Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

The Intamin Cable Strikes Again - Knott’s Berry Farm, pg. 23
Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 1 guest
Archived Photo Trip Reports of Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, and Donkeys!
When I grow up, I want to breed donkeys!
User avatar
Posts: 644
Joined: 11 Mar 2008
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Gender: Male

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!
IMG_0044 (Copy).JPG
Nothing like walking into a park before opening. Ah, TPR trips, how I've missed you...
IMG_4545 (Copy).JPG
The Boomerang has pride of place right in the middle of the park.
IMG_0046 (Copy).JPG
We have our VIP passes and we're ready to ride!
IMG_4551 (Copy).JPG
First ride of the trip was Superman: Krypton Coaster.
IMG_4554 (Copy).JPG
First squirrel of the trip (they're still such a novelty for us!).
IMG_0057 (Copy).JPG
We love a little morning ERT!
IMG_0067 (Copy).JPG
Superman's amazing 145 foot loop.
IMG_0070 (Copy).JPG
The funky turn on the quarry wall.
IMG_0283 (Copy).JPG
The Superman swamp...
IMG_0161 (Copy).JPG
Superman was a good, solid B&M floorless coaster with a bit of kick to it.
IMG_4721 (Copy).JPG
B&M interlocking corkscrews don't do much for me, but they look cool.
IMG_4571 (Copy).JPG
After Superman, the ERT kept coming, with rides in the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk area open to us before the public.
IMG_0100 (Copy).JPG
Somewhat askew on the Pandemonium lift hill...
IMG_0109 (Copy).JPG
These are fun family rides for sure.
IMG_0137 (Copy).JPG
We tried to make our car spin, but sometimes it's just the luck of the draw!
IMG_0158 (Copy).JPG
The park also gave us ERT on Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters which was a good incarnation of the ride.
IMG_0308 (Copy).JPG
I liked the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk area which had an actual wooden boardwalk. Very nice!
IMG_4561 (Copy).JPG
It was great to catch up with old friends (hey James!).
IMG_0292 (Copy).JPG
We got on Poltergeist next... Love that station.
IMG_0311 (Copy).JPG
This was an AWESOME ride!
IMG_0114 (Copy).JPG
I preferred this over the Flight of Fear coasters, which stop you pretty sharply on mid-course brakes absent on this ride.
IMG_4667 (Copy).JPG
The colourful S&S tower, Scream, was a fun surprise.
IMG_0156 (Copy).JPG
It's a combo tower that shoots you up and blasts you back down!
IMG_4567 (Copy).JPG
I loved how some of the rides at Fiesta Texas had a retro vibe.
IMG_4589 (Copy).JPG
The Rockville area of the park harked back to the 1950s.
IMG_4585 (Copy).JPG
Nice themeing everywhere.
IMG_4587 (Copy).JPG
Every theme park needs a Wave Swinger. This one was called Whirligig (did they nick this off Great America?).
IMG_4594 (Copy).JPG
IMG_4592 (Copy).JPG
When you're from a remote country like New Zealand you whore out EVERY coaster you possibly can!
IMG_4605 (Copy).JPG
As a log flume enthusiast, I enjoyed Bugs' White Water Rapids, a Hopkins 'super flume'.
IMG_4609 (Copy).JPG
You get totally drenched on this one, and not from this particular water effect (front row...those small dips can really get you!).
IMG_0303 (Copy).JPG
IMG_4613 (Copy).JPG
Lunch was a great time to catch up with friends (hey Werner!).
IMG_4618 (Copy).JPG
Roxanne and I love cold, delicious alcohol (thanks Fiesta Texas!).
IMG_0297 (Copy).JPG
Another highlight of the day happened in here...
IMG_0174 (Copy).JPG
The Looney Tunes sing the hits of the 80s! (Tweety sang Do You Really Want to Hurt Me!)
IMG_0186 (Copy).JPG
Bugs interacting with the crowd.
IMG_4656 (Copy).JPG
We had other credits to get...
IMG_4659 (Copy).JPG
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).
IMG_0327 (Copy).JPG
I spot TPR peeps!
IMG_4654 (Copy).JPG
This was down for a while...but finally opened. Doesn't Neil look SO happy to ride?
IMG_4662 (Copy).JPG
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?!
IMG_4640 (Copy).JPG
It was a fairly quiet day at the park...
IMG_4627 (Copy).JPG
Road Runner Express was a another surprise!
IMG_0221 (Copy).JPG
It's an Arrow mine train...
IMG_0200 (Copy).JPG
...with BIG drops!
IMG_0240 (Copy).JPG
And powerful helixes. We held on for our lives. Great ride!
IMG_4631 (Copy).JPG
Who buys this crap?
IMG_0218 (Copy).JPG
IMG_0220 (Copy).JPG
We had a great backstage tour of Iron Rattler.
IMG_0229 (Copy).JPG
IMG_0209 (Copy).JPG
We also saw the backside of the Gully Washer rapids ride.
IMG_4689 (Copy).JPG
Neil contemplates the awesomeness of Iron Rattler.
IMG_4676 (Copy).JPG
IMG_4692 (Copy).JPG
We were led into this mysterious control room...
IMG_4695 (Copy).JPG
...while we waited to catch a lift up the quarry to get some great views of iRat. Whew!
IMG_4712 (Copy).JPG
Amazing lift hill structure.
IMG_0253 (Copy).JPG
The sexy barrel roll.
IMG_0272 (Copy).JPG
It's one crazy looking ride!
IMG_0259 (Copy).JPG
We are going to have to come back to this park...
IMG_4648 (Copy).JPG
I love it when parks build these structures. You need them in places like Texas!
IMG_4647 (Copy).JPG
I haven't forgotten about you SkyScreamer!
IMG_4716 (Copy).JPG
It's not the tallest StarFlyer out there at 200 feet, but definitely provides an unsettling experience as you soar above the quarry wall.
IMG_0360 (Copy).JPG
TPR was given VIP seating for Lone Star Nights.
IMG_0373 (Copy).JPG
This was a fireworks and laser show that took place on the quarry walls. Loved the shout out to TPR at the beginning!
IMG_0413 (Copy).JPG
It was kind of a cheesy travelogue around Texas.
IMG_0423 (Copy).JPG
Go Texas!!
IMG_0428 (Copy).JPG
At this point we felt far, FAR away from New Zealand...
IMG_0436 (Copy).JPG
We ended our day with ERT on Superman and SkyScreamer, which was fantastic at night. Great ending to a great day!
Last edited by mattnz on Sat May 31, 2014 10:56 pm.

What would donkeys be like on the moon?
User avatar
Posts: 233
Joined: 12 Mar 2011
Location: In Untamed's shadow
Gender: Male
Age: 22

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.
Half of my posts on here are of me talking about roller coasters, but without me actually having rode them. I hate this.

User avatar
Posts: 6078
Joined: 24 Nov 2012
Gender: None specified
Age: 23

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!

I teach at the school of donkey!
Posts: 315
Joined: 28 Nov 2012
Location: Vancouver, BC
Gender: Male
Age: 22

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!!!
Top 5 Steel: 1. Outlaw Run @ SDC 2. Flight Deck@CGA 3. X2@ SFMM 4. Medusa@ SFDK 5.YOLOcoaster @ SFMM
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

If the donkey is rockin, don't come knockin!
User avatar
Posts: 999
Joined: 29 May 2012
Location: Germany
Gender: Male
Age: 27

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

Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
Posts: 2724
Joined: 29 Aug 2010
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Gender: Male
Age: 35

Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

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

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


This button makes my penis erect.
User avatar
Posts: 4341
Joined: 09 Apr 2010
Location: So Cali
Gender: Male
Age: 38

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.
- Insane In The Lift Chain -

"You shut your mouth when you talk to me"

I know EXACTLY where my passport is!
User avatar
Posts: 4956
Joined: 24 Mar 2006
Location: Surrey, England
Gender: Male
Age: 30

Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby TPDave » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:07 am

Great TR! Can't wait to see the rest of the parks :)

Vagina Wreckage
User avatar
Posts: 1249
Joined: 16 Jun 2005
Location: Waukee, IA
Gender: Male

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.

Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
Posts: 2724
Joined: 29 Aug 2010
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Gender: Male
Age: 35

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.


Return to Photo Trip Report Archive

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 1 guest

These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment,
Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.

All onride photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by a professional ride photographer.
For yours  and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at parks without proper permission.

Disclaimer!  You need a sense of humor to view our site, 
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER!
There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13."
Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.