Photo TR: Coastermania 2016

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Photo TR: Coastermania 2016

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:11 am

I have wanted to go to Cedar Point ever since I was a teenager. I had a good friend back then who was originally from Cleveland and spoke very highly of Cedar Point. He was the one who dragged me on Mamba in 1998 against my will, and I absolutely loved it. I blame him for this obsession. :) So when Millennium Force opened, we were floored by a coaster a mind-boggling 100 feet taller. It has remained on my bucket list until just this past weekend.

I really enjoyed Holiwood Nights last year, and I was looking to do something similar this year. I had heard Coastermania was making some great changes, and of course there is Valravn. When I bought RCT2, I had no idea it would have real parks in it, and I loved watching Oblivion drop in the rendition of Alton Towers. I had read reports that the two Busch dive coasters are very good, and I was excited that one of these beauties would be within driving distance.

All these reasons combined made Coastermania my destination of choice this year. I bought a Platinum Pass for the first time ever and decided I would also go to Kings Island and Michigan’s Adventure to make the most of it. The trip was beginning to take shape.

I had a friend in college who was from Lexington, Kentucky, and often bragged about how their state fair was so good that it had a Six Flags. Similarly to Cedar Point, this park went on my list to visit until 2006…. So I was very excited to see it resurrected a couple of years ago and decided to visit once all the rides were up and running. This year marked the completion of the initial reconstruction phase, and with an RMC with a barrel roll drop :D, I had to go. Indiana Beach was added on late as a brief stop on the way home, and the itinerary was complete. I was all set to go to Cedar Freakin’ Point!
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:28 am

Day 1: Kentucky Kingdom

I arrived early and was able to take a few pictures before opening. The out of state deal was amazing. I got a wristband for free drinks, and I didn’t have to have a souvenir cup. Really helped not have as much stuff to drag around. Overall I was impressed. It’s still a small park, but it has a handful of great rides, and it’s a good foundation to build on. They’re in for the long haul for sure.

Theming: There isn’t a whole lot. This is more an amusement park than a theme park. The landscaping, however, is incredible, and it was a joy to walk through this park. I prefer parks like this as opposed to the ones where you’re just running from ride to ride.

Food: The drinks were a great perk! I didn’t buy any food here, because I had a big breakfast in town and left around 5:30.

Service: All the ride operators were friendly, efficient, and seemed to be enjoying themselves. I didn’t encounter a bad employee all day, and there were several stellar ones, especially on the Lightning Run and Storm Chaser crews.

Waterpark: Very good, on par with Crystal Falls for sure. The lifeguards were efficient at operating the waterslides, and really did their best to keep lines moving. Some lines were long, but I never felt like any were dragging. The only disappointment was that Deluge was down all day. I saw mechanics there most of the day, so they were obviously working on it, but it never opened. I loved Wildebeest and was looking forward to this the most of any waterslide, more even than Deep Water Dive. So, it’s top priority next time I’m here, which is hopefully soon.

Tornado was great as usual—I always like those—and the other tube slides were very fun as well. The best of them was Calypso Run. Not a fast slide, but the three mini-tornadoes were very cool. I enjoyed it a lot.

Deep Water Dive was incredible, but I don’t think I’d do it again. First of all, the 110 foot climb left me out of breath by the time I got to the top. I will admit to being no athlete, but I do walk, jog, and bicycle regularly, so I’m not out of shape either. It’s just a lot of stairs. Second, there isn’t a canopy at the top, so the concrete platform is brutally hot. I didn’t realize that they would allow you to wear water shoes (most body slides don’t)—so my feet were burning. The dive itself was great—pretty much like a drop tower—and I had a lot of fun, but the other factors made this a once-only ride.

Water rides: Both are great! On my ride on Mile High Falls, the boat failed to engage the chain and I was stuck at the bottom of the lift. Maintenance was out quickly, though, and we didn’t have to evac. They just reset the sensors and away we went. It makes a huge splash and was very satisfying. I did this before the waterpark, so it was just enough to cool me down before resuming coaster riding.


Raging Rapids was very cool. It had this industrial sewer theme to it which was kind of creepy. I’ve never been on a rapids ride quite like this one, and rapids are one of my favourite ride types. It had some good splashes, and left me good and soaked without being uncomfortably so. Great ride!

Flats: I considered this my waterpark day on this trip, so I didn’t ride very many flats. Fearfall was great, as ARM towers always are. Giant Wheel is the biggest ride in the park, and a lot of fun. I always enjoy Ferris wheels, and this one being in the centre of the park gives a great vantage point. Himalaya was the third flat I rode, and it’s a personal favourite ride type for me. I don’t do spinning rides normally, but that type doesn’t bother me at all. Gentle rocking back and forth, ups and downs—it’s very relaxing. Himalaya has a long ride cycle, too.

If I had more time, I probably would have done Skycatcher, Bluebeard’s Bounty, and Prof. John’s Flying Machines, but I had a date with the Beast that night. :D More on that later.

Coasters:

Lightning Run: I cannot say enough good things about this ride. It’s small but feels fast, is very forceful, and has great airtime. It’s very re-rideable as well. I think I may like it more than Storm Chaser, honestly.

Storm Chaser: It’s really Lightning Run with inversions. The barrel roll drop is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The drop doesn’t feel fast, but it’s really hauling at the bottom of that drop. Just like Lightning Run, it has ridiculous amounts of airtime, and the inversions are perfectly placed and perfectly executed.

T3: Burn it. Kill it with fire. And yes, it’s steel. Steel burns too if you get it hot enough. Make a 2500 degree fire and burn this SOB down. I take back every negative thing I said about Gauntlet at Magic Springs (the only other SLC I had been on at that point). Gauntlet is unicorns and rainbows compared to T3. I actually wanted to ride this because of the new restraints, and I will say there wasn’t any headbanging. But the shuffling on the track was painful and headache inducing. This goes in the category with SFStL’s Ninja. It’s that bad.

Thunder Run: It was good, but nothing extraordinary. I’d ride it once per visit. It was decently smooth for a woodie and had some good speed and a bit of airtime in places.
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I took a walk around the side of the park before opening. Fearfall is very prominent.
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I see you, Lightning Run.
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I promise you'll be my first.
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Maybe we could let Giant Wheel watch?
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Once the park opened, I made good on that promise.
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Wheeeee!
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Then off to the new hotness.
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The ride plaza is really great.
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Ride to live, live to ride!
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Storm Chaser wants to rock!
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Tear It Loose!
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Come out and play!
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The price is our own life until it's done.
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Pretty plants.
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The jet wanted to ride too.
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Ooh! Fun under construction!
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More fun under construction!
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Thunder Run looks nice.
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I like this picnic area as well
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Mile High Falls was not quite that tall.
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Fun ride though.
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Skloosh!
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Straight Outta Gotham.
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Queue through the woods!
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What? No, that's not what it looks like. You're perverted.
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I loved T3's plaza.
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Don't do a barrel roll!
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This is the warning light. Don't get on this ride.
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Deluge was down all day. :'(
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Such a pretty waterslide.
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I'll be back for you, I promise.
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At least Tornado was running.
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Pretty ponies here.
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I love this version of the Flying Dutchman. The klompen are awesome.
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Roller Skater through the trees!
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Giant Wheel could wait no longer.
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You watch out for the gators, boy. This here's Kentucky!
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Nice semi-secluded path.
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Really great waterpark.
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Really great roller coaster.
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Every park should have an Enterprise. I will not ride any of them.
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Himalaya had a wonderfully long ride cycle.
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I then went to ride Angry Birds. They had this sign right next to the entrance to the theatre. So how do we get in?
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These cars go bump in the night.
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I haven't seen this version of this ride before. It's double the size they normally are.
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I fell. I was afeared.
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Save the frogs!!!!!
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There's a train for miniature people.
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Frogs this colourful are usually poisonous....
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This is the coolest carousel idea. I've never seen anything remotely like it.
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Toward the end of the day, I went to see the sea lion show.
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Wheeee!
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No, go back to your place!
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Somewhere over the rainbow....
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Bullseye! (Wait, this is a female sea lion....cowseye?)
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This ball is about 10 feet above the pool. Very impressive.
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Thanks for a great day at Kentucky Kingdom!
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Re: Photo TR: Coastermania 2016

Postby Wily J » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:18 pm

Nice pics and captions!

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Re: Photo TR: Coastermania 2016

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:32 pm

Some really great shots there. Great start to your trip!

And "Angry Birds: the Ride". What is that? I suspect it's some
kind of simulator ride, but still not sure. I'm curious!
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:48 pm

Yep, it's a 3d simulator. It was pretty cute, and the kids in the audience really got into it. It reminded me a lot of the Tom and Jerry cartoons.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:50 pm

^ Cool. Well, since I've already been to "Angry Birds:The Land" in Finland,
this will be fun to catch, if and when I get over there to KK. :smile:
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Re: Photo TR: Coastermania 2016

Postby DILinator » Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:06 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Lightning Run: I cannot say enough good things about this ride. It’s small but feels fast, is very forceful, and has great airtime. It’s very re-rideable as well. I think I may like it more than Storm Chaser, honestly.


Nice start to your TR! I look forward to hearing about the rest of your trip!

I was just at KK for the first time yesterday, and I actually felt the opposite, regarding your comment above. Storm Chaser became my #5 coaster, and was just amazing, start to finish! Lightning Run was really fun as well, and I liked it, but I'm not sure it's even in my top 20. Reason being... I didn't find it easily re-ridable! :lol: I rode on it 7 times total, including three in a row without getting off (I was at an enthusiast event), but was good to go after that. Compare that to SC, which I rode 20 times, and would have been happy to ride some more! Just interesting to note the personal differences...

One thing we definitely agree on... T3 needs to be gone, yesterday! I wish it was, so that way I wouldn't have ridden it! :lmao:
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Re: Photo TR: Coastermania 2016

Postby boldikus » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:00 pm

This trip report needs one thing and that's more trip report. Some great photos, can't wait to read more.

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Re: Photo TR: Coastermania 2016

Postby coasterbill » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:25 pm

So Sea World has marine animals in a multi million dollar habitat and spends millions on animal rescue and everyone loses their minds. Kentucky Kingdom seems to have Sea Lions in an inflatable backyard above ground pool and nobody cares.

Do I get that right?

(And I'm not bashing Kentucky Kingdom. Just the hypocrisy of these activists).

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Re: Photo TR: Coastermania 2016

Postby DILinator » Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:30 pm

coasterbill wrote:So Sea World has marine animals in a multi million dollar habitat and spends millions on animal rescue and everyone loses their minds. Kentucky Kingdom seems to have Sea Lions in an inflatable backyard above ground pool and nobody cares.


:nina:

I had that same exact thought when I was walking by their arena yesterday!
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