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Tuesday May 29th, 2001

May

 

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Daily operation has commenced here at Six Flags

 

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I made Connecticut Twister my first ride of the day

 

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It was only running 1 train but that was actually convenient because it allowed me to have multiple re-rides without even having to wait in the brake run (Tuesday in May = No crowds)

 

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I prefer airtime to coffee for my morning energy boost

 

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I went to ride Hurricane but it was closed

 

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Something that caught my mind was that the trains seemed to be gone. Me being the enthusiast I am, I decided to walk through the exit to take a peak

 

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No sign of either train. Very strange

 

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TTOD has been running a bit of an odd cycle lately. Slower ascent and the brakes are hitting harder. Hopefully it will be resolved soon

 

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Mr. Freeze, still the park's best ride. I do have to report that they have turned off the themed music in the queue, which is a bit sad, but it doesn't take too much away from the experience I suppose.

 

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It's been open for a year and it still seems like nobody knows about Frontier Fling's existence. Too bad, it really is one of the park's more fun rides

 

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Fun Fact: Torbellino translates to "Whirlwind" in Spanish

 

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Really liking the new rainbow-logo merch

 

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Verdugo through the trees

 

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2nd to last row ride. Not bad

 

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I had to go early because of work

 

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Until next time,

 

---Jacob Karse---

 

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Monday June 18th, 2001

Plans uncovered for proposed 2002 coaster, but the project is cancelled

 

On my last visit to the park I noted the absence of Hurricane's trains from the track. At first I thought it was for maintenance, but it turns out it was a lot bigger than that

 

My friend who attended a village board meeting last week informed me of some rather interesting news regarding Connecticut Kingdom cancelling plans for a new coaster. I did some searching on their website and found this from the archives of the meeting:

 

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This sounds (And from the picture provided, looks) like it would've been an awesome ride with a really nice setting, but I understand why it can't happen. Who knows, maybe the park will go with Intamin or B&M for a Hyper now. Actually, back in 1998, the park was considering adding a prototype B&M Hyper coaster where Mr. Freeze sits today. It would've been somewhat of a mirror image to Nitro (which opened this year at SFGAdv) and ran behind Haunted Ranch and Aquaman Splashdown.

 

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The one thing that phases me a bit, is that the park was actually going to remove Hurricane without giving us any form of notice, whatsoever. An interesting thing to note is that as of May 2001, Hurricane has officially survived 2 strikes with the wrecking ball. (The other time being October 1998). The park really seems to want to get it off of their hands. It really wouldn’t surprise me if it is removed in the next couple of years, possibly for a new coaster.

 

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Or, it could be built for '03 or '04, as there are already a couple similarities to X. Think about it, it was planned around the same time and it was be the last coaster made by a defunct manufacturer. And that coaster would eventually open. Also, I doubt that that update would be put out in the first place if nothing is coming at all. And, there's a question mark in the update's name, so...

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Thanks for the feedback. It wouldn't have been a clone, rather a custom design. The lift-hill would've faced toward the lake (In the picture provided you can just barely see Mr. Freeze in the background to give you a bit of a visual) and it would've had a few more airtime hills than the other Giovanola Hypers.

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Sunday July 1st, 2001

July

 

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Mornin'

 

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The amount of greenery in this park allows for awesome shots like this one

 

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Catwoman's Whip has had a temporary-looking extended queue set up to accommodate summer crowds. It wasn't too bad of a wait when I rode it, but it filled up later in the day

 

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Aquaman Splashdown was a must on this hot summer day

 

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I took one look at Mr. Freeze's line and said "NOPE"

 

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Verdugo, on the other hand, had a manageable line

 

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Being an air-conditioned ride in July, Haunted Ranch had quite the long line

 

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Heck, even Grand Stand had a 45 minute line

 

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Chaos doing it's thang

 

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My second and final coaster ride of the day was on Scream Machine, which I fortunately happened to walk past after it reopened from a break down. 20 minute wait, still

 

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Someone threw up on Ferris Wheel (How??) so everyone was stranded in the air for 30 minutes while waiting for the janitors to arrive. Oh boy

 

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Connecticut Twister had an hour long line so I rode the Cruisers instead

 

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While riding Sky Wheel I noticed that Hurricane had opened back up.

 

---Jacob Karse---

 

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Tuesday July 31st, 2001

End of July

 

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No better way to spot out what ride has the shortest line than Sky Tower

 

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Surprisingly empty for the end of July...

 

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We really need a new coaster to bring the crowds back. The last thing we need is a repeat of 1994

 

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No line for Catwoman!

 

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Down again I was first on when it re-opened, though

 

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Batwing has always been a favorite of mine

 

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I know it was just painted in 1997, but I would love to see it repainted black and yellow to give it more of a "Batman feel". Too much blue with Mr. Freeze and most of the buildings in Gotham Backlot

 

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Guests enjoying a spin on The Monster

 

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Connecticut Twister is still running smooth 9 years later. Kudos to the SFCK maintenance team

 

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A recent rumor on Screamsource said that Ferris Wheel will be replaced with a 9-inversion B&M Inverted coaster for 2002. Ah, the stuff people send in..

 

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This section of the park should be renamed to reflect the ghost town it is.

 

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Scream Machine was my last ride before heading out. Got to say, it's been running smoother lately. Hopefully it will last

 

Still haven't heard any (logical) rumors of the park may be getting in 2002, but I've been told to keep an eye on the left side of the park.

 

---Jacob Karse---

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(And no, it doesn't have anything to do with Hurricane if you're wondering.)

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Thursday August 9th, 2001

August

 

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I made a quick afternoon visit to the park today

 

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I noticed 2 new signs in the front plaza. The first of which, pictured here, is a directory for temporary ride closures

 

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The other, a much appreciated multi-wait time sign. No longer will I have to ride Sky Tower in the morning to see which ride has the shortest line. The long waits picture here are due to the this being the last week for the Read to Succeed program this year.

 

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Grand Stand was my first ride of the day, only a 5 minute wait

 

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I don't know if they were an enthusiast or not but I heard somebody refer to Grand Stand as "Mini-Mantis". While that is technically true, Grand Stand does have one more inversion than Mantis. (Both have 3 and 4 real inversions, respectively, and an inclined loop)

 

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I noticed something interesting inside of Grand Stand Gifts...

 

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...20% off of Hurricane and Grand Stand toy-models (Though it's most likely because not many people want to pay $35 for a model of a roller coaster )

 

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You know it's Read to Succeed when Spacely's has a near-full queue

 

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I found an exit pass on the ground and used it to surpass Mr. Freeze's 2 hour queue

 

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What do we have here?

 

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Hmm. Looks the like the outdoor seating has been removed as well

 

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I've heard this general area will house the new for 2002 addition(s), but I wouldn't get TOO excited based on the current rumor (Not going to say what but it's not very thrilling)

 

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Saturday August 18th, 2001

August

 

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Crowds were very sparse due to school being back in session (Despite it being a Saturday)

 

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Verdugo's had a lot of downtime this season so I was happy to see it running at park opening

 

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Like I always say, coasters are a much better day-starter than coffee

 

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Thought it was cool that I was the only one riding Haunted Ranch

 

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This may just be the best dark ride in a Six Flags park

 

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Is it just me or do these guys look like triplets?

 

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Always a welcome sight

 

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This ride still packs a punch

 

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Don't think a single person rode The Joker all day... surprised mostly every ride was opening considering the low amount of guests in the park

 

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Woah

 

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Maybe it's more than just Orleans Grille being removed?

 

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Glad this area is finally getting a refurbishment

 

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The construction fence spans all the way around where Orleans Grille once stood to the edge of Orleans Park

(FYI - Orleans Park's sign has been taken down...)

 

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Truck parked in the area

 

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Eh, this area had seen better days. I'm not too sad to see it go, especially seeing how it compares to Camp Cartoon Network on the other side of the park

 

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I tried to get a picture from Hurricane but obviously I was way off

 

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View of the construction site from Sky Wheel

 

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Tower of Doom

 

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Ferris Wheel

 

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Sky Tower

 

I'll be back one more time for Labor Day Weekend, but will not be visiting the park in fall this year. I have some personal news to announce in the next update

 

---Jacob Karse---

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Saturday September 1st, 2001

September

 

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In the previous entry, I mentioned that I would be making a personal announcement today. Well, here it is. After doing these updates for the past 9 years, I am getting married will be moving back to my home-state of Illinois this December. My cousin Mark will be taking over starting next season. I'm sad I won't be here for the park's 10th anniversary in May, but hopefully I will be able to return someday. It's been fun, thank you guys for still reading almost a decade later!

 

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I forgot to mention that a new Subway restaurant opened in the food court mid-season. Definitely one of the park's better-quality eateries

 

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Ran to Connecticut Twister before the Labor Day Weekend crowds took over

 

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Going to miss this view

 

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Here's your final update on whatever's coming for 2002

 

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It's all gone :o

 

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FYI, I've heard from a trusted source that the park will be making a formal announcement in January

 

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I'm not even sure Hurricane will still be here when I come back to the park, so I made sure to get multiple rides on it during my visit

 

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I mean, I could be completely wrong. It could still be standing in 2011. It's just that I have doubts it will exist much longer based on the past few years

 

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No matter what happens, Hurricane is a great family coaster

 

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Weird to think that most of this was just grass back in 1992

 

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Catwoman is still drawing it's "opening season crowds". 75 minute queue pretty much all day

 

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I couldn't leave the park without a few final rides on Mr. Freeze

 

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At least I won't be too far from the St. Louis version

 

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Bringing your camera on board without expressed permission has it benefits (I wouldn't recommend it though)

 

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I would've loved to get a last ride on Verdugo but it was closed. Oh well

 

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Torbellino seemed to be running a faster cycle today

 

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El Scrambler still has one of my favorite settings for a flat ride

 

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I guess I can leave the park thinking Scream Machine is an OKAY ride... New trains would make it a lot better, still

 

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I took one final ride on Grand Stand and headed out.

 

Again, it's been great doing these updates since '92. Thanks for reading

 

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Monday June 14th, 2002

Looney Tunes Land Announced

 

 

Mark here. In anticipation for the 2002 season, the park has released an announcement on the addition, Looney Tunes Land

 

The past few seasons here at Six Flags Connecticut Kingdom have been mainly focused on thrill rides. This year, our center of attention is on the families that visit out park. We have revamped our old Orleans Park kiddie area to keep up with modern times. "Looney Tunes Land", will open this spring, featuring four rides, including one roller coaster, themed after your favorite cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, and more! Join us for our season opening in April! Our winter season pass sale has been extended to next Monday, so don't hesitate to buy your's by then!

 

These pictures were also attached with the press release...

 

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Logo for the new area

 

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Yosemite Sam's Road Rage, a Zamperla Convoy ride

 

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Bug's Bunny's Tugboat, a Zamperla Rockin' Tug. Note that this is not the same ride as Lake Pontchartrain Boat Tours (Removed last year). This one is a Zamperla make, as stated, whereas LPBT was an in-house version of the ride

 

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Acme Rock-N-Rocket, a kiddie coaster

 

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The only returning ride from Orleans Park is Spiral Slide, now repainted and renamed "Tweety's Clubhouse" to match with the Looney Tunes theme

 

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Non-ride related, Orleans Grille has been replaced by the all-new "Bayou Grill" eatery. No more outdoor seating, but the dining room is huge! (Note: Colors were messed up in editing. The building exterior is actually red and white)

 

Looks like a promising addition. Much better than Orleans Park, for sure.

 

-Mark

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Friday April 12th, 2002

Media Preview

 

I was invited to check out SFCK's Looney Tunes area before it opens to the public tomorrow...

 

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The park has put up special decorations to commemorate 10 years of thrills

 

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But today we're celebrating the introduction of the Bugs Bunny crew into the park

 

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As far as signage and ambiance goes, this was some of the nicest in the park. By the way, you will see pretty much no other guests in this set of photos. This is due to me getting here before most of the media, due to my work schedule (Real reason: Peeps dislike the back of my park)

 

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Yosemite Sam's Road Rage greets guests at the front of the area

 

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You get pretty close to the employee service road. I'm sure it was unintentional, but it's a nice touch for a junior car ride.

 

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Tawt you taw a puddy tat and need a place to hide? Look no further

 

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You'll be safe inside of Tweety's Clubhouse.

 

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PS: If you're looking for your first spiral slide credit, the weight limit is 200 pounds, so some of you may want to skip out.

 

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What's up Doc? (View is from inside of Bug's Bunny's Tugboat)

 

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A cred's a cred, right?

 

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Acme Rock-N-Rocket had a decent looking station

 

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The trip to the top was fairly quick. (By the way, Acme runs 2 circuits!)

 

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Interesting way to look at the backstage areas of the amphitheater

 

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I think it was actually a bit better than Spacely's. It's still a kiddie coaster, however...

 

-Mark

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Friday May 10th, 2002

May

 

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Beautiful morning to visit the park

 

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Connecticut Twister was my first ride of the day

 

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Fairly crowded for a weekday in early May... must be the low season pass prices this year

 

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A young guest enjoying the newly opened Looney Tunes Land area

 

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Today's forecast: Steep drops and tight curves

 

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Great, as usual

 

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I had lunch at the new Bayou Grill. Food was the same as other places in the park, but the interior is really cool looking

 

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A great collection of thrills

 

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It seems the hype for Catwoman's Whip has died down a bit. Or maybe it's just that most people can't handle the ride's intensity

 

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I took Mr. Freeze in the rear (That's what she said)

 

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And Verdugo in the front.

 

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Haunted Ranch offered a change in pace in intensity

 

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Torbellino is fun for guests of all ages

 

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Time for some stand-up goodness

 

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The station gives off a cool "Retro" feel

 

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The worst part of the ride (1st corkscrew). It would really be great if it was removed and replaced with a simple s-curve.

 

-Mark

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Monday May 27th, 2002

Memorial Day

 

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Happy Memorial Day!

 

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I had a skip the line pass for Scream Machine so I did it first

 

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Still running fairly smoother compared to previous years... good job SFCK maintenance

 

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Dodgems doesn't get talked about much... here's a photo of it (I'll fix that sign soon)

 

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Patriot Pop... pretty nice show to compliment Memorial Day Weekend

 

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Grand Stand was one of few rides without a long queue on this holiday weekend

 

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Hope they don't lose their lunch!

 

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Must've been those chicken burritos...

 

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Another satisfying on-ride shot

 

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Verdugo looks like some kind of knock-off Vekoma SLC from this angle... weird

 

Unfortunately had to leave before the annual fireworks show. Oh well

 

-Mark

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Thank you

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Thursday June 13th, 2002

June

 

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Just another day of fun here at SFCK

 

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TTOD's infamously small sign

 

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Nice view of the kiddie coaster from here... it'd look great if they'd plant a few more bushes near the mid-way

 

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You can never take enough photos of such a picturesque ride

 

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Another example...

 

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Just one more...

 

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Okay, Ill stop

 

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Had some lunch at Subway... pretty good food here

 

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Not to stir up speculation so early in the season, but I noticed some men surveying the ground, stakes next to them. The man in the brown suit looks like the general manager of the park. Could just be some electrical work or something like that, but there's something suspicious about those suitcases...

 

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There we some more stakes under Hurricane's station, too...

 

-Mark

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Wednesday July 24th, 2002

Hurricane's removal announced

 

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Some unfortunate news regarding one of our roller coasters was released today...

 

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Here's a hint - This view will soon change forever

 

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Labor Day is your last chance to take a ride on Hurricane... 40 days left...

 

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All Hurricane merchandise at the adjacent "Shelter Shack" gift shop has been discounted in lieu of the announcement

 

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Time to binge-ride...

 

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There is some good news to come out of this, however. Many enthusiasts speculate that Hurricane will immediately be replaced by a brand new coaster, evidented by the stakes seen near the station. Whether it's the long-awaited Hyper, or perhaps a large looping B&M, get excited.

 

-Mark

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Nice prediction. It will be an airtime machine, for sure

 

Oh, if anyone's wondering about the excess amount of updates lately, it's to make up for lost time at the beginning of the month and because I have to construct "something" ( ) for the '03 season.

 

The reason picture count is low is because my computer is being a dick

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Saturday August 17th, 2002

August

 

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Hard to believe it's August already... seems this season has gone by faster than others

 

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Looks like Verdugo is back to it's old gimmicks... been down for nearly a month and the trains aren't even on site. Atleast it's not as bad as the GIB's, I guess

 

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Classic dark ride

 

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Long lines (Due to it being a Saturday near the end of summer...) so I hit the arcade

 

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Got the highscore

 

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Hard to get unique shots of Connecticut Twister from inside the park...

 

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Priceless expressions from the passengers of Ship Dip

 

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One of the last shots of Hurricane taken from Sky Wheel

 

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16 days left to ride the storm!

 

-Mark

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Monday September 2nd, 2002

Labor Day - Hurricane's Last Day of Operations

 

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Went to the park today to take some final rides on Hurricane

 

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It was unseasonably warm though, so we did Aquaman first, followed by a quick dry-off on Mr. Freeze

 

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Way better than paying $15 for a 2-minute dryer

 

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There was scheduled to be a season pass holder ERT on Verdugo but since it is closed, it was moved to Grand Stand. Didn't make much of a difference

 

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Tonight Hurricane will join El Starfish and Dare Devil Dive as former rides of SFCK

 

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Rode Sky Tower to get some final shots of the ride from above

 

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In it's 7 years at Connecticut Kingdom, Hurricane has proved to be the most photogenic ride at the park

 

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Hopefully it's replacement will be just as camera-friendly

 

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Last. Day. Ever

 

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While it may have had 3 hours line when it first opened, Hurricane has been a walk-on pretty much every day of the week the last couple of the years, even on it's final day. It isn't a bad ride, it's just been overshadowed by everything else, especially sitting in the far corner of the park with little to no traffic

 

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New coaster confirmed

 

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Going to miss this view

 

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More-so this one

 

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Turn out of the MCBR, taken from the exit ramp

 

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A few last night shots...

 

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...

 

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I was on the last public train. Following it was the last employee train (Seen here). I heard that the original park owner, Mike Heage, was on it.

 

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Storms over, folks

 

-Mark

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And the park has a Ferris Wheel anyway, so no thanks buddy

 

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Sunday October 27th, 2002

Closing Day

 

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Hurricane's track sitting in the parking lot... awaiting an unknown fate

 

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Perhaps it will be relocated to another Six Flags park?

 

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It would've been nice had they done more for the 10 year anniversary, like extra ERT or something...

 

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No more Hurricane, but what could that be?

 

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Reminds me of Cheetah at Wild Adventure's supports... hybrid coaster perhaps?

 

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Another view...

 

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Looks like the sign is gone...

 

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Had lunch at Bayou Grill

 

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Did a few more laps on Freeze, taking advantage of the non-existent lines (Due to everyone doing Fright Fest mazes and crap)

 

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Guess we'll have to wait until 2003 to ride Verdugo again....

 

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Finished off my year with a front row ride on Grand Stand

 

I've heard the announcement for the 2003 Coaster will be in February, so I''ll update you then

 

-Mark

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