We've just added a 14 page Photo Update from our insane travels in the deep south:http://www.themeparkreview.com/south2006/sfog1.htm
While most everyone was in the mid-west over Memorial Day Weekend, we went down to the deep south, where it was a little quieter!
Overall, it was a GREAT trip! Goliath was a lot of fun. Probably my favorite of the B&M hyper coasters. The only thing one that could probably beat it would be a "brakeless" ride on Raging Bull (hasn't run like that since 2001!) While I had heard reports of "ejector" air all over the ride, we didn't find any, but we DID find a lot of strong "floater" air. If you want an example of ejector air, that could be found across the park at Cyclone!
We headed off to Myrtle Beach to visit the Pavilion during it's closing season. We actually quite enjoyed this park. It wasn't spectacular, but it wasn't anything terrible, which were the reports we had heard. It kind of reminded me of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The coaster, on the other hand, Hurricane, leaved a LOT to be desired. Wow, what a rough POS! The hills had a lot of airtime, but it was just so rough I was the only one in our group who bothered to take a second ride!
Then we went over to Family Kingdom, home of the Swamp Fox. Wow, what a DUMP this place is! Rivals Williams Grove, Conneaut Lake, and Little A-Merrick-A for some of the worst parks in the US I've been to. The coaster was "ok" but the entire place was like a day at Nara Dreamland. I'd say Family Kingdom is like the US version of "Rotunda." Pretty craptacular place. I wouldn't bother wasting my time to stop there once the Pavilion closes. The Swamp Fox isn't bad, but it's not worth the time, IMO.
We did some random credit whoring, a few stops of Carrabbas, and then we finally made it to Six Flags White Water in Georgia. A really NICE water park, IMO! Had a Tornado slide and a bunch of other cool, somewhat unique slides. Nice setting too. Well worth the visit if you want to do a water park while out visiting SFOG.
So we survived yet another park (Family Kingdom), "black biker week", really liked Goliath a lot, and got to see Joe's man boobs!!!
It was a pretty kick ass time for all.
Anyway, check out the photo update and then post your shocking responses!