It was cloudy and about 43 degrees when Steve and I pulled into the parking lot. We had only about 2 hours, as we both got off from work at around 3:30, so whatever wanted to eat/ride had to be quick. First stop? The almighty Phoenix.
On the way down, we passed near the empty void where Whirlwind once stood, which was really weird. Everything is pretty much gone. I felt really bad, lol, to see basically nothing in that spot. I had a soft spot in my heart for that ride...it was my first upside-down ride.
Onto the Phoenix we went...and what a great ride it was! Running the yellow train, the Phoenix never ceases to amaze me. I can't speak highly enough of it...and I love the fact that there's just a lap bar.
BTW, it also looks like they fixed that minrature model of the Phoenix in the window near the queue. That thing was torn up for the longest time.
Then we headed over the ride the Super Roundup...and dang! This was the first time I was on it since they built it, and its a good little ride. Got me quite dizzy, which is saying something. And I was pretty surprised on how vertical it went.
On the way out from the Roundup, we got to talking with the operator, and Steve and I got some interesting dirt...(forgive me if any of this has been posted already)...
--Whirlwind has gone to a children's hospital in Puerto Rico, apparently. I think they donated it...but I could be wrong; I might have mis-understood this guy.
--Fandango is actually going to be located right next to the Phoenix instead of Whirlwind's spot (where I originally thought it would be). Next week will be the date when they will try to open it.
--There is talk underway to bring in another woodie to replace Whirlwind next year.
...So that's what I found out. Nothing too new, I guess.
After the Phoenix, we payed homage to the old Eli wheel in the Mining Museum, then headed over the the Haunted House. We headed into the queue line, and the operator was talking to someone and didn't notice that we were right behind him. Steve and I were standing there, kind of laughing at how long he would be go before he noticed us. Then the person he was talking to said there were people waiting to get on, and the guy apologized and said we could get on for free, lol. So that was a buck twenty we didn't have to spend :)
The Haunted House also seems kinda darker this year, but maybe its just me. And those headlights get me EVERY TIME. Right before we were about to turn into the skull room, the door opens to the left of us, near the track, and this guy walks in from outside! It was the funniest thing in the world! He left the door open and the light was shining in and completely ruined that whole scary moment, LOL. He walked around...I guess he had to fix something...and walked right back out and sort of waved to us, LOL. Steve and I couldn't stop laughing...it was so hilarous and Knoebels-esk, LOL.
Then, to add to the silly-ness, about halfway into the skull room, ALL of the lights went on, lol. I guess it was sort of timed bad, cause I didn't notice them go on before we went inside, like they usually do to charge up the skulls. So our Haunted Mansion ride was pretty funny!
After the Haunted Mansion, we headed over to Cesari's to get some of the world's greatest pizza and birch beer :D Afterwards, we went on the Skyride, which was also my first time being on it since being built. It's a pretty good ride...and I was surprised, because it actually goes really far up the mountain. If it hadn't been so cold, I would have enjoyed it more. But I really liked it. It def fits in the park well.
Afterwards, we got some cheese fries, waffle fries, and headed home. It got pretty cold by then, and it had started to rain, so we decided to call it a day. Overall, I was impressed. All of the rides were open...including The Flume, may I add!...with the exception of The Skloosh, of course. The new kiddie ride, Flying Tigers, was also open, but I saw all big people going on it, lol. But, like I said, despite the cold, great day :) Sometimes I forget why I love this park so much, since its been so long since I've been there. But it was a great day :)
Letting it swing in an axis parallel to the Phoenix lift hill would be awesome. That is a pretty large area that has little in it right now other than a few benches. It could certainly accommodate another ride or two without getting too cluttered and crowded.
Where are the flying tigers located, btw?
Nice report-- getting me psyched for a visit. All we need is some warmer weather now.
Flying Tigers is located between The Whipper and the Sky Ride station. Adults can ride but it's a tight fit :) Fun little ride!
As for the big open area where Whirlwind was, didn't you notice the pieces of the new (to Knoebels anyway) Looper scattered around? ;)
For those of you not familiar with the Herschell Looper - it's often referred to as Squirrel Cages or Rock-N-Roll (which the Chance Manf. version was called) - I believe that it consists of 10 circular cars (each hold 2 people) and the whole unit rotates. Within the car, 2 riders face each other and work with a clutch to get the car to spin (in a loop, hence the name). Here's a link to pix of a Chance model: http://www.flatrides.com/Ride%20Index%20Pages/roknroll.html
Here's pictures of Whalom Park's Looper:
Flying Tigers is located between The Whipper and the Sky Ride station. Adults can ride but it's a tight fit
Unless you're freakishly huge!
The only one of those things I ever rode was at the York (PA) Fair years ago. It had a belt... a wide canvas like belt... that cut right across your mid section. I thought it was going to cut me in two then when the thing got rolling and my full weight went pushed on the belt.... and that was many pounds ago. If they use that same type of restraint now, I would hate to see what it would do to me.
This is in my top 4 evil rides: Rock-n-Roll, AXIS, Chance Toboggans and Rotors. Truthfully, I've got an amusement park in my wash room... with my washer and dryer sitting side by side its like having a Rotor and Rock-n-Roll.
*** Edited 4/25/2005 8:30:57 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
It was cold but I managed to stay the entire day. I did happen to see a few 'Buzzers there, Moosh, millrace, Rob, and, jimvid. The funny thing is as soon as Moosh, jimvid and the rest of their gang left the sun came out for a few hours! :)
I always try to get a look in the skull room when the lights go on. There's quite a bit of junk stored in there!
No, the lights went on while were still IN the skull room! That's never happened to me before in the Haunted Mansion...but maybe it has to other people. I just found it funny :)
I never knew about the Looper before...I gotta catch up on my park news :\ *** Edited 4/25/2005 11:53:24 PM UTC by -The Stef-***
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