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Sunday, November 1st, 2009
2:15 pm
NEVERLAND [70 icons]
All icons are made from real images of Michael Jackson's Neverland estate. I worked to preserve a sense of magic, sparkle, and mystery. Many of the artifacts & rides were modeled after or custom-made by the creations and creators of the original Disneyland.

Countless sick children were taken to enjoy the popstar's playground paradise free of charge; a state-of-the-art radiation center was even furbished into the basement, so that cancer patients would not have to miss a single treatment in order to visit; beds and special rooms with clear walls were installed into the movie theaters to accommodate those bedridden. Marlon Brando was known to be personally chauffeured around by Mr. Jackson, in decorated golf-carts, to cheer up the aged actor.

The world can be a better place, Michael proved that.

● credit: theidolhands
● comments appreciated
no hotlinking
● icons aren't bases

If you want to view paradise...

*click the "michael jackson" tag to view every icon in that theme.
*click the "icon" tag to view ALL created.
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
9:00 am
Indiana Beach Coaster Weekend 2008

Amy and I on The Hoosier Hurricane.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
9:57 am
Cass County Carousel
Our trip to the Cass County Carousel
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008
11:07 am
Trip Photos: Six Flags Great Adventure NJ
It was a very crowded and hot day, but surprisingly, lines were not that bad. Kingda Ka for example i got on after just 30 minutes. Unfortunately lots of the big coaster were sputtering throughout the day, Nitro was down for much of the morning, and El Toro was running empty trains most of the day. Eventually Nitro was up and running, and i got on in about 45 minutes. All i can say is AMAZING! Nonstop ejector airtime, nearly constant negative Gs all the way until the very last bunny hop into the brakerun. I rode in the back of course, and can't even describe how intense the airtime was on this coaster! Enjoy the pics!

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
6:42 pm
Mt.Olympus A.C.E. Event. June 28th, 2008.
So we had an A.C.E. event at Mt. Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells. It was a great time, and the weather held out for the most part. Although a wicked storm blew in about 3:00 which was perfect for emptying out the park for no wait night rides.
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Friday, June 20th, 2008
10:30 pm
Bake-Sales and Car-Washes! Hilarious!
Big Dipper, Geauga Lake Auction footage.
Norton Auctioneers says Cedar Fair offered the coaster to A.C.E. Cedar Fair says Norton Auctioneers offered the coaster to A.C.E. Everyone I've talked to from A.C.E. restoration says they never heard word one till the day before. Anyway Carole Sanderson says false and so do I.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
11:47 am
Coaster in a sheep farm?
So, a while back I saw on one of the Discovery Channel specials that there is a wooden coaster somewhere in Europe (Wales? Ireland?) that was built on a sheep farm as a form of income. The sheep wander freely around the coaster, and at the time of the special it was ranked pretty highly. Anyone know the name of this coaster or where it is? If it still exists?

EDIT: I figure I may as well use this as an intro post. :) I've been a coaster enthusiast for years (though not a card carrying member, I'm saving up for that this year!). Coasters I've ridden and parks I've been to are on my Coaster Fanatics profile, but the highlights are: 43 coasters, 8 parks. I live a stone's throw away from SFOT, but I haven't been in a few years so I have yet to ride the new Tony Hawk's Big Spin.

The first coaster I ever rode was Texas Giant, and I didn't get on any roller coasters for several years after that! Once I got into it, though, I was hooked. Luckily, my mom developed a love of coasters about the same time I did, so we rode everything at our Six Flags, then traveled to every SF park in the state (including the now defunct Astroworld in Houston), we've been to Disney World, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and we make a yearly trek up to Cedar Point (by far my favorite park)!
Monday, June 9th, 2008
2:18 pm
11:00 am
7:55 am
SchlitterCon Trip Report. May 25th 2008

Our day at Schlitterbahn, "The Worlds Best Waterpark!" (for ten years)
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Sunday, June 8th, 2008
7:21 pm
Six Flags Over Texas Trip Report. May 24th, 2008
Hey! Now how can I get a headache right this very minute? Back car of The Texas Giant thats where!
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4:05 pm
Trip Report, Kemah Boardwalk. May 23rd, 2008
So Yeah, I've got a new favorite Woodie. In Galveston, like I'm ever gonna go there again. I gotta go there again.More Of The BoardwalkCollapse )
Sunday, May 18th, 2008
12:21 pm
avoid the dark knight at great adventure
I have been a season pass owner at Great Adventure for at least 50-6 years now. I used to be able to go from park opening till close, but honestly I must be getting older because those days are long gone. I guess at some point I had to turn into my father and begin checking my watch around 430. I have a 3 park pass and I primarily have it for the water park, since my 9 year old son is still not into coaster yet. if he were, then it the theme park would be more of a draw.

We went down to GA yesterday to pick up our passes and were pleasantly surprised to see that the Dark Knight coaster was running. I know the new Batman movie doesn't come out till mid July, and I thought the coaster wasn't running until closer to the movie premiere. We found a number of things about the park that the word "disapointing" can't fully convey.

Season tickets are processed near their 3-D ride which last year was a Spongebob Squarepants ride. This year it's 3-D trip to the Moon, which is about some bugs who stow away about a lunar bound nasa space flight. First off the story was very short, and very lame. That aside, the 3-D ddn't work. you saw double images 92% of the movie. I thought maybe it was me or perhaps where we were sitting, and a quick Q&A with some other guests confirmed that everyone had the same problem.

Our second problem was with the guards. They were needlessly aggresive and rude thruout. . I was driving thru the handicapped parking section when a guard stopped me and asked what I was doing. !!!! "Parking" I said wth a touch of confusion. he was polite but it seemed an absurd question. One man was (apparently) ejected by 10 security guards for smoking My wife was screamed at because she was standing pst the blue line which designated the end of the smoking area. The guard at the Dark Knight was screaming at people in line he would throw them out if he caught them sitting on the rails. The guards there need to learn that a polite request is usually enough. If you need to address a crowd, there's a difference between speaking loud enough to be heard over the dinn of the park, and screaming in a nasty voice.

Something also occurred to me. El Toro is the highest and fast wood coaster in the world and it sits next to what i think is the oldest coaster in the park: Rolling Thunder. Why would you need two wooden coasters side by side, especially when one is brand new and one is an aging dinosaur? The answer is you don't. I strongly suspect that Rolling Thunder will be gone within 2-3 years. It takes up a lot of real estate and it's not a big draw any more...
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
4:57 pm
Friday, July 13th, 2007
9:01 pm
Saturday, May 5th, 2007
9:53 pm
Stand-Up in Japan.
Was watching the news (CLTV) and on the bottom ticker it said "Woman dies on stand-up roller-coaster in Tokyo." Anyone know anything?
Sunday, March 25th, 2007
10:05 am
Happy Birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY  roller_coaster!
Monday, January 1st, 2007
5:06 pm
Six Flags Magic Mountain
vid of me at magic mountain the other day, revolution and tatsu footage.
Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
11:13 pm
Cyclone.. Gone!!
Despite protests & attempts to save the Cyclone, on November 20th 2006, D&M Demolition crew moved in to raze this classic wooden coaster...

The Cyclone at Pleasureland Southport opened on Good friday 1937. A figure-8 wooden coaster which is 2500 ft long. Although the coaster was designed by Charlie Page, the original station was designed by Joseph Emberton Riba. The station was rebuilt in 1985 following a fire.
On Mon 18th September 2006 just after 4pm, 2 protestors climbed the structure of the coaster and hung a banner reading 'SAVE OUR CYCLONE'. Police arrived and moved the protestors & their banner, and a few minutes later the press arrived and filmed for local TV news. Unfortunately, several days later 'English Heritage' refused the protestor's request for a protection order on the ride. Please visit www.schwps.co.uk, sign the petition & check out the latest on the campaign to save this unique and historic ride.
Saturday, October 28th, 2006
12:17 am
Message from ACE about The Scorpion at Busch Gardens
Greetings Florida Region Members,
I was notified last night by Busch Gardens that they have decided that October 31st will be the last operating day of the Python. We had hoped for some sort of closing ceremony to give the coaster a proper send off, however, the park has decided to have no media event and no farewell party. So unfortunately we will be unable to pull together any structured event before Tuesday. Alan Glueckman suggested we let everyone know, if you are interested in one last ride, that we can meet at the entrance to the coaster around 2:00 on Sunday to take one last ride together as a group. If you are interested in attending just show up. There will be no registration and no official event. Just a chance for everyone to take a final spin, if you so desire. If you are unable to meet up with us on Sunday, keep in mind Tuesday will be your absolute last chance.

As you are aware on November 11th we will be having a "Meet & Greet" will newly elected ACE President Mark Cole. We had lofty goals for the number of registrants. Sadly, we are well below our projections. We have not reached the minumum number we set to have the event. I have decided to extend the deadline in hopes that more of our members will support our regional events and decide to participate. If you are interested in attending the deadline has been extended to November 6th. You can find the flyer at http://www.floridaace.com/Meetgreet.pdf

Chris Kraftchick
Regional Rep, FL
American Coaster Enthusiasts
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