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Re: First Florida trip

Tue May 29, 2018 7:46 am

Philrad71 wrote:We were also looking for SfStL merch as we always try to get a fridge magnet and ornament for our tree - no luck finding either in any of the gift shops at the front of the park.

I agree about all of the Marvel stuff...if I wanted to buy that, I would just head down to the local Wal-Mart. Well actually I wouldn't, but you get the point. ;)

^ Excalibur has been closed all season for refurb.

We found a superman magnet that said in small letters Six Flags st Louis on the bottom right corner. We found a frame that was covered in marvel characters but managed to say Six Flags on the bottom middle. They work i guess. I dont usually buy shirts but they actually had some good ones at this park

Re: First Florida trip

Tue May 29, 2018 7:52 am

I didn't browse through the gift shops, but were they actually selling Marvel stuff instead of DC? I remember there was a weird survey sent out a while back asking about some Marvel heroes instead of the DC ones they owned.

Re: First Florida trip

Tue May 29, 2018 7:55 am

My bad I mean DC characters.

Re: First Florida trip

Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:12 am

So me and my wife just did 2 great parks in PA. First thing i wanna say is Pennsylvania is a very pretty state and Pittsburgh is way more then old steel factories> onto the report.

First park was Waldameer. I was excited for this park because we don't hear alot about it. Our GPS kept trying to take us into the trailer park in front of the park. After we finally found a place to park we went and loaded money onto a wally card. We started off the day with the Comet. A great junior wood coaster that reminds me of ZAch's Zoomer and the woodstock express coasters. Nest up was the american version of Steel Dragon. For a spinning coaster it was almost glass smooth. Sadly weight must of been even since we barley spun. Fun ride. It was my 6th new spinning coaster of the year. I liked it. Nest was the parks crown jewel. Ravine Flyer 2. That thing is a blast. The ride does not look nearly as big as we were expecting. For a smaller ride it packs a punch. Smooth and relentless. 2nd favorite coaster of the trip. We rode twice in the back and once in the front. We did the wacky shack and it was wacky. We also did the ferris wheel and it had great views of lake Eerie. I do not take a lot of photos at parks but here are the views from the wheel

Our next park was Kennywood. I went into this park with high expectations. They were blew out of the water. Lightning Run is one of my favorite coasters and I knew if Phantom was even half as good that it would be a good day. First ride of the day was Jackrabbit. I did not tell my wife of the double down ahead of time so it was a nice surprise for her. It was a good ride but not great. Very smooth for a super old wood coaster. Next ride was the racer. It was smooth. Didn't really do anything else special. Very forgetable. At that time it was enough pissing around and i wanted to ride the Phantom. It was a hot sunny Sunday during labor day weekend. The line was long and it was running one teal train. After about half an hour of the line standing stilll they added the 2nd train. That was a 10 minute hold up but the line moved quickly after that. Once we finally got up to the ride we wanted to try the back first. The ride was...okay. Sometimes it takes multiple rides for me to appreicate a ride. We got up and went to the black widow. I went in knowing it was going to be good and it was even better then great. Every park should have one of these. Next up we decided to kill some mice. When we got the the line ems was helping someone. So the line did not move for about 20 minutes. After that it moved fairly quick. Theme was neat. Ride was fun. One and done because of the wait. We then made our way to the Thunderbolt. Being that you cant see half the ride I was not sure what to expect. Weirdest looking trains I have ever seen. It was a good but not great ride. We then ate some potato patch fries that were good but a little soggy. Line was now short for Phantom so we rode it over and over. Wow what an amazing ride. Relentless from start to finish, Even with trims on the final bunny hills you get ejected. I love this ride. 10/10. Kenny wood has an amazing collection of flats. Which we took advantage of. I have no idea what Kangaroo is what I am a fan. Swing Shot (though not as good as black widow) was also a lot of fun. All in all it was a great time at both park. Kennywood has great views of massive rolling hills with homes going all the way up. It also has some nice views of bridges and a huge factory.

Comet 6/10
Steel Dragon 7/10
Ravine Flyer 2 9/10

Jack Rabbit 7/10
Racer 6/10
Thunderbolt 6/10
Exterminator 7/10
Phamtoms Rev 10/10
View from Ferris wheel at Waldameer
View from Ferris wheel at Waldameer
Beautiful rolling hills
Peaking over the thunderbolt
View from the parking lot
Flying by the station
2 fun rides

Re: Grsupercitys quest for coaster credits

Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:45 am

I must say this has been a very good year and that me and my family are very blessed. We decided to take on a very ambitious trip to the twin cities. I manage a large new car dealership so I work many 6 day weeks. So finding time to fill my coaster addicition can be hard. We wanted to do Nick Universe, Valleyfair and Mall of America on one Saturday.

We left our house Saturday at 5 am. We flew out of GRR to MSP. We landed at about 7:40 and check into our hotel super early. The hotel shuttled us to Mall of America. We arrived right at 10 and headed straight to Nick Universe. This park was the reason for the trip. We have read and watched nothing to rave reviews. Walking in the north entrance right way we could start to see rides operating in the distance. We walked under the dora Ferris Wheel that said something in Spanish and walked right to guest services and got wristbands. Luckily it was 10 AM and was not busy at all. First ride was Pepsi orange streak which was a walk on. It was a long ride that gave great views of the park Our next ride was Spongbobs rock bottom plunge. That ride makes a presence in this park. I was really looking forward to this ride. This was my first vertical lift coaster and that was a neat element. The ride was fairly smooth and the drop was pretty good considering its small height. The cut back element I though was the highlight of the ride. We next did Avatar the airbender. I was not expecting this ride to be open since the website said it would be down for refurb. Wow this ride was fun. This was a milestone coaster for me and I am so glad I was able to experience it since there are not to many around. Fairly odd coaster was next. Not a fairy rare ride but a fun one. This was my 6th new spinning coaster of the year. I believe this is the same model as the one at St Louis that I rode back in may. I like this model the best of all the ones I have ridden. Another ride I was looking forward to was Brain Surge. I remember seeing these Chance unicoasters on videos before the trade show in Vegas. This ride was by far the highlight of the trip. One of the best flat rides I have ever ridden. I am glad we got to this park at 10 since every thing was a walk on.

Pepsi Orange streak 5/10
Sponge Bob 7/10
Avatar Airbender 8/10
Fairly Odd Coaster 7/10
Brain Surge 10/10

We then Ubered to Valley Fair. It was about 1 pm and upper 50's and rainy. I was really looking forward to Renegade. After walking in we headed to Corkscrew. I thought it was pretty smooth and enjoyable. High Roller and Excalibur were sadly closed. Mad Mouse was next. my home park has a slightly taller version of the same ride. It had a 2 minute wait which we never see at out home park so we happily jumped in line. Good solid family ride. We found our way to Renegade. It was a walk on. The que line seemed nicely themed. I was expecting alot from this ride. I fell in Love with America thunder earlier in the year. I am going to assume they change the wheels for the cold weather. This ride had a nasty vibration that I have never felt in a GCI. Sadly I did not fully enjoy the ride. I dont know if it were the vibration, the cold misty weather or the high expectations or what. I was hoping it would land in my top 5 wood and sadly I dont think it will even crack my top 10. After getting confused by the dead end layouts and soak city blocking us from wild thing we finally found our way over to it. We rode Phantoms Revenge a month ago so this ride has huge shoes to fill. Its tall and dominates the skyline. My home park was supposed to get one of these in 2002 and I looked a the ride in wounder of what could of been. Now the ride. Way smoother then I was expecting. The first air time hill was good. The rest of the ride is sadly forgettable. Luckily at this time most of the rides in the park were still walk on's. After eating at Coasters and riding Extreme Swing we headed over to Steel Venom. I am a fan of these. I was so glad the holding was not working. My family jewels were the happiest that the holding brake was off. We looked for some merch and headed back to the mall by Uber.

Corkscrew 7/10
Mad Mouse 7/10
Renegade 7/10
Wild Thing 7/10
Steel Venom 8/10

We then spent the rest of the night at the mall. What can be said about the mall that hasn't been said. It huge. The food court is larger then most malls. We were gonna do some reides at Nick Universe but at this time the night time halloween thing had started and it was packed. All in all super long fun day. 2 parks and MOA. We flew home Sunday Morning I am not into taking many pics but here are some
Walking in from the North Entrance
It sure does look good over the midway
We had a fun 3 hours at the park

Re: Grsupercitys quest for coaster credits

Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:19 am

Nice report! It's a bummer to hear another lackluster review of Renegade. For a while I had heard it was one of GCIs better coasters.

Re: Grsupercitys quest for coaster credits

Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:29 am

Glad you enjoyed Nick Universe; it's a really great park.

grsupercity wrote:. Fairly odd coaster was next. Not a fairy rare ride but a fun one. This was my 6th new spinning coaster of the year. I believe this is the same model as the one at St Louis that I rode back in may.

It's not. It's the same as Spinning Dragons in Kansas City.

Re: Grsupercitys quest for coaster credits

Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:48 am

^ Oh thank you. I couldn't tell. With the way it wraps around and over other rides its a tricky one to distinguish the model. Nick universe is a very neat park. They have an extremely solid collection of flat rides. We walked around at night but only rides the rides there in the morning. The lines at night were 10 times as long. It was dark at NU. The rides had lots of lights going and fog. The log flume was turned into the fog flume. Do they run it dark every night with the ride light packages on or was that just a halloween thing?

Re: Grsupercitys quest for coaster credits

Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:52 am

I've never seen that, and I've only been in the spring and summer, so I'm going to assume it's a halloween thing. Sounds cool.

Re: Grsupercitys quest for coaster credits

Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:50 am

So this will be a down year for us. We have a 18 month old and another on the way so no coaster riding for my wife. Regardless we will still make a couple mini trips so I can get my fix in. My first dose of medication for my coaster addition was Legoland Florida. This was my first legoland. I went in with reasonable expectations and they were blown out of the water. This place was clean, park was dead and everything was bright and clean. All 4 coasters were open. We started with project X/Legorace. Sadly the VR was not working. Still a fun mouse. Had a nice first drop and wasn't overly trimmed. We then made our way over to Coastersaurus. This is the coaster I was most looking forward to. I believe it was my first ground up Martin and Vieminckx coaster. I was expecting gravity group family coaster pops of air and it had none. Hill after hill we crawled over with not even tummy time. Still liked the theming and ride just wanted a little more speed over the hills. I liked the junior GCI trains. We did the ninjago ride and that was fun but after a couple rides of karate chopping my arms were tired. Plus the fire truck ride had lots of pumping and my arms were sore lol. We managed to get on boating school with only a ten minute wait. Everything else was a walk on. We then made our way to flights school. I have ridden superior family suspended coasters with lap bar only. Still a fun little family ride. After more exploring we found the new Lego Movie world. I was hoping to ride the new soaring type ride but was pushing a 45ish minute wait the whole day while mostly everything else was a walk on. I did manage to wait one cycle for uni kitties disco drop. That was a fun junior drop and spin tower. I also got talked into beetle bounce. That was the typical frog hopper type ride but with some nicer theming. While over there we did the lost kingdom adventure. I knew nothing of this ride going in and it was loads of fun. I am not always into shooting dark rides but this one worked perfectly. After riding that twice I finished off the coasters with Dragon. It was a fun Vekoma family coaster. Nice theming. We did not eat the apple fries. We spent a lot of time in duplo valley. Our 18 month old loved the train ride and the tractor ride. Mia's riding adventure kept closing with the light sprinkles and we did not manage to snag a ride. We did ride the double Deck carousel. The horses looking like legos cracked me up. A lot of the food places had longer lines then the rides. Earlier in the day we got a pretzel and nachos by boating school in the lego city area. Later on there was no wait at pepper and ronis pizza shop. They had little 7 inch pizzas that were quick and easy to grab and go. The rides operations were quick. The small cities of lego's was my sons favorite part. So much little moving stuff to look at. We bought some stuff in the big store at the front of the park but it was slammed so we grabbed what we wanted quickly and got the heck out of there. The park was exactly what you would expect a park themed to lego's to be like. Expectations were blown away. I will be going back when the kids are older!
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