Every year, my church takes a trip to do some mission work in another city. This year, our plan ove spring break was a $300 trip to Nashville. This was cancelled, though, primarily because no one signed up. :) Anyways, our youth pastor was talking with one from another church who was taking a mission trip to Myrtle Beach for $70, with the added perk of hitting Pavilion on Wednesday night. Needless to say, spots filled quickly.
Anyways, it was Wednesday night, 8:00pm. Temps in the high 60's, light winds, not a cloud in the sky, and an all-day ride ticket (even though we were there for only 3 hours.) Me and my friends Joanna, Aaron, Ashley, Rachel, and Rebecca walked inside the park with high spirits. The first thing you notice is the LOUD music. I didn't mind though, since it's good music, i.e. not Britney, N'SYNC, etc., and it's better than the noise outside the park. The staff, while quick to load and dispatch, was less than encouraging. I enjoyed the atmosphere overall, though. We knew exactly what we wanted to hit first; Hurricane.
Hurricane, 5-10 minute wait. We sat about 2-3 rows back from the front. I liked the dive to the hill, it races up the first half of the hill. Soon at the top looking over the park. Not much time to look though, cause we were experiencing some nice floating air over those first three hills. Into the first helix, now the Gerstlauer trains become noticeable. Very nice laterals, too bad the U-bar wasn't very kind to my legs.
Out of the helix, into some more floater hills. I wasn't prepared for the last one though, which gave some excellent ejection. Very nice. Now the second helix around the Scrambler. It wasn't as intense as the first, but that's probably a good thing. Now back into the station. We rode it again later, only this time it had transformed from a good ride to an awesome, air-filled, ferocious machine. The forces on our second ride were massive. Overall, I was impressed with the ride. Great airtime, the surprise ejector hill, 2 intense helices, and the proximity with other rides makes this another CCI winner.
We then hit a few flat rides, including the Pirate, Haunted Hotel, and the Sleigh Ride. Joanna and I also rode the Scrambler and the Enterprise, which is still my favorite flat ride ever. No one else wanted to ride those 2 with us. They're no fun. :) We also met up with my youth pastor, who started asking the Age/Weight guessers if he could guess their age/weight. He was also 2 of 6 in Pop-A-Shot. OK, time for the back of the park, and Mad Mouse.
Mad Mouse, walk-on. My first wild mouse coaster, I wasn't expecting it to be as intense as it was. It was extra sweet since no brakes were applied. The last hills gave a few pops of air, too. It was pretty fun, especially since Aaron was "driving." "Sharp turn, sharp turn, drop, hill..." It was pretty funny.
We then hit the front of the park to finish our night on the Rainbow and the Carousel. I learned something that night: Huss Rainbows make me queasy. I got an ice cream cone at the entrance, and had a laugh as half the youth group tried to ride Willie The Whale, a kiddie ride. The ride-op made them get off before he started it, I believe because it was too heavy,but I'm not sure. I got a good picture of it though.
While the staff was forgettable, my company was great, as were the rides. The scattered palm trees were an interesting sight, and I admired their ability to cram so much into a small space. I had great fun at this park, and have no regrets about going to Myrtle Beach.
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Lake Compounce: New England's Holiday World
Next time I ride the Swamp Fox!
Nobody ever goes over there, it's sad, & it only cost like tree-fiddy to ride! There's plenty to do at Family Kingdom, it's called the SWAMP FOX! The Log Flume there is, ummm, unusual, too. It scared me half to death first time I got on. Let's just say, I thought someone had pulled the plug. Anyways, they have a few unusual things around, & people usually stop making out when you say "hey!".
Alas, for I have never ridden thy king of woodies the Swamp Fox. Summer brings newhopes as we will hit the pavillion and family kingdom.
800,000 years in 7 seconds: Time Machine the movie or next S&S creation?
*** This post was edited by StarCoasters on 4/16/2002. ***
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