Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:53 pm

Alrighty so last week I made a nice little trek through West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to pick up some new wooden credits, and to check out Windseeker at CP.

First stop of the day on Tuesday was Camden Park in Huntington, West Virginia. I gotta say, this park was HILARIOUS. I literally might have spent a total of 30 minutes there, but I was laughing almost the entire time. It might be the "oldest" looking amusement park I've ever seen, and I think maybe one or two rides there were built after 1980 (at least that's the way it looked). Walking through the park almost felt as if I had traveled through time back to the 60's. It also has a very rare gravity-powered Haunted House attraction that might have been one of the highlights of the week for me. Basically the scares that occurred on the ride were the ride ops running up to openings in the walls and screaming at you. :lmao: However, I still had a great time on it. The Big Dipper and Lil Dipper were wooden credits #69 and 70 for me, and I left Huntington wondering just how in the world a place like Camden Park even exists.

Next stop on the day was the Columbus Zoo, home of Jungle Jack's Landing and Sea Dragon, a classic old woodie. Me being the giant I am, Sea Dragon obliterated my knee caps throughout the ride, but that's the choice I make every time I decide to credit whore! The water park looked like it was a pretty good one, they had a lot of modern slides and rides, but I skipped it. The zoo itself was very impressive and HUGE. I honestly didn't spend a ton of time in the zoo itself, I more or less just did a quick walk around to check things out. Most of the animals were ones that I had seen before, and just about everything was sleeping. Sea Dragon was woodie #71.

I did take a little time to snap some photos, so here they are! Please comment!
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Camden Park's epic sign
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Open for over 100 years, and I'm not exactly sure how!
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A look at the midway and the thousands who came from all over to enjoy this jewel of a park.
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I honestly had a blast on this, I couldn't stop laughing.
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TEH BIG DIPPER HAS BEEN SAVED!!!
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For the lift hill lovers of the world.
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The ride itself wasn't bad for being built during the Eisenhower administration. And it had some REALLY comfortable seats.
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Cresting the lift hill......
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Train full of riders.
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They had an old octopus ride.
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Time for Lil Dipper!
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Quite the exciting layout.
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Kinda rough, wasn't much of a ride. But it counts!
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You can see the bumps in the track, it's a far cry from El Toro smoothness.
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Due to the lack of rust, the flyers had to be the newest ride there.

But yeah, that's all for Camden Park.
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Woohoo!
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Named after Jack Hannah, who apparently does extensive work with the zoo.
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Sea Dragon!
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The more modern sign.
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As you can see, it was a beautiful day in the midwest.
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Hands up!
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Fun for everyone, except giants like me.
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I'm not sure if he's staring at me because I'm staring at him, or if I look like a tasty lunch......
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Just like Kasi and Mtani at Busch Gardens, this cheetah was raised with a canine companion.
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But unlike Busch Gardens, we weren't allowed to hunt cheetahs at the Columbus Zoo. :(
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I sure do hope they get to run around a bit from time to time......
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I'm tired of all these motherf---ing snakes in this motherf---ing zoo!
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Giant tortoises. Also known as the only creatures on Earth slower than a Six Flags ride crew.
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Historical stuff.
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Grand stuff.
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Seemed like a lovely carousel.
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Every time I see gorillas lounging around, I can't help but wonder how few generations removed I am from them.
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He wants out.
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We might be distant cousins.
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Kangaroo time!
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But they're sleeping......
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Common theme of the day. I wonder if Columbus Zoo should change their motto to "Come Watch Our Exotic Animals Sleep!"
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Well I hope a dingo doesn't eat their baby.
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Koalas like to sleep.
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But occasionally they wake up. And with that, this trip report is ovah!
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby TheSchwitek » Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:00 pm

Camden honestly makes you feel like you just walked through a time warp. I actually loved that feeling about the place, as it is hard to find a lot of parks that haven't quite made it to this century yet. I also love that they used to charge guests to take a pee (or poop for that matter); as they still have the old locks on the stall doors. I also find it weird that their brochure is as professionally made as a Busch Park brochure. I guess I just expected it to be printed on a piece of copy paper as similar style parks do. Kudos to their marketing department in that regard.

Wyandot (or whatever the new name is) looks a lot different these days. Maybe I'll make a trip out to check out the new look sometime in the next few years. Glad you had fun, and you need to let me know of your plans in advance so we can meet up during our yearly travels. Oh, and I thought of the perfect Christmas gift for you: University of Florida Knee Pads to assist you with credit whoring. Off to ebay...See ya.

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Jul 03, 2011 6:07 pm

^I completely forgot to pick up a brochure, now I'm kicking myself for that one!

I'll certainly let you know if I'm planning anything else this fall. The NE Trip is going to take up a good bit of my resources for the rest of the year, but if I end up in Florida by the fall, there's a good chance I'll make a swing by Atlanta and B'ham.

And I like your idea for my Christmas present. :lmao:
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Jakizle » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:32 pm

Nice update! Last year a friend and I were driving from Kennywood back to Cincinnati to fly home on our midwest trip and we literally ran into the zoo, grabbed 1 lap on Sea Dragon, and ran back out to make sure we made our flight on time. We got there like 30 mins before take off and then the flight got delayed and eventually canceled...was a bummer cause we didn't get to check the place out :(

Camden park looks awesome though!!!

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:03 am

Time for Part 2!

The day after whoring it at Camden Park and Jungle Jack's Landing, it was time for Cedar Point! I know some of you on here give the park a hard time, but I still think it's an excellent place to spend a day. At least when I go there, I know the ride crews are going to do a hell of a job, as opposed to basically every park I've visited this year (maybe with the exception of BGW).

The park was fairly crowded for it being a Wednesday, but with the 4th of July weekend rapidly approaching, I was sorta expecting that anyway. To avoid the heinous waits, I hit up Millennium Force and Maverick during the early entry for pass holders, and then got Top Thrill Dragster right after it opened at 10, virtually eliminating the three longest waits of the day. After that, I figured I'd ride all the coasters in one day, which if I had felt like waiting almost an hour for Raptor, I would have succeeded! Even though the park was crowded, the lines were moving pretty quickly the entire day. I believe the longest waits I had were 30 minutes each for TTD and Wildcat. I gotta give a special shout out to Blue Streak, as that thing was running balls to the wall INSANE. It was far and away the best ride I've ever had on that coaster, so apparently the PTC rehab that was done on the trains was a success!

I also rode Windseeker twice, once in the morning and once near sunset. I got the ET soundtrack the first time, and the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey the second time (which was pretty epic by the way). As far as the ride is concerned, I thought it was pretty fun, but nothing crazy scary or thrilling (kinda like Cheetah Hunt). It provides some amazing views of the park and lake, though, which is a nice bonus. And the lighting package at night is gorgeous!

This set of pictures will just be the pictures I took during the day. My next one will feature some sunset shots and night time photos of the SPECTACULAR lighting package of Windseeker. You won't want to miss any of these!

Now on to the pictures from the day! As always, comments are appreciated!
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Millennium Force is a terrific way to wake up at 9 in the morning!
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Glorious lift hill.
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Hands up!
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Still one of the best first drops you'll find anywhere.
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Up the turn......
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.....and back down the turn.
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Maverick!
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The water bombs and basically all the effects in the tunnel were turned off. Not surprising, stuff like that never lasts.
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Two trains!
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Time to seek some wind (not to be confused with break some wind).
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Sign pic.
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I just liked the way the clouds looked so I took a picture of them.
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Triangular airtime hills = bliss.
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Race for the sky!
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Gemini doing its thing. I still love the crap out of this ride.
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Going up........
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..........going down.
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Looks like exercise is alive and well in America!!
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Skyhawk doing its thing with a bonus MF first drop shot behind it.
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Didn't realize how well this one would turn out, but I love it.
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Ugh.
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They did completely rebuild the track from the bottom of the first drop through half of the 2nd hill, and it was VERY smooth. The rest of the ride was typical Mean Streak, though.
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A look at the boneyard reveals the unused white train from Corkscrew and an old Gemini train covered with a tarp.
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Old blue train from Gemini.
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You can see a couple of the old Double Loop trains from Geauga Lake stacked on each other.
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The lovely trimmed first drop of Mean Streak. I don't like naming every rough woodie as the next candidate for a Rocky Mountain makeover, but Mean Streak is big, fast, and has a similar layout to Texas Giant. So why not?
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Twisted Horseshoe Roll.
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The repainted portions of MF looked terrific, and here's a good side by side comparison.
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Message to haters: Permission to keep on hating has been granted.

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Mantis was also running REALLY well. Turning the trim off does wonders for this ride.
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MaXair, such a fun ride! But......I didn't ride it. The line was ridiculous.
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Obligatory loop picture. Unfortunately, the only thing keeping me from riding every coaster in the park on this day was the insane line for Raptor. Usually it gets shorter as the day goes on, but that didn't happen. Oh well, not a huge fan of it anyway.
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This was the new method of protecting loose article bins from theft. The seatbelts are the ones from kiddie rides that the operators have to unlock themselves. Pretty good idea, as long as they lock them.
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Cedar Point has a new food location this year, Pink's Hot Dogs!!!
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This delicious creation was the Lake Erie Dog, an artery-clogging concoction of a spicy Polish dog, nacho cheese, American cheese, guacamole, grilled onions, and tomatoes! Best hot dog I've ever had, and the Grape Crush just made it that much better!
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Ocean Motion's new location looked very good.
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Pretty flowers!
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Daisies.
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Pretty in pink!
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Very purple.
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More pink flowers!
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And even more pink flowers!!
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CP
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Wicked Twister and its new, taller neighbor.
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Win of the Day: Riding Wildcat and not crashing!
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Yeah, Dick named a train after his wife, which brings up SO many dirty comments.
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I wish I had waited a split second longer on this one. Oh well.
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Best part about Sandusky (other than Cedar Point and Callahan Auto Parts), is Toft's ice cream!! Caveman Chocolate FTW!
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Pretty neat shot of Raptor, and I just happened to catch Blue Streak cresting the first hill.
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I leave this trip report with my favorite shot of the day time, this reflection of Mantis. Love it!

Check Page 9 for the CRAZY Windseeker pictures!!
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:47 am

Message to haters: Permission to keep on hating has been granted.


I'll hate, Millennium Force is a very average coaster with a top 10 first drop.

Great pictures though and still a great park. How much was the Pinks hot dog and onion ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings? by Cedar Fair standards that was probably about $30 worth of food.

Maverick, Magnum, and Raptor are still my favorite coasters in the park, good to hear blue steak is running well.

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:49 am

Hilltopper39 wrote:
Great pictures though and still a great park. How much was the Pinks hot dog and onion ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings? by Cedar Fair standards that was probably about $30 worth of food.

It was $17 and change (including the drink), but very worth it! Much better than if I had spent it on a lukewarm burger and mushy fries.
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:14 pm

Skycoastin Steve wrote:
Hilltopper39 wrote:
Great pictures though and still a great park. How much was the Pinks hot dog and onion ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings? by Cedar Fair standards that was probably about $30 worth of food.

It was $17 and change (including the drink), but very worth it! Much better than if I had spent it on a lukewarm burger and mushy fries.


Eh, that's not awful I guess. The past couple of trips I've taken to Cedar Fairs parks it felt like the food prices were getting a little out of control but oh well. If a $15 hot dog helps pay for a $25million dollar Beamer I'm okay with it;.

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby ABW » Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:14 pm

Well well, a CP Trip Report and the first comment is a message against Millennium Force and there's another one criticizing the park's food as if it's a Six Flags park. Yep, this is Theme Park Review alright.


Great Trip Report Steve!
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2011 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:31 pm

^Well I did sorta egg on the MF haters. ;)

And I agree that CP's food selection deserves criticism for the most part, it's certainly an area they could improve in. However, getting a Pink's was a big step in the right direction, seeing how it's a non-local chain that provides a pretty good selection. I would certainly go there WAYYYY before I ever went to the Chick-Fil-A or Subway in the park (and I love both of those chains, just not at 2x the normal price).

And thank you for the praise, it's much appreciated! :)
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