Phoenix Phall Phun Phest at Knoebels 10-9-10

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Monday, October 11, 2010 9:16 PM

This was my first time at the phest and I really enjoyed it. Here is a run down of my experiences. I used up some ride tickets I had from last time I was there. Hit up the haunted mansion and phoenix and had my two slices of pizza. First off, phoenix was running great that day. Did 4 laps on it. Sat in the schmeck seat (third in front) and I can see why that is one of the best seats in the house. Provided tons of air time which equals coaster goodness. First lap I sat in the last seat and I thought that the Schmeck seat is a little bit better than the last in terms of how much air I got that day. The haunted mansion never fails to deliver. Last time I was on it, there was a live person in there who scared the crap out of me with his dinky flashlight. And then .....darkness covered the amusement world and the night time festivities began. I did the haunted mansion a second time since that was one of the first rides to open during the evening hours. Then I waited in line for the antique cars. I was really impressed with all the decorations and special effects it had to offer. Next up was phandango (as they spell it for that weekend). It was smoother than I thought it was going to be. MaxAir at CP is a little bit better in terms of the swinging....just my opinion. The pioneer train trail was really decked out for Halloween. I loved the little skeletons by the little patch of water and the headless horseman. It reminded me of CP's train and its skeleton effects. Then I got to ride Phoenix for the first time in the dark as well as Twister. Both great runs. I loved the little monsters they put in the Twister quque. I can see why coaster nuts flock to knoebles for this event. Great food (congrats on g. ticket for that) great atmosphere and people. Def won't be the last time I will attend it.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 12:51 PM

Phoenix was awesome. I only got 2 nighttime laps on it because I was all over the park, which is rare for me @ PPP. I agree with you on the train, they keep adding more effects along the route each year. I liked the pirate scene along the stream too.

Next year we have to figure out who you are so we can say hi.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 1:10 PM

But didn't you have more fun listening to me scream than riding Phoenix? ;)

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 2:02 PM

The only real screaming I recall was on 1001 Nacht, aka the "Love Machine."

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 2:03 PM

LOL. Did you let Clint near the love of his life again? I bet he smeared the grease on his face, too.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 2:36 PM

Oh, the love of my life at that park was Phoenix. And Perogies. RGB, You don't recall the screaming on Downdraft? :) I was much more frightened of that.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:18 PM

Phoenix was in top form! I used to love the back seat, but lately, it hasn't been doing it for me the way the front 4 rows or so have.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:43 PM

^^ I didn't notice the screaming, Tek. After the restraint came down I was too busy being amazed that my elbow could be put in the position it was.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 7:59 AM

I was with knoeblesgrandcarousel there. I think she saw you here or there but we will def arrange a meet and greet for next time. I got more air on phoenix than on El Toro this past weekend. Then again phoenix has no seat belts and you don't feel like a sardine in the cars.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:18 AM

Not me. I definitely got a lot of air on Phoenix, but ET takes the cake. :)

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:46 AM

I thought ET took the Reese's Pieces.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:58 AM

Actually, it takes the Stride gum, but that's another story.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:19 AM

Raven-Phile said:
Actually, it takes the Stride gum, but that's another story.

Birdhombre, that was classic.

The idea of the Stride Gum train bothers me, but I have to say, the last two weeks, it was running better than the "real" train 75% of the time.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:20 AM

That park has such conflicting messages. ET wanted me to chew Stride gum, but a radio announcement elsewhere wanted me to chew Dentyne. And at Nathan's, the menu board temporarily disappeared so that I could watch Mr. Six dance along to the Cosmotron music.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:58 AM

kingdakacor said:
I was with knoeblesgrandcarousel there. I think she saw you here or there but we will def arrange a meet and greet for next time. I got more air on phoenix than on El Toro this past weekend. Then again phoenix has no seat belts and you don't feel like a sardine in the cars.

Well, you could do like a certain unnamed person did (cough-cough, Carrie, cough-cough) and go up to people and ask them if they're on Coasterbuzz. What's the worst that could happen trying to engage an enthusiast in social interaction?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:14 AM

I dunno. I attempted that once, and people looked at me like I was strange. So I tried to explain what Coasterbuzz was, and they looked at me like I was strange and on drugs. Things deteriorated from there; I won't go into details but there was a restraining order and an injunction....long story short, I'm no longer able to go within ten kilometers of Vaughan, Ontario.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:52 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
What's the worst that could happen trying to engage an enthusiast in social interaction?

I think we both know the answer to that....and while "the worst that could happen" isn't very pretty, at least it IS pretty rare. The whole "social misfit" perception is much more widespread in rumor than it is in fact. Sure, there's a few out there that can't really engage in regular (i.e., non-coaster) discussion...but they get credit for being a MUCH larger proportion of the demographic than is actually the case.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:19 PM

The worst and non-prettiest outcome would be to recognize fellow buzzers because they're wearing their official coasterbuzz classic thong, outside their pants. But I digress.

While the random meeting does happen, it usually works better to make some kind of contact beforehand, getting a cell # or arranging a meeting time and place.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:24 PM

When I first met ApolloAndy, he was wearing the same exact shirt that he had on in his profile pic. He was easy to pic out.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:24 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
Well, you could do like a certain unnamed person did (cough-cough, Carrie, cough-cough) and go up to people and ask them if they're on Coasterbuzz. What's the worst that could happen trying to engage an enthusiast in social interaction?

Totally. 'Cause if they're not nice to you, you can just choke them with your hair on Cosmotron. It's all good. ;)

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