27th May to 14th June 2006

Travel, Coney Island
Six Flags New England
Lake Compounce, Clementon Lake
Six Flags Great Adventure
Dorney Park, Surprise PTC visit
Knoebels
Dutch Wonderland, Hersheypark
Lakemont, Idlewild
Kennywood
Geauga Lake, Cedar Point
Cedar Point
Wyandot Lake, Kings Island
Kings Island
Holiday World
Dollywood, Lake Winnepesaukah
Dollywood, Lake Winnepesaukah
Six Flags over Georgia

 

 

Day by Day Reports

Day 1 – Travel, Coney Island

Richard Davis and Justin Garvanovic
To start with Justin and I would like to thank for following people for collating reports on their laptops; Chris Hull, David Elvy, Phil Coates and Susan Ellis.

Richard Davis
What a great start to the trip, only a few hours after landing and we are riding the classic Cyclone. The back seat is simply brutal! Its 2am in the UK and everyone is now desperate for some sleep! Roll on the first hotel! Miss you already honey!

Chris Hull
Well were here and what a good start to the trip. Coney Island lived up to expectations with the Cyclone providing a great way to get going after the flight across. Great atmosphere with fantastic weather to match. A long day but well worth it. Nice to find the hotel and cool down with a beer!

Andycoasterboy
Day one and Coney Island first ride on the great running Cyclone, dedicated to the late, great Jack Holmes on bus now heading to the Ride of Steel

Paul Worts
Is this the Japan Trip?

Jeff Holmes
Cyclone was the perfect coaster to wake us up after long haul flight. Very rough esp in back seat but still very good. I thought Paul Worts was still in Germany

Paul Orsmond
Coney Island is a park I never thought I would get to in my life, but finally I’ve made it with the Club at last, and it’s been worth the wait too. The Coney Island Cyclone was superb, and a fantastic ride, and while a little rough around the edges, it’s still provides a great ride. The Wonder Wheel was also very nice and the icing on the cake. Overall a good start to the trip

Mick FK
Hi Liz, Crystal and Karl! Well Coney Island, what a historical place to start our trip. Cyclone is totally crazy. It turns in every direction but for its age it can hold its own against the best of them. I thought it was great and hospitality as usual was very good.

Dave Scott
Totally shocked Coney Island is fab! 90 degrees and as warm a welcome could be asked for from the US of A. Cyclone is hard work but what better way to stretch your legs after an 8 hour flight?

Lars Sorensen
When we arrived at Astroland, we were a bit tired. But Cyclone quickly fixed that. The coaster really surprised me, and the hospitality was great, thumbs up.

Steve Fagin
Totally ace start to the trip. Sea air, candyfloss and a world first for me: a wooden coaster that combined extreme roughness with real style. Nice!

Mark Riley
First ride of the trip: Coney Island Cyclone in the back seat. Does it get any better than that? I cant wait to find out! My thoughts were also with my old friend Jack Holmes, who I am sure was watching us all during our stay. He was “Mr Cyclone.” All I need now is a shower (and maybe a beer!)

Andrew Lamb
What a start to the trip, could not have asked more. Cyclone although extremely rough was very enjoyable. Well done Coney Island for the great hospitality.

David Elvy
Well, a long day, what with the journey and all, but everything ran smoothly. After our arrival in New York, we made our way to Coney Island, home of the famous Cyclone. Well, it may be almost 80 years old, but what a ride, great drops, airtime, and one hell of a punch – amazing ride. Coney Island itself is very interesting, lots of game and food stalls, and some insane flat rides. A very unique place indeed.

Malcolm Marr
First coaster of the trip was a really nice little ride that had everyone smiling and laughing. I don’t mean the Coney Island Cyclone. I refer to the little apple coaster with the turntable station. The woody was just too brutal for my liking, and Im glad I have got it out of the way. Tim got scared in the Spook-A-Rama, big girl. In New York it’s illegal to throw a rabbit from a moving trolley. I didnt put this to the test, couldn’t find a rabbit anywhere.

Tim Herre
Second time to Coney STOP Excellent STOP Gangsta Rappers on the Cyclone’s station STOP Go, go, go motherf****r STOP Jumped three times on the Spookarama Ghost Train STOP Did the kiddie coasters first STOP I’m hanging around too much time with those geeks from German newsgroup onride.de STOP Will try to do better STOP See you at the bar STOP Sleep is for wimps STOP

Martin Valt
The Cyclone remains a contemporary treasure from a bygone age. Regards to Jack Holmes.

Yvonne Janik
I loved going straight from the airport to the Cyclone, and the coaster was awesome. I live for airtime, and the second to the back seat had superb airtime. Too fun!

John Coffield
Well here we go again. Cyclone was smoother than the last time I rode it. It is still an excellent ride. Andy says Hi, Bonnie. Wish you were here, you would love this trip.

Justin Garvanovic
What a great day. The last time I rode the Cyclone was in 1989, and I was only slightly impressed back then. Now I’m a full member of the Cyclone appreciation society. Truly wonderful. Back but one seat was incredible. All hail the daddy! :) Today had to be dedicated to the memory of Jack Holmes. Today was great, but it would have been just perfect if he was there. We miss you Jack.

Bart van Goethem
OMG Cyclone blew me away. It was total madness, but I really loved it. loads of ejection seat airtime. We have seen a lot of weird people at this nostalgic park. Their Wonder Wheel was really funny! And the weather is lovely.

Paul Freeman
A good first day. Coney Island was smarter and tidier that I expected. The Cyclone was great to ride, running very well for its age.

Midas van de Graaf
Cyclone was a lot better than I expected and so in fact was the rest of Coney Island. The boardwalk is nice and the Wonder Wheel pretty scary. An excellent start of this mad trip.

Mark Sebley
A nice start to the trip. Cyclone a great ride. The shooting gallery along the boardwalk was interesting, Advertised as shoot the freak, a real live target (he really was). I hope he was getting paid well!

David & Susan Ellis
A great start to the trip. Arrived mid-afternoon to a sunny and warm Coney Island to ride the Cyclone. After riding it 5 years ago and finding it somewhat brutal, today it seemed much better than previously, with both front and near-back seats offering a great ride. Hopefully the weather will stay nice. Hello to all back home in cold, rainy England!

David Harrington
Coney Island used to be bigger, but there is still definitely a buzz to the place, something sadly missing from many amusement parks, and the sense of showmanship is something to behold. The park has some unique rides – the Cyclone being the most obvious, but also the Wonder Wheel is one of only two tracked ferris wheels in the world. The Cyclone is a surprisingly vicious ride but great fun. The rest of the park is a mixture of spin rides and stalls – as a spin ride fan the Top Spin would appear to be the most extreme of these. Overall, a good park and, judging by the holiday crowds there, still very popular.

Chris Simon
I had visited in 2001 and was left unmoved by both Coney Island and the Cyclone however both today have made me revise my opinions. The Cyclone is running great, no roughness to speak of, just a fast, furious and fun ride with scarily steep and abrupt drops. Much preferred the back half though for the airtime as being pulled into the drops, and also the front had too many laterals for me at the entry of the turnarounds. Coney Island itself was alive with a great carnival atmosphere.

Lutz Konerding
There are only two words to say: perfect start!!!

Carolyn Buckley & Alan Prior
Both me and Caz were pleasantly surprised by the Cyclone. A ride that was full of pace and lots of fun, sharp turns and steep drops. With loads of padding on the seats, lap bars and just in front of your knees the ride was comfortable to ride too. That was to change though as mid way through the day the comfortable train was replaced with a less than comfortable train. We were extremely impressed by the New York method of loading trains gives a new meaning to Go! Go! Go! Tussauds parks take notice. The owners of Astroland had gone out of their way to make us all feel welcome and provided us all with wristbands, Cyclone tickets, information and a complementary beach safe. They also contacted the local and national media and it we were interviewed about our love of rollercoasters in general and our views on the Cyclone in particular. Free on-street entertainment was provided by the NYPD and one of Caz’s highlights of the day was being asked for ID when trying to buy beer.

Chris Penn
Wow ,what a start to the trip straight off the plane and on Cyclone it’s a fantastic woodie the back seat is awesome!

Tim Tipler
What an excellent ride the 79 year old Cyclone is well worth the very long day hi to Jan and James speak to you soon

Leon Schuurbiers
You could tell the crew at Astroland love roller coasters, as they were almost as excited as we were. After a short introduction and some radio and TV recordings, we finally got to ride the one and only Coney Island Cyclone (or should that be Astroland Cyclone?). The first ride was in the back, and my co-rider and I filled the seats completely. The ride was fast paced and full of surprises, even if you know a Cyclone-inspired roller coaster like the one in Movie Park Germany. The second ride was more to the front, this time my co-rider and I were able to move. This proved to be a disadvantage, since we would crash into each other in the curves (sorry Midas!), which made the whole experience a lot more painful. We decided two rides was enough and move on to do some other rides in Astroland and Wonder Wheel park, most of which are useful additions to the park. Ah well, lets get some sleep and enjoy New England tomorrow!

Peter Procter
Wow, what a good way to start a trip – Cyclone and Astroland/Denos was mad but great. Cyclone’s staff have to be seen to be believed! Wonder Wheel was great fun too, along with Spookarama. I already have a free souvenir – a cut to a finger courtesy of Cyclone. Had to leave its mark somehow! Great first day, I look forward to more!

Bob Clark
The Front seat on Cyclone at Coney Island – A Legend in its lifetime. What a start to a fantastic American Adventure.a big thanks to Bill G for being an excellent guide to the park. and the beer. Big hi from NY to Roger, Eve and family back home.

Steve Davies
Hi Les! An 80yr old coaster as one of my favourites? Cyclone is so wild it has to be! The first of many favourites on this trip Im sure!

Even Stangebye
The trip started as an explosion on the Cyclone – what a crazy ride! Both nice and extreme at the same time – and I got at least 2 souvenir-wounds that will haunt me for the rest of the trip! Looking forward to Superman: Ride of Steel tomorrow!!!

Nina Kleppe 
It was a good start of the trip with a ride on the Cyclone, which was my first coaster in the US. It was good, but a bit rough, especially in the back. Looking forward to the rest of the trip.

Eirik Erstad
Wow! What a start to a very promising trip! I must admit that Cyclone let me down the first time I rode it two years ago, but today the ride was much better. Still wild and crazy, just like a roller coaster should be. I also enjoyed the flat rides at Astroland and of course the Sea Serpent, my 150th coaster! To Cecilie and Jonas who could not go on this trip: wish you were here!

Odd Arne Roste
A good, but painful start on my first ECC trip. For the first time I had to take my hands from the over head position when the second drop of Cyclone in the back seat gave me bruises on my right thigh. I have to thank my wife Eva that she let me go on such a trip. I love you.

Kim Varde Lassen
What a strange place, what strange people… in a good way that is. The Cyclone operators were as gangsta as they come. Loud and very bossy. I saw two guys in the park with snakes around their necks… 2 live snakes!!! But it all added to the special ambiance of Coney Island, I guess. The Cyclone itself was as loud and bossy as the operators… whouuu it just kept on punching… at 90 km/h…. aaa my knee. However, the 80 year old ride was just great fun and a great way to start this fantastic trip.

Jeppe Nygaard
Day one was the travel day, which started fine for me in Copenhagen but went badly in Frankfurt when the airline discovered the plane had mechanical problems, and we had to de-plane. We needed a spare 747 somewhere. I was delayed for over two hours, so I missed the JFK coaches and had to take a cab to Coney Island. The Cyclone was very fast, a bit rough, but a very neat old ride. The ride operators on the Cyclone should earn the prize for being the rudest ride ops I have ever encountered. It was a bit humorous as they treated us like cattle on the way to the butcher. I really liked the park overall, and it had a unique, special atmosphere.

 

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Day 2 – Six Flags New England

Kim Varde Lassen
Superman: Ride of Steel was my first big coaster and I was certainly exited. First ride will forever be the ride of my life… what a rush of natural dope!! Liked it, liked it…. The rest of the park was equally great. Regards to everyone at home.

Dave Scott
What a wonderful park – clean pavements, friendly staff & fab rides! S:ROS is nothing less than a dream machine; and riding by night was the icing on the cake!

David Elvy 
Onto Six Flags New England – wow, a great park, scenic, good atmosphere and great rides. The Parks crown ride is Superman: Ride of Steel – wow. 2 ers sessions on this amazing ride – will we ride a better steel coaster on this trip / ever…? Oh and Keith if you are reading this, I am thinking of you.

Steve Fagins
Nice park, laid on good weather and 2 brilliant ERSs on Superman’. Really good work from all.

Malcolm Marr
In Connecticut it’s illegal for a man to crap on his neighbour. I don’t think the same applies to coasters as S:ROS does just that to every steel coaster I’ve ridden to date. You know you’re onto a good thing when the morning ERS, which is extended by 15 minutes turns out to serve as a taster of another ERS in the dark at the end of the day. This has been my first post-Shapiro Six Flags trip and he has definitely turned things around, at least in this park. All the rides were running, even perservering with a ropey SLC that eventually beat them when it broke down for the umpteenth time. (Some may call that a blessing). Staff were very friendly with Melissa and Heather giving us a great welcome. Today was so hot the ground was melting, the park could do with more shady spots; the only downside to a great day.

Michael Badelt
What a day! It was a hard decision but the no. 1 slot on my personal steel coaster hit list finally got a new name tag attached to it. Sorry, EGF. Superman’ just flies higher.

Matthias Pies
What a fantastic day. I have heard so many bad things about Six Flags Parks. But I like this Park. It has a nice Theming, Great Rides. And the Ride Ops where all friendly. I enjoyed the ERS on Superman’. It was amazing to take a ride at he Front row at night. Thank you very much for that great day.

Tim Herre
S:ROS beats the crap of ‘GeForce STOP Nice park, can’t believe it’s really Six Flags STOP Nighttime ERS was the perfect icing on the cake STOP Florian Kragl did not manage to ride all the coasters STOP CC +11 STOP Agawam 1, Hassloch 0 STOP

Dirk Lather
Sorry Holly

David Harrington
We got a fantastic welcome at Six Flags New England from the staff – I think everyone was made to feel very welcome. The fun started with a longer than an hour ERS on one of the most amazing coasters in the world, Superman: Ride Of Steel. From start to finish this coaster just oozes class – it should probably be better described as a stand-up ride, given the insane amount of airtime. This is certainly the best steel coaster I’ve ridden. There are many other good rides at this park, including two woodies, a nice collection of spin rides and a wide range of wet rides. To top the day off there was a second ERS on Superman: Ride Of Steel – by this time it was absolutely flying and in the dark offered a completely different atmosphere. Overall, a great park with fantastic staff.

Peter Jackson
What a lovely park Six Flags New England was. The whole experience was great. Superman: Ride of Steel has got to be in the top 5 Steel Coasters on my list. Many thanks to the park management & staff for such a great day.

Procterrrrr!! (Pete)
Wow my feet ache! Worth it though, flippineck! Superman’s certainly super – super mad! *ends exclamations* Thunderbolt was lovely, had that old feel I just cant help but favour a teeny bit over modern stuff. Cyclone too despite its comparative youth (but back seat, ouch!). Another great day done. Lake Compounce tomorrow, after a welcome lie-in!

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Wow what a day, Six Flags treated us great 2 ERS on Superman’ (great ride) smashing meal and friendly staff. This park is fabulous with such a great selection of rides, Thank you to the staff at Six Flags New England for a wonderful day.

Darren and Mary
Great day.everything organised for us was excellent,the two ERSs were a nice surprise and Superman’ really flew tonight.Thank you to all who were involved park staff made it a great day.

Eirik Erstad
A big thank you to SFNE and their exceptional staff who gave us a warm welcome and two fantastic ERSs! Superman’ is fantastic, especially in the front seat. Thunderbolt is not to be missed! Please keep it alive for many years to come! I also really liked the attention given to theme and details all throughout the park, compared to other SF parks, I hope thats a trend SFNE will stick to in the future. Thanks again for a great day, I cant wait to come back for another visit.

David & Susan Ellis
Our first full day and what a day! Starting with a 1-hour ERS on top steel hypercoaster, Superman: Ride of Steel (and what a way to start!), we enjoyed a great day in a lovely park. Queues weren’t too big, and we managed to ride everything we wanted to. To finish, well it just had to be another ERS on Superman’, in the dark! It was flying. We had a great Anniversary at Six Flags New England!

Chris Simon
Brief comment S:ROS still worthy of my Nr 2 steelie spot! Absolutely fantastic, far, far better than all the other Intamin megas. Especially in the dark!

James Spanner Hannaford
Intamin Rock the house 2 ERSs on Superman’ and the Dark Ride is so much better. the only thing to add is the Woodies could do with more trains but still got everything done taking Coaster Count 214. What a way to start the trip.

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley
Batman the B&M Floorless was good apart from the unnecessary trim brake before the zero-G roll. Cyclone didnt have enough trim brakes, someone please put some more on it preferably at least another 5) before it shakes someone to pieces! We saw some geezer by the side of the track with a forklift truck full of wood and wondered if he was going to dash round after the train attaching bits of wood to the track with a nail gun 😉 We had two ERSs on Superman: Ride of Steel (morning and evening the latter being in the dark) On the dark ERS the trains were absolutely flying!!! Tim Herre was heard to say that it knocks the socks off Expedition GeForce. I can quite imagine it. Awesome ride.

Chris Penn
Superman: Ride of Steel, it’s out of this world! Its a fantastic airtime machine. The staff are great the park is kept spotlessly clean, get to SFNE asap you wont be disappointed.

Tim Tipler
What a brilliant park Six Flags New England is far better than I expected and their Superman: Ride of Steel must be one of the best coasters on the planet.

Bob Clark
SFNE Presided over by Superman: Ride of Steel, bronze, silver, gold, platinum just awesome especially in the dark. My new No 1 Steel coaster. Thunderbolt, the parks classic woodie was running very well a excellent enjoyable woodie.

Even Stangebye
Wowsers! What an incredible day. 14 hours in one of my new favourite parks Six Flags New England!! It was actually my first visit to any Six Flags park, and I though it would just be a bunch of rides on a parking lot, but I was totally wrong: Nice vegetation, clean, friendly staff, good theming, and my new favourite steelie: Superman: Ride of Steel. I loved wagon no. 5 (the middle one) with the most amazing airtime!!! When will we get one of these in Norway???? Great thanks to SFNE!!!

Nina Kleppe
I really had a great day at SFNE today. I loved the 2 ERS on Superman: Ride of Steel, one of my new favourite steel coasters. Lots of airtime, and some good g-forces too.

 

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Day 3 – Lake Compounce, Clementon Lake

Richard Davis
Beautiful Park and an amazing setting, especially the location of Boulder Dash. Weather getting hotter by the day too! Hats off to the park again, great staffing of Boulder Dash for the ERS and a great lunch. Beware – do not ride the back seats on their older woodie, brutal!

David Elvy
As I write this, we are now on the coach from Lake Compounce down to Clementon Lake, hopefully we will get some good views of New York again as we did the other day on the way up north. Well, today has been fun. A few hours at Lake Compounce started off with an ERS on Boulder Dash, the ride op was allowing double rides for all during the session. The ride has an amazing setting, which gives some good visuals, a fast paced, out of control ride. We also rode the Wildcat, and the Zoomerang coaster, as well as a few of the flat rides. The Rapids ride was an experience, I don’t think I have ever laughed so much at someone (Martin) getting totally soaked. We had a nice lunch in the Park too.

Mick FK
Lake Compounce, beautiful setting. Boulder Dash, nice ride in the front, not so in the back, but riding through the woods is quite an experience. The view of the Park from the cableway made a picture postcard.

Kim Varde Lassen
The big attraction today was obviously Boulder Dash, and being a coaster rookie in terms of riding but not in terms of reading about coasters, my expectations where really high. Unfortunately I was let down… the coaster is simply too rough to my liking. Liked the speed and the unpredictability of it, going thru the trees an everything, but being smacked around that much just made my back hurt. Four rides and that was it for me. Maybe I’ll never be a real woodie fan. I’ll have to go ride some more to find out. The park and operators where great, just as would be expected. By the way…loved the swing ride!!!!

Matthias Pies
Today we went to Lake Compounce to ride Boulder Dash. WHOW!!!! What an amazing ride. The setting is amazing. The ride is very fast, all the time near the ground, but it very rough in the back. But my highlight today where the Thunder Rapids. One of the best Rapids I have ever been on. I got more than soaked.

Malcolm Marr
Started the morning with an excellently run ERS on Boulder Dash. One of those coasters I first saw years ago and thought “One day I’d love to ride that!”. I had 20 goes in all, not having to leave the station after each ride. The park is stunning, really nicely located with a nice classic feel to it. We’re now on our way to Clementon Lake for our first surprise park of the trip. Hi to the Hoys, the Raithe’, Tom and Keith. BTW Mr. Johnson, Martin passed on your message and if I see that middle finger again, I’ll break it. In Connecticut it’s against the law to cross the street on your hands, not that I’d be able to do that anyway!

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
Wow it’s hot! I think everyones grateful that we were at a beautiful but small park today due to the heat. The morning ERS on Boulder Dash was great, with the front seats being a dream. Again the staff here were superb and the park presented perfectly.

Thomas Enders
Heute waren wir in einem kleinen Park, der teilweise an einem bewaldeten Berg liegt. Da bietet es sich geradezu an, diesen Hang fuer den Bau eines Coasters zu nutzen, und das ist hier perfekt gelungen. Boulder Dash wurde direkt zwischen Felsen und Baeumen hinein gebaut und das bietet ein tolles Fahrgefuehl. Der Coaster ist sehr schnell und man kann die Hills und Drops wegen der Baume und der Hanglage erst kurz vorher erkennen. Wirklich einmalig.

Andrew Lamb
A really nice small park featuring two great wooden coasters, Boulder Bash which we had an ERS on, The Operator was great, he seemed happy to be there and let people stay on for repeat rides. Another great ride at this park was the S&S Screaming Swing named Thunder and Lightning, this type of ride is my favourite, it gives loads of airtime, and this particular one was run exceptionally well give tons of full swings.

Andycoasterboy
Lake Compounce is a great family park with a good selection of rides and the excellent Boulder Dash perched up against the hillside. The morning ERS was outstanding with two consecutive rides giving just enough time to catch your breath. Now on the bus heading towards the mystery park???

Jeff Holmes
Lake Compounce is a fantastic park for families with very friendly staff. Their classic woodie Boulder Dash certainly is a great ride. There is a stunning chair lift ride with breathtaking views. The Rapids Ride could have done with more water splashes though !!!!!!!

Paul Worts
Im in the bar in Europa Park Hotel… Where is everybody? It’s my round!!!!!!

Jeppe Nygaard
Lake Compounce was a very nice, neat park with friendly employees who seem happy that that we visited the park, cared about how we were enjoying our day, and interested in where we were from, and wanted to know how we were liking our experience at the park. Boulder Dash was quite large coaster, built into the mountain, was running fast, but was a bit rough. But I liked this unusual woodie.

Yvonne Janik
Boulder Dash in the front seat was awesome just like it was when I rode it in 2001. Also Lake Compounce has some of the best fudge in the world, and I had been craving it since I was last at the park in 2001. WOW! I loved the park and the fudge, and I greatly appreciate Mary Morris’s help in setting all this up and think Jerry is a great GM!

John Coffield
Boulder Dash is still the best trip trough the trees you can find. But only in the No. 1 seat, the back is a bit on the rough side for me, but many still love it.

Paul Orsmond
Lake Compounce is a wonderful family park with a great atmosphere, some good rides, and a really nice looking woodie built on the mountainside of the park, the ride itself was quite rough and felt out of control, but it’s still liked by many. The staff are absolutely wonderful, and very friendly, and the park is set in a wonderful area. As for the SkyRide, Incredible views all round, Wonderful

Paul Freeman
Lake Compounce was a very pretty park loads of Azelias! Boulder Dash looked absolutely stunning, a terrain hugging woodie with the lift hill climbing of into the woodland and the final leg running past the lake. We had an ERS on this. If only the ride lived up to its settings and the views from the ride. Anywhere from the middle of the train back was painful to ride. The classic woodie Wildcat provided a fun ride and the River Rapids are the wettest and most fun I’ve ridden. We were treated very well by the park and its staff. Some great barbequed food for lunch and a guest appearance by Garfield! Free soft drinks throughout the park is a great idea that added to the day.

Stu & Martin Simms
Rushing through the trees and rocks on Boulder Dash was an intense experience yet strangely fun and repeatable ride. The staff were very friendly particularly using the microphone on Zoomerang to entertain everyone on the ride. The breathtaking views from the Skyride were a great end to our time at this charming little park.

Bart Van Goethem
I was really looking forward to this small park because of their terrain coaster Boulder Dash. I was gobsmacked by its continious speed, airtime and laterals. Voorin vlogen we echt over de baan. Super!! Then we tried the new S&S Swing, really stunning, this oversized swing. I want one in my backyard. We had an good meal. Het was maar weer eens seen veggie burger die we zelf kon beleggen. To cool down, 28 degrees, Thunder Rapids looked as a wild ride. It was. Everybody got soaked to the bone!

Chris Hull
Another great park. Boulder Dash proved to be a wilder way to wake up and brush away the cobwebs. Fantastic setting through the trees and along the side of the lake. Very wet rapids followed but thankfully a nice warm sunny day to dry off. Thunder and Lightning (S&S Screaming Swing) proved to be another surprise for me. Really enjoyable and nice pops of airtime. Really warm welcome and hospitality from the staff (and Garfield!).

Justin Garvanovic
My first time at the park with the ride open!! Boulder Dash has one of the most impressive locations of any coaster, but due to a nasty “kick” in the track just after the turnaround, it’s probably the abiding memory of it I’ll be taking away. :< The park as a whole is beautiful, and fortunately still feels like a traditional park. The park can not be faulted for its hopsitality and great staff – hats of the ERS staff especially.

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Great park, Rough coasters, Good selection of rides and again treated great by the park staff. Thanks to everyone at the park for a great time.

Derek & Val Cromarty
Good little park, made to feel welcome by staff. The two woodies were really wild!!

Mats Hummel
Great little park. Rough coasters. Great having consecutive rides during ERS. Good collection of other rides, brings back memories from the past (enterprise, rotor). Free soda was a real treat on this hot day.

Steve Davies
Great little park, very friendly, in a lovely setting. The chairlift up the mountain was a relaxing experience. Boulder Dash a great coaster but its no.1 claim was marred by its roughness which for me bordered on unpleasant. Its Vekoma Boomerang (Zoomerang) was surprisingly smooth, though!

Dave Hall
Amazing park, very beautiful. The chairlift was great and the rapids were simply insane in the after lunch takeover!

Ole Bredesen-Vestby: 
Nice little park, and a great ERS on Boulder Dash. Also a river rapids that really made you soaked, and a very relaxing and scenic trip in the Sky Ride. Didnt get to do all the rides, but nevertheless a great day so far.

Nina Kleppe
The day started off with an hour ERS on Boulder Dash. It was very rough, and good at the same time. I had six goes on it, and that was enough. A nice little park with friendly staff. And now we’re off to somewhere else.

Even Stangebye
The Boulder Dash really woke me up this morning!! It had a great layout on the lake hillside, but I think it was too rough. After 4 trips on the ERS, my heart said go more, but all the rest of my body parts said NO NO NO DON’T!!!! It would almost make Thundercoaster a smooth ride. OK, almost then Off to New Jersey!!! og en liten hilsen til dere der hjemme!! ?

Odd Arne Rste
Boulder Dash was high on my wishing list before the trip and it was awesome. The layout was great, but a little too rough. Superman’ yesterday was amazing with ERS both in the morning and in the evening. Thank you SFNE. Thunderbolt was a pleasant surprise and also Pandemonium. I don’t like spinning rides, and with my luck it did spin a lot. But it was a really fun coaster. Both Lake Compounce and SFNE had beautiful layout and nice picnicareas with nice lunches. Now to the first surprise park.

Eirik Erstad
Thank you to Lake Compounce for a short, hectic, but fun day. Boulder Dash was quite an experience. I wouldn’t call it rough, but rather POWERFUL! And the speed let’s just say there were quite a lot of both positive and negative g-forces at work. I had 5 rides on Boulder Dash and enjoyed every one of them. America’s oldest amusement park is beautiful and with a nice variety of rides. Now we are somewhere in New Jersey on our way to a surprise park, a Japan trip DVD playing on the overhead monitors. Could it get any better than this? Haaper det staar bra til hjemme i Norge. Jonas, en pakke Orville Redenbacher Ultimate Butter ligger i bagasjen. Skal nok faa anledning til aa handle mer foer vi er tilbake.

Leon Schuurbiers 
It’s a shame we only had a couple of hours in Lake Compounce, I would have liked to do more rides there! Boulder Dash is a really fast and intense coaster, but very enjoyable (once you learn how to handle the bump behind the last turn.). The location on the mountain, through all the woods is just amazing. Plenty more to see, a beautiful park and I would have loved to try the water park.

David & Susan Ellis
Today started with a 1-hour ERS on Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce. Starting with two front seat rides the terrain coaster on the side of the mountain provided some powerful rides. It was terrific in the front seats but a bit painful in the back, especially on one particular point on the home straight. We rode it 5 years ago and it was more re-rideable, a few goes was enough for Susan today. The park is a lovely little park, very pretty set between a lake and some mountains. There is a chairlift up the mountain that provided a peaceful relax after Boulder Dash! Now heading for a surprise park, Clementon Lake

David Harrington
This family park is in a beautiful setting, on the side of a mountain, and has made good use of this setting on two rides – Boulder Dash and the cable car. Our ERS was on Boulder Dash and I was surprised at just how rough it was, although I still managed ten rides on it! The operators on this ride were fantastic, letting us stay on for two rides at a time – even when I had to get off I could get on again as they preferred to run the ferocity and some very rough points – I still felt it was a good ride though. The ride uses the hillside setting well, with the lift hill running up the side of the hill and trains tearing through woodland for the rest of the ride. The cable car was superb – a great way to get away from civilisation for a while and offering great views over what is a really beautiful area of the country. There were a good collection of supporting rides, including an S&S Screaming Swing, a tower ride, another tamer woodie, the Wildcat and a very fun rapids ride. Another very hot day – up to 91F (about 30 degrees C) – helped slightly today by the woodland setting of this park. Overall a really nice, friendly park, and one which I really enjoyed visiting.

Chris Simon
Phew, what a scorcher. You can sometimes have too much good weather cant you? Anyway, I digress. L.C. is a really nice family park. Boulder Dash unfortunately seems to have developed hexagonal wheels in the last 5 years since I first rode it. Its always been an aggressive ride, but now theres also a great deal of vibration and a few nasty bum slams. The neverending supply of friendly staff lessened the pain somewhat though. Thunder & Lightning, the S&S screamin swing thing, wasnt as extreme as I imagined it would be is that what Rush is like? It was just pleasant, not unlike a Pirate Ship.

James Spanner Hannaford
So the purpose of this trip is to enjoy coasters and to be honest I Don’t really look on the website i.e RCDB at the rides of the trip This then makes all the rides on a trip a surprise. You have a few people on these trips who have been to these parks before and I have made a pact that If I was to return to any of these parks I won’t say a thing to anyone who hasn’t been here. All I heard was small park not a lot there NOT A LOT THERE!! Hello Boulder Dash what a ride plus friendly staff. If only the big parks of the world could learn from the smaller ones, what a wonderful world this would be. Keep up the Great Work

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley
This was our first visit to this small and friendly little park. There was a good selection of family orientated rides. As soon as we got into the park we were treated to an hour long ERS on Boulder Dash and I was looking forwards to this one quite a lot. I knew that it was a CCI and less than five years old so thought it would be a ground hugging version of Megafobia. I was wrong! We had two rides one after the other both sat in the middle of the train. Both me and Caz came off with blinding headaches and had to sit out the rest of the ERS which is a great shame. It was rough and vibrated to the extent that it was surprising that nobody lost any fillings on it. Very disappointing. We also tried out their other woodie the Wildcat which turned out to be rougher than Boulder Dash. It wasn’t just wild, it was brutal and definitely a never again sort of ride. The free soda was a lovely surprise, it was nice to just help yourself to drinks and cool off under the air conditioning next to the drinks machines. With the temperature getting as high as 32 C it was most welcome.

There was an S&S screaming swing, Thunder & Lightning which is a clone of Rush at Thorpe Park but with a longer ride cycle. It was nice to be able to get on such a ride with no breakdowns and no queue! The prize for the most amusingly named ride had to go to Down Time, a S&S shot & drop tower perhaps this would have made a better name for Stealth! We are now on our way to our first surprise park of the trip so there will no doubt be more scribblings of the trip report variety later.

Chris Penn
What a wonderful park some great rides the best being of course Boulder Dash. A superb wooden coaster with no let ups so super fast how a wooden coaster should be like the Boss at Six Flags St Louis.

Darren and Mary
The ERS on Boulder Dash was great and the double/triple consecutive rides offered appealed to Darren. The free drinks were appreciated, as was the friendly atmosphere. Good day made even better by the news of a visit to another park today.

Pete Proct(E)r
Good so far today, nice ERS on Boulder Dash. Definitely a front seat ride though! Wildcat gave some great old PTC/Schmeck goodness. How about the cable car? GREAT views! Good lunch today too, nice selection. Well, as mentioned previous were on our way to a surprise park a welcome surprise for myself certainly.. tarrah for (so far) today.

Peter Jackson
Well what a great little park, clean friendly staff, free soda and well Boulder Dash. What can I say I guess 12 rides tells you all you need to know. (OK, a bit rough in places but really enjoyable through the trees etc.) The sky ride up the mountain let us see what a lovely area we were in.Prior to lunch we decided to get soaked on the rapids. Lunch was typical park food but very nice. The park had a decent looking water park too but we ran out of time.. If I was ever doing my own trip I would certainly make this park on my list. Thanks to all the staff and ride ops.

The evening of Day 3 was an interesting with an add on park called Lake Clementon with arguing ride operators on the big wheel who put a trainee in charge of stopping the wheel. This kept over shooting resulting in the other ride operators shouting from the other side of the wheel. All very entertaining. Then came the woodie. Well I rode it twice it was mad.

Steve Davies
Hi Les! J2 last night was the roller coaster equivalent of a pit bull terrier-vicious and aggressive but that was part of its character.

David & Susan Ellis
Tonight was a surprise visit to Clementon Lake park to ride their S&S wooden coaster J2. Previously called Tsunami, this coaster is a really intense ride with a helix that could best be described as insane!

Chris Simon
I really liked J2! It was rough if you sat over the wheels, but elsewhere I found it fun, manic, and completely crazy. A couple of great airtime hills and a helix the likes of which you’re not likely to see many times on a woodie!

Chris Penn
J2 was absolutely mental simply fast and furious it’s an insane ride! Go and ride it and see.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
If you’re looking for a wild coaster with a serious attitude problem, look no further than J2 at Clementon Lake. The relentless speed and non-stop action was mind-blowing for such a compact woodie. The ERS really sorted the men out from the boys!

Andycoasterboy
The first surprise park on the trip was Clementon, a small family park with its fair share of flat rides, Our ERS was spent on the insanely fast J2 which had its surprise moments in the darkness.

Jeff Holmes
Clemonton Park was quite a good little family park but is NOT very well signposted at all so Paul Worts will have trouble finding it. Their J2 wooden coaster was very crazy indeed headache tablets all round.

Martin Valt
J2 simply ridiculous really. Can’t decide whether I hated it or loved it but, wow!

Bart Van Goethem
This park has put itself on the map with J2. Loved the energy it kept on giving. Never done such a helix that kept on going. To compensate my loss with the dark ERS on Superman’ I kept on going on the J2 dark ERS. I loved it to bits. They said I was crazy!

Paul Orsmond
While there is not much to do at Clemonton Lake, Its a nice family park with a nice woodie/steel coaster which I thought was pretty good, we had a dark ERS which was amazing, and at the end of the day, the ride was flying, Its a shame the Side Friction Coaster doesnt run anymore, but you can’t have anything

Paul Freeman
Couldn’t ride J2 much due to damage inflicted earlier in the day by Boulder Dash!

Chris Hull
Mmm OK.. An interesting contrast to some of the other parks but J2 did prove ridable after the 2nd or 3rd attempts. WILD as hell but somehow it grew on me. Lots of laughter and disorganised internal organs for me!

Malcolm Marr
Spent the night at Clementon Park, a little “community” park with a small selection of fairground type rides and one large wooden coaster, that some people loved but which I hated. I believe Justin has posted a picture of me showing how much this ride impressed me. I had rather prophetically worn a T-shirt with the words I got out of bed for this? and this was extremely apt. Some people liked this ride but it did nothing for me whatsoever. The best ride in the park was the big wheel which was being operated by some very amusing girls who were cussing each other. Don’t you be saying anything about my ass etc.

Terry Jarvis
I have to say it, but I’m not sure if i had heard of Clementon Park until the surprise park was announced at lunch. But what a surprise it was! A great little Park with a lot at family rides and one hell of a coaster. Right from the moment the Coaster left the lift hill the ride was flying at an intense pace until it arrived back in the station. What a gem of a ride.

Tim Herre
Boulder Dash was incredibly rough in a good way STOP Wildcat awful STOP Did all coasters before Florian Kragl did STOP Rapids not a water ride but a swim ride STOP Then on to Clementon Lake STOP J2 aka Tsunami roughest Woodie on the planet STOP Youd had to lean into the curves like a bodsled pilot STOP Loved it STOP

Michael Badelt
Boulder Dash was certainly one of the most interesting wooden coasters I have seen. Ever raced alongside a mountain before? Great! Lake Compounce is definitely worth a visit. Now about Clementon Lake. I have exactly two words for J2/Tsunami that I definitely mean in a positive way: Evil Bitch.

 

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Day 4 – Six Flags Great Adventure

Dave Scott
This park looks like something out of rollercoaster tycoon – loads of big coasters and not a great deal else! Kingda Ka, something of a let down for the first three rides – then I did the front row. Talk about revelations! There isn’t a more impressive crest to a hill than flying out of your seat, 450 feet in the air with nothing in front of you!!!

Medusa, the first large B&M of the trip, packed some great visuals and inversions into a long ride. Batman’ – 13 years old – and the most intense coaster in the park. And as for Nitro, there isn’t much more you could ask from a hypercoaster. Excellent floating airtime, but the ride is short on positive Gs to vary the ride. Slow loading and a couple of ride closures were the only annoyances of the day – most of the park’s queues could have been anhiliated by a little more enthusiasm from some of the staff and some shade in the queues wouldn’t have gone amiss either!

David Elvy
Six Flags Great Adventure was a park that I was looking forward too, mainly due to Kingda Ka, well, we had an ERS on it first thing, and my first thought after riding was – is that it / is that what 128 mph feels like – if so, it did not live up to my expectation. However, then I rode a few more times, nearer the front of the train, culminating with a front seat ride – and wow, totally awesome in the front, you feel the speed. Kingda Ka is a great ride all round, but the front is exceptionally great.

I managed to ride all the parks operating coasters once, which upped my coaster count by ten. Superman – Ultimate Flight is OK, with the pretzel loop being the rides best trick. Nitro was a nice B&M Hyper, Batman The Ride and Medusa are still great rides. While I had a good day, I do wonder, were we spoilt with Six Flags New England? PS – To Keith – you might get some peace and quiet now I have ridden Kingda Ka.

Steve Fagin
Well, Kingda Ka wasn’t as smooth as Stealth – nowhere near as smooth, in fact, and quite jarring. But it was an amazing experience nonetheless, and high fives to SFGAdv for giving us the ERS. Repeat sampling would not have been possible without their gesture. Front seat views were something to behold, and the sensation of my cheeks peeling back from my face was something I never thought I’d actually experience. Can’t wait to compare with the overhead-restraint-less Top Thrill Dragster.

Last time I came to this park was 1995, and they’ve built much more since then. It was great to see some real enthusiasm from some of the ride ops, particularly on Nitro. High point: Nitro, plus Medusa front seat. Low point: Great American Scream Machine. How did I ever enjoy this in 95? That hideous monstrosity should be melted down into dirty steel ingots and buried in a slagheap in Salford.

Lars Sorensen
This is the day where the big Kingda Ka awaited. The front seat on Kingda Ka was just awesome, a real jawbreaker. I really like the park, nice hospitality from the staff, and when they said, “Have a good ride”, they really meant it. The staff at Nitro even let us fill up the empty seats. What an awesome day.

A small funny story: Kim Varde lost his cellphone on the zero-g roll, on Medusa. I felt something in my hand, and I thought it was my camera, I forgot to put into my bag. But after the ride, I looked at it, and it was a cellphone, that had flown from Kim’s pocket into my hand.

Mick FK 
Liz, Crystal and Karl, mssing you, having a great time. A brilliant day at Six Flags Great Adventure, coaster heaven. Kingda Ka, my first top hat / strata coaster its speed increased until I had a New Jersey facelift. I rode all the coasters that were open, and the highlight had to be the back seat on the B&M Hyper – Nitro. The ride ops know how to load which makes a difference, compared to some of the other rides today, as the other ride ops came a very poor second. Rude and miserable, we saw trash piled around where they thought it was out of sight. Six Flags New England – your reputatuion is safe, you are still the best – we should have visited you last because today was such a let down. We have Six Flags over Georgia to do – let’s see if they can do better? I am sorry, but I say it as I see it

Kim Varde Lassen
This was the big day. We were here to ride the monster: Kingda Ka. When the ERS was announced in the bus everybody cheered!! Must admit my heart rate was a little higher than normal. Anyway the ride was awesome… mostly due to the acceleration… wow! However, I think I’m developing a crush on B&M. Nitro was my favourite today. Rode it 10 times! Could have kept on for hours… well I did, actually.

Til familie og venner, jeg har en super fed tur. Her er dejlig varmt, ca 30 grader. I er bare misindelige, er I!

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
The first mega-park of the trip provided a great morning ERS with Kingda Ka. From the front seat, this ride is a stunning experience. Nitro was also top-class. El Toro looks like becoming the best coaster in the park when it opens.

Andycoasterboy
Day 4 and SFGAdv and Kingda Ka ERS very hot in the park today so a leisurely trundle around riding everything as there were hardly any lines. El Toro really will be the best coaster in the park, looking really good.

Paul Worts
Still waiting in the Europa Park Hotel, anybody???

Jeff Holmes
The day started with ERS on Kingda Ka. I thoroughly enjoyed the speed and height of this monster especially in the front section of seats. The whole day was very hot indeed which meant plenty of beers… Yours is waiting for you Paul Worts.

Martin Valt
Despite the subversive views expressed by certain entirely undesirable elements, SFGAdv has the best collection of steel coasters on the planet. Nitro similarly is a superb example of its genre.

Viper
SFGAdv excellent day; very hot. Kingda Ka number one dude!!!

Bart Van Goethem
First row on Kingda Ka gave my a facelift, it kept on going. I loved the unexpected airtime on the top of it. Superman‘s pretzel loop, the flying coaster is such a great type of inversion. Nitro was echt wel veel beter dan Silver Star. And the setting of Nitro was wonderful, instead of a carpark. This B&M hyper is great from beginning till the end. This park has really surprised us in a great way!

Paul Orsmond
A very nice day at SFGA and a lot of good rides. Kingda Ka wasn’t as good as ‘Dragster IMO but it still delivers a good ride. Superman’ was great, ‘American Scream Machine was a bit rough, Nitro was very nice, Batman’ was supringly rough for a B&M Inverted, and Medusa was very good, However the highlight of the day was seeing both sides running on ‘The Chiller, and so we got to ride both sides which were both fantastic, Overall quite a nice day.

Paul Freeman 
Rode world’s fastest, highest coaster first thing today. It finally made sense on the last of the four ERS rides where I got a front rode seat from this position its an amazing coaster!
Nitro and Superman – Ultimate Flight proved the best rides of the rest of the day. A few too many closed rides including Rolling Thunder. P.S. Hi to all at RBS and Love to Rhyannon !

Andrew Lamb
Had a roller coaster filled day today, the park had loads of different types including floorless, launched, flying and more. Nitro was great a fast and thrilling ride, I just wanted to not get off! Superman – Ultimate Flight was also a great highlight, especially its pretzel loop.

Mike Sebley
For me this park was a tad disappointing and lacked the friendly atmosphere of Six Flags New England on Sunday. Kingda Ka was too extreme and for me the over the shoulder restraints were a painful problem. Nitro was easily the best coaster with the ride ops doing an excellent job showing how a ride should be operated. El Toro looks excellent. A great shame it wasn’t yet open.

Chris Hull
Another Six Flags park but somewhat different from Six Flags New England. A number of rides not operating but Nitro proving to be the highlight in the park. Superman’ was also a surprise but have lousy loading. Kingda Ka was best for me in the front seat were I was able to enjoy the ride better. Restraints didn’t appear to be too friendly for those with an taller upper body. Felt rough across the shoulders. El Toro looks stunning but too bad it wasnt up and running on schedule. Perhaps in the next 2 weeks as quoted by Six Flags?

Peter Jackson
Day 4 started off with Six Flags security parking us as far away from the park gates as seemed possible. It would have saved time and been more sensible for security to let us off coach at the drop off point and then go and park the coaches after telling us where rides in a row. An amazing launch and an intense climb. The staff on there where great and let us keep going around the short route re ride. Nitro was another excellent machine with plenty of airtime. An enjoyable day.

Pete Procter
SFGAdv today, nice park in that common concrete fashion of today. Nice rides, apart from Kingda Ka (why so rough? – nothing to do with restraints – rather loose wheels or poor track! Owww my brain!) and Medusa (dull, and ear whippy!). El Toro was great, or rather looked it. Must revisit to ride one day. ‘Scream Machine was funky Arrow goodness, Superman’ was a lung crusher on my back in the loop. Rolling Thunder was dead all day (El Toro being worked on, though it did run first time yesterday I understand). Nitro was lovely, just how a B&M should be – no fancy loopy foot-numbing crap, just speed, smooth effortless glide and fun.

We went to Clementon Park last night (why not throw this in?). J2 (Tsunami) is insane – first seat is wild in a smooth way, but the rest… well, Harry G. Traver is alive and well! 😀 August John Miller is still dead however, as is his 1919 Jack Rabbit. Clementon have no train for it and are letting it rot away, gradually reclaimed by trees. Shame but that’s life eh. Saw Tim TIMMEH Gaylard at SF New England on day two by the way, good to chat again (hope you weren’t too shaken up by whatever incident had happened before we met – seemed like you needed a break!). And sorry Harper, but theres no Pigseh on the trip (dont worry – Ive been singing away anyway! – and bird watching!) Well ladies and smelly men, girls and germs – here concludes my longest report to date. Dorney tomorrow, but for now hurrah, and good boo! (no, Im not wearing any knickers).

Mats Hummel
Now we know how far away from the park entry we park the coaches.

ERS on Kingda Ka was great, very nice and friendly staff for it. Thumbs up for Nitro. B&M knows how to build a train, the restraints on it are great. Lots of airtime too. Too bad no woodie was running today, El Toro looks great…

Steve Davies
Kingda Ka at SFGAdv today was amazing, but at 456ft and 120mph it could not be anything else, the only downside was it very rough. My favourite other ride here was Nitro – fast, smooth, loaded with airtime, and very re-rideable-the operatives were amazing, too!

Even Stangebye
Great day – great weather – great park – 11 new coasters – front seat of Kingda Ka – great, as were Nitro and Superman – the Ride. Medusa – horrible and ‘American Scream Machine. Sorry for the 8 minutes late to the bus!

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Another great day in another great park. Kingda Ka was awesome. I also loved Superman – the Ride, my first flying coaster (not counting Volare). And not to forget the airtime on Nitro.

Nina Kleppe
A great day with many good coasters. Kingda Ka was awesome, especially in the front row. WOW.

David & Susan Ellis
Today was Six Flags Great Adventure, which started with a 30-minutes ERS on Kingda Ka, the tallest (456ft) and fastest (128mph) coaster in the world. Front seat was worth waiting for. The launch is incredible and the view from the top amazing. Certainly it was smoother in front, other ride positions were a bit juddery. Of the other coasters, Nitro was the best on offer with loads of superb airtime. The real shame was that El Toro hadn’t opened, and a few of the other coasters and attractions were closed. Yet another hot day, with temperatures in the 90s. Dorney Park tomorrow!

Chris Simon
Today at SFGAdv, the best thing by far was Nitro, which has certainly shot straight into my top 5! Absolutely beautiful, graceful, plenty of floating airtime, and an upward helix that gets tighter and tighter all the while. Kingda Ka didn’t really impress it doesn’t have the atmosphere of TTD, front seat a little too intense for me and elsewhere was strangely very rough with lots of vibration. Several rides and coasters down, only one half of ‘Chiller running, El Toro not yet open, and operation very very slow (apart form Nitro).

James Spinner Hannaford
Well I have a Catchphrase ‘Dragster is still my Baby, and after today that still stands I was looking forward to riding Kingda Ka. There was talk of it not being open during our visit and I thought the only problem would be the overhead restraints. No problem there – just a Very Rough Rrde. On experiencing the rest of the park you find this to be true with most of the rides in SFGAdv. Nitro has to be my favourite for the day (was worth waiting for the front seat) and as I am a coaster counting the kiddie coasters were quite good as well. El Toro looked amazing and what a beautiful smell of new wood. I’m returning to SFGAdv in just under a month’s time so hopefully it will be open. I just hope it’s as good a ride as it looks.
Well tomorrow is the start of a few parks that I have done before so I am looking forward to doing the Water Park at Dorney and having a relaxing Day.

Tim Tipler
Zero to 128 in 3.5 seconds that’s Kingda Ka that launch is fantastic we rode most of the other coasters but El Toro was not ready for us. The park was very clean but did not have the feel of the New England park. Hi to Jan and James again

Chris Penn
Kingda Ka was a blast not up to Top Thrill Dragster standards though.
The front seat was the best the back was rough. Sadly no El Toro but at least we got 30mins ERS on Kingda Ka.

Bob Clark
Today was reach for the sky day. We have now all ridden the world’s tallest, fastest coaster – several times. However, the star was El Toro. It looked stunning, the merchandise looked stunning but having been tested yesterday for five hours today it was undergoing more mods. As a result Rolling Thunder was down. For a woodie fan like me it was not so much El Toro but pure ‘El.

Darren and Mary
What an amazing day, one that I never thought that I would witness – I rode a coaster that Darren did not feel comfortable riding, and this was Kingda Ka. Shame that there were so many rides not operating today in the park. Last night Darren enjoyed the experience of riding J2, he rode it several times.

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley
This is one park we were really looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. Kingda Ka was good but wasnt as punchy as Stealth. All the B&Ms were good too our favourite was Medusa, apart from the trim brakes which received a loud boooo from us each time we went through them. Overall, the rides were great but the day was somewhat spoiled by the dire loading times. Three minutes as a good average loading time per train (on all rides) is not something that makes us happy, particularly when half of the reason is that the staff are leisurely wandering from seat to seat in the station while chatting. It made the recent bad operators on Slammer at Thorpe Park seem almost endearing!

David Harrington
This morning we got a replacement coach as our previous coach was starting to list – the night before it limped home after losing some of the heavier passengers. I was looking forward a lot to this park, as it is the home of the world’s fastest and highest roller coaster, as well a fantastic collection of other coasters. Approaching the park Kingda Ka immediately presents itself from a distance – it is certainly an imposing structure. Our ERS was, of course, on Kingda Ka, and we had a really fun hour on the ride before the general public were allowed on. The ride itself was good fun, but I feel the so-called airtime hill didn’t really work very well; the top hat at over 400ft was over really quickly, despite being slowed down going over the top. It didn’t really feel as high as I’m sure it is because of this, and I feel somewhat relieved that I didn’t mind the height at all. The force of the initial acceleration is good, but I feel the big drop didn’t really offer much more than any other coaster. However, in the front seat you really appreciated the speed more than anywhere else – despite wearing glasses I had tears streaming from my eyes – and here it really was a fantastic ride – other seats were just good.

The highlight of this park was Nitro, a superb B&M Hypercoaster. Sitting in the side seats in particular gave a wonderful feeling of flying off the track. The other really good coaster was Batman’, a B&M inverter. Neither of the woodies were open, which was a great shame, as El Toro in particular looks like being a fantastic ride. The park doesn’t have many spinners, and I felt the attitude of some of the staff could have been better – apart from Superman’ (a B&M flying coaster similar to Air), Kingda Ka and Nitro, the loading was really slow leading to unnecessarily long queue lines. Also, there were too many closed rides – a few can be expected but more than that makes me concerned. Weather again was very hot, but I wasn’t so affected today so I must be acclimatising! Overall, a good park, but spoilt a little by the attitude of a few of the staff.

Malcolm Marr
In New Jersey it’s against the law to throw a bad pickle on the street and at Great Adventure we didn’t get into any sort of pickle whatsoever (tenuous link brought to you by some random American product). Our day started with a Kingda Ka ERS and whilst it may be the tallest and fastest coaster on the planet it’s actually only good to ride in the front row, other rows rattled too much. Ill court controversy by saying that Stealth has more “punch” to it. Kingda’ does have the sustained acceleration but I didn’t get the leaving the stomach in the station feeling that Thorpe’s little baby has. Nitro is superb and easily the best re-rideable coaster in the park, helped by an excellent British ride operator called Adrian who was conversing with us over the PA before sending us on our way. El Toro wasn’t running and Im hoping that I can ride it before I return to the UK (if Keith lets me!).

Terry Jarvis
I have to say after riding Stealth at Thorpe Park, I thought that Kingda Ka would blow me away! But I found it a little bumpy and a little disappointing. It’s still a great ride for the park but sadly not for me. On a upward note I found Nitro to be the best ride in the park, a 200 foot hyper coaster, plenty of great airtime and a extremely long helix where I started to grey out! This I love on a coaster, one hell of a ride, my second best steelie of the trip.

Tim Herre
Six Flags Great Adventure lived up to expectations STOP Four coasters not running STOP Batman Chiller highlight of the day STOP Kingda Ka awesome, but still a one-trick-pony STOP Loved Medusa STOP Superman’s Pretzel Loop not for the faint-hearted STOP No El Toro STOP They should have brought the Cordes staff in, then it would surely got finished in time STOP

Michael Badelt
Key learing of the day: Kingda Ka is overhyped (but nevertheless a kick-ass ride) Surprise of the day: Batman Chiller. Suggestion for improvement: Training sessions for the Batman’ inverter ops staff on how to dispatch a high capacity coaster in less that 6 minutes.

 

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Day 5 – Dorney Park, Surprise PTC visit

Steve Fagin
Nice little park & another place that laid on weather hotter than July. Two ERSs set the scene, but Talon topped the show, forcing so much blood into my feet hat I felt at risk of DVT. I skipped the Log Flume due to fears about the risk of getting wet, but was tempted onto White Water Landing after being falsely assured that I wouldn’t get wet.

David Elvey
The first Cedar Fair park of the trip, and of course, amazing. We started with an ERS on Hydra – the fairly compact B&M Floorless. This was followed by a surprise ERS on Steel Force, a Morgan hyper coaster, which is a fast, smooth ride. The highlight of the day for me was hitting my 200th coaster – Talon, a superb B&M inverted, smooth, fast and great elements, intense. What a ride, what a Park. A great day all round.

Dave Scott
I’m buying a house in Allentown. Talon we love you!

Kim Varde Lassen
Keeping it very short. Nice park, not really different from other parks of that kind. Hydra did not blow my mind, but it was OK. Talon however kicked …!!

Lars Sorensen
I liked this park. Hydra wasn’t as fast as I had expected, but still a good coaster. But nothing in this park can beat Talon. Strong forces, quick turns, steep drop, and a very lovely colour scheme.

Malcolm Marr
In Pennsylvania it is illegal for a man to drink alcohol without the consent of his wife, and today we couldn’t drink beer without the consent of the park, due mostly to the of kids in the park today. The park did bend over backwards to help us enjoy our day today giving us our own drinking session, ERSs on Hydra and Steel Force and giving us a limited edition Hydra pin badge to take away. The rides are good, Talon in particular. Steel Force is really smooth, Hydra has nice pacing and is like a family floorless. This park did have some shady places, something that other parks lacked, but there is a shortage of dark rides to escape the midday sun. 94 degrees today!! My poor celtic skin is struggling to remain sunburn-free. There may be another embarrassing picture posted today, my excuse this time is that I was unprepared for having a camera shoved in my face; damn paparazzi.

Tim Herre
After 9 years it was back to Dorney Park today. The day started excellently with an ERS on Hydra, followed by a surprise ERS on Steel Force. The park has got a dynamic duo of B&Ms now, and both are thankfully not two of the copy and paste breed out there. Highlight of the day was the rapids ride, which has huge waterfalls that don’t shut off but soak you to the bone instead. To me it feels like yesterday when Ralf Lindhorst and I both got our Nikons filled up to the max eight years ago, as we had no idea what we were up to. This time we were more clever, but it was quite embarassing to see Dirk “Diggler” Lather strip afterwards and show off his underwear on a public walkway. You can’t take him anywhere – but with Frossi or Lord of Fire on this trip it would have become even more childish. Thank God!

Paul Freeman 
Great staff at this park, we were treated wonderfully today – a real contrast to Six Flags yesterday. The split ERS on Hydra and Steel Force in the morning left the rest of the day for riding Talon (the top coaster of this park and on a par with Nemesis) and then the water rides in an attempt to beat the 34 degrees centigrade heat. (No Azelias in this park!)

Midas van de Graaf:
Dorney was a true surprise to me. We were given the royal treatment for which I like all the responsible people of Dorney. Riding Steel Force was a treat and Talon is definately top 5 material. Friendly people, nice athmosphere and some stunning rides. Well done Dorney!

John Coffield
Hydra‘ was very smooth, but I must admit was a bit boring. But ‘Talon‘ was brillant, and very re-rideable. ‘Steel Force’ as always was excellent. And the PTC tour was a delight. OK.. it’s true I can drink a whole pitcher of Guinness by myself. Hey Richard I’m still 90 ahead of you. Get your ass in gear Dude.

Uncle Albert
Did I ever tell you, during the war……………

Chris Hull
Another warm welcome (and a warm day – 34 degrees!) from the park with ERSs on Hydra and Steel Force. Both enjoyable rides. Talon however proved for me to be not your typical B&M inverted. Quite a surprise as it proved to be different from the normal ‘cookie cutter’ B&M Inverters and was a highlight of the day for me. All in all a really nice enjoyable day.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
Loved Hydra! It’s such a unique floorless that provided a wonderful morning ERS. With graceful elements, this is the kind of coaster we’re enjoying more! Talon seems far more forceful than in earlier years and was probably the best ride of the day. Really great staff and very fast ride operations – good stuff.

Mark Sebley
Very nice day in this excellent park. A very warm welcome (not just the weather). All the coasters are re-rideable with my pick being Talon and Steel Force (still a smooth airtime filled ride). Hi to Lynne, Gemma and Becca. Daddy’s having a great time.

Jeff Holmes
Dorney is a great park with 2 good coasters being Hydra and Talon. Their rapids ride is insane but could do with more water falls!!!!!!! Was it you Paul Worts that was squirting us??

Martin Valt
Shame the rapids weren’t a bit wetter. Hydra OK in an innocous sort of way, loved the pre-lifthill element. Steel Force still way overrated IMHO. Talon reigns supreme.

Viper
My first PA park. A lovely park, great weather. Talon my favourite coaster there.

Paul Orsmond
Dorney is a really nice park, Hydra was OK but not one of the best floorless coasters I’ve ridden, Talon on the other hand is wonderful, everything is perfect about this coaster and I couldn’t fault it whatsoever. Excellent staff and slick ride operations too. Really nice day but could have done with being a bit cooler (94 degrees at its peak apparently).

Mick FK
A nice collection of coasters, very friendly staff, a really really wet rapids ride, if i had known I would have taken my shower gel. I enjoyed the hyper coaster, Steel Force, and Talon the B&M inverted. Temperatures of 95 degrees today – ouch. miss my swimming pool. And Hi to Liz, Crystal and Karl.

Bart Van Goethem
Some nice elements on Hydra, but the best B&M was Talon. Smullen! I wished I had more rides on it. Record vandaag 34 graden!

andycoasterboy
Dorney today and a great ERS on Hydra, the replacement coaster for ‘Hurt your knees’. Another hot day, nice to get a bit damp on the rapids!!! and then onto the factory tour of PTC – great to see how these great cars are made and produced. Now on the bus back to the hotel after having a meal kindly organised by the great people at PTC and many jugs of beer (of course).

Paul Worts
Is this bus ever coming to pick me up from Europa?

Nige Harness
The boomerang was FANTASTIC :)

Jeppe Nygaard
Dorney Park had a very good selection of rides. Riding Hydra this morning proved that rides that look intimidating for the ordinary rider can be very smooth, easy and fun to ride. The JoJo roll was an innovative element that I really enjoyed. Talon was an excellent B&M inverter – by far the best on the trip so far. I could ride it over and over again. The only bad thing today was that the weather was extremely hot for a person from Denmark; it exceeded 34 celsius.

Yvonne Janik
Heather Kramer is so organized, fun, and efficient. She planned an awesome day for us including a surprise ERS on Steel Force this morning. I loved the sunny, hot weather since I am from Texas. I didn’t get to ride the mouse, however. Each time I was in line to get on next, the mouse became temporarily out of service. Alas!

Andrew Lamb
Had a great day today, ERS was great, Hydra gave a very smooth ride, which included the very innovative JoJo inversion. Talon is now one of my favorate B&M inverters. staff were excellent today too, fast and efficent loading keep queue times to a minimum (so we did not have to stand in the 34 degree heat for to long).

David & Susan Ellis
Another amazing day. We spent most of the day at Dorney Park, starting with an ERS on Hydra the Revenge, the unusual B&M floorless with an inversion straight out of the station, before you reach the lifthill! Then we had some time on Steel Force, before enjoying the rest of the park. Yet another hot day, max temperature 93F.

At 4pm we had another surprise…a visit to the PTC factory. We had a good look inside at some of the coaster cars the company are famous for. Then we went to an Irish Bar for food and beer. An excellent day all round…if only it would cool down just a bit!

David Harrington
On paper Dorney Park isn’t the park with the most rides, but I was immediately impressed with the friendly and welcoming staff. After getting Cedar Fair season passes we had two half hour ERSs on Hydra and Steel Force. Hydra is an interesting ride but adding an inversion before the lift hill seemed somewhat pointless. Steel Force is a really fun Morgan hypercoaster but seemed to break down regularly. The double looping Schwarzkopf, “Laser” was also a good ride, let down by being forced to take all luggage on, despite only running one train. Also of note was that this park has had the best food so far in the trip – I even got personally escorted by a lovely woman called Katie to Subway for a vegan sandwich, where she stayed with me despite a lengthy wait. Talon was also a really good, intense ride; the log flume was well designed and just wet enough to relieve the searing heat of up to 35 degrees C. I also got the rare opportunity to try a Whip.

All in all, a really enjoyable visit – it felt more like visiting friends that just happened to run a theme park. After the visit to Dorney we made a surprise visit to PTC, a company which manufactures roller coaster trains. We got shown round by the boss, Tom, whose staff had also given their time to answer our questions. Finally we went to a local pub for drinks and food – sitting outside in good company and reasonably mild weather proved a very enjoyable end to the day.

Chris Simon
Very hot day again – made the walk up the hill between Steel Force and Talon even more difficult! Hydra is strange machine, not quite sure what to make of it. The roll out of the station is a great gimmick, yes, but actually quite fun. Especially when you’re in the front row of a train just arriving in the station and you see the train in front revolving away in front of you…

Talon and Steel Force just get better, I really enjoyed them. Talon incredibly smooth and very powerful, Steel Force taking a bit of time to warm up and deliver the airtime it’s famous for, but when it came it was well up to scratch.

Lutz Konerding
Due to the fact that I’m having a cold I awaited not so much from the day. But there where three hightlights today. Talon, one of the better B&M-Inverteds, Steel Force, the one to prove that not only B&M can build great smooth coasters with lots of airtime, and the visit to PTC. Especially the visit to the PTC-plant showed that it sometimes (just) good handicraft to build good cars. And the talk to the PTC-people prove that you need to have a lot of passion to run such a “normal” company.

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley
Last night was a bit odd at the hotel, we were puzzled to find that the card keys issued to us didn’t work, reception activated them and we managed to get into the room. we realised that something was wrong when an American bloke came into our room at 1.20am in the morning (and rapidly left!) and we didn’t get an alarm call this morning. we found out that the hotel had written the wrong room number on the card keys but they sorted it out and reallocated the room to us. A handy hint- use the deadbolt on your door at night!

Dorney Park was really good (apart from the hordes of schoolkids – just like Alton Towers so no worries really). Hydra is now the No. 1 coaster on the tour so far, what a ride! Talon was good as well but not as good as Nemesis. The highlight of the day was receiving the lovely limited edition trip badges from Dorney Park. It’s definitely a park that we will come back to, it’s not do-able in one day and needs at least two to fully appreciate what they have on offer. I (Caz) would like to say a special thank you to Dorney Park for connecting a call to my parents in the UK after a family bereavement. It was very much appreciated. The staff at Dorney Park were great and the despatch of the trains on the coasters was quick and efficient. Six Flags Great Adventure staff really need to go there to see how a park can be run efficiently.

Chris Penn
I’m glad Dorney invested in a new coaster being Hydra it’s a good ride but in my opinion Steel Force is the best coaster in the park.

Steve Davies
Great ERS on Hydra And Steel Force, but for me, Talon was best ride in the park-one of the best inverters I have been on. Very interesting visit to PTC factory and nice pub visit afterwards. All staff were great-thanks guys!

Odd Arne Roste
Didn’t do a report yesterday, but here it is. Kingda Ka, 139m, 206 kp/h, 4xB&M. Need I say more. It almost made up for El Toro not running.
Today Dorney Park was beautiful and really fun with no real highlights and no really rough rides. The trip to PTC was very interesting. I hope we get a PTC train in Norway soon!

Eirik Erstad
Clementon Park two days ago was a fun surprise. J2 was “interesting”, I can understand why it probably needs a few adjustments. Six Flags Great Adventure was a true Six Flags experience (unlike SFNE…). Sleeping staff was a first! Two painkillers also helped me endure the day at the park, which by the way was nice.

Today was fantastic. First two fun ERSs on Hydra and Steel Force, which I truly enjoyed, especially the latter. The park is beautifully landscaped with a nice mix of family rides. The highlight of the day however was the very interesting tour of PTC. Thank you to those who made that possible. I had a great time! Now Knoebels is next. I can’t wait…

Nina Kleppe
Today was a really nice day. It started off with two ERSs on Hydra and Steel Force. Then we got to do the other coasters and some other rides in the park. Talon was the best coaster today. And it was a nice surprise with the visit to the PTC factory.

Even Stangebye
4 things to mention today: (1) Great ERS on Hydra the Revenge. (2) OK ERS on Steel Force (was a bit to slow over the hills in the morning. (3) Amazing $8 for a whole pitcher of beer. In Norway it would have costed $50 at least!! (4) We DESPERATELY need some new PTC-wagons/trains at Thundercoaster (Tusenfryd, Norway) before the Vekoma-wagons kill this wonderful designed roller coaster. HELP US NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Back seat on Hydra was great. Talon was awesome. The visit at PTC was cool.

Mats Hummel
Nice park and friendly staff. Great with an extra ERS. Loved the Thunderhawk. Talon was great. I guess it came as a surprise for Justin getting stuck on the wild mouse :-) Nice to get some coaster history by stopping by at the PTC factory.

 

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Day 6 – Knoebels

Chris Hull
We were warned we might fall in love with this park – I can see why. My first visit and I have. A wonderful park in a fantastic setting run in a way that puts so many other parks to shame. A great selection of rides – many historical and neither needing to be the fastest or the biggest to provided an enjoyable time. The ERS on Twister proved enjoyable but Phoenix provided that extra edge (and airtime!) that had people shouting, cheering and clapping. A truely enjoyable ERS and a lasting memory for the trip. Thanks to all concerned for what proved to be such an enjoyable day!

Mark Sebley
This day will be live in the memory for a very long time. Knoebels sets the standard that all parks should strive to achieve, The park has character in abundance, great ride ops, great rides, and I would recommend it to anyone. Phoenix is not the biggest or the longest but for me the most fun ride in the world. Chris and I clocked up 37 rides during the day – we could of ridden all night. Flying Turns looks to be a great addition to the park – hopefully I’ll be back to ride it soon! Thanks to all concerned for a wonderful day.

Mark Riley
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Knoebels twice before – so I knew what awaited us this morning. I’m sitting here trying to figure out how to describe the park – the most perfect amusement park I’ve seen. Words fail me. Needless to say, I was very sad when we had to leave. The best day so far. Top that.

Andycoasterboy..
What a great day, fantastic park and staff, incredible selection of unique rides and attractions and two great coasters to boot.

Jeff Holmes
Knoebels is a brilliant park with great friendly staff who made you very welcome. They have a shocking haunted mansion ride which I’m sure it was Paul Worts which made the horrific ending. Their 2 woodies are extremely good especially Phoenix which has bags of airtime.

Martin Valt
Everything but beer. Almost perfect.

Viper
My first time to the park. What a lovely park, great staff, great selection of rides and two classic woodies. Plenty of giant rabbits.

Paul Orsmond
One word can sum up this park “WOW!” The staff are amazing, there are so many unique rides, It has a nice peaceful setting, and it’s just beautiful. The park made us feel so welcome and what a delight to get an ERS on both the woodies to finish the day. Truly wonderful, I want a park like this in England

Bart Van Goethem 
This park has got everything! Such a nice green setting with all these traditional rides. I loved the Flyer. It was really out of control. The Skooters was so much fun. Laughing out loud! Their home-made Haunted House scared the crap out of me. To cool down on this 32C day the pool was a welcome relief. The ERS on their world class coasters was so amusing! Thumbs up to the Knoebel family and their lovely staff. Merci beaucoup. Je t’adore!

Mick FK
liz,crystal,karl miss you. A family run park set in a forest with houses like a small village surrounded by two big wooden coasters. Twister – which it does quite drastically, whereas Phoenix is a classic – plenty of airtime and smooth. Staff, Well! They’re warm, hospitable and very friendly and the guys are as well and we love you Marrisa! Very much a family park and very family orientated.

Paul Freeman
A stunning woodland setting for this family owned park. With a huge selection of flat rides strewn across the park there was plenty to do. Most of these were very well maintained vintage rides. There were two wooden coasters for the evening ERS, with Phoenix being the more reridable with great airtime. A really great day out at a park with a unique character and very friendly staff.

Midas van de Graaf.
Knoebels is exactly my kind of park. Plenty of nostalgic rides, friendly athmosphere, beautiful surroundings, a laid back attitute and to top that off a couple of very nice coasters. You just gotta love the Phoenix. The exhibition on the history of the park was very interesting. I’d like to thank all of the Knoebels for having us and for keeping this park the way it is. The way it should be.

John Coffield
Phoenix is incredible, fast and smooth with massive airtime. As always Knoebels is the friendliest park in the world where ever guest is family. Twister is still running very fast and is an excellent ride but it is no Phoenix

Andrew Lamb
Had a great day today. A great family amusement park with good selection of rides. Had a great time with multiple rides on Phoenix. An amazing coaster. Enjoyed the carousel which I managed to win the golden ring! I have spare ride tickets if anyone needs them! ERS proved to be a huge success especially on the Phoenix. I look forward to returning to then have a chance to ride Flying Turns which looks to be a great addition to the park!

David Elvy
Knoebels is an amazing Park, with a great atmosphere, and the Park is unlike any I have ever been too. A great collection of rides, lots of flat rides etc. On the coaster side of things, if you want to ride an amazing wooden coaster – then you must come here. Twister is great, though Phoenix is THE BEST wooden coaster I have ever ridden, totally amazing, especially in row 3.

Steve Fagin
One sultry Summer’s day, deep in the heart of Elysburg, the Magic Woodsman scooped up a handful of Flatpack Growseeds and Woodie Seeds. He ground them into a fine powder, and then sprinkled this magic dust over Knoebels sacred woodland. After much watering, a delightful and surprisingly organic selection of amusement rides sprung up over the woodland. Fine coasters interweaved with the trees; log flumes nestled beneath the leaves. The Woodsman then populated the parkland with friendly local ride-ops, and a lovely surprise was born right in the heart of Pennsylvania. Nice work.

Lars Sorensen
There is a tale about the gold at the end of the rainbow, but In this tale it’s Knoebels that is in the end of the rainbow. I really nice park, really nice atmosphere, incredible coasters, and some nice ride ops. No words descripe this park, my favourite park so far…

Malcolm Marr
In Pennsylvania it is against the law to sleep on a refrigerator outside, which is a shame as it meant I had to find another way to cool off on what was another hot day. Fortunately I discovered banana flavoured water ice, which kept me cool instead. Knoebels is like walking around a working museum of old rides and appeared to be the favourite park of most people on the trip so far (wait til they get to Wyandot, then they’ll change their minds!!). Not being interested in the history side of the theme park industry, as with the trip to PTC last night, I wasn’t really in my preferred environment. I rode the coasters and then took the opportunity to relax, which is very easy in this park. They had a nice sun-sheltered mini-golf course which I played twice.

Stefan Rothaug
Mit Abstand der schoenste Park bisher! Hier sorgt sogar der Kiddie-Coaster fuer Thrill und die geniale Geisterbahn schockt mit einfachen Mitteln. Eine Fahrt auf Phoenix setzt dem Ganzen schliesslich die Krone auf!

Marty Simms
Travelling fairs and parks need more rides like “looper” I forgot how great those were. The Haunted House was scary and well worth a go. Both woodies are amazing but make sure you ride Phoenix towards the front as you get more airtime!

Stu Simms
It’s always great to escape into the mountains of Pennsylvania and head to Knoebels, a park which always feels so relaxed and a million miles away from anything else. Classic rides, exceptionally welcoming staff, beautiful scenery and a spectacular atmosphere. No matter how many times you visit each time you can always find a new surprise, today’s was Cosmotron a mix of interactive jukebox and enclosed music express ride, select your tune and spin round and round through the smoke and disco lights, fantastic.

Tim Herre
Sorry for not having done the last one in telegraph style STOP Knoebels truely the highlight of the trip STOP Why not scrap the remaining itenerary and stay here for the rest of our time in the US STOP Haunted House best haunted dark ride out there by great amounts STOP Even Dirk Diggler liked it STOP Now let’s hope he won’t take his friends Frossi and Lord of Fire to Elysburg and let them ruin the atmosphere of this sacred place STOP Knoebels rules STOP

Michael Badelt
Highlights of the day: Too many to mention. A wonderful park run by wonderful and extremely helpful people (especially in regards to my medical condition today). A very big thank you Rick, Barbara, Jaimie (hope I spelled it right?) and Dick. You made my day!

Jeppe Nygaard
Knoebels!! Yes, I did fall completely in love with this park. It is beautifully placed in the trees in the surrounding hills. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed, and I enjoyed a great day of great fun. The staff members are very nice, and I like the variety of ages of the staff. They like their jobs and cause people to have fun at the park. I felt very welcomed by both Dick and Rick Knoebel and appreciated the way they showed us their newest creation: the Flying Turns, which I will look forward to riding when I return to the park. Twister was a very fast, well-paced wooden roller coaster that was not too rough. But the best ride in the park is definitely Phoenix; riding it in rows 1 – 3 was fantastic and superb!! It is amazing that a ride that is actully 58 years old would be so fun to ride, and I loved hearing the story of how the coaster was reborn at Knoebels.

Og saa lige en hilsen paa dansk til alle jer derhjemme i Danmark, saa I kan se har vi en fantastisk tur.. Kh. Jeppe

Yvonne Janik
Phoenix is my favorite wooden coaster because I love airtime. I appreciate the hospitality of Dick and Rick Knoebel and their families, and I love the park – it is an amazing place. What a perfect day!

David & Susan Ellis
Carlsberg don’t run amusement parks… but if they did it would be Knoebels. Today was pretty much a perfect day in a perfect park. Great rides, superb hospitality and a fantastic ERS on two coasters. Twister was as wild as ever, but, unlike J2 the other day, it was re-rideable. The day finished with almost an hour on the Phoenix, one of the best wooden coasters in the world. It was run by friendly, efficient staff, who couldn’t do enough to help, including letting us film on the ride, and also exit on to the loading platform so we didn’t have to walk all the way around.

David Harrington
I’d heard stories about Knoebels – all of them glowingly positive – and I’m pleased to confirm that they’re all true – it is a fantastic park with superb staff. I didn’t go on a single ride with a less than friendly staff member. On paper there are only three coasters at this park, but there are a large number of supporting flat rides, many of them unusual. The Haunted Mansion is probably the best dark ride I’ve been on. Knoebels has two woodies – and we had an ERS on both. Twister I felt was an unusual coaster, concentrating more on turns than drops – it was OK but Phoenix was just superb – the back row in particular was an absolutely insane ride where I definitely felt more like I should be holding on for a change. At lunch Dick Knoebel gave a talk and answered our questions. There is also an interesting museum of the park and an adjoining Anthracite mining museum. Overall, the best atmosphere of any park so far, particularly on the Phoenix ERS. Magic!

Lutz Konerding
There are a few things you have to do once in a lifetime. As an ECC-member going to Knoebels is not (!!) one of it. You have to go there (many) more than once. Great park, lovely people and a warm hopitality that you won’t find anywhere else. Many thanks to the Knoebel family. Can’t wait to ride the “Flying Turns” and re-ride the Phoenix, Twister, Haunted Mansion ….

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley
Knoebels is a lovely little park and the hospitality and warm welcome we received was great, as was the food. We spent a good portion of the day in the park sampling the rides. We had heard a lot about the Phoenix and the Twister and they were both absolutely correct. As this trip is quite arduous we needed some rest time and spent the rest of the day in the water park and sampling the excellent water slides having our own ERS (joined by other members) on them. Very relaxing day. The water quality in the pool was excellent with clean mountain water with no chlorine and was suprisingly warm.

On a slight change of subject, it was nice to check out of Fawlty Towers this morning after yet another “fun” night. We arrived back last night to find the security latch jammed in the open hotel room door, It had been left like that by the hotel after the room had been cleaned, so the room was probably open all day for anyone to walk in (it’s a good thing we hadn’t been robbed!). Later on last night, after an amusing night in the bar with Pete Procter and his anecdotes, we returned to the room to find that the keys didn’t work – again! We went back to reception to get them reactivated – again! When we finally got back, I sat on the edge of the (unused) twin bed that I forgot had a leg missing and nearly fell onto the floor. We would have complained about it the night before but we love thrill rides and surprises so said nothing.

On an even more general theme, Pennsylvania has proved to be a most interesting place to spend time in. We already knew that witchcraft is illegal, but from the parks we have visited here, it also appears that caffeine in diet Coke, salad and caffeinated coffee are also illegal. It would have been nice to see Tim in the water park today, on the inflatables, going down the water slides, but that would have made him Herre der Ringe and I suspect that Lord of the Rings might also be against the state laws as well on witchraft grounds 😉

Tim Tipler
Its been hot again 85deg so cooler than the last few days that were 95 deg so Jan and James you would not have enjoyed it as you can see we all liked Knoebels many old rides are here from traveling fairs we are on the coach now and it has started raining will it rain tomorow?

Chris Penn
Knoebels is a fantastic family owned park with some old classic rides and two great woodies. Twister is good but Phoenix is better the hospitality we received today was outstanding. The ice cream and milkshakes are out of this world here.so if you can make a trip to Knoebels you won’t be dissapointed.

Bob Clark
Knoebels – Wish you were here – Wish we were here – Goodbye Knoebels – a wonderful park with two wonderful coasters. Phoenix is now my number 1 woodie.

Darren and Mary
A nice family run and family orientated park. Darren enjoyed a day going on the variety of rides which the park offered in addition to the two excellent woodies.

Eirik Erstad
A visit to Knoebels has been a dream of mine for a very long time. Because of all the parks and coasters the last few days, I did not have much time to prepare myself. That did not matter though, Knoebels took me by surprise. And what a pleasant surprise it was! Friendly staff, good food, beautiful location, incredible collection of classic rides and of course world class coasters. I now have a new favourite woodie, the Phoenix.

I am in no way a coaster veteran (I will go on my 200th coaster sometime on Saturday), but I have completely fallen for the old, classic woodies. Phoenix delivers an extreme amount of airtime. My favourite seat, the smoothest one, is row 5. I could have spent hours in that seat tonight, but we have to move on. I hope I will have the chance to visit Knoebels again soon, though!

The trip so far has been amazing, and I can only imagine that it will get better and better. A little note on Kingda Ka: it’s incredible! That is if you ride in the front seat, in my opinion. The back seats were way too rough for me, so I am glad I managed to ride once up front. Cecilie, jeg har kjoert saa mange baner for deg naa at jeg har kommet ut av tellinga, men jeg skal ikke forlate CP foer jeg har tatt en tur paa Blue Streak for deg. Gleder meg allerede… neste stopp Toeyen!

Peter Jackson
An enjoyable day with lots more walking. A combined ERS on Twister and Phoenix. Really enjoyed the Phoenix ERS.

Paul Hindle
Quite the best pair of wooden roller coasters I have ridden,

Mats Hummel
Lots of great classic rides. The pricing in the park is fantastic. $2.20 to ride a world class woodie, and that’s the expensive one… Two GREAT wooden costers. The combined ERS on Twister and Phoenix was great.

This must be the greatest theme park, period. If someone is going run an amusement park they should be forced to check this park out to learn how it should be run. I did not want to leave the park.

Steve Davies
Hi! Great, friendly little family park up in the hills. Two great woodies- Phoenix, well, can’t tell you what the seats were like, my bum wasn’t in them long enough to find out or was I riding it standing up? Twister was good…..it was different. Would love to have tried the home made fudge but it was just too hot here, and it wouldn’t have survived the journey. Till next time…..

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
This park was very differen from the large Six Flags parks. Simply another atmosphere, and somewhat off the beaten track. Had a great time, and not as much walking as the other days.

Even Stangebye
Knoebels was a very pleseant park – probably the most European of the parks we have been to so far. I loved the Phoenix, and almost got a new top of the rank woodie (almost beat Balder there….) Looking forward to see Hershey Park again tomorrow – which is the only park I’ve been to prior to this trip… Er lei av hamburgere naa ja… Give me some Troendersodd!!

Nina Kleppe
Knoebels was a nice park with a friendly staff. Got to do most of the rides, and all three coasters. Two good woodies, but Phoenix was the best with lots of good airtime. One of my new favourite woodies. Great ERS.

Odd Arne Roste
A great little family park with lots of rides for smaller children. And two really great wooden coasters. Yvonne told me to look forward to the Phoenix and she was right. This was the best wooden coaster so far and in every seat from 1 to 12. And Twister wasn’t bad eather. The staff was very nice and prices on food and T-shirts cheap. A very nice day.

 

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Day 7 – Dutch Wonderland, Hersheypark

Dave Scott
A very wet day! And it wasn’t from sinking the log flume for a change! Great Bear has lots of personality; very tame in the morning but built up some real speed and force going into the evening. After the disappointment that was Kingda Ka I didn’t hold much hope for Storm Runner – fortunately I was one of the lucky ones to avoid the rain and can say that it’s an excellent ride. The launch feels fast and intense, and the additional freeform track (as opposed to element-element-element) is definitely the way forward for steel coasters. I’ll be back!

Steve Fagin
Well, this park was certainly teeming with life. A hectic start was accompanied by oppressive weather, yielding only three rides before lunchtime. Wildcat and Great Bear were well worth riding, while The Comet was a pretty good traditional woodie. The weather eventually broke after lunchtime, closing most of the rides temporarily but also flushing away the swarming crowds of schoolkids. Much later, this freed up many of the rides for unfettered free riding, and even the girly Storm Runner put on its galoshes and kagool and allowed myself and the exasperated crowds one or two (excellent) rides. Defining moment: Storm Runner. Worst moment: announcement of ERS cancellation due to rain. I hope to ride Dueling Dragons next time!

Kim Varde Lassen
Loads and loads of school children – a nigntmare!! Rain and started to fall later in the afternoon and thunder eventually closed all the rides temporarily. I did get to ride Storm Runner fortunately…an OK ride, but it looks more wild than it is. Great Bear on the other hand was fantastic. My addiction to B&M is definately increasing. In the rain and in the dark I think it was even better.

In danish: Til venner og familie: Vi holder dampen oppe – der er meget faa pauser, og det begynder at kunne spores, men vi har det stadig rigtig sjovt. Vi er pa vej til Idlewild og Lakemont. To parker jeg ikke kender, men det goer jeg saa i morgen.

Terry Jarvis
I’ve been to this park twice before, back in 1997 and 2001, and it is one of my favourite parks. There is just so much to do here, but unfortunetly I hardly managed any riding at all today, mainly due to the fact there was just to many school kids there and i mean thousands and thousands of them, and just when the place was starting to quieten down the heavens opened and that’s how it stayed for the rest of the day, I thus didn’t get to ride Lightning Racer or Storm Runner, but overall had a good day.

Bart Van Goethem
What a day at Hershey’s!! I am going to remember it for a long time. Loved every minute of it. I think I have fallen in love…

Malcolm Marr
In some part of Pennsylvania women require a permit to wear cosmetics. If you think I can “make up” a tenuous link from that you’re mistaken so you get a bad pun instead. Hershey’s was a very busy park with more kids than I thought could fit into the park. I wasn’t sure we’d get to ride everything with queues in excess of 90 minutes. Fortunately we had heavy rain which cleared a lot of the public out. Rather ironically Storm Runner doesn’t run in the rain but I did get to ride it after a lengthy wait. I’m not sure if it has the best launch but it does have the best layout with some very unique elements. The B&M is very good in this park too!

Matthias Pies
Wer schon mal an einem langen Wochenende im EP oder in Efteling war, der kann sich so ungefaehr vorstellen,was wir in dem Park erlebt haben. Tausende von Menschen stuermten in den Park, vor allem Schulkinder die in Amerika anscheinend nichts anderes zu tun haben als in Freizeitparks zu gehen. Zu dem kam noch das das Wetter ziemlich bescheiden war. Gegen Nachmittag fing es an zu Regnen, so dass im Park alle Bahnen geschlossen wurden. Komisch, ist aber so. In dem Park wurden beim kleinsten Anzeichen von Regen ale Bahnen dicht gemacht. Wegen dem schlechten Wetter kam ich auch leider nicht dazu den Duelling Woody zu fahren. Naja ein Grund nochmal hin zu fahren. Der Park an sich ist recht schoen. Storm Runner hat mir besser gfallen als Kingda Ka, und auch der Roller Soaker ist eine absolute Spassmaschiene. Ein Park mit Wiederbesuchswert; nur bitte ohne Schulkinder

Andrew Lamb
The day started with a suprise trip to the Dutch Wonderland. We were only there for an ERS on their wooden roller coaster. It was a very good ride, smooth and very re-rideable. We then moved over to Hershey Park On arrival we were greeted by thousands of school kids, that made huge queues for the rides, over an hour in most cases for the big rollercoasters. I only managed to get on three rides before lunch, The Comet, Wild Cat and Lightning Racer. After the very tasty and delicous lunch provided for us, I re-rode the Wildcat and Lightning Racer (which by the way was giving fantastic rides really flying round the track. it then bucketed it down closing all the rides, at which point my heart sunk, luckly we had a dry patch and they re-opened, so I managed to get on all the coasters before the rain returned and ruined the ERS planned on Lighting Racer.

Chris Hull
A day of a few contrasts – one being the weather! A surprise morning visit to Dutch Wonderland to ride their Sky Princess woodie. A nice fun coaster – bigger than average for a ‘kiddie/family’ coaster. Then on to Hersheypark to tackle the bigger woodies (Comet, Wildcat and Lightning Racer) and the much bigger crowds! The woodies proved to be really fun rides – the crowds of school kids however a little tiresome. Great Bear (B&M Suspended) was also another of those non-standard B&M rides. Smooth and forceful ride. Storm Runner was however a little ironic. The weather proved to be its downfall as it showered and stormed during the day. Storm Runner doesn’t live up to its name at all as it doesn’t run in inclement weather! Still a few rides were managed and it proved to be a popular ride. My favourite element being the inversions and the dive out of them. Rather unique and bearable in the restraints. Evening ERS however had to be cancelled due to the weather which was a shame as it would have been very enjoyable on a racing coaster. Love to Tim & Ross – hope the trip is cool enough for you two! Uncle Christopher.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
Great surprise visit to ride the Sky Princess kicked off today, and what a fun family woodie it is! Then it was on to Hershey. The dark ride was fun, just make sure you have the gun the right way around. The rain stopped play a few times today – including the planned evening ERS. Loved Storm Runner – far more fun than the simple up-and-over Stealth. Let’s just hope the rain doesn’t stay with us too long.

andycoasterboy
This morning we had a ‘surprise’ ERS at Dutch Wonderland on the Sky Princess – CCI’s first woodie – our 2 Dutch members Midas and Leon were treated like royalty. Then onto Hershey where there were way too many yellow buses, fortunately heavy showers washed them all away and we pretty much had the park to ourselves albeit in the drizzle. Storm Runner – nice elements shame about the restraints IMHO, ouch for the taller people!! Lightning Racer still a great ride, shame our ERS was canceled due to the downpour. Fortunately after psyching myself up to get drenched on the Roller Soaker it shut down due to a storm overhead – so when it eventually re-opened we had a completely dry run :)

Jeff Holmes
Our second surprise park was Dutch Wonderland which was aimed at very little kids although their Sky Princess woodie was really cool. Our next park was Hershey. This park was the total opposite of Dutch Wonderland with loads of coasters both wood and steel and a very big park. Their 4 woodies (one was a racer) were running superbly even though Wildcat was a little on the rough side. One of their steelies Storm Runner was good with great elements. The downside of the day though was when our ERS on Lightning Racer was cancelled due to the heavy rainfall which was a real pity as this coaster(s) were running fantastically.

Paul Worts
I have got a flight from Germany and will meet you guys at JFK.

Andrew (Viper) Barrett
The surprise park was Dutch Wonderland, basically aimed at kids which made it perfect for me with their classic wooden coaster Sky Princess… With lovely staff!!!!!! Next was Hershey Park which was very big with some classic wooden coasters. I even liked the Great Bear which was a classic inverted coaster. The only 2 downsides to the day was the weather and packed with school kids.

Paul Orsmond
First Suprise of the day was to go and ride Sky Princess at Dutch Wonderland which was a very nice woodie, then it was on to Hershey which I thought was a great park but overrun with school trips which made the day really busy, thankfully however crowds died down later in the day and I still got to ride all coasters excluding the Roller Soaker. Storm Runner was the highlight here, a fantastic ride only slighty spoiled by its short length. There was a lot of other good coasters here too like Great Bear, Superdooperlooper and the Comet. Sadly our ERS was cancelled because of the rain, but I still enjoyed the park. I would love to come back here some day.

Mick FK
Surprise, Dutch Wonderland family park with a wooden coaster – a great ride & a kiddie coaster. Hershey, packed with 1000’s of school children talking to them they where there for a music for and choral comp, a big park, my longest queue was Storm Runner 1 3/4-2hrs but wow with the extra elements it’s a brilliant ride.

The rides must be well maintained, they all run really well, the coaster Lighting Racer runs everywhere not just side by side amazing overall a great park I really enjoyed it. I rode it before storms stopped the ERS. miss you all x x x x

Tim Herre
Finally, my wet dreams have come true STOP Today was the day we visited Dutch Wonderland STOP Very Dutch STOP Full of wonders STOP Sky Princess zippy little coaster STOP Cutie from marketing department STOP Then onto Hershey STOP Unfortunately, a million schoolkids had the same idea STOP Field day madness STOP But did all the coasters STOP New favourite woodie STOP But Holiday World is still to come STOP Storm Runner wipes the floor with Kingda Ka STOP Bought great Hoodie STOP Finalised the day by drinking two pitchers with the Diggleman STOP One would have easily been enough STOP But sometimes men have to do what they have to STOP Cheers STOP

Mark Sebley
Day started with a surpise visit to Dutch Wonderland and an ERS on their woodie Sky Princess. A good little ride with some nice pops of airtime. So on to Hersheypark which was enjoyable despite the weather and the thousands of children. A good selection of rides and coasters with the woodies being especially enjoyable. Wildcat had improved no end from two years ago and in the front seat was a really wild and enjoyable ride. Great Bear was as smooth as ever. Shame the rain ruined the ERS, it would of been especially good on those great coasters.

Midas van de Graaf:
Dutch Wonderland was a funny surprise. Leaving the park again before opening hours was sort of … different. Anyway I enjoyed the Sky Princess and the park looked well maintained. I didn’t know what to expect of Hershey Park and I still don’t quite know yet what to think of the park. I did enjoy all of their coasters. Great Bear was surprisingly good but what about Lightning Racer in the rain: absolutely superb! I must visit Hershey again.

John Coffield
The Comet and Great Bear were running very quick and smooth. But the true highlight of the day was on the Lighting side of Lightning Racer, it was brilliant. A top 10 coaster by all measures!

Yvonne Janik
Dutch Wonderland was a lovely park, and we appreciated the ERS on both fun coasters. Lisa Side arranged a great time for us. What fun! I had not been to Hershey since 1997, and the park is bigger and better than ever. Thanks Kathy Burrows for all the arrangements – too bad we missed Lightning Racer for night time ERS, but even “the sweetest place on earth” can’t control the weather. :(

Thomas Enders
Heute im Hershey Park hatten wir leider etwas Pech mit dem Wetter und es gab sehr lange Wartezeiten weil tausende von Schulkindern unterwegs waren. Bei starkem Regen wurden auch alle Coaster geschlossen. Zum Glueck hatten wir bei einem kurzen Regen-Stop die Moeglichkeit Storm Runner zu fahren. Wirtklich ein Top-Coaster der sehr viel Spass macht und mir von den Intamin Accellerator-Coastern bisher am besten gefaellt. Die ERS vom Lightning Racer viel leider wegen Regen aus.

David and Susan Ellis
We started today with a surprise visit to Dutch Wonderland to ride CCI’s 1st coaster, Sky Princess. Despite being tamer than some of their later coasters, it was a pleasant experience. The rest of the day was spent at Hershey Park, along with thousands of school children. We decided to ride Storm Runner first, a 2-hour queue. After the standard US park lunch we rode Roller Soaker, a SetPoint water suspended coaster, which broke down with me on it! Soon after, the thunder clouds arrived, and following a sudden downpour it rained for most of the remainder of the day, with torrential rain unfortunately cancelling the ERS on Lightning Racer… sort of ironic really, given the name of the coaster.

David Harrington
The day started with a surprise visit to Dutch Wonderland, a nice little family with two coasters, a family Pinfari which didn’t interest me much and a woodie called Sky Princess. This would be a great introductory ride for children. We left at 10:00 for Hersheypark. When we arrived there were a lot of school coaches and sure enough, there were massive queues on everything. A thunderstorm at 16:40 closed the park down, though, and when the rides slowly started to reopen the queues were much better. Unfortunately, the weather continued to close rides but luckily I got the last ride on Storm Runner before it shut down again. Weather also killed our ERS. Overall, the staff were very friendly and helpful, but slightly disappointing because of the weather and overcrowding.

Chris Simon
Hershey’s Wildcat is growing on me – a superb ride in the front row, too bumpy in other seats though. Still not completely convinced by Storm Runner. Like the launch and inline twists, but it all tends to bang me about a bit especially that odd ‘trick track’ at the end.

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley
Today was very busy at Hersheypark, after talking to one of the ride operators we discovered that the reason the park was full of school children was that this week is the week after they have their exams but before they finish for vacation so that most schools in Pennsylvania would have been going to theme parks this week. She said that she was surprised we didn’t have VIP passes. We didn’t get to ride Storm Runner because of the kids (queue too long to consider) and then the rain (we told the ops that Stealth runs in the rain but I don’t think they believed us). Lightning Racer was the best ride in the park that we tried (yes, it’s a woodie and we actually liked it!).

Tim Tipler
I enjoyed all the coasters at Hersheypark but for most of the day it was full of school kids and then the rain came. Jan James missing you both hope to speak to you tomorrow from the hotel room lots of love tim

Chris Penn
Hershey is a fantastic park with a good selection of rides,the best coaster being Lightning Racer.
we had a good day despite the peskey kids!…….

Darren and Mary
Water rides were great and prepared us for the torrential rain later,thousands of youngsters at the park made it very busy until the rain came. Darren had his own ERS on Sooperdooperlooper for about half an hour in the rain, great park.

Nina Kleppe
Hershey Park was a nice park with some good coasters. I had a good, but a bit stressful day. It’s a shame that they close the coasters when it’s raining. And that we missed the ERS and lost 2 counts because of the rain. What a bummer. The surprice visit to the Dutch Wonderland was a nice surprice.

Even Stangebye
I waited a total of 4 hours to finally get to ride the Storm Runner (or Storm-Runner-not-Running-if-it-is-a-teeny-weeny-bit-of-rain-in-the-air-that-might-damage-your-pretty-face-Coaster). It would have been my 150th coaster, but I had to take the 150th ride on a Vekoma boomerang instead! Gosh!! Look to Europe where pretty much all coasters run in the rain. But, when that is said, the ride was excellent – so was the Great Bear, Comet and the Roller Soaker.

Peter Jackson
Today started out with a suprise visit en route to Hersheypark. We pulled in at a small park called Dutch Wonderland. Had an ERS on Sky Princess followed for myself by a bit of sneaky duck feeding. On to Hersheypark where we visited a zoo and then had many rides. There was lots of walking. The rides suddenly closed due to a storm. Was this the Point Of No Return as far as the weather was concerned? It seemed that it was as the ERS on Lightning Racer had to be scrapped due to approaching lightning.


Peter Procter
Not reported for a while but I’ll keep it short. Can’t fault the trip so far, it’s been better than anything previous and we’re just halfway through. Hershey yesterday was a bit manic yet slow – thousands of school kids and others due to some major radio station offer. Still, managed to ride virtually all I wanted to. Today (June 3rd, day 8) is a relative rest day and very welcome at that. Well, tarrah for now.. apart from hello to mum, dad and Squeek (puddycat) and everyone else. Good boo!

Steve Davies
Despite zillions of school parties, Hershey’s apparant lack of policy on queue jumping, and major rides closing as soon as any sign of rain coming – has to be rain free for half hour before reopening (which cost us our ERS) I still managed all major coasters eventually. Storm Runner was worth the wait!

Eirik Erstad
After much waiting and running, we finally got to ride Storm Runner. We had to leave the queue twice while waiting for the front seat. Well, not much one can do about the the weather. Storm Runner was great. More of a true coaster than Kingda Ka, All in all Hersheypark was a delightful experience, despite the crowds and the rain.

Odd Arne Roste
Most Coasters at Hershey was great. After three tries an three hours waiting in line I finally got to ride Storm Runner and it was great. My 100th coaster was …..Trail Blazer. No ERS because of the rain in the evening. Jeg vil ha poteter og kjottkaker med brun saus naar jeg kommer hjem.

 

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Day 8 – Lakemont, Idlewild

Chris Hull
Another gem of a park – small and friendly with no less than 5 ERSs! The Skyliner coaster is a great little coaster – especially in the back seat. Just lapbars and a significant pop of airtime. Also present was Leap The Dips. Amazing to think that this is the oldest coaster in the world aged 104 years old! An enjoyable ride too. A collection of different flat/spin rides too run by friendly staff. A nice few hours before heading to Idlewild.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
Another fun packed park. Skyliner is running better than during my previous visits and Leap-the-Dips still is a very special coaster. I have bruises already developing after the Sky Diver! Great rides, staff, food, woodies… what more could you ask for?

andycoasterboy
The oldest coaster on the trip ‘Leap the Dips’ is a classic ride, Skyliner is a fun airtime machine. The park has a great selection of flat rides and again the smaller parks on this trip have the nicest staff.

Paul Worts
Currently flying over the atlantic to meet everyone at JFK.

Jeff Holmes
We have just left another family orientated park with two woodies very different from each other. Leap the Dips is the oldest coaster that we will ride this trip whilst Skyliner was a great coaster with airtime. Onwards to Idlewild.

Dave Scott
Cue half-a-dozen extra bruises from some wooden coasters! Lovely food, managed to have something burger & dawgs today! (Although they were still there…) Off to Idlewild to see the old Alton Mouse!

Steve Fagin
A nice little park with some old-skool rideage. This took in a helter-skelter-style coaster with a vertical lift hill, and a free-spinning wheel where you can rotate the carriage as you ride. They manage to stay open despite apparently boasting a throughput that doesn’t hit double figures and an admission price of eight bucks. Nice staff. Well worth the visit.

Lars Sorensen
Great little park with some good old coasters. The Skyliner was fantastic and so were the ride ops. It was very hard to get Mats aways from the Skyliner. Leap the Dips is a fun coaster, no upstop wheels so it jumped around the track!

Bart Van Goethem
I have woken up from my dream and figured out it is just reality. Amaai wat ben ik verliefd. We went to this little dreampark. Such a nice collection of those nostalgic rides with a 1902 side friction coaster. zalig rammelen. Without the lapbar! I was so lucky you were there.

Malcolm Marr
Lakemont today and it was a nice little park with a collection of old rides, including a rather intense wheel thing that you could control the rotation of the car. In hindsight, riding it with Tim immediately after lunch wasn’t the best idea, but then Tim wasn’t exactly finding it comfortable either. No state law in this report, you’ll have to wait til Idlewild gets written up as Lakemont didn’t sell pretzels (all will become clear).

Stefan Rothaug
Lakemont werde ich wohl vorallem wegen des Skydivers in Erinnerung behalten. Wer die Lenkradsteuerung dieser Riesenrad-Kotzschleuder nicht beherrscht, erlebt eine wirklich “ueble” Fahrt, die ich nicht unbedingt wiederholen moechte. Abgesehen davon ist Lakemont ein schoener kleiner Park mit einem beeindruckenden side-friction Coaster.

Mick FK
Another gem. As the coach winds across country there are surprises around every corner. This was another park full of unusual rides. Leap The Dips (to date my first friction coaster), the Toboggan (a very early vertical lift hill) a bit rough but great fun, the woodie – Skyliner – a nice little ride and Skydive – a big wheel with cages which you could turn upside down 360 degrees and control it yourself. A great little park. Love to Liz, Crystal and Karl.

Paul Orsmond
A nice little gem of a park with a very nice collection of rides. Leap the Dips the side friction coaster was good and a lot of fun, and the other woodie was also good too. Overall a nice stopover for a few hrs.

Midas van de Graaf:
Lakemont is a lovely little park. It’s certainly not just about Leap the Dips but all the rides take you back a few decennia. Skyliner is a punchy coaster were lots of fun are to be had. Skydiver was hilarious. Trying to keep the thing upright, messing up halfway and then being unable to control it at all because of laughter. There are so many fun rides here, there’s just not enough time. Glad we went over here.

Yvonne Janik
I love Lakemont and am so happy about our day there. We had the park to ourselves for an hour and were able to ride all the coasters. Thanks to the park for keeping Leap the Dips in such great shape and a special thanks to Selena and Barry for all the arrangements for our Club’s fun day. Our lunch was especially good, and I enjoyed the variety of items.

Andrew Lamb
A nice small park, had a great time. the hospitality was great, I really enjoyed ridng all the rides. It’s good to see old rides being maintained and run. Long may the park continue to exist.

David & Susan Ellis
Had a great time at Lakemont Park, home to the world’s oldest coaster, Leap the Dips (1902). The park gave us an ERS on all 4 coasters plus an insane ride called Skydiver. Great hospitality…the usual lunch. Next stop, Idlewild.

David Harrington
Our first trip of the day was to Lakemont, which is a nice small family park with a good woodie, Skyliner, which is quite rough in the back seat, but otherwise just a good coaster. There is also a rare side friction coaster, Leap The Dips, which is over 100 years old, yet still runs smoothly. Much more comfortable temperatures today – mid 60F.

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley
This holiday started out as quite gruelling however we seem to be visiting ever increasing amounts of parks equivalent to Gullivers parks in the UK rather than mainstream parks. Looking forwards to getting back to riding coasters a bit more exciting than the Antelope back home. Nice to see corn on the cob and a huge bowl of wholesome, nutricious salad at lunch, a nice change from just “Burgers ‘n’ ‘Dogs”.

Chris Penn
This is a very small park but worth a visit as it has 2 coasters worth riding, Skyliner which is great fun but the best is Leap the Dips, the world’s oldest roller coaster? (well that’s what it says on my fridge magnet).

Darren and Mary
Darren was delighted with the wooden coasters, and also the other little rides, I was brave/foolish enough to ride Skydiver with Darren he enjoyed it I can honistly say that I have never ridden anything so wacky. Nice small park .

Peter Jackson
Well after a 2 hour drive we arrived at a small Park called Lakemont. Fun was found on the park’s train, bumper cars and the 2 x wooden coasters. I was drawn to the lake and decided to peddle myself around the lake on a big yellow plastc boat thing, Hard as I tried I couldn’t keep up with the ducks. Back on land lots of walking then lunch. We left the park at 2pm and are now on the way to Idlewild.

Paul Hindle
A great little park! Loved Leap the Dips – a 1902 mini-velvet coaster I suppose. And the mad Toboggan – a tube with an internal lift taken vertically – flat on your back – then spiralling down the outside – perhaps better called a Toboccan ??

Steve Davies
After the trauma of Hersheypark yesterday, chilled out at a quiet little family park today, with two ancient but fun woodies, including the Leap the Dips built 1902- The Top Thrill Dragster of its day, perhaps? Shame the ride ops all seemed fed up, but off to another now…

Ole Bredesen-Vestbyt
Nice little park with a couple of woodies and an interesting kiddie-coaster, the Toboggan. Now off to the next park, Idlewild, with rain pooring down outside. Hopefully that will end before we’re arriving there.

Odd Arne Roste
It was really fun to go on a coaster more then 100 years old; Leap the Dips.

David & Susan Ellis
Idlewild is a pretty little park, with 2 coasters (Alton Towers’ old Alton Mouse and a 1938 junior woodie). It is situated in a nice wooden area with plenty of shade. A lovely place to spend a few hours and hug in the castle!

David Harrington
At 14:10 we made our way to Idlewild, another family park. This had a slightly different collection of rides to Lakemont but nothing that offered any great thrills. Overall, an interesting diversion for a few hours.

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley
We had a lovely warm welcome from the park and it was nice to receive our wristbands on the coach, a nice thought as it was raining and it saved us from standing around. It’s a shame that the Alton Mouse wasn’t working but we had a laugh a minute photographing signs around the park. Unfortunately, we weren’t hungry or we might have tried the personal cheese pizza on the menu in the cafe.

Chris Penn
a lovely small park which was great fun the 2 coasters were fun,the confusion hill show was a laugh as one picture on the wall resembled mfk! mfk’s nickname is now bubba…

Darren and Mary
A nice small family park,really nice setting for the woodie and the mouse.I appreciated a low key day to recharge my batteries,Darren never needs this,a nice relaxing day.

Eirik Erstad
I really enjoyed both family parks today. At Lakemont Park I rode my 200th coaster, the Skyliner. It turned out to be an excellent choice. I can also claim that I survived the Skydiver. Phew! Idlewild was adorable, especially the ride to the king’s Hug’n’Song party. Come along, come along to the Castle Hug’n’Song!

Nina Kleppe
Today was a nice and relaxing day with two small family parks. Got 6 new counts, and Wild Mouse was surprisingly a good Vekoma coaster.

Peter Procter
Lakemont and Idlewild today – two small but equally trippy foo-d up parks. Mister Roger’s trolley thingie? – what the foo?! Leap the Dips? – 102 year old flume without water?! Lovely girls though. KaKAAAAAA!!!!

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Two great little parks, Lakemont were great with ERS on all the coasters, and a great meal. Idlewild was a great park with 2 great coasters. Best ride of the day was Rollo Coaster.

Derek & Val Cromarty
Two excellent parks, smaller & less busy than yesteday ! With 6 Coasters for the counters amongst us.

Mats Hummel
Lakemont giving us ERS on all their coasters was great, really loved the Skyliner, great with a loose seat on row 3. Leap the Dips is great history. Good meal and a really friendly park, “Can I bring my camera on the coaster? – Sure!”. Idlewild was also a small and friendly park.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Idlewild was such a nice and lovely park. Relaxing, scenic, and a great number of small rides. And the weather got better too. Another great day.

Even Stangebye
I feel I am repeating myself by saying: “Nice parks, great coasters”, but it is the way I feel today as well. I did really enjoy the Vekoma Wild Mouse, and I actually got a bit of a shock when saying after the ride: “That was a good Vekoma ride!” Strange sentence not used too often…

Chris Hull
Another real gem of a park with another very warm welcome – complete with info pack, keyring and a Welcome sign. The Wild Mouse (ex Prater & Alton Towers) was really good. Different layout and much less braked from its days at Alton. The Rollo Coaster was a mini version of Boulder Dash which fitted into this family oriented park. Lovely setting in the trees and with the creek running through the park. An great way to end the day.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
Our second park of the day was picturesque Idlewild. This is one of those rare parks where just being there is enjoyable enough, and the rides are bonus! Mister Roger’s Neighbourhood is just so cute, as is the woodie. So – come along, come along…

andycoasterboy
Idlewild is a great family park with the daddy of Boulder Dash – Rollo Coaster. It also has the Alton Mouse from AT which brought back fond memories. Located at the rear of the park is the amazing ‘Mr Roger’s Neighbourhood’ ride – Once again we had a downpour but soon became sunny again.

Paul Worts
I’ve finally made it to Coney Island, but can’t see anybody from up here on the Wonder Wheel.

Jeff Holmes
Our next park of the day was Idlewild. This was a very good family park with a great little woodie called Rollo Coaster which used the terrain very well. They also had the Wild Mouse which used to be at Alton Towers but seemed to be running far better here than at Alton..

Martin Valt
Good to finally ride Leap the Dips. Also new to me was Idlewild, a very nice park indeed. Rollo Coaster demonstrates that there really is no such thing as a new idea in coaster design.

Viper
This has to be the best kiddie park I’ve ever been to. Lovely landscaping and trees and a river through the middle. Andy Huckle is a bastard. Imagine what it would be like for a ten-year old.

Paul Orsmond
Idlewild was a nice small family park set in a lovely area. The Wild Mouse was unique being Vekoma’s only model, and the wooden coaster is really nice for a kiddie woodie. We had a nice warm welcome on entrance, and it was a good short stop over onto the hotel.

Mick FK
Liz, Crystal and Karl I really enjoyed this park, a great little roller coaster, a Wild Mouse with a funny lift hill that had a different element originally. A home made haunted swing, a themed trolley bus ride and a friendly trolley dolly. The crazy House with entertainers, overall a great little park, clean, not so much concrete or gravel but plenty of grass.

Michael Badelt
Sometimes the smallest parks have the most personality. I really enjoyed this day.
Highlight of the day: Apple Slices with caramel and nuts. Yummy!
Phrase of the day: Come along, come along…. well, you know the rest.

Malcolm Marr
Nice park this one today and the only park of the trip where I’ve come away thinking “if only we had more time”. It was great to be able to ride the Alton Mouse even if I did have to travel half way around the world to do so. Baby Boulder Dash was a fun ride and I later found out that it should really be called Daddy Boulder Dash, as it was the inspiration for the monster at Lake Compounce. Storybook land was great and is better than Efteling’s as it features staff playing characters. I wonder if Little Miss Muffet and Goldilocks knew that one day they’d be directing lost Europeans to the other side of the park as they had to for us. In Pennsylvania pretzels should not be stored in bags, therefore it was a little odd to find bags of pretzels for sale at the hotel tonight.

Jeppe Nygaard
Idlewild impressed me so much. We arrived in pouring rain, and I wasn’t expecting a lot from this park. The employees met us at the security entrance, got on our buses, gave us our wristbands, and gave us an envelope with the history of the park and rides and a park keychain. We went straight to the Rollo Coaster and enjoyed the beautiful sign that said European Coaster Club, 3 June 2006. The Wild Mouse coaster was very nice – I loved it. I felt most welcome by the park, and it was the best looking park I have seen so far. The grounds were spotless and very, very neat.

 

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Day 9 – Kennywood

Peter Jackson ( AKA Duck Man ) L.Y.B
Kennywood was a very enjoyable park. Phantom’s Revenge was enjoyable but shorter than I expected. Enjoyed all three wooden coasters: Jack Rabbit, Thunderbolt ( morning ERS ) & The Racer. The rain kept coming but we kept on riding while we could. Lots of walking & got my daily duck fix. At the park lunch as well as the burgers there were meatballs which made a nice change.

Paul Hindle
Another great park. Quite compact – nothing too far away. Enjoyed all the coasters. Exterminator is a mad dark spinning mouse – had me laughing all the way. Phantom’s 2nd drop superb – and lots of bumps at the end. Racer was my 2nd mobius loop (after Blackpool) – how many more are there?? Best food yet.

Peter Procter
(see above) There’s a third mobius racer in Mexico, Paul. Thunderbolt felt a little less vicious for my second Kennywood visit, no bad thing, ran well in the wet (as did everything else – take note Six Flags and Hershey!). Lots of fresh wood in the coasters, really smooth and zippy – Racer (new trains?) was lovely gliding about and Jack Rabbit thundered down THAT drop. Behind the scenes coaster access was a lovely surprise and most welcome – thanks!

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Great park with three great woodies. Jack Rabbit was my favourite with great airtime in the back seat !! Park staff made us feel really welcome and a great lunch.

Val & Derek Cromarty
Excellent rides, great food! Hello Maggie, See you on Friday

Steve Davies
The terrain of this park meant the main coasters had some interesting features. Jack Rabbit had an amazing double drop, and Phantom’s Revenge (loved it) a tremendous steep second drop down a ravine. The park had similarities with Blackpool Pleasure Beach-including the weather, unfortunately!

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Had a great time on Thunderbolt this morning, as well as the other coasters during the day. Didn’t do the river rapid due to the cold weather, but got almost soaked on Log Jammer instead. Looks like the weather is clearing up in front of us now on our way to Cleveland. I hope so.

Nina Kleppe
I had a great day at Kennywood. The morning ERS on Thunderbolt was fun, and I liked Phantom’s Revenge was good, especially the second drop down the hill side. We also got to do the Sky Coaster, and it was lovely feeling to fly back and foreward. I even got to pull the handle. And it was twice as high as the Sky Coaster in Tusenfryd, Norway. Cool.

Eirik Erstad 
I wish more parks could be like Kennywood. We had a great time in this family run park, with welcoming staff, tasty chips, beautiful scenery and fantastic rides. The double drop on Jack Rabbit was so much fun. The coaster looks so innocent and small, but delivers quite an exciting ride experience if you go for the back seat. Thanks Kennywood for a great day! Cecilie og Jonas, vi ses om et par dager, Trolig foer postkortene kommer frem…

David & Susan Ellis
Another great day. Kennywood is a lovely park, graced with three wooden coasters, all very good. The airtime in the back of Jack Rabbit is massive, which is a surprise to novice riders as it only has a seatbelt and no lapbar. Huge thanks to Mary Lou for the behind the scenes tours, which was a real bonus. Shame the weather has continued its damp spell, but it didn’t dampen our spirits in this lovely traditional amusement park.

David Harrington
Kennywood is a traditional amusement park with lots of historic rides including three good woodies. The best ride for me was Thunderbolt, although if you’re the biggest rider (i.e. me with anyone apart from Bart!), hard luck as your ribs are going to get bruised on the left side of the train. Other good rides were Exterminator, a brilliantly themed dark spinning mouse and Noah’s Ark, which offers a few surprises over the one at Blackpool. Again, a fantastic park with friendly staff.

Chris Simon
Great day at a great park. I’ve been there three times and each time I rave about it – Exterminator! I love it, one in Gloomy Wood would fit very nicely I think… Phantom’s also an excellent coaster.

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley 
This was our first visit to Kennywood and in our opinion it’s like a scaled-down version of Blackpool with a decent Arrow hyper coaster. The woodies on this park were a bit on the tame side and we felt it was a bit of a half-day park. Nice park for children though. There were some interesting comedy hats in the gift shops and the shopping up the road was good for the last two hours of the day after we ran out of things to do.

Chris Penn
Kennywood is a lovely, lovely, lovely park (that’s for Richard Foster);> Despite the rain and cold weather we all has a good day and the food today was the best so far on the trip. All the coasters here are a joy to ride but my favorite is Jack Rabbit the back seat for airtime.

Tim Tipler
Some Club members have said Kennywood is like Blackpool Pleasure Beach and I can see why with all the old rides, but it’s a shame BPB does not have Phantom’s Revenge as this coaster is very smooth and a shed load better than the Big One. All in all a good day.

Darren and Mary
Darren again enjoyed the woodies in a friendly park, and the Phantom’ was enjoyed by us both. A few years ago someone told me that to be part of a club trip meant becoming bruised and battered – well today that happened to me I feel that I have some bruised ribs – so am I now a bona fide member of the Club (Ed: You have been for some time Mary!)

Even Stangebye
Thanks to all at Kennywood for making this a great day even though it was grey and rained almost all the time. Cool coasters with awesome drops, excellent Sky Coaster, friendly atmosphere and a great “behind-the-coasters-tour”. Also, thanks for the Cheddar Cheese on the burger for lunch – it makes the usual lunch-burger soooo much better!!

Odd Arne Roste
ERS on the Thunderbolt was great, but I can understand why the lightest should enter first. Someone squeezed me a lot! Two coasters with great bunny hops, with a lot of air time. And Justin, why the heck did I have to sit on the side of Racer?

David Elvy
Our day started off with an hour ERS on the infamous Thunderbolt. This one surprised me with the drop from the station, via the Ravine. A really nice ride. The Park uses the ravine to their advantage on some of the other coasters, most notably Phantom’s Revenge – that second drop is awesome, and the ride has a fair bit of airtime too – a great fun, smooth ride. Awesome. A great day, a great Park, the best Park food so far, and The Racer, another classic racing woody. Another good day – Thanks to all at Kennywood.

Dave Scott
Managed to convert another skycoaster-phobe into a fruitcake today – I’m sure Paul has had a birthday to remember! Phantom’s Revenge is superb – combining a terrain coaster with a hypercoaster really enhances the feeling of speed. We want more of these monster terrain rides please. Kennywood is a very pleasant park, lots of green and flowers; and the hospitality from the crew was unbeatable.

Kim Varde Lassen
Must admit, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the parks apart. Kennywood is a great park, but so is a lot of other parks we have been to. In any case, no bad things to say. The catering was better than average and the staff were very hospitable. The coasters where OK. I like bigger coasters better, so Phantom’s Revenge took the prize as best coaster of the park for me. Lots of positive Gs and high speed.

Terry Jarvis
Forget your big corperate theme parks with their big multi million dollar budgets, Kennywood is a true traditional style amusement park, America’s answer to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. A great park with three classic woodies, a hyper steelie, and plently of attractions old and new.

Steve Fagin
Nice park, very hospitable attention to the group at lunchtime and a few surprises on the rides. One of these was the dark ride, Exterminator – it’s interesting how a jaded ride concept (in this case a spinning mouse) can be improved simply by sticking a lid over it. Woodies – smooth, and Jack Rabbit was a great ride, almost as good as Blackpool’s Grand National. Many of us got to ride Phantom’s Revenge for the first time – unexpectedly smooth except for a gonad-crushing bunny hop on the return. Defining moment: 2nd dip on the steelie. Worst moment: anti-British comments heard from guests in a ride queue. The latter was very much an exception to the affable American rule.

Lars Sorensen
Kennywood is a great park, unfortunately it was very wet. But we got some good rides on all the coasters. Jack Rabbit had a unexpected airtime hill, a really great ride, and very comfortable.

Bart Van Goethem
Door de wind, door de regen, dwars door alles heen… We had a ride on Phantom’ in the pouring rain, but we enjoyed it. We had many rides on Thunderbolt and got some oil on our trousers, but we enjoyed it. Kennywood doesn’t let you down! Food was great and the presents were so thoughtful!

Tim Herre
After nine years back to Kennywood STOP Great park STOP Unfortunately very busy STOP Thunderbolt is a very special coaster design-wise, but delivers a mediocre ride at best STOP Phantom’s Revenge impressive improvement to Steel Phantom STOP Exterminator great example of theming an off-the-shelf coaster STOP Due to bad planning haven’t done everything STOP Will have to take lessons at Kragl College, for he has done the whole of park twice by lunchtime STOP Did Skycoaster again STOP Matthias Pies almost wet his pants while careening down from 200ft. STOP Typical onride sissy-boy STOP

Paul Freeman
ERS on Thunderbolt and then a few quick rides on Phantom’s Revenge started the day. Most of the rest of the day spent on several vintage woodies including the Jack Rabbit with its lovely airtime and a nice racing coaster. Food at lunch the best so far with a bit of variety from the norm. I still can’t figure how I was talked into going on the 200 foot Skycoaster – but it was a laugh!

MICK FK
Keep it short they said, ha ha, the similarities between this Park and Blackpool Pleasure Beach is uncanny. The overall Park is brilliant, some nice coasters with very unusual elements, like out of the station and into the dirst drop – what a surprise. Behind the scenes, and coasters, great photos, and the hospitality was incredible, some amazing people. Thanks for a great day.

Martin Valt
Fantastic, rounded, atmospheric park. worth a 2 day visit.

Andrew Lamb
Had a great day day today, I really enjoyed the ERS on Thunderbolt. I really like Phantom’s Revenge, and I would like to return at some time in the future.

Chris Hull
Yet another great welcome and a great park. The new Steel Phantom is quite a ride – even more so in the rain! A bit painful on the face but laughed my way through it. The bunny hops at the end are just insane. Just goes to show what can be done with a rather extreme but necessary makeover and such comfortable trains and lapbars. What a drop too! The 3 woodies (Thunderbolt, Jack Rabbit and the Racer) add to the park’s appeal. The themed mouse – the Exterminator also shows what can be done with a spinning mouse – a great ride. A great park and great hospitality too. Thanks to those concerned.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
Hands down, my favourite US park. Kneobels comes oh-so-close, but there’s something magical about Kennywood. All five of the big coasters are full of fun, as are the many traditional rides. The Auto Race and Jack Rabbit are gems. A special thanks to Mary-Lou for her wonderful hospitality as ever. Now, when can I return?

Mark Sebley
You cannot fail to enjoy this park! There is a wonderful atmosphere as you are walking around, lots of happy smiling faces. The park has an excellent collection of old and new flat rides and a classic selection of coasters. Phantom’s Revenge is very smooth with excellent airtime, the woodies although old are all great fun, Exterminator is a fun indoor dark ride. The excellent food and hospitality was much appreciated at lunch.

andycoasterboy
Thunderbolt today was our first ERS for some EBS for others (exclusive bench session!!!!)
The weather was on-off rain but managed to get everything ridden, the Jack Rabbit thankfully still flies over the bunny-hops.

Jeff Holmes
we visited Kennywood today but unfortunately this was the coldest day of the trip so far but still didn’t stop us enjoying there good collection of coasters. Phantom’s Revenge is a great steelie with surprising amount of airtime. There are three woodies with Jack Rabbit being the best in my opinion with a crazy double down towards the end. Respect!!!!

Viper
What a lovely park. Phantom’s Revenge was a lot better than expected. The best coaster however is Jack Rabbit – an excellent coaster.

Paul Orsmond
A lovely looking park with some really good rides and coasters, Phantom’s Revenge is excellent, and it’s amazing how well you can theme a spinning wild mouse. Jack Rabbit was good as was the Racer and Thunderbolt. Really nice theming everywhere too, and the park as a whole was a joy to visit.

Michael Badelt
What a great park with a surprisingly smooth hypercoaster. Too bad we couldn’t stay until it got dark. Would have loved to see the park with all the lights on. Downside of the day: probably the rain, certainly not the park’s fault. Personal highlight of the day: The pain in my ribs was much less today so I actually could enjoy the coasters much more again. Yaye!!!!

Matthias Pies
Was fuer ein Tag. Es regnete den Ganzen Tag und Phantom’s Revenge war auch (fast) den ganzen Tag kaputt. Trotzdem hat mir Kennywood gut gefallen. Phantom’s Revenge war super gut. Die Indoor Spinning Maus war einfach nur super und Jack Rabbit in der letzen Reihe laesst EGF verblassen.
Kennywood ich komme wieder.

Malcolm Marr
In Pennsylvania fire hydrants are to be checked at least one hour before a fire breaks out! No idea how you can do that unless the state is full of psychics. It would have been nice to have had the foresight in knowing how insane Jack Rabbit was going to be. The double down has been the only bit of any ride on the trip to make me scream out in shock and then hysterics, apologies to Tim Galvelis for screaming in his ear. It was also great to see Kennywood running their rides in the rain, something that a certain chocolate themed park should take note of.

Stefan Rothaug
Kennywood’s Hypercoaster ist phantom-tastisch!

John Coffield
Phantom’s Revenge is amazing and very fast. The Thunderbolt was a lovely run in the rain. And I fell in love with the Jack Rabbit all over again. What a incredible park Kennywood is…

Jeppe Nygaard
Kennywood was the park for today, and we had a nice ERS on Thunderbolt. After that, we headed straight for the Phantom’s Revenge and queued up a long time for the front seat. When it was our turn, it rained hard, and I had to cover my face the whole ride to shield myself from the pelting rain; therefore, I didn’t enjoy my first ride much. The Jack Rabbit coaster on the back seat was the surprise of the day, and it was awesome as I had major airtime. I rode the other coasters and wanted to ride Phantom’s Revenge again, but the ride was down the rest of the time we were at the park. Thanks to the park for the wonderful hospitality and for coming to our lunch time, answering questions, giving us prizes, and appreciating us.

Yvonne Janik
I love Kennywood and fly to the park from Texas every year. I loved the tours around the roller coasters today and really appreciated Mary Lou for allowing us such an excellent experience – that is a coaster lover’s dream to walk about around a coaster. WOW! WHAT A DAY!

 

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Day 10 – Geauga Lake, Cedar Point

Chris Hull
A surprisingly relaxing day at Geauga Lake which proved again to be a great addition to the trip. Great hospitality with breakfast on arrival. Joint ERS on X-Flight (Vekoma Flying Coaster) and the woodie (Big Dipper) followed. The rest of the park proved to be very quiet so all rides proved to be walk-on. Guest appearence by Snoopy for lunch and a raffle for a good selection of prizes. Thanks to Lexi but I feel she got her thanks from all the prize winners with the kisses and cuddles she had. A couple of hours in the waterpark followed with another ‘funnel’ slide and a nice way to chill out and end the day.

Mark Sebley
Thanks to Lexi for the very nice reception at Geauga Lake today which was very much appreciated. Enjoyed the ERS with X-Flight being a nice surprise. Park was really quiet and all coasters could be ridden in good time to enjoy a relaxing 2 hours in the excellent waterpark.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
I’ve visited Geauga Lake before on three occasions and the park has always been overcrowded and poorly run. Today, therefore, was a revelation. With the weather back on our side, the park was very quiet and all rides were run well. Special thanks to Lexi for looking after us so well. Now we’re heading to Cedar Point…

andycoasterboy
Thankfully the weather was a lot hotter today for Geauga Lake and the ERS on The Big Dipper and X-Flight. The park was really quiet and we were able to get everything done. The lunchtime raffle, elegantly hosted by Lexi park PR, was a really nice touch and everyone was a winner. A few beers in the waterpark and now on the coach to the Point and a late ERS on Top Thrill Dragster.

Jeff Holmes
After another thunderstorm last night we awoke to more blue skies and headed towards Geauga Lake. We actually managed to ride all the coasters before our lunch as the park was really quiet. The lunch was good and we were all greeted by Paul Worts (we think) dressed up as Snoopy. Afternoon was spent having a few beers in the water park which was also really quiet.

Martin Valt
At first we thought Snoopy was Richard Bannister but then realised he had way too much hair.
PS Lexi. Wow.

Jeppe Nygaard
I had an excellent day at Geauga Lake today. I was expecting to have a hard time being able to ride all the coasters within the 9 hours we had at the park, but I was able to ride all 10 before our lunch time. Even though there were many coasters, I must admit that the only ones I really liked enough to ride again and again were Steel Venom and Dominator. I felt very welcomed by the park, and Lexi was funny, pretty, and enthusiastic. She was friendly and not shy, and I enjoyed her funny expressions and poses. Now we are on our way to Cedar Point, and Justin just announced that we will have ERS on TTD tonight, ERS tomorrow morning on Millennium Force and also evening ERS on Magnum XL-200. That is too awesome!!

Ogsaa lige en stor hilsen til alle jer derhjemme, Og ja, I ved godt hvem jeg mener :-)

Yvonne Janik
We had a G-awesome day at Geauga Lake thank to the wonderful Lexi Robinson! We loved her enthusiasm, humor, and prizes. She is a great planner and hostess who really understands coaster enthusiasts. The weather was perfect, the lines were short, and all the coasters were running well. WOW!

Andrew Lamb
This trip keeps getting better! the weather today was absolutely fab, blue sky and not a cloud insight. The park was very quiet with little or no queues. I went on my first Vekoma flyer today and was pleasently suprised. It offered a great ride although not as smooth as a B&M, it still gave a very quick and comfortable ride, with no dead spots. Another of my favourite rides in the park was Dominator, out of the three of the floorless coasters I have been on the trip this one blew them all out the water. Special thanks to the park and its staff for making us all feel welcome and for providing entertainment. Snoopy was great!

Paul Orsmond
A nice day at Geauga Lake and very relaxing, Queues were short so most rides were walk on nearly all day, Batman Knight Flight (Now Dominator) is still excellent as is the Impulse. Thanks go out to Lexi for her great hospitality, she treated us with respect and was a great host.

Mick FK
Liz, Crystal and Karl, A large selection of coasters, set in a beautiful location on a lake where we fed the carp. Staff were again very friendly and hospitable, it is nice as they make you feel welcome, and a nice Park to walk around, just to enjoy the park. A fantastic day.

Malcolm Marr
In Ohio its illegal to conduct or participate in a duel, and today I had battled Googoo Lake to see if I could ride all its coasters with the time we had there. As it turned out due to the park being so quiet I had won the duel before lunchtime; not bad going at all. Lexi and her team gave us a ge-reat welcome, Amanda on the “fool the ge-uesser” stall was ge-orgeous and the water park had the most focussed life ge-uard team I’ve ever come across. I had heard bad things about this park in its previous guise, no complaints with it this time. They even ran two trains on the B&M when they clearly didn’t need too. Now we’re on our way to the Mecca of coaster rides, a little park in Sandusky called Cedar Point.

David & Susan Ellis
Please can we order days like this? Sunny weather, not too hot, no queues, coasters running with two trains. Excellent day. Also great hospitality with a free tombola for some park goodies, and a VERY welcoming Snoopy at lunch. The only minor negative was the park’s rather odd rule that says you cannot film the coasters in the station area…taking stills is fine, but park rules say you can’t film them! Why? No operator could offer any explanation. Never mind…now off to Cedar Point!

David Harrington
Geauga Lake was another good park; probably the best ride was Dominator, a B&M Floorless. Because the park was very quiet I’d rode most of the coasters before lunch, and spent most of the afternoon in the water park, which was almost as good as the one at Six Flags New England. The vegan food for lunch was the worst so far – although competition for this prize has been tough.

Chris Simon
Geauga Lake was very quiet – all coasters were walk-on all day with near-empty trains being sent very often, even for the B&M floorless Dominator which was the best ride in the park IMO! The disappearance of Six Flags was very obvious and welcome, with two trains and efficient despatch in spite of the lack of crowds.

Alan Prior & Carolyn Buckley
Only one word to describe today – BRILLIANT! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Staff were friendly and welcoming and as others have said the rides were walk ons all day. Favourite rides were Steel Venom and Dominator. The despatch times on Dominator were really fast and efficient. We could easily spend a few days there.

Tim Tipler
Good sunny weather 80 deg clean well kept park but most of the coasters were rough Jan and James I have now a phone card will phone soon miss you both TIM

Chris Penn
Wow, what a day good sunny weather and no queues and the coasters were not bad either the best being Big Dipper and X Flight. Great hospitality we were treated like vip’s a breakfast was laid on,a good lunch and free gifts :> this park is well worth a visit just for a day. now we’re off to Cedar Point for some Top Thrill Dragster riding :>

Darren and Mary
Ideal day nice and warm with short queues/lines, Darren says that he enjoyed all the rides especially Dominator. Lunch was nice and everyone was friendly, the raffle was a nice idea. I rode everything except Villain, the ride on X Flight was good but I did not feel that I was safe with all the room at my back when I faced downwards, I suppose that this is something to be enjoyed!!!!

Bob Clark
Delightful park – very quiet with everything a walk on – so quiet that I had 2 consecutive circuits on the Big Dipper with only me on the train – front seat – of course – rather nice.

Leon Schuurbiers
The perfect park! Loads of coasters, very diverse, and no crowds at all! They ran Dominator all day with two trains – I don’t think the trains were filled once. X-Flight was excellent, the loading/unloading is stupid but the flying experience is more convincing than a B&M. Raffle was a nice suprise, but why do people keep saying my last name is so difficult to pronounce?

Eirik Erstad
What a wonderful day we had at Geauga Lake! Beautiful weather, walk-on coasters and good food. Mix in a park management that was excited to have us there and the day could not get much better. Thanks for the backpack, by the way! We are on our way to Cedar Point, and that will be my last park on this trip as I am going home tomorrow. This will probably be my last trip report, so I would just like to give a HUGE thank you to Justin, Yvonne and all the others who have organized this trip. I’ve had a great time! Have a safe trip onwards to Georgia and take a couple of rides on The Voyage for me, will you? Thanks!

Odd Arne Roste
A very nice welcome with breakfast in Geauga Lake. Then ERS on both Big Dipper and X-Flight. Mostly walk-on coasters through the park. Steel Venom was a new and exciting experience. Weather like a good Norwegian summer. 5 minutes between trains on Raging Wolf Bobs is a little too much.

David Elvy
Geauga Lake today, I was concerned that we would not have time to ride all of the Coasters. However, the Park was very quiet, and just after lunch, I had done all the Coasters I wanted to ride. The early morning ERS helped this, on the rough Big Dipper and X Flight, which was really nice – more fun than the B&M Versions. The B&M Floorless is quite unique, and has more twist sections rather than going from inversion to inversion. The Park has some great coasters, and rides, as well as a great atmosphere. I also managed a few hours in the waterpark. The weather was glorious, so it was nice to hit some slides and cool down. The Liquid Lightning slide, is one of the best waterslides I have been on. We are now on our way to Cedar Point, the next few days is going to be a blast. Keith – got you a T-Shirt today.

Kim Varde Lassen
This was a nice day, sunny, warm and teenager free!! very few people in the park, and that in turn meant no queues and no noise – am I getting old?? The rides where a plenty, some where really good – Dominator dominated, yeaaah – but the park was also inhabited by a rough, uncomftable Villain. What an awful ride… to be honest. Other ups: water park, great slides, entertaining lunch without burgers for a change. Other downs: Mechanical robot-like ride-ops and lifeguards with no charisma whatsoever. I know they’re there for my safety, but a smile once in a while could be nice. Looking forward to tonight and tomorrow: CEDAR POINT…… aaawwsome dude!!

Terry Jarvis
I’ve been here three times before and never reaily liked the place, mainly due being extremely busy. Today has been very different the park has been very quite and all the rides have been a walk on, and its fair to say i’ve had a great time here, and I look forward to returning, and a big big thank you to the park on its generous hospitallity.

Steve Fagin
Glorious weather topped off a nice park which offered lunch-time entertainment on a par with Kennywood (i.e. great). This was combined with a selection of rides which – while perhaps not world-beating – were nonetheless very enjoyable. For once, I got to visit a waterpark with minimal queues, where the water was warm and there was even a hot shower (you had to walk through the toilets to get from shower to changing room – gross.) A surprise highlight of the day was the Lazy River. This was an almost Mario-esque experience in the sunshine, albeit patrolled by extremely taciturn cyborg-style attendants with whistles fused to their lips. Great day, sweet park. A few of the ride ops stood out as particularly helpful and friendly. Defining moment: the beautiful architecture of the B&M. 2nd-place Defining Moment: the Lazy River. Worst moment: the proximity of urinals to changing facilities.

Bart Van Goethem
With loads of sun today our visit at Geauga Lake couldn’t be ruined. Had many rides during the ERS and afterwards it kept on going as it was really quiet. The food was not great. Those Americans still think that vegetarians/vegans only eat salad, but the entertainment during lunch was great. Thanks Lexi that I could swear to you in Flemmish, I really needed it! The waterpark couldn’t be missed on such a day. Relaxing in the wavepool, had many slides and the lazy river. Loved it!

Tim Herre
I have never been to Geauga Lake before STOP It has always been the park you pass when on the way from Kennywood to Cedar Point STOP Big mistake STOP Loved the X Flight STOP Still prefer B&M flyers though STOP Vekoma should be installing those rubber vests on all of their inversion coasters to avoid headbanging STOP Big Dipper classic woodie, but a bit on the rough side STOP Villain provided a quite nice second half, after some roughness on the first few hills STOP Batman, ahem, I mean Dominator the most interesting B&M floorless I’ve ever been on, but needs new Wheels bandages STOP Raging Wolf Bobs much better than expected STOP Oddly enough, the newly retracked turn was the roughest of them all and slowed the train almost to a halt STOP Those Gerstlauer trains are surely no match for good PTC ones, but I expected much worse STOP Surprisingly smooth Vekoma Boomerang STOP Now there’s two good Boomerangs out there, With Geiselwind’s being the other STOP Had a good relaxing swim at the waterpark STOP Absolutely reckless bodyslides STOP Jakob would have loved them STOP I hated them STOP Now onto Cedar Point STOP

Peter Jackson ( AKA Duck Man LYB ) 
Geauga Lake welcomed us with a breakfast of coffee, fruit juice & fairy cakes. A lovely park set next to a lake stocked with fish and DUCKS! A nice lunch of chicken breast, baked beans, hamburgers and hot dogs etc. Four bread rolls accidentally fell into my bag, however the ducks and fish semed to appreciate them. The morning was spent riding all the coasters & the afternoon in the water park. While in there a duck landed in the hot water pool, it was the first time I had swam with a Duck five feet from my head. previously only a Dolphin and Rays at Disney. An enjoyable day free gifts from the park and plenty more walking.

Paul Hindle
Another great park. Did eight coasters by lunchtime (great chicken – not DUCK) then finished up on the ‘Bobs after lunch. Never rode the Bobs at Belle Vue – only the Scenic Coaster when a kid. Had a great time in the water park – soaking up sun & splash. Very friendly park – and no crowds or kids. Roll on CP.

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Another excellent park, Managed to do all 10 rollercoasters before lunch!! Raffle was great fun. Park staff were great and made us feel really welcome. Adrian went on Steel Venom his first backwards coaster and was frightened to death on X Flight coaster,

Val & Derek Cromarty
Val watched the robot from mars show, this was only her 2nd ride on the trip. Great park, friendly Staff, cheap candy floss which Derek enjoyed eating (everyone else enjoyed watching him eat it!! pink fluffy lips). Hello to Maggy & Jim

Peter Procter
“YOU CANNOT TAKE PHOTOS OF THE TRACK!”. Best staff ever, no really – one even smiled once!

Steve Davies
Nice lakeside park, and warm sunshine!! Enjoyed the impulse coaster, and the X flight (Flying Dutchman) in small doses due to intensity, B&M and Villain were rough, but Big Dipper was good. Sunloungers also good for chilling out on! Les, can’t talk as no signal on phone, so say hello to everyone!

Even Stangebye
They got some good coasters and some really nasty ones in Geauga Lake – luckily my ribs are still unbroken after a ride on the Villain. Never again! But the park was nice, great ERS and as a big surprise; hamburgers for lunch!! Where is the Lapskaus??

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Started the day in the back row of the Big Dipper… ouch… thought my back would break. Luckily it didn’t. Managed all 10 coasters plus the log flume before lunch. Great park, great weather, and almost no queue lines even after lunch.

Nina Kleppe 
The day started off with an hour ERS on X-Flight and Big Dipper. Then we got to do the other eight coasters so we got our credits. We also got to do the log flume and the 4-D movie. Now we’re off to Cedar Point.

 

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Day 11 – Cedar Point

Richard Davis
Wow, what a park. Having waited 17 years to visit Cedar Point it didn’t dissapoint. Magnum XL 200 was a real suprise, as the park have somehow managed to keep the ride smooth. Continual riding on the ERS is something I wouldn’t consider doing on any of the other Arrow Hypers. ‘Dragster however, was the real highlight of the park for me, living up to all the hype and delivering where Kingda Ka fails. The older train and restraint design and the overall theme just seems to work so much better than its sister ride over in New Jersey. See you soon Claire!

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
There’s something very special about Cedar Point that other mega-parks don’t have. Whether it’s the staff or just the location I’m not sure. But, we had a riot. The ERS on ‘Dragster was a trip highlight (so far!) and Magnum’ was a great way to end – it’s running so well. It’s a shame that Hotel Breakers was a disappointment. Whilst the hotel itself is very nice, with an amazing location, the staff really let the place down. How hard can it be to send a postcard? Amazing day though!

Thomas Enders
Cedar Point ist einfach ein Park an dem kein Coaster-Fan vorbei kommt. Es gibt hier so viele einzigartige
Coaster und die Lage am Erie See bietet von oben einen tollen Blick. Die ERS auf ‘Dragster am Abend, MF am naechsten Morgen und Magnum XL 200 am Abend haben die zwei Tage zu den bisher besten der Tour gemacht.

Chris Hull
After hearing so much about Cedar Point it was hard not to have high expectations of this park and its rides. A two night stay at Breakers Hotel which is located right in the park. View from the hotel room showed Top Thrill Dragster, Millenium Force and Magnum’ – Unique! The level of service in the hotel however wasn’t anywhere near what it was in it’s earlier ‘Grander’ days. Just because it has a captive audience and a great location doesn’t mean that standards or levels of service should be less then expected. Late evening ERS On Top Thrill Dragster was incredible. For me a far superior and much better ride over Kingda-Ka. Lapbars rule! Morning ERS on Millennium Force certainly blew the cobwebs away. Had ridden it in the previous evening when it was running seriously fast too. A long day followed but an enjoyable one. The selection of coasters is quite amazing and run in a great way. Staff and ride ops were really friendly and efficient.

Questionable laser and firework show however. Oakwood’s fireworks put Cedar Point’s to shame and it was overly ‘God Bless America’ cheesy style. ERS on Magnum’ (without the trim brake for 2 circuits) showed how Magnum’ was in its wilder days. A great way to end the day! Thanks for the hospitality and pats to Snoopy!

andycoasterboy
FANTASTIC – thanks to Robin and the ride ops for our three great ERS’s on TTD, Millennium Force and the truly awesome Magnum XL’.

John Coffield
Wicked Twister was most excellent. But the true highlight of the day was the ERS on the Top Thrill Dragster. What an incredible ride, much better then Kingda Ka even if it is 36ft shorter, it had a quicker launch and much better theming. Millennium Force was faster then I remembered, I loved every second of it.

Midas van de Graaf:
What a day at Cedar Point. Almost the perfect birthday I could wish for myself. The Top Thrill Dragster ERS was excellent, as was the one on Millennium Force. I didn’t get to ride TTD in the front but hey, there’s always a reason to come back. I also liked Raptor a lot. If you don’t have a good time at Cedar Point there must be something seriously wrong. Thanks for having us!

Breaker’s Hotel Staff.
“I’m sorry sir, I can’t help you with that. Perhaps if you come back at a time where I’m not around someone else can deal with whatever problem you might have”

Paul Orsmond
Having been to Cedar Point before, Its hard not to like the place, and once again it didn’t disappoint. Staff are amazing, the rides are operated superbly and it’s just an great place to visit. Also today was a quiet day but do you think CP would operate their rides on lower capacity, well not really as pretty much all rides were operaing at full capacity meaning at least well over half their rides were a complete walk on, talk about heaven.

Mick FK
Hi Liz, Crystal and Karl. This park is in a beautiful setting right on the lake. There are some good coasters. ‘Dragster I wanted to ride for a long time and it didn’t disappoint. Very friendly and helpful staff loading rides the queue lines kept moving. The longest I queued was 35 minutes. But I’m afraid the hotel was a bit of let down. Having stayed in park hotels like Europa, this was no different from a Comfort Inn.

Paul Freeman 
The value of the ERS showed through here with 6 rides on Top Thrill Dragster at night followed by a lot of rides on Millennium Force first thing the next morning as well as a final session on Magnum’. This left the rest of the park to be explored at leisure and with a nice break for food. Excellent park, looks like Blackpool on steriods with all the rides on the skyline.

Bart Van Goethem
We got some excellent ERSs Cedar Point’s best coasters. I really enjoyed it! Still it misses some darkrides 😉

Malcolm Marr
In Ohio it is illegal to get a fish drunk, and judging by the bars being closed when we got to the hotel, us too. Cedar Point is a really decent park with one great coaster and several other average ones. ‘Dragster is of course the best ride in the park and beats Kingda Ka easily. It’s themed and you can walk to the other end of the track to see close up how fast it is; neither is true with Kingda’. Ride Ops are great here and have some very good spiel on the microphones.

David Elvy
Cedar Point, the only Park on the trip that I have been too, 3 years ago to the day. After Geauga Lake, we made our way to Cedar Point, and the Breakers Hotel. A short while after checking in, we ventured into the park. A few rides on Mantis and Millennium Force, before our ERS on Top Thrill Dragster. Well, My 3 year wait for TTD was worth it, and I managed two rides on the evening ERS. My first ride, front row, in the dark, a truly amazing ride – very fast and smooth – much much better than Kingda Ka, and now, TTD is one of my favourite rides ever. The following day, we had an early start with an ers on Millennium Force – still an amazing ride. I spent the day riding all my favourite Coasters at the Park, a further 2 rides on Top Thrill Dragster, and numerous rides on Raptor, Mantis, Mean Streak, Wicked Twister etc. I rode Skyhawk, which is great, but a bit too short, and our day finished with an ERS on Magnum XL-200 – Which was flying round the track. An amazing day, at Cedar Point – my favourite Park.

Steve Fagin
With my last visit in 1995, it was fantastic to get back to the Point. The fantastic smorgasbord of coasters was just as I remembered, only much larger. The park looked after us very well on the ERS side, and a good job for us with the queues for TTD topping 3 hours early in the day. So far as I could see, the whole Club had a great time, and made the day their own, whether racing round the park or taking the opportunity to chill out in the hotel pool. It really was a day for everyone to make their own. Since I lost my 1995 baseball cap on Blackpool’s Revolution a few weeks ago, it was a well-timed chance to restock on merchandise (something I rarely bother doing in theme parks). Defining moment: TTD. It beats Kingda Ka hands down. Worst moment: sludgy check-in at Breakers.

Lars Sorensen
I have been looking at pictures, videos, and maps of Cedar Point for years. So it was a little unrealistic to finally be in the park. But the park is a great park, and we were lucky with the queues. Millennium Force disapointed me in the morning, but when i rode it at the evening it really kicked ass! Also TTD is a really great coaster too, i really love the launch and when you go over the top, and can see straight down.

Michael Badelt
What can I say? My feet hurt. Guess that’s really good since it means that I almost saw every corner of the park. Coasters all around. Almost seemed a bit unreal to finally be there. Surprise of the day: Disaster Transport – Who would have thought that this ride could be so much fun. Highlight of the day: Millennium Force in the dark – Totally different animal!!!!

Jeppe Nygaard
I have been waiting to come to Cedar Point for many years, and it is like a dream park for me. I had a great time beginning with our kick-ass ERS on Top Thrill Dragster, and I managed to get 5 rides on it. The next morning gave me a major wake up on Millennium Force, and the first drop and speed of it was awesome although the coaster lacks airtime. In the evening when I rode it again, it had gained more speed and was a totally different ride including having airtime. I also loved Wicked Twister and Mantis, my first B&M stand-up coaster. Finally, we had a good ERS on Magnum XL-200 to end the CP trip. This is a great park over all, and I am very happy with the ERS’s on the major rides so that I had more time in the day to easily ride all the other coasters. Without those ERSs, we would not have had such a great time in the park because we would have been standing in line so long for those major rides. I greatly appreciate Robin Innes and the CP team for all they did for us. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!

Yvonne Janik
What a great day and a half at Cedar Point! I loved every minute at the park and also totally enjoyed the view of the coasters from my Breakers’ hotel window. I still love Magnum XL-200 the most and was thrilled with the way it was running – especially in our night time ERS. Thanks, Robin Innes and the CP folks who made all this possible. Your generosity to us was so great.

Martin Valt
I knew if I went to Cedar Point on enough occasions I’d eventually hit on good weather. A beautiful, clear sunny day, ideal for coaster riding and photography. If super-sized amusement parks are your thing, then the Point does it better than anyone. Special thanks to the beautiful, stunning, gorgeous Janice Witherow and her son Mathew, who displays wisdom beyond his tender years.

David & Susan Ellis
Cedar Point – three great ERSs, loads of coasters, small queues, good weather. Apart from the poor check-in the stay here was excellent. Top Thrill Dragster was much more re-rideable than Kingda Ka, with a smooth ride in every seat and no OTSRs. Millennium Force was an excellent wake-up call, and a 30-minute session on Magnum’ a fitting way to finish. I was lucky enough to get on one of the trains with the trim brake off and it was flying. Some long days ahead now… hope the weather holds out.

David Harrington
Fantastic!

Chris Simon
A great day and a bit! Staying onsite at Cedar Point was brilliant… the park itself is as enjoyable as ever. TTD is far better than KK… now beginning to appreciate it! Construction on the latest attraction was evident…”We’re goin in a whole new direction”. Hmmmm.

Lutz Konerding (typing this at 6.45 in the morning…)
If any park management is looking for a training facility for park staff: send them to Cedar Point. Coasters well mantained and perfect loading/unloading procedures. The ERSs on TTD (night), MF and Magnum’ (night) were awesome. When was the last time you had the chance to get off the train and enter the one in front of it (as seen on TTD and MF) or stay in the seat for seven consecutive rides?

Chris Penn
Well Cedar Point is simply the best park, so much to do and great coasters, Top Thrill Dragster being the best. It’s a fantastic park.

Tim Tipler
What a fantastic place Cedar Point is. Lots of coasters with Top Thrill Dragster being the best. Jan and James speak to you on Thursday. Having a great time.

Bob Clark
Cedar Point – The legendary Breakers Hotel – 11 Coasters visible from the bedroom window – it doesn’t get better than this – until you get into the park.

Darren and Mary
Darren was in heaven at Cedar Point he rode all the coasters to excess, well all but one. Thank you everyone who gave Darren encouragement and support to persuade him to ride Top Thrill Dragster, he is just not yet comfortable with launch coasters – maybe next time. Excellent stay at Cedar Point.

Peter Jackson ( AKA Duck Man LYB )
After a poor check in procedure that wasted 45 minutes in the park we had a great last hour in the park. I enjoyed the ERS on Top Thrill Dragster. The next day I enjoyed 2 x ERS sessions on Millennium Force in the morning and Magnum’ in the evening. Managed a ride on the last Top Thrill Dragster of the night before heading for the Magnum’ ERS. I personally prefere ‘Dragster to Kingda Ka. Found a sheep & goat petting area after feeding the ducks during the day.

Paul Hindle
Agree about the check-in – Breakers seem to be trading on their name and location.
Otherwise had a great time riding everything in sight. Apart from MF and TTD I always enjoy Mean Streak, Raptor and Mantis, though I refuse to go on the awful Gemini, Corkscrew and Iron Dragon Whatsit (the bucket ride). Fourth time at CP – I’ll be back!

Peter Procter
Hey – Gemini and Corkscrew are great, the former especially – very smooth with great airtime. It even raced this time! Well, Coney Island was good. Wait no, what day is it? Cuffyloohah kakaaaaaaa kingda kingda Kingda Ka. My second visit to The Point, nice again. I even talked to some girls in the bar last night (a couple of beers helped :p) ! Meow ello Squeek…

Steve Davies
We benefitted from this park being one of the players in the “coaster arms race” here – not one ride on “America’s roller coast” I didn’t enjoy. Whilst the coasters speak for themselves, the ride ops were entertaining, geeing up the riders beforehand – those on the racing Gemini especially! ERSs on Dragster, Millenium Force, were great, The nightime ERS on Magnum’ with the trim brakes off was – well – WEYHEEEE!!!!

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Great Park, ‘Dragster is the best coaster!! Gemini was a great ride, Millennium Force was also good, Mean Streak was smooth (we did have the front of the train) Overall a great day and a half had by all.

Derek & Maggie (i mean Val) Cromarty
A great park, enough variety of rides for everyone. Top Thrill Dragster was great as was Millennium Force. The other rides were reasonable especially the derby racer. Hello Maggy & Jim

James “Spinner” Hannaford
So we reach the last of the Parks that I have done before and ‘Dragster has once again left its mark. It did the same two years ago. The most amazing Ride in the World (Kingda Ka should be Taken Down and rebuilt). Also saw Foundations for new Ride for next year Intamin Track. Spoke to someone in the Museum who said he had searched “Cedar Point Rumours” on Google and there were 700 Rumours and he gave up on number 400 which was an Intamin Carousel. LMAO

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
I did this park in 2001, and have wanted to come back ever since. TTD was amazing, and much better than Kingda Ka. Had a relaxing day since I didn’t have to race around the park doing all the coasters. Just took the best ones. Also loved the night ERS on Magnum XL-200. Managed 7 runs.

Even Stangebye
Good to finally reach Coaster-Mecca! I managed to ride 5 coasters between 21.20 and 22.00 last night before the great ERS on TTD (which leaves Kingda Ka way down my Top Coaster List). But why use up all the speed on brakes – the next accelereated coaster should start with TTD, continue into Rita QoS, boost into Storm Runner before ending with Stealth, Speed Monster and Kanonen! Heh!!! Who’s got the money? Also great ERS on Millennium Force and Magnum XL 200!!

Nina Kleppe
I had a really good day at CP. 17 coasters in one park. Heaven. TTD was so powerful, and I loved MF. The first drop was amazing, and it just kept on going until the brakes. WOW. And it was fun riding it in the dark. I also got to do my 200th coaster, Magnum XL 200. That was cool.

Odd Arne Roste
Cedar Point was like coaster heaven. I did all the 17 coasters with a little help from a kid on jr. Gemini. We had some really good ERSs on TTD, MF and Magnum’, but started the last one in the ejector seat which gave me some new bruises on my thighs. I love stand up coasters and Mantis didn’t let me down. I love to feel the Gs in the knees.

 

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Day 12 – Wyandot Lake, Kings Island

Chris Hull
Although an early start to the day, the park provided a stop off for the journey to King’s Island and a chance to ride the Sea Dragon – a 50yr old woodie, which was a nice little coaster. Not exactly a high thrill ride but perhaps the best choice after the late nights and previous days’ excesses. The energy level in some of the group seemed a little low today so it provided them with a chance to charge their batteries before hitting another large park. However a small selection of older flat rides provided enjoyment to those with the stamina to enjoy them. A fun ‘monsoon’ ride where you could control the rotation of your seat yourself. Hopefully the Sea Dragon won’t be affected by the changes planned within the park and change of ownership. Nice warm hospitality and lunch too.

Paul Freeman
Small park, mostly water park. One small woodie that at least gets the award for being the smoothest on the trip.

Paul Orsmond
A very small park with mostly water park style attractions, but very nice smooth kiddie wooden coaster.

Bart Van Goethem
Joepie, once again a kidspark, I love them :s Nice charming woodie celebrating its golden jubilee. I think, after this park, I have been on every American flatride.

Malcolm Marr
In Ohio fire hydrants must be checked one hour before a fire breaks out; more proof of the psychic abilitites of the American People. Whilst this park is hardly going to set the world on fire it’s good to see that its future post-six flags is secure. The park doesn’t have the best rides but it is popular at least given the number of people turning up to it today.

John Coffield
Sea Dragon is a lovely little coaster. Six of us did a mini marathon of 8 rides without stopping. Happy 50th Birthday to the Sea Dragon.

Steve Fagin
Nice little park with a traditional woodie. I picked up a novelty flipflop together with a handy techno ring which I bought from the gents’ toilets.

Michael Badelt
A nice little park with great potential for the future. To expand the water park area seems just about the right thing to do. And the coaster was a nice classic.

Jeppe Nygaard
Wyandot Lake is a neat little park for our early morning start. The Sea Dragon is a nice-riding classic John Allen coaster. The park seemed to appreciate our visit there and showed us great hospitality. John Gannon gave us a good speech about the history of the park and its future as well.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
Wyandot provided a much needed small park after the expanse of Cedar Point. Being able to chill out in the water-park after riding the classic (and very well maintained) Sea Dragon was just what we needed. Now my feet need to prepare for PKI!

Yvonne Janik
Thanks to Emily, Keith, John, and Andy for a great day at Wyandot Lake. We loved riding the Sea Dragon and enjoyed spending several hours absorbing the ambiance of the park. The 50 year old coaster is a very smooth, fun ride with great significance as a John Allen coaster. Thanks for keeping it in such excellent condition, Wyandot.

Martin Valt
Sea Dragon – my 851st coaster Richard – is a pleasant and well-maintained, if unremarkable, junior woodie. A pity no club members managed to fall into the lazy river.

Paul Hindle
Wyandot? Why?? (Ed: Because not all parks are Cedar Point – something it seems some people should try and remember!!!) Would have much preferred a morning at CP.

Steve Davies
Left coaster city, called in at Wyandot, a tiny park with a tame woodie. The biggest thrill was a big wheel, simply because it looked and felt like it was about to fall to bits.
A total opposite end of the spectrum to Cedar Point.

David & Susan Ellis
Today we spent the morning at Wyandot Lake, which is predominantly a water park with a few dry rides. Our reason for visiting was to ride John Allen’s first wooden coaster, Sea Dragon (1956). The junior woodie was a pleasant and smooth ride. The park hospitality was great, however, being owned by Six Flags, there were some silly rules, such as not being able to take pictures on anything, even the stationary carriages on the carousel. Walking around in large groups and making loud noise was also prohibited, so it was a miracle the Club weren’t thrown out! Next stop, King’s Island.

David Harrington
Sea Dragon was another nice introductory coaster for children; there was little else here. Food was a joke – dry bun and crisps – no fruit, salad or vegetables at all. As a family-orientated park, it’s worrying that people’s children are eating this rubbish too.

Lutz Konerding
Sorry, I can’t write any trip report about Wyandot Lake this morning. I’m still too impressed by eight consecutive rides (without a stop!) on this classic, mind-changing woodie named Sea Dragon

Leon Schuurbiers
It’s a shame the weather wasn’t too good this morning, it looked like thay had a really nice waterpark!

Nina Kleppe
Wyandot Lake was a nice little park with a fun little woodie. And no hamburgers for lunch, but lasagne. That was good. Shame that it was raining though.

Even Stangebye
Got one ride on the Happy 50th anniversary Sea Dragon Coaster. Weird being in such a small park after a long day in Cedar Point yesterday, but it was nice… Gratulerer med dagen idag Martin!!

Chris Penn
A very small park with a few rides and one coaster Sea Dragon 50 years old it’s a small woodie by John Allen his first so well worth the visit to ride it.

Tim Tipler
This coaster was born in 1956 the same year as me good little ride and lots of fun it’s just started to rain but hopefully it will stop soon. Jan and James I will speek to you tomorrow at about 1pm your time.

Terry Jarvis
A great little park with a fine woodie, and a few classic spin rides, had a lot of fun here!

 

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Day 13 – Kings Island

Chris Hull
Great hospitality from the our host – Maureen. VIP passes, lanyards, printed schedule and ponchos (due to impending inclement weather). The park itself is nicely themed, very clean and nicely laid out. Managed a pre ERS ride on the Beast but was left feeling rather disallusioned. VERY heavily braked through the first half of the ride – it just never seemed to be given a chance to pick up speed. However the second half through the helix showed what this ride must have been like in its earlier years. However the hype around this ride still seems to maintain its status so I suppose some must like it. I can’t say I like or dislike The Beast – Odd for sure! It’s bigger “Son’” proved that bigger isn’t always better. A good first drop and the loop is great. However the rest of the ride seems to be spent going around a helix bumping from one side to the other. Another curious ride that goes show that bigger isn’t always better. Vortex proved to be a typical multi-loop Arrow that again was heavily braked. The Italian Job ERS on the Thursday morning proved enjoyable. A nice family coaster with some nice theming. Not sure all the effects were working but enjoyable anyway. Good to have a chance to ride Flight of Fear though. Despite the negative comments about these rides it was still a very enjoyable visit to this park. It will perhaps be interesting to see what happens over the next few years. Many thanks to Maureen and her team for treating us so well.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
What great hospitality! We felt very welcome at Kings Island – thank you Maureen. The ERS on both The Beast and Italian Job were great fun, and Tomb Raider was really fantastic – why don’t more parks have rides like this? And no matter what anyone says, Son of Beast in the right seat is very good. Great park, great staff.

Jeff Holmes
Well this is my second visit to Kings Island so I had ridden most of their coasters apart from their kiddie coasters which I managed to ride. We had two ERSs the first one being The Beast at night and Italian Stunt Job in morning. Hey Paul Worts you will have to hurry up and meet up with us or you will miss everything.

Jeppe Nygaard
Paramount’s Kings Island really showed us some excellent hospitality – by far the best on the trip so far. I can’t thank Maureen enough for all the nice things they did for us. Meeting us with an ECC sign, lanyards, panchos for the impending rain, VIP cards, printed souvenir agendas, and then giving us an ERS on The Beast and a superb ERS on Italian Stunt Job, combined with a free breakfast buffet, and then our having a delicious lunch (by far the best of the trip) in the International Restaurant (with actual glass plates and silverware), the informative and delightful experience of the behind the scenes tour of The Beast, and as if all that wasn’t enough, we had wristbands that gave us all the soft drinks we could want for the day. Even though I love all this, what I admired most was Maureen’s vivacious personality and her dedication and enjoyment of her job. We also appreciated how she dressed up for us to greet us on Wednesday night – a black dress and three inch heels!! Jennifer was also very helpful and friendly. All in all, this was a fantasitc experience of park hospitality. The only disappointment was that we couldn’t slap hands as the trains came and went in them station on The Beast on our private ERS, but yet I certainly respect the park’s rules.

Yvonne Janik
Hooray, for Maureen Kaiser and PKI!!!! What an excellent day and a half! Thanks for all the gifts, hospitality, and enthusiasm. We had so much fun, and the weather cooperated too- also I finally got to ride Little Bill’s Giggle Coaster, too!

Martin Valt
A good day in a nice park with great hospitality. Finally managed the elusive kiddie coaster credit. These American kids are just so gullible. As for Son of Beast, I can think of at least half-a-dozen woodies over which I prefer it. Huge thanks to Sean F for Wonderpark and Coney Island.

Andrew Barrett
Well my fourth visit to the park, ridden everything before. Had an excellent day, staff very friendly and the food they laid out for us was great. The Beast tour was really well worth it. I’m very surprised that the Son of Beast is still standing after Martin Valt rode it!

Paul Orsmond
Kings Island is a really nice park, and having visited here before it didn’t disappoint once again. From the excellent hospitality we recieved to the really good staff around the park, it’s my favourite Paramount Park by a long way. Son of Beast wasn’t as bad as I remember it, and I still love the Beast as well, but let’s not forget the other rides like Flight of Fear, Top Gun, and Racer etc. which are still all very good indeed. I even got to ride the Kiddie Coaster as well today which I missed last time. I wish I could come back later in the year as they gave us a free pass for a return visit. Talk about top service

Mick FK
Hi Liz, Crystal and Karl. I liked Paramount Great America on our 2002 trip. However, I think this park has the edge. The staff are great but some still think we’re Australians! The operator on the kiddie coaster was superb in letting us ride with any single children riding. The racing woodie confirmed that I prefer to see where I’m going but it had to be done! The Beast – an incredible sized coaster which run for almost 5 minutes – however no airtime but just speed. It travels through woodland and incredible scenery which we also got the opportunity to walk around on a behind the scenes photographic tour. I had a great day and thankfully the park wasn’t that busy at all which enabled us to complete all the rides without big queue lines.

Matthias Pies
Mir hat Kings Island sehr gut gefallen. Nette Auswahl an Coastern und ein netter Scooby Do Darkride. Beast war einfch nur genial. Sehr schnell und sehr sehr lang. Leider wird die Bahn an einigen Stellen sehr stark abgebremst. Italian Job Stunt Track war auch ein tolles Erlebnis. Kein Thrillcoaster,aber punktet mit der Originalitaet. So nun zu Son of Beast. Was habe ich fuer Horrorstorys ueber diese Bahn gehoert. Und was soll ich sagen? Mir hat die Bahn gut gefallen. Ich bin auf diesem Trip weitaus schlimmere Woodys gefahren. Sie ist vielleicht nicht die Smootheste Holzbahn der Welt. Aber es gibt weitaus schlimmere.

Malcolm Marr
In Ohio, if your pet tiger escapes you must notify the relevant authorities within one hour; failure to do so will lead to your arrest. I don’t know what they do to the tiger once it has been caught but if what PKI have done to The Beast is anything to go by I expect it’d be tamed beyond recognition. Excusing the physics pun this ride has great potential but it has been braked so much all the fun is taken out of the ride. I had been warned about Son of Beast but found it to be alright, at least compared to J2, which still remains the worst coaster of the trip. The other rides are alright with the most recent attractions, Tomb Raider and Italian Job being the best of the bunch. Thanks to Maureen and Jennifer for giving us a great welcome, definitely the most enthusiastic so far!

Tim Herre
Kings Island STOP If there was a price for ruining a coaster by braking it to death, this park would surely be getting it STOP What they have done to the Beast is beyond comparison STOP It may still be pleasing the GP, but enthusiasts will most definately be disappointed STOP It may be a relief for their maintenace dept. but for everyone who has ridden the Beast when it was still beastly it’s a travesty STOP Thankfully, their new rides are quite good STOP Found the Italian Job immensely entertaining STOP Tomb Raider is an impressive showtype attraction, but could do more with the ride’s hardware itself STOP Flight of Fear is also braked to death and the hangtime experienced on the bit after the blockbrake is just absolutely ridiculous STOP Overall park experience was top notch, with very cheerful ops and the most entertaining marketing director ever STOP Thanks Maureen and Jennifer for making our days there very special STOP But get rid of those brakes STOP

Andrew Lamb
PKI entertained us well, with two ERSs and lunch to boot. I found the Beast to be a good coaster it’s just a shame it is braked a bit too much. I found the Son of Beast very un-rideable, it felt like it has twenty pence shaped wheels. The best coaster of the day IMO was The Racer, A racing coaster which PKI have turned two of the trains backwards. It’s smooth and when the trains set off at the same time, it give great visuals of the other train when riding backwards.

Mark Sebley
We received a very warm welcome and were treated excellently both days at this picturesque park, many thanks to all. ERS on the was fun, been looking forward to riding it for ages, but was disappointed by the braking of the ride. A good selection of coasters with the racer being really good fun both ways. Theming of Tomb Raider made for an interesting ride. Son of Beast was just about ridable in the middle row, By God was it rough anywhere else. Not many brave souls rode it twice.

John Coffield
I can’t believe I rode the ‘Son of Beast’ again. But it wasn’t as bad as I had remembered. The ‘Beast’ on the other hand, originally was one of my favourite coasters. But they have added so many brakes the ride has been destroyed. They should rename it the ‘Brake Run’. But the real high point of the day was when Ms. Janik was able to find a very sweet young lady named Kate to ride ‘Little Bill’s Giggle Coaster’ with me. Making it possible to add #888 to my Track Record.

David Elvy
Today was our full day at the Park, after a few hours and the ERS last night on The Beast. Speaking of the Beast, it is an amazing ride, one that I had wanted to ride for quite some time. The ride remains a mystery, until you are riding. It is an amazing terrain ride, but such a shame about the amount of trim brakes on the ride. The Beast is not such a beast anymore.

Dave Scott
Not quite sure what to make of this park – extremely friendly welcome to the park but I was left wondering what to do here! A lot of the rides are strictly once-only affairs… Cedar Fair would do well to introduce some re-rideable adult sized coasters to the park! Beast was an experience, lots of reminders of the Ultimate – although the brakes kill the airtime. Son of Beast was just horrible and should be replaced.

Steve Fagin
Very hospitable park, to the extent of kitting us out with (premium) ponchos on arrival, and laying on breakfast before the morning ERS. The enthusiasm of the Marketing & Comms Manager was also very heartening. A decent set of rides awaited us, including a nice drop tower and a good indoor launched coaster. Defining moment: The Beast. I know there are those who hate this ride, but despite its obvious and significant flaws, this violent and epic journey was something to behold for my first time. Second-place defining moment: riding backwards in the front (back) seat on the Racer. Worst moment: Son of Beast, every second of it. What a nasty, painful, laterally-vicious, monstrous git of a ride. The coaster circuit itself seemed superb, and if it were possible to re-track it as a rideable coaster, then it would probably be a classic.

Lars Sorensen
Very beautiful park, the view from The Beast is unbelievable, and going into that last helix is just mad. We had many goes on the Racer, on the train that faces backwards, that is what I call a mind-boggling ride. The Flight of Fear is also a really cool coaster.

Bart Van Goethem
PKI did a great job to give us an excellent night and day. The Beast ERS was really intense, but great. The Italian Job ERS was the right way to start the day. I was really looking forward to this themed coaster. It is really a unique ride experience. Sadly I had to ruin the mood because I used my photocamera during this ride. I really feel sorry for this and I hope everyone accepts my apologies. It will never happen again. During dinner I never felt so ashamed, but I deserved it!

Kim Varde Lassen
As Bart I too was told of for using a camcorder on a ride. It happened once, not in PKI though, but I felt bad just as well. I’m done sneaking the camera onboard. Anyway, the park was great. Some of the ride-ops where even quite friendly and conversational. Still, we did come across these machine-like employees where you just wonder if they really can think for themselves. Beast was an awesome ride, best woodie so far. Blazingly fast and actually scary at some points, a rare commodity! Just great! Son of Beast was just too shaky, not a pleasant ride. Maybe it’s the trains rather than the track itself. Once was enough for me.

Terry jarvis
Many thanks to the lovely P.R. lady and her staff for making us most welcome. Thanks also for the ponchos yesterday evening, for without which most of us would have been very wet. Loved the ERSs on The Beast last night, and The Italian Job this morning, and a big thank you for the behind the scenes tour of The Beast. It’s not often you get the chance to go where so few have gone before!

Stu Simms
Action, drama, adventure! I really enjoy the more lively atmosphere at the Paramount Parks, especially at Kings Island. The staff have been execptionally welcoming and made the experience even more amazing.

Stefan Rothaug
Ein schoener Park! In erster Linie werde ich den Tag wegen des Essens in Erinnerung behalten: Keine Hotdogs oder Hamburger – endlich mal Kartoffeln!

Paul Freeman
A great park with a really nice mix of rides and the best hospitality of the trip so far (breakfast laid on for the morning ERS, behind the scenes walk, wristbands for free soda throughout the park, etc.). Some of the best themed rides (Italian Job coaster and Tomb Raider dark ride) plus some great wooden coasters, particularly the Racer with one train facing foward and one facing backwards. I finally got to ride the Beast coaster that I missed out on riding on a family holiday 20 years ago!

David & Susan Ellis
Last evening and today was Kings Island. This is a pretty park with 13 coasters. We had an evening ERS on The Beast and an ERS on Italian Job. We were treated to some great hospitality, including VIP lanyards, free soft drink wristbands and complimentary ponchos! Queues were short so we had no problem getting all the coasters in. Highlights were the Stunt Zone Drop Tower, and the Italian Job, which was my 500th coaster (David). Lowlights were the big trim brakes on the Beast, which really ruins this once powerful ride, and Son of Beast, which we will never ride again. Ouch! The behind the scenes tour of the Beast was a terrific bonus.

David Harrington
Superb park, second only on this trip to Cedar Point. Highlight has got to be the behind the scenes walk of the Beast, although the unexpected breakfast next to the Italian Job was a close second – better than we got in the hotel!

Chris Simon
PKI – one of my favourite parks. Lovely setting and some imaginative theming such as Flight of Fear and Tomb Raider. Drop Zone is my favourite drop tower – the freefall goes on for ever! The Beast walkback was a great privilege and fascinating. Many thanks to “Maureen the Unstoppable” for being such a great host. :-)

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Great park, we were made to feel really welcome by Maureen. Stunt track was a well themed ride, Adrian’s favourite woodie is now the Beast! Son of Beast was a bit rough! Tomb Raider was over too quick! But overall a great day and a half.

Tim Tipler
We were looked after very well by the park did all of the rides but the two big woodies were rough. It’s taken me 28 years to ride the Beast after seeing it on a tv programme called QED back in 1978. It’s been 80deg (Ed: Not too sure about this, seemed 65-70 ish…) today and no rain. Hi to Jan and James speak to you Saturday.

Chris Penn
PKI is a superb park. Great theming, especially international street, which features fountains and a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, a good selection of rides with the best coaster for me being the Racer. Many thanks to Maureen our host who did a fantastic job treating us like vip’s.

Bob Clark
Coaster 250 on the front of the legendary Beast – wow! wow! and triple wow! Thanks to Maureen and her team for making this a visit to remember.

Darren and Mary
Maureen welcomed us so well, the meal was nice, the setting for this was ideal – looking down International street. I am the only one on the trip who seemed to prefer Son Of Beast to the Beast. I found the Beast was rougher. Darren, as usual, enjoyed the whole day, especially the wooden coasters. A very nice day today and evening yesterday.

Leon Schuurbiers
My first visit to PKI, and surely not the last! It has a great collection of rides, only surpassed by CP, but the theming makes the whole experience a better for the non-hardcore riders. I loved The Beast, even with the trimbrakes. His Son’ could use some too!

Bob Even
We arrived around 6 PM last evening, and I managed to ride 6 coasters before the 8 o’clock ERS on The Beast, which became my 200th coaster! Yippi!!!! The Beast was nice in the front but a killer in the back. I still have some souvenir bruises on my arm! I hope I get to use my return visit ticket, ’cause this was such a nice park! Also, Sponge Bob says hi to you Eirik! It’s sad that you couldn’t join us for the rest of the trip, but I’m sure you enjoy going back to work…NOT!!!

ED:
A quick note here about Eirik Erstad – he had to return home to Norway yesterday for an operation. We all wish him well Eirik, and all wish he could have stayed on.

Fairly Odd
Maureen and her team did a fantastic job for us. Two great ERSs on Beast and The Italian Job: Test Track. Beast was my coaster 150. Adventure Express was my 100 coaster on this trip. PKI had changed the name on Beastie to Fairly Odd Coaster. It’s nice to have a coaster with your name on it? Eirik we miss you.

Peter Jackson ( AKA DUCKMAN LYSMB )
Kings Island welcomed us on the evening of day 12 where we had some evening time in the park and an ERS on the Beast. The park welcomed us with a free VIP pass & a rain poncho. Day 13 started with an ERS on The Italian Job a very different ride but short. A nice meal at lunch time with a free drinks wristband for the afternoon in the park. Today the Ducks were quite illusive but I found a few. Did lots of walking around the park and some day dreaming while relaxing in the waterpark.

Steve Davies
Hi Les, no phone signal again! I loved this park, great hospitality, not busy so rides were generally walk-on. The Beast – heavily braked? Maybe. But such an intense, long and unique coaster through the woods, I couldn’t help but love it. The behind the scenes tour of it was unique, like a country ramble with a coaster thrown in. The infamous Son of Beast? It was more massive than I imagined, it took skill to ride it without smashing your vertebrae – it was sort of horribly fantastic. And rode my biggest drop tower yet. Italian Job – a short but fun experience.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Great park and great hospitality. The ERS last night on The Beast was awesome. What a great woodie. Italian Job this morning was fun, and Face Off has to be one of the best Boomerangs I’ve ever ridden. Son of Beast on the other hand…yikes… my knees still hurt. I wish I was 5cm shorter.

Nina Kleppe
Kings Island was a great park, and I felt very welcome here. The ERS on The Beast last night was great, and the ERS on The Italian Job this morning was really fun. VIP passes, good lunch, and free soft drinks all day. Very good. Savner deg veldig Eirik. Wish you were here with us!!!

 

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Day 14 – Holiday World

Richard Davis
What an amazing day and a half! Our thanks must go out not only to Pat and Will Koch, and Paula Werne, but every member of staff at Holiday World for making our visit so special. Not only do the park have 3 of the best coasters on the planet they have one of the nicests parks and the friendliest staff. I will never forget the night ride I took on Voyage before the breakdown, it will forever be cemented into my memory as the best single ride on any coaster to date. Will and all at the Gravity Group I salute you!

Chris Hull
WOW! I’m not sure I can do justice to the day that we have just had. A very warm and enthusiastic welcome from Pat Koch (the owner of Holiday World) started the day off superbly and showed the passion that Pat (and indeed all her staff) have for this park. On entering the park it was immediately clear that a great deal of care and attention has gone into maintaining the cleanliness and layout of the park. The groundsmen sure do a terrific job. As for the rides – quite simply 3 of the best wooden coasters on the planet. The Raven runs fantastically well and is a great ride through the trees and along the lake. The Legend provides a contrasting ride with strong laterals and again runs really well. As for Voyage – stunning! A combination of old and new, an out and back and a twister. There is no bad seat on this coaster and it only pauses for breath at the block brakes. An incredible addition to Holiday World’s attraction list. Even the new dark shoot ’em up ride (Gobbler Getaway) is so well done. This is a park that is still very much family run and really could show the big corporate company parks how to do things well.

A couple of hours in the very well themed and kept waterpark provided some relief from the heat. We then had a fantastic ‘lunch’ at 6pm which is probably the best food of the trip so far. Pat gave a heartfelt speech and we sang Happy Birthday – she’s soon to be 75! ERS followed on the Raven and Legend as the sun set. However the ERS on Voyage had to be cancelled due to technical difficulties. The park could quite rightly have told us that it was the end of the day. However they laid on an extra 30 minute ERS on the Raven and the Legend. Staff stayed on well past the 21.30 official end time and still maintained their enthusiasm. Even better news followed for the following day with an extended walkabout tour and a chance to be a test dummy on Voyage‘s first morning runs. Quite simply a fantastic park run by fantastic people.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
After hearing comments regarding the Voyage being ‘too much’ and ‘very rough’, we were a little nervous climbing the lift for the first time. But we need not have been. Voyage is absolutely ******* incredible. It’s non-stop action but ride is perfectly designed not to throw you in the wrong direction. It’s a work of art. Our evening ERS was hampered by Voyage not running but, thanks to the hospitality of Holiday World, they re-opened both of their ‘smaller’ woodies (they’re anything but). Legend in the dark was a very welcome alternative. Amazing day.

Mark Sebley
Sleigh bells ring snow is glistening… We’re walking in a WOODY wonderland. WOODY WOODY WOODY = GOODY GOODY GOOD. What a fantastic start to ECC woody weekend. Three of the Best wooden coasters all under one roof, all insane rides. Thanks to the park for looking after us so well, the food, welcome, ERSs, waterpark were all top notch. If only all parks could come to yourselves (and Knoebels) to learn the art of running a park. Pat Koch’s enthusiasm for the park shows in all the ride operators and staff who are second to none. Oh how I envy the people that live close to this georgeous park. Hope The return visit is not too far away.

andycoasterboy
This is my third time to Holiday World and each time it just gets better ’99 riding The Raven and the press day for the launch of The Legend and now the stupendous Voyage. Having heard so much about this ride before the trip it was great to finally sit down, buckle-up and literally go on the ride of my life. Totally dumbfounded for words to explain how totally amazing this ride is, hoping someone following this is able to?? And if the daytime riding was good, flying along the track in the pitch black was, well totally awesome. This coaster is THE benchmark to all others that follow – the Gravity Group and Will Koch have done an amazing job. Pat Koch as ever was happliy walking around the park talking to everyone and was found being the ride op on her ‘baby’ Gobbler’s Get Away – this I think sets this park apart from any other I have visited, every member of staff is so happy and helpful.

Then there is the waterpark with a great collection of slides and pools and sunblock which comes in very handy for us pasty Europeans. Santa’s Lodge must also get a mention with the great bar service and the huge bucket of pretzels and crisps.

Jeff Holmes
This was my first visit to Holiday World and it is now listed in my top favourite parks. The staff were the friendliest people I have ever met in a theme park. They arranged 3 ERSs for us. First it was The Raven which is a great old fashioned woodie with a neck breaking ending. 2nd was the Legend which was for me the best of the 2 old fashioned woodies. The ride lasted longer and had 3 wicked helixes 2 of which were in tunnels. Finally came the phenomenal Voyage. This was absolutely breathtaking with 3 large drops giving plenty of airtime, 90 degree bends, speed tunnels with triple-drop all of which made one classic ride and makes my number one woodie by far.

Steve Fagin
After hearing the hype about Voyage, I was expecting something either excellent or hellish. Son of Beast this was not. Holiday Park has built what is arguably the best coaster on the trip. Voyage is a distillation of everything a tracked thrill ride ought to be. The speed, smoothness, succession of elements, exaggerated banking and incessant airtime produce a totality of coaster experience not to be missed. Very, very good. The visit itself also matched the enjoyment of this killer app: great hospitality, friendly staff and a real willingness to entertain. I particularly liked some of the touches like free sunscreen in the waterpark, and unlimited soft drinks included with entry (rather surprising given the revenue these generate for most parks). Thanks Holiday World, you were a most worthy visit on our hit list.

Lars Sorensen
Deep in the woods lurks, no it’s not Santa Claus, The Voyage. This is one of those coasters that is so hard to describe with saying, “You have to ride it”. I mean it is just insane, first drop is amazing in the back, and the rest of the ride is just wicked, and super fast. The Raven, and Legend are both very good coasters too. Holiday World is just such a nice place to be, and the hospitality was great too. And we had a ERS on the lifthill at the top at Voyage.

Bart Van Goethem
This charming park has stolen my heart right away. It is home to not one but three world class coasters. All placed in a wooded area with their own theming. Six years after The Legend they have done it again. The Voyage has it all. It is such a great creation. We were treated like kings by the park. Great food and ERS in abundance.

Peter Jackson ( AKA Duck Man LY& MY SMB )
Holiday World – WOW! what a great Theme & Water park. The new Voyage was a really enjoyable ride in all seats that I tried. Raven and The Legend are still good but the Voyage is now my number 1 woodie. The only down point was lack of phone signal and internet. The park staff were all smiles and nothing seemed to much trouble for them. Free sunblock & Soda for the entire visit. Duck withdrawal syptoms today. Thanks to all the staff for making our stay here so good.

Steve Davies
You’re lucky, Peter, I haven’t had a phone signal since we left P’vania! Anyway- Raven….Legend……Legend…. Raven – I still don’t know which I prefer, and both are so good in the dark! Oh, and then there’s that insignificant little new coaster down the far end. But seriously, what a ride! Voyage has everything, giant drops, tunnels, twists, turns, just hope Holiday World can maintain it so it doesn’t become rough, as it is extreme enough as it is. To sum up- Wow!

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
This just keeps getting better and better. I have got myself a new number one woodie: The Voyage. What a ride. I was one of the lucky ones that got to ride it in the dark, and… WOW!! For the rest of the park, the music show Pop Revolution was really good, and for the Raven vs Legend, well, I think I prefer Raven. Synd du ikke hadde mulighet til aa bli med hit, Eirik.

Bob Clark
Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana – where it’s Christmas every day with the Raven, The Legend and The Voyage.

Darren and Mary
Superb park staff so friendly and helpful, they were so happy to change the ERS last night, they are also so aware of health issues – free drinks and sun block. Riding The Voyage in the dark was something special as was my first ever lift hill stop. Darren obviously enjoyed a park with three excellent woodies.

Chris Penn
Holiday world – 3 awesome woodies what more could you ask for. Voyage being out of this world now my number one woodie. I was lucky and got to ride it in the dark twice, one being in the back seat. It’s a fantastic family run park and the food was outstanding.

Mats Hummel
Fantastic family run park. The Voyage is a really great but demanding coaster, feels like my new #1 woodie. They have 3 great coasters in this park. Thanks to the sheriff we had a safe hike to the park.

Even Stangebye
Had a great time in Holiday World, but was unlucky with the ERS on the Voyage in the evening – it broke down! But, I’m sure life still will move on… Tried to explain the the Nissen comes from Norway and not from the Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, but the lady in the Christmas store didn’t believe me…

Nina Kleppe
Holiday World was a nice park with 3 good woodies. Voyage was the best, it’s my new number 1 wood coaster. It was so powerful all the way. WOW!

Odd Arne Roste
Holiday World had three great woodies. Raven and Legend were good, but Voyage was excellent. I was lucky made a trip during the ERS at night. It was faster then fast. It is difficult to understand how it managed to keep the speed up. It was very nice to meet Pat Koch.

David & Susan Ellis
Holiday World is a lovely park with 3 great wooden coasters and very friendly staff. We had an evening ERS on Raven and Legend. Unfortunately at the start of the night-time ERS on Voyage (Susan’s 400th coaster) there was a problem, and the ride closed after two trains. We never got to ride it in the dark. The park, determined to make up for this disappointment, gave us the other woodies again until 10pm, and gave us an extended walk behind the scenes. In the morning Voyage suffered more problems, but some of us were fortunate to be guinea pigs, riding 3 consecutive rides to make sure it worked! Superb!

David Harrington
A superb day and a half at Holiday World – it’s not purely by luck alone that they have three absolutely cracking woodies – the Koch family are a great bunch of people and true enthusiasts who really enjoy their work. An amazing welcome – the hospitality was unbelievable and the ride operators were without exception genuinely friendly. We were also treated to the best food of the trip. The ERS on Voyage was somewhat curtailed due to technical problems with the lift hill, and I only managed one test ride before it broke down again the next morning – but this is definitely my number one woodie. Raven was a fantastic ride too – offering a great feeling of hurtling into oblivion without being painfully rough. Spent the afternoon in the excellent waterpark.

Chris Simon
Yes, you can believe all the hype, The Voyage is an absolute corker. Straight into my charts at Number 2 – will have to think carefully whether it will overtake ‘Timbers! Two other Top 10 woodies (Raven and Legend) of course which are still running beautifully. Holiday World is a fantastic place for families and thrill-seekers alike.

Lutz Konerding
Getting one ride on the Voyage at night: 0 Euros. Hearing “Jingle Bells” on the toilet in June: 0 Euros. Meeting Mrs. Pat Koch (“Queen of clean” and “Mrs. Holiday World”) and listening to her philosophy to run such a fantastic park with this three great woodies: priceless!!!!!

David Elvy
A full day at Holiday World today. We were “normal guests” for the day, until the Park closed – that’s when our ERS sessions started. I rode all the park’s coasters, and then spent the day in the waterpark – a great waterpark too with some amazing slides. Then, we had lunch – some of the best Park Food EVER. We were then lead to the joint ERS on Raven and The Legend. Both of the rides were flying, amazing rides – and Raven is my favourite of the two. Then we were lead to the Voyage for a night ERS. I got on the first train – which got stuck on the lift hill for a few moments – before the journey resumed. The Voyage is an awesome ride – loads of airtime, very fast and smooth throughout. The ERS had to be cancelled though, due to technical reasons – so the Park opened Raven and The Legend for us again. Thanks to all at Holiday World for a great day – Great Park, Staff and food.

Kim Varde Lassen
Holiday World in essence looks like the other parks we have visited, but the general experience was a clear 10. Nice atmosphere and great hospitality was quickly created by the owners. The staff and the ride ops seemed happy to work there, which is easily detected in their attitudes. Food was good, waterpark was really big and actually the best so far. Now….Voyage!! This ride just takes your breath away…definately a new number one for wooden coasters.. well it isn’t really wood all the way, but nevermind. It just goes on and on, is full of surprises and is so huge!! Beast is up there with it, but Voyage is just that more complete and action packed. The ERS was a bust, but we only had an engine to blame. Danish: Har det stadig herligt. Vi er lidt i soevnunderskud, men vi kan sove naar vi kommer hjem. ret

Terry Jarvis
There quite possibly isn’t any other park, that can boast to having three of the best, outstanding, highclass, wooden rollercoasters. Everytime I visit the park, I’m never disappointed! The Raven and The Legend are still as good as the first time i rode them, plenty of airtime and they fly around the track. In the past i’ve never been a fan of tall woodies, i’ve always found most of them to be a little rough and bumpy. The Voyage is the exception, it’s very smooth and very fast, and i love the triple down part in the tunnel. I now have a new number 1! Keep up the good work Holiday World, and i look forward to returning.

Stu Simms
You know you’re at a special park when you see the owner, Pat Koch, loading guests onto the Gobbler Getaway dark ride. All the staff at Holiday World are incredibly friendly, polite and efficient, taking people’s bags really helped speed up the loading of the rides and keep the waiting times to a minimum. We also had a blast in the great waterpark which had some really fun slides, the perfect way to cool off in the lovely weather. The night time ERS on Raven, Legend and Voyage blew us away, those three coasters are amazing enough in the day but are even more exceptional in the dark.

Tim Herre
Holiday World STOP What can I say STOP Probably the park with the best assortment of wooden roller coasters in the world STOP Plus the best water park of the trip STOP If any park out there can come close to the magic of Knoebels, this must be the one STOP Awesome STOP Perfect rides STOP Perfectly operated STOP Perfectly maintained STOP The Voyage blew me away STOP This is by far the best wooden roller coaster experience you can get these days STOP And there is nothing that comes anywhere near it STOP Anyone who has not ridden The Voyage may please shut up when it comes to woodies STOP Thanks very much STOP The Voyage is my new Number one STOP

 

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Day 15 – Holiday World, Beech Bend

Chris Hull
Following yesterday’s visit would prove to be a hard act to follow. However a police escort and the local Sheriff enabled us to walk to the park! A walk through the back part of the park to see different views of The Raven and The Legend. First runs on Voyage showed that last night’s problem had returned. However the staff allowed us all to have a ride with the extra lifthill stop along the way. Voyage remained down for the next couple of hours. Walking around Voyage showed the work that had gone into building this coaster – something not fully appreciated when on-board and flying through the woodland! On return a quick chance to do Getaway Gobbler and then to be waved at frantically by Malcolm Marr in the front seat of Voyage. A real chance to be a test dummy on three consective rides. Pat’s son Will and another park director were also on-board. Many thanks to Paula for allowing us to ride at that time. On exiting the park I bumped into Pat Koch again – such a lovely lady and many many thanks to her, her family and her staff for providing us with a great couple of days.

David Elvy
After last night’s ERS on Voyage being cancelled, the park allowed us to be test dummies on the ride this morning – before it opened to the public. So, I managed 2 rides on it, and it is the best wooden coaster I’ve ever ridden. An amazing ride. Everyone got on it at least once today – but the ride still did not open to the public. We took a behind the scenes tour of the Voyage – which gave us some good photos.

A while later, we happened to be in the Voyage area – and we heard Justin shouting “come onto the station, we need a full train,” so we ran up and jumped on to be test dummies once again. What followed was 3 consecutive rides on the Voyage – awesome. A good half day – and we are now en-route to Kentucky. Thanks again to all at the park – and thanks for allowing us to be test dummies – if any other parks want to do the same – then let me know.

Martin Simms
Today had to be one of the best days yet, started on Voyage which got stuck at the top of the lift hill again and even managed to get on another train making three total stops at the top of the hill great fun.

Tim Herre
What can you do in a morning after you were blown away by the best roller coaster ride of your entire life STOP Right, continue riding STOP Then you should do an amazing photo tour STOP Which we did STOP Then you should be in the right place to form as test dummy STOP Which we did STOP The Voyage is the best roller coaster out there STOP I’m not sure if one could a better one STOP Thanks Holiday World for the best ride I’ve ever had STOP

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
An early morning walk took us deep within the Raven and Legend structure as we headed to Voyage. Unfortunately after a couple of rides, Voyage was forced to remain closed to the public. No matter, as we were able to walk back to photograph the twisted trackage of the coaster. I’m just so pleased to have been able to experience such a ride – and such a perfect family park. I can’t wait to return.

andycoasterboy
After loading the luggage on the buses and the police escort – just to cross the road! we headed out around the back of Raven, Legend coming to The Voyage for an early morning ride which unfortunately ended up with a go each as the chain motor decided to go weird. But after the amazing time yesterday and the walk-back it didn’t really matter. Holiday World will always be a place I would come back to. A huge thanks to Paula, Pat and everyone at the park for a memorable time. We also drunk the hotel bar dry :)

Steve Fagin
Well, I managed one ride on Voyage this morning, not knowing that Justin was going to second-guess the problem with the chain-lift. Getting from hotel to park was thanks to the local constabulary, with Santa Claus’ Chief of Police very kindly escorting the group en masse across a couple of country lanes. Hope to get back one day soon.

Lars Sorensen
The Voyage broke down, so I only had 1 go on it, but luckily I rode it 9 times yesteday so I had no problems with it at all, those things happens. But the park was lucky that Justin knew how to fix the problem, Justin you win the intelligent prize today!

Bart Van Goethem
Great gesture of the park to give us a behind the scenes tour of their three woodies. Luckily we got another chance to ride their number one woodie.

Malcolm Marr
In South Bend, Indiana it is illegal to teach a monkey to smoke (you would think this law would be more widespread). In Santa Claus, Indiana however you are allowed to have three smokin’ wooden coasters, as Holiday World now have. I managed to get nightime rides on all of them following the lift problems with Voyage (nice view from the top by the way). I was also fortunate this morning to be chosen as the front row test dummy when the fix to the lift hill was being tested. It’s perhaps coincidental that a place where Christmas is celebrated every day now has a coaster where all your Christmases have come at once. The Voyage is definitely a Balder-Beater and is now the #1 on most peoples’ lists, especially after the ride in the dark. I’ve tried really hard to find a fault with it and the best I can come up with is that it wasn’t built in the UK. Well done Holiday World!

Martin Valt
The bar has been raised. This is the ride against which all wood coasters will now be judged. Voyage changes everything. PS Thanks to Kat for sharing her bath with me.

Jeppe Nygaard
Holiday World is very hard to describe with any words especially concerning riding The Voyage. From the second I hit the brake run at the end of the ride, I knew for certain that this was the best wooden coaster I had ever ridden. Sorry, Balder; you are now number 2. I am very impressed with the park’s maintenance of its 3 wooden coasters; other parks could learn a lot from Holiday World. Raven is 11 years old and runs incredibly well for a coaster with that speed and g-force. It is the best older woodie on the trip so far. The water park was very good as well. Pat and the rest of the staff gave us such hospitality, and I appreciate their enthusiasm for running a park so well. The walk-back for The Voyage was very impressive and gave me a good idea of what a tremendously huge project the builiding of this coaster had been. The triple-down in the tunnel and the 90 degree were really good elements, and the one ride I had on our night time ERS on The Voyage was the single best wooden coaster ride I have had in my life.

Yvonne Janik
I love Holiday World and greatly appreciate all the Koch family and Paula Werne and the staff do to make the park so perfect. I also more than appreciate their vision to build the perfect roller coaster which they have with The Voyage. It is amazing from start to finish.

Michael Badelt
Had a really excellent time at Holiday World. Great wooden coasters, a superb water park, interesting theming ideas for their different areas in the park and of course the lovely people running the park. I felt really at home here. About the Voyage, there really is not much to say for me than just: Wow!!!!!!!!! However, my other favorite ride at the park was not a coaster but Gobbler Getaway. You just have to ride it over and over again. I finally even crushed Malcolm’s Highscore until…. yeah, until he got stuck on the ride and got a score of over 8000, the b*****d 😉

Chris Hull
A late afternoon visit to Beech Bend – Kentucky Rumbler has proven to be a very worthwhile investment for this park. A great coaster – smooth and fast and one that is able to stand its ground when compared to its bigger brothers. A coaster that could easily fit into any park around. Nice BBQ dinner too.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
So what could possibly follow the wonders of Voyage? Easy – Kentucky Rumbler! A smaller ride in stature maybe, but ‘Rumbler really shows how to put the fun into a medium sized woodie. Why aren’t there as many of these coasters out there as there are Boomerang’s and SLC’s? Thanks Beech Bend – you have a stunning ride.

andycoasterboy
I really hope Kentucky Rumbler pulls in the huge crowds this fun-sized woodie and park deserve. Congrats to Beech Bend and the Jones family. The usual parks in the UK need to take a trip here and see for themselves how fun these GCI woodies are.

Jeff Holmes
After visiting Holiday World we drove South towards Kentucky to visit Beech Bend. This was an average amusement park but with a great woodie Kentucky Rumbler. Apparently this has the record of having the most crossovers and it certainly seems so. Well done Beech Bend for having the guts to create such a good coaster.

Viper
In the petting zoo – “I thought it was a goat.”

Martin Valt
A truly excellent wood coaster in the most unexpected of locations. I really hope this foresight and investment pays dividends for this park.

Jeppe Nygaard
Kentucky Rumbler – what a brilliant, perfect wooden coaster. I really loved it, and the night time ERS on it was really stunning. I appreciate the boldness of the park to make this kind of large investment, and I hope the attendance for the park will rise so high that the coaster will pay for itself shortly. Beech Bend has a great coaster for its money. The hospitality and food were really good, and Charlotte gave us a kind welcome.

Yvonne Janik
I loved the night time ERS on Kentucky Rumbler. I have been looking forward to riding this coaster ever since I first heard it would be built. It met my expectations, and I could ride ‘Rumbler over and over (and I did). What fun! Charlotte was gracious and fun, and I appreciate all the effort she made to make sure our trip to her park was perfect.

Steve Fagin
I have to admit that I didn’t really feel up for Beech Bend upon leaving the air-conditioned coach for the dry, baking Kentucky heat. That feeling wore off very quickly with a test circuit of the ‘Rumbler and a spin on the Gravitron. I liked the park: small, friendly, and as somebody at Holiday World told me, it had a little of the carnival to it. The Dodgems were fast, a little violent and therefore good fun. The park had an unusual salad spinner called Scat2 which appealed to me. And the ‘Rumbler itself was a great woodie. I’m not comparing it with Voyage. It was just a medium-sized, beautifully designed, entirely smooth, rather graceful track layout which could be ridden comfortably with arms up. Defining moment: Friendly and cheerful ride-ops. Worst moment: realising that maximising the ERS required a 500m-dash or a 4 minute walk.

Bart Van Goethem
Everbody come to Beech Bend and ride the Kentucky Rumbler!! They have such a great compact coaster. GCI you did such a great job. Thumbs up!! Thanks Beech Bend that you treated us so well!!

Michael Badelt
Kentucky Rumbler: Pack it, I’ll take it. What a wonderful coaster. How they managed to squeeze so much track into such a compact space is just amazing. A real fun coaster that puts a 360 degree smile on your face every time you ride it. And I had quite a few rides today. Just works every time for me.

Malcolm Marr
“If you build it, they will come” is a phrase commonly associated with that popular American sport, Rounders, but it is also apt with what the owners of Beech Bend have done. In gambling everything they have on the success of their new ride Kentucky Rumbler they deserve to come up trumps as the coaster is great in offering a perfect riding experience regardless of where you sit on the train. The rest of the park has a visting fair vibe to it with Scat 2 being the most intense ride on the trip so far. Oh, and in Kentucky it’s illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket.

Tim Herre
Every park in the world should have a Kentucky Rumbler STOP Great medium sized woodie STOP Absolutely insane pacing and incredible ride experience STOP And all that in the space of not much more than three Wild Mouse coasters STOP I do mean it STOP Every park should start to think about a coaster like this STOP It packs so many big thrills in such a small footprint STOP And it doesn’t let up STOP I think I have fallen in love with this great coaster STOP Tripsdrill, please, come to Kentucky and check out this ride that would perctly fit in your portfolio STOP I won’t stop bugging you until you buy one STOP I do mean it STOP Have I mentioned how great this coaster is? STOP Well, I may sound like a broken record but this coaster is so wonderful, that has to be mentioned STOP Let’s get ready to rumble STOP

Darren and Mary
An unusual start to the day was us all being escorted across two roads and the traffic being stopped by the Chief of Police, with the county Sheriff also in attendence – thanks Yvonne for organising this

Even Stangebye
Have to mention the excellent one hour ERS on the Kentucky Rumbler in the dark! What a great coaster!!! Every park should have a Kentucky Rumbler!!!

Nina Kleppe
Tonight we had an exellent ERS on The Kentucky Rumbler. Another very good woodie. So cool riding it in the dark.

 

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Day 16 – Dollywood, Lake Winnie

Paul Freeman
Dollywood: With exclusive sessions on the two main coasters and a quick unofficial take over of the next biggest coaster most of the coasters were done swiftly in the morning. Thunderhead was a great woodie and the looping Arrow coaster surprisingly smooth. The heat got to me after this though so little else was ridden.

Lake Winnie: A lovely lakeside setting for this park and exclusive sessions on both the woodie and the mouse. Park and food were very good. Still not convinced about the idea of “deep fried giant Snickers bar on a a stick” though.

Chris Hull
Woodie weekend continued with a visit to the very well themed Dollywood. Far far better than I expected and I left being very impressed with this park. The staff were all very friendly and interested in our visit. The park itself showed an incredible attention to detail and had a great selection of well maintained rides. A great woodie (Thunderhead) and Arrow Steelie (Texas Tornado). Another dark ride/coaster also provided much amusement after a great lunch.

The surprise park – Lake Winnie – showed again that the smaller parks can give the big ones a real run for their money anyday. The park laid on a great evening meal and two ERSs on their coasters with that added southern hospitality. A fantastic couple of parks to end the weekend. Thanks to all the management and staff involved!

John Coffield
Thunderhead was even more twisted then Kentucky Rumbler, with great speed and tons of airtime. Dollywood had some of the best food of any of the parks we have visited. It is also one of the most beautifully landscaped of all parks.

Mr M.Valt
Lake Winnie still has some of the most charming rides you will find in any park. The ‘Boat Chute’ being one of the most unique you find anywhere.

andycoasterboy
Dollywood today and Thunderhead – another great GCI creation, the Arrow ‘Tennesse Tornado’ was very smooth!! – the Slidewinder water slide has to be done. The park is very picturesque and has very friendly staff. Our surprise park was Lake Winnie with the oldest water chute I have been on, very unique. Cannon Ball was a great, very well maintained woodie and looked great lit up at night. They have also added a drop tower ride this year which was amazing. A long but very enjoyable day.

Jeff Holmes
This was my second visit to Dollywood and it is still a very quaint park, Thunderhead was running very well and so was the Tennessee Tornado, upon which we had ERS. On our 3rd surprise park we visited Lake Winnie of which it is affectionally known. This has a great setting over a lake and comprises of a great woodie called Cannon Ball and a very sharp bended wild mouse.

Kim Varde Lassen
What a nice place Dollywood was and so different from all the other parks. It had a real blacksmith where I was filming a lot. The coasters where really good. Thunderhead had the same qualities as Kentucky Rumbler yesterday – same manufacturer in fact. Lots of banked turns and airtime – me like.. The ride ops on the ERS really got into it- smiling and friendly, just great. Tennessee Tornado had almost the same smoothness as a B&M and reeeealy pulled some Gs that made you go lightheaded. furthermore, this was the best lunch meal on the trip – was especially impressed by the bread…yummi!

Mick FK
Hi Liz, Crystal & Karl. What a beautiful park with surprises around every corner. The theming is amazing. A great woodie with a lot of speed, not a lot of airtime but a little airtime in the 3rd seat. I’ve met some great people – staff and public. All very friendly. Surprise park – Lake Winnie. A gem out in the southern backwoods. Welcomed us with open arms. A great wild mouse and Cannon Ball – A woodie. We had both for an ERS while the park was open. Now that is southern hospitality. The staff again were fantastic. 3 of us were even shown the workings of the 1916 carousel. We had our own behind the scenes tour. Timber structured with original horses. We had a great time – thanks to everyone – management and staff for making our visit so special.

Steve Fagin
The name put me off, but Dollywood turned out to have real charm, with a location of Knoebels-style loveliness. Riding a real steam train up the mountain was a first for me, and I bear the soot streaks to prove this. Our visit to Lake Winnie was a great way to round off the day, with real local charm and a great welcome from both ride ops and park management. The Wild Mouse was fearsome at first, but became quite re-rideable once practised. One ride-op apologised for the lack of big thrill rides in the park – quite unnecessarily – because the park complemented our trip schedule very well.

Midas van de Graaf:
Dollywood must be one of the prettiest parks I have ever seen. The theming here is not just a themed area, it’s everywhere and it’s real. Thunderhead makes a perfect wooden twister. The way the train runs through the station again is superb. Blazing Fury was something different. A very surprising and fun ride. Sorry we had to leave so early.
Lake Winnie was a nice surprise. Such a lovely little park. They maintain their wooden coaster so well. It’s a delight to ride a woody like that. Also a good job in keeping that water chute running. I will surely remember Lake Winnie.

Jeppe Nygaard
Dollywood takes the title as far as being the most themed park throughout the whole trip. It was very beautiful, and I loved the atmosphere there. I enjoyed the staff that worked in the park because of their ages and experience. The park was spotlessly clean, and the food looked so tasty that I wanted to have a progressive meal around the park to try all the types, and I normally do not fancy park food. The ERS on Thunderhead was great, and I loved riding the coaster. Tennessee Tornado was the probably the best looping Arrow coaster I have ever ridden – why couldn’t Arrow make the others like it? I liked the hospitality of the park especially for allowing us to have a full hour of ERS on Thunderhead even though we got started late because of minor maintenance checks. We were allowed to ride both coasters even though the public was already in the park, and the park was opened.

Lake Winnie was a surprise park of the day, and it turned out to be a really good surprise. It has a beautiful setting by the lake, the Boat Chute was a unique ride, and, of course, I loved the wooden coaster Cannon Ball. It was running well, and the maintenance crew does a great job in keeping the coaster in very good shape. The atmosphere there today was friendly and relaxing, and I noticed the quite a few of the staff approached us to see what we were doing and to get to know us since they knew our group would be at the park tonight. All in all, I had a very good day that ended with a excellent ERS that completed the night. Thank you so much, Lake Winnie.

Yvonne Janik
Dollywood is an amazing and beautiful park. Thanks to Pete Owens, Michael Headla, and Chris Cate for making all this fun possible for us. Both exclusive ride sessions were awesome, and we had a perfect day at Dollywood. I had at least 15 rides on Thunderhead, and every seat on the coaster gave an excellent ride. The food was delicious, and I especially loved the peach cobbler.

I love coming to Lake Winnie. I appreciate the family hospitality and the way the park is maintained with such love and care. WOW! Cannon Ball was running great, and I loved the night time ERS. Thanks so much Talley and Adrienne – what a fun night we had at your park!

David Elvy 
Today started off early at Dollywood, early. We started with an ERS on Thunderhead, the Parks latest roller coaster. One hour on this, and it’s a great ride. A nice twisting, smooth, fast and well paced ride. We were then lead up to Tennessee Tornado, the park’s arrow looper – a very smooth, but very short ride. After a great lunch, we had a few more hours in the Park before making our way down to Lake Winnie. Our bonus afternoon at Lake Winnie was nice. Another great Park meal, and an ERS on Cannon Ball at the end of the day. A good day all round – though the trip is drawing to a close now.

Tim Herre
Being on the ECC Team, I knew about this day a while ago as being the “nasty” day. Well, that expression was absolutely appropriate. After no more than 3 hours of sleep it was very hard to get out of the hay. Then came what will be known of as “the Trolley hike” in the future. Thanks to the Trolley company not knowing where there own location is we had a (sort of) nice walk through the baking Tennessee heat. It already hit over 80 degrees at eight in the morning, so we knew what we were in to at Dollywood. That park I knew very little of and it completely blew me away. Absolutely excellent theming, top notch attractions, including the highly rated Thunderhead coaster and an surprisingly smooth Arrow looper, as well as very good operations made this park storm my top ten. It’s got very original rides, for example the unusual Mountain Slidewinder waterslide. Having Sahara climate, water rides were the deal of the day, and their rapids and flume got us a drenched to the bone. Unfortunately, Dolly and her twins did not show up. But at least Lisa B. will meet us tomorrow at Six Flags over Georgia, that will be a nice compensation.

After Dollywood it was time for Lake Winnie, the final surprise park of the trip. Their Cannon Ball woodie is smooth as silk, and I have never experienced a coaster literally flying into the brakerun like this one before. Nice one! Matthias and I got the strange idea for the ERS to ride the Wild Mouse twice for each ride on the Woodie, so we had 10 consecutive goes on it, which left the ride op shaking his head in disbelief. Then we went over for our deserved 5 rides on the Cannon Ball, but Matthias left and spent the rest of the ERS pretty much alone on the mouse. Die spinnen, die Onrider! Thanks Lake Winnie for the great hospitality!

Malcolm Marr
In Tennessee it is illegal to catch fish with a lasso but someone is capturing mullets as I expected to see loads in this state and saw none. After a unecessary hike down Pigeon Forge, morning Wood eventually came in the form of some Thunderhead (fnar fnar hyuck hyuck) and in the best themed park of the trip the ride is actually pretty decent. The biggest surprise of the park was Tennessee Tornado, a smooth Arrow looper, yep, you read that right, a smooth Arrow looper. Ironically the last one that Arrow made before they went bust; a shame it took them so long to do things properly. The park is quite surreal being full of old dears and Disney-esque electric people movers.

The evening was spent at the best surprise of the trip; Lake Winnie, a lovely small park set around a picturesque lake. Hospitality was great here and they have some good rides; Cannon Ball is a well-loved woodie that is running really well. There is also a wicked drop tower and a very surreal custom built flume ride here. Definitely consider visiting this park if you are in the area; Cannon Ball beats Coney’s Cyclone hands down!!!

Michael Badelt
I really did not know much about Dollywood until today. And boy was that a pleasant surprise today. A beautifully themed park with a variety of rides you don’t find on every corner like the excellent Blazing Fury. What concerns the other coasters I can only second what the others already wrote. Thunderhead is a really decent ride located in an amazing scenerie. What a way to start off your morning. The Arrow looper then was the next big surprise. As smooth as a B&M.

The second half of the day was filled with another surprise park. Lake Winnie welcomed us with great hospitality. What can be more beautiful then riding a classic wooden coaster in the dark with all the chaser lights on? A great sight, a great ride. Thanks to all the folks a Lake Winnie for this wonderful evening.

Stefan Rothaug
Dollywood ist fuer mich eine der grossen positiven Ueberraschungen der Tour. Bei unserem BesuchsWetter besonders wichtig: Viel Schatten! Ausserdem nette und ausserewoehnliche Achter- und Wasserbahnen und durchweg ueberzeuendes Theming. Die Holzachterbahn im zweiten Park Lake Winnie hat grossen Spass gemacht und auch die originelle Wildwasserbahn ist durchaus eine Fahrt wert.

Andrew Lamb
After effects from the ‘nasty day’ where in action first thing this morning. but were quickly gone after a walk to the trolley stop and two ERSs on Thunderhead and the Tennessee Tornado. The park itself was very well kept and has some very original rides including Mountain Slidewinder which is a must for anyone reading this who is planning a trip to Dollywood. later on in the day we made a suprise visit to Lake Winnie which boosted loads of great ride inluding the Cannon Ball which we had an ERS on. It has great airtime moments and really is a fun ride, and has been looked after very well. All in all another great day despite some hickups earilier in the day.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
Everyone felt the effects of having just a couple of hours sleep last night – but thankfully Dollywood blasted away those cobwebs. Thunderhead was wonderful but it was Tennessee Tornado that really surprised us. This easily ranks as one of the best loopers of the trip. And Blazing Fury was an absolute joy. Dollywood is without a doubt the most beautiful park I’ve visited in the US. Our surprise trip to Lake Winnie was a great way to end today. The Boat Chute is a gem of a ride dating back to 1928. The Cannon Ball is obviously very well looked after and runs like it opened only yesterday. Thanks to both parks for the great food too!

Peter Jackson ( AKA DuckMan LYSMB) 
Last night we only got to our rooms approx 3am after a long drive & had to be up at 7am. We all gathered exhausted in the car park at 8am & then headed on our short walk to the trolley bus stop which ended up being in the wrong direction. Dollywood was a lovely park and after a initial delay the ERS started on the Thunderhead woodie, you couldn’t get me of it for the whole ERS. The ride woke me up and was really enjoyable. Lunch was good to, Chicken, Corn on the cob, Meat loaf and sliced potatoes in butter. Got my Duck fix after lunch and fed them with the 3 rolls I stashed for the purpose at lunch time. Rode the big steam train on it’s 5 mile route up the hill, most enjoyable. Finished the day with a low calorie ( NOT ) chocolate Ice Cream.

Steve Davies
Enjoyed ERS on Thunderhead, a twisting woodie v.similar to Kentucky Rumbler yesterday, much fun with the station “fly through” and very re-rideable. The Arrow steel looper was OK, very smooth for this type of ride, but feel these are now “old hat”, very “1980’s !” Dollywood itself was great, all done authentically like a western town, good shops etc, different to the usual theme park tat, would have liked bit more time here. And everyone out here talks funny, like Beverley Hillybillies, or is it the Waltons? Till next time……

Darren and Mary
Wonderful park something in it for both of us, Darren really enjoyed the ERS on Thunderhead he never got off until the ERS finished, lunch was very nice with a good variety of food. A lady in a shop said that she felt that it was the best place to work, everyone was so friendly and helpful. A very enjoyable visit.

Odd Arne Roste
Another brilliant GCII coaster at Dollywood today. Thunderhead must be Kentucky Rumbler’s big brother. The trains was perfect for all the twists. Dollywood was a really good themed little park. I’m very sorry that Dolly wasn’t there, but after all this is a coaster trip.

Even Stangebye
Had some nice hours in Dollywood. Not too many rides there, but a very nice and clean park with beautiful theming and far from only plastic-fantastic-shops. Great ERSs on Thunderhead and Tennessee Tornado. But where was the real Dolly??? I heard she will be coming to the park next week… Well, at least I took a picture of a picture of her… Good enough??

Nina Kleppe
Dollywood was a nice western themed park. Had a great ERS on Thunderhead, a good twisting woodie. Tennessee Tornado was good for an Arrow coaster. The indoor coaster Blazing Fury was a nice surprise. We also got to to see Sponge Bob film for the second time on this trip. Sad you missed out on that one again Eirik. We kept a chair empty for you…

Peter Jackson ( AKA Duck Man CTD-LYB )
A Suprise visit to lake Winnie for an ERS on a Woodie and a wild mouse. Did the old Ghost train, the train around the lake, the drop tower day and night. Then Found Geese and a pair of Ducks. Picnic was at 8pm followed by a 9pm shared ERS on the Cannon Ball Woodie and wild mouse. Even the coach drivers had a ride on the woodie tonight! Back on the bus now at 22.15 for an approx 12:30am arrival at the hotel. Back on the coach at 8am. Phone definately on silent tonight for a good nights sleep.

Kaaaa Procter Peterman
YEAY today was the best. I met my future wife. OK well I met a lovely girl who didn’t run away scared! Lovely Jocelyn Wacky Worm Girl (sung to tune of Lovely Rita by those little known Beatles)!! I’ll say it again – you’re lovely! (I’m the guy with the long hair). Purleeeaaase mail yourself to me like you said you wanted to. I will pay the postage! Oh we rode some coasters too. YEAY!! 0ohhh very lovely eyes :)

Marty Simms
Yeah escaped on to bus 2 away from the Germans lol 😛 had a great time at Lake Winnie today even though I did get the wrong coaster and ended up ERSing on the wacky worm. What a great night and great ride op see you soon bye

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Had a great time at Lake Winnie. Started with the train around the park to get a view, and ran into the wildlife (geese). Then off to the coasters, and one interesting boat-ride. Log flume kind of ride with an element of dark-ride. Did the sky-ride with Odd Arne where we passed the weight-limit with at least 100 lbs. That got us a little worried in the loading steeseation:) Great hospitallity (as in every park), great food, and a great ERS.

Nina Kleppe
Lake Winnie was a nice little surprise park. Got three extra credits also. Goodie. The Cannon Ball was a good little woodie, with some good airtime. Great ERS on that one. And I really liked the drop tower, and the boat ride was like a dark ride, dark for about 5 minutes in the tunnel. Cool.

Even Stangebye
Woke up in a little surprise park by a lake after a Power Nap on the bus. Took most of the rides, and the boat-thingie was cool! But, to make it even cooler: Put the Truck horn from the Ghost Train in the middle of the long dark tunnel – that would scare the (censored) out of people! Heh!!! It would be the best boat-ghost ride north of Buenos Aires!!! Also great ERS on the Cannon Ball. Next and last stop: Atlanta!

David & Susan Ellis
Dollywood is a pretty park situated in a shady wooded valley of the Smoky Mountains. We had two ERSs, on Tennessee Tornado, which is a smooth and re-rideable Arrow 3-inversion coaster (yes, you read that right!) and Thunderhead, a fantastic GCI wooden twister with 32 crossovers. Staff were very friendly. Some of the water rides were really fun, and wet! Now off to a surprise park, Lake Winnepesaukah. A great way to spend our 4th Wedding Anniversary.

David Harrington
A very friendly park but too hot – up to 97F – and suffering from the effects of less than 4 hours sleep. Highlights of the park were Thunderhead (a similar type of woodie to Kentucky Rumbler – I slightly preferred the latter but Thunderhead is still very good, and very rerideable), Blazing Fury (a well themed dark ride) and the steam train, which is the longest (5 miles) and most entertaining train I’ve been on in a park.

Chris Simon
Dollywood is a very beautifully themed and landscaped park. Thunderhead is very similar to K.R. but perhaps slightly more aggressive, featuring lots of extreme banking and twists with a couple of floating hills. T.T. a very unique Arrow multi-inversion coaster. Still features the usual Arrow-style bumpy transitions but with 3 massive inversions and a floating (parabolic?) first drop. Blazing Fury is completely different from what you expect an indoor coaster to be. Nicely themed and with 3 surprise drops that are very well done.

Chris Penn
what a wonderful themed park Dollywood is, it has loads of things to do for everyone from 1 to 90 years of age. Thunderhead is very good similar to Kentucky Rumbler, the Blazing Fury ride was alot of fun unique i think with a very interesting wet ending! The food today was superb again, all i need now is some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….. as everyone only got about 4hrs max sleep last night!

Lake Winnie was a fantastic suprise park it has a great atmosphere, some good old rides, something here for everyone young and old. The Cannon Ball coaster is a joy to ride. An ERS on it in the dark was a great end to the day.

Lorna & Adrian Dade
Dollywood was Fab, 2 ERSs and Blazing Fury was an excellent ride. would have enjoyed it more if we were not so tired. Great meal too.

David and Susan Ellis
We were made to feel very welcome at this lovely family-owned park. We had a joint ERS on an L&T Wild Mouse with very wild bends, and the 1967 John Allen wooden out and back, Cannon Ball. At last a “camera-friendly” park too! Just one more park to go :(

David Harrington
Another surprise trip, this time to Lake Winnie, which was a nice little park with a good family woodie. The other main coaster was a wild mouse, which was OK if a little rough. The best ride here is probably the drop tower, but the brakes at the bottom were a bit sharp.

Dave Scott
Ooops, errr, got on the wrong train due to the lovely Joslin running the wacky worm! Poor Pete got superglued to the train although I have no idea why? Dollywood is fab; Epcot could learn a lesson or two from this place.

James “Spinner”Hannaford
Dollywood was a great park would have been nice to have spent some more time there to enjoy more than just coasters. A return visit is on the Cards now that the coaster are added to the count. Lake Winnie the Pooh was a nice little park and suprise to end the Day. Unfortunatley due to misguided information spent the ERS on Wacky Worm. Always seems that the little Parks have nice Ride staff who are up for a laugh. The Bigger Parks could learn something here.

Adrian & Lorna Dade
Another surprise, a great family owned park. Excellent woodie, Great meal and great dodgems (although not as fast as the ones at Beech Bend yesterday!!!)

Darren and Mary
What a great little park, the staff and local visitors were so friendly, another first for me –the first time that I have ridden a wooden coaster in the front seat, and also ridden the coaster 5 times. A long day but it has all been wonderful

Leon Schuurbiers
Lake Winnie was great! A selection of great rides like the weird boat flume which is more scary than the dark ride and of course the Cannon Ball. But my favorite ride was the drop tower, this was the most fun drop tower I’ve ever done. Even for the GP 10+ rides wasn’t uncommon on this great ride.

Odd Arne Roste
Lake Winnepesaukah was a pleasent surprise with an ERS on Cannon Ball at night. Great woodie with loads of airtime. Not many on the wild mouse though, a little too rough. Many other good rides too. Tomorrow is the last of the 21 parks :(

 

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Day 17 – Six Flags over Georgia

David & Susan Ellis
The last park! An unusual day really…started with an ERS on Goliath, the new B&M airtime machine. At the front it was delivering 22 seconds of airtime! Lots of floaty loveliness! We then tried to get as many coasters done as we could, which was fortunate as after lunch there was a huge thunder storm, with a few lightning strikes closing down all the rides. We were in the queue for Superman, the B&M flyer. 2 hours later the ride started and we finished the day on the remaining coasters. Home tomorrow, assuming we can avoid tropical storm / hurricane Alberto!

David Harrington
Goliath was an excellent coaster – not quite as good as Nitro but still a great ride – remarkable airtime. Good lunch, but afterwards thunderstorms closed everything except the Monster Plantation (which was closed already!). Things didn’t look good, so we went to the Honky Tonk show instead which was quite entertaining. Other notable coasters were Ninja (awful), the mine train (unnecessarily rough), and the Georgia Cyclone (painfully rough – great shame). Tried my first old-fashioned drop tower, which was good fun and not as painful as some had suggested. The big tilting drop tower was also good, and the extra tilting at the top a big surprise. Finally managed to ride everything else I wanted to try, so was pleased with how the day turned out.

Nina Kleppe
The last park of the trip today. What better way of ending the trip then with a ERS on Goliath, a great coaster with lots of airtime. Also got to do the rest of the coasters and secured my counts even though it was a thunderstorm and all the coasters where closed for 3 hours. I had a really great trip with many good parks and a lot of good and some bad coasters. Shame we have to go home tomorrow. I will definitely come back to US some time in the future.

Chris Penn
A great park with some good coasters the park was very quiet today most rides were a 5 min wait max :> a great way to end the trip.

Lorna & Adrian Dade
A great park, Great coasters and a terrific thunder storm. We managed all the rides except Superman before the storm. Goliath was Fun, a great end to a great trip, thank you to everyone involved and to the coach drivers for a great relaxing !! holiday, now back to work for a rest.

Viper 
My second visit to the park. Goliath a superb hypercoaster with plenty of float time. Superman – Ultimate Flight is much better than Great Adventure’s, more intense in the pretzel loop. A great selection of coasters altogether and a great way to finish this fantastic trip.

Jeff Holmes
Our last day of the trip was at Six Flags over Georgia. This was my second trip to the park so had ridden most of the coasters before. Our ERS however was on the new B&M Goliath which was good.

Even Stangebye
The day started with a great ERS on the new B&M Goliath coaster. It was such an airtime-machine, almost wherevere I was seated. Six Flags over Georgia surely has gotten a superb new coaster. This is the final trip report, since we’re heading across the big pond tomorrow. What a trip!!! Thanks to the people who have arranged such an excellent trip!! And my favourite coaster of the trip… it has to be Superman – Ride of Steel in Six Flags New England! I want a copy of that to Tusenfryd next year!!!!!! See you on a coaster somewhere soon…

Odd Arne Roste
The last report from the US. A good start with a good ERS on the Goliath. Even though we are a little spoiled with great coasters, this one still made an impression in my top ten list. I’m sorry that this was the last day of coasters, but with 128 new ones in the count I can’t complain. This was a tour that never can be forgotten. I have met a lot of other coaster fans from all over Europe and I hope I will meet them again in the near future.

Malcolm Marr
In Georgia it is against the law to tie a giraffe to a post. No signs of any giraffes today but there were plenty of posts holding up the dozen or so coasters the park has. Goliath is alright but does everything so well that you come off thinking it lacks something; it’s just too “nice” a ride to rate. The park is a little confusing in places, a couple of times I could see where I wanted to go but couldn’t see an easy route through. The trip has been exhausting but still very enjoyable, mostly due to the heatwave (which always seems to follow us on the big trips) and not the pacing of the trip. All the parks have been great to us and we have been very spoiled with the quality of the ERSs we’ve been given. Roll on Scandi 2007.

Jeppe Nygaard
My trip has been exceeding all my expectations, even though they were pretty high. I think I have ridden more superb coasters on this trip than all the others I have done combined. The trip has gone really well. The planning of the trip has been really extraordinary. The trip team have done it again!! The amount of ERSs has given us an incredible amount of ride time on this trip. I have enjoyed meeting up with old friends and making new ones from all nine different countries on this great trip. Thanks to Kevin, Justin & Yvonne for their huge efforts to make this trip run so well. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
The last day of the official trip, and it feels a little sad even if we are tired. Today would have been better if the thunderstorm hadn’t made Six Flags shut down most of the rides for many hours, but we managed to do all the coasters anyway. All credits to the trip-orginators, this trip has been awesome. I’m now off to Florida (with Leon) to do disney, universal and Busch Gardens before going home on Saturday. Well, at least if the hurricane Alberto (which cnn reports is on its way to Florida tonight) doesn’t ruin those plans. Hope to see you all on a future ECC-trip.

Michael Badelt
Quite a challenging day today if the aim was to ride every coaster at least once. Thunderstorms kept almost all the park’s rides closed for the main part of the afternoon. Have to admit that my favourite coaster in the park was Mindbender. I just love the classic Schwarzkopf rides. Sadly, it was the last day of the trip today. What’s left to say? Well, this was one hell of a trip. Intense and fun from start to finish, exactly as advertised. Thanks so much for all the hard work that went into this trip. I really appreciate what everybody has done to make this a really memorable holiday. I will hopefully see you all on future ECC trips. Take care!

Chris Hull
Another Six Flags park but one with good southern hospitality. The ride-ops were welcoming and allowed re-rides during the quieter parts of the day. The weather was against us though with a thunderstorm which closed all rides for a couple of hours. Curiously a complete lack of management staff around the park to find out what was going on. However the skies cleared and riding continued. Goliath provided a nice ‘floaty’ ride during the morning’s ERS. Mindbender is a classic Schwarzkopf and set really nicely in the trees. A nice ending to the holiday. It’s been quite a trip so many thanks to those concerned. Special thanks to Justin, John L, Kevin & Yvonne for their huge contribution to getting this trip off the ground and running smoothly throughout!

John Coffield
SFOG has 3 excellent coasters, ‘Goliath’, ‘Superman’ and ‘Mindbender‘ not in that order. The best word I heard to describe ‘Goliath‘ was ‘floatly’. ‘Superman’ has been one of my favourites for a long time. ‘Mindbender‘… all I can say is wow!!! I love it! What a great trip it has been. I ride my 900th coaster tomorrow in Myrtle Beach. Peace & Love to All! See you next trip. JC

Mats Hummel
What a fantastic coaster trip. This is my first real trip with the Club, it’s not going to be the last one. I really enjoyed these eighteen days. About eighty fun and friendly fanatics sharing the same interest together on two coaches and more than one hundred coasters. Thanks to Justin and the team for putting in all the work to make this come true.

Mark Riley and Jenny Lamb
The Goliath ERS was superb and really kicked off our final day in style. For us, Goliath was one of the best steelies of the trip. Unfortunately some of the ride operators were very slow – namely The Mine Train and Deja Vu. However Superman and Goliath were both run amazing well – big cheers for the ride ops! Overall Six Flags over Georgia was a great way to end a Goliath coaster tour. Overall the tour was a very intense but fantastic two and a bit weeks of coaster riding. The trip has run very smoothly – well done to the US team! All of the parks have welcomed us with welcome arms and shown us great hospitality. Thanks to Yvonne, Kevin, John, Justin, Liz FK, Liz Hall, Graham, Pjotr and everyone else involved. Top stuff!

Steve Fagin
Enjoyed Goliath – very nice to ride with the eyes closed. Good ERS too – no train missed. As predicted, we were rained off for part of the afternoon, although a couple of the missed rides were caught once the park finally shook itself off and started running again. Apart from Goliath, Acrophobia (standing freefall) was one of the best ride experiences. Like the one at Six Flags Warner Bros, this was a scary drop.

Lars Sorensen
What an airtime machine, Goliath was fantastic, I counted the airtime seconds, 22,93 seconds. Stupid rain forced me to spend like 20 dollars in the arcade. Acrophobia was a great ride to, really scary drop, looking straight down into the ground.

Kim Varde Lassen
Goliath, the trip’s last new steelie, and what a steelie! 25 seconds or so of airtime. A fantastic sensation of flying that has only made my obsession with B&M stronger. The park in itself was a bit bit hard to find your way thru, even with maps, but we managed. A furious thunderstorm put a stop to the fun for 3 hours, but that in itself was pretty interesting. The trip as a whole has been amazing, much as I expected. You get very spoiled from riding coasters all the time and you only expect the best of the best. We did get that today on Goliath.

Terry Jarvis
This is where my love affair with American theme parks all started nine years ago, for this was my first theme park in the US. still one of my favourite Six Flags, only better. Goliath is the best hyper coaster from B&M I have ever riden, lots of floaty airtime on every hill, all the way from the top to the bottom. A great park and a great finish to the trip!

Paul Orsmond
Oh my God! What a park to end off the trip, SFoG is a lovely six flags park with a wonderful new Goliath coaster which we had an ERS on which was fantastic and had plenty of airtime. The rest of the coasters were fine excect for Ninja which was horrible, even the rain and thunderstorms which closed the rides for 2hrs didn’t ruin our day as we still all managed to ride all the coasters in plenty of time, a perfect park to end the trip on. Overall it’s been a fantastic but exhausting trip, thanks to all who were involved in organising everything, it’s been a lot of fun.

Martin Valt
Large vodka and tonic again please mate. Thanks to everyone involved in organising an awesome trip. Nige baby you don’t know what you missed!

Jenny Lamb
I love the ducks at Six Flags. They are great. I watched them for the whole hour during the ERS. The front of the ducks are really good. More parks should have ducks. Ducks rule. Okay.

Paul Worts 
Still waiting at the Big Blue Hotel…

Malcolm Marrrrrrrr
My t-shirt is crap

Marlon Scott
Wow! Just joined the group from Holiday World to here in Atlanta. Great time with you folks once again. Got to try several new coasters on this trip. Voyage became my new number one before the ride even ended. Kentucky Rumbler has the fierceness of Voyage but in a smaller package-love those sumptuous trains! Dollywood was new park for me with rich theming and two great coasters-I’ll be back. Lake Winnie charmed as usual. My how Six Flags Over Georgia has grown! It’s the same age as myself! The only down side for me was that the coaches couldn’t tow my car.

Tim Herre
I’m amazed. I’m knackered. Thanks Everybody!

Justin Garvanovic
I’m off to bed. Good night, and farewell.

 

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