My (mostly) non-coaster Dorney jaunt; 6/21/14

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Saturday, June 21, 2014 7:11 PM

I got off of work early today and hoped to catch my friend Kate at Dorney before she drove back to Jersey (I failed), so I headed over to the park about 3 pm.

I was very concerned by the crowded parking lot. There were cars parked at each end, in the grass, and down to the base of the overflow lot. Because I live so close, if I see this, I typically just leave without even entering the park, but I was determined to stick it out and get some sun, damnit!

After doing some clever maneuvering through the parking lot, I found a spot only three rows from the gate, and I was on my way!

After looking on RCDB, I discovered I'd never ridden Dorney's Woodstock's Express, so I hit that up first. The ride is a fun little kiddie coaster and not as cramped as the Kings Dominion version, but the KD version is vastly superior (not surprising to anyone, I'd imagine). I was happy to get the silly credit though, and I thought it was nice they give three laps on this little guy.

The lines at Wildwater didn't look that long, so I figured most of the crowd were at the coasters. I decided to take the rest of my short trip and just ride flats and check out stores I normally don't visit. I love a good flat, and Dorney's got quite a decent collection.

I rode the Musik Express first. Nice long cycle, but those seatbelts are so unnecessary and so painful. When you slide over to the left, the seatbelt just squeezes your waist no matter how loose the belt was when the ride started.

Next, of course I rode the Apollo 2000. This ride seemed like it was running exceptionally well. In recent years, I've felt like Dorney did something to dull the rise and fall of the arms (I swear the arms used to go at LEAST parallel to the top of the ride), but maybe they tweaked it to run a little higher again, or maybe I was just not remembering the experience the same way, but I had a lot of fun on this.

I'd say more on merchandise, but Dorney doesn't really carry the variety of stuff that other Cedar Fair parks or even Six Flags parks do, and most of it is either cheesy trinkets or really boring shirts (that also run small, which is always annoying). I DID find a cool holographic Possessed snow globe, but since the "Possessed" name still irks me, I didn't buy it. Kinda regretting that now because it was seriously cool looking. I also found The Riding Dead t-shirt that Mike G. has, but men's shirts do not fit me right, and so I had to skip that one. I ended up very pleased though because I finally found a shirt to replace my much-loved and very holey "Save a tree, ride a steel coaster" shirt from Cedar Point. With the season pass discount, it was only 17 dollars! Plus, the shirt was in my favorite color (mint green), which the park does not carry much of. Awesome!

As usual though, I digress. I have a ton of work to do over the next 1.5 days, so I decided I'd ride Whip and Monster and then head out.

The Whip always makes me smile. It was one of three rides I wasn't afraid of when I took my very first amusement park trip to Dorney 30 years ago, and it is filled with nostalgia for me. It still made me smile this time around.

Monster is the ride that should have seatbelts! I was flung back and forth to different sides of the car and was off my butt for half the ride. I didn't spin much, but boy did I fly! Fun stuff!

After that, I trekked up that ass kicking hill and headed on out to the car. I really didn't experience much in terms of waits, the weather was beautiful, and I got me a new favorite T-shirt. Can't beat it for a 1.5 hour trip! I feel better than I have in days!

Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:10 PM

Nice trip report, but what irks you about the name "possessed"? The power of Christ compels you to answer.

Last edited by OhioStater, Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:53 PM
Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:10 PM

It is a past tense verb for a ride. Doesn't fit right. Maybe I'm nuts. Or possessed.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:15 PM

Nope, just nuts. :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:02 PM

Maybe if you think of it as an adjective instead...

Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:11 PM

Okay, so just because I'm teaching grammar this summer and you got me thinking

Is the Zierer coaster in Lagoon:
Wicked (two syllables, adjective) or
Wicked (one syllable, past tense of wick)?!?

Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:35 AM

Using an adjective to name something is a little weird. However, then at least putting "the" in front of it kind of works.

Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:47 AM

If I'm currently possessed, that's present tense...yes?

ApolloAndy said:

Okay, so just because I'm teaching grammar this summer and you got me thinking

Is the Zierer coaster in Lagoon:
Wicked (two syllables, adjective) or
Wicked (one syllable, past tense of wick)?!?

Also Wik

Last edited by OhioStater, Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:49 AM
Sunday, June 22, 2014 1:39 AM

OhioStater, then I don't know...I forget what that tense is called. It's passive or something like that, but "am possessed" is the full verb if I remember correctly.

And I just caught myself and thought, "Ugh...I'm such a geek".

Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:25 AM

Then you're in good company.


Sunday, June 22, 2014 4:04 PM

**quote StrongBad** DELETED!

Deleted post, reread the thread and my comments didn't make sense.

Last edited by ShaneDenmark, Sunday, June 22, 2014 4:08 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2014 5:06 PM

If it's "I am possessed" then possessed is an adjective, it has no tense, and it functions as a predicate adjective. If it's "He possessed me" then possessed is a verb and the form is the past perfect 3rd person singular of 'to possess.'

Sunday, June 22, 2014 5:54 PM

Someone needs to go back to Dorney and buy a shirt so that it may become a possession.


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