KW 10/4 -- Rain, rain, DON'T go away...

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Monday, October 7, 2002 6:15 AM
...maybe just let up a bit.


Phriday night, October 4. The evening bephore PPP. What better way to warm up than hit the Phantom?

With the phorecast calling for rain (but how much varied depending on where you went phor your phorecast -- weather.com, wunderground.com, and weather.gov all disagreed), Lori and I headed out. The park was quite empty, but there was a decent contingent of CoasterBuzz and rec.roller-coaster people there, including Joe, Brad & Jess, Chris, Tim, Dave, Alan, and others.

Since we'd already been to the phirst Phright Night, Lori and I were concentrating on the coasters. Phantom, oph course, was phlying. Jackrabbit and Racer had seemed sluggish the phirst night we were there, but with the rain, they too were running in insane mode.

One thing we noticed was that the phog machines weren't on nearly as heavily as they had been opening night. There was no phog on the Grand Prix, phor instance. Perhaps the rain had something to do with that?

Bayern Curve was running at phirst, but by the time we got over there it had shut down (light crowds and rain?). We DID ride Music Express and the Grand Prix phor our phlatride phix.

Phantom was shut down several times during the night when the rain picked up, but always reopened. I ended up with a total oph 6 more laps, and the Phantom was REALLY moving. I've never phelt it run like that. In the back row, Lori and I were SURE we were going to be thrown out (the seatbelt/lapbar combo kept us secure, oph course, but HOLY COW).

Racer was giving air where we didn't remember there ever being any. And Jackrabbit, in the back row, well... Phantom had some competition phor the title oph "airtime machine".

It was an amazing evening. Too bad some things had to shut down, but given the driving rain that was coming down at times, it was understandable.

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--Greg
Phantom's Revenge Count: 136

*** This post was edited by GregLeg on 10/7/2002. ***

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Monday, October 7, 2002 7:05 AM
It was a great night, albeit a little wet. I have never experienced something as insane as Phantom after a rain. Holy cow!!!! And Jack Rabbit, words can't describe. I'm amazed we made it back to the station. It was a great start to a great weekend.
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Monday, October 7, 2002 2:45 PM

I was there ugh. Got some good rides on Jackrabbit and Racer. Waited around till 9:15 had o leave to find a motel. No Phantom ;(

Oh well. PPP made up for it.

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All I need is 4.5 million bucks and a half a mile long sliver of land and maybe someone could build me my very own Shivering Timbers. ;)

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Monday, October 7, 2002 9:17 PM
Believe it or not, Phriday night was my phavorite part of the weekend. Phortunately it wasn't phreezing. Sure I've waited all year phor PPP, and Dips is running better than ever, but the atmosphere at KW could not be beat. Phantom was phenomenal, and the occasional rain only made things better (repherring to Jess' ride on Kangaroo!). I pheel bad phor the guys that phound pieces of upstops the next day! Seeing the phlats disassembled added to the dismal but spooky mood of the night. The Dodgems made up phor that, although I couldn't use the "ghost car". The lights phrom the valley added an eerie glow to the increasing phog as it rose above Thunderbolt....and the airtime mentioned above was truly a surprise. Did I mention that they have great nachos? ;) Now I must decide iph I want to sneak back there so I can hit the haunted houses, or simply wait til next year.....

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Brad Sherman
BuzzCon Frequent Flyer, responsible for guests fleeing the queue in horror!
Model coasters and rides

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