HW and Beech Bend May 7

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 12:10 AM
I could write about Voyage but I'm not going to tell you anything any of you that have been on it have not already said. It's awesome a wooden coaster that is very intense and huge air. I guess the one thing i'm going to speak more about is Beech Bend and there new coaster Kentucky Rumbler.

While I was at HW. I ran into some ACE members whom were on there way back home to TN and said they were going to Beech Bend on there way home so they talked me into because I have no clue how many times I'll get to ride it at Rumblefest.

When you get this park it's unreal. It's so unreal. It's like looking at pictures of Megaphobia with the goats and the cows next to it. KR is the only ride there that's not a fair ride for the most part. If you go here go after 4. You get in for 12 bucks. It's really worth this price.

The first drop is pretty nice. Spiral first drop and then in to a air hill which flies by the station. It keeps very good speed in front or the back. The down side was no one was at the park therefore it was probably running a few mph slower than normal. I'm saying this without being on it with a full train. I like the front better, felt awesome air in the front seat which is rather abnormal. I can't wait to ride this again in a few weeks.

Also for a side note I got stuck on Looping Star. Before you panic, the ride operators couldn't figure out how to get the ride harnes to unlock at the end of the ride. So all of us that was on it sucked-in our stomach and crawled out. A sight to see. Also there wild mouse is a fun little coaster.

I would really recommend going to Beech Bend and ride KR. As of right now I'm putting this on my top 10. At the end of the season it might be around 6-8. We'll see.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 10:58 AM
Beech Bend is a nice little park. I thought the park had some decent atmosphere with all the shade trees and the small lake. Kentucky Rumbler is a great ride and fits in well with the park. I loved the coaster and had a great time riding it. Good people run the park too. Can't wait to go back.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 1:08 PM
Frank and I found the mouse to be the most boring spinning mouse EVAR. We came to a COMPLETE stop on TWO of the trim brakes and got one spin that took about 4 of the turns to complete. Did we get a very rare ride or is it always like this?

I too am looking forward to trying Rumbler with more weight in the train. Hopefully that will significantly improve its speed.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 1:25 PM
^ Zamperla Twister Coasters...
http://www.rcdb.com/installationresult.htm?column=1,10,3,4,5&order=1,2&model=281

The only one of these I've been on is SFGAm's (since Cypress' was closed on my 2 visits)...and that one, Ragin' Cajun, varied WIDELY from ride to ride. On one, we spun fast enough to make my vision blur...of course, Frank was also on THAT (glorious) ride.

I think each park *sets up* the ride according to their own wishes...

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 1:48 PM
Yeah I wasn't too impressed with my ride on the Wild Mouse either. I attributed it to the way we had the car balanced and the fact that they opened the ride only briefly on Media Day along with the Looping
Star. Maybe it just needs to loosen up a bit. But I really lenjoyed the atmosphere inside the park.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 5:03 PM
Hey Wes! It's Steve from TN. It was great running into you at HW and I am really glad we talked you into going to Beech Bend. Voyage is pure intensity from beginning to end and it is pretty smooth throughout its course. Great ride! Kentucky Rumbler reminds me of Dollywood's Thunderhead in a lot of ways. That being said, it is also a great ride. Anyone going to Holiday World should check out Beech Bend while in the area. Beech Bend also has a haunted house dark ride which is pretty cool. It is definitely one of the most cheesy of the dark rides I have ever been on, but at least they have one. Dark rides are becoming quite extinct, so it was cool.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 6:49 PM
Rumbler is a great ride. If you like Thunderhead and OzCat, you'll also love this. Can't wait to ride with a full train.

The mouse was way overbraked though. Every trim on top hit and like Matt said, we came to a complete stop in the first 2 trims of the spinny part. Not so fun.

All in all I can't wait to get back there for Rumblefest.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 8:42 PM
Yah man that haunted house was something else. Extremely cheesy but I got a kick out of it. Still nothing topped Looping Star. Having to climb out of the ride at the station. I'm still laughing about it. If you guys didn't talk me into going to Beech Bend this past weekend I wouldn't have had anything to brag about this week besides going to my park HW. I'll see you guys in a couple of weeks I'm sure.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 9:02 PM
I cannot say I've been to every single amusement park in America, but I've been to the vast majority, and Beech Bend is the only one I've ever seen that also offers a big time, official, National Circuit drag strip. They pull in some pretty big names for a typical weekend, which draws from Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Illinois. But several times a year they run their National meets, and those are really something to see. Now, I'm not a big drag racing enthusiast, but like I said, it is certainly an added attraction no other amusement park offers.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2006 10:36 PM
Well lets see Trekker, Williams Grove has World of Outlaw and Hav-a-tampa late models several times a year.

Changed to no other operating park, Your statment remains true :)

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