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  1. Dollywood 12/17/2017

    Well, I will try to get convince them to get 416 feet tall Falcon's Fury type of Drop Tower.... I rather have a great wooden coaster at Carowinds first though. This maybe more realistic although I think Hurler RMC conversion is more likely.
  2. Winterfest at Carowinds 12/2/2017

    It was Saturday and around 58 degrees F when we got there. The park was rather busy but was getting extremely busy by 7 pm. When we were riding the Afterburn, I could see the traffic backed up on both directions with entire service road to the park packed. Granted, there is a Cabela's there now but still.... Just looking at that, I would say the park was as busy as some Halloween Saturdays. Yes. Ride Fury and decide for yourself. I am still deciding my old standby Bizarro (Superman) is still my favorite over this one.
  3. Dollywood 12/17/2017

    With my recent move to SC, Dollywood is just over 2 hours drive (in a decent weather I guess) from my house. I love Dollywood's atmosphere and has become one of my favorite place to visit especially during Smoky Mountain Christmas time. It took longer this time due to some precipitation on I-40 infamous winding freeway in western NC. When we got there, most of the rides were not open since the temperature was 39 degrees F. We waited in front of Lightning Rod but the operator said it will be a while before the ride will open. We decided to head to Blazing Fury which is indoor coaster ride. By the time we got out from Blazing Fury, Wild Eagle was open so we headed there. After years of riding Wild Eagle, the ride finally started to grow on me. I still think winged coasters are just a fad, but this one provides nice and reliable rides. We rode it 4 times. We saw Firechaser was open and headed there. This is an interesting little ride. Not many coasters provide backwards moving experience anymore. Our luck seem to continue. Mystery Mine was just finishing up testing when we got there. I always wished this ride was at Kings Island. There was a rumor back in the day that this ride was supposed to have been called Addams' Family Coaster when KI considered this and Italian Jobs. Obviously Italian Jobs was the winner. Whatever it was, I sure enjoy this ride. Many at KI know me as a Drop Tower junky. My last count on Drop Zone/Tower was 10,350. Considering DT will not be easy for me to get to, Drop Line here at Dollywood will be the one I will ride. This is 230 feet tall drop ride and similar to KI version, this is a gyro drop. It spun in opposite direction and actually spun twice. The second spin was interesting since the height did not change until the spin was completed. Another difference was that the 6 second delay on KI DT is not present on this one. Now for my favorite ride at Dollywood: Thunderhead. This was my favorite GCI until Mystic Timbers came along. This is still a fabulous wooden coaster with great airtime and laterals. We head toward Lightning Rod again. This time the wait was about 15 minutes. Well.... How in the world Lightning Rod and Mystery Mine have 15 and 10 minutes wait when Firechaser has 30 minute wait? Anyway, I sincerely hope they can make this ride reliable. This was the best Lightning Rod ride I have had thus far. We could not come to Dollywood without stopping to get Cinnamon bread, right? We decided to leave after having the bread since rain was moving in. It was going to be a soaker for the rest of the day. Here were some Christmas decorations around the park but it was not dark enough yet:
  4. Winterfest at Carowinds 12/2/2017

    Electro-Spin is a great flat that is open during Winterfest. I am not sure a must see but I really liked the music coordinated lights in front of Ricochet. It was very well done.
  5. Winterfest at Carowinds 12/2/2017

    Sorry. There were some duplicates so I deleted them. I re-posted. Thank you.
  6. Winterfest at Carowinds 12/2/2017

    We moved to SC in November. Now my home park is Carowinds. My son and I visited Carowinds to check out their Winterfest on 12/2/2017. It was warm enough to not have jackets but most of the people here did. Unfortunately, Fury 325 and Intimidator are not part of rides that are open during Winterfest. Afterburn is open, however. Because of Fury 325, I have not ridden this B&M Invert in 2 years. Last 2 years, I came to Carowinds only to ride Fury 325. It was extremely busy approaching Carowinds BLVD on I-77. The traffic was back up to I-485. We got to the park at 5 pm and head straight to Afterburn. It was still little bright but you can see some of the themes. Skating rink was next to Intimidator. We rode a few flats but mostly walked around enjoying the views and atmosphere. WindSeeker was used for a large decoration. This was the musical section with changing lights. The shade tunnel area was converted to a light show. Front entrance. Even Santa likes to ride Fury 325.
  7. Dollywood TR November 24

    Nice report. We were there on November 25. I agree that Lightning Rod is very good. I still think RMC trains can be designed to be more comfortable but they build some great coasters.
  8. Wild Fire Buring near SFMM

    It looks like the fire is contained somewhat but SFMM was evacuated and many homes around the area had mandatory evacuation. With I-5 closed, people cannot go anywhere easily. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/12/05/santa-clarita-fire-2/
  9. Wild Fire Buring near SFMM

    It actually was a different source. http://abc7.com/santa-clarita-fire-grows-to-1000-acres/2741886/
  10. Wild Fire Buring near SFMM

    Sorry. I forgot to add the link. I even copied the link before submitting the new thread.
  11. New brush fire in Santa Clarita is quickly burning out of control. It looks like the fire is burning right around I-5 and Newhall Ranch in Castaic Junction. I hope that everyone stays safe and make sure to take all precautions. I-5 is closed on both directions.
  12. Are Standup Coasters Dead?

    My favorite of all stand up is Riddler's Revenge. Worst probably was Iron Wolf. I do miss Shockwave which was my first stand up. RIP Togo. Whenever I ride stand up coasters, I squad down so much to "preserve" my knees and crotch.
  13. Official: WinterFest 2017

    Nice write ups. Sadly, we will not be going to KI much anymore since we moved to another state last week. I am relatively close to Carowinds now. I will post a WInterfest report from Carowinds in a next few weeks.
  14. Drop Tower not the tallest Gyro Drop?

    One factor is KD Drop Tower does not spin around where as KI one does. How one defines gyro drop is open to interpretation, however. I do love Falcon's Fury.
  15. Mystic Timbers named Best New Ride

    Mystic Timbers is the best new ride for this year. Congratulations. Having said that I always think that GTA is nothing but a popularity contest. Fury 325 beating Millennium Force (or is it Forceless) does some justice. Superman being so close all these years also showed me how much superior Superman or Bizarro was. Even Cedar Point employees were celebrating Fury beat out MF last year. That says a lot. Then again, how did Lightning Rod beat out Storm Chaser when Lightning Rod barely operated last year? GTA really does not have much credibility when things like this happens.