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Re: Photo TR: TPR USA Trip 2018

Postby PKI Jizzman » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:51 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! I have no regrets visiting Busch Gardens back in April. I got all the beauty of the park and all the great rides, except the temperature was a very manageable 60 degrees. I've had too many visits to Virginia with heat advisories.

That meal looks amazing! I don't quite know if I could sacrifice meals at the pretzel place or Trapper's, but I guess I could eat a third time if you twist my arm. :lol:

Thanks! I definitely wanted to try Trapper's but was never in that area at the right time. It did smell great.

Thee Pope wrote:OMG I will never forget that! I almost snapped!

But if I ended up going off on him, I definitely would have been kicked out! "Ma'am stop screaming, we are calling security right now and you will be removed from the premises!" HAHAHAHA!! :lol:

In all seriousness, they were the worst park employees I have ever seen. EVER!

I imagined Jared doing a high kick to the face. :lol: Yeah so unnecessary. And the guy didn't even speak. Wtf?!

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Looks like a great time. Hahaha, Exclusive Big A$$ Fan Time!


Thankfully there were 3-4 throughout the park. Much needed!

jynx242 wrote:Loving the updates!! Thanks for taking the time to post them.

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Re: Photo TR: TPR USA Trip 2018

Postby prozach626 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:31 pm

I'm just catching up on your TR. I'm glad you sent me the link or I would have missed it. I haven't been on the boards too much, recently.

SFoG: The giant A$$ pretzel looked awesome.

"Fury/Afterburn: The Park" - I've never had the BBQ at Harmony Hall, but I wonder if you didn't enjoy it as much, because you went to the good BBQ joint before that. I'm not surprised Fury became a favorite with a some of the other TPR-tourists. MF is the only hyper/giga coaster that comes close for me... If only Skyrush could get a clam shell equivalent.

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Don't hate on Coors light! I switched back to piss water beers after years of micro-brews/craft beer always made me feel bloated and I tired of different levels between bitter and sour.

I agree with you on Apollo and I love B&M hypers. It grows on you if you visit again, though.

A couple things that surprised me about your TR:
No spoken love for LeScoot (my favorite ride in the park a notch above verbolten.)
No spoken love for the pretzels

It sounds like you had an amazing time with constant on the go activities. I think I would have needed a few naps in between all of the action. Looking forward to more updates. Great TR.

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Re: Photo TR: TPR USA Trip 2018

Postby rcjp » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:16 pm

Nice report(s)! (I only had time to catch up now)
And yes, we did suffer at Busch Gardens because of the weather. While we can't complain because, overall, it was pretty good for the trip (almost no rain) it was almost unbearable that day and I also felt like I needed a shower very badly when we got back to the hotel.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR USA Trip 2018

Postby PhilNJ » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:18 am

Zach, great report. This was an amazing trip and Robb and Elissa went above and beyond with everything. Was great meeting you and everyone else on this trip and hope all are doing well since.

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Re: Photo TR: TPR USA Trip 2018

Postby PKI Jizzman » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:42 am

prozach626 wrote:I'm just catching up on your TR. I'm glad you sent me the link or I would have missed it. I haven't been on the boards too much, recently.

SFoG: The giant A$$ pretzel looked awesome.

"Fury/Afterburn: The Park" - I've never had the BBQ at Harmony Hall, but I wonder if you didn't enjoy it as much, because you went to the good BBQ joint before that. I'm not surprised Fury became a favorite with a some of the other TPR-tourists. MF is the only hyper/giga coaster that comes close for me... If only Skyrush could get a clam shell equivalent.

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Don't hate on Coors light! I switched back to piss water beers after years of micro-brews/craft beer always made me feel bloated and I tired of different levels between bitter and sour.

I agree with you on Apollo and I love B&M hypers. It grows on you if you visit again, though.

A couple things that surprised me about your TR:
No spoken love for LeScoot (my favorite ride in the park a notch above verbolten.)
No spoken love for the pretzels

It sounds like you had an amazing time with constant on the go activities. I think I would have needed a few naps in between all of the action. Looking forward to more updates. Great TR.


Haha fair enough on the Coors. I don't know it just tasted meh. Which isn't what you'd expect since you're so close to the brewery. I will definitely get back to that area for BGW and KD again. I really loved both parks.

Le Scoot was a fine flume but it was so short. The views of Invadr were cool, but did they sacrifice a lot of trees for that? It just seemed like it was sitting on a barren area next to Invadr.

Pretzels were good, but not heavenly or anything. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as the ones a BGT. Are they supposed to be way better than other parks?

rcjp wrote:Nice report(s)! (I only had time to catch up now)
And yes, we did suffer at Busch Gardens because of the weather. While we can't complain because, overall, it was pretty good for the trip (almost no rain) it was almost unbearable that day and I also felt like I needed a shower very badly when we got back to the hotel.


Thanks! I should have another update or two by the time you check back in. You'll definitely be featured in my SFA report, haha.

PhilNJ wrote:Zach, great report. This was an amazing trip and Robb and Elissa went above and beyond with everything. Was great meeting you and everyone else on this trip and hope all are doing well since.

Thanks Phil! Nice meeting you as well. I can't believe it's been 2 months already.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR USA Trip 2018

Postby PKI Jizzman » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:45 am

After we left BGW, we arrived in the Doswell area around dinner time and that gave us the whole evening to just hang out and do whatever we wanted to do.

We picked out a sushi spot for dinner that had great reviews all around and didn't give us any reason to be hesitant about it. Look I pride myself on having an iron stomach growing up in Cincinnati with Skyline Chili, my mom's cooking and my dad's "let's use every marinade available" grilling style. I go visit small Mexican villages, Egypt, Istanbul, I have no issues. Well. Virginia style sushi f****'d me up, haha. There were 5 of us for dinner but I was the only one effected so I'm not sure what happened. Yokozuna Sushi was the place and it had everything you'd want in a sushi place - lots of good sake/wine offerings, beer offerings, the owner/chef slicing up fresh fish taking a break to play some songs on the piano :lol:

Day 6 - Twilight Zone Kings Island

Without going into detail, I declined quickly in the morning and ended up sitting out on ERT and spent more money on Vitamin Water at KD than I did on beer at any other park I've ever been to :lol: Big shout out to the security lead who talked baseball with me, helped me get some electrolytes even though the park wasn't open yet, and gave me some tips so I would get back to 100% as quick as possible. Also shout out to KT and Elissa for hanging out and distracting me from feeling awful.

So from 9-noon I just relaxed and took in the park. I had really been looking forward to Kings Dominion since I grew up going to Kings Island. I had never been to KD before and I really loved the park. Really loved it! The Candy Apple Grove might be the cutest name for a park area. KD seemed to have more original parts of the park still left compared to KI. The amount of shade was welcomed in the Virginia heat and I spent a good chunk of time sitting by the log flume.

While I really enjoyed that section of the park, there's the Dominator/Volcano/I305 area that provides plenty of evidence of where Paramount and Cedar Fair added on. If they could blend those parts of the park in with the rest of the layout I think the park would leave me with nothing to pick on. There were just too many stretches of pavement/no shade and dead ends with no bathrooms/food/drink spots that left me feeling like I had stepped into a completely different park.

I was happily surprised by the freedom of expression the employees had. I think the dyed/bleached haired employees were even with the natural hair colored employees. Did anyone else notice this?! I don't know if Cedar Fair has gotten way more lax of it's just KD.

The food was great! Rita's is amazing of course. More love for Hank's. The food was really fresh, the employees were extremely friendly, and the service was quick! All while it was down pouring and people were flooding in. Probably the best non-chain/generic food I've had at a Cedar Fair park. Everyone I was around seemed to like the Mexican food on International Street, too.

Andy once again showed off his skills and called out precisely when the rain moved in and when the rain moved out, which thankfully cooled things down to a tolerable level in the evening.

So how about the rides! I skipped Anaconda, yeah no thanks it just wasn't happening today. :lmao: Same with Stunt Coaster and other clones I've already been on. I found some shade and hung out with my Vitamin Water instead. I think I had 7 or 8 by the end of the day haha.

Avalanche - I was looking forward to this ride since I had been on the bobsleds like Vibora and Disaster Transport, but not this type. It was fun! It was the first coaster I started the day off with and it's great to see a unique ride still up and running.

Dominator - Who else noticed that part where you exit the station and step down a few stairs - where it's not completely connected to the next ramp?! Most of us know this coaster was relocated and this was one part that Alex called out. It's a really solid B&M floorless. Not my favorite, not the worst. Wasn't as memorable as I hoped it to be.

Apple Zapple - It's a good mouse.

Racer 75 - Was running so well. The team that re-profiled this ride did a fantastic job bringing it back to life. There was airtime, it was smooth, it looked good.

Grizzly - It's amazing what they did to Racer 75, so hopefully the same team can give some attention to Grizzly. I'm usually very tolerant of rides with a rough reputation, but Grizzly needs some help. I rode the front seat at night and it had some obvious rough patches. The layout is so basic and compact it's pretty much a bigger version of the junior wooden coaster but it could be a fun night ride for the family if they fixed it up!

Flight of Fear - I had to try this one to see how it compared to Kings Island's. The only difference I noticed were the creatures in the station. There's no difference in MCBR strength or smooth/roughness IMO.

Intimidator 305 - I was actually nervous for my first ride. I've been reading about the intensity of this coaster ever since it has been built and I saved it until the evening when I was back to feeling 100%. It delivered and it kept getting better and better with each ride. I enjoyed the front (row 2) the best! This ride deserves all the hype and it kicks your A$$ no matter how young or old you are. The turn around into the first hill will have you feeling like you're in Hollywood because you will be seeing stars! I was taken off guard with how great giant sustained airtime hill is. From there it's really hard to put your hands up because the following series of twisty bits taken at those insane speeds are not to be trifled with. Even though the trim tries to slow you down at the end you're still hauling A$$ into the brake run.
It's absolutely one of my favorite rides on the planet and my only gripe is how they handle the front row. You can't access the front row from Fast Lane because it has its own queue and it extends out from the station to the regular queue. It was a 5-10 minute wait for any other row, but dispatches were 5 minutes, so it's easy to see how it only takes 30-40 people to create a painfully long wait. It was 60-90 minutes for the front as the op and I counted out how many people were waiting in that line. If the front row queue was shorter maybe it's encourage people to pick other rows?

Twisted Timbers - Thiiiiiiis RMC. This guy. This was one of the few roller coasters that tested my limits. It's so aggressive and the airtime is so strong. Similar to Skyrush, I think the more I rode it the more I became tolerant to the airtime. The barrel roll drop was amazing and felt different than Storm Chaser, the trio of airtime hills were outstanding, and that whole stretch of ...how to explain it (At this time stamp - https://youtube.com/XGavn7bCuOM?t=192)... the airtime trick track, quick airtime hill, then that U turn with the airtime hill somehow fit in was just crazy! And it all worked so well. So smooth. I thought Twisted Timbers was the most intense coaster of the trip because of how much extreme airtime was packed into the layout. There's not an inch of the track that was left out! I couldn't pick if I liked the front middle or back the most. It was just that good!

Drop Tower - I was impressed with the difference between KI's original gyro drop (1999) and Kings Dominion's V2 gyro drop (2003). KD's doesn't spin, but the carriage works so quickly and efficiently it's taken to the top and dropped all around a minute. It's got a lower/shorter(?) set of brakes which result in a longer fall. KI's ride cycle is double or triple because it takes so much longer to go up and drop. Gotta love the better capacity, longer/faster fall, and the speaker at the top allowing the ops to mess with you.

Log Flume - I loved the old school feel to this flume. It really felt like it was one of the first ever built. It was a leisurely ride and didn't get me too wet. This was a great flume! Watch out for those water bombs after the final drop.

Our ERT session on Twisted Timbers was really special. The ride ops were having a ton of fun with us, there was heat lightning in the distance which gave an ominous vibe, and there was just so much energy. I think everyone was on the same page in that TT is a world class coaster. Each lap just seemed to fuel us :lmao:

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Playing the spectator's role but enjoying this majestic view at 8am. We have a long day ahead!
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Guys how was it?!!?
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I'm getting flashbacks to Valravyn with this angle.
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Dominator is a great modern day looper.
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This seems like a great spot to sit and drink 3 Vitamin Waters.
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Look at those pretty trains. This ride is all around stunning and fits in so well. Excellent job KD!
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I'm not at Kings Island anymore. I really loved this side of the park.
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I'm so happy to be here!!!
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The closest we can get to Tomb Raider:The Ride in 2018. Sad.
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Guys I'm coming back to life!!! Thanks Alex Pope!!! for the photo.
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This is probably my favorite photo of the trip. Look at that blush on Michael's face! Hhaha. (Chase photo credit!)
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Intamin water fountain keeping the wheels cool.
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This ride is just fantastic. One of the best on Earth for sure!
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Michael, Allison, Chase, Joao all super pumped for our make shift ERT session on I305. It was only a 5 minute wait all night!
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One huuuuuge sustained airtime hill before you hit top speeds and get twisted.
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Row 2 ftw!!!
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This is the best Drop Tower.
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How was Grizzly's Beast impression? Not good. But a solid attempt.
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Doesn't it look stunning?! (Albert photo credit!)
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TT is so wild I couldn't stop laughing to look at the camera.
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Not once could I time the camera right. Robb and Joe are experts!
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Thank you Kings Dominion crew! We love you and your great park!!! (Robb photo credit!)
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Re: Photo TR: TPR USA Trip 2018

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:26 pm

Awesome report!

I'm not sure what happened to Grizzly from the start of the year to now, but I've seen a lot of reports recently saying that ride was pretty rough this summer. I've always found it to be a really enjoyable wooden coaster with a nice setting in the woods. It was running as good as usual in April.

Wow Twisted Timbers looks even faster in that POV and I already thought the airtime was really strong back in April. I'll need to return in the summer at some point.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR USA Trip 2018

Postby Dombot » Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:45 pm

Awesome report, love this park so much. You missed out on Anaconda, IMO, my one ride on it was weirdly smooth for a coat-hanger Arrow. I still don't understand it. :lol:
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Postby bert425 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:34 pm

I knew you weren't feeling well at KD for the morning filming, and heard whispers about it being "Virginia Sushi". . . but damn, that sushi boat looks good!

Glad you recovered, and had such a great day. You aren't alone on finding Grizzly rough, tho I thought it wasn't bad at all.
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Re: Photo TR: TPR USA Trip 2018

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:47 pm

Damn, sorry to read you had a run in with the sushi! Even as fresh as it can be done,
sometimes "stuff" can happen, unexpectedly. You just proved that, I guess. :wink:

It does look like, however, you had a good morning support team with the security person,
and Kristen and Elissa around.

Good KD report there. Looking forward to more of the Tour. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. ;)
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