A couple weeks ago, I took a much anticipated trip to Cedar Point, the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World." While at the park, I was able to ride the new Rougarou and many of the park's other world-famous coasters.
Every August 16th, coaster enthusiasts celebrate National Roller Coaster Day, commemorating the day in 1878 when the first wooden roller coaster was patented. I couldn't think of a better excuse to go coastering, so on Wednesday I flew up to Cleveland to stay with some relatives, and on Roller Coaster Day I headed to Sandusky to pay homage to Cedar Point.
Kings Island
Kings Island has always been on my list of parks to visit, and when they revealed Mystic Timbers for 2017, I decided it was time to make the trek to Cincinnati to check it out. While at the park on Tuesday, I tackled Kings Island's world-class collection of thrill rides and found new favorites in Diamondback, Banshee, and The Beast. I thought Mystic Timbers was a solid ride, but "the shed" seemed more like an afterthought than a climax.
I took a day trip to Kentucky Kingdom to experience Storm Chaser, Lightning Run, and the new-for-2019 Kentucky Flyer.
Earlier this fall, I made the trek to my home park, Dollywood. Even though I went on a Saturday, the lines were fairly short and I was able to get in a decent number of rides.
During a trip to the Carolinas, I found myself so close to Carowinds that I couldn't pass up a visit. The humid, hundred degree Carolina weather made for a hot day, but Carowinds did a great job at trying to keep their guests hydrated. While at the park, I squeezed in 20 rides, including the brand new Giga Coaster, Fury 325. Needless to say, it fulfilled all my expectations and found a spot on my top ten.