Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

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Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby mattnz » Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:43 pm

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!
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Nothing like walking into a park before opening. Ah, TPR trips, how I've missed you...
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The Boomerang has pride of place right in the middle of the park.
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We have our VIP passes and we're ready to ride!
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First ride of the trip was Superman: Krypton Coaster.
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First squirrel of the trip (they're still such a novelty for us!).
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We love a little morning ERT!
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Superman's amazing 145 foot loop.
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The funky turn on the quarry wall.
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The Superman swamp...
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Superman was a good, solid B&M floorless coaster with a bit of kick to it.
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B&M interlocking corkscrews don't do much for me, but they look cool.
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After Superman, the ERT kept coming, with rides in the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk area open to us before the public.
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Somewhat askew on the Pandemonium lift hill...
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These are fun family rides for sure.
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We tried to make our car spin, but sometimes it's just the luck of the draw!
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The park also gave us ERT on Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters which was a good incarnation of the ride.
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I liked the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk area which had an actual wooden boardwalk. Very nice!
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It was great to catch up with old friends (hey James!).
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We got on Poltergeist next... Love that station.
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This was an AWESOME ride!
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I preferred this over the Flight of Fear coasters, which stop you pretty sharply on mid-course brakes absent on this ride.
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The colourful S&S tower, Scream, was a fun surprise.
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It's a combo tower that shoots you up and blasts you back down!
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I loved how some of the rides at Fiesta Texas had a retro vibe.
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The Rockville area of the park harked back to the 1950s.
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Nice themeing everywhere.
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Every theme park needs a Wave Swinger. This one was called Whirligig (did they nick this off Great America?).
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Yup...
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When you're from a remote country like New Zealand you whore out EVERY coaster you possibly can!
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As a log flume enthusiast, I enjoyed Bugs' White Water Rapids, a Hopkins 'super flume'.
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You get totally drenched on this one, and not from this particular water effect (front row...those small dips can really get you!).
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Skloosh!
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Lunch was a great time to catch up with friends (hey Werner!).
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Roxanne and I love cold, delicious alcohol (thanks Fiesta Texas!).
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Another highlight of the day happened in here...
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The Looney Tunes sing the hits of the 80s! (Tweety sang Do You Really Want to Hurt Me!)
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Bugs interacting with the crowd.
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We had other credits to get...
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The strangely named Goliath kicked ASS! Hurricane Katrina took nothing away from this coaster. Probably the most powerful Batman clone I've been on (along with Vampire at La Ronde).
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I spot TPR peeps!
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This was down for a while...but finally opened. Doesn't Neil look SO happy to ride?
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I remember this one being somewhere in the middle of the Boomerang pack, between 'kinda OK' and 'bad'. Why do the public love these so much?!
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It was a fairly quiet day at the park...
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Road Runner Express was a another surprise!
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It's an Arrow mine train...
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...with BIG drops!
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And powerful helixes. We held on for our lives. Great ride!
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Who buys this crap?
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But... WHY DIDN'T I BUY THIS T-SHIRT!!!
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We had a great backstage tour of Iron Rattler.
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*Sigh*
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We also saw the backside of the Gully Washer rapids ride.
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Neil contemplates the awesomeness of Iron Rattler.
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Goddamit!!
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We were led into this mysterious control room...
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...while we waited to catch a lift up the quarry to get some great views of iRat. Whew!
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Amazing lift hill structure.
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The sexy barrel roll.
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It's one crazy looking ride!
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We are going to have to come back to this park...
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I love it when parks build these structures. You need them in places like Texas!
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I haven't forgotten about you SkyScreamer!
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It's not the tallest StarFlyer out there at 200 feet, but definitely provides an unsettling experience as you soar above the quarry wall.
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TPR was given VIP seating for Lone Star Nights.
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This was a fireworks and laser show that took place on the quarry walls. Loved the shout out to TPR at the beginning!
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It was kind of a cheesy travelogue around Texas.
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Go Texas!!
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At this point we felt far, FAR away from New Zealand...
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We ended our day with ERT on Superman and SkyScreamer, which was fantastic at night. Great ending to a great day!
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby Blatch » Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:04 pm

With that logic, I guess SFNE is the skilled, technical wizard of the family? Great photos, as is to be expected.
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:17 pm

Another great TR! Gotta start mine soon!

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby kailisun98 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:28 pm

Wow! Marcel's great TR ends and another great TR rises! GREAT TR!!!
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Top 3 Wooden: 1. El Toro@ SFGA 2.Gold Striker @ CGA 3. Apocolypse@ SFMM 4. "High Five"@ OCT Wuhan
Total Coaster Count: Wooden: 15 Steel: 143 Total: 158

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby FreeFaller » Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:58 am

GREAT start for another Texas/Midwest trip report! Can't wait to read and see more! :)
BTW: I like my Schlitterbahn LINK in your TR! :D

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Postby beatle11 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:44 am

I never even saw this! I would have bought one for sure!

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby DJeXeL » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:57 am

Thanks for sharing. I think SFFT is 1 of the best parks in the chain.
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Postby TPDave » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:07 am

Great TR! Can't wait to see the rest of the parks :)
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby Barge84 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:23 am

Awesome start, Matt! Can't wait to see more of your pictures from the trip. I'm still upset that we missed out on that Looney Tunes 80's show.
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby beatle11 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:41 am

I was very impressed with how the park took care of us during our visit. It sucks that Iron Rattler was down, but they still did everything they could to make our day the best it could be. Great start to the TR.
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