Part 1: Carowinds (Page 1)
Part 2: Dollywood (Page 2
Part 2.5: Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg (Page 2
Part 3: Kings Island (Page 3
Part 4: Holiday World (Page 3
Part 5: Six Flags St. Louis (Page 3
Part 6: City Museum (Page 4
Part 7: Silver Dollar City (Page 5
Part 8: Branson (Page 5
Part 9: Worlds of Fun / post-trip (Page 6
OK, I think we'll be riding the buses long enough that I can edit up some pictures and do a rapid-fire, near-real-time trip report from our latest 11-day excursion.
So let's get started at Carowinds!
Got into town Monday night. We went to the park Tuesday and early this morning (Wednesday) and had plenty of time to explore the park and ride things. I did a credit run of the coasters but made sure to give extra time to the park's three best attractions:
* Intimidator: This was actually better than anticipated. I was expecting a weak ride like Silver Star, but got something closer to Diamondback, which is a pretty solid coaster.
* Afterburn: Classic old-school B&M snappyness. Instantly shoots into my top 3 with Montu and Banshee, and I think it's a steep drop off after those three.
* Fury 325: Of course, this one was pretty much the star of the show. I'll say it's an "A" coaster rather than an "A+" coaster simply because the second half of the ride isn't quite as incredible as the first. But the first half does a lot of really weird stuff that isn't typical for B&M, all while moving at an incredible, face-peeling speed.
Yup, our "very small but not quite zero" chance of rain ended up coming to fruition at about 9PM, but things dried out just before a fantastic round of ERT at the end of Tuesday night.
On to the pictures!