Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby Naina21 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:26 am

mattnz wrote:
robbalvey wrote:
Naina21 wrote:What? No photos of us having the time of our life drinking at Mt Olympus?

Here 'ya go! =)


Haha! Awesome! Wow, there were more of us drinking than I remember. Nothing like a little collective boozing in the Dells to forget Hades!


I didn't think there was that many drinking either. I love that our table has almost everyone with a dirty shirley in hand.
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I Love Little Amerricka

Postby mattnz » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:59 am

Little Amerricka is a small park in Wisconsin geared toward children and families with an enticing four credits. When I saw the itinerary for the Texas Midwest trip the credit whore in me scanned it carefully to see if a stop here could be a possibility - so you can imagine how delighted I was when our bus pulled off the highway for a little unscheduled credit run...

But Little Amerricka is more than a credit run and much more than a small park for kids. It's a really charming place with great old school attractions, some of which we weren't able to experience as the day was getting long and we still had a long drive ahead. Train enthusiasts in particular should note the 1/3 size railroad that covers two miles of Wisconsin countryside.

The coaster line-up is particularly old school and includes a relocated 1950s junior woodie, a 1960s Allan Herschell Mad Mouse which I've always wanted to try, and a Chance Toboggan (there are almost none of these left - and that might possibly be a good thing!).

It may have helped that many of us were drunk after our day in the Dells, but I think stops like these always put TPR in a good mood, alcohol or otherwise. I for one really appreciate surprise stops on TPR trips, so thanks again to Robb and Elissa for the chance to visit Little Amerricka. I imagine many great memories are created for the young and young at heart who visit this gorgeous little park.
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Our bus pulled off the the highway for a little unscheduled stop in Marshall, Wisconsin...
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We were here for a quick visit to Little Amerricka, a park that has been on my radar for many, many years. YAY!
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Little Amerricka is known for their old school attractions.
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Ferris Wheels are known for scaring the living beejesus out of some hardened coaster enthusiasts!
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I had always wanted to ride an Allan Herschell Mad Mouse.
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We're not-entirely-sober but we're ready to ride!
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Like all good Wild Mouse coasters, you have to squeeze your ass into the tiny little seat.
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Oh God it's really happening!
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I loved this ride! It wasn't comfortable in the least - very much like a trash can rolling down a hill! - but (like all good Wild Mouse coasters) it was pretty death-defying, especially the final bunny hops.
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Meteor is the name of the park's relocated Philadelphia Toboggan Co. junior wooden coaster (or was it in fact completely re-built?).
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Either way it ran great!
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Gotta love an old school woodie.
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Move over Great America, Little Amerricka got their junior woodie credit first!
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Yay, the park has a Roll-o-Plane! I loved the version at Knoebel's.
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Credit #3 was another quality Allan Herschell creation.
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This is known as the 'coaster of death' due to the graveyard backdrop, but I totally forgot to grab a photo of the tombstones in the distance (I was drunk!).
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It was a real 'back slapper' - watch those drops against the metal seats, ouch!
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I love how Little Amerricka has a junior parachute ride - didn't all theme parks used to have these for adults too?
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The awesomely named 'Whisky River Railway'.
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May the Intamin gods have mercy on us all - it's a Chance Toboggan!
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I cannot believe I got to ride one of these crazy contraptions. Andrew and I even managed to squeeze into one car.
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At this point you loose every shred of virginity you ever had!
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Everyone should head out to Little Amerricka to ride this thing at least once - there are so few left!
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Thank you Little Amerricka for hosting TPR. I had a great time and really appreciated your awesome hospitality.
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What a great ending to a great day.
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby FreeFaller » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:21 am

After the Dells, this was an amazing surprise for all of us! Good times! :)

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:26 am

Such a great surprise that day! Am I the only one that managed to ride all the credits twice? I love the sound of the wild mouse as it sounds like Outlaw Run on a turn.

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby cfc » Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:58 am

Ah, I remember the Chance Toboggan at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, California, when I was a kid. The lift hill tube reeked of cigarettes and carny sweat.
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby Mrlittle » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:55 am

It was such a fun surprise for us. It was a better surprise then the announcement of iPad air. :p The park was awesome to stay open and let us coaster nerds come ride.
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby beatle11 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:14 pm

I remember the mouse made a horrendous banging sound on those last couple bunny hills, and the toboggan is an unforgettable experience. That vertical lift is crazy. I'm surprised we all made it out of Wisconsin alive.
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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby hyyyper » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:46 am

beatle11 wrote:I remember the mouse made a horrendous banging sound on those last couple bunny hills, and the toboggan is an unforgettable experience. That vertical lift is crazy. I'm surprised we all made it out of Wisconsin alive.


I think the reason for that noise was the fact that the supports weren't connected to the foundations. They simply stood on the ground and were lifted and banged down when a car took one of the hills.

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:32 am

hyyyper wrote:
beatle11 wrote:I remember the mouse made a horrendous banging sound on those last couple bunny hills, and the toboggan is an unforgettable experience. That vertical lift is crazy. I'm surprised we all made it out of Wisconsin alive.


I think the reason for that noise was the fact that the supports weren't connected to the foundations. They simply stood on the ground and were lifted and banged down when a car took one of the hills.

Yeah, I noticed that too, the supports moove on a pretty big range and it looks pretty scary. :evil:

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Re: Photo TR: The Kiwis Do Texas Midwest 2013

Postby The Great Zo » Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:20 am

This is known as the 'coaster of death' due to the graveyard backdrop, but I totally forgot to grab a photo of the tombstones in the distance (I was drunk!).


I didn't realize it until taking a ride on the Wild Mouse. Then it hit me -- oh, this is that park with the graveyard next door! I do have one picture that has both the ride and the graveyard, but it's from sort of far away.
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