, I wonder why that is.....




Snoopy says it's dark enough for Hot Summer Lights!





The tunnel of love.


for those wondering, the sperm are still there.


I'd be pissed too if I had something tickling my ass.


It was a full moon tonight and the only place in the park I could get a moon shot and coaster shot was by the boomerang. So, here we go.


So you are asking yourself, why?


Well, for those that attended coaster mayhem, the park is giving away cash to the best picture taken during the event.


And who couldn't use an extra hundred bucks.


So yeah, that's why, hope you enjoyed the boomerang moon shots.


And there you have it, good night Worlds of Fun! Thanks for another fantastic Coaster Mayhem, see you again soon!

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^The kids area over the years just lost it's luster, actually it never really had any, it was just there, not much for the kids. After tearing down the Orient Express and Zinger amongst other rides, they really just didn't have much to draw you to the park. I hated to see the Himalaya go, but the tradeoff in Patriot was worth the sacrifice and Prowler beats Timber Wolf like Timber Wolf beats you. It's a smaller park in the rides department with a large footprint so it needed something to keep people there which is what Cedar Fair appears to try to be doing. Holding true to form, I don't see any capital improvements in 2012 as it seems of late they only infuse major cash every other year.

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Ok, contest time. I have multiple trips to post, but need help in which one to post next. So....I will be granting wishes. Like in most wishing scenerios, I will grant three wishes, one each to the first three people who respond. Tell me which park you want to see next, the first person to respond will get their wish and so on and so forth, please, duplicate requests while humbling, shouldn't be made.


Here is the list to choose from:


Jersey Shore Whore - ~14 parks (note: some of the parks I have very few pictures of)

Kiddieland whoring - Pittsburg, KS

Heritage Square Amusement Park - Golden, Co

Alpine Sleds @ Heritage Square - Golden, Co

Lakeside Amusement Park - Denver, Co

Milehigh Flea Market - Denver, Co

Elitch Gardens - Denver, Co

Santa's Workshop - North Pole

Coors Brew Tour - Golden, Co

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As promised, your wish is my command. Beer. An American staple and a favorite among many a C-TPR member is produced by many and perfected by few. Coors believes they have it perfected and are willing to give you three on the house to prove it, that is, if you take their FREE Brewery Tour! Yes, I said it, FREE Beer, and oh yeah, a tour to go with it.


Yes Please!


When you get to the Brewery, you park in a lot at 14th and Ford where you board a shuttle bus. The shuttle bus takes you on a brief tour of downtown Golden, Co. where they give you bits and pieces of history on how the brewery was started.




Hours and telephone information.


Once you enter the tour lobby they provide you with an audio tour device and wristband used for FREE Beer! Behind the lobby counter is a history exhibit.


Next, you make your way to the elevators which take you to the observation level of the brewery. Displayed on the wall are all of the beers they currently produce.


Next stop, the ingredients. I have never touched barley before, I was surprised by it's light feathery texture.


Once you've learned about the ingredients used to make beer, you head down a hallway to the Brewery.


Stuff germinates over here.




They claim this is the largest copper kettle cookery in the world. Any one of the kettles can hold 20k plus cases of beer at one time.


To go along with your audio tour are interactive displays.



The left over grains are made into cattle feed. The spent yeast is sent to Purina to make cat food.


Control Room. The guys in here know their beer.




They also said they are the only large producer of beer that uses cold filtering.




Wouldn't you like to have this job?


They perform over 1 million tests a year...


...in here!


Yes!!!! Halfway thru the tour your entered a "cold" room where you got about a four ounce sample of either Coors Light or Coors Banquet.


You could sit on "ice cubes" and enjoy your beer or sample their special filtered mountain water.


Another option is to go to the packaging room.


Today they were packaging Coors Banquet and Keystone.


Packing the beer.


Fixing the packaging.


Fixing the packaging machine. I'd imagine this is something you wouldn't want down long.


Once you've taken it all in, it's time for a quiz.


Or, you can skip the quiz and come down here....


Where you can sample three glasses of beer!


I took a liking to Batch 19 which should go national soon.


Once you finish there, you can go and buy crap.


No, Thank You!


Ditto. So that's it, the tour will take you about 90 minutes, 30 minutes for the tour, an hour to sit back and drink. Hope you enjoyed!

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1 wish has been granted, 1 is in queue, which will be the final wish? First one to tell me which of the following they want to see next will have their wish granted!


Jersey Shore Whore - ~14 parks (note: some of the parks I have very few pictures of)

Kiddieland whoring - Pittsburg, KS

Heritage Square Amusement Park - Golden, Co

Alpine Sleds @ Heritage Square - Golden, Co

Milehigh Flea Market (yes, they have a credit)- Denver, Co

Elitch Gardens - Denver, Co

Santa's Workshop - North Pole

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You're headed to SFGA next! We're there now (well, in a few hours).


I loved that Coors brewery tour when I took it at least 10 years back. It appears little has changed, and I think that's great. Although I don't care much for the company's main line, once in a while I tip back a Killians. Anywho, if it's free I'll take three! No beer could be finer.

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