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What can I say? WCB is the premier coaster event of the year! There is way too much awesomeness for any Photo TR to show. I love the way TPR does these events because it truly is about the theme park experience, not only about the coasters. The tours were absolutely amazing, one-of-a-kind type of events. The freebies, the food, the people, and the rides also made for a great event. It was great seeing our friends from all over, as well as meeting new ones. There is so much incredible stuff that happened. I am absolutely exhausted (I slept only 12 hours total from Friday to Monday), but it was absolutely worth it. If you weren't able to go this year, you really missed out, but there is always next year! Also, if you missed out on the Knott's day, you really really missed out! I can't say it enough, but...

 

Thank You ROBB, ELISSA, and TPR, and also the teams at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott's Berry Farm!

 

 

 

First up is SFMM. Superman was awesome! I can't wait to ride it facing forward to see if it's the speed, the direction, or both that are making it once again an awesome ride. Apocalypse was absolutely incredible in the rain! It ran like a bat out of hell and would definitely be near the top of my woodie list if that was the norm. X2 ERT was also incredible. From about 10:45-11:30pm we had all the rides on X2 we wanted(my number one coaster), all with the awesomely exclusive WCB audio(Awesome job William)! I hope we didn't kill X2 audio like we did Apocalypse last year! Once again, it was an incredible event that was absolutely worth every cent.

 

Well, on to the pictures!

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Typical workforce. 1 person working, 1 supervising, and 3 managers.

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Getting ready for the rush!

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The calm before the storm.

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Hey Joey, I can't help it if your a complete idiot and can't see what today's wristband is!

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Gertrude and friend arrive at WCB!

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Waiting to be let in for FREE parking!

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The very first people for WCB 2011!

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Luckily, the line went fast and we only got spit on twice, and sworn at five times.

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Pretty filled up!

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Bethany and Dallas are ready to go have an awesome time. Speaking of time, that 'accurate' clock is an hour off!

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Big Mike walks around and works the crowd.

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Instead of Jay or the current president, we are warmly greeted by Gertrude!

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Jeff and Gertrude face off to see who evolved from Dinosaurs the best.

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Amy gets fresh with Gertrude.

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Dan takes inappropriate shots of the bear.

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Two of the world's oldest living creatures. Jeff Johnson and Redwoods.

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Inside Food Etc. (what a horrible name) was the included breakfast of delicious doughnuts!

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This is what Jeff thinks of my 'old' jokes.

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Aaaaaaahhhhhhh!

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Scream ERT!

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Dan tries to seduce all of TPR with his 'look'.

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This was our second attempt at riding Goliath. We failed. Goliath was having issues in the morning.

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Poor Bethany and Dallas are stuck on Goliath.

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Tatsu was open for ERT!

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Good thing we had Amy, otherwise we wouldn't have had the correct group makeup.

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Little did we know that this group would get THREE rides in a row! How's that for TPR ERT!

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Jeff hasn't been that scared since Noah's flood!

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While waiting for our tour, we learned a lot about SFMM history! It was very informative.

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Waiting for the tour to begin.

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Warped ideas for future mazes.

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All scareactors strive for the day when one of their scares requires one of these.

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We got an awesome tour of the maze.

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We had awesome photo ops.

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It was really nice being able to see each scene in full light.

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Dave was kind enough to donate his hand for the event.

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Neil is about to demonstrate the proper 'bait and hook' technique.

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Hey, Guy is here! Oh wait, never mind. That hat had me seeing Guy all day.

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Hector looks guilty, and Jeff looks like he smells something.

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The gateway to.....nowhere.

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This picture is for Bryan! Enjoy!

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The Flash Pass line totally needs a Flash Pass! I guess this proves that the price isn't too high!

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Now it's time for lunch!

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All you can eat! Can't beat that!

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Bethany tries to get her terrible phone to work again. ;)

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Dan checks to make sure he's not dead.

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Eating is one of the things TPR does best!

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Nom, Nom, Nom!

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Big Mike has a Big Nom!

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You know that if William finds it offensive and disgusting, than it must be extremely offensive and disgusting.

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Jeff Johnson is all alone getting cancer with his signature cigarette break squat.

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Goliath got running again.

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Who could have ever guessed it would have been so difficult.

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Whistlestop Park opened today. It's a good start, but they need to have a ton more family friendly wrides if they want to stay competitive.

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Superman was getting very high.

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Yay for Superman and crazy hair!

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All the way up to the brakes! I hope it always stays that way.

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Weeeee!

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Some efurb is going on in Gotham.

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Mexican Food, Nachos, Burritos and Tacos, but you won't find them here, it's JB's BBQ! Makes as much sense as chinese food in Fiesta Village, and a pizza place in the chinese dragon restaurant.

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I like Riddler's as well, but what the crap is with the tongue?

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Amy stands at the anti-ACE row. The pole in the middle of the row prevents any ACE sized members from entering.

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Sir William and his lovely ladies get ready to give us a tour of the access road attractions.

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I spy Green Lantern track!

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Heading down for some great photo ops of Riddler, Batman, and the Green Lantern construction.

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I guess it's still too early to make radiation jokes.

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3...2...1...

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PULL!!!

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Batman gets more love than I do! :(

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We were able to get really close!

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Batman, Riddler, and Tidal Wave!

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Someone doesn't really grasp the concept of a stand up coaster.

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Many of these signs would make great room decorations for TPR members!

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Batman was running really nice.

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They must really like the ride!

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Amy in front of the scenic Valencia river.

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Green Lantern will be featured here very soon!

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Amy gets touchy feely with the insides of Green Lantern!

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Vertical water!?

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This meal cost $16!!!!! Really SFMM!!???

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A picture of Big Mike, along with some other people.

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Neil demonstrates the classic bashing head Revolution face.

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Robb verifies that TPR already did update the site to show the new professional Apocalypse sign!

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They even celebrated a TPR members birthday!

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The Q&A session went relatively well this year. Only one really screwy question, and one that was full of funsies!

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For a big announcement, you need a big envelope!

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Robb finishes off with prizes for the three F's! First, Fastest, and Farthest!

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The fastest winner was the fastest to sign up for WCB!

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TPR thanks SFMM for a wonderful event and an awesome evening ERT lineup!

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The Mooseburger Lodge buffet was delicious, and also vulgar looking.

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We had a nice and relaxing dinner at Mooseburger.

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National Lampoon's Alvey Family Vacation!

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Well, it would have been a good picture...

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The amount of fog from Batman was amazing!

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One last ride on Scream. Thanks for an incredible event Robb, Elissa, and the SFMM crew!

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^You should have! I love meeting TPR members. It's so much better to have an name with a face, versus a username and a button !

 

^^^Glad I could get your car at least! Did you got to the Knott's day?

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This last weekend was FANTASTIC, and I guess a small part of that was you guys lol, just kidding. It was great to finally hang out with you guys at an actual park after how long we've known each other! Can't wait to see the Knott's day photos. That was a crazy day in the rain.

 

And I'm innocent until proven guilty, damn it!

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This day at SFMM was so fun. Not much rain all day, like the weather forcasted. We didn't get to ride everything but the backstage tours made up for it. Walking in the log flume was awesome and Batman was so great with the fog...

Can't wait till next year!

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^^^Yes, I did Knott's, I didn't see you and the Robb posse around for a good part of the day, so it will be interesting to see what you guys were up to all day.

 

We mainly did the tours all morning. I only rode two coasters the entire day, but still had a blast with the tours, Q&A session, and food!

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Great meeting you guys!

 

I did not know Mooseburger was a buffet

 

Thanks for the close up of me eating lol.

 

 

Peace, Big Mike

 

It was great meeting you as well! Mooseburger has food to order, and a small buffet. It was pretty good. The only bad thing was that I wasn't able to get any more closeups of people eating

 

Now it's time for Knott's!!!! This turned out to be a very wet, yet awesome day! I only rode two coasters, but the tours, Q&A session, and the food made it worth it. Knott's had a really awesome bag of crap for us that contained two free/discounted pictures, an awesome t-shirt, and major discounts on the Screamin' Swing and merchandise. It was really really cool of them to do so much for us. Even more amazing was that they kept the park open! SFMM had closed that day due to rain, and normally Knott's would do the same, but for some reason they didn't! The park was so empty all day that it was a virtual all day ERTlll. We had such a fun day, and I highly recommend that if your in the area, VISIT KNOTT"S!!! Make sure you support and visit them so we can have just as awesome a time as we did this year. THANKS A TON KNOTT"S, and of course TPR!!!

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Another early morning after 4 hours of sleep!

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With this wristband you become a man.

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Checking in for an awesome day at Knott's!

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ERT is what it's all about!

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Getting some rides in before the storm.

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5 people on the whole train, and people wonder if WCB is worth it ;)

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So do you ladies come here often?

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There is something almost religious about this picture.

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I still think the colors are terrible, but the ride itself is awesome!

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With TPR we get to places the public could never go.

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I love the backstage tours.

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The other side of the shot from the 'official' update.

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Robb takes an upskirt shot.

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We get to enter the top secret lair of the cable!

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These items help keep the coaster running.

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Just a little bit of Nitrogen.

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We got a thorough description of the launch system. Very interesting stuff, even if you aren't a coaster nerd!

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This looks like something from Transformers.

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It's amazing what this cable does....most of the time.

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Uh oh, the rain starts.

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Next up was the Log Ride backstage tour!

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The spare logs are nervously waiting for their turn.

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This is where they add more logs to the ride when it is filled with water.

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What the 'wall' of the mountain looks like from the inside.

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Such a shame. He was such a nice toy.

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Now you know what's on the other side of the door.

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This is where the Christmas stuff hibernates until the holidays.

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Standing underneath one of the lifthills.

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I also find no faults with Knotts' Log Ride. It definitely is one of the best.

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Hey! Watch you hand buddy, he's still underage! ;)

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For me, this was the highlight of the the entire weekend.

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Good to know I'm not the only one with Christmas lights still up in March.

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Nice view of the park from up here.

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Heading back inside.

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I'm sure a great practical joke could be pulled off here.

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The pumps that make the ride work.

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Pedo-Jack hides in the window waiting for stray children.

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Cats don't like water so they can't escape.

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See? As long as the water is there she is safe.

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One pull of the switch and Christmas is canceled.

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Amy and Robb admire and take pictures of the shrubbery.

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A ton of work is being done to get ready for Windseeker.

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The Windseeker hole.

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Jewy approves of the carousel.

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Snoopy sports an awesome shirt!

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Non-silver Silver Bullet during a break in the storm.

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Over the turn.

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Around the Helix!

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Xcelerator definitely gets two thumbs up!

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The calm before the storm.

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Dan just felt a drop of water and has only 30 seconds to dry it off before he explodes.

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Robb and Hector triple check to make sure all their parts and pieces are secure before riding Ghost Rider.

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This may be the last we ever see of them.

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Phew, we made it. Actually, Ghostrider was running smoother than normal. Of course, that's the same as saying, "I only got kicked in the face 4 times instead of 6!" Up next was the absolutely hilarious Q&A session!

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Jeff was the MC of the event, but was too short for the podium.

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Like really really short.

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Knott's representin' the West Coast. West Siiiiiide!

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We got a really incredible overview of Knott's history by the author of the Knott's preserved book. Make sure you buy it! It's available on Amazon.com!

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Yes, Knott's really was a farm before the park was built.

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It was really cool to see how it used to look in the beginning.

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We were then treated to an in-depth look at Haunt with some really creepy Kill Yourself stories! ;)

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Looking at a review of some of the past mazes.

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It's amazing that such warped and twisted mazes come from such a nice and quiet guy.

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This means it's going to be good!

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Everyone needs to pick up this book because it's got lots of pictures. No coloring pages, but lots of nice pictures!

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Robb closes out the session with a big thank you for an incredible event.

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After the Q&A session we walked out into a ton of rain! Dan found the only dry place in the park and did not move.

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Incredibly though, they still had rides open! Sierra Sidewinder, the Log Ride, and Supreme Scream were still operating for ERT! Awesome!

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This was one of the most Dan unfriendly ERT's ever!

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Even Snoopy was like screw this! However, it was awesome that he was out as some people got a ton of exclusive Snoopy time!

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Praying for the rain to end.

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What the crap was I thinking.

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The diehards didn't let something little like rain ruin their ERT!

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Ok, I'm a little cold now.

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Dan stole my camera and took this awesome shot of Sierra Sidewinder. I was going to post it to facebook and claim it as my own. He would have never seen it.

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Raindrop needles to the face!

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A very cold and wet THANK YOU to Knott's!

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Great trip report. Night ERT in the rain was awesome! I mean I heard some people saying that if Xcellerator wasn't running it wouldn't be worth staying for, but anyone who left early missed out on one of the highlights of the day. I know it rained on and off all day, but I got multiple rides on Ghostrider, Xcellerator, Sidewinder, Silver Bullet, and Supreme Scream, caught a ride on the Log Ride and Calico MIne Ride too. Have not had this much fun a Knott's in awhile.

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Knotts was great. The backstage tours were awesome, the food was good, the Q & A was so funny and got lots if info on the next Haunt maze. The rain wasn't really too annoying, but after 5 times in a row on Sidewinder I was pretty wet and started to get cold. But then we went over and rode the log ride and then got really wet! But it was such a fun day. Anyone that missed out should go next year!

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Great trip report. Night ERT in the rain was awesome! I mean I heard some people saying that if Xcellerator wasn't running it wouldn't be worth staying for, but anyone who left early missed out on one of the highlights of the day. I know it rained on and off all day, but I got multiple rides on Ghostrider, Xcellerator, Sidewinder, Silver Bullet, and Supreme Scream, caught a ride on the Log Ride and Calico MIne Ride too. Have not had this much fun a Knott's in awhile.

 

QFT! Even with the rain, many people got a ton of rides in. I also had one of the best days at Knott's that I've had in a long time. I hope a lot more people do the Knott's day next year!

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