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^ so many fun memories from that entire trip (and so many pictures)

Anyway, next day we had a long drive and stopped at Indiana Beach.

Back then (07) it reminded me a lot of Blackpool Pleasure Beach (only because i had been there the year before)

Rides and shops on top of each other and all kinds of random things around

loved how it's located along the water, gives fun opportunities and also a fun water stunt show to look at (back then)



first coaster you see as it goes along the waterfront


fun for all ages

and then there was this "thing"




such a fun and crazy ride


water stunt show folks playing around


fire is always good for entertainment


and then there is this


still one of my all time favorite pictures.


Just having time to try something different and getting that as a result was so much fun.


Next up, another 2 park day :)

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After Indiana Beach it was time for a pretty long drive.

But with a surprise stop at

Little Amerricka.


This park felt like it was in the middle of nowhere and just a bunch of fun things to do gathered in a single place. Like somebody had too much money and just bought a bunch of stuff to keep the kids in the area entertained.

At least that's what comes to mind from memories at this time and looking back at the pictures.


They had just finished a new coaster at that time, so we got to be the "test dummies" to test it out.

It was a nice surprise and awesome way to break up the drive that day.


test dummies lining up


such a fun little coaster and perfect for filming etc




this was the weirdest coaster even.. the view from the lifthill (other way from this picture) was so unique..


i think this was the first time i got on of of these type of rides.. seen plenty since ;)


still a fun video and memory from that visit.

was amazed they managed to get in that together.

Not sure if it would still be possible/allowed these days :)


Next up Mount Olympus (and way too many pictures)


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After this fun stop we made it to Mount Olympus.

here's a couple of pictures from my first couple of hours there.

We had more time the next morning.

first coaster spotted in a tent


join the line


outside area


and then there was this.. Cyclops. 


hairtime machine :)


that back row was so much fun :) Guess not everybody felt comfortable letting go of the handlebar 


night time rides on this...


so many stories.. grin


more pictures from this park in the next update


Hope you are still enjoying this trip through memory lane.


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Next morning we had a bit more time at Mount Olympus.

it was a hot day as far as i can remember.

so some tried the water ride and others did the go-karts, most of the group did a couple more laps on the coasters ( i think)

i don't have pictures of the waterpark, but vaguely remember some going in there (or maybe that was another visit)

anyway ;)


not sure what happened here ;) 

Dive to Atlantis has been removed since this visit


so many go-kart tracks to try/



signs are always fun to check out..


But the highlight for my was Cyclops.

so many great pictures.




chill in the backrow

and the best picture i think



next up a couple of quick stops in the area before heading to a six flags park


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Not too far from Mount Olympus there were a couple of small parks.. one with a powered and a kiddie and a galaxy..

and another park (timberfalls) with mini golf and a wooden coaster..

This ride was awesome, it ran insane that day.

hope these pictures give you an idea of how much fun it was


speed and airtime


flying lanyards


crazy faces


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next up was Six Flags Great America

my first experience with a Six Flags park in the USA (we had one in the Netherlands for a couple of years)

It probably was another hot day (for me compared to the weather in the Netherlands) and first experience with Q-bots.

these things have been and still are life savers when making long travels and visiting themeparks. Sometimes the only way to make it on all the rides during your visit, but making each and every visit a lot more enjoyable no matter the park or time.

(waiting in line for 2 hours just is not my thing)


here's a couple of pictures from that day.


was a perfect way to start the day


crazy people


owh yeah, this thing..


First decent (forces) flyer for me at that time. (had been to Alton Towers but that one felt little compared to this)


i believe this was a spinner?


weird coaster.. just going back and forward with 2 spikes..


now these are fun :)


first standup for me.. so weird..


kiddie coaster credit..


racing wooden coaster fun


and the loop.

Next up:

Cedar Point.


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After six flags we drove to Cedar Point.

Arrived there late at night.. but they had no power.

so i think we got some flashlights and made it to our rooms.


As i could see Dragster from the room window i tried to make some pictures while the entire park/area was dark.

not my best pictures, but still.

The next morning we all woke up early (after a short night) to get in line for the new hotness that was called Maverick..

i'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story


10 second exposure attempt


this was a little better at 30 seconds..

but yeah.. it was dark.


power is back :)


so the next morning we got in line...


for Maverick


while waiting in line...


and then this came..


yeah.. it was about to get a lot more wet.


after heading back to the hotel, having a bite and fun there at the bar the rain stopped late in the afternoon. The park and all the rides opened and i left my camera in the hotel room to not have to worry about a bag and just get the rides in.

We had another day at the park and plenty of time to get some decent pictures :)

that sky was the craziest sky i had seen in a long long long time.

Welcome to Cedar Point 

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7 hours ago, SharkTums said:

Ahh the death cloud! If I remember correctly (it was like a million year ago), when the storm passed the park was EMPTY the rest of the day/night and everyone got on a TON of stuff!

Yeah, as far as i remember i only skipped one ride, because it had a line and we had ERT the next day anyway. I managed to get on everything else that afternoon/evening

Ended the day with a night (bug) ride on dragster and maverick as the last ride of the day.

Made it so much easier and more fun the next day. (for pictures and relaxing)

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time for some more Cedar points pictures.

The next day started cloudy but it get pretty warm that day.

Fun times walking around in the sun, not having to stress about getting or rides and taking lots of pictures :)

Here's a couple from that day.


nice way to start the day, it was fast.. and long (ish) but that was it (for me) I had been in Expedition GeForce just a couple of weeks earlier.. and that ran crazy awesome that day, so this just felt mehh


maverick was so much fun to ride and look at


still wondering what would be with the inversion here..


airtime for the win


fog gave a nice effect


mean streak was pretty bad even back then


another crazy memory and picture from that trip


launches are always photo-genic


and yeah.. i did a long walk outside the park as well..


to finish this update.


was a fun visit :)


next up Kennywood.

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5 minutes ago, SharkTums said:

I wonder if they could put the new lap bar only restraints on Maverick.  That would be AWESOME!!

that would be awesome indeed :)

Crazy awesome

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Next stop was Kennywood.


home to a couple of fun rides and attractions.

old school and airtime machines..

fun times.


best way to start the day :)

Racing woodie


fun times


another fun ride


plenty of airtime here (loved the walkback)



and then there was this crazy ride


don't forget about this one either.


it was an airtime filled day :)


One more day left from this trip, 2 parks to go.

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next up was the final day of the trip at Kings Island, but with a quick trip to Stricker's grove.

here's a couple of pictures of this fun break/stopDSC_0226.thumb.JPG.0e27ffbb1ca02fb823224b59e85dd67e.JPG

we made it 


who needs fencing around a ride


such a fun little coaster


train ride


fun for all ages


and the bigger coaster.

time to go back to Kings island ;)

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