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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby Philrad71 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:30 pm

^^ I agree, Andrew!

There is simply nothing better than ending the day at CP with an awesome night ride on MF.

If one can score a front seat ride, even better...as long as one has the patience to wait it out.
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:06 pm

Indeed. Well, this update takes far less patience, because it's already time for...

Day 11: Indiana Dreamin'

Just like in 2016, I finished my Cedar Point trip with a visit to Indiana Beach. That's mainly because it's only an hour detour from the most direct route back home from Sandusky, but a little bit because I missed out on two rides last time: Rocky's Rapids and Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain.

There's not much to the log flume, but it still does the job quite well. Log flumes are good as long as you have water in it *cough cough cough Magic Mountain cough ahem*.

Phew, sorry about that coughing fit, I must be coming down with the black lung, just like the miners who work under Superstition Mountain.

Yesssss! Nailed the segue!

Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain is a unique ride. It's a little bit dark ride, a little bit coaster. I got to ride backwards, which is pretty trippy with all the tight turns. Really great.

I took advantage of an offer only good in August that if you buy a 2019 season pass, you get to go once in 2018 for free. Bonus, the season pass is exactly the same price as a one-day ticket! So yep, I have an Indiana Beach season pass next year, and since Six Flags Great America has that new coaster next year, I think I'll drop by for a bit.

Other than that, there's not much that's changed since 2016. The park looks a lot cleaner, and I just enjoyed doing all the same things as last time. Cornball Express is still an airtime buffet, Fascination is still fascinating, Steel Hawg is still twisty, the haunted house is still creepy, the pirate dark ride is still bizarre, and the skyride over the whole park is still allowing photos.
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Hittin' the beach!
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I've not been on this bridge before. Last time I parked on the north side.
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Finally getting to ride this!
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Hmm, I don't think they're now serving anything....
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Finally got on the log flume too!
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This is Coasterbill's happy place. It is, in fact, a bar in a Skyride station.
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I found my beach in Indiana!
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See? It's a beach. A...lake... beach. Yeah.
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And down there is the #1 reason to come to this park.
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Pirates of a Small Indiana Lake.
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Hey, they've got a new coaster!
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:34 pm

Great report! Were all of the coasters actually operating?

I really liked the atmosphere of Indiana Beach, but 5 of the 6 coasters were closed by nightfall when I visited last year. Hoosier Hurricane ran like a champ, but Steel Hawg was evaced off of the midcourse, Cornball operated for a half hour total, Lost Coaster gave up at the end of the night, and neither Tig'rr nor the kiddie coaster even opened.
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:53 pm

The small kiddie coaster was closed, but that was it. That alone was a major improvement from 2016, when several major rides were closed. Apex is doing a good job so far.

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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:00 pm

That's a positive. Maybe I'll stop back in after HoliWood Nights this year.
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby 9Armgeddon4 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:29 pm

Awesome report. I love the skyride and dark rides at this park. I used to go to the park a lot when I was younger but only recently made my first visit in a while last summer. Personally I don’t think the park ever should of added that new kidddie coaster but instead kept Galaxy. The Dragon Coaster was closed the entire day during my visit last year.

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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:44 am

Texas 2019: Remember the Orcas!

Day 0: Ooooooooooooooklahoma, Where They Don't Maintain the Roads at All

2019 was an incredibly busy year for us, and though we did get to squeeze in a vacation in May, I haven't really had a good chance to sit down and write. But hey, since we're all suddenly less busy now, it's the perfect opportunity to catch up. Thanks, Covid-19!

This was the first time the kids had been to Texas, and the first that my wife and I had been together (though we had both been there separately before we met). What a good opportunity to re-visit one of the most fascinating of the fifty United States. Texas is the home of stars at night which are big and bright, multi-lane freeways that are eternally under construction, and some of the world's best theme parks. So we made like a fellow Missourian, Daniel Boone, and headed to San Antonio!

The trip began as every trip to Texas begins, by driving through Oklahoma. I have nothing but the highest praise for Texas roads--they absolutely do it right in every way. So how the hell does Texas' next door neighbour--and most culturally similar state--have the worst roads? Not since the Oregon Trail have visitors feared losing an axle. Get it together, Oklahoma.

It didn't help that at the time we were going--Memorial Day Weekend--US 69 was flooded at Eufala Lake, so we had to go all the way to Tulsa and take US 75 south instead. It added a little to the trip, but I got to see a part of Oklahoma I haven't seen before. And by that I mean I saw a couple of combination gas station/casinos I hadn't seen before.

After bouncing along what passes for a major highway and wondering just what our toll is, in fact, paying for, we came across two beautiful signs. The first said 'Welcome to Texas"; the second, "Whataburger."

If you've never had a Whataburger, it's a Texas-based reasonable facsimile of halfway decent road food. The burgers are somewhat similar to Sonic's, and the sauce is fantastic. Overall, it's really just a fast food burger, and expectations should be set accordingly, but when we saw that orange-and-white building, we had to make it a priority to get some Whataburgers and Dr Peppers. Cause we're in Texas now, y'all, that's why.

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We stayed at the La Quinta across the street fro Six Flags. This was the view from our window.

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Day 1: A Business Proposition

We woke up to the Judge outside our window and headed downstairs for some Texas-shaped waffles. Every single hotel we stayed at in Texas, four of them all total, had this Texas-shaped waffle iron. A huge part of Texas culture is reminding you every single second of Texas culture at every opportunity, and even when there isn't an opportunity, they'll make one, just so you don't forget you're in Texas.

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Good morning, Judge!

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This morning the plan was to visit the Perot Museum. I had been to the old Dallas Museum of Natural History when I was a kid, but hadn't been to the new location yet. We're a pretty nerdy family, and they have some awesome science stuff, so it was a must.

We drove to Centerpoint Station near DFW and took the train to downtown Dallas. The Trinity Rail Express (TRE; and yay for using the E in Express) is a double-decker passenger train that goes between Dallas and Fort Worth. It was really comfortable, and easy to buy tickets on the app. We got off near the basketball arena and walked over to the museum. It's a really striking building, and a wonderful new home for the Dallas Museum of Natural History.

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Why is it called the Perot Museum now? Well, it was a business proposition, see. Ross Perot gave a whole bunch of money to the museum, and in return, they stuck his name on the building. Brought to you by Munsenwear.

After spending all day in the museum, we took the trolley out to Shake Shack. We had never been to a Shake Shack before; this one is actually the closest location to us. It was great! A bit pricey, but absolutely worth the price. The shakes are legit.

After dinner, we popped in to Six Flags for a couple hours in the evening. It wasn't too busy, and we managed to ride Texas Giant, Titan, Shockwave, Pandemonium, and Riddler that evening (NTAG and Riddler multiple times). Great little preview day.

And now, let me raise a glass to the late, great Humperdink's. I found that place thanks to the TPR people, and as it turns out, I was one of their last customers too, as the Arlington location closed just a few weeks later. They had some good house beers, including the stout pictured below. It was a fine way to finish a day at Six Flags.

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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Great report!

I love how the hotel offers better views of Judge Roy Scream than you get inside the park.
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby Philrad71 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:31 pm

Woo-hoo...a new report from parks that I have never visited!

Hope you're doing well, Andrew...things are going as good as they can in KC. Looking forward to seeing more and perhaps someday I might be able to get back into doing some old TR's of my own. It would be a great way to pass the time...I miss doing that and reading other folks TR's on here!
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby grsupercity » Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:36 pm

I was just at Six Flags over Texas in Feb and all the roads around the park were under construction. We stayed at the hotel next to yours. Comfort in across from the Judge. Ours did not have a Texas shaped waffle iron
After riding Lightning Run I can not understand why parks are not lining up to buy some Hyper GTX models. That little ride rocks

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