I hadn't planned to hit any parks today, as I wanted to get a feel for the conference before presenting my paper on Tuesday. However, after a morning of electrical engineering papers my brain shut down completely, making a change of scenery a prerequisite. A close look at the sessions for the afternoon indicated nothing that particularly interested me, and rather than sleep through them I decided to bring forward my plans for Sunday afternoon and hit the two small coasters in Cincinnati. A measure of how impromptu this decision was is the fact that I inadvertently left my camera behind, much to my chagrin. I did take some pictures with my mobile phone, which were better than nothing, but not quite up to the standard of my regular camera!
8th August 2005
The first stop was Wonderpark, a small family entertainment centre located within a large shopping mall about twenty miles from my conference hotel.
It didn't take me long to determine that it would cost me two dollars to ride the Boa Squeeze (#516). In reality, it had probably cost me closer to ten dollars by the time you consider the fuel burn to get there. I had the entire train to myself for that money, and much to my surprise there were no observations about me surely being a little too big. While the ride was operating the operator bounced a ball off the wall while standing in the middle of the ride structure. This seemed more than a little odd; with care this is not a particularly dangerous thing to do, but in lawyer happy America you'd want to be careful to get it right.
I played a quick game of DDR before departing.
Coney Island Cincinnati
8th August 2005
Coney Island comprises a moderately sized water park with a small collection of traditional rides. The water park was packed with people today, something hardly surprising given the weather conditions, while the ride area was largely deserted. This state of affairs, however, suited my purposes perfectly.
As I was approaching the Pepsi Python (#517) I heard another guest comment that the ride was really rough. It didn't seem so to me on my first go, but it seems that I had just been lucky. On my second go, the train impacted the bottom of the first drop with a ferocity far greater than the size of the ride might suggest. Other than that, however, the ride ran pretty well, though this might well be due to the two trim brakes in the course, both of which scraped a lot of speed from the train. There was nothing else in the park I wanted to ride, and as I had forgotten to apply sun cream I decided to call it a day rather than risk sunburn.