Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

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Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby saginawhxc » Thu May 20, 2010 2:26 am

Let me just say before I even start that I LOVE Holiday World and it is by far my favorite park. If this park wasn't 8 hours from home I believe I would spend half the summer there.

I just purchased a brand new Nikon D5000 and was itching to shoot some Voyage shots with the Traditional PTC trains while they are still running. This is my first DSLR camera so I'm kind of learning as I go here.

Over the course of the two days I met some great people, hung out with a great friend and travel companion, spent a couple of hours in the water park with some fellow TPR members, and had a great overall time.

Wildebeest is amazing. I'm not a big water ride person, but this ride is a blast. The airtime is amazing. In some of the spots it feels like your entire raft is off the track for at least a second or more. So much fun. It was a little chilly though and I can't wait to come back when the weather is nicer.

It was exciting to see the Timberliners in person, even if they aren't ready yet. I can't wait to ride these babies. Even with the PTC trains though The Voyage is still my number one coaster.

On a side note my youngest son is 8 and just finally reached that magical 48" mark over the winter so I'm bringing him down here next Monday and Tuesday and am very excited at the prospect of sharing this great park with him.
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Note the grey skies. It was cloudy, slightly breezy, and a little chilly over the course of the two days of my stay.
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Maybe I'm just a giant kid at heart but Santa always brings a smile to my face.
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We kicked off the coasters with Raven.
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I'm putting the pressure on this incredible little woody to make a coaster fan out of my son next week.
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I pray it's up to the challenge.
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Anxious to try Wildebeest I decided to risk hypothermia to give it a go.
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It is "The Voyage" of water rides. Simply insane. Despite not even liking water rides I left this ride soaked to the bone with an ear to ear grin.
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Soaking wet and shivering to death I could now hear Voyage calling my name.
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With one train ops the average wait was 15 to 20 minutes.
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This is why I bought a new camera, so I could mask my horrible photography by catching the occasional great shot like this.
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The guy in the Griffon shirt was from Germany. He was here in the US with a couple of friends touring parks. I told him I caught this shot and promised him it would end up in my TR. Hopefully he finds it.
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So those are the dummies that hijacked the Timberliners!
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I did notice that after I posted the first picture of the damage that someone went and covered it up with a tarp.
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Here I believe we find the real culprit. It was bunny rabbits secretly employed by Intamin to sabotage the Timberliners.
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After several rides on Voyage I made my way over to yet another amazing woody.
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Unfortunately this is one of the very few spots of airtime to be found on the ride.
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It really provides some great lateral g's though.
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In fact that is really what this ride is all about.
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It winds through some of the queues in the water park making for some very photogenic opportunities.
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On day two my friend and I met up with another of my friends Zach and his friend Andrew. We decided to brave the chilly air and hit up some water park action.
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After several more rides on Wildebeest we headed over and started knocking out some of their other slides.
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Zoombabwe just felt like it went on and on forever.
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I enjoyed Pilgrims Plunge much more this year than I did last year.
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After a couple of hours in the water park we all decided it was time to fill our empty bellies with some of the best amusement park food to be found... but Plymouth Cafe was closed.
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We made our way over to get us some barbecue in the fourth of July area instead, but it was also closed.
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Zach about wet himself when he found out I had never rode Liberty Launch, so we rode this instead of eating yummy barbecue. Fun, but I was still hungry afterwards.
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After finally finding some food at Kringle's Cafe we split ways with Zach and Andrew, and made our way over to Gobbler Getaway.
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I'm making it the goal of my life to reach master status, but so far I can only reach apprentice.
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Not wanting to get wet again we skipped Frightful Falls, but I snapped a few pics of it anyways.
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Not quite two trains, but still pretty cool.
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If I had a dollar for every time I've just called this ride "Monster" it could of payed for my season pass.
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Raging Rapids. Brrr... once again, I'm already back in dry clothes, so maybe another day.
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I couldn't even stomach this ride today, but maybe it was actually just the closed sign on Plymouth Cafe making me sick.
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I'm not really sure what makes swing rides like this so fun, but I love them.
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This must be one intense swing ride. You have several terrified girls and one guy about to hurl. They do realize that they are just swings don't they?
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Growing up the Scrambler was always my favorite.
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Holiday Worlds answer to Cedar Fairs Dale Earnhardt themed rides.
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I have a sickening feeling that I am riding this two dozen times next week when I bring Joey back here as this is his favorite ride.
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Last flat ride of the day we did was the flying scooters.
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Back to back rides here and we made our way over to Voyage for a handful more rides before making the long trek home.
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Re: Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby Andrew.NZ88 » Thu May 20, 2010 5:01 am

Wow, great TR. Me and my partner are looking forward to going to Holiday World in August. What a lovely park!

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Re: Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby Phideaux » Thu May 20, 2010 8:10 am

Wildebeest looks like a lot of fun. Camera took good pictures. Someday I need to get a DSLR camera. I am torn between saving for a new HD video camera or a DSLR.

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Re: Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby jynx242 » Thu May 20, 2010 8:40 am

Great pictures! I'm sure you will have a blast with the youngin' I love Holiday World! Just love it, and can't wait till August to get back to it!
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Re: Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby angryemobeaver » Thu May 20, 2010 8:43 am

What a great Photo TR! Some of the best photos I've ever seen taken at Holiday World. Too bad it was cloudy, if it was sunny than the photos would of been even better. I might be going to HW again this weekend, so if I do, I might have to try to find some of those angles to take some good photos. Is that all of the photos, or is there more? And could you give a more detailed comment on what you thought of Voyage, Legend, and Raven? And maybe a ride count? Thanks.
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Re: Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby rcg19 » Thu May 20, 2010 8:52 am

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Re: Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby derwood » Thu May 20, 2010 10:38 am

Nice TR and Photos. Holiday World is one of my favorite parks.

I bought a Nikon D60 last year but have not dragged it into a park as I am still learning how to get the most out of the camera and lenses.

Keep up the great shots!


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Re: Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby saginawhxc » Thu May 20, 2010 11:17 am

angryemobeaver wrote:Is that all of the photos, or is there more? And could you give a more detailed comment on what you thought of Voyage, Legend, and Raven? And maybe a ride count? Thanks.


That's not even close to all the photo's. I tend to spend as much time taking photo's as I do actually riding anything. Plus since this camera is blazing fast compared to what I'm used to it is far to easy to just sit there snapping pictures of EVERYTHING. I'm gonna run out of storage space for shoots like that.

I think I rode Raven maybe a dozen times, Legend about 8 or so, 6 rides on Wildebeest, and probably put in close to 25 rides on Voyage over the two days. The only other ride I rode more than once was the flying scooters.

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Re: Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby robbalvey » Thu May 20, 2010 11:19 am

saginawhxc wrote:I tend to spend as much time taking photo's as I do actually riding anything.

I think many of us can totally relate! ;)

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Re: Photo TR: Holiday World 5/17/10 - 5/18/10

Postby saginawhxc » Thu May 20, 2010 11:20 am

rcg19 wrote:I was at HW monday too and I think I saw you around, the TPR shirt gave you away! I believe we were both marathoning the Voyage at the end of the day?


Yes, anytime I am at Holiday World I am usually putting in laps on Voyage for the last hour or so.

I actually had several people comment on the TPR shirt. I even met another member named Steve(?) while in line for the Legend. Steve if that's not your name, I'm sorry. I am one of those extremely sociable people so I always love meeting new people, but have an extremely bad memory so I may not always remember your name later.

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