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Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby The Great Zo » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:44 pm

Part 1: Carowinds (Page 1)
Part 2: Dollywood (Page 2)
Part 2.5: Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg (Page 2)
Part 3: Kings Island (Page 3)
Part 4: Holiday World (Page 3)
Part 5: Six Flags St. Louis (Page 3)
Part 6: City Museum (Page 4)


Hi all.

OK, I think we'll be riding the buses long enough that I can edit up some pictures and do a rapid-fire, near-real-time trip report from our latest 11-day excursion.

So let's get started at Carowinds!

Got into town Monday night. We went to the park Tuesday and early this morning (Wednesday) and had plenty of time to explore the park and ride things. I did a credit run of the coasters but made sure to give extra time to the park's three best attractions:

* Intimidator: This was actually better than anticipated. I was expecting a weak ride like Silver Star, but got something closer to Diamondback, which is a pretty solid coaster.

* Afterburn: Classic old-school B&M snappyness. Instantly shoots into my top 3 with Montu and Banshee, and I think it's a steep drop off after those three.

* Fury 325: Of course, this one was pretty much the star of the show. I'll say it's an "A" coaster rather than an "A+" coaster simply because the second half of the ride isn't quite as incredible as the first. But the first half does a lot of really weird stuff that isn't typical for B&M, all while moving at an incredible, face-peeling speed.

Yup, our "very small but not quite zero" chance of rain ended up coming to fruition at about 9PM, but things dried out just before a fantastic round of ERT at the end of Tuesday night.

On to the pictures!
Before the trip started, got some scenic shots of downtown (or is it uptown?) Charlotte.
Charlotte's skyline is nice!
Welcome to Carowinds!
Two states, one park.
Let's not get into how long it took me to get this photo timed out.
Fury wraps around the entrance area.
I232 takes a drop.
Also in view at Carowinds? Airplanes. Charlotte's airport is quite nearby.
Not quite as close as the Louisville airport to Kentucky Kingdom, but much more air traffic.
Some history and information about Carowinds on the state line!
A shot right down the state line. It's a geo-oddity /and/ a theme park!
Another state line picture.
Weather theming! (the sign is better than the ride, though)
TPR folks on the kiddie woodie!
Coasters of all sizes.
Fury is the star attraction, though!
Coasters and clouds.
Fury on one of its many high-speed turns.
Fast as a rocket on Fury.
Another tight corner on Fury.
I absolutely loved the first half of Fury, and liked the second half.
Fury and Intimidator.
The famous "treble clef" shot.
The entryway to Carowinds as evening begins to fall.
Awesome colors as sunset approaches.
More airplanes!
Intimidator and awesome clouds.
Fury's drop, silhouetted in the sky.
Clouds and coasters. I could do this all day.
Yes, we had some rain, but all it did was make this shot more awesome!
This is a classic night view of Fury that just about any serious photographer who's been to the park has, but I had to get it myself.
Bug guy!

We went back to Carowinds in the morning for a tour of Fury's maintenance area.
New wheels.
Old wheels.
A high pressure washing machine thing, and some other machinery in the Fury maintenance area.
A "behind the scenes" shot of Fury's mess of track.
Reflecting on the lift hill.
Fury is patriotic.
Now for a few more action shots -- like this one of Fury going through its tunnel.
Fury comes off the weird sideways airtime before the tunnel -- a first for B&M!
Fury coasts onward.
Fury rounds a curve.
Fury dives into the tunnel.
X marks the spot.
Coaster nerd track shot. Thanks I232 for the cameo.
Fury at high speed and low to the ground.
Framing the turn-around in the supports.
The first drop is pretty awesome!
Warning. Restricted area. Do not enter.
Fury pulls into the brake run, and we pull out of Carowinds. Great first park visit of the trip!
Last edited by The Great Zo on Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:55 pm.
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:00 pm

Great report!

I agree on Intimidator. Not as bad as I was expecting from others' reviewers, but definitely on the lower end of the B&M hypers. Fury meanwhile was outstanding from start to finish. I thought the last few hills still gave amazing airtime and they weren't a let-down relative to the first half. And that was even with the trims biting a bit last year.
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Postby ThemeParkJunkie51290 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:21 pm

Amazing pictures! I visited Carowinds when Fury 325 opened and I must say: I loved that park! =)

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Postby gerstlaueringvar » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:59 pm

Awesome pictures! Have a great rest of the trip!

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Postby JordyC » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:40 am

Fantasatic pictures and report! Looking forward to the rest of it.
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Postby bigcwd2000 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:43 am

Your pictures are always great. Thank-you for sharing them. I really enjoy your reports.

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Postby prospekt88 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:48 am

Amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing

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Postby TBpony414 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:55 pm

Excellent pics, per usual! I especially love the one of Fury's treble clef framed by the supports, and the upside down lift hill reflection in the puddle.

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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:25 pm

Great pictures, Andy! Especially the night shots of Fury with the mirroring pools of water. A, but not quite A+ is a great way to sum up Fury, IMO. Those transitions in the first half of the ride are stellar..
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 US TPR Trip

Postby The Great Zo » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:57 pm

Thanks everyone!

PKI Jizzman wrote:Those transitions in the first half of the ride are stellar..

Yup, that they are.

And yet it's already dropped to the second-best coaster I've been on this trip...
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