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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby jynx242 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:31 am

I was able to ride this weekend. I pretty much agree with everything that has been said. It has an amazing layout and pacing and is much more substantial than I though it would be. I also found it surprisingly "shuffly," but still really enjoyed it.

The shuffle/roughness wouldn't have been surprising if the coaster weren't brand new.

That being said, I still feel it is a superb addition to the park and to the area and will happily ride it again.
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:26 pm

Pseybert wrote:
Philrad71 wrote:Queue in the slew of 12-30 year old's that will come in here and say that they rode it and can't believe that anyone thinks that it's rough...claim that it's smooth as glass. ;)

That classic 12-30 year old demographic that likes to come on here and misinform people about coasters. Not a broad generalization at all!

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Didn't mean it to sound quite like that... ;)

What I meant was that as you get older, your body isn't quite as tolerant of shuffling or getting banged around on a coaster. A lot of folks within that 12-30 age group will usually defend any ride that older enthusiasts say is rough by saying it isn't...because their bodies can usually endure more of an ass-kicking than someone that's older.

I'm not speaking for Robb or every coaster enthusiast over the age of 40 as everyone's idea of "rough" is different. Nor would I say that EVERY person between 12-30 isn't going to encounter a coaster that doesn't kick their a$$ at some point.

I wouldn't hesitate to give Mine Blower a whirl to see what I personally think of it...it certainly is a very interesting looking coaster. But I'd probably bring the Excedrin along with me as a back-up, just in case.

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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:19 pm

Philrad71 wrote:
Pseybert wrote:
Philrad71 wrote:Queue in the slew of 12-30 year old's that will come in here and say that they rode it and can't believe that anyone thinks that it's rough...claim that it's smooth as glass. ;)

That classic 12-30 year old demographic that likes to come on here and misinform people about coasters. Not a broad generalization at all!

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Didn't mean it to sound quite like that... ;)

What I meant was that as you get older, your body isn't quite as tolerant of shuffling or getting banged around on a coaster. A lot of folks within that 12-30 age group will usually defend any ride that older enthusiasts say is rough by saying it isn't...because their bodies can usually endure more of an ass-kicking than someone that's older.

I'm not speaking for Robb or every coaster enthusiast over the age of 40 as everyone's idea of "rough" is different. Nor would I say that EVERY person between 12-30 isn't going to encounter a coaster that doesn't kick their a$$ at some point.

I wouldn't hesitate to give Mine Blower a whirl to see what I personally think of it...it certainly is a very interesting looking coaster. But I'd probably bring the Excedrin along with me as a back-up, just in case.

And yes...getting older definitely sucks! :x


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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby tubs023 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:24 pm

Philrad71 wrote:
Pseybert wrote:
Philrad71 wrote:Queue in the slew of 12-30 year old's that will come in here and say that they rode it and can't believe that anyone thinks that it's rough...claim that it's smooth as glass. ;)

That classic 12-30 year old demographic that likes to come on here and misinform people about coasters. Not a broad generalization at all!

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Didn't mean it to sound quite like that... ;)

What I meant was that as you get older, your body isn't quite as tolerant of shuffling or getting banged around on a coaster. A lot of folks within that 12-30 age group will usually defend any ride that older enthusiasts say is rough by saying it isn't...because their bodies can usually endure more of an ass-kicking than someone that's older.

I'm not speaking for Robb or every coaster enthusiast over the age of 40 as everyone's idea of "rough" is different. Nor would I say that EVERY person between 12-30 isn't going to encounter a coaster that doesn't kick their a$$ at some point.

I wouldn't hesitate to give Mine Blower a whirl to see what I personally think of it...it certainly is a very interesting looking coaster. But I'd probably bring the Excedrin along with me as a back-up, just in case.

And yes...getting older definitely sucks! :x
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:06 pm

With some extra time thanks to Delta delaying my flight an hour (as I write this it was delayed yet another hour, thanks Delta), I was able to pop into their recently acquired park in Atlanta (formerly Fun Junction) for an hour. It was definitely better than hanging around the airport and a solid FEC.

The park is definitely in the midst of an identity crisis. The park has 3 signs out front- a banner saying Fun Spot, a tiny picket sign saying Fun Junction, and large sign saying Dixieland Fun Park (the name before Fun Junction). Receipts and wristbands said Fun Spot, the tickets said Fun Junction, and then the drop tower still says Dixieland. So getting an identity is something Fun Spot should work on.

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Am I at Fun Spot or Fun Junction?

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Well this complicates things. Dixieland too?

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The park has 3 signs out front. The biggest is one is the name they haven't used since 2012.

The park charges $5 for parking, which seems odd for a FEC, especially one that isn't in a tourist location. However, they give you $5 in ride tickets when you park so it's essentially free if you plan to use ride tickets. The coaster costs 6 tickets in case you were wondering. Or you can get a $25 wristband which works on everything but the simulator.

Speaking of the coaster, the park has one in the Screamin' Eagle. This looks like an innocent family coaster, but Screamin' Eagle is a surprisingly wild coaster. This is my first non-kiddie Miler and this one has some steep drops that build up good speed. The double up gives good air in front and the double air gives good air in the back. Then the last two hills absolutely try and eject you, which completely caught me off-guard. The second to last hill is one of the most powerful and abrupt airtime moments I've experienced. The turns are very jerky but thankfully they are taken slowly. 7.5 out of 10

I know we bash Castaway Cove's Wild Waves (still no excuse for taking this long to open), but based on Screamin' Eagle it may be a surprisingly intense little ride with the most air in NJ after El Toro and Nitro.

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The real reason I'm here.

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This Miler looks like a death trap.

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But the drops were smooth and some gave really great air-time, especially the second to last hill.

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Some jerky turns, but definitely a fun little coaster.

The park has an interesting mix of other attractions. They have the FEC staples in an arcade, bumper boats, go karts, mini golf, and laser tag, but they also have a diverse mix of rides. They have some spinny rides like a Scrambler and Spider, a screamin' swing, and a full-on Antique Car ride with a custom layout. For a FEC, they have a ton of land so Fun Spot has a lot to work with.

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FEC staple. It was hot so people were parking themselves under the squirting elephant.

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I'm glad the park has a classic Spider. I've seen a lot of these lately.

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The screamin' swing (Giant Swing) is definitely their most thrilling ride.

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Still weird to see a single swing version like this.

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The Antique Cars had a much longer and more expansive layout than I'd expect for a FEC.

The park's most popular ride was the Zip Line. Everything else in the park was a walk-on, but the Zip Line had a half hour wait. It also had a putrid capacity (max of 3 riders and 350 total pounds) which may have helped explain it. I've never done one of these chairlift style zip lines before. The seating is a major improvement over standard ziplines since it doesn't make me regret being a guy during the descent. The views from the top were just ok (nothing to see other than the park) and the descent was decently fast but not overly thrilling. Glad I tried it, but I don't see myself doing on of these again since they are usually upcharges. At Fun Spot it was included for a change. 6 out of 10

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The Zip Line towers over everything else at the park.

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Fun to try once, but not something I need to try again.

The park also has some weird bits. First, there is this massive Western facade that spans almost 2/3 of the park. There is no additional theming around it and in fact as you walk by it, I believe you are standing on the park's old lot since you can clearly see the lines for parking spaces. The facade has a restaurant inside and the arcade. It looks really nice but just doesn't seem to tie into anything else at the park in any way. They also had this weird tram thing parked in the middle of a walkway. No one was around it so I have no clue if it's ever used or not since that seemed like an odd place to park it.

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The western facade seems very out-of-place but it does look nice.

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The facade spans the length of most of the park.

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No clue what this thing was. It was parked dead center on a pathway.

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Kids only. I tried, but was denied.

If you ever have some time to burn before a flight at the Atlanta Airport, definitely check it out since it's just 15-20 minutes down the road. It's also about 35-40 minutes from Six Flags if you're in the area next year for the likely new RMC. Based on Fun Spot's track record, I expect the park to grow in the next few years and it already has a solid base to start with.
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:03 pm

They have about 80 acres of undeveloped land to work with
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:34 am

I think the real challenge will be boosting the park's attendance since it's not quite in as touristy/well-traveled of an area as their other parks. It does have the Atlanta metro area to tap into, but Fun Spot just needs to get people down there way since they do have a nice base to work with and the land you mentioned to expand.
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:36 pm

Nice report. I'm excited to see what Fun Spot will do with this property. With all that land to expand, I would hope they add a new coaster or two. I think it'd be great to see another small or mid-size Gravity Group or GCI built, especially with it being unique to the area since SFOG, Carowinds, and Wild Adventures have mediocre wooden coasters at best.
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:46 pm

Especially since arguably the best of those woodies (Georgia Cyclone) is all but confirmed to be RMC'ed and one of the others (Hurler) is a likely candidate to be RMC'ed as well if it goes well in Virginia (I'm guessing it will since there's no launch, as far as we know).
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Re: Fun Spot America Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:48 pm

I've taken a trip down to Orlando for...reasons, and I stopped by Fun Spot Kissimmee this evening to check out Mine Blower.

The bad news: I spent $18 to take two laps on the coaster and only got to take one because the lap bars in the front half of the train got stuck closed. They had to wait for their mechanic to come over, do all of the tests, let everyone out, and cycle the train empty. By the time they dispatched the train I just wanted to go to my hotel, as I had been on planes for over six hours beforehand. Maybe I'll go take my Fun-e-Card and go ride White Lightning tomorrow.

The good news: Mine Blower is pretty good! It's definitely a Gravity Group hybrid, and you can tell - it's somewhat of a rough ride in the turns but the airtime is great! The parts of the ride where there are a bunch of bunny hops in a row are probably the best. Thinking about it I probably like White Lightning better but Mine Blower is pretty solid. If you ever find yourself in the area go give it a ride, you can get on and off in about twenty minutes max.
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