Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, USA
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida, USA
Six Flags Over Georgia, Austell, Georgia, USA
Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virginia, USA
Carowinds, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Universal Studios Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA
So 2018 was a little different than I intended. I had to postpone a trip to Canada and a cruise till 2019, but I still got to travel quite a bit. But I did something I've been trying to do ever since I moved to NC, which is see more shows locally and visit more museums and local attractions.
Almost a decade of living in NC in the books and I still love going into the city.
Finally took a Sunday afternoon in the early part of the year and hit up the Carolina's Aviation Museum. I'd recommend it if you're in the area and have a couple hours to spare, it was fun.
The museum's centerpiece is the 'Miracle on the Hudson' plan and exhibit.
In March, due to a freak last minute snow storm on a day that I had plans to see a show in Asheville that evening, I was off work super early with nothing to do. I decided to slide up to Asheville early and tour The Biltmore Estate & Winery.
The whole Estate was amazing, but I loved the Conservatory, even in cold weather the grounds were well done.
That night we went to see MGMT at the Thomas Wolfe Theater. It was a great show and I love Asheville.
2018 was not adult focused at my home park...and thats great! I L.O.V.E.D. the new additions and total refresh of the kid's section at Carowinds into Camp Snoopy. The theming is really good, the whole area looks amazing, and even though I didn't ride any of the new rides, I just enjoyed walking through at this point.
The new home of the Carousel is Carousel Park, and it absolutely fits the direction of where Carowinds is going.
Such a good job on a much needed refresh of the park's kids section.
Later in spring I drove up to Kings Dominion for a new coaster credit. Even though it was down most of the day I finally got my credit, and it was really good.
I know there's been discussion about this decision, but the new sign does look nice and very retro.
I liked the transformation of Hurler into Twisted Timbers. They did some basic theming, but they did it well, and it looks fairly low maintenance.
Another RMC, now closer to home.
Speaking of RMC...Ohmagawd. This is absolutely my favorite ride. Ever. I love aggressive airtime. I love smooth coasters. This is both of those. It will take a lot to ever beat this out for my number 1 spot.
My friend Isaac and I took his friend Blake to CP for the first time. I love CP, it's my happy place, but there were so many things, including Ocean Motion & the waterpark, that I'd never done till this trip. It was a calm, relaxing two days at the park.
Next up on our trip was Kings Island. Mystic Timbers was amazing. I loved it and was surprised at how good it was.
The Cirque shows that Cedar Fair have been putting on are all really good. Glad I caught the new on at KI, but I missed the new one at Carowinds.
The night time show at KI was surprisingly good, even with sappy music.
The festivals and events that CF have been putting on at parks has come a long way. I go for the food and beer, and stay for a couple rides. They get my money, and I go away happy.
At the beginning of the year, Janet Jackson announced she'd be extending her tour into 2018. I had tickets with a fellow buzzer to see her at Hersheypark for some Janet, Chocolate, and Coasters, my three favorite things, but had to cancel due to a last minute change at work. Thankfully we had gotten cheap tickets that we were able to sell, and I got the news just before I booked my flight. But I did get to see her in Raleigh...
...and in Charlotte a couple nights later, the Queen came to The Queen City.
I made a last minute decision to get cheap seats and drive down to Columbia SC on a school night for the On The Run II Tour. I was not disappointed. Queen Bey and Jay gave an excellent show. And that stage was amazing.
A friend posted on Instagram that he had an extra Miguel ticket for the Charlotte show so, even though once again I had to work in the morning, I took him up on the offer. Another great show, and another new venue.
And for my final school night concert of the year, I went with another friend to Future Islands at The Fillmore in Charlotte.
And then the next nite I went back to see Chromeo on their first ever Carolina tour stop. They were great, the second best show I saw this year.
Headed to Atlanta for the weekend in October, got another new RMC credit, finally got to ride the Justice League dark ride, which was super fun, and had a fun weekend.
SCarowinds had some new midway haunts this year. Honestly, the park does a good job at theming for SCarowinds, but it's so crowded anymore even early in the SCarowinds season, and it just doesn't seem to have the same uneasy feeling that it used to. Now it just feels far more manufactured in a lame way. But they're making a butt tonne of money, so...Yay for new coasters?
Overall, though, I think the park is doing much better with their entertainment options.
My BFF and his family came to visit for the first time since i've been in NC (thats what happens when you start having kids). I took them to Tiger World, which is just around the corner from my house (less than a mile as the crow flies, and I hear these huge cats roaring often). They loved it.
For the rest of the day we headed into the city and hit up World of Beer at the EpiCenter, Rock Bottom Brewing, NODA Brewing, and a few other places for some beers and foods.
My niece got married in early December. They live near Orlando, so that meant I could go and ride coasters! I like the Universal Resort, but honestly, I don't feel the need to head back until they add a bunch more stuff. Thankfully, both days at the resort were very light attendance days. I finally ate at Mythos, and FINALLY got to see the water effect on Poseidon.
They've added a lot of new things to both parks, and I enjoyed seeing all of the new stuff. Some things I'll never have to do again. But I really need a good Butterbeer recipe.
So 2018 is over and I had a lot of fun. I'm busy rescheduling my cruise and a smaller trip to Canada for the first part of the year, but right now 2019 will hopefully be all about a 2 week trip to Europe. Oh, and Copperhead Strike. And Dollywood. And...
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
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