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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby PhantomNick » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:56 am

coasterbill wrote:I really need to get out to Kennywood.


Yes. Yes you do, Bill. And you also need to say when you are coming.....it is my home park, after all! ;) Might I suggest Phantom Fright Nights? While they're no Universal or anything like that, for a more modest/mid-sized park, I feel their Halloween event is quite excellent!!

Nice report and pictures! Looks like Robb and Elissa delivered another of their typical stellar and super FUN trips!! =)
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby coasterbill » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:53 pm

PhantomNick wrote:
coasterbill wrote:I really need to get out to Kennywood.


Yes. Yes you do, Bill. And you also need to say when you are coming.....it is my home park, after all! ;) Might I suggest Phantom Fright Nights?


I'll definitely do that, but I don't know if I'd do Fright Nights as my first trip. I really want to be able to check out the cool flat ride / dark ride collection in it's entirety and there's a certain log flume with an uphill section that's calling my name. Plus I sort of want to check out PNC park when I go and by the looks of things that place won't have much going on in October this year. :lol:

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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:12 am

TBpony414 wrote: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!


Unfortunately I missed Black Widow due to time constraints but the ride looked intense. Having been on Pitt Fall, I know the ride's placement probably has you swinging over the ravine and probably feels much higher than it is. My favorite frisbees actually are the Technical Park versions. They may be smaller than those large Huss versions, but they provide crazy ejector air.

coasterbill wrote:Great report!

I really need to get out to Kennywood.


Yes you do. I promise its better than La Ronde.

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coasterbill wrote:I really need to get out to Kennywood.


Yes. Yes you do, Bill. And you also need to say when you are coming.....it is my home park, after all! ;) Might I suggest Phantom Fright Nights? While they're no Universal or anything like that, for a more modest/mid-sized park, I feel their Halloween event is quite excellent!!

Nice report and pictures! Looks like Robb and Elissa delivered another of their typical stellar and super FUN trips!! =)


Do they have one large haunt walkthrough like their sister park (Lake Compounce) or do they have several smaller ones like other parks?
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Password121 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:32 am

The world needs more Kennywood reports. Nice job!
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:50 pm

Knoebels

Some say it never rains at Knoebels. Others have said that they've seen unicorns there. One thing is for sure, everyone loves Knoebels. From the outstanding collection of rides to the delicious food to the unique atmosphere, I don't know anyone who hates this park. Knoebels is one of my favorite parks and I'm glad to give it a glowing review (see Robb's report to understand this entirely).

The day began with a really cool tour of the Haunted Mansion. I've been on the ride a few times over the years, so I only remembered the most memorable of stunts. I was really impressed by the amount of detail in the mansion as there are so many little things around the corner. The highlights for me were seeing an upside down weenie dog (what can I say, I'm a sucker for weenies) and how little is used to produce the ride's scariest effect near the end (for those who have ridden it, you know the effect I'm talking about).

Flyer is still awesome and now that I've become better at snapping (experience on the one at Lake Compounce and Six Flags) has shown me how to be more precise, I had an even more balls-to-the-wall ride than ever. I'm pretty sure I got yelled at by the op at least once. The park also has one of those crazy ARM/Larson drop towers that are superior to ones three times their size. The park also has the famously fast and powerful Scooters and the Grand Carousel where you can exercise your hand-eye coordination. Then there are the rare flats like Looper and Satellite. Knoebels also has one of the best flumes around and a great coaster collection.

Phoenix- Phoenix is the most rerideable coaster anywhere. The ride is just a laughing good time from start to finish. With only buzz bars and no lap bars, the amount of air time the ride dishes out is insane. Thank you Knoebels for saving this coaster and for allowing us to bring lightsabers and glow sticks onto the ride at night. 10 out of 10

Twister- While Phoenix has unmatched air time, Twister has almost unmatched laterals. Once Twister crests the first drop, Twister doesn't have a dull moment. The ride really comes alive at night since there isn't many lights along the course. I would have wished for a few more pops of airtime, but I still appreciate Twister for what it is. 8 out of 10

Impulse- Unfortunately Impulse was down to one train operations. At any other park, a single 8 seat train would be a nightmare. At Knoebels, it was annoying but palatable thanks to 15 second dispatches. Yes you read that right. 15 second dispatches. The ride itself was really good. Very smooth with an air-time filled first drop and four solid inversions in rapid-fire succession. 8 out of 10

Flying Turns- I had been to the park so many times while this ride was under construction so I'm always glad to get a ride on it. Compared to the steel bobsleds I've been on, Flying Turns is quite a bit wilder. The final series of turns really cause the car to drift high up the trough. 7 out of 10

Black Diamond- This is really more of a dark ride than a coaster, but there is that drop. The ride is very well themed and as a dark ride, it's very good. As a coaster, it's just ok since it's relatively tame. I still appreciate how the park saved this ride from demolition and New Jersey. 6 out of 10

Kozmo's Kurves- Even the kiddie coaster at Knoebels is above average. Kozmo's Kurves has a nice setting above a little stream and has a few hills that give nice pops of air. Don't feel guilty riding this one. 5 out of 10
Park Sign.JPG
The holy grail of amusement parks.
Haunted Mansion.JPG
The Knoebels Haunted Mansion is one of the best dark rides around.
Cobwebs.JPG
Robb and Elissa were able to arrange a Haunted Mansion walkthrough!
Grandfather Clock.JPG
Looks ominous enough.
Library 2.JPG
So this is what creeps read.
Sound System.JPG
What a kicking sound system.
Weenie Dog.JPG
I love weenies!
Truck.JPG
For anyone who has ridden the Haunted Mansion, this is all they use for THAT effect.
Cesari's Pizza.JPG
Mmmmm pizza.
Phoenix Drop.JPG
They also have one of my favorite coasters anywhere, Phoenix.
Cesari's Pizza Meal.JPG
Traditional and Sicilian.
Phoenix Lift Hill.JPG
The amount of airtime this ride provides is insane. You will hit that lap bar (that rests a foot above your lap) a few times.
Twister Double Helix.PNG
Phoenix does air time well. Twister does twisting really well.
Flying Turns.JPG
Flying Turns is hard to photograph. It's a unique coaster and I'm glad they finally got it open.
Impulse (Night).JPG
And the park's newest hotness, Impulse.
Impulse Lift Hill.JPG
It was pretty similar to a Eurofighter except much smoother.
Impulse Cobra Roll.JPG
I found it weird and cool that they had a cobra roll on a small ride like this.
Impulse Helix.JPG
Every looper should have lap bar trains if it was up to me.
Black Diamond.JPG
More dark ride than coaster, Black Diamond is another cool ride. Reminds me quite a bit of Canobie's Mine of Lost Souls.
Giant Flume Drop.JPG
The park's flume is one of the better ones as well. Great use of the park's setting.
Flyer.JPG
The mighty Flyers live up to their reputation. You can snap more than a poetry club.
Grand Carousel.JPG
Want to try for the brass ring?
Skooters.JPG
Knoebels has the most best (insert category) of any park.
StratosFear (Day).JPG
This drop tower is nuts. So much air and the stomach dropping sensation is unmatched.
Looper.JPG
Knoebels does a great job mixing the old...
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with the new.
Satellite (Night).JPG
And their collection of old is hard to match.
Italian Trapeze.JPG
The park really comes alive at night.
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby PKI Jizzman » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:03 am

Another great addition to your report! I don't think anyone can get tired of Knoebels photos and reviews - it's amazing how consistent the positivity about the food, atmosphere, and rides are.

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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:06 pm

Dorney Park

Dorney Park was another surprise stop. After leaving the Knoebels area and being told we would make a lunch stop, I had a hunch it could be Dorney Park since it's right off the highway. Turns out I was right! Dorney may not be as popular as Cedar Point or Kings Island, but I do really like Dorney. The park is pretty big with a nice collection of coasters and never has any lines. The park also has a decent flat collection highlighted by Demon Drop.

The park also provided us with a buffet lunch at Chickie and Pete's. While the fries were missing from the spread, it gave me an opportunity to try some other food items like the chicken. Definitely a great lunch stop. Onto the coaster reviews.

Talon- This is one of my favorite inverts. I love the ride's layout and pacing, as there's no mid-course brake run. The first half has the typical B&M invert inversions (loop, zero-G roll, Immelman), but the second half is where the coaster really shines. There's a surprise drop that gives a large burst of airtime, a forceful corkscrew, and some speedy low-to-the-ground turns. 9 out of 10

Steel Force- This is probably the tamest of the hyper coasters that I've been on, but it's still a fun ride. My rides on Steel Force over the years have had varying degrees of airtime. I've had a few rides with only moderate air and others where the train is hauling through the course giving much stronger air. The one ride I had in the back gave something in the middle. There was solid floater air on most of the hills and it seemed like a toned down B&M hyper. 8 out of 10

Hydra the Revenge- This was my first floorless and I still like it better than a majority of them. Like Steel Force, it's tamer than its cousins, but the ride's elements are just pure fun. I love the jojo roll and the first drop. The latter gives really good air and I wish B&M made more straight drops on their loopers. 8 out of 10

Possessed- Great launches and I absolutely love the crazy holding brake. 8 out of 10

Stinger- Slightly smoother than Invertigo, Stinger was an enjoable coaster. I had the opportunity to get a front seat ride. 7 out of 10

Thunderhawk- This isn't the best classic wooden coaster unfortunately. The ride is fairly bumpy and only provides a pop or two of air. 4 out of 10

Onto the photos!
Park Entrance.JPG
Hello Dorney!
Antique Carousel.JPG
I love park's with carousels at the front. Hearing the organ when you enter just sets the mood.
Talon Vertical Loop (Day).JPG
Having a sexy B&M invert at the entrance is also nice.
Talon Zero-G Roll.JPG
Talon is one of the best inverts. Great pacing and layout.
Talon Second Half.JPG
I just love the second half.
Hydra the Revenge Sign.JPG
Hydra is the park's other B&M. It's a pretty fun floorless coaster.
Hydra the Revenge Cobra Roll.JPG
I kind of wish I could have tried Hercules, but then again that could have been worse than seeing hydra for real.
Steel Force Lift Hill (Side).JPG
Steel Force still dominates the park's skyline.
Steel Force Lift Hill (Front).JPG
Drop after drop after drop.
Steel Force Return Leg.JPG
Take the tunnels!
Steel Force Bunny Hill (Day).JPG
Dorney is absolutely amazing at capacity. With their crowd levels, they don't need to run 3 trains, but they do anyway.
Stinger.JPG
Yay it was open! The inverted boomerangs are much better than their sit down brethren.
Possessed Holding Brake (Day).JPG
I really like this shot of Possessed. It was easy to photograph since it was still for a sec thanks to the holding brake.
Demon Drop (Horizontal).JPG
The scary drop tower.
Dominator (Day).JPG
The newer and not so scary drop tower.
Snoopy Bounce.JPG
Hi Snoopy.
Thunder Creek Mountain.JPG
Creeping on these people on the log flume.
Tilt-a-Whirl.JPG
All of Dorney's rides seemed to have fresh coats of paint.
Apollo.JPG
Didn't get a chance to ride Apollo this visit, but this is a pretty disorienting flat.
White Water Landing Lift Hill.JPG
It may be bigger, but the trim on the drop saps what would be added speed.
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby SteelForceless » Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:29 pm

Great reports, for this one and the others that you did on this trip before it!

That picture of Steel Force is an accurate description of Dorney. I kind of want to make it my pfp.

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:49 pm

Thanks and go right ahead. It's perfect for your user name.
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Re: Photo TR: NC to NYC Park Extravaganza

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:49 pm

Six Flags Great Adventure

The last official park on the trip was a park that I've frequented quite a few times over the years, Six Flags Great Adventure. It's a Six Flags park, with that comes positives and negatives. On the positives, Great Adventure has one of the best coaster lineups of any parks highlighted by El Toro and Nitro. On the downside, Great Adventure seems to be lacking outside of the coaster department and there are several areas of the park that feel empty/run down (closed walkway from El Toro to Kingda Ka, area by the old Chiller, back area of the park, etc).

Robb & Elissa set up two fantastic ERT sessions. The first was a night ERT session on El Toro. As often as I've been to Great Adventure, I haven't been able to rack up night rides due to the park closing early due to rain or having to leave early to make it back to New England. Having night rides on El Toro was unbelievable. The ride is outstanding during the day and feels even faster at night. The next day had a morning ERT session on Nitro, which has some of the best floater air around.

One new experience for me was the Safari Off Road Adventure. The ride surprised me in some areas and was so Six Flags in other areas. The variety of animals was excellent and I really liked how open the safari was. The ride was also very long. On the downside, the park made us unload halfway through due to the line building up. While waiting for the return safari, we saw some trams being forced to unload while others could stay loaded, which left us confused. Once we boarded, we had a very weird and new tour guide. Well I've given enough coverage of the animals.

El Toro- This park may have the world's tallest coaster, but El Toro is the real star. After Skyrush, El Toro has the most powerful air time I've ever experienced. There were a few bumpy spots along the course, but the ride is still far smoother than most steel coasters and a rush from start to finish. 10 out of 10

Nitro- One of the first B&M hypers is still a great coaster. The ride has oodles of floater air and a great setting through the woods. 10 out of 10

Kingda Ka- Despite being taller and faster than Top Thrill Dragster, I prefer Cedar Point's rocket coaster. Kingda Ka has more of a shuffle to it and the over-the-shoulder restraints hamper the view. The launch is still one of the best around and needs to be experienced up front. 9 out of 10

Batman the Ride- This is still one of the most intense inverts around. I think this one has one or two more moments of headbanging than the other Batman clones I've ridden, but I would still take it over many larger inverts like Raptor. 9 out of 10

Superman Ultimate Flight- The Georgia flyer has spoiled me for this layout. The pretzel loop was just as intense, but the series of turns in the second half were less entertaining without the terrain and tunnel. Still a fun coaster and better than the Vekoma flyers thanks to the comfortable restraints. 8 out of 10

Green Lantern- This is tied with Riddler's for my favorite stand-up. I love the huge loops and the ride is fairly smooth. However, the Gs get really uncomfortable on stand-ups by the end of the ride. 7 out of 10

Dark Knight- The ride may have been overhyped, but the Dark Knight is my favorite mouse coaster. The ride is smooth, relatively unbraked, and has some theming that other mouse coasters don't. 7 out of 10

Skull Mountain- Make sure to ride this in back. The first drop provides a massive jolt of ejector air. The rest of the ride lets you take in the wonderful theming such as rock/metal music, disco balls, and a skull. 7 out of 10

Runaway Mine Train- Solid mine train coaster. There are some jerky moments, but the finale contains one of the best moments on a mine train with the huge pop of air and the picturesque turn. 6 out of 10

Onto the photos!
Kingda Ka Parking Lot (Vertical).JPG
Hello Kingda Ka.
Zumanjaro.JPG
I don't know if I prefer Kingda Ka or Zumanjaro more. Both are incredible rushes.
El Toro Rolling Thunder Hill.JPG
But I know El Toro is better than both.
El Toro Airtime Hill.JPG
El Toro is one of the wildest coasters around.
El Toro First Half.JPG
The airtime is unreal.
El Toro Airtime Hill (Artsy).JPG
Artsy.
Bizarro Cobra Roll.JPG
The only Bizarro left.
Bizarro Zero-G Roll (Front, Close).JPG
Didn't get a chance to ride Bizarro this visit, but it's a solid ride. I prefer other floorless coasters like Medusa (SFDK), Hydra, and Dominator though.
Green Lantern Dive Loop.JPG
Great Adventure really is a B&M capital. You also have the stand-up, Green Lantern.
Superman- Ultimate Flight Turn.JPG
The flyer in Superman.
Batman the Ride Corkscrew.JPG
The invert in Batman.
Nitro Entrance.JPG
And the hyper in Nitro.
Skull Mountain.JPG
Many people worship the cult known as Skull Mountain. I just appreciate that awesome first drop.
Harley Quinn Crazy Train.JPG
Harley Quinn is fittingly near her boyfriend, the Joker.
Joker.JPG
Joker really commands the back of the park.
Joker Maintenance 2.JPG
Too bad it was closed due to what looked like a lift hill related issue.
Rolling Thunder Track Remnants.JPG
Hmmm why do I feel like I've done this before in Roller Coaster Tycoon?
Rolling Thunder Train Remnants.JPG
Rolling Thunder makes for nice lawn ornaments.
Giraffe Walking Towards Vehicle.JPG
This was my first time doing the safari. I liked the wide range of wildlife.
Elephant 2.JPG
However, the experience still felt Six Flags like thanks to confusing policies and operator errors.
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