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  1. The Beast and Thunderhead...two of my favorite wooden coasters. Disclaimer...I grew up on The Beast. I took my first spin in 1985 as a 10 year old, and become a coaster nut. So many great memories of riding The Beast with family and friends, in the day, night, rain, and even fog. I rode Thunderhead last summer, and again last month. These coasters are so very different. Here are some categories I use to compare wooden coasters: 1. "In the woods" feeling The Beast, obviously, has this in spades. Though much of it is in "clearings", you are almost always deep in the forest. Thunderhe
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  2. It's the Enquirer. You're lucky, that's actually one of their better articles. There weren't any misspellings in it.
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  3. I rode The Crypt once, then I got a new cat.
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  4. Anyone else catch the error that you can take a right at the end of I-Street with the kids and go towards Little Bill's Giggle Coaster?
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  5. Or, you could try actually reading the thread before you post. Honestly. And welcome.
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  6. I don't really know that I can point-blank rate Thunderhead as being better than Beast, or vice versa, though I realize I've got a top 5 on my "About Me" page* that doesn't include Beast. The coasters are great for their own reasons, and if you try to apply those reasons to one another, you're sorely disappointed. The Beast is the model for how to appropriately pace a roller coaster, even with magnetic trim brakes. It doesn't have airtime, and, quite frankly, I don't think it needs it. From the top of the first lift to the bottom of the second, the ride literally facades itself. It's wide, a
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  7. From todays Cincinnati paper, memories, pictures, and even a quiz got 9 out of 10 myself. Hope everybody travels down memory road. http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120422/NEWS/304220032
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  8. An IAAPA or two ago, Rocky Mountain emphasized that neither their topper track nor their Iron Horse rails weighed significantly more than the classic wood stack used on wooden coasters. I think there's also a popular assumption going around about the supports that I'd bet is a little off. Parks don't seem to regularly replace the actual supports of wooden coasters nearly as regularly as they do the track. Take a look at the horizontal beams on The Beast lift hill: there are several there that have sagged due to a long exposure to gravity at that angle. And that's with the ride being in almost
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  9. Even though it was not "purchased" from Coney Island, I do hope the article is correct that the carousel features the grand Wurlitzer organ. That would be a fantastic opening day surprise. Perhaps the organ has returned from its sabbatical.
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  11. If so, then why hasn't it already been done? The company proposing its use has yet to get its nonLIM compatible rolling stock on Voyage.
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  12. I can no more rank wooden coasters than a Momma could rank her children. There's a few scoundrels, yes. Beast is legendary. Thunderhead is incredible. And Georgia Cyclone is 20 feet away. Time to go back in. Terp, on a spring fling in the southeast.
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  13. I used to work on the express and viking fury. she will love it. such a fun ride and i will miss working on it
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  15. Hearing about all these kids reaching these height restriction thresholds is great. My son, Mr Saturday Nite Jr., is -4 months old, and I am looking forward to creating family Kings Island memories with him.
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  16. Ummmm, my wife just informed me that if we go to CP this year and its packed we are getting fastlane, so i guess i will tuck my tail between my legs and shut up now! lol
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  17. This would be fitting. The Crypt, quite cursed.
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  18. The skyride station in the top picture looks like the one that was in Oktoberfest, while the bottom picture is the one that was in Hanna Barbera land. Am I incorrect? I say that because it appears that the 1974 picture is slightly elevated on a hill, there is a lot of grass around it, and I do not see anyting behind it, whereas we should have seen the Marathon Turnpike, perhaps, if it was the one in Hanna Barbera land. Thanks for the great picture! And remember, no throwing objects or spitting from the goldola cars.
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  19. I'll second that. There pics are great. I just wonder what we're gonna do when you run out. I had no idea that that building had been re-purposed.
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  20. Standbyme... your pictures have been the source of a ton of lost productivity on my part to relive these memories....
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