Thursday, April 30, 2009

RollerCoaster World - Rollercoaster Tycoon

Park Size: 1,635,260sq.ft.
Rollercoasters: 21 (Inversions: 26)
Staff: 96
Shops/Stalls/Rides: 165

RollerCoaster World, The Leader In Thrills!

I originally posted this park back in January,
Original Post. After finishing the park I still wanted to add to it. The park is finished again, but with some changes to the Roller Coaster line-up. The park originally started with a coaster to "represent" every coaster that has operated at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Due to the limitation in the game certain coaster weren't represented well. In this update I have broken that rule, and the new creations have nothing to do with Six Flags Magic Mountain or really any other parks.

Rodent Run - Speed: 28, Time: 1:09, Length: 1,565, Color: Blue/Yellow, Type: Mouse Custom (Inspired by but nowhere near a recreation of Mountain Express)

The ride was updated with a brighter color scheme and a more family friendly lift hill.

Viper - New Paint Job To Brighten The Coaster Up

I thought about painting it Brown... Maybe Next Time.

Legend - Same Paint Update as Viper

I actually like this coaster faded more...

Predator - Speed: 43, Time: 1:15, Length: 2,464, Inversions: 0 (Loop Removed) Color: Black/Black Type: Sitdown (Stand-Up Trains Removed) (Inspired by but not a recreation of Shockwave) Status: Operating (Never operated as a Stand-Up during Predator 2's operations.

Back when it was a SBNO (Standing But Not Operating) Stand-Up Coaster.

X-Spin - Speed: 41, Time: 1:44, Length: 3,130, Color: Blood Red/Grey Type: Spin (Inspired by but nowhere near a recreation of X/X2)

This is the only Spinning coaster I've made with a steep drop. I wanted it to be intense and fast. This update features and even larger drop with a tunnel and completes it's circuit with more speed than the original design.

Mars Escape - Speed: 40, Time: 58, Length: 1,962, Color: Orange/Blood Red, Type: Family Launch (Part of the Big Update Changing Galaxy Space Port into Mars Space Port. Construction also added a new Shop and Motion Simulator Ride.)

Galaxy Space Port Before Mars Space Port Update.

Space Diver's Layout.

Speed Demon - Speed: 46, Time: 1:55, Length: 3,635, Color: Brown/Brown, Type: Wooden (Another change in the Coaster Line-Up that is more Family Friendly)

Speed Demon's Entry is located across from the Season Pass Holder side entrance.

Stealth was very out of place because of it's specific theme.

The park lost a total of 10 inversions from these updates!

Flashback before construction on the parks newest Coaster.

Flashback's queue line after construction. The old entry for Flashback is now the entry for the New Coaster.

Darkness - Speed: 67, Time: 1:10, Length: 2,277, Color: Black/Black, Type: Dive Machine

Unfortunately Darkness ruins some of the classic views in the park.

Phantom and White Water Rapids before Darkness.

That's all for this Update! I really want to keep updating this park but I'm fresh out of ideas. The park is full but no rides are permanent, so let me know if you have any ideas! I'm going to try to keep updating my Blog, but it is kind of hard to now that my laptop is messed up. Thanks for Reading and Have Fun! <- I mean Give me Money!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Failed Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip

This last Sunday we were supposed to go to Six Flags Magic Mountain, but our mood was killed just miles from the park! Were heading South through the mountains just North of the park when I got a speeding ticket from an Asshole C.H.P. The flow of traffic was somewhere close to 80 MPH and this officer was parked at the top of a hill waiting for people to crest the hill at excessive speeds. Not only was this a perfect spot for him because you can't see him until it is too late, but the speed limit changes from 65 MPH to 55 MPH in that spot. The reason why he is such an Asshole is because he takes your speed and uses it against you in the 55 MPH zone. When he clocked me doing 84 MPH, it was before 55 MPH signs were posted. Because this guy is an Asshole my ticket reads 84 MPH in a 55 MPH zone! I can't argue that I wasn't speeding, but not a single car on the road was driving under 75 MPH. I in no way was driving unsafe... I wasn't riding the car ahead of me, and I use my signals when changing lanes. It really pisses me off when I get back on the freeway and see this guy in a Nissan Sentra trying to drive faster than the flow of traffic, dramatically changing lanes, and all while smoking from a glass bong sitting on his lap! Where was the Asshole then? Anyways, this totally killed our spirits. We drove up to the park, went through parking and noticed a ton of people still heading to the park. The parking lot was just past Scream!'s Cobra Roll and we decided we didn't want to wait 6 years to ride anything. I took some pictures of X2 just before we left.

I was hoping to get some shots of the fire, but of coarse, it wasn't on. We did however get one really good shot of fire on our way to the park!

As if things couldn't be worse right now, Sarah also realized that her registration was expired on her Car. For some reason the Dealer put the wrong address on her registration when she bought the car last February. We never got a notice for renewal and now it is several month late. We are also moving this month and we have a vacation to take soon as well. I don't know if money is getting tight, or we are just paranoid about it getting tight. If Sarah's car had the wrong mailing address, we might even have some unknown parking tickets or traffic light camera tickets we don't know about. When we finally got home and decided to take a break from worrying, I turn on my laptop and the display is all screwed up!

I think this is going to be the worst month ever! Figures, everything has to go wrong before we go on vacation! Thanks for reading and give me money! :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Today was not exactly the great day I had in mind. Last night Sarah had a bad migraine so I left the decision up to her to go this morning. Things were already off to a bad start before we even left the house, and my first sign should have been at breakfast. Sarah and I always thought that a big meal before riding rides and coasters helped her body (and mine) fight off potential headaches/migraines. We usually go to Denny's for some kind of "slam" with eggs, pancakes, and country fried potatoes, but today Sarah just went with half a chocolate chip muffin. When we arrived at the parking lot (10:30) there were a lot of people and the weather was HOT... two things Sarah hates about theme parks. As we put on sun screen and watched the endless amount of cars pulling into the lot, she said, "Today is going to be a bad day." We skipped the first line of the day for the tram and walked up to the gate. The second set of lines were at the ticket booths and then the metal detectors. There was no line at the gate because the park had already been open for several minutes. Today was a great day for water rides, so I went into the Looney Tunes Super Store and asked for a small bag so I have protection for my phone and camera.

On our way over to Log Jammer we noticed a massive line for season pass processing (I should have taken a picture) that extended almost all the way to the Looney Tunes Super Store. I was a little surprised that Log Jammer was a walk on in this weather, but not totally surprised because I'm sure most the park's guest were at X2. Log Jammer was fun, the first half was faster than usual and we didn't get near as soaked as our previous visits.

After that we headed over to Goliath which was operating 3 trains today! We practically walked on to front row and the ride was as perfect as always. I had a little bit of a hard time with the helix but I made it through.

After that I was thinking we would ride Colossus, but Sarah wanted to get Riddler's Revenge out of the way. I'm not sure by what she meant by out of the way, maybe she thought it was a must ride for me, or she wanted to do it before it got a long line. Just minutes before we got to the park she said she didn't want to ride any coasters with inversions and I thought to myself, "Yeah Six Flags Magic Mountain is the perfect place for that with it's record breaking 35 inversions." I was willing to make that happen for her, but she is the one that wanted to ride Riddler's Revenge so I didn't complain :) The station was close to empty so we got to ride front row without waiting. Get ready for my first Riddler's Revenge complaint ever... The ride was a little rough today, it wasn't uncomfortable, but it effected how much I enjoyed the ride.

After that we went on the recently reopened Tidal Wave. I have to admit I'm not really looking forward to this ride leaving the park. It gets really hot in Valencia and I would hate to see there be less options to "cool off" on. Tidal Wave was fun, I really like the "bump" on the drop and the water rushing my face felt good on this hot day.

There is a lady somewhere in that wave :)

Our next ride was Sand Blasters. Unlike Knott's Berry Farm's Bumper Cars this one actually lasted longer than 1 minute. Maybe it's because I'm not used to driving with my left foot, but I kept having problems with my car which resulted in Sarah getting some good hits on me.

After that we went on Gold Rusher. Gold Rusher is always a fun ride and I'm looking forward to one day riding it at night!

We were ready to cool off again so we went on Jet Stream. Before we boarded I noticed there was a huge boat build up! As the operator asked us how many where in our group we decided we didn't want to get stuck on this ride for an unknown amount of time so we walked out the exit.

After that we went to check out Terminator Salvation: The Coaster construction. We couldn't really see much due to the high blue walls, so I took pictures of what I could.

Moving on we went up the hill to see Roaring Rapids still closed and Tatsu's line filling in. We continued up the mountain to Ninja. Ninja was a walk on and was the first time in a while I've been on front row. The ride was awesome and I'm glad I got a little wet a few times the ride passed under Jet Stream.

After that we headed over to Superman The Escape which was currently closed. We sat there in the shade and debated on where to eat. Sarah wanted to eat at Subway and I wanted to eat in the park. I was willing to leave the park to get Subway, but I don't even know where one is around there. At this point in the day Sarah was also ready to go home! I thought we were doing good and keeping it really easy, but I guess not. We sat there for a while resting until we decided to eat at Eduardo's Grill.

This is the second time we've had Eduardo's Grill and I think the food is good. The chips were good and the salsa actually had a little kick to it. My burrito is better than any burrito I've had at Del Taco or Taco Bell, but that's not really saying too much. I do recommend eating there, and maybe next time I will try something new. Earlier Sarah lost her hair tie on Riddler's Revenge so we needed to get another one to prevent her hair from getting tangled. We asked a manager if he knew where we could buy them and he directed us to Attitudes.

I thought it was funny that the place was called Attitudes because that is what we got from the Jewelry Vendor while we were in the store. We found an actual park employee and they told us that they didn't sell hair ties and that we could find them at Flags in the front of the park. We didn't want to go all the way to the front of the park so we headed to Colossus first. Colossus was so much fun today in the back row, we were lifted from our seats on every single drop. I was glad to see Sarah was having fun again. After we got off we walked back around for a second ride in the same seats. I'm glad that Colossus is stepping it up in the wooden coaster category while GhostRider is getting worse and worse.

After that we sat down for a bit to rest. Sarah really didn't want to be at the park anymore and I left the decision up to her to stay or go. She wanted to leave so we left... I was totally pissed off about it and getting stuck in traffic almost the whole way home did help cheer me up at all. Unfortunately I let this short trip ruin the rest of the day for us and we got in a few fights about it and many other things (I won't go into details) The good news is that I spent all today (Monday) researching migraines and what we can do together to prevent them from happening. And the really good news is that we get to try again this coming Sunday when we return to Six Flags Magic Mountain on our way home from my Uncle's 50th Birthday Party.

Yeah I know, not the "coolest" the thing of me to do, get pissed off while my girl friend's head is pounding with a migraine. Truth is, this isn't the first time this has happened and it wont be the last. It's such a huge let down from me driving over 2 hours to the park, seeing all these great coasters, not riding them, and then driving 2+ hours back home. 95% percent of our drive is on the 5 and in the near 30 visits to the park in the past 2 years we have yet to have a traffic free commute! We had a bad day and I unfortunately made it worse with my attitude, we got over it, and we now know a lot more about what we can do to prevent/manage it and we are both very much looking forward to trying it again Sunday! See you there, thanks for reading and have fun!

Today's Ride Rankings

08. Sand Blasters
07. Gold Rusher
06. Tidal Wave
05. Ninja
04. Riddler's Revenge
03. Log Jammer
02. Goliath
01. Colossus

Found Coins: 1 Dime and 6 Pennies