I spent the last two weekends on the road. I had some real fun, saw some good friends, and took a couple of pictures along the way.
Sat. Sep. 25th - Cedar Point Sun. Sep. 26th - Michigan Renaissance Festival Fri. Oct. 1st - Cincinnati Zoo, Kings Island Sat. Oct. 2nd - Holiday World, Kings Island Sun. Oct. 3rd - Columbus Zoo
Sat. Sep. 25th - I started the day with taking my 3 year old niece to see Disney On Ice. We had a blast, but unfortunately I somehow forgot my camera in the car and didn't realize it till the lights dimmed. So no Disney pictures.
As soon as the show was over I drove the half an hour back to her mothers house to drop her off and then spent the next four hours racing to Cedar Point. I arrived at the park about 7pm. It was still light enough I got to take a few pictures before the sun started to set. I didn't bother with any of the indoor haunted houses as I will still be making a few visits before the season ends and will have plenty of opportunity to visit those later. My goal was to knock out at least one trip through all the outdoor areas. I basically hung out and took pictures and enjoyed the atmosphere for the evening.
I thought these crosses near the front of the park were a nice touch.
Baby cherub either in deep thought or taking a dump. You decide.
Whatever you picked last time he is now doing the opposite.
Cedar Point supports putting leashes on your naked women.
The entrance to my favorite scare zone. Cornstalkers.
Kings Island has celebrity skeletons. Cedar Point has a Michael Jackson zombie.
This poor guy gets electrocuted every year. Still hasn't learned his lesson.
See? Tell me your not thrilled.
Skeletons+ Video games = Thrilling.
I hope to score 666 on skee-ball someday. I'm sure he cheated though as we all know you can never trust a plastic skeleton.
Hanging out by Gemini was a no brainer.
The park seems to come alive as soon as the scare actors come out for the night.
I absolutely love the fog and the way they use it for scares inside the outdoor scare zones.
The fog along with the colored lights make for some really cool visuals.
There was a actor stalking in this area but I swear he disappeared as soon as he saw me trying to get his picture.
Just because I don't think I could do a report without at least one coaster picture and since Wildcat doesn't get much love in the TR's I'll post this one.
Back in the Fright Zone the lights and fog were reaching epic levels of awesomeness.
Where's Catherine Zeta-Jones when you need her?
I'll give a bit of love to the Mine Ride too.
The bridge to Terror Island.
I'll finish the Cedar Point pictures with what was easily my favorite of the bunch.
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The day after Cedar Point I visited the Michigan Renaissance Festival. I like visiting this every year as it really makes me feel like less of a geek. These things are possibly worse than Star Trek conventions, but with some entirely awesome food. That being said I always have a fun time. There are a several really good shows, a pretty friendly atmosphere, and like I mentioned some really good food.
Included just so I could remember how to spell "Renaissance."
The have a queen. I hate queens. Every time I have them somebody has aces or kings.
The jousting event always seems to be the main draw. Honestly though once you've seen it once...
Though this is the first year I've ever seen a female compete. I love seeing a girl that knows how to handle a big stick.
Okay follow up to the big stick joke is a photo of two guys sword fighting... awkward...
But if you are gonna sword fight make sure you use protection.
Okay I promise I'm done with that line of incredibly awful captions.
This guy was upset at the fact that the other guy put up a parody website.
Almost a credit... right? Okay so maybe not but it beats guys in armor pretending to fight.
The same with this sweet little swing ride.
No jokes here, just an entirely interesting Birds Of Prey demonstration. I love stuff like this.
I have the same mask in my size at home.
This guy said "@#$% that mask" and took it off much to the dismay of his handler.
Though I think I creamed my photographer wanna be pants at the photo op it gave me.
I actually had to step back to even being able to focus properly I was so close.
The Washing Well Wenches are always one of the more amusing shows.
Though I kind of felt sorry for them on this chilly 50 degree day.
I wore a kilt once. It was quite liberating.
Because facebook is so "renaissance."
I thought about asking her if those were handles on her head but thought better about it. (She looked like she could possibly beat me up.)
The Ded-Bob show is always one I tell anybody new to the fest to check out. Good laughs and good fun. This one is my boys favorite.
Some of the humor goes over their head, but he does a excellent job of playing to both the older crowd and the younger.
"You mean Rob is seriously only spelt with one B?"
Proof that someone out there is dirtier than TPR.
If you think we have the ability to offend than Christophe The Insultor should be avoided at all costs.
I forget this lady's name but I will say she is seriously one of the nicest people I know. She did something incredibly nice a couple of years ago. I have made sure to tip her well every time since.
Who's nerdier Renaissance Geeks or Coaster Enthusiasts? It might me a close one.
Random statue>Random barrels parks seem to keep mistaking for real theming
Fri. Oct. 1st. Since I was gonna make my way down to Kings Island for their Friday evening haunt I decided to spend the day visiting the Cincinnati Zoo. It is a pretty good size zoo and is landscaped pretty well, but I think it is also the hardest to navigate of the major zoos I've visited. They had some cool exhibits though. I enjoyed their nocturnal animal building, their cat house featured several uncommon small to mid sized cats, and their manatee exhibit was awesome.
Not half as cool as my bird pictures from the Renaissance Fest.
Here lizard, lizard.
"So did you hear that Robb's been lying to us this whole time about how to spell his name?"
Did you know that baby chimpanzee's love to fling their own poop? Did you know that TPR members are much better at it though?
"I could write better captions than this guy."
Like an Gravy Train Day at the water park.
Stick me alone in a cage for every day of my life and I promise I'll resort to tree humping too.
I tried very hard to get a picture of this Gorilla but he kept hiding behind the tree. As you can see he plays a pretty mean game of hide and seek.
"If the lion can't write better captions than maybe I'll just take a dump on his keyboard and at least that'll be more entertaining."
Ha. Just realized that there is a filter for A.C.E. Not changing it though. Awesome. Okay now that I've posted a trillion pictures that no one cares about I'll wait till tomorrow to get to the Kings Island pictures.
SoCalCoasters wrote:So how come Ohio gets to keep their Manatees, yet Seaworld SD has them "recalled" back to Florida?!
Both the Cincinnati and Columbus zoo's have them too. I don't understand why Seaworld couldn't keep them. It's too bad. They are such impressive creatures.
sspaz1000 wrote:Great pictures so far Thanks for sharing. The bird ones from the Ren. Festival were amazing.
Brandy524 wrote:Great pictures! The bird ones are really awesome!
I feel lucky to be standing there when this happened. They only remove the masks during the birds hunt so shots like this are rare and hard to get. As much as I love amusement park photography I think these are some of my favorite all time shots. I was almost breathless shooting them. Looking at them now I find myself wishing I had the same camera back when I visited Dollywood and saw their bird show. I remember standing five feet from an uncaged bald eagle during their show.
Fri. Oct. 1st After the Cincinnati Zoo I made my way over to Kings Island for the evening. I got there about 6:30. The park didn't open till 7. At just a couple of minutes till 7 I found myself wondering why they hadn't even let us past the metal detectors yet. At 7 there was the sound of cannon fire and the metal gates up by the turnstiles were rolled up and all the scare actors came running out in a frenzy. It was kind of a nice touch.
Okay I have to admit that the only parks Halloween events that I've ever attended are Cedar Point and Kings Island. I've done Cedar Points dozens of times at the very least and this was my third Kings Island event. I think Kings Island has a real nice size collection of mazes, and I love the way the mist seems to just fill the whole park. The little extra theming on Beast is an awesome touch, even though it made me cry to see a SOB headstone. I really don't know how Kings Island gets even 5% of the votes though on "Best Halloween Event" in the golden tickets though. I like Cedar Points Halloweekends 5x better.
I have a huge issue with KI's policy of walking through their mazes in conga lines. I don't know if this is common at other parks around the country but at the majority of KI's mazes you have to walk through with your hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you. I don't generally get too scared in any haunted house anyways but this virtually eliminates any chance of getting a good scare, and on top of that it makes it really hard to really get the chance to check out the actual maze itself and enjoy it. I promise you that it entirely makes it not worth standing in line 30 minutes to an hour for a maze.
It was really nice to see them use Son Of Beasts queue again though. It made me sad to stand in it again. I don't care what anyone says. I liked the ride and I hope to see it running again someday. On top of that it looks like they reused Cedar Points props from the retired Werewolf Canyon for the haunted house.
Since I met up with some friends I actually spent more time riding roller coasters than I was hoping to. Since I've pretty much ridden every thing at Kings Island to death I would of liked to focus more on the mazes, but I wouldn't trade time with friends for nothing. So I only did Death Row, Trail Of Terror, and Wolf Pack (or whatever it was called.) Trail Of Terror is still pretty good, the Son Of Beast one was alright, and Death Row was @#$%ing awful.
Death Row. Okay I challenge anybody out there to properly defend this maze. Hands down the single worst haunted attraction I've ever walked through. I don't normally focus too much on the negative but this maze is seriously so bad that I have to ask: WTF was somebody thinking when they designed this? My eleven year old son could design something better in an hour. Seriously you just walked through a "prison" that was just a series of twists and turn with bars on all sides of you. It took about 5 minutes or so to walk through and they use strobes through the entire maze. There is also siren going off the whole time your in there. Between the strobes and the siren I actually started to feel physically disoriented by the time I got out of it. If there had been some good scares, or almost any attempt to, then it might of been at least slightly okay at least though. The whole time your were in there though all the inmates ever seemed to say to you was things like "keep moving" or at one point one said "stay in single file." In their defense they did say it in a growling voice though.... so scary. Only once through the entire maze did anyone even make any sort of effort to scare us. The only thing even remotely positive I can say about the maze is the electric chair prop near the end.
Kings Island loves their skeletons during their haunt.
That area in front of the fountain was packed with scare actors and fog for the first 30 minutes the park was open.
I can't remember seeing this character in years past, and didn't see it any of the three mazes I went through. So I'm not sure what maze it belonged too but I thought it was kind of cool.
Not as good as my bird pictures from the Ren Fest.
The overlord was a nice touch but if you stood there for longer than five minutes he started to keep going over the same material again and again.
I absolutely love the atmosphere of the park during a haunt.
Seriously like 90% of KI's theming seems to come from skeletons.
Hey that's not a skeleton.
Hey that's not a... oh wait never mind.
At Kings Island the fog seems to have a perfect way of just lingering perfectly and filling the majority of the park.
Even trimmed I still love night rides on The Beast.
When comparing CP's and KI's haunts I have to give a nod to KI for not being afraid to use a little more gore.
I never expected to see anybody walking through the Son Of Beast queue ever again.
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