Andrew and I did our first trip with TPR in 2010 - the epic Midwest trip that took place during a sweltering heatwave, and followed it up in 2011 with the exhausting but absolutely awesome North East/Road to Cedar Point trips.
We have definitely caught the TPR trip bug! I really can't think of too many times in my life when I've had more fun than with TPR. Totally random example: Laughing our asses off on the tiny but insane spinning coaster Jungle Twist at Summer Adventures at Fair Park. A fellow trip participant described TPR trips as "summer camp for adults" and that's a pretty apt description to me!
After a year off we had to come back for more and since getting to the U.S. is relatively cheap for us, Texas Midwest looked like a great option. It was a fantastic trip with about 50% new parks and 50% re-visits, which made for a nice mix. It was particularly fun returning to Silver Dollar City and some of the Midwest parks. And of course we had to add on as many other parks as we could (like a lot of international TPR people do...), hitting up Virginia, Orlando/Tampa and L.A.
I think we might have displeased the Intamin gods, however, as we had a fairly long list of missed credits, including Iron Rattler, New Texas Giant, Shock Wave, Intimidator 305 and Xcelerator. Yikes! You know it's a bad season for the U.S. parks when a large handful of their very best coasters are closed. We are definitely going to have to return to some of these parks very soon.
A huge thank you to Robb and Elissa for all your hard work, especially for all those little things you do behind the scenes that may sometimes go unnoticed by the group. You really have this down to a fine art!
And a special shout out to our fellow 'delicious alcoholics' Ian and Neil. It was fun drinking, hanging out and Q-botting with you!A Little Bit of Schlitterbahn (scroll down)The Loneliest Star in the Chain - Six Flags Fiesta Texas (scroll down)Change of Pace at SeaWorld San Antonio (pg. 2)Summer Adventures Trumps Six Flags Over Texas (pg. 3)Off the Beaten Path in Arkansas - Magic Springs & Crystal Falls (pg. 5)Silver Dollar City Just Keeps Getting Better and Better (pg. 5)It Hurts So Good - Knocked About at the City Museum (pg. 6)A Six Flags Day in St. Louis (pg. 7)Drunk in the Dells - Mt. Olympus & Timber Falls (pg. 8)I Love Little Amerricka (pg. 10)A Sixtastic Day at Great America - Shame About X-Flight (pg. 11)Thank the Intamin Gods for Fastlane - Cedar Point (pg. 12)Kings Dominion without Intimidator 305 (pg. 15)Beautiful Busch Gardens Williamsburg (pg. 16)In Support of SeaWorld Orlando (pg. 18)A Mistimed Trip to Epcot (pg. 19)Hustling the Magic Kingdom (pg. 20)Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios in One Day (pg. 21)Storming Busch Gardens Tampa (pg. 22)Impressed by Universal Orlando (pg. 22)The Intamin Cable Strikes Again - Knott’s Berry Farm (pg. 23)A Little Bit of Schlitterbahn
Just words for this update as we didn't take too many photos. Check out Marcel's fabulous photo TR of Schlitterbahn here
Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels was a great water park that fully lived up to its reputation for me. I loved the setting along the Comal River and the old school rides and slides. The newer attractions were fantastic too, especially the Blastenhoff slides and Dragon’s Revenge. I also enjoyed The Falls, the park's new, incredibly long whitewater-style ride and found Congo River Expedition a hilarious experience... It just seemed to go on and ON! The 'nude bus' taking you between Schlitterbahn East and West was a little unsettling as you drive right through the township, but it definitely provided a very 'TPR moment'.
After a very full day getting far too much sun, we rounded out our day at the swim up bar. Thanks Schlitterbahn for the great hospitality, welcome breakfast buffet and gift bags!The Loneliest Star in the Chain - Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Each park in the Six Flags family has its own personality. For example, Great Adventure is a loud, brash but fun kid, Magic Mountain is a spoiled brat, Great Escape the delicate, gifted one, and La Ronde the bastard offspring. Six Flags Fiesta Texas reminded me of the independent, rebellious child. It wants to do its own thing, much like San Antonio and Texas at large. In so many ways it did not feel like a Six Flags park, and the shows were a good example of that, especially the hilarious Lone Star Nights.
The rock quarry setting is stunning, and the park utilises it very well. There is good themeing here too that I assume is mostly left over from the park's earlier days. Six Flags has added a number of rides that really pack some punch, including the decent B&M floorless Superman: Krypton Coaster, a very intense Batman clone and my favourite ride at the park, Poltergeist.
Iron Rattler looks amazing and we were all disappointed that we didn't get to ride this RMC re-creation, closed for purely litigious reasons. But I don't want to end the report on a sour note, as the park gave us so much ERT, some of which was added to make up for the iRat closure, and we had a fun day. So, onto the photos!