Photo TR: The Johnson's Coaster Vacation (2006)

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Postby Coaster Palooza » Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:51 am


Great report! We are hoping to get to PKD and BGE later this year. I heard about the Italian Job having the speakers working at PKD, but they don't work at PKI. What is said over the speakers?

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:00 am

Yeah I will give a more in depth report of all the credits earned after I post all my photos. Yeah we did ride Scooby twice, once near the front, the other in the very back. There is mostly music that comes out of the speakers of the Italian Job. I think there was a little bit of talking at the start and end of the ride, but mostly music.

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Postby pkdcoaster » Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:22 am

Also on IJ they have sound effects (engine,tires,police cars) through the ride in addition to the director and music and instuctions etc.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:31 am

OK Day 5:

Six Flags America.

While there are a few decent coasters in the park, The Wild One was really awesome, SFA was hands down our least favorite park on the trip. Ride operations were lackluster (except for the Wild One), many of the employees were very rude or unresponsive, and all the water rides were closed. Lucky for us the park was not very crowded and we were able to get all the credits, minus Joker's Jinx, in about 4 1/2 hours. We also did not have to spend money on Flash Passes as well.
Our next park, Six Flags America.
We got to park right next to the entrance.
No Joker's Jinx for us on this visit, but we got all the rest.
Just in case you forgot which park we were at.
The front entrance area seemed kind of nice.
As you can see, there was not many people in the park at opening.
We headed right for Gotham where the Intamin awaits us.
Too bad we encountered a closed ride with a clueless park employee sitting in front.
So we continued around to the back where Batwing awaits.
The coaster was fun, lucky for us we were on the 2nd train of the day, they had a dispatch about every 10 minutes or so.
Yeah it is true, Ultra Twister is located right here.
Mmmmmmm...Wild One. My 2nd favorite wooden coaster. Awesome operations as well.
See how it brought smiles to our faces.
We then hit Two Face, which was our first invertigo boomerang coaster.
We decided to go try Superman again only to be greeted by a stuck train.
They had a bunch of problems with the red train today, we ended up leaving the station without the credit.
Dang it, I really wanted to ride this one.
Worst coaster on the trip. This was really bad, even for a Vekoma SLC.
We got the kiddie credit!
Ok, I am smiling because we did finally got our Superman credit. It still was a good ride.
They only had one train running, because the red one was still causing all sorts of problems.
Bugs scared Dar quite a bit.
But they made up, and we got a nice picture with him.
Ok we got all we can, lets get out while we can.
OK there is our car.
What an unusal McDonalds.

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Postby WildMouse » Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:33 am

Excellent BGE photos. That park has been on my must do list for a long, long time. I'll get out that way one day... PKD looks rather funky too.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:21 am

Day 6:

Six Flags Great Adventure.

We really liked this park quite a bit, though the weather was really crappy while we were there. The weather kept the crowds away so we did not have to get a Flash Pass/Q*bot. I got to give the park credit in that they still ran all the coasters (except Kingda Ka, and those that were closed) in the rain. We were able to earn Batman, Nitro, Skull Mountain, Blackbeard, and Medusa rather quickly (and without Flash Pass). After lunch we did then get Rolling Thunder as well as Great American Scream Machine before we called it quits for the day because the weather was simply terrible. Lucky for us we did plan an extra day for the park...just in case.
How many Superman logos do you see here?
Yeah, its a world wide celebration at Six Flags. But for 45 years??
First credit of the day, Batman.
Batman made a mess of our clothes, at least the ride ops warned us.
We all spent some time in here, we preety much got all the stains out.
Ok onto Nitro.
Yeah, sitting on the front row while it was raining pretty hard was a really good idea. So we rode it three times in a row.
Yeah we got a little bit wet.
Nope, not open today.
Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train.
We walked over here, we left our map in the car so we just kinda wandered around the park.
While you don't see it in this picture. They were testing El Toro in the rain. That thing looks great.
Onto Medusa. Medusa Mining Company? Oh, that is why Medusa is in this area of the park.
Why not? No line and we were already soaked.
We got more wet during this part of the ride instead of the spash down.
Awww, no western show today.
We spent some time in here waiting for the rain to slow down.
We decided to go get some lunch.
We were all very hungry. Leanne also picked up a new friend for her collection.
We had five credits by lunch.
After Rolling Thunder and GASM, we went over to Superman.
Though Superman got stuck for a long time. We did here some yell, "I got to go poopie!" He still hung there for another 20 minutes.
We decided to leave the park, those cars were prety much all that was in the parking lot.
No Kingda Ka credit for us today.
Though our hotel did have a nice Greek place to eat.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:22 pm

Day 7:

Back to Six Flags Great Adventure.

Instead of going to Dorney we decided to give SFGAdv a second try to see if we could earn those Superman, Kingda Ka, and the kiddie credit I totally forgot about. Batman & Robin: Chiller was still closed as well as the Mine Train so there was no chance for those, and yes we did miss he opening of El Toro by 3 days. It is ok though, we will most certainly make it back to this park again.
Nope, not even testing when we got there.
It was still a bit rainy when we first got there. Rain = No Kingda Ka.
It does not look very good again this day, but its not raining as hard.
Still about 15 minutes until park opening, so we walked in here.
Awwwww...I miss Pedroland.
The rain really slowed down by this time.
Sob! No Batman & Robin credits this trip.
Superdork was doing his thing.
It was almost 10:00.
Then we sang the national anthem with Slyvester.
The Looney Toons did the song and dance thingy.
It looks like they adjusted Tweety's costume a bit.
Let's Go!
Yeah we already know.
LOL! Skull Mountain.
We liked Nitro so much, we decided to try it without rain.
It ended up being my favorite coaster in the park.
OK, time to get the kiddie credit.
The ride-ops were nice enough to allow us to ride.
Ok, where to now?
Cool, they got Superman running.
Instead of a gum wall or tree, they have a gum platform. Yeah we got the credit, only one more S:UF credit to go now.
Since the rain stopped, we walked over to this area.
We proceeded to get a KK ticket, because they load the loading platform as groups instead of a constant line.
We then walked through this gate.
Oh please let us ride!
Oh this looks good.
Do you think we got the credit? You decide.
Weeeeee...we got the credit.
Yeah, this is the extent of my POV video.
See, its Kingda Ka through the trees/bushes.
Everyone likes Tigers! Right?
All about Tigers.
The show is about to begin.
It is still running, cool!
So did they name the coaster after the tiger, or the tiger after the coaster?
I did not think Kingda Ka operated well with a lot of water.
Nice Kitty.
Close up of Kingda Ka.
I posted this one for you tortoise lovers.
Ok, this was junk.
Pretty cool Go-Kart track, too bad it is an upcharge ride.
At least I rode The Great Gasp last year, because this was closed today.
You can enjoy these benefits, for a mere $99 a person.
Here is some of the benefits. Thanks SF Great Adventure, you rocked.

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Postby YoshiFan » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:56 pm

It looks like you were really lucky to get on KK with the way the weather was in addition to the regular chance of KK having non rain problems. It's too bad you didn't get to Dorney especially because even with just doing the twilight admission (or whatever it is called), you could probably get all 8 credits there (everything but the Little Laser which is strictly under 54" only) in less than 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:00 pm

Its cool, because we went to another park during the twilight hours instead, which totally rocked. I will catch Dorney whenever we hit New Jersey again. Just gives us something else to look foward to. Also the weather in that area seemed like it was pretty bad as well. We were not sure if Dorney runs its rides in the rain.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:19 pm

Here is a short 3 minute raw-footage video of a brand new dark ride that opened at the next park we visited. I bet you know where it is.
Reese Xtreme Cup Challenge.
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