I recently went to Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio for a couple days before heading to Kentucky Kingdom for the event on Saturday (that's still in the process of being made). Anyways one big noteaable change from last year is that Starbucks is now....................gone. The gift store is now one big place with one entrance and where the entrance was originally occupied with Starbucks, has now been turned into a Dunkin' Donuts! Slide Reviews:
-Water Coaster: Not as long as the other three I have rode (Deluge, Mammoth and Wildebeest) but fun and enjoyable! -Family raft slide: Really fun! Did it once with three people and it paced pretty good but with 5 people in one tube................................WOW -Bowl slide: as always a fun ride and if you have a heavy mass like some people (Myself) do, you get some good spins.
Boy i love the back side of things ;)
Nice view of KI from here to!
The lodge's family raft slide!
An indoor look at the front of the waterpark
I might have snuck outside to get some nice shots of Kings Island....
Sweet action zone. I would like to say that there where a couple backhoes and dumptrucks over in the area. Intresting
Best invert ever?
Another view from the 4th floor.
Trains are on the track.
A view of some of the main slides. Most notably the worlds first Triple Funnel Slide! (Its fun!)
Some land for expansion. The outdooor section could use a new slide or two.
Main outdoor pool.
Remnants of the old KI Inn
The detail in the Magic Quest game
The main Kid's area
all is calm.........
Exit for the three main tube slides.
Another back view.
Howl at the moon golf! Fun but small mini golf course with black lighting!
Thanks for sharing! It looks nice and pretty fun for an indoor waterpark. My daughter and I are staying there for a couple nights with my brother and my niece in May. We will also be making our first ever visit to Kings Island, so I'm pretty excited.
mush619 wrote:Thanks for sharing! It looks nice and pretty fun for an indoor waterpark. My daughter and I are staying there for a couple nights with my brother and my niece in May. We will also be making our first ever visit to Kings Island, so I'm pretty excited.
Indeed it is! Hope you have a great time at both parks!
As I would like to continue from this past weekend, Myself and many other coaster enthusiasts where recently invited out to Kentucky Kingdom for a nice little off season tour of the park and let me just say that it was really fascinating! Hers some things we learned today from various questions:
-The Original chassis from T2 (now T3 but T3 has new trains) where exact replica of what Arrow Dynamics made. So in a sense, Vekoma copied and pasted Arrow’s design. -On ride photo’s will be returning for the 2017 season on T3! -A beer garden will be added into the catering pavilions -THIS WILL SHOOT DOWN ANY RUMORS OF WHY SIX FLAGS LEFT KENTUCKY KINGDOM IN 2010. Six flags wanted to have to pay no rent and the state had declined it, thus Six Flags abandoned the park and took two roller coasters with them. -As for right now, Thunder Run will not receive a second train but………….It is an option! -The carousel is unique to the park as it is the only one ever to stop in the same spot where it started on, which allows disabled guests to enter and exit the ride easily. -For expansion………they still have 120 acres! -As long as the park’s Enterprise is reliable it will stay. If one major breakdown occurs during this season, don’t be to surprised to see it start to get removed this season. -Originally, Eye of the storm was going to replace Enterprise for this season and sit on the enterprises location but plans changed. -Until RMC came in with the idea of Storm Chaser, the park wanted to combine Twisted Twins and Thunder Run, extend the layout out near T3, and wanted to have the world’s longest wooden roller coaster (which would break The Beast’s record) -Operating hours have been in the idea of extended. -The Zeppelin kiddie ride is the only one left in The United States -The area around the waterpark will be used for future rides, more than hoping for that B&M Hyper that's been rumored. -Finally the 2018/2019 plans are set to be released in April of this year.
On April 5th and 6th, myself and Josh from FYE Coasters made a 5 hour trek to visit Dollywood. Needless to say, I was highly impressed with the whole park. We did manage to score a ride on all the coasters (despite the crappy weather involving rain wind and cold on Thursday), some more than once, and one rare treat in particular. Overall the service was amazing, and I honestly felt at home with everyone being so polite and caring. I would like to point out this was my first time ever being at Dollywood. So here's my reviews of the coasters:
-Lightning Rod: H.O.L.Y C.R.A.P. (Is that poo-poo running down my leg?). I have to say it. Best ride in the park! We rode front for our first ride and back for our second ride and I was highly impressed. I never knew that you could experience airtime from a turn! I thought I was highly impressed with Storm Chaser but this...............this just blew it out of the water (It's still not my number 1 but it'll take #2 on my wood coaster list). Sadly though, before we where leaving the park we decided to try and get a third ride on. Well. We got on, got about 3/4 the way up the "lift" and rolled back 10/10 -Blazing Fury: An okay indoor coaster, It was interesting really. 6/10 -Tennessee Tornado: This was Fun! it was definitely different than the other two Arrow Loopers I have rode (Vortex and Corkscrew) and I honestly found it to be really smooth. 8/10 -Wild Eagle: I liked this ride mainly because It fits where it sits, and its a great ride! It was a little different than Thunderbird or Gatekeeper, and it was fairly smooth but like some (mainly every) B&M it has that rattle. One thing I do hop eis fixed with this is the vest restraints. They really dig into your shoulders going though the ride when they start coming down more. 6/10 -Firechaser Express: Wow! This would be a great starting point for little thrill seekers. You get a great launch, a not to tall ride and a ride that doesn't go to fast. It's been forever since I went backwards on a roller coaster (since Backwards Racer at Kings Island). 7/10 -Mystery Mine: I've only rode 1 Eurofighter which was Spongebob at Mall of America, and Mystery Mine, just by looking at it, was better than Spongebob. Loved the double roll at the end and the hangtime! 7/10 -Thunderhead: Alas I wanted Mystic Timbers to be my first GCI but this was fun! I was hoping for a lot of ejector airtime but was mainly given just a tad floater. Rode two times, one in front and one in back. Honestly found it pretty smooth for a woodie. 7/10
-Dollywood Express: I know, I know, this isnt a coaster. If you go to Dollywood, PLEASE! take the time and ride the train. You will not regret it honestly. 10/10/10.
(videos will be edited in once I get them uploaded and finalized).
I think we made it.
Yup! First time being here!
After waiting in line for an hour after got there, they had announced the ride was closed for the evening.
Better than Thunderbird?.......Nah
It does provide some great photos!
Such beauty! I am impressed by the woodcarvers talents!
Best Arrow I've rode!
Another FUN! Ride
A quick look up at DropLine!
And it's neighbor Whistle Punk Chaser
Another smooth woodie and enjoyable!
Taco Pizza!? I think Yes!
An amazing train ride to say the least!
Wonder what the Mystery is
Loved all the small details they had all around the park.
The Majestic Bald Eagle.
First riders of the day on Lightning Rod!
Well we tried on our third time but walked away with a rollback experience and this!
jynx242 wrote:P.S. - You did not mention Cinnamon Bread - If you didn't have the Cinnamon Bread, then unfortunately, you are dead to me!!!
Unfortunately, my money was a little tight and I wanted to get some but didnt have the money for it
I would like to say that my next big TR/Update will be from Kings Island next weekend, which will include footage and pictures from the Mystic Timbers First Rider Event on the 13th as well as footage from the opening day on the 15th.
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