rcdude Posted August 15, 2012 Share Posted August 15, 2012 (edited) Now that I'm mostly done with running around for this summer, I figured its time to start my trip report thread for 2012. Unlike previous years, this will be a little out of order since I'm going to do the LeviaTHON trip before my Europe trip, and then I'll add the So Cal stuff at the end. My rating system (all ratings are calculated to the tenths place): 10-One of the best rides in the industry. I reserve this rating for rides that are the best of their type and really impress me. 9-A really good ride, definitely one I'd wait over an hour for. 8-A must ride at the park, but not worth going to the park just to ride it. 7-Worth riding when visiting the park, but not an absolute must ride. 6-Worth riding, but not worth waiting in line for. 5-I'd ride again if I was with others who want to ride, but I probably wouldn't bother with a re-ride if visiting by myself. 4-Only worth riding for the credit, or if you have never done a similar ride before 3-Not worth a ride unless you are a credit whore 2-I'd skip this even if you don't have the credit 1-Reserved for rides that are legitimately painful or extremely boring So without further ado, here we go. LeviaTHON: Day 0 (July 25th, 2012)-Seabreeze Seabreeze was not an official part of the LeviaTHON trip, but since it was only about 90 minutes from our starting point (Buffalo, NY), a group of about twenty of us decided to go visit the park. Even though it required an overnight flight, I decided to join everyone going, as I figured there was little chance I'd visit this park otherwise. I carpooled to the park with Bill, Corey, and Corey's friend (whose name I cannot remember), and we arrived about 1 P.M. After everyone got inside, we headed to Whirlwind. Whirlwind: This was the first Maurer Sohne Xtended SC2000 of the trip (the second was at Waldameer a couple days later). I thought this ride would be better than it was. It was still good, but not something I'd wait more than 10 minutes for. It was still my favorite of the park's coasters. 6.8/10 Bobsleds: Another ride that looked like it would be decent, but ended up being only okay. It was certainly a unique coaster, but was a bit jerky and uneventful. My least favorite of the park's coasters. 5.6/10 Log Flume: A basic log flume with only a single drop. The drop was pretty good, but the rest of the ride was uneventful. It got you pretty wet, but isn't the wettest log flume I've been on. 5.3/10 Jack Rabbit: As this ride opened in 1920, it is now the oldest roller coaster I've been on. Unlike the other two coasters at Seabreeze, this one was better than I thought it would be. There was a little airtime and the ride was reasonably smooth. Certainly not worth going out of the way for, but if you're there it's worth a ride or two. 6.5/10 Yo Yo: I usually like Yo Yo swing rides, but this one was just boring. No tilt at all, and it didn't seem very thrilling either. 2.2/10 At this point, we met up with some other TPR people who came a bit later. A couple of them went to ride Bear Trax (the kiddie coaster...I skipped it), then we re-rode Bobsleds and Whirlwind. As I didn't know how late Corey was planning on staying and it was close to 4 P.M. by this point, I decided to leave the group and go spend a little time in the waterpark. Hydro Racer: New for 2012, a Proslide Octopus Racer. This was fun, better than a standard Mat Racer, but it was still a pretty simple slide. The only slide I did twice at the waterpark. 6/10 Vortex: An enclosed innertube slide. Pretty standard ride, with a standard serpentine layout. Due to the turns, only single tubes are permitted on this ride. It would be better if it was a dark tube instead of a translucent one, as the ride was pretty boring. 5/10 Riptide Slide: The open flume innertube slide. Similar to Vortex, but a little better. Still nothing special. 5.5/10 Helix: A Proslide Cannonbowl. Probably the best slide in the waterpark, but bowls are one of my favorite slide types. 6.5/10 After I was done in the waterpark, I got a text from Corey letting me know they were ready to go. We all got in the car and headed back to the hotel. I then joined a group of people for dinner at T.G.I. Friday's across the street, then early to bed (after two days on less than 2 hours of sleep, I was very tired). Overall Thoughts: Seabreeze was decent for a small park, but it is small. The park reminded me a lot of Quassy Amusement Park, but about twice the size and with a better ride selection (although they are mostly standard rides) and a pretty good, although small, waterpark (at least for an included one). I wouldn't recommend going out of the way for this park, as there isn't anything special about it, but if you're in the area it's worth a stop. Plan about 1/3 to 1/2 of a day for it, as if you plan more you'll run out of stuff to do. Ride Count: Bobsleds: 2 Jack Rabbit: 1 Log Flume: 1 Whirlwind: 2 Yo Yo: 1 Helix: 1 Hydro Racer: 2 Riptide Slide: 1 Vortex: 1 Total: 12 rides in 4 hours (3 rides per hour) Pictures: First up, Whirlwind. It was decent, but didn't spin as much as I thought it would. This ride was unique. It was interesting, but wasn't that great of a ride. Log Flume. Good drop, but not much else going for it. Jack Rabbit, the star attraction of the park. This is the oldest continuously operated roller coaster in the world. There aren't many rides left that still use manually operated brakes and lack any kind of safety gates on the platform. Nerd shot of the skid brakes. The ride ends with a tunnel containing a surprise drop. I would have given this more than one ride, but it had the longest line in the park. This and the swinging inverter were probably the two best flat rides in the park. Of course, I didn't ride either of them. The park also has some classic flats like the Tilt-A-Whirl... A kiddie coaster that requires a kid (although the park was letting us ride without one...I skipped it anyway)... Several rides for the kids... And the most disappointing Yo Yo I've been on anywhere. You can see most of the waterpark in this picture. The innertube slide tower is on the right, and Hydro Racer is on the left. Another view of Hydro Racer. This was the main reason I decided to do this waterpark. And I'll end with a picture of Helix, the best attraction in the waterpark. Edited September 21, 2012 by rcdude Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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