Las Vegas: Adventuredome and New York, NY Trip Report
I don't remember the dates, sorry. We went to Las Vegas for four days at the beginning of August. The first priority was to go to the Adventuredome at Circus Circus since that would please the whole family. We have two younger children. The Adventuredome is a very well run indoor amusement park. It is amazing how much they squeeze into that place. The flats were great, and mostly kid friendly. We really enjoyed the bumper cars.
The two rides that stuck out to me the most were the Canyon Blaster (CB) roller coaster, an Arrow looper, and Sponge Bob Squarepants (SBSP) in 4D. CB was a very smooth, incredibly fun coaster that had just enough speed and laterals to stay interesting throughout the ride. If I can figure out how to load pics properly I will try to add some. All three of us riding enjoyed it quite a bit and rode multiple times front and back. Waits were up to five minutes, usually just one train. I would not put this in my top ten, but it is one of my favorite Arrows, although I generally like most of them.
That brings us to: SpongeBobSquarePants (SBSP). I remember riding this, or something very much like it at King's Island. My wife also remembers it from there. Unfortunately my daughter, who would have loved it, does not like going into dark places so she missed it. This was also very fun, we had forgotten a couple of the tricks that they pull. The story fits perfectly with everything, and I happen to think that SpongeBob is pretty entertaining. Two thumbs up!
Two other rides that I have fond memories of are the "cars", and the Ferris Wheel. I don't remember what they were actually called, but my daughter called them "The Cars". Basically it is sort of a mini Himalayan (sp?), the cars go forward up and down fast, then backwards. One of the reasons I remember this is we went right after dinner, and this is the first time I can remember thinking I might get sick on a ride. This was the night we went to the buffet, and I had several generous helpings of meat and pasta. I also had more dessert than I would want you knowing about. So, first thing my girl wants me to join her on the cars. At least I was on the outside. I managed to keep everything down, and we had multiple rides on just about everything again.
The final ride of the night was the Ferris Wheel with my whole family. It was adorable seeing our little one wave "Hello," and "Good Bye" over and over again to Grandma and Grandpa.
Ok, next up was New York, NY. I don't think they call it Manhattan Express anymore? This was an impressive looking coaster on top of the New York, NY Casino. Let's just say that the operative word is "looking". The cars looked pretty cool too with a New York Taxi design that was pretty sleek. The moment you get boxed into this baby, things start to go south. The restraints are like something out of a horror movie. They have these Over The Shoulder Restraints that come down upon you as if they were designed for a stand-up. The coaster itself leaves, and there is a reasonable amount of air in the first drop, but then things start to get very uncomfortable. There was a lot of headbanging, and just roughness in general. My wife decided one ride was enough for now, but Dad and I gave it another shot. I learned how to ride a bit more defensively, and enjoyed the next couple of rides. Since we had decided to get the all day bands anyway (it was much more worth the money), we also planned to come for some night rides.
I could not figure out how to position myself defensively for the night ride, and had a horrible headache after just one ride. We left.
The problem with this coaster has nothing to do with the coaster, it's those trains and restraints. This reminds me of some other coasters, specifically Bandit at Yomiuriland. Both coasters have remarkable designs that provide good air and laterals, however they both are terribly uncomfortable because of the restraints. Here's to hoping that these problems will be dealt with. Apparently the New York coaster's trains were changed to what they are currently operating. Kind of reminds me of Robin Hood Men in Tights, "You mean you changed your name TO Latrine?" I don't know that what they have is much better.
Hope you enjoyed this, we did not make it to Prim. It seems after our wonderful experience with New York, we just didn't want to spoil it.
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Adventuredome is a wonderful place and I enjoyed CB as well. What I didn't like is they don't allow rerides, but at least the line back to the entrance wasn't too far and you can make it back on the same train if you hurry fast enough.
The NYNY coaster, the problem is that togo built the thing and usually make rough rides. I did buy an all day pass since a single ride price was just too expensive and I may as well get a few more rides on it. I think they tried to make it a hybrid or a cross b/w a mini-hyper and a coaster with inversions. The hyper part wasn't too bad, but it really does go to hell once you hit the inversions.
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Glad you enjoyed canyon blaster. I've been an out of the closet arrow fan for years, and now I've confessed my love for boomerangs...so cb looks fun to me.
I've never read anything good about Ny Ny.
I've joined a PCA Calvinists church in Austin now...is that the denomination that ordained you?
Dare I say that Roller Coaster (i.e. Manhattan Express) is underrated?
People trash that ride all of the time. I don't. I think the layout is great. I think it has two great drops, and it has that unique 'hang and dive' element. I think it's a fun ride. Sure it's rough, but it rides a lot better now with those new Premier trains than it did back in the late 90's.
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Same for GASM (rip), brace yourself and you should do just fine :)
My mine regret for Vegas was not getting a ride on Speed at the former Sahara resort/casino :(
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Yep, two girls now! Welcome to the PCA, yes we started a PCA church in downtown Tokyo. Boy time flies!
We are talking about visiting Texas the next time we see my parents in Albuquerque. Maybe we can get some rides on the Boardwalk Bullet.
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I hear what you are saying about the New York coaster. It does really have a great layout, and when I figured out how to ride it defensively it was very enjoyable. It just is too hard to find the proper way to do this every time. The restraints are pretty unforgiving.
I would think that if the Schwarzkopf double-looping coasters (and shuttle loops) can be ridden with nothing more than a lap bar, they could figure out something better than that huge OTSR.
I just wanted to clarify that I have not yet been ordained, but have been preaching and pastoring in a number of places including the PCA church plant.