Photo TR: Diamondback and Pilgrim's Plunge

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Photo TR: Diamondback and Pilgrim's Plunge

Postby Erik Johnson » Mon May 04, 2009 5:47 pm

My main coaster goal this year was to return back to Ohio and go ride Diamondback. I was simply impressed on how it looked so I made a special trip up there this past weekend to go check it out with some friends. This past weekend also was Holiday's World's opening weekend so we visited that park as well to go check out the new Pilgrim's Plunge ride. Feel free to add comments

First up Kings Island.
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Guy made sure that he was full of coffee for the day.
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What is that in the background?
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Just in case you wanted to know.
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I would have been really sad if it was not.
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KI Trash Can: 2009 Edition.
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Chuck had been to the park once before, but that was during Winterfest sometime in the 80's.
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We got there before park opening. It was perfect park weather so it brought people to the park.
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Seas of People.
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We see you James.
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It was time for the National Anthem.
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Even park characters respect the flag.
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And we are off!!!
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Ohhhh......pretty.
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We first went on over to the new coaster, Diamondback.
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Good to know we are in the right place.
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Sign over the entrance.
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Anyone a Ride Warrior?
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A Group of riders heading out of the station, they look happy.
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It is true. The lift hill does move really fast. Almost like a cable lift.
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It does have a lot of that floaty B&M airtime. Especially in the back.
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This part, in particular, is really awesome.
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It is certainly a top tier B&M Hyper. I still give a slight edge to Behemoth.
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The splash is really huge.
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It just hides the train.
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This is what it looks like from a distance.
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So, how was your ride Chuck?
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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon May 04, 2009 6:07 pm

Kings Island: Part 2
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Next we took on the kiddie coaster credits. Here is one for the index, Larry.
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I think Chuck remembers his previous adventures with other Junior Hang and Bangs. This one is not as bad.
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Next was the old woodie.
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While walking over to the Beast we were greeted by some random marching band.
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The Beast. Too bad for those darn magnetic brakes.
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Chuck tries his best Beast impression.
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Noted!
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One thing for sure, KI's operations were quite strong for the day.
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They were running all the trains they could on all the coasters that day.
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Yet another splashdown photo.
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I rode this under the Italian Job banner. So does this count as a new credit?
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Notice anything missing?
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I guess no water means no splash down effect.
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The launch into the helix is still quite intense.
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Next was Vortex.
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I find it better than most other Arrow multi-loopers.
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Random Vortex photo.
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They do look pretty happy.
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Another group of happy riders.
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Vortex, through the steel.
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Does everyone flash gang signs now?
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Guy was hard at work as always.
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Any idea why the train now makes a full stop on the mid-brake-run on Flight of Fear?
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Look Chuck! No Haunt Maze stuff in KI's version.
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Postby Wood Dragon 1988 » Mon May 04, 2009 6:37 pm

Nice TR so far. I'm contemplating going to KI this year....this stuff is bad for my wallet LOL.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon May 04, 2009 6:48 pm

Kings Island Part 3
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Racer was fun today.
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ACE seems to like it.
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Both sides were running, and they were racing as well.
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While its a great mine train, they seemed to have the final theming area turned off. (If you ridden it you know what I am talking about).
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Station photo.
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Someone looks happy to be riding.
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We are next to ride.
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Oh no!
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Why am I going to ride this?
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It is still at the bottom of my wooden list.
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What were these footers for?
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So what did these water dumies do in a past life to deserve to be here?
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Red Train.
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Blue Train.
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Why do you smile Chuck?
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Yeah, that is much better.
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That good eh?
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At least this one is right next door.
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This line only took about 15 minutes.
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Guy on Flight Deck.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Tue May 05, 2009 4:53 pm

I was feeling quite ill last night which prevented me from finishing this up. So I am back again.

KI Part 4.
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Invertigo was my missed credit from my last visit, thanks to Casey breaking it.
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Andrew and Zack's first ride.
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Andrew and Zack's second ride.
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Drop Tower kicked all kinds of butt today.
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Lets go to the top, shall we?
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Things do not look right in the station, that train has been there a while.
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Looks like a train got stuck on the mid brake run.
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Diamondback went down for about 3 hours, but they got it back up an hour before park closing.
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Here is the kid's area.
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Odd Coaster.
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We skipped Firehawk today, the line was just way too long.
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Racer doing its thing.
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No catch car slipping on Invertigo this time.
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KI is really a nice park. The park was very clean and had great operations that day.
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The only drop tower that makes my ears pop.
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Adventure Express.
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Son of Beast.
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Those poor people.
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Backlot Stunt Coaster.
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This is certainly the best of these rides I have been on. Scooby Doo shooting dark rides that is.
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I discovered that KI has a train!!
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Look it is Diamondback.
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In fact, the train runs right under Diamondback.
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The train is stull stuck up there.
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Guy must have filmed about 15 hours of footage that day.
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The train ride had all kinds of theming.
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Fort Kinzel?
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Not too sure what that is.
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The rapids ride is REALLY buried in the park. Good luck in finding it.
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Any idea how to say this?
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Since I do not like Top Spins, I passed on this.
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This photo represents how awesome our night rides on Beast and Diamondback were.
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Postby PKI Jizzman » Tue May 05, 2009 5:21 pm

Hmm...seems the energy/happyness fades between ride one and ride two! Haha, naww..I like Invertigo...aside from a bit of head banging, it's a forcefull ride.

Glad to hear you liked Drop Tower that much! Before Diamondback....that's all I had for airtime!

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Postby Erik Johnson » Tue May 05, 2009 5:24 pm

Lets head on over to Holiday World. We had an awesome visit to the park. The coasters were really running great. Raven was running just as good as always. Voyage really surprised me on this visit. I rode it back in 2007 and I honestly thought that the coaster was way over-hyped after riding it a few times. It just was too intense with all the jackhammering that occurred that year. I understand that it is now running very close on how it did during its opening year. Plus the mid brake run was turned off as well. Other than one pot-hole moment heading up on the third hill, I found the ride to be very re-rideable. Which was something I could not say two years ago. Legend was running good as well. It too seemed to be running much better this year.

Crowds were very light this day due to the news channels reporting that there was an above 70% chance of rain/thunderstorms for the day. Well, that was pretty much proven wrong. It rained lightly for about 10 minutes.

We had a really nice conversation with Pat Koch for about 10 minutes while were we eating lunch. She came over and said hello and asked us how our day was going. How many other parks can you say that the owner/director of the park comes over and greets guests in this manner?

As for Pilgrim's Plunge, I enjoyed quite a bit. I think it is a solid ride for families. I will go into more detail with this in my photos.

Holiday World Part 1
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We see you Holiday World.
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You really get a good look at Pilgrim's Plunge as you approach the park.
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We will be riding it soon.
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The iconic Holiday World watertower.
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We were pretty much the first people at the park that morning.
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Raven is still my favorite coaster in the park. Its in my top 5.
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Andrew presents us with this year's map.
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Here is a closer look.
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This is the new area.
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This was Andrew's and Chuck's first visit to Holiday World.
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Candy Christmas Tree.
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Santa Claus is really cool. Plus he likes to ride coasters. Make sure you go talk to him.
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Raven is so awesome.
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Don't you guys agree?
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I needed a photo of this.
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I am sure there is already one of these in the index. But it is here just in case.
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Legend was running really well too. It certainly moved up my list.
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It was time to move on since some people needed a credit.
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Voyage was running GREAT that day. It is now in my top 10.
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I really enjoyed my front row ride as well.
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"Voyage Hair"
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Even Death likes to ride coasters.
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A little shout out to Gainesville.
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There is still one more credit to get.
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Ha ha ha!
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Cha-Ching!
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Everyone loves Holidog!
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Postby spaceace12 » Tue May 05, 2009 5:36 pm

What day were you at Holiday World?

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Postby SFOGdude25 » Tue May 05, 2009 5:48 pm

Hey! You caught me! I'm on the far left in the blue shirt. You may have seen me talking to Zach.
I agree. The park was running well that day. Diamondback is now my favorite B&M hyper!
Nice photos!
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Postby Erik Johnson » Wed May 06, 2009 5:34 am

Oh let us head on over to Pilgrim's Plunge, shall we?


As for the ride itself, we thought it was fun. It is a solid ride for the family. The ride just opened a couple of days ago and it is quite amazing how fast that they were able to get it built. They did have it open for opening day, which was promised. This area was originally a basic field, so that is why there isn't any trees or foliage in the area yet. I think they will add some landscaping around the first section of the ride when the time comes. I think its better not to have a tunnel in the first section because everyone will be wanting to watch the lift. The drop is not too intense because its not as steep as some other water rides. The splash may not be huge when compared to other splashdown rides, but I think its is larger than a standard long flume. Well, it is certainly bigger when compared to Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom. If I was to build a tunnel for the ride, I would do it around the final bend back into the station because that section does move at a very slow speed. Maybe have some Pilgrims in the tunnel welcome you back from your journey.

I am going to do one final update later, but feel free to add comments now.
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Pilgrim's Plunge, the new ride at Holiday World just opened up.
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We are walking over to the new area.
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They really built this area up really quickly.
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While it is tall, the actual drop is not too intense, which is perfect for a family ride.
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The splash is actually bigger than you think, especially since these are smaller boats.
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Just a few days before our visit this was not finished yet. It is looking good so far.
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You can enter the ride from either Splashin' Safari or Holiday World.
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This is the walkway over to the waterpark. Which is seperated from the rest of the area.
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They also get to use this tunnel while walking over to the ride.
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Let us check out the queue building.
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Ride Rules.
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How many rides are you able to ride barefoot?
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I am sure this will be full of park guests in the months to come.
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We were all very impressed with the size of this fan.
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See how big it is?
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Here is a closer look.
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Looks like a full boat of riders.
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The boats continue to move while you board.
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Off they go!
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I think its better not to have a tunnel here so you can see the tower. I am sure they will add some plants at a later date. The boats move quite fast in this area.
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The boat is now locking in the elevator.
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The lift is really cool.
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They are now passing by the other lift.
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They are now getting ready for the plunge.
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They are off!
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With a full boat of people, everyone gets quite wet.
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The slow return sail back to the station begins here.
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I think I counted 5 boats on the ride.
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You guys have fun?
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Back into the station they go.
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Opening soon.
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More riders, including myself.
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Without a poncho, you can get really wet on the ride.
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