Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby beatle11 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:25 am

^Lol, I did the same thing. It was awesome!

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby Barge84 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:22 pm

Another great update. Glad to see how much you love this park. Great America was my "home" park growing up. We lived about 3 hours away but went at least once each summer. It had been 13 years since I'd been there, so I was really excited to get back. It's definitely my favorite Six Flags park, even though Great Adventure has a better ride lineup. They've just kept that old school charm that a lot of the other Six Flags parks have lost over the years.

I can't wait to get back and ride Goliath next summer!

Are you only doing the parks on the Midwest Trip, or are you going to talk about the other parks you guys went to? Just curious.

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby mattnz » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:11 pm

cfc wrote:
Alright, I have to admit Superman doesn't fit the theme here [in Orleans Place].

It's a little-known fact that Superman loves gumbo. He could never get it on Krypton or in Smallville. ;)

Haha! That explains it.

^ Hey Thad I think I will keep on going through our Virginia/Florida/LA excursions. We absolutely loved some of the parks we visited, like Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Islands of Adventure while others were a bit disappointing due to closed rides.

Thanks for your comments everyone!
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby Barge84 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:27 pm

Great, can't wait to see the rest of your pictures. I can't believe the terrible luck you guys had. I-305 and Xcelerator were down, correct?

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby mattnz » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:06 am

Yep! It almost became comedic the way we lucked out!

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Thank the Intamin Gods for Fastlane - Cedar Point

Postby mattnz » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:27 am

This update brings us to the end of the Texas Midwest portion of our trip, but stay tuned for updates from Kings Dominion (without Intimidator 305...), beautiful Busch Gardens Williamsburg, all four Walt Disney World Resort parks, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, the amazing Universal Orlando Resort parks, and finally Knott’s Berry Farm (without Xcelerator...the Intamin cable strikes again!).

When you're a roller coaster enthusiast from New Zealand, a country with precisely three credits, you tend to want to get to as many parks as you can when you travel, and this trip was no exception. And all three of our trips to the US have seen us stop by Cedar Point - always a natural destination for any coaster enthusiast.

Our three days at the park in 2013 were our favourites due to the wonderful, wonderful Fast Lane Plus. I prefer Cedar Fair's 'fastpass' system over any other - while I appreciate virtual queueing, I like the simplicity of a basic two-lane system and think Cedar Fair have, by and large, got it right (whereas other parks seem quite inconsistent from ride to ride). And when you're an international visitor, a fastpass system is absolutely essential at a park like Cedar Point! Our last two visits saw us waiting up to two hours for rides like Maverick, Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster (and even Raptor).

It was great to stay on site again at the historic Hotel Breakers, which allows not only early morning ERT but more of a relaxing day as you can come and go freely from the park. And as with our last visit with TPR, a lot of us rounded out our days at TGI Friday's...

I have to say my thanks again to Robb and Elissa for the entire trip and the awesome perks we got at Cedar Point, which was the icing on the cake. Aside from Fast Lane Plus, food vouchers and some lovely final trip meals, we got backstage tours of Millennium Force and GateKeeper, and incredible ERT sessions on Maverick (or Maveshark as the fabulous ride crew named it) and Millennium Force. These were absolutely epic!

Cedar Point, like many other parks from Texas to the Midwest, lit up at night for their giant dance party-style event called Luminosity – Ignite the Night (goodbye and good riddance to the awful American Portrait show!). It was a fun way to end some great summer days at one of my favourite parks in the world. There is just something about Cedar Point that I really love. Yes, the park is barren in spots, with generic or no themeing, and they have some of the worst (and overpriced) park food out there...but it's immense, has a stunning setting against Lake Erie, and everywhere you look is coaster after coaster after coaster, with the roar of the trains and screams of riders surrounding you.

The following are photos from front to back of the park (and back again) across all three of our thoroughly enjoyable days at Cedar Point in 2013.
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We stayed again at Hotel Breakers. Word on the trip had it that certain hallways were haunted...but we couldn't detect any bad vibes.
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How can you when you have a view like that?!
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For most visiting Cedar Point, this is their view nowadays.
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It's a pretty impressive entrance.
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But I'll just get this out of the way: I thought GateKeeper was so-so. Better than X-Flight, sure, but at least as uncomfotable to ride, distracting you from the amazing view the ride features alongside Lake Erie.
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And this hill...has no airtime. For something so impressive-looking, GateKeeper is pretty damn forceless.
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Look at that setting! How did B&M mess up the wing coaster concept so badly?! Ah, well, hats off to the crew who were excellent, really getting the trains pumping through. (Hey, DJ PJ!)
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Upon entering Cedar Point, most guests will also be accosted by one of those annoying park photographers.
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Hey, it's a free photo!
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The front of the park has its share of charm.
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This is another colourful corner of the park.
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MaXair doing its thing.
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The GateKeeper entrance is looking pretty generic. What can I say, I thought Disaster Transport was a really fun ride, and the 330-foot Space Spiral was good too.
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Can someone tell me why Wicked Twister never seems to get much of a queue? It is a complete and utter mystery to me. I think it's a great ride.
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WindSeeker was definitely worth a spin, especially to hear the terrified screams from Neil!
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It's the windest WindSeeker out there!
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Cedar Point has a lot of flat rides...
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The park also features an iconic midway that has been much-copied around the world, with Corkscrew in pride of place.
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I think I nailed this photo!
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Corkscrew is an OLD school Arrow ride.
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I love the retro station.
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So many of those early Arrow coasters feature a small drop out of the station.
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Corkscrew isn't very good, but I do love the airtime hill. I wonder how it compares to Marriott's original Turn of the Century coasters and their infamous airtime hills?
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But enough Arrow for now (this park has a LOT of Arrow by the way!), another giant blue coaster awaits...
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We got an awesome backstage tour of Millennium Force!
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We also got up close and personal to 'Bone Town' as seen on the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad.
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Yep, we all geeked out.
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It was great to snap these behind-the-scenes shots of Millennium Force.
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The ride is hands-down one of the best steel coasters in the world, if not my favourite.
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There is just something about it that's so much fun!
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It may not have the most airtime (it DOES have airtime, I will point out!), but it packs so much speedy, fun elements into its length you get a lot of bang for your buck.
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It's also very sexy-looking.
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"Nothing to see here, move along..."
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"Nothing to see here either, move along..."
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As Neil pointed out during our amazing ERT session, this coaster is SEX. I'm not quite sure what that means, but I'll have some!
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It was especially delightful to bypass much of the queue later in the day with Fast Lane. God bless you, Matt Ouimet!
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Nearby Millennium Force is another coaster I quite like (unlike a lot of other coaster enthusiasts).
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Andrew and I both love the standing coaster concept, and we've never found Mantis to be particularly rough.
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This trip was an exception to our past experience - we both got a bit of an ear bashing...
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It's still nice to ride an intense B&M coaster. And Mantis really roars!
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We encountered an immense queue, even with Fast Lane.
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Top Thrill Dragster is another top-notch coaster at the park.
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As per usual, we had to wait a pretty long time between break-downs to get on this contraption!
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But we made up for it a couple of times courtesy of Fast Lane Plus.
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Top Thrill Dragster lives up to its name.
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It's truly breaktaking each and every time you ride.
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I'm in the Magnum fan camp, and not just because of this sexy 80s station.
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When the queue for Magnum looks like this, you know it's a BUSY day at Cedar Point!
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Magnum was as great as ever. Painful airtime in the front (unless you really brace yourself), a bit smoother in the back. All in all, an absolute classic that I hope the park will keep around for a long, long time.
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I'm glad Cedar Point still have their Enterprise too.
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Gemini midway, soon to get a bit of a makeover.
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Speaking of Gemini, this remains one of my favourite rides at the park, even when it's not racing (as in this photo).
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We did get some racing rides in, and they're just hands-up fun. The ride also features its share of decent airtime.
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But for a lot of our visit, the ride looked like this - with the red train stuck on the brake run.
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At certain points, the ride also looked like this!
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There were quite a few break-downs on this visit. Here's Cedar Creek Mine Ride stuck on the second lift hill.
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It's a pretty bad mine train anyway - mostly just meandering around an unimaginative course.
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The very back of the park is quite pretty.
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Antique Cars...
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At some point we also rode Mean Streak...
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To me, it's not too bad in terms of roughness (due to heavy trims), but it's a pretty boring ride. It doesn't LOOK it, but somehow it's just not up to much at all, and I never seem to be able to remember very much about it.
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Maverick, on the other hand, could well be the best ride in the park!
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We had my favourite ERT session of the whole trip on Maverick (or should I say, Maveshark!). It helped that the ride is great, but also racing in the dark is an epic experience, helped by the absolutely awesome ride crew, who were pumped and just lots of fun the entire time. We really appreciated it - thanks guys!
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Just watch those 'neck choppers' and Maverick is as smooth as can be!
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Cedar Point has a few different museum-style attractions, and this was the best one.
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They had quite a few models.
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Mean Streak...
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Blue Streak...
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As a log flume enthusiast I should mourn the demise of White Water Landing, but Maverick is just too good.
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The museum had plenty of historic artefacts too...
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Like all this miscellanous stuff...
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Alas, Skyhawk was closed the entire duration of our visit. Bit of a shame - I love S&S Screamin' Swings.
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Chick-fil-A was new to us... Friends back home told us we weren't allowed to eat here, but I heard they'd reneged on all the anti-gay stuff?
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There was something quite unsettling about this! (Never in New Zealand!)
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Ah well, Mr. Cathy and his chicken lovin' bible bashers can have their money. The food was damn good!
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We didn't do the water rides on this visit, but it's a good idea to do all three in a row if you're staying on-site at the park. You can pop back to the hotel for a quick change, and they're all fun rides (even Shoot the Rapids).
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We explored the Frontier Trail...
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It's one of the few areas left at Cedar Point still covered in trees, which makes for a nice change of pace.
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We decided to pop inside all the little shops and stops along the way.
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The Grist Mill was pretty cute.
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The whole area has a very nice feel to it.
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A peek inside the Red Garter Saloon.
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This was something we were very surprised (and delighted) to see at more than one park on this trip...
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Same-sex hand-holding! Dan Cathy would NOT approve!
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On each of our trips to Cedar Point we've taken the Sky Ride for some scenic photos.
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One of the more historic buildings at the park...
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It's a beautiful-looking ride...
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Raptor still packs a punch after all these years.
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It's a very intense coaster.
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And for some reason, it always seems to have long, long queues. We've never been able to work out what's the best time to hit up the ride. Thank the Intamin gods for Fast Lane!
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I wish I could be riding Raptor right now...
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Your toes tingle after a ride on this thing!
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Still one of the best inverts out there.
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Blue Streak is not to be forgotten.
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It's honestly one of the best coasters at the park! Lots of fun-filled airtime, and a bona-fide classic.
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Cedar Point looks great at night.
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I loved the changing colour schemes on Power Tower.
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And this photo of Luminosity brings me to end of this segment and the end of the TPR portion of this trip report. Thank you to Robb, Elissa and all our fellow trip participants for making this such a great trip. We miss you guys!
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby simon8899 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:43 am

Inverted coasters always seem to have long lines. At Heide-Park the line for Limit - Vekoma SLC - is mostly longer than the line for Desert Race - Intamin Accelerator. How strange this may seem....

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby FreeFaller » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:34 am

Great update, MAtt! Cedar Point is just amazing and we had a great time there!

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Re: Thank the Intamin Gods for Fastlane - Cedar Point

Postby televisedconfession » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:13 pm

mattnz wrote:As Neil pointed out during our amazing ERT session, this coaster is SEX. I'm not quite sure what that means, but I'll have some!

Oh.... the things that could be said in reply to this.
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby TPDave » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:41 pm

Nice update Matt! Thanks for sharing :)


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