This is my very first trip report, but having read enough of them, I hope
I do alright.
Friday: At 3:40 I arrived up in Hershey to meet Janis (JanisGM) at
Kreiders. Sorry, no Eye Openers for me. Although I was extremely hungry
having skipped lunch at college (gross anyway, no doubt) to get rid of my 2
o'clock class early, I was more e***d about the season finally starting for
me. Traffic was horrendous. Never before had it taken me and hour and forty
minutes to reach Hershey, only 50 miles from my dorm. This was a sign of
things to come. The entire ride down I-95 was terrible. Finally around 10:30
we reached destination 1, Jeff Tolotti's house. We went out to eat at a
restaurant named Cheddar's, where Janis learned not to get the Pot Pie! We
then settled down for the night around 1:30.
Saturday: Four short hours after going to bed, we were up and ready to
go. Jeff's mom was nice enough to get us Krispy Kreme donuts. Very good food.
We then left a little after 6. A pit stop was made so that I could see Apollo
and the rest of Busch from route 60. I stopped totake some pics of this
spectacular attraction, pics don't do it justice, it needs to be experienced
first hand. As I was taking pics Janis, Sarah, and Jeff sped off. Did I
notice or care? Nope, not in the least. Realzing she left part of her party
at the park, she returned for me, as I was taking pics of the memory of Drachen
Fire. I would've loved to have gone to ride Apollo that day, but I can settle
for a weeks wait. We then continued on our journey to North Carolina. Along
the way we saw a billboard for Cheerwine. It said, "Cheerwine:Its a Carolina
thing" Visions of CCL, and the usual suspect ran through our minds. Not too
far afterwards, we encountered Barrel City, North Carolina's reply to minimal
storage facilities for construction barrels. These things were EVERYWHERE,
even on the grass, for about 3-4 miles. Around noon, we finally were able to
see Skytower on the horizon, and then, Low and Behold, Top Gun! We got to the
park and, as Jeff stated, went right to Top Gun. I was planning on holding out
for it, until I could make it 50, but that plan fell through the cracks faster
than one of NJGamekid's rumors. The park was absolutely beautiful. Apparently
the park was planning for a huge crowd, as temp. queue was constructed all the
way down to Action FX Theater. The queue would be removed shortly afterwards.
We met with the following people throughout the day: Dave Sandborg, Tim
Melago, Bob Hooley, CoasterDan, Coaster316, Jeff T (Coastrfrk), Mr. C, Cindy
Stoudt, Jim Westland, Tom Kelley, Curt Hassinger, Max Cannon, Ken Rutherford,
Scott Short, Jeff Cook, Chris Trotter, Jim Mitchel, Bill Burkey, Dale
WhitlatchS, and of course Sean Flaharty.
SUNDAY: A little cooler with rain for about half an hour in the afternoon. No
lines. Of course no ERT either. Still, with the minimal lines it almost was
ERT, except for Grubstake who made us get off, but would let others stay on.
Very confusing ride policies. "You can't ride, but this guy can". Happened on
other rides too, like Taxi Jam and Vortex.
TOP GUN: This ride immediately took the top spot of my B&M Inverter list,
seeing how it only had to compete with Batman and Great Bear. It is currently
my 3rd favorite coaster. The first drop is intense and comes surprisingly
close to the ground. The Immelmann was good, but not as strong as Great
Bear's, nor is it in the same direction. The entire ride has great timing, and
I liked it best in back right. One odd thing was the batwing's unevenness.
Total of 3 rides on Saturday.
THUNDER ROAD: My very first interstate coaster. Great air time, something not
felt since so long ago last year. I liked backwards better, and got more
airtime. Overall a very good coaster, I'd say its No 6 on my woodie list,
behind Great White and Hurler (PCWi).
GOLDRUSHER: Another interstater. A very nice mine train with nice sh***y
to reach for. Great Head chopper crossing through the structure. "Whats the
CAROLINA CYCLONE: A typical Arrow Multilooper. Very rough between the two
vertical loops. Overall not that bad a coaster, nice DF colors too.
VORTEX: My very first B&M standup, and the 50th coaster ever ridden by me. It
went down at first, but came back 15-20 minutes later. Some Carolina Grubstake
was trying to make us ride in the third row but Jeff protested. The Grubstake
then yelled at Janis, most likely thinking she was his mother. Sarah Moore was
the first one to experience a B&M space shot on Sunday. Being only 53 inches
she got on with the help of platform shoes. The train had to be unlocked due
to Janis's uncomfortablity. Sarah shot right up. Very funny to see. The
coaster was not that bad, the flatspin was great, as was the vertical loop.
TAXI JAM: Used Sarah as a riding partner to add this to my count. Sat
backseat and hurt my back on the camelbacks. Nothing too spectacular about this
ride, but I wasn't expecting anything either.
SCOOBY DOO: What kind of wooden coaster is this?! It was "babies ***
smooth". Not like any other woodie I've ever been on. Very strange indeed.
Other rides worth mentioning:
BLACKBEARD'S REVENGE: My first introduction to a Magic House. One of the only
ones left in the US, and very fun. It actually made Janis a bit queezy. I
wish I would've known the story line though.
DROP ZONE: Sara, Janis, and myself's very first Giant Drop. Unbelievably fun.
Great views of the park, especially Top Gun and Hurler.
XTREME SKYFLYER: Janis and my very first skycoaster. Sean Flaharty was a
great coach, except when tellng Janis that the floor drops. Very funny.
Pooring rain made it even more exciting. I pulled the ripcord and enjoyed the
entire ride. Can't wait for the 300 footer in Florida.
FOOD: Ate at Wings in the park and Southend Brewery on Sat. Sunday was Subway
and Steak N Shake, very yummy.
Overall the trip was excellent. Lines were minimal, more so on Sunday, but not
very full on Saturday either. I may have to return later in the year. My only
complaints were no park or Top Gun pins! They had patches and pins for Hurler,
Cyclone, Thunder Road, Drop Zone, and Vortex, plus patches for Top Gun, but no
pin. The logo is awesome too. Hopefully they'll get some later on.
Next stop, Volcano in 2 days! The season has begun!!!
SFGAd, PKD, and all points in between.
Like a zebra, my stripes don't change-SFGADer for life!
In 2 days the Volcano erupts! Medusa-staring you down in 11 days!
You can keep the "BURRITO".