Photo TR: Knoebels, KD & Busch Gardens

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Photo TR: Knoebels, KD & Busch Gardens

Postby sfne2005 » Mon May 28, 2007 11:05 pm

So, um yea....(you'd think it was a Canobiefan TR with that beginning) James and I wanted to hit up Griffion's opening before the Spain trip and since I had this weekend off, we decided to go to BGE along with King's Dominion (his favorite) and Knoebels (my first time). On to the pics....
Departure time in 35 mins....and in case you can't tell from the look on my face, that's 3 AM.
James is all "Yeah Hi, we're at're gonna hate it here."
Not really, but they have Pepsi here!!!!
See poll question.
This was my first Flyers ride since this is supposed to be one of the best ones around. Wasn't a big fan of it :(
Flying Turns is still a work in progress.
Should be pretty cool. Though they still have a ways to go before finishing it.
See what I mean?
I liked two things about this ride. 1) the sign.
2) The view of the ride on the exit ramp. Everything else about this ride was junk.
Big forehead, signature move and the first ever picture of emo smiling! Oh wait, of course he is smiling. He's on a ride that is rough and most people don't like.
Couldn't agree more.
I have become a mid level credit whore.
Nowadays it seems no TR is complete without a picture of a garbage barrel. Mmmm, pepsi.
Um, not quite. Balder still owns for me, though it did have a few great pops of airtime.
Hey Elissa, you reading this??? This one is for you. Can you figure out why?
So after a 13 hour nap, day two (Saturday) brings us to Kings Island. Word on the street is they have a lot of garbage recepticles at Cedar Fair parks.
We only planned to stay a half day and hit BGE during the evening and Sunday morning since I had to work on Monday. God, I hate Mondays!
Best quote of the day comes from Larry. Larry, "Who's the dork in the TPR shirt?" Me, "Hey, that's Chuck!"
New credit for me and a whole train of TPRers. Blue car: Derek, Heath, Kim and James. Red car backseat: Jammin whootah J and his bro Matt.
Though James wanted to ride this 300 times, he settled for two.
Watching Tomb Raider just made me wanna dance dance. No we didn't ride.
Zoinks! Anyone see a remarkable resemblance?
So of course someone has to be different than the group and be the only one to ride the backwards side of Rebel Yell while the rest of us ride frontwards.
I passed this time on the Flyers at KD. James is patting it like its his baby.
JamminJ is all wootah about flying but got upset when the ride op told him he couldn't take his manpurse on the ride.
Wait, I think it was actually Larry's manpurse. He has a collection in case you didn't know. He likes purple ones the best.
Chuck won the snapping race by far. See who's the dork now Larry!
Exclusive shot.....more like homage to the best ride in the park.
So this is what five usually sad and pathetic coaster enthusiasts look like together.
James and I then ditched Kings Dominion and raced to Busch Gardens. James is shocked at the size of Griffon. Or was it the length of the queue line? Dunno for sure, but when the hell did I get 3 chins?
"Just look at it!"
I liked it better than Sheikra, but only marginally. I loved the feeling of sitting on the end in the front row and the crazy floater airtime in the back.
Hi Elissa, how's it going?
Never before seen shot. Maybe someone will use it as a background.
Sheikra's water spout area is set up better in my opinion.
There is a special viewing area that is sort of out of the way unless you are stuck in the overflow 1 hour queue in the blazing hot sun.
Makes you wish the queue went through the splash zone.
Photoshop contest?
Talk about polar opposites. James looks sooo intense while Chuck looks like he could care less.
Here's my Apollos Chariot pic. In case you need help seeing it, Larry is pointing to it. Still love that ride.
Being Memorial Day and all, I will leave you with this last picture. I never really knew how big an eagle was. Thanks to all the TPRers for such a good time.

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Postby TatsuTerror » Mon May 28, 2007 11:43 pm

Cool trip report! Good to have yet another comparison of Sheikra and Griffon. I agree, Sheikra's splash does look like it fits in better with the area. Although I won't get to rid either of them for a while, they do look awesome!

Glad you had a good time....but why did you have to work on Memorial Day???

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Postby TheRealTinkerbell » Mon May 28, 2007 11:46 pm

I know I'm going to sound like a huge idiot, but what is drop Zone? Is it like....Supreme Scream at Knotts? or that other dropping one at Great Americas in Santa Clarita?

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Postby sfne2005 » Tue May 29, 2007 12:52 am

^ Drop Zone is a 300 foot drop tower. It brings you up to the top, pauses for a few seconds then drops to the bottom. Single yet exhilarating.

^^As to why I had to work on Memorial Day, check out this Photo TR! ... highlight=

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Postby KingOfNynex2003 » Tue May 29, 2007 2:17 am

That Griffon coaster looks totally amazing! How many times did you get to ride it when you went?

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Postby cfc » Tue May 29, 2007 4:53 am

Nice work, Rich--I never realized that I had my flying scooter at such a steep angle (perhaps I too petrified with fear to notice).

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Postby carolinacaniac » Tue May 29, 2007 5:05 am

Great TR you have there!! Griffon is a great ride, I thought it was worth the wait. So you guys were there at Busch Gardens this past sunday? I was there with Melissa on Sunday and never spotted any of you guys, but then agian it was pretty crowded at the park sunday. but we still had a good day!
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Postby Meteornotes » Tue May 29, 2007 6:03 am

Great photos and captions.

Pepsi is still the Official Soft Drink Of Satan, though.

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Postby Skyfly » Tue May 29, 2007 7:40 am

Great pics and trip report! Were they actually letting you snap the flyers at KD? I was there a couple of weeks ago and got yelled at by three differents ops for snapping. :x


Postby SFNERules » Tue May 29, 2007 7:55 am

Exclusive shot.....more like homage to the best ride in the park.

No love for Grizzly?

Anyway Griffon looks cool, looking forward to it at the end of this year. And lol at the log flume & Lost Coaster pics.... :lolr:

Nice TR.


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