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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:34 am

Another great update Chuck. I love the backdrops to some of the Japanese parks. Big city skyscrapers, Mt Fuji, or ... well, everything at TDS. Eight years with TPR and I still haven't been over there, but maybe soon!

Blue Turbo wrote:^ I'm a little worried I could be next


We need to keep both Dan and you alive, because I'm scared about who might be third on the list...

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:34 am

Lovely report. Always a joy to see more Japan photos. Those two northern parks are certainly ones I would enjoy visiting!

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:53 pm

cfc wrote:KT tried to kill Dan.

SharkTums wrote:KT has been trying to kill Dan for 13 years now...


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Mwahahahaha! Mwahahahaha! MWAHAHAHAHA!!! I'm still alive!!

Blue Turbo wrote:I'm a little worried I could be next

The Great Zo wrote:I'm scared about who might be third on the list...

*Definitely* Joey!



I love this thread! :b
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:56 pm

^ Joey. It's about time. :Pr

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:11 pm

Dan wrote:
cfc wrote:KT tried to kill Dan.

SharkTums wrote:KT has been trying to kill Dan for 13 years now...


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Mwahahahaha! Mwahahahaha! MWAHAHAHAHA!!! I'm still alive!!

Blue Turbo wrote:I'm a little worried I could be next

The Great Zo wrote:I'm scared about who might be third on the list...

*Definitely* Joey!



I love this thread! :b


We have been nothing but the best influences in her life

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:46 pm

Jew wrote:We have been nothing but the best influences in her life

I agree. I feel as if special thanks will be in order at her HS graduation. And again in college. And again when she's appointed President of a Fortune 500. I think she'll grow to appreciate us some day. We will definitely be on our best behavior. Because we would never say or do anything inappropriate. Not us. Never! :angel:

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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:53 pm

HA! Miss all you guys! And miss all my trip people...and trips. Ugh, We need to seriously fix up our countries issues and move forward and do fun things again.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:39 pm

See Chuck, now you've made me all nostalgic for Japan! This is one of all time favorite trips. Can't wait to do it again. And I think Kristin is old enough to meet the Frogman this time!

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:16 pm

Mini New Hotness and East Coast 2014

After another great trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, it was back to the USA in 2014 to experience some "new hotness" in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio and some good East Coast times (with pizza) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Yes, Australia has the vast Outback, Japan the futuristic skyline of Tokyo, and China the Great Wall and the mountainous islands of Hong Kong. But only in America can you enjoy this view.

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Yeah, suck it Paris! USA! USA!

So, what did I take away from my travels with TPR in 2014?

1. Banshee shows that when B&M is called on to make a huge, intense ride, they can still do it.
2. The best rides of any type at Holiday World are Wildebeest and Mammoth in Splashin' Safari. Those water coasters rule!
3. More parks need to build more rides like Kentucky Kingdom's Lightning Run.
4. Anyone who visits New York City needs to take Scott's Pizza Tour.
5. Any day at Knoebel's is a good day.
6. Beware of Satan's Lodge in Santa Claus, Indiana!

Onward!
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Our fitst stop was Coney "Not in New York" Island outside Cincinnati.
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Hmm--I wonder if could get a "dollar-a-year" VP gig with Disneyland? (Well, it was $.79 after taxes, I guess.) Why, that would be roughly $9.53 today!
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We next stopped at Stricker's Grove, a park that, like the mythical Scottish village of Brigadoon, only appears once every 100 years!
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My thanks to Robb and Elissa for setting this up. Stricker's reminded me a bit of Micke's Grove outside Lodi, California when I was a kid.
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Kings Island made a good trade when they replaced Son of Beast with Banshee. No wonder TPR held "Banshee Bash" that day.
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Snoopy agrees with me on this point.
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Our backstage tour of Beast was fun.
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Diamondback is more like the typical crop of big B&M coasters, but I think it's a lot better than Intimidator at Carowinds.
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You gotta hand it to Cedar Fair--they do a good job with their signs.
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Kentucky Kingdom was a park that seemed doomed the year before.
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But they bounced back, and built Chance's answer to the Intamin Mega Lite: Lightning Run! This little coaster had more air time than the last five years of B&M hypers. New hotness, indeed!
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Thunder Run wasn't bad, either.
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We had a great ERT session on Kentucky Rumbler at Beech Bend, despite a thuunderstorm rolling in. This is one of GCI's best creations.
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Can you endure the terror that awaits within this 1950s era suburban tract house?
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Oh, crap, we got werewolves again! Better call Orkin.
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Holiday World's Mammoth delivers serious air time for a water ride.
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Nighttime ERT on Raven was fun, too.
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For Dan, Indiana Beach was all about the tacos. They were pretty dang good.
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There's still Fascination for all you klassy people, . . .
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. . . along with some pretty good wooden coasters.
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More new hotness at Six Flags Great America. Say hello to Goliath . . .
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. . . and X-Flight.
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Yay for nighttime ERT on Fahrenheit at Herssheypark! I wasn't crazy about this ride the year before, but it grew on me that night.
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Wildcat was rough as hell, but the Angus McNasty overlay made it more entertaining.
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Skyrush is a great coaster, which I found legitimately terrifying.
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Remember, at Hershey, it's all about the milk chocolate . . .
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. . . and the beer at Troegs. More to come.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:48 pm

Our march to NYC continues!
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If you can't have a good time at Knoebels, may God save yer heathen soul!
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The Flyers and the Flying Turns in one shot! I am on fire!
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You can either have what's behind the curtain, or this delicious assortment of fried goodies on Dan's tray.
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"There's no earthly way of knowing . . . which direction we are going . . ."
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Knoebels has one of the best train rides anywhere, even if it lacks dinosaurs.
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Arr! I be ready fer Glow ERT on Phoenix, sez I.
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Do 'em the dirty, me hearties!
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Dorney Park is a generic Cedar Fair operation, but I do like Talon.
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And, hey, I had the pleasure of riding the train with Crouses, . . .
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. . . and Robb won a bunch of candy. So, a good day at Dorney.
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"Welcome to Six Flags Great Adventure's Safari, humans. Why, I'm so happy to see you, I just might spit." (Fortunately, he didn't, and the Safari tour was great.)
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I swear I could see my house from Zoomanjaro.
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We couldn't quite escape Kentucky Kingdom, as this ride (Green Lantern) was once Chang at KK.
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Who's ready for nighttime ERT on El Toro?
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Toss a ring on the Empire State Building and win a kewpie doll!
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Our quest is at an end . . .
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. . . God be praised! (I understand that about three-fourths of Cylcone had been retracked. That would explain the problems with the remaining fourth. Even with that, it was a good ERT session with a fun-loving ride crew.)
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Thunderbolt was, well, er, not good. I think the chintzy trains were the big problem.
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This is the Tickler. KT looks anything but tickled.
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"You made me ride the Tickler! For that effrontery, shields will be splintered and blood will be shed!"
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I liked Spook-o-Rama a lot--a great, cheesy dark ride.
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Speaking of scary, here's Deno's Wonder Wheel, a true Coney Island classic ride.
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I think they brought this old coaster train up from the Titanic.
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Hmm--ten bucks for the Ghost Hole? Er, no thanks.
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"Are you ready for Scott's Pizza Tour little girl? Heh, heh, heh!"
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This was a great way to end the East Coast Trip.
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Eveeybody needs to take Scott's Pizza Tour. That's all for now.
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