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And "Travel Day" begins with a cool foggy morning. I'll be missing the fog by Saturday afternoon!

 

Will be settled in the hotel by early evening. Any TPR-ers interested in getting together for a pre-SFMM drink and dinner? Respond to this thread so we can get a head count. If there's a different gathering going on let me know so we can coordinate if desired.

 

Looking at Happy Hour and Dinner tonight (Friday) at:

 

Azul Tequila

25387 Wayne Mills Pl

Valencia, CA 91355

 

Around 6:00 PM ... Look around the bar for an Asian guy wearing either a TPR T-Shirt or TPR Badge Holder

 

 

Sitting at bar having a huge beer. Will be ordering dinner soon

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Let's post a few of the live tweets we made from West Coast Bash at Six Flags Magic Mountain today. Thank you everyone who contributed photos!

 

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Today is West Coast Bash @SFMagicMountain! If you are here tweet us your photos using #WCBSFMM

 

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Good morning @ThemeParkReview @SFMagicMountain #sfmmwcb

 

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And so it begins @ThemeParkReview #SFMMWCB

 

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Getting West Coast bashed!

 

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Rick West and Robb Alvey hanging out before West Coast Bash!

 

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Over 400 crazy coaster nerds are @SFMagicMountain for West Coast Bash this morning! #WCBSFMM

 

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Why we love Robb Alvey #nolines #sfmmwcb2015

 

ERT on Twisted Colossus has begun!

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TPR always super excited to ride coasters @SFMagicMountain #WCBSFMM

 

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#sfmmwcb @ThemeParkReview no line, walkon. Thank you!!!!

 

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Scream!

 

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Goliath is also open for ERT and thrilling happy riders!

 

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TPR loves #TwistedColossus @SFMagicMountain #WCBSFMM

 

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Hey Sylvester!

 

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Got this awesome schedule to look forward to today!!

 

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@ThemeParkReview got his morning coffee (YAY Elsa straw!!!!)

 

YOLOcoaster ERT!

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West Coast Bash isn't just about coasters! Lex Luthor is open, too!

 

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YOLO!!!!

 

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No TPR event is complete without food!!

 

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What's up Sylvester!

 

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No wait for Twisted Colossus during ERT at @SixFlagsMM at #SFMMWCB

 

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Twisted Colossus kicks total ass! @ThemeParkReview @SFMagicMountain #SFMMWCB

 

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#SFMMWCB ERT!!!!

 

First time in magic mountain! Walking onto everything!

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The classic @SFMagicMountain shot!

 

TPR having an AWESOME time @SFMagicMountain West Coast Bash! #WCBSFMM

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Having an EPIC time at West Coast Bash with @ThemeParkReview - you NEED to do this next year! #SFMMWCB

 

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We are raffling off Colossus wood at lunch! #WCBSFMM

 

Conquering the top of the mountain!

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"We are able to pull the shoulder restraints off Revolution because we are building new trains. -Tim Burkhart"

"Magic Mountain is designing the trains in house for Revolution."

"The trim brakes will not be removed from Revolution."

"The ride experience of Revolution will be punched up with possible special effects. More to be announced later."

"The strobe lights in the tunnel will not come back to Revolution."

 

TPR getting a tour of Fright Fest mazes @SFMagicMountain #WCBSFMM

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Got lucky didn't need a fast pass to for the Rob Alvey meet/greet #SFMMWCB

 

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Another reason TPR events are awesome!!!!

 

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There is still some of the original Colossus track left!

 

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Amazing look at Goliath's crazy helix!!!

 

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Getting a tour of Red's Revenge Fright Fest maze @SFMagicMountain #WCBSFMM

 

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Reason #476 why WCB is awesome huge line now, walk on this morning can't wait for ERT l8r. #SFMMWCB

 

Some nerd shots of @TwistedColossus!

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Backstage tour of #TwistedColossus during West Coast Bash @SFMagicMountain #WCBSFMM Photo by @JoeRollerfan

 

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Tour of #TwistedColossus includes awesome photo ops of Goliath! @SFMagicMountain #SFMMWCB Photo by @JoeRollerfan

 

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I got wood!

 

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Robb is eating the wood!!!

 

#WCBSFMM Beautiful day. Twisted Colossus is Awesome. Especially when it's a walk on

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When TPR isn't riding coasters, we are usually taking pictures of them! #WCBSFMM

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Having a blast with @ThemeParkReview for #SFMMWCB

 

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Twisted Colossus walk back tour was awesome!!

 

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#SFMMWCB pic made famous during England trip. People taking pics!

 

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Who's excited for New Revolution?!?

 

#TwistedColossus dueling for the backstage tour!

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#SFMMWCB @ThemeParkReview see it does duel!

 

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That time I got a backstage tour of #TwistedColossus

 

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Love the funky opening bit to #TwistedColossus

 

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The cool kids on the Twisted Colossus tour

 

TPR members love winning prizes at West Coast Bash!

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Greetings from "AwesomeTown!" Having fun @SFMagicMountain #WCBSFMM

 

West Coast Bash is all about riding coasters & hanging out with friends!

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Thanks @ThemeParkReview at MM for an awesome #SFMMWCB!

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Awesome photo of #TwistedColossus by @HopDerek!

 

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Huge thank you to the senior management of @SFMagicMountain for answering our questions during #WCBSFMM

 

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Hey Casey! Tackle Ryan!!! #RetroTPR #WCBSFMM

 

Getting our rides in on Drop of Doom!

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Sun setting on @SFMagicMountain #SFMMWCB

 

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Beginning of a beautiful night with @themeparkreview #SFMMWCB!

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It's Tatsu Time!

 

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Amazing sunset photo over @SFMagicMountain!

 

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Time almost for our nighttime ERT

 

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Night ERT has begun!

 

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Am I going to be riding Twisted Colossus for the next 2 hrs? Hell yeah!

 

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Twisted Colossus ERT after dark!

 

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How does this line look???

 

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And we're dueling!!!!!

 

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YES!!!!!!!!!

 

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HUGE thanks to our kick ass Colossus crew!!! They were working hard to keep the trains racing all night!

 

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That a wrap on West Coast Bash day 1 @SFMagicMountain! See you at @knotts tomorrow!

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Hello! This was my first event [did SFMM], and it was amazing! Met so many people, and everyone was very nice. Met Sarah, who tools some excellent pics of me under Goliath backstage. Met two awesome dudes, Matlon and "the Doctor." We were suppose to exchange info but misplaces each other when the park closed. Will post more of a review, but it's almost 1am and need sleep.

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SFMM day was such a blast. Ill have to do a full TR later but in short thank you so much to Robb and everyone involved for all their hard work putting this together. TC including backstage tour was amazing, ERT was amazing, everything was amazing. Got so many rides on TC yesterday got a double shot for the last ride of the night last night! It was slightly creepy (but cool) dueling in the dark with an empty train in an empty park. Everyone from TPR are just as friendly as can be, it's such a great atmosphere.

 

Posting during some down time at Knotts right now before lunch, but today has been incredible already. Sierra Sidewinder shop tour was very cool seeing that one of a kind vertical transfer elevator and the Ghost Rider backstage tour right after it, and that was before ERT even started! I loved Iron Reef but am clearly terrible at it; every run I'm the lowest score

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SFMM day was such a blast. Ill have to do a full TR later but in short thank you so much to Robb and everyone involved for all their hard work putting this together. TC including backstage tour was amazing, ERT was amazing, everything was amazing. Got so many rides on TC yesterday got a double shot for the last ride of the night last night! It was slightly creepy (but cool) dueling in the dark with an empty train in an empty park. Everyone from TPR are just as friendly as can be, it's such a great atmosphere.

 

Posting during some down time at Knotts right now before lunch, but today has been incredible already. Sierra Sidewinder shop tour was very cool seeing that one of a kind vertical transfer elevator and the Ghost Rider backstage tour right after it, and that was before ERT even started! I loved Iron Reef but am clearly terrible at it; every run I'm the lowest score

Yes, it was awesome! Bryan, if you could make the pics Sarah sent me into a gif, that would be so cool! We'll have to post it here.

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Thanks to Robb and everyone involved for planning such an astounding event! I've had an amazing time! Unfortunately I have to leave early and I'll miss the haunt tour and night ERT. I've had the best time at Magic Mountain and Knotts, and playing TPR Quest. Again, thanks Robb!

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Thanks to Robb and everyone involved for planning such an astounding event! I've had an amazing time! Unfortunately I have to leave early and I'll miss the haunt tour and night ERT. I've had the best time at Magic Mountain and Knotts, and playing TPR Quest. Again, thanks Robb!

I just finished the haunt tour it was fantastic. They took us through the Voodoo maze which is pretty elaborate. Most of the tour was do-not-photograph but there was one room (and it was the best one) where we were allowed to and there were some great photo ops. Looking forward to night ERT in a few minutes! Gonna grab one credit on coast rider, a couple laps on xcelerator (ERT rocks since its in one train ops during general hours!) and then finish out the night on the log ride!

 

As we were standing backstage underneath Ghost Rider after the haunt tour talking to the designers it occurred to me that I spent way more time in, under, and around Ghost Rider today than I would have if it was open...and frankly taking photos of it from the inside is far more enjoyable than riding it.

 

The guy who was leading the GR photo op (John I think his name was?) was surprisingly forthcoming during the tour, in fact I was a little surprised when he refused to answer questions during the Q&A that he answered quickly on the photo op...since I dont know if he maybe let those things slip on accident or maybe decided later he didnt want to say, I won't post what those were. Anyway he took the time to actually explain from start to finish exactly who and what caused GR to become so rough. I apologize if I don't explain this 100% correctly so if anyone who was there listening at the same time wants to chime in and add/correct something please do, but in a nutshell, earthquakes are to blame. He said when GCI and RMC were visiting concerning the upcoming refurb (yes those two were looking, but of course hes not going to say yet which one is doing the job) they were blown away by the sheer amount of wood used. If you look at the bents it has far more cross bracing than a typical woodie. So remember this was 1997, only a few years after the northridge quake and the park had quakes on their mind so they added more wood to CCI's design and then he said the city of Buena Park thought even that wasn't enough and had even more wood added. All that extra wood makes the whole structure unusually rigid and sturdy which is great for quakes but bad for coaster track and trains. It has no give and basically grinds itself to death. He said for quite a while they've been retracking it every 3 months. I wonder if Apocalypse's design, also being built in earthquake country and in fact on the footprint of a coaster essentially destroyed by an earthquake, is the cause of it's deterioration as well.

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