Photo TR: A Jiggidy Mid-America Adventure

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Photo TR: A Jiggidy Mid-America Adventure

Postby Erik Johnson » Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:45 pm

Hey there TPR People!

I just got back from two back to back trips this past week. The first was the TPR Texas trip, while the second one took me to four more parks a bit further to the north. The Photo trip report for Texas will be posted soon, but I still need some more time to prepare for that one so I decided to do this one first. On this trip, the first park we visted was Frontier City, which is located right beside Oklahoma City. Because of its location (In that there isn't much else located within four hours of the park), it is not covered very often on TPR so I will include over 100 photos in this posting. This was also a special visit for me because I had visited the park before, though that was almost 25 years ago. So it would be really interesting to see how much has changed in that time.

Ok, you ready to head on into the park?
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Well, well. I finally got my Gainesville, Texas credit.
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Let us head into Oklahoma.
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Its pretty baren out here.
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After about a four hour drive north of Dallas, Texas. We finally made it to Oklahoma City.
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Oh, there it is! Frontier City
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This would be the other Silver Bullet. Instead of a B&M, it would be one of those Schwarzkopf coasters.
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Yes, it has been almost 25 years since I set foot in this park.
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Last time I was there, I looked like this. Yes, those would be Jams that I would be wearing.
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This is what the ticket booths look like.
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Ok, let us head on into the park, shall we?
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Is that you Buff?
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Yeah, they are not quite the Five Bears Rug. Maybe Five Bears Rug Minus 2?
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Wild Kitty would be the first of two credits that I was denied during both trips.
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Just in case if Larry needed one for the park index.
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They were very strict with this one. Even kids were turned away.
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I went ahead and took a few pictures of the coaster area.
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Yes, its a small one.
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But, there was some theming in the area.
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More track.
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Well, it is better not to dwell on such things, so let us move on.
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The park is on the small side, but it is pretty well themed.
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Steel Lasso would be the newest coaster in the park.
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Here are the rules.
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Steel Lasso is the newest Vekoma design for its Junior suspended coaster.
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See how different the seats look now? They are VERY confortable.
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Vekoma really improved the design of these coasters. It delivered a very smooth ride.
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It no longer has the really bad wobble that the older models have.
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Here is what some of the layout looks like.
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Whee!
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Vekoma really got this one right.
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Ok, one final one.
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Silver Bullet Midwest?
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Yes it is one of those fangled Schwarzy coasters that I do so love.
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Up the lift hill it goes.
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Though, for whatever reason, this was did not have quite as much intensity when compared to other Schwarzys.
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The classic blurry design.
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Ok, one more till we move one.
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Ok ok ok. Here is just one more for you train buffs.
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Next was the Wildcat. This would be the park's wooden coaster.
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Nice Kitty, please do not bite me.
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You could read up on all about roller coaster history while waiting in line.
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The Cyclone also has really padded seats on the train so you do not die.
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Um, something does not look right.
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Oh, that explains it. ;)
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Two extra points for having this sign.
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This is the Wildcat's history. It proved to be a fun Junior sized wooden coaster.
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This would be a lift hill.
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The wrath of the Wildcat would be 46mph ride through the woods.
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Wildcat is not the easiest coaster to get photos of. It really does zoom off into the woods after this point.
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It eventually returns to this point, so I can at least share this with you.
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Did the ride have some kind of wet section, or something, at this point?
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Does anyone have any idea what that is?
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The final coaster credit would be the Kings Island free Diamondback.
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Diamondback would be my very first Arrow shuttle credit.
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Does anyone remember Lightning Loops from Six Flags Great Adventure?
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One of them still survives here at Frontier City. Six Flags America had the other one until it was removed around 10 years ago.
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After walking up just a few steps to the top, we made it.
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Our Arrow chariot awaits.
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As an early launched coaster, it has a sled that hooks onto the back of the train which pushes you over the edge.
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Then you do it all over again in a reverse direction.
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This part in reverse was quite intense.
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Actually there is another coaster credit. But it has been closed for years.
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It is a coaster in the box. Lucky for me I actually earned the credit a very long time ago.
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Many moons ago it used to sit near where Steel Lasso is now. It used to be called the Orange Blossom Special.
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According to my records, it would have been my 5th credit.
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It continues to be abandoned.
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Ok, let us check out some other things in the park
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For me, the real surprise would be the Sally Shooting Dark Ride, Quick Draw.
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Andrew looks ready to go shoot stuff.
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What I really liked was that when you shoot a target, it often revealed another set of hidden targets.
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Random Buffalo!
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There were quite a few flat rides all over the park.
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Tornado would be the tilt-a-whirl.
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Mind Bender is nothing like the one in Georgia.
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At this park it is an inverter.
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There is really a lot of nice western theming all around the park.
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See what I mean?
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There is a really early Arrow log flume here. Too bad the line would have taken an hour or more to get through.
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Plus we would have probably gotten really wet.
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For you rapids fans.
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It looked like a good one. Too bad we still had a 2 hour drive after this park, otherwise I would have ridden it.
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Again, for you rapids fans.
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Does this meet my quota for rapids pictures?
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No? How about now?
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Hangman proved to be a very messed up launch/drop tower.
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It sits here waiting for its next victims.
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After it launch sequence it brings you back here where it does some very controled decent back to the bottom.
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However the launch was very sudden and intense. Unlike the normal S&S towers, there was no warning on this one.
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One final Hangman photo.
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This would be the concert hall/building.
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This would be this year's schedule.
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Random barn.
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They have one of these, and no it is not an upcharge.
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I am not sure if I would be brave enough to ride one of these. I was kind of happy that it had a really long line.
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Would you like to see the park from a better view?
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This is just a reminder to help you remember where we were.
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It was also placed on top of a hill, which was the highest point of the park.
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You really do get a nice view of the park.
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Its kind of like Soarin' Over Steel Lasso.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:31 am

Frontier City Part 2.
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We see you Silver Bullet.
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Random Wildcat track.
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That would be Oklahoma City way off in the distance.
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Hangman with Diamondback.
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Back on the ground and through the trees.
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Another random flat ride sign for the park index. I think this was for the enterprise.
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Random Scrambler.
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I guess that would be a slush in his hand.
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One of the shortest car rides ever can be found here.
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Here comes our car.
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Drive us to Pizza Hut James.
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Yes, an exclusive POV shot.
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I think this ride was closed during out visit.
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Take the Tunnel!!! At about 4 mph.
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Hooray, we are almost done.
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Bumper Cars.
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The same bumper cars in 1985.
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Paul versus the world.
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The bumper cars actually do have a proper name.
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Random street shot.
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Well, it is time to leave the park.
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Wave goodbye to Silver Bullet.
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Off we head onto our next park, which will be posted soon.
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Postby ctriceman » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:45 am

Great Tr. I remember driving by this park a few years ago but didn't have time to stop in. It seems like it is a bit underrated.

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Postby Emiroo » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:59 am

Great Report! I didn't even know this place existed.

I usually have to go to OKC once a year on business so you can just guess where I'm going to make a pit stop on my next visit...

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Postby coasterdude5 » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:08 am

Great pictures - I've never really given this park much of a look before but it looks like a nice place.
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Postby redfoot12 » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:10 am

That TR makes me wish I had just taken off a few more days of work. Great pictures as usual!

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Postby Shavethewhales » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:22 am

Nice Photo TR. This is actually my home park, but I haven't been in over 2 years. Looks like the place has really cleaned up nicely, it was a pit the last time I visited. The new owners have really cleaned it up, and the two new rides are very good quality for the park.

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Postby Homer » Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:10 am

I haven't seen many pics of this park, but I can definitely tell that it has cleaned up. Glad to see Diamondback got a new coat of paint and another Arrow loop in good condition like Elitch's.

Also, Pheonix. :omg:

Enjoyable trip report.
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Postby Carnage » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:03 pm

That drop tower was pretty strange.

The launch up was unpredictable, as well as quite jarring. And yet the downward launch was tame as can be.

Too bad they were only running like 3 boats on the log flume. We started waiting in line, only to quickly figure out that the short line was going to take forever.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:09 pm

Ok then, you guys ready for Silver Dollar City?

In case if you did not know, Silver Dollar City is located right next to Branson, Missouri. Its very similiar to Dollywood with a few exceptions. SDC is a bit more compact when compared to Dollywood, as well as its move covered in trees. Trees are everywhere which means a lot more shade in the park. Its a bit easier to get around in SDC as well with its multiple paths across the entire span of the park. The roller coaster collection is simply awesome. I would have to say that, overall, they do top Dollywood's collection. Plus they get bonus points for having the Marvel Cave as an additional attraction. I think Dollywood does have a slightly better selection of food as well as shows. Basically it comes down to this , if you really love Dollywood (Which I do), you will love Silver Dollar City.

You ready for more photos?

Silver Dollar City (Part 1)
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It does look a bit different than Oklahoma.
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Silver Dollar City Billboard!
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The road of no return.
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It sure looks like we are in the right place.
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You see, he is pointing us in the right direction.
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From the parking lot you can see Wildfire on top of the mountain.
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Let us take a short tram ride to the gate.
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Wow, I finally made it!
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They do have a wedding chapel at SDC.
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So just in case you want to get hitched and to ride coasters.
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The water clock looks pretty interesting.
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Here is some more information about it.
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The park map comes in the form of a newspaper.
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Let us head into the park.
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They do have a church here, just like Dollywood.
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If you do go inside, you must be quiet.
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OK enough of this, let us go ride a coaster.
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Here are the rules.
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Good to know.
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There is all kinds of theming in the queue line as well as the station.
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It also includes a lot of theming which is historically accurate to the region.
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Good to know.
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More stuff.
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I see a coaster train.
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S&S really needs to build more of these. This one is really good.
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Dispatch!
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So that is where S&S gets its launching power from.
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Here is a close up of the track.
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It looks like it is almost our turn.
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Ready for a ride?
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Dispatch?
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After you leave the station you are transfered to the launching area.
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Ready for launch?
Last edited by Erik Johnson on Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:21 pm.
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