TR: Magic Springs and Crystal Falls, Hot Springs, AR, 10/21

Beautiful empty day riding coaster in the Ouachita Mountains
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TR: Magic Springs and Crystal Falls, Hot Springs, AR, 10/21

Postby milst1 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:51 am

This is my first TPR TR, thanks for your patience.

Thanks to bad weather in NYC and DC, our Friday flight was cancelled and we didn't get to Arkansas until mid-Saturday. Not many direct flights from NYC to Little Rock.

We made a quick visit to the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock (I left my camera in the car), but made some culinary discoveries, like the deep fried pickles, or the...
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You can see Magic Springs from the Observation Tower in Hot Springs National Park. Arkansas Twister is to the left, X Coaster in middle, Gauntlet to the right. Hope you enjoyed my report!
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Thanks for a really nice day!
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Back to the station! This used to be at Boardwalk and Baseball. It's a very mellow family woodie.
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The turnaround...
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More lift hill
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Leaving the station
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Lift hill
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Cheryl and Me at Arkansas Twister
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Front row! No lines. Empty park.
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Another view. Actually, this was a great ride. I've had head choppers, this had my first foot chopper.
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Gauntlet, Vekoma. Only my second Vekoma outside of a Disney park because the boomerangs have always been down. Actually, my dream job would be working for Vekoma, as my major hobbies currently seem to be coasters and learning Dutch!
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Lift hill...with Farenheit be like this?
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Up. Interesting Maurer-Sohne ride. Not too many in the US, I think, right?
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Front row! Cool ride, especially at top with all of your weight on the massive lap bar, no OTSR!
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This goes straight up, turns you upside down, then releases you into a roll and through station, then backwards through station, then forwards through station, lift chain locks again, lowers you slowly backwards into station.
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Finally, X Coaster. We get right on to the first seat.
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Big Bad John, Arrow mine train ride with 3 lift hills!
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Dang! Twist 'n' Shout wild mouse down! No credit. *sob*
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The severed feet remind me of something...
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It was a beautiful day, there were no crowds, and the park has these really pretty views of the Ouachita Mountains and forest.
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Ah, the X Coaster! We'll get back to this.
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Empty wave pool is interesting.
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Funeral
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The Crystal Falls part was closed...these were new slides for 2007.
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Fiendish ghoul, sizing up child.
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Now this seems to be a really good idea. Too bad it only works for a small park on a slow day.
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More scary things.
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Ah, scary things!
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Ah, fountains! I go up to buy admission for Cheryl, myself, my friend Tammy and her two sons, and they say, "Maybe we can get you a group rate". I'm perplexed, but after a short wait for some supervisory approval, about $100 is knocked off the admission. Pretty amazing.
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Sunday finds us at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls amusement park for October's Magic Screams
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Deep fried twinkie! Amazing blackberry sauce.
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Then on to some barbecued brisket and ribs at Shorty Small's, topped off with a...
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Deep fried snickers! Using up those weight watchers points.

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Postby milst1 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:52 am

Rats, all photos are backwards. I know, I'm a newbie. *sigh*

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Postby WillMontu » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:56 am

I enjoyed the TR. For some reason, all your pictures seem to be in reverse order.
I'm also assuming that the power didn't go out when riding X-Coaster. I rode G-Force at Drayton Manor (which is the same type of ride, though a different layout), but that ride was uncomfortable no matter how much power it had.

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Postby Hattuchili » Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:19 am

Nice Photo-TR, even the pictures are posted backwards. Actually I think that is the first backwards TR I have seen. ;) Anyway, looks like you had a good time there. Thanks for posting.

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Postby mcjaco » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:05 am

Nice TR.

I think just about everyone has posted a backwards TR at one point. The preview mode flips them around for some reason. Just remember that the way you submit them is the arrangement they get posted. ;)

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Postby milst1 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:07 am

That's what got me! In preview mode, they were flipped around, so I thought, gee, better put 'em up backwards. I submit, and to my horror...you know the rest. *sigh*

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Postby mcjaco » Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:18 am

^ :lolr:

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Postby ernierocker » Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:52 am

It sure is fun trying to plan out your photos and comments in reverse order too.

Looks like a pretty decent little park. Thanks for the Photo TR.

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Postby MagicSpringsGuy » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:20 am

Ahh, how I miss thee Magic Springs! Can't wait to go back for the 2008 season. Great TR!
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Postby verticalzero » Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:38 am

Nice TPR: the woodie looks nice, was it quite smooth..?

X-Coaster could be much longer, it seems such a waste of design and energy to fall back into the station so quickly. I rode G-Force in March, that is a quick ride as well and needs to be longer so everyone enjoys the elements better.

The new lapbars do not really work, as they get tigher the further you get round the circuit. Have normal straight "buzbars" with a seatbelt in the middle at the bottom to top.
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