Can't take it anymore!

Sunday, February 1, 2009 3:11 PM

And now to go along with the Free Hotel room (if you get it).....

Free Universal Ticket


http://www.universalheroes.com/

Free Univeral Orlando Theme Park 2-park 7-day Ticket - First 100,000

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Sunday, February 1, 2009 3:35 PM
matt.'s avatar

I like water parks. I don't love any of them.

My main problem is they're only fun when it's nice and warm out and they're most crowded when it's...nice and warm out. There's also the matter that typical water slides have horrible capacity compared to dry rides so when there's plenty of people in the park you can end up spending a loonnnngggg time in line for something less thrilling than you can ride in a dry park with a 10 minute wait.

Then there's the matter of finding a place to pull your wallet and cellphone and bringing along towels and trunks and making sure you have some cash stashed somewhere and then battling for a place to camp out since finding a place to sit can be an Olympic sport in and of itself at some places.

Overall it's just a hassle. I had a good deal of fun at Great Wolf at Kings Island, as having a hotel room nearby and being indoors eliminates a lot of these problems but I still had more than enough after an afternoon, dinner break, short evening, and another morning.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:27 PM
LostKause's avatar

I once waited an hour and a half for a waterslide at Dorney. I never had to wait that long at a stand-alone waterpark.

I'll keep some money in my waterproof wallet. It came with a pair of speedo trunks that I bought a few years ago. I will not trust it to keep my cell dry though. Before that, a handful of gold dollars placed into my velcro pocket worked well enough.

I live in southwest WV. I get excited about the end of winter, but park season is just one reason. I hate cold weather, and I really don't like snow and ice either.


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Monday, February 2, 2009 10:03 AM

Things kind of work out for me. When park season winds down, hockey season starts. And right around the time my teams get knocked out of the playoffs (or I lose interest), the parks open up again.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 12:55 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

My off-season interest is quite a bit lower because the parks aren't buildling as many new coasters. When I lived in Boston and Jersey, it seemed that there were 2 or 3 major coasters going up within day trip distance every year. Now that I live in Texas, I'll be lucky if there's 1.


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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 3:11 PM

I've been into Roller Coasters heavily since about '99 and I must say, I cannot wait for Canadas Wonderland to open back up. Mind you if Behemoth wasn't there I probably could care less.

I also cant wait for all the other parks I plan on visiting to open as well.

So as a fellow notherner, I feel your pain.


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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 7:46 PM
dsloban's avatar

I know how everyone is feeling! This has been a really long cold and full of snow winter! I have watching the count down for Kings Island and Cedarpoint! I also love to watch my coasters on line!


Life is like a rollercoaster! It is full of ups and downs!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 10:46 PM
crazy horse's avatar

Six flags atlanta opens in 3 weeks....thats where you will find me.


what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Friday, February 6, 2009 11:13 AM

Dsloban, I too indulge in coaster porn, but I've been finding myself getting MORE excited to get out and ride. I've been doing research on indoor parks and different activities, but none of them have that excitement factor that I get from riding coasters...

I think all the waterpark debate was a little off topic, but I'm not a big fan of them. I'm reiterating what others have said, but they're often SO crowded, and it's such a hassle to get a place to sit and a locker for the valuables, etc. I've been thinking about heading to the indoor water park in the Poconos that I've heard so much about, but it's VERY expensive to stay there. I have thought about going for just a day, but it's hard to find bathing suits this time of year that are....well, suitable for my body type...ahem...(see "fluffy" in the dictionary).

Jeff, thanx for the opinion on MOA...also there was another post that someone said MOA was pretty good.

Unfortunately, all of this ended up being moot because my f*&$##^@ heating system in my house broke. It's like, 14 degrees out and I have no heat. My fireplace ain't cuttin' it, and I have NO idea how much this is going to cost me, so I'm done riding for the winter season. LOL Oh well, right? Next winter.


"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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Saturday, February 7, 2009 12:23 AM

I have never been more than a casual fan of water parks. From when I was about 8-16 yrs old, I went to Wild Rivers about 4 times and Raging Waters once. One water park trip every couple of years was plenty. I also went to Knott's Soak City (Buena Park) in 6/05. However, I only went because KBF sent me a voucher for one free visit to Soak City since I was (and still am) a KBF season pass holder. I have since developed a skin condition which makes water park attendance impossible. It is not that big of a deal since I was never a major fan and have not missed them during the time I have been unable to go. I just hope that it never affects my amusement park attendance. That would be devastating, since coasters are the major enjoyment of my life.

Last edited by SFMMAddict, Saturday, February 7, 2009 12:24 AM

My mother (1946-2009) once asked me why I go to Magic Mountain so much. I said I feel the most alive when I'm on a roller coaster.
2010 total visits: SFMM-9, KBF-2
2010 total ride laps: 437

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Saturday, February 7, 2009 10:43 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar

Mamoosh said:
I used to live at the beach...
quite literally! The sand was 300 feet away and the waves maybe another 500 feet beyond that. I could hear the waves crashing even with my windows closed. Other than using the bike path or watching an occasional sunset guess how many times I actually laid out on the sand to get a tan or went into the water during the four years I lived there?

Yup: zero.


I miss your pad, Moosh. ;) That was one of the highlights of my last L.A. trip. :)

I really don't mind the "offseason" anymore. I just get more involved in other activities, like video games, movies, and music. :) I also enjoy seeing my boyfriend on some of those cold nights. :)

-Tina

Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Saturday, February 7, 2009 10:52 AM
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Sunday, February 8, 2009 10:05 AM

Airbender at MOA is great. Afterwards instead of going skiing, get on a snowmobile (or snow machine depending on who you voted for) and do 140 mph across a frozen lake.

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Monday, February 9, 2009 9:29 AM

I fixed my winter coaster blues problem... by getting a Disneyland Paris annual pass and making an annual january trip (among others!) to Europe.

Between awesome cultural stuff, great friends and a great theme park, how can you go wrong? Plus, this time, I ventured out to Germany and Netherlands for B&M and GCI action. Phantasialand is open on weekends in january and the weather was pretty cold (30-40 degrees F), but the park took advantage of that and put firewood pits all around the park and many of the attractions were indoor. They even turned River Quest into a kid snowmobile track and skating rink! Toverland is an indoor park, in 2 large halls, with the Vekoma Booster Bike, Troy (GCI), the huge Mack flume drop and the awesome Woudracer powered alpine coaster outside! They ran the outside rides even in almost ice rain and with 30-35 F temperatures. Why can't parks in North America at least try to run their rides when its mild like that outside?


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Monday, February 9, 2009 11:00 AM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar

I like waterparks as much as coasters, although I don't go often. It would be nice to have an indoor waterpark here, though. :)

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Monday, February 9, 2009 8:38 PM
LostKause's avatar

Great Wolf - Charleston? lol.

We really do need a decent water park closer to us, Tina. Water Ways just doesn't cut it...lol.


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Monday, February 9, 2009 9:04 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

coasterqueenTRN said: I miss your pad, Moosh. That was one of the highlights of my last L.A. trip.

Living at the beach did have its benefits (the weather!) but my place in Woodland Hills is much, much nicer...and more suited for those post-Solace parties!

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