Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby RoCo » Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:39 pm

Massively cool report. Knoebels is already slathered in awesome, but when they get both Black Diamond and Flying Turns open, they will go supernova. Bless them for saving and plussing the Golden Nugget (had no idea it is now completely enclosed)!

And I also really, really like Twister, but Pheonix is out of control. Easily in my top ten wooden coasters.
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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby cfc » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:18 pm

Thanks for all the comments, folks--on to East Coast Bash at Hershey Park!

This seems to be my year of getting bashed by TPR. I've been bashed in California, Texas, and Pennsylvania so far--and I'm going to get bashed again in Georgia and Florida. Fortunately, this sort of bashing isn't particularly painful, especially because I avoided Sidewinder. ;)

About 160 TPR members got together for East Coast Bash, and what a bash it was--ERT on Fahrenheit (new credit for me), Storm Runner, and the Claw to start the day, food, beer, ice cream, backstage tours, and nighttime ERT on Wildcat, Wild Mouse, and Lightning Racer--and don't forget Chocolate World. Not even torrential rains the night before (and a bit later that day) and flooding stopped ECB! (Well, except for Roller Soaker--yes, rain shut down the water ride.)

Let's have a look.
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To the left, then head due up, please.
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Hmm--I guess I'm in the right place now.
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Elissa gets the Road to Cedar Pointers squared away.
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"OK, I have my coffee. You can all go home now. Thank you."
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Uber secret entrance time.
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First, they told us about the park's water-pumping plant. Then it was Rock, Paper, Scissors--To the Death!

"Rock crushes scissors! Now you die!"
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In Europe, this ride would be called "Celsius."
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But this ride would probably still be called "Storm Runner" (only in French, German, etc.).
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"And on the eighth day, God said, 'Guess I'll have some Storm Runner ERT--then create a platypus or something.'"
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This is where most people wonder, "What the hell was I thinking?"
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But at this point, there's no time left for thought. I think Storm Runner and Xcelerator are the two best Intamin launched coasters.
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This lift is 32.2 degrees Celsius.
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Fahrenheit was fun--Intamin's version of a Eurofighter.
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But that name just puzzles me.
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I mean, how does this suggest a Dutch-German-Polish physicist named Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit?
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I mean, was he a really twisted individual or something?
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Did you know that Fahrenheit is the official temperature scale of only two countries: the U.S. and Belize? Yes, we're right up there with Belize! USA! USA! USA!
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Toro! Toro!
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Ole! Ole!
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Our group followed the advice of Master Larry, and headed straight to Comet after ERT--it tends to have an insanely long line.
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Master Larry says, "The wise man who values his spinal integrity rides not the over the wheel of Comet."
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"Are we on the wheel seat? I forgot to check."
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Remain centered--or your coaster fu will be weak!
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I think this ride is a little underrated among the B&M inverts. I rather like its eccentric layout and funky-looking supports.
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Besides, it's built over a chocolate river! More to come.
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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby cfc » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:11 pm

Would this be a TPR Bash without a backstage tour of some kind? Nope!
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"OK, we're going to take you into some offices and the park's rather extensive shop area. Please do not steal any office supplies, power tools, or Zambonis. Thank you."
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This is the park's weather station. HP has a "five-phase" plan for dealing with inclement weather, and we got to experience a few of those phases that day.
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Yeah, I got one of these in my garage. Well, I would if I had a garage, anyway.
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I think an "EZ Arm" would be a handy thing to have--especially if it could bring you a beer while you sit on the couch.
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I think every workplace in the country has a sign like this. It's a federal law.
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"Yes, fondle the Intamin part. Caress it. You know you want to!"
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Here is the hot, sexy part in question--a cable cover.
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The park's shop area was huge.
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Hmm--I'm not sure what this belongs to, but it looks like it could fit on the front of a 1958 Ford Ranchero.
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There is great evil here . . . I can sense it . . . OH MY GOD! Old Sidewinder trains! Run for your lives!
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"Just ignore the growling and the scratching. You ignore it, it'll ignore you. It can smell fear, though."
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Hmm--parts to something in a rather interesting pastel color. What could these be for?
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Is something "transforming" back there? Pretty sure it's not Optimus Prime. Maybe it's Truckzilla.
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Piers took the tour earlier and left this behind.
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I'll have to ride Coal Cracker one of these days--missed it this trip.
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"Think" . . . er, can't make out the rest of it.
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Understood--I'll quite trying to crack walnuts with the drill press.
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Excuse me, but where can I find the sign shop?
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Time for a nutritious lunch.
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Zoo America brought an owl, a baby gator, and a skunk for us to check out. (At Kings Dominion, the skunks just run around the park.)
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As you can see, Piers takes his nutritional supplements very seriously.
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They are all getting proper nutrition the Piers way.
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The men behind the "Ride Institute of Technology" talked to us about how the park's campaign for Skyrush (next year's new coaster) came about.
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And these gentlemen told us something about the ride itself.
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And now, exclusive backstage access of Piers's recording session. Is it Lady Gaga or an English hair stylist? Sometimes, it's hard to tell.
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TPDave, Piers's manager, knows that he has found a gold mine. One last set of photos to come.
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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby cfc » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:48 pm

Who wants to see Skyrush supports and some backstage pictures of Lightning Racer? Well, you'll have to listen to this first.



Thank you.
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We had some time to kill before another backstage tour, so we went to blessed Chocolate World.
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But we saw a bear and ran for our lives through a blinding thunderstorm for the other side of the park!
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Yet another secret entrance--where we were promised we would see Skyrush supports.
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But where can they be? I've looked everywhere!
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Oh, there they are. Thank you!
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We had to cross a raging river to get to them!
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"Yes, I believe these are coaster supports. I know coaster supports when I see them, by golly."
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Intamin-ness confirmed.
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Hmm--unusual.
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Some might even say, "Slightly irregular."
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Oh, I see--they bought them at the Intamin Outlet Store! But don't worry--"slightly irregular" supports are just as good as "regular" ones, and a great value.
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It was odd how they were just stacked up next to this neighborhood. I guess it's not like someone could put a support in his trunk and drive off with it.
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I think that's enough about the new ride for now--how about checking out a working, older ride?
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You can get great pictures of Lightning Racer from this side of the park's perimenter. (We were originally scheduled to get a tour of the ride itself, but rain had turned the area under the coaster into a swamp.)
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Now this is a coaster that really "duels."
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Engarde! Touche!
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Intamin and geeks as far as the eye can see.
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Wildcat says, "I want in on this action! Have at you!"
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To which Lightning Racer replies, "Take that!"
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Outback, how could you?
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I had no idea that the snake squirted you on the train ride.
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I rather liked the Halloween feel of the train ride, too.
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Dear Kings Dominion,
Please see my letter from Knoebels regarding pretty lights on wooden coasters.
Thank you,
Chuck
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We hope you enjoyed your ERT on Angus McNasty: The Ride. If not . . .
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. . . here's the complaint department.
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Cheryl and Lauren agree that it's hard to top nighttime ERT on Lightning Racer.
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And, in closing, remember, "IT'S THE MILK CHOCOLATE!" Thank you Robb, Elissa, and Hershey for a great East Coast Bash!
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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby A.J. » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:03 pm

Hmmm - so that was YOUR Saturn Ion that went in the bus parking lane, then? :p

Great photos, Chuck. I knew staying at the Boardwalk all afternoon was a good idea. Everyone else takes super-awesome photos of the behind-the-scenes stuff, I get to be lazy, and it's like I'm right there.
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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby eddie200330 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:14 pm

Chuck, I can't believe you skipped the Log Flume. My wife and I got a nice pop of air at the bottom of the drop. We actually went back on again laughing all the way into the station because of it. It was amazing! BTW, nice photos and please read the signs entering the park......buses to the left LOL!
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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby cfc » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:45 pm

^Yeah, I was even planning on riding Coal Cracker this trip, but my group just never got around to it before the thunderstorms hit. I was confused by that parking lot the last time I was there, too. It was pretty freaky last Sunday when all the parking-lot lights went out just before I got to my car.
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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby QueerRudie » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:52 pm

Awesome report, Chuck, as I can say that all that Intamin goodness really does show through... so blue, so sensual, so... why isn't it ready yet????

Sadly, I must say a lack of SchwarzPorn was evident here... No love for the Grande Dame of HersheyPark?

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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby cfc » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:58 pm

^I like Superdooperlooper well enough, but didn't get any pictures of it this trip--had a partcularly good night ride on it (and on Great Bear, too). It's not my favorite Schwartzkopf (that would be Mindbender at SFOG) but it's fun.
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Re: Photo TR: A Wet, Wild Weekend in Pennsylvania

Postby Ccron10 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:04 pm

It was nice to meet you at Sooperdooperlooper that evening. Looks like the backstage tour was great and I thought I remember hearing that they still had the old Sidewinder train.

By the way, it's actually a 5-phase plan. :P

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