Okay, now for my two cents worth:
Bobby and I had a bit of a different experience during this trip, considering we went to nearly ALL of the events and ERTs involved in the trip, and not out in boofoo trying to find cervecas. I did get some nice pics of Voyage from the walkback tour, and I thoroughly enjoyed the late night rides on Voyage in the dark. (...And to think I've never heard a grown man scream like a little girl!) The Voyage has to be THE number one wooden coaster on my list. It out-does every wood coaster I've ever ridden!
Considering it was extremely hot outside, myself, some personal friends of mine, and Bobby all rode Gobbler Getaway quite a few times- as it is the only air-conditioned ride in the park. I didn't mind the ride too much after I rode it a few times. The only thing that got me was the semi-realistic animatronic grandmother in the que. People who know me considerably well should know why I had such a problem with this the first few times riding. BTW- I believe Dane dubbed it "Cracker Barrel: The Ride".
I got a pretty big holi-burn from staying out at splashin safari too long- as I spent a good deal of my time either treading water at Bahari (so sue me, I'm small), or trying to convince one of my friends to actually go someplace that is more than waist-deep. My only qualm here was that the Bahari Action River was nothing more than a lazy river, and it wasn't that much fun. Everything else in the waterpark rocked!
There is only so much I can comment on as to what we all did at night... Let's just say we did a lot of celebrating and toasting to Runaway Reptar (and Beast).
This trip was my very first time camping. I had quite a bit of fun, and it probably would have been better had the bathrooms not been about a quarter of a mile away from our tent site, and not so many bugs. I honestly didn't mind sharing a tent with Bill and Dane, and I really liked making s'mores and tipping our glasses around a campfire. It was very relaxing, but not as comfortable (and sanitary) as a hotel. Lake Rudolph is definitely a good place to go camping if you like camping, and they have separate sections for RV's, trailers, tent sites, and cabins.
At the end of the last night of Holiwood nights, Bobby, a few friends, and myself marathonned the Raven- 6 rides in a row without getting off! There were some points in the ride where I felt those laterals were going to kill me - which explains why I was screaming like a little girl.
Beech Bend, as said before, is quite different than the other parks we've been to. Their log flume has BLUE water. You have to make a two dollar deposit to play miniature golf (you get your two dollars back when you return the ball). Looping Star- wow. I can sum up this coaster in one word- ouch. I rode next to Ryan on our first ride. The ride operator didn't really bother to notice that my OTSR was several inches above my body. It wasn't close to touching me. I did pull it down a little further, but overall, everyone had problems with this ride. It's painful. Nuff said. Getting stuck on Scat 2 had to be one of the highlights of our trip to this park. It's an okay park if you want to bring a family for some inexpensive fun, but don't bother going there for some high-quality thrills. Yes, it does have a Gravitron and Kentucky Rumbler, and their (spinning) Wild Mouse, but those are probably the only good rides in the park.
Kentucky Kingdom was a half day trip. To be perfectly honest, it wasn't worth the full day. We rode everything we possibly could, and got out of there. My highlights from there were: most of the operators, especially the ones on their skycoaster and the ones in the gift shop I went into were really friendly, RollerSkater, and buying a really cool rollercoaster building set for 19 dollars. Chang was painful yet colorful, T2 was REALLY painful, the operators (especially the driver) on Thunder run were disrespectful and need to learn to use a mic properly, the driver on T2 had no idea what he was doing, and, as usual, the park was dirty.
As far as the ACE events go- everything they scheduled was really good. One person in our group and myself found the prayer before the ERT to be a little disrespectful towards other religions, but her speech was still good. It emphasized the importance of not wearing fanny packs on coasters. I love that. The walkback was great, the ERT's on Raven, Legend, Voyage, and Gobbler Getaway were well worth our time and HW's fudge is heavenly.
~Ariel L. Stein~
(aka: SkycoasterDreamer or Deliriumdreamer or whatever you want to call me now...)