Massively cool report. Knoebels is already slathered in awesome, but when they get both Black Diamond and Flying Turns open, they will go supernova. Bless them for saving and plussing the Golden Nugget (had no idea it is now completely enclosed)!
And I also really, really like Twister, but Pheonix is out of control. Easily in my top ten wooden coasters.
Thanks for all the comments, folks--on to East Coast Bash at Hershey Park!
This seems to be my year of getting bashed by TPR. I've been bashed in California, Texas, and Pennsylvania so far--and I'm going to get bashed again in Georgia and Florida. Fortunately, this sort of bashing isn't particularly painful, especially because I avoided Sidewinder.
About 160 TPR members got together for East Coast Bash, and what a bash it was--ERT on Fahrenheit (new credit for me), Storm Runner, and the Claw to start the day, food, beer, ice cream, backstage tours, and nighttime ERT on Wildcat, Wild Mouse, and Lightning Racer--and don't forget Chocolate World. Not even torrential rains the night before (and a bit later that day) and flooding stopped ECB! (Well, except for Roller Soaker--yes, rain shut down the water ride.)
Let's have a look.
To the left, then head due up, please.
Hmm--I guess I'm in the right place now.
Elissa gets the Road to Cedar Pointers squared away.
"OK, I have my coffee. You can all go home now. Thank you."
Uber secret entrance time.
First, they told us about the park's water-pumping plant. Then it was Rock, Paper, Scissors--To the Death!
"Rock crushes scissors! Now you die!"
In Europe, this ride would be called "Celsius."
But this ride would probably still be called "Storm Runner" (only in French, German, etc.).
"And on the eighth day, God said, 'Guess I'll have some Storm Runner ERT--then create a platypus or something.'"
This is where most people wonder, "What the hell was I thinking?"
But at this point, there's no time left for thought. I think Storm Runner and Xcelerator are the two best Intamin launched coasters.
This lift is 32.2 degrees Celsius.
Fahrenheit was fun--Intamin's version of a Eurofighter.
But that name just puzzles me.
I mean, how does this suggest a Dutch-German-Polish physicist named Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit?
I mean, was he a really twisted individual or something?
Did you know that Fahrenheit is the official temperature scale of only two countries: the U.S. and Belize? Yes, we're right up there with Belize! USA! USA! USA!
Our group followed the advice of Master Larry, and headed straight to Comet after ERT--it tends to have an insanely long line.
Master Larry says, "The wise man who values his spinal integrity rides not the over the wheel of Comet."
"Are we on the wheel seat? I forgot to check."
Remain centered--or your coaster fu will be weak!
I think this ride is a little underrated among the B&M inverts. I rather like its eccentric layout and funky-looking supports.
Besides, it's built over a chocolate river! More to come.
Who wants to see Skyrush supports and some backstage pictures of Lightning Racer? Well, you'll have to listen to this first.
We had some time to kill before another backstage tour, so we went to blessed Chocolate World.
But we saw a bear and ran for our lives through a blinding thunderstorm for the other side of the park!
Yet another secret entrance--where we were promised we would see Skyrush supports.
But where can they be? I've looked everywhere!
Oh, there they are. Thank you!
We had to cross a raging river to get to them!
"Yes, I believe these are coaster supports. I know coaster supports when I see them, by golly."
Some might even say, "Slightly irregular."
Oh, I see--they bought them at the Intamin Outlet Store! But don't worry--"slightly irregular" supports are just as good as "regular" ones, and a great value.
It was odd how they were just stacked up next to this neighborhood. I guess it's not like someone could put a support in his trunk and drive off with it.
I think that's enough about the new ride for now--how about checking out a working, older ride?
You can get great pictures of Lightning Racer from this side of the park's perimenter. (We were originally scheduled to get a tour of the ride itself, but rain had turned the area under the coaster into a swamp.)
Now this is a coaster that really "duels."
Intamin and geeks as far as the eye can see.
Wildcat says, "I want in on this action! Have at you!"
To which Lightning Racer replies, "Take that!"
Outback, how could you?
I had no idea that the snake squirted you on the train ride.
I rather liked the Halloween feel of the train ride, too.
Dear Kings Dominion, Please see my letter from Knoebels regarding pretty lights on wooden coasters. Thank you, Chuck
We hope you enjoyed your ERT on Angus McNasty: The Ride. If not . . .
. . . here's the complaint department.
Cheryl and Lauren agree that it's hard to top nighttime ERT on Lightning Racer.
And, in closing, remember, "IT'S THE MILK CHOCOLATE!" Thank you Robb, Elissa, and Hershey for a great East Coast Bash!
Hmmm - so that was YOUR Saturn Ion that went in the bus parking lane, then?
Great photos, Chuck. I knew staying at the Boardwalk all afternoon was a good idea. Everyone else takes super-awesome photos of the behind-the-scenes stuff, I get to be lazy, and it's like I'm right there.
Chuck, I can't believe you skipped the Log Flume. My wife and I got a nice pop of air at the bottom of the drop. We actually went back on again laughing all the way into the station because of it. It was amazing! BTW, nice photos and please read the signs entering the park......buses to the left LOL!
Life is a lemon and I want my money back????
He who farts in church sits in own pew.............
^Yeah, I was even planning on riding Coal Cracker this trip, but my group just never got around to it before the thunderstorms hit. I was confused by that parking lot the last time I was there, too. It was pretty freaky last Sunday when all the parking-lot lights went out just before I got to my car.
^I like Superdooperlooper well enough, but didn't get any pictures of it this trip--had a partcularly good night ride on it (and on Great Bear, too). It's not my favorite Schwartzkopf (that would be Mindbender at SFOG) but it's fun.
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