Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

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Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:01 am

The Extravaganza rolls on into 2011 with plenty of early experiences to kick start the year right. This past week while in Florida I was able to get to BGT twice, SeaWorld, and Boomers, as well as two bonus credits at Old Town. As time goes on I'll edit this post around and add in my future trips, but for now, all I got is the little five day excursion I had this past week in the Sunshine State.

Good Will Hunting for Cheetahs, Giraffes, and a Hurricane in the Ghetto!
January 17 - Busch Gardens Tampa
January 19 - Busch Gardens Tampa
January 20 - Boomers, Old Town
January 21 - SeaWorld Orlando

Spring Time in the Old Dominion!
April 1 - Luray Caverns
April 2 - Kings Dominion
April 3 - Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Chang-ing and Whoring in Jersey!
May 20 - Six Flags Great Adventure
May 21 - Nine Shore parks, including Morey's Piers

Cheetah Hunt Opening Weekend!
May 25 - SeaWorld Orlando
May 27 - Busch Gardens Tampa

TPR Day at BGW!
June 19

Seeking Wood and Wind!
June 28 - Camden Park, Columbus Zoo
June 29 - Cedar Point
July 1 - Waldameer, Conneaut Lake Park

TPR Northeast Trip and Pre- and Post-Add On Days!
July 26 - Clementon Park, Morey's Piers
July 27 - Bowcraft Amusement Park, New York City
July 28 - Coney Island
July 29 - Quassy Amusement Park, Lake Compounce
July 30 - Bizarro Bash at Six Flags New England
July 31 - Palace Playland, Funtown Splashtown
August 1 - Canobie Lake Park
August 2 - La Ronde
August 3 - The Great Escape, Magic Forest
August 4 - Six Flags Great Adventure (no pictures), Sesame Place
August 5 - Dutch Wonderland, Dorney Park
August 6 - Knoebels (no pictures)
August 7 - East Coast Bash at Hersheypark

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Kings Dominion opening day and Busch Gardens - Page 2

Mach Tower construction update 4/29/11 - Page 3

Six Flags Great Adventure, Green Lantern preview - Page 3

Whore on the Shore! - Page 4

Mini-SeaWorld Report - Page 5

Cheetah Hunt Opening Day - Page 5

TPR Day at BGW - Page 6

Sweet Sunset and Night Time Pictures of KD, and video of SSS! - Page 6

Camden Park and Columbus Zoo - Page 8

Cedar Point with Daytime Photos - Page 8

Wicked, Crazy, Cool Shots of Windseeker at Night - Page 9

Waldameer and Conneaut Lake Park, and a cat! - Page 11

Illuminights at Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Page 12

Pre-pre-pre-trip Day at Clementon Park and Morey's Piers - Page 14

Un-Un-Official Day at Bowcraft, and Pizza! - Page 14

The Un-Official Day at Coney Island! - Page 17

First official day of the TPR Northeast USA Trip at Quassy and Lake Compounce! - Page 19

Bizarro Bash! - Page 20

Palace Playland and Funtown Splashtown - Page 22

Canobie Lake Park - Page 23

La Ronde - Page 23

The Great Escape and Magic Forest - Page 25

Sesame Place - Page 27

Dutch Wonderland and Dorney Park - Page 27

East Coast Bash at Hersheypark! - Page 28

Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial, Lombardi's Pizza - Page 29

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:16 am

For my first trip report of the year, it's time for something a little different. My trips to Busch Gardens involved more animal interaction than coaster riding/photography, but that's ok! Sometimes you gotta appreciate the finer things about a park rather than just the coasters, and with BGT, there's PLENTY to do besides ride coasters. Plus, when you have a Platinum Pass, you can do whatever the hell you want when you visit since it's not costing you any money. ;)

Alrighty, so in case you missed it, my first day at BGT last week was to document Cheetah Hunt's progress, which can be seen here. The return trip on Wednesday was all about the Serengeti Safari and feeding giraffes! We got a few laps in each on the big B&Ms, but as I said before, we were definitely there to feed the giraffes. For anyone that hasn't done this before or might be considering it in the future, SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY AND DO THIS!!! This was by far one of the coolest experiences I've ever had, period. Hand feeding creatures as large as giraffes isn't something you get to do every day, and they were as sweet as anything, too. It was to the point where I wanted to take one home with me, but unfortunately they don't fit in overhead compartments on an airplane. If you have any affinity for animals at all, this is most definitely worth the extra cash.

On Thursday, Jen and I made the three hour trek from Winter Haven down to Dania Beach to hit up Boomers. As was showcased in Erik and Smisty's thread, Boomers was what you could call.........ghetto. Half the arcade games didn't work, the mini-golf courses were in disrepair, the dilapidated building in front of the go-kart track was a nice touch, and I had a strong feeling that a future episode of CSI: Miami would fit in perfectly there. However, we were there on a $12 Thursday which meant we got to get unlimited arcade/mini-golf passes, and we paid an extra $10 for unlimited go-karts and rides, as well as the $12 for unlimited rides on Dania Beach Hurricane. Everything was forgettable except our rides on DBH. That ride kicks some serious ass! Absolutely crazy airtime on every hill, and while it had some rough spots, it was still maintained pretty well for being at a shithole like Boomers. Thankfully an outside company handles the operation of the coaster.

After we left Boomers, we went to the famous Jaxson's ice cream parlor in town, and me being an ice cream-thusiast, it did not disappoint! If I ever make it back down around that area, the ice cream and the Hurricane are the only things that will bring me back to Dania Beach. We also went to Kissimmee on our way back and credit whored at Old Town, picking up the Wacky Worm and Windstorm credits they have there. Nothing exciting really.

On Friday, before I drove back to Tampa to fly back home, I made a quick pit stop by SeaWorld to get some rides on Manta and Kraken (my #1 flyer and floorless). I was able to get four laps on Manta and only one on Kraken (one train operation, slow crew). Both delivered fantastic rides, and as previously stated, Manta has now taken over my #1 flyer spot ahead of Tatsu. I had ridden Manta the year it opened and didn't remember it being as forceful as it was on Friday, but this thing was running amazingly well! I've found that the best place to sit is the left side of the back row. You get a nice yank/pop of airtime coming off both drops, and the pretzel loop is just ridiculous in the back! My one ride on Kraken was front row, and it kicked ass as always.

Well that's it for my January adventure into Florida. For now I'll have to keep dealing with this atrocious cold weather until the spring, but five days of warmth was certainly worth it! Pictures to follow soon......
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:51 am

And now for the pictures, the full album can be seen on my facebook page here.
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Foreign tour groups were the theme of the day on Wednesday.
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What I love about the GP is their strikingly hilarious inability to read "Splash Zone" signs.
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Oh foreigners. :)
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Safari time!
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So handsome! His name was Captain.
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"Strike a pose."
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I wish I had spiky hair running down the back of my neck.
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"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close up!"
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Yummy lettuce!
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This one's feeling left out! I can't remember her name, it was something tribal/African.
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I wonder if giraffes ever wanted to be Toys-R-Us kids?
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Success! Now if only making small children eat vegetables was this easy.....
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Emo giraffe needs more food.
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Emo giraffe is now happy giraffe! Check out that tongue......
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Apparently their eyeballs are the size of tennis balls!
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Jen petting one. The first instruction the tour guide gave was to not pet them on their faces. And what do the foreigners do? Pet them on their faces.
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Looking for more food. If he can't find any, an innocent foreigner would suffice.
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Is it just me or do they kinda look like camels?
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Only thankfully they don't spit.
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Glamour shots by Steve! They paid me in giraffe poo.
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NOM NOM NOM NOM!
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"Aw, no more?"
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This was an Eland that came over to see what all the commotion was about.
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The tour guides told us not to touch them, so what do you think the foreigners did?
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If you've ever wondered to yourself, "Gee I wonder what an Eland's nose looks like from 3 inches away," now you know.
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Time to go!
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"Come baaaaaaaaaaack!!!"
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Family of white rhinos. The tour guide says they have sensitive hearing and can be angered or spooked by sudden noises, so that's why they stay quiet around them. So what does a foreigner do? Start whistling VERY loudly at them.
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Another family of rhinos. I believe there are at least three or four baby rhinos in the park (not counting any ACErs that might have been there that day).
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So I guess there's a new coaster being installed?
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More food?
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MEERKATS!
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Such silly little creatures.
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Whatchu lookin' at?
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Cute!
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Mama Lion #1 is sleepy.
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Mama Lion #2 was playing with this palm frond and carrying it around, but kept tripping over it. Cats are so dumb. They are really dumb. For real.
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Back to see the kangaroos again!
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I guess they're sleepy, as well.
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In case any of you ever wondered, "Gee I wonder what a kangaroo's nose looks like from 3 inches away," now you know.
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Thirsty. Moving on!
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I hope you brought your Glock with you to this trip report!
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At least this was good. I can't imagine coming to this place and having the only coaster there suck.
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A few glamour shots of the DBH.
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With a train this time.
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Obligatory sign picture.
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Getting away as fast as possible!
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby WindInMyFace » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:01 am

SkyCoastin,

Interested to hear your thoughts on Manta and Cracken...

I hadn't been to SeaWorld in a while when we went so I was surprised to even see the coasters (I did no research) and I had a decent time. Didn't have to wait for the cracken and I rode it like 6 times in a row. Not a bad time overall...
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:33 pm

^Manta is just an excellent ride. It has a lot of positive g's throughout, a terrific pretzel loop (although not quite as good as Tatsu's), great theming, and even some airtime mixed in there in some places. Not to mention the water interaction with the wing dip and the near-miss on the cliff right after that. Kraken has a fairly unique layout as far as floorless coasters are concerned (might have the same elements, but they're laid out differently). It's intense, keeps its speed through most of the ride, and the 2nd loop is probably the best part of the ride. The only real negative is the section between the 2nd loop and the corkscrew at the end, it kind of just meanders along through there.
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby larrygator » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:51 pm

Loving the non-grainy pictures. ;)
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:28 am

^ :lmao:

Thanks Larry. I took a picture of some manta rays in the Manta queue with my Razr on Friday, but I was thinking that might look crappy and make my trip report look equally crappy. Some people haven't learned that yet. ;)
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby paiging_jen » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:01 am

Awesome camera you are using! ;)

Once again....another great trip and one of the better birthday's I've had!
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Coasterlvr_nc » Mon Jan 24, 2011 7:30 pm

Definately paying attention to this one, loving the pics so far steven!
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby PhantomNick » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:44 pm

Awesome pictures, as usual! I'll definitely be keeping up with this thread, as I thought your 2010 Extravaganza was wonderfully done! I'm really hoping the wife and I are able to go on our planned trip this summer to BG Africa. That place looks amazing!
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