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  1. I can vouch for what Malem said. I got a nice PM saying I had a post removed and an explanation why yesterday. After re-reading my post I realized how it sounded nothing like what I intended it to. Always good to double check your words before hitting that post button, as words in text don't always come out how they sound in your head. Thanks for all your hard work mods, your work is definitely appreciated in keeping this a well run, friendly community. Keep up the good work!
  2. I was happy to get to the park, even if It was just for 2 visits. it was definitely still memorable because I got to see the joy on the faces of my kids as they rode and experienced the park for their first visits. A few years ago if you had told me that the only coasters I would ride all year were Great Pumpkin a few times and Banshee one time, I would have thought it was not a good year. But my gosh are those kids' smiles amazing. My year was memorable because my kids' year was memorable.
  3. Spent the day in Planet Snoopy with the little ones. Great weather and lots of people. Didn't really wait too long for any rides other than the Gliders, mostly due to Fast Lane usage. Longest waits were for pizza on International Street and some blue ice cream later in the day. Lots of unhappy customers at LaRosa's about slice sizes for their meal plans and lack of boxes for whole pizzas. People were just taking the trays instead. Unresponsive employees and supervisors just kind of watching from the back. Not a good look for the park or LaRosa's, last day of the season or not. We still had a great time, and are really looking forward to putting our new gold passes to use next year!
  4. Here is one discussion I found. Pretty interesting, I had never heard this was a possibility before. "It was designed by John Fetterman of Knoebels four years earlier. According to John Fetterman “Thunder Run was designed in early 1986 for Americana." "The design was presented to Ron Berni a manager at Americana Park in Middletown, Ohio. At Dinn’s request Fetterman sent the completed design, including ledger heights and placements to Dennis Starkey, an engineer with Curtis Summers, Inc. Americana failed to contract the building of the ride. Ron Berni left Americana and in 1990 was working in a position of responsibility for Kentucky Kingdom. “It is thus reasonable to assume that he was the reason that the ride designed for Americana was finally built at Kentucky Kingdom” Fetterman told RC!" http://www.rollercoastermuseum.org/historic-articles/21-historic/97-dinn-and-summers-a-brief-resurgence-in-wooden-coasters Ironically it was supposedly going to go where the log flume you mentioned ended up sitting. Not sure where I read that or if it's even true? A lot of interesting info at that link about Dinn and Summers, especially with the next step for Mean Streak yet to be revealed.
  5. Now Cherry Valley Lodge and water park near Columbus is up for sale too. Coincidence? http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/08/31/cherry-valley-lodge-water-park-up-for-sale.html# Has anybody from here ever been? Says it's geared more towards families than Fort Rapids was. I have passed it many times but never stopped by.
  6. It really is too bad, and a waste of a good name and theme for a water park. From the outside you can't really tell what a mess it apparently is and was inside.
  7. Not to resurrect this sad thread, but it would appear Fort Rapids may be going away sooner rather than later. Not sure what would be viable in that location though. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/08/25/1-fort-rapids-heads-to-auction-in-october-its-future-as-water-park-doubtful.html
  8. That video is fantastic! I remember having it memorized for a long time back when it first opened. You got to see it quite a few times when the line filled every part of the queue. I remember the security cams they would put up on the screen showing the queue line as well as how pitch black it would get when the lights went out each time. The theming was spectacular and I'm glad to see it being kept up. I do miss the on ride photos with the aliens sitting behind you.
  9. I always love watching first-timers' reaction to the FoF launch. When it first came out and there was nothing like it around, coming around that corner in the queue into the station was quite an experience!
  10. I had no idea that he designed the station, that's really awesome! Also I forgot to mention the music! That really sealed it for the theming!
  11. I loved the Top Gun theming those first few years. From all the stuff in the lower level, to the fog in the station. Almost made those crazy long waits worth it. Without all that theming I am glad to have The Bat name reborn. I would love to see the cars similar to the original Bat though, they look really awesome!
  12. As much as I would hate to see it, it seems like the perfect theme for a ride with VR. Vines climbing the track as you fly by, trees coming to life with the twists, turns, and drops as you dodge their swinging branches. Then finally pulling into the shed for safety only to have the train finally swept up out of nowhere. I feel like it could be done really well, and be very thrilling, but I would also want to be able to enjoy the ride without the input from the virtual world.
  13. Yeah, I'm dying to know how the train is getting into the station and how the MT paths are getting over the train, or if it doesn't need to! It sounded like during the announcement he said it was entirely contained within the train tracks, but I'm sure there will still be some interaction, however brief it may be! They were right, the train will have an entirely different feel next year.
  14. I can't wait to see how exactly this interacts with the train and White Water Canyon from all three rides! I also think the head chopper after the tunnel may be a pretty fun element!
  15. Not every ride needs to be the tallest, fastest, most inversions, etc. I know KI and GCI will be putting together a great ride that many people can and will enjoy. I certainly won't write off a ride based on a POV, especially a virtual POV! Let me ride it before I judge. I personally like some variety in a park, and I think this only adds to an already great lineup at KI!
  16. Kodiak is mine. Sasquatch is as well. I'm just hoping somebody on here guessed the name. There have been a lot of good ones. I agree, that would be awesome. But I have the feeling we will all be in for a shock tomorrow!
  17. I like the name Dendrophobia. (Fear of falling trees) but that might be a better dark ride or haunt name. For a woodie I think Kodiak is a great name, can't remember who first mentioned it, and I don't feel like wading through all the minutiae.
  18. Does that have anything to do with the splashdown being drained? I assume that regulates the speed coming into the break run a bit.
  19. ^^ all you can eat Johnny Rockets, that does sound dangerous... And rough on the 'ol plumbing as well... That's good to know that you can still find some solitude even with all those people on board. I remember being amazed that the big boys could float 10-12 years ago, so I can't even imagine seeing these Oasis class ships up close. Sounds like the reservation system isn't too bad as long as you take care of what's important to you early on to get it secured. ^ It's nice that there is still some leeway to get reservations on some things at the spur of the moment while onboard. I don't see that policy lasting very long... I can understand why they would want to implement it, but wow that's a huge change, and I am not surprised there has been a backlash. And to not even allow bottled water unless there is proof of needing it for formula? Just over the top if you ask me.
  20. I don't seem to recall any issues with my Paramount passes working at other parks back in the day...
  21. There's always money in the banana stand!
  22. I can remember waiting in line after line to board and disembark in years past. It's good to know that they have greatly improved this process. Especially if they are trying to get up to 6,000 people on board. It seems that they are moving more and more to these specialty restaurants. Do you feel the food quality and service was improved enough at these restaurants to be worth the up charge? The a la carte options and dynamic dining seem to be all the rage right now. I agree that having to make reservations for everything sounds like a big hassle. We always liked being leisurely with everything and just doing what sounded fun in the moment. But I see the deck chair wars haven't changed either over the years... Was reading a bit about Harmony earlier today, and I can't believe just how much there is to do on that ship. You'd need a 14 day cruise just to see it all. The AquaTheater sounds pretty amazing, as does the Abyss slide. Thanks for the info, and I hope you guys have a great time!
  23. That's a great idea! I had forgotten about that site. It has been I think 8 years since our last cruise and I remember doing some research over there then. Thanks!
  24. What are your thoughts on this size ship? We have been on some of the smaller ships in the past, when they were the biggest around, and we really enjoyed ourselves. How busy did the pools/shows/food venues feel? Was loading and unloading a hassle? Just trying to get some ideas for our next cruise, Thanks!
  25. I think the thing that surprises me most is their diet when not in competition. I suppose it's necessary given what they put in during a competition. I don't really understand how you get into something like this, but I can respect the work and dedication it takes to have a career as a competitive eater. Speaking of NY Coney though, came across this article about a possible resurrection of the area. Curious about your thoughts on the area, if you think it is returning to what it once was, or losing it's identity even more than it has. Definitely a bucket list place I want to get to someday. http://www.vogue.com/13453689/coney-island-new-york-coolest-beach/
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