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Postby coaster05 » Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:28 am

cfc wrote:^I had that same thought after reviewing the "surveillance" pic last night, Jeff. :lolr: I hope you're feeling better today.

You can buy a whole pizza for $21.99 at KD, Rich--still ridiculously expensive, but a better deal if you split it with someone. And it actually tastes pretty good. There's a Bubba Gump's there, too, which is OK, but food at KD pretty much sucks.


We have been to PKD once when they actually kicked everyone out at 2:00 because they didn't have enough staff. We ate at that pizza place I believe, pretty close to Hypersonic and there is a flat you can see from the window? The food was fine when we went and seemed much larger. We will be revisiting the PKD and Euroburg a couple weeks after the Spain trip so we will eat before PKD.

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Postby MollyG » Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:31 am

Thanks, I needed that! I've been going through SAPTR withdrawal pains! Three weeks 'till our opening day here at SFStL. :airtime:

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Postby mwhinva » Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:14 am

I was at KD yesterday also. I did not get there until just after 12 noon. I was surprised that more of the Paramount logo was not removed from the park.

The entrance makeover was nice. It is weird seeing the main ticket booths gone and the area being open. I guess they are hoping people will use the web site to purchase tickets. They did a nice job getting rid of the asphalt and putting down paving stones instead. The front gate paint scheme was more muted. The used cream, gold, and brownish red colors.

I had to exchange my temp season pass card for the permanent one. Since I had to purchase seaon pass parking online, after the park had closed for 2006, I went to the season pass building to get the parking added. I must say that the customer service was great. The lady in the season pass processing room took my pass and parking e-ticket and had the parking added to the permanent pass. she even showed me that the parking was applied to my pass on the computer screen! The season passes does not have your photo ID on the pass. It shows up on the screen at the main gate.

After entering the main gate, I took a stroll along the right side of International Street. It looks like the Starbucks building got a new coat of paint. The Alpine Deli building was closed (new China Panda location). I did not see any changes to the outside of the building.

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The log flume was down, it looks like the park is doing a refurbishing job on it. From the Eiffel Tower the Flume 1st hill conveyor belt lift was dismantled.

The Flying Eagles were running. I did not go back to the White Water Canyon area to see if it was running. Course, based on the pictures above, it was. I did not get a chance to ride the Grizzly. I poked my head into the Paramount theatre while the dance competition was going on. The stage area was striped out. None of the set pieces from the House of Rock were there. I assume they are getting ready to prep the theatre for the Twisting to the 60's show opeing on Memorial Day weekend.

I then was getting hungry and went to the Country Kitchen to get my BBQ-combo dinner (1/4 rack ribs & 1/2 grilled chicken). The food was good the meats were hot and moist. The ribs and chicken were meaty. It seems now they are giving you more choices for the 2 sides you get with any dinner. They had six side item to choose from: cole slaw, mashed potatoes, baked beans, corn on the cob, macaroni & cheese, and green beans.

My first ride of the day was the Rebel Yell forwards. Speaking of being short staffed, they had a KD Maintenance guy checking the bars. The ride was hauling butt and was pretty smooth, just a little jack hammering going up the last hill before the turn-a-round. I noticed the new stuff in the water park while riding. The zoom flume slide looked almost complete, still working on the splashdown area and the pathways around it. The new wave pool is still under construction. I'd say they are 80% done with the concrete work. The wave/pump house still needs to be done as well as the paths around it. I would imagine the new wave pool would be complete by the beginning of May.

I walked down the Grove toward the Congo area. I did not see much that has changed in this area. The new Tornado ride sure does dominate the water park entrance path. You can get good closeup views of the funnel from the DZ plaza and the swings.

Congo did not seem to have much change to it either. I did ride the IJST. The wait was about 20 mins. The nice thing was that the sound system in the trains was playing for the whole ride. It was fun watching the train pulling into the loading area with the music blasting and the loading instrcutions coming from the train itself.

I did take a ride on FOF (2 train operation). The line was on the saucer stairs. It did not take 20 minutes to wait. The mid-course brake did NOT bring the train to a complete stop. The brake slowed the train down then released and the train had momentum going into the 2nd half of the ride. it was its normal crazy dis-orienting self. The Anaconda was down during the time I was there. I did not get to ride the Volcano. I did not feel like waiting then.

The last ride I had was on the Avalanche bobsled. It is a fun ride and it was hauling buns as well. I did walk through the kids area and saw some new paint on some of the rides.

The main thing that felt different was the customer service. The employees were friendly and going out of their way to help. The park management was out in force in the streets cleaning up as they walked through.

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Postby cfc » Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:17 pm

^Nice summary (and being as this is only your second post on TPR, welcome)--this jibes with my experience that day, too (but I guess I should've had the ribs). :P

The main entrance did look pretty nice and fresh, but the Rebel Yell needs paint desperately. Were all the Italian Job effects working when you rode it? All I got was fire and sound effects, no chopper or water. (The chopper's skinny little blades were twirling later that day, though.)
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Postby live2tell75 » Sun Apr 01, 2007 5:23 pm

Nice trip report, my TPR swimsuit calendar superstar friend! :lolr: I can't wait to visit in a few weeks! KD is going to be fun! I can't wait to ride Volcano and The Italian Job. I am even looking forward to the Scooby Doo dark ride!

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Postby cfc » Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:26 pm

A lot of people put down Italian Job, but I think it's a fun family coaster--especially the bit through the tunnel at the end.

We should have great weather the weekend you're here, Eric--spring at KD is much better than the brutal summer. Hey, you can even ride the Togo death machine in relative comfort.

As for the calendar, I believe in exercising my body as well as my mind--well, mostly my mind. Sort of. :lolr:
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Postby jamesdillaman » Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:38 am

^ Chuck, Julia and I appreciate the photos of Shockwave and the Flying Eagles. We need to get down there to ride Griffon and get Julia on her first B&M Hyper at BGE.
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Postby mwhinva » Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:27 am

cfc wrote:^Nice summary (and being as this is only your second post on TPR, welcome)--this jibes with my experience that day, too (but I guess I should've had the ribs). :P

The main entrance did look pretty nice and fresh, but the Rebel Yell needs paint desperately. Were all the Italian Job effects working when you rode it? All I got was fire and sound effects, no chopper or water. (The chopper's skinny little blades were twirling later that day, though.)


On IJST all effects were working, including the flames, except the water effects in the chopper scene (the final splash down water effects were working). The chopper went up and down. I never seen the gatling gun effects work since the ride was installed. Having the sound track playing in the train for the whole ride was a first for me. (I did not have a 2006 pass last year, so I don't have much of a past with that ride).

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Postby kissorkill2night » Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:04 am

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Postby cfc » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:59 am

jamesdillaman wrote:^ Chuck, Julia and I appreciate the photos of Shockwave and the Flying Eagles. We need to get down there to ride Griffon and get Julia on her first B&M Hyper at BGE.
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Lemme know whe you're going to be in town, James. Griffon is looking pretty good.
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