Offseason Visit to MIA...Corkscrew is ORANGE!!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2002 4:50 AM
There were 2 kiddie rides next to Thunderbolt in 2000. One I think was an airplane ride, the other a Dumbo ride...I'll have to check my photos at home, since I am at work now, and obviously, not working :)
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Wednesday, January 16, 2002 6:02 AM
Frog Hopper has always been infront of Mad Mouse. Wow, John Peck, I am impressed...you've been to MIA once and guessed correctly on those kiddy rides! The airplanes were immediately next to Tbolt, then the elephants. Anyway, that's that. Hey MI Trooper...how long before we run into eachother there? It's bound to happen seeing as how we each go visit like every week;).
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Kara
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Wednesday, January 16, 2002 6:42 AM
Hehehe...good question ST Chick.  Who knows?  Could happen at anytime.  I looked for that white ticket booth chair and I couldn't find it.  Maybe someone yanked it out of there after you got that picture.
Actually, Frog Hopper was initially right next to the Strong Man game.  I forgot that it had been moved last year, it wasn't one of my most frequented rides, hence the reason for my post.  I forgot about those other two kiddie rides...no clue where they will be placed.  Then again... could we possibly see a "Camp Snoopy" in the near future out in the new midway?  We can't neglect that one.  Seems logical.  There is no rumor there folks, merely speculation.
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I've just seen the future...what was I saying?

*** This post was edited by MI Trooper1 on 1/16/2002. ***

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Wednesday, January 16, 2002 7:20 AM
Wha...wha...what?!? I honestly don't remember Frog Hopper EVER being next to the strong man game! Am I going nuts?

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Kara
403 Laps

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Wednesday, January 16, 2002 7:43 AM
Frog Hopper has been next to the Mouse since before the Mouse was opened.

Could the go-karts be placed on the grass field between Corkscrew and the pond? That is adjacent to Rocky Point, and has long been a speculated location for the karts.

(The kiddie rides, while having different capacities and shells, have the same drive mechanism -- a Zamperla kiddie ride)

Re: the carousel -- I'm not sure how permanent the Chance Grand Carousel is -- it may need winter placement to protect it from the elements.

Where for the Dodge'ms. A good rule of thumb is the Zoomer bathrooms, which used to be a Dodge'm building. I can see moving the Carousel and the and perhaps the Drummer Boy and Winky the Whale (yeah Winky!) over to where the T-Bolt used to be, and placing the bumper cars where the carousel used to be. I could also see the old arcade over there being used for a restaurant/shop/dodge'm building as well. How they work the catering areas will play a large role, I imagine.

A Camp Snoopy could be a new area, or it could be an incorporation of either existing kiddie area.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2002 2:12 PM
You mean the "C'mon, gimme a whack!" game? "The most annoying game in the world!" :) I had no idea that we are relieving ourselves inside a dodgem building.....not the best place to aim for the ceiling if you know what I mean! Zap! I personally can't wait for that train. Of course I have my reasons, and among them is the possibility that it will give us great Timbers shots!
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Don't.....look.....back! The Headless Horseman awaits you in 2002!
Model coasters and rides
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Wednesday, January 16, 2002 2:53 PM
Even though it wasen't detailed in the plans, I seriously wonder if we will get a "Coasters" burger hut.

As I have said before, I'll bet that they will eventually redesign the kiddie area giving us new fences and benches. I seriously believe it will look like CP's or Dorney's Camp Snoppy eventually, and I would not be surprised if we see the Big Dipper be renamed Woodstocks Express or something along those lines.

I'll bet that carousel is just stripped for the season, I douybt anything more. They have a lot of work to do in other areas.....

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Thursday, January 17, 2002 7:32 AM
A good place to shoot for Timbers is the midway that goes to Adventure Falls (near the Wildcat turnarounds on the far side of the pond). It actually makes it look wooden, and not dropped into a parking lot.

There's another good place for shots, but I'm keeping that one. ;)

BTW -- Of course the Chaos is operated counter-clockwise. Why do you think it fell off the spindle? [that being the joke]

*** This post was edited by Wolf on 1/17/2002. ***

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Monday, January 21, 2002 4:46 AM
Unfortunatly, the ONE day I was ever at MIA, it was raining terribly, so the coolest shot i got of Timbers was it dissappearing into the fog beyond it.
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Monday, January 21, 2002 8:11 AM
You didn't hear me say it, but a spin on Wildcat provides one with some really great photo opportunities. The TFest walkback, the used-to-be Chaos queue, and the logride also provide good angles.

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Kara
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Monday, January 21, 2002 10:04 AM
So speaking of photos, did anyone get anything new from this past week?

Keep me updated!

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Monday, January 21, 2002 10:08 AM
*cough walkway on Log Ride cough*

Kara, you were at TimberFest? Which one? I would think you'd have stood out.

Luckily, Wildcat takes that first turn sooooo slowly. I darn near rolled Wildcat back on that turn once when I cut the lift too soon.

(Who once rode Timbers alone for 3hrs in a 50 degree downpour when the employees outnumbered the guests and I was the only paying admittee past the T-Bolt.)

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Monday, January 21, 2002 1:06 PM
Hey Wolf, are the 3 hours you are referring to the first day of the 2000 season?  Peeps was op-ing and we just rode and rode forever that day.  I think our total was 56 in 5 hours (with riding everything else in the park)....23 without removing ourselves from the station platform the first two hours of the day.  Employees were riding with us all day, and doing some pretty stupid things too. 

I went to TFest two years ago...this past year I was at Kennywood.  I'll be there this year, and hopefully getting my 500th lap on the second day

Speaking of Timbers pics, I have a decent collection here.  The snowy ones are from New Years Day..it was just a drop by so we didn't take very many.  You can even play Where's Wolf, because I do believe you are in one of those..check it out;)..   

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Kara
403 Laps

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Monday, January 21, 2002 6:08 PM
The day I went was late May in 2001. Really miserable day where they closed at 5pm.

ST was flying the day after TimberFest, in the rain. I think I became infamous for wearing my chem gogs on those trips.

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 4:43 PM
I found out the hard way that Timbers and rain does not mix if you don't have protective eyewear...but what coaster does?
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Saturday, January 26, 2002 6:33 PM
Haha...didn't you know that ST is the greatest water ride in the park when its raining? You know you're a coaster buff when you have a pair of ski goggles specifically for coaster riding:).
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Kara
403 Laps
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Monday, January 28, 2002 3:54 PM
Goggles are good....

Slid by today to see what's up in the construction department.  Well let me tell ya's...there is activity in the Ripcord area.  There is a large backhoe over there and it looks as if dirt has been moved.  There are some large items low to the ground that have been tarped in the holding lot(employee parking).  The trains for the choo-choo are sitting across from these items.  What Kara had taken a picture of and mistaked for Intamin track has shown back up again and they are sitting in the same spot that they were in for the picture she took.  Nothing sits on the mysterious footers yet.  Looks as if the path for the choo-choo has been marked and flagged, if so then it will run along the side of ST on its north border and turn north at the maintenance tunnel beneath the third hill.  Something else new has shown up in the holding lot and was not identifiable by me on this visit as it was getting fairly dark.  I'll swing back by tomorrow with my binoculars to get a better look and make a better update.

Nothing happening in the south flat ride area as of yet really.  The same rides are still apart and sitting patiently.  Did see a couple of arms returned to Flying Trapeze and sitting in pieces on the ground, that's about the only action there though.  Also saw a dwindling pile of red woodchips, so landscaping is occuring.  More tomorrow.

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I've just seen the future...what was I saying?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 6:33 AM
Interesting about the train. I wonder if it will load to the right of Timbers (near the Chaos site) or closer to the Wildcat
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Wednesday, January 30, 2002 6:23 PM
Not seeing it load to the right, it will most likely be by WW.  The train route looks as if it is running to the left(north side) of Timbers.  Went back out to look at the happenings yesterday and they were going like gangbusters where the "Ripcord" will be going.  That backhoe was slinging dirt like a cook slinging hash...or something to that effect.  We're getting socked with some snow right now so I'm not going to be going back out for a few weeks...I'm sure some activities will be slowing.

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I've just seen the future...what was I saying?

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Thursday, January 31, 2002 10:32 AM
It is almost certain now that I will be attending my first timbersfest  :)   I visited the park last year and enjoyed it but I think I would have had a lot more fun if I had enthusiast or friends there. 

Chuck, looking foward to having a ball :)   BTW,  Them Dodgems are Damn good,  Just hope they run a long cycle :)

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Charles Nungester
Park Jockey :)

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