Skycoastin Steve wrote:I'm also surprised to see you waited that entire time for CH to open. There's no way I could have waited in the sun that long, I would have thrown in the towel long before 2:00 rolled around.
I'm surprised I waited that long too. I normally have the patience of a gnat, but I have a strong will if I want something bad enough. I held up WAY better than I expected to as usually after a couple hours straight in the sun like that I'd be getting sick. I did start getting a headache after awhile, but the free water they handed out a couple times helped. I really just wanted to go over to the water cart and dunk my head in the ice though.
Alrighty it's time to talk about TPR day at BGW! We were a small but dedicated group of TPR members that had a great time at a great park. BGW gave us a wonderful backstage tour of Darkastle, Alpengeist, and Europe in the Air, and the ERT on Griffon, Alpengeist, and Apollo's Chariot were a very nice touch, as well! I got to meet a lot of great people and had a fun time chatting it up with fellow enthusiasts who actually know their stuff (which is a nice change of pace from trying to talk about this stuff with family/friends who don't know jack). The weather was a little moody and it rained a couple times, but I'll take that over 100 and sunny any day!
Anywho, it was certainly a fun day (as they always tend to be at BGW), and I got to see a couple shows I had never seen before (Celtic Fyre and Mix It Up), which solidified BGW as one of the top live entertainment parks in the country in my opinion. I honestly think Celtic Fyre is the best show I've ever seen at a theme park, so if you're ever there, see it!!
The only pictures I really took were during the backstage tours, wasn't in the documenting mood other than that, and I've taken pics of everything else at that park already. Got a few construction shots of Verbolten, as well.
During the Darkastle tour, they also let us see what a ride program looks like when the vehicle is just sitting there in the maintenance area. Of course, I had to take video!
After our ERT on Griffon and Alpengeist was over, it was time to start our backstage tour with Curse of Darkastle!
Entering the maintenance area......
This is the open pit, where they throw all lost children not claimed by the end of the day.
Also, anyone caught in the backstage area (or in the boneyard) not wearing one of these gets thrown into the open pit!
This rail provides power to the ride vehicles, and as you can see, leads all unsuspecting GP into the open pit.
For all you wheel nerds.
Maintenance can monitor where the ride vehicles are by looking at this screen.
The fireplace where Ludwig wants to heat things uppppppp!!!
He's so mean. Maybe his mother didn't hug him enough?
Everyone who has ever worked at the ride has signed the fake library. I wonder what the fine would be for returning a book to the library after you had signed it?
This is where you spin like crazy, and where our first ride of the day got stuck because of a "door fault." Whoops!
Who was the genius that built this building on its side?
Back to the station.
Some of the computers that control audio and video for the ride.
I've done work running lines for servers before. This had to have SUCKED.
Apparently this is the "brain" of Curse of Darkastle, and the machine that decides who gets thrown into the open pit!
Dysfunctional family of dead people. I think there's a possibility for a reality show there.....
Main control panel inside the operators' booth.
Two screens used to monitor where the vehicles are during the ride and if the scenes are working properly.
Eight video screens so the operators can monitor the guests who are riding. Anyone caught misbehaving gets thrown into, you guessed it, the OPEN PIT!!!
Blueprint that was hanging up in the booth.
I wanted to name this ride "Der Fallinfast." Apparently, it's "Der Fallintoofast."
This is a well that is 540 feet deep and provides water for all three water rides in the park. It was built way back when Le Scoot first opened, so B&M had to design the maintenance bay around this.
The 3rd train wasn't being used on Sunday.
For those of you who aren't familiar with B&M transfer tracks, the trains have a separate set of wheels that sit on those outside tracks. That way there's no stress put on the road wheels and maintenance can work on the wheel bogeys freely.
Holding a road wheel, I wonder if I can get my car custom fit for these?
Next up was a tour of Europe in the Air. The ride itself is rather boring, but the tour was pretty interesting!
Here's the control panel, where you can monitor the ride both with the video screens and by looking out the window, which overlooks the ride area. Watching the ride vehicle do its thing was pretty awesome, the hydraulic legs made it look like an Autobot coming to life. I actually think the 4th Transformers movie will be about this ride standing up and throwing unsuspecting members of the GP into the open pit.
Time to look at the big pile of dirt that will soon be Verbolten.
A couple old BBW footers, I guess they aren't reusing these ones.
Come ride Mach Tower, where we don't need magnetic brakes, that's what the ground is for!!
Construction buoys protecting the water from all the nasty things that will roll down the hill.
You get a decent view of the construction area from the train.
So today I made a late trip to KD to check out the Snoopy Starlight Spectacular and to ride Grizzly and I-305 at night, all of which were, in the words of Borat, a great success!!
I really think KD did an awesome job with SSS. It's definitely a different atmosphere than CP's, so it's tough to compare the two. CP's is more themed to the seasons and is more spread out, whereas KD's is more of a modern music/Peanuts theme song extravaganza. Either way, these Starlight shows are really a big hit with the GP, and they beautify the parks at night, so hopefully we keep seeing more of them. Hopefully I'll get to check out both KI's and Carowinds' at some point in the future.
I did get to take several good pictures at sunset of various attractions, as well as some good night shots of the park along with video of SSS. The video will be up probably tomorrow morning, just depends on how fast Youtube works for me tonight. Enjoy! And please comment!
Edit: And now we have video!
So after thinking about it some, it dawned on me that I've never really seen any dusk/sunset pictures of I-305.
I had to park on Doswell Road and climb through a ditch to get these, so you better enjoy them!
They just built it in an awkward place that isn't exactly conducive to taking sunset photos. Harumph.
But I did what I could.
I edited this one a little differently.
This ride was built perfectly for sunsets!
Hey KD fanboys, does that make Dominator world class? Just wondering. ;)
Sun going down inside the loop and most likely melting the track. Maybe that's why it shuffles so much?
Cobra roll, because it looks like a cobra.
Okay everybody at once now:
I rather like this shot.
Alright so it isn't the real La Tour Eiffel, but who cares?
Purty sunset tonight.
Through the trees!
There was absolutely not a soul on Shockwave, but I like the blurry effect.
Americana. At one point I saw teenagers standing up and dancing in one of the gondolas. And people wonder how these kids fall out?
Star light, star bright, The first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.
Next purchase: tripod.
Ever wonder what a Wave Swinger would look like at warp speed?
These turned out well.
Ever wonder what a Scrambler would look like at LUDICROUS speed??
Orange fountain. I wonder if it tastes like Orange Crush?
Well crap, now the water is red. How do they switch out the dye so quickly?!?!
Must be the blood from all the people that have died on Shockwave.
I really like how the front of the park looks at night, glad it's open till 10 all summer.
Thanks for the pictures! I really like the atmosphere of the whole park at night... and especially being able to see pictures of it since not many people take pictures at night.
I know I've said this before in another thread, but I seriously think that KD might just have one of the best (if not the best) Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular. The other ones just seem sooooo "random" and just plopped down in a random section of the park, but KD's isn't like that at all. I thought the other ones were very cool for the lights, but when you looked at the details of them it kind of had you going "wtf?" with the odd theming and sections of the show. KD's is very nicely planned out and organized how they put it only around the inner base of the Eiffel Tower and on Center Walkway. The giant characters are only around the base of the Eiffel Tower and the giant comic strips are only on Center Walkway. The whole area is strictly just for the Eiffel Tower and the light show, nothing else is in the way which makes it feel like it is an attraction of it's own how it should be. Plus, the way the lights go to music with the canopy of trees is pretty awesome as well!
Anyways, nice pictures, can't wait for the video! Thanks again...
BTW, I really like the lighting and angle of this picture!
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