Photo TR: Paramount's Great America Sunday 9_3_06

Labor Day Weekend, Nickelodeon Parade!
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Photo TR: Paramount's Great America Sunday 9_3_06

Postby Coaster Palooza » Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:06 pm

Gyendolynne and I went to PGA yesterday for a quick trip. We actually stayed the whole day! Ryan (Bush982) said he was flying back up from LA and would be to PGA around 4pm for the parade at 5. We ended up hanging out until the parade. Ryan drives the last float in it.

We rode Top Gun 3 times, Delirium, Drop Zone, Survivor, The Grizzly, Bumper Cars, and Berzerker. It was a great time! Top Gun now has a DVD of the ride similar to Sheikra at Busch Gardens, Tampa (I won't change the name). We didn't wait any longer than 30 minutes for any ride (the longest wait was for Top Gun). It was busy, but the operations were very good.

A little bit about the parade, it is awesome! This is not some ghetto Six Flags parade, this is a terrific parade. It reminded us of the one at Disney's California Adventure. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
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Holy cow! This is the wait for the metal detectors.
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Luckily they opened a few more. In the middle is a Nickelodeon deal with Sponge Bob.
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After we rode Top Gun and Delirium, we headed to Survivor.
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At least it is running today.
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Waiting patiently doing our stomping.
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Maybe we can get them wet.
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After all that stomping, and a ride on Drop Zone and Grizzly, it is time for beer and Nachos. Yes Wally, it is a Bud Light!
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mmmm, nothing left.
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That's me on Demon in the back.
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Here's the splash at Whitewater Falls.
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We brokedown and rode Berserker.
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Whoa! Top Gun flying by for our second ride.
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This is where they come out for the Nickelodeon Parade.
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Look at all the people lining up.
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It reminded us of Disney's California Adventure.
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They even had some dead President's there.
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Yay! The parade is starting.
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Jimmy Neutron scooting around in a Segway.
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First float
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This is just so well done.
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Dora, I can't believe I know some names.
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The star of the show, SpongeBob
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Yep,
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Those bubbles are shooting out the back of SpongeBob's float.
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Getting near the end.
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Just a few more floats.
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Look at all the people!
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The next float is just as good if not better than the previous one.
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We highly recommend staying to see this parade.
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Ryan is driving this Float
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There's the parade as it goes past the Carousel.
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I guess these are bad guys.
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That hammock was pretty cool too.
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The end of the parade.
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One final parting shot.

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Postby pvcoasterguy » Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:10 pm

Whoa, Demon's logo looks really cool. The one at Six Flags Great America is still the original (with creepy eyes) on the trains, but that one looks pretty darn good.

Nice TR! If Six Flags would just put the resources and cash into the entertainment departments, they could pull off a great parade/show.

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Postby Coaster Palooza » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:10 am

I was surprised by Demon's operations today. They were dispatching trains very fast! There wasn't any stacking going on. The ride itself is still as bumpy as ever.

The parade was just totally awesome though.

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Postby mcjaco » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:01 am

^ That doesn't happen at SFGam. I swear everytime I go there's stacking no matter what the crowds.

I come home with bruises on my knees and shoulders everytime I ride the Demon.

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Postby Bush985 » Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:53 am

Rick,
I'm glad you enjoyed the parade! We all have a great time putting it on daily. (Well driving...). Needless to say, thanks for the good TR.
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Postby pvcoasterguy » Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:14 pm

^^ I actually found that, when I went to SFGAm just last month, that the Demon crew was hauling ass. Trains were continually being dispatched, and even though the line was out to the cave from the lift (with no switchbacks), it only took about 10 minutes. It was great.

The ride itself was bumpy, but nothing terrible. In fact, it was actually an enjoyable ride, and my non-coaster-freak friend said that it was good, and I had to agree, as it was. Pretty darn good for a ride about 30 years old.

Also adding to the good experience was the fact that the Demon song was playing in the queue, which made it really fun and retro.

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Postby Coaster Palooza » Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:58 pm

^^Ryan, thanks for suggesting that we stay for the parade. All we have been talking about is that we couldn't believe we actually stayed at PGA for a full day. Haven't done that in a long time!

^The Demon at PGA has their song going too and the lights are on through the lifthill tunnel. It is really great when they restore the rides like that!


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