Besides that, probably the Dell's, Indiana Beach, SFStl, and Lagoon since we missed it last season. I don't really make plans until the last minute, so it could all change for better or worse.
I am seriously considering a round trip Cedar Point, Paramount Kings Island, and Dorney Park. If I can find another park or get suggestions for visiting a different park becauase of better quality, then I will probably stick to Dorney. I have never experienced a floorless coaster before.
Other then the above, I will be visiting my home park all summer. Paramount Canadas Wonderland, And I cant wait for Behemoth to get up and running.
It you want to experience your first (or second) floorless coaster, why not head a little bit more East and go with the first and one of the best-- "Medusa" at Great Adventure?
Or, if you could travel a more southerly route and ride Dominator at King's Dominion--also a phenomenal floorless coaster (yes, it would've been more convenient to have ridden it in Aurora, OH on your trip, but as my old boss would say "Those days are over."). Head another hour southeast or so, and you could pick-up another floorless credit in Griffon.
I realize the goal is getting you back to Ontario so some of those recommendations might not make sense, and and you're looking at eight-hours or more to any of those destinations anyway (including Dorney) after King's Island. I hope you have someone to go with, because eight-hours or more is a long time to be driving by yourself if you've never done it before. *** Edited 12/8/2007 5:46:57 AM UTC by Intamin Fan***
I am seriously considering a round trip Cedar Point, Kings Island, and Dorney Park. If I can find another park or get suggestions for visiting a different park becauase of better quality, then I will probably stick to Dorney. I have never experienced a floorless coaster before.
Other then the above, I will be visiting my home park all summer. Canadas Wonderland, And I cant wait for Behemoth to get up and running.
Fixed. Sorry, pet peeve of mine...Paramount is gone. ;) Thaaaank goodness
CoasterDiscern said:I am seriously considering a round trip Cedar Point, Paramount Kings Island, and Dorney Park. If I can find another park or get suggestions for visiting a different park becauase of better quality, then I will probably stick to Dorney. I have never experienced a floorless coaster before.
Hydra isn't a bad ride, but the fact that it's floorless really didn't add anything to the thrill factor for me. It must be the OTSRs. There's no feeling like you're going to come out, even on the super-low-speed roll. The new train configuration that really wowed me was Nitro at GAdv. It's not floorless, but it might as well be because it doesn't have OTSRs, just a unique lap restraint, and it doesn't have sides on the train. You really do feel like you should be better restrained. The first time I took my hands off of it, I involuntarily wrapped my legs around it.
If you would go to Hershey instead of Dorney, you would get to experience a fine launched coaster and a nice wooden racer, but chances are you would also experience much longer wait times than at Dorney, and that's not good when combined with the higher admission price.
I agree about Nitro's feeling of vulnerability, and I had ridden Apollo's Chariot multiple times before (going back to my first ride on AC though, I think I did grab the "clam-shell" lapbar in the pre-drop).
I think what makes Nitro somewhat unique in that regard is that first sharp-left-turn following the first drop, particularly if you're sitting all the way on the left side. It kind of feels like you're going to be dumped out of the train.
In 06', I rode Raging Bull, and I don't remember feeling as vulnerable.
The last few times I've ridden Nitro, I've been blown away (bad pun). Of course, it helps I was sitting in the front seat most of the time as well. I also found that Nitro significantly benefits from a nighttime ride.
If you want to have an eye-opening experience, go a few hours North and ride S:ROS at SFNE, and then compare your experience to Millennium Force. While I love both, S:ROS is just outright way out of control, where MF feels more under control.
S:ROS to me is the perfect combination of elements--high speed, extreme airtime, multiple changes of direction (usually involving the airtime), two tunnels and a killer layout. It leaves you exhausted.
Hershey; Is it getting hot in here.
Dorney; Looks like I'm spellbound
Waldamere, Another GG top ten coaster already.
SFSTL; I just might get a Corporate Pass next summer.
Beech Bend; Always have to ride the #1 woodie in the states.
Busch Gardens: The Old Country; I'm fed up with all the name changes, so I'm going back to the original.
Do I ride it every time I go? Always. It has one of the craziest pre-drops of any ride out there, then there'll be the new-to-you Immelan element, and the fly-by behind Super Dooper Looper is wild.
In comparison to GB, Talon never lets up. It's one element right after another. The only thing missing? The B&M roar due to sound-dampening materials. It's so quiet that you can go up to a fence right next to the one helix and feel the wind come off your face, and barely hear the coaster make a sound.
The two parks are only about an hour-1/2 roughly from each other, so why not try both if you have the time? This is where us East Coast people start throwing in "Hey, while you're at it, it's only another hour-1/2 roughly to Knoebels from HP or DP," and it would have you heading North back home:)
Dorney is an easy park to knock-out if you don't partake in Wild Water Kingdom and don't feel the need to get on any flats.
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