K-Wood Goodbye...9/3

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Monday, September 4, 2000 7:01 PM
What a great day back to the Potato Patch for one last ride on Phantom.

We left Toledo for a quick 4 hour drive to Pittsburgh. Steeler fans already tailgating (probably since 7am) around Three Rivers Stadium began a quiet excitment in our car. I took my wife and two close friends to the park after my first journey in July, I made a vow to return.

Perfect day, 80-85 degrees, sunny and crowded. But, where can you go that's crowded and still have 10 minute waits on great rides.

For a month, I told my friend that Wild Mouse roller coasters are something special. The laterals, quick drops and surprises make these essential to all parks. Well, we arrived and went straight for Exterminator. I told the others that I would just sit quiet and listen to them. After our 5 minute wait, we boarded and laughter and giggling surrounded me. They were just whooping it up. I started laughing so hard, I walked off the ride dizzy, but with a serious cramp in my side because of the hilarity of the ride. Eric, his wife and my wife wanted more, so we boarded again....and again. What a ride.

Here is my advertisement: We, the great following of roller coasters, should direct our need for one of these at Cedar Point. Write the management, GTTP, or our Congressmen (not really) to list the injustice bestowed on us that CP does not have a Wild Mouse in our home park. They ARE DOING US WRONG!!!! These marvels of engineering are so much fun that I wanted to drive to Hershey just to ride theirs again!!

After the Exterminator, we hit Pitfall, then Phantom. Our wives didn't appreciate SP at all. In fact, we went right back to our bags for aspirin for the girls. As they went back...Eric and I rode it again. For me, I love intensity. This ride has it in bunches. I will miss it greatly. We rode it at night, twice. The 225 drop into complete darkness was simply incredible. 5 total laps for the day.
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Night life at Kennywood is also, not to be missed. The lights are beautiful and entertainment was great. My wife helped out with an entertainment show in Kennyville, What a ham!! Plus, the coasters at night are better than the day, especially into the ravines.

If not for those two pieces of this puzzle, Kennywood had another perfect day. I love this place. Again, if you haven't been to Kennywood, try to plan a day trip or an over nighter. It's well worth the effort.

Goodbye, Phantom. Great to know you....

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There's nothing like a woodie...
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Monday, September 4, 2000 7:14 PM
Exterminator is the little secret that is slowly getting out. That thing is without question the best wild mouse/cat style ride there is. I agree that every park needs one of these.

Steph and I went on opening day, actually the preview day, to ride Aero360, and we figured slow loading was a function of the ride being new. What a disappointment that they still can't get it right. It's not a horribly complex ride to load! On our second visit a couple of weeks ago, we didn't even bother getting in the slow line.

I won't miss Phantom. Intensity in the form of strong G's is one thing, but getting your head smacked around is not good fun. I'm glad that Revenge will keep the original's only redeeming qualities: The first two drops.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 6:46 AM
I'm not even sure why, but I also laughed through the whole ride on Exterminator.

I'm 7+ hours from Kennywood, which makes it tough for a day trip. Great park, with fun coasters, and hoping that the revised Phantom can make more people happy!

Don't care for head-banging but I did love the layout and the intensity.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 7:13 AM
As for the parking, the lower level is mostly a pay area with a separate entrance, and then a free area that also serves as bus parking. That small free area may have already been filled, or they were expecting some large picnics and were saving it for buses. The pay area tends to not fill in nearly as quickly, so the "wide open" area you saw may have been the pay parking.

I agree that the Aero crew needs to work on the capacity problem -- this ride can EASILY have the longest line in the park.


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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 2:48 PM
Thanks for the replies. GregLeg, on parking...I knew that there was some bands or something going on, but they didn't even have pay for parking, we parked for free. You may be right though, it seemed that there was picnics everywhere.

What a treasure, only 4 hours from home.

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There's nothing like a woodie...
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 3:01 PM
What a treasure, only 4 hours from home.

Hehe. Now imagine 10 minutes. One reason I'm in no hurry to move... ;)


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--Greg

http://www.pobox.com/~gregleg/
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 5:06 PM
What is the difference between the exterminator and other wild mouse rides?
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 5:57 PM
Speaking about Cedar Point getting a wild mouse, I've heard rumors from a couple ofdifferent people that a Wild Mouse is bundled with the expansion plans for the boardwalk

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 8:00 PM
What makes the Exterminator different than other Wilde Maus rides are two things. One is the cars themselves spin at designated points on the ride. It's like combining a teacup ride with a wild mouse. Second, the ride is entirely indoors and themed like a dark ride. You really have to experience it first hand, that's all I can say! So start counting down the days until KW opens next spring.
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Thursday, September 7, 2000 7:39 PM
Exterminator vs. Wilde Maus rides. I can't decide which one is better to tell you the truth. I rode the Wild Mouse at Hershey this year and I loved it as much. Reasons: 1) You are outside, the turns 50 feet off the ground make it have a "dangerous" feeling. 2) You can see how this thing actually works. Brakes, drops, station, etc. 3) The feeling of another car ripping your head off. 'Head choppers'
On the Exterminator, you don't get that, but what you do get is: 1) complete darkness, not knowing where you are. 2) The bunny hills cause your stomach to fly up into your throat. Outside, you can at least see them coming. 3) Theming & 4) Spinning cars. 1/2 of the ride is straight, then boom, you are spinning through the lower half of the ride...out of control + bunny hops going sideways or backwards.

Either way, CP needs one bad, these things are great.


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There's nothing like a woodie...
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Saturday, September 9, 2000 9:11 AM
When I visited Kennywood in July, I rode Aero-360 when the park had just opened, and the crew was fine during my ten minute wait.
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