SRM questions/advice

Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:01 PM
I have been doing some planning this week for parks I will go to and I have a couple questions about SRM. Instead of going to Coastermania I am going to go to SRM. I just want to know if it will be worth it. If anyone was there last year could you give me a short review of your trip. Like if I should go for the photo walkback, etc. Also where to stay? I am 14 so my father is taking me so we we need to keep the cost down. I hear Santa's Lodge was good. If anyone stayed there could you tell me about the hotel. Thanks to anyone who helps.

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-Sean Newman

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:08 PM

I haven't been, but of course it's worth it. Fast coasters, great food, and friends? What more do you want, dude? :)
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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:20 PM
1) SRM is ten times more enjoyable of an event than Coastermania if you ask me. And that's from attending 5 Coastermania's and only 2 SRM's.

2) If you want to keep costs down trying looking at the Motel6 and Baymont Inn in Dale, IN. I booked a room there for this year and it only cost me $59+tax per night at the time. The drive to the park is about 10 minutes.

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James Draeger
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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:24 PM
Here's my review from last year:

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=21556

Take my advice and GO GO GO!

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Mike Miller

Intamin Fan says we have to behave. Let's bring this discussion back to coasters. Do you people think I have all day to dick around?

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 2:09 PM
Yes it is worth it. If I had to pick between SRM and Coastermania, I'd pick SRM any day. It's that much fun and so much more. You won't be disappointed. If you and your dad like camping, Lake Rudolph is great and very reasonably priced. Sorry, can't help with hotels.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 6:52 PM
Loriu - even if you're not sure you can make it I suggest you make hotel reservations NOW!!! Santa's Lodge is almost sold out [in not already] and other hotels in the area will go VERY fast. The Baymont in Dale is highly recommended as well.

You'll love HW and SRM ;)

Moosh - wishes he was going this year

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 6:57 PM
I have given instructions to my henchmen to take it out on you at Solace since you've made use of the SRM "chicken door", 'Moosh....P.S. send your sig through a spell-checker...;)

bill, hoping to get out of camping at Lake Rudolph this year....it IS a very nice campground, though...Jill if you're reading this, hi...:)

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 7:13 PM
I guess only a true CPG member can pick on another, eh Gator? ;)
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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 7:37 PM
I have a site reserved at Camp Rudolph w00t!

I am a SRM virgin *blushes*

-Dorito Dawg

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Da Poodle

Coming in 2003-The Spawn Of Magnum!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 8:03 PM
Um, if hotels and campgrounds throughout the area are filled for this thing, just how many people are there? Is the ERT any different from regular operation?

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I hear America screaming...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 8:08 PM
Oh from what I hear it is a LOT different ;)

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Da Poodle

Coming in 2003-The Spawn Of Magnum!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 8:24 PM
SF(GA) - don't worry...you'll get plent of rides during ERT. Dispatches are well under a minute! Besides...it's all enthusiasts...we know how get in and out of a train quickly, buckle a seatbelt and pull down a lap bar.

And there are not a lot of hotels in the area [Santa's Lodge, Baymont, and Motel 6...did I miss any others?]

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 8:46 PM
DO NOT stay at the new hotel (at least it looked new) next to the gas station (I don't remember what it was called) at the interchange. Someone forgot to add insulation between the walls and/or the ceiling and we got little rest because of little kids running around all night. They did have a breakfast, but it was make your own waffles, which took about 3 minutes for every one. As you can imagine, at 8 in the morning there's a long line for the waffle machine.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 9:05 PM
Hey, hey, hey, 'Moosh, that's parenthesis around the (SF), thank you very much! (Frankly, I'd like to do without the SF altogether. It's much more clever that way, and we only ever call it Great America, around here. But, alas... I can't have anyone thinking I'm some weirdo from California, now, can I? ;))

Okay, thanks for the quick response. This really sounds like a great event. One more question, though: How much longer can I delay joining CoasterBuzz/Signing up/reserving a hotel, before I have to stay in the next county? (you see, I could probably swing it all, now, but I'd really like to get a job, first...)

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*** This post was edited by (SF)Great American 2/12/2003 2:05:49 AM ***

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 3:05 AM

Mamoosh said:
SF(GA) - ...we know how get in and out of a train quickly, buckle a seatbelt and pull down a lap bar.

And there are not a lot of hotels in the area [Santa's Lodge, Baymont, and Motel 6...did I miss any others?]

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HA HA HA.....pull down our lap bars. Heck I dont recall doing that at all last SRM! Most we did were what we liked to call one-click-wonders. (With one click you will wonder how in the heck you will stay in the coaster car.)

I stayed at Santa's Lodge last year and found it to be an excellent place to stay. I am staying there again this year. I would call immediately to see if they have any rooms available and book it if they do if you want to stay there. Santa's Lodge is in walking distance from the park...but driving it is nice when one is exhausted after a couple night of SRM.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 3:22 AM

MagnumForce said:
I have a site reserved at Camp Rudolph w00t!

I am a SRM virgin *blushes*

Make that two SRM virgins.....;-)

Sean, you will absolutely love Holiday World. Just trust me. :-) Just book your motel or campsite now! Accomodations are few and far between in the area. I learned that the hard way. :-)

I booked my room at Motel 6 months ago. As far as Coastermania I have only been to one, and it was much fun. This year I will be attending both events, while visiting a few midwest parks in between. WHEW!!!

-Tina


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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 4:21 AM

Intamin Fan said:
DO NOT stay at the new hotel (at least it looked new) next to the gas station (I don't remember what it was called) at the interchange. Someone forgot to add insulation between the walls and/or the ceiling and we got little rest because of little kids running around all night. They did have a breakfast, but it was make your own waffles, which took about 3 minutes for every one. As you can imagine, at 8 in the morning there's a long line for the waffle machine.

IntaminFan,

I stayed at that hotel (Baymont Inn) last SRM - and I noticed none of the issues you are complaining about... We enjoyed our stay there immensely, but decided this year to stay at Santa's Lodge due to the very close proximity to the park...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 5:11 AM
I definitely don't recommend the Baymont. We had reservations there for Friday and Saturday night last year. When we got back there very late on Saturday, our key wouldn't work and we found out our room had been given away. Just because we didn't leave our belongings in the room(we never do at any hotel because we don't trust leaving our stuff), they assumed we weren't coming back even though we didn't check out. Of course, there were no other available rooms. After about an hour of phone calls, they ended up putting us up at the much nicer brand-new Comfort Inn at the next exit. Not exactly a pleasant experience....

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Sue Barry
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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 5:59 AM
The first year I stayed at Santa's Lodge. The room was clean and comfortable and basically, that is all I needed. I was only there for one night and half of that night was spent in the park so it wasnt a big deal at all. Last year (see cmanmike's TR )I stayed at a Comfort Inn in Dale. It was a little far away (about 30min), but they had a continental breakfast and again was clean and comfortable. The only bad thing was that I had a "smoking" room and you could smell traces of cigarette smoke. BUT dont blame this on them. It was my own fault because I didnt book a room til late (less than a month b4 SRM) and I especially wanted a King Size bed. At that time, smoking rooms were all that were left with KS beds. However, there was a Motel 6 right off of Exit 57 which Mike and the rest of the "Posse" stayed in that was *really* nice. It must be new-ish. If I go back to SRM, I may indeed stay there.

Oh and as for tips, AVOID THE PHOTO WALKBACK. I mean, it is interesting and all. But during the time that all the coastertools (self included) are back gaping at the structures, the lines for the rides are considerably shorter. This would be a good time to rack up backseat Raven rides as they will be *much* harder to come by during ERT! Besides, pictures from the walkbacks will be all over the internet come Monday anyway ;).

lata, jeremy

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 6:07 AM
There is not a big enough or bold enough font on Coasterbuzz with which I can type the words "GO TO SRM, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!" ;)

The whole feeling there is one more of a party .. It really feels like the Koch's inviting their friends over to play.

I have been to SRM 4 times (and already booked for 2003), but Coastermania just once.

Besides, even if you don't like the coasters, you can't not like the fudge!

Cam.

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