^Thanks, Nick! And you can definitely count on me being at CW for Leviathan's opening, that's not something I'll miss. I already am making tentative plans to hit all the western NY parks and Marineland on that trip, as well. Even if TPR doesn't have an official bash that early in the year up there, we'll all have our own "unofficial" bash!
raptor6 wrote: And which row has the crazy leg room? The one by the sound system?
Ah, wasn't too clear about that for those who weren't with us on the bus. There was a row of seats on the bus that had something like double the normal leg room, and Brian (STR8FXXXINEDGE) and John (his roommate) graciously let Jen and I sit in that row the last couple days of the trip since we're taller than normal people. They had been sitting in it for most of the trip but were nice enough to give the giants of the trip a little more comfort.
After the incredibly long, exhausting, and at times frustrating day at SFNE, we made a nice little drive deep into New England and stopped somewhere in southern Maine. This would end up being BY FAR the most relaxing day of the trip, and I kinda wanted to spend another day there after we left. Lunch at Jimmy the Greek's was delicious (I think I had fish and chips........let me think, yep, fish and chips), and their beer selection was heavenly! I also got to sample some of the pizza that Jen couldn't finish, and that was also very tasty (not Lombardi's tasty, but good nonetheless).
Palace Playland was a quaint little beach side park in Old Orchard Beach, and I honestly had expected the place to be a ghost town. However, Old Orchard Beach was actually a fairly touristy little town that reminded me a lot of some of the beach towns further south that I've been to. It was also a very warm day, and I'm sure that had a lot to do with so many people being out that day. Either way, it didn't feel overcrowded or anything, I was just surprised that people actually live in Maine. Palace Playland was pretty typical, a Galaxi and kiddie credit with some other flats, but it had some personality, as well. I enjoyed the fact that it was right on the beach, and Jen and I took a walk down to the beach and stuck our feet in the water. I was expecting freezing cold water, but once again, my ignorance showed, and the water was very comfortable, especially considering how sore our feet were from the day before!
After we were done at Palace Playland and we cut in front of a parade down Main Street (we don't miss the bus for anything!), we made the short trek to Funtown Splashtown. This was yet another small New England park that was overflowing with charm and personality (and once again, a nice change of pace after SFNE). Excalibur was a fairly mediocre CCI creation, although had the ending been as good as the beginning, it would have been top 20 worthy. The front row had excellent airtime on the first few hills, and the back row was "stand up ejector air" on the first drop. Funtown also had one of the best flats I've ever been on, the indoor scrambler/acid trip light show Astrosphere. Even though the scrambler itself didn't spin that fast, it was worth it to watch the light show! We also had a CRAZY bumper cars takeover, and I may have broken a few ribs in the process. We ended the day with an epic screaming match on the pirate ship between TPR and some 12-13 year old girls who said we were on our man periods. ERT on Excalibur was actually a LOT of fun, and somehow I lasted the entire hour without needing an organ transplant.
I definitely think that if/when I return to the New England area, Funtown Splashtown will be on my radar for things to do. It'll be nice to get a whole day there when I'm not half asleep! Here come the photos, the full album is on facebook here!
I think literally every single trip report done on this day includes this picture. The food was good, beer was better. I found out during this trip that New England has some damn fine breweries.
Time for Palace Playland!
I was surprised to see that this place needed a park map, it wasn't exactly a sprawling amusement park.
Um.....you spelled it wrong.
This was my first Galaxi credit, it wasn't horrible.
Oh good, I was hoping this classic from Worlds of Fun would live on!
Although they seemed to have reprofiled it and the interlocking loops were gone.
Neil seemed confused about the new layout, as well.
Oh look, a beach!
Since it was one of the 17 hot days of the year in Maine, the beach was rather crowded.
There was also a pier, not to be confused with Piers.
Oh look, an amusement park!
Pretty cool, we were on vacation at this beach in Maine, and there's an amusement park right there!
Under the pier, not to be confused with under Piers (that's Garbels' job).
This was so bad it was awesome.
Panorama of the beach and the entire population of Maine.
There sure have been a lot of S&S towers on this trip.
Yesterday, it was huge. Now, it's only big.
This was definitely the most well-themed S&S tower I've seen (other than the one at IOA).
The dragon only has four teeth, maybe this theme would have been more appropriate at Alabama Adventure.
While we were in Maine, we experienced an eclipse.
Camelot! Camelot!! CAMELOT!!!
.......it's only a model.
The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
Oh look, a White Castle! Mini burgers FTW!
This was my favorite sign of the trip (except for Dr. Poon's office).
"None shall pass."
Since Jen had her special 200th coaster sign, and since I had no major milestones on this trip, I decided to mark the coaster that brought me halfway to the devil.
Scrambler? check. Dome? check. Darkness? check. Laser lights? check. Disco ball? check. Trippy ELO song? check. Best flat ever? check.
I had never ridden one of these, it was a bit disconcerting.
The seats tilted forwards and backwards and occasionally rammed into each other. Jen was terrified.
On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place.
Why have a flag pole when you can just build an S&S tower instead?
The rather difficult to photograph first drop of Excalibur. I like this picture.
This bunny hill had incredible airtime followed by a back-breaking pothole. It reminded me a lot of Rampage's similar bunny hop followed by a pothole.
This is just about where the ride begins to peter out.
Excalibur was nestled snugly in the back corner of the park, and you can get good shots from the parking lot.
Any idea what she's pointing at?
I'm glad the Lady of the Lake held this aloft from the bosom of the water.
I am very happy to see that the park is still doing well! With the addition of that awesome new slide complex for 2012, the waterpark is really going to be great. With all the crazy comments about Astrosphere, I really wish I would have taken the time to ride it, rather than sprinting through the park on a quick credit run as usual.
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