Just got back from the park once again with yet another great day. As many of you know, today was the Coasting for Kids event ( I unfortunately was not a part of the event but eventually hung out with Team TPR later). Was a pretty interesting day in terms of getting out there. A little useless background: my car's dead at the moment and had no way of getting out there. I recently discovered that Amtrak takes me right to the park (almost) and I live pretty close to an Amtrak station as well. It all costs about the same as using gas anyway so this is a pretty good, green way of getting out to the park! About the visit: Let's just say that it was pretty hot out there. After a couple rides (Flight Deck, Eagles, and Firefall and Logger's) I headed straight into the water park. Unfortunately 2 of the original slides broke down and when the did open, the lines were huge. Finally (around 3:00 or so) I finally made my way back around toward Grizzly, Demon and the Star Tower for an update on progress. Sadly, I only rode Flight Deck twice but the epicness later in the day more than made up for it.
Some random tidbits: Jackaroo Landing opened up 2 more slides which is pretty cool and I finally checked out the rest of the structure. Pretty fun thing to goof around in! Unfortunately the other 2 larger slides were still closed off. Also with the other TPR members, we discovered that a time capsule was planted in the kiddie area, first time we've seen it. Lastly, as previously mentioned, a park employee was conducting surveys and I decided to stop by this time and check it out. We got to talking about the new attraction after she had asked me about my favorite ride (one of her generic questions). She informed me that Memorial Day Weekend 2013 will be opening day for the coaster and will feature tunnels and stuff like that...which I gather that we'll have plenty of scream sheds/headchoppers. While it is only the 'dippin' dots guy/girl' case, this makes quite a bit of sense in my opinion. Now, I'm just waiting for the survey questions to be emailed to me...I'm curious as to what they are and if they will shape the park's future.
The site: Some of you probably saw it on TPR's Facebook already but a sign was found reading "Wood Coaster Lumber Deliveries Only - No Park Access." Nothing like hiding a secret from us
The site itself has markers everywhere and it looks like some drainage lines are being laid down (Pemit page we've been stalking mentioned about some storm drain activity so I'm sure this is it). Star Tower's area facing Pictorium is looking quite bare compared to 2 weeks ago. The grass around the tower's drying and has seen better days but if it's about to be ripped out soon, why bother?
I've now got about 2.5 hours or so left of the day when I happen to run into the 'green mob' over at Drop Tower. Waiting for them at the exit, I tagged along and spent the rest of the day meeting familar and new faces of TPR. When I joined forces, we took over Peanuts Pirates with only a couple seats open for others, filled out the front row on Firefall, took a chunk of Orbit, took about 3 logs to get us through Logger's Run, and the grand finale (before I parted) a full on take over on the Intamin kiddie coaster Woodstock Express! It took probably a couple cycles to get everyone and it was definitely epic. Then it was time to part ways... Those of you who got pictures, I'd love to see them, post them etc... Woodstock was definitely my highlight of the day and was my last ride of the day (a very hilarious one at that).