After a day of rest and unpacking and then repacking, I headed off onto my next big vacation in July. This was the start of the TPR New Hotness Tour, I had done events in the past with TPR (
Theme Park Review) but never a full fledged trip. I decided to finally sign up for one of the trips this year and choose the New Hotness tour because almost every park was new to me on the tour, even Coney Island! The only park I’d been to previously was Kings Island, which I’ve been to plenty of times this year already, since it’s like my secondary home park. So in between CVG airport pickups TPR spent a few hours in the afternoon at the lovely Coney Island. Let’s begin the trip shall we?
Coney Island Ohio not to be confused with Coney Island New York or any other of the countless Coney Island’s. 😛
Once we get off the bus everyone starts walking in the general direction of the roller coaster at the park, Python. The problem is no one is quite sure exactly where it’s at, so we just keep walking till we find it.
And we’ve arrived, Robb told us on the bus that the Python formerly called the Pepsi Python is not to be taken lightly. Yeah it may not look like much, but someone cracked their ribs on this coaster on one of the previous TPR trips. Let’s go for a ride shall we?
The Python now minus the Pepsi. 😛
Hold on tight!
Rounding a turn.
For some reason the back row is blocked off in the second car, wonder if that’s where the injuries occurred.
Well my chariot awaits!
This coaster has some good speed and fun drops.
Here’s a look at the whole coaster, not much, but exciting in it’s own right.
Obligatory shot of the cars passing the ride sign.
Look fun for adults and kids alike!
So what did I think of the Python? Well let’s find out….
All smiles. Photo credit: Andy Hatzos.
The Python was a great coaster, more fun than I expected and a great way to start off the TPR New Hotness Tour. Robb even said later that the Python has improved since the last visit, maybe it had something to do with taking Pepsi out of the name. 😛
So one of the entrances to the park is right by the Python, this is not the one we parked at though.
On our way to the Python we spotted this sign, so you can guess where a lot of TPR members went after getting their first credit of the trip. I however decided to check out more of Coney Island!
This is a small park where you pay per ride or get a wristband to ride all day. The great thing about these parks are non riders can come out to the park too and have fun just people watching.
The Flying Bobs located right by the Python, skipped that ride today.
The carousel, a staple in almost every amusement park.
Coney Island does have some nice landscaping.
Garden clock close up.
Even some flowers with tree stumps.
Plaque of Ralph Wachs who served as Coney Island president.
Stones of sponsors of the park.
So apparently they forgot to open this?
A nice painting of the wall by the Wipeout.
Speaking of the Wipeout, we decided to give it a shot right after lunch. Probably not the best idea, but it looked too bizarre to pass up.
What is this thing?
The arm extends upward and you spin out of control.
Feels like being thrown around like a rag doll.
Everyone looks happy except that girl on the left who is probably like what just happened?
Wipeout was actually a lot of fun! Yeah its totally bizarre but the ride cycle wasn’t too long that you’d become sick or anything. Just an overall fun ride.
After that excitement let’s play some mini golf!
Since we had a group wristband it was free! Just needed to put down the ball deposit and we were set to play.
Andy taking his shot, while Lisa looks on.
An intense game of mini golf. 😛
See how intense I look? 😛 Photo credit: Andy Hatzos
Fun game of mini golf, I can’t even recall who won except that I didn’t. 😛 Photo credit: Andy Hatzos
After mini golf we decided to check out the drop tower, while not super tall still looks like a fun ride.
The drop tower was awesome! Every drop was intense and it dropped multiple times, yeah it wasn’t that tall but still provided quite the thrill. Moser makes some great rides!
Bumper cars another amusement park staple, we passed on these today.
No head on collisions!
Definitely passed on this thing.
Yup not for me.
Finally some signs to point us in a direction.
Oh look a park map even! This would have came in handy earlier.
Coney Island does provide some nice shaded areas.
Swinging ship… yeah not a fan of these either.
Ferris wheel for some aerial shots?
This looks like a reject Spaceship Earth from Epcot.
Lisa has got her camera ready.
Coney Island is right on the banks of the Ohio River.
I believe that’s the Sunlite Pool behind those trees, that largest pool in the world. Unfortunately our wristbands didn’t grant us access to the water park so I didn’t get to see it up close.
The edge of the Sunlite pool.
Up top on the ferris wheel, notice the do not rock seat signs.
A look at the kids area of Coney Island.
All kinds of boats in the river, not just canoes.
Dueling boats the ride!
Whatever you do don’t pick the paddle boats.
Like every river, fish inhabit it.
Wonder if this sign will tell me which ones I see.
The inside of the reject Spaceship Earth, apparently there’s a bunch of trampolines.
Wonder if anyone has been stranded on that island?
Where we pulled in to Coney Island!
Since we couldn’t get in the water park here’s the best look I could get at the slides up close. That lifeguard should be watching the water, not us!
Even more landscaping.
Since this park is right on the river, it makes sense that they’ve had some flooding problems in the past.
As we made our way back to the bus, took a few shots of the midways of the park.
Food and shows, what could be better?
They also have a Scrambler.
There’s even a nice mini mining town by the river.
Thanks Coney Island Group Sales for hosting us today and showing us a great time!
Apparently Coney Island has some history in the making of Disneyland. Pretty neat!
America’s finest amusement park.
Hey look skinny mirror. 🙂
See ya later Coney Island!
Coney Island was a great add on park to the trip, nothing too exciting but a nice fun relaxing afternoon at a park with a very fun coaster. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Now let’s go pick up the rest of the gang, and officially start the trip!