Photo TR: Derek and Nicole do Niagara

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Postby obeygiant » Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:48 am

Great Pics....it's always nice to see trees are actually growing onto the coaster...

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Postby DerekRx » Mon Aug 07, 2006 2:00 pm

After a good 4 hours at Marineland, we were pretty hungry and tired of walking so much. After seeing the huge lines for food at Marineland, we opted for food we know would be better and possibly cheaper, so we headed out for Clifton Hill, the tourist trap area of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Heath the Sally Fan wanted to ride Ghost Blasters anyway, and we decided to check out the Falls and stuff while we were there.
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Welcome to Clifton Hill, much like Pigeon Forge or the Wis Dells, its a tourist trap, full of these expensive and lame haunted houses
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They've got a new ferris wheel, but Nicole wasn't interested, so we skipped it
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For lunch we stopped at Boston Pizza. We were so thirsty, we didn't even get beer!
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Only in Canada would you find the hockey simulator
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Right below Boston Pizza was Ghost Blasters. Not too bad a price at $5 CAN per person
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Nice animatronics outside try to coerce you inside
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Keath and Him are ready to blast some ghosts. The guns worked pretty well for a Sally ride
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Lots of other touristy stuff in Clifton Hill, like Rainforest Cafe, and HOLY CRAP! Piledriver is working finally!
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Its also home to Marvel Superhero City, but we weren't interested this time
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So here's the American side of Niagara Falls (notice, its not called Niagra Falls, its not spelled like Viagra and the water doesn't flow up)
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Off in the distance you'll see how much more spectacular the Canadian Falls are
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So yeah, here we are at the Falls
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A closer look at the Canadian side of the Falls
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The closer we got to the falls, the wetter and the better it felt! See that Maid of the Mist down there, it was a long line, no thanks
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From the top of the Horseshoe Falls. Anyone have the urge to go over in a barrel?
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Either it was really crowded that day, or another ACE Group photo was being planned at the moment
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Dude, where's the ton of Wandas?
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Thur they is! Heeeeey!!
All clear....

Dispatch, enjoy your ride.

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Postby USRoadTripper » Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:37 pm

Dude, I love Clifton Hill! It's so campy and cheesy. I was disappointed when I crossed into Canada last year on the other main bridge from New York, since I didn't get to visit Clifton Hill!
Looks like you guys are having a blast!

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Postby Token Yankee Guy » Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:56 pm

Nice Photo TR Derek. Did you guys go behind the falls or not? That's a neat thing to do while at Niagra Falls
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Postby dandaman » Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:04 pm

Yeah... we got the Great Canadian Midway pass last month, which was actually a pretty good deal (it included Ghost Blasters, the Sky Wheel, and a few other Clifton Hill attractions).

Glad to see the Pile Driver still looks as crappy as it was last month, too! :lol: So slow, and not worth any amount of money that can be measured in dollars.
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Postby RaptorBoyASU » Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:09 pm

One of my good friends used to live in Tonawanda. I laugh to this day at the name of that city though.

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Postby Canobie Fan » Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:11 pm


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Postby DerekRx » Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:30 pm

Part 4: Martin's Fantasy Island

A small park that I've never been to, but passed by in the winter time, home to a wooden coaster, and a mile from my girlfriend's house...you bet I'm going there!

The park was really small and strangely laid out and themed. The only real theming was around the western entrance and then it basically turned into a kiddie area on one side and a carnival midway on the other side with a few traditional park things like antique cars, a log flume, and a train. Everything else though was trailer mounted, except for the wooden CCI Silver Comet. SC was a lot better than I was expecting, with some good airtime and turns. It reminded me of Great White at Moreys, but with not as good a location, but much more airtime (and little risk of getting hit with sand). Sadly, with only 1 train operation, us only going for sundown admission, and a nice sized crowd, I only managed 2 rides on Comet. Its ok though, as long as Nicole or her parents live up there, I'm sure I'll go back.
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"Waaaaazup!"
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The western section leading to the carnival midway
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Malaria Lake Niagra
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First ride we see, the super fun slide
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The main draw, Silver Comet
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Great airtime in the first couple of hills. Too bad they reprofiled this turnaround
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Lots of turns, just like Great White
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Zamperla frisbee type ride (Mark, I've got more if you want them, $100 each!) =)
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Chance Slingshot, L to the A to the M to the E
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Wow, thats like 2 operatings Chaos' I've seen so far this year (and as full as the park was, there was no line for this!)
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I'll pass on this Patriot, as its not a credit, not even to Jeff
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The Ferris Wheel is right up next to the Interstate
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Another credit, even Nicole didn't have this one, and its been there for over a year!
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Too bad it didn't spin all that much, though we got a little bit of action out of it
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It was highly popular too, we waited almost as long for this as we did the Tivoli at Marineland
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I love the new lapbars so much more than the old ones
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No Sea Ray for us, as we needed to ride Silver Comet again before the park closed. Darn 1 train operation (of course, that's all they have!)
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One last photo to show to Mark of his awesome Nitro
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After Martin's it was off to Buffalo, and the Anchor Bar, birthplace of the Buffalo Wing
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Everyone is sunburnt, exhausted, and hungry
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Kim gets a little crazy with her wing order =)
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and no BACT attack would be complete without beer
All clear....

Dispatch, enjoy your ride.

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Postby Carnage » Mon Aug 07, 2006 8:07 pm

Awesome you went to the Anchor bar. :b

You're lucky that the weather didn't close MFI for you. ;)
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Postby CoasterFanatic » Mon Aug 07, 2006 8:23 pm

Glad to see that the Silver Comet Fan Club is growing. It may not be the biggest or best ... but it sure is fun!

After Mark buys your photos, he must tell us why that mouse is so lame. Are the rotations less due to the Canadian-American spin exchange rate or something?
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