austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

Sure is strange

Let's get through the Steel Vengeance line, if we can, please.

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More biographies but more important ones: ``Digger`` is one of the three characters represented as trains on Steel Vengeance. Also, yes, he created his own robotic prosthetic arm.


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I admired the work of this spider. The people behind are in the FastPass line-cutting lane. Steel Vengeance is still so popular that the line-cutting lane gets a line, too.


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``Wild One'' Chess Watkins is another of the train'sona characters.


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And ``Blackjack'' Chamberlain is the last of the three. And I know what you're thinking and you are correct: these are the characters from an Old West-themed JRPG.


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And here the last of the signs explains the feud and how Digger, Wild One, and Blackjack were driven out of town but came back as a roller coaster to battle Maverick.


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The FastPass line-cutting lane. This stairwell used to be the normal queue for Mean Streak, in the roller coaster's original wooden-coaster incarnation.


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Wait time for Steel Vengeance, which as you can see still draws quite the queue. This is why we used early admission to run for this ride.


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It's not always this dire. Here's the back half of that estimated-wait sign and this is much less absurd.


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The George R is Cedar POint and Lake Erie Railroad engine #4. It was built in 1942 for the Carbon Limestone Company in Hillsville, Pennsylvania, as a limestone-hauler.


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A look back at Steel Vengeance, its first drop and its entrance.


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A new old-fashioned sign promising attractions at the Frontier Trail. Hey look, kids, routing!


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The Freak Show haunted-house attraction. It used to house the Frontier Carousel, which used to be the carousel at Lake Lansing Park. The carousel's been at Dorney Park since the mid-90s. You can see the sign above on the left edge of this.


Trivia: Ub Iwerks's Flip the Frog was the first cartoon series distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Source: Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, Leonard Maltin.

Currently Reading: Fade In: From Idea to Final Draft: The Writing of Star Trek: Insurrection, Michael Piller. Oh yeah so the first story drafts, written 1997, had a scene where Boothby mentions to the young Picard that they've never made audio recordings that sound better than vinyl.

PS: Using my A to Z Archives: Yukawa Potential, a touch of mathematics for Monday.

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