Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

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Re: Change of Pace at SeaWorld San Antonio

Postby DougMJr » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:00 pm

mattnz wrote:I have no idea what is happening here.


That would be a flyboard. If I would stop spending my money on admission tickets, bashes, and tours I would totally save up to buy one (and a jet-ski to go with it). The board itself is around $6,100 USD, the optional electronic hand throttle (so the jet-ski can go unmanned) is another $1,800 USD.

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby televisedconfession » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:49 am

LUNCH WAS AMAZZZZING.

Great updates! Can't wait for more! :)
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby SuperShawn » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:14 am

That lunch was awesome! A tasty taco buffet, and then they bring out a Lemur! It was a total win.
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby Barge84 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:46 am

SuperShawn wrote:That lunch was awesome! A tasty taco buffet, and then they bring out a Lemur! It was a total win.


Not just a lemur! A lemur that took a huge dump, then jumped on your shoulder!

Loving the report so far. I think your picture of Steel Eel is one of the few times I've seen myself on a ride. I look like I'm bored for some reason, which is weird, because I really liked that ride. I'm probably just disappointed that I was riding with Jake. :p
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby RoCo » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:43 pm

DougMJr wrote:
mattnz wrote:I have no idea what is happening here.


That would be a flyboard.


I only just learned about these a couple of weeks ago. They look ridiculously fun: http://flyingwatersports.com/

Awesome photos! I've never been to this park and Steel Eel looks and sounds fantastic,
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby FreeFaller » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:01 pm

Another GREAT update, Matt! Keep it up, please! It makes my boring university classes much more enjoyable! :)

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby appleboy007 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:49 pm

Great Report and fantastic photos. Oh, what fond memories. Now, whit that bit of business out of the way... Let the count down for the 2014 TPR Trips begin. :airtime:
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Summer Adventures Trumps Six Flags Over Texas

Postby mattnz » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:53 am

Cheers for the link on the front page TPR!

New Zealand, 1985: I'm an excited 7 year old kid. A Kiwi cereal company has randomly decided to include collector's cards in their cereal boxes showcasing amusement parks from around the world. I pull out the latest one - Shock Wave at Six Flags Over Texas, and it's immediately my favourite. "Wow," I think to myself, "Two loops!"

Flash forward to 2013: Needless to say I was far more disappointed that Shock Wave was closed than New Texas Giant. Don't get me wrong, NTAG looks absolutely amazing, but I'm really going to have to get on Shock Wave someday, somehow. Six Flags Over Texas do seem invested in the ride, which is a wonderful thing...and the last positive thing I have to say about this park.

Really, Six Flags, you've had a nightmare season with the NTAG accident, wouldn't it have been GOOD for you to have welcomed an enthusiastic group of PAYING roller coaster nerds like Theme Park Review with OPEN ARMS?! Apparently the park was too busy ripping apart their brand new Gerstlauer trains for litigious purposes. If it's Six Flags versus German engineering...all I can say is good luck Six Flags!!

Along with the closure of their best two rides throw in the blazing heat, mediocre operations, surly ride ops and inconsistent policies and that makes for an irritating day. What a shame - because the park really is beautiful, with a long history and some unique rides.

Thank the Intamin gods for Robb and Elissa. The last-minute side trip to Summer Adventures at Fair Park (i.e. the rides section at the State Fair of Texas) was so, so awesome. How can a small midway of rides outside fair time trump a huge corporate park? By being FUN!!! From the small but insane spinning coaster Jungle Twist to the old school Ghost Train to fun on the Flow Rider, Summer Adventures was a good time. And they treated us well. Everyone was so friendly, nice and welcoming - it made going back to Six Flags that night quite depressing. Even just a little consideration can go a long way, and we all left with good vibes.

I wanted to like Six Flags Over Texas so much. It reminded me in many ways of Six Flags Over Georgia. Lots of beauty, charm, history, great rides, promise for the future... I really do hope this season is a blip on their radar and they get their act together. Because I have no intention of going back until they do.
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The view from our hotel room...the bittersweet flagship park of the chain, Six Flags Over Texas.
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It was a swelteringly hot day, which didn't help our general mood, quite frankly.
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The queue for Judge Roy Scream is far removed from the rest of the park.
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I do love an old school out and back woodie, even if it's just for looks.
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The crowds are just rearing to get into the park today.
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These spray fans were very welcome!
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There is themeing all over Six Flags Over Texas - you can see and feel the history of the place.
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TPR were allowed into the park early for first rides of the day on Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast.
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I do love the duel-loading station.
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"Ice to meet you!"
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TPR riders enjoying their reverse blast!
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I enjoyed the reverse Mr. Freeze experience. Having done the forwards version I have to agree with the general consensus - it's great looking down from 200-plus feet in the air...
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The Gotham/pavement portion of the park.
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Another day, another Batman coaster. This...you won't find me complaining about!
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There are numerous areas of the park that look like this, which is not a bad thing at all.
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I was looking forward to Arrow's first ever mine train from 1966. It's old school, but I thought this was one of the best mine trains out there!
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We also gave some love to the Mini Mine Train and it's mean-spirited ride ops. Hands up TPR!
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Ian and I decided to change things up and try a flat ride.
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I do love a Troika! And this one had a cool name: Crazy Legs.
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We had to give the all-new 400-foot tall StarFlyer a whirl...
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Neil has never screamed so much in his life! But...you know what, when you're up there, it's not so bad. Somehow, you end up enjoying the view the immense height offers and forget that you're hanging on for dear life by flimsy chains.
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We gave Pandemoniun a spin, not the first or last Gerstlauer creation we'd ride on this trip!
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We had fun queueing for Bill Cob's creation, Judge Roy Scream, or as we liked to call it, 'The Judge'.
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'The Judge' was also the name we gave the lovely ride op from Minnesota, who provided some of our best memories of the park. I could have listened to her accent all day!
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Not a bad view at all, Six Flags!
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The Looney Tunes area of the park looked pretty good too.
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The Silver Star Carousel.
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Neil feels right at home in Mexico.
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Conquistador is the name of the Intamin Bounty swinging ship in this area. It's a good example of the nice themeing this park actually does have.
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La Vibora was the park's Intamin Swiss Bob credit.
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I'm not sure if we overloaded the train, but we seemed to bounce off the track more than I would have preferred!
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We had to give the world's first ever log flume a go - El Aserradero!
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It was old school alright, and I will never pass up a log flume. I just wish the second flume was operating too.
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We checked out some merch...
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1980s hotness.
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Moving into the Texas portion of the park...
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NTAG dominates the area.
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Alas...
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It's a gorgeous looking ride...
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Nevermind, there's another great ride in this area of the park...
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Titan. Wow! I've been on Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and I had forgotten how powerful these Giovanola hypercoasters are. The helixes are mind-blowing...with some serious grey-out moments.
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The drops aren't half-bad either, and there's even a bit of air.
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Last credit we needed was Runaway Mountain, an indoor Premier coaster similar to a Hurricane or Windstorm in the dark, and not bad at all.
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Some of the history on display...how nice it would've been to visit this park in better days.
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One of the last attractions we tried was Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure, an old school Arrow water dark ride, that just seemed broken down, dusty, and spoiled by rude, obnoxious ride ops.
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What a Sixtastic day!
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TPR are ready for some Summer Adventures! It was great to see downtown Dallas too.
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The all-new 500 foot Intamin observation tower that goes by the name Top of Texas Tower. Appropriate name!
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The views from up there were fantastic.
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See those two TINY little rides? Both made me fear for my life and thank the Intamin gods I made it off in one piece!
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Queueing for Jungle Twist, you really wouldn't know what's coming...
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Just imagine a tea cups ride on steroids. We're talking a ridiculous amount of spinning!
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There were also points when we rode this contraption next door that I didn't think I'd make it out alive. What a ride cycle! (Thanks Neil!!)
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What is an 'Island of Cats and Dogs'? Why, it's a show, of course!
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There were two other credits here...including this Windstorm coaster, which had an awesome and funny ride op spraying water by request - and boy did we need that sort of treatment today!
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The ride was also really good!
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Summer Adventures also had a log flume. Yay for another log flume credit.
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The Bubble House was a fantastic fun house with lots of tricks, a DJ, and plenty of soapy bubbles!
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Not to mention a clown to haunt your dreams.
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I loved the karaoke sing-a-long!
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Love this building too.
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The park had an amazing ghost train!
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This awesome ride op really got some TPR members by the jugular!
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Boogedy boogedy boo!!
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TPDave was somehow immune.
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Some TPR members dared to ride this crazy thing...
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A lot of TPR members also checked out the Flowrider, which the park ran for us at double capacity.
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We did go back to Six Flags for some night rides. Mr. Freeze was particularly good, but what can I say, I'd rather ride Shock Wave... Thanks nonetheless Robb and Elissa for totally saving today and making it awesome. I don't know how you did it, but you did!
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Re: Change of Pace at SeaWorld San Antonio

Postby Hhappy » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:04 am

DougMJr wrote:
mattnz wrote:I have no idea what is happening here.


That would be a flyboard. If I would stop spending my money on admission tickets, bashes, and tours I would totally save up to buy one (and a jet-ski to go with it). The board itself is around $6,100 USD, the optional electronic hand throttle (so the jet-ski can go unmanned) is another $1,800 USD.

Hanno, when you get sick of wakeboarding buy this!


That's actually on my bucket list of things I want to try one day.. Not sure if i'm willing to spent the money to buy one.. (yet)
I'm dutch.. not much i can do about that
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby Barge84 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:52 am

The ride op on the Ghost Train was awesome. TPDave pulled me aside before we rode and said, "Don't tell Shawn, but there's scare actors on this ride." Throughout the entire ride I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing did. I assumed that TPDave was just messing with me. As we came out of the last door I figured the ride was over. That's when the ride op showed up with the giant hand! It caught me off guard and actually scared me a little. Your picture of Michael and Colin getting scared is by far my favorite picture! Michael is freaking out! Great stuff.

I was going through some pictures last night and found one of you guys riding the mini mine train at SFOT. Enjoy!

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