PNE PLAYLAND - June 16th

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Thursday, June 16, 2005 11:19 PM
PNE Playland, June 16th

Best day ever at Playland! Everything was up and running (except the new flat (Breakdance) which is still under construction) and the crowds were very, very light. The weather was overcast for the entire day, but there was no rain, so the temperature was moderate, around 20 Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), just warm enough to go on the log flume a couple times.

Going on, I was with about 20 friends from school. We arrived at the gate at about 9:45, so we were first in line to get in. We all decided that a ride on Coaster would be the most satisfying thing to get started with, so we ran to the station and got a couple of rides in before the first (albeit small) wave came through.

The Coaster

The Coaster was running very well today. As always, the operators ran one train (there was no use in running two) since the line never got out of the station. For the first ride, I sat in the front with one of my friends. Man, there is some wicked ejector air on Coaster, even first thing in the morning.

For those of you who have had the chance to visit my small (9 acre) home park, the Coaster is a gem not to be missed. Sure, we have the usual hodge-podge of flats, and a Vekoma Corkscrew w/ Bayerncurve, but the Coaster stands above everything else. To sum it up: Carl Phare is a genius.

The front and back seats give some great ejector air on the second drop, and of course in the final bunny hop stretch. They also have some great laterals on the dead man’s curve and the curve before the bunny hop stretch as well. The fixed lapbars give a foot of airtime room, and are so cleverly designed that during intense moments of ejector air, you are forced to stand up. Amazing.

Today the coaster was running as usual, and because I never waited longer than 2 minutes for a ride, it seemed a lot better. So, I got in a record 43 rides on the coaster. At an average of 2 minutes a ride, I sat a total of 1 ½ hours just on the Coaster today. Anyways, I tried every seat, and the two rows for best floating airtime are 4 and 5. On the bunny hops at the end, the sensation is amazing! 10/10

Other Stuff

Besides that, the Corkscrew was running as usual (a headsore) 6/10 . I also hit the wild mouse, which always manages to scare and entertain my other companion in the car. 9/10 The Hellevator (S&S combo tower) seems to get weaker every year. Or maybe, I’m just THINKING that the Hellevator is getting weaker… 8/10

The new flat (Gladiator) is sort of like a weaker version of the Troika, which really isn’t strong at all. I miss the rainbow.

Overall, an excellent day at the park, little to no downtime, no crowds, good weather, great coaster – 10/10. No complaints. *** Edited 6/17/2005 3:27:20 AM UTC by PNE_man***

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Friday, June 17, 2005 1:39 PM
Hey! First off, I've never had an issue with the Vekoma up there. In fact, it's my fave sitdown of theirs, with their "inverted" models close seconds. I've never had a headbanging moment. Overall, the ride is definitely meh, though. ;)

Coaster is still the bomb. That thing gets scarier, and more intense over time. It's not for all tastes, but for those with the desire to ride a wonderfully aging bronco, Coaster is the shiznit. Dead on, badass.... suhweet.

Thanks for the nice TR. :)

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Friday, June 17, 2005 4:14 PM

nasai said:
Coaster is still the bomb. That thing gets scarier, and more intense over time. It's not for all tastes....

I remember the last time you used the phrase "not for all tastes". The website almost had to be shut down...;)

Nice TR PNE_man, and yes, Coaster is completely....B-A-N-A-N-A-S...the last turnaround/DROP off to the right, that's just plain sick! "Where'd that train go, I was JUST riding in it?" :)

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Friday, June 17, 2005 8:36 PM
That's funny, Bill. I think Coaster might qualify for my beloved descriptive, but universally reviled term.

Indeed.... it's a tangy ride. :) *** Edited 6/18/2005 12:37:46 AM UTC by nasai***

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