5-20th June 2010

Travel, Carowinds
Carowinds, Family Kingdom
Deadwood
Busch Gardens Europe, Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion
Six Flags America
Six Flags Great Adventure
Morey’s Piers, Hersheypark
Hersheypark, Knoebels
Knoebels
Waldameer
SeaBreeze Amusement Park, Niagara Falls
Darien Lake, Martin’s Fantasy Island
MarineLand, Canada’s Wonderland
Canada’s Wonderland

 

Harvey Duff

Myself and Mark (The Americans that you can’t get rid of) would also like to thank Justin and Yvonne for making this the best trip event that we’ve ever attended.

We wish that we could have done the entire trip. But those 8 of the first 9 days were simply amazing!!!

We enjoyed seeing some of the same faces from previous years, and we also enjoyed making some new friends.

We’re looking forward to our next event with you fine folks!

Some of my favorite (US spelling) moments would have to be:

Helping block traffic with Bus Driver Larry on I-95 the way to Richmond.

Riding on the bus, after not being served beans at lunchtime (lol).

and the list goes on and on…

 

Day by Day Reports

Day 1 – Travel, Carowinds

Justin Garvanovic
The first day started with the flight into Charlotte, and us heading right to Carowinds.  On arrival we were given a behind the scenes tour of Intimidator before being let loose in the park

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Day 2 – Carowinds, Family Kingdom

Malcolm Marr
Started the day with a near-nauseating 75 minute ERS on Intimdator. By the end of it I was feeling a little ill, all my fault as I had chosen not to leave my train after every lap (I think I managed 16). Got to ride the kiddy only coaster next. Had a lunch time meet and greet with the Senior Management who should all take pride in what they’ve done to the park. This place has a set the high benchmark very early on!

Jeppe Nygaard
Vi startede med Carowinds nyeste og storste coaster, B&M’s Indimidator, so vi havde for os selv den foerste time. Med gaester var vi 70 personer. de koerte med 3 tog `a 32 saa vi kunne tage saa mange ture som vi orkede 🙂
Her er rigtigt varmt, over 40gr. C, saa det taerer paa kraefterne …
Nu er vi paa vej oestpaa ud til kysten.

Darren Hoy
Today started with a fantastic ERS on Intimidator which I loved and only left the train to change seats. Then on to the kiddie coaster and a more relaxed morning in the park. The park looked after us very well today with a great lunch and a park full of great staff. We finished the time in the park with several goes on After Burn before heading back to the coach. If the trip carries on to this standard I will be a very happy bunny!

Richard Davis
Hot hot hot! Great hospitality today, great ride crew for the morning ERS, nice lunch! Much more chilled day taking in the park atmosphere.

andycoasterboy
An ERS on Intimidator this morning 🙂 With three trains running it was mega repeat riding.
On bus now to Mytle Beach.

Paul Greenwood
Started by riding Intimidator non-stop for an hour this morning; I love this ride!!! Doing repeat riding, you get to realise how intense it is, and how relentless the speed is from start to finish. Love it. I even managed to win a spare part from a coaster in the lunchtime quiz. Must be more of a geek than I realised…

Cal Jones
The day started with an ERS on Intimidator, which continued to be amazing. I was also very impressed by Afterburn, the B&M inverter, and rather surprised the park wasn’t very busy for a Sunday. The park laid on a good lunch and we were treated with great hospitality.
Carowind far exceeded my expectations.

Kim Varde Lassen
ERS on Intimidator from 9 to 10 is what could be described as Intimidator overload. 3 trains and for 71 people meant no waiting and I lost count of the rides I got in… 10-15. Actually I think all the negative g’s made made me a little dizzy. Nothing a little water and a sit down couldn’t take care of. Fantastic ERS.

Nick Frank Christensen
The next morning we had an hour ERS on Intimidator, and got about 15 rides on it, thanks to an AWESOME ride crew, and the fact that they were running all 3 trains. I then got all the credits i didn’t got the first day, and just enjoyed my time at Carowinds, which is a park I got really positively surprised by! 😀

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
The ERS this morning was one of the best ever. Running 3 trains for us for one whole hour. Would like to come back to this park on a future trip.

Viper
Started with an hour ERS on Intimidator with three trains – and the staff were absolutely amazing. I must say I enjoyed the park more this time than my previous visit. The coasters all look refreshed with a new coat of paint. One problem was the heat. On the bus now to Myrtle beach our second park of the day.

Jeff Holmes
The morning started with an ERS on Intimidator and the ride operators and staff made this one of the most efficient ERS’s I have ever experienced, applause all round. Lunch was provided which was really nice food. Onwards to Myrtle Beach.

Stuart Cosgrove and Joanne Bromley 
Did rest of rides. Thunder Road was great in front. Great hospitality from park.

Gordon Taylor
You nailed that! Carowinds can I just say that that was INCREDIBLE! You came out and gave the performance of a lifetime- I think that after today you are definately looking at a place in the final for best park. Your staff gave it their all and really delivered. Your rides ran at 110% and the ride ops are very special. From shop and food staff to everyone else they gave that extra little bit- the have my vote. I agree- it’s a YES from me!

Dirk Lather
Fruh am morgen ging es wieder nach Carowinds. Hier stand zu Beginn eine ERS auf Intimidator an. Whow, 1 Stunde, 3 Zuge, super eingespielte Crew, so sollte das immer sein. Die Bahn strotzt nur so von Floating Time, sieht klasse aus, fahrt Klasse, punkt! Mit einen leckeren Mittagessen und weiteren tollen Rides verabschieden wir uns nun von einem empfehlenswerten Park. Nun sitzen wir uim Bus und es geht Richtung Myrtle Beach um “Family Kingdom” einen kurzes Besuch abzustatten. Schon am 2ten Tag steht schon wieder festm, eine spitzen Gruppe vom ECC, die auch Christina ganz lieb aufnehmen.

Thomas Enders
Der Carowinds-Park ist wirklich f�r jeden Coaster-Fan empfehlenswert. Es gibt erstklassige Coaster wie Afterburn, Nighthawk und naturlich den neuen B&M Coaster Intimidator. Die ERS heute morgen auf Intimidator war das erste Highlight der Tour und wird nur schwer zu toppen sein. Intimidator fahrt wirklich sanft und bietet sehr viel Airtime. Ein Top-Ten Coaster. Besonders fallt im Park noch auf, dass die Angestellten sehr freundlich sind und Abfertigung an den Bahnen wirklich sehr schnell ist. Es sind immer mehrere Zuge im Einsatz. Auch am ersten Tag waren trotz vielen Besuchern die Wartezeiten sehr gering.

Christof Muhlan
There is no bad coaster at Carowinds, really. Efficient, friendly, high-capacity operations throughout the park all the time at every ride. The ERS on Intimidator was great: Three trains, airtime and blue sky. Negatives? Yes, the weather was a tad too hot. I hope, they can change it next time. 🙂 Then it will be perfect.

Nina Kleppe
The day started of with a great ERS on Intimidator. 1 hour, and 3 trains running for us. And the staff where great too. WOW. Got about 12 rides, and got to try out most of the seats on the train. Herregud sa veldig bra. Got 13 new credits in this park. Now we’rde of to Family Kingdom.

Mette Doving
Started the day with ERS on the imtimidator. Impressive to have 3 trains running for us. Great ride ops. Unfortunately only managed to do 5 rides. Got a good lunch, and then just wandered around for a few hours before we were on our way.

Yvonne Janik
We started the day with an awesome ERS on Intimidator — loved it! Thanks to the park for having all three trains running for our group — I got at least 15 rides; every seat gives a great ride on this coaster. Special thanks to Ryan, Bryn, and John for all the arrangements and for Bart and Jerry’s Q&A for our group. What a perfect day!

Nicklas Taarup
Had been looking really forward to the ERS on Intimidator, especially after the couple of times we got to ride it yesterday, so though I could have sleeped a couple of hours more I was really excited when I woke up early in the morning.
And it was amazing – I got about 15 rides, and found out that the middle seats are the best. Also got some more rides on Afterburn. 🙂

Lars Soerensen
We started the day with an hour ERS on Intimidator – what a great coaster. Carowinds is a nice and tidy park, and the staff was very friendly! Luckily it was not as hot as yesterday, Still very hot though.

Torben Bentsen
Almost 75 minutes of ERS on Intimidator in the morning became my greatest coaster experience ever! Got to ride it at least 9 times. What an amazing airtime machine! Big credits to the park for having 3 trains running only for us. In general, the park was very tidy and well designed, and the staff were all very nice and friendly. A park well worth recommending.

Mette Johansen.
Started out with ERS on Intimidator. Rode it ten times in row. Intimidator is an amazing coaster. But after all it is a B&M, so that was no surprise. I even got to ride the kiddie-coaster…..umi
So far,so good and until next time: take care…

Mary and Darren
Darren says that the roller coasters were good, he enjoyed the ERS on Intimidator and we were lucky to ride the kiddy coaster. It was very hot and even Darren slowed down. Great day, great park.

Bob Clark
some more excellent riding at Carowinds – agreat park with very friendly staff.

Mick F-K
Finished the coasters and had a great meal and not a hot dog or burger in sight. Great staff – thanks. Miss u all,

Steve Gzesh
Lots more rides on Intimadator during the ERT session. I lost count of how many rides I got (mid-teens?) and I clearly need to update my Top 10 steel coaster list! What a great ride! In all, I added seven new coasters to my list, including the elusive Crabbie Cabbie kiddie coaster! Great park! Looking forward to a return trip sometime soon!

Paul Hindle
Started with 18 rides on Intimidator in the one hour ERS, another 10 rides and a couple of beers – had to show driving licence to prove I am over 21!!!! (Ed: Paul is “well over” 21…)

David Elvy
A great start with an ERS on Intmidator, and I made sure I rode everything today. Great Park. Great Staff. Great Lunch and Great Weather. Hola to all at Home too.

Day 2 – part 2 – Family Kingdom

Adrian & Lorna Dade
We had a great time at family Kingdom, Swampfox was a nippy little rollercoaster. Dad you are lucky not to be here, it is hard every day getting riding rollercoasters & having fun !!!

Claire Paton and John Baines
Family Kingdom was a lovely little seaside park. Reminds me of South Shields in the UK but the coaster was much better! Both hotels we have stayed in have been spot on and the bed last night was massive which meant we caught up on our sleep.

Jos Boudestein
Family Kingdom is one of those seaside fairground parks. But it is one with a great PTC woodie. I liked the Pistolero shooter dark ride. It has a nice animatronic at the entrance and shooting bandits is so much fun. I also have done a very scary haunted house on the boulevard a mile away from the park, it was worth the $9 paid for it.

Tommaso Laurenti
The rollercoaster in Family Kingdom was really intense and reminded me of the ones usually portrayed in old American movies (like Rollercoaster) with old, but very smooth brake runs. But the most amazing ride was the haunted house I went to with Jos. There was a 5 minute limit to get out (otherwise we would have been trapped in), and time pressure was therefore very high. But, luckily, we managed it just by one or two seconds 🙂 The half an hour walk to get there was definitely worth it 🙂

Dave Hall
Swamp fox packs more punch than it looks like! A fun ride in a fun little park. Shame about Freestyle Music Park going bankrupt twice!

Nicklas Taarup and Lars Soerensen
Swamp Fox is a decent wooden coaster, the log flume had a suprising bunny hop. We got some seafood for dinner. Great evening.

Torben Bentsen
Family Kingdom was a nice little park by the sea. The coaster was a bit rough and is not one I think I will remember. The ferris wheel was very great looking with all the lights in the evening and you had a good view over whole Myrtle Beach from up there. At the seafood restaurent, our waitress tripped and spilled 9 big drinks all over the place – it looked very funny and she was thankfully not injured.

Lasse Toernqvist
Arrived at Family Kingdom in Myrtle Beach early in the evening. Rode Swamp Fox twice. It’s quite rattley and not too comfortable to ride but you can endure. Its upsides are its airtime hills that make you feel like the train carriages are actually lifting from the tracks (are they?). I also rode Pistolero (target shooting), the pirate ship (don’t remember its name but it’s a swing ride) and Hurricane. Seems to me that FK is primarily based on kiddie rides. Also, I went along with Claire and John for a pizza and a short trip to the beach.

Mette Johansen.
Arrived at Family Kingdom after about 4 hours drive and a well needed nap. Drove the Swamp Fox twice before we took a taxi to the Hard rock cafe, to get a shot-glass for my collection. That’s all for now…..

Darren and Mary
Both of us enjoyed Swamp Fox, Darren enjoyed a range of different rides, a nice little seaside park, nice and warm, not too hot, shame about not being able to visit Freestyle Music Park

Mick F-K.
Family Kingdom (F-K!), old woody Swamp Fox painted pale green odd, back seat horrible front okay, love u all,

Bob Clark
Family Kingdom – traditional boardwalk walk with very nice John Allen woodie Swamp Fox

Steve Gzesh
Nice to visit Myrtle Beach again after so many years. Swamp Fox was running nicely, and a group of us had a nice dinner at a local calabash. The floorshow was spectacular (where the waitress spilled an entire tray of drinks by us)!

David Elvy
After Carowinds, we had a long drive to Myrtle Beach. A nice Place by the Sea, reminded me of Florida. Family Kingdom was a great little Seaside Park, and Swamp Fox was a great PTC Wooden Coaster.

Kim Varde Lassen
Family Kingdom had a really nice feel to it. I like the relaxed atmosphere of these beach parks. Didn’t like the coaster that much though – too shaky for my taste. They did have a surprisingly funny log flume ride and the view from the ferris wheel was quite cool.

Nick Frank Christensen
Family Kingdom really did surprise us all, as it was just such a nice seafront park with a little bit of Bakken-style over it. The Swamp Fox woodie was a really nice old coaster with good speed and lots of airtime. Some of us did eat at the seafood restaurant next door, and they had amazing food 🙂

Malcolm Marr
Family Park was a small little park that following the closure of the Pavilion Park is the only theme park left. The Swamp Fox coaster looks better than it rides. One go and we were off for dinner and a Fribble at the nearest restaurant.

andycoasterboy
Myrtle Beach was a typical thriving coastal resort. Having ridden the very well maintained Swamp Fox we headed via the beach for food and can highly recommend Sharkeys Bar & Grill, cheers Lisa!!

Jeff Holmes
Myrtle Beach is like Carolina’s answer to Santa Cruz with Swamp Fox a great little woodie. A little walk near the seafront is Sharkey’s a great bar… 3 cheers for Lisa our waitress.

Paul Greenwood
Myrtle Beach was even tackier than I thought (but in a good way of course); unfortunately I didn’t manage to find any boiled peanuts to try! Managed to overcome my aversion to the smell of fish long enough to eat in a seafood restaurant! Had a nice steak of course though…

Cal Jones
Myrtle Beach is a veritable cornucopia of tourist tat and outlet malls populated by disaffected teens and morbidly obese adults. In the midst of it all is Family Kingdom, a small but thriving amusement park that is home to the Swamp Fox. The Swamp Fox was a great traditional little coaster that is well worth a ride or two.

Gordon Taylor
Actually managed to set foot on the beach. Resort very typical of NC and NJ beach states. Swampy was very good but was more impressed with its gorgeous lines and beautiful paint job. Obviously had a lorra lorra of TLC over the years. First time here and I’d return though tonights would be enough..

 

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Day 3 – Deadwood

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Deadwood is fab, excellent hospitality, great merchandise. The coaster was great even with Mick Operating it.Lunch was the best meal so far. The owners couldn’t do enough for us.

John Baines & Claire Paton
Deadwood was a great discovery. A very nice little park and the food and hospitality were both excellent. We also got to try hush puppies at lunch which were tremendous

Jos Boudestein
Wow. In those very small parks there’s always big surprises to find – Deadwood is no exception. The roller coaster is fun, the food is excellent and the train ride is great. Shame there wasn’t enough time to try the golf course, it looked good.

Tommaso Laurenti
The park, which can also be described as a very well themed restaurant, was a genuine place of reuinion for local people, offering not also a show every month, but also a roller coaster, crazy golf course and a very long train ride. The coaster was great and nice and shaky 🙂 What made it special was the genuinuity of the owners, who welcomed us open heartedly.

Nicklas Taarup & Lars Soerensen
Even though Deadwood is a very small park, it totally blew our expectations. The train ride was very neat and the food was marvelous. 🙂

Torben Bentsen
Expectations for Deadwood were high and they were more than fulfilled. A lovely little very well themed park with the best train ride! The owners were very kind and the food was good. Definately a small pearl between all the big commercial parks.

Lasse Toernqvist
Deadwood is a curiosity! Located smack in the middle of nothing at all, it’s not exactly a park but rather an enhanced playground themed as an old Wild West town. Its advanced features are a tiny roller coaster and a train. The coaster – “Dinosaur Canyon” – is a rattly and rough ride but it’s well worth trying! It reminds me of “Mariehoenen” in Tivoli Gardens, only much more rough. Also, it has an old-fashioned start and stop lever! The train looks ordinary at first but features some space aliens later on (!). The food was fine and the owners were great and hospitable people.

Mette Johaansen.
A big Thank You to the folks at Deadwood for opening the park just for us.

Darren and Mary
Darren and I experienced our 1st ever roll back on a coaster, this one was operated by Mick, we got an extra circuit on the coaster also thanks too Mick. Fascinating park, well themed Darren enjoyed a go on the swings and slides, the train ride was good as well as being long, friendly people who workked there welcomed us so nicely and the food was good.

Bob Clark
Deadwood – wonderful friendly little park with excellant food

Mick F-K,
As we arrived looking at an old shack who would have thought behind that was a small park with a big heart. You could almost drive past it. Thank you to every one involved. Hospitality was evident every where, the meal was great, love to you all. I’m not very good at operating coasters, but there are a few envious people who didn’t get the roll back,

Steve Gzesh
Deadwood was a charming little park, very nicely themed. Locals undoubtedly enjoy the miniature golf course and train ride. What a nice find!

Yvonne Janrik
THANKS to Derek Price and family including Ira and Dedra for their generosity and excellent hospitality — we loved your park and food. Thanks again for opening your park just for us — what a unique, well-themed, impressive park!

David Elvy
Deadwood was a great way to break up the journey. A great meal, atmosphere, and a coaster too.

Paul Hindle
What a great place to have a late lunch – well big BBQ actually. Enjoyed the well-themed home-made park and the train; pity about the coaster!

Kim Varde Lassen
Todays long journey to Busch Gardens was interrupted by a visit to a small but fantasticly genuine park, called Deadwood. Funny name since eince everybody there was very much alive and very hospitable. Great great food, southern style – liked the hushpuppies. Best ride was the train thru the forest. I just love the smell of forest in the afternoon.

Nick Frank Christensen
Deadwood was just one of these small unknown parks, that you havn’t heard much about, that just surprises so much. It’s one of the nicest and cosyest parks i’ve ever been too, and i completly fell in love with it when we arrived. The Dinosaur Canyon Coaster was a nice little kiddie coaster, with some good theming and a bit of airtime. And i’ll finish with a sentence from the park with sounds ”You havn’t doon it, until you have done it in the woods” 🙂

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Todays long drive up to Richmond gave us a real treat for lunchbreak at Deadwood. This is a place I never would have gone visiting on my own, so thanks for this “detour”. This kind of visits is what makes the ECC trips so special. Got to ride the coaster and the train before they gave us a delicious meal. If you are in this area you really should take the time to go there.

Viper
When we first arrived and saw the coaster I thought “what we’ve come all the way for this!!” but when I got inside the park I was totally blown away. It looks like a mini version of Dollywood. What caught my attention next was the honky-tonk piano and then the restaurant with the best food I’ve ever had at at a park. This was a really big surprise for me so made sure I took loads of pictures around the park. I hope I can make in it back in the future.

Nina Kleppe
After a long drive we arrived at Deadwood. It was a beautiful little park. The kiddiecoaster Dinosour Canyon was a fun little coaster. Thank’s to the staff for opening the park only for us. And we got a nice ride on the train in the woods. That was fun.

Mette Doving
A big thanks to everyone at Deadwood for opening the park for us on a closed day. Made a really great stop on our long journey to Richmond. The little kiddy coaster was fun, and the train very nice. Must be great for Halloween. We got served a really good lunch, this has to be be best park food ever.

Christof Muhlan
Deadwood – what a lovely park. The food was excellent. But I have to admit, that Intimidator was better than Dinosaur Canyon.

Thomas Enders
Unser Zwischenstop in Deadwood war eine gute Entscheidung. Es handelt sich bei Deadwood um eine sehr schoene Westernstadt mit Restaurant. Zum Fahren gibt eine Western-Eisenbahn, die durch den Wald faehrt, und einen kleinen Coaster, der viel Spass gemacht hat.

Andrew Lamb
Apologies for the delay in writing a report as I has previously either been asleep on the coach or a latop has somehow avoided me! I always enjoy visiting small parks on trip, they always seem to be very well run and have a good enviroment and character. Deadwood is no execption and also had the best food I have had at a park EVER!

Andy Costin
I was too tired to do reports for days 1 and 2, we hit the ground running – hard! Today we visited a very small park – more like a backyard – Deadwood, what a great little park! They have set the bar for hospitality and food. Let’s see the big parks beat that! Weather was good to us today, and for the trip so far…

Christina Lather
Das man einfach mal so einen kleinen Park in die Tour aufnimmt, hat mich total ueberrascht. Deadwood war einfach grossartig und knuffig, da wuerde ich auch so einfach mal hinfahren. Lieber Fabi, hier sind auch die versprochenen Gruesse!

Dirk Lather
Da schlaeft man nur wenige Meter vor einem Park mit noch nicht gefahrenen Coastern und dann hat dieser zu. Scheiss drauf, um ein ein Haar haetten wir so den liebevoll gestalteten “Deadwood” verpasst. Ein kleiner Mix aus Fort Fun, Plohn & der Westernstadt vom Spreepark. Es hat Spass gemacht, wir wurden super betreut und das Essen war grossartig.

Malcolm Marr
Took a morning constitutional to the Freestyle Park to see if I could break in and take some sneaky photos. I couldn’t so ended up taking pics from outside the park. Following a lengthy drive we stopped for lunch at Deadwood, which won over the group. A lovely little family run park that offered a perfect respite from the travels. Thanks to all the family for showing us some amazing hospitality!

Jeppe Nygaard
I dag var den oprindelige plan Hard Rock Cafe’s Store nye forlystelsespark i Myrtle Beach, men den gik konkurs for nogen tid siden. I stedet for, og for at bryde en rigtig lang koeretur op, havde vi faaet arrangeret at en lille familie park ville aabne specielt for os i dag. Deadwood viste sig at vaere en fantastisk flot lille park, startet i baghaven og aabnet i 1992. Der var en super atmosfere, hyggeligt, far og soen havde bygget ca. 90% af det hele selv, virkelig imponerende. Super omlevelse, og 1000 gange bedre end et stop paa en kummerlig motorvejs tank 🙂

Richard Davis
“character” – something a lot of US parks lack! So, what a surprise to find a park that makes up for its lack of major rides with bucket loads of character! A great place to spend a few hours.

Darren Hoy
Today was one of those hidden treasures that are more special than ten big chain parks put together. They couldn’t do enough for us. The little coaster was wild, the hog roast and Hush Puppies were excellent and they even went as far as to make two hobbit size t-shirts for my Twins. A huge thanks to the park and Hi to Keylie and Zane, you can have your t-shirts when I see you.

andycoasterboy
A loooooooooooooooooooooooooooong drive to North Carolina and the remote but perfectly formed Deadwood Park, great hospitality from this family built and run park. A great hog roast was prepared for us with very the very tastty hush puppies. One of the treasures only a trip such as this can offer – highly recommended.

Jeff Holmes
Our longest drive of the trip over four hours brought us to a fantastic little family owned park Deadwood. Their hospitality and food was second to none. I hope more people visit this park to put it on the map more which it richly deserves.

Paul Greenwood
Had an incredibly long coach journey… we must have passed 20 Cracker Barrel restaurants! Deadwood park was a real gem; well worth the long journey for the food!! I’ve had more veg on this trip so far than I normally do at home!!

Cal Jones
After a long drive we finally arrived at Deadwood, a small park far off the beaten track. Being an unknown quantity, we weren’t sure what to expect, but Deadwood turned out to be a real gem. Although it’s a small park with one junior coaster, it has a lovely atmosphere, great themeing and even better hospitality. We were treated to a fantastic meal which left most of us full to bursting. I would definitely recommend a visit.

Gordon Taylor
Stuffed!! Can hardly move. I had seconds!!!! Fab wee park tho. Shame it’s so far off the beaten track. Amazing food. Many thanks.

 

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Day 4 – Busch Gardens Europe, Kings Dominion

Harvey Duff
I’ve visited Busch Gardens dozens of time, but I can honestly say that this was one of the best visits! Thanks to Justin and Yvonne for letting us ride on the bus – giving us the full experience. Griffon ERT!! Woo Hoo!

Mark Marino
Great time today! Love Busch Gardens – Great company – learned tons of nasty Greek words. Note – No beans for lunch or dinner…

Malcolm Marr
Enjoyed the Busch today. Griffon ERS was a lot of fun and Alpengeist gave me skier-ear. Loch Ness is holding up well and the kiddy was over really quickly. The coaster of the day however was definitely Apollo’s Chariot with stupid amounts of airtime in the back row. The GM joined us for lunch and alluded to some interesting developments in the next few years. Him being a coaster enthusiast bodes well. When washing your clothes never put the colours in with the whites.

Jeppe Nygaard
I dag var det Busch Gardens Europe i Williamsburg, en park jeg har set meget frem til siden jeg var i soesterparken Busch Gardens i Tampa, Florida, i 1999
Parken ligger i et stort skov omraade med en dyb kloeft og en flod i bunden af kloeften. enormt flot theemed, med mange flotte detaljer. I mellem de 5 flotteste parken jeg har besoegt i USA.
Vi startede med ERS paa deres nyeste coaster Griffon, en super bane med lodret fald, hvor man bliver stoppet ud over kanten paa first drop 🙂 Super smooth, proevede den rigtig mange gange.
Deres to andre store B&M coasters var ogsaa rigtig fede, selv om der er sket meget i udvikling af banerne siden Alpengeist blev bygget for 13 aar siden.
Jeg ville oenske at J havde vaeret med i dag, specielt til ERS i morges. Glaeder mig til at tage hende med en dag 🙂

Jeff Holmes
My second time at Busch Gardens Europe and in my opinion its still one of the most scenic theme parks with great coasters especially their newest Griffon. It’s the highest dive machine in the world and has great air time. The park however would be perfect if they added a world class woodie!!!

Viper
Started with an ERS on Griffon, in my opion the best dive coaster. Alpengeist still packs a punch. I was able to speak with the manager to tell him how much I was enjoying the day in this beautiful park

andycoasterboy
Another great visit to Busch – with its superb collection of rides – just needing a woodie to complete its coaster line up.

Kim Varde Lassen
Really liked Busch Gardens. They have some kick a… rides and the forest feel it has to it makes it even better. Never done a dive coaster like Griffon or a 3D ride like Dark Castle before � a total first for me – that’s always exiting. Thanks for a well executed ERS this morning.

Nick Frank Christensen
Well, if you ever wonder what the perfect park would be, Busch Gardens Europe is pretty close.
The landscape and theming is PERFECT, the coasters are AWESOME (even the old Arrow looper, The Lock Ness Monster), the food is AMAZING, and just the whole forest feel just completes it.
Now it’s off for an hour of ERS on IntRimidator 305 at Kings Dominion to finish off one of the best days of my life, which started with about 15 rides on Griffon on our ERS in the morning… 🙂

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
I was here 9 years ago, and thought the park was the nicest I had ever seen. It still is! The morning ERS on Griffon was great. Got my shares of rides on it. Great coaster. Got to do what I wanted in the park, and had a wonderful time. Til Even: Fikk nesten Nina til a spise kald pasta i dag ::)

Nina Kleppe
Busch Gardens is a beautiful park. The day started of with an hour ERS on Griffin. A great B&M diving coasters with floorless cars. The edge seats of both sides in the front where the best seats because the seats are outside the tracks. Cool to hang over the first drop in the middle of the air. WOW! Got to do the other coasters too. And the Irish Show was really good. Had a great day.

Mette Doving
My first dive thingy! Griffon was a great ERS to start off the day. Apollo’s Chariot is still a great ride, 9 years after my first ride on it. Dark Castle must be on of the best dark rides ever, great fun, and very good 3D effects. A very nice day in a beautiful park.

Richard Davis
What a beautiful park Busch Gardens is. Thoroughly enjoyed re-visting this park and being able to enjoy the stunning design and landscaping. World class coasters too! Great ride crew on the morning Griffon ERS, although it appears that I’m not as young as I used to be and can’t last an entire hour now.

Darren Hoy
An amazingly themed park with some great rides too. I especially enjoyed the Darkastle dark ride and Apollo’s Chariot was definitely my favourite coaster in the park. Park hospital the lunch were once again superb.

Cal Jones
This was my first visit to Busch Gardens Europe and I had been looking forward to it for years. The park is as beautiful as I had been lead to believe – a little like a cross between Europa Park and Alton Towers. We had a great ERS on Griffon which is a fantastic ride. Also enjoyed Apollo’s Chariot and Loch Ness Monster.

Paul Greenwood
Had a stonking good day today! A fully cooked breakfast in the hotel followed by a great day at Busch Gardens; Griffon totally craps over Oblivion and even Sheikra in my opinion. It’s like those two rides combined, but on steroids! What a scorching hot day too… On the coach now for a visit to ride Intimidator 305, which we thought we’d have to wait until tomorrow to ride!!!! This coach journey on bumpy roads is fast becoming a rollercoaster ride in itself…!

Dirk Lather
Was fur ein phantastischer Park. Busch Gardens, herlich grun, super Theming und sogar noch einen ertr�glich gut gemachten deutschen Themenbereich. Die ERT auf Griffon war einfach der Hammer, ich konnte in dieser Bahn einziehen. Alpengeist wurde auch seinem Ruf gerecht, Loch Ness war ebenfalls super, besonders die Helix im Tunnel macht hier Spass.
Dieser Park ist ein “muss”, also , nix wie her.
Nun sitzen wir im Bus und fahren weiter nach Kings Dominion, eine kleine Abend-ERT auf Intiminator 305 absolvieren, mehr dazu dann morgen.

Christina Lather:
Wenn ich gewusst h�tte wie viel Spass solche Trips machen..
Der PArk heute war Tip Top, Dirk konnte ich kaum abhalten, in den Super Splash einzusteigen, von wegen er f�hrt das nicht mehr. Wir waren am Ende Patsch Nass, aber der Bub hat sich gut festgehalten. 🙂
Grifon war super, alles klasse, nur Thomas kam 10 Minuten zu sp�t, sollte das uns nun bei der ERS fehlen, gibt es morgen Zicken-Terror. 🙂

Christof Muhlan
If the Irish learn to also use their arms for dancing, it will be even more impressive.
Another great day at another great park starting with another great ERS on Griffon. A massive coaster that is pleasant to ride and good to watch. Alpengeist and Apollos’s Chariot were better than I remembered, especially in the evening. They actually were quite impressive. Off course, Big Bad Wolf was missed and it was a little sad to see the remaining support stubbs.

Bob Clark
A fine selection of coasters today in a surperb park.

Mick F-K,
I�ve waited a long time to visit Busch Gardens and it was worth the wait, the ERS on Griffon was fantastic and Apollo�s Chariot was brilliant and the staff where so friendly. It made our visit even more enjoyable. Thank you Busch Gardens. I�ve seen a little bounce in Sesame Street which Sally would love. Miss u all.

Adrian & Lorna Dade
Busch Gardens is great, very friendly staff, great rides well themed park. Adrian saw his idols Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street he also met Big Bird. Griffon was the best coaster followed by Alpengeist. The park has the wildest rapids we got soaked, we were glad it was in 88 degrees (it did not take long to dry off)

John Baines & Claire Paton
We had another great day at Busch Gardens with plenty of good rides. Apollo’s Chariot is an excellent coaster but not quite as good as Intimidator at Carowinds. The morning ERS on Griffon was very good and we ensured we got plenty of rides in. Overall it’s a great park, very well themed and it was particularly quiet meaning that we got to do every ride we wanted with time to spare.

Jos Boudestein
Busch Gardens Europe is a very great park. The ERS in the morning was like an endurance round. Griffon is a very intensive diving ride, I found it excellent. My favourite roller coaster in the park was Alpengeist, it is so very powerful in the back seats… The Loch Ness Monster is a real beauty. Nessie is classic Arrow action suited very well in the park. I also was unfortunate enough to ride the very soaking rapids.

Tommaso Laurenti
Very well themed park with lots of green. The Arrow coaster was nice because of its setting, but the park’s highlights were definitely Alpengeist and Griffon. The rapids were really nasty, as waterfalls were only on one side of the river and, of couse, I was the one sitting in the wrong place at the wrong moment… and am still drying up in the coach… 🙂

Andy Costin
Still as beautiful a park as I remember in 1997. Griffon makes Alton’s Oblivion look like a toy – superb ride. Apollo’s Chariot was good too. The Celtic Fyre irish themed show was awesome! A good day’s park visit.

Andrew Lamb
The park is really well themed, I almost beleived I was in all the differrent countries. I wish Alton could extend Oblivion – Griffon really shows how much of a one trick pony Oblivion is. The park removed the wrong ride they should have removed The Lock Ness Monster as it’s not the worst Arrow I’ve ridden but it comes close.
whover keeps farting on the coach please stop.

Thomas Enders
Busch Gardens Europe ist ein Park nicht nur fuer Coaster Fans. Es gibt auch eine super irische Music und Tanzshow, Tiershows mit Voegel und Woelfen, einen schoenen Dark Ride aehnlich wie Spiderman und einen tollen Supersplash. Aber Highlight fuer Coasterfans ist natuerlich Griffon, der Diving Coaster.

Darren & Mary
The park was well themed, the ERS on Griffon was good, Darren enjoyed all the coasters. I did except Loch Ness Monster which made me feel ill. Darren was glad that he was a woos and wore his waterproof poncho for the rapids ride, we enjoyed Pompeii and its theming.

Steve Gzesh
After all these years, Busch Gardens is still one of the best overall parks I’ve visited. Excellent theming and landscaping and the rides are outstanding! Loved the ERS this morning on Griffon, and Alpengeist is still a blast! Glad to finally get to ride Apollo’s Chariot – and that no wild geese were nearby (sorry, Fabio!). Now onto more rides at King’s Dominion…

Yvonne Janik
I have loved Apollo’s Chariot since 1999, and it is still in my top 3 steel coasters. Even though I live in Texas, I have been to Busch Gardens Europe at least 15 times — the park is beautiful and unique; all is top notch. Thanks so much Mona, Jennifer, Jeff, and Grant for all your help in making our day so perfect and to John for the Q & A today.

Paul Hindle
What an amazing day (so far). Had over 30 rides plus other attractions. My first visit to Busch and I am extremely impressed. So far this trip my rankings are: 1 Intimidator, 2 Apollo’s Chariot and 3 Griffon (where will Intinmidator 305 go?).

David Elvy
I have wanted to go to Busch Gardens for a long time and it did not disappoint. A great park, great rides. Griffon was great, though I am still very fond of Oblivion. The best ride at the Park for me was Apollo’s Chariot. Thank You Busch Gardens for a great day.

Christof Muehlan
Rode the red side of Rebel Yell and did some other things.

Mette Doving
Late night arrival at Kings Dominion. ERS on Intimidator was my 300th coaster. A rough ride, but a great one. I think this has to be my favourite of the Intimidators.

Nina Kleppe
Had a great night at Kings Dominion. Got to do 4 of the coasters before the ERS on Intimidator 305. The first drop was great, and it was really intense all the way until it hit the brakes. Guess it will be even better with the new restraints they are putting on soon.

Torben Bentsen
The day was spent at Busch Gardens after leaving the hotel very early. The park was very beautiful – in fact the most amazing landscaping and theming I have ever seen anywhere, which was also confirmed by a lot of the other trips participants, who had visited more than 100 parks. The morning ERS on Griffon was great – especially at one of the 10 front seats, from where you had free vision straight down before being released for the 60m. drop. A surprise came at lunch, where we were told that we would get 2 hours in Kings Dominion at night, including an hour ERS on Intimidator 305 – great! Got a least 8 rides..

Lasse Tornqvist
We had only just started for Busch Gardens when Justin announced the surprise of the day: An evening ERS on Intimidator 305 @ Kings Dominion!!! Cheering all around!
Busch Gardens Europe is in the woods and quite atmospheric. It reminds me of Faarup Sommerland, Denmark, only Busch is much larger and, of course, themed differently. We had a morning ERS on Griffon and now I probably have to call Oblivion @ Alton Towers “Griffon Light” 😉
Highly recommended rides: Griffon, Apollo’s Chariot, Europe In The Air and DarKastle which is actually still quite enjoyable if you’re not able to see 3D, as I can’t.
I was very disappointed with Intimidator 305. The lift hill and the first drop are both great but when the train enters the tight twists from side to side the ride becomes rough and a headbanger.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
After Busch Gardens we went to Kings Dominion for ERS on Intimidator 305. I did not like it as much as others did. Thought it had to sharp bends, and that the restraints hurt my shoulders and neck. Let’s see if it’s better tomorrow.

Jeff Holmes
After Busch Gardens we headed North to Virginia’s other main theme park Kings Dominion to have a night ERS on Intimidator 305. This has the speediest lift hill I have experienced but first drop is braked but this doesn’t spoil the ride at all. There are crazy turns that take your breath away pity there were lap bars instead of over head restraints which in my opinion would make it a better ride.

Paul Hindle
A surprise evening ERS on Intimidator 305. A good ride once you got used to it – you need to read the track ahead to ride the sharp twists.
A fast lift hill (apparently only 17mph) leads to a 300ft drop at 85 degrees, then the fun begins. Could be described as Millenium Force With Balls….
Also great to ride Dominator again – rode it last at Geauga Lake on the club trip in 2006.

David Elvy
After Busch Gardens, we had a surprise visit to Kings Dominion. I managed to ride Dominator, Avalanche, Volcano: The Blast Coaster before an evening ERS on Intimidator 305. Volcano is absolutely stunning, though then came Intimidator 305. This was the most intense Coaster experience I have ever had, almost greying out every time. I am looking forward to more tomorrow.

Claire Paton and John Baines
We ended up at Kings Dominion after Busch Gardens which was a lovely suprise. We managed to do 4 coasters and the amazing drop tower before our ERS on intimidator 305. The coaster was very intense and eyes blacked out which was a strange feeling. Thankfully I was not alone with that feeling which made me feel much better. It was a little disappointing that we waited 20 minutes for the front seat to be told that we were finishing our session and had to move elsewhere on the train.

Jos Boudestein
Next after Busch Gardens was a surprise to ride Intimidator 305 in the evening. The hour Kings Dominion was open for the general public I rode 4 of the coasters, shame it wasn’t the left side of Rebel Yell because the next day it closed 🙁 But then… finally the ERS on Inti 305, I was really looking forward to do this one and it was insane! It speeds up very high, the transitions are very fast, the restraints weren’t that much of a problem. The first turnaround was just awesome. Love it love it love it, wanna ride it again and again and again! Intimidator 305 is a very crazy ride, since I like crazy coasters, it will be my #1 coaster so far.

Tommaso Laurenti
Despite short ERS I did manage to get about 8 rides on Intimidator 305. The ride is very intense and definitely a TO DO. Restrictive blades are a contraddiction on such a huge ride, but hadn’t they been there, we would have all passed out 🙂 The ride was so tough that many of us had black-outs after the first curve.

Mette Johansen.
Very early start today, ERS on the Griffon at BGE. Great coaster with a crazy steep first drop. BGE is a beautiful park with nice teaming and several great coasters. After BGE, we had a surprise-ERS at Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion. This is a crazy, intense coaster with a 305 feet high lift hill, 5200 feet long and aprox 95 mph…..

Darren and Mary
Darren enjoyed Intimidator ERS, I was too intimidated by it so did not ride it, we managed a few rides

Gordon Taylor
Busch. It’s three yes’s. Rides Landscaping and food. You did great! You’re in the Final! Fab staff hospitality and organisation Thanks! Griffon flies… No words really to describe the evining riding I305.

Paul Greenwood
So we arrived in Kings Dominion for our evening riding. This is a really good park with a great collection of rides. I found all the woodies riding well and a lot of fun. As for Intimidator 305… I’ll come on to that tomorrow, as there is a lot to say!

 

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Day 5 – Kings Dominion

Dirk Lather
Am Abend zuvor hatten wir eine ausgiebige ERS auf Intimitator 305. Nach knapp 6 bis 7 Fahrten war mein Hunger gestillt. Was soll ich sagen, dass Dingens ist rasant, schnell, heftig, aber definitiv anstrengend. Der “Black Out” ist nun nur noch ein “Grey-Out” Ob es nun Sinn macht, mag auf einem anderen Blatt stehen, aber diese Bahn ladt mich jedenfalls nicht zu einer Wiederfahrt ein. Trotz allem, der schnelle Lift, das Layout und die schnellen Richtungswechsel machen Spass, sofern man weiss, wie man die Schlage ins Genick vermeidet. Blode Intaminbugel halt, die in den nachsten Wochen wohl augiebig nachgepolstert werden. Der Rest vom Park ist nett, Kings Island hat mir seinerzeit wesentlich besser gefallen.

Das grosse Highlight ist und war naturlich Vulkano, auf dem wir heute morgen auch eine ERS hatten, das Teil funzt, rockt und macht riesig Fun. Besonderst die zweite Beschlaunigungsstrecke hat riesig uerrascht, sonst hatten wir den First Drop wohl auch nicht geschafft.
Am Abend haben wir noch eine langere Sightseeing Tour durch Washington gemacht, vor dem weissen Haus mehr Coaster fur die USA gefordert und das Lincoln Monoment besucht. Sehr beeindruckend.

Christina Lather
Zum ersten mal habe ich erlebt, was man unter einem Blackout auf einer Achterbahn versteht. Ich bin ja noch nicht so coaster-geubt, aber Intimitator ist echt heftig. Aber der Park hat ja noch mehr Achterbahnen, so wurde ich in “Flight of fear” heftif verprugelt, weil mir keiner gesagt hat was direkt nach dem Einsteigen passiert. Boing, Bum, Krach, schepper, Knack, Brems…. ubrig blieb trotz allem ein “grins”.
Die ERS auf Vulkano war klasse, auch der Rest im Park war super, besonderst die Burger zum selbstbelegen. Lecker! Am abend waren wir noch auf Forest Gumps Spuren, nur ins Wasser gesprungen bin ich heute nicht! Alles sehr beeindruckend.

Thomas Enders
Wow. Mit Intimidator 305 hat der Kings Dominion Park sich wirklich was getraut und ein Speed Monster der Extraklasse mit vielen schnellen Turns geschaffen. Nicht unbedingt was fur den Normalfahrer, aber fuer Coaster Fans etwas ganz besonderes und nur zu empfehlen. Unsere ERS auf Vulcano hat auch viel Spass gemacht und das Essen war heute auch sehr gut.

Christof Muehlan
Rode the blue side of Rebel Yell and did some other things.

Mette Doving
A relaxing day in the park, have been here before so did not have to run around to do everything.

Nina Kleppe
The day started of with ERS on Volcano Coaster. Cool that it had 2 launches. That took me by surprice the first time. Than I got front seat on Intimidator. I got to do the rest of the coasters, and we got a nice lunch too. Veldig bra.

Jeppe Nygaard
Igen i morgen stod Malcolm og jeg ekstra tidligt op, kl. 05 :-/ og var ude at gaa rundt og se byen og tage billeder. selvom det er alt, ALT for tidligt, er det meget fedt at se noget mere end kun forlystelses parker.

I gaar aften og i dag var det en af de store parker, Kings Dominium, hvor vi havde ERS paa deres nye mega coaster Intimidator 305, ca. 90 meter hoej. Det var en af dem vi alle havde set frem til som noget helt saerligt. Den foerste del er rigtig fed, man dykker ned i et skarpt sving 270 gr. rundt, hvor farten og G kraefterne er saa hoej at man fik tunnelsyn, men derefter nogle voldsomme skift i koersels retning, hvor vi smaekker hovedet haardt ind i sikkerheds hoejlen. saa det oedelage meget af en ellers rigtig fed coaster. Vi proevede den flere gange, og naar man havde laert at laese sporet gik det straks meget bedre.

Nu er vi paa vej til Wasington DC, og paa tide at tage en lur, da jeg er ved at vaere gode traet … ZZzzzzzz …..

Lars Soerensen, Nicklas Taarup
We started out with an ERS on the amazing Volcano Blast Coaster, and got a couple of rides on Intimidator 305. The park was quite empty so we managed to get on everything that we wanted without stressing. Intimidator got better every time we rode.

It was a shame that we didn’t got to ride Dominator today, because it is a good coaster, indeed. Now we are on the way to visit our good coaster friend Obama in Washington.

Torben Bentsen
We got to ride Intimidator 305 again. Just like yesterday, the ride turned out as the most aggressive and intense experience I have ever tried – made me grey out especially in the back, so the trims on the first hill had not made it slow at all. You needed at least 4 times to learn how to ride it. In my book, Intimidator at Carowinds is a better ride. Volcano The Blast Coaster, Flight of fear and Rebel Yell turned out to be great coasters. Haaber at alle som laeser med, har det godt derhjemme i Danmark.

Lasse Tornqvist
Kings Dominion is a lot like Carowinds. Three rides stand out: Volcano Blast Coaster, Flight Of Fear and Back Lot Stunt Coaster. We had an ERS on Volcano in the morning. BLSC is very smooth within the tunnel.
On the way to our next hotel in Maryland, Larry (our bus driver) offered to drive through the centre of Washington, D.C. so that we might take pictures. This developed into an actual stop at The White House and The Lincoln Memorial where we actually got to get out of the bus and take pictures – a fantastic opportunity.

Kim Varde Lassen
ERS on I305. OK, I would possibly pass out in the first turn with no brakes on the drop, but that doen’t change the fact that I think this ride was not thought out properly from the get go. It had speed, it had G’s, but it didn’t make me cry out for more. With new restraints that didn’t chop your head off, it would definately be a better ride. Rode it 10 times, but it never got under my skin. Sorry KD. Flight of Fear, Dominator, Stunt Coaster, Volcano are great great rides however. The Park is great and I really enjoyed spending the day there.

Nick Frank Christensen
Well, i’ll do it short this time: WHY isnt there more Intamin inverted launch coasters in the world?
InTrimidator 305 is an awesome coaster, even with the trims on the first drop, and you still grey out in the first turn, and the airtime on the first drop and the second airtime hill is just amazing.

Great park + very few guests + got all my credits = VERY GOOD DAY! 🙂

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Morning ERS on Volcano. Still a great coaster, one of my all time favourites. Then off to Intimidator, and after some riding-tips I found it much better today. You have to �feel� the track. So today I rate it as a great coaster. I had some trouble with my back today, but after a go on Rebel Yell the pain dissapered 🙂 Thanks for another great day on this trip.

Jeff Holmes
Spent the whole day in Kings Dominion which is my 2nd visit to the park so didn’t have to ride all their coasters. We had 2nd ERS this time on Volcano which is real fun and still enjoyable. We had another go on Intimidator and had front seat which was fantastic.

Viper
This was my 3rd visit to Kings Dominion so I had ridden all their coasters before. The Intimidator was the one I was really looking forward to the most on this tour so ran straight to it – obviously for the front seat. It was way over my expectations but i didnt find it as intense as people made out. Kings Dominion has a real winner!!!!

Lorna & Adrian Dade
We enjoyed Volcano the Blast coaster it was the best coaster in the park. Intimiditor 305 was too intense for us. We prefered Carowinds Intimidator!! Great Lunch.

Mick F-K
Well if I don’t come here again it won’t be to soon, Intimidator, I think that’s how you spell it, or was it spelt RUBBISH, it was awful. The staff look like they want to be somewhere else; they don’t look happy there, the guy at the gate asked if you were carrying any knives, not even welcome to our park, very dissapointing, miss you all.

Bob Clark
Very enjoyable day with Rebel Yell – Blue Train – the highlight – my 500th Coaster. Thanks to the lovely Kaylun for taking the photos.

Paul Hindle
Back for a second ERS on Volcano, IMHO the best ride on the park. Dave & I got our pictures taken for the local rag. Rode it 13 times in all – great fun!
Glad to ride Rebel Yell at last – after its starring role in ther film Rollercoaster; pity only one side was running.

David Elvy
An early start and back to Kings Dominion. It started with an ERS on Volcano, which I think is the Park’s best Coaster, before heading over to Intimidator 305. Again, really intense and I was almost greying out every time. I had a great day at the Park, managed to ride everything. Hi to everyone at home.

Claire Paton and John Baines
ERS on Volcano which was an amazing blast rollercoaster. We really enjoyed this coaster and didn’t bother waiting for front seats. After this we went to Intimidator and managed to queue the same as last night when we were told to move from the front row. The front of Intimidator was good as I could predict the turns to avoid getting a head bashing off the restraints. We prefer the Intimidator at Carowinds out of the two. We had enough time for the rest of the park and time to spare. The park was very quiet so got on things very quickly which was great, although most of the staff weren’t a patch on the Carowinds staff and didnt seem to enjoy their jobs which was a shame as this builds to the experience.

Jos Boudestein
Another day to spend on this lovely park. First an ERS on the great Volcano coaster, then before the lunch just do the “work”, ride all of the remaining roller coasters. Shockwave I’d like to mention, it has very silly looking restraints and my thoughts are that the Japanese invented airtime on a stand up roller coaster… Also good rides are the Flight of Fear ride, an indoor launched roller coaster, and the Grizzly wooden coaster, but in the back seats this one gets very rough.

Tommaso Laurenti
Many of King Dominion’s rides are the same as in Kings Island, but still very interesting. Rebel Yell is a major highlight as it is featured on the Rollercoaster movie.

Mette Johansen.
We had ERS on Volcano, which I don’t ride, because it is a inverted-coaster. But there are several other great coastersin this park for me to ride, Rebel Yell, Avalanche and Flight of fear, to mention a few….
We are now on the way to Six Flags America, near Washington DC.
Thats all for now 🙂

Darren and Mary
We enjoyed the ERS on Volcano after a long wait to ride it it was worth the wait. Tour around Washington was great.

Steve Gzesh
Had a great day at KD. Some excellent rides and it was wonderful to meet up with Sean, Dan, and other friends who I’ve met on other trips. Apart from the coasters, the great friends I’ve met over the years are the best part of these coaster trips!

Cheri & Bob Armstrong (transcribed from a bar napkin)
Wonderful to be ‘on tour’ with the ECC again; even if just for a few days. Loved Intimidator at Carowinds. A great crew for our ERS. Busch Gardens was lovely, and really liked Griffon. Fun at KD, and glad to have ERS on I305. Thank you Yvonne & Justin for always including the Americans on the NA tours! We appreciate all your efforts. Hope you have a great trip. It was wonderful to see old friends and make new ones. Safe travels.

David Elvy 
Thanks so much for an excellent day, John and staff! I loved the ERS on Volcano and the extra time on Intimidator 305.

Yvonne Janik
Thanks so much for an excellent day, John and staff! I loved the ERS on Volcano and the extra time on Intimidator 305.

Gordon Taylor
You nailed that! After your sisters winning performance on Sunday with I Ride it was a tough act to follow with your version last night and today. You had to come out and give it 100%. It was your last chance to give it your all. Well the money’s on you Kings! Great performance so much so it was I305 for me again thus arvo. Brilliant lifting highs, great on track performance hitting all the right notes.Some rough transitions in places but who cares. My money’s on you for the final. And with all the other stuff you gave us today with a BLAST of a performance this morning, I’m betting on Kings Dom to win!

Cal Jones
King’s Dominion is another park I’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time. Intimidator 305 was utterly fantasic – that first drop is phenomenal, especially in the back seat, and the rest of the ride is crazy. You need to ride it quite aggressively in order to get the best out of it but I enjoyed it more than its mild mannered Carowinds cousin. The rest of the park was also brilliant. Absolutely loved Volcano and the Backlot Stunt Coaster was a lot of fun.

The evening bus tour around Washington DC was a real bonus and I got a kick out of seeing the various sites I’d thus far only had chance to visit in the postapocalyptic game, Fallout 3. It was nice to visit the Lincoln Memorial without having to fight my way past a bunch of supermutants.

Paul Greenwood
Man oh man, what a hot, sticky day!! OK, so onto Intimidator 305. I really love aggressive rides, and this one has to be the most agressive of the lot. I totally loved it!! Yes, you have to learn how to ride it, yes, you have to throw your body into all the sudden transitions, and yes, you have to brace yourself for a real workout, but the end result is one of the most phenomenal coaster experiences you’ll find anywhere. I was greying out at the bottom of the first drop, before we even got to the turn!!! Riding the back seat I found myself greying out every time… maybe this isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but to me it was pure heaven…

andycoasterboy
***** I was asleep !! *****
After a surprise late night ERS and 14 rides on the amazing i305 last night – we are back at KD for an ERS on Volcano. Then a few more circuits on i305. Enjoyable Q&A with the PR guy at lunch and how i305 arrived at the park. It’s pretty empty today, so have time to re-ride all day.

 

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Day 6 – Six Flags America

Dirk Lather
Der Park ist einer der kleineren aus der SF Gruppe. Leider war die letzte Nacht fur Christina etwas hart, sodass sie die meisten Bahnen heute ausgelassen hat. Aber was hat sie verpasst? ROAR, eine ERS auf einem nicht besonderen Whodie, einen heftig schlagenden Standart SLC und Joker, der sie schon in der Halle verklopppt hat. Stattessen konte sie sich in Ruhe den sch�nen Park ansehen, dass neue Thomasland, auf das der Parkchef ganz stolz ist. Definitiv war die abendliche ERS auf Supermann ein grosser Spass, ich wusste gar nicht, dass Superman so viel im Kreis und geradeaus geflogen ist. Dass Essen fur uns im Park war jedoch ein Hammer, Nudeln, Chicken, Obstsalat, Lasagne und und und. FEINI. Liebe Grusse auch von Christina, die sich gerade Boltimore aus dem Bus ansieht, anstatt hier einen Bericht zu schreiben, oder?

Christina
Der Park war schon und Baltimore sieht aus dem Bus heraus komisch aus.

Christof Muehlan
One of today’s many surprises was The Wild One. First, I never had to tuck my T-shirt into my pants to ride a coaster and second, it is a really great classic woodie. It was a great day today, albeit a little on the hot side.

Thomas Enders
Six Flags America hat sich seit dem letzten Besuch sehr verbessert. Der Park war sauber und das Personal war sehr freundlich. Unsere ERS auf Roar und Superman hat natuerlich viel Spass gemacht. Der Park hat auch ein paar neue Fahrgeschaefte im neuen Thomasland. Daran sieht man schon, dass hier beim Besucher mehr der Focus auf Familien gelegt wird.

Andrew Lamb
Nice hot day today I made good use of the waterpark. Great rides apart from the SLC, great staff – I love the high fiving Happy and hard working not like many in other Six Flags attractions. Bring on Great Adventure!

Andy Costin
Today we hit Six Flags America. We had two ERS’s. Staff, food and hospitality were superb, and the Wild One was as good as when I visited in late 90’s. Roar was enjoyable, and the weather was hot today – “Roar” could be “Cooked!” 😀

Adrian & Lorna Dade
What a great park, fantastic staff, great meal, 2 ERS’s! Superman was a good ride as were the two woodies. Had a fantastic time in water park. Thanks to all staff & Management for a great day. More flags more fun SIX FLAGS !!! hope tomorrow is just as good.

Paul Hindle
Another great day’s ride-fest – I managed 43 rides, mainly on Roar and Superman – both great rides. Great weather, and park pretty empty – everything was a walk-on. Great staff too. My 400th comes up tomorrow – so looking forward to 6F Great Adventure (my first repeat park of the trip).

David Elvy 
Six Flags America – what a great little Park. The staff were great, and the high 5’ing everyone is a nice touch. The Park meal was amazing – the best so far. As for the rides – another ridefest. Superman Ride of Steel is amazing, and the ERS at the end of the day was great. A fantastic Day.

Steve Gzesh
An excellent day at Six Flags America. Loved that my last ride on Roar, which ended up with us getting stuck on the lift hill for 5-10 minutes (allowed for some great photographs!). Superman and Wild One were both outstanding as well! And unheard of bargains for shirts and caps at the gift shop!

John Baines & Claire Paton
We both had an excellent day at Six Flags America today. The food was probably the best of the trip so far (besides Deadwood) and the hospitality was great. The morning ERS on Roar was a very good start today but the highlight of the day had to be the evening ERS on Superman and the Mexican waves going up the lift hill. We even had time to visit the great little water park for a couple of hours during the afternoon. A fantastic day all around.

Jos Boudestein
More Flags. More Fun? Sure, I enjoyed my day at Six Flags America. The Superman coaster packs a lot of airtime. Excellent ERS’s with two train-operation on both Roar and Superman. I also spent some hours in the Hurricane Harbor waterpark, good slides over there as well. Excellent food, great rides and good staff.

Tommaso Laurenti
The Wild One and Superman Ride of Steel are definitely the highlight of the park. Really worth riding! We also had one of the best group meals so far! Waterpark and ERS on Superman crowned the day.

Mette Johansen.
A very hot day with a lot of fun. Two ERS’s. The first one on Roar, a really great woodie, then on Superman Ride of Steel, an Intamin coaster with a superb helix and a lot of airtime. That’s all for now….. 🙂

Lasse Toernqvist
At Six Flags America we had a morning ERS on Roar. I rode it twice, once in the backmost seat and once in the frontmost seat; it’s too rough for me at both places. Afterwards, two rides on Superman Ride Of Steel, again one in the back and one in the front seat. The back is quite rough but in return it’s very smooth at the front – note taken for the evening ERS. On Batwing I went dizzy, lost orientation and nearly passed out 🙁 Safely back on the ground, Mette Johansen came to my rescue with a bottle of water and Nick Christensen stayed with me while I recovered over half an hour. Thanks a lot to both of you guys!! 😀 After my recovery I was none the worse for the experience as Nick and I went straight on to The Joker’s Jinx, which I highly recommend. We also managed to watch the pirate stunt show where Mick F-K was pulled in to be an extra! Quite fun! At the evening ERS on SROS I realised that airtime machines are my favourite coasters!

Torben Bentsen:
First time at a Six Flags park for me, ever! The coaster highlights of today were the two woodies, Roar (on which we had morning ERS) and The Wild One (a beautiful coaster from 1917 still running great). The staff and especially the management treated us very well and the food was the best so far on the trip. Spent the whole afternoon in the large waterpark with many waterslides and a huge wavepool – it was great! Especially since the temperature was around 30-32 degrees celcius.

Lars Sorensen
Hot hot hot, the day was very hot, this gave us a good chance of going to the waterpark and have some fun. And luckily for us we did! The two ERS’s were great!

Nicklas Taarup
I dag lagde vi vejen forbi Six Flags America lidt nord for Washington, hvor vi havde endnu en fantastisk dag med masser af sol og varme.. 🙂 Havde en af deres traebaner for os selv i en time hvilket var ganske udemaerket.. 🙂 Vi valgte at tage i parkens vandland eftersom vi ikke rigtig havde haft tid til det de andre dage og vi havde det super sjovt.. Efter lukketid havde vi en halv time paa parkens store bane Superman, hvor vi fik en masse ture og havde det super fedt.. 🙂 Nu er vi paa vej til vores naeste hotel og saa er det verdens hoejste og hurtigste rutsjebane i morgen.. 🙂 Haaber alt er vel derhjemme.. 🙂

Darren & Mary
Excellent day, the weather was very hot, the staff were helpful and friendly and interacted well with us. Darren enjoyed all the rides, the coasters plus all the smaller rides including those in Thomas Land. Message for Diana and family Derick( pretzel man) brought a lot of soft pretzels for us

Yvonne Janik
What a perfect day from the moment we arrived, and the parking lot attendent yelled merrily through the coach window, “Have a Six Flags day!” Thanks so much, Ashley — brilliant job of planning the whole day, and special thanks to John, Randy, Sean, the whole catering staff, and Danika in the Flags gift shop as well. WOW!

Malcolm Marr
Six Flags America has come on a long way since my last visit. Really friendly staff and a very high level of cleanliness (the managers were all armed with grabbers, nice touch). Special mention should be given to Will, Kevin and Ever who did an amazing job keeping the Superman ride running efficiently and the crowd entertained. Batwing was suffering from single train operation but we saw the second train newly restored making its way back to the station so that looks like a temporary situation. In today’s heat we were desperate for a lot more shade, the only downside to the trip today.

Les 4 FRANCAIS (YANNIS,GAELLE,YVON,PASCAL)
Pour nos familles,collegues et amis lecteurs, nous vous racontons nos aventures de tous les jours pour garder le contact et vous faire partager notre sejour qui en vaut le detour.Today Six flags America (moyen parc parmis tous les autres grands que nous allons faire), qui possede comme beaucoup de magnifiques coasters qui vous font monter ladrenaline en 2 temps, 3 mouvements,(LES IMAGES PARLERONT D’ELLES MEME). 3Heures de bus pour rejoindre l’hotel(c’est le jeu ma pauvre lucette),on en profite pour dormir ou faire connaissance, avec les nglais, Norvegiens, Danois, Allemands, Ecossais etc. Hier un arret dans la superbe ville de Washington, ou la maison blanche, Obelisque, le memorial de Lincoln, etc. etaient parmis nos arrets pour rendre omage et fotographier ces beaux monuments.A bientot c a dire demain, big dedicace a odette, la famille de yaya, les collegues de bbraune, etc. bisssssssssss

Jeppe Nygaard
I dag var det en af de mindre Six Flags parker, Six Flags America, saa der var “kun” 7 rutchebaner paa programmet i dag 🙂
vi fik rigtig god behandling i dag, ERS paa deres traebane Roar en time i morges, og ERS igen her til aften paa deres kaempe staalbane Superman Ride of Steel. Der var ikke mange folk i morgen, saa vi kunne tage den med ro, hvillket var fint, da vi igen i dag havde virkelig varmt vejr, over 40 gr.

Vi er nu paa videre nordpaa mod Six Flags Great Adventure, hvor verdens hoejeste og hurtigste bane Kingda Ka venter, sammen med flere andre maga baner 🙂

Knus til jer derhjemme …

andycaosterboy
Today we are at SF America and an early ERS on Roar, a very early GCI woodie. It’s becoming noticable on this trip that many members are prefering to waste ride time in an effort to get on the front seat – which is a shame as trains are going round half empty – enjoyed 10 circuits and a near evac on the lift hill – sadly they got it going again!! Had another great ERS on Superman Ride of Steel in the evening – still as good as when I first rode it many years ago.

Darren Hoy
A fantastic day at Six Flags America. Two great ERS’s, starting the day on Roar and ending on Superman – Ride of Helix! The staff were great everywhere in the park and a special mention to the awesome Superman ride crew who were extra entertaining. Lunch was yummy too, Lasagne and Ice cream and to end the day some on sale shirts from the shop. How is Six Flags Great Adventure going to compare tomorrow?

Paul Greenwood
Started off the day in style with a fantastic ride session on Roar; I really love this version with the PTC trains. Thank you Six Flags America for using PTC rather than the Millennium Flyers, as I think they are much more enjoyable. I managed to fit in 10 rides on Roar, without having to get off, then on my 10th ride the train stopped at the top of the lift hill! We were stuck there for quite a while and an emergency evacuation seemed on the cards, but after the ride op walked halfway up the lift, the chain lift started and we were moving again. The staff seemed very apologetic about the whole thing, but of course we loved every minute of it!!! Superman is still a very good coaster and if one of these replaced the Big One it would be very welcome!! Just one thing Six Flags if you are reading this; please put more (or even any) drinking fountains in your park… Oh, on the coach journey to the next hotel we stopped at a CRACKER BARRELL!!! Who-hoo!!

Cal Jones
The guys at Six Flags America made us feel very welcome today, with exclusive ride sessions on Roar and Superman Ride of Steel, and a fantastic lunch. It was a scorching hot day and I agree with Paul that the park could do with more drinking fountains, but it seems that Six Flags are working at improving the park.

Mick F-K
A big improvment on day five, ERS on roar i found a bit hard, staff were freindly and you can get free water from the saff at kiosks just by asking. I had a great day over all. Missing you all.

Lasse Toernqvist
Larry made good use of his connections to arrange space for us at a Cracker Barrel for late night dining. With only 15 minutes notice he managed to secure 55 seats in the restaurant.

 

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Day 7 – Six Flags Great Adventure

Malcolm Marr
My second visit to SFGAdv meaning that the pressure for credit collection was at a minimum and I could take things easy and enjoy a more sedate pace today. The same could not be said for the rides with Kingda Ka and El Toro both offering amazingly quick ride experiences. Park was run very well today with all trains running where possible although I’m not sure about the visual check process that everyone was doing prior to hitting the “go” button. It looked more like some sort of Bananarama dance routine.

Jeppe Nygaard
It was a absolutely great day today at SFGAdv. Big thanks to Angel, her crew and the park for superb hospitallity 🙂
I dag var en af de parker hvor jeg gerne ville have haft J med i kufferten 🙂

Kaempe store rutchebaner, hvor vi startede med ERS paa B&M Nitro. Derefter allerforrest paa Kingda Ka. Her til aften blev det til 4 ture mere paa Kingda Ka, og dagen sluttede med en fantastisk ERS paa deres mega traebane El Tore, – storebror til Collossos i Heide Park. El Toro er nu min nummer 2 wood coaster i verden. Alt i alt, en rigtig, rigtig fed dag…

Darren Hoy
Today was the second day at a Six Flags parks that was fantastic, not something I thought I would say but very true. We were well looked after again with a morning ERS on Nitro and a two minute head start on the public in getting to KingdaKa for the first ride of the day. Another nice meal and all rides with reasonable queues meant a really good day. I finished the day with an hour on Kinda Ka and the ERS on the awesome El Toro. I also found time to get more gifts for the twins and Linz, Hi Keylie and Zane.

Richard Davis
Great to be back at Gt Adv, says a lot for the park that in the last four years I have spent more days there than at Thorpe Park, my home park in London! El Toro was everything I remember, but now with a bit more of a woodie feel to it. Great operations and an awesome ERS on Toro to end the day.

andycoasterboy
Great ERS on Nitro, Fantastic ERS on El Toro. Great park.

Jeff Holmes
Another 6 flags park which was better than my previous visits. Great Adventure has great friendly staff who provided 2 ERS’s one in the morning on Nitro which still rides very well and the other at night on the fantastic El Toro. This gives airtime aplenty all the way through the ride.

Viper
My fourth visit to the park, the staff are so much more friendlier than previous times. Started off on Nitro which was running very well. The park wasn’t too crowded so I got plenty of rides in. This doesn’t happen very often but this park is home to my number 1 steelie and number 1 woodie: Kingdaka and El Toro.

Kim Varde Lassen
This is my second visit to SFGAdv. This time the main attraction was El Toro � the one we didn’t get to ride in 2006. Four years of high expectations and I’m happy to say that I wasn’t let down. El Toro is an awsome ride. Talk about being “ejected” from park. The ERS was the most fun I’ve had so far even though my head was hurting after the seventh ride in the same seat.

I also got to do my long awaited front seat KingdaKa ride. Feels like being punched in the face. That launch to 206 km/h is still just out of this world.

Great staff, very hospitable atmosphere.

Nick Frank Christensen
Kingda Freaking Ka is so totally freaking AWESOME in the front, and so is El Toro in the front. I love these two coasters! 🙂 Got a little disapointed by Nitro on the morning ERS, but when i rode it at about 5PM, it was just so much better, so that’s a little tip for anyone who wants to visit Six Flags Great Adventure. And… HAVE A SIX FLAGS DAY! 🙂

Mette Doving
WOW what a great day we have had. Really VIP treatment. Started off with a fun ERS on Nitro, then off to KingdaKa for first rides of the day. A great coaster and front row is amazing. Nina was to have her 600th coaster today, so I go to follow her on on El Toro, we got front row ahead of everyone 🙂 Think there must be a new wood on the top of my list now. Night ERS on El Toro was just great, did not move from my seat. Stralende dag, har det helt topp.

Nina Kleppe
What a great day. First we got ERS on Nitro. Then we got to do first rides on Kingda Ka. Got two rides, one in the front seat. I had my 600th coaster on El Toro. I got front seat without queing becasuse a couple of reporters from the biggest newspaper in Norway, VG, took pictures and interviewed me. That was so much fun. Thanks to Six Flags for making my 600th coaster a really memorable experience. At lunch I won a t-shirt. The evening ended with a great ERS on El Toro. It has some great airtime, especilly in the back seats. WOW, what a fantastic coaster. Herregud, for en veldig bra dag. The best day so far on the trip. 🙂

Nicklas Taarup & Lars Sorensen
We had a great Six Flags day at Great Adventure. The morning ERS on Nitro was nice, but the evening ERS on El Toro was amazing. Definately one of the best coasters out there… The front seat of KingdaKa took the breath out of you.. Managed to ride the other coasters and we simply had another funny day. 🙂

Dirk Lather
Ich hatte den Park eigentlich grosser in Erinnerung aber egal, es galt hier meine fehlenden Counts erfolgreich abzuholen. Von El Toro hatte ich ja schon viel geh�rt, eine klasse Bahn, die jedoch f�r mich noch nicht an The Voyage herankommt. Die abendliche ERT auf dem Stier war jedoch schlichtweg der Hammer, mein Tip, letzte Reihe! Dann habe ich mal wieder meine Kamera gecrash, nicht nur Bakkens Rutschebahnen kann das, sondern auch ein schlichter Dark Coaster im SFGA. Morgens begann es mit einer ERS auf Nitro, diese endete gerade rechtzeitig um knapp 1 Minute vor der wartenden Masse an Menschen bei Kingda Ka anzukommen. So fur knapp 10 Fahrten auf dem grunen Monster hat es gereicht, ich liebe diese Bahn, wenn diese bloden Vibrationen nicht so heftig w�ren. Liebe Grusse nach Deutschland!

Christina Lather
Panik, Angst, Heulen, all das durfte ich heute erleben, bis ich endlich in der Schlussbremse von Kingda Ka angekommen bin. Die haben mir alle so eine Angst gemacht beim Warten, es hat geklappt. Naturlich war diese dann gelegt und ich habe noch 2 Fahrten angeh�ngt. Die grosse der Bahn ist echt beeindruckend, aber auch der Rest des Parks ist nichts fur angstliche Madchen. El Toro rast die Strecke nur so entlang, als ware er auf der Flucht, Scream Machine haut einfach nur und der Rest ist auch nix zum ausruhen. Toller Park, toller Tag, so einen Fastpass ist schon genial. 🙂

Thomas Enders
Heute hatten wir einen super Tag im Six Flags Great Adventure Park mit zwei ERS auf den besten Coastern im Park. Am Morgen auf Nitro, dem B&M Hypercoaster und am Abend auf El Toro, dem Super-Woodie. Tagsueber war dann noch genug Zeit fuer viele andere Coaster, der Park bietet ja insgesamt 13 Stueck.

Christof Muehlan
Today I learned what causes a ride to go down for “natural reasons”.

Picking Nitro as a coaster for the morning ERS was pure genius. I imensely enjoyed that. The lines were short throughout the day, which was very nice, but made it a little hard for me to spend the exit passes I won during lunch.

El Toro is just amazing. I am looking forward to the bruises on the top of my thighs. What an excellent coaster! An ERS on El Toro is quite a fun way to work out.

Andy Costin
What a day! Kingda Ka, Nitro, El Toro, etc. Great coasters, great park. Not too much queueing, so I hit everything I wanted to, and more. A superb ERS on El Toro to finish off – and the weather was good too.

Jos Boudestein
Have a Six Flags day! This Great Adventure day was very special for me, because I met one of my Dutch friends there. I wasn’t even aware he was in the park! They have one of the best selection of steel coasters in the world, and a very good woodie as well. The Kingda Ka coaster isn’t that very special though, besides being the highest and currently fastest coaster on the planet, I liked it. El Toro is packed full of sudden airtime especially in the back seats. The ERS’s were very good, again full capacity operation. It wasn’t that crowded after all, so the very expensive Flash Pass wasn’t worth it to skip the queues, but it was worth it for all the re-rides. I never had done so many rides and made so less pictures during a day in any theme park except my home parks.

Tommaso Laurenti
Today I managed to make my “El Toro” dream become reality 🙂

Great airtime on the ride, especially on the last bunny hop before the final series of curves towards the end of the ride.

Also Kingda Ka was a great ride, despite its lower acceleration with respect to Top Thrill Dragster or Stealth. Riding the front seat enables you to feel your cheeks being massaged by air at a speed of 200 kmh 🙂

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Typical six flags security today, made it a bad start to the day. Nitro was good on the front, El Toro was amazing, Nice enjoyable day. Visual Checks.

Paul Hindle
A great day – taken fairly easily as it was my first return visit to SFGAdv. But I collected the rides I missed in 2006 (Rolling Thunder (x2), Mine Train), and the new rides Dark Knight (over-hyped), and of course El Toro. I was in two minds about El Toro until I rode the front seat, which is simply stunning; but that leaves 17 rows behind less good. My favourite woodie remains The Voyage (sorry SF). On the other hand El Toro was my 400th coaser, so thanks!

David Elvy
Wow, it was good to be back and this time was much better. I managed to hit the rides I missed in 2006, multiple rides on everything and manageable queues. The Morning ERS on Nitro was good, before the mad dash over to Kingda Ka for first rides of the day, which is still hugely thrilling. The highlight today was El Toro – this thing is sublime. The smooth, speed, airtime hills and twisting finale offers one of the best Coaster experiences I have ever had, add to this an ECC ERS and you’re onto a winner. Thanks to all at the park for today – it’s days like this that make it so worth it.

Mary Wilkinson & Darren Smith
Highlight of today Darren rode Kingda Ka, Darren enjoyed the Variety of coasters including Roadrunner & Blackbeards Lost treasure. ERS on El Toro amazing, I am glad i rode it earlier as was unable to ride due to a bad arm. Darren was over the moon with the response of the other club members and actually riding the front row of Kingda Ka, he says a big thank you.

Steve Gzesh
Wow, another great day! Started off with ERS on Nitro, which I must have ridden 8-10 times. Then onto Kingda Ka. Wow, if you like speed on a coaster (and I do!), then this is the king of all coasters! I LOVED this ride. And the final ERS on El Toro made me a believer: I need to rearrange what’s on my Top 10 list now! Excellent coasters like this are what I live for!!

Yvonne Janik
I had SIX back seat rides in a row on El Toro during ERS – a coaster lover’s dream! Special thanks for the whole perfect day, Dory, Angel, Kristin, Mark, Frank, and all staff – what a team! It is always a joy to work with you to plan an event, and you are very generous to us.

Mick F-K
Things get better. ERS on Nitro. Great ERS on El Toro fantastic. I’ve had the best day so far. Thank you. Great Adventure staff and public so friendly,

Claire Paton and John Baines
Today was a really amazing day and we enjoyed this park a lot. The rides are crazy and we especially enjoyed the ERS on Nitro and El Toro. The food at the park was the best so far in my opinion (Claire) with Chicken Parmo, chicken strips with salad and veg and cheesecake for pudding. Luckily we got all rides in before lunch so we even had time for the sea lion and dolphin show later. Kingda ka is stupidly high and such a rush. Puts Stealth to shame. The best days for rides so far knocking Carowinds down to second.

Mette Johansen.
We had two great ERSs today, first a morning-ERS on Nitro, which is a great steel coaster, and then on El Toro after closing time. El Toro is simply the best coaster there is…

? (Ed: No name supplied) 
SFGAdv is a really great park with 13 coasters, so there is something for everyone. The norwegian newspaper VG followed all of us norwegian members of the group today. So maybe I finally got my 15 minutes of fame…. 🙂
That’s all for now…..

Lasse Toernqvist
On our way to Six Flags Great Adventure I felt a little bit tense about going to ride Kingda Ka for the very first time. We started out with a morning ERS on Nitro. A great airtime machine definitely in the league with Intimidator @ Carowinds. Afterwards, we headed straight for “KiKa” in order to make it before the general public. Turned out that I wasn’t as thrilled about it as I had expected. Went on to El Toro which surprised me with its smoothness for a woodie. Definitely the best woodie I’ve ridden so far. I also recommend The Dark Knight and Skull Mountain.

Torben Bentsen:
Kingda Ka day! The day started out with a brilliant ERS on Nitro, which packs loads of airtime just like Intimidator at Carowinds. After that, Kim and I ran through the whole park to get front row on one of the first trains on Kingda Ka – it was quite amazing doing 206 km/t in less than 4 seconds! Also had an amazing time on the evening ERS on El Toro – the best wooden coaster I have ridden – no other gets even close to how great this one is. Also worth mentioning from today, was the superb cheesecake at lunch (ville virkelig oenske at du kunne have smagt den kaere skat).

Bob Clark
Rode both sides of Rolling Thunder – thanks to supervisor Douglas for keeping it open. Front seat on Kingda Ka – awesome.

 

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Day 8 – Morey’s Piers, Hersheypark

Lorna & Adrian Dade
A great day. We had a fantastic time on Morey’s Piers, the hospitality was excellent, we had a fantastic time on the go karts, A good time was had by all hello to mum, dad, & Gill and a big hello to big boy.

David Elvy & Paul Hindle
It was good to be back by the seaside at Morey’s Piers. The Pizza was amazing, and the rides and go-karts were good too.

Yvonne Janik 
Perfect weather and perfect day at Morey’s Piers – thanks SO much for your generosity and hospitality to us, Morey family, and for all the amazing ERS on so many rides. Lindsey is so organized and kind and really planned a delightful day.

Bob Clark
Fabulous boardwalk walk – very cool

Mick F-K,
Three piers of thrills and one boardwalk sky coaster, bungy ball, and many more a small bounce children only I got on for Sally, it only gets better, breakfast pizza one per table 24″ xxx==L so many ers’ wow thank you Morey pier, love u all.

Claire Paton and John Baines
Morey’s Piers were great fun. The ERS was an hour of fun on a number of things including the Great White coaster, but most fun of all was the sky dive. John did the go Karts whilst me and Mick did the bunjee ball twice. We got the DVD so will be able to show you when we get home (and Mick sends me a copy). We also got free t-shirts and the pizza slices were huge! Great fun and arguably more fun than Blackpool.

Mette Johansen
This has been a fun filled day at Moreys Piers, an old boardwalk near Wildwood south on the New Jersey shore. Very friendley welcome by the staff.
Thats all for now 🙂

Jos Boudestein
What a beautiful place is Morey’s Piers; great location to have some big roller coasters around. I liked the Ghost Ship haunted walkthrough ride, also it is amazing they got a Boomerang coaster, an inverted coaster and a woodie on just three piers! The pizza slices were excellent, the ERS was great. Free rides on the Springshot and Sky Coaster saves me a lot of dollars 😀

Tommaso Laurenti
Excellent welcome at Morey’s Piers. Very nice pizza, an unexpected t-shirt for each one of us and ERS on exclusive rides, which normally cost 30 USD per ride!!! The hours we spent there were very pleasant. The ghost ship and 3-D mummy walk throughs were very also very unusual! And so was the maze!

Lasse Toernqvist
In the morning, Justin announced the next surprise: An evening visit to Hersheypark!

If you take Bakken, Denmark, enlarge its area, add some more rides, divide it into three sections and place it on the beach you have the brilliantly atmospheric place that is Morey’s Piers. We had ERS on its wooden coaster Great White which is quite bumpy. The ERS was special in that it also included a swing ride, two bungy type rides and go karts. Morey’s Piers has the look & feel of a fun fair.

Torben Bentsen
Morey’s Piers was great! A very beautiful park placed on 3 piers close to the sea. The welcome was awesome, where all of us got free t-shirts and a great meal. The ERS was magnificent – 5 rides including a bungee ball/slingshot ball, a good screaming swing and my first ever skycoaster, which made me the most nervous I have ever been on this trip – but what an adrenalin rush afterwards!!

Lars Sorensen
To be honest I did not expect much of Morey’s Piers, but what a place! The weather was perfect, not to hot and not to cold. We started out with the screaming swing which was great! The next thing we did was a slingshot. This was my first slingshot so my adrenaline was pumping away, so much fun! We also rode the skycoaster, again the adrenaline kicked in, what a rush. Great day, but it is not over yet, we are on our way to Hersheypark, looking forward to that.

Nicklas Taarup
Idag kom endnu en gang taet paa Atlanterhavet mere praecist til Morey’s Piers. Forlystelserne er fordelt paa 3 moler paa den forholdsvis store strand, hvilket er noget man ikke rigtig ser andre steder end herover. Vi fik nogle af deres store forlystelser som man normalt skal betale for, for os selv i en time hvilket var super fedt. Som overrakelse er vi nu paa vej til den den park vi ogsaa skal forbi i morgen. 🙂
Saa selvom det ikke er blevet til saa meget soevn paa det sidste er det stadigvaek super sjovt og vi hygger os virkelig. 🙂 Og nu kan jeg ogsaa sige at jeg har proevet verdens hurtigste og hoejeste rutsjebane. 😉

Dirk Lather
Ich liebe es, wenn man sich nicht vorbereitet. So war ich umso mehr ueberrascht, was uns am Moreys Piers erwartet hatte. Eine nicht enden wollende Strandprommenade, dazwischen 3 Piers, bestueckt mit Achterbahnen, Flatrides und anderen Attraktionen. Alles super gepflegt und abwechslungsreich. Das groeste Erlebnis war mein erster Ritt auf einem Skycoaster, vor dem ich mich 44 Jahre druecken konnte. Nachdem aber meine Frau ploetzlich bereit war, mit Jeppe eine Runde zu fliegen, konnte ich das natuerlich nicht auf mir sitzen lassen. 30 Minuten spaeter war ich also der mittlere Betandteil eines fliegenden Sandwiches, lediglich an einem Drahtseil haengend. Whow, war das klasse. Das Essen am Pier war grossartig, wenn wir wieder in der Naehe sind ist ein Halt dort Pflicht. Nur wenig entfernt liegt Atlantik City, ein wenig las Vegas light,lso ich mags net.

Christina Lather
Ich schlafe gerade und traeume von einem romantischen Tag am Pier, dabei gruesse ich meine Eltern und alle die mich kennen.

Thomas Enders
Unser Tag heute am Morey’s Pier war ganz anders als die bisherigen Tage und eine tolle Ueberraschung. Am Pier war eine ganz andere Stimmung als sonst in den Parks. Hier ist alles viel entspannter und ruhiger und es gibt hier viele Badegaeste die zum Strand gehen occder Familien die am Samstag nachmittag einen Ausflug zum Meer machen. Zwischen den Sandstraenden stehen hier die Fahrgeschaefte direkt am Meer. Vom Wood-Coaster hat man einen tollen Blick auf den Sandstrand und die Badegaeste. Wirklich ganz was anderes wie sonst. Kann man nur empfehlen.

Christof Muehlan
Wow, those pizza pies were really big. And what a nice place Morey’s Piers is. Can’t wait to get back there once the new coaster is running. Thanks for letting us ride so many great rides during the ERS.

Nina Kleppe
Morey’s Pier was a nice place with 3 diffrent piers. The pizza was really good. We got to do all the coasters, and some other rides too. The Skycoaster was cool. The Swing was nice too.

Steve Gzesh
Beautiful day at Morey’s Piers. I got to pick up 2 new coaster credits since I was last there. It was also great fun to ride the Skycoaster since I haven’t been on one in several years. In all, another great day!

Mary Wilkinson & Darren Smith
Really enjoyed the seaside atmosphere, Darren’s favourite ride was the Boomerang. really enjoyed the shops & lunch, What Big Pizzas!!

Malcolm Marr
Morey’s Pier today. It’s short for “More time needed at the pier”. I ran out of time and didn’t get to do the the new haunted ship walkthrough thing, which gives me a reason to go back, as does their new coaster planned for 2013 which we saw the layout of. There was a really good vibe about the place with lots of people out to have a good time. There are plenty of attractions both on the piers and along the boardwalk and I think the park spoiled us so much with free up-charge attractions that the ERS on the wooden coaster was fairly light on attendance. This is definitely a place I’ll be coming back to!

Jeppe Nygaard
I dag var vi ude ved Atlanderhavs kysten, paa Morey’s Pier, hvor alle forlystelserne, bla. 6 rutchebaner, ligger paa 3 kaempe moler helt ude ved / i havetevidement. De tre moler er forbundet med et kaempe dige, boardwork som er fyldt med butikker, smaa fastfood spise steder, osv.

Atmosferen er helt fantastisk, masser af larm, farver, alle mulige ting, stemningen min,der lidt om Bakken, bare ude ved havet. Jeg havde ikke de store forventninger til i dag, saa det blev en super posetiv oplevelse.

Vi er nu paa vej mod naeste park, og har lige koert igennem Philladelphia, og forbi alle skyskraberne …

Darren Hoy
I am running out of words to describe how great a time we are having and how good the parks are treating us. We started with 24″ pizzas and moved on to the best ERS ever as it included a skycoaster and a reverse bungee, I got one go on the skycoaster and four goes on the reverse bungee, total fun time. We then went all over the three piers sampling all the rides and marvelling at how clean everything was, more atmosphere than piers back home and a lot better quality rides. Now off to Hersheypark. Bring on the chocolate and hello to Mum, Dad and Nanna.

Richard Davis
Last day today, before I leave the main trip and head home via New York and what a nice place to spend my final day. Loved Morey’s and Wildwood and what great hospitality, offering us the skycoaster, springshot and other upcharge atractions as part of the ERS. One final credit left to get at Hershey tonight…

The Four Frenches
Aujourd hui Boardwalk, c est a dire, un Parc au bord de la mer, sous un grand soleil. Nous avons profite de rentrer dans un Pub, irish cofee, biere etc…tout en regardant le match USA – ROYAUME UNI. Puis 3 h 30 de bus, cela est un peu moins drole, quoique, nous continuons a coasteriser meme en roulant, vu la route pleine de dos d ane… “Pour les connaisseurs, dans le bus, on vient de regarder SK+J 2009 de Ian et Adrian”. Big up aux mousquetaires de Poitiers et aux 6 gourmandS de bbraune. Bisous Bisous a tous.. P.Y.Y.G.

Paul Greenwood
I absolutely loved today; the staff at Morey’s Piers were incredibly hospitable and we were given the biggest pizzas I’ve ever seen in my life, free t-shirts and even free rides on the skycoaster and screaming swing. To top off the day in style, I even managed to find somewhere that sold deep fried twinkies; something I’ve wanted to try for ages – a twinkie covered in batter, deep fried and covered in powdered sugar. It was totally lush, but I can feel my arteries hardening already…!

 

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Day 9 – Hersheypark, Knoebels

Kim Varde Lassen
My second visit to Hersheypark. What a scorcher… 33 in the shades. No running around doing lots of rides for me today. Fine ERS although Fahrenheit and Wildcat will not enter my top 10. Lightning Racer and Great Bear still rule at Hershey. We had a blast yesterday riding Lightning Racer 8 times in the dark… awsome dude! Thanks for dreaming up steamed fish for lunch. That’s a first, I think, and a nice deviation from the usual meat.

Nick Frank Christensen
Now get ready, here we go! 🙂 I don’t love Hersheypark, I L.O.V.E. Hersheypark. Fahrenheit was alot better than I thought, and therefore I got 5 front row rides on it without getting out, in the last 10-15 min. of our ERS. Awesome dude! :p Storm Runner was amazing and very smooth in the front row, but it was a bit too short. Like Kim said, we had an awesome unofficial ERS on Lightning Racer yesterday evening, and got about 8 rides on it. Now, that’s AWESOME DUDE! Now, its off to Knoebels to party with the staff! YAY! LOVE IT! I’m already looking forward to my next visit some day… 🙂

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Today was just too hot and humid. Luckily there was some shade to be found in the Chocolate Factory. Much time was spent there today. There is also one of the best 3D movies I have ever seen. The ERS in the park this morning was great. Got to do a lot of rides on both Wildcat and Fahrenheit. And yesterday evening I finally got my long awaited credit on Lightning Racer. What a great coaster that is. It was also good to ride Great Bear and Comet again.

Nina Kleppe
Herseypark is a lovely park. And we were lucky with the weather this time. Even though it was hot and humid, it didn’t rain as it did when we where here 4 years ago. Did get the 2 credits I missed from last time, and 1 new. The Lightning Racers where great fun. Great morning ERS on 2 coasters. Had a great day. Now we’re off to Knoebels.

Mette Doving
Today was a really hot an humid day. Good we got a few hours in the park last night, managed to do a few of the coasters then. Good ERS this morning, then off to be first in line for the Roller Soaker coaster. Did not knew there where so many evil people in the Club 🙂 Got completetely drenched. Managed to do most of the other coasters before lunch, and then went over to the chocolate factory afterward, a nice tour and 3D movie. To hot to much more in the afternoon, but had a lovely time in a beautiful park.

Viper
My second visit to Hershey. Started ERS on Fahrenheit and Wildcat. Excellent meal laid on for us. Have blisters on my feet as the park is so big with a lot of walking in the humidity.

Gordon Taylor and Lars Sorensen
Feeling hot hot hot…. But before we get to that, we must mention that last night we had a mini ERS on Lightning Racer, with the ride ops letting us change sides, reride and scream our heads off in the station, best racing experience evahh! The morning ERS was fun, but Fahrenheit was slower than expected, good though. Fat guy surfing and tap dancing show was the best. Now we are off to Knoebels for night riding, eating, and having the best time evahhh!!! YESSSSSSSSS, hurry up Larry!

Stu and Jo
What a swelter!!! Lightning Racer & Comet were great. ERS on Fahrenheit was good but Wildcat was playing a little rough! Had fun getting soaked by fellow enthusiasts on Roller Soaker. Ended up in the aircon of the choc factory. Looking forward to party at Knoebels.

Nicklas Taarup
Endnu en fantastisk dag. F�rst i Hersheypark, hvor vi som en overraskelse i gar, tog forbi om aften og vi naede at fa provet Lightning Racer, to tr�baner der korer om kap. Virkelig fedt. I dag startede vi sa dagen med at ha to andre baner for os selv i en time, og ellers hyggede vi os bare resten af dagen indtil vi sa kom ud til bussen og fik at vide at vi hertil aften skulle forbi den park vi ogsa skal til i morgen. Sa det har bare v�ret super laekkert. 🙂

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Another great day. Very hot weather, (there was one shower, but we sooned dried off) Great ride on Roller Soaker. Thanks non riders for the second shower of the day, (at least it was not disrupted by the hotel fire alarm!!) Adrian loved it so much he went back for another go!! Best Coasters in the park are lightening Racer (with the operators letting us stay on if there was no one waiting)

Bob Clark
Great park but very tiring. Comet – my 200th coaster in 2006 still rides very well and is my favourite coaster in the park

John Baines & Claire Paton
We started the day off with an early wake up call thanks to the Crowne Plaza’s dodgy fire alarm (which took 10 mins to hear and is quite worrying should they actually have a fire!) As if they hadn’t upset us enough they then proceeded to dish out the worst breakfast of the trip that didn’t even include toast and cereal! Hersheypark soon livened up our spirits and we enjoyed a great morning ERS on Fahrenheit and Wildcat. Our favourite ride in the park was Lightning Racer and the crew operating the ride were tremendous. We enjoyed a good soaking on Rollersoaker straight after the ERS thanks to half of the bus and it took almost the full day to properly dry out! All in all a very enjoyable rather hot day!

Darren and Mary
We could have done without the early morning fire alarm but once we were on our way things got better. Park was great, the ERS’s good, for the roller soaker Darren needed 2 ponchos on, one for his top and one for his bottom half. I got soaked Darren had a wet bum. Darren got stuck on the Boomerang for over 20 mins, he coped really well. Excellent but very hot day

Steve Gzesh
Very nice day at Hersheypark. I got tons of rides on Wildcat and Lightning Racer, both excellent woodies. Got stuck on Wildcat’s lift hill, but not long enough to take pictures from the top (oh well!). Today was hot, hot, hot! I grew up in Pennsylvania and I don’t recall this level of humidity! But we went to Chocolate World for a while, where it’s nicely air conditioned, for some relief. Made a custom chocolate bar, but couldn’t add any nuts because apparently they’re toxic to everyone these days. Go figure. Yvonne stopped all the factory machinery for a while (she denies responsibility!), but it was otherwise cool to see. Onto Knoebels now…

Mick F-K,
Early call I thought it was someones fancy alarm but it was the fire alarm. Hershey was as I remember it – busy but amazing. Farenheiht was good. Did a lot of riding. Too hot for people to queue. Humidity 63, temp 92 energy draining, give love to Sally, miss you all.

David A Elvy
It was great to be back at Hersheypark, and I had unfinished business from 2006. Lightning Racer was well worth the wait – absolutely incredible. We had a Morning ERS on Fahrenheit and Wildcat. Fahrenheit was smooth, fairly intense and fun while the same can not be said for Wildcat unfortunantly. I managed to ride Roller Soaker, and despite being a wimp and wearing a Poncho – I was still soaked – Thanks all, though it was fun. Another amazing Day, but god was it Hot.

Paul Hindle
Last night Dave & I managed 10 rides on Lightning Racer (in the dark) – that was the unfinished business. Today got off to a bad start with fire alarm at 0625, and a special breakfast for us which managed to omit fruit, yoghurt, cereals, bread – thanks to Crowne Plaza Harrisburg. Anyway things improved after that! I was gald to see Millennium Flyer trains on Wildcat, but the track is still rough. I got almost 30 rides in total, despite the heat; a few beers helped …

Mette Johansen.
Woke up today to a false fire alarm at 6.30. It was time to get up, but I prefer my regular alarm… Had a very hot but great day at Herseypark. I did my first inverted coaster in 8 years, B&Ms Great Bear, today. YIIHAAA… proud and happy now.
Thats all for now…. 🙂

Jos Boudestein
Hersheypark was a very sweet day out. Very sweaty as well, as the temperature and humidity went sky high. Luckily there’s the Roller Soaker to cool you down 🙂 I love the Lightning Racer, the duelling effect looks really good, despite the Lightning side almost always winning. I also like the Skyview ride, which lets you ride over the big B&M coaster Great Bear. I have tried not to be tempted by all the chocolate, and of course, I failed 😉

Tommaso Laurenti
Hersheypark is a very nice park, standing out for its racing wooden roller coaster and Intamin’s launched coaster. Atmosphere in the park, especially in the evening, is very magic and makes you curious to explore it all. There are many smaller rides, like the Schwarzkopf’s looping coaster, which make the park special. And, most importantly, friendly and helpful staff, which allow you to re-ride rides! Bags were allowed on rides too!

Torben Bentsen
The day started with a fire alarm in the hotel, so we were evacuated quite early – thankfully it was false alarm. Hersheypark today was very very very hot! The humidity was almost 100% and the temperatures near 33 degrees. Lightning racer turned out to be the best ride in the park – two fantastic duelling coasters, which we got to ride at least 10 times. It was especially great last evening in the dark with lighting all over it. Stormrunner’s front row was also a fun experience and is now my 2nd rated launch coaster after Kingda Ka.

Lasse Toernqvist
We had a very special wake up call this morning: The fire alarm sounded in the hotel and we evacuated. Turned out to be someone having left a cigarette butt in a fire escape – nothing serious, though I was somewhat shaken up afterwards.

Surprise of the day: Going to Knoebels in the evening and joining the staff for a party with free food and drink. Yezz!
Hersheypark is great, cosy and friendly. The day was a scorcher with temperatures of about 35c and very high humidity and this combined with the early morning experience made the day very exhaustive. Still, it was a great day to spend my birthday. Yes, I turned 35. The best way to celebrate my birthday!

Favourite coasters: Comet and SooperDooperLooper.

Malcolm Marr
Today’s trip report is brought to you in association with Sesame Street and the letter “H”. There are many words that begin with that letter such as “Hersheypark”, “Heat”, “Humidity” and “Hills”. Put all those together and you end up with a very challenging day. Most of the rides were running and being run very well. Favourite rides were the Lightning Racers followed closely by a front row Comet. Spent the afternoon escaping into the shaded places including the zoo, the chocolate factory (nothing like Willy Wonka’s) and a free concert by a country rock act called Sawyer Brown who we’d never heard of but many of the audience had. Amused myself by watching clinically obese fans attempts at dancing to the music.

Jeppe Nygaars
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

andycoasterboy
After an early fire alarm call in the hotel, we head to Hersheypark. ERSs on Fahrenheit and Wildcat. We all then head over to push and pump buttons to drench members who have unfortunatrely not ridden the Super Soaker 🙂 Lightening Racer is still a great ride and one of my favourites in the park. It was way too humid and hot today so enjoyed the air con in the Hershey Chocolate Factory. On the bus now heading to the 25th celebration Phoenix staff event at Knoebals.

Jeff Holmes
Can somebody turn down the heat and humidity button please!!!!! Hersey Park provided 2 ERS’s for us on both Fahrenheit and Wildcat. Whilst Fahrenheit was my only coaster credit today since I have been to Hershey before, it was a fairly relaxing day. Visited the chocolate factory tour which was fun and decided to go to their zoo which I didnt know was there!! Thanks to the Hershey staff for their good food menu.

Yannis,Yvon,Gaelle,Pascal
Pour debuter cette belle, chaude et meme trop chaude journee, 2 ERS (c’est a dire 2 maneges ouverts a notre disposition avant l’ouverture du parc, rien que pour le club). Ensuite, c’etait partie pour de nouvelles sensations,”JE VOUS RACONTE PAS LES JETS DANS LA GUEULE”, mais c’est un kiff que seul Yvon peut nous faire decouvrir , il fait partie de la bande de oufffff,lol…, qui connait tout sur tout, alors avant la fin du Trip, thanks. Un repas pris avec le groupe a 12H, comme tous les jours , bien sympatique. La suite de la journee fut tres interressante sur tous les points, de bons delires avec la bande des 4 mousquetaires francais. En route pour l hotel et une bonne nuit de repos. Bis a vous tous en France, dedette, bryce de foug, lolo, la famille, les fawoins, cham et linda, etc etc by

Darren Hoy
A nice relaxing day at Hersheypark, no credits needed so a chance to ride my favourites, Sooperdooperlooper and The Comet. Also we did the chocolate factory tour complete with free chocolate, looked around the Zoo and went to a concert by Sawyer Brown. Another great, fun day which not even the 90 degree heat and humidity could spoil.

Paul Hindle
A great evening ride session on Phoenix in the increasing dark, with the lights off after 9-15. We could have gone on for ages! I got 10 rides, including on in the famous airtime row 3.

David Elvy
Thank You Knoebels for allowing us to come to your Staff Night, with great Food and Night rides on Phoenix, which was running great. It was in complete darkness, amazing speed and airtime. This was THE Coaster experience of the trip. Awesome.

Yvonne Janik
My last ride of the night in the dark in the front seat on Phoenix was coaster euphoria — the airtime can’t get better than that. Also my Texas friend Cindy and her husband David flew in to ride Phoenix; she had ridden The Rocket in San Antonio every month with her dad when she was a kid. She said Phoenix is even better than the Rocket. Thanks to the Knoebels and all staff for such fun and for keeping Phoenix in such top condition all these 25 years.

Steve Gzesh
What an outstanding time at Knoebels, which is par for the course there! The ERS we had on Phoenix last night was incredible (and you gotta love that ride crew that could cycle an incoming train in 15-20 seconds!). The rain we had earlier in the day wet down the track nicely, so we were flying!

Darren and Mary
Riding Phoenix in the dark and the party atmosphere was great, take over in Walmart afterwards.

Jos Boudestein
Now I know why everyone likes Knoebels so much; it is a lovely theme park located in beautiful forest. Its staff is fantastic, the hospitality is great. The Phoenix is my #1 favorite wooden coaster, it has more airtime than any other coaster I rode. Great experience, 3rd row, during nighttime.

Tommaso Laurenti
Night time ERS on Phoenix was great, enhanced by the fact that that it had just stopped raining. It is definitely the roller coaster which makes you float in your seat the most. I loved te first pitch dark haunted house-like tunnel before lift hill and that smell of grease and oil typical for old wooden roller coasters! Furthermore the park has a ride called LOOPER, which allows you to spin around like a washing machine. There are 2 other similar exemplars of it in Italy, but without the pedal, which makes the ride interactive and much more fun! Staff was incredibly friendly, and selection of t-shirts was bigger than anywhere else!

Torben Bentsen
Knoebels was a great park! The atmosphere and hospitality in the woods was very unlike anything, we have experienced in the other parks – in a very good way! It was like doing a timewarp into the 1960’s and escaping the loud commercial pop culture we had experienced elsewhere. Getting to ride Phoenix in the dark on a wet track was the most amazing feeling, and I do now understand why people from all over the world love this coaster, that might look tame on POV’s. What an airtime machine! Congrats on its 25th birthday tomorrow. Would love to come back with my family in the future, to let them experience this beautiful place.

Lasse Toernqvist
This evening was also special in that we had a surprise ERS on Phoenix. We were told that the third row was the best place to ride it and as it was my birthday I got to ride that row as the first one. Lots of literal airtime makes this my number one experience in a wooden coaster so far.

Mette Johansen.
We had a very special evening. We were invited to participate at a staff-party at Knoebels. It was a really great time with nighttime-ERS on The Phoenix. Riding The Phoenix in the dark and on wet tracks is a fantastic experience. Lots of airtime and just plain fun the whole ride through.
Thats all for now…. 🙂

Mick F-K, 
Arrived last night at knoebels to join a party put on for the staff eating and riding Pheonix incredible what an evening only spoilt because some of the girls loved my accent and got me saying different words so they had a good laugh they thought it was so funny, only to be jumped on by one of the management and told not to talk to the girls and leave them alone. I thought he was joking but he said i mean it leave them alone almost accusing me of molesting them i told the senior staff expecting an apology but nothing happened. Very dissapointed, but had a good time riding with the staff especialy the girls who liked my accent.

Gordon Taylor
So onwards to Knoebels. What a great surprise – the only thing missing from the original trip plan was a Knoebles night visit. Thanks for sorting! I was worried that the constant hype by Justin & myself would have the opposite effect on the newbies and The Danes – but Dick, Rick and co you didnt disapppoint. Your gracious invite to your staff party was more then welcome and the Phoenix was flying. Quite possibly the best evening I have spent in K PARK (!) Truely memorable. Ride after ride it just got better and the food was, as ever, fabulous. The staff that attended were such fun, chatty and interested in our Scottish and Danish accents, and are a tribute to you all. As ever very sad to leave.. but happy knowing that I would return……

Malcolm Marr
Had a surprise trip to Knoebels tonight where we were invited to their staff party with an ERS on Phoenix provided… and it was stunning. Every train went out full of Club members and park staff and the atmosphere was brilliant. The coaster was running extremely well with that monster air time in row 3 doing its thing.

Jeppe Nygaard
I gaar aftes endte turen med en overraskelses tur til Knoebels, hvor vi endte op med at deltage i en personale fest, samtidig med ERS med parkens personale paa deres fastastiske traebane Phoenix. Det var virkelig sjovt, og atmospheren var noget af det bedste jeg endnu har oplevet paa mine rutchebane ferier. og det siger ikke saa lidt 🙂

Mette Doving
Thanks so much for letting us crash the staff party, that was really an amazing surprise. First row on my ever first ride on the Phoenix was just crazy, almost like a stand up coaster that one. Really enjoyed it, it was hard to go off to have some food. Got a last run after all lights where turned off, and that was just amazing as well. A totally awesome night.

Cal Jones
It was great to go to Hershey again, despite the oppressively humid weather. The park has such a great atmosphere and went all out to make us welcome. I managed to do the chocolate tour this time (this is my third visit) as well as riding everything I wanted to.
Harvey and Mark sprung a surprise early birthday on me as it was their last day on the trip (my actual birthday is Thursday 17th) so I got cake and everything. Thanks guys – the rest of the trip won’t be the same without you.

After Hershey we drove to Knoebels for a nighttime ERS on Phoenix. This is was my fourth visit to Knoebels and I remembered why Phoenix is one of my favourite coasters. Riding it in the dark, after rain, was a very special experience. It may only be 78 feet tall but it has more airtime and more fun packed into it than most other coasters combined.

Paul Greenwood
I had forgotten what a beautiful park Hersheypark is, although I fully remember the foul taste of Hershey chocolate (sorry…)! Just to show the kind of things we enthusiasts do for a coaster credit, I had to suffer a complete and utter drenching on the Roller Soaker ride just so I could tick it off! What with the water canons and the water bombs coming at us from all directions, riding this coaster shows true dedication to the cause! There was some difference of opinion concerning Farenheit, but personally I found it very enjoyable, if only for the unusual loop that you enter from the top. The chocolate tour was great fun, but thankfully I didn’t want to buy any chocolate at the end.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
WOW! I don’t think I have ever had a larger grin on my face during a coaster ride than tonight at Phoenix. This coaster is just insane when it comes to airtime. And the ongoing staff-party made the atmosphere just stunning. This has to be the best event ever.

Viper
The night we arrived from Hershey to Knoebels, we had an hour ERS on the Phoenix which was defintly the best ERS ever. It had been raining and it was flying.

 

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Day 10 – Knoebels

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Another Great day at Knoebels. A great party last night with the staff. Phoenix was flying sunday night, loads of air time. A big thanks to Rick & Dick Knoebel annd all staff for a fantastic time.

We were shocked to hear the news about Will Koch this morning, he will be sadly missed around the park, we were lucky to meet him on previous club trips, our thoughts are with his family.

Claire Paton and John Baines
We have had a fantastic day at Knoebels and loved riding the Twister this morning. The party last night was unique and great to mix with the staff. The rides on Pheonix were incredible especially in the third row.

Paul Hindle
Started with an ERS on Twister (love it); then a day in this fascinating park, including a delicious Knoebel’s lunch

David Elvy
A full day at Knoebels started with an ERS on Twister. The rest of the day was full of riding all of the great Rides at the Park. The Food and Staff were all amazing too. Thank You Knoebels, you’re all amazing.

Steve Gzesh
The ERS on Twister this morning also went extremely well, as did the track tour of Flying Turns! (Hope it opens soon!) In all, Knoebels is one of the best parks in the world and I can’t wait to return soon!

Bob Clark
Amazing park with 2 fanastic coasters. Forget El Toro give me PHOENIX any day or better still any night

Darren and Mary
Today has been great. Darren enjoyed every ride especially the older ones that are rare and fun. Great food, lovely friendly atmosphere from staff and guests. We both enjoyed the walk on the track of Flying Turns. Great day.

Jos Boudestein
The Twister is a very good woodie. And thanks for the track walk on Flying Turns, once I really should return to ride it, it looks so beautiful!

Tommaso Laurenti
I was horrified to hear about the sudden loss of William Koch, who I had just met 10 days ago during the Holy Wood nights, in great shape. My sincerest condolances to his family, especially to his mum!

Lasse Toernqvist
Knoebels is a very friendly family-run park and the senior Knoebels received us with open arms. The place reminds me of Bakken, Denmark, only it’s very much unique. I felt very much welcome. This park is really run from the heart with love.

Dirk Lather
Obwohl ich schon einmal hier war, habe ich mich auf Knoebels am meisten gefreut. Es ist der schoenste Park im Land, wenn nicht ueberhaupt einer der schoensten den ich kenne.

Es gibt hier nicht unbedingt die Masse an Attraktionen, aber die Lage, der Mix der Fahrgeschaefte und die beiden grossen Coaster machen den Park doch so perfekt. Christina konnte ich in die Geisterbahn lotzen und meine gehessigeit wurde schoen belohnt. “Troeeeeeeeeehhhhhht”, Insider wissen Bescheid.

Die gestrige ERS auf Phoenix mit der Personalparty, die heutige ERS auf Twister, einfach Hammer. Knoebels muss man auf jeden Fall empfehlen, es macht alleine einen riesen Spass, die Freude der Kids zu beobachten, wenn sie sich auf den alten, aber Top erhaltenen Fahrgeschaeften vergnuegen.

Christina Lather:
Dirk hatte ja schon viel von dem Park erzaehlt, nun kann ich verstehen was er meinte.

Alleine die Masse an Merchandise war ueberwaeltigend, es sind wohl ueber 200 verschiedenen Motive an T-Shirts erhaeltlich. DIe STimmung gestern Abend auf dem viel gelobten Phoenix war klasse. Noch nie bin ich ohne Zusatzgurt so hoch geflogen, man weiss gar nicht, soll man sich, oder die Fahrgaeste vor einem festhalten *lach*.

Dann haben wir noch mit den Mitarbeitern zusammen Feiern koennen, schoen wars.
Klasse Park, gehoert nun zu meinen Lieblingen.

Nick Frank Christensen
Kneobels is a very nice place, and the Phoenix is just AWESOME DUDE! And I totally love the forest feeling, like in Faarup Sommerland. 🙂 Oh, and the funnel cake at Kneobels IS amasing! 🙂

Thomas Enders
Nach vier Jahren war ich heute wieder im Knoebels Park. Die Erwartungen wurden wieder voll erfuellt. Knoebels liegt in einem Tal vom Wald umgeben und bietet viele tolle Fahrgeschaefte fuer die ganze Familie die man sonst selten findet. Und mit Phoenix hat man hier einen Top Ten Woodie.
Er ist diesmal noch besser als letztes mal gelaufen und die ERS in der Nacht war super.

Nina Kleppe
Knoebels is a very nice park. That we got to join the staff party yesterday was great fun. Phoenix is a great woodie with lots of airtime. I think I spent more time out of my seat than in it. Fantastic. So fun riding in the dark late at night. WOW! Today we had a fun ERS on The Twister, and I found my favourite seat, the second from the back. Not so rough, and lots of airtime. Great. Good lunch too. Then we got to walk the track of The Flying Turns. That was fun. Thanks to Rick and all the staff for making this visit a memorable one. Had a great time. 🙂

Darren Hoy 
Had a fantastic time at Knoebels, firstly at the staff party last night with dark riding on a warmed up and wet from recent rain Phoenix and with excellent food. Today started with an ERS on Twister and, once I got the kiddie coaster credit, another chilled out day wandering around a beautiful tree filled park. Other highlights included walking the Flying Turns track, winning cuddly monkeys for Keylie and Zane (Hello Hobbits) and the Pineapple milkshake.

Kim Varde Lassen
Knobels is fantastic. The setting in the woods, the lack of bouncing basketballs and distorted speakers and ugly advertisements and last but not least a pair of top coasters makes this park a must. ERS/party on Phoenix yesterday was as good as an ERS can get. Phoenix was flying on the wet track, it was dark, the ride operaton was uniquely relaxed, no gates, almost no restraints… all these details came together and showcased the Phoenix in all its greatness. Airtime, airtime… amazing. Today was another day at Knoenels, but I was sooo tired. ERS on Twister which I like very much. Great speed and sufficient roughness. Did most of the other rides and got very up close with the Flying Turns on a special tour. A good day indeed.

Gordon Taylor
Was I right or was i right? With everyone still buzzing from the previous night it was a welcome return for an ERS with a TWIST. You never let me down lol… Another great day and very sad to leave… thanks for everything. Nice to see you all again and sorry I missed you John F. The walk up The Turns was very special and fascinating. Will need to revisit His Dark Materials, and even after the fab lunch I had to get some Pizza Angela! Yum! And er a milkshake as usual. Yummy yummy… Everything about this place is spot on. Spent another load on teas and sweats and as I mention to anyone who will listen, how nice to have such great stuff on sale, but you don’t have to exit each ride through a shop! I could go on but those who know me know how I feel about this special park. Will be back soon.

Paul Greenwood
Last night’s surprise visit to Knoebels offered one of the most enjoyable coaster experiences I’ve had. The last time I rode the Phoenix about 9 years ago I was pretty underwhelmed, but last night it was FLYING. This even gave El Toro a run for its money as an extreme ride, but if you look at it in terms of pure fun, last night couldn’t be topped. This morning we started by riding Twister, and I just couldn’t believe how fast it was running so early in the day, it’s just amazing. Knoebels really know how to look after their coasters and I just hope that they never change them in any way � they’re just perfect.

Stu&Jo
I first came to Knoebels 15 years ago and loved it then. It was just the same as I remember except the Phoenix was running much wilder and better than before. I will seriously have to change my top 10 – Twister also good. Haunted Mansion is as I remember. Jo had a ball on all these rides. Will miss this park

Malcolm Marr
Back to Knoebels today and following last night’s event today was taken at a much gentler pace. Twister was too twisty for me. Kozmo’s Kurves was surprisingly wild and is a great replacement to its predecessor. Flying Turns eluded us once again but is looking really good. Black Diamond is in its early stages but should be interesting too. Thanks to the Knoebel family for hosting us.

Jeppe Nygaard
I dag var vi tilbage i Knoebels hvor vi startede med en times ERS paa deres anden traebane, Twister. Knoebels er en klassisk theme park, som har samlet mange gamle historiske forlystelser, og minder os om hvordan forlystelses parker var foer det hele blev kaempe Mac Donalds agtigt mega parker. Samt hvor heldige vi er, at have parker som Bakken og Tivoli hjemme i dk.
Ellers har vi nydt dagen i et stille og roligt tempo, fik en glimrende frokost, hvor det var parkens forlystelses mekanikere som serverede frokosten for os.
En back stage tour paa Flying Turns, deres naeste traebane, som de arbejder paa, paa fjerde aar, ogsaa et kig paa Diamond Back, som bliver et mix af rutchebane og spoegelseshus. En superb dag i en fantastisk park
a BIG thanks to the Knoebels for having us, and giving us such a great time …

Mette Doving
Back at Knoebels again this morning. ERS on Twister was just a lot of fun, rode thru the whole hour. An excellent coaster as well, and a lot of laughs. My arms where waving all over the place. The best giggles is to be found in the right seats of the train 🙂 Enjoyed the rest of the day as well in a really nice park, great lunch and a really nice walk on the Flying Turns, hope to see that up running soon. Thanks a lot to everyone at Knoebels for giving us such a great time in your park.

Cal Jones
Knoebels part two began with an ERS on Twister. This coaster is still riding amazingly well. Riding it is a bit of a workout, but it hasn’t grown at all rough with age. I am quite susceptible to headaches on coasters these days and was still able to stay on for the full hour. Great coaster. Also tried out the new kiddie coaster, Kosmo’s Kurves, as well as many of the other rides. And of course, no trip to Knoebels is complete without a delicious milkshake from the Old Mill. My wallet is still trying to recover from the hammering it took in the gift shops. Great day – again!

andycoasterboy
After last nights stunning ERS/staff party on The Phoenix – which will go down as probably my favoutite ERS ever!! We head back for a morning ERS on Twister which is just as good as I remember. Knoebels is a truly amazing place and the walk around and over Flying Turns (again!) was a good treat. Hopefully next time I visit I hope I can finally get to ride it??? Huge thanks to Rick and everyone at the park for such great time.

On a very sad note today we learn of the sad loss of a true amusement park legend – Will Koch, my thoughts go to the family and everyone at Holiday World.

Jeff Holmes
The night before we really had a fantastic ERS on Phoenix and was invited to Knoebels staff party to celebrate 25 years of this brilliant woodie. The coaster was flying round with bucket loads of airtime making it now my favourite “old-style” woodie. Today was a mixture of emotions as although we were spending the day in one of USA’s most amazing parks we were advised of the death of Will Koch. He will be sorely missed in the amusement/theme park industry. RIP!!!

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
My second visit to this park, and it will certainly not be the last one. This place is amazing with its collection of rides you hardly see anywhere else, the friendliness of everyone, and the great coasters Phoenix and Twister. Thanks for another great day on this trip.

Viper
Started off with an ERS on the Twister that was better than I remembered. I went on the boat ride and I have to say those bridges were so low, so imagine you were six foot tall you would have to duck. I really enjoyed the train which was one of my favourites, it was a lot longer than I expected going right out into the woods and what I liked about it was the other train would come past and wave to the other passengers, loved it. I took a ride on the cable cars witch offers excellent views of the park. This park is definitley my favourite traditional theme park and I really wish Knoebels was my local park unlike tacky Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Andy Costin
Knoebels was still as fantastic as ever – and I’d almost forgotten how much FUN Phoenix is! Especially in the dark. Twister was great too, a different kind of ride – all about speed! 😀

Sad to hear about the passing of Will Koch, of Holiday World 🙁 At least we have The Voyage to remember him by.

Andy Lamb
Phoenix is one hell of a ride, for me it beats all the modern coasters such as El Toro and The Voyage. For most of the ride my rear end was off the seat. It is very smooth. The ERS was a classic, it was also great riding with staff at night.

In the morning Justin announced the passing away of Will Koch, owner of Holiday World – it came as a complete shock, my heart goes out to the Koch family. The park is family owned and operated in much the same was as Knoebels and we all hope it stays that way. Despite the unfortunate news everyone managed to have a good time during the morning ERS on Twister. We also were given a tour of Flying Turns after the lunch (which was yummy). It looks like when it gets up and runing it will be a very fun the trilling ride.

 

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Day 11 – Waldameer

Christof Muehlan
Had a nice relaxing day at Waldameer. Well, relaxing until the evening ERS on Ravine Flyer II. This is one excellent coaster. The first drop and the flight over the bridge and back are airtime-filled. The rest is just wild. Had a blast. Thanks to all the people at Waldameer and especially to the Ravine Flyer II ride-ops, who dispatching the trains so fast.

Thomas Enders
Wow, was fuer eine super ERS heute auf Ravine Flyer II. Mit diesem Coaster hat der kleine Park Waldameer eindeutig einen Volltreffer gelandet, den kein Coaster-Fan auslassen darf. Ravine Flyer II ist zwar etwas kuerzer als Voyage, hat aber die gleichen Fahreigenschaften und macht genauso viel Spass.

Andy Costin
Well, what a revelation Ravine Flyer II is, It was fun, fun, fun! A great ERS to end a nice relaxing day at Waldemeer, a small but beautiful park.

Andy Lamb
Park hospitality and Ravine Flyer II has rendered me totally speechless.

Kim Varde Lassen
Waldemeer is such a nice little park, quiet and shady, even though it wasn’t that hot today. Main attraction was of course their new coaster and it totally blew me away. Ravine Flyer 2 is simply amazing – Gravity Group has hit my soft spot again. Congratulations to Waldemeer. ERS was perfect, and seeing Justin flying by 1 meter away definately added to the thrill. Both the coaster and the ERS enters my top 5 on the spot. Thanks to Steve for a brilliant day.

Lars Soerensen and Nicklas Taarup
We were very tired when we arrived at Waldameer, but after a ride on Ravine Flyer II we were definately awake. A very nice feature with the bridge over the road and alot of airtime. The park is very small but though very nice and the spinning coaster is also a very good one, and the walk through fun house and the Wacky Shack ghost train was indeed very fun as well. We had a few hours in the water park which we enjoyed a lot. Many funny slides and a nice lazy river. 🙂

Had a perfect evening ERS on Ravine Flyer II running two trains so we could stay in our seats. It is simply just a brilliant coaster. And then I (Nicklas) have just found out that it actually was my 200th coaster. Yeah. 😀

Adrian & Lorna Dade
What a great day. Fantastic woodie Ravine Flyer II was amazing and Adrian’s 600th roller coaster. Great hospitality from park and a Brilliant ERS.

John Baines & Claire Paton
We both had another great day. Ravine Flyer II is an excellent wooden coaster and we didn’t leave the train for the entire hour of the ERS. The ride operators and hospitality provided by all park staff was superb and it was fantastic of the park to run 2 trains for us during the ERS.

David A Elvy – aka Birthday Boy 
What a place to spend my 29th birthday. An amazing day, the weather was nice, the food was good and the park was awesome. The evening ERS on Ravine Flyer II was great. Thank you to the park for running two trains and making it one of the best ERS sessions ever. Thank you Waldameer and my fellow ECC members for making my 29th birthday so memorable.

Paul Hindle
Happy Birthday Dave! We almost managed 29 rides on Ravine Flyer II, but got 26 done! A great day all round, special thanks to Steve Gorman, Waldameer’s park manager for looking after us so well, and of course to all his staff. A stunning ERS.

Yvonne Janik
I rode in every train out on ERS on RFII – love the airtime, speed, and intensity. What a beautiful, well-crafted coaster! THANKS so much, Paul, Steve, and the ride team for tonight’s ERS and all the fun today. I have a great day every time I come to Waldameer.

Steve Gzesh
Another amazing day!! Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer was outstanding and certainly lives up to its name – it was FLYING through the ravine this evening and definitely left the track on numerous occasions! After these last three days, I can see I have some adjustments I’ll need to make to my Top 10 woodie list! These rides are just too good to not include them on the list! Thanks to the super-friendly staff at Waldameer! I’ll certainly be back for more!!

Bob Clark
Yet another brilliant park with a wonderful woodie – the excellent Ravine Flyer II. Superb ERS – it was flying – big thanks to Steve Gorman and the ride operators for making the ERS so memorable.

Mick “stamp on head” F-K
Thank you Waldameer for a fantastic day. Your staff are so freindly, Steve one of the bosses is such a nice guy he has pushed the bar so high for us. An ERS on an amazing coaster the atmosphere was so electric. We had a beautiful meal. I rode frog hopper for Sally. It’s a small park with a very big heart, god bless you all, miss u all very much.

Darren and Mary
Fantastic day. Meeting the owner who was still enthusiastic having started working at the park some 60 plus years ago, meeting his son in law who put on a geat meal and ERS. The theming of the park was beautiful with all the statues of children playing. Thanks for the behind the scene tour at the Ravine Flyer II.

Mette Johansen.
Waldameer is a nice little park at Lake Erie. Did the Ravine Flyer II in the morning and I think it is a little rough and rather painful. Did ride again four times during the evening ERS, so I will get a few bruises tomorrow.
That’s all for now… 🙂

Lasse Toernqvist
Waldameer is a lovely little park at the bank of Lake Erie. It has a wooden coaster – Ravine Flyer II – which is my third best woodie so far. Not only does it feature a lovely view of the lake from the top of the lift hill, it also crosses a road bridge and has a lot of lovely airtime hills. We had an ERS on it in the evening and this also featured the lovely sunset over Lake Erie. Waldameer also featured the very first spinning coaster of this trip – Steel Dragon – which is my second best so far. Lovely!

Dirk Lather
“Wald am Meer”! Dies ist die reale Namensgebung dieses Vergnuegungsparks, mitten am Eriesee, der auch an Cedar Point grenzt. Der Park ist recht klein, bietet aber mit 4 Counts genuegend Rechtfertigung, hier einen Stop einzulegen. Wem die Counts nicht wichtig sind, der stoppt gefaelligst wegen Ravine Flyer II. Der kleine Bruder von Voyage wird seinem Ruf absolut gerecht. Eine ware Rennmaschine mit gerade mal 2 nicht erwaehnenswerten Schlaegen, die wie wild losgelassen seine Strecke abgrast. Die abendliche ERS war der Hammer, die beiden Zuege waren meist voll ausgelastet, schon lange habe ich ECCler keine “Zugabe” mehr rufen hoeren.

Christina Schmidt, aehh Lather:
Netter Tag, genialer Coaster, Dirk war heute extrem lieb zu mir, er aergerte mich nicht wie sonst andauernd, sondern diesmal nur den ganzen Tag. Diese Achterbahnen sind wirklich gefaehrlich. Bei diesem hohen Tempo bekomme ich die Knoten in meinen Harren kaum heraus. Das wars. Jetzt freue ich mich riesig auf morgen, denn dann geht es zu den Niagara Faellen. Dies sollen ja keine ungeklaerten Kriminalfaelle sein, sondern eine Haufen Wasser was den Berg runterfaellt.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Big thanks to Waldameer for giving us another great day on this trip. This is a park that I had not heard much about beforehand, but it is amazing how a rather small park like this can have such an amazing coaster as Ravine Flyer II. After lunch we got to do a scenic tour behind the scenes of Ravine Flyer II. Then in the evening we got an ERS on that same coaster which now is on my top 5 wooden coaster list. If you are in the area, this is a park you should visit.

Jeff Holmes
This was my first time at Waldameer and am really impressed with the park and its fantastic coaster Ravine Flyer II. We had a night time ERS on this coaster which provided plenty of air time and crazy latererals. The staff especially the folk on Ravine Flyer II were just simply brilliant and joined in the great atmosphere.

Nina Kleppe
Waldameer was a really nice park. Ravine Flyer II was a great coaster with lots of great airtime, espesially in the back seat. Cool that it was running over a road, and the the cars drove under us as we where flying over the bridge. Thanks to the staff for a great nighttime ERS, and giving us one extra ride when the ERS was supposed to be over. Great. Yet another good day of the trip.

Malcolm Marr
Waldameer today. A park that’s not quick to get to but is definitely worth the journey. The main reason was obviously to ride Ravine Flyer II, which as part of the evening ERS gave us plenty of airtime and masses of speed. I spent most of it in the front row trying to perfect the road jump, catching the air time just right to clear the road off the seat. I also loved the park’s drop tower that gave us some wonderful g-forces at the bottom of the drop. Thanks to some wonderful hospitality from all the staff.

Gordon Taylor
Its been a journey. After last nights drive another long one today. Totally knackered this a.m. for some reason, even a sleep on the bus didn’t revive me. But morning rides on the RFII woke me up. But it was the evening rides more or less sat in the same seat that hit the spot. Wonderful! It really must be something to visualise a dream after so many years and RFII is something that everyone at the park can be proud of. Very Knoebelsesque park and very Voyagesque ride. What with the great food, chatty helpful and interested ride ops and staff, with a couple of hours in the waterpark it really was a perfectly relaxing thrilling day. First visit and I hope it’s not my last. Hats off to everyone!!

Finally I was saddend to hear of Will Kochs passing, especially at such an early age. My thoughts and wishes go out to his family.

Paul Greenwood
Want to build the perfect coaster? Gravity Group; check. PTC trains; check. Beautiful setting, tunnels and a 90 degree turn; check, check, check. Add to that a really fun family park, brilliant owners and enthusiastic ride staff and you have the perfect recipe for coaster greatness. Many thanks to everyone involved for today… I will definately return!

Paul Greenwood (Will Koch)
I was extremely shocked to hear the very sad news about Will. I met him and Pat on a number of occasions and Will was extremely approachable, friendly and enthusiastic. He was very passionate about Holiday World, and his desire to ensure his guests had an unforgettable time was very clear to see. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Cal Jones
This was my first visit to Waldemeer, and I very much doubt that it will be my last. This is a lovely park, not just for its lovingly cared for rides, but also the scenery. Every ride seems to be bordered by flower beds, and there are statues dotted around the park. As for the star attraction, Ravine Flyer II, all I can say is wow. This is undoubtedly a great coaster, and the ERS was one of the best of the trip. I don’t think anyone wanted it to end. Thanks very much to Steve and the park staff who made it such a wonderful day.

Cal Jones (Will Koch)
I was very sad to hear about Will Koch. Holiday World has always been a very special park and Will will undoubtedly be missed. He can be very proud of what he has achieved and hopefully his family can take some comfort from the amazing park he has helped create. My thoughts are with them.

Stu&Jo
This was our 2nd time at Waldameer and what a lovely park it is. Ravine Flyer II was flying and we had a lot of fun on the ERS. The staff were excellent on the ERS. It was great to meet Paul Nelson and his son in law Steve who took time out to chat to us on the park. They made us feel welcome and were interested in our opinions.

Stu: I was saddened to hear of Will Kochs untimely death. I met him and Pat in the past and remember the amazing enthusiasm they both had for the industry. He certainly brought Holiday World to the notice of the world with his foresight. 48 is too young to die in anyones book.

Darren Hoy
What a great park, family owned with 3 generations all working to make the place so special. We were looked after well with another nice lunch including a huge cake and a back stage tour of Ravine Flyer II. We finished the day with the most amazing ERS on one of my new favourite coasters, Ravine Flyer II, simply wild, out of control and huge amounts of fun on every ride.

Jeppe Nygaard
i dag besoegte vi parken Waldameer, lige ved kanten af soen lake Erie. Det var en rigtig fin park, familie ejet, hvor 3 generationer arbejder i parken. Over vores frokost fik vi fortalt om parken og dens historie af den aeldste af ejerne paa 77 aar, der var et par sjove anekdoter og historie. Den stoerste oplvelse i dag, var deres nyeste rutchebane, traebanen Ravine Flyer II. Virkelig sjov, meget hurtigt, vild, ude af kontrol oplevelse. Vi sluttede dagen med en times ERS paa den, og begge tog var fyldt hver eneste gang, og vi kunne bestemt have forsat laenge endnu ….
Vi er nu paa vej videre. Knus og kaerlig hilsen til jer derhjemme 🙂

Les 4 Frenches
Coucou ! Super journee !!
ERS ce matin et de nouveau ERS ce soir sur le “RAVINE FLYER 2”, Excellent Coaster !!!
A demain,
Bises a Tous

andycoasterboy
Today I finally get to ride Ravine Flyer II which was well worth the wait. The park can be very proud of the ride it took so long to get. We had a great walkback under the turnaround and the hour ERS was stunning. Also had an evac on the train ride as it de-railed on a branch. Huge thanks to Steve and everyone at the park for there great hospitality.

Torben Bentsen
When we arrived at Waldameer in the morning we started riding Ravine Flyer II. Had really been looking forward to this one, but was not totally amazed. However, when I rode it again at night, you could not drag me off – it was extremely fun and a big rush. The fantastic view over Lake Erie at sunset and the big blue bridge section was beautiful and the ride coaster was very intense and filled with loads of airtime. What an amazing coaster! Also spent the day in the waterpark floating around the endless river…

Tommaso Laurenti
Excellent ERS on The Ravine Flyer II. Park owner was extremely kind to us and allowed Justin to take excellent pictures from the track! He even prepared a surpise cake for us all, dedicated to the ECC!

Jos Boudestein
Another lovely family operated theme park. The Ravine Flyer II is a fantastic roller coaster which easily match up with the best wooden roller coasters in the world. The ERS with maximum capacity operation was excellent. Another great is the freefall tower with exremeley sudden drop.

 

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Day 12 – SeaBreeze Amusement Park, Niagara Falls

Jos Boudestein
This park had two real classics to offer: A very old and smooth woodie and my personal favorite: the Bobsleds. Like the ERS’s during the morning. Go on all coasters with pouring rain until the crowds come in. The Maid of the Mist tour was also pretty awesome. Very beautiful nature, those Niagara Falls.

andycoasterboy
After the torrential rain lifted we were able to ride everything at Seabreeze. Watching the yellow buses arrive � glad we got everything done in time. Off now to Niagra Falls and Maid of the Mist.

Paul Greenwood
Well the rain had to come sometime and today it well and truly chucked it down. Thank you Seebreeze for the free coffee on our arrival!! This was my second visit to the park and the spinning coaster was a huge improvement over the old double looper! The Jack Rabbit is still an extremely smooth woodie, although it is a shame that it has to use Morgan trains. Many thanks go to the park too for the gorgeous steak at lunchtime…

Cal Jones
I last went to Seabreeze in 2001 and it hasn’t changed much, other than replacing Quantum Loop with Whirlwind. Jack Rabbit is still a nice coaster but would be even better with PTC trains � the Morgans it has on it now are a bit too heavy and rob it of any airtime it might otherwise have.

It rained pretty heavily when we arrived but fortunately it cleared up soon after. However, we then had a deluge of screaming school children to contend with. The rain came back during lunch but the nice steak made up for it. Looking forward to Niagra Falls now as I never got chance to do the Maid of the Mist tour on the last visit.

Gordon Taylor
Loved the Noo Yawk Coughfee on arrival. Thankfully managed to ride everything I wanted to before Rydale High, Bates High School and the rains and The Class of 2010 arrived. The Bobs were a great wee ride and the steak at lunch very lush. Many thanks.

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Great little park, it was excellent having an ERS on four coasters. Jackrabbit was smooth and a great little ride. It was a shame the park was full of screaming children

Claire Paton and John Baines
We went to Seabreeze today which was a family run park. The park was only open for us and school kids and luckily we had ERS on all four coasters before the school kids came into the park. Jack Rabbit was amazingly smooth for a coaster from 1920! The food was lovely and overall a really good day (despite the rain)

David Elvy & Paul Hindle
Seabreeze was a nice little park. The ERS on all four coasters was good but we missed Bear Trax. The park meal was good, though the park would have been better without the screaming children.

Bob Clark
Another great family park with the Jack Rabbit wooden coaster – 90 years old and still a wonderful ride. Plus a great steak for lunch.

Mick F-K
Four coaster’s on an ERS. Wow! Jack Rabbit was incredible for a old woodie, nice to see another privatly owned family park only open for school trips so they let us join them. They also let us ride the kiddie coaster. Thank you Seabreeze. All my love to my family.

Darren and Mary
On the way to seabreaze it poured once there it poured and then lovely sunshine and at least 27 school busses full of excited young people. Great steak for lunch but plasic forks were bending. We enjoyed the rides in the park and the history of this around the carousel.

Lasse Toernqvist
If you take Waldameer, shrink it in size, remove some rides, add the atmosphere of Family Kingdom and put it on the bank of lake Erie you have a pretty good idea what Seabreeze is. It is primarily oriented towards kids and families. We had an ERS on all its four coasters in the pouring rain. The only thing standing out was that Jack Rabbit was operated by old-fashioned levers. Favourite ride: Revolution 360.

Torben Bentsen
Today the program also consisted of another small family-owned park. The weather was teasing us with both pouring rain and full sunshine. Got to ride my coaster no. 100 on Jack Rabbit – the oldest continouisly operating coaster in USA. Despite the age it was very smooth and fun. The Bobsled ride was a good experience as well. The steak for dinner was great! Haaber at I alle hjemme i DK har det godt og har dejligt sommervejr klar, til naar vi kommer hjem paa soendag 🙂

Kim Varde Lassen
Rainy day in New York State. Riding coasters with the full rain gear is fuuuunn, and I ain’t lying! Seabreeze was sadly invaded by tons of teenagers after hour wet ERS, so the queues got long, but I did get on all the rides I wanted to except the kiddie rides. Jack Rabbbit is smooth and fun – liked the tunnel at the end. I do like the dark rides. Also also want to extend my gratitude to the chef for cooking up that nice steak. It was perfect.

Mette Doving 
Today we where so lucky to get ERS on all off the coasters in the park. That was just great, thanks a lot to the park for having that ready for us.
Unforunately the day started with a lot of rain, but with rain gear on it worked out fine. Not regular opening hour, special schooltrip day, so loads of kids in the park. A very nice little family run park, and a great lunch.

Nina Kleppe
Thanks to Seabreeze for giving ERS on all four coasters in the park. So then we got to ride them before all the screaming schoolkids arrived. Shame about the rain, but it cleared up, and the sun was shining. Glad I brought my rain gear so I could ride coasters in the rain without getting wet. Now we’re of to Niagara Falls.

Malcolm Marr
Seabreeze was a bit of a Bannister park. Turn up, ride the credits and leave. This plan of attack was partly dicatated by the weather and partly by the hoards of schoolkiddies who turned up. The four coasters are all fairly decent with the Bobs being my favourite, with its pipeline track and wild mouse style laterals. The park is very proud of its past with some history plaques dotted around the park and an archive history around the carousel.

Steve Gzesh
Had a nice day at Seabreeze, but the rain and the hoards of school busses were a bit of a drag. But still, overall, a nice park with very rideable coasters!

Darren Hoy
Even the rain couldn’t dampen a fun ERS on four coasters. We got all our credits before what seemed like every school child in New York turned up. It shows what a nice little park it was that we still had a good day including a fantastic steak dinner. It was good to see the park was rightly proud of its long history with lots of old photos up around the park and a nice display in the beautiful carousel area. Jack Rabbit was really smooth for a woodie built in 1920, other parks take note!

Stu&Jo
Seabreeze was a pleasant family run park with four fun coasters until the hordes of Kids from the local schools decended on us. Had a nice steak dinner and braved the rain till the sun shone. My only gripe was the daft rule about only running the coaster half full if there was any sign of rain!! Perhaps the kid who was manning the brakes was too wimpy to stop the train!!

Dirk Lather
Seebrise, ein sehr kleiner aber netter Park. Die Bahnen waren nett, besonders der Bobcoaster, der so alt ist wie ich. interesenatesten fand ich die Ausstellung ueber die History vom Park, direkt in der Karusellhalle.

Christof Muehlan
Thanks to the nice folks at Seabreeze for the ERS on all four coasters and for running them despite the rain. The ride on Bobsleds got me more wet than the ride on Roller Soaker. Very nice to visit a park with such an interesting and long history. Please bring back the Virginia Reel 🙂

Adrian & Lorna Dade
Had a great time at Niagara Falls. The maid of the mist tour was fab.

Claire Paton and John Baines
We went to Niagra Falls which was very exciting. We got soaked on the Maid of the Mist tour but was fantastic to see the falls up close. Hopefully the pictures will turn out. On the night we walked into Canada and had some tea. We managed to see the falls light up on the walk back which was breath taking. Danielle I know you are jealous but you will need to see it, it is as beautiful as it looked on the picture I sent you and mam.

Darren Hoy
Niagara falls and the Maid of the Mist Tour was out of this world, I imagine that is how it feels to be flushed down the toilet! We then had a great meal in the Hard Rock Cafe.

 

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Day 13 – Darien Lake, Martin’s Fantasy Island

Jos Boudestein
I like Darien Lake. The park has, besides some standard rides, a good woodie and the Ride Of Steel on offer. Shame there wasn’t enough time to try the water slides in the waterpark. In Martin’s Fantasy Island I did the waterpark and the Raging Rapids slide was super fast 😀 The Silver Comet is a good wooden coaster as well.

Kim Varde Lassen
Felt very welcome in this park. Ride Of Steel was better than its mirror in Six Flags America. It had a nicer setting and there was no graying out in the helixes. There are still too many helixes on that ride. Predator wasn’t very comfortable, so only one ride for me. Damn good cookies at the creamery. Evening was spent in Martin’s Fantasy Island. OK park, except for our lunch. That didn’t sit well with me. Their coaster was really good, totally re-ridable. Just a shame the ERS was affected a little by all the silly rules.

Mette Doving
First park of the day was Darien Lake, ERS on two coasters 🙂 Ride of steel was especially good with lots of airtime, the Predator was quite okay too, did four runs on it. A good meal with a great coaster view. After having a few more runs on the Ride of steel, which was even better after running for a while, the next stop of the day was Martin’s Fantasy Island. A nice small park.

Nina Kleppe
First we went to Darien Lake. We started of the day with a great ERS on Preditor and Ride of Steel. Thanks to the staff for making the ERS so much fun. Then we got to do the rest of the coasters and some other rides too. The second park of the day was Martin’s Fantasy Island. A nice little park with a fun woodie coaster. Almost no queues in the park, so we got to all the all the rides we wanted. The day ended with ERS on Silver Comet.

Thomas Enders
Heute begann der Tag mit einer ERS auf Predator und Ride of Steel in Darien Lake. Ride of Steel
ist eine gespiegelte Kopie von Superman im Six Flags Amerika und von daher wusste man schon vorher was einem erwartet. Die Bahn war auch wirklich top und hat viel spass gemacht. Im Park gibt es auch noch einen neuen Motorrad-Coaster. Diese Bahn bricht zwar keine Geschwindigkeitsrekorde, aber das fahren auf der kurvenreichen Strecke in halber Bauchlage ist sehr schoen und man kann damit auch ohne Probleme oefters fahren.

Nachmittags waren wir im Martin’s Fantasy Island. Es gibt einen tollen Woodcoaster und eine Spinning Mouse. Sonst noch ein paar weiter Fahrgeschaefte und einige Shows. Fuer ein paar Stunden Spass ist der Park gut geeignet.

Dirk & Christina Lather
Na, habe ich in diesem Zug nicht schonmal gesessen? Da “the Voyge” neue Zuge bekommen hat, haben die alten Zuge in Darian Lake ein neues Zuhause bekommen. Dort fahren sie jetzt auf “Predator” Runde um Runde. Ein schoenes Beispiel dafur, dass gute Zuge auch eine gute Bahn unter dem Hintern haben mussen, um Spass zu machen. Mir ruckelte die Bahn viel zu stark, also Haken dran und fertig. Spass gemacht hat der Zamperla Motocoaster. Ein tolles Teil was sicher auch f�r Deutschland fur so manchen Park eine gute Anschaffung ware. Ansonsten ist Darion Lake sehr schon, bietet unmengen an Flatrides und auch einen Wasserpark. Wer in der Nahe ist stopt da gefalligst.

Am Abend ging es dann weiter zu “Martin’s Fantasy Island. Auf den ersten Eindruck ein Park den man liegenlassen konnte, aber auf den zweiten Blick etwas ganz besonderes. Hier kann man toll herumschlendern, Tiere streicheln, alte bis uralte Flatrides fahren und naturlich auch Coastern. Silver Comet kann gerne ich Gold Comet unbenannt werden, das Teil machte bei der ERS einen Mordsspass. Die kleinen Schlage auf die Rippen werden gerne verziehen, wenn das Teil seinen Parcour abfahrt. Ich habe fur den Holiday Park mal die Adresse herausgeschrieben. 🙂

Am Abend zufor und auch an diesem Abend waren wir bei den Niagara Fallen. Meine Gute, was man dort erlebt ist schwer in Worte zu fassen. Toll fand ich auch die vom ECC gebuchte Tour “Made of the Mist”. Es gibt Vereine und Communitys, die haetten angefangen zu flennen, wenn man so etwas “Anti-Coaster haftes” in die Tour einbaut, ich sass also im richtigen Bus.

Christof Muehlan
Had a great ERS on Predator and Supe.. oops Ride of Steel. Cheers to the Ride Operators at Ride of Steel who seemed to have just as much fun as we had.

Martin’s Fantasy Island: Another great ERS on Silver Comet, a hybrid Steel Woodie that is just fun to ride.

Paul Hindle
Darien Lake had a great woodie Predator – I think I got the record for riding it 16 times! It had a bad reputation for being rough, but they are clearly working on the track, and it now has the PTC trains from The Voyage. The MotoCoaster was fun, and I managed one ride on (Superman) Ride of Steel. Needed more time at Darien.

Then we went to Martin’s Fantasy Island with its Comet woodie; OK until the last two turns which were a pain the back – gave up after 6 rides. Not much else in the park and probably the poorest food of the trip.

Mette Johansen.
Darien Lake is a small park with 7 coasters. We had an ERS on Ride of Steel, and I rode it 10 times. The predator is quite rough so I had enough after 3 rides. I was looking forward to The Motocoaster, but that was a disapointment. Then we went to Martin’s Fantasy Island. The woodie Comet was OK. The best thing about this park was the chocolatemint-milkshake….

Tommaso Laurenti
Great ERS on Ride of Steel, despite the fact that it ran slower than the one in Six Flags America, which also meant less black-outs. Predator with The Voyge PTC trains was indeed rough, but did not give a headache at all, so it was very enjoyable. What a shame we left the park so early, as the waterpark had a very interesting slide I would have loved to try out. Waterslides in Martin’s Fantasy Isalnd were also good, especially the wild rapids, where I did not dare ride lying down all way through, as I feared to to fly out of it 🙂

Mick F-K,
Ride of steel was slow to start with but soon gained speed as it warmed up. The operators wanted a photo with me so i told them i was in the simpsons and H Potter and they were so excited. Had a good selection of coasters enjoyed my time there. Martin’s Fantasy Island woody was a hard ride but was great little park,

Yvonne Janik
We had a great morning of riding at Darien Lake on Ride of Steel, Predator with its new trains, and first rides on Motocoaster — very fun although the weather was chilly for a Texan. We appreciate Cassandra for planning all this for us as well Chris Thorpe, the GM. What a lovely park! Also I always enjoy Silver Comet at Martin’s Fantasy Island, and we had many evening rides there on ERS– I especially loved 3 in a row without getting off the train! Thanks, Mike and Marty.

Adrian & Lorna Dade
Great time at Darien Lake. Predator was Rough, Ride of steel was a good ride, Motocoaster was great. Martin’s Fantasy Island is a great little park, with 2 good coasters, but the mouse was heavily Braked,

Claire Paton and John Baines
The staff at Darien Lake were very friendly and we enjoyed our time there on all the rides (although it was freezing and we were both wearing shorts). At Martin’s Fantasy Island the weather was better as the sun started to come out. It is a lovely park although staff not as friendly as previous parks we have been to.

Darren Hoy
Darien Lake was another big park that treated us as well as the small parks do. A nice ERS on Predator and Ride of Steel. I had one go on Predator and then sat in the middle of Ride of Steel and stayed there, awesome time. We then had a takeover of the Motocoaster and had several goes on that too. Lunch was a yummy chicken burger and then we moved on to Martin’s Fantasy Island. This is a great little park with a CCI woodie that has been extremely well maintained and rides like it is brand new, other parks with the rough woodies take note! Another nice meal of Beef in roll with chips or Fries to the Americans.

Darren and Mary
Our time at Darien Lake was great, the staff were just so interactive, very cold whilst we were there but the sun began to shine as we left, nice meal and nice range of small rides. When we arrived at Martin’s Fantesy Island it was hot. Small park but a range of little rides, Bob took Darren on the Dodgem Cars which was funny because they were so slow it was hard to tell when they had finished. Nice meal, nice little park. Darren really enjoyed a trip on the Maid of The mist last night. Happy Birthday Diana for tomorrow, Lorna and Adrian say hello.

Lasse Toernqvist
At Darien Lake we had ERS on Ride of Steel which is my favourite ride there. The woodie Predator was too rough.
Martin’s Fantasy Island is also a kiddie/family park, only this one has a better atmosphere than Seabreeze. Best ride: Mega Disco which is the first non-coaster we had an ERS on. The park has a mouse like Flagermusen at Faarup, only this one has trim brakes installed making the ride quite dull 🙁

Steve Gzesh
Nice to visit Darien Lake again. Still loving [Superman] Ride of Steel, which was running very nicely. Motocross was also a nice new addition to my coaster list. At Martin’s Fantasy Island, Silver Comet is still running very well and is rather smooth, but if you consider I’m wriiting this trip report during the ERS time on the coaster, well, that tells a story, doesn’t it?

andycoasterboy
After yesterdays amazing Maid of the Mist boat tour and a trip over into Canada – It’s time to finally ride – Ride of Steel, which was broken when I last visited. The ride is just as good as the mirror image at SF America. The ride ops Morgan and Brittany were excellent which is great to see and hope they get rewarded in some way?? Predator, although with the old Voyage trains didn’t help the ride IMO. Then it’s off to Martin’s Fantasy Island for a Silver Comet ERS and to enjoy the unusual opportunity of canoeing around a lake!! Before the sun sets we get a chance to view Niagara Falls from the US side whilst the lights are on and get completely soaked in the process.

Cal Jones
Today was my birthday so of course it was cold and grey when we arrived at Darien Lake. Fortunately it didn’t rain. I had previously visited Darien Lake in 2001 when Ride of Steel was down, so I was looking forward to finally riding this coaster. The park gave us a great dual ERS on this and Predator. I found Ride of Steel smoother than its twin at Six Flags America, and the lakeside setting was more picturesque.

Predator was a bit of a revelation. Back in 2001 it had been so rough as to be unrideable in all but the front seat, but the park has done some work on it and it is now greatly improved. The very back is still a little jiggly but the front of the train gives some great airtime. It’s nice to see the park looking after this woodie.

After a good lunch we headed for Martin’s Fantasy Island, and the sun came out. I hadn’t visited this park previously so I was interested to see what it had to offer. Rather like Waldemeer, it’s a pretty park with a lot of flower borders, and whilst it doesn’t have a lot of rides, there are some interesting ones. Silver Comet is good fun, if rather wild towards the end (but that’s never a baid thing). If I have one criticism it’s that the park’s spinning mouse is so overbraked that it’s just not fun. I understand the need for safety, but not to the extent that the ride ceases to be enjoyable. Other than that, it’s a great little park.

Paul Greenwood
Started the day at Darien Lake, on the Ride of Steel – I visited the park in 2001 and the coaster was out of action so it was great to finally ride it. The coaster felt much smoother than the one at Six Flags America, and I still can’t understand why. The operators were in fantastic spirits and were really good fun. Unfortunately we couldn’t ride the kiddie coaster, but I loved our free popcorn; thanks Darien Lake!!

We then arrived at Martin’s Fantasy Island, which is a lovely little park with some really fun rides. The Comet coaster was very re-rideable and although the park has an extremely strict policy on glasses/ sunglasses, our ERS was very enjoyable. The log flume was especially memorable for being soaking wet, despite a very small drop!

 

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Day 14 – MarineLand, Canada’s Wonderland

Kim Varde Lassen
Crossed over to Canada, which took less than 10 min for the whole bus. Guess a bus full of coaster freaks is nothing out of the ordinary. Did the tourist traps at Niagara again and headed for MarineLand, which was a nice break from the usual crowded and dense parks. This park was a park in the true meaning. Dragon Mountain was really cool and very very special. I really like these terrain coasters. Then off to the Dolphin show… yeyy Dolphin Disco!!

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Today we went over to Canada. Had some sightseeing alongside the falls on our way to the first park. The falls are really nice, and makes for good photos. When we got to the park we had a long walk to the ERS on Dragon Mountain, a very scenic coaster. Liked that one. The park is very scenic, with rides and marine-life spread out over a huge area. It was a lot of walking today.

Mette Doving
Today the trip went over to Canada, first park of the day was MarineLand. We got an ERS on the Dragon Mountain. A nice coaster that had some surprises since it is not all shown before you go on it. Also managed to do the kiddie coaster before to many kids came in line. Is is a long walk in this park as it is very large. Ended off with a nice Dolphin and Sea Lion show.

Nina Kleppe
Today we went over the border to Canada. The first day of the day was MarineLand. We had ERS on Dragon Mountain, which was the longest steel coaster in the world. Then we did the kiddiecoaster before lunch. After lunch we the Sky Screamer. That was a great ride. Then we saw King Waldorf Stadium Show with with dolphins, walruses and sea lions. A park, but long walking distanses between the rides. Now we’re off to Canada’s Wonderland.

Thomas Enders
Heute ist der erste Tag in Kanada. Am Morgen geht es zu MarineLand. Ein sehr schoener Tierpark mit Meerestieren wie Orcas, Delfinen oder Robben. Es gibt eine tolle Show mit Delfinen und Robben. Der Park ist sehr gross mit vielen Wiesen und Seen und man muss laengere Strecken laufen zwischen den Attraktionen. Ganz hinten im Park gibt es den Steel Coaster Dragon Mountain.
Dabei handelt es sich um einen alten Arrow Coaster der sehr schoen in die Landschaft eingebaut wurde, mit Bergen und Tunnel. Trotz des Alters faehrt die Bahn sehr gut.

Dirk & Christina Lather
Heute morgen ging es uber die Grenze nach Canada. Dort kutschierte uns Larry der Busfahrer eine Stunde erst einmal an den Niagar Fallen entlang. Die Canadier haben hier deutlich die besseren Karten, es gibt wunderschoene Eindruecke. Dann ging es ins Marineland. Ich kann mich schon lange nicht mehr an einen sol weitlaeufigen Park erinnern. Das Gelaende ist riesig. Die morgentlich Extra Ride Session war auf dem Arrow “Dragon Mounttain”. Auf den Zug mussten wir eine gefuehlte Ewigkeit warten, als wir dann selbst im Zug sassen war klar warum. Der Lift war extrem langsam, wir dachten es folgt nun ein Standart abgespuhle der Fahrt, dem war aber zu unserer Ueberraschung nicht so. Etliche Helixen, Loopings, Inversionen, Tunnels und verschiedene Landschaften machen diesen Coaster zu etwas ganz besonderen. Danach ging es noch schnell zum Counten auf einen kleinen Zierer Kiddycoaster, der nicht weiter erwaehnt werden muss. Der Park bietet als absolute Highlighs extremn viele Anlagen, wo man Delphinen, Walen und anderem Meeresgetier sehr nah kommen kann. Christina war aus dem Aquarium, bzw. von der Scheibe kaum wegzubekommen. Wir haben dort regelrecht mit den Balugas gespielt, diese waren von meinem Dirigieren so angetan, dass sie sich fast im Takt drehten und mitmachten. Ob das eine Art Schockrefelx war oder Spass, ich denke letzteres. WIr waren halt so frueh da, wo noch keine anderen Touristen die Tiere nerven, wir waren also fur die Fische eine gelungene Ablenkung des schoeden daseins in einem Tierpark. zum Schluss war die ganze Meute noch in einer Show, die ich in dieser Art mit Seehunden und Delphinen noch nicht gesehen hatte, also Tippo Toppo.

Christina Lather
Yippi, ich bin in Canada, ich spiele mit Walen, sah die Niagara Faelle und bin mega gluecklich. Ich gruesse meine Eltern, Steffen, Jojo, den Rest der Familie und alle die mich kennen.

Dirk & Christina Lather: Tour Fazit
Da wir morgen wohl nicht mehr zum Schreiben kommen, konnen wir schon jetzt sagen, dass diese Tour einfach wunderschon war. Es war eine Klasse Gruppe, keine Staenkereien, wir hatte neben den ganzen Parks wunderschoene Hotels, die uns auch teils als Flitterwoechler ueberrascht hatten. Yvonne und Justin haben einen tollen Job gemacht, besonders hat mir diesmal gefallen, dass man schoene Orte nicht einfach links liegen gelassen hat. So hat die Tour einen deutlichen Mehrwert bekommen, denn so einfach fliegt man ja nicht nach Washington und schaut sich das weisse Haus oder das Lincoln Denkmahl an. Dies alles war auch unserem guten Busfahrer Larry zu verdanken, der immer wieder das eine oder andere uber die jeweiligen Orte erzaeheln konnte.

Auch Christina war fast immer Happy und gluecklich (wer sie kennt weiss, es gibt keine 100%) also alles in allem ist das Maedel gluecklich und zufrieden, was ja auch mich gluecklich macht. Also….. TIP TOP FIRST CLASS ECC HONEYMOONS, THANK YOU ECC, JUSTIN & YVONNE

Christof Muehlan
Dragon Mountain certainly is something else. I could do without the upside down parts, but still very unique and a fun ride. The girl operating the controls perfectly matched the cave station. Thanks to everybody for the nice day and especially for reserving one side of the Shot Tower for the club. The view of the Niagara Falls was beautiful.

Adrian & Lorna Dade
Great Park, really enjoyed feeding Beluga Dolphins. Very spacious park, room for lots of new rides! Lovely sunny weather, great food and a fun dolphin & sealion show.

John Baines & Claire Paton
MarineLand is a nice little park. It’s very big and the rides and attractions are quite spaced out which resulted in a lot of walking! We enjoyed seeing the various different animals and the drop tower was a great ride. Dragon Mountain was a little rough but not too bad for an Arrow coaster and we got two rides in during the ERS. The sealion and dolphin show was fun and we had a good day overall.

Darren and Mary
MarineLand is a fantastic family park, the staff were all very helpful and interacted well with us. Long distances to walk between the attractions made the park appear less crowded but hard on the feet. Darren loved Dragon Mountain and stayed on past the ERS finishing. Darren loved stroking and feeding the baluga whale some fish, brilliant time

David Elvy 
MarineLand was a nice, big park, they have so much space. The ERS on Dragon Mountain was fun. Sky Screamer was great, providing amazing views of the area and Niagara Falls.

Paul Hindle
Enjoyed Dragon Mountain despite adverse advance warnings – rode it 7 times. Then a fun time on the Sky Screamer.

Steve Gzesh
We spent a beautiful day at MarineLand today; the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! And this made the view of the Falls from the top of the Sky Screamer drop tower all the more spectacular (and it’s a terrific ride in its own right). Dragon Mountain was also running quite well for a 20+ year-old Arrow coaster!

Mette Johansen.
Everybody loves MarineLand… That’s all for now. 🙂

Jos Boudestein
MarineLand is huge! Most parks will fit perfectly in that area. The Dragon Mountain coaster was a very smooth Arrow ride with nice nature surroundings. Lots of walking to the top of the mountain but there was a bonus-ERS for us on the triple combo shot tower 🙂 Great view over the Niagara Falls.

Tommaso Laurenti
The Arrow coaster at MarineLand was very interesting and definitely the longest Arrow coaster I have ever ridden so far! There definitely should be a Wiegand Alpine Coaster taking passengers to the top of the mountain where the drop tower is located. It would kill two birds with one stone as it could be used both as a lift transportation system and as coaster to do back down again the steep slope.

Mick F-K,
Marineland covers a large area, lots of walking. Dragon mountain was a surprise though but it was a nice ride.

Lasse Toernqvist
The crossing into Canada took less time than expected so Larry took us on a little tour of the Niagara Falls. A fantastic piece of nature, the Falls are.

MarineLand seems to be a natural park or preserve with rides and attractions scattered all around. The signature coaster is an Arrow steelie – Dragon Mountain – with its station inside the mountain and the lift hill on the mountain side itself. It has quite a few surprises on the way and is quite smooth for an Arrow. It winds itself between trees and mountains and the view from it is stunning. I managed to get stuck on the Topple Tower right after it had been raised but fortunately before it began toppling! It only lasted for about 10 mins or so then we were back on the ground and I chose not to reride. Some precious dolphins were also featured among other animals. Turns out that the mountains in the park are actually artificial.

Yvonne Janik
MarineLand is a vast and beautiful park — all is pristine there. I enjoyed the mix of run rides tucked away in trees and hills amidst the fabulous marine life. Sky Screamer is the best drop ride ever, and thanks to the park for letting it run the way it is supposed to — to have great airtime going up and going down, and what a view of Niagara at the top (300+ feet high?)! Thanks, Rick, for all the extra perks and to Suzanne for organising all so well.

andycoasterboy
Wow this park is M A S S I V E ! Dragon Mountain is very interesting indeed and the drop tower offers great views of Niagara. Saw many dolphins, seals and whales, then off to quickly drop our cases off at the hotel and a short drive to Canada’s Wonderland. With the remaining time we were able to get most of the major rides done before our mini ERS on Taxi Jam and then ERSs on Dragon Fire and the aptly titled Wild Beast where I remainded seated throughout 🙂

Cal Jones
I have a point of view video of Dragon Mountain on an old coaster DVD at home, and had no idea that this veteran coaster still existed. It’s what you might call an oddball coaster, with two loops close to the start of the ride and a butterfly element near the end, with a lot of track in between. Whilst the prospect of an ERS on an ageing Arrow looper filled many of us with apprehension, the ride turned out to be great fun. The trains are in wonderful condition and the ride itself is relatively smooth, with great views along the way. The ERS on Sky Screamer was also brilliant although the walk to the top of the hill it’s located on is a bit knackering. The park could benefit from installing a ski lift or other mass transport ride to help the public get around, as it’s absolutely huge!

I didn’t get time to have a good look at all the animals but the dolphin and sea lion show was impressive. It would have been nice to spend more time here.

Paul Greenwood
I love Marineland, but crikey you need to do a lot of walking!! The rides are spread out over vast distances and the shot tower involves a climb up a pretty massive hill. I would love to see some transportation rides in the future, such as a monorail or cable car, but if you are happy to do a lot of walking, this is a great place to visit. As it was, I still didn’t see all of it, so a return visit is definately needed. And surprisingly, the Arrow looper is a pretty good ride!!

 

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Day 15 – Canada’s Wonderland

Yvonne Janik
I LOVED having 7 coasters for ERS — that is a coaster-lover’s dream! Thanks for including Taxi Jam as well. Jason did a great job organising this for us — thanks to Raffi too for generosity.

andycoasterboy
Amazing breakfast in the park this morning and ERS on Back Lot Stunt Coaster and Behemoth. Quite a relaxing last day today so many pictures were taken.

Huge thanks to Yvonne and Justin for organising such a great trip. Great group of fellow enthusiasts and the one the only Bus Driver Larry who was by far the best bus driver we’ve had on a trip. Thanks y’all. Here’s to the next trip.

Cal Jones
Our last park was also the first park I visited on a North America trip in 2001, and it has come on in leaps and bounds. Not only have they added Behemoth, but also some good, high capacity flat rides. The park staff were great, laying on six coasters over two ERSs, plus a chance to ride the normally off-limits Taxi Jam. Oh and a great breakfast as well!

Behemoth is a great addition and looks fantastic over the water. It’s hard to choose a favourite between this and Carowinds’ Intimidator – although both are B&Ms they ride quite differently.

Sadly we have now come to the end of the trip and I’d like to thank Yvonne and Justin for sorting out a great fortnight, and of course Bus Driver Larry for going beyond the all of duty to drive us around. Here’s to the next one.

Stu & Jo
Canada’s Wonderland was a park I went too about 15 years ago when it was just coming on. We visited it again in 2009 but wanted to do Waldameer on the same day and went and left our passports back in Niagara. This meant only a ride on Behemoth, then back to pick up the passports!! Behemoth was detrimmed on the ERS and running beautifully. Loads of lovely air. It has gone up in our ratings. Park staff were superb, but all the rides were rough apart from behemoth and Vortex. The 2 best rides on the park! Thanks so much to Yvonne, Justin and bus driver Larry for a fantastically memorable trip. Roll on the next one. Jo can’t wait!!

Lorna & Adrian Dade
A great evening with 4 ERSs, and the queues weren’t too bad. A great breakfast before 3 ERSs. The park was a lot busier on saturday morning. we have had a great trip, meeting old friends & new. A big thank you to Yvonne, Justin and bus driver Larry, and all the other coaster fanatics for a great time.

Bob Clark
very big and busy park – very good dark ERS on Wild Beast. Vortex the suspended coaster was running very well especially on the front in the dark – pity this is a disappearing breed of coasters. Finally thanks to Yvonne and Justin for all their hard work on the trip and to everyone for making this another very special trip. Finally a big thank you to “Bus Driver Larry” for safely driving us over 2800 miles.

John Baines & Claire Paton
A great ERS last night on The Bat, Wild Beast and Dragon Fire. Considering all 3 were pretty rough we had a suprisingly entertaining evening. As we managed to get the majority of coasters in last night we could chill out today and prepare ourselves for the long journey home. Behemoth is a superb coaster and possibly my new favourite steel right now although the first Intimidator at Carowinds may have been better (I can’t remember back that far!). Thanks to Yvonne and Justin for putting together an amazing trip and making our first trip so memorable. Also thanks to Larry and all of the other people we’ve met throughout the trip. See you all next year in Germany!

Paul Greenwood
A quick word about last night’s ERS on Wild Beast; the coaster is pretty violent, beats you up a bit and I ended up with a nice collection of bruises, but it was one of the funniest ERSs ever! The first drop was so bumpy that it was hilarious and I spent the rest of the ride laughing my head off and hanging on for dear life. It just goes to prove that you don’t always need ride sessions on the tallest, fastest coasters to have a good time. The session on Wild Beast was as funny as it gets. As for the rest of the park, Vortex is a fantastic suspended coaster which I hope Canada’s Wonderland hold onto, as it’s a real gem. Oh, a member of the public was sick all over my leg during a ride on the Psyclone; not a pleasant experience but she definately came off worse than me, because she was covered in it!!!

Now at the airport waiting to go home; thanks to everyone involved in this trip as it was a truly fantastic experience. And final thanks go to bus driver Larry; you were a star.

 

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