Trip Report: Holiday World on June 4, 2011 (HoliWood Nights)

Holiday World - Ticket Booths

After a night of little sleep, I was off to the park for another day of fun! It started with us first heading down for ERT in Splashin’ Safari. We were greeted with fresh fruit, muffins, and other breakfast goodies. After grabbing some strawberries and a muffin, it was time to ride Wildebeest. It a really fun ride, I wish more water parks would get one. (I’m looking at you Cedar Fair.)

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest

I then had to go back to the lockers for my camera. I found this out later, but we weren’t supposed to go back to the lockers. Oops, but Dan Koch walked by me on my way back and didn’t say anything, so I guess it was OK and I will know for the future. After that, I headed back up to the Wildebeest for my first photo walkback. We were free to walk along the sidewalk, inside a tunnel, and up to the crow’s nest.

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest Tunnel

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest Crow's Nest

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest Lift Hill

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest

Holiday World - Splashin' Safari from Wildebeest Crow's Nest

I got a lot of great pictures. When I was done, I met up with my dad and we went on ZOOMbaba twice and Zinga once. We then headed back to Wildebeest for a few more rides before the general public literally came pouring in.

Splashin' Safari - Wildebeest

With the lines growing, we took a relaxing ride around the Bahari River. To finish off the water park, I took a ride on Jungle Racers.

Splashin' Safari - Congo River Mushroom

Since we were all wet, we grabbed a shirt and headed off into the park in search of water rides. First was Frightful Falls. It was a nice to be back on an actual log flume when my last log flume was at Kennywood back in 2005.

Holiday World - Frightful Falls Entrance

It was fast paced and had a fun final drop.

Holiday World - Frightful Falls

Holiday World - Frightful Falls

Holiday World - Frightful Falls

Next was Raging Rapids, not exactly Thunder Canyon, but I loved the western town themeing!

Holiday World - Raging Rapids

Holiday World - Raging Rapids

Finally, we rode Shoot the Rapids’s sister ride Pilgrims Plunge.

Holiday World - Pilgrims Plunge

Holiday World - Pilgrims Plunge

It really was nothing compared to Shoot the Rapids, just a quick ride to the lift and then the drop. No two hills, a misty tunnel, or a waterfall canyon.

Holiday World - Pilgrims Plunge

Holiday World - Pilgrims Plunge

Holiday World - Pilgrims Plunge

We then went back to our locker to empty it out before heading to the car to change back into dry clothes. As seems to be the trend, all that water made us hungry.

Holiday World - Kringle's Kafé Menu

Being short on time we settled for Kringle’s Cafe and some famous Holiday World pizza. It lived up to the little hype I’ve heard about it.

Holiday World - Kringle's Kafé

Of course I was expecting a little more to the breadsticks. I thought they would have a garlic taste, but instead they just tasted like dough. After lunch, I was heading out to the car for my video camera when I ran into my friend, Jeff Guilkey. We talked for a few minute, but I needed to get the camera before the walkback. When I got back he introduced me to Ted Adams and I introduced them to my dad. Shortly after that, the walkback began.

Holiday World - The Raven Lift Hill

Holiday World - The Raven

It gives you some really close-up views of The Raven and The Legend. To get all of the shots in the little time we were allowed back there, I took the pictures and my Dad took the videos.

Holiday World - The Raven Supports

Holiday World - The Raven

Holiday World - The Raven

Holiday World - The Raven

Holiday World - The Raven

Holiday World - The Raven

Holiday World - The Raven

Holiday World - The Raven

Holiday World - The Raven

Holiday World - The Raven Turn Over Lake Rudolph

Holiday World - The Raven Turn Over Lake Rudolph

Holiday World - The Raven Turn Over Lake Rudolph

I was really surprised by how there was no “restricted area” fences and signs around the coaster. Holiday World is really trusting of their visitors.

Holiday World - The Legend

Holiday World - The Raven

Holiday World - The Legend Helix

Holiday World - The Legend

Holiday World - The Legend First Drop

Holiday World - The Legend First Drop

Holiday World - The Legend First Drop

Holiday World - The Legend First Drop

Holiday World - The Legend

After the walkback, I was drenched in sweat, so I grabbed a free drink and went over to the Hoosier Celebration Theatre because Real Country was going to start soon. I was expecting the show to be like a small amusement production. Especially after seeing Cedar Point’s shows over the year, I wasn’t expecting much. After watching just a few minutes, I was blown away at how good it was! It had great performers, upbeat song selection, and audience interaction.

I was sad to leave before it ended for The Voyage walkback, which was another great opportunity to take pictures that the general public can’t.

Holiday World - The Voyage First Drop

Holiday World - The Voyage 90° Curve

Holiday World - The Voyage Hill

Holiday World - The Voyage

Holiday World - The Voyage First Drop

Holiday World - The Voyage

Holiday World - The Voyage

Holiday World - The Voyage

Holiday World - The Voyage Airtime Hill

We were allowed to walk down the whole road up to the 90° turn at the far end. After I had taken a ton of I pictures, my dad and I started to walk back with Ted and talk about coasters.

Holiday World - The Voyage Turnaround

Holiday World - The Voyage Turnaround

Holiday World - The Voyage

Holiday World - The Voyage 90° Curve

Holiday World - The Voyage 90° Curve

Holiday World - The Voyage

Holiday World - The Voyage

Holiday World - The Voyage 90° Curve

With sunset approaching, we headed off into the 4th of July to ride all if the rides we missed. First we went to Holidog’s Fun Town for the Howler credit.

Holiday World - Holidog's Fun Town

Holiday World - Holidog Statue

Fun little coaster and we got double rides!

Holiday World - The Howler

Holiday World - The Howler

Holiday World - The Howler

Next was my first round-up ride on Revolution. Ouch, way too much pressure on my feet.

Holiday World - Revolution

Next, I picked a gentler ride, Eagle’s Flight. A really fun ride, but lacks the capacity needed on busier days.

Holiday World - Eagle's Flight

Moving on to the bigger rides, we went on Liberty Launch.

Holiday World - Liberty Launch

Holiday World - Liberty Launch

Holiday World - Liberty Launch

Holiday World - Liberty Launch

For a small version of Power Tower, it really packs punch. Tons of air when it hits the top!Moving down the midway, we found the Lewis & Clark Trail.

Holiday World - Lewis & Clark Trail Entrance

It was fun and amazing that 5+ person crew at Cedar Point was replaced by one at Holiday World.

Holiday World - Lewis & Clark Trail

Although, the ride was nothing special, CP has better tracks for their cars, longer rides. After getting off of the ride, I heard the Vinyl Daze had started, so we raced over to catch another great Holiday World show. The performers are great even in the super humid weather.

After the show, we headed down to Splashin’ Safari to empty our locker since they had just closed.
We then made our way back up to the 4th of July and Christmas to do some shopping.

Holiday World - Mrs. Klaus's Kitchen

Since The Raven was nearby, we got in line for a ride where we found some other HoliWood Nighters and struck up a little coaster talk.

Holiday World - The Raven

After flying through the woods, it was time to get a t-shirt as the park was closing soon. We made our purchases and I stayed down in Thanksgiving to take pictures of Pilgrims Plunge and The Voyage.

Holiday World - The Voyage

Holiday World - Pilgrims Plunge

Holiday World - The Voyage

I then headed up to Halloween and rode the HallowSwings where someone asked me what was up with a lot of people in the park wearing E.R.T. shirts and name tags. I told her it was for HoliWood Nights and she thought it was really cool how many perks we got, I still think its awesome how many perks we got too!

Holiday World - HallowSwings

I then met up with my Dad and we headed over to the Good Old Days Picnic Grove. We were treated to a delicious buffet dinner of hamburgers, fried chicken, fruit, veggies, Mac & Cheese, cookies, brownies, and of course free soft drinks.

Holiday World - Holiwood Night's Grand Buffet

Holiday World - My Food Plate

The Beachcombers band was there playing for us and they sounded really good! There was silent auction. I placed a bid on a few things, but didn’t win. After, Mrs. Koch and Dan Koch came out and auctioned off ride time with him and Leah. Then they brought out the very first Pat Koch bobble head to be auctioned off. If I remember right, it went for over $100.

Holiday World - Mrs. Koch Bobblehead

After that, we were set free into the park. My Dad wanted to drop some stuff off at the car so I went to Halloween to take pictures. Just then I ran out of storage space, so I had to run out to the car to get my other car, which I ended up having with me the whole time. Going back into the park, we went on The Raven and The Legend a few times before walking over to Thanksgiving.

Holiday World - The Voyage Station at Night

I had a bit too much to eat and since I didn’t want to repeat the events of the night before, I decided to sit it out. As 10:oo pm rolled around, the Scarecrow Scrambler was open, so we took it for a ride and that had a really long cycle, almost too long since I wasn’t feeling too good to begin with.

Holiday World - Scarecrow Scrambler Sign

Before leaving we got one more ride on The Legend and The Raven before calling it a night.

Holiday World - The Raven Station

On the way out we were given Recesses Pieces because it had a tie in to E.T. (E.R.T).

Holiday World - Exit at Night

I had an AWESOME weekend at Holiday World and I can’t wait of go back again next year!

Trip Report: Holiday World on June 3, 2011 (HoliWood Nights)

After making it through the traffic of Cincinnati and the long drive through nowhere, my Dad and I finally saw the sign that said “Welcome to Santa Clause Indiana”.

Santa Claus - Welcome Sign

After a few minutes, The Voyage popped up along with Pilgrims Plunge.

Holiday World - Pilgrims Plunge and The Voyage

Holiday World - The Voyage

We headed into The Legend Lot to park and found it eerie quit.  There were only a few people still around getting in their cars.  They must have thought we were crazy for pulling into the parking lot and getting out with our park stuff.  We headed up to the group sales where we got our HoliWood Nights tickets and shirts.

Holiday World - Special Guest for Holiwood Nights

Holiday World - Holiwood Nights Registration

We had to wait about 10 minutes while they cleared out the park before we could go in for the night.

Holiday World - Entrance Plaza

After making it in, I grabbed map and we headed in blindly to find some coasters.  The Raven, which I had heard about since I was a little kid thanks to PBS, wasn’t open yet and The Legend broke down as we got into the station.  After finding the long path down to Thanksgiving, we got on The Voyage and we were both in for a surprise.  The ride was fast, crazy, and out of control.  Nothing could have ever prepared me for that!

Holiday World - The Voyage at Night

I had talked with Holiday World’s twitter a few days before my trip and they said my camera clip-on cases that I use to store my camera wouldn’t be allowed on the ride, so I after asking some friends what they did when they visited, I put my camera in my pocket to hide it and hooked the strap to a clip.  I had completely forgotten about losing my phone.  I usually hold on to it while ridding, but The Voyage was so out of control, I completely forgot about it.  This means it happened for the first time, I “lost” something to a coaster, in a way.  I got off the ride and was walking down the exit ramp doing my pocket check when I realized that my phone was missing.  I ran up and told the ride op that I lost my phone and in what car I was sitting.  The girl looked along with the guy who was sitting there.  After a quick search nothing was found, but just as all hope was lost, the guy held up the phone.  He found it!  Thank you whoever you are if you’re reading this!

So after all of that, I wasn’t feeling too well after having my Wendy’s dinner being shook up.  So I took what I thought would be a nice gentle ride on Turkey Twirl.  I was wrong!  The combination of Holiday World’s long ride cycles and the spinning, it felt like I was going to throw up.  After the ride finally stopped, I went to get a free drink to help settle my stomach.

Holiday World - The Legend at Night

Then it was on to The Legend, another great coaster and my personal favorite at Holiday World.  The wolf howl at the top and the smell of campfires in the woods makes for awesome themeing!  It was then finally time for The Raven.

Holiday World - The Raven Station at Night

Another awesome coaster!  After the drop into the woods, you can’t see a thing and you’re just flying! After The Raven we headed up to the Kringle Kafé to see what kind of food they had.  The pizza and fudge looked delicious, but I still wasn’t feeling the best and there were coasters to be ridden.   After a few more rides on The Raven and The Legend, the HollowSwings had opened, so I hoped on for a spin.

Holiday World - HallowSwings at Night

Andy, who was also operating Turkey Twirl, is one of the best amusement park employees ever.  He was super friendly and seemed to love his job.  I then found myself heading back down to Thanksgiving to give The Voyage another try, but guess who I ran into first.  The one and only Mrs. Koch!

Holiday World - Me with Pat Koch

I got a picture with her before braving the rough waters ahead.  That ride wasn’t any better than the first.  Oh well, the free cupcake made up for it!

Holiday World - Cupcake

I headed back to Halloween for another ride on The Legend and The Raven before coming back to the HollowSwings for another ride.  Andy let us go three times before finally closing the ride for the night.  To finish off my amazing evening, I took one more ride on The Legend.

Holiday World - The Legend Station

I couldn’t wait to come back in the morning… click here to read the June 4th trip report.

Trip Report: Cedar Point on May 29, 2011

For my 2nd trip of the season, I started in the back with Maverick and then walked down the Frontier Trail to Millennium Force.

Cedar Point - Maverick

Cedar Point - Millennium Force

After an amazing ride on the Force, I headed over to Mantis, which I now regret because it hurts way too much in too many places.

Cedar Point - Mantis Lift Hill and Loop

On the way out to the car to change into a swimsuit, I stopped for a ride on the Magnum, which also hurt.  I guess it depends on which seat in.  After a quick change in the car, I headed over to Shoot the Rapids where I got in 5 rides with very little wait.

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids

It looks like all of its problems have been fixed.  They even added mist to the top of the 2nd hill.

Cedar Point - New Mist on Shoot the Rapids

I then headed to the car for lunch. After lunch I went over to the Gemini games determined to win a Minion.  After beating a girl in the first round to win a cheap bear, I then played against myself to finally win a Minion!

Cedar Point - My Minion

After that I headed down the boardwalk to check on WindSeeker.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Then I rode Troika and Ocean Motion.

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

Moving on, I took the SkyRide over to the Frontier Trail so I could see Grand Ole Country.  It’s exactly the same show as last year and the cast seems worse.  I’m sure it will grow on me, but I never really liked the show anyway.  Next up was Tropical Heat, Island Beat.  It was great as usual!  When I was leaving the Garter, I saw dark clouds and heard thunder.

Cedar Point - Coming Storm

Cedar Point - Crowds Heading Out from Storm

So I joined the crowd of people heading out to their cars, but of course I pulled out my video camera and filmed the whole thing.  So that was how my day ended.

Trip Report: Cedar Point on May 14, 2011

After a long off-season, it was finally Cedar Point’s opening day! I arrived at the park early for the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting where I found the park draped in a cloud of fog.

Cedar Point - Skyline in Fog

Cedar Point - John, Dick, & Bryan

Cedar Point - Bryan Edwards

Cedar Point - VIF (Very Important Family)

After the ribbon was cut I headed to Millennium Force where I saw my friend Stefan waiting in line to be on the first train of the season. After a short wait, I was on the ride.

Cedar Point - New Paint on Millennium Force

Cedar Point - New Paint on Millennium Force

It was awesome and the new paint looks great. I then walked down the Frontier Trail and took a fly on SkyHawk. After that I headed over to take the Antique Cars for a spin.

Cedar Point - Antique Cars

You could tell that it was the first day because I had my camera in my hand and the guy told me no cameras on the ride, haha who doesn’t take their camera out while riding a car ride. Then I walked down to Magnum XL-200. It felt a whole lot smoother this year.

Cedar Point - Magnum XL-200 Station

Now it was finally time to see the star attraction: WindSeeker.

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Seats

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Seats

Cedar Point - WindSeeker Tower

It’s sort of ironic that the “star” attraction is a WindSeeker instead of a StarFlyer. Well WindSeeker looked amazing and I can’t wait to ride it! I also saw Dick Kinzel over there where I got a picture with him and he said the ride would be open by Memorial Day weekend.

Cedar Point - Me with Dick Kinzel

Cedar Point - WindSeeker

Cedar Point - Me with WindSeeker Sign

After that I took a trip to Alaska in complete darkness. I guess Cedar Point has officially given up on the themeing of that ride.

Cedar Point - DOMO in Disaster Transport

Afterwards, I headed over to Pink’s for the Grand Opening.

Cedar Point - Pink's Hot Dogs

Mrs. Kinzel made an appearance, first time I’ve ever seen her. Also the Pink family was there to cut the ribbon along with the Kinzel’s.

Cedar Point - Pink's Family

Cedar Point - Richard Pink

Next was a look at the reconstruction of Ocean Motion.

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

It looked really nice with the pond, but it could use a few more trees. It was then time for lunch at the car. After eating, I headed back in to Donut Time to try out the free computes they had there. They’re nice for what they do, but they’re super locked down and you would need to be a pro hacker to do anything.

Cedar Point - @mycpguide at Donut Time

As 2pm rolled around, it was time for the first annual CP Guide meet-up at WindSeeker. I got to meet John Fite and his amazing family!

Andrew 94/CP Guide and administrator for Flickrs CP group and Da~ Fites.

I’ve known him through flickr and it was finally nice to meet him in person. After that I did a little shopping where I saw an employee who looked exactly like my friend @sethdawg17! It was then time for the Point Online meet-up, but the WindSeeker area had become very crowded and since I didn’t know who anyone was, I moved on. I took the train over to Frontier Town where I rode Mean Streak.

Cedar Point - Millennium Force's Cable

The retracking of the first curve really helped and the ride is now a little more enjoyable.

Cedar Point - Mean Streak Retracked Curve

Cedar Point - Green Mean Streak Train

Next up was a Paddlewheel ride with jokes so cheesy and corny that they’re brought to you by Doritos! I then walked down the Dragster midway to Tropical Heat, Island Beat. The show is still great and the even snuck in a few new songs.

Cedar Point - Pink's Hot Dogs Sign

Cedar Point - Pink's Hot Dogs

To finish up the day, I headed over to Pink’s where I got pictures with the Pink family!

Cedar Point - Me with Gloria Pink

Then I took a bunch of pictures of Ocean Motion before calling it a day.

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Queue Line

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Location

Cedar Point - New Ocean Motion Queue Line

In conclusion, I had an amazing time on opening day and I can’t wait for a great season!

Cedar Point - Foggy Skyline

Trip Report: Cedar Point on October 23, 2010

For my 4th and final trip of the season, I had planned on an afternoon trip since it would be overcrowded and I had to take pictures for a school assignment.  After finally finding a parking spot in the back, I headed into the park to find almost every ride’s line spilling out onto the midway.

Cedar Point - Magnum XL-200 Line

So, while my parents went to see A Halloween Hullabaloo, I went around with my sister taking pictures for class.

Cedar Point - Top Thrill Dragster Line

Cedar Point - Skeleton

While taking pictures, I found that Chaos was closed, as it had been for many weeks prior.

Cedar Point - Chaos Closed

Cedar Point - Chaos Closed

Cedar Point - Chaos Closed

After the show was over, I re-met with my parents in time for the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade.

Cedar Point - Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade

Cedar Point - Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade

Cedar Point - Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade

Then I ran over to the Eerie Estate and got inline before a massive line formed. After that, I headed down the Frontier Trail, and guess what the only walk-on ride in the park was? Why Shoot the Rapids of course.

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids in the Fall

It was a warmish 60° day so I rolled up my pants, and hopped on. All of the water effects were off and I managed to only get a few water spots on my pants.

Cedar Point - Shoot the Rapids in the Fall

I was already in Frontier Town, so I finished up my roll of film over at Mean Streak and headed to the car to put away my camera and get ready for a frightful evening.

Cedar Point - Mean Streak Closed Sign

It all started with the Overlord, as usual. Then it was onto Fear Faire and then the Fright Zone, which was so crowded that you could hardly walk through the tunnel, luckily, so of the “higher ups” at Cedar Point took over and directed traffic to the best of their ability and moved the crowd to the blacksmith path after exiting the tunnel.

Cedar Point - Crowded Fright Zone Tunnel

I then finished off the night with CarnEVIL and put a close on the 2010 season.

Cedar Point - CarnEVIL