Castles and Coasters (Phoenix)

Saturday, April 27, 2002 2:41 PM

I apologize if this is a repeat topic but the search feature is not working for me right now..

If I am reading the information from castles and coasters website correctly, it would cost me $4.50 to ride one of the coasters at Castles and coasters.. so $9.00 for both..

Is it worth the time and money to ride Patroit and/or Desert storm. I am currently in Arizona for a few more days before I return to Michigan. I do not have time to drive to LA or Las Vegas. Just curious is It would be worth the 45 minute drive or so.

And of course, the major benefit would be two more coasters in my track record.

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Planned Parks for this summer: SFoGa, CP, SFWoA, SFGAm, SFKK, PKI, MA, SFStL, HW, KW. Is 10 enough?
Cornerstone Festival 2002... I will be there

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Saturday, April 27, 2002 3:11 PM

im not sure about this, but if you go to "Frys's" grocery store and ask customer service i think they sell all day ride passes to CnC for only $13, but the last time i checked (around 2 months ago) they only sold them in the summer. but it sure as hell seems like summer right now dont it!

so there ya go, instead of paying $9 for both, just pay $13 and ride all the rides (specially that log flume, DAYAM) as many times as you want :)

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Saturday, April 27, 2002 5:38 PM
If you want to try somthing new, and in turn add to your track record, then go for it. 9 bucks for two coasters isn't bad.

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Saturday, April 27, 2002 6:38 PM
It's $6.50, not $9.00. The Patriot is a kiddie ride and only $2.00.
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Saturday, April 27, 2002 9:51 PM

Patriot is a kiddie ride.. hmmmm, news to me. Perhaps I should research this further.

Thanks all for the advice so far

Any more?

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Planned Parks for this summer: SFoGa, CP, SFWoA, SFGAm, SFKK, PKI, MA, SFStL, HW, KW. Is 10 enough?
Cornerstone Festival 2002... I will be there

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 11:32 AM
Go ahead an ride. Desert Storm is a fun, if very short, ride. Make sure you try the mini-golf too. 4 of the best courses I've ever seen. :)

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Ready to spring into a new coaster season! :)

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 10:37 PM

well, I went...

I think I got a concussion (sic?) on desert storm. Seriously. This had to be the most jostling coaster I have ever been on. I still have a slight headache 12 hours later.

Patroit was short and sweet and having two laps was not bad at all for such a small junior coaster.

Best thing I saw at Castles and Coasters was the kids coaster simulater which somewhat simulated coasters from Cedar Point. On ride footage combined with hydraulics can be pretty cool. The Arcade is pretty good. The Pinball selection is great.

I love pinball (and Coasters!)

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Planned Parks for this summer: SFoGa, CP, SFWoA, SFGAm, SFKK, PKI, MA, SFStL, HW, KW. Is 10 enough?
Cornerstone Festival 2002... I will be there

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Monday, April 29, 2002 10:55 AM

Where did you sit on Desert Storm, James? DS is one of the most seat-dependent coasters in existense. I should've told you before you went. The general concensus seems to be that the best (least painful) ride is around the second or third row. I recently rode twice in the third row and had a good ride, and once in the rear and had a very bad ride. Did you try the log flume? It is truly a hidden Gem. If it were enclosed indoors with some heavy theming, it could rival the most popular flume rides.

CnC's three top notables:

1) Log Flume (excellent Hopkins flume, lost in the desert)

2) 4 excellent mini-golf courses. (These courses stood alone with the arcade for many many years before CnC was erected around the existing Golf-n-Stuff)

3) The pinball selection (The arcade has waned in recent years, but CnC continues to offer a large selection of pinball games ranging from old classics to new video incorporated pinballers.

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I've traded in my 2000 Giovanola for a 2002 Arrow X4D :)
My other car is now an Arrow X4D!

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Monday, April 29, 2002 11:11 AM

Unfortunately I sat in the back end of the middle of Desert Storm. I had a feeling that may have been a mistake. I am the type who will usually only ride in the first, second, or last row of a coaster. However, Desert Storm was not being run consistently at the time I was there. I had to wait 15 minutes to board the train with no one in line. There was enough people to fill the train but that was it. I was on a time restraint so I decided Just to take any open seat avaliable.

I guess I deserve the abusive ride for going against my own principles.

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Planned Parks for this summer: SFoGa, CP, SFWoA, SFGAm, SFKK, PKI, MA, SFStL, HW, KW. Is 10 enough?
Cornerstone Festival 2002... I will be there

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Monday, April 29, 2002 11:19 AM
hehe. Too bad. As a rule of thumb, the front-most cars will provide less unwanted banging, but unless you are familiar with the coaster it is hard to gauge where the best ride will be. It took 15 laps on GhostRider before I realized that the rear was much better than the front. On Goliath, the ride is just as good front or back, but it is still DIFFERENT. Oh well, at least you got two more coasters on your track record! And not too many people can say they've ridden a Hopkins coaster (there arent too many of em).

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I've traded in my 2000 Giovanola for a 2002 Arrow X4D :)
My other car is now an Arrow X4D!

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