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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:24 pm

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Blazing Fury- More dark ride than coaster, Blazing Fury does have a coaster section as the finale. The ride's scenes have plenty going on, but a few are pretty dark to see. The coaster section at the end was better than expected. The drops had some punch and when I rode in the front, I even got a pop of air. There was no splashdown though. Did this ride used to have a splashdown effect? 7 out of 10


Yep, when Dollywood replaced the braking system with magnetic brakes they took the splashdown out. For a few years the ending was dark but recently they have added a few smoke and lighting effects to the ending. Also fun fact, RMC actually retracked the drop a couple years ago.


That's a shame the splashdown went out since it would have really made sense at the end of the ride. I didn't realize RMC retracked the drop. Maybe that's why there was air since RMC couldn't resist.
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:58 pm

Kentucky Kingdom

This was my park that was formerly owned by Six Flags with Darien being the first. While Darien still felt like a Six Flags park, Kentucky Kingdom felt like a family park. The park seems to keep on expanding with new attractions every year and I'm excited to see where this park goes since I really enjoyed what the park had already. Some thoughts on the rides:

Storm Chaser- I had heard that this was considered the worst RMC. While it was the worst of the 3 I've been on (Wicked Cyclone & Twisted Colossus being the other 2), Storm Chaser was still an incredible ride. The barrel roll first drop is very weird as it starts with hang-time and finishes with a disorienting whip. The air-time hills all provided crazy ejector air. The barrel roll midway through the ride was different than the other RMC ones I've experienced. While the others give abundant hang-time, Storm Chaser's whips right through it and surges into its fun and demented finale where I truly felt like a rag doll. If this indeed is the worst RMC, I really need to ride all their other rides. 10 out of 10

Lightning Run- Wow what a 1-2 punch this park has. Lightning Run's first drop isn't overly tall, but it provides crazy ejector air in the back because of how steep it is. The twister section in the middle combined violent (in a good way) pops of air with directional changes. Then there are the return bunny hills. Just when you think the air-time can't get any more intense it does. And the whole ride is glass-smooth. I prefer Storm Chaser, but it's close. 10 out of 10

T3- The new trains actually made a SLC an enjoyable experience. The ride wasn't glass-smooth, but since my head wasn't getting bashed but the restraint I was able to appreciate the layout and all of the direction changes. I also enjoyed seeing the subtle differences from the standard SLC such as the non-banked finale. More SLCs need these trains added. 7 out of 10

Thunder Run- This felt like Hurler to me. The far-end turns were really uncomfortable, but the straight sections were enjoyable and had a few pops of air. 5 out of 10

Roller Skater- As opposed how enthusiasts often need the child to go on the kiddie coaster, I actually needed to help a child ride since she was too small to ride alone and her mother was riding with her sibling. This was a roller skater, so the ride was pretty typical but it had a nice setting above the water. 5 out of 10

The Larson/ARM drop tower was bonkers as usual and again shows that these rides provided more punch than the larger towers. I also spent time in the water park and wish I had some more time. Deluge was one of the best master blasters I've been on and had some strong airtime. Then Deep Water Dive is a scary and awesome 120 foot tall drop pod slide. I still prefer Summit Plummet, but after that Deep Water Dive is my favorite speed slide.

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Kentucky Kingdom Sign.JPG
Next stop, Kentucky Kingdom!
Giant Wheel.JPG
I guess all former Six Flags parks need to have massive Ferris Wheels.
Storm Chaser.JPG
Small but packs a mean punch.
Lightning Run (Horizontal).JPG
Kentucky Kingdom gives hope to everyone out there who isn't well endowed.
T3 Turn.JPG
The new trains really do make a difference.
T3 Barrel Roll.JPG
No seriously. I know there's no one on this train, but I'm sure there would have if we could have ridden on it.
T3 Return Leg.JPG
Not banking the return leg really helped smooth the ending.
Thunder Run.JPG
Thunder Run is basically Hurler.
Hurricane Bay.JPG
The water park seemed like the main draw for the park. And it was a really good water park!
Deluge.JPG
The highlight of the water park is Deluge. Great air on the drops.
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:58 pm

Kings Island

Kings Island was the last park on the trip that was brand new for me. I found it to be pretty standard for what I expect from a Cedar Fair park (clean, well-run, similar feel to the others in the chain), which isn't a bad thing. The park's coaster collection is pretty good too.

Banshee- This is my new favorite invert. The new trains eliminate any headbanging (what little was present) in the typical B&M invert and this one has a really cool and unique layout. The ride maintains its speed well and is pretty forceful for a new B&M. And I love the two rolls on the ride. 10 out of 10

Beast- As everyone says, make sure you ride this at night. The day rides are fun, but at night is when the Beast comes alive. You absolutely fly through the woods in total darkness. While there are trim brakes that slow you at points, I can't imagine how uncomfortable some of those turns would be. The highlight is that insane double helix at the end that seems so wrong looking at it. 9 out of 10

Diamondback- This is the worst of the B&M hypers I've been on due to the trim brake at the start of the second half. The first half has some great airtime, but the trim brake on this one saps the ride of its speed and airtime in the second half. The ride is still glass-smooth and has a nice setting. 8 out of 10

Flight of Fear- This is just like the Kings Dominion one which is fine by me. The launch was pretty strong and I love winding through the spaghetti bowl with the multicolored flood lights illuminating the layout eerily. The brake before the second half is a bit of a bummer, but the final corkscrew still provides a ton of whip for everyone in the train. 8 out of 10

Firehawk- This was similar to Nighthawk at Carowinds. The layout was nearly identical, but Firewhawk felt a little slower. Firehawk made up for it by being a slightly smoother and more comfortable ride. 8 out of 10

Bat- This is a clone of the Vortex at Canada's Wonderland, which I love. The ride has a great setting through the woods and maintains its speed the whole way through the course thanks to the large first drop. This layout is my favorite for the suspended coasters since the speed carries from the start instead of picking up at the end just before the brakes. 8 out of 10

Backlot Stunt Coaster- This is a great family coaster. The launch is good and the upwards spiral actually pulls some good Gs. The rest of the layout isn't particularly fast, but it's smooth and well themed. 7 out of 10

Invertigo- I'm still in awe how the love child of a boomerang (terrible) and SLC (even more terrible) is smoother than either of those 2 rides. Invertigo is forceful without headbanging. 7 out of 10

Racer- This is a really photogenic coaster. I like the classic layout and the park does a good job racing them. The ride is pretty bumpy though, but it does provide some decent air at points. 6 out of 10

Vortex- I was really nervous for this coaster, but actually found it fun. The large drops provided bursts of air in the back and the vertical loops were forceful. Because my head was above the restraint, I didn't run into too much headbanging on the transitions. 6 out of 10

Adventure Express- All I have to say is that the lift hill lived up to everything that I heard. It was a glorious experience. :lmao: The ride seemed to be pretty long for a mine train and as a whole was quite smooth. 7 out of 10

Woodstock Express- Fun for what it is and way better than most junior coasters. 5 out of 10

Flying Ace Aerial Chase- Because the restraints have plenty of clearance with your head, this junior Vekoma is an enjoyable ride unlike its counterpart at Carowinds. 5 out of 10

I also liked the park's collection of flats- Delirium and Drop Tower in particular- and also spent some time at the water park. I was really impressed with the water park. The body slides were really intense while staying smooth. Oh and if we are talking about wetness, the park has an evil and unassuming looking flume in Planet Snoopy.
Entry Plaza.JPG
Am I at Kings Island or Kings Dominion? I think the former!
Eiffel Tower with Christmas Tree.JPG
It was Christmas in July when we visited.
Banshee.JPG
Hello Banshee.
Banshee Vertical Loop.JPG
I see what all of the hype was about for this ride.
Banshee Dive Loop 1.JPG
More comfortable restraints, great speed, and some unique elements make this one a winner.
Banshee Dive Loop 2.JPG
It's so photogenic.
Banshee Zero-G Roll.JPG
This is the typical zero-G roll. The slow roll at the end of the ride is a messed up version of this.
Banshee (Night).JPG
It looks even better at night!
Diamondback First Drop.JPG
Diamondback is the other big B&M.
Diamondback Splashdown (Ground).JPG
The trim brake on this one really hit the ride hard and sapped the second half of airtime. The first half was great though.
Beast Lift Hill.JPG
The Beast is hard to photograph, even atop the Eiffel Tower. All I have to say is ride this at night.
Bat First Drop.JPG
I love Arrow suspended coasters. I still am shocked the park got another suspended coaster after all the problems the Bat prototype had.
Backlot Stunt Coaster.PNG
Why do I feel like I've seen this in a movie before?
Firehawk.JPG
I actually enjoy the Vekoma flyers. This one was a little slower than Nighthawk, but smoother.
Flight of Fear.JPG
I love the Premier launched coasters. Flight of Fear is no exception.
Racer (Blue).PNG
Blue!
Racer (Red).PNG
Red!
Vortex First Drop.JPG
I was really nervous for this one.
Vortex Batwing.JPG
I actually found Vortex enjoyable since my head was above the restraint.
Race for Your Life Charlie Brown.JPG
Don't be fooled. This ride will get you drenched. Just look at the look of horror in that kid's face up front.
Son of Beast Eternal Flame.JPG
While Banshee is by all accounts a better ride, I still wish I got a chance to ride this in all of its glory.
Eiffel Tower (Night).JPG
I recommend riding to the top for the fireworks.
Fireworks 2.JPG
You get views like this.
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby 805Andrew » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:49 am

Nice TR so far Mike. Kings Island was a fun and varied park that was huge with a water park that's good enough to be a separate gate. The park really looked cool at night and those night rides on Banshee, Diamondback, and the Beast were amazing. Oh, and that Race For Life Charlie Brown log flume is the devil. Good times.
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:06 pm

^ Thanks again for taking the brunt of it in the front.

Cedar Point

The day before we were to go to Cedar Point, we heard about the water mane burst so we weren't sure what to expect. Much to our pleasure, there really wasn't an impact on our visit to the park. Having been to Cedar Point, I knew what to expect. Outstanding coasters everywhere I looked and fast operations. Some thoughts on the rides:

Millennium Force- What a rush. While the ride isn't overly forceful, it's pure fun from start to finish. I love how well the ride maintains its speed and flies through Millennium Island. The scattered hills all provide good air and the first drop is still one of the best anywhere. 10 out of 10

Maverick- This is probably the park's most intense coaster. I love how varied the coaster's layout is- beyond vertical drop, launch, zero-G rolls, bunny hills, etc. Everything on this coaster is forceful and it never lets up. 10 out of 10

Top Thrill Dragster- It's short, but ever so satisfying. That launch is amazing, as is the view from atop the top hat. The front is even better as the force from the launch has to be experienced to be believed. 10 out of 10

Magnum XL-200- The first hyper coaster is still a really good coaster. The all-metal lap bars can be painful, so I recommend tightening your seat belt as much as possible. This should prevent you from smashing into the lap bar. This is important because Magnum has some of the most powerful and violent air-time around, especially on the return leg. 9 out of 10

Valravn- The new coaster for me was definitely a lot of fun. The ride has a great location near the Marina entrance and looks quite intimidating. While Valravn had more elements in its layout, I prefer Griffon because of the restraints. I found the vest restraints didn't let you float as much on the drops, while the old OSTRs did. The drops are still quite good and I love the zero-G roll. 9 out of 10

GateKeeper- I really like GateKeeper a lot. The ride's elements aren't forceful, but they are all smooth and graceful. I love how well the ride interacts with the new entrance and the inversion off the lift is one of my favorite starts to a ride anywhere. 9 out of 10

Raptor- A very fun invert. I love how it towers over the midway. The inversions are large and forceful with the cobra roll being particularly noteworthy. 9 out of 10

Blue Streak- If you ride this in the front seat, you get a very smooth ride. The other seats are noticeably more bumpy. But one thing is common across all seats, this classic gives great air-time the whole way through. 8 out of 10

Rougarou- I never rode this at Mantis, but Rougarou is a good floorless. The inversions are quite a bit different than the other floorless coasters I've been on and can see similarities in its layout compared to the other two big stand-ups I've been on in Riddler's Revenge and Green Lantern. Rougarou was forceful without much headbanging. 8 out of 10

Gemini- This is one of those rides that's just pure fun. Not only does the ride still race, but it also provides plenty of good air time while being smooth. 8 out of 10

Wicked Twister- I love how this one is right on the beach. The launches are great and the spirals really make it feel like you will fly off, especially going up the back spike in reverse. 8 out of 10

Iron Dragon- It's not the fastest, but the ride has a fun layout and is a relaxing coaster to go on. The final helix above the water is pretty cool. I should note that I didn't do the VR though. 6 out of 10

Cedar Creek Mine Ride- I like this mine train quite a bit. I particularly liked the big curving drop over the water and the helices are nice and smooth on this one. 6 out of 10

Mean Streak- In the front, Mean Streak was tolerable. The ride had a wide, sprawling layout but the trim brake sapped the ride of a lot of speed. After my ride in the back, Mean Streak made me join the group wanting to burn it down. 5 out of 10

Corkscrew- I love the ride's placement, but unfortunately it's not as fun to ride as it is to look at. The corkscrews and turns are pretty brutal on this one. The first drop and the bunny hill provide solid air though. 5 out of 10

Woodstock Express- I al
Cedar Point Sign.JPG
America's Roller Coast!

Wild Ride Shorts.JPG
Where you are in for a wild ride. Seriously who would buy these shorts?

Valravn First Drop (Side).JPG
This view is new.

Valravn Drop (Bottom).JPG
I liked Valravn's layout better than Griffon, but the tighter restraints took away from the air-time on the drops.

GateKeeper Keyhole (Day).JPG
During my last visit to Cedar Point, this was the new hotness.

GateKeeper Corkscrew.JPG
I know GateKeeper is deemed forceless, but I really enjoy the ride's elements.

Raptor Zero-G Roll.JPG
Raptor is one of the older inverts, but still one of the better ones.

Raptor Midcourse Drop.JPG
Kick the sky!

Rougarou Loop Exit.JPG
Tired of the B&Ms yet? I hope not. Rougarou is a nice floorless.

Millennium Force Small Air-Time Hill.JPG
Cedar Point fanboys can get wet now. I'll show the Intamins

Millennium Force Large Air-Time Hill.JPG
This is my favorite coaster at the park and my second favorite steel behind Fury.

Millennium Force Bunny Hill.JPG
The ride absolutely hauls through the course and has a nice mix of airtime and overbanks.

Top Thrill Dragster Launch.JPG
Baby I'm ready to go!

Top Thrill Dragster Christmas Tree.JPG
I never noticed until this visit that Dragster has the Christmas tree on the tower.

Maverick Post-Launch Drop.JPG
Maverick is arguably the park's most intense coaster.

Maverick Corkscrew.JPG
It has a little bit of everything- a launch, a beyond 90 degree drop, air-time hills, crazy twists, and inversions.

Wicked Twister Spike (Far).JPG
It's wicked good (I'm from New England, I had to say it).

Corkscrew (Back).JPG
Ouch.

Museum (Mean Streak Model).JPG
Ultra ouch. Nice model though!

Museum (Gemini Train).JPG
I accidentally walked into the park's museum and am glad I did.

Skyhawk (Distance).JPG
Screamin' Swings are one of my favorites and I got to ride quite a few on this trip.

Blue Streak First Drop.JPG
Blue Streak is an airtime machine.

Magnum XL-200 Lift Hill (Day).JPG
As is Magnum. Just make sure to keep that seat belt pulled tight. Very tight.

Millennium Force First Drop.JPG
The park is absolutely beautiful when the sun sets.

Maverick Airtime Hill (Sunset).JPG
This is one of my favorite coaster photos I've ever taken.

Power Tower (Night).JPG
Power Tower gives some outstanding views.

ready had the credit, but someone else didn't. It's better than your average roller skater, but that's about it. 5 out of 10
Magnum XL-200 Lift Hill (Sunset).JPG
The hyper coaster that started it all.
Raptor (Night).JPG
Cedar Point is so beautiful at night (or anytime for that matter).
Crossy Road Jackpot.JPG
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby PKI Jizzman » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:56 am

Great report! Glad you enjoyed the Ohio parks. CP at night shows off a really outstanding light display. Thanks for the photos!
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:45 am

PKI Jizzman wrote:Great report! Glad you enjoyed the Ohio parks. CP at night shows off a really outstanding light display. Thanks for the photos!


There's just something magical about being at park's at night. The ride's seem faster and the park just feels more alive. It could also be that I'm a night animal.
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:57 am

Kennywood

This was the first surprise park on the trip. Before the bus left, Robb and Elissa promised a lunch stop near Pittsburgh. I was 50-50 that it would be an amusement park or Carrabba's. Since all of Pennsylvania's Carrabba's were on the east coast, Kennywood was the lunch stop. I had been to Kennywood once back in 2010 and loved the park. I loved how the park blended classic and modern rides. After having the Potato Patch fries, we did a speed run through the park.

Phantom's Revenge- Phantom's Revenge is intense. The second drop is one of the best moments on any coaster and the air-time hills at the end are taken at such a high speed that the airtime provided is matched by very few coasters. I'll definitely take this over the old Arrow loops. 10 out of 10

Jack Rabbit- The double down is legendary. That unassuming little drop provides some scary and intense air-time. The other drops are fun, but the ride is defined by the one drop which is fine by me. 9 out of 10

Sky Rocket- The launch is solid and the top hat gives some really nice air. I love both zero-G rolls as well. However, the finale is a bit of a letdown as the ride loses a lot of speed. Still one of the park's best rides. 8 out of 10

Thunderbolt- The biggest of Kennywood's woodies (that sounds so wrong, but also so right) is a truly unique ride. From the drop out of the station to the crazy lateral section to the largest drop being at the end, Thunderbolt keeps you on your feet. The ride has some of the most powerful laterals of any coaster and the lap bar only trains allow for some decent air on the larger drops. 8 out of 10

Racer- The Racer was a lot better than I remember. On my rides back in 2010, I remember loving the racing aspect but finding the coaster itself fairly tame. This time, the racing was just as good, but the coaster was wilder than I remember with some good airtime, especially in the back. 8 out of 10
Kennywood Entrance.JPG
Surprise park 1!
Potato Patch Fries.JPG
It was a lunch stop. Look at those fries.
Jack Rabbit.JPG
The double down is legendary. And I'm not talking about In N Out Burger.
Jack Rabbit Turn.JPG
Trying to be artsy.
Racer.JPG
Kennywood has lots of wood.
Thunderbolt Drop.JPG
I think everyone who visits Kennywood has this shot.
Phantom's Revenge Lift Hill.JPG
There are also steel coasters.
Phantom's Revenge Second Hill 1.JPG
Phantom's Revenge is one of my favorites.
Phantom's Revenge Second Hill 2.JPG
The ride may be short, but the airtime is crazy powerful.
Phantom's Revenge First Drop (Close).JPG
Through the trees.
Sky Rocket.JPG
The park's newest coaster, Sky Rocket.
Sky Rocket Zero-G Roll.JPG
Zero-G roll.
Sky Rocket Launch.JPG
Ready for launch.
Sky Rocket Top Hat (Distance).JPG
Classy top hat.
Pittsburg Plunge.JPG
So much water.
SwingShot.JPG
The park has some great flat rides too.
Black Widow.JPG
I miss Pitt Fall, but this looks like an acceptable replacement.
Aero 360 (Inverted).JPG
Which way do I go?
Paratrooper.JPG
Classic flat ride.
Noah's Ark.JPG
Classic fun house.
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby TBpony414 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:16 am

I had a few hours at Kennywood last summer and had a fantastic time. I don't recall seeing that S&S Screaming Swing, though! Either that's new or I really missed it because that's my favorite flat ride. Did you get on Black Widow? It's hands down the most intense of the Giant Discovery rides. MaxAir, Delirium, and the others can't hold a candle to it. Phantom's Revenge is incredible and we were lucky enough to ride it after a downpour. I've seriously never been that close to feeling like I was about to fly out of a coaster before!

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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby coasterbill » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:30 am

Great report!

I really need to get out to Kennywood.

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