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"Dixieland Doozy" | Jul 5-10 2010 | Trip Reports

Haha, ask Marc.. He seen me walking around snapping pictures without even stopping :p . I wasn't trying to polish my photography skills, JOEY :evil: .
 

Antinos

Slut for Spinners
I'll respectfully disagree to what Joey says. Every B&M hyper EXCEPT Intimidator is smooth ;)

And yes, Taylor sucks at taking photos. I wasn't even impressed with almost all of my own. I need to get myself one of those mini tripods...

Anyway...

Day 5. Temperature: 93*. We woke up early to drive once again and we arrived just after the park opened. We headed to Nighthawk first and waited about 15 minutes. The ride had vibrations and the layout wasn't as good as Firehawk's.

Next was Intimidator. We rode in the back and the first thing I noticed was that the ride was rough. The ride had decent air, but the turnaround was forceless and the end of the ride sucked. It was a disappointment since it's a new Beemer and it doesn't even compare to Diamondback and Behemoth.

Afterburn was next, which saved the day. Afterburn was everything I was expecting it to be; a solid inverted coaster. It had some great forces, especially in the batwing and final helix, and it even had a bit of airtime. It was a fast paced ride and easily the best ride in the park.

I can't even be bothered to write about the rest of the park (except one ride). Thunder Road was ok. Hurler sucked. Vortex sucked. Carolina Cyclone sucked. Carolina Cobra was ok. Ricochet was nothing special. The mine train sucked. The kiddie coasters weren't anything special. Overall, the park was just bad. There was only one restaurant with air conditioning, which is pathetic.

Although I do have to talk about probably the best ride on the entire trip; Woodstock's Flyers. Normally, an amusement park would kick you out for snapping on a flying scooter, but not at Carowinds. The ride ops actually advocate it. We rode twice, and on our second ride, all ten riders were snapping. The ride op said she had never seen it before. I have never laughed so hard on a ride before. Honestly, I can't wait until we get to ride the flying scooters at Indiana Beach.

We left kind of early because there was nothing else to bother riding again. During our drive, we ran into the only rain on the trip - about ten minutes worth of sprinkles.


Day 6, the final day. Temperature: 80*...thank God!

We got up and drove to Dollywood. The drive itself was absolutely stunning, and when we got to the park, the beauty continued. We entered and the park was pristine. The midways and rides were surrounded by trees and there was theming all over the place. Our first ride was the kiddie coaster to get it out of the way, and then we rode the ferris wheel. Taylor was terrified and it was pretty funny, since the ferris wheel is an old fashioned wheel with bench seats instead of gondolas. Blazing Fury was next.

Blazing Fury was interesting. It's an indoor powered coaster themed to firefighting. There was a lot of theming to it and the ride had three big drops. The last drop had a water splash, which actually felt pretty good.

Tennessee Tornado was next. This was a ride that I always wanted to ride. It was one of Arrow's last coasters, and they finally learned what heartlining was. I got off the ride thinking "what the hell is this?" Even though they finally figured out heartlining, the ride was still screwed up. The turn into the first drop is similar to Mantis', but it's banked at much more of an angle. The first loop is huge, but there isn't a fluid motion to it. The loop is very wide, and this creates twists at the 90* points of the loop. There are other transitions in the ride that are pretty funky too. The ride is smooth and intense though, so at least Arrow did something right.

Thunderhead was next. We heard a lot of good things about this ride, and we were hoping it didn't disappoint. The ride ended up being better in the front. Thunderhead was full of lateral G's and small pops of airtime throughout the ride. The turns are extremely fun and the station fly through is interesting. Thunderhead is a quality ride and a ride that should be a model for how other wooden twisters should be.

Timber Tower was closed, which was a huge disappointment. We rode Mystery Mine instead. While I thought the ride was nothing too exciting, it was a very fun ride. The theming, especially at the beginning of the ride, is very well done. Mystery Mine did not disappoint.

Lunch was next. We had country buffet and saw a ton of obese people, which is a shame. People really need to watch how they eat. I personally started off with a plate of salad and cole slaw followed up with a plate of salisbury steak, mac n cheese, and mashed potatoes. I finished it off with a cup of jello. They sure can cook good down south.

We headed to the train next, which was a real experience. The train used to operate in Alaska for the military before it ended up in Tennessee. The train climbs up the mountain and back down in about 20 minutes.

We headed up the hill to ride Mountain Slidewinder, which was a fun water ride. We didn't get too wet and we enjoyed drifting around the turns on our raft.

We went back to Adventure Mountain challenge course, something we passed up earlier. We waited in line and headed up to the challenges. There are three courses, and fortunately, you can head back up to do the others without waiting in line again. We chose the highest one, and when we were done, we went back and did the other two. The most fun course was the one with the waterfall, which randomly shot geysers at the climbers. I ended up getting shot twice.

After a few more rerides, it was time to go. We had to drive five hours back to Cincinnati. We gave hugs and hit the road. The trip was awesome. We rode a ton of rides and we all enjoyed everybody's company. Fortunately, the bigger trip is in two weeks, so we will be able to see eachother again, plus a few more people who are tagging along.

Here's the last batch of pics:

The group with Carowind's entrance:
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Nighthawk:
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Afterburn:
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Carolina Cobra:
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Carolina Cyclone:
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Vortex:
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Woodstock's Flyers:
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Intimidator:
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Dollywood:

One of the beautiful midways:
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On the ferris wheel:
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Tennessee Tornado:
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Mystery Mine:
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The train:
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Adventure Mountain:
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Thunderhead:
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And lastly, the Buckeye Parfait, a special at Kevin's ice cream shop in Cincinnati:
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Enjoy!
 

Snoo

The Legend
Staff member
Social Media Team
Joey said:
I think what makes Apollo so good is that compared to every one but Intimidator it's so SMOOTH.

Taylor's photo taking abilities suck. Lol. Why are so many things blurry?

Smooth doesn't make good.. ;)
 
^ Smooth and long ;)

But really, all of the B&M hypers I've been on are smooth.. It's just a matter of how much airtime they have, at least for me.
 
DAY 6- CAROWINDS

The cool thing about this park is that it's located on the border of North and South Carolina. Sadly, that's the only cool thing.

I slept the entire way to the park, but as we were approaching, I could see Intimidator from the highway. Shortly after, we were pulling into the parking lot of a park which I thought would be as good as the other former Paramount parks, though sadly, I was mistaken. At least the entrance areas looked nice!

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I caught Gavin's head in there.. Whoops!

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First coaster up was Nighthawk, located right at the entrance. It's just like the other Vekoma Flying Dutchmen, only this one has corkscrews rather than inline twists. It also seemed a bit rougher, but that could have been my imagination.

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Cool sign, though!

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After Nighthawk, we got in line for Intimidator, hoping that it wouldn't be as disappointing as the other one! We waited just a few minutes, and boarded near the back of the train (except Jerry, who got the front).

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Intimidator 232

I've been spoiled by Diamondback and Behemoth I think, because after riding those, none of the other B&M hypers can compare. I was truly disappointed with my first ride, because I got almost no airtime at all, but after riding later in the day it seemed to improve slightly, providing slight amounts of air over the hills. It really doesn't compare to a lot of coasters of the same type, but if you take it as an individual coaster without comparing it to the rest, it's still a good deal of fun, just nothing that'll break the top twenty.

Since Boo Blasters had a short line, we decided to hit that up, the last shooter of the trip. We split up into team minority vs. team majority again, and though my team lost, I beat Marcus, which is basically all that matters.

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Marcus, after he lost!

Afterburn was next up, and since it was basically a walk on, we opted for the front seat. As Gavin noticed, quite excited by the discovery, the trains do in fact have red birds and grey sharks on the wheel covers :lol: .

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Afterburn

This coaster is terribly underrated! Seriously, this is easily one of the best inverted coasters I've been on, and certainly the best of the trip. It's consistently forceful throughout the entire thing, has very little headbanging, an amazing Batwing, tunnels with mist, and it just doesn't ever let up. I was very impressed, and it surely made it into my top 15-20, without a doubt.

It was time for some Thunder Road, a coaster which is absolutely atrocious in the back, but very fun in the front. The fact that it doesn't race kind of eliminates the purpose of having two side by side tracks, but whatever, the ride operator's amazingness made up for that!

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Do you believe you can fly? Do you believe you can touch the sky? :p

We walked over to Carolina Cobra next, which, although not a new credit for me, I was excited to ride due to the new restraints.

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I wasn't convinced about the restraints when I first sat on the ride, but it really does make a lot of difference once you're actually traveling through the circuit. There's nothing to bang your head on at least, which seems to be the main problem with these types of coasters.

The mine train thing was next, which was just as crap as pretty much every other mine train I have been on. Even so, it wasn't even close to as painful as Marc said it was ("ahh, the sheet metal cut my leg!")!

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The only decent piece of scenery in like, the whole park.

Getting kind of hot and hungry, we headed to the only restaurant in the park with air conditioning.

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We had some pulled pork and chicken, which was good, but the portions were huge and the heat was making me lose my appetite.

We spotted Woodstock's Flyers, and knew that we had to ride them! So we took a spin on those, which was hilarious.. I was laughing the entire way through! Kevin was the only one that was snapping his cables, though.

After going for a ride on Flying Ace Aerial Chase, an unfortunately rough kiddie coaster, as well as Woodstock's Express, we thought we'd go for some rerides on Intimidator. We also went on Hurler, which I almost skipped out on because the pain isn't worth the credit, Carolina Cyclone, Vortex, and Ricochet. After doing Timmy once more, we decided to call it a day.

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All of them were terribly mediocre coasters, which is why I didn't go into detail.

After a day at what could be considered my least favourite Cedar Fair park, we stopped at a Sonic on the way to our hotel, where I had some mozzarella sticks and a lime slushie. I also saw THE cutest mini-merry-go-round EVER!

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PEACHES!

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We entered the Smoky Mountains, which was quite exciting to me, eventually arriving at our hotel in Asheville, Tennessee.

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It was a pretty awesome night, if I do say so myself.. It was the night of Dairy Queen, Gavin's discovery of the "Suck my Taint" song, and many more fun things :lol: . At nearly two, we went to bed.

DAY 7- DOLLYWOOD

Sadly, my camera decided to die on the day we went to one of the best parks of the trip. Seriously, Dollywood exceeded my expectations, and the expectations of most of the others, I think. We got there, got on the tram, and headed toward the entrance.

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When we got in, I couldn't help but notice the awesome atmosphere. Not only is it set in the Smoky Mountains, but even the buildings are cute!

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AWW.

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We thought that riding the VeggieTales Sideshow Spin would be a good choice, and once again, we took up the majority of a train, looking like foolish credit whores.

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It was a cute ride, but I think Kosmo's Kurves took the cake for the best kiddie coaster of the trip.

The Ferris Wheel was next on the agenda, something I knew many people would be delighted to watch me ride. It was my first old fashioned one, and I knew that sitting with Marcus would be a bad choice, so I sat with Jerry, who I trusted to not rock the seat. I was sadly mistaken, though. You guys need to pay attention to the warnings which CLEARLY state "Danger! Do not rock the seats."

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Unfortunately my camera died at this point, but everyone else that went has lovely pictures for you to enjoy!

Blazing Fury was next up, another pleasant surprise of the trip. I totally forgot that this coaster even existed, and had no idea what to expect, but the ride itself is actually a whole lot of fun, with lots to look at, and a few decent drops, as well as a small water splash at the end. It's probably one of my favourite family coasters I've been on to date.

With Tennessee Tornado just around the corner, we headed for that, which had about a twenty minute wait. Most of us decided to wait for the front seat, with the exception of Marc and Athena, who took the middle. I wasn't overly impressed with the ride like most were, and though it was a smooth coaster, which is a rarity for Arrow, it just didn't blow me away. As dirty as it may sound, I'd prefer something rough and interesting than smooth and dull.

Now it was time to ride the two coasters that really make the park what it is. Since Mystery Mine seemed to be down, we went to Thunderhead first, and I didn't go in with super high expectations considering GCI had disappointed me plenty of times before (yes, Kentucky Rumbler, I am looking at you). I took the back seat, and before we knew it, we were off.

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Well, it's better than Rumbler, but not as good as Evel Knievel. It's very fast-paced, has great laterals, and is a good deal of fun, but didn't blow me out of the water. The station fly by was cool, and it had the infamous sideways airtime that GCI is known for, but it just wasn't fantastic. It has a good rerideability factor, soo we did end up going back on it at the end of the day, which is when I discovered that it rides a lot better in the front, but still, EK reigns as my favourite GCI so far.

Noticing that Mystery Mine had opened, we headed over there, where we waited only about fifteen minutes. The ride has some of the best theming I have ever seen, and without it, I doubt the experience would have been as good as it was, because the ride itself isn't great. The only good thing about the ride is probably the final section, with the drop and the inversion, because the other part with the overbanked turn is just a little weird. Either way, in the end, it didn't blow me away, but it was an experience different from that of any other coaster I have been on.

Sadly, the Topple Tower was down, so we didn't get a chance to ride it, but we were getting hungry anyway and decided to eat at Granny's restaurant, where we saw an abundance of fat people. But who can blame them? The food down there is good!

The rest of the day consisted of a ride on the train, which I fell asleep on, and a few rerides on Thunderhead and Mystery Mine. I enjoy parks like this, because there isn't too much to do, and you can just chill out and have a nice day rather than rushing around for credits. After getting some souveniers, we headed out in late afternoon, ready for a five hour drive back to Cinci. Sadly though, this meant that we had to depart from Jerry, Aidan, and Gavin, but unlike in previous years, it wasn't a tearful goodbye since I knew I'd be seeing them again in just a few weeks!

Also, on the way back to Kevin's was an interesting trip to Subway, one where I realized that America doesn't have sub sauce (wtf? That MAKES a sub), and one where Marcus shared very explicit stories about the deuce he dropped earlier in the day.

When all was said and done, we got back to Kevin's around midnight, where I instantly crashed. I had to get up at five in the morning to catch my bus for seven, which was a smooth bus ride, getting me home right on time, at 2:30 in the afternoon.

I have to say, I had a fantastic week thanks to the awesome people who went. I can't wait to do it all again in thirteen days <3
 

therooboy

Roller Poster
Hi guys
Good meeting ECG & others at Kings Dominion & it looks like you were at Hershey Park the same day as us too Tuesday.
I forgot you guys were there then, as we had planned on being at Knoebels Tuesday but the weather changed our plans (off there tomorrow).
My mate thought he saw a group of you while i was riding.
We ended up getting free passes to Hershey the previous day after the rain hit hard early afternnon, so got we got 2 days for one.
Glad we returned, i got about 3 times as many rides in on the Tuesday over Monday.

Will post a report on our 25+ park trip when its all over.
 

ECG

East Coast(er) General
Staff member
Administrator
^Aidan said that he thought you looked familiar & he remembers seeing you at Hershey. I really enjoyed meeting you & sharing your first ride on I305 together. Can't wait to see that trip report. I'm sure it's going to be awesome!
It's also great to have another Aussie on the forums. I hope you stick around & share some more of your adventures with us.
 

Snoo

The Legend
Staff member
Social Media Team
Ahh yes. Real nice meeting ya Roo. Seem like an awesome fella. Enjoy the trip! :)
 
ROO BOY! :p I remember meeting you in the store where we got ice water, haha, you and your little Australian accent. How are you enjoying everything so far?
 

ECG

East Coast(er) General
Staff member
Administrator
There's enough photos of the coasters posted here already (along with some misguided opinions), so here's some ones of the peeps.

The trip started with lots of smiles as we waited to ride Phoenix.
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Air anticipation as they head out of the station.
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Everyone is so full of energy on the first day.
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It was also the coolest day of the trip.
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Gavin & I took the first ride on the kiddie coaster...
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...so that everyone else could have the next train.
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Who knew that a kiddie coaster could be this much fun.
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High Speed Thrill coaster wasn't bad, but Cosmos Curves is even better.
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It's actually got some real air time.
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Back in line for Phoenix after a ride on Twister, the Haunted House & something to eat.
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The girls are happy to be next up for a front seat ride.
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Minority car. :p
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Gavin & Marc give the front seat a big thumbs up.
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Gavin leads the way as we head out of the park for some night riding at Hershey. (I didn't take any photos, just the Lightning Racer POV I already posted.)
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The next morning started with front row on Great Bear.
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After over an hour wait it was time for the Roller Soaker cred.
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Athena & Taylor drop their water loads to counter the gusher headed their way.
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But Gavin & Kevin can do nothing to avoid the imminent soaking that Aidan sent skyward.
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Getting drenched feels good on a 100+ degree day.
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Taylor still got wet in spite of the back seat ride.
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But it was Gavin who really got soaked.
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Marc & Athena smile before the pain, while Snoo & Kevin have a different attitude. A couple of rows back Gavin tells Taylor a story about how kittens ride boomerangs.
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Marc & Athena love Storm Runner when it's walk-on. Actually, we all do.
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Gavin & Aidan get ready to launch.
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Put your hands over your ears, not in the air Kevin. Taylor screamed all the way back to the station.
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We finished off the day with another ride on Fahrenheit.
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The heat was starting to take it's toll, so we headed on the road for Virginia.
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A quick ride on Dominator to start the day.
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Then straight on to I305 & front seat rides for everyone.
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Danny shows Taylor how to drive the coaster.
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Marc is the only one to give it thumbs up.
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Even though Gavin pretends to like the ride.
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I wish the sprinklers were all they needed to keep the wheels from melting, because those trims on the 1st drop have got to go.
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Com'on Danny. Volcano is something to smile about.
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Now he smiles as we head back to I305 for a re-ride...
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... and the group photo!
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The following morning Gavin & Snoo pretend not to listen as Taylor & Aidan discuss their wedding plans on Alpie.
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A front row ride on Apollo's Chariot...
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..was immediately followed by a back row re-ride.
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Time to chow down before meeting up with Joey & Kyle.
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Who still needed the Grover kiddie cred. (They're in the 2nd to last car followed by Aidan & Athena.)
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The heat was wearing us down & a ride on the train didn't do much to cool us off.
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Actually this train doesn't do much at all. Just ask Gavin.
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Taylor is a goon.
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But she's ready for an Alpie re-ride with Joey & Kyle.
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Europe in the Air broke down just as we were up for the next ride, but the break down was actually the best part of the ride.
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We finished up our stay with this epic re-ride on Griffon.
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Even the ride ops got a chuckle out of our shenanigans.
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Afterburn was the only coaster at Carowinds that everybody loved.
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The gliders were also a hit.
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Kevin showed everyone how to do it.
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Even Taylor got into the act.
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Whaz up? Mr. Cool
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Let's all get a kiddie cred on Woodstock Express.
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Or how about a kiddie carousel cred at Sonic?
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Our last day at Dollywood...
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...started with another kiddie cred.
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Aidan was thrilled, of course.
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Might as well get the Ferris Wheel cred while we're here.
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How you guys doing down there?
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Everyone enjoyed hearing Taylor shriek each time I rocked the chair back & forth. Everyone except Taylor, that is. :wink:
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At least she had no worries riding Tennessee Tornado with Aidan.
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We all took front seat rides on this bad boy.
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Aidan & Athena just chillaxin'.
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I don't know why they let Taylor & Athena on this coaster.
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The two love birds also rode Thunderhead together.
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Gavin really liked it, even though it looks like he can't wait to get off the ride.
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Next up was Dollywood's newest attraction - Adventure Mountain.
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Snoo warned that guy about keeping his hands to himself.
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This thing was really huge.
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With an easy or tougher way to get across...
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...except at this spot. Take it easy there kiddo.
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It was quite a workout on such a hot day, but also quite fun.
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We finished up the trip with a re-ride on Mystery Mine & Thunderhead. I can't wait until we all get back together in a couple of weeks for the next one.
 

Snoo

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ECG

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That was without doubt one of the best moments of the entire trip. :lol:
The other was Aidan giving the four of you a good drenching on Roller Soaker. :wink:
 

therooboy

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^Aidan said that he thought you looked familiar & he remembers seeing you at Hershey. I really enjoyed meeting you & sharing your first ride on I305 together. Can't wait to see that trip report. I'm sure it's going to be awesome!
It's also great to have another Aussie on the forums. I hope you stick around & share some more of your adventures with us.

Yes, I'll be around. As briefly mentioned at the park, I check coaster sites daily for news etc. when i'm back home.
Like to keep myself informed & ready for the next vacation of coaster tripping.
Got a good pic of ECG & me on I-305. But i have to work out how to post it here. Think i need to use imageshack right?
Great meeting you all & hope one day i can join a tour with you.
Off to SFNE this morning for more Bizarro then hitting Lake Compounce in the next day or 2. Whichever has better weather
 
Wow, you're so lucky! I've yet to get out that way, but I've obviously heard great things about Bizarro and Boulder Dash (especially the latter). I hope you have lots of fun, and like Jerry said, stick around!
 

Snoo

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