Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Kings Island

Welcome to Kings Island.

First order of business today is the new BANSHEE.

This massive B&M inverted rollercoaster is exactly what this park was missing.

You can't even see the entire course from the midway, it is so big.

They even have a semi-themed area for the ride, including the station.

This is a great ride.  Definitely in my top 5 favorite inverted rollercoasters.

Top Gun has been rethemed again - this time to The Bat.

Along with a new name, the coaster also got a new paint scheme.

Still a great ride.

Delirium is always a must ride for me here at KI.

Adventure Express is a great minetrain.

You just cannot beat that bizarre ending.

Time for Racer.

It seemed like the red train was consistently winning today.

Flight of Fear time.

This ride has a pretty cool queue line.

Wow.  I caught this ride with a short line.  That never happens.

It is a fun ride, but not worth a long wait.

I wonder how much longer Vortex will be around.

Rough doesn't even begin to describe it.

WindSeeker time.

Decided to check out their Dinosaurs Alive.

This layout is on par with WOF's.

You have to have these things hidden in a forested area for them to be believable.

Ok.  This exhibit was pretty cool.

Backlot Stunt Coaster - I only ride it for the final tunnel sequence.

THE BEAST.

Great rides during the day.

Legendary rides at night.

I suck at this shooter ride.

Time for the big snake.

This is another great night ride.

DiamondBack's trademark splash pool.

Woodstock's Express.

Flying Ace Aerial Chase.

I decided to go up in the Eiffel Tower.

DiamondBack making a splash.

Here you can see just how massive Banshee really is.

Time is quickly running out.

I had a great day at Kings Island.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hersheypark


Welcome to Hersheypark - the Sweetest Place on Earth!

First ride of the day was Fahrenheit.

This is an insane coaster.

Lots of inversions and quick changes.

Next was Wildcat.

It was a little rough but not too bad.

Wild Mouse.

Lightning Racers is my favorite wooden coaster(s) here.

This is a racing/dueling woodie and it has a lot of fun visuals while riding.

Here you can see one of the dueling sections.

They have a nice ferris wheel.

Sidewinder is their Boomerang style coaster.

This is probably my favorite ride at the park.

Storm Chaser starts with a launch up and over this hill.

It features some unusual inversions that really take you by surprise.

It's a lot of fun and probably my favorite Intamin launched coaster.

Trailblazer is the park's minetrain and it's a great ride.

Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge is the park's shooter ride.

The Cocoa Cruiser is the park's new kiddie coaster.

The park's B&M inverted coaster is the Great Bear.

It is one of the smaller inverteds out there but it packs a lot of fun into a small layout.

It has this unusual helix right off the lift hill.

SooperDooperLooper is the park's historic looping coaster.

You have to love these old school coasters from Schwarzkopf.

Here is its signature loop.

SkyRush is the park's newest coaster.

Technically it is a hypercoaster, but this is really the only part of the ride that is up in the air.

Most of the ride is spent low to the ground with quick turns and helices.

The park's oldest wooden coaster is the Comet.

It's pretty well hid anymore from the midways.

The park has a great classic carousel.

Always enjoy a good swing ride.

Here is a statue of Milton Hershey, the founder of the company.

Besides the amusement park, there is also a visitor's center called Chocolate World.

The Chocolate Tour is a free attraction located in the complex.

You ride through a "factory" to learn how the chocolate candies are made.

Even though everything is staged, it is still a pretty interesting ride.

The packaging room.

This is a great place to visit.