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biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:39 am
by biosciking
Two years ago (January 2011), I began biosciking's So Cal Thread (which you can find here), highlighting the parks and attractions local to me in Southern California. This past summer (August 2012), I finally got some time to take a lengthy out-of-town theme park vacation. Since the trip reports from that vacation obviously don't belong in biosciking's So Cal Thread, I figured I'd start biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread, showcasing the places I visit beyond my neck of the woods.

My August 2012 trip was divided into two parts, both parts being on the east coast. The first stop during part 1 of the trip was Carowinds, a brand new park for me. While Carowinds has never seemed to achieve quite the fan following that several other Cedar Fair parks (Cedar Point, Kings Island, Kings Dominion, Knott's) have, it certainly felt very Cedar Fair -- a large park with lots of rides, including an impressive number of coasters. While most of the coasters would rank as decent (not bad but not stellar), Intimidator was a definite stand-out.

Overall I enjoyed Carowinds quite a bit and would gladly return. I'll continue to update biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread with the remaining trip reports from both parts of my summer 2012 vacation, as well as with any additional parks that I get a chance to visit from this point on.

August 2012
Carowinds - p. 1
Dollywood - p. 1
Ober Gatlinburg - p. 2
Busch Gardens Williamsburg - p. 2
Kings Dominion - p. 2
Disney's Hollywood Studios - p. 2
Disney's Animal Kingdom - p. 2
Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf - p. 2
Everglades National Park - p. 3
Busch Gardens Tampa - p. 3

August 2013
Gilroy Gardens - p. 3
California's Great America - p. 3
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - p. 3
Epcot - p. 4
Winter Summerland Miniature Golf - p. 4
SeaWorld Orlando - p. 4
Silver Springs - p. 4
Fun Spot America - p. 5
Fun Spot USA - p. 5
Old Town - p. 5

August 2014
Lake Winnepesaukah - p. 5
Six Flags Over Georgia - p. 5
Georgia Aquarium - p. 5
Wild Adventures - p. 6
Magic Kingdom - p. 6
DisneyQuest - p. 6

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:04 pm
by XYZ
I really enjoy your Photo Trip Reports and this one is definitely at your quality. Keep up the great Photo Trip Reports!

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:17 pm
by OrientExpressForever
Thank you for your detailed trip report and great pictures! Carowinds is a park I have never had a chance to visit and have always wanted to.

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:39 am
by biosciking
After the Carolinas and Carowinds, I headed to Tennessee and Dollywood. Dollywood is a park that I had visited once previously (in June of 2007), and I was certainly looking forward to returning. This second trip was notable for the addition of the entire Wilderness Pass area in the back section of the park. In 2007, the Timber Canyon and Craftsman's Valley areas were not connected, so the park dead-ended in both places. It was great to now have the park be one complete, continuous circuit. Even more important, the three attractions in Wilderness Pass -- River Battle, Adventure Mountain, and of course Wild Eagle -- were brand new to me. I found all three to be unique and excellent additions to the park.

A couple other noteworthy points about my August 2012 visit: First, by visiting in August, I got to experience Dollywood Nights, when the park stays open later than any other time during the year. Also, I happened to be at the park when the National Roller Coaster Museum exhibit was on display. These two perks made my trip to an already outstanding theme park even better.

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:42 pm
by XYZ
Great Photo TR! Dollywood is high on my bucket list because of its wilderness theme and it looks like it has QUALITY!

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:28 pm
by _IntaMAN_
Always nice to see Photo TR's of other Theme Parks in the nation, very nice pics and I hope to see more of your Non-SoCal adventures :) Dollywood is definitely on my theme park bucket list and hopefully will get to it someday! =)

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:39 pm
by brockboehm
Your photos are awesome! Great photo trip report. Glad you photographed some of the flats. I love looping ships as well and enterprises, so it was nice seeing those in there. The Dollywood photos were great, especially one of the Barnstormer ones - the one where the sun was setting.

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:22 pm
by beatle11
Great photos. As far as Blazing Fury goes, I think I remember reading they now have magnetic brakes where the splash pool was and the water apparently doesn't go well with the brakes so it's now a dry ride.

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:01 am
by Double0Kevin
Great update! I noticed the photo of GCI's projects is wrong. It lists the Roars in the wrong order, it says SFDK 1998 and SFA 1999. I also find it interesting it lists the old names for Evel Kinevel and Terminator even those was obviously made after they changed the names. I know, just nitpicking... but it is a museum after all, you expect it to be accurate.

Re: biosciking's Non-So Cal Thread

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:19 pm
by Chrisrad
Loved your reports! I was also at Dollywood in August (and March) and thoroughly enjoy that park.

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