Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Final Edition!

2/2/13 - Sea World Orlando!
Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 2 guests
Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
The Pony Express can't find my teepee
User avatar
 
Posts: 3487
Joined: 18 Apr 2010
Location: I am Texas
Gender: None specified

Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Part I

Postby chadster » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:54 pm

So after a quick bite to eat, we made the short drive from Riverfront to Silverwood. I had bought our tickets online to try and save some coin, but had technical difficulties printing the tickets at the hotel. After sending the information to Laura, we discovered you could only attempt to print your tickets twice. Keep that in mind if you buy online ;)

Once at the park, the girl at Guest Services quickly printed our tickets and in we went. This park was immaculate. While not on the same level as Busch Gardens in the realm of landscaping, it comes damn close. Everything was vibrant and full of life. I must say, I would not mind coming back to this park at all. Lines were short and the ops were friendly. Tremors and Timber Terror are both top notch coasters, with Tremors making its way into my top 10.

Next time you are in Idaho, be sure to stop by Silverwood and enjoy plush landscaping and friendly folks.
Silverwood 6.26.11 168.JPG
We arrived at Silverwood around 2:45 and not only found clear blue skies, but also found a very empty parking lot. How empty? Empty enough to not justify having someone collect your parking fee empty, so, FREE parking!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 001.JPG
Walking inside I was instantly impressed with the landscaping.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 002.JPG
Off in the distance is the water park, an area we didn't visit, however many others did keeping ride lines at a walk on level.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 003.JPG
This looks like a good place to go.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 025.JPG
After a long drive, we decided we should get our screw on.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 027.JPG
NERD shot!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 030.JPG
Orange marking tape was all over this ride at weld points, SCARED!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 029.JPG
So, we head to our ride vehicle.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 016.JPG
And head out to screw. Speaking of head, this one lacked head banging, win!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 018.JPG
And we're screwing!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 020.JPG
And we screwed some more!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 120.JPG
Keeping with the get all the credz first, then flats later priority, we headed to Termors.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 041.JPG
This is a great ride, a very solid woodie.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 047.JPG
Take the Tunnel!!! Zooming under the giftshop - win!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 153.JPG
Some suprising air, and some intense laterals bumped this ride into my top 10.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 051.JPG
After Tremors, we head to Timber Terror, a literal walk on, it was waiting for us in the station!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 065.JPG
The lift hill. Again, I can't get over how good this park looks!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 155.JPG
Double NERD shot! Another solid solid ride.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 117.JPG
Little pops of air land this ride solid in my top 15.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 151.JPG
Continuing on, even the signs have plants to liven them up!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 061.JPG
Station shot! So we were both asking ourselves, how is it that a park in the middle of nowhere, 1. has solid wood, and 2. able to keep their Inverted Boomerang up and running.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 059.JPG
Zoommmmmmm Yes, we took it in the rear. My FIRST ever Giant Inverted Boomerang!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 068.JPG
That's freakin' straight up!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 082.JPG
I have to say, I liked the ride, but, it was a bit jarring.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 166.JPG
I can see why Laura has it in her top 10. However, I could only hit it once.
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 141.JPG
Aftershock, get it, haha, we went to find the powered coaster, but wait, what is this? Say it can't be so!
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 142.JPG
There it sits. :(
Viewed 3931 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 156.JPG
Noted!
Viewed 3931 times

The Pony Express can't find my teepee
User avatar
 
Posts: 3487
Joined: 18 Apr 2010
Location: I am Texas
Gender: None specified

Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Part II

Postby chadster » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:58 pm

Part II of Silverwood!
Silverwood 6.26.11 093.JPG
After hitting the coasters, it was time to hunt down the spin and spews. First on the list was this VERY NAUGHTY ride, the Sky Diver.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 095.JPG
We couldn't imagine riding this alone, it slams you into the sides and each other violently!
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 122.JPG
Wheel of Ferris, did not ride. BORING!
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 099.JPG
Larson Tower = Winning!
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 126.JPG
Walking toward the Paratrooper we took a look at the log ride. We ended up making this our last ride of the night. Had it not been for the landscaping, the ride would have been ultra boring.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 124.JPG
Surprise your friend and get her wet!
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 145.JPG
These bumper boats were awesome! And in a great setting surrounding the Paratrooper.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 127.JPG
One can squirt for 30 seconds? DID NOT KNOW THAT!
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 128.JPG
A mildly ran Paratrooper, but it was very relaxing and gives you a good view of the park.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 130.JPG
Now it was time to get some stuff for Larry's Park Index.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 131.JPG
And no, we didn't ride it. But someone wanted to...
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 134.JPG
And the second of the rides for Larry's Park Index.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 135.JPG
This looked like it would be fun for a kid.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 138.JPG
Oh, wait, didn't Robb ride one of these at IAPAAA?
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 140.JPG
But, he's a big kid, so, I guess it was ok.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 006.JPG
Tilt-A-Whirl, old school, and it was bad A$$!
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 009.JPG
Noted.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 010.JPG
Very, mediocre. Note: Don't let yourself out, BIG NO NO.
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 023.JPG
The Super Round Up was very Super and very Intense! (I will confess, I think it made me a little queezy)
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 033.JPG
And we can't forget the scrambler, another well ran, quality kick A$$ scrambler!
Viewed 3929 times
Silverwood 6.26.11 036.JPG
So there you have it folks, another fantastic day at a clean, well maintained, scenic park! Thanks Silverwood!

Now we were off to fuel up for a 5 hour drive to our hotel to get ready for another full day of parks!
Viewed 3929 times

Donkeys are my way of life!
 
Posts: 546
Joined: 09 Feb 2009
Location: Somewhere on the blue Pacific
Gender: Male
Age: 48

Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Photo TR!! Page

Postby PAL » Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:48 am

Thanks for the screw job. No head banging? Nice!

Don't know about Silverwood's GIB, but I find Deja Vu a Jekyl / Hyde experience. Head- hurting rough or smooth yet intense. If you'd managed another ride, I wonder what you would've found.

Obsessive Overlord of the TPR Park Index
 
Posts: 15198
Joined: 17 Aug 2005
Location: Staten Island, New York
Gender: Male
Age: 47

Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Photo TR!! Page

Postby larrygator » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:09 am

Did you skip the train ride? If so you missed out.
As usual, my analysis is free of charge!
Original enough to not steal someone else's quote as a signature

Image
Image

Jar-Jar Binks smells like Donkey
User avatar
 
Posts: 1232
Joined: 12 Apr 2010
Location: Newbury Park, CA
Gender: Male
Age: 52

Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Photo TR!! Page

Postby RoCo » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:16 pm

Nice looking park, and great to hear the original 'Screw is still running great! Gotta get to Silverwood one day...
"The Internet? Is that thing still around?"

Image

Image

Online
Site Admin
User avatar
 
Posts: 42022
Joined: 01 Feb 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
Gender: Male

Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Photo TR!! Page

Postby robbalvey » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:29 pm

larrygator wrote:Did you skip the train ride? If so you missed out.

I would say this is the case if you're into that sort of thing (trains.) I'm not a "train person", really, and on my first two or three trips to the park, I skipped it. I finally did it, and it was nice, fun, charming, etc, and I can fully appreciate why people consider it to be one of the parks signature attractions, but it just wasn't my thing. The little show they did at the stop was cute, but like the Knott's train, I actually far more enjoyed touring the round house and hearing some history about the trains than I actually do riding the trains.

Personally, if I'm going to ride any train at Silverwood, I'll ride the one goin 50 MPH ducking through tunnels! =)

Having said that, I would recommend the train ride, especially if you're there with kids, family, or just having a nice relaxed day, but it sounds like you had a really great visit to the park without it.

Also, on Tremors, did you notice any of the Rocky Mountain Topper Track?
Last edited by robbalvey on Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:31 pm.

Obsessive Overlord of the TPR Park Index
 
Posts: 15198
Joined: 17 Aug 2005
Location: Staten Island, New York
Gender: Male
Age: 47

Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Photo TR!! Page

Postby larrygator » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:14 pm

I hear you Robb. It just appears from his pictures that the park was as empty as it was the day I was there and the train makes for a good ride to break the monotony.
Last edited by larrygator on Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:17 pm.
As usual, my analysis is free of charge!
Original enough to not steal someone else's quote as a signature

Image
Image

I had sex with N-Tag before you did.
User avatar
 
Posts: 3503
Joined: 23 Nov 2005
Location: Orlando
Gender: Male
Age: 23

Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Photo TR!! Page

Postby Jakizle » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:15 pm

Yay Silverwood! This is my #1 most wanted park in the USA now. I love me some good wood.

Hopefully I can fly into Spokane with a free flight sometime next year or 2013. I need to go!

Also curious about the topper track on Tremors...and how it effected the ride. Laura? You rode before and after!

-Jake

The Pony Express can't find my teepee
User avatar
 
Posts: 3487
Joined: 18 Apr 2010
Location: I am Texas
Gender: None specified

Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Photo TR!! Page

Postby chadster » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:26 pm

Thanks guys for the kind remarks.

Larry - I had to take a bit and reflect on your train question because I honestly don't remember seeing it running. I did see some old train cars that appeared to be used for scenery along the line, but I don't recall that it was running.

Robb - I agree, I'd rather dive through a tunnel at 50mph than a train ride, but I have been known to take a relaxing ride at Knotts, CP, SFOT, and WoF when I need to sit down for a bit. As far as the Topper Track, if it was there, I didn't notice it. Certainly to me there was no rough rough smooth rough rough spots, and we mostly took it in the rear. I know Laura was looking around a bit on the lift, but she didn't mention anything about noticing any Topper Track. Refelecting back, if it was there, they did a darn good job of matching the color to the wood.

Jake - You 100% for sure need to visit this park!! If you don't, you missing out on some really good wood! Notice that Laura has both woodies in her top 10!


Tomorrow I plan on posting a little whoring that I did while in town, then.....Wild Zamperla Waves coming up towards the end of the week!

I had sex with N-Tag before you did.
User avatar
 
Posts: 3503
Joined: 23 Nov 2005
Location: Orlando
Gender: Male
Age: 23

Re: Chadster's 2011 Trip Diary - Silverwood Photo TR!! Page

Postby Jakizle » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:35 pm

I guess thats good to hear if it's smooth though! It works wonderfully on Rattler (feels 100% wooden but smooth like a GCI).

The Topper Track on Tremors is on the top of the first turn after the first drop then is on the hills leading to the far turnaround and through the far turnaround. I think it's like 1200' of track!

Must...get...out...there.

PreviousNext

Return to Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, & Donkeys!

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 2 guests

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.

cron