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Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby rubysparkles » Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:45 pm

So I've been planning this 6 week trip for about a year to visit a bunch of theme parks. I started last Sunday and thought I would try and get this trip report up and running now, otherwise I'm not sure I would ever complete it! I've been rating the coasters, very imaginatively out of 10. Here's the list of parks I'll be visiting (hopefully, you never know what might happen):

Six Flags Great Adventure
Knoebels
Hersheypark
Dorney Park
Quassy
Lake Compounce

Six Flags New England
Rye Playland
Magic Kingdom
Epcot
Hollywood Studios
Animal Kingdom
Universal Studios
Islands of Adventure
Seaworld
Busch Gardens

Cedar Point
TPR New Hotness Trip!!!!
Coney Island + bonus park
Kings Island
Kentucky Kingdom
Beech Bend

Holiday World
Indiana Beach
Six Flags Great America (End of TPR Trip)
Worlds of Fun
Silver Dollar City


As I said, I'm already on the road so...
First up Six Flags Great Adventure
I arrived late on the 29th to process my pass and sneak in a cheeky ride on the Mine Train. I knew I was going to opt for the gold pass and I wanted to wait to ride the major rides. I was incredibly sad to see that Kingda Ka was closed, so I asked some of the people in the pass processing office what was going on. They told me it was closed because they were filming the commercial for Zumanjaro and that it would probably be open tomorrow. HELL YEAH!
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Even if it's not the greatest coaster in the world (or the park) it's still so impressive to look at.
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It was a beautiful night for taking some photos.
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First credit of the trip, a surprisingly good mine train with some air time. I was surprised. A solid 5.
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Bizarro is definitely one that looks better than it is.
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Ok, it's difficult not to take a million photos of this combination even if it's been done so many times.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby rubysparkles » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:40 pm

My full day at Six Flags Great Adventure proved to be more of a breeze than I expected. I hate queuing (especially alone with all my loose items in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo so I can't even read) so I'd already made up my mind to get a flash pass. It worked great, I love those little queuebot things, as soon as you've scanned in you can set up your next ride. Unfortunately, when I got to the flash pass desk they told me Kingda Ka was closed until Zumanjaro officially opened. I was disappointed but luckily for me there was still a chance I could ride as I was still in the Philly area for the next 5/6 days and I have a season pass.

I found the park ok, it wasn't perfect but with the flash pass it was an enjoyable day. The food options were pretty awful but I found mozzarella sticks so that was my lunch. Yum. You can't go wrong with those things... I also got the refillable drink thing because apparently they work at all Six Flags parks (I'll be able to test that out tomorrow), those things are always a good deal for me as I can drink a scary amount of diet cola products. I have to say that 95% of the staff were really helpful and great. I didn't have any bad experiences with staff.

In most of the lines I heard complaining, especially the El Toro line. I checked out the test seat before I jumped on (I've heard the horror stories about women who carry their weight on their bottom half, like I do) but it seemed on almost every train there was someone who hadn't tried it out. I queued up for the front once, which was crazily long (kept being stopped as well by VIPs and people flashing their re-ride wristband) and kind of pointless. Really was much better in the back row.

Anyway here's my rankings of the coasters:
El Toro - 10 (It's airtime central and so obviously a special coaster.)
Nitro - 9 (Wow the surprise of the day, I've always found B&M hypers to be over-rated but Nitro is amazing!)
Superman - 8 (I love me a flyer, pretzel loops are my favourite element so most people wouldn't like it as much as I did)
Batman - 8 (Same as the others but these things are so damn enjoyable)
Bizarro - 6 (Meh, floorless coasters just aren't my bag)
Mine Train - 5 (Hey, it's a really good mine train. It's never going to beat the one at Ocean Park but it was much better than expected)
Skull Mountain - 5 (A nice inside coaster, it was pretty nice.)
Green Lantern - 4 (Ugh, ouch, I hate being on a coaster and thinking about how to not get hurt. This isn't the worst standing coaster out there, but it's still a waste of space in my opinion.)
Dark Knight - 4 (A basic mouse in the dark but at least there's theming and I liked the pre-show.)
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The surprise of the park, I absolutely loved Nitro.
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Batman!
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The Dark Knight Coaster.
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Nitro and Batman together, lovely.
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I know! Another photo of this combination, but they just look so amazing!
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El Toro! Airtime machine. And after hearing such bad things, I really found the restraints comfortable.
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Superman: Ultimate Flight and Green Lantern in the background.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby rubysparkles » Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:21 pm

The next day I was off to Knoebels. I didn't know what to expect from this park, except that it was going to be very different from not only Great Adventure, but any park I had been to. I loved Knoebels! I had a great day there, not just because there were short lines, but there was just such a nice atmosphere there. The staff were amazing, the rides were interesting and there are so many gems here. Before I went on the Japan trip last year I would probably skip every flat ride in the park, but I've started to recognise their beauty and Knoebels is a great park for flat rides. Also the food was brilliant too. I stopped by the sit down restaurant before leaving and got a really great (and cheap) sandwich. I also got a slice of the pizza and I wasn't that overly enthused with it but it was much better than any other park pizza I've had (I can't wait to try Via Napoli in Epcot!).

The most exciting thing for me was Phoenix. That is one hell of a wooden coaster, it really tries to throw you out of your seat. I really enjoyed it. I also thought Twister was a good coaster, I was very impressed with the line up here. Flying Turns was interesting, even if it wasn't that great of a coaster. Of the flat rides, I enjoyed Wipeout, the Flyers and Fandango.

My ratings:
Phoenix - 9 (Really 9 and a half, that is one hell of a rush, I loved it)
Twister - 7
Flying Turns - 6
Black Diamond - 4
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Wipeout. Super fun.
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Phoenix, hell yeah!
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Fandango.
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The Flyers.
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The sky lift was a nice way of seeing the whole park.
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Twister from above.
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The great Phoenix from above.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby mightypotato » Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:56 pm

Wow...that is one hell of a trip. I'm glad you liked the charm of Knoebels. It's what keeps me going back every year.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby simon8899 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:20 pm

Now less (!) than a year until visiting all this great parks.

Also shocked that they had such problems dispatching ElToro due to big riders not fitting in. Never so far witnessed this at Colossos (Heide-Park) or Balder (Liseberg). I am not thin - by Euro standards - but I always have about 10 centimeters left on the seatbelt.

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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby DaMarkSta » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:22 pm

Look's like a lot of fun! Looking to get out to Great Adventure sometime this year, haven't been since 2011 and I remember El Toro being amazing! Don't remember Nitro so much though so gotta refresh my memory on that. haha Looking forward to following along, and I'll see you on the New Hotness trip!

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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby Tanks4me05 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:10 pm

My pipe dream of a list for this season is six parks, though I might have to cross that list down in half. You must have lots of money. Sending some my way would be cool.

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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby spongey » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:02 am

Tanks4me05 wrote:My pipe dream of a list for this season is six parks, though I might have to cross that list down in half. You must have lots of money. Sending some my way would be cool.


Ever thought she might just work hard and saved for 12 months to do this trip?

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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby Barge84 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:50 am

simon8899 wrote:Now less (!) than a year until visiting all this great parks.

Also shocked that they had such problems dispatching ElToro due to big riders not fitting in. Never so far witnessed this at Colossos (Heide-Park) or Balder (Liseberg). I am not thin - by Euro standards - but I always have about 10 centimeters left on the seatbelt.


It's not the seat belt, it's the location that the actual restraint has to reach in order for the sensor to allow the train to leave. Balder is MUCH more forgiving than El Toro since they really only care about the seat belt being latched.
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Re: Photo TR: 27 Parks in 6 Weeks

Postby rubysparkles » Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:32 pm

spongey wrote:
Tanks4me05 wrote:My pipe dream of a list for this season is six parks, though I might have to cross that list down in half. You must have lots of money. Sending some my way would be cool.


Ever thought she might just work hard and saved for 12 months to do this trip?


Maybe not the working hard, definitely the saving money. :lol:

Also it makes sense coming from overseas, to try and fit in as much as possible. It helps when you've got some airmiles spare and use sites like priceline to save some $$$.
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