Paramount's Great America~7/26/02~(Long)

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Monday, July 29, 2002 2:28 PM
This trip was probably one of the best trips to the park that I have ever had. We went on a friday, and crowds were refreshingly light. I went with Brandon(Marine World Freak) and his friend.

We arrived at the park around 10:30, and walked right in(we got tickets from Brandon's mom). Open entering, you can see the beautiful fountain area, and hear the pleasant music. The park was spotless.

We headed right to Stealth, because lines can get very long for this beast. Brandon and his friend had never ridden it, so they were a little nervous. We entered the que, and found a 10 minute wait. Yippee.

~Stealth~2 laps total

This was my 6th ride on Stealth, so I knew what to expect. We got in line for the second to last row, and waited. Soon it was our turn and we boarded the amazing trains. After our snug(but VERY dirty) restraints were checked, we were quickly dropped onto our backs and departed the station. The anticipation on the lift hill is great! Before we knew it, we were sent flying down the dip and thrusted around the turn-over.

Ladies and gentleman...this is a coaster! The first turn is's hard to find words that describe staring straight down at the ground from 120 feet up, with nothing but your restraint holding you in. After sailing down the drop, you FLY up into the horseshoe turn, which provides a wonderful sense of flight. You then flip onto your back and roar into the vertical loop. This little baby hurt my neck. Lot's of G's! I enjoyed it never-the-less. After that, there are some quick turns and twists, a horrifying "body" chopper(the shed), and two disorenting corkscrews.

Stealth is one of my favorite coasters, it's almost perfect. The only thing I don't like about it is that the trains vibrate REALLY bad(especially on the last few turns). It's also a great crowd pleaser.

After that we strolled on over to Delerium, their new flat ride. I love the colors on this thing! But anyways, I think it looks more fun then it really is. There is nothing "bad" about it, but it wasn't anything to rave about. The pullout's really hurt too. Despite all of this, it is quite an entertaining thing to watch, very unique.

After that painful experience, we hit Greezed Lightning(the shuttle loop...happy 25th birthday!).

~Greezed Lightning~1 lap total

The que for this thing is HUGE! Way bigger then it needs to be. I never find over a 5 minute wait for it. Anywho, I rode in the second to last row and my friends rode in the very last row. The launch is exciting, and the loop is intense. I enjoyed it! Enough said.

As we left Greezed Lightning, I saw Drop Zone looming in the horizon. Now, before this day, I was horribly scared of drop towers. My friends really wanted me to ride, and so I agreed to. We approached DZ and found a 10 minute wait. I remember thinking "oh my god, I'm actually going to ride this thing."

~Drop Zone~3 drop's total

We entered the que, and walked to the left side of the ride. Before I knew it, it was our turn. The air gates slowly opened and I knew there was no turning back. I sat down in the VERY OPEN car, and pulled down my purple shoulder harness. At this point, I was past scared, I was shaking. "3...2...1...enjoy your drop." Those words echoed in my mind as we climbed higher and higher up the tower. I screamed on the way UP. LOL. Once we reached the top of the tower...everything was silent. We dropped a foot and then waited. What an amazing view...! I knew it was coming...and then it happened. That has to be the best drop sensation I have *ever* felt. I was all jittery when I got off, what a great ride. I wanted to go back and ride it, but we went to go get something to eat.

After we ate, we walked on over to Grizzly. I told my friend it was incredibly slow and dull, but he still wanted to ride it, to judge it for himself. We waited about 5 minutes and then I noticed a train stuck on the lift hill. Too bad! Darn...I really wanted to ride that sorry excuse for a wooden coaster ;). We quickly left, and walked to Demon.

~Demon~1 lap total

I love this thing! It's an oldie but a goodie. We walked through the que and found the wait to be around 15 minutes. Not bad.

After the wait, we climbed into the trains. My friend and I opted for the very last row. "Clear one, clear two, enjoy your ride!" We crawled into the cave and rolled up the lift hill in a matter of seconds. We reached the top and made a quick turn. Here it comes...the great drop! I ALWAYS lose my stomach on it. Hehe. The loops were fun, but my favorite part HAS to be the waterfall/rock cave part. You FLY into the rock cave and there is a great head chopper, and then the two quick corksrews. Great ride!

We did the Celebration Swings after that, which were actually quite fun. We broke some rules(swung around and kicked each others seats), and had a good time.

We wanted to ride Green Slime Mine Car or whatever it was called, but we needed a child to ride. :( ! So we left and went to ride something that was more suitable for us.

We then walked to Vortex, and waited for about 10 minutes.

~Vortex~1 lap total

This thing was running FAST! My friend thought it was really rough, but I thought it was super smooth. The turns and corkscrew were amazing! The loop was nice too.You FLY up into the break run, which was a nice ending. It's a fun little stand up. Short but sweet.

We left Vortex and headed over to Top Gun. I was really excited, because I am a big invert fan. This was my friend's first looping coaster, so he was excited as well.

~Top Gun~1 lap total

The first thing you notice about Top Gun is the well themed que. It's nice. Also, the trains fly's over you multiple times, which is a great touch. We decided to ride in the front row this time, which is always the best place to be on Top Gun. The train was dispatched and we were on our way.

We climbed the lift hill and then slowly turned to the left, and soared down the drop. We then flew up into the loop and quickly came back down. The rest is a blur, but I remember the zero-g roll as being excellent and the helix over the water is GREAT! What a rush!

After Toppy, we took the Delta Skyflyer over to Psycho Mouse, which is one of my favorite coasters at PGA.

~Psycho Mouse~1 lap total

For some reason, it seemed to be running VERY slow, and it wasn't as enjoyable as it has been in the past. The wait was around 15 minutes, which was fine. I still liked the sharp hairpin turns, but the brakes just kill the ride. :(

We did Xtreme Skyflyer after that, which was of course BEYOND AMAZING! Loved it. I bought the video too...good times. We then did Stealth one more time and of course rode the all mighty Drop Zone one more final time.

That just about wraps up our day at PGA. It is a great park...great rides, atmosphere, food, etc. My only complaint are the slllllllooooowwwww employees(especially on Stealth). C'mon have tons of people waiting in line, pick up the pace a little!

But yeah, I had a great time, and I can't wait to go back(if not only to ride Drop Zone!). :)

* Jordan

"There's no such thing as a mistake. There's what you do, and what you don't do."

Monday, July 29, 2002 10:41 PM
Good TR. Man, looking back at it, I think Top Gun might be my favorite inverted coaster (not counting Deja Vu). It has a unique layout, and I remember nearly blacking out after the turn around after the helix, then you have the awesome barrel roll and a very intense helix over that lake. The one and only time I went to PGA, we were lucky enough to get front seat on that thing for the very last ride of the night, it was awesome, very exciting....ahhhhh.....memories.

"Time it makes you old, experience makes you wise, and it's only a fool who judges life by what he sees in other people's eyes"- Jason Cruz, Strung Out

Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:12 AM
YEY, another PGA convert! The park is having a fabulous year, and has made me a fan all over again. They are "slowly" re-building parts of the park that have previously left me scraching my head, like the entrance to Greased Lightning(well done) and their flatride collection. The park is growing again.

"Escuse me, can you tell me where the heck the Mystery Lodge is"?

Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:18 AM

Good TR. Finally PGA is earning the respect it deserves. Most people dislike the park but I always have found it very enjoyable.

Steel: 1)MF, 2)Goliath, 3)Magnum
Wood: 1)Villain, 2)Beast, 3)Roar(SFMW)

Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:56 PM
Yes another PGA lover! We should all start a collaliton! PGA rules!

See THE ULTIMATE in Orlando TR'S! Right now in the TR fourm!


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