We did the Beast walkback and got a couple of laps in before the park opened, then got to go for a ride on TR:TR before we did the backstage look at it. Interesting if you like looking at racks of computer hardware, but even better when Jeff Siebert let us look through the one door and allowed us to see the ride in operation.
After that, it was off to the International Showplace for the rules on the scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt is what I spent most of my day on and it was pretty well done. Some of the questions were pretty hard, and others just caused us to smack ourselves when we finally got the answers.
The food was decent, and after a quick recharge, it was off to the hunt again. The evening brought the Beast backstage walk (which was pretty interesting), and the SoB backstage walk (which I didn't do, but from pics I've seen, allowed you to get pretty close to the loop... even closer than last year.)
After all that, at 10 pm we wandered into the Paramount theatre for the awards and the presentation of the 25th anniversary Beast video. Once the park cleared out, we were taken to Delerium and then DropZone for riding. Soon after, it was FoF and then a number of rides on the Beast.
That's about it. Although I'll be sending an email out to PKI's PR people to say the same thing, I realy appreciate the hard work they put into the event and want to thank them for allowing us to have the event in the first place. It's their great customer service that will keep me coming back.
Rock on to Jeff, Stephanie and Jeff for organizing yet another great event!
I personally got the most out of the night time ERT. During the course of the normal business day at the park, it was packed and I decided not to wait in any of the ultra-long lines and instead just shoot video.
The only bummer for me personally was the fact that I lost my wallet in the parking lot on the way out. I didn't even realize I had lost it till about 12 hours later. I've already called PKI's lost and found hoping that some honest soul will turn it in for me. (everyone keep your fingers crossed for me!)
Thanks to the Jeff/Stephanie/PKI team for putting together one of the best events to date! I'm sure that there was a ton of work involved and let it be known that it was appreciated right down to the last stuffed envelope. Hope to see you all again next year!
But I second what has been said above, the backstage tours were fun and interesting, have a lot of cool photos that may look good on the big screen.
The ERT was fun, I like the tour the park style.
The lunch spread was bountiful, the cake was delicions, Tom Rebbie gave the keynote speech.
Now to the subject of Sadistic Steve's Scavenger Search. It was challenging, It was fun, this should become an annual tradition. I'm sure that some of the more memmorable questions will become legendary as soon as the more detailed TR's come out (like the one I plan on writing). How many events include a self-guided tour of the park's Parking Lot!!! And going to the Krusty Krab Snack Shack. to get the price on a combo meal is not going to help you. Oh and be sure to read the questions all the way through, like "In this original park *RIDE* ....." (I hear one team decided on a plan on action that took them out the front gate, through and beyond the parking lot to go looking for some decorative thematic element of some *RIDE*)
Way more detailed TR to follow. *** Edited 6/28/2004 3:05:52 PM UTC by Coasterville Dave***
The weekend in general for me was pretty intense as we drove in from Chicago on Friday. Had a 9am-->1am day at PKI on Saturday. And Sunday took us from Cincy to Louisville for SFKK. Then from SFKK to Holiday World (still in awe of that park) for my inaugural laps on Legend & Raven. Then finally back up to Chicago. All in all, 1030 miles and a great, great weekend.
Thanks to the Jeff's and everybody else involved for this full filled Beastbuzz adventure.
.. And when i get a chance, a detailed TR as well.
Starting out with 2 rides on the Beast was a great way to start the day. We did the Tomb Raider behind the scenes, and then Went to ride the other rides that we knew we weren't going to get to ride for ERT.
Our longest wait was Son of Beast about 30 minutes due to a breakdown, but that actually shortened the line for us. A lot of people left due to thinking it was going to be down longer. Good ride in seat 2. It is rough, but not as bad as I had read on here.
Were going to head to SFKK, but returned Sunday to PKI to ride a few rides that we had missed on Saturday. We were too tired from Saturday to travel any further away from home. ;) It was a nice weekend.
*** Edited 6/28/2004 3:32:22 PM UTC by Coasterfantom2***
Work would not allow for it..........damn work!!!!
That dude has a name, he's me (just giving you some grief) Here are a few smiles to let you know I'm not the least bit upset :) :) :) . Any no, my guess was 500,000.
Have to get you a pack of those new fangled New York style self-extingusihing cigarettes.
I have just one 'event' photo I'd like to toss out there. On the technical side it's total crap but for subject matter, I totally dig it. It's a photo of Buzzers cheering a train as it blows by during the Beast walkback. Good stuff.
My only regret was not hovering around Dave (Rideman) a little more. The couple of times I caught up with him on the walkback, he filled my head with more technical knowledge of the coasters in the 2 seconds we spoke than I had aquired in my lifetime previously.
the 'hair' guy :)
BeastBuzz finished off a 3 day, 3 park trifecta for my wife and I, and I couldn't ask for a more perfect ending (Cedar Point -> Geauga Lake -> PKI).
My thanks to Jeff (both of them) and the rest of the PKI staff that made BeastBuzz a success.
Coasterville Dave said:
I hear one team decided on a plan on action that took them out the front gate, through and beyond the parking lot to go looking for some decorative thematic element of some *RIDE*
I heard that story and was surprised that Jeff S. didn't meantion it during the awards ceremony.
^^^ I was walking in front of Dave (eavesdropping) on the way to The Beast. I wish he would have been talking about coasters and not the lack of a drive-up at a McDonalds. Oh well... :-)
*** Edited 6/28/2004 4:32:36 PM UTC by Neuski***
One other thing I forgot to mention was meeting some of the funnest people I have met. The chit chat alone with all you people was worth the event.
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