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Re: Bluestreak's 2018 Photo TR Collection!

Postby prozach626 » Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:01 am

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Re: Bluestreak's 2018 Photo TR Collection!

Postby bluestreak » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:09 pm

Could it be? I'm actually adding an update to this thread! Obviously since this trip was 5 months ago already (WOW Time flies!) I won't be able to provide my exact ride counts but otherwise hopefully memory serves me well with Lake Winnie, Dollywood, and my August New England trip so that I'll be able to give you guys a good rundown of each park!

Anyways onto Lake Winnie. This was Thursday of our trip after going back to SFOG for a couple hours in the morning for more rides on Twisted Cyclone and Goliath. Unfortunately, our heads were still bothering us and we couldn't fully enjoy Goliath. I fully believe this is one of the best B&M's out there and hopefully someday soon I'll be back to try it out again. I think we were able to get around to pretty much everything in the park again thanks to small crowds. We noticed on our way out of the park in the early afternoon that it was filling up quite a bit. I believe there was a festival of some sort that weekend that was getting started that night.

Anywho, a couple hours later and what was probably an unhealthy amount of Advil we arrived at Lake Winnie, relatively headache free.

I've known about Lake Winnie for most of my life. I knew they have an older woodie, (for some reason I was thinking 1920s though. I'm confusing my Cannonballs :lol: ) some carnival-esque flats, an old log flume and maybe a waterpark? Otherwise though I pictured a small rundown park only a step up from Conneaut. I had no reason at all to think this but for some reason this is what I pictured in my head. The nearly empty gravel parking lot and less than stellar park entrance didn't do much to change this idea, but once inside the gates I realized I was totally wrong about this cute little park in Georgia.

No you're not greeted by any mega coasters or anything of that nature, you're greeted by a bright colored park surrounding a beautiful lake and plenty of rides the whole family can enjoy. The first order of business was obviously Cannonball. Up until I got in line I thought this ride was made no later than 1930, so I was slightly disappointed it's from the 1960s. Obviously not the ride or the park's fault but it took away the nostalgia of the ride. But, after a ride on it, I didn't really care about the age anymore. It still has buzz bars and still runs like brand new. Not a whole lot of airtime but enough, especially in the back. We rode this quite a few times including some laps without even getting off right before the park closed.

While on Cannonball we noticed that Lake Winnie is also home to a pretty stinkin big waterpark that seemed to be the big draw here. It also looked to be almost brand new. It was nice to see that the park has been getting some money put into it.

My idea of Conneaut was completely shot to hell by this point and I was already blown away by the park and its charm, but what could make it even better? No not a Giga-RMC-Intamin-Aquatrax. No not some big sparkly B&M. No, what made this park for me was the 1920s log flume. I love log flumes like mad to begin with and all the nostalgia I missed at Cannonball was in tact and chugging along here at the Boat Chute. This thing is as classic as they get. You load, go through a long, slow, super dark, almost creepy tunnel. Then turn a corner, go up a small, hardly inclined hill and then drop down into the water with a splash the perfect size for a hot summer day in Georgia. God I loved this thing.

Now ok, I might be getting a little ridiculous with the Boat Chute but to me it really personified all the great things about Lake Winnie. It quirky, cute, and a ton of fun, just like the whole park is. Obviously don't be making a trip to Lake Winnie on its own. But if you're in the area, make a stop, even just for a couple hours. You won't regret it.

So as the park got ready to close and the voice of who I can only imagine to be a late former owner came over the PA and wished us a goodnight and thanked us for coming, we got ready for some more driving and two full days at Dollywood.... and hey, our headaches were gone! Must've been the magic of Lake Winnie. Thanks for reading, and don't be afraid to leave a comment making fun of me for my love for the log flume :lmao: On to the pictures!
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Of course my dang finger ruins the first picture
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The Lake Winnie
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Our visit was right after the accident on this so it was closed, from my understanding we didn't miss much
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There it is
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Love these drop towers.
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History
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Steep lift for a mouse.
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About the best view of Cannonball you can get
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My favorite pic from the day
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Another favorite
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Nice and new
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Quirky, cute, and awesome. Also of note you can just walk straight into the Lake. All that is stopping you is a little sign and a voice on your shoulder telling you to not be stupid.
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Love these old dark rides
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The next few pictures are from the skyride. I asked the ops beforehand if it was allowed and they looked at me as if to say "why wouldn't it be?"
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SKLOOSH!
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That's all from Lake Winnie. Dollywood next!
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Re: Bluestreak's 2018 Photo TR Collection!

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:39 am

Nice report!

You missed out on some of the most intense laterals out there on Wild Lightnin' but the real treats are Cannon Ball, Boat Chute, and their flat ride lineup. Did you happen to ride Conestoga? That magic carpet ride gave some of the craziest sustained air I've experienced considering the very minimalistic restraints.
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Re: Bluestreak's 2018 Photo TR Collection!

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:59 am

Some great pictures of Lake Winnie. I loved that park when we went last year. Very underrated.
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Re: Bluestreak's 2018 Photo TR Collection!

Postby bluestreak » Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:02 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Nice report!

You missed out on some of the most intense laterals out there on Wild Lightnin' but the real treats are Cannon Ball, Boat Chute, and their flat ride lineup. Did you happen to ride Conestoga? That magic carpet ride gave some of the craziest sustained air I've experienced considering the very minimalistic restraints.


Thank you! I did not. I definitely regret not doing so especially after I read your report from Lake Winnie. Hopefully I'll be back sometime soon to try it out.

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Some great pictures of Lake Winnie. I loved that park when we went last year. Very underrated.


Thank you and I absolutely agree. Just goes to show you don't have to be a big park to be awesome.
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Postby bluestreak » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:26 pm

Dollywood! We spent the next two full days at Dollywood which would be Friday and Saturday. We figured the crowds would be manageable on Friday but Saturday was likely to be packed because not only was it a Saturday, it was also the first weekend of their summer celebration. Because of this, our plan going in was to do as much as we could Friday and then expect to be waiting in lines most of Saturday, taking our time and enjoying the amazing atmosphere Dollywood provides. This was until we found our how dirt cheap their Timesaver pass is. I believe for the unlimited pass that includes Lightning Rod it was only like $45. Since our home park is Cedar Point, we're used to seeing prices for fastlane well over $100 so this was a huge steal and a crime if we didn't buy it to get the absolute most out of our Dollywood visit. And boy did we.

Friday was fairly empty as expected, so we got plenty of rides in on everything, including Lightning Rod which was still running when we were there before shutting down for a couple months. Good timing on our part. Lightning Rod and all other rides were running pretty much the entire time we were there which was nice to see since we've had bad luck with Lightning Rod, Mystery Mine, and Firechaser Express in the past.

We had been on Lightning Rod before but it was still opening year and it broke down a lot. This time though it was up and launching with two trains all day, both days. I think our total was something around 20 rides between the two days we were there, thanks in no small part to the Timesaver passes. The ride itself is still just as amazing as when I first rode it. The much talked about "pothole" at the bottom of the first drop was definitely there and noticeable, but when the rest of the ride is as good as it is, it's hard to justify saying that the pothole takes away from the ride experience. That being said though I'm itching to get back down there and ride it in its smoothest state. On Saturday night we got probably 10 rides on Lightning Rod in the dark. This thing is a whole different animal at night since you really can't see a thing so those crazy twists and turns before the bonkers quad-down come out of nowhere, no matter how familiar you might be with the ride. Lightning Rod night rides are right up there with the nighttime experiences rides like The Beast and Voyage provide.

Thunderhead is another great ride at Dollywood. I've heard many call Thunderhead rough,and while it absolutely feels like a wooden coaster, it's not rough by any means. For sure one of early GCI's best coasters. Mystery Mine is another ride commonly said to be rough. Again, the ride definitely has some personality, but its far from unridable in my opinion. And that second drop and the inversions following it is one of my favorite elements on any of the coasters I've been on.

Wildeagle and Firechaser Express are both totally solid coasters and something that the whole family can enjoy. Wildeagle also has a 50 inch height requirement that allows some younger kids to get a ride on it. Wildeagle to me, is what wingriders should be, a nice smooth ride that is just simply fun. And if you're hellbent on getting good forces out of it, the backseat provides some great whip over the first drop and some of the inversions. My only issue is with the restraints. If the vests didn't lock it wouldn't be a big deal, and I don't notice them on the ride, but while sitting outside the station waiting to get off they become very uncomfortable. Especially on a hot, humid sunny day. Other than that, a great ride. Firechaser is also a great ride. Sure it seems like a glorified family coaster but I think it's fun for everybody and it has great theming too.

The true unsung hero of Dollywood is Tennessee Tornado. Yeah, it's a super short ride, but that first drop in the backseat is outstanding. The rest of the ride is extremely forceful and a total blast. Before this trip I had never seen Tennessee Tornado run two trains but the park was so crowded on Saturday that they actually put the second train on for a couple hours in the afternoon. I hope I took a picture because I doubt I'll ever see it again :lol: .

Outside of the rides, what can I say about Dollywood that hasn't already been said? The park is beautiful, the staff is exceptional at their jobs and super friendly, the food is great, and the park obviously has their eyes towards further expanding their ride lineup with the 2019 addition.

After Dollywood we hit Kings Island and then headed home. No Kings Island report since I am there so often but it was another good visit. Leave your comments, look at the pictures, and look forward to the beginning of my New England trip reports! Thanks for reading!
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OH MY GOD IT"S OPEN
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So blank back in June, now a bunch of ride pieces and a lift hill are sitting here
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Very solid addition with amazing views
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Come on it's not that bad
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Wow these are really out of order
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DUCK
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That blasted finger
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God. Bless.
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Thank you dirt cheap timesaver for so many LR rides!
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Dang it... Finger get out of the way
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Re: Bluestreak's 2018 Photo TR Collection!

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:16 pm

Great report!

I agree 100% about Lightning Rod at night. It's out of control and there isn't a sliver of light on the backside of the mountain. It was especially magical at Christmas when you crest the quad down and see all the lights below.
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Re: Bluestreak's 2018 Photo TR Collection!

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:00 pm

I see you left out the part about how Mystery Mine is the best ride at Dollywood, but otherwise great report.
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Re: Bluestreak's 2018 Photo TR Collection!

Postby bluestreak » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:59 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:I see you left out the part about how Mystery Mine is the best ride at Dollywood, but otherwise great report.


Haha I never said it wasn't, I'm just saying Lightning Rod is fantastic. ;)
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