Photo TR - East Coast Tour 2008 - The C-Jay Perspective

Pre-Game to the Last Day! Knoebels P-10
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Postby KerryB » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:30 am

^When I get a copy? How much is it worth it to you that I don't post a boat photo? Hmmm, blackmail!!! :devil:

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Day 10 - Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Postby rollin_n_coastin » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:39 pm

I should mention that today was a bit of hangover day from…DRINKING NIGHT 2!! For those of you who were there…an awesome night and man, that bar/ pub/ restaurant was totally happening! Whoever has those pics…they must be destroyed!

Ok, so on to Dorney, another classic park with a proud history but of course done up the CF way.

Four favourites were at this park:
-Hydra: I loved this ride! It was running crazy smooth with awesome floater during almost private ERT while everyone was at Talon
-Talon:Another amazing ride!! It’s tied with Montu for favorite invert
-Laser:Well, it’s Laser, what more needs to be said? Funny, after Superman at SFGA, this is the second ride that I’ve grayed out on.
-Voodoo:I love these rides, especially Wicked Twister.

Anyway, the day at Dorney was a bit sad given that only one more day was left. It was a great park and one of the major highlights was of course the water park with Robb, Elissa and crew! How awesome is a water park that has slides that are “Dark and Dynamic”? I mean, what can touch that? Thanks to all of you for letting me tag along, it was awesome, I’ve never laughed so much! Plus, you really haven’t experienced enthusiasm until you’ve heard Robb go down a waterslide, especially the covered ones!

Overall, another great day and a fantastic ERT, especially on great coasters like Hydra (debatable I know..) and Talon. Honestly, it was so hard to believe that only one day was left.

Fellow food lovers, you’ll understand this. Following almost ten days of similar food each day (fried chicken, hamburgers, assorted pulled pork sandwiches, mac & cheese, etc) I have to take a moment to talk about a memorable culinary experience. After the waterpark and before ERT, we were all lucky enough to be across the street from the hotel. After resting up a bit, I ran into Scott and Jenn who invited me to tag along to Carrabbas to pick up Robb and Elissa’s gift. Until discovering TPR, I had never heard of the place. I think Olive Garden was in Canada for all of a year or two but that’s as close as we had to Carrabbas, and Olive Garden doesn’t even come close. Speaking as someone who knows that nothing can come close to Mamma and Nonna’s cooking…..the place was just awesome and yes, was as close as a restaurant can get…(but shhh..don’t tell the family). Scott and Jenn, thanks again for the great company and hanging out for some great food…and wine… :angel:

There is no doubt that the food on the trip was very generous and of good quality but Carrabbas was definitely a special treat!

So, now that I’m hungry this late, I’ll just stop rambling and get to the pics. Enjoy!
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In line for some Steel Force ERT! An impressive looking coaster but it was kind of like a scenic railway. It was relaxing and fun nevertheless.
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Some said this was like a mini Steel Dragon? It sure looks cool.
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Across the way, the new to Dorney, Voodoo. Did I mention how much I love these things?
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Yes, Voodoo will possess you in 3, 2, 1... .. .... ... etc etc
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Nature shot...with coasters of course.
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We had a guided back area tour or the shop and other 'backstage' areas. The highlight of course was seeing all the work that goes into preparing Halloween Haunt...it's definitely no small task.
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Some great views from the staff parking lot.
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I see you Laser! It's unfortunate that this view may be a bit different now.
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Outside the shop, sorry, no pictures of inside! You'll have to attend the Haunt at Dorney to see what they prepare throughout the summer.
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One of the hearses. The drivable hearse (not pictured here) was totally pimped up by Best Buy!
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Cool view along the way to tour Club Blood, I think a common concept between Cedar Fair parks for Huant.
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A bit more Voodoo.
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A Li'll Hydra from outside of Club Blood.
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Oh no...another hamburger meal! :)

That's it from Dorney, stay tuned for the one and only Knoebels!
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Postby downunder » Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:23 pm

Great TR, I totally forgot about the tour so it was nice to get a view of that.

Dorney was a lot better than I thought it would be, Talon and Hydra really rocked and I was expecting to ride them once and be off. Steel Force was a lot better than I thought it would be and Thunderhawk was not bad. Though the Wild Mouse queue would have given the Dalai Lama the sh!ts.

When I looked up "glass" in the dictionary it had a section on word uses like "Smooth as glass" and lo and behold it just had a picture of Laser, it was odd but very cool to have that much smoothness and force in the one coaster.

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Postby krazekiddd » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:33 pm

Here's all I remember of Dorney:

- Wake up late and run my A$$ to the meeting point.
- Do ERT on Steel Force
- Ride Voodoo, Lazer, and the mouse
- Eat lunch at 11:30
- Run back to the hotel and sleep till 5 pm!
- Go to Carrabbas, back to the park for Night ERT and sleep some more!

Yes, that was my eventful day but totally worth having a hotel right across the street from a crappy park.
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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:01 pm

^^ How could you even comment on trying the patience of the DL :)

But you're right; I think given that queue, only deep meditation and instantaneous self-enlightenment would get anyone through while maintaining moderate blood pressure. Yah, I skipped it lol

^Hey Scott! So I guess a Dorney trip is definitely in your future plans then? :)

At least over Thanksgiving you're going to be close to some awesome places.
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Day 11 - Knoebels

Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:58 am

So, here we are at the last day. It was definitely a day that tugged at the heartstrings, both in terms in how awesome Knoebels was but also in knowing that the trip would be over after ERT and that we’d all be parting ways for the foreseeable future.

Now, we were lucky on the past few bus trips to have Robb join us along with his trivia, bag of ‘not all that mysterious’ mystery items and some of the craziest stories ever. That was of course in addition to how awesome Studio 54 bus was already!

Robb described how different and crazy Knoebels is and that there really is no easy way to describe the park. He was right and it didn’t disappoint! The park was one of the most memorable atmospheres around and certainly a park that I would categorize as a “must return”. You can not go into it expecting a corporate atmosphere whatsoever. They clearly do things differently and their philosophy seems to work. The parking lot was packed by mid-day after all! I have no idea how to describe the place other than it’s simple and works so well on so many levels. It’s like the camping atmosphere was extended right into the park. You can relax, ride on your own terms/ spend what you want, enjoy the setting, enjoy the spontaneous entertainment and enjoy the great home-style food. The park employed a lot of retirees and I thought that it gave it quite a charm. The lunch line reminded me of the high school cafeteria lunch ladies, but serving better food. Ok, you got me, it’s quite often about the food for me.

You’d be surprised at how much there is to do and a full day is definitely a recommend. Also, there are some classic rides there that I’ve never seen anywhere else.

Highlights of the day:
-Twister and Phoenix ERT!! Especially Phoenix, I’ve never landed half on the lap of the person sitting beside me on any ride before..
-Losing but then finding my camera
-The awesome Haunted Mansion
-Ring grab/ toss on the carousel. BTW, Kim actually bought the Wurlitzer sound track! I would never have known that such a thing existed.
-‘Hamster wheel ride’ and other crazy flats!
-Insane bumper cars and chatting with Mr. Dick Knoebel about the park while waiting for them!
-The Flyers – TPR takeover styles, no need to say more except maybe..snap!
-TPR takeover of the Cosmotron.
-An amazing opportunity to not only tour the Flying Turns site but also walk the track!
-GCII field trip
-Cora and Scott’s 1st annual TPR trip awards. Thanks for all the work you two put into it, it was a lot of fun.
-Birch bark beer, waffle ice cream (Jake/ Texas, thanks for going on that food walk/ hunt with me…what was it that we were looking for again…just popcorn??) haha
-Did I mention Phoenix?


Enjoy the pics and if you’ve made it this far following this TR, thank you! Looking forward to your posts!

Robb and Elissa, thanks again for all that you both do! If anyone out there is looking for a truly unique and fun experience, definitely consider one of the trips.

It goes without saying that it was a pleasure meeting everyone that I had the opportunity to meet. I hope that we all run into each other again on a future trip or in our areas.

Yah I know..finally...the pics :)
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Needless to say, we were hungry and someone had their big a$$ Hershey bar available from Hershey Park.
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Never interfere with a chocolate lover and their bar...
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From what I remember, the attack was swift, quick and smooth. The bar never knew what was coming.
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Just to give you a sense of how big this thing is. Scott is planning the next bite aimed at where no bite has gone before..

Who said bus rides can't be crazy?
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So, here we are at Knoebels! Oh, yes it's true, the 'k' is not silent. It took me a long time to get that :)
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Just a beautiful day, very fitting.
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Heading over to Twister, just a random turkey on the way.
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The Flying Turns site, more on that later.
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Here it is, Twister. As with Flying Turns, this project was all done in-house to make it as authentic to the original ride style that it is based on as possible.
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Mr. Knoebel (Jr.) introduces us to the park and Twister.
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The start of ERT. A great way to wake up all the campers..
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Definitely an impressive looking ride especially the stacked lifts.
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How was that? Kerry, were you stapled??
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Fly by
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After ERT, it was free time to explore the park with our tickets ready to go. These next few pics were in the camping area adjacent to the park. Here is the Trading Post, purveyor of all things food and camp-ground related, including glow sticks...
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On the way to check out...Phoenix!
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A bit difficult to get good pics of Phoenix since it's hidden behind the trees for the most part. This ride is relentless and is everything you'd think a classic coaster would be. You rarely sit on the seat.
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Awesome choice of moving it to Knoebels!
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This park just has this old-world charm to it and does a great job of blending in their newer attractions.
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A bit of flume action, a tradition at every park :)
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Not too wet on this one.
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The only pic I got of the Huanted mansion. I thought I had more. A great example of traditional concepts done exceptionally well.
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Lunch time! We had some entertainment but it wasn't all about the band that showed up.
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It was mostly about Jenn and Trent :)
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Perogies and bbq chicken!
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Meanwhile, Scott and Cora were prepping for the awards show.
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Given that it was TPR, the rules for nominating and voting vary signifcantly. It was a lot of fun, great job!
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Mr. Dick Knoebel, owner. He is extremely proud of his park/ family business. It's not hard to see why.

Mr. Knoebel hung out with us for a bit at the bumper cars later in the day. OH, we also met Jill Knoebel.. :)
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After lunch, it was our flying turns tour! I can't wait to try it out one day.
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No word yet on when it will open. They're trying to get the train technology just right or at least successfully replicated from the past.
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One of our guides waiting for us on top.
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Now, where else would you be able to do this? Yes, we actually get to climb in!
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On our way up.
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The build quality and workmanship is incredible.
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Yah, I had to ride it somehow :)
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Among her many talents, Kerry is analysing the structural integrity.
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Almost at the top of the lift hill.
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Here we are at the top of the lift hill. Definitely a one-of-a-kind experience! That also tops off my pics! I spent the rest of the day on crazy rides with friends and even TPRers that I hadn't gotten to know yet. Funny how that happens on the last day but I'm glad that it did. GCII tour was great and then there was Phoenix ERT! A perfect ending to a fantastic trip!
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Good news, some more to come...

Postby rollin_n_coastin » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:27 am

Some good news! I managed to recover my Philadelphia pics that I accidentally deleted during the trip! These will be posted as Day -1 in the near future.

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Postby hyyyper » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:01 am

Pheonix? :lmao:

nice report so far J, Knoebels was a killer last-day

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Postby rollin_n_coastin » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:29 am

^ hahah I couldn't find what you were talking about, but then I found it in the two captions. I must have been really excited during my typing! :)

Thanks Bas! Looking forward to seeing the rest of yours as well.

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