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Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:53 am
by Canobie Coaster
xVicesAndVirtues wrote:
ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Oh nice, they weren't doing samples when I was there. Would have loved to have had that option. Sooo many great choices.

I don't get where you're coming from on Steel Vengeance though. I thought the final section low to the ground was very much like Storm Chaser. Everybody's different.

Yeah, the sample sizes were a great way to try out a variety of what they had to offer. The empanadas (and especially the maduros) were a little on the greasy side, so the sample size was just right. There was also a Korean BBQ truck but it was very Americanized. Either way, I loved that the park did this, as it added a ton of options.

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

Just curious, was August 29 the day you visited the park with the short lines? I was there that day and there was a big threat of heavy rain in the afternoon. There was a bad rainstorm, but it only lasted for an hour as opposed to the 8 hours the weathermen predicted.

And I thought Steel Vengeance was plenty intense. Some of the snaps out of the zero-G rolls were crazy and then you have plenty of airtime hills ranging from sustained, powerful air to quick, abrupt pops.

Yeah, that was the day! We were there that Thurs/Fri as well, but those days were significantly busier.

Regarding SV, maybe I just got some slower rides on it or something. We never really did it during the day due to about a 20-minute line even with Fast Lane, so the 8-10 rides on it were all first thing in the morning or at the very end of the night. We rode in back car all but 1 or 2 rides and did the front once. I'm not saying it wasn't intense, it just felt slightly less crazy than some of the more hardcore RMCs.

I was there those same three days. I must have missed you!

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:10 pm
by xVicesAndVirtues
The next part of this trip we decided to change pretty close to our trip date. The original plan was to follow up Cedar Point with Kennywood and Waldameer, since they're all within a pretty reasonable distance of one another and it's been 8-10 years since I last visited this pair of parks. But after a busy summer of flying/driving from park to park and carefully planning half days and everybody wanting to wait to go to Kennywood until next year to have a look at their new drapes or whatever, we decided on a change of pace. We decided to just drive down towards Cincinatti in our "nearly" self-driving rental, which was nice, and spend the last few days of our trip at,

Kings Island

I like this park. There's nothing here that's too crazy or mustn't-miss, so we just took it easy and went about it at a casual pace, riding what we felt like and skipping what we didn't. The past decade has been pretty good to Kings Island, too. Nearly 10 years ago saw the addition of Diamondback, their B&M hyper that's still completely smooth and which they meticulously cut the grass under, even out in the "outside the park" bits. Banshee, their B&M inverted, is sort of a modern take on what it means to be an inverted coaster. It's smooth and soaring, plus some sustained positive Gs and the slightly freaky slow roll to end the course. Mystic Timbers was new last year and has broken in nicely.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:15 pm
by Nrthwnd
I would love to get f**ked up with you guys! :smile:
Great TR, from what you can remember, and the photos, too.
Kings Island is a great park to get f**ked up in!

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:58 pm
by x2isawesome
Glad to see in not the only one around here who thinks the beast is boring. Most overrated coaster in existence.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:10 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
I've never been to Kings Island when it didn't threaten rain. Gotta love Midwest weather. And theme park bars.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:14 am
by cparkes92
ytterbiumanalyst wrote:I've never been to Kings Island when it didn't threaten rain. Gotta love Midwest weather. And theme park bars.

I've been to KI three times and it only rained briefly on one of them. The first time I wish it would have rained because it was nearly 100 degrees

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:45 pm
by xVicesAndVirtues
We did something that really lays out contrast in a striking way between the two regional theme park giants in the US, Cedar Fair and Six Flags. We immediately followed our trip to Cedar Point and Kings Island with a visit to,

Six Flags Magic Mountain

A flagship park to Cedar Fair and a "flagship" to Six Flags are two very, very different things. Maybe it's the fact that Cedar Fair has greatly improved chain-wide the past few seasons and it's highlighting the differences. I don't mean to non-stop rip on them, but I'm perfectly comfortable with calling 2018 the worst season I've seen at Six Flags parks as a whole. Sadly, this visit to the Mountain continued this trend instead of bucking it.

Maybe it was because our days there were both weekdays (Thursday and Friday) in September. For the entirety of our visit, the park with 19 coasters had Apocalypse, Green Lantern, and Viper down. Not "broken and working on them", just closed. When we arrived at the park well past noon on Friday, X2 and YOLOcoaster were...not ready yet, despite the park opening at 10:30 AM. Jesus f*cking christ. Maybe instead of symbolically opening a "20th coaster", they should just focus on running what they have consistently. Arriving at the park on a Friday afternoon well past opening and having 5 major coasters down is really just unacceptable.

Luckily, it was completely dead, so we didn't have to wait more than 20 minutes with the one-train operations they had everywhere. When we were hungry, we kept finding places to eat on the app that we thought sounded pretty good, and it was almost funny when we'd arrive to find them "closed for the day" and move on to another.

This was my first visit to this park since 2011 and I honestly have about zero desire to go back for at least as long. And it really is too bad, because the park is in a really scenic area of California that looks a million times better than the power lines and smog sprawl south of LA. They have a mobius-loop RMC for f*ck's sake, a B&M flyer with a terrifyingly large pretzel loop, the best B&M stand-up, a GCI, Batman clone, and the list goes on.

Maybe someday Six Flags will give a sh*t, but for now I see the chances of that happening at just about null.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:50 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Nice! With properly low expectations, you really can have a Six Flags day!

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:59 pm
by Nrthwnd
^ ....that and finding a place to have a cocktail or three. ;)

Good TR on The Mountain. I like it uncrowded there, but not if several coasters are down.

Re: 2018 Adventures Photo TR

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:24 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report!

^ Yeah that seems to be the tradeoff. Either you have hour plus queues or you miss out on a quarter of the coasters.