Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby DLex » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:48 pm

Thanks for the reply, Erik. I've only ever ridden one other Pinfari Looper (Python) and I've seen posted a few places that the old Beach Bend looper was one to watch out for. :)
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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby Hilltopper39 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:51 pm

The Scat 2, evil evil death machine. I think the Scat 1 was the first ride I ever operated and I can tell you people who got on that thing had no idea what they were in for, I honestly don't remember ever having a repeat rider haha.

The original water park with the 3 slide tower, main pool, and small kiddie splash section was there in 2007 but they added the lazy river, larger play structure, and wave pool a few years ago (2010 maybe?). It looks like a great addition and every time I see old friends post pics from Beech Bend the water park always looks packed.

I agree that the Rumbler is still one of the better GCI's around, it really packs a punch for the size that it is and has a nice mix of elements. Used to be very re-rideable and solid coaster for the the whole family. It's also nice to see some more "permanent" structures around the newer rides like the Sea Dragon, drop tower, and the frisbee. Beech Bend is what it is but permanent structures do go a long ways for making the place look more permanent and less like a carnival.

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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby Rollertoaster » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:13 pm

Did Kentucky Kingdom re-use the station from Greezed Lightnin' for Lightning Run? Good to see they are open again and getting back on their feet.

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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby Carnage » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:35 pm

DLex wrote:
The Pinfari death coaster is gone. It was replaced by a bunch of new kiddie rides and a petting zoo.


Soon to be opened death coaster is now at Keansburg Amusement Park. Should be open within the month. Was it really that bad?


I think it might have gotten new trains near the end? When I rode it at Beech Bend in like 2004 with the old trains it was terrifying. I just remember half the seats being roped off. :lol:
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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby The Westate » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:42 am

Carnage wrote:
DLex wrote:
The Pinfari death coaster is gone. It was replaced by a bunch of new kiddie rides and a petting zoo.


Soon to be opened death coaster is now at Keansburg Amusement Park. Should be open within the month. Was it really that bad?


I think it might have gotten new trains near the end? When I rode it at Beech Bend in like 2004 with the old trains it was terrifying. I just remember half the seats being roped off. :lol:


Me too. In 2005 it seemed at one point that my restraint loosened up a few inches during the ride.

It's funny that the only other Scat 2 I know of is here in Charlotte with a traveling fair company. They set it up in Mint Hill, NC at our little town fair every year. I've ridden it once.

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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby Erik Johnson » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:21 am

Rollertoaster wrote:Did Kentucky Kingdom re-use the station from Greezed Lightnin' for Lightning Run? Good to see they are open again and getting back on their feet.



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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby Erik Johnson » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:09 pm

Holiday World

I ended up not taking many photos in the park. I spent most of my time in the water park since that was the main focus of this visit. I really enjoyed both Wildebeast and Mammoth. Wildebeast is easily my favorite water coaster I have ridden. Mammoth was also a lot of fun too, but I do give Wildebeast a slightly higher level grade due to the more airtime. All three coasters were running well. It was obvious that Voyage received a lot of re tracking during the off season. Other than about 10 seconds after the triple down, it was running really well this visit.
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That is one large coal power plant.
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This looks familiar.
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First things first.
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Unfortunately due to some bad final brake run sensors, the ride was closed most of the day.
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At least Raven is running. I love this coaster.
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Yes, Pilgrim's Plunge is totally gone. I bet this will be reused in a near future.
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Speaking of a near future... I wonder if the name of the truck is a hint.
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More construction.
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New for 2014.
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I am sure there are fans.
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Rules of the ride.
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Pretty soon now.
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Hooray they got Voyage going.
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I am happy to say it was running well this visit.
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A few hours north you get to experience windmill central.
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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby Erik Johnson » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:21 pm

Goliath Media Day!

Being a member of Club TPR certainly has many perks. One of these perks was being able to attend the media day of Rocky Mountain Coaster's brand new ride at Six Flags Great America, Goliath. Being that I am a huge fan of these coasters, I considered this to be a real treat. I rather enjoyed the ride. The hang time on the zero-G stall is unreal! Due to the nature of the restraints, your upper body is free which makes this part much more exhilarating. I was able to ride it three times and I found that the back car provided the best ride. Overall better air and hang time. I would also say that while the ride is intense, it does not have that out-of-control feeling that the other RMC's have. I would also say it is a lot more graceful. Yes, it is also very smooth. Anyways, let us get onto the photos, shall we?
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I wonder what this update is all about.
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I don't think I have ever been to a Six Flags park at 4am before.
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There it is. Goliath.
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Hooray! Time to head into the station!
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There is the train. All media uped.
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Getting everything ready for the first set of riders.
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Here they go!
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The train returns from a live TV segment.
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Rules of the ride.
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It was cool to ride it one day before opening day.
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The sun is coming up.
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The coaster is really impressive to look at.
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The Zero G stall is my favorite part.
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What is this ride called again?
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Waiting for, in our case, a second ride.
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We see you second train.
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What do you think?
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Blink and you might miss it.
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There goes another train.
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Up they go!
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It is not every day that you get to see the coaster designer, Alan Schilke, ride his own creation.
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The train is pretty much exactly the same as Outlaw Run's. These also have the newer, more comfortable, leg restraints.
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My favorite part!
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Whee!
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So fun!
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Another group of happy, live on TV, riders.
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Bugs is all decked out!
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The old Iron Wolf station looks all freshened up now.
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More new signs.
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Rules of the ride. Yes, for you Larry.
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Ride logo.
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There is a nice selection of Goliath items to buy.
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Shirts are good, right?
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The jacket looks nice.
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You can also buy a full set of armor.
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I seriously love this part.

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Here is a better looks at the main entrance and station.
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Park President, Hank Salemi, starts with the official dedication of the ride.
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It looks like we are being invaded.
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The ride is now officially open!
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First official opening train.
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Entering the dive loop.
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Guarding the entrance.
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Just impressive to look at.
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Wheeee!
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Great ride....Go ride!
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Thumbs up for Goliath!
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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby WFChris » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:36 pm

I love opening days! I haven't been to one in so long!

On another note, those were the least buff looking warriors I have ever seen :lmao:
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Re: Photo TR: A Jiggidy Return To Mid-America

Postby ZeroGravity55 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:47 pm

I believe you visited HW a day before I did. Glad to hear The Voyage was running well, seeing it was closed all day when I visited the next day. I actually have a gut feeling that the whole area where Pilgrims Plunge used to be is going to be completely redone to cater to the new ride next year. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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