This past Saturday, I went to my first coaster enthusiast event, Volcanomania. It was put on by the Coaster Zombies and Coaster Crew.
I had gotten up at 3:30 that morning for when Melissa got off of work because she wanted me to stay up since her car was running on a doughnut (she was going to get a new tire later in the morning before going to work). Since I was planning on getting up at 4 or so, I did not worry about trying to go back to bed when Melissa got home. I got showered and headed out, stopping at Sheetz here in Greenville for some breakfast. I made really good time and pulled up to the parking lot gate at about 8.
It turned out to be Cold and Rainy for most of the day, but the sun broke out every once in a while. Most of the rides ran all day, the only exception was HyperSonic which did not open until around 5.
ERT took place on Volcano from 9:30 until 10:30, and Flight of Fear ERT was from about 10:00 to 10:30. During the ERT I got 6 rides on Volcano and 5 on Flight of Fear.
I had a personal record of 35 rides on coaster today, with counts going as such:
-Flight of Fear: 6
-Scooby Doo Ghoster Coaster: 3
-Rebel Yell: 3
-Italian Job: 2
I also took a spin on Flying Eagles, Drop Zone and Dodgems as well.
Other than the cold and wet weather, it was a pretty good day. It was fun to meet some new people and to be around people who appreciate coasters the way I do. Same reason I cannot wait until Saturday for the TPR meet at SFA!!!!!
Here are the pics!
The star of the event, VOLCANO! This was taken while waiting for them to open the parking booths
Drop Zone from the parking lot booths
Here we all are waiting to be let into the park for some ERT on Volcano and Flight of Fear!
The fountains greet us into the park
AHHHHHH, INTAMIN GOODNESS!!!!!
They have opened up Volcano just for us!
Well, well, well. Where have we seen this before? :)
Waiting to take an ERT ride on Volcano
Ahhhhhm the perks or ERT, no lines for great rides!
Hey, this gate was closed last year, I wonder what could be back here...... :)
A hanger? what could be inside?
A great ride! I missed Flight of Fear, for each time I came up to Kings Dominion last year, it was closed off.
After ERT was finished with Volcano and Flight of Fear, I went on a little riding until lunchtime. First was Scooby Doo
May be small, but still gives a good ride.
Anaconda, which from the next to last row gave good rides today!
The Hangtime Moment of Anaconda
Sam of Coaster Zombies drawing tickets for the raffle just after lunch
My ticket was the third one drawn, and I won 10 Scooby Bucks!!!!!
My nametag, the Volcanomaina Button, and a pin from the Italian Job opening from last year. Everyone also got front-of-the-line passes good on any wednesday from June through August.
Clint Novak of Coaster Crew and In The Loop podcast. He held a podcast after the raffle, but I didn't catch it as I went to ride.
They took out the Hannah-Barbera video :(
Flying Eagles, I had never ridden this before today. The wind was getting a little heavy which made for some good snaps!
"Stop. Who would cross the Entrance of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the ride he see. What is your name?"
Grizzly might as well have been part of the ERT too. The rest of the park was like this almost all day!
Ricochet, one of my favorite Wild Mouse coasters (but not as good as Steel Dragon at Waldameer).
Hurler, this thing was shuffling like a deck of cards today!
So HyperSonic has the ability to stop on the top on the tower. Maybe if it did that while people rode it, it would make up for it being a bit rougher latly, although I did not get a chance to see if it ran better this year.
Rebel Yell, both sides were running well today.
Cedar Fair Official: "So when are you gonna finish getting those Paramount logos down?"
Kings Dominion Worker: "When we can get the operation signs right"
My favorite drop ride!!!!!
Head bashing fun that is Shockwave
Luckily I got my ear protecors just for this ride!!!!! (Actually, these were just ear muffs, since it was cold out).
Anyone else ready for the third one to come out? I know I am!
Nothing like a round of Bumper Cars. These were actually hitting hard today!
Signature Shot!!!!!!! Still a really fun coaster!
For some reason, I was waiting to hear the ride attendents to say "Welcome to Alaska" when the train came back to the station. Maybe that will stay at Cedar Point :)
And a parting shot of the Eifel Tower from the warmth of my car. Thanks for reading!!!!!
Alpenguy wrote:Looks like fun, and a good day to go specifically to ride lots of coasters lots of times.
Were there a lot of other Paramount logos besides the one you took a picture of?
Yes the park is full of them. As well as signs on 95 going to the park. I've heard it will take at least a year to phase them all out. Same goes for Carowinds as I was there the week before. I'm happy to report the NC/SC sign is no longer cut in half and replaced with a new one. If I hadn't left my camera at my sisters house in Va I'd post it.
Sue wrote:Great TR. It looks like it was a fun day!
Were you allowed to reride anything since there seemed to be no lines? PKD used to be great for letting you reride when there were no lines, but I'm wondering if Cedar Fair has put an end to that.
That was the main reason I got as many rides in as I did. I had a re-ride on just about everything except Volcano and Flight of Fear (seperate exit platforms), I also did not get a reride on Ricochet by choice, but I could have just switched to another car since nobody was in line at the time, and Avalance was only one ride because it actually had a line.
And just like Bubba Z said, there were tons of Paramount signs around!
I think Carowinds had more removed than Kings Dominion though, especially the front Signs. Kings Dominion still has their Paramount Logo at the front, but Carowinds ditched theirs.
"Imagine the Crystal Beach Cyclone with a Gerstlauer train!"
Hey Sue ! We rode the Flyers five times in a row. Grizzly three times Hurler twice, you get the point. Rain, plus cheerleaders = empty park, it was great! Oh by the way carolinacaniac, I was the one in the Carowinds sweatshirt .
Bubba Z wrote:Hey Sue ! We rode the Flyers five times in a row. Grizzly three times Hurler twice, you get the point. Rain, plus cheerleaders = empty park, it was great! Oh by the way carolinacaniac, I was the one in the Carowinds sweatshirt .
I think I remember you, but I am not sure. I had the blue Cedar Point jacket on.
"Imagine the Crystal Beach Cyclone with a Gerstlauer train!"
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