Monday, June 5, 2000 5:40 PM
My fiancee flaked out on me(couldn't get off work). My best friend flaked out on me, too(no money). I've been looking forward to this trip to Ohio ALL winter. What do I do? It's either postpone my trip until a later date or suck it up and drive solo.
I leave Atlanta on 5/29 around noon. Drive is not bad. I pull into Cincinnati around 6:30. Park downtown and notice that there is some sort of food festival going on. Very nice. Impressed with the downtown area. New football stadium looks killer. Found a cheap hotel in Sharonville. Hotel offers discount tix with check in. Great, no standing in line at the gate.
Park opens @10. I arrive around 9:45 and I immediately notice the famous Eiffel tower. I made it baby!!! Son of Beast looks Oh, so incredible. I can't wait to ride. But, wait is exactly what I will do because the ride is not open. To make matters worse, that infamous crane I've read so much about is hovering over the ride:(
The ride is clearly visible. I just could not believe how long it takes to reach it!! My only experience with this type ride is Iron Dragon, so I wasn't expecting much. A great ride. A little short but after riding Raven earlier this spring, I have come to realize that smaller is not always inferior. My trip is getting off to a good start.
I followed the Paws all the way to the entrance to the que. My first time on the Beast!!! The wait was about 25 min. I was totally expecting to view the ride. Man, you can't see anything. It kind of freaked me out. I didn't know what to expect. Back seat. Sort of expecting the ride to be a little rough but pleasantly suprised. Not bad. First drop was fun. You really get the feeling of being DEEP in the woods. It was great!! That second helix, pure joy. Fun. That's what I like in a coaster. For it to be fun. I don't like endurance tests. I like昀甀渀⸀ 吀栀攀 䈀攀愀猀琀 椀猀 昀甀渀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䄀瀀愀爀琀 昀爀漀洀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀猀Ⰰ 䤀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 氀椀欀攀 琀栀攀 昀氀甀洀攀 爀椀搀攀猀⸀ 䤀 洀愀欀攀 椀琀 愀 瀀漀椀渀琀 琀漀 爀椀搀攀 琀栀攀洀 椀昀 䤀 挀愀渀⸀ 匀漀Ⰰ 䤀 眀愀猀 愀 戀椀琀 搀椀猀愀瀀瀀漀椀渀琀攀搀 琀栀愀琀 倀䬀䤀✀猀 眀愀猀 挀氀漀猀攀搀⸀ 刀愀琀猀℀℀ 吀漀漀欀 愀 戀爀攀愀琀栀攀爀 椀渀 昀爀漀渀琀 漀昀 嘀漀爀琀攀砀⸀ 吀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 氀漀漀欀猀 瘀攀爀礀 昀甀渀 戀甀琀 䤀 挀漀甀氀搀渀✀琀 最攀琀 琀栀攀 渀攀爀瘀攀 琀漀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 吀漀漀欀 猀攀瘀攀爀愀氀 瀀椀挀琀甀爀攀猀 戀甀琀 搀椀搀 渀漀琀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 䤀 樀甀猀琀 搀漀渀✀琀 氀椀欀攀 琀栀漀猀攀 愀爀爀漀眀 琀爀愀椀渀猀⸀ 䨀甀猀琀 琀栀椀渀欀椀渀最 愀戀漀甀琀 匀琀攀攀氀 倀栀愀渀琀漀洀 氀愀猀琀 猀甀洀洀攀爀 最椀瘀攀猀 洀攀 愀 栀攀愀搀愀挀栀攀⸀ 䈀甀洀洀攀爀 昀漀爀 洀攀 戀攀挀愀甀猀攀 琀栀攀 昀椀爀猀琀 搀爀漀瀀 氀漀漀欀攀搀 昀甀渀⸀ 䠀攀愀搀 昀漀爀 刀愀挀攀爀 戀甀琀 眀愀猀 椀琀 眀愀猀 爀愀挀椀渀最℀ 圀椀氀氀 琀爀礀 氀愀琀攀爀⸀ 䠀愀搀 愀戀猀漀氀甀琀攀氀礀 渀漀 椀渀琀攀渀琀椀漀渀猀 漀昀 爀椀搀椀渀最 伀甀琀攀爀 䰀椀洀椀琀猀⸀ 刀攀洀攀洀戀攀爀Ⰰ 䤀 氀椀欀攀 昀甀渀⸀ 䘀爀漀洀 眀栀愀琀 䤀✀瘀攀 爀攀愀搀 愀渀搀 漀琀栀攀爀 琀攀猀琀椀洀漀渀礀Ⰰ 䤀 瀀愀猀猀 漀渀 琀栀椀猀 漀渀攀⸀ 䔀椀昀昀攀氀 琀漀眀攀爀 椀猀 昀甀渀⸀ 䤀 氀漀瘀攀 琀栀攀 瘀椀攀眀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䬀椀渀最 䌀漀戀爀愀 ⠀㈀⤀㰀戀爀㸀吀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀 氀漀漀欀攀搀 欀椀渀搀 漀昀 昀甀渀欀礀⸀ 吀栀攀 猀攀愀琀 挀漀渀琀爀愀瀀琀椀漀渀 洀愀搀攀 洀攀 琀栀椀渀欀 琀眀椀挀攀 戀甀琀 䤀 挀漀甀氀搀 渀漀琀 爀攀猀椀猀琀 琀栀愀琀 栀攀氀椀砀⸀ 一漀琀 戀愀搀⸀ 䤀 昀漀甀渀搀 琀栀攀 猀攀愀琀猀 琀漀 戀攀 瘀攀爀礀 挀漀洀昀漀爀琀愀戀氀攀⸀ 匀甀瀀爀椀猀攀搀 洀攀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䄀搀瘀攀渀琀甀爀攀 䔀砀瀀爀攀猀猀 ⠀㐀⤀㰀戀爀㸀䤀 琀漀琀愀氀氀礀 攀渀樀漀礀攀搀 琀栀椀猀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 䤀琀 猀琀愀爀琀猀 爀椀最栀琀 愀眀愀礀⸀ 䤀 氀椀欀攀 琀栀愀琀⸀ 匀甀瀀爀椀猀椀渀最氀礀 昀愀猀琀⸀ 䴀礀 琀漀琀愀氀 漀昀 昀漀甀爀 爀椀搀攀猀 琀攀氀氀猀 礀漀甀 琀栀愀琀 䤀 攀渀樀漀礀攀搀 椀琀⸀ 匀攀攀Ⰰ 䤀 欀渀漀眀 栀漀眀 琀漀 爀椀搀攀 琀栀攀 洀椀渀攀 琀爀愀椀渀猀⸀ 䤀琀✀猀 愀氀氀 椀渀 琀栀攀 愀渀琀椀挀椀瀀愀琀椀漀渀 漀昀 琀栀攀 攀氀攀洀攀渀琀猀⸀ 䤀 昀攀攀氀 猀漀爀爀礀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 椀渀攀砀瀀攀爀椀攀渀挀攀搀 欀椀搀搀椀攀猀Ⰰ 琀栀攀礀 樀甀猀琀 最攀琀 戀愀渀最攀搀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 琀漀 搀攀愀琀栀⸀ 匀漀洀攀琀椀洀攀猀 礀漀甀 栀愀瘀攀 琀漀 氀攀愀爀渀 琀栀攀 栀愀爀搀 眀愀礀㰀椀洀最 猀爀挀㴀∀⼀昀漀爀甀洀猀⼀椀洀愀最攀猀⼀猀洀椀氀攀⸀最椀昀∀ 戀漀爀搀攀爀㴀∀ ∀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䤀琀✀猀 渀漀眀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 ㈀㨀㐀㔀 愀渀搀 䤀 洀愀欀攀 洀礀 眀愀礀 漀瘀攀爀 琀漀 匀漀渀渀礀 眀椀猀栀椀渀最Ⰰ 栀漀瀀椀渀最Ⰰ 瀀爀愀礀椀渀最 琀栀攀礀 漀瀀攀渀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀⸀ 一漀 氀甀挀欀⸀ 刀椀搀攀 吀漀瀀 䜀甀渀 愀最愀椀渀Ⰰ 挀漀渀琀攀洀瀀氀愀琀攀 猀琀愀渀搀椀渀最 椀渀 氀椀渀攀 昀漀爀 䐀爀漀瀀 娀漀渀攀 眀栀攀渀 䤀 渀漀琀椀挀攀 琀栀攀 挀栀愀椀渀 氀椀昀琀 漀渀 匀漀渀渀礀 洀漀瘀椀渀最⸀ 吀栀椀猀 椀猀 眀栀愀琀 䤀✀瘀攀 戀攀攀渀 眀愀椀琀椀渀最 昀漀爀⸀ 䤀 椀洀洀攀搀椀愀琀攀氀礀 最攀琀 椀渀 氀椀渀攀⸀ 䄀戀漀甀琀 愀 栀漀甀爀 氀愀琀攀爀 䤀 昀椀渀搀 洀礀猀攀氀昀 戀漀愀爀搀椀渀最 琀栀攀 戀愀挀欀 猀攀愀琀 漀昀 匀漀渀 漀昀 䈀攀愀猀琀⸀ 圀栀愀琀 愀 昀攀攀氀椀渀最℀℀℀ 䤀 栀愀瘀攀 琀漀 洀愀欀攀 琀栀椀猀 最漀漀搀 戀攀愀挀甀猀攀 眀椀琀栀 漀渀氀礀 漀渀攀 琀爀愀椀渀 爀甀渀渀椀渀最 䤀✀氀氀 戀攀 ⌀⌀䀀⌀␀䀀 椀昀 䤀✀洀 眀愀椀琀椀渀最 ㌀ 琀漀 㐀 栀漀甀爀猀 琀漀 爀椀搀攀 愀最愀椀渀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀匀漀渀 漀昀 䈀攀愀猀琀 ⠀⤀㰀戀爀㸀吀栀攀 爀椀搀攀 最攀琀猀 漀昀昀 琀漀 愀 最漀漀搀 猀琀愀爀琀⸀ 嘀攀爀礀 猀洀漀漀琀栀 氀攀愀搀椀渀最 漀渀琀漀 琀栀攀 氀椀昀琀 栀椀氀氀⸀ 伀栀栀Ⰰ 礀漀甀 挀漀甀氀搀 渀漀琀 戀攀氀椀ve the sensations going through my body. The view is killer from the top but that loud noise from the lift brings all of my attention to the ride. Next emotion: FEAR. I have to admit I was somewhat nervous all of the sudden. I reflect on all of the times my mom and dad have tried to convince me that amusement park rides and be dangerous. I think of all of the attention the industry has garnered from various politicians wishing to limit these type rides. What is the real reason PKI has delayed this ride? Is it safe??? SEAN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?! But, it's too late now. Man, that first drop is just................that drop is insane. Friends, Sonny ain't nothing nice. This ride is INTENSE. FAST. I hate to say it but I thought maybe a little too fast. I know, it's never too fast, right? I must sound like a little wussy now but remember I like fun. This thing is a little too intense to be fun.(IMHO) The first drop was fine but leading into the double helix was a little bumpy. At the bottom of the helix is bumpy as well. My head started hurting. I wanted off. The loop was approaching and I braced for the worst. Hah, the loop was the best. I loved it!!! From there the train slowed down somewhat and shortly it was over. I realize most people love this ride and I can't possibly condemn a ride after only one go round. I need to ride it somemore. Maybe after it breaks in a little. I see the purpose. I just don't think it achieves it yet. I hope it does in the future. I really do. But just having the opportunity to ride after a long winter of hype and anticipation made it all worth it.
Very disappointed that the Racer is still not racing. Rode the forward train one time. Uhh, fun, but I would have probably enjoyed riding backwards more.
Looked at Vortex again but I couldn't bring myself to ride. Especially with my headache from Sonny still throbing.
Drop Zone (1)
The best drop ride I've been on so f爀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀䄀氀氀 椀渀 愀氀氀Ⰰ 愀 瘀攀爀礀 最漀漀搀 搀愀礀⸀ 倀氀攀愀猀愀渀琀氀礀 猀甀瀀爀椀猀攀搀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀 渀椀挀攀 氀愀渀搀猀挀愀瀀椀渀最⸀ 嘀攀爀礀 渀椀挀攀⸀ 刀攀愀氀氀礀 攀渀樀漀礀攀搀 琀栀攀 挀氀漀挀欀 昀氀漀眀攀爀 戀攀搀⸀ 䤀 猀愀眀 漀渀攀 漀昀 琀栀漀猀攀 愀琀 䬀攀渀渀礀眀漀漀搀 氀愀猀琀 猀甀洀洀攀爀⸀ 吀栀攀 氀愀欀攀 戀礀 䈀攀愀猀琀 眀愀猀 瘀攀爀礀 渀椀挀攀⸀ 吀栀椀渀最 䤀 搀椀搀渀✀琀 氀椀欀攀㨀 琀攀攀渀愀最攀爀猀⸀ 䤀 琀栀椀渀欀 琀栀攀礀 愀挀琀 眀漀爀猀攀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 琀栀攀椀爀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 昀爀椀攀渀搀猀⸀ 圀栀愀琀 昀漀甀氀 洀漀甀琀栀猀 琀栀攀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 欀椀搀搀椀攀猀 栀愀瘀攀 琀漀搀愀礀℀℀℀ 䄀 最爀攀愀琀 搀愀礀⸀ 䄀 氀椀琀琀氀攀 洀漀爀攀 挀爀漀眀搀攀搀 琀栀愀渀 䤀 攀砀瀀攀挀琀攀搀 戀甀琀 猀琀椀氀氀 愀 最爀攀愀琀 搀愀礀⸀ 䠀漀瀀攀 琀漀 爀攀琀甀爀渀 椀渀 琀栀攀 昀愀氀氀⸀ 圀漀甀氀搀 氀椀欀攀 琀漀 最攀琀 愀 渀椀最栀琀 爀椀搀攀 漀渀 琀栀攀 䈀攀愀猀琀⸀ 䤀 氀攀愀瘀攀 琀栀攀 瀀愀爀欀 愀爀漀甀渀搀 㜀 愀渀搀 栀攀愀搀 琀漀 䌀椀渀攀爀最礀 䘀椀攀氀搀 琀漀 琀愀欀攀 椀渀 愀 刀攀搀猀 最愀洀攀⸀ 刀攀搀猀 眀漀渀 㐀ⴀ㈀⸀ 䜀爀椀昀昀攀礀 眀攀渀琀 ⴀ㌀ 眀椀琀栀 漀渀攀 䈀䈀⸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀爀㸀⠀䤀 眀椀氀氀 挀漀渀琀椀渀甀攀 眀椀琀栀 洀礀 琀爀椀瀀 爀攀瀀漀爀琀 琀漀洀漀爀爀漀眀⤀
Wednesday, June 7, 2000 10:32 AM
Great Trip Report. Too bad you had to go alone.
At least you got to ride SOB, not a bad wait either. Ah, the clock is a nice touch. Did you notice, they also change the date with plants too.
It's good to see someone else who likes mine trains.