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Photo TR: Divv's INTIMIDATING Adventure

Postby Divv3k » Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:55 pm

Hello!

Fresh off the TPR Mid-America Trip we jumped straight onto the IntimidaTOUR, a trip borne out of Cedar Fairs decision to build two coasters themed around some racing driver on the East Coast of the US. This was probably the shortest TPR trip I'd been on but since it was straight after Mid-America it served as a fantastic add-on and let me visit quite a few parks I'd never been to before. As always, Robb and Elissa pulled out all the stops to make sure this trip was amazing! I can't thank them enough!

UPDATES:
Day 1 - ARRIVAL DAY (below)
Day 2 - CAROWINDS (below)
Day 3 - DOLLYWOOD
Days 4 & 5 - PIGEON FORGE AND MORE!
Day 6 - BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG
Day 7 - KING'S DOMINION

Day One:
ARRIVAL DAY

On this morning a bunch of us flew in from Minneapolis to join up with the Intimidatour participants. The day was mostly a bus ride but was noteable for me due to the restaurants we visited.

- KFC. This was noteable because it finally gave me the opportunity to try the famous Double Down! As a fast food fan I was intrigued when I saw this revealed and was saddened that it was available only in the US. Luckily for me I got to visit KFC on the Inimidatour and try one for myself!

- The Tilted Kilt. Kind of like a Scottish themed Hooters. This place was awesome. Hot girls in little tartan skirts serving you food and beer. Works for me!

- Papa Pino's. This restaurant was right next to our hotel. We didn't eat here but since they had a bar Southern Steve, Ben and I figured it would be a worthwhile visit. Thanks to Steve's charm we managed to stay in the bar as they cleaned up and closed the restaurant all the while trying all the different spirits from their shelves which clearly hadn't been open in years. Needless to say, it was good to have Steve with us on a US TPR trip!
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FINALLY!!! After 12 days in the US I got my hands on the famous Double Down from KFC!
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It was awesome! I really wish KFC UK would start selling these!
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From lunch to dinner… This is The Tilted Kilt. Now I had never heard of this place before Elissa told me about it but turns out that this place is kind of like a “Scottish Hooters”
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So naturally I was right at home!
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Robby and Tyler don’t quite know what to do with themselves!
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The Tilted Kilt didn’t just do girls they had some pretty good food too!
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Not only did they do girls and food. Celtic, the greatest football team on the planet were honoured on the restaurant’s wall! Screw you, Scottish Steve!
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TPDave doesn’t quite understand why there is a picture of England’s Stone Henge on the wall of The Tilted Kilt. I don’t quite understand why they let TPDave in in the first place!
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Just like a normal Saturday night in Glasgow for me!
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Being that Southern Steve is on this trip there’s no way we can pass up the opportunity to hunt down the nearest bar to the hotel!
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This barmaid was awesome and kept serving us drinks after they closed. I think it was the Southern Steve charm!
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The Intimidatour has begun!!!

Carowinds is our first park and it is up next!
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Postby Divv3k » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:12 pm

DAY TWO:
CAROWINDS

The first park of the trip was Carowinds. A park that straddles both North and South Carolina. It's a nice park with some fun rides. It has some nice loking areas but also suffers from that Cedar Fair condition of lifelessness and concrete in areas.

On our day we got some great ERT on Afterburn and Intimidator which was a lot of fun. There was also a great behind the scenes tour at Intimidator which gave a nice view into how the ride works.

But no doubt, the highlight of the day is the incredible theme song that plays when the park opens. It's this point you really get the lowdown on Carowinds. No need to consult your calender when you're at this park, because EVERY DAY IS SATURDAY!!!

Here's the photos...
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CAROWINDS! It’s a magic breeze!
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TPFail managed to spill coffee all over himself this morning. Fortunately for all of us he wouldn’t have been allowed in the park had he taken his soiled top off!
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We started out our morning with some Afterburn ERT!
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We’re special! So special!!!
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Afterburn is actually a VERY good B&M invert IMO. Definitely the best coaster at Carowinds for me.
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And now for the main reasons we’re at Carowinds– the first Intimidator of the Intimidatour!
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Wouldn’t Dale be proud?
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This is the Twisty section but unlike the other one this one just has floater twistiness.
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I’m still not really sure who he is but apparently he’s a big deal in the Carolinas!
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Look at that for an ERT train!
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Anyone know what this ride used to be? I don’t have a Scooby!
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"using your Boob"
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Southern Steve is rockin’ the 3D look!
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Well done on Boob Lasters guys. Unfortunately you didn’t get enough points to beat the high score for the day! I forget who actually got the high score though.



Oh wait… Me!!!
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OMG, it’s NASCARDave!!!
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I spent the whole time in line for the boomerang bitching and moaning about how much I hate these rides and how I only ride them for the credit.

At the point where the train got to the top of the lift I realised that I actually got this credit at Geauga Lake. Damn it!!!
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We all managed to survive the B&M stand up. I don’t seem to remember much about it though. Couldn’t have been that great.
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When will America learn that this is NOT the English flag?!
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This looks like LOADS of fun!
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Neil can hardly contain his excitement!
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The Wild Mouse is something that everyone seems wild about!
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I’m all for Wayne’s World themed areas!
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I just wish the Wayne’s World themed ride was good!
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TPSad and TPPathetic.
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Kristen was good enough to ride with a few of us so that we could get our Taxi Jam credit. Much appreciated Kristen!
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It doesn’t matter what state you ride Thunder Road in, it’s not very good in either!
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No beer on this coaster. Which is a shame, would have made it better.
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Best. Hat. Ever.
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In the afternoon Carowinds’ Steve Jackson gave us a fantastic behind the scenes tour of Intimidator!
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Look, I’m taking this photo from behind the scenes!
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Lift hill nerds rejoice!
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OMG, OMG. WHEELS!!!
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Excuse me whilst I indulge in an orgy with the B&M test dummies.
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Check out TPGeek right up front.
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TPDave just wet himself a little.
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OMG, track schematics!
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This here is where all the hamsters live and spin the wheels that make the lift work.
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In all honesty I wasn’t that impressed with the B&M Intimidator. Out of all the B&M hypers I’ve been on I would rank it towards the bottom.
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But even then, it’s still a good ride. Just not anywhere near my favourites!
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No Vekoma flyer for us today. Damn you Erik!!!
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TPDave is pretty cut up about it.
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But things were made better for Dave when he made friends with the girl at the Domo stand!
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DOMOS SCISSORING BETWEEN STATES!
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My head is in two states! How cool am I? Fun never ends Carowinds!

Carowinds is certainly one of the nicer Cedar Fair parks and just don’t forget – EVERY DAY IS SATURDAY!!!

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's INTIMIDATING Adventure

Postby mwm1444 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:28 pm

I miss that song. Oh wait, I downloaded it when I got back.

Keep it up, can't wait to see Dollywood and Pigeon Forge.
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Postby imawesome1124 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:35 pm

Excellent TR. I agree, the Double Down at KFC is amazing, I order it everytime I go.

I am really excited for your East Coast Bash pictures.

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Postby TPDave » Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:44 pm

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Ha! Totally unintentional chin rub!!

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Postby SharkTums » Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:04 pm

^He's actually flicking you off because you're wearing that terrible shirt!

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Postby TPDave » Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:07 pm

I should try and find that shirt so I can take it to Japan! I love coaster shirts ;)

I was taking to him about the differences between their ride and I305 and asked how tall the Carowinds Intimidator was. His response of just staring at my shirt was epic!

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Postby Meteornotes » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:04 pm

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Best. Hat. Ever.

I agree with this statement.

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Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:08 pm

Each day's a holiday, every day is Saturday, drift with the breeeeeeze, fun never ends, Carowindsssssssss!!!!

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Postby Jds03 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:21 pm

I almost forgot how wonderful it is when every day is a Saturday.... :b

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