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So after a few hours of sleep we were off to Remlinger Farms. On the way down, we swore my GPS was telling us to continue on Dildo road, still not sure what road we were supposed to be on, so we will go with dildo road.

 

Today would be a credit run only, admission was a few dollars cheaper than expected at $11, so this would also officially be one of the top 3 most expensive credits for me to date.

 

Laura waited outside the farm so no ride photographer, but thought I would quickly share my whoring experience.

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Yep, here we are, just off dildo road.

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A quick stop on the way to the coaster to say hi to the Chief.

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And here I am at the main attraction.

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ACEr's take note!

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Here's the station.

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And the course.

 

So there it is. Plain. Simple. Whorish.

 

Next up, Wild Zamperla Waves!

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After my whoring, and in an effort to save some coin, we made our way to Safeway to purchase discount tickets for Wild Waves. Well, as we found out, not all Safeway stores in the area sell them, so, we ended up going to two stores saving about $25. So, if you're going to Wild Waves, make sure you check that the Safeway store you are going to has the discounted tickets ;)

 

So this 27th day of July was spitting rain off and which assisted in keeping the crowds away. With fours coasters, I found Timberhawk: Ride of Prey to not only be the best the park has, but it's pretty darn good too! It didn't beat you up, had some nice surprises of air and a layout that kept me interested. Coming in second for me was Wild Thing, with automatic double rides for everyone, our first two cycles weren't too bad, the last two cycles we had slapped us around a bit, but still, it's not a bad ride, just not a top tier ride.

 

One thing we found really funny happened at the Klondike Gold Rusher. Basically two cars out of three running, the line was about 50 people deep which equalled about a twenty minute wait. Why was the wait that long? Well, anytime someone loses something on the ride, the ride is closed, a mechanic is called, the item is retrieved, and the ride reopens. The mechanic had just retrieved a hat and someone lost their flip flop on the platform. Back comes the mechanic, gets the shoe. Then you were instructed to hold the bar at all times, even on the lift. Don't even think about removing your hands from that bar. If you remove your hands from the bar, they will "talk" to you when you get back. Mouth off to them a little bit (note: did not mouth off to them, a group of people did) they will call security on you. The best part, security told the ride ops to basically get over it, lmao!

 

As far as food goes we grabbed a couple of personal sized pizzas and I have to say, they were pretty tasty and fresh out of the oven!

 

So if you want a good laugh, decent food, and loads of Zamperla goodness, head to Wild Waves.

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Welcome to Wild Waves, here we have the, wait for it, wait for it, Wave Pool!

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Here we have a food outlet...

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A park map...

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and an ACEr.

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The water park looked nice, had about everything you'd want in a water park, slides, river, wave pool, and a new toilet bowl. But at 70 degrees, I'll pass.

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Across the pond we find rides!

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Shirts are optional, yay!

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Shooting whales.

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So for our first credit of the day, a powered kiddie coaster!

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This little ride kicked some serious ass, and dare I say it, was kinda fun!

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Next we headed to the Zamperla "better hold on to the bar or else" wild mouse thing.

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The girls running this ride got the award for worst ride ops of the park. SLOW!

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Nerd Shot!

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On the way into the park, Laura mentioned she wanted to ride the Kangaroos, I was all for it, unfortunatley it was in several pieces. Lucky for us, they got it put back together, minus about half the seats. I blame ACE for exceeding the weight limit.

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Laura was ready to box some ears!

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Next up, we headed to Wild Thing. And for you lift hill motor nerds, this shot's for you!

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Wallking up the stairs to the station, we found people working on the new toilet bowl.

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But about 3pm, the workers were done. Gotta love bankers hours.

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Anyway, back to the coaster. Any guess as to who these two are?

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Scenic view through the coaster spying on the water park.

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Scenic view with a coaster train in the way.

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After lunch, we walked by the pond. Ever heard the term flop like a fish, well, i think this is where the phrase was invented.

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So we grabbed some fish food and teased them a bit. The ducks were walking all over the fish, some stepping in the hungry mouths, others just trying to get the hell away!

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Feeding the fish was easily the most fun we had in the park.

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Next we headed to this pissed off looking thing.

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This pus was actually really well themed, and the best part, double rides!

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How about a classic carousel?

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Best.Paratrooper.Ever.

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Laura was excited to ride again

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Next up, the woodie!

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Given the quality of the rest of the parks coasters, this was a welcome attraction. Ran great, airtime, sharp turns, it has it all. And, it had the longest line in the park. But, since we like it in the rear, the wait time was much less, three trains at most.

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In Washington, this sign means, put your crap here.

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Bend Over.

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The park even has homeless people!

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Laura the Lumberjack.

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Ok, so we laughed at these tea cup looking things at first. Then we decided to ride. Looks innocent, but VERY NAUGHTY!

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Super fast spinning, everyone should ride this!

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Over in the enchanted village the dragon grabbed hold of Laura. NAUGHTY DRAGON, give her back!

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See, we are in the enchanted village.

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But what do I see back here?

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Best.Scrambler.Ever. Full power from the start, lots of banging, good motion, and a happy ending. What more could you want?

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So I tried to yank on my sword, but I was apparently doing it wrong

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So Laura gave it a shot, but it wasn't going to pop

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So we ended up on the Ring of Fire. Overall, good carnival ride.

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I'm a pleasure seeker! This park just redeemed itself!

 

So that was the end of our day at Wild Waves. Not a great park, put a park nonetheless. Glad I went, we both turned it into a fun time.

 

On the way back to Portland...

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we drove thru downtown Tacoma. And found this. WTF??? A kid with adult toys?

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On the morning of June 28th we made our way to what I would say the most screwed up park ever, Enchanted Forest. This is one of those parks that has you asking yourself, WTF were they smoking? Normally I would give a brief narrative of the park, but this time, I'm going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

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So here we are at Enchanted Forest. During the week, the park is dead. When we arrived, I really wasn't sure if they were even open!

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The main entrance. My mind was instantly in overload with WTF being the main thought.

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When we walked in we headed to the right to check out the walk thru attractions.

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I didn't know Michael Jackson had a place here...

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So we walked past the indoor water show and made our way to the gravitron. This was actually really cool!

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But when I turned around I was freaked out a bit by these characters.

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Glory hole?

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Hey, Pony Express, THIS is MY Teepee!

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This road takes you back toward the flume coaster and dark ride shooting attraction. Which btw we rode three times, I had best scroe two out of three...just sayin'

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Laura will neither confirm nor deny that I'm storing Big Timber.

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One of the many scenes that you walk by.

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Dr. U R Hurtin, almost as good as Dr. Drill 'em Hard.

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Two things stand out on the rules. 1. No High Heel Shoes, and 2. Parents, you are responsible for your children. Imagine that.

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After walking thru the scenes, we went to walk around Storybook Lane.

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Look Chris! Turtle!

 

And with that, I conclude Part I of Enchanted Forest, more to come soon!

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Part II

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This way down Storybook Lane, and to Pedo Bear.

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Humpty!

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Lil' Miss

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Mary's lamb....

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had something very naughty hanging down.

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Would you like some candy little girl?

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Laura likes licking a good shroom

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The key hole!

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Inside the key hole we find another...glory hole?

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So Laura said she had to go to the bathroom, and I was like ok, and went to find somewhere to sit down...

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As I was trying to find that place to sit, she called out to me to join her. I was like OK!

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I really thought it was an outdoor bathroom like at the lake. FAIL! It was a maze!

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Noted!

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Yes I am!

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Maybe this was the hill they went up

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They had this house where the seven drawfs slept.

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....

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Stepping stones with the drawfs names on them...

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and even a stone for an ACEr

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Looks like a nuke went off in here.

 

Well, that completes part II of the tour, last part coming up soon! You don't want to miss it!

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Part III - Last Part of Enchanted Forest!

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ewwww!!! Booger!!

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An old lady! (no not Laura)

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You went in the mouth and out the backside...

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My, what a big .... I have

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Have a seat!

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Look! We found a ducky!

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Weeee, we're sliding down the shoe!

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Weeee again!

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Bumper cars, not very good ones either!

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Two people in this PTR rode the hopper

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Yay! Ice Mountain Bobsled time!!

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This was a good ride, cheesy, but good, I would suggest riding it!

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And rode it we did!

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7 times in fact, breaking Laura's previous six times in a visit record!

 

So there you have it folks, a tour of a jacked up place. But you know what, we had tons of fun. The staff were laughing at us, I assume because of us being adults in a park geared towards kids, but we didn't care! But they were friendly and rides in good working order, can't ask for much more than that!

 

So after we left the forest, we drove next door and took a look at some remains.

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We went next door to Thrill-Ville, or, what was left of it.

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The old slides. Laura said when the park was operating they made sure that people knew they were NOT affiliated with Enchanted Forest, LMAO!

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Rock o Plane. The only ride left semi standing.

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The go cart track sat silent, the crane had taken the coaster down, and the slide was dry.

 

Well folks, that concludes the multi-park three state, four day tour! I hope you enjoyed following along, but I bet I had way more fun experiencing it! Stay tuned, more parks, more fun, more flags coming soon!

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Agreed, the Tip Top (Tea Cups) at Wild Waves spin like crazy. However a trip report with Enchanted Forest and no a mention of Challenge of Mondor is LAME!

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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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14,000 page views, thanks everyone

 

^ Haunted Mansion was alive and well! I thought it was really really creepy, but in a good way! It was well thought out and gave an authentic haunted house feel.

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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.

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So early, so quiet, yet so inviting!

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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!

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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.

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In to the empty park we go!

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Prowler completing the last of its test runs.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Its Eli!

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Zinger track piece

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And Zinger track plans.

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And the Schussboomer which I don't remember.

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And I don't remember this either.

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

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And a wheel.

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And an Orient Survival Kit and anti-rollback.

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Timberdog

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My, what a big nut you have.

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

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

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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.

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

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Everything was done exacting including the interlocking loops.

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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.

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

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Big or small, they build them all.

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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.

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And a different angle.

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Death machine.

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Hmmm, so what are these people doing?

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Why flooding the channel of course!

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

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

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Dragons were just now testing.

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Patriot doing its thing.

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

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Chad, Roller Coaster Alley was actually incorrect...in the photos even they posted you can see the topper track on Tremors. It's just such a brilliant design it blends in so well with normal coaster track of the same color. Someone emailed Silverwood and I think confirmation is pending but in the photos and videos on YT it definitely is still there.

 

And P.s. I love WOF! Super nice park IMO.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Meanwhile, over at Planet Snoopy

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The wacky worm is still wacky.

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Snoopy still has cookies.

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The boutique is still a nice place to cool off.

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Snoopy is still top dog in the park.

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

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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.

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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.

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The line for Detonator was crazy!

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

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So it was time for a train ride on ELI!

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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.

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Go Back!

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

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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.

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shooting out from under the lift.

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through the trees

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A quick up and down to get your picture took

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then the speed stablizes and you make a slight turn

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

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zoom past low to the ground

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where we you get a few more ups

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to get ready for...

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the turn around

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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.

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

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What the????

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I guess its popular afterall, who woulda thunk it

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The second best restaurant in the park.

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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.

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

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weeeeeeee

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

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The tunnel of love.

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for those wondering, the sperm are still there.

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

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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.

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So you are asking yourself, why?

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

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And who couldn't use an extra hundred bucks.

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

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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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