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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby VegasBaby » Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:53 am

Wow, that looks like an amazing trip! I'm looking forward to your trip report, looks the weather will be on your side.
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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby Brassinthegrass » Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:58 am

michaellynn4 wrote:A recommendation: Blue Ash Chili instead of Skyline Chili by Kings Island. There's a location right down the street. it's light years better than Skyline and a non-chain restaurant (which is always a plus).

Other than that, have fun!


We were going to hit Blue Ash, but they are closed on Sunday's, and mo day we're going to wake up, hit the rest of kings island that we didn't do the night before so we can bee line for cedar point and have a night and a day there!

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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby michaellynn4 » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:31 am

Brassinthegrass wrote:
michaellynn4 wrote:A recommendation: Blue Ash Chili instead of Skyline Chili by Kings Island. There's a location right down the street. it's light years better than Skyline and a non-chain restaurant (which is always a plus).

Other than that, have fun!


We were going to hit Blue Ash, but they are closed on Sunday's, and mo day we're going to wake up, hit the rest of kings island that we didn't do the night before so we can bee line for cedar point and have a night and a day there!


Ahhh, gotcha. That's a shame. Oh well!
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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby Brassinthegrass » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:41 pm

It's ok, you know what that means... I'll have to go back... Damn ;)

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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby Brassinthegrass » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:27 pm

Well the trip is finished. I'm sitting in the car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike back to New York. Final coaster could was 71. I hit my 100th (Shockwave at KD) and 150th (Mine Train) coaster! Trip reports will be up over the next few days. I have them all written up but need to collect all the pics from the group. These will be some MASSIVE trip reports! For now, 300 more miles back home!

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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby Brassinthegrass » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:54 am

Day 1 - Six Flags America

Arrived around 11am. Park seems like every other Six Flags, nice up front, and then you walk down the main road and see 100 ads and a lack of theming... We noticed a pattern that I think explains the one train system. If you have to wait longer, you'll stay longer, and then want to eat something...if the park was runny two trains on everything, we would have been done with al the major coasters within 2-3 hours. In that case, there is no need to pay for food in the park! Anyway, on to the rides:

Apocalypse- closed for the day... Standard six flags theming "if we make it look like a disaster, people messing with it will just make it look more like a disaster.

Roar - Really not as bad as everyone makes it seem. Not the smoothest ride on the planet, and I'm sure RMC will do wonders in California. SFA could only hope to be as lucky in the future.

Jokers Jinx - such a great ride!! I was taken back at how much fun it was. Very smooth, great with just the lap bars, and a nice launch. Freaking loud, but that's half the fun. Turned out to be one of our favorite launched rides on the trip

Superman: Ride of Steel - I have ridden RoS at Darien Lake back in college, so I knew what to expect. It's a nice ride, good forces, but the straight always get boring.

Batwing - This was my first Vekoma Flying Dutchman. Might be my last... I really did not like the experience, the flip at the top was good, but about everything after the loop was just uncomfortable and disorienting. Had to sit down for a few min before we moved on... Some other guy lost his cookies at the first garbage can...

Wild One - nice strong old school woodie. I liked the double down on the return, and the helix had great laterals... Nothing else to really report, but it is nice to see a solid old school woodie at a six flags park.

Mind Eraser - saw it... That was enough for me ;)

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The Entrance Building is quite nice and patriotic

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A View from the entrance of the park

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Walking to Roar, our first ride of the trip!

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Love the sign for this ride

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Mist, love mist.

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Looking at the the S:RoS structure

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look at all that thumbing... sigh

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look at all that thumbing... sigh

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my least favorite ride of the whole trip

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Batwings first turn

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The Helix of death

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Mr. Jelly Belly and the trip crew
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One of the unexpected pleasant surprises of the trip!
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Jokers Jinx really is a great ride. I feel like its at the wrong park its so good!
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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby Brassinthegrass » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:03 am

Day 1-2 Kings Dominion

Showed up around 5pm to the Kings Quarters, checked in, calmed down from the drive and went over to the park for a few hours. Started with a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower to get our bearings and show everyone the park. Then we hit some of the coasters.

Grizzly - solid woodie, I'm happy to keep it as a woodie without a RMC conversion... Fun time through the woods, nice air time.

Avalanche - I've never been on a bobsled ride, other than flying turns at Knoble's, and that's not really fair as a comparison. Fun ride, nothing crazy, but I liked it... I did like the location of the helix over the exit midway, but if I built it I would have made that the queue

Intimidator 305 - god I love this thing... Solid kick-ass ride...today we rode it third car. Tomorrow morning well do more. No gray out for me, but everyone else did! So good, so twisty, and so intense in all the right places.

Woodstock Express - they always blow me away how good these little rides are. It's not a huge ride, it's not intense, but there is still a little thrill in these rides and I love them!

Boo Blasters - great ride! Lots of fun, I do wish that parks would realize that these are "cool off from the heat" rides. So I wish they were like ice boxes inside, but it was a fun ride in the dark... The skeleton scene I didn't like... That's going to cost some children some good nights sleep!

Dominator - great way to end the night. Solid B&M. I love the over banked turns between the vertical loop and the cobra roll. Wonderful addition to the park and definitely filled a hole in their line up

Went back in the morning to finish up the park. Beautiful weather, not too hot, nice cloud coverage. Took advantage of the early entry for platinum members and rode Volcano.

Volcano - such a great ride, solid, strong, fun. What more could you want? I've ridden in the front before. Today was about middle of the train and then back row. I have to admit I really enjoyed the back row! Not usually a favorite of mine on inverted coasters, but this one surprised me.

Anaconda - solid Arrow Dynamics. They will never be as good as more modern steel coasters, but I love these old school looping coasters.

Intimidator - rode second row and for the first time (of my 4 times) on this ride, I finally grayed out on the first turn. Solid ride, so much fun. Strong and intense. Sadly it was closed very soon after our ride and didn't open again before we left.

Flight of Fear - second premier spaghetti bowl, jokers jinks was the first the day before. I do have to say that I liked the inside sort of dark light show design of this ride. But Jokers Jinx seemed smoother and more fun.

Shockwave - My 100th coaster!!! Fun ride, but the length on the break run wait was not my favorite... That's ok, I took an illegal selfie on the break run of the group since it was 100th, shoot me ;)

Rebel Yell - solid racing coaster, since it was nice and quiet in the park, we did a race between our group. My team won.

Hurler - ouch. Not terrible, I do love a good rough ride in the back (that's what she said) but something needs to be done in the future if they don't plan on trashing it.

Grizzly - rode again, same as before, but it was much better at night, and makes me look forward to a night ride on the beast.

At this point we walked back over to Intimidator and it was closed, so we left. As suggested before, we went to Jake's Place for brisket sandwiches. SO FREAKING GOOD! Drove to Greensboro, NC to sleep before tomorrow at Carowinds!

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A view from Kings Quarters

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Welcome!

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Google Images doing some cool things!

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Views from the Eiffel Tower

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Anaconda looking great in the afternoon sun

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Grizzly is really a great ride, and almost never has a line because people can't find the entrance!

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Hello there sexy

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Currently one of my favorite park pictures.

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Hey, lets all point at something!

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It really is a beautiful park. I hope they don't take down all these trees when they build whatever is coming in next.

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another of my favorites from the trip

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My 100th coaster!

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Google, rocking it out again

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I'm sorry did you say something? I dino what you said...

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There I am, hamming it up in front of #100

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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby Brassinthegrass » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:20 am

Day 3 Carowinds

Showed up to the park to a slightly cloudy sky. Park was relatively quiet.

Fury 325 - oh man. By far the best coaster on the trip. Not the most intense, clearly intimidator does take that cake, but I think this is my all time favorite ride. Rerides galore, solid g's nothing too extreme but definitely there. The air time was perfect, strong but not too intense. Rode it once in the front, once in the back, once in row 5. All great rides. We ended with another ride in row 4 at the end of the day, and clearly the ride warmed up and was running stronger in the afternoon sun.

Thunder Road - ran over to get our commemorative medallion. Ummm it's a button... I was picturing a Cedar Point tweet up medallion. Oh well. Nice racer but I think Rebel Yell at KD is a better ride.

Afterburn - solid B&M invented. The ride had no line so when we rerode it the ride op joined us. Love it when the employees are having as much fun as we are. Solid ride, possibly my favorite invert to date.

Flying Ace Arial Race - one and done. Why can't Vekoma get their act together. Not every ride should be a head banger! Especially a family ride.

Intimidator - second B&M hyper for me with these trains, I don't like them... No rattle though, so that's nice. Good floaters g's.

At this point we left for some Bojangles. Nice little break from the park and very convenient.

Carolina Goldrusher - fun mine train. Nothing more to it than that. Nice break from the big boys for some digestion time.

Carolina Cyclone - solid Arrow multi looper. I like rides that loop over the midway. I don't understand Cedar Fairs decision to paint coasters with different colors on parts (I.e this ride and dominator at KD).

Vortex - solid stand up not a huge fan of them, but they do have their good parts. I wouldn't be against a floorless retrofit.

After another reride of Intimidator Afterburn we hit up planet snoopy

Woodstock express - I love these little guys. So much fun!

Lucy's Crabbie Cabbie - painful credit.

Hurler - much better than at KD. not to say it was great. Just better.

Fury 325 one more time and then hit the road for beers and live music in Ashville, NC.

What a great night! We ended up at Highland Brewery where they had two local food trucks stationed outside. Grabbed the towels we brought in the car with us. A few rain clouds past but we were in such a Nirvana we didn't care. Great food, great locals and great fun.

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Clearly we were hungry. Not a scrap was left! Love Bojangles!
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love these little woodies
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Coaster Porn
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Look at that beautiful lift!
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These girls wanted us to take their picture, but they asked "can you take a picture with us?" clearly I had to joke around a bit!

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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby Brassinthegrass » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:27 am

Day 4 - Dollywood

After a great night sleep in a creepy hotel (not my best pick but it was fine) we showed up with about 20 min before opening. Took some picture and then the rope dropped. Headed straight to Fire Chaser Express

Fire Chaser Express - great ride. I chose not to tell my group about the ride and we didn't see any trains running as we were first on line. They were take by surprise by most of it. What a great mid sized ride. And it looks great up on the hill.

Wild Eagle - my first wing coaster and I must say it was quite fun but after riding Fury yesterday I was a little less enthusiastic. Smooth beautiful location on the hill. Needed some stronger G forces, but this is Dollywood so I'm
Not surprised it wasn't an A$$ kicking ride

Mystery Mine - loved it. Solid ride. Great theming and quite a fun coaster. Full of surprises and unexpected twists. More parks need these rides, especially with this idea of theming involved in the ride.

At this point we stopped for lunch and had steak sandwiches and sausage and peppers. One of my companions was finished and I sent him to get a loaf of cinnamon bread. I think I tasted it. I think I loved it. I inhaled it so quickly it was gone before we even noticed there was frosting... Omg. So good.

Took a spin on Barnstormer. I wanted to ride it here so that if the lines at cedar point are crazy were not bummed about not riding. Fun ride but for a Saturday I feel like both sides should have been running.

We hit the train ride which was a nice break for the thrills.

Thunderhead - what a surprise! Tons of fun, never let up!! A bit bumpy in the middle, but it was a really great ride all around! I wish more woodies were built like this and have the love given to them that they need.

Tennessee Tornado - a few switchbacks were filled but the line moved quickly. I was surprised by this ride. Nice g's didn't let up but I do feel like it could have been a little longer. Knowing that this was one of the first major rides for Dollywood I understand it's shortness, but I feel like another helix at the end or another inversion would have filled it out nicely.

After that we grabbed Kettle Korn and frozen lemonade and hit to road to Smokey Mountain Coaster.

Smokey Mountain Coaster - great ride. Really liked the lonely ride up to the top. The ride down was intense and fun. Wanted to break some times but I didn't want to hand in my man card so I kept the breaks up. Tons of fun.

Drove to Louisville. Nothing to really report on that trip.

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Welcome to the longest Parking Lot ever!

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Really liked this ride, great medium sized family ride.

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so pretty.. so dirty...

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Im at Dollywood!

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The Eagle is amazing to see in person

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omg. omg. omg. so good.

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the cinnamon bread's home

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great ride!

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choo choo!

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Re: 8 Days, 90 Roller Coasters!

Postby Brassinthegrass » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:33 am

Holiday World

Showed up to the park around 9:30, walked into the gates and took the advice to put our stuff in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo. Let's start off by saying that their system is AMAZING! Simple to get started and easy to get to for the rest of the day. Especially with its central location. I personally would open the park up TO the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo so you can take care of that and the drop the ropes from there, but I understand why physically.

Legend - great way to start the day! Solid woodie, lots of fun. Really enjoyed the layout and its length. If it wasn't a busy Sunday we would have had a reride.

Raven - fun ride, and as the first ride for the park I can see why it did put the park on the map. Loved the helix on the water, and it had a great forested section.

Splashin' Safari

ZOOMbabwe - such a fun ride. I liked the holes in the side and the sudden drops. Lots of fun.

Jungle Racer - Holy airtime!!!

Wildebeest - so much fun!! We rode single rider and still got to ride together

Mammoth - we were going to ride, but a thunderstorm came through that closed the park for about 45 min.

Voyage - amazing! Such a great ride. Loved the far end of the ride and the return journey was great! I just wished the first few hills had better airtime. If they did this would out due El Toro in my book.

Thunderbird - What a pleasant surprise! I was hoping this would be a new level of B&M intensity and it was! It wasn't G force intense, but the relentless direction changes were great fun! Loved the theming as well.

At this point it was about 4 pm EST and we wanted to get to Kings Island for night rides on Beast and Banshee so we hit the road and grabbed food near Kings Island.
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Such a great gesture.
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Elephant Butts!
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very nice tribute in the front of the park
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when you all need water shoes, you all buy matching pink water shoes.
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